Tuesday, 21 May 2013

2013 So Far: Post Round-Up

2013 has gone by quickly so far and due to university work, I've felt like my blog posts haven't been as regular as I wanted. Therefore I thought I'd compile a list of posts from 2013 so far in case I have any new readers or current readers have missed any of these posts. Now I'm finished with university I finally have more time to dedicate to blogging!

Reviews/Demos/Swatches:


Nail of the Days/Nail Polish Reviews and Swatches:


Face of The Day/Night:

Mac Viva Glam Nicki and Matte Neutrals: Face of the Night 27/4/13


Hauls:


Misc:


Love Georgia xxx


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Mac Viva Glam Nicki and Matte Neutrals: Face of the Night 27/4/13

I feel like I've hardly been out the house in 2013 so I was ready to let loose for a work night out. I bought the dress I'm wearing just after New Year as a treat for finishing two essays but I never got round to wearing it. I wear a lot of black especially when I go out because... I love it? I always like to perk up a black dress with a bright lipstick so I went with Mac Viva Glam Nicki and toned down my eyes using matte neutral and brown tones. As always for a night out in Newcastle, eyelashes and lots of bronzer and highlighter were essential.


crazy pout

Face:

Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry in Buff
Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation in Ivory
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl
NYX Pot Concealer in Orange
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand
Rimmel Clear Complexion Powder
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Sleek Blush By 3 in Pumpkin - Squash (Pink shade)

Eyes:

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Sleek Ultra Matte 2 Pallette (Browns and Neutrals)
Maybelline Gel Liner in Black
Maybelline The Falsies
Eyelure 100 Lashes

Lips:

Mac Viva Glam Nicki

Dress: 

River Island - £32
Also available in orange, blue and pink in-store.

Love Georgia xxx

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage: Review, First Impressions and Swatches

Revlon lip products are held in such high regard by the beauty community that their new offering will surely excite many. The Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks claim to offer both 'moisture and wear' and a velvety soft texture. The colour I was sent to try was Backstage, a dark, berry red. Firstly I noticed this shade contains some shimmer which translates on the lips sparsely but is still quite large gold shimmers and personally I hate shimmer or glitter in lipsticks. I don't know if this shimmer is in any of the other shades but it doesn't make any sense for there to be shimmer in a 'suede' effect lipstick.


The packaging is similar to other Colorstay products with the plastic casing but to me this looks kind of cheap for £8.99. However the mechanism to turn the lipstick bullet up clicks which is snazzy.  I do like that the packaging is the same colour as the product so you know which colour is which though.



I wore this throughout the day to see how it faired on my lips. I didn't reapply or add any balm/gloss.


First application: Lipstick went on ok but the application is difficult especially with this darker shade, as it's hard to get the outline of your lips perfect with the round shape of the lipstick bullet. Also the creamy texture means that the lipstick feels very slippery on the lips so you have to watch in case it bleeds or smudges. The formula is pigmented so one application is needed to get the colour in the tube.


After 15 minutes: After the creamy formula had set to a matte texture, I noticed it had sunk into the lines of my lips and gone darker on drier patches. Also where my lips must have rubbed together or rested, the colour had faded from the inside half of my lips leaving the outside noticeably darker. The lipstick had also smudged slightly before it was dry because of the creamy formula.


After 2-3 hours: I ate a packet of crisps and was surprised to see this still in place, just a slight fade in colour. It didn't feel too dry at this point. I'd probably reapply again around this time if I wanted to freshen up.


After 5-6 hours: Eating my tea seemed to have made the biggest difference. The colour has faded especially from the inside of my mouth and once I'd had it on for quite a few hours it was starting to feel really dry. Around this time is when I'd want to completely remove and reapply if I still wanted this lip colour on.


After 7 Hours: It was definitely time to remove this as it felt really uncomfortable and I desperately wanted to pick or bite the remaining product off my lips (yum - I know). Mostly just the stain remained but some of the lipstick formula stayed behind making my lips look really patchy dry. The top lip doesn't look too bad though.


I noticed when swatching this colour on my arm how pigmented it is because even just applying it for less than a minute left a stain on my arm. The same happens if I apply this and remove after a couple of minutes so there's definitely a powerful stain within this formula, but the stain may be less powerful in the lighter shades.

Overall I liked the way this lipstick looked when I first applied it the best. After it set it did look smooth and matte but when worn for longer than 4-5 hours it became really dry and uncomfortable. The original colour didn't last well as the deep berry tones were lost after a few hours and just became a stain. I also didn't like how the lipstick faded patchy on top of the stain instead of fading evenly and leaving the stain. I love the colour but I hate the gold shimmers which are still visible even when the lipstick fades and are absolutely pointless.

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Backstage* - Boots - £8.99


Love Georgia xxx

*DISCLAIMER: I received 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 for the panel members to try and review on Boots.com. Panel members do not 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 for products I post on Boots.com would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Products That Saved My Skin: Dry/Dehydrated Skincare Routine

My skin has always been mostly normal with dry/flaky patches on my nose and in between my eyebrows but at the beginning of this year I noticed it had worsened. The dry patches were worse in the usual places and some were emerging in random places like around my mouth and combined with my skin instantly absorbing all the moisture out of foundations when first applied, my skin looked awful. After trying a couple of solutions for eczema on my face and having no luck, I decided to overhaul my skincare routine. I started by not exfoliating my skin so I wouldn't irritate or flake my skin while it was repairing itself. I also introduced some new products to help hydrated and moisturise my skin while keeping it clear and clean.


Bioderma Sensibio H20 - Micelle Solution - Escentual - £9.99

I had to try the famous Bioderma after hearing so many good things and seeing the many emerging similar cleansing waters. Bioderma is a make up remover and cleanser which emulsifies make up and removes dirt easily without the need for rinsing. I use a small amount of Bioderma on a cotton pad to remove my make up before using a typical wash off cleanser but if I'm feeling lazy (or a bit worse for wear) I'll repeat until all make up is removed. I can understand why some may feel underwhelmed by Bioderma after all the hype but it doesn't claim to revolutionise your skin. I included it in this post because it's very easy to use and gentle at removing make up so it's perfect for most skin types but especially drier or more sensitive skin. After this bottle is finished I'm going to experiment with other similar products to see what else is available and possibly at a cheaper price but I would definitely buy this again.


N Spa Melting Cleansing Gel - Asda Stores or Asda Online - £6

I've already gone through a small size of this which I got in this gift set for Christmas and I actually missed using this before I bought the full size. This is an interesting product as it starts out as a gel with an oily texture, which increases when massaged in, and then changes to a cleansing milk when rinsed with water. Even after rinsing my skin still feels really soft and hydrated. I use this after Bioderma if I'm wearing make up so I don't have to double cleanse. I love how affordable this is at £6 a bottle or the range is typically two for £8! The formula and the scent of neroli makes this feel like a luxury spa product and if I had blind tested this I would've thought it was a lot pricier.

Hydraluron - Boots - £24.99

After reading many reviews of Hydraluron I realised that my skin was dehydrated. Hydraluron is pure concentrated hydralonic acid, which naturally occurs in the skin and helps hold on moisture. By using this product as a serum before a moisturiser, it supposedly helps the skin absorb the moisturiser better so it's not meant to be used alone. Since using this my skin has definitely looked more hydrated especially when I'm wearing foundation. It may be pricey but one tube should last a while if you use a pea sized amount daily. The real test will come when I finish this tube, to see if my skin really misses Hydraluron and if it's a daily essential.

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream* - Boots - £19.50

This product is really popular in Japan and has only recently been stocked in Boots. When I was sent this I was excited to see if it lived up to its claims. On first use it's a strange product: smells a bit like Vicks Vapour Rub and feels thick and greasy like Vaseline. For the last three months I've used this as a night time face moisturiser and my skin has felt more plump, moisturised and less sensitive. I would think that a cream like this would be too heavy for everyday use on my face but I haven't had any adverse effects. The greasy formula also means that this doesn't instantly absorb into your skin so it's not the best to use under make-up unless you have really dry patches but I love that a couple of hours later I can still feel the moisturiser on my skin. If you don't have really dry skin you could use this on smaller areas on the body as well as the face that need repairing or hydrating. I've also found it works great on my lips so I slather some on before bed when I'm applying to my face and wake up with plumper, soothed lips. 

If anyone has any recommendations for dry/dehydrated skin or something which works amazing for them then please leave it as a comment.

Love Georgia xxx
(Smugly written from my garden in sunny Newcastle)

*DISCLAIMER: I received 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 for the panel members to try and review on Boots.com. Panel members do not 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 for products I post on Boots.com would be relevant for readers of this blog. I started product testing for Boots before I started my blog. Being sent a product for free doesn't change my opinion of it or of the brand. I was asked to join the testing panel after I posted a number of reviews on Boots.com.