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October 24, 2014

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Green Tea

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washing my make up brushes soap

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* is one of those hyped products that I've put off trying because everyone talked about it all the time. This might seem silly but it comes from a place of sanity. I usually a) don't like talking about the same things as everyone else when they're talking about them and b) sometimes I just can't believe the hype. I remember when Bioderma hit the scene and beauty fanatics raved about it. All I could think for months was "why is everyone going so mad about bottles of water?". Inevitably I caved and I will be the first to admit that in the case of Bioderma I had judged the book by it's cover and had gone months without the wonder of miceller goodness. Well, to my pleasant surprise, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* is another one of those products that well deserves the chatter that surrounds it. I picked mine up at the #BloggersTeaParty in the Green Tea scent (which I chose for myself, although it was a very close call between Green Tea and Almond) and not only does it smell amazing and not at all fake and perfumey but it does a blooming brilliant job of cleaning my makeup brushes! It does it in about half the time, using 1/3 of the amount of product, as baby shampoo (which I've been using for years) and now I just can't imagine going back.

Other than using less product and saving me time there are a whole host of other reasons to switch to Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap*. Not only is it a cruelty free product but it is also suitable for vegans, meaning that it doesn't contain any animal products or by-products. The brand also has a fair trade and eco friendly ethos, with all the packaging being made out of recycled plastic. If a product works then that's one thing, but a product that works from a brand with strong ethical values that makes it suitable for all (or nearly all) beauty junkies is another thing altogether - and I think it probably explains Dr. Bronner's success and subsequent good reputation. I'm going to be investing in a big bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* when my small bottle comes to an end (although I can see it conceivably lasting me a couple of months if I reserve it for my brushes). You can find sizes from 59ml all the way to 946ml in a whole array of pleasant fragrances over on Dr. Bronner's website (RRP £1.99 - £13.99).

Have you tried any of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps? What do you use to wash your make-up brushes?

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October 23, 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Minx (compared to Magnetism)

I finally got my hands on one of Illamasqua's new Glamore Lipsticks in October's YouBeauty subscription box. I received the shade Minx, a dark rosy nude that is a perfect colour for the autumn/winter season. It also helps that I don't have anything like it in my collection so I know that I'll be reaching for it whenever I want a slightly vampy nude (when I apply it heavily) or a more subtle dark nude stain (when I apply it lightly). 

I only own one other Illamasqua lipstick in the shade Magnetism, which I picked up in Illamasqua's summer sale this August. It's a gorgeous purple/berry shade (which the the sort of colour I've been wearing a lot this year) and it has an incredibly matte texture. I've included photos of Magnetism (left) and Minx (right) below so that you can get an idea of their colour and also of their texture.

Magnetism is incredibly matte whereas Minx is much creamier in consistency. Minx doesn't drag when I apply it to my lips which makes it slightly more comfortable to wear and I also find it easier to apply it lightly. It also has very good staying power for something so creamy and when I'm not eating or drinking it lasts for hours without fading. It isn't quite as long lasting as Illamasqua's matte lipsticks but this is to be expected. Magnetism's staying power is really quite incredible and I love to reach for it when I don't want to have to worry about my lip colour. 

All in all, I really like both formulations and I think Illamasqua's shade range is pretty amazing, especially now that they've expanded their collection to include nude shades. Magnetism and Minx might not be to everyone's liking, but if you want very high quality lipsticks that are going to feel great to wear and are going to last a long time then I'd definitely recommend them. I certainly prefer them to my Mac lipsticks and I find the customer service when I shop in Illamasqua stores has always been impeccable.

Have you tried Illamasqua's lipsticks? What do you think of the two shades I own?

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October 22, 2014

La Roche Posay's Effaclar Anti-Blemish System International Giveaway

acne prone skincare kit giveaway

I've had some really good experiences with La Roche Posay's products, especially their Effaclar Duo + which I found made a big difference to my blemish prone skin. Recently I was given the opportunity to trial La Roche Posay's newly released Effaclar Anti Blemish Systemwhich includes three skincare products designed to be used together as a three step skincare regime. However, as I'm already currently trialling a full skincare routine I asked if I could instead offer the kit to one of my blog readers. La Roche Posay very kindly agreed so I now have a very exciting prize for one of you lovely lot.

La Roche Posay's Effaclar products are suitable for a whole range of skin types because although they work brilliantly at tackling blemish prone skin they aren't overly harsh. The first product in the Anti Blemish System kit that I'll be giving away is the Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel which removes bacteria that may lead to spots. The second product is the Effaclar Clarifying Toner that smooths, mattifies and tightens pores. The third product is the Effaclar Duo + which corrects the appearance of blemishes, unclogs pores and reduces the appearance of red and brown marks. Used twice daily (morning and evening) these products are designed to combat blemishes, unclog pores, reduce excess sebum and even out the texture of your skin. 

If you have blemish prone skin and would like to win La Roche Posay's Effaclar Anti Blemish System (RRP £32.95) then all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway isn't sponsored but the prize has been provided to me by La Roche Posay and I will only be sending it to one winner who will be picked at random via rafflecopter. I will be checking all entries before contacting the winner, good luck!

October 21, 2014

Maybelline's New Leather Effect Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige

drugstore cream shadow matte brown
drugstore cream shadow matte brown mac groundwork dupe

I spotted Maybelline's Leather Effect Colour Tattoo in Boots last week and I immediately snapped it up. I am such a big fan of the regular Colour Tattoos, they're one of the few cream eyeshadows that actually last on my eyelids without creasing or fading. When I saw the shade Creamy Beige (which I was hoping would be a dupe for Mac's Groundwork Paintpot) I was so excited. I love On and On Bronze and Permanent Taupe but neither are the easy "everyday" shades that I want, but Creamy Beige is a light, matte brown that just screamed "your future everyday shadow".

I wasn't at all put off by the Leather Effect claim. When I swatched it in-store I didn't notice any difference from the regular colour tattoos except that they have a thinner and more creamy consistency. Sadly, it was exactly this that turned out to be a problem. The thinner consistency means that the shadows doesn't have as much purchase on my eyelid and when used without a primer it very quickly creases and fades. I can't stress how disappointed I am! I've tried using this so many times, I think I've applied it every day since I bought it, and every single time the same thing happens - all the product slips into the crease of my eyelid. For now I am resigned to the fact that I can only really use this under my eyes as a smudged out liner. I don't think I'll be trying any more shades but I will work to see if there is any way I can make Creamy Beige work for me.

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've tried out any of the new Leather Effect Colour Tattoos, how have you found the different consistency?

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