Sunday, 29 July 2012

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara: Review


I'd never tried a Maybelline mascara so when I saw this one for £4.99 a few months ago in Superdrug I had to pick it up. Maybelline say that their 'collagen enriched formula and unique “claw” brush flick out and extend the look of lashes at the corners-a fierce look with up to 7x more volume!' so I thought it was worth a try.

I love the shape and size of the brush as it's just the right shape for getting to the roots of your lashes and then coating most of them at once.



I haven't realised that this mascara gives more drama to the corners of my lashes but I do find it a great mascara for volume, separation, length and curl. I usually curl my lashes as naturally they're quite straight and some mascaras don't give or hold a curl for long enough, however when I tried this one without curling it gave a similar effect and lasted all day without falling.

Clean, uncurled lashes

One good coat on uncurled lashes

Two good coats on uncurled lashes

When I wear this I usually just do one good coat as I enjoy that look a lot more and it gives a kind of wispy effect, which is less dramatic for everyday but can be applied for a more dramatic lash look.

I would definitely repurchase this, however there are so many mascaras out there to try I intend to try a lot more.

Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara - Boots - 7.99

Love Georgia xxx

Skincare Haul: Boots Simply Sensitive and Botanics


I knew Boots had some great offers on so I couldn't resist having a peek in after I'd had my free eye test at Optical Express (find out more here). 

I really like the products I've tried from Boot's Simply Sensitive range, where all the products contain soothing aloe vera, have no fragrance and colour, are hypo-allergenic and have been dermatologically tested.  The range has all the basic skincare items as well as a few specialist products and a selection of cleansers and moisturisers. I am currently enjoying the toner, have nearly finished the night cream which I've loved and have finished the eye make-up remover pads which were great.

At the moment, selected products from the range are available for half-price and as the products are great value anyway, the discount makes them even more of a bargain. I couldn't resist picking up the Cleansing Lotion as I like to have one to use with cotton pads for when I'm feeling too lazy to use my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I can also use this on days when I haven't worn any make-up so as not to waste my more expensive cleanser. The Anti Redness Cream was a bit of an impulse buy so I'm give it a go when my face is a bit red and spotty. 

I nearly repurchased the Simply Sensitive Night Cream but thought I'd try something different so I went with the Boots Botantics Skin Calming Night Cream Ultra Calm, which was also on offer with 1/3 off, which "soothes and replenishes through the night. Enriched with calming marshmallow and linden flower, it is designed for sensitive skin". The range has recently been repackaged and relaunched with new products with the facial skincare being split up into ranges for different skin types and problems. 

The Sudocrem was a by the till grab, as the tub in my house is either as old as me or my brother (so 20 or 14 years old - yum) and I love to use this on spots because it helps to dry them up. The tube is so much more hygienic as well for this purpose.

Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Lotion - Boots - £1.39 / RRP £2.79
Boots Simply Sensitive Anti-Redness Serum - Boots - Currently £2.49 / RRP £4.99
Boots Botanics Skin Calming Night Cream Ultra Calm - Boots - Currently £4.66 / RRP £6.99
Sudocrem tube - Boots - £1.99

Love Georgia xxx 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Collection 2000 Lock and Hold Lipgloss in Break Dance: Review

"Long lasting glossy shine will guarantee your luscious lips are locked in all day. Super non-sticky formula. Unique wand shape means no nonsense easy application, for girls on the go!"

I was first attracted to this glosses by their cream finish which surprisingly can be difficult to find from a cheaper brand, as I find most glosses have too much sparkle and shimmer. The range of colours is also impressive, 6 in total, ranging from a coral to a lilac shade.



I love this coral shade, it's a lovely candy orangey-pink which can be worn alone for a sheerer colour with a creamy, glossy finish or over a peach/coral/nude lipstick. I wear this all the time for work alone as it just adds a bit of a warm colour and a gloss without the worry of bleeding or smudging.

I don't find that these lasts 6 hours but they does last a decent amount of time for a gloss however because the formula is for a longer lasting effect, after the gloss wears off your lips feel a little drier and sticky.

The wand on these is great, the applicator is a great size and is bendy making removing excess and application easy. The smell of the gloss is nice and fruity, it reminds me of the lingonberry drink that I love from Ikea.


Bare Lips



I'd definitely buy these again, the price is amazing and I bought the nude shade in Rock Steady not long after I bought this shade. I have my eye on the blue toned pink shade Body Pop so for the price it would make a great bargain buy for when I fancy a little treat. 

Collection (2000) Lock and Hold Lipgloss in Break Dance (4) - Boots - £2.99


Collection 2000 is also available in Superdrug, selected chemists and supermarkets.

Love Georgia xxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

From Notting Hill With Love Actually: Book Review

"She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant. Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiancé David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . . When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill - the setting of one of her favourite movies - Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too. Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?"


I got this from my local library recently and decided to take it away on holiday with me to read after or between the 2nd and 3rd Hunger Games books. I thought it would be a nice, easy read as I do love a good bit of 'chick lit'.

I started this straight after Mockingjay and after the first few chapters had to stop because it was just too wishy washy. I thought I'd really enjoy the story as it involves references to the films I love like Notting Hill and Bridget Jones but it was too silly and really disappointing. 

I persevered past the first few chapters as the book was so slow to get going and it didn't get any better. To finish it I ended up skipping chapters and even the ending was embarrassing. I didn't connect with the characters and all the situations were unbelievable and over-dramatic. The initial idea was enticing but didn't deliver any kind of entertainment value..

Maybe I'm getting too old and bitter for these kind of wishy washy chick lit books but this one just seemed too cliche and predictable so I'm glad I loaned it from the library instead of buying it. Reading and reviewing this book has inspired me to write some reviews for decent and enjoyable books in this genre and others - so hopefully some positive reviews will be coming soon.


From Notting Hill with Love... Actually by Ali McNamara - Amazon - £4.68 (New) Available from £1.30 P&P Included (Used)


Love Georgia xxx

New Look Haul - 20/7/12

I took a trip into Newcastle for a much needed bit of retail therapy and a good catch up over lunch with a friend (smoked salmon, avacado and olive baguette with crisps and homemade coleslaw = heaven). I was extremely good and only bought a bottle of coke zero in Boots but failed at keeping my purse firmly in my bag in New Look.



I caved and got the cross chain necklace I'd featured on a wishlist post in both colours (silver and gold) - completely unnecessary. 



I love these denim shorts, yes I could have made a similar pair using cheaper shorts or old jeans with some distressing techniques and studs but I liked the fit of them. They're tight and sort of high waisted - I just need to keep on the healthier eating bandwagon - it's a bit of inspiration.




Lastly I picked up this striped, peplum top. I love the look of the sleeveless peplum tops but I'm not so confident about my arms so I thought to make the shape even more flattering and get a one with sleeves. I can't wait to wear this with a neon pink belt and black skinny jeans.

Silver Rope Cross Necklace - New Look - £4.99
Gold Rope Cross Necklace - New Look - £4.99
Blue Studded Notredame Shorts - New Look - £22.99
Stripe Ponte Peplum Top - New Look - £16.99

Love Georgia xxx

Spend or Save: Leather Collar and Cuffs Lace Dress



Spend: Sister Jane Leather Collar And Cuffs Lace Dress - ASOS - £70  £49 SALE
Save: Josefina Floral Lace Dress - Missguided - £27.99

Monday, 23 July 2012

Topshop Cream Blusher in Head Over Heels: Review



Head Over Heels is a peachy/pink cream blush. The finish is a cream to powder so it won't leave a dewy finish on top of skin that's matte or already powdered. The cream formula makes it easier to blend and build than the average powder blusher. You can actually pop a bit of this on your lips which is cute if you're wearing the blusher as well. I have quite a pinky, natural blush anyway, even with foundation on, so this tends to lean more towards being a peachy/pink rather than a pinky/peach. Before I got my current favourite cream blusher Something Special by MAC, this was the blusher I used almost every day as it was easy to use for days at uni.


You can use your fingers to apply this but I tend to use my ELF Studio Stipple brush because it puts an even  but small amount on and blends products in really well. The packaging tends to get a bit grubby with it being white and made of that slightly rubbery stuff and also my pan looks dirty because of the brush I use.



The pan of my is so grubby as well because I use a brush. Its still beautiful.

'Lightweight cream to powder blush that melts into the skin giving a natural luminous, radiant finish. Smile and brush onto apples of cheeks for a rosy glow.'

Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels - Topshop - £6

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

17 Shine Supreme Lipstick in Hot Flash: Review

I bought this lipstick as an alternative to the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick in one of the coral shades that Boots didn't have in stock; this formula isn't similar to the Rouge Caresse but its still nice. The colour is really flattering and can be worn lightly on the lips or applied fully for a more intense coral. It lasts for a normal amount of time on my lips and was one of the only lipsticks I wore on holiday in June, of the many I brought along.

The colour is strange to describe, it's bright but subtle, possibly an introduction to bright corals. The formula is creamy with a sheen but I wouldn't describe it as 'supreme shine', best applied and then blended into the lips for the best finish.

My only downside with this line of lipsticks is that the lid will come off when it's in my make up bag, whether it's just mine or the packaging's poorly designed but it's a small negative. The overall packaging is nice though with a silver, shine finish.



Lightly applied




17 Supreme Shine Lipstick in Hot Flash - Boots - £4.99

I'm really annoyed because after taking these pictures I've misplaced this lipstick somewhere in my messy room! I hate losing things. It was in my make up bag, the shiny packaging had camouflaged it - facepalm.

Love Georgia xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

NOTD: New Revlon Colorstay: Spanish Moss with Peach Leopard - 19/07/12


 My rainbow coral nails were looking a bit chipped so I decided to pop on this new colour before work - that's why the application looks a bit sloppy. 'Spanish Moss' came in the post on Tuesday and it's part of Revlon's new Colorstay polish range which boasts 'gel like' results. I'm trying it out to write a full review soon as I'm interested to see what the formula's like and if it lives up to Revlon's claims. 

The colour isn't one I would of picked; Spanish Moss is an unappealing name and I don't favour muddy/natural colours but khaki green and army prints are making a come back for autumn/winter 2012. Two large Boots stores I've visited in the last couple of days have the new Revlon nail stand, separate from the Revlon counter, with a large range of these colours. I've read great things about the colour Buttercup from Amarixe's Blog so if I enjoy the formula of this colour I think I'll pick up that colour.

I applied the leopard print using my favourite coral/peach colour and my trusty nail art pen to try and brighten up the dull colour. Unfortunately the finish of the Revlon polish reacted badly with having other polish applied on top and made the whole nail peel, #fail. Luckily I just used the Bourjois Remover Pot on my two index fingers and repainted them using Instyle Coral quickly before work. Shame as I like the two colours together with the leopard print design, but I've enjoy the formula of the Revlon polish so far. Full review to come.

Colorstay Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss by Revlon - Boots - £7.99*
60 Second Nail Polish in Instyle Coral by Rimmel - Boots - £3.69
Nail Art Pen in Black by Model's Own - Boots - £6.00


Love Georgia xxx

*DISCLAIMER*: I received this product/these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online. I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Friday, 20 July 2012

OOTD: Leather, Studs and Feathers - 20/7/12


Dress: Miso from Republic (Unavailable)
Jacket: Dorothy Perkins (£55)
Shoes: Deichmann (£14.99) (Blog Post) - Bought in store but can't find in their online shop.


Now I'm no LLYMLRS but I thought I'd do a quick outfit of day showing my new leather jacket that only came this morning and I wore out into town today. I've been on a bit of a quest to find the perfect leather/biker style jacket and after buying this one from Topshop in two sizes online and returning them, I decided to do the same with this one from Dorothy Perkins. 

Black Detachable Fur Collar Biker - Dorothy Perkins - £55

These types of jackets seem to be a smaller fit anyway so I decided to get my normal size and the size up to try with the intention of keeping the one that fit best and returning to other instore or returning both. The other bonus of ordering a jacket like this in two sizes is that it usually takes you up to the free delivery limit and most stores will let you return online purchases instore (check the returns policy before buying) saving the hassle of having to send back items. Jackets like this tend to sell out quickly in stores and online, especially in the larger sizes as they tend to small fitting, so its definitely worth grabbing one when you see it. A lot of online shops have online only discounts and student discounts available so it can also be cheaper to buy online.

I settled on the larger size (16) because the 14 (usual size) was fine done up with a sleeveless dress underneath but I like to layer cardigans and hoodies in winter so the larger size was a better fit. It also comes with a detachable faux fur collar which just pops on and off with a few small buttons; perfect for winter - I love anything faux fur! The cut of this jacket is more flattering than the Topshop one as it has more waist definition and fits better around the back on my figure. The material isn't actually leather but for a jacket in a great cut and soft material - I'm happy.

The dress was a bargain from the Republic sale in May, it's a strange material like a towel, wool feel but the pattern was so unique I just loved it. It came with this thin, plaited, tan belt with feathers attached which I'm not keen on, it looks better belted in with a thicker tan belt as it gives a better shame. I find the skater shape really flattering so my wardrobes full of them. My studded slipper shoes have hardly left my feet in the last two weeks, they're so comfy and just go with everything - bargain - see my blog post about them here.

Love Georgia xxx

Gillette Venus Proskin Sensitive Razor: Review



I have very sensitive skin on my legs when it comes to shaving so I was very excited to try this razor. It worked well on my legs and didn't cut me badly or give bad shaving rash like some cheap disposables do.
I don't understand the use of the 'protective ribbon'? You still need lots of shaving foam. Mine came with a shower stand included but it was useless and kept un-sticking from my bathroom tiles.

The biggest let-down for this product, as with most razors, is the price of the replacement blades. I can't believe the price of any Gillette blades but these ones are pricer than the average ones. Therefore I ended up buying the average Venus ones because they were a better price, so at least the other heads fit all Venus shavers.

Gillette Venus Proskin Sensitive Razor - Boots - 4.99 SALE RRP:£9.99*


*DISCLAIMER*: I received this product/these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Boots.com. Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online.

I have chosen to share these products on my blog as I feel the reviews I post for Boots would be relevant for readers of this blog.

I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.


NOTD: Instyle Coral and Rainbow - 17/07/12

*There's a little bit of tip wear because I took this a day after I'd applied it because the polish only showed up in photos with natural light*

I really fancied using Gosh Rainbow because I've only used it once since I got it a couple of months ago from the Gosh Clearance stand in Superdrug for £2.99. It was the only one left and I was surprised because I'd seen it being raved about on blogs last year. It doesn't seem to be available at the moment but other brands must do similar polishes, this post on Scrangie shows similar shades swatched together.

Gosh Rainbow is a clear polish with holographic flakes, which tend to go from orange, gold to green on the colours I've tried.

Instyle Coral is a coral/peach colour from the Rimmel 60 seconds range. The brush is a little wider and rounder at the ends to fit your nails a lot easier. It's fast becoming one of my favourite colours.


Gosh Rainbow - Not Currently Available :(

Rimmel 60 Seconds in Instyle Coral 415 - Superdrug - £3.69


Love Georgia xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Wishlist: 19/07/12

1. Cameo Rose High Waisted Wet Look Leggings - New Look - £12.99

Disco pants aren't for me, I tried them on and it wasn't a good look around my middle. I am however coming round to the idea of leather leggings worn with a long top or dress. I wouldn't wear these high waisted but I'd like to try them on and see if they lie nicer around the hips/middle than some leggings do.

2. Silver Handcuffs Necklace - minimummouse at Asos Marketplace - £5

Chloe (played by Krysten Ritter) in the show Don't Trust The B----- in Apartment 23 wears a similar necklace and I really like it. This necklace has freedom written on the handcuffs and it's so small that it would be perfect for everyday wear.

3. Sideways Cross Necklace in Gold - Black Tied - £18

Like everyone else who watches beauty videos on YouTube and/or reads blogs, I have lusted over the famous sideways cross necklace. Again this is so petite that I could wear it everyday and it's gold plated so it should last a while. I'm so close to getting both of these necklaces - naughty naughty.

Love Georgia xxx

Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss in Rose Pacific: Review


This gloss was an impulse purchase on my pre-holiday Superdrug dash on a busy Sunday before work. I went in for a few holiday toiletries and spent nearly £50 because make-up was on 3 for 2! I wouldn't usually buy a Bourjois gloss full price as I think they're a bit overpriced and I don't use glosses as much as lipsticks.

The 'Summer Collection' bit pulled me as the packaging states that this is waterproof and has SPF 15, perfect for a holiday. The scent is similar to the drink Malibu so it's quite coconut-ty and tropical but unfortunately the taste on your lips is a little more soapy/floral.

Rose Pacific is a rosy/peach sheer gloss with gold shimmer.

I don't find this lasts any longer than most other glosses but I still enjoy using it for it's beautiful colour. The formula isn't too sticky and the shimmer isn't gritty. It can be worn alone as a sheer gloss with a gold shimmer or over peachy/coral lipsticks for a gorgeous shimmer.



Worn Alone

Worn over a light layer of 17 Hot Flash

Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss in Rose Pacific 49 - Boots - £7.69

Love Georgia xxx