Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Yves Rocher mascara & lipstick review

Yves Rocher lipstick and mascara

Yves Rocher lipstick

Yves Rocher volume vertige mascara

Yves Rocher grand rouge lipstick on lips
lipstick swatch
Yves Rocher mascara

Top row one coat, middle row two coats, bottom row three coats

The good people over at Baobella Boutique approached me about the possibility of reviewing these. After using the Yves Rocher camille cleanser I was definitely interested, that has become a morning and night staple for me so I was keen to try some other products from Yves Rocher.

First up, the mascara.  It's enriched with a fixing botanical extract (their claim), and has a reservoir wand that they say picks up just the right amount of product.  The wand is similar to ones I've seen on other mascaras, but with rubbery bristles, it also has a flexible end (like the Maybelline mega plush). Until now I wasn't sure how that would be useful (it seemed pointless with the Maybelline one), but when I used this after the first coat, I found that the flexible wand made the bristles cling to my lashes better, the result being - more mascara on my lashes, and the bristles brushing through them better.

I think this might be one of the best mascara's I've ever used, and that's saying something.  It thickens, curls and lengthens, giving me magnificent lashes - I'm sure looking at the pics you'll agree!?  The Yves Rocher Volume Vertige mascara costs just £10.50* at the moment which includes 50% discount.  It compares with all other mascaras I've tried, both high street and high end and looking at these pictures, I think it shows them all up too :)

Next up, the lipstick, or should I say Yves Rocher Grand Rouge lipstick in Shining Pink.  Both products have nice sleek packaging and feel pretty good quality.  The lipstick is an unusual colour, sort of like a blushy dusky pink, with a soft shimmer (not glittery).  It's very hydrating and not drying at all, and very well pigmented.  It's not going to stay on your lips all day, it has pretty typical wear of a couple of hours without needing a touch up, but my favourite thing about it is the colour, it's so pretty and not quite like any other I've seen, it's pretty perfect for my skintone too :)  If you're interested in picking this up, it costs £9.75 at the moment (which is with 50% off) over on their website.

What do you think of these?  Would you purchase either of them?

This months Biggest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jaina from Which Beauty Box UK


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

What's in my bag

what's in my makeup bag

I don't think I've ever done one of these posts on my blog before, I know I've done a couple on my YouTube channel, but that was quite a while ago now, and I've been meaning to do one on here for ages, so here it is!

The bag is by Nica - I bought it about a year ago, but sadly the strap is almost completely broken now so I'll be needing to buy a new across-the-body bag soon.  I've really liked this one though, there's a lovely teal floral print on the inside, and a decent sized front pocket.  The only thing I wish it didn't have were the handles since I only ever use the massive strap.  Now lets get on to what's inside!

Makeup bag
This lovely bag was a present from A Scottish Lass at Christmas (if I recall), it's filled with all the things I need to do a basic face of makeup, as well as some lip balms and gloss.  Off the top of my head, in there is my Ginvera BB cream, Loreal BB powder, Chanel liquid eyeliner, Canmake creme blusher, Wet n Wild eyeshadow trio (with a pretty close dupe for the MAC satin taupe) and some Max Factor mascara - I'm sure I'm missing something out, but that's the bulk of it.

This was a present from my sister-in-law for Christmas, it has cute little cats over it (awww) - I keep this up to date all the time, and even try to plan out my blog posts in it, even if I don't stick to what I plan (I think it was from M&S).

This little big beauty is by Visconti, I picked it up on Amazon about 2-3 years ago (wow, didn't realise I'd had it so long!) for about £25.  It's made out of real leather, and is pink on the inside :D

Mini Longchamp
I bought this at Harrods when I bought my full size Longchamp shopper, this little one keeps my asthma inhaler in it keeping it free from dust and other debris which I'd otherwise inhale and then almost throw up on (been there, done that).

Carex alcohol hand gel
This I've started carrying with me since becoming pregnant as I need to try and keep germ free for the baby.  This one is the aloe vera one which smells amazing and I'll definitely be replacing once it's run out.  I keep a different one on my desk in work, I can't remember what it's supposed to smell like, but it smells like pink grapefruit which is awesome!

EOS lip balm
I always keep one of these with me, this one is the strawberry one, it smells and feels lovely on the lips and does a good job of keeping them hydrated, I love what unusual packaging it is and the odd shape of the balm inside.

Mobile phone
This is my beauty, my HTC One.  I used to have an iPhone 4 but when I came to upgrade the 5 didn't seem different enough and I like a proper change.  The HTC One had only been out about a week and I'd already had my eye on it, so I opted for that instead and I haven't looked back, it's an amazing phone with a fantastic camera, a large screen, a great range of apps and what's more, it's fast!  Oh and it has Beats audio inside, so the sound quality is really good.

I always keep these with me, I've become a little addicted to them with the pregnancy and I hate having a nasty taste in my mouth.  I'm not loyal to any particular flavour, as long as they're tic tacs :)

Enough said really!

Clarins Instant light natural lip perfector
This is in shade 02, a peachy shade - it smells slightly fruity and a bit like white chocolate, basically awesome.  It's super hydrating and conditioning to the lips, a bit of a handbag essential for me.

So that's it, the contents of my bag!  The only thing I left out was my work pass because that has confidential information on it, but it lives in there :)  I hope you enjoyed this post, it's a nice change and break from all the reviews I've been doing :)

This months Biggest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jaina from Which Beauty Box UK


Monday, 21 April 2014

DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom in Rooftop Peony

dkny be delicious city blossom in rooftop peony

dkny perfume
rooftop peony
DKNY Be Delicious City Blossom in Rooftop Peony - £37* for 50ml

I typically stay away from fruity scents, but this one, this one is different.  It's part of their limited edition Spring collection City Blossom and this little baby here, it's called Rooftop Peony.  In it you'll smell notes of rose, mandarin and amber.  It's not just fruity like you'd expect, but also sweet and floral.

I normally stick to my trusty sweet scents like Lacoste Touch of Pink (which I adore), but you know what, I've had more compliments wearing this, and I think I've ever had in the years I've been wearing Lacoste.  This one's even been a hit with the hubby, every time I've worn it he's complimented me saying 'oooooh you smell nice!', so I think it's a confirmed hit!  It's so perfect for Spring/Summer too, it's fresh and airy, delicate and pretty.

It comes in the typical packaging (like an apple) but the perfume is pink coloured.  The box is stunning too with watercolour effect petals painted on the outside, it's like blossom falling off the trees :)

It's an absolutely gorgeous scent, one I've found myself reaching for above my favourites day-in-day-out.  If you're in Boots go over and have a spray and see what you think :)

This months Biggest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Jaina from Which Beauty Box UK