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MAC Lipstick - Impassioned

As it was my birthday last Friday I decided to treat myself to my first MAC lipstick and I think I’ve fallen in love with it.  Ok so actually this isn’t my first MAC lipstick it’s my second, but I don’t really count the first one because I wasn’t keen on it.  I originally bought Please Me but wasn’t keen on the combination of a matte formula with a very subtle colour.  I’m all about the bright lips over here right now!  I also already have a (much cheaper) lipstick which is a very similar colour, so I sold this on and put the money towards a new lipstick in a brighter shade.

I’ve been keeping an eye on reviews of different shades to try and help narrow down my possibilities out of the zillions of shades MAC offer, and I decided to go for Impassioned.

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If you’re a regular blog reader you’ve probably read hundreds of reviews of MAC lipsticks and know exactly what the packaging is like but this is my first review of one so please allow me a few sentences to gush!

I love the simple sleek black packaging of both the box and the lipstick itself.  You can feel the quality in the packaging of the lipstick, the twist up and down is really sturdy, it doesn’t feel loose at all like some lipsticks I have, and the little click when you put the lid back on is very satisfying.

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I know I’ve been a bad blogger and did use this before taking pictures.  I was staying at my boyfriend’s house where there’s nowhere to take pictures and I just couldn’t resist using it as soon as I got it.  They look so perfect when brand new, but we don’t buy lipsticks just to look at how pretty they are do we!
Impassioned is an amplified creme formula which means it’s creamy, highly pigmented and leaves a glossy finish.  MAC describe this shade as an amped-up fuchsia which I think is quite a good description.


I love this shade and it’s the perfect colour for me at the moment.  I personally don’t like nude or neutral shades, I can’t see the point in applying a lip colour that you basically can’t really see.  I much prefer brighter shades and shades that warm up my complexion a bit.  This may change over time though as I only really discovered the joys of lipstick at the beginning of this year, so I may just be going through the lipstick equivalent of a teenage rebellion!

This is really easy to apply, glides smoothly across your lips with no drag at all and provides a really pigmented colour in just one sweep.  I find that after I’ve applied this it settles just slightly (it gets slightly lighter if you understand what I mean) so I usually apply another sweep over the top.  This doesn’t settle into the lines of my lips and only slightly clings to any dry patches (scrub those pesky flakes off beforehand just to be sure).  I have poor natural lip definition but if I apply this carefully there’s no need for lip liner (I’ve actually never used a lip liner!) and it doesn’t bleed.

Amplified creme is not the longest lasting of MAC’s lipstick formulas.  I’ve found that this lasts maybe 2-3 hours but it leaves behind a stain of colour that still looks really good and stays in place until I remove it.
I love everything about this lipstick and it’s now my new favourite!

MAC lipstick in Impassioned is £14 and is available from the MAC website and MAC concessions (if you’re lucky enough to have one near you).

Becky x
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Sample thoughts - Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Super Creme

I wouldn’t normally write a review of a sample sachet, especially when it’s skincare as they don’t include anywhere near enough product to test it out properly.  However, going on first impressions I’ve decided to blog about Ole Henriksen’s Truth Revealed Super Creme.

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I have so many sample sachets floating around but I noticed this lurking in a box of products (the orange sachet is rather eye catching) so I thought I would give this a try next.  I’ve been using this morning and night for a few days now and it’s still going with possibly a few more days left in it.

Taken from the Ole Henriksen website (I’m not sure about the big scientific sounding names but the ingredients do sound good):

‘Micro Algae works to firm the skin and boost collagen production while Tripeptide-5 stimulates collagen synthesis to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles made from repetitive facial expression.  Omega 3 Happiness Concentrate improves micro-circulation which contributes to a radiant and vibrant complexion.  This SPF creme is full of anti-oxidents like Vitamin A (derived from carrot extract), Vitamin E and Seaweed to protect skin from environmental damage and harmful sun rays’

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This is quite a rich reasonably thick cream that smells absolutely amazing, like sherbet or refreshers!  You only need to use a small amount and it applies so nicely.  It absorbs straight away and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and moisturised and slightly plumped.  Luckily I don’t have any wrinkles yet and I don’t think I really have any fine lines either but my skin has been looking really good since I started using this cream. I think this has already helped improve the appearance of my acne scaring, redness and some pigmentation I have.

So I took to the Internet to look for the full size product….and I discovered I’d need to remortgage to be able to afford it!  Ok so I don’t actually have a mortgage and it’s not that expensive (well it is, but not as expensive as some products) but basically this is something I certainly can’t afford at the moment.

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Image taken from the Ole Henriksen website

Prices seems to vary across the Internet but I have seen them range from £41 up to £63.  If you can afford this sort of price tag then I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

Becky x
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bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss - Oh So Cosmo

I enter all sorts of competitions all the time and this means sometimes I receive a package with a prize in and I won’t even remember having entered to win it!  This is the case with the product I’m reviewing today which is one of bareMinerals brand new Marvelous Moxie lip glosses.

The information that came with the lip gloss informs me that this is a shade created especially for Cosmopolitan Magazine called ‘Oh So Cosmo’.  So I’m assuming I entered my details on the Cosmopolitan website hoping to be one of however many people to be picked to receive one, and I obviously was! 

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bareMinerals teased us for a while on Twitter with the hashtag #ohsomoxie before releasing a new range of lipsticks, lip glosses and lip pencils.  Moxie (pronounced mox-see) means shameless sass, all-out spirit, total passion overload with plenty of attitude to match.  So you apply one of these lip products and you’ll instantly transform into Beyonce!

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Just look at how cute the pink tube looks!  This is an amazing baby pink colour which to be honest isn’t the sort of shade I would usually pick myself.  Not because I don’t like the colour (I think the colour is really nice) but because pale colour lip glosses often seem to lose their colour on my lips, so I might as well just be wearing a clear gloss.

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This is a satiny-smooth gloss which provides sheer-to-medium coverage and lots of shine.  This contains naturally derived Shea, Avocado and Murumuru butters to deeply hydrate and smooth lips.  It also contains an infusion of minerals and vitamins A, C and E.  Having just checked the ingredients I was surprised to find this contains lavender (which I’m allergic to) but I haven’t noticed any kind of reaction while wearing this.
This applies really smoothly and when first applied has a lovely refreshing menthol/minty feeling and a very slight minty smell, both of which obviously come from peppermint oil listed in the ingredients.

As I thought might happen the colour does mostly disappear on my lips, but there is a faint hint of the pink left.  If I apply another layer over the top I do get a pinker colour but I’m not keen on layering a lip gloss and this does make it feel a little thick.  This is just slightly sticky but not bad at all by lip gloss standards.  I was surprised to find that when I layered it and it had settled for a couple of minutes it appeared to become slightly less sticky.

Lip glosses obviously don’t usually last very long and I think this gives a couple of hours wear with just one coat and maybe an additional hour with two coats.  As this is a light colour this doesn’t stain your lips in anyway so once the gloss has worn off you’ll be left with bare lips again.

Overall I do like this lip gloss, I’m just not really a lip gloss sort of person.  I would however love to try one of their new Marvelous Moxie lipsticks.

As I’ve said this was a special shade created for Cosmopolitan Magazine so as far as I’m aware you’ll be unable to get this specific shade.  However, this is available in 14 shades and is available in a baby pink shade called ‘Show off’.

Marvellous Moxie lip glosses cost £16 and are available from the bareMinerals website and also from Debenhams.

Becky x
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Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Daily Illuminating Moisturiser

I’ve actually had this since last year when it was first released but it went to the back of a backlog of moisturisers waiting to be used and so I’ve only started this recently.  I won this product as part of a giveaway run by Garnier when this was first released.

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I have various problems with my skin including sensitivity, redness and acne scaring and also what I believe may be dark spots or pigmentation.  I have this across the top of both cheeks but it’s worse under and round to the side of my left eye.

I’m very careful with my skin in the sun because I know how easily I can burn.  However, when I was much younger I remember a couple of occasions when I was reasonably badly burned on my face and so I believe the dark spots or pigmentation I have may be due to sun damage.

Garnier’s Dark Spot Corrector has been designed to fade discolourations and even skin tone targeting dark spots, age spots and blemish marks.  It contains 5% vitamin C, which Garnier claim is known for its anti-oxidant and brightening abilities.

This is a light almost gel-like cream with a very slight citrus scent that feels very refreshing when applied.  This is supposed to be for all skin types and tones but I think this would probably be better for normal or oily skin.  My skin can get really dry and I found that when I applied this when my skin was dry it stung a little, I’m guessing maybe due to the highly concentrated level of vitamin C.  This didn’t last long but is obviously not really a comfortable feeling.  This also didn’t really provide me with enough moisturisation.  When my skin was really dry I would sometimes apply this and leave it for a couple of minutes and then discover that my skin still felt rough and that I needed to apply another layer over the top.

I have been using this for around 6 weeks now and unfortunately I don’t think I have seen any improvement in the general appearance of my skin or my dark spots/pigmentation.  I think this would make a nice light refreshing moisturiser for people with normal to oily skin but this doesn’t really work for me personally.

Becky x
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Rimmel Glam'eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

I haven’t actually bought any mascara myself for months now as I appear to have accumulated a stash of them, but I only really use one or two different ones at a time because mascara has such a short shelf life.  However, a friend bought me this as a present to say thank you for giving her a lift somewhere and I was so intrigued by the 2 in 1 magic cap I had to open it and take a look.

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I’m not sure where my friend bought this from but I was disappointed to find one of those awful security stickers on it.  I tried to take it off because it was white and stuck out like a sore thumb on the packaging and now I’ve been left with this sticky mess that I can’t get off.  I don’t think Boots do this but I believe Superdrug may do?  To any shops that use these, PLEASE STOP!

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I have to admit that just looking at the packaging I was completely baffled as to how this might work (I’ve never claimed to be bright!).  I thought to myself, will the top cap reveal just a tiny brush that goes into a small tube of mascara in the second cap?  But then one part would run out way before the other part but maybe that’s because that’s the ‘night’ part and you’re only supposed to use that occasionally?
Well, dismantling the whole tube revealed how it works.

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Unscrewing the top cap reveals a brush with a long skinny wand and unscrewing the second cap (with the top cap still in place) reveals a normal looking mascara wand.  It’s only when you then separate the two lids that you discover how it works.  Warning!  If you’re going to separate the two lids make sure you do it by starting with the whole thing together, removing the top cap first and then removing the second cap.

If you remove both caps together this gives you a standard mascara wand with a heavily loaded brush that provides volume.  If you remove just the top cap this pulls the brush through the wider wand which removes much more mascara and leaves you with a ‘barer’ brush that you use for length. 

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Another warning!  Make sure you don’t push the brush back through the larger wand until you’ve attached this to the tube again or you’ll end up with this unattractive sight and a possible mess!

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I’ve been using this for a few days now and I do really like it.  I’m not sure that the length brush gives you much additional length (maybe just the illusion of length because your lashes aren’t as loaded with mascara) but it does define and separate your lashes nicely and darken them (this will obviously only be the case if you have lighter coloured lashes like me).  The volume brush then adds a thicker layer of mascara over the top to plump up your lashes to a more dramatic volumised look.

I normally only apply one layer of mascara as once one layer has dried I personally find it awkward trying to apply more mascara over the top.  However, I find applying more than one layer much easier with this because the first layer is much ‘thinner’.

This lasted really well and didn’t flake or smudge, even when I fell asleep for a few hours with this still on.  Although I haven’t suffered with hayfever at all for the last couple of years (which is a miracle as I had severe hayfever for many years prior to this) I have been suffering recently and this managed to survive intact through my watery eyed problems (although when I’m suffering from hayfever I don’t apply mascara to the bottom lashes).  This was also easy to remove, although I did find that I obviously hadn’t removed it all the first day when I woke up to slight panda eyes the following morning.

Rimmel Glam’eyes mascara is available for £7.99 from BootsSuperdrug and other Rimmel stockists.

Becky x
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Illamasqua Nail Varnish - Hemlock

I picked up this nail varnish, probably a couple of months ago now, but I haven’t blogged about it yet because unfortunately it’s not one of my favourites.  There’s nothing wrong with the actual nail varnish, all of Illamasqua’s varnishes are amazing quality, it’s just I’m very picky about the colours that I like and wear.

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Hemlock is a pale opal shade with a green iridescent shimmer.  I personally think Hemlock is a perfect name for this shade as for some reason it kind of makes me think of wizards, witches and spells (and I’m not quite sure why!).

This is a very pale shade that is not very obvious but then in the right light the light catches on the green shimmer.  You could wear this on it’s own but I thought I would experiment applying this over the top of black and white nail varnishes.

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Apologies that I apparently didn’t do a very good job of painting this over the black nail varnish! I quite often paint a nail on my nail wheel and then tilt it and discover I haven’t applied the varnish fully around the edges.
The effect of Hemlock on it’s own and then over white is quite similar; applying it over white seems to make it appear ‘darker’.  However you get quite a different effect applying this over black.  Applying it this way makes the varnish stand out much more and makes the green shimmer much more prominent.  This would probably be a pretty good Halloween look.

I think the reason I’m not keen on this shade is because of the green shimmer as I’m not keen at all with green on my nails.  I do actually have a 17 nail varnish that is very similar to this that contains a blue shimmer through it instead of green.  I used to use this a lot a few years ago but I’m not sure if that particular shade is actually available anymore.  I might check this out and if it is I’ll do a dupe post.

Hemlock costs £14.50 and is available from the Illamasqua website.

Becky x
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Stila Smudge Pots gel eye liner - Cobalt

This is my first Stila product and I won this as part of a blog giveaway prize.  I was really looking forward to trying this as I have several gel eye liners which are all black and I’ve wanted to try one in a different colour for a while.







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This comes in a very cute little natural coloured cardboard box and inside you find a glass looking pot (I’m not quite sure if it is actually glass) with a silver lid.  The actual gel looks like its kind of floating in the centre of the pot but mine does have a messy bit on one side.  Not quite sure what might have happened there!

In my experience of using gel eye liner’s the gel is soft and you only have to lightly tap the brush against the gel to get it onto the brush.  When I first attempted to use this I was disappointed to find that it was really hard and impossible to try and get onto the brush.  It appears to be so hard that even swiping my finger across it doesn’t pick up very much product.  The only way to get any product off appears to be to push my nail in and dig a little bit out.

As I’ve said this is my first Stila product so I have no idea whether this may be standard for their eye liners or whether there may be something wrong with mine.

A few weeks ago I did a post on the shelf life and expiry dates of products so I decided to check whether Stila products were supported by the Cosmetics Calculator.  Stila products are supported so I popped in the code from the bottom of the pack and discovered that this was manufactured in March 2008.  This means this is now over 5 years old so I’m guessing this may be past it’s best and that might be why it’s so hard.

Has anybody else tried Stila’s Smudge Pots and how did you find them?

Becky x
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Illamasqua Paranormal Lipsticks ESP & Posture

As well as the UV nail varnishes and UV top coat that I have featured recently, Illamasqua’s new Paranormal collection also features two new lipsticks which they have called ESP* and Posture*.

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Posture is a cool mauve shade whereas ESP is a vivid violet and both shades come in a matte finish.

Unfortunately, the matte formula of Illamasqua lipsticks doesn’t work with my lips at all but I know that many people love their lipsticks and find them easier to use than I do.

As these have a very dry formula you do need to try and warm them up a bit to make them easier to work with.  I just hold the bullet against the back of my hand for a while before attempting to apply it to my lips.
I found that Posture was the easiest to apply however this is very subtle colour which needs to be built up.  A problem I personally have with this shade is that it’s far too cool for me and unfortunately kind of makes me look like a corpse, which is an interesting look!  I might experiment with trying this over the top of darker lipsticks.

Purple is one of my favourite colours and ESP is an amazing purple shade that kind of has a marbled effect to it in the bullet.  However, again this colour doesn’t really work on me.  I also found this harder than Posture and very difficult to apply.  It clung to dry areas on my lips (even though it didn’t look like there were any before I applied it) and it settled into the lines in my lips.

If you’re a fan of drier matte formulas (and can pull off these shades) then you may love these lipsticks but if your lips really aren’t keen on matte formulas like mine then these are difficult to work with.

Becky x
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