Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Diet Coke & L'Oreal Paris Team Up For A Fab Offer!

This month Diet Coke and L’Oréal Paris have teamed up and created a fabulous offer for Boots customers!

Until the 26th May, when you purchase a 500ml bottle of Diet Coke, you will receive £5 off a L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick.

Given that each lipstick costs £8.99, that’s better than half price!

I’ve yet to try one of these lovelies and if you have too, then now’s your chance!

Remember, you’ve got to be quick as this offer only runs until the 26th!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Peal Bronzer and Highlighter

HOW beautiful is this Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Bronzer and Highlighter.

May we just take a moment to appreciate the prettiness!

Look at how the pearlescent pinky bubbles nestle in beautifully between two shell embossed bronzers.

Just gorgeous!

Inspired by the lustrous colours of pearls, this collection combines subtle, iridescent tints with deep, mysterious tones from the sea.

Encased within sleek, white pearl packaging and features decorative seashell accents, cheeks are left sculpted to perfection with this bronzing and highlighting duo.

Contouring is made easy with these three pressed powders featuring a honey bronze, a soft pearly pink and a deeper bronze.

The powders are silky soft and glide onto the skin fabulously. For me with my pale skin, the intensity of the bronze shades was just spot on. 

Many bronzers are just simply too dark and too intense for my skin but the honey hues in this compact were just perfect.

While the bronzers themselves are pretty matte, I dusted the pearly pink just above where I had bronzed, lifting the appearance slightly and highlighting my cheek bones.

It is a very subtle pearlescent pink without a hint of sparkle, something which I personally never want from a highlighter!

My only issue is that the compact is just so pretty with its embossing that I hate to use it and ruin it, but ruin it I must as I’m a big fan of the overall healthy, glowing skin look that the powders created.

Elizabeth Arden’s Sunkissed Peal Bronzer and Highlighter in Warm Pearl 02 is available now and costs £28.

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms are my new favourites.

These gorgeous little sticks are the answer to the prayers of women everywhere who find the intensity of a lipstick too extreme but still want a product that can give them a great colour. 

Better still, a colour whose intensity they are in control of.

This lipstick/balm is the most impressive hybrid I’ve come across. Many similar products either offer great moisturisation OR great colour, one at the expense of the other, but not these balms.

These contain 70% occlusives and emollients, with occlusives being a substance that forms a natural barrier on the lips and helps to retain moisture. Mango, cocoa and shea butters also ensure that the balm has a rich, thick and creamy texture and helps to smooth and soften your lips.

But we’re not just after a lip balm, we want some colour, and decent colour at that.

Each colour Intensifying Balm contains micro fine mica particles which deliver a gradual transformative colour, meaning you can build the colour intensity to your desired shade.

Thin platelets of mica mean the balm can be applied in very thin layers, enabling it to be built upon smoothing and effectively with each subsequent layer. This also increases the light reflection in the pigment maximising the colour intensity.

Using these balms is simply a pleasure. They glide across your lips beautifully, leaving behind a subtle layer of moisturising colour.

Apply again and again until you’ve achieved the colour intensity you’re after. It’s as simple as that!
I tried three very different shades to see how well they would all work.

 30 Refined Rose was my favourite, a gorgeous dusky pink that suited my pale skin and provided the perfect amount of colour with just one application.

 40 Exquisite Caramel worried me a bit as I didn’t expect it to provide me with much colour as it is a nude, but I was impressed. It went from being a very subtle nude to a pretty decent caramel shade after a few applications.

Again, 35 Classy Cherry concerned me as one of my pet peeves is a red balm or tint that ends up streaky and weak looking. I needn’t have worried as just like the other two, it was gorgeous. Personally, I felt this one needed a few coats to ensure it looked like it has been applied properly, but it was a pleasure to be able to wear a decent red lip without suffering from the drying effect of wearing a lipstick.

I actually don’t have a bad thing to say about these little gems and at £8.99 each I’d say they’re worth every penny

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms are available now in 9 gorgeous shades.

Caudalie Vinexpert Broad Spectrum Radiance Day Cream

Caudalie Vinexpert Broad Spectrum Radiance Day Cream is a truly beautiful face cream, but it is so much more than just a lovely cream.

It’s packed full of super duper anti ageing properties, courtesy of the humble (or perhaps not so humble) grape.

To explain briefly, grapes contain a substance in their shoots called Vine Reservatrol. This molecule contains some wonderful anti ageing properties and in 2001, Caudalie proposed all the anti-ageing and firming benefits of Vine Resveratrol for the first time, with its Vinexpert line.

This clever little grape shoot extract has the ability  to re-densify and activate cell renewal and stimulate collagen production.

Fast forward to 2014 and Caudalie researchers carried out a new European wide test to show the efficiency of Vine Reservatrol.

Its safe to say the study was a resounding success with 92% saying their skin was smoother,
84% said their skin quality was improved and 81% said their skin looked younger.

Those are pretty high percentages!

So, onto the cream itself.

The cream is  thick, velvety and a very pretty, sheer pink colour. 

It has a lovely gentle, fresh and rejuvenating scent which i found very pleasant.

Though it says it’s designed for dry skin, I actually found it was perfect for my combination/oily skin, with it being absorbed quickly leaving no greasy residue.

Containing SPF 15, the cream left my skin feeling soft and nourished and found that it worked as a pretty great base for my foundation too. 

In terms of combating wrinkles, it’s probably a bit too early to tell, though I would certainly say that my skin feels firmer since using it and dare I say, more radiant?

The Caudalie Vinexpert Broad Spectrum Radiance Day Cream is available now along with the rest of the Vinexpert range and costs £39.