Saturday, 31 August 2013

MAYBELLINE MINI HAUL

 Well I got a bit snap-happy with this post, but that's because it feels like I haven't posted in ages! Back in stoke I did a wee Boots haul, but by complete coincidence all the products were maybelline! I stocked up on some few essentials to see me through the fast approaching A/W13!

Babylips: Yes a few weeks ago I jumped on the Babylips bandwagon and ended up buying all the colour-pigmented shades: Cherry Me, Pink Punch and Peach Kiss. Thoughts? Well, they're over-all fabulous! I love the fact these are pigmented lip balms. They kept my lips hydrated for hours, smelled gorgeous and 2 out of 3 gave a lovely colour on the lips, meaning for those autumn days where my lips dry I can style a colour without worrying about crust lips (eww!). Peach Kiss doesn't give much of colour, but I've been using it as a 'home colour' to just use as a lip balm any time.
 Colour Show: Every one knows I'm a self acclaimed nail addict! So when I got a glimpse at a model rocking these colours in a two-tone effect I had to get my hands on them! The colours are equally highly pigmented and dry fairly quickly giving a high-shine. There staying power is more than average, especially when a top coat is added. The colours are nice to go along with autumn shades that add a pop of colour, but not too overpowering.
Master Drama Chromatics: This is a gorgeous metallic eyeliner, was a perfect addition to anyone's A/W13 collections, smoky looks are bang on this coming season and adding a bit of metallic is a personal favourite of mine. It glides on easily and doesn't run or smudge, giving it great staying power for a night out.

So these have been some lovely little additions to my growing a/w collection. I'm loving Babylips, I just wish they had some more colours. I think I'll definitely be investing in some more Colour Show Nail varnish's as they are fabulous! Metallic's are bang on trend this season, I may worry I've been investing in too many! (Is that possible? haha) 

Tell me what you think of this haul - have you tried any of these? Can you recommend any more items like these to me!

Rachael
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Monday, 19 August 2013

SWIMWEAR ENDORSEMENT!

I was really surprised and excited when I got an email from the Sports Direct team asking if I would be happy to receive a product or two and then write a review? Happy to? I was thrilled; any excuse to induldge in some new swimwear... Especially with my holibob's just around the corner.

So here's what I got:
Left: Ocean Pacific Swim Shorts (RRP: £3.50)
Right: Ocean Pacific Swim Dress (RRP: £9.99)

I received the Ocean Pacific Swim Dress and the Ocean Pacific Swim Shorts, (which are high-waisted) which are both from their Ladies Swimwear Collection.

Firstly, I was really impressed with the postage. It was really quick and efficient. Next, of course was the products themselves. When I fist looked at the Swim dress online, it didn't mention a built-in bikini bottom's, so I was more than chuffed when I realised it had one! This is a perfect one piece for any last minute holidays this year. The dress hides a multitude of sins, and slims out any shapes. The shape and style is also very vintage-esk! It's perfect for a beach holiday, starlight from the beach to the bar in two shakes! I'll be styling it with some simple pieces and of course a pair of peep-toe wedges to turn this into a slimming gorgeous piece for any holiday.

Then you've got the high-waisted bikini shorts! I LOVED high-waisted shorts for this summer. These have a thick band, slimming out any tum's, but can be folded down to create a regular bikini look, or unfolded to give a high-waisted edge. I paired with a Bikini crop-top and a pair of high waisted jean shorts and a kimono - perfect if you're going to do some culture hunting - like I will be in Istanbul - or going for a girly cocktail on the beach bar!

I've been really impressed with Sports Direct. They're Ladies Swimwear is cost effective and high-quality, as the swim dress was perfect for a family fun day at Waterworld as well as my usual aqua-fit - where I got loads of compliments! The High-waisted lasted me a few miles in the pool, effectively staying on and not sliding down my bum and survived a windy day at the beach - so I say overall a great investment... I can't wait to be lounging by a Turkish pool with these babies on!

Tell me what you think of these lil beauties... Have you purchased from Sports Direct? If not take a peek at their 'Ladies Swimwear'.... 

Monday, 12 August 2013

TANGO LIPS: MAYBELLINE: 'ELECTRIC ORANGE'


I know, ANOTHER Maybelline lipstick post... But in the words of Depeche Mode "I just can't get enough!" - If you know me, you'll know I've been dying to get my hands on an orange lippy ever since I saw MAC's collection for summer. But with them never in stock when I go, and my disliking for ordering online - unless I've tried it on - I'd given up, until finally going in Boots the other day and snagging this last little beauty...

I've always loved an orange lippy, especially when I saw them in MAC, but I was never sure if I could pull one off, or if I would be daring enough to! But after 'umming' and 'aaahhhing' and obviously loads of snapchatting pics of me in it to my nearest and dearest (even my dad got an opinion!) I decided I liked it and it was a must...

I love this orange.. It brings out the tan I've manages to just grasp over those hotter days and is versatile in a way you can make it a very vivid and bright for a night out or dab it down for a subtle and peachy colour during the day. The pigmentation is spot on: one swipe over my lips and it's full coverage. It is also very smooth and creamy, so if I forget to apply lip balm prior to application - which you know me, I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached -  it doesn't dry my lips, basically just like the coral shade I reviewed. It has a nice sweet scent, a bit like a lip balm, but not too overwhelming. Of course, I was impressed by the lasting power:  it gives a nice stain to the lips making the colour still visible after many hours of wear - even after a meal or a drink - so there is not need to constantly reapply it.

I was going to do a pro's and con's bit, but I've not really found any con's with this as of yet! I'm pretty happy with it all round: Gorge packaging, that looks more high end than it is. Lasting power. Vivid like a MAC, for half he price. Gorgeous pigmentation. Versatile.... Overall pretty much a perfect lippy for me... Well perhaps matching it outfits.. I went for monochrome, but I'm thinking a grey playsuit to style it with? (Any ideas?)

I really recommend this lippy if you are looking for a fun bright and different lip colour for the summer- or what's left of it! It's unlike any other lip colour I've ever seen... I've finally got my tango lips!

I'd love to know if you've tried this or any like it you could recommend to me...

Rachael
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