Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Less is More

Bellapierre sale now on at secretsales.com, great reductions but be quick only one day left to shop!


Thursday, 10 November 2011

A/W Nails

I adore buying nail polish! I treat my nails as an accessory, an outfit is just not complete without painted nails and I tend to base my choice of polish on the colours that I am wearing that day. During summer, there was more of an opportunity to wear the entire rainbow spectrum on your finger tips, since it is such a colourful season. From neon brights to pastel shades, I was wearing them all..well tried to. Sadly we are now in the season of Autumn and that means colder weather and warmer colours such as camel browns, burgundy reds, mustard yellows and dusty greys. Consequently this limits what colours you can wear on your nails so for this A/W I plan to stick with reds, nudes and metallics and here are a few that I have tried and tested. 




This is a Nails Inc. polish in the shade 'Basil Street', a nude/beige colour, which I got with the latest issue of Glamour magazine. I have wanted to try a shade like this for a while now, so I was glad to get it free. It's not exactly the 'greige' colour that I've been searching for, it is much browner and may not work with every skin tone. Unfortunately, I found that I had to apply the polish 3 times to get the colour to come through as the product is very thin. I love the colour despite the time spent applying it, and it seems to go with most colours I have been wearing this season. 


I'm a huge fan of Revlon nail polish, not that I tend to buy much of it..at £6.49 each I really can't afford to buy them regularly. Feeling impulsive, I decided to treat myself and since it was 3 for 2 at Boots that was even more of an encouragement. These are the shades I chose, from left to right: 570 'Vixen', 091 'Smoky Canvas' and 680 'Revlon Red'.


'Vixen' was the shade I liked the least out of these three Revlon varnishes as it just didn't match with my skin tone. This is an extremely dark colour which made my hands look awfully pale or as my mum would describe as "corpse like". This is how my nails looked with just one coat (excuse the poor photo) and this is the colour I was expecting from the polish. However, one coat wasn't enough as the product is just too thin for one and so a second coat was applied which made my nails very dark...not good. I was instantly thrown off by the colour as it didn't suit me at all, I could only recommend to those with a very good tan or black skin.


This is 091 'Smoky Canvas' basically a light grey. It's not a colour I think I will wear a lot but it is ideal if you're looking for something simple and low key. Again, much like Nails Inc.s 'Basil Street' this colour would only suit certain skin tones and takes 2 applications to give best results. This polish could compliment most colours in this A/W fashion colour trends so I would't put it down as a complete no no but not necessarily a must have either. This is actually a new shade that has been introduced to Revlon's nail varnish range so right in time for this season.  


You can't go wrong with red nails, they look good with any outfit and just like red lipstick, give an edge. I love the 'Revlon Red' polish as its bold, striking and sexy! I found it a breeze to apply and only needed one coat which will surely allow me to stretch it out for a good few months, since this is the colour I wear on my nails most of the time and I tend to get through plenty of red varnishes. 


I usually purchase polishes from the 17 range at Boots as there is always a fabulous selection of colours, they don't chip and they're cheap. They are usually rather small so you don't get a lot of product..which I guess could explain the low prices. Never the less, I once again found myself eyeing up the 17 display and chose a polish ideal for this A/W to share on Beauty Blah Blah Blah. This is shade 'Mink' from the selection of Supreme Shine varnishes by 17 that guarantees to last for up to 10 days and retails at £3.99.  


Finally! I have found a 'greige' shade that I'm utterly in love with. This is a lovely colour if you want nude/simple nails, 'Mink' is definitely my favourite nail colour for this A/W. The polish comes with a wide brush so application isn't a hassle and the product is much thicker than the Nails Inc. and Revlon varnishes, however I continued to apply 2 coats. Even my mother adores the colour and would consider buying this polish for herself and all she ever wears is pink on her nails! I would urge anyone to buy this 17 Supreme Shine shade, I promise you'll be most impressed. Although it claims the polish will last on your nails for up to 10 days, I did sadly notice a small chip on one of my nails by the forth day but not enough to complain about. 


A TIP FROM TAMARA

We all hate when our nail varnishes become thick, sticky and impossible to use, so why not store your perfectly pretty polishes in the fridge to keep them chilled. This allows the product to last longer as it prevents drying out.



Tamara x

10-day L'Oreal Paris Haircare Trial

As a member of the ELLEUK online panel, I contribute to surveys and polls regarding fashion and beauty and last week I received an email informing me that I was as one of the selected few chosen to take part in a haircare trial for 10 days. Of course I couldn't refuse free shampoo and conditioner, coincidently mine had run out so I was actually in need! A week had passed and I was delighted to find a surprisingly big (ish) package on my door step and opened to find this treasure...





I was sent two generously large full sized samples of shampoo and conditioner from  L'Oreal Paris's Hair Expertise which has only recently been introduced to the U.K from the U.S. The samples given to me are actually the American products but will soon be available to purchase here in the U.K. These particular haircare products have been targeted at delicate, frizzy and damaged hair. My hair isn't frizzy, however it is rather damaged by frequent use of heated styling. 


From first impressions, they look very professional and worth spending a bit extra for. Botanical oils are found within the ingredients which I've not been aware of, in other shampoos and conditioners. When reading the bottles I noticed that essences of Rosemary, Juniper and Mint have been used. I was concerned that these scents would be over powering and I didn't really fancy having hair that smelt like a lavender bush or toothpaste, but I was pleased to find that the smell of the products were very subtle. 


When applying the shampoo to my hair, I noticed how well it lathered! I always find a good shampoo gives a good lather. Instantly my hair felt sooo fresh and the product is easy to rinse out, so no residue. The conditioner compliments the shampoo perfectly, after the revitalising lather my hair was treated with a soft, creamy and minty finish which was just lovely. I must admit it took a couple of days to see the impact the products had on my hair but I was impressed to noticed that my split ends weren't looking so horrid and my hair was feeling silky soft. Even my other half had a cheeky  try and even he noticed a difference in the condition of his hair. 


And so...


After 10 days I can honestly say, hand on heart, that the L'Oreal Paris's Hair Expertise
shampoo and conditioner left me very satisfied. It was a pleasure to be part of this trial. I would definitely consider purchasing these products, when available in the U.K and I would recommend to anyone with damaged hair. My usual choice of hair care is L'Oreal Elvive, most commonly Full Restore 5; Nutri-Gloss, Smooth Intense or Re-Nutrition Royal Jelly. In my opinion I think all of these, including the trial products, give similar results so I wouldn't say there is a dramatic difference between them. However, I did feel that the Hair Expertise didn't leave my hair as fragrant as I usually like it to be, compared to Nutri-Gloss or the Re-Nutrition Royal Jelly products, for example. Apart from that I have no complaints and I encourage you all to try for yourself. 




RATINGS
Quantity 5/5
Fragrance 4/5
Result 4/5
Overall 4/5


Tamara x

Friday, 4 November 2011

Muji Makeup Storage

For an unnecessary amount of time, I resorted to throwing all my make up products and brushes into one small make up bag, which on a daily basis made it a mission to search through the clutter to find what I needed and in the end I found myself tipping every thing out to only then put back. It was all a total mess! Over time I have managed to make a collection of unused lip sticks, mascaras and blushers, some that I wasn't even aware I had...


I wanted to find a way to organise my make up, I'm a perfectionist and admittedly a bit of a neat freak, so having a bag of beautiful mess just wasn't acceptable. Ideally I needed something that would allow me to categorise my products (face, eyes, lips e.t.c). Whilst watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians...yes I shamefully watch American reality shows...I noticed how the girls organised their make up. 




These acrylic drawers are the perfect, yet simplest way to keep make up organised and since they're clear, you don't have to search through to find what you're looking for. It took me a while to find some for myself that weren't too over priced and at last I came across Muji which had exactly what I needed. I decided to buy them in store but they are available to purchase online and come in a variety of sizes.



This is Mujis Acrylic Box-2 drawer in size w17.5 x d13 x h9.5cm. I bought two of these at a price of £7.95 each and I don't know how I managed without them. They're so efficient and they can be stacked upon one another. I've actually come to realise four drawers really isn't enough for everything, so I do plan to buy more as I just can't seem to stop buying make up! These are a MUST have if, like me, you have an over flowing bundle of beauty that needs a good old sorting. 

Tamara x

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner

Since the age of 15, I have worn make-up and, by friends, have been known to not go a day without eye liner. I have tried liner from most cosmetics brands, whether it be a Kohl pencil liner, liquid liner or crayon liner and it has taken me a fair few hundreds of attempts to master the 'cat eye' flick we girls all seem to love. For the past year I have been using Barry M liquid eye liner in black,  but find that the applicator tends to become soft and flimsy which makes it incredibly frustrating when trying to create a perfect line and flick on my upper eye lid. The product its self gives a perfect result, however the applicator is a let down. 


I then became more aware of gel eye liner and for some time wanted to try it for myself so the other day I purchased Maybelline's EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in 01 Black for £7.99 in Boots. 




To apply the product I use an angled brush, such as this one from Models Own, which came as part of a five piece brush set, found in Boots for £10.


You only need a small amount of the gel to get the bold line you're hoping for, unlike some liquid eye liners I have used, where I need to apply more of the product to develop the depth of the black several times. The straight edge of the angled brush allows you to mark and fill in the 'cat eye' flick with precision. No smudges and no touch ups needed. I found using gel liner saves time and there is no need for tissue or cotton buds to fix up any badly drawn lines. This is my result after my first time using the product.




RATINGS
Colour Intensity 5/5
Durability 5/5
Value for Money 5/5
Application 4/5


I would definitely recommend this gel liner by Maybelline, its a small price to pay for a genuinely good make up product. I could only seem to find gel liner in the Maybelline range at the time I bought it, I am aware that Topshop sell one too for £8 which has received good reviews, I may try for myself at some point to compare.  


Tamara x