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First Glance: L'oreal Paris Freebies

 The other day I was in Boots with the intention of buying a L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick when I saw that if I spent over £15 on L'Oreal products you could get a little box of goodies worth £25 for free. (Well, you had to spend £15 to receive it but hey!) I have to admit and say that I am a sucker for a freebie so it did spur me on to buy an extra L'oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick but fortunately I was planning on buying another one at some point so technically it was an investment, right? Right?!

So, if you spend over £15 on L'oreal products at the moment in Boots (and online) then this is what you'll get for free.

L'oreal Superliner Luminizer Eyeliner in Hazel (for brown eyes) - £6.49/link
This eyeliner is only available in the colours Hazel, Green and Blue. The idea is that you buy the colour that most resembles your eye colour and the off-black eyeliner will enhance your natural eye colour. Very good idea! The only problem of having a product like this in a free gift set is that you don't know which colour you're going to get, for example, I've been given Hazel but my eye colour is blue/green. It won't put me off using it though.
L'oreal Color Riche Nail Varnish in Opulent Pink - £4.99/link
L'oreal Color Riche Nail Varnish in You Are Worth It - £4.99/link
L'oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss in Magentic Nude Glow - £7.69/link
I'm not usually a big fan of lip gloss but as I'm a big fan of the lip swatch on the front cover of the gift box I will quite happily use it to the end of day if my lips look like that. 

You also get given some nail tips to help you create a french manicure and some little samples of L'oreal Nude Manique and L'oreal's True Match FoundationWill this little gift box encourage you to buy more L'oreal products like it did to me?

Shopping the Stash: Part Two

It's been a while since my last post like this, mostly because I usually only use the same products over and over again as I get stuck in a rut but recently I've bought a few new products which have found their way into my daily make-up routine so here it is!

- Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory (Review)
- Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation in Creamy Ivory
Same as last time face wise and sadly it's going to be the same for a while as I've stocked up on both of these foundations. I've been using both of these bottles for a while now, so much so that I think that they're never-ending. Both foundations give medium coverage whereas at the moment I'd personally prefer to have full coverage as the redness in my skin is driving me crazy but until I've finished all 4 bottles I'll be using these.

- Maybelline Dream Terra Sun Bronzer in Light Bronze (Review)
- Vivo Blush with Highlighter Duo in Shade 2 
- Sally Hansen Cream Blusher in Sunrise (Review)
Again, nothing really new here either. I'm going to use the bronzer to give my whole face a general warm look this week as I'm starting to look awfully pale. I'll also be switching between Vivo's Highlighter Duo and Sally Hansen's Cream Blusher. Vivo's blusher is probably my most used and it's the product I reach for simultaneously each morning. It's a lovely peachy pink and a lovely everyday blusher, plus it's awfully cheap too.

- MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (Review)
MUA Heaven & Earth Palette 
Rimmel Mono Eyeshadow in Smokey Quartz (Review)
Avon Supershock Mascara
I've used the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly every single day since I bought it and now I think I'm a bit addicted. It's the perfect base for eyeshadow and I highly recommend it. I'm also using MUA's Heaven & Earth Palette an awful lot too - I love every single colour in the palette which is very very rare. My favourite shades in the palette are the champagne coloured eyeshadow bottom third left, the mushroom colour beside it and the dark taupe eyeshadow top second left. When I won't be using this palette this week I will be using Rimmel London's Mono Eyeshadow in Smokey Quartz. It's a lovely dark taupe with just the right amount of shimmer in it for the day. Mascara wise I'll be using AVON's Supershock Mascara: it really lengthens and separates my eyelashes and it's the only mascara I wear that gets compliments.

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Rendezvous (Review)
L'Oreal Rogue Caresse in Dating Coral
This week I'll be wearing corals on my lips so I've chosen to use Revlon's Lip Stain in Rendezvous and a L'Oreal Rogue Caresse in Dating Coral. Dating Coral is more of a reddish deep coral whereas Rendezvous is more of an orange coral. Both are lovely for a slobbish day in!

Tutorial: Galaxy Nails

Last week I was searching on Instagram for a bit of inspiration for my nails when I saw someone had posted a photo of their galaxy inspired nails so I decided to give it a go too.

To achieve the Galaxy look I needed to use quite a few nail varnishes, a nail art brush and a sponge. Here is the products I used and how I did it:
Avon Revitacool Base Coat
George Quick Dry Nail Varnish in Midnight Black
17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mini Skirt
Avon Nailwear Pro in Splendid
Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Pastel Pink
17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Woo Me
Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Carnival
17 Glitter Top Coat
Seche Vite Top Coat
Make-Up Sponge
Nail Art Dotting Brush
Before I begin to tell you how I did it, I just want to say I did exactly the same on my right hand as I did my left and they looked completely different so I can't promise it will look exactly like mine as even mine didn't look like mine.
1. To start with I applied my base coat. I chose Avon's Revitacool Base Coat as it was what I had closest to me at the time.

2. I then applied my base colour, I chose George's Quick Dry Nail Varnish in Midnight Black but you could choose a glittery black or even a navy. When I applied Midnight Black it was quite sheer so I had to use 2/3 good coats before I got a fully opaque colour.

3. Once my base colour had dried I then painted a thin line of 17's Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mini Skirt on my sponge to start off my galaxy. I didn't want to put too much on my sponge as I didn't want big splodges of colour all over my nails as it would have been harder to build it up. I sponged the white over my nails in different places as I didn't want them all to look the same.

4. I then painted Avon's Nailwear Pro+ in Pastel Pink on a different corner of my sponge and sponged that over the top of the white, making sure I wasn't too precise as I want to try and be able to see every colour once I've built up all the layers.

5. I then sponged on 17's Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Woo Me like above.

6. Then I very, very lightly sponged on Avon's Nailwear Pro Nail Varnish in Splendid which is a glittery navy. I did it very lightly as it's a very dark colour and I didn't want to ruin what I had just accomplished with my lighter colours. I lightly dabbed it around the lighter colours, making sure I left a small space in the middle for the centre of my galaxy.

7. Then I dabbed on a small helping of Nail's Inc Nail Varnish in Notting Hill Carnival for the centre of my galaxy.

8. Once it had all dried a little, I dipped my nail art dotting brush into my white nail varnish and lightly dotted a few different sized dots around my nail with the intention of them being stars.
9. Finally, I brushed two coatings of 17's Glitter Top Coat over my galaxy before leaving to dry. Then I went over the whole nail with a generous helping of Seche Vite's Top Coat, making sure I paid a lot of attention at the tip of my nails to avoid tip wear.
That's it really. You can change the colours to suit you, I chose those as I thought they would all go together.

I was really disappointed at how long this lasted on my nails. I put two coats of Seche Vite on my left hand, one coat on my right and less than 24 hours after painting my right hand it had chipped. Very annoying, especially as it took me so long to achieve.

Review // MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly

About a month ago my sister and I were wondering around MAC in Debenhams in Chester trying to find the MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick. As it is ridiculously bright I spotted it a mile away before realising that it's a bit too bright for me and my shy, retiring ways. We then came across the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. I picked up a Paint Pot in the shade Painterly and, well, one thing led to another and before I know it I had a basket full of MAC products and I was barging my way to the tills with my debit card before I could change my mind.

The MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots comes in a small glass pot which gives the impression that there is more product in the pot than there actually is. There is only 5 grams in there but luckily a little goes a long way. I opened the little black standard MAC packaging, screwed open the little pot and I was, at first, a little disappointed. It wasn't how I remembered it in the shop. When I opened the pot it had a little shiny coating to it. I put my finger in it but nothing came off so you need to soften it a little. From reading other reviews on this product it would seem that you need to give it a bit of work before you receive any pay off and I completely agree.

You can either use the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots on their own or underneath a powder eyeshadow to help prevent creasing. I've worn Painterly for both uses and it works in both ways perfectly. I do tend to use it mostly under eyeshadows from MUA's Heaven and Earth palette and the eyeshadow stays on my eyelids all day. Now I don't know if this is to do with the Paint Pot or if the eyeshadows just don't crease at all as I haven't used them without but I like to think it's the Paint Pot working it's magic!

Painterly is a nude beige coloured matte cream based eye product which blends into my light ivory coloured skintone perfectly. This product works really well with my skintone, so much so that can't really tell that I'm using it. It makes my eyelids look softened, blended and neutral and I really, really love it.

Review: Maybelline Dream Terra Sun Bronzing Powder in Light Bronze

Just before I went on holiday I went on a hunt for a bronzer. I've never tried or used a bronzer before so I wasn't entirely sure what I was looking for and I didn't really want to spend too much either. I went to ASDA in hope of finding one and luckily for me there was an offer on Maybelline's Dream Terra Sun Bronzing Powder so I decided to pick one of those up in hope that it would be right for me.

Unfortunately the only colours available in ASDA were Light Bronze or Dark. I didn't want my skin to look too dark or muddy but also, as I have quite fair skin I do want the product to show up. After umming and ahhing I decided to go for the shade Light Bronze in hope that it would be the perfect shade for me.

I don't usually comment on the packaging of things as I believe what you see is what you get but the packaging is really quite flimsy. The idea of it is you screw the lid of it down but I've noticed a few times the lid comes off in my make-up bag even if I screw the lid down firmly so it's worth remembering not to place it at the bottom of your bag as it may all fall apart and you might end up with bits of bronzer everywhere. I also don't think it would stay in one piece if you were to drop it.

The first thing you notice when you take the lid off is the smell. It smells gorgeous. If I could bottle the scent and wear it I would. I'm not sure how to describe the scent other than it smells very summery and if they were to release it as a perfume then I would buy it. 

Now, the product. Did I choose the correct shade for my skin? Sadly not. It barely shows up on my pale skin. If it barely shows up on extraordinarily pale people than how is it supposed to show up on everyone else? The colour itself is a lovely golden brown with little shimmery golden particles in it to give you an extra glow. This would look so lovely if it actually showed up without having to work at it. Nonetheless, once you've managed to build it up to a colour it does look lovely swept along the cheekbones, although you really have to build it up to achieve that.

Overall, if you were looking for a bronzing powder to contour with then this is definitely not for you. However if you want a bronzing powder to use all over your face for a healthy glow then this is perfect.

Review: Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Pastel Pink

I like pink. I like bright pink, dark pink, magenta pink, fuchsia pink, sparkly pink, baby pink... I've been looking for the perfect baby pink nail varnish to enter my collection and after a few failed purchases, I've finally found the one in the form of Avon's Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Pastel Pink.

Pastel Pink is a lovely baby, pastel pink. It's clean and fresh, like Essie's Mint Candy Apple but in the form of a pink rather than a pastel green. I know people can be a bit funny about Avon and I know a lot of people think it's what their Grandma's use etc etc but I'm 18 and I'll happily say there's nothing else I enjoy more than looking at make-up in a handy little catalogue.

I chose to use a 17's Glitter Top Coat with this to use as an accent nail on my ring fingers but it doesn't show up very well in the photos. The Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel lasted literally a week without chipping AT ALL. It would have lasted even longer had I not chipped it all off myself due to boredom. Either this Avon polish is ridiculously long lasting or the Seche Vite Top Coat is finally giving me the results that make everyone rave about it.

Brand Focus: Topshop #2

Lilac Lace Peter Pan Dress - £25/link
Millicent Stud Back Boots - £40/link
Contrast Sleeve Army Jacket - £65/link
Texture Pleat Tunic - £26/link
Melinda Mesh Point Shoes - £30/link
Sleeveless Boucle Peplum Top - £25/link
Co-ord Mint Boucle Skirt  - £38/link
Glaze in Dash - £6/link
Longsleeve Floaty Drop Hem Top - £35/link
Leather Studded and Clip Bag - £85/link
Cross Print Leggings - £20/link
Side Panel Wet Look Leggings - £20/link
Mighty Black Leather Zip Boots - £45/link

I really need to win the lottery or something to be able to buy everything I want from Topshop. If only I could swap lives with Chloe Green.