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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Review

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are the muchly blogged/talked/hyped about thing on the beauty scene at the moment. These balm stains do seem to resemble a certain 'chubby' stick, yes we all know the ones but there is definitely something about the Revlon duplicate that seems much more appealing.

What strikes me as the initial difference between the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable and the Clinique Chubby Stick is the price. I have no qualms in forking out  that little bit extra for high-end products but in my opinion the Chubby sticks just seem hugely overpriced; I can think of much better ways to spend £16. The Revlon product which is currently £5.99 in Boots (usually £7.99) is a much more reasonable price, considering this is a product which is not completely necessary to your make-up collection.

Pictured above is the colour Cherish Devotion 015, I love the packaging of the product and bizarrely enough it has an awesome minty smell. It isn't highly pigmented, so if you do want a visible colour as opposed to a slight tint, you really have to pack on the product. The colour selection in the range is great, although once applied, the colours don't actually appear as bright as the packaging suggests. The only thing I found disappointing was that this product was not quite as moisturising as I anticipated (I am sure this was one of the main selling points) and so I still feel the need for other moisturising products to compensate. Otherwise, this is a nice enough lip product for day to day use.

Overall, I guess it is a rather mixed review and I will let you guys make up your mind! Let me know what you think...

Manicure Monday: Illamasqua

Manicure Monday anyone? Yesterday saw me reach for my favourite Illamasqua polish Grab, I feel like I have gotten myself into a bit of a nail varnish rut lately so I decided to change it up a bit this week and  dig out this old favourite of mine. This colour from Illamasqua is super bright and it's a gorgeous in-between pink and purple shade, I find the Illamasqua polishes are really easy to apply and the colours are really intense. At £13.50, they are quite pricey for a polish but if you want to treat yourself these are perfect and after all; it is Monday!

Let me know what you think, have you tried any polishes from Illamasqua?

Real Techniques Core Collection Review

The Core Collection from Real Techniques is definitely a must have in my eyes; whether you are new to learning about the tips and tricks of make up application or if you are a Pro MUA, this set combines the basic essentials needed.

Although each brush has a specific purpose so to speak, don't let that put you off trying them with different products as I find many of the Real Techniques brushes have a tendency to be multi-functional . This set includes: The Real Techniques Buffing brush, Detailer brush, Pointed foundation brush and a contour brush.

My personal favourite has to be the buffing brush, which I have been using with my Make-up forever HD foundation.

At a reasonable price and in a nifty little carry case too, I cannot fault this set...Have you tried any from this collection or from the range?

Top 5 Hand Creams

I am some what of a hand cream fanatic as the picture above demonstrates. Therefore I thought I would share with you some of my favourites and why I think these are some of the best hand creams on the market.

OPI Avojuice coconut melon hand (and body) cream
This is perfect for Summer as it has a really gorgeous summery scent and at a reasonable £5 it is perfect for your handbag.

Garnier Hand Intensive 7 days
This is probably the most reasonably priced out of the bunch, it does the job perfectly and is easy to get hold of on the high street.

Soap and Glory Hand Food
Soap and Glory products smell great and Hand food is definitely one of my favourite products from the brand. I keep this at home due to this packaging (although mini sizes are available) and I usually use this morning and night. I always think it is good to keep a big pot as well as mini handbag sizes!

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
The Clarins hand and nail treatment cream is definitely regarded as a cult beauty buy and well when it comes to hand cream, this is one of the best that I have tried with regards to effectiveness. Being a more high-end product, it is more expensive then the others previously mentioned but it is certainly a must-have if your hands are in desperate need of some extra TLC.

Laura Mercier Creme Brule Hand creme
The latest addition to my collection is the Laura Mercier Creme Brule hand cream. Again at £13 it is considerably more then some of the other products mentioned but well worth it in my opinion. It is incredibly nourishing and puts moisture back into the skin, however, it was the gorgeous smell that completely sold me on this product. The strong scent is absolutely delicious and the smell really lasts all day- test it first for yourself to see.

Leave your comments and thoughts, I would love to hear them! Thanks for reading :)

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Ok, so I am going to keep this short and sweet as I am certain that you have all heard plenty about this brush from other bloggers and of course if you watch the lovely Pixiwoo's on YouTube.
In my opinion, the Stippling Brush from Real Techniques is the ultimate foundation brush and it is pretty multi-functional; working brilliantly with blusher and highlighter in either cream or powder form. It blends products beautifully, leaving a flawless look; an all round winner!

(Told you I was going to keep this short) :)

Daily essentials: Lips

I have always been fond of pinky hue colours when it comes to lips, I think it is a safe but pretty colour and goes with almost every make-up look. When it comes to lip products, I must admit I am a sucker for high-end products, I adore MAC, YSL and Dior lipsticks and I also am a fan of By Terry, Benefit and Chanel glosses. However, not long ago I found myself with a Superdrug voucher and apart from buying a few essentials, I also picked up one of the Revlon Lip Butters...

I went for Strawberry Shortcake in 080 which reminds me of Snob or Cremecup from MAC and I must admit I'm impressed and well it hasn't left my handbag since. I keep this along with my Coconut Lip butter from Marks and Spencer's which smells (and tastes) amazingly- if you like coconut of course and overall I find this combination really great for general touch ups throughout the day.

Which lip products don't leave your handbag? I would love to know.

Make Up Forever HD Foundation Review

So not too long ago I was in Sephora um-ing and ah-ing about whether or not to buy the much talked about HD Foundation by Make up Forever. Now I was sceptical to try this as firstly it is a rather pricey €39 and second of all there has been a lot of mixed reviews about this product. 

However, I gave in to temptation and purchased this foundation and I have now been using it for about two weeks. After applying it with various different brushes and using different techniques, I would recommend using this foundation with a buffing or stippling brush (I like the Real Techniques collection).

A little goes a long way with this product and it really does give you a flawless finish; a look that looks like your skin and not like foundation. It certainly does not give a 'cakey' look, I'd say it is a medium coverage, although I imagine it is pretty build-able too.

Unfortunately, this isn't readily available in the UK but if you are heading to the States or other parts of Europe, it is worth having a look at if you're on the market for a new foundation as there is a whole range of colours to suit all skin tones and well overall it seems to do the job!

Let me know if you have tried this before or what foundations you are currently loving.

Apologies for lack of picture of the product applied. If you check out my Instagram or Twitter you can see some recent pictures where I have used this foundation. @phoebe151 or just Phoebe151 on Instagram.

Apivita Skincare

So it's that time again when my skincare routine gets a bit of a shake up and quite frankly I don't think I have been this excited to try some new products in a long time. Now you may have read about my skincare routine not too long ago and although some of the products still have a very secure spot in my skincare routine (Bioderma's crealine H20 solution and the beauty elixir from Caudalie are definite non movers) there are a few beauty essentials that I am replacing with these little gems from Apivita.

For those of you who are not familiar with the brand Apivita; here is the low down... Apivita is a Greek brand with all products containing 100% pure organic essential oils as well as greek plant extracts from organic cultivations. The best part is that the brand has recently become available in the UK in the brand new Marks and Spencer's beauty department (hooray!) and of course online.

I first discovered this brand whilst travelling in Europe and well I couldn't shut up about their amazing face masks. So for those of you who read my posts or heard me go on, it will come at no surprise that I am very content to be trying more products from this brand.

Firstly, I have been using this cleanser with Propolis which offers mild antiseptic and antioxidant action, the Citrus is also supposed to tone and refresh the skin whilst the juniper essential oil offers rejuvenation.  As if this isn't enough the lemon and tea tree essential oils also regulate oil secretion and offer a matte look; which of course is perfect for oily skin. It is free of: SLES, SLS, mineral oil, parabens, silicones and propylene glycol (yes lots of technical terms) but what I found about this was that it was just so smooth on the skin, definitely one of the best I have used to date. 
This costs about £13 yet definitely worth every penny.

I am quite new when it comes to serums but this Radiance serum is said to protect the skin from premature ageing and it contains antioxidants, propolis, lycopene,vitamin C, pommegranate, rose hip orange, lemon and neroli essential oils which act against dullness whilst also uplifting the mood. 
It is free from parabens, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oil, ethanolamines, phthalates, PCM and NM and is suitable for all skin types. 
I have been using a few drops after cleansing morning and night and so far so good but perhaps I will do a more detailed post in a few weeks to let you know the results after continued use.
At £29.50 this is probably a bit more of an 'investment' piece but I always think that when it comes to skincare prevention is far better then cure. 

Aqua vita 24hour moisture cream contains chaste tree (monk's pepper)which is said to increase the skin's moisture by up to 28% and the Imperata cylindrica helps skin to retain moisture even 24 hours after the application. The honey in this product also hydrates and offers glow to dry skin whilst the green tea water, olive polyphenols and the SPF protect from environmental damages and the sun and not to mention the geranium essential oil heals, hydrates and balances the mood. 
I am already a huge fan of this and love how my make up sits after applying this, I found it very moisturising but by no means greasy. At £25, again it is slightly on the pricier side but if it is within your budget then it is definitely worth a try.

Check out the Apivita site here for more products and details, let me know what you think! 

  • Directions:  Apply cream with a gentle circular motion until absorbed into a clean face and neck during the day and at night
  • Indications:  Avoid eye contact. For external use only
  • Special Size Type:  One size

L'Oreal EverPure Review

When these L'Oreal Ever Pure shampoos and conditioners were released, I was very excited to see sulphate free products available for the first time at an affordable high street price. Normally sulphate free products are only available within high end hair-care ranges, so this was something of a first in the world of hair care. Sulphates are known to be problematic for the hair mainly because they strip it (yes; to an extent this is what we want when cleaning our hair) by removing the natural oils our hair produces and over time this can make dyed hair fade. Another problem with sulphates is that they have been known to cause irritation, so obviously if you can get Sulphate free products; the better.

According to L'Oreal,
 "EverPure Color Care products are 100% vegan and contain naturally-derived cleansing ingredients with no harsh, color-stripping sulfates or salts. An exclusive Anti-Fade system protects and conditions for long-lasting purity."
What I did love was the strong minty scent, which does seem unusual for hair care products and also for once I actually really liked the shampoo; more so than the conditioner. This is unusual for me as usually I am quite indifferent when it comes to shampoo but this left my hair feeling extremely clean. Aside the smell, I also liked the packaging and the line does have different variations available depending on your hair care needs; which is always a plus in my eyes.

In in all honesty, I wasn't that impressed by the after results as there seemed to be no massive change or improvement in in my hair. So I am left undecided, I have almost finished the products and as much as a nice scent and packaging can be, I don't think it will be enough for me to repurchase these products. 

Let me know if you have tried this range... perhaps you have had a different experience.

All used up...#1

Today seems like the perfect day to post my first 'empties' blog post. I usually find that at this time of the year I have some extra time on my hands so I like to have a massive clear out.
These are a few of the products that I have recently used up (and remembered not to throw away!)
So from left to right you have the Bed Head Head Rush shine spray, MAC Studio Moisture Tint in dark (you can see I really have got the most out of this product!) Victor Rolf Flowerbomb (my all time favourite scent) MAC 'Well Dressed' blush, the Caudalie Beauty Elixr and my favourite Molton Brown hand lotion. 

I have already replaced the Caudalie Beauty Elixir as it is something I cannot be without and I will definitely repurchase (or ask for it for Christmas!?) Victor Rolf's Flowerbomb and as for the other products; I have been trying out alternatives which I will be telling you guys all about very soon.

Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday and please feel free to leave any comments below!

Laura Mercier Haul

I have been been lusting after some new Laura Mercier products for a while now so after getting this little lot I simply had to show you in a haul before I get down to trying and reviewing them (beauty blogger problems and all that).

So here you can see (from left to right) 

Flawless Skin Face Polish
Mineral Powder SPF15
Full blown Lash Mascara
Tinted Moisturiser SPF20
Laura Mercier Eye Canvas
Creme Brûlée Hand Cream (this smells delicious!)
Fresh Fig Exfoliator

I will be sure to post reviews on the majority of these products (maybe even all of them!) but be sure to let me know which products have got your curiosity running and I will make sure to keep you posted.

Have you tried any of the above or any other Laura Mercier products? I would love to hear about them! 

Sleep your skin to perfection?

I have always been a fan of The Body Shop; I think it's such a great go-to store when other department stores or drugstores can leave you feeling overwhelmed with their huge selection of products and ranges. I have recently been trying out the Nutriganics Smoothing Night cream and I am yet to find fault with it. I have wanted to invest in a night cream for some time and after some research, I found this organic range from The Body Shop which was created for the first signs of ageing. This cream in particular is hydrating and softens and smoothes the skin; my skin definitely feels plumper and more toned and what also attracted me to this product is that 98% of the ingredients are of natural origin, an all round winner!

(I am also pretty sure this is in the current Body Shop sale for around £7.50!)

Do you like The Body Shop products or do you have another night cream to recommend?

A lipgloss filled with antioxidants...

By Terry's Gloss Délectation lipgloss is my absolute favourite lipgloss at the moment, with extracts of antioxidant red berries; it smells (and tastes!) delicious. Unlike any other lipgloss I have tried this has active extracts of cherry pit oil, plum and strawberry butter and gives the immediate sensation of hydration, extra volume and a radiant but subtle shine. Although rich, it luckily has a non-sticky texture and lips definitely look fuller after use. I have the colour Creamy Fig, number 2 which is pictured above  and I find this is a very subtle everyday colour. Unfortunately the only downside is that this pretty little tube comes at a rather costly £29 from Space NK but then again it is by far the best high-end lipgloss I have tried in a long time and so thats why it deserved its own entire post of course! 

Leave any comments or recommendations below :)

June Favourites!

Where has June gone! This month my current favourites have been more from my make up bag as opposed to May where I was going a little skincare crazy. Now some of these have not been mentioned on my blog before but if you are interested I will be posting some reviews.
Firstly I have been obsessed with The Body Shop's Nutriganics night cream, it really is amazing and is currently on sale for only £7.50. Then this Revlon lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake has not left my bag all month as well as my Coconut Lip Butter from Marks and Spencer's. Next is the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in medium which has been perfect for a natural look. My favourite nail polish in June was definitely Essie's Neo Whimsical and finally my trusty Mascara Elastic from Bourjois, it makes my lashes so much longer.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and you can also now find me on Instagram; my username is like my twitter handle- Phoebe151