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Thursday, 23 May 2013

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon

No7 High Shine Lip Crayons in Statement and Daydreamer

From Left; Daydreamer and Statement
I've always been a fan of the Chubby Sticks since Clinique first brought them out, and when Revlon followed suit, so did I. When I happened upon the No7 Lip Crayons in Boots, I got quite excited. They weren't a harsh block of colour, which I sometimes find the Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stain if applied with a heavy hand, they were sheer, soft and surprisingly buildable, in the sense that two swipes wouldn't overload your lips with too much product or a heavy look.

Daydreamer is a soft nude colour, sheer which allows the pigment in your lips to shine somewhat through. I am not someone who can wear nude lipstick, mainly because my skin is very pale and my lips are quite darkly pigmented, so a nude on top of that can look quite silly, nevertheless,  Daydreamer just looks right, and i can slick it on with one swipe and not have to worry about it looking too nude, if you get what I mean. And whilst the Just Kissable Balm Stains can be quite drying if your lips aren't appropriately moisturised beforehand, the No7 Lip Crayons offer lots of moisture and last for a good few hours in my experience.

Statement is nothing short of wonderful, a sheer red that gives that 'I've just been kissed' plump lips kind of look, and a soft red that isn't too in your face, and quite subtle is appropriate to wear anywhere. Like Daydreamer it can be built to give a darker, more noticeable appearance, but is still soft and incredibly wearable. These are wonderful Lip Crayons, and are often found in my handbag, and can easily take me from day to night with a few extra layers of colour.

The Lip Crayons retail for £9.00 and I purchased mine with my No7 vouchers, which also happened to coincide with the 'Buy one get one half price' offer along the entire range of No7 cosmetics. So, it was a win, win for me really. I think the offer is still on in Boots, so it's definitely worth a look. The Lip Crayons come in five colours.

* I need to learn how to remove the lens from my dad's camera, as it won't allow me to take a picture of anything up close, so that's a sad goodbye to swatches on my arm for the time being, and hello to paper swatches. 


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sunday Sunshine

I took a trip on Sunday with my Dad and Grandfather, or as I call him, Grumpa, complete with my camera for some strolling and, let's admit it, I partially went for the ice cream. The ice cream there is amazing... suffice it to say, I had one and my grandfather had two. It was that good! Haha. The above are just a few pictures from inside the large glasshouse, which I imagine is very similar to that of the Eden Project, except that there's only one in The National Botanic Garden of Wales. 

It was a lovely afternoon, and I recommend for anyone who happens to be in Carmarthenshire at any point, especially if the day happens to be quite sunny. All you'll need is some SPF (I use Piz Buin SPF 50+ on my face, and SPF 30 on my skin) and a camera, as there are some gorgeous sights to see, and the above were only in the Glasshouse. 


J'adore Bourjois

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed,
Bourjois Cream Blush in 03 Rose Tender and
Bourjois 1 second Gel texture Nail Polish in 08 Blue

I am adoring all things rose at the moment, perhaps due to the fact that because my skin is so pale, I find something dusky and pink to be the most flattering? Hm, shall have to let you know about that. Bourjois, in my opinion, is heavenly at the moment, especially with those amazing cream blushes, which give the most wonderful colour, and Rose Tender when applied with a stippling brush gives an almost romantic feel, and when teamed with Rose Tweed, I feel like I should be swooning with all the romance upon my face.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed  is divine. It's not a bright, or in your face kind of colour, it's dusky and reminds me of the roses my grandfather used to grow. It seems natural, not too flashy or showy, but it packs a punch in its staying power, as well as the fact that it is my go to colour for almost any occasion: this coming from a girl who hated wearing lipstick for so many years, and it seemed that only in university would I discover that lipstick was just as fun and customisable as eye shadow and eyeliner. 

Bournjois Cream Blush in 03 Rose Tender is soft, creamy and almost dreamlike. The colour is buildable, from a gentle whisper of pink, to that endearing flush of rose, like you've had a long walk and the air has bitten at your cheeks. I think this is one of those products that make you wonder what you ever did without them, as I certainly don't want to revert back to a time when powder blushers are the answer to everything, although I do like a powder blush every now and again. The Bourjois Cream Blushes are, as i stated with the Lipstick, divine. I'm definitely feeling the need to purchase the other three colours, y'know, just in case I feel like a change from all the rose.

Bourjois 1 second Gel texture Nail Polish in 08 Blue. The name isn't as inventive as the others, but the colour is a hug winner for me, as well as the formula which dries so ridiculously quickly, that i can be painting my nails one moment, and then styling my hair the next. Now we all know, Nail Polish and hair do not mix... a hard lesson learned from having green polish streaks in my hair from when i though my nails had dried... bad times. The brush is large, covering the nail of my little finger in one swipe, in addition to the handle, I would bet that it is certainly one of the easiest nail polishes to use. Ever. The colour selection is quite good, 10 + shades and with the quality, the fact that they last very well, four days without chipping, and give the most salon esc shine, I rate this nail polish to be one of my favourites. I'll simply have to decide which colour i'm going to purchase next. Decisions, decisions.
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