Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Bourjois Spring Trends Giveaway Win!

I've been meaning to get this post up for such a long time! I just haven't had the chance and I also wanted to make sure I tried all the products out first!

So a couple of months ago, I won a Bourjois giveaway on Twitter! I was so excited as I had never tried any of these products before. And I never win things! aha.

They arrived soon after and I have to admit, the brightness of them did seem a bit daunting!
I'm very much into my simple but pretty make up with not too much colour other than on the lips really, so this is something different for me!

Firstly, Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51.
I have seen so many people have and use this over the years, yet I've never tried it out myself - and I have no idea why not.
So, I got sent this in '51' I know there is a darker one called '52'. The shade I have it in acts more as like a subtle tone on my skin tone when I apply it like bronzer. I have read some people have found it beneficial as a highlight along with using '52'.

I do really like this product, the packaging is really sleek and easy to carry around with you. It is workable and you can build up on it. Unlike shade '52', this one is also "filled with glints of sunshine" but has much more of a shimmery finish  whereas, '52' gives a much more matte look.
Both are quite different so I'll be interested in buying the darker one.

Secondly, I tried out the Volume Glamour Max Mascara. I really liked the look this mascara managed to achieve  with my eyelashes. They certainly did look more voluminous and the colouring was a deep dark black. Perfect, the sort of mascara I love to use!
The lasting power of this was really good, I didn't notice any fall out over the day either which is always a bonus.

The only thing I found with this mascara was it is really hard to get off! I was only using make up wipes so that might be why, but boy did I have a hard time getting it off. I don't really mind though, it did achieve a nice look. 

So as some of you may have noticed, Bourjois have released as new lipstick line called the 'Rouge Edition'. If you pop into Boots you'll be able to check them out, I think there are around 20 different shades, so there is bound to be one you like! I was sent it in 07 'Fuschia Graffiti' and as you can see, its quite bright!

I've tried it a few times and I think the colour would look really nice with the monochrome trend at the moment, in order to have more of a statement look. I'm still a bit uncertain about it, but that is the only way I can think of pulling it off for me at the moment. It is really moistruising though and hasn't dried my lips up at all, which is always good! It is really pigmented and has a shine finish.

Lastly, the two purple delights. To be honest, I had never really thought about wearing purple on my eyes, it is just something I never thought of.

The Little Round Pot - Intense - 11 is also referred to as the 'colour shot' eyeshadow. Bourjois claim it offers it is 'pure colour, intense high coverage and ultra long lasting'.
At first I was quite wary to try this out as I didn't think I could find a way of pulling a purple eyeshadow off, especially with its claims of being pure colour and intense. However, I found it worked quite well. It wasn't as bright and intense as I thought it would be and had really pretty flecks of glitter in it. I used this in the inner corner of my eyes, to highlight definition. I'm not sure if I'll wear it as an all over colour yet though!

Secondly, Bourjois' Waterproof Contour Clubbing Eyeliner in 47 - Purple Night. Likewise with the eye shadow, I wasn't quite sure how to wear this. After I tried it out, it wasn't as light as thought it would be. Even though the colour isn't something I would usually go for, I am really impressed with this formula. It is really smooth to apply whilst it really loves live up to it waterproof name. I found it really hard to get off (in a good way) and just with water it didn't move at all, only when I rubbed it did it smudge! I'm really impressed with this eyeliner and although the colour isn't something I would normally go for, I'm definitely going to be picking up in black!

Swatches - 
Little Round Pot - No. 11
Waterproof Contour Clubbing Eyeliner (Purple Night)
Waterproof Eyeliner after being tested with water and smudging.

I'm really impressed with Bourjois and am very pleased with the products I won :)
Check them out yourselves - Bourjois Twitter // Bourjois Website

Please leave me any comments below and any links to blogs! I love stumbling across new ones to follow!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver Review

So I gave into the blogging hype a month ago and I got myself the Enrapture Amplify Jumbo Waver. I saw that they were on the Tesco website for only £29.99, unfortunately they had already sold out :(! However, I found them on the Debenhams website for £39.99, which I was more than happy to pay considering the original price of £75 and the good things I have heard about it already.

I can tell you now that I have fallen in love with this product! I have long thick hair and styling it can often be a nightmare, however, with this it is so easy and quick to use!

The box design! 
How it first arrives! 

My hair after my first time playing about with it!

There are different heat settings which you can alter depending on how you want the definition of the wave to look. I like mine quite defined and I have the heat setting in the middle which I find is hot enough for this.

The packing is so cute and it is easy to store it back in it after usage. It also contains a heat proof pouch, which you can use as a mat. It's perfect for travel!

I was really impressed with how quickly this heated up, I wouldn't say it takes more than a minute to get hot! It's perfect for everyday use as it is just so quick and easy to do! As the barrells on the Waver are quite large, you are able to large selections of your hair in one go, speeding up the process even more so!

What I love about this waver is it is so simple to create beach like voluminous hair, without having to put your hair into plaits the night before! Believe me, I've tried both methods, this one is miles better!

My hair on a night out after lasting the whole day like it :)!

I tend to just set my hair with hairspray, my hair doesn't really like to hold curls but I find I only need to the tiniest amount and it lasts me! It is also nice the day after as well, giving a more natural beach look.

I've seen that some people use sea salt spray to achieve that look, I'm yet to try that out! I've seen Urban Fudge Sea Salt Spray being mentioned a lot, is it any good? :)

I am a massive fan of Enrapture after trying out this product and I definitely want to fill my collection of hair tools with their other ones! I am after the Totem Styler next!

Take a look for yourself :) - Enrapture Website // Enrapture Twitter // Enrapture Stockists 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Update and Marc B - Sample Sale

Hi guys, I'm sorry it has been a while! I've been back and forth with University and being at home, whilst trying to get all my work completed for second year, whilst also in the run up to exams! Which are fast approaching! :(  
(I am currently in Winchester at the moment, with most of my stuff at home, so I apologise if this post is a little bare!)

However, I did make time to go into London whilst at home after seeing that Marc B had a sample sale.
For those of you who don't know, a sample sale is generally referred to when a business or company have excess merchandise, such as samples before final production etc and they sell it on at a reduced price! It was an absolute bargain! 
I was in fact rather naughty, but I couldn't resist the bags themselves and how little the price was! 
So, along with my little sister we went to the Marc B offices with the intention of picking up a bargain, it is safe to say that intention was definitely fulfilled.
I bought five bags and two purses! Having only bought one the day before as well! It is safe to say, my mum wasn't too impressed and my bedroom now needs a rather large clearout! 

Sorry for the rubbish photo! 
All of this was for £40! 
If you saw my March Wishlist, you would have seen a Marc B bag that I had originally wanted, however, when I saw in in real life I decided against it, its a bit too big and bulky for my liking. And the sample sale had so much choice! 

Madison Black Tote - Available for £55.
I got this one for £10, an absolute bargain! I'm so pleased with this one, I think I can get a lot of uses out of it! A real bargain and I absolutely love the quilted effect! The first Marc B bag I owned back in 2008 was a quilted one and is how I fell in love with them so this is definitely one of the reasons I love this so much!
All of the Marc B handbags contain the distinguishable leopard print lining, which is something unique I love about the brand. They even have a leopard print wall in their offices!

Juliet Maroon Tote - Available for £49.
Also for a tenner I picked up the Juliet in maroon. Out of all the bags I think this is the one I am going to get the least amount of use out of. I think its definitely more of a autumn/winter bag, but I still think it is really cute, especially with the signature Marc B gold hardware.   

Lottie (Tan?) Ostrich - Available for £55.

Also for £10 was the Lottie. This is quite a deep tan colour, I can't find it on the exact one website, they have a black and camel one at the moment. But I really love this one, it's really huge, perfect for travelling and taking my things into University in it! 
Whilst at the sample sale, I saw loads of girls going for this one. And for a tenner, it's amazing! 
Lastly, these two bags which I think might possibly be my favourites out of them all! - even so, I had to buy the same one in different colours! It's the Daisy Quilted Tote, I got this in both black and white. I am currently using the black one and it's just the most perfect size for me! Especially whilst carrying everything back Winchester this week! I can't wait to use the white one, I think it'll look really nice in the summer!
I think these are possibly my best buys as they were only a fiver each! 

So for the price of not even one bag, I bought 5! I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for sample sales as as you can see, you can pick up some real bargains! Just don't go too crazy like I did! 
I also got two purses (a quilted white and pink one), if you spent over £50 you got a free purse, which with my sister we did that.  One of the lovely ladies that worked at Marc B said we could pick up another one. So making it even more of a bargainess trip!

My sister with the mahoosive bag we had to carry back from the Marc B offices, full of all our wonderful buys! (which was also extremely heavy!)

I love the Marc B brand and would definitely recommend you checked them out! 

(Heads up: I also saw on the their twitter that there is going to be another sample sale in the next few months) 

Friday, 15 March 2013

Review: OPI - Original Nail Envy

I literally live for this thing! As you can see, I am running incredibly low! :(
If you haven't already tried this out, I definitely recommend you do so. I first heard about this product from my grandma, believe it or not! She is a avid beauty lover also and is always there to try things out and/or give her opinion. I have been nicking this off her for so many years.
The main usage of this product is as a nail strengthener. Personally, I don't have very weak nails nor do I have many ridges but I find it really improves whatever you have. 

You apply this as a base coat. I find that within a day of first applying two coats of it, my nails are already feeling stronger and healthier. I went without this for a few months at Uni and I could really notice the difference between using it and when not. My nails were breaking easily and because of that I ended up just picking at them, far from the perfect nails I want!
Not only does this strengthen your nails and provide a smooth surface, free from any unwanted ridges, it makes them grow so much faster too. This is one of the reasons I love this product so much. It makes such a difference and is the only product I have found to make my nails grow quickly, whilst protecting and strengthening them ensuring they don't break. 

I believe you are meant to apply it frequently during a week, but I only use it about twice. Sometimes I only apply it once, and even then that still makes a noticeable difference. I'd recommend this to anyone. As I have found, between me, my grandma and others who have used it, its not just for people with brittle nails. 
The price is pretty steep at around £18/£19, but it does last a very long time (you get the standard OPI amount of 15ml), and I don't think you need to put it on as often as is suggested (dependent on the individual).  

Available from Boots - £18.65, however, I've found it on Amazon for only £9.33