I probably should've let someone tell me this was a plumping lipgloss and that it is meant to 'tingle'/feel like you're being stabbed in the lips with toothpicks, but I didn't. I bought this at christmas blindly in a half exhausted half generally crazed haul at a Boots sale, in the shade.... It's rubbed off but it's somethingsomething Apricot. I didn't like this, in case you haven't guessed, and for the relatively expensive price, I will never even give this product a second glance. Pretty much the only thing I liked about it was the smell, which, whilst very sweet and sugary, is very nice to my smell obsessed brain. But other than that, the consistency was horrific, like a mixture of superglue and melted plastic, the colour, although I'm a massive fan of anything apricot coloured, was horrible and pinky and blotchy, and it lasted all of two horrifyingly painful minutes before disappearing leaving only that weird throbbing as a reminder. One thing it does do is the plumping, very much so, but that was just another down side for me, as I already have pretty big, full lips that didn't need it in the first place. Never again. Which is sad, because I generally love Soap&Glory and all it's wonderful smelly things.
I HAVE LOTS OF FEELS FOR THIS PRODUCT. LOTS. Where to begin? Well, I'm a sucker for things that smell good, and honestly, if I could just get everything in my life to smell like this 'Australian Balm Mint' I would probably die a very happy orgasmic death of rainbows and glitter. Two, I have very thick loosely curly hair, like so thick and full that rather than being a blessing, it's just a nuisance that needs washing often. This 3 Minute Miricle leaves my hair incredibly glass-shiny, with better results even than some of my high-end hair products, super soft and manageable. I've repurchased it time and time again, and, just like Aussie in general, it has yet to be a let down. You don't need a lot of product to get fantastic results, it's pretty cheap, available in most drugstores and I LOVE IT. I was actually surprised to see that this pretty much trumps the shit out of my Bed Head products too. BUY IT. ENJOY IT. I'm convinced it's magical and was made by fairies, because this product has no flaws. Even the packaging is unique and easy to use!
This... This I like. Partially because of the smell. Sweet Jesus. It's what you would get if someone combined rainbows and sunshine and fruits and sugar. I could, and have, sit here and sniff this for long periods of time, quite happy. Lovely colour, comes out less pigmented on the lips as expected, high shine, and although it looks sticky, it's actually not and lasts for a long time on the lips. I really like it. Partailly waterproof and definitely wearproof. A good MAC product, worth the money.
Liquid -Rimmel - Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
LePetiteAnglaise 7/16/2012 10:03:00 AM
HELL YES I WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN. One thing; I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION. I had this in a much darker shade back when I had really bad acne, and I remember it being the first foundation that really had a decent level of coverage and a really natural matte finish without powder. It's partially waterproof and extremely long lasting, with a very wide variety of colours and tones. I repurchased this in a much lighter shade, Ivory 100, and have absolutely fallen in love again. I really suggest it for blemished skin, even a little goes a long way. Doesn't move or smudge off the skin once set, but has an odd gel-like texture that can be a bit odd at first. The only real downside is that this takes a while to set; it feels very wet at first, and you shouldn't overdo the amount you use - otherwise it can look unnaturally one coloured. Just a little, and I'm sure you'll like it as much as I do. It's also quite cheap, about £8 - 9.00 here in England, so a really good buy. I took this foundation on holiday with me to Spain, and it lasted well in the heat, sweat and water, only coming off when I wrestled around a bit in the pool. Looks fantastic and natural when used correctly, revitalises the complexion and giving long lasting life and luminosity. Yep, I love it.
So I had a mad moment; me and my friends went into Bobbi Brown and went a little fangirly - I ended up spending about £120 on things and this was one of them. But I don't regret it one bit. Bobbi Brown, for me at least, has yet to disappoint, even if it does leave me penniless and living on breadsticks for a week whenever I want something. And this lip balm is just that, expensive but brilliant. It's instantly soothing, illuminating, and moisturises the lips instantly. Lovely package, lovely product. I have nothing bad to say other than its worth the money and the living on breadsticks.
Blush -Bourjois - Little Round Pot blush in 95 Rose de Jaspe
LePetiteAnglaise 7/16/2012 9:44:00 AM
I bought bought this in a drugstore for £3 when I was thirteen, and despite owning blushes now from MAC, Sephora, MakeUp For Ever, Benefit and others, I still come back to this NEVERENDING blush five years on for everyday colour. It's a wonderful, natural colour, a dusty peachy-pink, which applies and blends well for a long lasting 8 - 9 hour wear. The upside? Aside from the wonderful colour, texture, wearing quality and value, THE SMELL. SWEET JESUS. IT'S SOOOOO GOOD. I don't know what it is.... But it just smells like sea and sand and holidays and sun cream and fruit and coconut and Aussie Miracle Moist conditioner. It's beautiful. I love this product. The only downside is the brush that comes with. I mean, really Bourjois? If they'd stuck a banana in there it would have been more useful. Just throw the brushy-thing away and enjoy.
I, unexpectedly, really really like this foundation, particularly for summer. It's light and doesn't feel heavy on the skin, and hardly oxidises at all. The shade range isn't bad, 103 - True Ivory fits me, pale but outdoorsy, perfectly. The coverage is probably medium light, and isn't what I would call buildable, but has a really lovely, flattering semi-matte satin finish which looks good in all lights. I use this as a base foundation, over areas where there is little discolouration/blemishes, and then Rimmel's 25 Hour Foundation and Collection 2000's Concealer in areas where I have scars/blemishes. It looks incredibly natural, and is easy to blend. This is a perfect foundation for someone with clear/semi-clear skin, or for someone who is just starting out with makeup and wants a natural looking, but certainly enhancing, foundation. It also has SPF 15 in it, which is fantastic, and my only major downsides to this foundation is that it only lasts 5 - 6 hours with powder, and that it's not particularly sweatproof/wearproof. But it's a nice foundation and deserves more of a hype than it has - giving illumination and protection in a natural, light coverage perfect for summer.
This was on offer, normally about £8, sale for £5. I'm actually a huge fan of Rimmel, - their foundations are normally fantastic, eyeshadows and liners are decent and mascaras are usually good. This... wasn't for me. I have very thick, medium length eyelashes which are very closely packed and feathery, and the frankly frighteningly massive bristled brush that this has just got caught in the thickness of my lashes and left a mess. It's certainly not waterproof either, being a swimmer, a thought this would be good, but it runs a funny diluted black residue when wet. I don't know who I'd suggest it to, - the formula's too thin for thinner lashes to build volume, and not good for unusually thick lashes either. It needs practised application too. I wouldn't advise this, but hey, if it works for you, great.
Foundations -Garnier - BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One
LePetiteAnglaise 7/16/2012 9:12:00 AM
When this first came out, I was in the drugstore within seconds, practically drooling over this product and doing a perfect impression of 'ShutUpAndTakeMyMoney'. When I first started wearing makeup in early high school, I plunged into research about alternatives to heavy, fussy skin bases such as foundation and concealer, and found out about Asian BB creams. I purchased a couple from Amazon and such, and despite the hefty shipping price from Asia to London, they were fantastic. So when Garnier released this, at around £7, I was pretty excited. I bought the lightest shade of three, 'Light', which matched my pale-outdoorsy complexion perfectly - but I imagine the shade range must have been trouble for many. However, once I applied this, wore it out for a day and returned home, I threw this right back into the back of my makeup box and returned to my favourite Asian BB cream. THIS WAS NOT GOOD FOR ME. Having oily skin, even as I applied the cream, the texture is thick and oily, and leaves a heavy residue. The coverage is minimal, and the Garnier BB cream has an odd, almost glittery/shimmery finish, which even for someone who had perfectly clear skin, like I did at the time, did not complement anyone's skin. It looked greasy. It felt sticky and strange. It faded and left orangey streaks of oxidisation. Honestly, this is a product that works differently for every person. But I will certainly not be buying this again, and I think many have had the same opinion, because not long after the launch of Garnier's BB Blemish Balm Miricle Skin Perfector, they launched a Oil Free version, which is, hopefully, an improvement on this terrible mistake of a product.