22 March 2012

Rimmel 1000 kisses lip tint review and swatches

Lip tints. An alternative lip product which offers good coverage and long lasting ability. Revlon (7.99) were the first ones to release a lip pen followed by Max Factor (7.99) and now Rimmel (6.99). Rimmel's lasting finish lip tint's come in four different shades (watched below). I have 'Carry on Cherry' which is a deep cherry red colour. The pen applicator makes it easy to apply. It also comes with a lip balm - this is essential as I found not using this my lips felt really dry.
A downside to this product is that the lip balm doesn't twist, I think it would be better if it did as  you would get more product. Also, It would be nice to see a wider range of shades in the collection. Saying that, I have my eye on the pink and peach ones! 

Popped into Boots to check out the other three shades!
I would buy another lip tint and recommend it to others. The concept is great & perfect for lipstick wearers wanting a longer lasting finish. 

This product is great if your going out for a meal/drinks and don't want to worry about having to re-apply your lip product throughout the evening. Or, like the product suggests you plan on kissing 1000 times. I am yet to try out the latter, however, for review purposes, I am willing to test out this theory. Please let me know if you have a brother around my age. Thanks!

Available from Boots and Superdrug - RRP £6.99

- To prevent your lip stain/ tint drying out, store it with the pen facing down! 

  *Pr Sample

19 March 2012

The nail varnish tag and storage

Favourite Nail Varnish Company?

I am one of those people who HATE spending over £5 for a nail varnish! So my collection mainly consists of high street nail varnishes. My Favourite Brands are Barry M, No 7 and Collection 2000. 

Glitter or no glitter?
Glitter all the way! It can be a bit messy sometimes but i love the way it looks. You can see me wearing the GOSH glitter here (LINK).

OPI, China Glaze, or Essie? 
OPI is the only one i have tried from those three so i would have to go for that one. China Glaze and Essie are nice but at £9 a pop i know i'll be able to find a cheaper dupe on the highstreet. With the two OPI polishes above, the colours are quite unique so i don't mind spending a bit extra.

When do you change you nail varnish?
Every week. I take it off on Friday - before work on Saturday. Then on Saturday night/Sunday i'll paint my nails. 

Favourite Colour?
I brought it from boots in a city i've forgotten about 5 years ago. I never see this brand any more and i should really through this away but i just love the colour. Yellow just seems to brighten up my mood.

Dark or bright?
Bright all the way for me, dark colours don't really suit me. The darkest i would go is the dark blue above & i normally just save it for my toes.

What are you wearing on your nails now?
I brought this on Saturday with a £5 No 7 voucher. I do like their nail varnishes but i just can't justify paying full price for one! But, maybe one day, i'll go completely crazy and pay £7. This is called 'Highland Mist' & i quite like it!

Matte Nails?
I think this looks really cool & it's a nice change from shiny nails. You can see me wearing this here (LINK).

French Manicure?
I think it looks nice & professional but.... a bit boring? I'd rather have a splash of colour on my nails.

Favourite Winter Colour?
Every is so grey and dull in the winter I like to brighten things up with a bright colour on my nails. And when it gets close to christmas i go for glittery nails to get in the festive spirit! 

My current nail varnish storage, need something bigger! Any ideas? 

I could go on about nails all day - i tag YOU all to do this 

16 March 2012

Burt's Bees 24 hour Body Lotion

Oh Burt, you've done it again. Following up on my last Burt's Bees post (here) I've been trying out some of their other products.
 Now the season is changing to Spring, it's still really important to keep skin moisturised. I don't what anything to heavy on my skin so i've ditched the body butters/oils and moved onto body lotions. 
 Four different scents for four different skin types. All are 99% natural and offer 24 hour moisterization. 

 My favourite one out of all of them is the Milk & Honey lotion for normal to dry skin mainly because it smells delish!
As you can see from the swatch it's quite a thick body lotion and takes a few minutes to completely sink into the skin. If you don't have time and prefer a thinner moisturiser try something like Garnier.

Overall, I love these. The packaging, the product and the way they leave my skin feeling gets a thumbs up from me. I have one on my bedside table, in my bathroom cabinet and in my lounge encase of any dry skin emergencies! 

RRP £12.99 for 170g available from Boots or you can purchase through the Burts Bees website here

If you want to try something from Burt's Bees for the first time - opt for their cheapest product, think it's their lip balms, to see if you like the brand. Or you could just add it to your birthday present list...

*pr sample

14 March 2012

my Collection 2000 make up collection

I am a nosey person, love seeing people's collection/storage posts. I asked on twitter if anyone would be interested in seeing a post dedicated to just one brand, showing you the products I've tried. And you said yes! Collection 2000 was a brand that was requested the most. After sorting through my stash i organized my products and photographed them for you.

Collection 2000, recently re-brand to just 'Collection', is an affordable highstreet brand. I think lately the company has improved the quality and range of their products. The Lasting Perfection concealer went down well with so many bloggers and is a personal favourite of mine. A year ago they launched the 'Cream Puffs' which are uh-may-zing! Their Hot Looks nail varnishes are only £1.79 each and perfect if you fancy an on trend shade.

Products I would Recommend;
Lasting Perfection Concealer (need to repurchase this, my fav highstreet concealer)
Cream Puffs (great if your not really a big fan of lip products)
Hot Looks Nail Varnish (just check the brushes before buying as they can be dodgy sometimes) 

I know the answer to this question is going to be bad for my bank but...
What Collection 2000 products do you like? 

Also let me know what other products you would like to see my collection of - maybe nail/skincare/haircare/makeup? 

6 March 2012

PR samples I didn't like

I know this topic is quite controversial. If companies like to send samples out to bloggers in exchange for a review that is honest, i don't see a problem. I don't execpt every PR sample because somethings I think my readers wont be intrested. I try to only accept products which will appeal to my readers and which I think will benefit my blog. I do not expect companies to send me products and am flattered when a company does. I think it's very sad that some people might be persuaded to blog purely for the freebies. Blogging takes more time than people think

Blogging for me is a hobbie and something I enjoy doing when I have some spare time on my hands. I don't take it to seriously but I love it! The samples and invites i get are brilliant, but if they stopped tomorrow my blog would keep going.

There are some blogs I don't like reading because I feel their reviews aren't honest. However I love it when blogs get sent products before they are launched so i get to read opinions before buying! 

I feel bad about writing negative reviews on products I've been sent as they've gone to a lot of effort to send me a product to try. Normally if i don't particularly like a product it either goes to the back of my shelf or to my mum! However, I've decided as long as i don't say 'This product will make your face drop off' (unless it does) giving an honest review of why something didn't work for you is fine. Just because a product doesn't work for you doesn't mean if won't work for someone else. And it's also good constructive criticism for the company. 

I also know that over 50% of my readership is coming from direct traffic or search engines, so i'm guessing that these people don't have a beauty blog. A lot of my visitors are reliaing on a honest product review before buying a product. I would hate to think you guys spent your money on a product because there were no negative reviews. Just because i might get sent a product doesn't make me better then anyone else & i don't want it to alienate myself from my readers that currently don't get sent samples. Enough rambling Kia, here are some products that haven't worked for me - 

Nailene Ultra Tabs £2.59
I was sent these along with some Nailene false nails, which are great! These tabs are used instead of false nail glue. They are really easy to apply and don't cause any mess however they are not strong enough at all! The packaging cheekly says UP TO 5 days guaranteed wear & some fell of after a couples of hours! Didn't last five days so would only recommend this if you just wanted false nails for an evening. 

CornSilk in Original Satin £8.16
I'd heard a lot of good things about CornSilk powder so was really excited to test it out. I like the vintage packaging, but the product it's self just isn't very good. The powder is really rough making it quite difficult to pick up any product. It also smells quite strongly of talc - making it feel like a old fashioned out of date product, shame!

Lulu Operation Glam Modelling Hair Spray £7.25
I don't normally use hairspray as I hate the crispiness they can sometimes leave your hair feeling. I tried this after curling my hair to set the style in place. During the night my scalp felt really itchy. Unsure of what it was, i used the hairspray a few more times & each time my head itched - something you don't want for a haircare product! 

Trilogy Purifying Mask £18.50
Trilogy is a brand I hadn't tried out before but always wanted too. Love their packaging, looks nice in the bathroom cabinet! I tried out this face mask in the hope it would leave my skin clear; this didn't happen. I've never hand a bad reaction to a product before using it. After taking it of my skin I was left with red blotches over my face. I tired it again a few days later to make sure it was the face mask that irritated my skin  & the same result happened again. Not sure what caused this, maybe the raw ingredients? 

MakeBelieve Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss £10
I'm a big fan of MakeBelieve fake tan so couldn't wait to try out some things from their make up collection. I like the box packaging the lip gloss came in but the gloss it's self came in a really cheap looking tube. It reminds me of the sort of product you get free in a teen magazine. The product it's self is okay - just not worth £10! 

Collection 2000 Hot Rocks in 46 Fruit Loop £1.79
Ok, bit cheeky for me to sneak this one in as I brought it my self! I'm sure you can tell by the photo above my problem with this nail varnish. I love the colour but I just can't use it because of the dogdy brush. The moral of this story is to check your nail varnish before buying, I have a few other Collection 2000 nail varnishes & they are all fine. 
Natural Collection Cream Blusher £1.99
Brought this product my self after wanting to test out a cream blusher. Lovely colour but only lasted around an hour before disappearing of my skin! Instead i think i'm going to use this as a sort of lip cream. Even though it's only a cheap product I do wish it was better. 

 I do think a bad review it just as/even more helpful than a good review. I like to write about controversial blog topics & I've not come across a post like this before. The brands featured above know how I got on with the products sent to me. What are your thought on pr samples and bad product reviews? Enjoy the rest of your week :) xx
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