Tuesday, September 24, 2013
When I had a little nose through the drugstore a few weeks back on the search for Baby Lips, I picked up this product. I'd heard more than enough good things about them and knew they were supposed to be a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains, so I threw one into my basket. I've been dying to try the YSL version, but I'm not dying to spend that kind of cash.
The colour (200 Princess) is definitely not what I thought I was buying, but I'm not disappointed. I thought it was going to be a coral pink, but nothing too bright. But nope, this is a bright orangey red that looks stunning on. I'm pretty sure I don't own anything like this because I typically stay away from orangey colours because I don't think they suit me, but I find that this one does. Obviously you gotta tone down the eyes for a colour like this, but I love it.
As for the scent, SO YUMMY. I'm obsessed with it and not really sure why. It's rather strong so if you don't like it that might be an issue, but I just happen to love it. It has a fruity perfume scent that I adore.
It's easy enough to apply. One layer for something more toned down, then go in with another layer for some more BAM colour. I don't find the need for a lip liner which is brilliant with a red or brighter colour because sometimes my lip shape can be tricky with these kinds of colours.
After a drink, this stayed pretty well but the product definitely did transfer. But after a lunch of soup and a sandwich? The colour was nowhere to be seen on my lips. So if you're looking for something that's going to last through anything, maybe you're better off with a marker matte stain as opposed to something glossy. But as for a lip colour I think this is beautiful.
So if you're looking for a glossy pigmented lip color, then these are it, but if you're expecting them to last through meals and drinks, you might have to look elsewhere.
Has anyone tried these? Are the YSL Glossy Stains better at staying put? Comment below!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sorry today's post is a bit informal and done on my iPad. I'm currently in front of the telly watching Celebrity Juice and feel too lazy to go to the computer. Nah in general I've been a bit .... Crap with blogging. I was doing really well then lost the will to blog and lost my motivation. It started to feel like too much of a chore and that's never the reason I started blogging. So if I feel like blogging from my iPad, then why not? It may not be HD photographs or any fancy photoshoped photos, but for me blogging is about recommending products I'm loving and sharing my opinions and my love for beauty. Does it matter what form it takes? I'd like to hope not!
Anyways, enough blabbering on bout that. The other day I picked up this lip cream from TopShop in Smart. I've been digging the deep red lip for the Autumn but didn't really have any products to rock it with. So when I saw this in TopShop I just had to have it.
It's the first product I've ever tried from TopShop's beauty range and I'm quite impressed. Great pigment and a great color. The only thing is you do need to wear a lip liner with this or it can get rather messy. Or just be sure to apply it really carefully but I'm a bit rubbish at that.
I'm really tempted by MAC's Darkside and Rebel but for now this is giving me that Autumn feeling on the lips!
Are you loving dark lips? Comment below!
Posted by Lauren Baker at 10:38 PM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The other day I went through my makeup collection and found a few things I'd neglected to use and review. So this week I'm putting them to the test and deciding whether or not I think they're any good! Otherwise they'll be moving onto a better home. Not the trash, I promise.
Watch the video below for my initial thoughts. Then tune back here to my blog next Saturday for my final summary and review! It won't be in video form, just a blog post. But I didn't think it would be necessary to dedicate another video to the same subject.
This may or may not become a series. As of late I've been better about reviewing/testing products straight as and when I get them. But you never know!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Hi guys! Today I have a unboxing video for you on my September 2013 Birchbox. It's been awhile since I've been able to actually do an unboxing as opposed to just a review. But I received my box this morning and was patient enough to wait to open it on camera.
From left to right: Reverence de Bastien Nail Polish in No8, Green & Black's White Chocolate (who ate that!!?!), Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Gel, ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty, Bioderma Sebium H20, Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Nourishing Body Lotion.
ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty
Overall, a great box, especially in terms of value for money. I've been wanting to try the version of Bioderma created for oily skin so I'm happy I'll be able to. I also love the nail polish color, even if it's not exactly in season. Never gonna complain about a bit of chocolate and the lipstick is gorgeous. Intrigued to see if the body gel will help with some spider veins I've got popping up or at least prevent further ones (the perks of working in retail) and I'm glad to have the matching body lotion to the Molton Brown body wash we got in the last box.
What was in your box? Comment below!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Hi guys! Today's post is about my skincare routine. I have combination/oily skin that is prone to break outs, usually at that time of the month. I still don't have perfect skin, I think there's some things that need to be sorted out internally as opposed to just on the outer skin, but these products certainly help keep my skin in check. If you're interested in hearing more, watch the video below, otherwise I've also summed up the main bits down below.
I keep this simple and light. I have oily skin so I don't want to be layering on ten million products, especially when I'm going to be putting on a full face of makeup as well.
-I cleanse with my REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser.
-I spray Aveda Botanical Kinetics Toning Mist on a cotton pad and swipe it over my face.
-Depending on my skin that day, I apply either Origins Zero Oil Moisture Lotion or the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo as my daytime moisturiser. I go for the Effaclar Duo is my skin if breaking out and the Origins if my skin is just normal.
- Finally, I then apply my Origins GinZing Eye Cream.
This is a little more intensive, as your skin needs a really good cleanse at the end of the day to properly remove all the makeup and the dirt and grime from the rest of the day.
-Firstly, I remove my makeup with L'oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution for my face makeup and my L'oreal Absolute Make-Up Remover Eye & Lip for my eye makeup.
-I then use my Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to cleanse my skin.
-If my skin's breaking out quite badly, I use Philosophy The Great Mystery as an extra treat for my skin.
-If I haven't used the Philosophy product, which gently exfoliates, I'll use my Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant for an acidic exfoliant.
-Again, depending on what my skin is like I'll use a different moisturiser for it. I use my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo if it's breaking out and my Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer if my skin is fine and I just want to brighten it.
-I'll apply a spot treatment to my spots. The Biotherm Pure-Fect Skin Anti-imperfection Targeted Solution is great for gently getting rid of spots as it's not at all drying, but the Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is great for when I have a HUGE spot and just want it gone as it's quite harsh.
-Finally, eye cream time. I apply my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum followed by my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream. My eye creams are the only bits of anti-aging I'm using at the moment (I'm only 23) as my eye area is the only area I've noticed to show any signs of aging.
What products do you use in your skincare routine? Comment below!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Hi guys! Today's post is about taking your makeup from the Spring/Summer time to the Autumn/Winter time. I go into detail in the video, which you can watch below, but this post is just a round up of the main points. Incase you don't feel like listening to me natter on for 15 mins. I know right? 15 mins? How?? I babble.
-Move from a BB Cream/Tinted Moisturiser to a Medium Coverage Foundation. Unless you have flawless and perfect skin and don't need it!
-Opt for a berry or rose blusher as opposed to a pink or coral.
-Embrace the pale and ditch the bronzer! It's winter, you're allowed to be pale. There's no sun to be seen and it's freezing out and you're meant to be curled up on the couch with a pumpkin spice latte. Not looking tan. Feel free to contour for that chiseled look, but not all over.
-Dramatic eyes with winged eye liner and black pencil liner on the waterline. You've got so many events and parties to go to at the holiday season, your eyes need to pop and you can do that with some black intense liner.
-Opt for cooler toned shadows like taupes and purples as opposed to bronzy gold colours.
-Leave the pale pink or corals for the summer time. Break out the reds, the wines and the berries! If you're not brave enough to rock one, wear it in a gloss or tinted balm form. Alternatively, if you like something brighter, go for a fuchsia.What do you do to take your look into the Autumn time? Comment below!