Tutti Frutti. A High End Dupe?

22 April 2014 · 30 Comments


    

I think I have done it ... I think I've found a dupe for my favourite (and most expensive) lipstick of all time. Ever since I first clapped hands on it, my YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #15 Corail Intuitive has ranked top of my lipstick collection for me. The packaging, which, okay, a dupe will never be able to beat, the glossy, sheeny wash of colour that it imparts and the flattering coral peach shade have put it above any other lipstick that I own. 

With the rather large price tag, it seemed a bit unrealistic that I was going to be able to add anymore to my collection anytime soon, so I got searching for a dupe. Whether you want to save a little dough, have spares, a cheaper version to carry around with you in the day or try out the formula before investing, this would be perfect for you. In the tube the colours look very similar, with the Revlon one being perhaps a touch brighter. Once swatched, this difference becomes slightly more noticeable, with the Revlon being slightly more opaque and the YSL slightly more glossy, but either can easily achieve the look of the other by blotting or layering up, depending on what you want to go for.

The tone and colour are nearly exactly identical, and after having a look it seems like there may be a couple of other dupes in the range. They both have a fruity scent, although different in each, and incredibly moisturising properties, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Because of this, I would say that they both have an middlish lasting time of around three hours, which may not sound great, but for a balm type product such as these, I think it really is. 

I think the tie breaker would have to be packaging, and for that the YSL wins hands down, however I do really like the coloured quilted tube of the Revlon and it makes it really easy to find the colour that you are looking for. If it's luxury you are after, go for the YSL, if not, then the Revlon is just as good. Hopefully I'll be stocking up on more of both in the future ... 

Will you try either of these? 

Spring Edit.

20 April 2014 · 17 Comments


Now that it's April, I feel like I can actually start doing some proper spring related posts. The sun is/was coming out and it suddenly doesn't feel wrong to be looking forward to the summer anymore. I've had a rummage through my drawers, searching for all things pretty and pastel in order to feel a bit more seasonally appropriate, and here's what I have come up with.

Spring makeup, to me, is all about just enhancing what you naturally have but there will always still be bits that we want to hide which is why concealer comes top of my list. My latest love has been the Maybelline FitMe Concealer (I have the shade Light and it's actually a little too dark for me at the moment, so it may not be one for the fairer amongst you) a creamy concealer that still delivers on coverage (and a possible dupe for the NARS Creamy Concealer). A naturally flushed cheek is perfect for the spring time, and theBalm's DownBoy fits the bill perfectly: a pretty baby-pink colour that blends seamlessly into the skin, this is definitely a must-have around this time of the year. To finish off the skin, a dewy setting powder that makes the skin look as if it is lit from within, it has to been the Bourjois Rice Powder - which I apply a light dusting of using the Real Techniques blush brush. 

Keeping with the natural look, I think it is nice to go for products with lighter and sheerer finishes than one would, perhaps, use in the colder months. For lips, this is where butters and glosses come into play. Two of my favourites are the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti and theBalm's Plump My Pucker Lipgloss. Both deliver a subtle wash of colour that help to perk up the face, whilst being fuss free to apply and the easiest thing ever to throw on in the morning. Then all that is left is the eyes, which I like to play up by using a nice, fluttery mascara, such as the Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp, which helps to add volume at the roots and a tiny bit of length for a natural-ish look. 

What will you be wearing this spring? 

Rings.

17 April 2014 · 30 Comments



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Rings 4 and 5 are available with 10% off using the unique code USG10

Nails - Essie Bikini So Teeny

I've been loving wearing rings recently, so I thought that I would share you a couple that have gracing my fingers, a lot. I usually go for simple and dainty styles, but I like to stack and mix and match different metals to give them a less girly look. Unfortunately, I can't get links for all of them, since some of them were bought on holidays in markets and such, but I always think is that bit more special to have jewellery that is unique to you. It's nice to have things that you know you won't bump into someone else wearing, plus the memories that they hold are a lovely reminder of past times. There's also a super exciting dupe in there for the Sunday Collection's Wishbone ring, which I featured in a post back here. I found it for about an eighth of the price on a website called BornPrettyStore and just had to share it with you. I got it in a different finish, since I didn't want two of exactly the same, but the shape looks incredibly similar to me, and there is the option for silver on the website, what do you think? 

Are you a ring lover? How do you wear your rings? 

Sexy Pulp.

15 April 2014 · 14 Comments


As much as I love my L'Oreal Telescopic, having the waterproof version means that removing it at the end of the day can be a right pain (plus all that tugging on my eyelashes made me feel they were vulnerable to falling out) so I was on the hunt for something a little gentler and everyday appropriate. Enter the arrival of this Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara into my life, the answer to may prayers. It isn't a brand that I've heard that much about before, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to try this mascara out, here's how it fared...

The first thing I noticed on opening this was the size of the brush, it's pretty massive, but luckily (having worked with Rimmel Scandaleyes before - a big brush if ever I saw one) I've got the technique with these sorts of brushes down. If you're not used to these types of brushes, it may be a little difficult to get used to at first, accuracy isn't really its fine point, but the shape, denseness of the bristles, really allows you to grab every single lash whilst the plastic wand ensures that there is minimal clumping. 

Whilst I'm normally a length type of person, I'd say that this mascara delivers more on volume. It really plumps up the lashes and separates them, making it look like I have a lot more of them than I actually do, and adds a nice impact to my lash line. It doesn't go to extremes, I'd class it more as a natural mascara, which will be really nice for everyday wear. I usually layer up with about two coats, but you could easily carry on with a couple more if you wanted to, with absolutely no danger of clumping. 

It's definitely one to pick up, and I think a repurchase is definitely on the cards for me once the first bottle runs out. What about you, what mascaras do you love for everyday wear? 

Birthday.

13 April 2014 · 23 Comments

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It's my birthday next week (the 17th) so I thought I would put together a little wish list of all the things that I have been lusting after recently! I have it on pretty good authority that I may be getting a new phone for my birthday *insert heart eyed emoji* so it wouldn't be right not to add a couple of phone cases to the list, would it? 

Also on my wish list, is a new camera. I've been using my old one for a pretty long time now, and whilst I do love it, I think I have just outgrown it, and now want something that has more manual options so that I can have a bit better control over my photos. I've been saving up for ages, and have asked for some money towards it from some relatives (just in case you thought I was asking for a phone  and a camera!) so I really hope that this birthday my dreams can come true. 

And what would a birthday be without some high end lipsticks? (if you're beauty obsessed, of course - I'm not under the impression that everyone has as much as a problem with makeup as me). The two that I have set my sights on recently have been the Chanel Lipstick in Boy or YSL Lipstick Nude in Private, which both look like stunning shades that could be worn easily, and on an everyday basis. 

What have you been wishing for lately? 

Sweet Pea.

10 April 2014 · 23 Comments

If you've been following me for a while now, you will now that I have wanted to try some Bath and Body Works products for ages, but being an American brand, they are super hard to get hold of and I couldn't get them ages. So when a friend came back from a holiday there, and had bought me a mini collection as a present, I was over the moon. 

As soon as I smelt these, it was love. A sweet, floral, fruity and light  scent, it's a real people pleaser - and a welcome addition to my shower routine. It's definitely very much a day time scent, and not something that you would want to wear going out in the evening, but it will be absolutely perfect come spring and summer. 

But it's not just the scents which are incredible - the formulas of these things also deserve a mention. The body spray is my favourite of the three, lasts a good amount of time for a spray (around 4-ish hours on me) and the really useful travel size means that it is perfect for taking to school or around and about. The shower gel lathers up to a rich silky foam, and doesn't feel drying on the skin in the slightest, like a lot tend to do. The Body Cream sinks in easily (always a winner - who wants slippery legs?) and provides a light layer of moisture. 

Overall, I'm really impressed with my initial foray into Bath and Body Works, and am already planning what to get next. Obessesed? Me? Noooo .... 

Have you tried Bath and Body Works, what is your favourite from the range?

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