Thursday, 27 June 2013

Lipstick Addict

I cannot stop buying lipsticks! I used to have a pretty frugal collection, but it has grown at a crazy rate in the last few months. These are my latest picks, which is your favourite?

1) Rimmel in Nude Delight 
 Because my lips are naturally highly pigmented it's for difficult for me to find the perfect nude nude (any tips would be greatly appreciated) and unfortunately I didn't really get much closer with this. However, that's not to say I don't love this shade; it comes up a beautiful pale orange which is really pretty and natural-looking. It's ideal for work and casual days out.

2) Kate for Rimmel in Vibrant Coral
Exactly what it says on the tin. Comes up rather red on my lips but still unmistakably coral, in fact, it's the best I've found to date. If you want a deep coral shade I highly reccommend this lipstick, it's matt and has terrific staying power.

3) Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade
I've become addicted to these little lovely. I can't resist a light pink lippie and this is just adorable. Despite it's pale colour, I was surprised at how vibrant it is on my lips, shiny but bright. Admittedly, it doesn't have the best staying power, but it's easy enough to reapply after a drink or meal.

4) W7 Go West  in Pink Cloud
This colour I could not resist - isn't it just lovely? It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a pink lippie and I've been searching for this shade my whole life. It has a creamy texture with a buildable colour. What's more, it last great for a few hours but of course will need a top up after eating or drinking.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

I watched ... THE PURGE

 If you lived in a world where any crime was legal for just one night, what would you do? Would you hole up in your home and try to stay safe until morning, or use it as a chance to release your carnal animal instincts? That's the premise of James DeMonaco's thriller The Purge (rated 15 in the UK), in which a family find themselves in serious danger when they let a stranger in need into their home.

The Lowdown
For those of you expecting a serious scare, you may be disappointed. In my opinion, the advert (and movie poster) sells a film that this, well, just isn't. It's full of suspense, tension and it's pretty violent, but it's not exactly scary. I am a huge wimp when it comes to films and I can say with some confidence this won't be keeping me awake at night. However, I can guarantee it will spark a lively debate between you and your friends after watching, it gives you a lot to think about. I personally like these kind of films but if you want a slasher horror flick, it's not likely to deliver. 

Considering twists are one of the most important aspects of a good thriller, I found this film a tad predictable. Having said that, it has quite a few small twists throughout which I think keeps the audience on their toes.  I thought the actors were all rather good, I didn't spy a wooden one amongst them, which can really ruin a good film (looking at you, Mr Radcliffe). My favourite character was the 'Polite Stranger', played by Rhys Wakefield. He was without a doubt the best of the bunch. Is it strange I found him weirdly attractive? Must have been the charm.

The Bottom Line
The Purge is worth a watch if you want a thriller that's more tense and interesting than scary. You might guess the twists before they happen, but it doesn't really take anything away from the story. I found it a bit unsatisfying as nothing was able to surprise me, but that's not to say everyone will see what's coming.   Although I enjoyed it, I can't say that it completely lived up to my expectations. Even so, I'd recommend it for a late night cinema trip, it's a pretty good film and makes for an thoughtful discussion on the drive home.


Thursday, 6 June 2013

May Favourites

I probably should have written this post earlier, but better late than never. I've tried a few new things in the month of may that I'd like to share with you all. Here they are, all prettily laid out for you.

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
It is very easy to get lazy with your skin regime when it's time for bed. I used to swipe a quick make-up wipe over my face and be done with it. Needless to say, my skin wasn't thanking me for it. This is been compared to beauty bloggers' favourite Bioderma's solution (which to be honest, I hadn't even heard of. Soz.) and had great reviews so i thought I'd give it a try. I absolutely love it; I'm already on my second bottle! It's much gentler than a facial wipe and removes every trace of make-up. My skin break-outs are much better too, which is great. Really love this stuff, it doesn't irritate skin and lives up to the hype.

Hair Essentials Argan Oil Conditioner
I love this conditioner - it has a rich luxurious texture that coats all of my hair with one or two squirts and it smells gorgeous. At the very cheap price of £2.50 I wasn't expecting anything amazing but I found I was pleasantly surprised at how soft it makes my hair feel, even those ratty in-need-of-a-cut ends. Cheap and cheerful treat for the locks.

La Femme 30 colour eye shadow pallette
This is my favourite shadow pallettes at the moment. I origanlly picked one these La Femme palettes up from a friends' birthday but had to get myself one too, it's so pretty! The colours are shimmery but very highly pigmented, one sweep gives you a vibrant colour that lasts. My favourite shades at the moment are the rustic reds and oranges. 

Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream
I was in need of a more delicate moisturiser for around my eyes when I spotted this in Boots. The fact that it claimed to reduce dark circles is what sold it for me. Now I know it's an 'own-brand' cream, but I really do like it. The almost paste-like formula is surprisingly easy to blend and I've noticed after a week of use a difference in my dark circles. Admittedly, it hasn't been a huge change yet, but my eyes look a lot fresher and more awake. Rated! 

Primark studded hair wrap
Always on the look out for new hair accessories, I spied this one in Primark. I really think they must design their hair wraps for people with huge heads as they never seem to fit me very well, I have to pin this into place with a bobby pin which is slightly annoying but I love the punky look it complements my style perfectly. 

So that's my thrifty May Favourites - they may not have high end price tags but they get the job done. Have you tried any of these products and what did you think? Let me know .. ♣
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