Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain* in Parisian Passion, Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush and Stockholm Chic £7.99 each
The beauty world has been full of lipstick/lipgloss hybrids with every brand bringing out their own version. I've never been a lipgloss fan (hair stuck to lips etc) but I really am loving these sort of products that apply like a gloss with the pigmentation of a lipstick and dry to leave a stain.
The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain range has 12 shades with each one named after a fashionable city with the shade created to match it. I had the best time at the launch event going round with my special passport collecting stamps from each city and having a swatch of the corresponding Moisture Stain shade.
The packaging is very sleek and sophisticated. I think it looks and feels much more expensive than it is and I want to own all the range of so I can display them neatly in my storage, yep I am that sad but the way they look just brings me a lot of joy! The applicator is your typical doe-foot , which makes it quite easy to apply the stain precisely.
The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains have a unique texture that is unlike any other product of it's type that I've tried. The texture is gel like and cooling, it takes a bit of time to get used to and make sure it's perfectly applied. If you prefer a sheerer colour then you'll be good to go with one coat but two gives you a completely opaque look with a glossy creme finish that isn't sticky and a magnet for hair on a windy day. They are comfortable to wear and feel almost like a gel lip balm.
My favourite thing about these is that they last, after about 3 hours the gloss fades leaving the stain behind that won't budge. I removed the swatches off my arm after ten minutes and you can see above the stains they left behind!
It might take a couple of wears to get used to the texture and feel but if you like this sort of product then you'll probably love these. I'm definitely going to be extending my shade collection.
The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are £7.99 each.
Are you a lip stain fan?
I'm missing Paris even more now the English weather is back to being freezing cold and rainy, but I'm so excited to have booked to go back for next March! This time to head to Disneyland Paris!
Paris truly is a beautiful city but being a massssssssssssive Disney fan I'm seriously excited to check out what Disneyland Paris is like!
It would be fab if you fancied watching my final Paris vlog and subscribed to YouTube channel here.
Have you ever been to Paris?
Magnitone Lucid Facial Cleansing and Exfoliating Brush* £69.99
Cleansing brushes have surged in popularity over the past couple of years and you can buy one at pretty much any price point. I've always wondered if they are something I should be using in my skincare routine as I don't really suffer from spots but do get dry patches. I've really enjoyed trying out the Magnitone Lucid Cleansing and Exfoliating Brush, it's definitely added to my skincare routine for the better after a month of use.
The Magnitone Lucid comes in blue, yellow, aqua green and hot pink. Inside the box is the Magnitone Lucid, an Active Clean Brush Head, travel charger with UK and EU adapter and a 12 month warranty. It's waterproof (can be used in the shower/bath) and can be easily added to any skincare routine.
It's lightweight and would be really easy to travel with. It has one button to turn on and you are ready to go. I love that it beeps every 20 seconds so you know to move onto the next part of your face to stop you from over using it and it automatically turns off after about a minute. The battery life lasts around 12 hours.
It cleanses and exfoliates to remove dead skin and impurities and has two modes, deep clean and sensitive, that work with the brush head to produce 10,000 rotating 'actions' a minute. I was really worried that it might hurt or feel rough but the 'Deep Clean' mode is quite gentle and you can feel the brush rotating and pulsing as it clears the gunk that's deep in the skin.
This works best in my routine used 4/5 nights a week. It works well with every cleanser I've tried it with but I like it the most with a hot cloth cleanser. I apply the cleanser all over then run the brush under hot water before turning it on and moving it in circular motions round each area of my face, sticking to the 20 second timer.
After use my skin is a lot smoother and softer, it leaves my skin very clean and feels like it's lifted dirt from deep down. I did get a few spots the first week after using this but I took this as a good sign as it meant the brush was shifting the grime from my skin! Since then my skin has stayed clear and free of dry patches. I had a couple of blackheads that have now amazingly gone too but there hasn't been much noticeable change in my pores.
Obviously I can't compare this to any other brushes as I haven't tried one but I do think this is worth the price. It's not something you'd probably purchase on a whim but if you feel like your routine needs something a bit extra then it's worth trying out. I truly think it would work well for all skin types and it's so quick to do that anyone can use it. It has fitted into my skin care routine really easily and made me wonder how clean my skin really was before I started to use it!
The Magnitone Lucid is £69.99 available here.
Have you tried a cleasing brush?
I'm a big book lover, always have been since I first went to the school library and was able to pick out my own books to take home. I've never reviewed a book on my blog before but when fellow blogger and lovely lady Caroline said she was releasing her first book I knew it was something I wanted to read and share.
Inside Number 129 is about a group of university students and the tangled up relationships they have. I really don't want to give anything away but it focuses on Eve and her friendships with the girls she shares a student house with and her "perfect" boyfriend. It's a book every girl will relate to in some way and will have you turning page after page until you reach the end. I read the whole thing in one night!
It's the perfect chick lit and I'm so proud of Caroline for writing something so great for her first book!
If you love to read and fancy supporting a fellow blogger than make sure to check out Caroline's book here!
You are probably aware of how super pale I am so tanning is an area of beauty I've never really ventured into because of fear I'd end up looking like I'd rolled in mud or just orange! Before I jump straight in to trying out proper fake tans, I've been spending the summer testing out quite a few gradual tans and my favourites cover three different price ranges from budget to higher end.
Palmers Natural Bronze- With their famous cocoa butter formula you can imagine how delicious this first smells. It's a heavy formula, very hydrating and takes 15 minutes to sink in. The cocoa butter smell does disappear and the 'biscuity' scent is noticeable as the tan develops but that doesn't bother me. Out of the three this is the one I have to take the most care with as it is prone to streaks. After 24 hours the tan is a golden shade that's ever so slightly on the orange side but is good for the price! Admittedly it's not been reached for so much since discovering the next two tans.
Karora Gradual Tan- I was really impressed by the Karora Gradual Tan as I hadn't heard of the brand before. It's a lotion formula that sinks in within 5 minutes and smells like fizzy sweets with only the slightest fake tan smell when it develops. It's hydrating and because of it's lighter formula works well on my face too. One application leaves me bronzed as if I'd spent a week on holiday. It would be more natural on someone less pale but this gives me a deep glow that I love and is my go to when I want to be fully bronzed. It's a middle of the range price that's really worth it and I'll definitely be ordering again.
Elemis Total Glow- I'm a huge Elemis fan so when I heard about this new launch I was very excited to give it a go. It's a very lightweight formula with a slight floral scent and no fake tan smell at all. It sinks into the skin straight away making it really convenient and easy to use. Elemis recommend applying a few layers to get a darker tan but for me one is enough to get a natural sun-kissed tan. Because I'm so pale this works perfectly if I'm after something natural and build-able, it will be great in winter when I want to look less ghost like. It's pricey but for me worth it and I'll be using this again and again.
Whether you fancy saving, spending or splurging each one of these gradual tans are worth their price and for someone who has always stayed away from anything with tan in, they have become slightly essential for me!
What's your favourite Gradual Tan?
Keratin treatments have grown in popularity over the past couple of years with most salons offering a treatment to tame frizz, keep it straight and be a little bit more low maintenance. I've always wanted to try one out but they are costly with no guarantee they will work, however Free From Frizz have come out with a budget solution that you can pick up on the highstreet and do yourself at home!
The Free From Frizz Kit come in two varieties, Mango for Thick/Coarse hair and Watermelon for Normal/Fine hair. I went for the Mango as I have thick hair that gets frizzy/wavy easily. Each kit is one application and comes in a cute milk carton box. Inside the box is a Pre Cleanser, the Active Keratin Treatment and a little brush by Denman.
This is quite a lengthy treatment and you need an evening to do it (be aware that you can't tie up or wash your hair for 48 hours after.) The first stage is to wash your hair twice with the Pre-Cleanse Shampoo and then dry it so it is slightly damp. Next divide hair into three sections and apply the Active Keratin Treatment so it evenly covers it. This needs to absorb for 40 minutes, it does have a strong chemical smell but that didn't bother me too much. Then rinse off the treatment and dry hair so it's slightly damp.
The last step is using a ceramic straightener to seal in the treatment by sectioning the hair, starting at the back of the neck. Each section of hair needs to be straightened 7 times moving quickly so not to damage the hair. This took me a hour to do and wasn't the easiest.
After finishing the treatment my hair felt dry and like it needed a good mask but I had to leave it down and not wash it for 48 hours. I didn't feel like my hair was instantly frizz free but I think that's because it felt dry and static.
After 48 hours I washed my hair and definitely noticed a difference. It dried quicker, was less frizzy than usual and didn't take so long to straighten. It's been a great time to test out the Free From Frizz Kit as the weather has been humid and my hair would usually react very quickly by returning to it's natural wavy state. My hair was a lot more manageable and less frizzy than usual, it stayed straight for longer.
I have been using the Mango Shampoo and Conditioner, which can be bought separately, for a few weeks now and I'm not convinced that it extends the life of the treatment but they do smell really lovely. I'm not amazed by the results but it definitely did make a difference for around three weeks, and for the price it's not exactly a disappointment!
For £14.99 it's well worth giving the Free From Frizz Kit a go and I'd repurchase it and use it before going on holiday or when I know the weather is going to be bad for my hair!
Would you try out the Free From Frizz 6 Week Blowout?
Prada Candy* Marc Jacobs Honey*
If you haven't shopped at Fragrance Direct before then you are going to want to head straight over there and check out the bargains you can find. They sell a huge range of brands and products, so when I was offered the chance to try out two summer scents I spent a good hour trying to pick and decided on two fragrances that I've been longing to try out for a while.
Honey is one of the newest fragrances to join the Marc Jacobs perfume family and I was first drawn to it because of the fun packaging, which is definitely a love hate thing because I imagine if you are terrified of bee's you probably aren't going to want to smell this. I think it's really unique and interesting, it's the first yellow bottle/bee themed fragrance I've ever owned!
It's definitely a great summer scent that reminds me of being out in the sun with floral and fruity notes, with orange blossom, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, honey, vanilla and smooth woods. It's a difficult fragrance to describe as I find it warm and light, sweet but not sickly, fresh and just unique!
It doesn't smell like you are completely spraying a bottle of honey on yourself, which may disappoint honey lovers but it's a beautiful perfume that stays noticeable on my skin for 6/8 hours.
Prada Candy is the original scent of the Candy family which has since has grown with a couple of newer additions. The packaging is sophisticated, sleek and very feminine, I love the colour blocking on bottle with the black then pink and gold.
It's a strong scent with notes of vanilla, musk, benzoin (extracted from the Benzoin tree for it's slight oriental scent) and caramel. It reminds me of salted caramel or melted sugar so it's definitely not for the faint hearted! I love really sweet fragrances but this one is much more grown up and not sickly or overpowering as it has a hint of woodiness to balance out the sweetness.
My only disappoint with this scent is that it although you only need a tiny amount it seems to disappear after about 5 hours. It's strong and noticeable for the first 4/5 hours but then vanishes.
Candy has become my summer evening fragrance of choice because of it's sophisticated and almost sexy feel!
Definitely head to Fragrance Direct to check out their fragrance bargains!
What is your ultimate summer scent?
I'd pretty much bet anything that you've heard of Clarins and their amazing skincare, but have you heard about or tried their make up range?
Clarins have created a fab campaign to promote their make up with three easy to do looks that can be done in 5, 10 and 15 minutes. Beauty journalist (and girl crush of mine) Sali Hughes has worked with Clarins to create three YouTube videos showing each look and how quick it is to do.
I'm one of those girls that can make applying make up a full on event (especially if I start watching Gossip Girl) so the chance to try out products that would help me look better in a short amount of time was an opportunity I was not going to turn down!
First I used the Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base which works as a primer, redness reducer and brightener. The Skin Perfecting BB Cream is a light consistency but has good coverage, it really evens out my skins appearance. The Instant Concealer is great for covering dark circles, it adapts to your skin tone to leave a flawless finish. Multi-Blush is a cream blush that melts into the skin leaving a powder finish that for a natural flush.
I have fallen for the Ombre Minerale shadow in Taupe, it looks like you've made more effort than just a sweep of shadow. I blended the Intense Brown Kohl Pencil along my lash line for a more smokey look and applied a few coats of Be Long Mascara, it strengthens and makes lashes grow over 4 weeks. To finish off I used the Instant Light Lip Perfector which smells SO good. It's a lip gel that gives a sheer colour and leaves lips plump and soft.
I didn't think I'd be a fan of the 10 minute look because the base is lighter than I'm used too, but I love that it's quite polished but still natural and easy to wear. It's a really easy to do and I was chuffed that I managed to do it in under 10 minutes!
The first product is the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch which smooths out pores, fine lines and wrinkles, it makes my foundation last much longer and my skin look better. I've loved Skin Illusion Foundation for a while, it's oil free but hydrating so works for my combination skin, it has a medium coverage and a radiant finish. I used the Instant Concealer to get rid of dark circles and Instant Light Brush On Perfector to highlight and brighten. I really like the Multi-Blush for a natural look, it's so easy to use!
The Eyebrow Palette has everything you could need to get the brows you want. I used the Ombre Minerale Shadow in Taupe, it's pigmented, blendable and looks like you've spent time doing a smokey look. The 3-Dot Liner is great for liner newbies, you can use the three dots on the lash line or one side to do a winged look, I finished the eye make up with a few coats of Be Long to get a full lash look. For lips I went for the Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Tropical Pink, it's long lasting and has nourishing ingredients to keep lips hydrated (plus it's gorgeous!)
I genuinely really love this look, it's perfect for an evening out or when you want to look more 'done' without being over the top. I managed to do it in 15 minutes so I even had time to watch more Gossip Girl!
I love the idea behind this campaign, there is a look for everyone depending on how much time you want to spend on your make up and each product works really well to uplift your look.
You can find out more about the products used for each look, including the super quick 5 minutes look, here.
I'm a huge lover of Italian food and eat far too much pasta, so when I was offered the chance to try out Jamie's Italian at Westfield Stratford it was safe to see I was excited! I headed down last Tuesday with my Nan as a bit of a pre birthday treat!
Jamie's Italian is a chain of restaurants founded by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in 2008, there are now over 30 of the restaurants worldwide. The menu and design of the restaurants have a bit of a rustic Italian theme with a hint of a modern twist. The Stratford restaurant is on the outside part of Westfield and has large spaces both inside and outside to eat. There is also a shop where you can pick up Jamie Oliver's cookware, books and some authentic Italian ingredients!
As it was such a lovely day we decided to sit outside. The wooden tables really added to the rustic feel and the brightly painted metal chairs gave it a bit of modern colour too, there were also proper tea towel style napkins too. I didn't really see the inside of the restaurant but I think most people were seated outside enjoying the sun!
I'm a sucker for a cocktail and was pretty chuffed to see there was a list of different ones for me to pick from but I stuck to one of my personal favourites, a Strawberry Daiquiri, whilst my Nan had the house white wine. Whilst studying the snazzy menus I devoured a bread board with four different types of bread with chili jam and balsamic. Sometimes I wonder if it's possible to love anything more than how much I love carbs..
For my main course I had no problems picking Penne Carbonara with pancetta and minus the leeks, this is one of my favourite meals ever and 90% of the time I'll pick it if it's an option! Nan went for the Rib-Eye Steak served with wild mushrooms, skinny fries but without chicory salad. I personally liked the presentation of the food but Nan wasn't so sure, I think it was a bit too 'rustic' for her. I liked that my bowl was not perfectly shaped and anytime food is presented on a board it makes me want to eat it even more.
Oh my, the Carbonara was delicious. Halfway through I did start to go into a bit of a carb-related coma thanks to all the bread but it was so tasty. My mouth is genuinely watering at the thought of it right now. My Nan's steak was even better! She said it was one of the best steaks she'd ever had and I ever so slightly wished I'd ordered one too once I tried it, the chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside but I could only manage a couple.
The food at Jamie's Italian was really lovely and I'd definitely pick to go there again. It's on the pricier side for a high street style restaurant if you compared it to somewhere like Zizzi where you can get vouchers all the time. We did have to wait about 40 minutes for our main courses as well, because we were seated outside it apparently took longer for our order to reach the kitchen. It wasn't really a problem as we were enjoying our drinks in the sun and the waiting staff were very apologetic.
I'd definitely visit Jamie's Italian again and I'm sure next time myself and my Nan fancy an Italian treat it will be the the first place that pops into our minds.