Saturday, 18 February 2017

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion - oily skin, rejoice!

January Labs Moisturiser Review

When the unparalleled Caroline Hirons raves about a brand, you know you need to get on board that train.

January Labs is a high-end line of sustainable, cruelty-free, eco-friendly skincare, and is the baby of January Olds - Google her, she knows her skincare stuff. I am always on the hunt for moisturiser which won't send my oily complexion off the spot charts, and if it's ethically produced to boot - I'm in. I'm relatively devoted to my Bio-Essence moisturiser - another Cult Beauty triumph - but January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion is certainly giving it a run for its money.

January Labs Moisturiser Review

The ingredients list is pretty healthy looking (and easily found on Cult Beauty - hooray), and I am loving the formula - not at all sticky or gloopy, readily absorbed, but very hydrating. It's super light, plays well with makeup, and hasn't sent my oil-slick face in to sebum overdrive. Win. Moisture Balancing Lotion seems to do just that - balance everything out - without skin feeling overloaded. I love using this as a final daily step, and it's a lovely post at-home-facial treat, too.

It's not a completely ridiculous price, and has a decent sized, travel-friendly tube - no unnecessary packaging, well done January Labs. Honestly? There's nothing not to like about this moisturiser. If you're combination/oily - this is definitely worth adding to the wish list.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused Range

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Review

I'm not one to really change up my hair routine often. Long, thick, coarse, coloured curly hair is a bit of a fragile creature and is extremely easily upset by sub-optimal conditioning. I was in dire need of a switch-up, however, and after reading The Sunday Girl's rave review on the Colour Goddess Oil Infusion range from TIGI Bed Head, I picked up the full range on Feelunique.

This is not a range for the fine of hair. However, if you have a mane (mine has earned me the nickname Aslan. No. For real.) which is on the dry side - you've got to give this a try. The shampoo is lovely - surprisingly lightweight, given its conditioning properties - and cleans without that stripped, straw-like feeling that dried-out coloured hair can have.

The Bed Head Colour Goddess Oil Infused conditioner is, I think, holy grail status. Sweet almond oil, coconut oil, keratin and vitamin E all contribute to the mega-conditioning powers within. Detangling, conditioning, smoothing, and leaving a lustrous shine even on my wild tumbleweed mop; this really does the business. The Miracle Treatment mask is also an absolute winner - I use this about once a week and it really sorts out stressed tresses.

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess Hair Mask

I've been using the whole range now for about four weeks - and I'm head over heels. From the sweet, vanilla-toffee scent (if you're not in to sweet scents, this may be a drawback) to the super conditioning magical powers, TIGI's Colour Goddess range is the answer to dry, brittle hair's prayers.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream In London

Regular readers will know that I am pretty fussy when it comes to liquid lipsticks. There are very few formulas I can cope with for any length of time - the sensation of having every last drop of moisture forcibly removed from my life when they dry down just doesn't do it for me. I'd rather re-apply my lipstick every 5 seconds than go through that sensation every day, thank you very much.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in London Review and Swatch

 The closest to comfortable formula I've found is the bargainous Colourpop Ultra Satin lips - but, as the name suggests, these are more on the satiny side, and they are transfer a-go-go. Well, NYX may have just pipped them to the post with their Soft Matte Lip Cream in London.

I'm a long-term NYX Butter Gloss fan, so I suppose I shouldn't have been quite so surprised that these are as good as they are. The formula is creamy, without being sticky, and is very lightweight. It does take a minute or so to dry down - but it's very sympathetic to your poor pout's moisture levels in the process. The Soft Matte Lip Cream formula is just that - soft matte - velvety, rather than Saharan. I find this colour fades evenly, and doesn't leave a horrendous white-ring-of-death around the middle of the lips. Winning.

You can see in the swatch above that London is quite a brown-nude shade - it's surprisingly forgiving, and if you're normally a warm-toned gal, this will be right up your street. As with all NYX lip products - it also happens to be a steal. £5.50? It'd be rude not to.

All products mentioned bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in Graphic Bronze

Givenchy Ombre Couture in Graphic Bronze Review and Swatches

I'm having a bit of a moment with cream eyeshadows this month. I am still loving the Burberry Eye Colour Cream in Mink, and as ever By Terry's Ombre Blackstars make for the speediest glossy lid. But sometimes, you just need a little more drama, amirite?!

If it's drama you're after, look no further than the limited edition Givenchy Ombre Couture cream eyeshadow in Graphic Bronze.

Givenchy Ombre Couture Graphic Bronze Review and Swatches

Oh man. Just look at that glorious little pot.

Housed in super-luxe packaging (I'd expect no less from a luxury fashion house, let's be real) this little glass jar packs a punch. Graphic Bronze is a warm, bright, sparkling copper - and it is stunning. It has excellent pigmentation, layers well, and works well with other products. I use a finger or a small synthetic brush to apply, and this cream shadow blends beautifully. it is virtually foolproof to apply, and would be flattering on all eye colours.

Givenchy Ombre Couture in Graphic Bronze Review and Swatches

Just look at that swatch. One-swipe sparkly gorgeousness. 

The thing that really impresses me about the Givenchy Ombre Couture formula, though, is the longevity. I get a solid 8 hours without primer from this shadow once it has set - which is amazing on my oily eyelids. If you're in the market for a show-stopper - this is definitely worth checking out. 

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Givenchy Ombre Couture Graphic Bronze Review

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