Monday, 7 October 2013

Manic(ure) Monday - Nails Inc Saville Row

This is one of the first polishes I tried from Nails Inc and it has remained one of my favourites. It's a rich, deep plum colour that is just perfect for these Autumn days.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Palette - first impressions

Last week House of Fraser held one of their regular “brand events” where they discount entire brands by up to 25% (10% for beauty).  I’ve had a gift voucher lurking in my purse for a while now and was hoping to lose my MAC virginity with it, but alas MAC was not one of the brands included in the event. However, Bobbi Brown was, and (after frantically emailing my local store to make sure they had it in stock as it doesn’t seem to be on their website at all) the Rich Chocolate Eye Palette was soon in my possession.

 It’s absolutely stunning.

Seven shades, 5 matte and two shimmer, of the most gorgeous chocolatey eyeshadows you could imagine, each one good enough to eat (tip: don’t). They range in the more subtle daytime shades to the left of the palette, blinging it up for the party season towards the middle and finishing up with a sinful dark shade that will be perfect as eyeliner.

From left to right the shades are:
Bone Eye Shadow 
Stone Eye Shadow
Frappe Eye Shadow
Caramel Sparkle Eye Shadow
Champagne Truffle Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
Cocoa Eye Shadow
Rich Chocolate Eye Shadow

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Eye Makeup Remover Mini Reviews

I’ve had a run of bad luck with eye makeup removers recently, but I don’t really want to focus too much on negatives so I thought I’d give you a quick review of each and then (attempt to) forget about them. 

First up is the first I tried – the L’Oreal Paris Dermo-Expertise Absolute Makeup Remover Eye & Lip. It was fine right up until I used to it take off Benefit’s They’re Real mascara and then my eyes burned like crazy, and they have remained slightly sensitive ever since. I used the whole bottle but it meant I had to be careful about what makeup I used on my eyes until I finished it.

Nivea Visage Extra gentle Eye Make-up remover: So gentle it removes absolutely nothing. It moves your mascara about a bit, but just succeeds in making you look like a panda. I think I used it twice before breaking into my emergency travel stash of No7.

L'OrĂ©al Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution: And now I come to the bit I didn’t want to write. I was so so looking forward to using this, but unfortunately it’s a mixture of the previous two removers combined. It takes off my mascara and eyeliner ok on my top lashes, but will not shift what’s on the bottom lashes without a lot of effort – and you don’t want to be too vigorous around the delicate eye area. Added to that is the fact that it leaves me with one specific area of redness and irritation on my right eyelid.


All in all I’m not a happy bunny and am very glad that all three were cheap! Have you tried any disappointing products lately?