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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils // Dragon Girl & Damned

Red lips always make a triumphant return come autumn and the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils do just the trick. Yet again another purchase which has been heavily influenced by Vivianna from VDM, that has made its way into my muji storage and onto my lips and I must say I’m impressed. 

These matte lip pencils know how to pack a punch, with rich pigmentation paired with a creamy texture. Despite being matte, these pencils glide on rather nicely and dont tug or pull, they last for hours (literally hours!) and leave a nice stain on the lips. In terms of transfer, I wouldn’t worry, drink and eat till your hearts content, you’ll see hardly any transfer. Although they are enriched with vitamin E, they aren’t moisturising, but they’re not drying either, so I like to prep my lips before with a little Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. also love the convenience of these jumbo pencils, as it makes it makes it easier and more precise to apply. The one downfall however of lip pencils, is that at some point they will need a sharpen, meaning you will potentially loose some product; my tip would be to freeze them first, then sharpen (good tip huh?!)

First up we have Dragon Girl which is a bright bold red, with pink undertones and a blue base. Out of the two I own, this shade is particularly opaque and my teeth look like they have been whitened beyond all belief (know we all know why this lip pencil is Taylor Swifts signature red lip!). Although these pencils have a matte velvet finish, I do find that this shade has a nice sheen once applied on the lips, which is down to the fact it is so bright. Dragon Girl has been compared to MAC Ruby Woo, but personally I would say that Dragon Girl is far brighter and lighter. Depending on how patient I’m feeling I like to apply MAC cherry lip liner before hand and then clean up around the edges with a touch of concealer and voilà you a red lip ready! 

Next on my NARS lip pencil list is Damned, which is a purply, plummy colour, with mauve undertones. When applying Damned I feel I need to apply more cautiously than with Dragon Girl, as  I find that unless you apply this shade with a light hand, it can appear quite dark and vampy. It also feathers far more than Dragon Girl (as pictured), so I defiantly need to pick up a liner in this shade. Although I would say this shade isn’t as creamy as Dragon Girl, it still doesn’t tug or pull on the lips.  I have read that this shade is similar to Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick 107 and although they are both matte, I would say that 107 is lighter and more of a deep berry shade and Damned is far more purple. Despite the application being a little more tricky, I still love this shade and would say it’s pretty perfect for this autumn! 

At £18 a time, these lip pencils aren’t particularly cheap, however if your a red lipstick lover and fancy trying something matte and new, I would highly recommend you pop these into your shopping basket for this autumn! I bought mine online at ASOS when they had 25% off everything (I just couldn’t help myself!), they often have discount codes available and if your a student you can get 10% off all year round! NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is next on my wish list... 

Have you ever tried the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils?
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Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Topshop Boot Dupe #FeelingFrugal

Say hello to my new booties! I haven’t had them long and I’m already head over heels (pardon the pun)! After reading Amelia Liana’s post where she expressed her love for her new Topshop boots, I wanted them and listen up ladies, I bought them.... but at a third of the price! 

I bought these boots (pictured above) online from eBay here for £22.99 plus £3.99 p&p, a total of £26.98, that’s a saving of over £50! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found them online, they might not be real leather, but they are exactly the same! The cute strap, buckle detailing, the fact they are slip on, elasticated and with the gold heel, a pretty decent dupe for Topshops MINE Leather Buckled Ankle Boots which are on sale for £80.00! Madness. I didn’t even think twice about buying them. 

I received them in the post within 4 days of ordering them (from UK seller) and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of these boots, they are just as good, if not better than previous boots I have owned from high street stores, such as New Look. They heel isn’t that high, so are comfortable to wear throughout the day and they look pretty good when worn with jeans, skirts and dresses. They are the perfect A/W boots. Love them. Looks like #FeelingFrugal paid off!

Are you #FeelingFrugal too? Get a pair here (and thank me later!).  
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

#FeelUniqueFriday // ghd Limited Edition V Coral Styler

It seems I’m feeling a little lucky. The third pair of straighteners I have ever owned die on me and within three weeks I receive these... the most beautiful pair of straighteners I have ever seen. How? Well, Instagram thats how! I entered a competition on Feel Unique’s Instagram #FeelUniqueFriday and I won and I got to pick any product of my choice from the site and I’m now the proud owner of  a ghd Limited Edition V Coral Styler! I have never owned ghd’s before and they have always been something I have lusted after, no other straighteners have ever compared and whenever I get the chance to use a friends, I don’t even consider using my own! It didn’t take me long to get them out of the box and give them a go and when I opened them I was in ore at how pretty they where and 10 minutes later my hair looked and felt amazing! 

When I looked online I was surprised to find out, that in the last 11 years, ghd have donated a whopping £8 million to breast cancer charities from worldwide sales of their pink stylers. And for every pair of the limited edition V Coral Styler sold, £10 will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which I feel is really commendable (even more reason to go out and buy a pair!). 

The award wining V styler has had a catwalk makeover, as these coral straighteners are 1 of 3 limited edition stylers from the new bird of paradise collection and I must say they are stunning, even more so in real life, than online in pictures! The ghd’s come beautifully packaged with a black lid and foiled tropical coloured, feathered printed box (that was a bit of a mouthful!). Not quite sure what I’m going to do with the box yet, but I won’t be throwing it away - it’s too pretty! The ghd’s in keeping with the box, have a pink and coral ombré design and if I haven’t already said it before, they are b-e-a-u-tiful! The plates are a little glittery and even the switch is coloured pink and the ghd logo lights up when on (easily pleased!). I must say the design is very well thought out and is by far the prettiest limited edition ghd design I've seen. You also receive a coordinated heat-resistant travel mat, which is always very handy, as no one wants a hole in their carpet! 

Stripping back to the practicalities, it’s safe that no other straighteners compare in terms of quality and the professional finish that ghd’s give, which is why they are so widely renowned. ghd’s have advanced ceramic heat technology and smooth, contoured, floating plates with a gloss finish, for salon shine and snag-free styling. The barrel is much rounder, allowing you to create curls, waves and flicks and of course, perfect for creating a straight do that lasts for days. These straighteners have a long length power cable (2.7m) and a swivel cord (and we all know how important it is, not to end up wrapped up in a cable when attempting to curl your hair!). One thing I particularly love about these ghd’s, is how quickly they heat up, 3-5 seconds to be exact and that sleep mode switches on if the straighteners are not used for 30 minutes. They are so quick and easy to use, no need to go over sections of your hair again and again, as they are very hot, so make sure you always use heat protectant ladies! And you get a two year warranty. 

All in all, I’m throughly impressed and wish I had got my hands on a pair sooner. The price may be a little high at £129, but taking everything into consideration these are well worth the price. These stylers are perfect at creating loose curls and great at taming those pesky baby hairs along my hairline. I love how my hair feels after using these ghd’s and it is much more manageable. To be honest I can’t fault them and I will be forever grateful to  Feel Unique for being so generous - thank you! Make sure you follow Feel Unique on Instagram, you never know, maybe you will win the next #FeelUniqueFriday! 

Do you own a pair of ghd’s? 

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning For Face And Décolleté

The summer months many be coming to an end, but your tan doesn’t have to! This award winning self tanner from Clarins for your face and décolleté (the upper part of a woman's torso - credit to Wikipedia for that one!), delivers the most natural healthy looking tan without any streaks, all year round! Its the perfect beauty cheat, disguising any redness and imperfections, whilst giving you that sun kissed glow we all rave about. 

The product itself is light and milky in texture and the application is effortless. In the evening after I have cleansed, I like to apply a 2 pence amount onto a cotton pad and then sweep it over my face avoiding my hair line and eyebrows (like ya do!). It doesn’t leave a greasy film, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft - which is down to the fact it’s packed with vitamin E! 

It’s a gradual tan, so you won’t wake up in the morning looking like you’ve dipped your head into a bucket of St Moriz and it doesn’t have that dreaded biscuit smell. Instead I wake up with a subtle glow and the colour is great, you would never know I had applied fake tan. When I use this product on a regular basis (2-3 times a week), I don’t have to wear half as much foundation and I feel much more comfortable when not wearing any makeup. And unlike other face tanners, it doesn’t block my pores, or irritate my skin. If you wanted to achieve a deeper tan I would re-apply every other day. 

This product has been a favourite of mine for over a year and has featured here before on British Beauty Addict. I have and will certainly be purchasing it again and again. You may think the price is a little dear at £19.00 a bottle, but it lasts forever and is a great investment skincare essential! If your currently in the midst of writing your autumn beauty wish list, don’t forget to add this! 

Have you ever tried this product? 
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