Sunday, 21 December 2014

FOTN | Festive Makeup Look with Yves Rocher

A red lip is my go-to for my evening makeup looks this time of year, though I tend to wear either dark red or berry tones. This year botanical beauty brand Yves Rocher have opened me up to trying something new by sending me a few items to help me get ready this season including their Moisturizing Cream Lipstick in Orange Muscade (£15)*. The lipstick is a bright orange-red hue but it's so soft and flattering I've been reaching for this shade the most recently.

I generally like my lips to stand out from the rest of my makeup so I used only a little gold eye shadow from Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio in Brun Wood to add some glamour and slightly smoked Black Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon around the lash line. To finish my eyes I added Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara in Waterproof Black (£18.50)* which has the perfect wand for grabbing and coating each lash with mascara without overloading it with product. 

To finish off my preparations for a night out I used Yves Rocher Flower Party By Night Fragrance (£26)* - a 'spicy' version of their original floral perfume. It smells gorgeously sweet and distinctly of vanilla and almond.

Full face details: 

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio (13 Brun Wood) 
Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon (No.1 Black)
Yves Rocher Lash Plumping Mascara (Waterproof Black)* 

Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel London Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick (43 Orange Muscade)* 

**PR sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

What makeup looks will you be creating this season? 

Lesley x

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Style | Forever 21 Floral & Diamonte Ear Cuff

One 90s classic I've been loving this year is the ear cuff. I only have one piercing in each of my ear lobes but for months I've been toying with the idea of getting more lobe piercings and a helix piercing (piercing the cartilage or upper ear). I've never quite wanted to fully commit to getting this done however and with ear cuffs I can imitate having more piercings without losing my cartilage. This cuff simply hooks onto my ear in the middle and is secured at the bottom with a butterfly back like a normal earring.

I usually prefer graphic, simplistic designs when it comes to jewellery but I love the feminine floral design on this ear cuff which helps pull my outfit together without going over the top. I've been pairing this cuff with a small diamonte stud worn in my other ear which is also from Forever 21.

Would you wear an ear cuff? 

Lesley x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Realash Eyelash Enhancer

Longer, thicker eyelashes is something many women crave, but is it possible to improve the look of your own lashes without mascara or falsies? REALASH contacted me some time ago about road-testing their Eyelash Enhancer (£49)* and I couldn't help be curious as to whether there was actually a product which could make your real lashes longer.

The product is only 3ml and comes with a hefty price tag for the size but it's packed with all sorts of lash-loving ingredients and is stated to last for 4-5 months. Only a small amount is needed and you apply it like an eyeliner to the roots of your lashes each night post-cleansing. REALASH claims that with continuous use for 8-12 weeks there will be a significant improvement in the length and thickness of your eyelashes. I usually struggle to be consistent with products but I will be using this every night for the next 3 months to see if there really is any difference in the look of my eyelashes.

This is what my lashes look like currently with absolutely no eye makeup above (I'm wearing makeup on the rest of my face). There's also a shot of my lashes with mascara below (it was taken on a different day).

I'll be reporting my results of using this product in a month's time. In the meantime you can see some before and after shots on the company's website here.

*PR sample. You can read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Realash or any eyelash enhancers before? 

Lesley x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Review | Glowwbox December 2014

There's various subscription beauty boxes on the market currently (like Glossybox, Birchbox and Jolie Box) and though I'm a self-confessed beauty lover they're pretty uncharted territory for me. I was contacted by Glowwbox, a monthly beauty subscription service for women with darker skin tones, and I was excited to be sent December's box - the 'Party Season' Edition*.

Inside this month's box is Mehron Black Mascara (£7.31), two Motions products I received Motions Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask (approx £5) and Motions Natural Textures Moisturising Cleanser (approx £4), Bellapierre Mineral Eyeshadow in Celebration (£12.99), Inlight Face Glove (£4.50), Inlight Super-food Face Mask (full size £44) and Lord & Berry Absolute Intensity Lipstick in Raspberry (£12).

The subscription costs £10 per month plus £3.95 postage and packaging, so you get quite a lot for the price. Glowwbox is a UK company but also ships to Ireland and EU companies at an extra cost. At least 5 products are included in each box which can be a variety of sizes including sample, trial and full size. In this particular box I received 7 items and the only product which wasn't full size was the Inlight Super-food Face Mask. You can see what was inside past editions here.

You can tell by the product selection in this box that it's all about the prep that goes into a big night out. The Lord & Berry Lipstick is my favourite item included. The shade I received - Raspberry - is richly pigmented and leaves a smooth buttery finish. The lipstick fits into my makeup collection perfectly and is definitely something I would personally buy. Another favourite from the box is the Bellapierrre Eyeshadow in Celebration, a shimmery gold mineral eyeshadow. I'm a bit of an eyeshadow novice but the colour is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly apt for the makeup looks I'll be donning this season. I'll be pairing the mineral shadow with the Mehron Black Mascara also included in the box which claims to thicken lashes without dreaded clumping.

2 Motions Hair products from their Natural Textures range are also included in the box out of 4 options - the Deep Conditioning Mask, the Gloss Serum, the Smoothing Conditioner or the Moisturising Cleanser. It was really hard to find accurate pricing for these products online in the UK but generally the Motions Hair products retail for between £2 and £8. I've been familiar with the brand for years but I've never really been interested in using their products until recently as the brand has finally stepped up it's game with a recent packing revamp and more of their products now contain decent ingredients. I've not yet tried the Natural Textures Deep Conditioning Mask or the Moisturising Cleanser so I was excited to see that the full-sized products were included in this box, especially as I get through so much product due to the length and thickness of my hair.

I'm also excited to try the products by British organic skincare brand Inlight. I've had so much success using the Bravura London Dermaflannel I'm curious to see how the Inlight Face Glove, which helps gently exfoliate the skin, will compare. The Super-food mask boasts a pretty impressive ingredients list too so I'm hoping this will give my winter-beaten skin the pick-me-up it needs, though it's a shame the sample sachet wasn't a little bit bigger.

Overall, I'm really impressed with the contents of this particular box as the product selection was well thought out and good value for money. I love that Glowwbox seeks to cater for women of colour as this really sets it apart from the plethora of beauty boxes on the market currently. If every box was like this I would definitely get myself a subscription. My only criticism would be that this box aims to please all women with darker skintones 'whether you're Black, Asian, Mixed or another beautiful brown hue' - a great concept but very difficult to deliver on. With this particular box for example I think the Motions hair products, which are marketed towards women with Afro-Caribben hair, won't appeal to many asian women with fine or straight hair. Beauty box subscription services in general need to offer more options to tailor the products included as it's impossible to appeal to everyone, regardless of skin colour. It looks like Glowwbox are working on 'a feature' to help better tailor each box to the buyer which makes the subscription service more appealing to me, though I have to admit it is exciting to try products I wouldn't ordinarily pick for myself.

*PR sample - All of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Glowwbox or any other Beauty Box Subscription services? 

Lesley x

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