Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Star Product: L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Carbon Gloss

Before I washed my face tonight, I noticed something strange in the mirror (it wasn't my face, I've grown quite used to that now), it was the fact that my eyeliner was exactly where I left it this morning - on my eyes.

I'm such a massive advocate of the winged-liquid-eyeliner-look that I've forgotten the last time I went without it. Subsequently, I've tried many different brands, gels, liquids and felt tips to achieve that lovely cat eyed look. Most of the liners I've tried have been good, some have been tragic, but this one has to be my favourite to date, thanks to its glossy finish and awesome staying power.
L'Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss
£6.49 at Boots (currently 3 for 2)

My eyes 12 hours after application!

 *Apologies for the dodgy instagram pics :o 

I actually bought this a few months ago and always thought it was good, but tonight I was compelled to write about it because it survived a fairly active day at work! I like how shiny it is (much like a moth, I'm attracted to shiny things) and the fact that you can use it to create wafer thin, subtle lines, or thick and dramatic statement flicks.
The only issue I have with this product is that the tip is a little long and bendy, which can sometimes be a bit difficult for me to control enough to get a precision flick. I'm sure those of you with steadier hands than mine won't have a problem though!
I'd love to know if anyone else has tried the Super Liner? What did you think of it?
Hannah Rose xxx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Try It For Free: bareMinerals Deluxe Sample

Whether you're a fan of mineral powder makeup or a complete novice, it's worth popping to your nearest bareMinerals counter to bag yourself a lovely deluxe sample of the original SPF 15 foundation.

I went to Debenhams at Westfield London today to chat with the lovely bareMinerals girls and they presented me with my very own little pot of powder, complete with a very cute mini kabuki brush!

The deluxe sample contains around 3 days worth of product

I was given the shade 'fairly light

 Teeny tiny Kabuki :o

The last time I used bareMinerals was a few years ago back in Australia, and I remember thinking it was a great foundation option in hot weather! Because it's a powder, it meant my face was less likely to develop that dreaded t-zone sheen and it wasn't about to slide off my face in the heat like some liquid formulas. I've been a bit apprehensive about a powder base since moving to London, simply because my skin has been in a constant state of dehydration since I stepped off the plane at Heathrow, so I've stuck to really moisturising cream formulas.

That said, Spring is on the way and the mercury's rising so it could be time to try bareMinerals again and swirl, tap and buff my way to a great base that will keep shine at bay :)

P.S. My mum loves this stuff - she had a nasty skin cancer removed from her nose a few years ago and struggled to find a product that covered the discolouration left by the treatment. bareMinerals seems to be the only thing she sticks with :)

*This promotion started on Valentines Day and will continue until mid March, though it's such a great sample that they could well run out before then, so be quick! Click here to find your nearest participating counter.

Thanks for reading!:*

Hannah Rose xxx

Friday, 24 February 2012

Sephora Body Treats = Good Enough To Eat

So my sister and I recently tagged along on my brother and his girlfriend's romantic getaway (sorry guys) to Bruges.
I was super excited about getting out of London and obviously couldn't wait to wrap my lips around some proper Belgian chocolate, but then I realised something even more exciting:

In order to get from England to Belgium, we'd have to drive through Calais. Calais is in France. What else is in France? Sephora is in France!

I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I was a touch more excited about popping in to Sephora on the way to Bruges than I was about...err...Bruges.

The store we visited was tiny - not exactly the image of Sephora I had conjured up in my mind, but it was a Sephora all the same, and having never visited one before, my heart still did a little flip when I walked through the doors.

Being on a bit of a tight time schedule, I didn't have time to play with everything in there, so I avoided the hypnotic gaze of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Clarins, and made a bee line for the products I can't get my mitts on in the uk - Sephora's own line of body and bath products.

My brother's girlfriend, Alison and I drinking warm apple wine in Bruges

Proper Belgian hot chocolate!

My sister and I drinking Belgian beer...and coke.
As many already know, I am partial to (obsessed with) bath and body goodies that smell chocolatey, cakey, dessertey and sugarey. Basically, if there's a lotion that smells like something you might enjoy after dinner, I want to slather myself in it. Unless it's cheese, of course.

In keeping true to my tastes, I was immediately drawn to the Chocolate Praline and Creme Brulee ranges at Sephora.
Sephora chocolate praline products
Everything from the store's own brand was on sale for 1 or 2 Euro, so I could justify picking up a few souvenirs:

Shampoo in Vanilla Creme Brulee

Shampoo in Chocolate Praline

These shampoos make washing my hair that little bit more fun thanks to their deliciously sweet fragrances that really come out when I lather up!

Body Lotions in Chocolate Praline & Vanilla Creme Brulee

The lotions are heavily fragranced, non greasy and super quickly absorbed. The Vanilla Creme Brulee lotion is lovely - I think fans of Laura Mercier's Creme Brulee Body Souffle would really like this - while the Chocolate Praline one smells exactly like what it claims to!

Body Scrub in Chocolate Praline

Strongly scented and good for the skin, the scrub contains sugar granules and loofah to buff away dead scells and leave you smelling like you've just paid Willy Wonka a visit :)

So my maiden voyage to Sephora may have been fleeting, but the place has definitely gained a fan as far as I'm concerned! If you're venturing to a Sephora soon, I really recommend snapping up one of the body lotions - I apply mine in the morning after my shower and the scent lasts all day, and makes my clothes smell stupidly sweet too. If you don't fancy smelling like cadburys or a French patisserie, there are plenty of fruity and floral scents in the Sephora collection too!

Thanks for reading as always :)

Sweet Dreams!

Hannah Rose xxx

Friday, 17 February 2012

Tousle Me Softly

The marketing team at Herbal Essences deserve a gold star, because the advertisement for the new Tousle Me Softly range had me at hello.

Conveniently, I ran out of shampoo & conditioner a few days ago, so I was left with no other option than to pop in to Boots and spend my hard earned card points so I could test drive this new range.

To be honest, I'm not usually a huge Herbal Essences fan (I'm a bit of a Mark Hill/ Umberto Giannini junkie), but I was intrigued by the 'violet' components of Tousle Me Softly.

The Shampoo & Conditioner are currently 1/2 price at Boots! :o
The Shampoo and Conditioner combine pomegranate and wild violet to refresh and moisturise tresses and promise to produce that sought after just-had-a-roll-in-the-hay effortlessness.

So does it come through with the goods?

First off, I love the smell. It's fairly strong with a pleasant and floral scent that I kept smelling throughout the day when I swished my hair about.
The shampoo feels clarifying, yet gentle and the conditioner left my hair almost impossibly soft.
Having a tousle! *sorry, rubbish camera today*
But what about the 'tousle' effect? Did I feel like wearing garish purple eyeliner and fronting a rock band while swinging my hair around in slow motion? Not quite. But my hair did feel baby soft and light and messy in a pretty way. It looks super shiny and healthy too :)

My verdict? All in all, a 'totally organic experience'. That was the old tagline wasn't it?

Have you tried anything from the Tousle Me Softly range? I'd love to hear your opinions.

Thanks for reading! :*

Hannah Rose xxx