Thursday, 7 August 2014

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée

Eva Longoria & Freida Pinto
Cheryl & Julianne Moore

Nude lipstick is one thing almost every girl has in her make-up bag. It is so cliché but we all search for that 'your lips but better' colour.

I walk through Boots pretty much everyday as its situated right between my work and my flat - what better excuse eh? I spotted these when they were first released last year but couldn't decide on which shade I fancied. Then my boyfriend, the cheeky chap that he is, remembered me swatching them and appeared with them as a little treat for me one night.

On the lips they are really creamy - not particularly long wearing but they feel so nice on, almost like a really pigmented balm. They smell fantastic too, the only downside I'd say is that the packaging looks a lot more luxurious than it actually is, but that doesn't bother me at all.
These are £8.19 each (although Boots are currently doing 2 for £15 on all L'Oreal!). I think this is quite reasonable considering how nourishing they are on the lips and they leave such a good colour.

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée

So here they are in all swatched glory! I don’t have the entire collection, as there were a couple I had decided would 100% not suit my skin tone. There are six in total, and I have four. I’m still trying to decide which one is my favourite.

Eva Longoria 'Barely Golden'  - This is the one I wanted most. Not sure if you can see in the swatch but it has a subtle hint of gold through the nude, which is great for when you are going for a matte look or those days where you really don't have that much make-up on. I really love this shade, it looks even better with a tan.

Freida Pinto 'Barely Parma' - I wasn't 100% about this shade as it is a bit out of my comfort zone on the nude palette, but after wearing it a few times I've decided that it is very fresh and a nice change from the normal pink-toned nudes I wear. I think this would be gorgeous on blondes or really fair-haired ladies.

Cheryl 'Barely Greige' - A really pretty beige colour, almost looks as if you have no lipstick on at all. (Ok, I may have chosen this one purely because I love Cheryl. I'm not even embarrassed about it).

Julianne Moore 'Barely Peach' - I'm not sure why this says peach as it is most definitely a soft pink. Its actually borderline nude, probably the brightest of the four. Its beautiful for this summer sun we've been having in the UK recently.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Miu Miu Sunglasses

I'm supposed to be on a spending ban but since the sun has been making an appearance lately I couldn't help but buy these beauties.
I really can't resist a high-end purchase its becoming quite ridiculous. The packaging is so nice and I love that they came with two cases - I prefer the hard one to protect them but sometimes those are a bit too bulky for my handbag!

I spotted these on Millie Mackintosh. They are actually last season - and I had to buy them from an overseas department store because I could not find them anywhere. I ordered them over a month ago and had to wait forever on them 'sourcing them', so I thought I was out of luck until they arrived in the mail yesterday!

Its always risky buying sunglasses when you haven't tried them on, but these are so pretty I don't even care if they don't suit me.

Thanks for reading! 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Skincare #2 Liz Earle 'Cleanse & Polish'

This is a cult product with beauty bloggers. Since I've recently been trying to take better care of my skin (see my first skincare post here), I decided it was time to start to make a bit more of an effort to remove my makeup at night – goodbye face wipes! 

There was a LOT of humming and hawing on twitter around the use of face wipes to remove make up (I’m @sosheblogged by the way). To be fair they have worked well for me, but I do have reasonably well behaved skin. I just fancied trying the Cleanse & Polish, and some days you need something a little extra to freshen up your skin.

So what do I think? So far so good! They aren't lying when they say it’s really easy to use. My makeup literally just comes right off! It leaves my skin feeling quite soft, but not anything to rave about. After using it I felt exceptionally clean – the texture is a little grainy but not like a total exfoliator. 

I’m going to be totally honest with the downsides. I can’t help but feel it smells a little like toothpaste – anyone else? Although apparently they have a new limited edition one out which smells a lot nicer, I think I would've preferred that. Secondly, the price. Including delivery, this came to £18.50 for a 100ml bottle and two muslin cloths. I know that’s not really much for a high end product, but I still found it a bit much for what I received, also my bottle felt a lot like it was only half full (it doesn't have a twisty top so I couldn't check).

As a first impression my skin really does feel much better - I think I can overlook the price because you really can't beat that fresh, nice skin feeling! I’m going to give my mum a try as well to see what she thinks – she is such a critic when it comes to skincare, she has her favourites and sticks with them. I’d also love to hear your views if any of you have tried it?? 

As always, thanks for reading! xx

Monday, 14 July 2014

MK Selma 'Colour-Block'

So it would seem I have a freshly diagnosed handbag obsession.

In my defense, I have contemplated the Selma for almost a year - but once everyone started buying them I was put off with all the standard colours, navy black etc. They are all totally gorgeous, but I just didn't want to buy one and be branded along with the hype (oddly enough I don't mind this with cult beauty products).

But, I gave in. I went to order it and whilst shopping around for the best price I was on Net-A-Porter and spotted these new season 'colour-block' ones. I immediately fell in love with the fuchsia and white but decided it was a little too bright as I wanted it to be an everyday bag and would be using it for work etc (I know - how grown up am I?!).

I then saw in a magazine the white on black and it was perfect, I am so into white just now and I thought it was really stylish with black. Mines has gold hardware which I love, and these bags are such amazing quality! They are so structured and feel as if they will totally hold shape. I also love Saffiano leather as it's so durable and less likely to get all scratched and scuffed etc.

Let me know what you guys think!! Am I too risky going for white??

Thanks for reading x

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