Friday, 28 January 2011

The tale of the Guerlain G Blush and other stories

Sometimes I feel like a product was just meant to be mine, even when it's as gulpably (yep, gulpably!), heart-stoppingly expensive as the one I'm about to show you. Unfortunately for me though, it was not only heart-stoppingly expensive, but also heart-stoppingly beautiful. I mentally rationalised that there were 4 colours and that'd I'd possibly never, ever need another blush ever again! My life would be complete! If there were ever a more compelling case for me actually turning into Gollum cooing over the beauty of the precious, then er... I'd tell you that you were lying to me and that you were wrong - because this simply IS the most compelling case. So I paid for it and scuttled away and got it out on the bus home to admire it, plus the other couple of new shinies I'd acquired in the same trip. Seeing as I never post blog hauls - here's one for today.

1. Guerlain G Blush Serie Noire: I think I love it more than chips and pancakes (probably not Kiwi, but that's a debatable point). It is so beautiful on the cheeks, so smooth to blend, so pigmented and absolutely drool-worthy and delectable. I may never spend over £40 on one purchase ever again without some serious thought - but this one... I don't regret it at all. If Kiwi weren't sharing the bed with me already then this would be sleeping on the right-hand pillow.

I asked it to marry me but it didn't reply :(

2. Sleek Pout Polish in Scandal: It was winking at me from the aisles of Superdrug where I wasn't supposed to be shopping for myself at all. It's a gorgeous bright red which looks much more warm in the pot than on the lips. In reality, it comes up much more cherry-sweet on me. My love for the Pout Polish continues - this one is just perfect.

Awful picture, but beautiful Pout Polish!

3. Sleek Molten Metals: This piqued my curiosity because it was shiny and reminded me of the Illamasqua Liquid Metals I have. In reality, this is creamier, more pigmented and lasts longer before it creases, but I do find it fades quite quickly and requires a little top-up.
4. Stila Eyeshadow in Nanda Devi: Unearthed a little Stila bargain in T.K. Maxx and this was one of the mystery goodies. It's a matte cool brown eyeshadow which is almost purplish. It's definitely a winner.
5. Stila Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz: I think I thought this was going to be similar to my beloved I Get No Kick Kohl liner from MAC - but er... It's an orangey peach colour which I envision will make me look like I am poorly in the eyes. I haven't tried it on the eyes yet because I think I'm too pale for it - I think it's more of a colour for an NC/NW30+ from MAC. It's super-creamy, though - it's just such a shame it's... orange.
6. Stila High Shine Lip Colour in 08 Sonia: WINNER! I couldn't find a swatch of this before I bought it but it turned out to be a sheer berry lipstick and it looks very lovely on. It does have a waxy/playdoh smell to it though, which I don't mind, but in my head I was expecting Stila lipsticks to be scent-free.

ALSO, IMATS: Is anybody going to be at IMATS tomorrow? I'm going to be there behind the FACE atelier booth helping them with their payments. Yep, I'm in your IMATS, takin' your payments. If you spot me, do come up and say hello - I might be red-faced and flapping about like a loon, but I'm still friendly!

ALSO, ECZEMA: I just wanted to thank all of you who took the time to post comments regarding my eczema plea! I'm still reading through (and reading up on) your suggestions and am looking forward to responding to all of you - I can't believe how many of you have problems with eczema! Thank you so much everybody.

And I think that's it! Over and out, and much love.

Monday, 24 January 2011

A minor plea!

Dear lovely-all-of-you,

My previously normally-great skin has developed eczema OF THE FACE, across one cheek and over my eyebrows (seriously - there?! Why specifically there?!)

Whilst I quietly take stock of this comeuppance and plan my next manoeuvre to eradicate this vileness from my face - does anyone have any tips to share with me? Perhaps this is slightly specific - but I hope (wrong phrasing here...) that out of 400 of you that someone will know what to do! I've been slathering on Embryolisse and various medical-smelling creams (Kiwi tells me I smell like hospital and tells me to go away!) - but my face is itchy and scaly and red AND I DON'T LIKE IT!

Regular, more-coherent and less ranty posts to follow!

Much love.

Edit: I forgot to mention I have it on my hands and arms too - so I'm no big stranger to the sore flaky skin, I'm just loath to slather my face in steroid cream, especially since the Diprobase is making me an oil-machine. Doctor shall be assessing tomorrow - but any less 'medical' suggestions are greatly appreciated - and any eczema-friendly foundations also VERY welcome!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Focus on Embryolisse: Cleansing Water Lotion Micellaire

I feel like the first time I tried this product that there was a sense of doom about it, in a 'it's not you, it's me' kind of way, with the cinematic-style public break-up where it starts to rain as the defeated party despondently trudges away, then gets splashed by the tidal wave from an oncoming bus. Or something along those lines.

Traditional forms of makeup remover and I don't get on; there never appears to be a place in my life for endless amounts of cotton pads and the patience required to remove my makeup in this manner. I like it quick and dirty with baby wipes, followed by an oil cleanser - so you see, I was a little nonplussed by the intrusion of a new pretender into my usual routine.

The thing is that after an initial half-hearted couple of uses, it so happened one night, at 3 a.m. on New Year's Day to be precise, that I was ever-so-slightly too inebriated tired to wash my face. I was grabbing some kip on the floor of a very masculine friend's flat, and it was LATE, so I grabbed the tiny sample bottle of this product and got to work. I went to sleep with the squeaky-clean face I'm used to with all traces of slap removed and was quietly impressed.

And that's the point where we gave our relationship another shot, and the point at which I come to write my review on the Embryolisse Cleansing Water, the Lotion Micellaire.

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This product is a clear liquid which comes with yet more of the 'everything-but-the-kitchen-sink' claims I so often find with products these days. The Lotion Micellaire is a lightweight, gentle formula which claims to remove even the more grabby water-resistant products from your face quickly and effectively without the need for rinsing.

Does it deliver? You betcha. In the true style of the quality I've come to expect from Embryolisse, this product is unpretentious in both packaging and claims, and states exactly what it's supposed to do for you. After having swiped my face with a baby wipe, I used this to remove the hidden nasties that still remained on my face; the gel eyeliner smears, the long-wear lipstick and, perhaps most impressively, the long-wear foundation I'd slapped on liberally 8 hours prior.

It was a minor revelation for me, and perhaps I was the best type of person to try it: lazy, stubborn and a staunch dissenter from the cotton pad and cleanser movement. My face was squeaky clean (no exaggeration: it actually squeaked a little!), felt smooth and soothed, did not feel tight and did not sting around the sensitive eye area, which is the problem which had prompted my defection to baby wipes in the first place.

It almost felt like I'd naughtily skipped a step in my usual routine as I wouldn't have felt the need to follow up using a toner as my skin felt almost as refreshed as it would have had I washed it.

Embryolisse do not test on animals and this product is both paraben-free and free of preservatives. It contains 'micelles' which are (without getting too sciencey on you) spherical molecule formations which, when applied to the skin and then removed again, split open and grab the non-water products from the face for gentle and easy product removal, instead of smearing them around the face for a while. See this source for a much better explanation.


It also contains witch-hazel, chamomile, glycerin and cornflower - and no alcohol that I can see.

All in all, I'm glad I gave this another chance, and I'm glad I was impressed as I was. It's an unpretentious product which delivers on its claims and delivers well. My skin was smooth, soft and completely clean with no stinging anywhere, including the eyes. I didn't need to rub hard, only gently swipe, and although I'm not sure if I'm a convert to this whole new routine quite yet (breaking myself in gently), I can definitely see a rosy future for the two of us after the bathroom detox has run its course, particularly because the no-rinse method is very appealing to the lazy girl that I am. The Embryolisse machine rolls on delivering quality products yet again.

If you're looking for an exemplary makeup remover and are a devotee to the traditional method - then this is for you. It's bloody excellent.

You can check it out here at Coco Beau, and it's £17.

* Disclosure FTW! I received a small sample of this product for review. All opinions stated here are my own and I am not being financially compensated for a positive review - I just believe in being honest!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

It's always embarrassing...

... When you try to update your blog with a reason to why you've just disappeared off the face of the Earth for so long, and then accidentally hit return and manage to post a blank post with the title 'It's always embarrassing...'

But seriously. I fell off the side of the planet for a bit and had no time to blog. And now I do! And I reached 400 followers in that little gap! That's pretty amazing, thank you so much to everyone.

As to why I fell off the internet/planet/etc? I had an essay... OF DOOM. It was an essay I put off writing for a whole month and a half, because I am unable to simply sit down and do as I'm told - oh no - I have to wait until the last possible moment festering my brain away on playing computer games, and then (and only then) I PANIC and then I write and write and write and cry a bit and write and write until my under-eye circles turn black and I start ranting to Kiwi incoherently about arguments in my essay and why they're right/wrong/missing.


BUT! I came through, and that glorious day when I submitted it via email (JOY), I got a MAC parcel to enjoy, and lo, I did sit and watch Series 3 of True Blood over again and perv on the tasty Alexander SkarsgÄrd.

SO... I have a meeting with a scary professor who will tell me my grammar is poor (probably is!) and that my writing style is too STYLISH for the confines of writing a PhD. My other professor, the crazy one, told me to stick to my guns and not let myself become homogenised by the academia machine.

My writing does not wants to be confined! It wants to be FREE! You shall not prevail, Professor Mc. Boringpants.

Er. Normal beauty-related whatsit returning on Friday, when I can take pictures and blog to my heart's content!


Saturday, 1 January 2011

RAAAAAR Happy New Year!

Hello my loves, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year from where I left off, and I hope that you have all managed to slowly shuffle off your leaden suits of over-indulgence and you're facing the new year fresh-faced and hopeful (or at least just not seriously injured as a result of silly antics from last night...)

My Christmas went a little something like this:

Pretty low-key - mussels on Christmas Eve (as usual!), Champagne, smoked salmon and scrambled egg for a Christmassy breakfast, general lounging, the annual board game and a cat very high on catnip - but overall it was nice and good to be home!

As for New Year, well it wouldn't be appropriate to not post a little resolution or two - only beauty-related ones though as I'm so stubborn that putting limits and promises on my daily life only make me resolved to rebel against them. So, for beauty-related resolutions:
- USE ALL THE THINGS: A simple one to start, but there needs to be some karmic balance in my bathroom. I have 6 bottles of abandoned shampoo and conditioner, 3 languishing face washes, numerous creams, lotions and potions, unused gift-with-purchase crap and general bunkum in my bathroom. I get BORED with using the same thing all the time and if something is anything less than amazing, it gathers dust while I continue the search. This year is about the minimalist approach: use all the crap I hate/don't use and replenish with only the things I know, want and love: 1 perfect set of shampoo and conditioner, 1 perfect face wash, 1 perfect scrub, 1 perfect moisturiser. I have the products in mind already - they lie just beyond my reach because of the Bathroom Detox (of doom).
- STOP PICKING: I am chronically unable to not pick at my face; I see an imperfection and it needs squeezing/poking/removing forthwith. It has to stop.
- STOP BITING: I bite my nails (I know, disgusting) only when I'm really stressed or studying. And it's only a recent habit I've re-established; I hadn't done it since childhood before this year. I must need copious relaxation therapies (hint, Kiwi - massages and pampering please - but by a professional please!) - and it seems like a nice way to boot a horrible habit!

As for Christmas presents - I got a couple of goodies: Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau de Parfum (I ask for it every year!), some driving lessons...

And as for the 'turkey' presents: A pair of rubber gloves (they're really good, shouted mum enthusiastically whilst unwittingly pidgeon-holing me into a feminine drudge-tastic stereotype).

Any turkey presents for you guys this year?




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