Saturday, 26 March 2011

Less than impressed with Lancome Teint "Miracle"

When I first saw the ad for the Lancome Teint Miracle 7 day sample I couldn't wait to go pick one up. I've always wished that more companies would provide foundation testers so you can make an informed decision before parting with £20/£30 but sadly 9 times out of 10 they say that they dont offer testers. So naturally, I was really pleased that a high end cosmetic company such as Lancome was finally offeirng a 7 day sample! However, unfortunately I dont think it worked in their favour...! 

For starters I definitely wouldn't call it a miracle. The new Lancome Teint Miracle has the coverage of a tinted moisturiser without the creamy consistency & moisturising properties. Although the product claims it is moisturising, it seems to dry to an almost powder like finish which just left my skin feeling dry & looking somewhat bland. 

When I first applied it, I thought the consistency was fairly thick & therefore thought I wouldn't need much but I did. A pea sized amount didnt seem to do anything. It didnt look like I had any make up on at all. On a day to day basis, I'm not looking for a super high coverage, just something to even out my skin tone & give my skin a nice finish but it didn't even do that. It's not long wearing at all & ended up leaving me face looking slightly patchy - like I had put my make up on in a bad light. So if you're looking for even long lasting covering & lets face it, who isnt(!?) then I'd stay well away.

This product can be compared to tinted moisturisers & powders but in the foundation stakes it just doesnt hold up. Positives? It smells good & the pump keeps the product hygenic, it didnt break me out & it does contain an SPF but for this price (£25.55) I'd rather just invest in a really good tinted moisturiser. Probably the most upsetting thing about this product is that it's endorsed by one of my favourite actresses - Julia Roberts!

I'd be really interested to hear what other people think about this product. Reviews are always down to personal opinion & skin types but personally I'd give this a miss...!


Monday, 14 March 2011

Hello Flawless & Bad Girl Liner from Benefit

I was at my local Benefit counter the other week & came away with a couple of treats. I was about to pick up the normal powder that I use to set my foundation & conceal any redness (Benefit Get Even Concealer Powder) but thought I'd ask the sales assistant if she would recommend any other products that do the same thing in the Benefit range (not that the one I was already using wasnt great but thought I'd try something new)! She recommended their Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover Up with SPF 15. I went ahead with the recommendation & bought the Hello Flawless powder & am glad I did.


It is an amazingly silky cover up powder that does exactly what I want & gives me a 'flawless' matte skin finish! A little goes a long way. It's a compact with a mirror, which is perfect to keep in your bag for any touch ups while you're out & about. As with all Benefit products the packaging is really cute. I got colour matched to their 'Champage' shade.

The compact includes both a sponge & a brush that sit in an under compartment. You can use either the sponge for spot cover up or the brush to slightly sweep the powder onto your face to set your foundation or cover any redness. The fact that it includes SPF 15 is an added bonus!

Not content with 1 purchase from the counter. I decided to invest in a new eye liner as I've been using a random drug store one that I picked up on holiday in Australia months ago when I was in a rush! I had never used Benefit's Bad Girl Liner and know its pretty popular so thought I'd give it a try. I got the waterproof version because in my opinion eye liner can never stay on too long...! 

I've only used it a few times and I'm pleased but not overly excited about it. It stays on for a long time which is great but it also seems quite dry. It's really good for drawing a hard line or lining your water line but it seems quite difficult to smudge even though it does include a smudging brush on the opposite end of the pencil.

The Hello Flawless face power retails at £25.02 and the Bad Girl Liner for £14. Both of these products are avaliable from Benefit counters across UK or online from or


Sunday, 13 March 2011

We love all things that end in Jimmy Choo!

I've been searching for a new fragrance for ages. After falling in love with Insolence by Guerlain I was struggling to find something that compared! I've always gone for fruity or floral fragrances that are feminine & subtle, my favourite notes being white musk & violet. I first smelt the Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum in Selfridges & went back to buy it the very next day after I couldnt stop smelling my wrist! It's a gorgeous, elegant, floral musky scent. It has top notes of pear nectar and sweet italian orange and base notes of caramel.

I do love official perfume descriptions (how on earth a perfume can have an attitude or be intelligent is beyond me...!) so just for a little laugh here is what they say about the fragrance:

‘Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent and with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. It’s a fragrance inspired by modern women – strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality'.

Perfume is such a personal thing so go test it for yourself & then buy it online elsewhere as it's guaranteed to be cheaper! The best price I can find is from
where it retails at £33.15 for the smallest 40ml bottle which is a reasonal price for Eau de Parfum. There are 3 sizes (40ml, 60ml and 100ml). If you love Flowerbomb by Vicktor & Rolf or Insolence by Guerlain then you'll love this little scented Jimmy Choo shaped treat!


Sunday, 6 March 2011

Blown away by the Umberto Giannini Dryer!

Im a self confessed blow dry fanatic & can never leave my hair to dry naturally! If I do it just results in some big unhappy fly away mess. Even on holiday in hot countries I'll stand there with both the air con & my hair dryer on full power...! It really doesnt help that my hair seems to take FOREVER to dry & I'd never put that down to the fact that I had had an awful hair dryer until I invested in the Umberto Giannini Big Blow Out Dryer earlier this month! It's amazing & has completely revolutionised my hair drying rountine. I can now blitz dry my hair in 3 minutes while using the different nozzles to create some serious volume. 

It is a 2000W ionic dryer, which means its super powerful & explains why it dries my hair so quickly! For those of you who dont know, an ionic blow dryer emits millions of charged particles called ions that bond to your hair, breaking down moisture molecules while using very little heat therefore drying your hair quicker while reducing both frizz and heat damage. The hair dryer features 3 heat and 3 speed settings including a cold shot button (perfect for drying abroad) and a 3 meter cord. 

It also comes with 3 detachable nozzles. The blue consentrated nozzle is great for drying your hair straight & giving it a smooth finish. The red diffuser nozzle is used to evenly distribute heat & can be used to create curls or waves in hair and to prevent frizzing. The green volume nozzle adds lots of volume to your hair by using the comb like end to lift up the hair while drying. 

If blow drying is an essential part of your hair care rountine then you need this dryer in your life! The best thing about this amazing hair dryer? Its currently half price! Avaliable in store & online from Boots for £30.63 (was £61.27).