Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Where Have You Been?

Hello everyone! Well if you look at my posts, you'll notice something; I haven't been here in a while. In fact, I was on a sort of hiatus over the past two months. This kinda shows lack of consistency, but the main reason as to why I neglected my blog is because I've been away on holiday. This reason doesn't fully excuse me from posting, but this kind of vacation is the one where you go back to visit relatives so I literally had no free time.  

However I'm back and ready to roll, but it will be a week before I'm able to post new reviews or hauls. I apologize for being unreliable, but hopefully this time, I'll be on the right posting track (what?). For anyone coming across my page, I really hope you stick around and comment on any thing you'd like. I don't bite, I promise :)

Hope to see more of you!
Layla

Monday, 1 July 2013

That's What I Like About June

The months just seem to be passing quickly and I am just getting older and my makeup stash is just getting bigger(Ooops)! To be honest I haven't been aware of what day it is or what year it is in the past few months thanks to my hectic University schedule, but I just realized that we're halfway through 2013. Whoa, this is going too fast!

Since I'm just getting back into blogging, I thought of showing you guys what I liked and adored this month and I have a bit of everything for you:

This month I wasn't big on foundations or coverage because I always ended up sweating it off, so I focused on ways to make my face look smooth and less uneven, and this is where Benefit the POREfessional comes in! As you can tell from the old packaging, I've had this thing for ages, but never  got around to using it. I found it buried underneath a pile of unused items so I decided to give it a go. I was pleasantly surprised because not only did it let my makeup last a bit longer, it made my skin look really smooth and minimized my large pores.


What is summer without a glow? I have developed a new relationship with highlighters and luminizers after discovering the difference they make by using a bit and Benefit mini-Watt's Up! is now my new best friend. I got this mini from Sephora's birthday gift and although it's tiny, the packaging is still adorable. This works amazing as a subtle champagne glow and really brightens up my face without looking artificial.


Everyone has a holy grail eye-shadow palette and this is no different for my Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I purchased this palette at the end of January and 5 months later, I'm still in love with it; I love mattes! This offers enough shades to make my eyes look good and for contouring parts of my face (will review later).


I usually dislike Kajal Liners just because I haven't had the best experience with them. However, the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe really converted me. I've been avoiding black/dark brown colours, so when I saw this taupe I jumped to buy it. I either use it in my water-line or upper lashline and this stuff stays put all day and makes my eyes pop.


Whenever I see LipSmackers, the inner tween in me comes out and I often drool on the flavours they have displayed out, but never actually buy them. My younger sisters bought the soda flavoured set and were kind enough to give me the LipSmackers in Coca Cola-Vanilla. It's as moisturizing as they used to be and the Coca Cola scent is the best part about it, because it just smells so good!


I have raved about the Revlon Balm Stains (here) and when I used up all three I went out to get Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm. This shade is one that I'd usually pass by, but decided to test. It is a very pale orange that I thought wouldn't transfer well, but actually ended up looking beautiful giving my lips a orangy-pink tint. 


One of summer's essentials is having bright nails and parading around your finest manicure. This essential is something I've found difficult to practice because I often stick to neutral and dark nails. To step out of my comfort zone, I picked up the Essie Nail Lacquer in a-list, which is a Hollywood red that makes me feel posh. I really love red, so it was an easy transition to use it on my nails and I really adore the way this colour goes well with my skin tone.


I hope you guys like this month's favourites and tell me below what are the things you guys enjoyed in June? Have a good day!
Layla

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain Review

You're all probably familiar with this product, but to give a short description, it's known as the possible 'dupe' for YSL's Glossy Stain, due to the fact that L'Oreal is now YSL's parent company. I can't tell you whether it actually works the same because I don't own the latter, but I can tell you how it fares; not well.



Let's head on to the review, shall we? 

It comes in this sleek gold packaging with the product in the slimmer end of the tube and the heart shaped applicator at the flat end. Although the packaging confuses me, aesthetic wise it's pleasing. It retails for around $10-12 at drugstores depending on your location, which I find to be a bit pricey for drugstore makeup. L'Oreal advertises it as a hydrating gloss, infused with 30% water, along with other interesting claims. 
I bought the colour 'Endless Red' just because I have a slight obsession with red lips and I wanted to test out whether it worked as a stain. Since I usually end up rubbing off any lip products within their first hour of wear, I happen to adore the concept of lip stains and this did well in that aspect. 

 Top to Bottom: Stain applied heavily & lightly                                Top to Bottom: 5 hr Stain applied heavily & lightly                             
This colour applies as a true red with a wet look to it as the name suggests and it works as a lightweight, non-sticky gloss. Now that sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well at first I was really excited with how well it applied, but then I noticed how uneven it is once applied to your lips. I couldn't manage to get an even colour spread , no matter what method of application I used, so with long wear, the stain become blotchy an noticeable. 

                                    L to R: Stain applied, 5 hr Stain applied                                                         
As you can see from the swatches above, the Wet Shine did leave a pigmented stain, so it is possible to use it, but not the way it was advertised. I personally didn't mind how uneven it applied, since this product withstood my hours of eating/drinking without completely coming off. I'll also give it credit for being hydrating and non-drying to my already naturally dry lips. To make it work, I apply it while doing my makeup and removing it after a few minutes to achieve a tint without blotchiness, so it still functions.  

Overall, it's a great stain, but it doesn't work well as a gloss/lip colour. For its price, I expected it work much better. If you're still interested, I would recommend trying lighter colours, or something not as bold as red for better application, but to me this is a skip.

That's what I have to say for this product and remember what doesn't work for me might work for you or vice versa. Tell me, what do you think of this product? Have a good day, lovely people!
-Layla

Some Body Shop Haulin'

Now although the title is self-explanatory, I went to the body shop and it's safe to say I scored big on this one! I only purchased a few items, but thanks to the tremendous sales they have going on, I saved so much on things I fell in love with.

 A couple of these items were Christmas edition releases, along with discontinued, which explains the markdown on the prices, so they might not be available online, but be sure to checkout your local store.

Onto the precious things:

Shower Gels for Earth Lovers (Fig & Rosemary)  
In terms of this shower gel, I'm not sure whether it was the inner bohemian in me or the clearance tag that pushed for its purchase, but it ended up coming home with me. The best of its features include the fact that the bottle is both recycled and biodegradable, but honestly that's all I can say about it. At the store the fig scent drew me in, but once I properly sniffed it, it smelt like a herbal tea. Who knows? Maybe I'll end up liking it.




Camomile Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover
If only we lived in a world where waterproof mascaras and eyeliner can be taken off with a snap of fingers. Unfortunately that's not possible (yet!), so I have my made it my goal to find an eye makeup remover that will fill that position. I found this baby marked at $8, so I thought it was worth a risk. Once I got home, I tested it out and I have to say I'm impressed. It easily took off my mascara and eyeliner (demonstration below) and made cleansing an easier process.

Although there's still eyeliner residue, it did a great job with only a tiny amount. It's a cream like consistency and I use either my fingers or a cotton pad. The only issue is that you have to be careful not to get in your eyes because it stings like a W*D&!


Dazzling Rock (01 Golden Copper)
The body shop makeup is something I like browsing through, but I never end up buying anything. This time, I found these little shimmering pearls, which can be used as a lovely highlighter/ summer glow. Initially I didn't like how they looked, but when applied with a light hand, it looks natural. It's something that makes your vanity look pretty. As for the beads, my eye detects two colours; a frosty champagne, and shimmery copper. When blended, the colour looks a natural sunkissed copper.

Moroccan Rose Body Milk
This is probably the only reason why I even stepped in the Body Shop. I tend to adore rosy scents, but not the old grandma floral ones, so it's pretty hard to find an accurate representation of a rose. The Moroccan Rose line was spot on and I had previously purchased their Eau De Toilette. The problem was that it didn't last long, so when I saw this, I jumped towards the display and bought it. This is perfect for layering them together and doubling the scent, or using on its own for moisturizing. It has a runny lotion/milky kind of consistency that is sprayed out, which I find funner to apply, and my arms and legs seriously drink this stuff up. If you're a person who hates greasy lotion feel or waiting for your skin to dry, I would really recommend this!


That's all I have for today's haul and I hope you guys liked it! I apologize for not writing at all, but I do have a couple posts lined up this week. Have a wonderful day and tell me, what's your favourite Body Shop product?
-Layla

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Lush & Bits

                   While shopping compulsively one day, I passed by Lush and I basically ran in. Since Lush is typically know worldwide I won't elaborate, but the overall concept is that it's an animal-cruelty free company that sells hand made soaps, bath bombs and luxurious things that get your mouth watering. I suggest taking a look at their site for more info; Lush. 

                    Usually I spend a good amount of time sniffing their products and making a long mental list of things I want, then leaving sadly with one item. However this time, in celebration of my birthday, I decided to spoil my self and picked up a few items. I'm going to be truthful and mention that their products are a bit too expensive for what they typically function as, but they're fantastic for days where you need to relax. 

Please excuse their messiness: I stored them in an old Glossy Box.
I picked up four things and decided to indulge in mostly bubble bars because honestly baths are all about the bubbles.  So far I've only used the bath bomb and was surprisingly pleased but I'll give a superficial review on each product. Here are the items with links to the site:



Honey I Washed the Kids Soap:

On the site, this soap had a fairly high rating and also in other social networks, this is probably one of the most hyped products found at Lush. As you can tell from the punny name, this soap has a warm honey scent and is filled with caramel undertones; I find myself constantly sniffing this wonderful bar. I used a small piece in the store as a sample and I saw that it lathers quite well and still smells as good wet as it is dry. If you buy soaps, I recommend cutting them up in pieces so it can last longer, instead of becoming the typical mushy mess that happens with most bars. Can't wait to try this in a shower!



Rose Jam Bubble Bar:
Another group of scent that I love are rosy scents. Most floral products tend to be overbearing but with this, I found it to be pleasantly sweet. As you can tell from the image, this bar is made up of two semi-spheres  so I would prefer using this over two baths. 



Twilight Bath Bomb: This piece is probably what triggered the whole Lush purchase. I went in looking for a bath bomb and I fell in love with this gem. An employee asked me what scent I was looking for and when I said Vanilla, she picked this up and said that it had Tonka bean, which mimicked the same scent. She ended up showing me other similar scents, but I had already had my heart set on this one. Of all the bath bombs, I noticed that Twilight was the biggest in size, so when I got home I decided to break it in pieces. Once I opened it up, I saw that it's interior was blue and had tiny glitters grounded into it. When used in a bath, this took a long time to melt (something I appreciated) and turned the water a nice dusky purple and left my skin feeling soft and lovely. I smelled good the following day so I'll definitely repurchase!

Ma Bar Bubble Bar:
The last piece I got was this wonderful bar that looks like a desert you'd want to devour. What made me buy this was the fact that it smelled like Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, so pairing them together would me smell like honey goodness! I still haven't tried this but the little square of brown sugar is tempting me.





              That's all the things I've got. So far this is probably the third time I've been there and each time have enjoyed their services and products. I'll definitely continue to visit but avoid spending too much. I hope you guys liked this post and tell me what you think of Lush or what are your favourite products?

Layla

Sunday, 10 February 2013

L'Oreal's Colour Riche Balm

           During winter, my lips tend to suffer and become extremely dry and chapped, which explains my multiple lip balm purchases that I will be reviewing. Among the things I bought to try out were L'oreal's new Colour Riche Balms, which I completely love and I'll share the reasons.

From Top to Bottom: Heavenly Berry & Caring Coral.

             Ever since the Revlon Lip Butters were released last year, other drugstore brands have jumped on the bandwagon and launched similar products, creating a deja-vu kind of experience. As I mentioned in my last post, I didn't like the Revlon lip butters because they didn't really do anything for me. The colour range was horrible and the butter itself was too soft resulting in half of the product to go on in one application.

             The Colour Riche Balms however provided a much more positive and pleasant experience. While looking around in the makeup isle at Walmart, these balms instantly caught my eye and I ended up buying two colours; Heavenly Berry & Caring Coral. The formula has SPF 15, which is something I appreciate since it's nice to have extra protection. Although the sunscreen does give them a funny taste, they smell amazing; a mix between cotton candy and tropical fruit (delicious!).

Caring Coral.

Heavenly Berry.
              Now these balms are among the most moisturizing lip products I've tried and keep my lips soft throughout the day. The only issue with them is the colour pigmentation. Although they do offer a slight colour to your lips, they're extremely sheer and are not very buildable. Personally I prefer their light pigmentation because it makes its application without a mirror so much easier on the go!

From L to R: Heavenly Berry 1 layer & 3 layers.               From L to R: Caring Coral 1 layer & 3 layers.

               As you can see based on the swatches above, even though both are different shades, they appear slightly similar and while layered don't show a greater difference. However, when applied to your lips, the shades show up better and since my lips aren't very pigmented, I love the fact that they add natural colour with a light glossy finish.

From L to R: nothing applied, Caring Coral and Heavenly Berry.
              Overall I think this is a great product for purchase if you're looking for a lip balm that moisturizes your lips throughout the day while giving them colour. I would recommend purchasing one versus buying several colours because they are a bit pricey. I really like them but a closer dupe to these would be Maybelline's Baby Lips (review coming soon!).


I really hope you guys enjoyed this review. Tell me, what do you think of these balms?
-Layla


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

         In 2012 Revlon rose above other drugstore brands and launched the Lip Butters and their Just Kissable Balm Stains. While the butters were raved about so much, I frankly didn't enjoy them, so I was a bit wary on how I'll like the latter. Since Emma Stone *girl crush* became the face of Revlon, I have been buying non-stop products, including these wondrous stains.

From Top to Bottom: Honey, Lovesick, Adore.

 
From L to R: Adore, Lovesick, Honey.
When I bought my first stain, I actually had tested it out in Walmart and after walking around with the stain on my hand, noticing it  stayed on for hours I went crazy and bought two, returning for a third. Another plus is that they smell minty! They retail in Canada for $7.97 at Walmart.


Honey: A lovely dusty rose with a purple undertone (Mauvey), which works as an everyday colour for me. The only exception is that the colour is so light it barely leaves a stain.


Lovesick: This is the first colour I had based on the fact that Emma Stone wore it in the commercial. Other than that this colour is a nice bright Fuchsia with a slight blue undertone and this is the only one of the three that leaves behind a stain. While doing my makeup in the morning I apply this first and once I'm done I blot it with tissue to make look more toned down as a stain.


Adore: This was a Fall purchase where I was more into browns and darker colours and Adore instantly caught my eye. This colour is dark and brick-like with little tiny gold sparkles that are not overbearing. Although it's my least favourite I still like lightly applying it and wearing it on no-makeup days.


Onto the swatches:
From L to R: Honey, Lovesick, Adore.                                         From Top to Bottom: Honey, Lovesick, Adore.          

From Left to Right: Honey, Lovesick, Adore.
            The actual product itself is just great! It works as a lip balm and keep those flaky bits at bay while providing enough colour to function as a lipstick. The colours are truly pigmented and offer a glossy finish, which doesn't bother me at all. Personally I think these are comparable to Tarte's lip stains and are among the best lip products I've tried.



I hope you guys liked this review and if you've tried these what are your favourtie colours?
-Layla