Monday, 30 July 2012

Bioderma Crealine H2O Review

It seems everyone is talking about Bioderma Crealine and how much they love it or how much they think it is over rated. I go it back at the beginning of last month and I thought that I to would think it was over hyped but I don't.

I might as well start by saying this isn't too easy to get in the UK. Yes, some pharmacies do stock it and it is available on Ebay but you have to pay quite a lot for it. Therefore if you know anyone in France or you go there at some point I would recommend you pick some up. My aunt kindly sent me some over (I've already asked for some more even though I have two bottles), I have been using it ever since I got it in almost two months ago now.

Bioderma is a very gentle but still very effective cleanser which is available. It is popular with many makeup artists as it removes the makeup without irritating the skin which is always good. If feels and looks much like water but somehow it removes all my makeup and if you are patient enough to soak your eyes in it, it will even remove your mascara. It is unperformed, hypoallergenic and really good at doing its job. I thought that if I used this instead of a cream cleanser I would break out and I actually haven't.

Saying that I do still wonder if it is actually doing anything great to my skin, although it doesn't break me out and my skin is kept in a good condition whilst using this it isn't in the best condition it have ever been. I would say this is the perfect cleanser to use when you don't have time or are too tired to wash your face with a cream cleanser and it is much better for your skin than using face wipes.
AS you can probably tell I think this is a stable in any makeup wearers collection. It doesn't have to be the product you use everyday but it is great and I often use it everyday.

So here is the tricky part- this product is widely available in France but here in the UK it is available from large pharmacies (usually for around £15), Le Guide Sante (for a great special price of £7.38) and on eBay.

Have you tried Bioderma Crealine? What is your favourite gentle cleanser?

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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Accessorize Perfumes

 When I attended the launch of the Accessorize Beauty Range there was also a few perfumes on show. The main one appeared to be the Eau De Toilette named Enchanted which retails for more than others and is in a more decorative bottle.

At £15 this probably the best perfume you will find for that price. This is a summery scent and smells very similar to all the other perfume (think celebrity) of its price range. It is summery, fruity and slightly floral and I do really like it and it's price tag makes it the most perfect everyday perfume which you can just throw in you're bag. It doesn't last forever, instead it lasts as much as you expect a £10 perfume to last. I think the bottle is pretty too, a sturdy square shaped bottle with a pretty lid and two butterflies to finish it off.

The Accessorize Charm Perfume is part of their perfume wardrobe range which has a variety of perfumes to help you 'Express yourself'. This perfume is very floral and more of an evening scent although I do think it starts of as a not so nice scent but wears down to be sorter and more wearable. Although this perfume is cheaper at just under £10 I would say it is a more mature perfume.

You can purchase the Accessorize scents from selected Superdrugs and Accessorize stores.

Have you tried anything from the new Accessorize range?
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*All products mentioned were provided for review consideration

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Glossy Box Giveaway

Every month I excitedly await the arrival of my monthly Glossy Box! Glossy Box has kindly offered one of my readers the same experience by giving them a chance to win a 3 month Subscription!

Rules
You must be from the UK- Its the Uk Glossy Box which doesn't ship elsewhere
You must be a follower of my blog
If you are under 18 you must have your parents permission (I will need you address if you win)
You must like the Glossy Box Facebook page here

To enter commend below and tell me what beauty product you would most like to receive inside your Glossy Box. Also please leave your twitter/email.

Competition will close 6th August at Midnight.

If you are interested in subscribing to Glossy Box for yourself take a look at their website and follow them on twitter and have a look at my past experience here

Good Luck!

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympic Nails - Guest Post

Its finally time to start of my guest post, even though I am not on holiday yet I am a little busy with sorting everything out before I go. I really did receive some fabulous entries and it would have been amazing to chose each and everyone of you but due to the number of entries it would have been very hard. 

Today I am sharing with you one of my all time favourite bloggers/YouTuber Megan Isobel, all her videos and posts are very informative but still very interesting and I am sure you will (or already) love her blog as much as I do! As it is the Olympic opening ceremony today Megan will be showing you a fabulous nail tutorial which isn't too difficult that is inspired by the Olympics. I hope you all like the tutorial and give it a go yourself, I will be trying it later today.

Hello! I'm Meg and I'm standing in for Sabrina today while she's sunning herself abroad. I usually blog about beauty (and occasionally other miscellaneous things) at www.lipssofacto.com but I also post beauty videos on my YouTube channel

If you happen to follow me on Twitter, you might know that I live in East London and my patience for the Olympics has been waring a little thin. However I still have a massive admiration for the effort and dedication that Olympic and Paralympic athletes put in everyday and not just when the world is watching. So I thought I'd do a quick nail design in their honour.

Olympic rings seemed a bit obvious (read: tricky!) so I decided to go for an abstract stripe design on my nails, and little gold medals on my thumb. If you have nail stripers, this will be a lot easier, but I just used the brush of my polishes and a (reasonably) steady hand. 
I used five shades from Barry M: 134 Yellow, 262 Bright Red, 290 Spring Green, 291 Cobalt Blue and 47 Black. I also used Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener and 5-in-1 base and top coat, which is really reasonably priced and helps to seal in designs for a few more days. The gold used for the medal detail is by NailGirls from this month's JolieBox, but any gold (or silver, or bronze) will do.
Paint your nails with a base coat and then paint a random stripe of your first colour onto your nails. It's easiest to keep the brush still and rotate the nail to get a smooth stripe. Let it dry for a few seconds and move on to the next colour until you have all five Olympic ring colours on your nails.
For the thumbnail medal design, start with a blue v-shape, allow to dry and follow the same shape with parallel lines of red. Separate the blue and red lines with a white striper and, finally, paint a small circle or dot of metallic nail polish for the medal.
All done!
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What an effective and easy nail art wouldn't you agree? Thanks so much to Megan for sharing this fabulous post here on A Little Obsessed.


Don't forget to check out Megan's Blog, Twitter and Youtube I have included her latest video below so you can all watch it and hopefully subscribe!

What excites you most about the Olympics? Will you be giving this fab Nail art a go?
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Olympic Palettes

I have two Olympic themed posts for you today, the first is about some Olympic themed eyeshadows. As always when there is a special event cosmetic brands see it as a good chance to release new products themes around it. It is not only high end brands that do this but also high street, inexpensive brands. Today I have two inexpensive eyeshadow palettes inspired by the Olympics and you still have some time to go out and buy them if you too are striving for Gold.

MUA Going For Gold
 First up is the MUA Going For Gold Palette filled with gold, silver and bronze eyeshadows to help you achieve a winning makeup look. You may remember that the usual MUA palettes contain round eyeshadows however this one is a little different with the square shaped shadows, I actually prefer this one as it looks more full.
 The colours are all shimmery but range from light lid colours to great smokey eye shades. I love the idea of this palette but I do feel that the gold, almost orange shades aren't as wearable as I would like but the silver and bronze shades are pretty standard.
 And the best thing about this palette? The price tag! Only £4 for 10 highly pigmented and largely (other that that top right) wearable eyeshadows that you will be able to wear in winter and summer and that would come in great use around the festive season later in the year.
Sleek 2012 Glory Palette
If like me you are a Londoner this is probably a palette you will enjoy simply for the patriotic box but mainly because the eyeshadows are named after the tube lines.
 The colour choice isn't quite as obvious as in the MUA palette but after a little research (I had to read the press release to work this out) I found that it actually corresponds with the colour of each tube station on the tube map for example the district line is the green one. Most of the shades are shimmery but most are still highly pigmented and easy to blend. I don't think this is an overly wearable palette and I can't see my self using too may of the colour but I still love this palette and think it would even make a great souvenir. At £7.99 this palette is almost double the price of the MUA one but you do receive 2 more colours and a huge mirror. Simply for the names of the colours I love this palette but there is no question that the other is a little more wearable.
Both Palettes are limited edition and available from Superdrugs now.

Are you excited about the Olympics? Where will you be watching the opening Ceremony?
What do you think of these palettes?
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Glossy Box July 2012

 I really do look forward to the arrival of monthly beauty boxes through my letter box (well they don't actually fit through the letter box but you know what I mean) and this month I was excited to see what sample size products I could take with me on holiday.

This months Glossy Box was festival themed as it is Festival season and my box came with six generous samples...
 Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting
I was quite happy to see this product in my Glossy Box as I haven't tried very much from Jelly Pong Pong. The packaging is quite cute and it is a perfect size too. It is quite a sheer but very pretty pink colour with a strong sugary scent but something I think I could get quite a bit of wear from.
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Samples
I always feel packets like this are so awkward and I very rarely get any use out of them although I do think they are a nice sample as the EA is quite expensive.
Monu Calming Cream 
I don't know too much about this product yet it is probably the one I am the most excited about as I have tried a few Monu products in the past which I have loved! It is a green colour and designed to reduce redness, I am going to start using this today and will keep you updated.
Kryolan Satin Powder
Although I have heard great things about Kryolan I won't be using this product as it is a lose shadow and in a colour I just couldn't pull off around my eye area. 
  Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Texturizing Sea Spray
 This is a really nice size product however as I never go for the messy look sea salt is something I have very little use for and this is a product that will sit at the bottom of a draw for some while before I find a better home for it.
Collin Gel Collagene    
This product can be used as a serum or face mask which does sound good, I've heard very little about Collin so it is a new brand for me to try.
  OverallI know you win some, you lose some and I think this one just isn't as amazing as I had hoped. I think I wouldn't even be this disappointed if I hadn't opened my box to find a card which said that I had received a HD Brows kit which go me so excited only to find it was the wrong card for my box! They did later apologise for their mistake (and I completely understand that mistakes do happen) but I was already pretty disappointed. The problem with beauty boxes is one product changes everything, if you are given one amazing product it automatically becomes a great box even if you don't like anything else.

Saying that I am still excited to try the Monu Calming Cream and the Jelly Pong Pong Lip Frosting and I will let you know how I get on with them!

What was in your Glossy Box this month?
Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Taylor Swift WonderStruck

 Perfume is one of the thing I don't cover enough on my blog but after receiving this perfume yesterday I just had to share it! I'm usually not a huge celebrity perfume fan as I think they are very tacky but as I don't know too much about Taylor Swift (other than what happened with Kanye) I don't really have the same feeling towards this perfume. This is a new perfume here in the UK set to launch tomorrow but has been out in the states since last year.
 This isn't a mature scent, as I am sure you could of guessed, but saying that I really love it! Instead it is sweet and fruity therefore perfect for summer. It has notes of Apple Blossom, raspberry, hibiscus and vanilla- you can tell it is a celebrity scent (think Britney Spears perfumes) but I have already decided it will be the scent I am taking on holiday with me.

The packaging is quite pretty in a holographic bottle with little charms which I think will appeal to teenagers and young adults. It doesn't have the greatest staying power although it is Eau de Parfum but is also a perfume that won't break the bank so you can afford an extra spitz.

100ml £38
50ml £29
30ml £20

Available tomorrow (25th July 2012) from Boots, Superdrug, The Perfume Shop & The Fragrance Shop

What is your favourite Celebrity perfume? What do you think of this perufume?

SabrinaX

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Ojon Hair Products

I had heard amazing things about Ojon but felt it was a little pricey but when I received the Instant Restorative Hair Serum in a Glossy Box I was very excited to try it and then got a few other products to try too!
  Instant Restorative Hair Serums
The packaging of the Instant Restorative Hair Serums nice and I like the dropper applicator. I must admit that I spilt this a good few times so although it looks basically empty most of it ended up on my dressing table. The top of the bottle is easily knocked and I would always forget to screw the lid back on as I rushed to rub the oil into my hair. I love hair oils and I think this is a really nice one, I applied a few drops to the end of my damp hair and it left it feeling really healthy. I also used it a few times in dry hair just to reduce frizz slightly and although it does work to do that be very careful not to apply too much.

At almost £20 for 50ml this product isn't particularly inexpensive but it is cheaper than many oils out there and does a great job. I would particularly recommend this product if you are a heat addict and love to blow dry, straighten and curl your hair!
Fill Detox*
I am a huge dry shampoo fan and the hairdresser had convinced me this was going to be great, maybe my expectations were too high but I just don't like this product. My personal favourite dry shampoo is god ol' Batiste but this one just doesn't do the job of soaking up the oils (sounds nice, doesn't it!?) and doesn't leave my hair feeling much cleaner than without this product. My biggest problem with this product though is the scent- to me it smells of curry or when you mix lots of perfumes together and they begin to just smell horrible! Saying that I know some people do like the scent but this product just isn't for me. At a crazy £16.20 I will be sticking to Batiste!
Restorative Hair Treatment
This was possibly the product I was most excited for although I don't typically use hair treatments especially not like this one. Inside the tub is a hard paste which you have to remove and than warm in between your hands, removing the product itself can prove quite difficult. I had to use the end of a pair of old tweezers and scrape it out which left the product looking rather ugly. You than warm it in your hands and it becomes a thick liquid which you than apply to your hair. I personally like to apply it just to my ends and unless you have very dry hair I wouldn't recommend applying it all over, I then leave it from 20 minutes to over night and then rinse out.
I like the product itself and having to warm it up in your hands but I did feel that you needed quite a bit of product. Once I rinse my hair my ends feel nice and healthy but the feeling doesn't last for more than two washes and I feel the product doesn't really penetrate into my hair but instead adds shine to the surface of the hair. Retailing at £29.25 its a rather pricey product and one I would only recommend if you have quite dry matte hair or want something indulgent rather than necessary.
So rather mixed reviews about the Ojon products from me today- I still have the shampoos and a few other bits to try so watch out for that!

What is your favourite hair care brand? Have you tried Ojon?
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*Provided for review purposes

Sunday, 22 July 2012

JolieBox July 2012

Its that time of the month for another Jolie Box and I must admit this month I was so excited to receive my box as I was hoping for lots of nice Minis to take on holiday with me. If you remember last month Jolie Box (post here) was a bright orange one filled with variety of products from a nail file to lipstick and I was quite impressed.  So how about this month....
Etat Pur Salicylic Acid 300
Jane Iredale Tantastic Self Tanner
Nail Girl Mini Polishes
Wen By Caz Dean Conditioner
Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Anti Wrinkle Tanning Cream
Jolie Toe Separator 
Jolie Toe Separator
I think this makes a nice little extra in the box, now that it is summer (the sun is actually shinning in London) we get to wear sandals and paint our toe nails so these will come in great use.

Imstitut Esthederm Bronz Repair Anti Wrinkle Cream
I don't fully understand what this product actually is isn't actually on the Menu card that comes with the box. It appears to be a product that maximises how much you tan but as it doesn't appear to have SPF I am at least a little confused. 
Nail Girls Mini Polishes
Maybe I've been living under a rock (happens often) but I have never heard of Nail Girls so I am quite excited to try these polishes although the colours aren't quite to my taste. I do think however its nice that we got sent two and that they are Olympic inspired.

Wen By Caz Dean Sweet Almond & Mint Cleansing Conditioner
This conditioner is suppose to be a natural single-step cleanser but I'm not a big fan of conditioner and rarely use it so this to me is the least exciting product.
Etat Pur Pure Active A22 Salicylic Acid 300
This is a product which is apparently very affective on blemish prone skin and although I am quite happy with my skin at the moment I am very excited to try it!

Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tan
This is a gradual face tan which you can use on the face & body but as I am not too keen on Gradual Tan this is the one product I am least excited about.

Overall, I think this was a decent box with a nice mixture of products I personally preferred last months box. The stand out product to me are the Etat Pur Salicylic Acid 300 and I am curious to know more about the Imstitut Esthederm product as I have heard so many good things about the brand.

What do you think of this months Jolie Box?
Sabrina X

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*This beauty box was provided for review

Monday, 16 July 2012

L'Oreal Color Riche Spicy Orange- Currently on my Nails

Over the last few weeks I keep reaching for the Color Riche Nail polishes by L'Oreal as I was told no top coat or base coat is needed which just makes it so much easier! The colour I have to share today is Spicy Orange and part of the Miss Candy Collection which I will speak more about soon. Although called Spicy Orange I would argue that it isn't an Orange but instead a red with only a slight hint of orange to it.

The great think about these polishes is how easy they are to apply although they can be a little sheer. They apply well, with no need for anything else and other than tip wear these colours stay put and don't chip like other polishes. I am wearing two coats in these images and it is reasonably opaque but not completely.
 I have quite a few other Color Riche Polishes to share with you so keep an eye out!

Sabrina X
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Friday, 13 July 2012

Neom Luxury Organic Candle

If you follow any beauty bloggers you have probably already heard of Neom (especially as we all like to post pictures of them haha) Organic Candles.I am lucky to currently have two but I have finished another one in the past and I love them!

At first I didn't understand why people spent a lot of money on candles and I thought the cheap IKEA ones were just as good. Trust me, they don't compare. The Neom Candles are 100% Natural made from natural wax and oils which essentially means you are left with nicer non-synthetic scents and no black smoke.

Neom Candles come in three different sizes the travel size with one wick, the home size with three wicks and the Ultimate wick with 4 wicks! I have two of the travel size candles and one of the home size candles all of which come in a variety of scents.
My newest candle is the home size Invigorate candle with three wicks and smells of Grapefruit, Bergamot & Lime. I'm too good at describing scents myself so I'm not going to try

I then have two other candles in a travel size with 1 wick Relax and Serenity. Relax smells of French Lavender, Geranium & Juniper and Serentiy smell of Vanilla & Sandalwood.

There really is a scent to suit everyone and I will admit that they are quite pricey compared to most non-organic candles but really worth it! I'm not sure what the official burning time is but I think they actually last really well and even a little better than most other candles I have had. The scent is also much nicer and doesn't get stuck in your throat as much as cheaper scented candles do. I have only lit one other candle since having tried Neom candle but that candle let of too much black smoke which really put me off! Its funny that I had never realised before hand.

I also prefer the travel size over the larger candles partly because they are cheaper and partly because I think the larger ones can be a little over powering in smaller rooms.
My personal favorite scent is the Relax scent but have a read of the descriptions online or have a sniff  in store to find your perfect organic candle
The Neom Travel Candle retails for an affordable £15, the home candle retails for £39.50 and the Ultimate candle for a rather pricey £160.

They are available on the Neom website, BeautyBay, John Lewis, Selfridges and various other place

These candles are by far the best ones I have tried (although I have some exciting ones on my shelf waiting for me to try them!) and would make either a great treat to yourself or a perfect present!

Have you tried any Organic candles?
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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Essie Tart Deco- Currently On My Nails

 This is actually only the second Essie polish I own but with everyone talking about them recently I have to pick this one up. There was a few colours I was tempted by and wasn't sure if I should get this one or Sand Tropez. In the end I settled for this as its summer (well suppose to be) and last summer I got lots of wear out of Barry M Peach Melba which is a little similar (only much lighter).
Tart Deco is in my6 opinion quite a popular Essie Polish however on Makeup Alley it has quite a low rating. I personally really like this colour and have basically already decided it is going to be one of the few colours which I take on holiday with me. Tart Deco is a cream nail polish which is a orange toned coral shade. In the picture I am wearing two coats but the finished result is completely opaque. I found it was a great formula to work with and dried quite quickly with no streaks
I got my nail polish in a salon so have no idea if its part of the new diffusion line or not but this colour is available for £7.99 in the diffusion line which is available from Boots and Superdrugs

This is the perfect summer colour!
What is your perfect summer nail polish?

Sabrina X
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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Skin Art Temporary Tattoos

 If you follow me on Twitter you may know I am not a fan of tattoos however when I received the press release for this Skin Art Temporary tattoos I was very excited!

There are four kits; a glitter tattoo kit and 3 temporary tattoo kits to chose from.
The Glitter Tattoo Kit
The glitter tattoo kit is for me the least appealing as I think it is a little tacky. It comes with two glitter jars (a black & a silver one), a glue, brush applicator and star stencil. I actually haven't used this so can't give a good review of it but I know its a product I will get little/no wear out of. I just can't see a time when I actually want a glittery star on my body.

Temporary Tattoos
I love the idea of these temporary tattoos and have already had a go with a couple. The sets each come with 3 sheets of tattoo and I think all the tattoos are really well designed and look very feminine. I always think a font and the thickness of lines on a tattoo is so important to keep it looking dainty and pretty. Although these are temporary tattoos I think they have got it spot on! Each set is also quite different from the other so theres a few things to chose from.
The application is easy; simply cut the tattoo you want out of the sheet, lay it down where you want it and dampen the back of the tattoo for 60 seconds, then simply peel off. They last about 3 days on me but can be removed with some oil. I know some people may think thats not a long time but for me it was perfect I would of got bored it I had them on any longer. They look very real and no body suspected it was fake, they are far different to those you associate with your childhood.
In Your Own Words has a mixture of quotes and letters in very pretty writing. This kit actually has my favourite tattoo which is the one that reads 'Nothing is permanent' but also has celebrity inspired quotes such as 'Shhh....' There is a sheet with all the letters on which I don't think you will ever get full wear of.
 Love Is Enough is the love collection with love hearts, bows, birds, lady birds and more. It has a few red coloured tattoo's which I personally dislike and think would look really fake.
 I'm a Dreamer is the whimsical collection and the one I was initially drawn to the most as it has stars, birds, feathers and a few words.

Out of each pack I would say there is a stand out sheet but overall I think they are a lovely little collection. They retail for £7.99 which I think is a decent price as there is a lot of them in each pack. I will be using them over the next few weeks and saving a few to take on holiday. They really just a little bit of harmless, temporary fun.
 They are available from Boots

What do you think of these temporary Tattoos?
Sabrina X
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