Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Dolce & Gabbana The Eye Pencil: Chocolate & Bronzo

A while back I purchased a couple of the Dolce & Gabbana eyeliners and I've been using them fairly often (considering the amount of eyeliners sitting in my stash).

I picked up Chocolate (10) and Bronzo (15). Chocolate is (unsurprisingly) a dark chocolate shade that has no shimmer and Bronzo is a pale taupey champagne type shade.

I should have sharpened Chocolate - sorry!

Both of the shades swatch intensely and the texture is quite creamy, although Bronzo has more glide where as Chocolate is slightly firmer so I find myself pressing the pencil a tiny bit more on the skin. They don't have as much glide as some of the gel type pencil liners like YSL, however a plus side is that they do wear well and the colour doesn't seem to migrate and I can soften the line with the rubber tipped end.

I love both shades but Bronzo I tend to use only on the lower lash line to give a subtle brightening effect, and Chocolate I use all around as a softer alternative to black.

I bought these from the Dolce & Gabbana counter in Harrods.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Pai Skincare Offer - Free toner with cleanser purchase

Just thought I'd pop this quick post up as I received a Pai Skincare newsletter today to inform of a fabulous offer on their website running for 5 days (or while stocks last) on their cleanser.

With a purchase of the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser you get a free BioAffinity Tonic worth £30 (the cleanser is £25, so a great bargain!)

I haven't yet tried their tonics, so I hastily put in an order and picked the Rice Plant & Rosemary one, I've heard good things about this, so looking forward to trying it out.

I am in no way affiliated with Pai, I just like their stuff.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Mad Men Inspired Nails: L'Oreal Color Riche Spicy Orange

L'Oreal Color Riche 304 Spicy Orange

I had no idea L'Oreal were adding an impressive line-up of nail polish until seeing these in Superdrug and getting rather excited at all the wonderful array of colours. With the 3 for 2 offer (I think it still might be on), I could hardly resist picking up a few of these.

One colour I had been on the look out for was an orangey-red, a kind of colour that I could see worn in Mad Men, and I think this fits the bill perfectly. Spicy Orange (304) appears a little more orange in the bottle (especially in the store lighting) but when applied it leans more red.  While I am a bit red-lippie shy, I adore red on my nails, it just makes me feel instantly more cheerful.

The formula is excellent, it feels much more expensive then the £4.99 price tag - not thick or too thin and applies very smoothly with a slightly rounded shaped brush. With some reds like this I have found that I need a few coats to get an opaque coverage, but with this one it was almost full coverage with one coat (the pic is 2 coats).

I haven't bothered with a top coat as it's quite glossy without and I find this dries rather quick too - all in all I have nothing bad to say about these, I'm super-impressed.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sunny Day! Sunny Pink Max Factor Max Effect Nail Polish

I have a bad habit when it comes to buying nail polish, not just that I can't resist buying a new one regularly, but I'll often buy several at a time, then they will sit there for months before I actually use them. This isn't a reflection on the polish itself, but just my very changeable nail polish moods!

Anyway, one polish that I should have cracked open ages ago is this one, Sunny Pink from the Max Effect range by Max Factor.

Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish - Sunny Pink

Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish - Sunny Pink

Ever since I've applied it I cannot stop glancing at my nails, it's beautiful! Sunny Pink is, as the name would suggest, a golden pale pink - very glowy and ethereal kind of shade and it does look slightly more golden or more pink depending on the light as the above pics show.

I love this as it doesn't contrast a great deal against my skin but compliments it well and gives a polished look with the golden tones giving a nice lift against the dullness I can get sometimes on my dry hands.

This applies very well with two coats being fine for coverage although I've gone for three as this does dry relatively quickly as it's a slightly thinner formula. I haven't used a top coat on this either.

I am loving all these mini sized polishes coming out in the drugstore, perfect for my changeable polish moods:)

I bought this from Boots.