Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: Reviewed

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If you’re after a product that bridges a lipstick and a lipgloss, then Lacquer Rouge by Shiseido is well worth a look. It applies like a gloss, with a wand and tube as you can see above. The Lacquer goes on smoothly and easily, and feels quite moisturising as its applied.

I tried a rich nude shade – Camel BE306, which is a light caramel beige, which probably suits slightly darker skintones, and would look great with a tan.

The finish probably more akin to a lipstick that a gloss. The product does look creamy on the lips but there is no high shine. The inspiration behind this product was the rich tradition of Japanese lacquer, but I’m not sure this effect is really achieved. The packaging is as slick as you would expect however, and you do get delivered a shot of colour with just the one sweep.

Check out Disco RS404 (hot fuchsia pink) and Drama RD501 (strong red) for punchier shades to add a little colour for Spring.

The Lacquer Rouge costs £23 and is available here

Have you tried these yet?

C xx

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Guerlain Noir G mascara: reviewed

Guerlain Noir G mirror

When I heard Guerlain were launching a new mascara this month, I was very excited indeed. As a loyal fan of the brand, i was eager to try it, but have been waiting to finish my trusty Benefit ‘They’re Real’. This weekend, I finally opened up the box, to reveal this gorgeous mascara above.

In true Guerlain style, and in the same format packaging as Guerlain Rouge G, the packaging is super luxe with a sleek black tube and pop out mirror. Super sexy, and amazing to pull out in public for a quick top up, the packaging is equally heavy, but it’s worth it.

Guerlain Noir G with wand Guerlain Noir g packaging

As with all mascaras, it’s taken a few applications to really see best results. I tried 01 Noir and was pleased to find it a true inky black, with a good density of colour. It’s easy to apply – the wand is fairly standard – nothing revolutionary here, but it goes on well, with an even distribution of product.

Volume is always what I’m after, I’m lucky enough to have long lashes, but not as many of them as I would like! This definitely thickens lashes, adding a significant amount of volume, plus length. It also added curl, which isn’t something I necessarily look for, but was a pleasant and welcome surprise. It also lasted well on me, without too much smudging, (there was a little at the corner of my eye where I had been a little over enthusiastic with the concealer). It’s also easy to take off, which is a big plus in my book.

The only drawback with this product is the price. It’s retailing in department stores for a hefty £36, which is not cheap. it is however, beautiful, with great results, if you have the disposable income. I did find it on escentual.com for £32.40 here, so maybe one for a payday treat. It is refillable however, with refills costing £18 on the same site. It’s a good idea, as you are essentially paying for the packaging, however, it does commit you to the brand and the product, which as a beauty junkie always after the latest, I’m not sure I’m ready for.

Have you tried it yet?

C xx

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First Aid Beauty: Facial Radiance Pads review

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When I was first gifted First Aid Beauty products to try, I was initially sceptical, as I have always used quite premium skincare brands. I was curious to know more about this range, available at Boots, at affordable prices, and determined to overcome my skincare snobbery.

I was won over by their Age Delay 5 in 1 Face Cream initially (SPF 30 as well, big yes) which pretty much ticked all my boxes, lasted well and for £28 is a snip. I was keen then to try the Facial Radiance Pads. I’ve never used a product like this before, although my regular readers will know how fond I am of express treatment products, that are effective for the time poor.

These daily pads (use once, or twice, a day) are designed to tone, exfoliate and brighten post cleansing – simply sweep over the face. The claims are: Improve skin clarity, reduce visible pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines – so far, so good. In theory, I love the sound of this product. The ingredients are good: glycolic acid, cucumber, plus licorice peel to leave skin glowing. they are also free from parabens ‘harsh chemicals’ (I would question their loose definition here) and colorants.

I’m not crazy on the scent, it veers between medicinal and slightly unpleasant for my tastes. It also leaves my skin feeling a little dry (which i do also get from toners). It definitely shrinks pores, and I feel my skin is brighter, and also, I really enjoy the idea and ease of using these. I doubt they have any impact on fine lines, and would recommend avoid using them near the sensitive eye area, but this is definitely a product I will continue to use, and I would be really interested in similar products.

I have lots more of the range to try out, so please check back in for more reviews.

The Facial Radiance pads are £20, so a two month supply essentially, which I think represents value for me. You can get them here from Boots, also available via Sephora.

Have you tried the range yet?

C xx

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Lust Have: Mac Attack

ASOS rain mac with eyes

I could not resist a post on this when I came across it on the Asos website… the perfect thing to brighten up gloomy January mornings and  fend off pesky snow flurries.

Layer a cable knit jumper underneath for now, and a finer knit to see you through April Showers! (oh, and yellow is set to be huge for SS13 – bonus stylepoints!)

It’s £50 and available here

Will you be wearing yellow this Spring?

C xx

 

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Eye Love YSL: Valentines edition

What better excuse to show yourself how much you love you, than by buying yourself a Valentine’s Treat. This February, YSL are bringing you the perfect opportunity to do just that with a limited edition version of their best-selling False Lash Effect Mascara.

Love YSL editionFor the regular price of £23.50, from February you can get your mascara customised with a Swarovski crystal heart at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Fenwicks (or Brown Thomas if you’re in Ireland!).

A nice treat for you, or for a loved one if you can bear to part with it!

Will you be investing?

C xx

 

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