Sunday, 30 March 2014

Deep Conditioning Treatments



My hair has been somewhat damaged over the years. From the age of 16 I straightened the life out of it. I blame Avril Lavigne, I also blame her for letting me think wearing a tie with a vest top was a good idea...

It wasn't long after that I discovered that blondes do have more fun -and more split ends. Oh my poor hair! It became so brittle as I backcombed it, dyed it a different colour every fortnight, Sometimes curled it only to straighten it again right after for no reason what-so-ever. How did I ever I have so much time on my hands?! My hair has only just started to recover and that is down to a combination of velcro rollers, regular trims and some lovely oils and treatments to give my hair the much needed nourishment it deserves.

Once or twice a week I give my hair a deep conditioning treatment. I think a weekly treatment is needed for blonde hair, especially if heated products are used regularly.  It really has helped the condition of my hair and it's the longest it's ever been. I thought I'd share a few of my favourites.


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L'Oreal Professional Intense repair masque
 £11.90 for 200ml 
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This is the treatment that made me think of writing this post. It's thick and creamy yet it feels light on the hair. My hair feels so soft and bouncy after using this and I feel great once I've used it. It doesn't need to be left on for long for it to do its job either. So it can be a quick treatment in the shower if you don't have the time to treat yourself to a bath with your hair wrapped in a warm towel. The only negative thing I can say about this is the fact that it made my shower really slippery when I was washing it out. I have to be very careful I don't fall over. It won't stop me using it though, the things we out ourselves through for beauty huh?!


Neal and Wolf Harmony Intensive Care Treatment
£13.50 for 200ml
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The paging of this just screams luxury. The pearly effect on the cream and brown design is lovely. The beauty doesn't stop there, the smell is incredible. It’s a nice creamy conditioner that's not too thick and doesn’t weigh your hair down like a lot can. When I've used this it really makes my hair feel amazing afterwards. I know I'm going to like a treatment when I feel it has worked right away. With this I could feel how soft my hair was from the moment I started rinsing it out. My hair was left glossy with no frizz and I dint need to use any heat to smooth it out which adds extra brownie points as anything that means I don't use heat on my hair means I will be damaging it less and it gives me one less thing to do each day! 



Boots Coconut and almond intensive hair mask 
£1.99 for 350ml
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Coconut oil is being raved about lately. It's super nourishing and anything this natural has to be good for you. It's such a great price as you get a really big tub for less than £2.  Although this is the cheapest of the lot don't assume it's not going to do the job. I'm really pleased with this mask and it's great to fall back on when I'm saving the pennies. It's smooth consistency means it isn't too heavy and not only does it leave my hair really soft, it smells lovely too.



Tigi S Factor Serious Conditioner 
£9.99 for 150ml
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This mask gives an ultimate conditioning treatment. I use this less often but I leave it on for longer to really sink in. I find leaving it for about 10mins when hair is wrapped in a towel is when it does it's job best. The thickness does leave my hair feeling a bit weighed down but it's still really conditioned so swings and roundabouts hey?!



What's your favourite hair treatment? I hear Aussie and Lee Stafford have a couple of good ones.






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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Beauty UK Posh Pout Lip Crayons


Well the lip crayon has hit the beauty world by storm, pretty much every brand has released their own version from high street to high end. 
What I love is that you don't have to spend a fortune on these little lovelies. The likes of MUA and Beauty UK have been very popular in the last year proving that less (money) sometimes does mean more! You only have to spend a couple of quid to get some great little treats to add to your make-up bag, which is always good for those days where you want a little pick-me-up!

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I'm a huge lover of the Beauty UK lipsticks and I was very excited to give their 'Posh Pout' crayons a try. They're available in 6 great colours which are all pinky tones. There's something for everyone, if you want something subtle for day wear or a bit more striking to brighten up an outfit, they really are great. The names are brilliant, there's Sugar Plum Fairy(a deep red), Power To The Purple (despite the name, more of a magenta) Corally Incorrect (a ready-coral), Big Pinkin' (a bold Barbie pink) How Nude! (a pale pastel pink)and Would I Lilac To You? (a blue toned pink). I can just imagine the people at Beauty UK all gathered around a big table coming up with these names and walking out of that meeting thinking they were geniuses!


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It's easy to know what colour you are picking up as the packaging is coloured all over, no checking the label on the ends or accidentally putting the wrong shade in your bag (just me!?) I would say the packaging is why they are so cheap, they feel a little plastic-y but I'd rather that than them scrimp on the quality of the product inside. They have the typical twist up bottom which does the job just fine. 


The fact that they are a lip balm means they are really hydrating and give a great colour to your lips at the same time.They do feel really moisturising and are such a creamy formula, they are lovely to apply. 

 One thing that impressed me was how good the colour pay off was for a lip balm. I really only expected a wash of colour, especially with the lighter shades but it was actually those that came out the strongest. 
  


My favourite of the bunch has to be 'Big Pinkin' but I'd also get a lot of wear out of 'Power to the Purple' and 'Would I Lilac to You?'
 I must say I was most disappointed by 'Sugar Plum Fairy' as I really do love the deeper colours but the pay off just wasn't that good no matter how much I built it up. I suppose for a deeper colour you just have to go for a lip stick rather than a lip balm. 

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These are a complete steal at £2.99 each! So If you want a tinted lip balm on a budget head down to Superdrug.



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Saturday, 22 March 2014

My Mother's Day Wish List



Mother's Day is coming up. And while I always make a fuss of my amazing  Mum, since 2012 it has been a day for me too! Very exciting! While Mason is still a bit young to understand what's going on and why exactly he's scribbling inside a card it's nice to do something together. The presents are nice too!

The tradition is that I get shoes from Mason, even though that tradition only started last year we're sticking to it! As with most Spring/Summers I'm absolutely loving the pastel shades that are about. I'm always in some sort of pastel top and my nails are often mint/lilac/pale blue. I thought it was time this colour obsession moved this on to my footwear! You all know how crazy I am about my shoes *must do another shoe post soon* I love these court shoes from Office, they are available in a few new shades so I'm not 100% which colour I'll opt for but the pale blue is definitely a big contender.

While I don't have a massive sweet tooth I bloody love cookies! I've been craving Millies Cookies for months now and what I really want is one of those massive iced ones. Fingers crossed!


Nothing makes me happier than good hair days, they can really change everything (shallow? me?) but having bouncy hair gives me a spring in my step -BOUNCINESS ALL ROUND! With my hair being quite fine I find that new hair extensions really help and I get mine from hair trade. There's a great selection of colours and I love that they don't cost a fortune. For a long time everyone thought my hair was a lot longer than it was, that's how natural they look. I prefer clip-ins as I can take them out at the end of the day and they are easier to look after too.

To add to my new full hair I'd love this 'Full of Secrets' hair clip. for those who don't know (and have possibly been living under a rock) It's a Mean Girls thing. There are so many "Mean Girls things" aren't there? The other day my boyfriend turned to me and said 'Jenn, Who's Glenn Coco?' ...anyway, I digress. It's a little pricey for a hair clip but it is gold plated and looks really cute which is a good enough excuse for me! ...And my hair is full of secrets after all.

My lipstick obsession is constantly growing and I've wanted to treat myself to a YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick for a while. I admit it's the packaging that as got me (well done YSL) but the shade Corail Intuitive is something I would get a lot of wear out of too. It's such a luxury product it makes the perfect gift!

It's not Mother's Day without a bunch of flowers. Do you know that Mother's Day is actually the busiest time of year for florists? I always thought it was Valentines Day but Mothers Day actually beats it to the post -a little fact for you there! I'd love my favourite pink lilies to brighten up the house. They smell incredible too!

I'm loving slogan tee's at the moment. I have a few but I feel like the 'I woke up like this' t-shirt from Lauren Pope's range needs to be added to my collection. It works on 2 levels, of course there is the ever so slightly arrogant 'what? I just wake up beautiful' thing but I often wake up with a mood that sticks with me all day. So I'm really bouncy and happy for no apparent reason... 'I woke up like this' or "I hate everyone and everything, don't talk to me" it's just that 'I woke up like this' ....see?


 I'm a massive Disney freak. I have a big box of collectibles that I have saved up over the years and my kitchen has all sorts of Disney themed items. Even Mason watches more Disney films than he does anything else, I'm making sure he is being brought up right! I had a little browse through the Disney Store website the other day and I fell in love with this tea cup. It's such a subtle Disney design so it's actually a little more grown up. I love that there is a coaster that doubles up as a lid too, very handy with Mason running about who has now taken to putting things in my drinks when I'm not looking! (not in a drink-spiking kind of way, more in a Buzz Lightyear wants to go for a swim kind of way!)

More than any of the materialistic things I just want to spend some proper time with my little family in the city that I adore. So a day in London in the sunshine would be the ultimate way to spend Mothers Day in my eyes. Maybe we'll stop for a coffee while Mason has a nap. Perfect.


Any Mother's Day plans?
Are you a Mum?



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Friday, 21 March 2014

GOSH Forever Eyeshadow Stick



When I attended the GOSH Spring/Summer Event the product that really stood out to me was the Forever Eye Shadow Sticks. I love make-up in stick or crayon form, it's much more compact and easy to travel with. You don't even need a brush for these, blending with your finger works brilliantly. GOSH have brought out a lovely range of colours for 2014.

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The colours I received are perfect for me. I love golden shades, and I can see why GOSH have gone for these as they are so wearable and there's at least a couple of shades to suit everyone. There's also a silver, plum, blue and green if you want to move away from the golden tones.

I swatched them on my hand as soon as I saw them and I was so impressed with how they felt. They are not your usual eye crayon, they set so there is no movement. They don't crease or flake at all yet they still feel creamy when applying and are easily blended before they set into place. These are going to be a must for Summer as they are also waterproof! GOSH have thought of everything, perfect for a sun-kissed look and it will stay put all day too!

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02 Beige,  03 Light Copper,  04 Brown, 05 Grey

 Honestly, the swatches didn't budge at all and when I got home I was getting my boyfriend to 'touch it, just touch it!' -He rubbed his finger over my hand and they stayed put and didn't even transfer onto his finger! He was actually a little impressed!

These are great to keep in your bag or your desk at work for a last minute make-up switch up so take your day make up to night very easily.

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 There's no sharpening involved as the bottom twists up and I can see these lasting a really long time too.

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02 Beige,  03 Light Copper,  04 Brown, 05 Grey


These retail at £5.99 each and GOSH Have a great offer on at the moment, buy 1 get 2nd half price.

I can see these being a big hit this Summer so I recommend you snap up a couple! 


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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

New Pastel Barry M Gelly Hi Shine - Huckleberry and Sugar Apple


Lots of brands have gone down the gel nail polish route an I have to say Barry M Gelly Hi shine are my favourite of the bunch.

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I think they are one of the cheapest but that doesn't mean that they lack quality.  I find them really long lasting and the glossy shine they give is so luxurious you would think you'd been to a salon. It's certainly not what you would expect from a £3.99 nail polish from the high street.


Along with my love of Gelly Hi shine, I make no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of pastel nails. I think they look amazing with a tan and really give that Spring feeling.


When I heard there were some new shades being launched for 2014 I was hoping that some pastels would be in there. They had a great selection the first time round so to me it seemed like the next step, especially as we move in to the warmer months.


An e-mail dropped in my inbox announcing the 3 new colours were 'Rose Hip' a creamy pale pink, 'Huckleberry' (Though my bottle has Huckleburry on the bottom -anyone else?!) a gorgeous pale blue and my favourite, 'Sugar Apple' a soft mint shade. Mint is probably my favourite nail colour and Greenberry was my favourite shade in the original Gelly Hi shine line up so a cooler version was right up my street.

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 Sugar Apple


Like before, they are really long lasting and I think they look fab. I like that the bottle has the silver lid too, it makes them stand out from the normal Barry M nail paints.

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Huckleberry


The consistency is pretty good for a pale polish, I often find they can be a bit wishy-washy but these are opaque in 2 coats.


I resisted buying the third Shade 'Rose Hip' which is such a lovely pale pink and don't get me wrong, I love it. But I was wearing my Essie 'Fiji' at the time of swatching it in Boots and it's almost identical. So I didn't need it but if you want a dupe for Fiji, 'Rose Hip' is pretty close!



If I were you I'd snap up all 3 while Boots still have their 3 for 2 offer on!





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Monday, 17 March 2014

Bobble Bottle Review


I'm so terrible at drinking enough water. For a while I used to have a plastic cup that I would mark each hour to ensure that on the hour it had to be empty and then was refilled to the top again for me to drink before the next hour was up. This actually made me drink a bit more. I'm such a child, it seems like if I made it into a game I'll stick to it better! After having Mason I got out of that habit. I guess time just flies by and you forget to even eat, let alone drink enough glasses of water!

It doesn't help that the water in my area is terrible. Sometimes it is white as it comes out of the tap! The chalk just makes it horrible and in turn is far less appealing to drink! 

I know how important it is to drink water. Not only to stop me snacking, flush out toxins from the body strengthen the immune system, but to make me look and feel healthier too. 

It's easy to say I'll carry a drink with me but shop bought bottles can be expensive and refilling a bottle could mean you end up with horrible water, especially if you live in my area anyway! 



When I was offered the chance to try out the Bobble bottle I thought this would be just what I needed to keep me hydrated. The bottle comes with a carbon filter to make sure your water is nice and pure before it gets to your lips -perfect. It looks pretty cute too, I love the bright  pink cap!

I keep it at my desk in the day and have it chilling in the fridge overnight so the first drink of the morning is lovely and cold. Carrying it around with me is great too as I know where ever I fill it up the water will be filtered. The carry cap keeps the spout clean and it can be looped around a buckle or backpack so it's easy to transport if needed.



 It's really lightweight too so it doesn't weight my bag down like a lot of water bottles can. It's easier for me to have a bottle of water around rather than glasses as I know that if Mason gets hold of it there won't be a big mess from knocking it over. If you have kids or pets running around you'll understand!

The filter lasts long enough for 300 refills! And you can just buy a new one for about a fiver when you need to. It's saving you loads of money and doing your bit for the planet too!
The bottle itself is £9.99 and comes in a range of colours. If your New Years Resolution to drink more water has slipped a bit I suggest you get yourself one of these.



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Saturday, 15 March 2014

GOSH Frosted Nail Lacquer - Rose and Soft Coral


I have to admit, GOSH is one brand I forget to check out when looking for a nail polish, I'm not sure why, I suppose I'm always heading straight for Barry M, Models Own or Rimmel, their bright colours just stand out to me. GOSH's nail polishes have always kind of gone under the radar for me and I don't often see much about them in the blogosphere (not a fan of that word -not sure how else to put it though!).

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But at the GOSH Spring/Summer event I received these two little lovelies in my gift box and I'm very impressed! The Frosted Nail Lacquers are quite similar to the Barry M Textured Nail Paints, a textured glitter with a matt finish to them. They are extremely pigmented and only need one coat to cover the nail perfectly. You don't need to apply any sort of colour underneath, they do just fine on their own. They basically look like a glittery sand! 

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The rose gold shade '05 Frosted Rose' is beautiful and I can see it being used all year round, for adding some sparkle to a sunkissed look right through to the Christmas party season. I love rose gold at the moment so this is already a big favourite of mine and I've got a few designs planned using this beauty!

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05 Frosted Rose

'07 Frosted Soft Coral' is a peachy-coral glitter. It's a little more subtle but still a great shade to add something a special to a girly look. The flecks of glitter really catch the light and I think this would look great as an accent nail alongside a pastel shade.
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07 Frosted Soft Coral 

They are £3.99 which is a great price and they currently have a buy one get 2nd half price offer on too -BARGAIN! BY THEM ALL!

GOSH will be releasing 3 more shades in April for Superdrug's 50th anniversary so keep a look out for those. There's a lovely pale blue which I already have my eye on! 
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I will remember to check out the GOSH stand when I'm looking for a new nail colour in the future as these are really great value for money.


Have you tried GOSH nail polishes before?





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Friday, 14 March 2014

A personalised Canvas from Canvas Design


I've always taken loads of pictures. I'm that annoying person on nights out that shouts 'get together' for a big group selfie - my friends will vouch for this! When I became a Mum this habit hit over-drive! I must have taken about 30 pictures day in the first few months after Mason was born!

I printed a few of them but some were just a bit more special and needed displaying. I had a spare half hour one day and I used this time to get creative and made a picture focusing on different parts of Mason's body. The pictures are all from his first month so they are really special to me.




When I was sent a code to have a personalised canvas printed from canvas design I knew this was the perfect picture to use. It's made for an excellent screen saver but I knew it would look better hanging on the wall! 

They are really affordable, with prices starting at £7.99 you can create lovely pieces for your home with no trouble at all. They are 100% cotton canvas on a thick pine frame which are all stretched by hand. 

Ordering the canvas is easy. You just upload the image and choose the size you're after. They offer square canvases as well as the standard rectangular options so you can have a little play around and see what you like best.  You can view how it will fit and decide whether you want the image to wrap around the sides or leave them white. You can even add effects if you want to. Sizes range from 6" to 72" and it's recommended that you use the highest resolution as possible so your image isn't distorted at all when the size is increased. 

Once the order was placed I received my canvas 3 days later. It was extremely well packaged so there is no worry of it getting damaged in transit. This is really impressive considering the delivery is free! 

I am over the moon with how this looks! The quality is incredible and they even included the fixings to hang it on the wall. It's made my living room much brighter and I'm now reminded of how small my little boy was every day! 



The lovely people at canvas design have also given me a code for my readers. If you place an order just enter BLOG15 at the checkout and you'll get 15% off your order. With Mother's Day coming up one of these would make a lovely present! I completely recommend this company and I'll definitely  be ordering a few more as I continue to keep snapping away with my camera!




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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

GOSH Spring Summer 2014 Event


Last night I attended the launch of GOSH's Spring/Summer line.
There are some amazing products coming your way! 

After a gorgeous walk in the sunshine over Waterloo bridge I made my way to Covent Garden for the event. With the sun out I was already in a great mood, then I had an evening of make up ahead of me! Amazing! What a great way to spend a Tuesday.

The team talked me through the products while I sipped on something sparkly.

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The first stand was of GOSH's best selling products, of course their amazing brow palette made an appearance. If you want something to tame your brows that is affordable then I really recommend you try this! 

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My first peak at the range was of the new Velvet Touch Lipsticks. I've been a big fan of GOSH's lipsticks for a while and they have 8 new colours hitting the shelf. Enriched with Vitamin E they are very moisturising and look great. There's a lovely nude I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of!

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One product I think you will be hearing loads about is the Lip Lacquers. Packaged like a mini nail polish (don't try to use these when you've had a few drinks, you might end up with lip gloss covered nails!) with a doe foot applicator they are pitched as a manicure for your lips. They are not quite a gloss and not quite a lipstick with great staying power. The lovely Harriet from Z-Pr said she had been wearing her beautiful red shade since 9 that morning and only reapplied once or twice, that's really impressive! They are enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil so they are really nourishing too. There are 8 colours being released, raging from 'Dangerous Lips' that is really a pigmented red with amazing coverage to 'Sweet Lips' which offers a hint of colour with high shine. I tried on 'Crispy Lips', which is a gorgeous barbie pink and I was so impressed with not only the colour but how creamy it felt. I have a feeling these are going to be a big hit this season!

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I think another big hit for GOSH will be the Prime N Set primer and mattifying setting powder. It can be used as a base and also on top of make up to combat shine. This was applied on top of my foundation by the make up artist and it's incredible. It's excellent that there is now a cheaper alternative to MAC, although this one doesn't make you appear as white, which is great!

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My favourite product of the night has to be the Forever Eyeshadow Sticks. They have 8 gorgeous colours and when I swatched them on my hand I was so impressed with their staying power! No smudging and they didn't rub off at all. They just set perfectly. The make up artist put the grey on me which is darker than I would go for but it really looked great! I won't go in to too much detail as these gorgeous babies need their own review, but trust me, they are amazing!

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The team were offering manicures using their new range of polishes and I had just painted my nails so I didn't get mine done but I did see the colours available. The Frosted Nail Lacquers are beautiful! They look like you've dipped your nails in glittery sand! 

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In April it's Superdrug's 50th birthday and lots of brands will be releasing products to tie in with this. GOSH will be releasing 3 more of their frosted nail lacquers in pastel shades which are gorgeous for Spring. The soft blue is my favourite.


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My night ended with being given a luxurious goodie bag with the new range to try and I headed off to meet my friends for dinner. I can't wait to have a proper play with my new goodies. 


Is there anything in particular you would like me to review?
Will you be trying any of the new range?








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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms Review



So it had to be done. I jumped on the Revlon Balm bandwagon. I'm a massive fan of Revlon lip products, there's always a lip butter in my handbag and their Revlon Red lipstick is a massive favourite of mine. 

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Like many bloggers the offers around got the better of me. The infamous 3 for 2 in Boots was calling and Superdrug decided to snip £2 off these beauties. It was inevitable that I'd be making a purchase!

After a lot of research I opted for these 3...


 I had my eye on Shameless from the moment the Revlon Matte Balms were launched. It's such a daring colour and after wearing a lot of the purples in the Autumn/Winter I thought this was great to move the plum shades into the warmer months. It's a touch brighter without being too 'WOAH, her lips are PURPLE!'...if you get me?
Although I loved the colour, I was concerned this wouldn't suit me. But after a chat with a few BBloggers on twitter they helped me decide I should go for it. And I'm glad I did.

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I wanted a more wearable shade but still gave me a bit of colour and Elusive does just that. It's a lovely dusky pink that is actually even more beautiful with the matte finish. 
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I love coral, it's a favourite of mine in Spring so with Revlon offering a couple of shades veering towards the coral side I had a bit of thinking to do. Audacious looked gorgeous but it had big similarities to my favourite coral lipstick, Vegas Volt by MAC. I took this lipstick with me when I planned to purchase these just for comparison and I was right -almost identical. Audacious was just a little more orange toned. So Mischievous was the last Matte balm I added to my basket. It's not as orange as the packaging would have you believe but a shade that really brightens and is really on-trend this season too.

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I love these and I've had to stop myself picking up a couple more. I'm tempted by a couple of the red shades. The staying power is great and they aren't at all drying, which was a big concern of mine due to my chapped lips. I find adding a lip balm underneath gives them a bit more shine if that's what you're after but I really do love the matte effect. The twist up bottom means there's no sharpening involved but I do think as I use them this will get rid of the point at the end of the crayon so it might be difficult to apply neatly. Only time will tell!


Have you got any of these? Which colours did you go for?



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