Sunday, 3 February 2013

MAC Stereo Rose: Dupe

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose - £21.50
The MAC mineralize skin finish limited edition in Stereo Rose is the latest product to cause mass hype around the bloggersphere, so much so that it is completely sold out everywhere (wah). I really wanted to get my hands on this product as it looks right up my street but after searching everywhere online I was forced to except that it was sold out and that it just wasn't meant to be. 

Tesco VIVO baked blush in peaches and cream - £3.00
Me and my housemate went food shopping last week to Tesco - one of the big extra stores, and ended up browsing the health and beauty isle instead of the food isles. We came across one of Tesco's own make-up brands, VIVO, which has a range of 'Baked Blush's' that look really similar to the MAC mineralize skin finishes. I picked up the shade 'peaches and cream' which is described as 'A stunning blush with pink undertones to give all over warmth and colour to your complexion'. 

It was only £3.00(!) and I really really like it. It's such a lovely soft pink colour which is really pigmented and warming on the skin. There is also a  light shimmer running through it which makes it really flattering and there is no need for highlighter. I feel like this will satisfy the hole in my make up collection that not being able to get Stereo Rose has left. Make sure you check the range out if you're ever in Tesco as I also got some lovely lip products for £1! Thanks for reading

Sophie x

Monday, 28 January 2013

Rihanna for River Island Preview

I never used to be a massive River Island fan I must admit, but last year they really stepped up their game. For the first time, I walked into the shop and could actually find things that I would wear, whereas before I may have seen something I liked the look of just to find it had glitter running through it or a brooch stuck to it, but they got it spot on with their A/W collection. 

And it seems that River Island will continue to shine throughout 2013. They have collaborated with Rihanna for a S/S collection which will début at LFW next month. As far as collabs go, this one is pretty exciting. Not only is it the first fashion line from the singer, it's going to be readily available to us mere mortals on the high street, which will mean it will be purse friendly too. Rihanna's style has evolved dramatically over the years, and she has now earned herself a trendsetter reputation, inspired by her edgy, be it slightly risqué style, not to mention her ever changing hair. She has said that this line has been inspired by British street style, and that there will be something in the collection to suit all body types and looks. I for one cannot wait to see what she has come up with!   

Sophie x

Sunday, 27 January 2013

life through a lens #7

Whitening my teeth (full post to come), bit of a spending spree, new things to try, view at home in Devon, speckled nails, pre drinks at uni, ordered one Laura Mercier foundation but got sent three, my besties gorgeous kitten, selfie.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Topshop Sartorial Lipstick

Topshop's Sartorial is described as a 'bright coral' velvet finish lipstick to 'smooth, moisturise and nourish lips'. I find this shade to be much easier to apply than the lighter Topshop lipsticks I own, maybe because it is more pigmented, but I find it applies really smoothly whereas the lighter shades can sometimes be quite dry and patchy. I really like the orange tones in this shade and it's a good transitional colour from Christmas reds to spring oranges. Topshop lipsticks are £8, which is slightly on the expensive side for a high street lipstick, but the pigmentation and lasting power of them makes them definitely worth the money. Have you tried any other colours from the Topshop lipstick range? 

Sophie x

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

2012: beauty heroes

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment, St Moritz tanning mousse, Herbal essences beautiful ends split end protection care, Look Beauty Make me Blush in Flirt, Calvin Klein Euphoria, Origins Super Spot Remover, Urban Decay Naked Pallet, Benefit They're Real mascara.
For me 2012 was an education in beauty, mainly because it was the year my skin was at its worst, and probably something to do with it being the year I started blogging - cue me wanting everything and anything people been raving about. Having said that, I have discovered some amazing products that I would have been lost without otherwise, so here are my 2012 heroes; First and foremost I'd like to thank (..just kidding)

1.I know I posted about this a couple days ago so I wont say too much, but shout out to my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, this product has transformed my skin and a lot of other peoples if you believe the blogging hype...(believe it!). Read my full review here. 

2.Sticking with the skincare theme, I invested in the Origins Super Spot Remover when I was going through a bad time with my skin. I almost had a little cry when it came and I saw how tiny the bottle was seeing as it cost around £15., but it is definitely worth the money. If you have any bumps or blemishes at the end of the day, you just need a tiny dab of this stuff and they will have disappeared by the time you wake up in the morning. It does sting a tad, but you can feel it killing your spot which is good in a weird kind of way. I have used this so many times and it has hardly gone down at all, so don't let the size of the bottle put you off as it will probably last a good year.  

3.Next up is a product which I have wanted for ever, and 2012 was the year that it finally became mine, courtesy of my housemates as a very generous birthday gift. I am talking about the Urban Decay Naked Pallet. With Naked 2 being released at the end of 2011, all the hype around the pallet came flooding back in 2012, and with it my desperation to have one. I could just never justify £36 pounds for eyeshadow as I didn't think I would use it that often. Having said that since actually having one, I have used it pretty much everyday and can honestly say I will probably never need to buy an eyeshadow again, it has everything you will ever need. So if you are, like I was, on the fence about investing in the Naked pallet, do it, you will never look back! 

4.I have to say I am addicted to blusher, but one of my favourites this year has definitely been Make Me Blush from the Look beauty range in the shade flirt.It's just a really bright pink and you only need the tiniest bit as it is so pigmented. It applies really nicely and is really buildable. I got this during a half price offer in Superdrug so it cost me around £4 which is amazing value for money considering the pigmentation of this blusher.  

5.The next product I have to mention is Benefit They're Real mascara, again a product that has gained a lot of attention, and again, rightly so. At first, I must admit I wasn't sure about this, but after using it for a couple of months I can't quite remember why. This mascara is just so good at separating and lengthening lashes, and it adds so much volume without even meaning to as it picks up all the lashes you never even knew you had. Since using this, I have slowly been weaning myself off false lashes, and yet people still ask me if I am wearing them, so it must be good! Read my full review here

6. Moving on to hair, I'm not a massive hair product person. Although since I ombred my hair I have found that the ends have been in dyer need of some TLC. I picked up the Herbal essences beautiful ends split end protection cream not really expecting much, but it's actually a really good product. It's like a leave in conditioner that you just rub through your ends before drying you hair, and it really adds a lot of moisture to your ends and just makes dry hair a little more manageable. I can't remember how much this was now, but I think under the £5 mark, so definitely worth a try if you struggle with dry or split ends. 

7.In 2012, I decided for the first time in forever to take the chop. I cut around 5 inches off my hair and instantly regretted it, but hey at least I tried right? In a bit of a panic I went into boots and picked up the Lee Stafford hair growth treatment  in the hope that it would magic back my lovely long hair. Well, it didn't quite do that, but since I cut my hair in November it has grown about 2 inches which I'm almost positive is down to this product. It's described as being 'for hair that never grows past a certain length', so if you aren't having instant hair cut regret like I was and you are just at that annoying length which you seem to have been stuck at forever, give this a try and see if it can help fast forward the process a little. 

8. I don't use fake tan too often, but when I do I always use St. Moritz tanning mousse in medium. It is just a really good product for how cheap it is, and for someone like me who doesn't use tan all the time it's not worth spending out a fortune, so I am more than happy to use this at £3 a bottle! 

9.Finally my favourite fragrance. This one is actually a bit of a cheat as it isn't my favourite of 2012 but my favourite ever, but never the less, nothing came up in 2012 that took it's place so I'm going to talk about it anyway. My favourite perfume is Calvin Klein Euphoria, I just love it. It's a scent that really makes an impact and I can always smell it on scarves and things days after spraying it. I don't think I will ever not wear this perfume. It's quite a wintery smell as it's fairly heavy and woody, but it really does smell amazing, if you have never smelt it, give it a try next time you are at the perfume counter. 

So those were my favourite beauty (etc) products of 2012, I hope you have enjoyed/found this post useful. And let me know if you love any of these products as well, or if you have any recommendations of similar products you think I would enjoy. Thanks for reading! 

Sophie x

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Happy Sunday!

Sunday night sorted - Body shop tea tree face mask, Barry M Gelly polish in Blood Orange , Crazy Stupid Love 

For most people, Sunday evenings are a sign of the approaching doom that is Monday morning, but for me, it's a wave goodbye to the dreaded weekend. While I am still at uni, the week is the good bit, especially during my third year when I only have 4 hours of lectures (although I am supposed to spend the rest of the time doing dissertation work, but in reality I lie in bed and watch sex and the city - don't judge me), so the weekend is when I earn my money, and on a Sunday evening I can breathe a sigh of relief. I have just finished an epic roast cooked by my lovely housemate while I was at work all day, and now I am going to relax with a facemask, paint my nails with my new Barry M Gelly polish which I am excited to try and enjoy a bit of Ryan Gosling...Happy Sunday!! 

Friday, 18 January 2013

Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: £13

The first thing you need to know about this product is that it really is worth the hype it has been getting recently. I first started using the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo around mid December when my skin was going through a particularly bad patch and I had tried so many other products that just weren't working. I can honestly say this product made an overnight difference. 

Effaclar duo is described as 'corrective and unclogging anti-imperfections care', so it is basically a spot treatment cream, however I have found that not only has it cleared any blemishes on my skin, it has made my skin appear a lot brighter as well as evening out my skin tone. It also purifies your pores so just leaves your skin feeling really clean and refreshed. 

Despite being a spot treatment, I use this day and night in place of a moisturiser and it honestly works a treat, my skin is looking the best it ever has and it is 100% down to this product. I know there has been so much hype about this lately but it is just that good! And at £13, it is definitely good value for money. It's available from selected Boots stores, although it seems to have been selling out really quickly so I have been stocking up whenever I can as I think I would be lost without it now. It is currently in stock at Boots online here

Have you tried this product? Has it worked as well for you?