Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Lack of willpower....

The other day I went into Boots with the fully intending to purchase one item, a mascara and a mascara only. And perhaps some of those ponytail bands without metal in them if they weren't a ripoff. This is the result.....

Guys, meet Blue Moon and Mystic Mauve. These two babies are Models Own shimmer polishes, available for £5 each at Boots and the Models Own website. If you follow Models Own on Facebook you may have noticed Mystic Mauve was mentioned in one of their posts earlier this week (or maybe it was last week, my short term memory is shocking!) and when I saw it I fell a little bit in love. I know this isn't the greatest picture, my camera isn't that great and even in the daytime my house is pretty dark but can you see how foily these polishes look? Sehr beautiful, and this is sans topcoat! Add a shiny topcoat and the both the colour and the shimmers are multiplied by about a million!! These are pretty full on, definitely not for work but soooo pretty and ideal for a night out or if you can get away with it at work. As far as wear goes, I can't really comment. As I can't wear polish whilst on placement I painted my nails on Friday evening using Nails Inc A&E basecoat and Sally Hansen Mega Shine topcoat and I had no issues until I had to remove it on Sunday night..... If you spend over £10 Models Own in Boots at the moment you get a free lipgloss.
I chose Tangerine, a bright coral colour. It reminds me of the coral Nails Inc/InStyle polish from earlier this year. This is pretty pigmented for a gloss and is very shiny. Again I'm not really sure how long this lasts as the colour does not suit me AT ALL so when I applied it I had to remove a little and smudge it in a bit so I was probably wearing less than you would normally wear. This retails for £5.
Verdict - I now have a few Models Own polishes along with a few other bits and bobs and I'm pretty happy with them. Although I have a few colours that I wouldn't usually wear (Neon Pink Face Paint comes to mind...) they are really pigmented and long-lasting. Worth a look at the very least, there are loads of colours to choose from, your bound to find something you love!


Just a quickie showing some badboys I recently finished, not just hit pan but completely exhausted!
Firstly, Simple Intensive Lip Moisturiser arrived through my door after I signed up as a Simple VIP member, where you are sent samples and Simple information. Although I have used some Simple products before this is the only one that I reached for frequently. It moisturises and softens wonderfully and this lasts for a good few hours meaning I can chuck some on when I get to work and don't usually need to reach for any balm until lunchtime! It applies easily and the packaging is standard Simple, effective but nothing fancy. Thumbs up!
This is another sample, Max Factor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara in Rich Black. I got this in a makeup bag free when I spent £15 or so on Max Factor in Boots. I used this while on my last placement every day and I had no flakes or smudges and it held my curl all day, pretty outstanding when you've spent the day on your feet running around in a sweaty mess (sounds gross but its true). Messy mascara is the last thing you want to worry about. It doesn't add tons of length or volume and looked quite natural on me but that is exactly what I look for in a everyday mascara. A friend recommended Masterpiece Max to me the other day and I'm going to give that one a go in the next few weeks.....
Finally No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in 55 Wheatsheaf. I have been using this shade of eyeshadow since I was 14 years old and I borrowed it off my mum. Its great for when I can't be bothered/am in a rush and just want a wash of something that isn't too in your face or garish.
Seriously, it is IMPOSSIBLE to take a good swatch of this! I'll try again with a different camera, I appreciate this is a pitiful effort. It's a pale goldy colour, wears a good 7-8 hours without a primer and even when it does crease it is minimal. Absolute winner! I will repurchase again and again, this must be like my 3rd or 4th one.


OOOKKKKK.....So I haven't wrote in ages, I started back at uni and am currently on placement so was going to pack it in, but honestly I can't just do placement and my course for the next 9 months until I finish, I'll go mad! Especially with dissertation thrown in :( so from now I'm going to pull my finger out!
So the other day I had a (very small) clear out of one of my drawers and decided there was a few bits I could live without.....

Garnier Nutritionist Regenerating Eye Cream
Where to start..... This eye cream did nothing for me. I use an eye cream because although my skin is usually oily/normal combination, I can get dry patches under my eyes and on my cheeks if I don't keep these areas moisturised. So I was at my boyfriends, forgot my regular eye cream and got this as it was 50% off or something in Superdrug, I'm just glad I didn't pay full price for it. It did little to moisturise my undereye area and required a lot of product to make the area feel comfortable. I have used about half of the tube but with so many eye creams that are (in my opinion) better and cheaper, this one is chucked.

Mellor & Russell Eye Revival Roll On
So this looks pretty similar to the Garnier eye roll on serum and I got it in Tesco for under 3 quid on offer. I figured, in my seemingly never ending quest to find the ultimate eye cream, that it was worth a bash. My first thoughts were that it took a while to dry making it unsuitable for use in the mornings when I need to get up and go, and that for a serum it didn't feel that moisturising to me. However my experiences with this product were cut short when I tried to use it one evening, nothing would come out. So I shook it and tried again. Nada. Third time lucky? No, third time showered my room, and me, in serum. Bin.

Clinique 3 Step System
Pssssh. I truly feel I was mis-sold this entire shebang. Even if this wasn't the case, I don't like it. I was having trouble with my skin being a little spotty and temperamental and on a whim in Boots allowed myself to have one of those skin consultations at the Clinique counter. I was told I have skin that should fit into system number 1, for very dry to dry skin. My skin usually is normal/oily combination, there are dry patches in the deepest darkest depths of winter but very small. However, against my better judgement I placed myself in the hands of those who know best. Supposedly. The Facial Soap stripped my skin leaving it feel dry and tight, moreso than I have ever felt with any other cleanser. The toner did nothing to soothe this and finally the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion was waaaay too heavy for my skin, leaving it feel hideously greasy and making my makeup slide right off, even if it did stop the tightness caused by the cleanser. This went on for months while I stuck to it determined it would help my skin eventually, until I decided enough was enough and swapped to a oil-free lighter moisturiser. The greasy patches under my makeup disappeared and my spots started to vanish until I gradually replaced all of it with MUCH better products for my skin, and it has never looked better!
Have you tried any of these products? What were your experiences? It'd be interesting to see how you feel about them...