Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Glossy Box Valentines Special 2012

 I was very excited to have the Valentines Special Glossy Box especially as it's hot pink, I always get excited when GlossyBox changed the colour of their boxes for a special occasion.
 The packaging on the inside was also really pretty, I like the cute pink heart and I love that the ribbon is grey and not pink as well.
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner
This product caught my eye first as it is one of the brands I know the most about from the whole box. Its a full size eyeliner which is one of the products from the re-brand of Eyeko. I got it in the colour Emerald green and it has led me to want to try some more. I will hopefully be able to review a few of them very soon.
Clarins Extra Firming Night Cream & Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream 
These Clarins creams added little value to my Glossy Box as they are aimed at an older audience however some people received a Davines cleanser and moisturiser which I would have been very happy with.
FAB Gentle Body Wash 
I don't often use these little body washes however I think if you travel a lot or stay over at friends houses these are perfect sizes to carry around with you, I am yet to try this one but I do love the packaging.
Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer
I was very happy to see the primer in my box and I tried it straight away, I am going to continue trying it and it is one I would consider buying in full size.

Overall I think that this Glossy Box wasn't quite for me as it was too skin care based, I did love the bright pink box however I still prefer last months box

These boxes would be a perfect little present to receive on Valentines day or even to gift yourself a year worth of boxes, click here for more information.

What do you think of this Valentine Special Glossy Box?
Sabrina X
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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Japonesque Brushes

Last week I received a few brushes from Japonesque which I had been very excited about. I don't know too much about the brand but I had heard very good things about all their brushes and had seen them in Boots and online, I noticed that in comparison to Mac brushes they were far more affordable.
I got sent four of the brushes; three from the Professional long handle range and one travel short handle brush.  The Professional Long handle brushes are have a long black wooden handle and are either have natural bristles or high-tech synthetic ones. The travel brushes have a shorter silver handle but are still well crafted and a travel friendly size.
Travel Point Brush
This brush is quite an unusual one in my opinion, it is a tapered quite dense brush which can be used for foundation, concealer  or powder. I have been using this brush everyday since I got it, I use it to first apply my foundation and then to blend in my concealer, it is probably my favourite brush for concealer especially when I am try to cover slightly larger areas. I would be interested in trying this brush for powder and mineral foundation too, I might have to buy a few more of these brushes so I can have one for powder.

Pro Angled Foundation Brush
This brush has a distinctive tapered edge which is really nice as it allows you to apply it precisely around your nose and eyes.Although this brush overs a fabulous finish I personally don't reach for it too much as it does take longer to blend all your foundation in, however if you are a fan of the traditional foundation brush and are looking for something similar but that will leave you with an even better finish this is the brush for you.

Pro Eyeshadow Fluff- Medium
This is a really nice eye brush, it is very soft, fluffy and a perfect size to apply eyeshadow all over the lid, in the crease and can even be used to blend the eyeshadow out, I'd love to get the large one too!

Pro Eye Detailer- Small
I think this brush is perfect for finishing of a look by dusting some eyeshadow under the eye or along the lash line but also for the crease and outer corner. I haven't tried it yet but I think it would even work as a lip liner!
Looking through the Japonesque catalogue they have so many beautiful images and some fabulous product I hope to try throughout the year such as the stippling brush, mineral face brush and I have heard that their tweezers are one of the best!

I also have a lipstick palette to share with you soon, so keep an eye out for that!

Japonesque Pro Brushes are available from John Lewis £9.50-£28 and the travel brushes are available from Boots from £9.75-£29.25

I think that there is no difference between the pro and travel brushes other then the size, the quality has not been compromised. I will be picking up some more brushes very soon, I think they are just as good as any MAC Brushes I have tried.

What are your favourite brushes?
Sabrina X
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A Few Everyday Favourites (FOTD)

 I never do daily makeup post or face of the days (FOTD) but since I had some time on my hand I thought I would quickly share why I was wearing yesterday.
Please ignore my eyebrows this was just before I got them done.
 On my face I am wearing Revlon Colorstay in Fresh Beige, I think this is a stable foundation in any collection as it isn't expensive but offers quite good coverage on those days you need it. If you have tried this and found it didn't work for you I would recommend trying the one for a different skin type, for years I was using the one aimed at oily skin but in fact the one for dry skin works far better on me. As a concealer I was wearing my trusty Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium.
 I didn't put anything in my eyebrows as I didn't want to draw any attention to them as they were quite messy. One my checks, around my temple and a little on the sides of my nose I am wearing my Sleek Contour Kit which I use almost everyday and is a handbag essential for me.

On my lips I started with a Front Cover lip liner which doesn't seem to have a name, I then put on top Mac Modesty Lipstick finished with a Barry M Glossy tube in No4, I love this combination!
 (Nice close up of my messy eyebrows!)
On my eyes I am wearing...
Mac Rubenesque Paintpot as a base
Mac All That Glitters Eyeshadow all over the lid
Mac Antiqued Eyeshadow (which is a favourite!) lightly in the crease and under the eye
& an ELF white eyeshadow as a highligh
I use my usual Loreal Carbon Gloss eyeliner on top, Soap & Glory Pencil eyeliner to line the top of the inside of my eye and a pale No7 colour on my water line. After curling my lashes I used Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara.

Hope you liked my very simple look.
Also in the comments let me know if you would like to see more of these post and if you would like a liquid eyeliner how-to

XX
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Cetaphil Skincare

Excuse the photos but the product I am talking about today doesn't have fancy packaging so you aren't missing out on much in that department, however the product inside the basic Cetaphil packaging has become a staple in my skincare and a product I would highly recommend!

The Gentle Skin Cleanser is really spoken about in the beauty community however was previously hard to find in the UK however the whole range has now made it into Boots. The cleanser is aimed at all skin types even those who have more sensitive skin. Unlike my usual cleansers it is  a gel like consistency and a cloudy clear colour. I personally like to add a little bit of water, lather it up in my hands and then apply to my face. To remove the cleanser I use a muslin cloth but it would work with a flannel too. It does state on the back that you can use the cleanser just on cotton pads, however I haven't tried this before.

I would highly recommend this if you are currently looking for a new cleanser or struggling with your skin, I haven't used it for a week and I can already see that my skin is in worse condition. It doesn't leave my skin tight or dry but still removed all my makeup efficiently.

The other two product I have are the Moisturising lotion and the cream, I don't find either product to be amazing, although I do quite like the Moisturising cream as I find the lotion takes longer to sink into the skin.

I will be repurchasing the Cetaphil Cleanser and would highly recommend it, it is available from Boots
 
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World's Largest Nail polish Bottle- Models Own New Shop

 If you have heard yet Models Own is set to open a new stand alone shop in Westfield and as if that isn't amazing enough it is going to be shaped as a bottle, the world largest nail polish bottle!

The shop will be opening in Westfield, Shepards Bush 2012 and will be positioned opposite Zara and Apple. You will be able to shop over 200 different polishes, nail accessories and even some in store exclusives!

I can not wait for it to open, it will be a great excuse for me to buy and try out lots of new colours!
 

Monday, 23 January 2012

LA Colors Phenomena & Glistening Purple

 In my post yesterday I mentioned that I got some L.A Color polishes, these are quite hard to find in the UK and are more easily available in the states. However BeautyBase in Westfield does sell them and the best part is that they are just 99p!

The colour I am wearing today is called Phenomena and is almost impossible to photograph!
  It is a berry pink with a creme finish, it applied quite well needing only two generous coats but dried quickly and wasn't streaky. I think this colour looks nice on most skin tones and is perfect for any age as it is too dark, light or wacky.
 I couldn't help but try out another colour nail polish so I added some LA Color Glitter polish in Glistening Purple to my ring finger. Once again this was lovely to apply and I used two light coats, it is just as good as all other glitter polishes I have tried.
 Judging from these two colours LA Colors is a brand worth looking in to, at 99p the nail polishes are a steal! They have a good selection of glitter polishes, which not every brand has and are really nice quality.

More La Color reviews very soon!

What has your experience with L.A. Colors been like?
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Gosh Extreme 2 Step Volume Mascara

 Over Christmas I got a Gosh set which had the Extreme 2 Step Volume Mascara in it, I was actually going to give it away but I remember that one of my friends always raves about two step mascara. In the past I have tried them and not quite got on with them, it takes me long enough to apply one set mascara let alone two! However most of all I hate the sometime you can see the white coat which is underneath, but onto the review...
 The brush on both sides of the mascara is normal size average mascara brush which I was quite happy to see, the size makes the mascara easy and quick to apply.
 Step one
I was left with white lashes which didn't look much thicker and only a little longer....
 Step two
My lashes look much thicker and longer however I was still disappointed. Before apply mascara I always curl my lashes however this really didn't hold the curl at all, making my lashes almost instantly straight! Although it did add volume my lashes were crispy and flaky which always gets really uncomfortable towards the end of the day.
Overall, this mascara deliver what it claims to, thicker lashes however for me the fact it doesn't hold a curl means my eyes don't look as open as I like and the dryness of the products gets uncomfortable once it begins to flake.

Gosh is available from Superdrugs

Have you tried any Gosh mascaras?
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Sunday, 22 January 2012

OPI & Nicki Minaj

 I would completely be lying if I said I don't like Nicki Minaj, everytime Super Bass comes on I can not help but sing the whole of it and I often even consider a rewind. I had seen a few pictures of the new Nicki Minaj for OPI nails polishes earlier in the week but I thought it wasn't available yet in the UK however whilst in Westfield I managed to spot the set and I had to pick it up!
 I am a huge fan of mini nail polishes, especially as I rarely use a nail polish more then 3 times, I love that you can try out lots of different colours for a much more affordable price. The Nicki Minaj set comes with four 3.75ml bottles in the colours Did It On 'Em, Fly, Pink Friday and Metallic 4 Life which are all inspired by her music. There are another two shade Save Me & Super Bass however they didn't come in set
 I think that as collection it is pretty unusual as I think the four colours are all completely different to each other, however it isn't a bad thing as you have four totally different nail polishes which will allow you to create totally different looks!
 Metallic 4 Life
This is probably the one colour I was the least excited about and I am still not in love with it, it is a black polish with medium size silver glitter, it does need a few coats in order to look opaque but I think it's the one nail polish you don't need out of the four. You could achieve the same look with a black polish and a silver glitter polish.
Pink Friday
Originally this was the colour that caught my eye, although I don't usually like pinks I am considering buying this as a full size bottle as its a really nice pink whith a creme finish. It reminds me of the OPI Mod About You however it is slightly darker and more pink. The downside is that it was the hardest colour to apply and needed a few coats. 
Fly
I love the look of this polish, it has a creme finish and is just a beautiful teal colour. It is one of those colour everyone needs, it looks beautiful in the summer but still works as a great pop of colour in the winter.
Did It On 'Em
This shade remind me of some of the Shrek OPI colours but I do quite like it, it is a bright lime green which was really lovely to apply although I wouldn't imagine this colour being for everyone 

Overall a great collection and I would recommend the OPI mini bottles if you already own a lot of nail polishes.

I bought them for £12.75 from Colourcopia

Also, please excuse my nails and cuticles- they have seen better days!

What do you think of Nicki Minaj and the OPI collection?

Sabrina
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Instagram 1

Since I haven't been as present as I had hoped this week on my blog I thought I would quickly do an Instagram round up which will also share with you a little of what I have been up to. All my Instagram photos are taken on my iPad which I don't tend to whip out whilst I am out and about so lots of the photos are of my belonging and other things which I have been up to at home.
1. The bag which I am using at the moment is the Aldo Casterline Bag it is a copy of a Celine bag however I didn't realise until I had bought it. I really love it, its a great size and shape! I bought it in the Camden Town Aldo Sale Shop for just £24.49 however I am unable to find it on the Aldo website although they have it is Taupe which is equally as nice. (here)
2. My Bling- I am often teased about the amount of gold jewellery I wear (think Mr.T) but I really love it!
3. I am in this months Superdrugs free in-store Dare magazine reviewing a face mask :)
4. Diet Coke and Benefit can ♥
5. I sorted out my lipstick drawer only to remember I have lots more in my 'to review' boxes which I will need to add soon!
6. Green  and Black Chocolate after work
7. Just before leaving to go shopping in Westfield with the lovely Sophie from Sophie is Made Up, had some lovely Mexican food and made a few purchases.
8.Got sent some Japonesque Brushes to review, they look fantastic and even their catalogue is stunning!
9. Elizabeth Arden Products
10. YSL Lipstick for my mum and a card for her birthday, the lipstick is a Rouge Volupte in 3 and is very nice. I hope she likes it!
11. Eight new LA Color Polishes, heard good things about them so picked some up in Westfield.
12. Finally got my hand on the Nicki Minaj mini OPI Polishes which I will be blogging about soon

What have you been up to this week?
Should I make this a regular post?


Sabrina X
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

YSL Lipsticks

Although I am definitely not a makeup snob there is something about high-end packaging that I can't help but love and lust over in particular YSL packaging, I love anything gold, shinny and expensive looking and YSL is all of the above. Over the last few months I have acquired two YSL lipstick which I thought I would share with you.
The two YSL lipsticks I own are from two different ranges, I have one from the Voulpte Sheer Candy range which comes in the silver packaging and which, as the name suggests, is gives a sheer wash of colour. The other lipstick, in the gold tube, is from the Rouge Volupte range which gives a more opaque colour and seems to be the more popular range.
Both lipsticks are moisturising (the sheer one is the most moisturising) but do need to be applied regularly- however that's a good excuse to show of the pretty tube! The colour I own in the Voulpte Sheer Candy range is Luscious Cherry which is a sheer red/pink which is perfect for the summer. My newest one is the Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte which is also a pink/red however it is far more pigmented. Surprisingly Rose Culte, although a very bright colour still looks very sophisticated.


I love both colours however I only reach for the Sheer Candy lipstick in the summer. I will be buying myself another Rouge Volupte very soon in a lighter pink for everyday, maybe Lingerie pink.

These lipsticks are pricey at £23.50 each but are so beautiful and would make a perfect present!

Whats you're favourite lipstick brand?
Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

£5 off Benefit with Diet Coke

 As I am sure most of you already know Diet Coke has teamed up with Benefit to offer £5 off Benefit.co.uk
 They have designed three new cans to go along with the Get Glam collection which has been inspired by some of SS12's hottest looks and it has even influenced three of the Diet Coke girls.
 The three limited-edition cans have a £5 voucher code to redeem against purchases over £20 on the Benefit website,

What will you be picking up with your £5 off code?
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Sunday, 15 January 2012

OPI Tickle My France-y

I have another OPI review today this time of Tickle My France-y which was originally from the La Collection de France I believe. 
Tickle my France-y is a light slightly lilac, nude with a creme finish. It does need a couple of coats although the formula is one of my favourite ever, it was a complete pleasure to apply! The colour of this polish does tend to vary depending on the light from a grey nude to a more pink beige.

This is probably the nicest nude I own and is very flattering!

I will be buying a bottle of this colour when I finish, it is a must have!

What is your favourite nude polish?

Sabrina X
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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Look Beauty Stretch Factor

 Today I have another mascara review of the Stretch Factor Mascara by Look Beauty*. This is quite an inexpensive mascara at just £6 but I love the pretty pink packaging, especially the print on the lid of the mascara.
Click here for more information about Look Beauty.
 The brush isn't the type of brush I usually chose, it is plastic with longer bristles on one side then the other. I always feel like these bristles are quite sharp and can actually be quite painful if you accidentally brush it on your water line. However the brush is small and easy to use as you have a lot of control over it.
 The mascara aims to give length and 'stretch' your lashes and it did give me longer more defined lashes. However for me I didn't feel it thickened my lashes enough which is what I always look for in a mascara.

This mascara is good if you are looking for an inexpensive mascara which will really lengthen your lashes, the packaging is beautiful but this mascara isn't really for me.
 This mascara retail for £6 from Superdrugs.

What do you look for in your mascara?

Sabrina X

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Friday, 13 January 2012

OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress

Today I have another OPI Nail polish, this time it is a far more classic red called I'm Not Really A Waitress which I believe is (or maybe was) OPI's best seller ever.
The colour is slightly darker red with some shimmer, it needed a few coats but was very nice to apply. I think it is a really nice colour but isn't anything really special, just a nice classic colour everyone needs in their collection.
I'm sorry if there have been a few Nail polish reviews recently especilly OPI but I have been quite busy with University work and Nail Of the Day posts are one of the easier posts to do. Normal blogging will resume next week.


What is your favourite classic red colour?
Sabrina X
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Commenting on A Little Obsessed

 As many if you may know you can now reply to comments on Blogger, previously there was no actual reply button and you would have to just leave a comment. I also was not very good a replying to comments although I read them all but now that they have changed this I will do my best to reply to all comments so come back and check if I have answered your questions.

Alternatively I always respond to my twitter messages so tweet me @Sabrinalovesyou

Hope you are all well
Sabrina X
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Monday, 9 January 2012

Soap & Glory Eyeliner and Mascara

When I first spoke about Soap & Glory cosmetics you all seemed very interested, since then I have had a chance to try out all the products. Three of the products I got were eye products a liquid eyeliner, a eyeliner pencil and a mascara. The packaging is black with pink writing and I actually really like it!

Smoulder Kohl Superblack*
When I first got this pencil I noticed just how very long it was part of the reason was because it has a very hand sharpener on the end. It is very soft compared to other high street brands I have tried and remind me a little of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners. The pigmentation is intense and it is a joy to apply as it is so creamy, they do smudge a little but I don't really mind that too much. It quickly made it into my make-up bag, although at first it was a little too long to fit. I would repurchase this is I were to lose it or finish it, perfect eyeliner and the sharpener makes it my favourite mascara to carry around with me. Its also a bargain at just £5, you get so much for your money!
Available from Boots
Supercat Extreme Black*
I don't usually like pen eyeliners, I think the line is never black enough and they dry out quickly however this eyeliner is a little different. The colour is an 'extreme black' as they say and it is very easy to apply. Personally I struggle to go a cat eye with this but I think its because I prefer a traditional liquid eyeliner however to simply line the top of the eye this is very easy to apply! If you aren't use to lining the top of your eye this eyeliner pen is the best one I have tried. Once again very affordable at £6
Available from Boots
Eye with both Supercat and Smoulder Kohl, intense colour from both products.

Thick & Fast Mascara Super Jet Black*
The first thing to not is that the brush is big, very big so if you don't like big brushes this isn't the mascara for you. I don't mind big brushes although I do feel I have very little control over this mascara. This mascara promises fuller lashes and I think you do get thicker lashes but there are mascara out there that give even greater volume. It adds just a little length too which I like as I don't like my lashes to be too long. It is very black and so works perfectly with the eyeliners and helps me get a very dark eye which I like. At first I found the mascara a little wet but after a few uses it became a slightly drier and must better consistency. This mascara lasts all day and doesn't flake, I have also had it for about three months and is still going strong.The packaging of the mascara is nice at first but product does begin to accumulate around the rim making it harder to close and the pink letters begin to rub of leaving you with just a black tube.
Would I repurchase? Possibly, its a quite a good mascara with a decent price tag.

Available for £10 from Boots
Have you tried any Soap & Glory Cosmetic products?

Sabrina X
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