March, 2012


30
Mar 12

BB Cream Review – Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream

I was recently introduced to Maybelline New York’s new Dream Fresh BB cream…

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream

It claims to deliver 8 different benefits in a single step:

  • Protects with SPF30 (love this!)
  • Oil free and non-greasy (those that find BBs too heavy will appreciate this)
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Enhances (?)
  • Brightens and creates a natural glow
  • Compliments skin tone
  • Soothes and hydrates (contains skin hydrating ingredients including glycerin)
  • Feels ultra light and fresh on the skin

I went for the Universal Glow shade – an apricot shade that promises to boost and brighten any skin tone.

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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream
It looks super orange from the tube but it actually blends in (even to my pale skin) very well. These pics show my skin with just the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream in Universal Glow. There is no concealer, powder, bronzer or blusher.
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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream
I really like the result. It’s a lovely natural glowy look, and it subtly adds some well needed colour to my pale skin. It does look quite orange at first, but as you blend it, it tones in well. The ease of blending is apparently thanks to its formula which combines gel with water for extra glide.
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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream
I think as it has the apricot colour it’s best to start with small amounts and build up if you need more. It works well under the eye area and conceals any darkness that the translucency of the delicate skin reveals.
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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB – 8-in-1 BB Cream

This is great if you’re looking for a nice natural, healthy look. But I also think it would make a great primer, especially if you’re looking to add a bit of glow and also get high sun protection if you’re foundation is lacking it.

I shall definitely be using this during the Summer and on my holidays. The non-oily finish and high SPF will be perfect for hot weather.

Available nationwide from April RRP £7.99. I think that’s a pretty amazing price for the sun protection alone!

Are you interested in BB creams? What will you be wearing on your skin this Summer?

Ree

XXX


29
Mar 12

Pixiglow Tinkerbell Collection

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Pixiglow
I absolutely adore Pixi makeup and Pixiglow, this gorgeously cute Disney inspired collection has not let me down one bit.
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Pixiglow Tinkerbell Collection

The palette (£32)  is so cute and I have to say I am pretty addicted to the eyeshadows right now. They are so soft and flattering with exactly the right amount of shimmer. They are super buildable too, so you can go for a lovely light  look or go quite smoky.

 This is quite smoky but not heavy…

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Pixiglow Tinkerbell Collection

 

The blush gives a lovely natural glow to the cheeks.

 I also love the Pixiglow Tinker Bell Magic Tink Tint Lip (£12) – a moisturising balm that adjust to the pH levels to create your own pink – and the Pixi Glow Tinker Bell Catching Shadows Crayon (£12) – a soft shadow pencil fabulous for highlighting.

 

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Pixiglow Tinker Bell Magic Tink Tint Lip and the Pixi Glow Tinker Bell Catching Shadows Crayon

You can check out the full collection at ASOS here. It’s definitely worth a look…so much more than a pretty face!!

Have you tried any Pixi products yet?

Ree

XXX


26
Mar 12

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres – 16 POURPRE PREVIEW

I am seriously in LOVE with this Glossy Stain from YSL - Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres in shade16 POURPRE PREVIEW. It is a mix between a gloss, a stain and a lipstick. Exciting!!
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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres – 16 POURPRE PREVIEW
When I first looked at it, I was a tad scared because it’s such a strong shade, but I went for it and it’s so amazing it almost gives me a whole new personality!!

 

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres – 16 POURPRE PREVIEW
And considering it’s quite an intense colour, it is actually really rather easy to work with. I put a first fairly thin coat on and work it on with a brush and then apply another coat on top to add intensity. For super shine I go for a third coat!
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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres – 16 POURPRE PREVIEW

It stays put really well. The first time I tried it I had an cup of tea and a sandwich and it looked untouched straight after. Yesterday I applied it and then travelled into central London for a wine tasting lesson and drank from loads of different glasses where it barely transferred. Very impressive!

I also ate a tonne of Thai fishcakes and it still looked good! Sorry I don’t usually bring food and drink so heavily into makeup posts but I feel it’s relevant here!

This is it after all that and approximately 6 hours of wear and me chewing my lips on the way home… I didn’t re-apply at all.

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres – 16 POURPRE PREVIEW

Not bad hey?

I’m addicted! The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres retails at RRP £22.50, go to YSLbeauty.co.uk to check them out.

What do you think? Have you tried them yet? Do you like strong lip colour?

 Ree

XXX


21
Mar 12

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex – Reviewed and Photographed!

I got myself super excited about the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex because, well, I am obsessed with my wrinkles and the idea of relaxing them is one I am all about!

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Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex

However, I was even more excited about this particular product because not only does it claim to instantly reduce the appearance lines and wrinkles (in a fabbie blurry kind of way – blur is good) but also to intensely hydrate and treat the skin with a powerful cocktail of actives. The best of both worlds hey?

 

Well, I  have been using it and loving it so I thought I would show you some pics to demonstrate what it does for me…

This first photo is my lightly moisturised, naked skin. You’ll see that my wrinkles are worse on the right side of the pic and that my pores appear enlarged - hate my pores!

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Before Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex

This next photo is with the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex applied lightly and concentrated mainly on the eye area and over the skin with enlarged pores - they are not wrinkles I know, but I hate them just as much, so wanted to see what the complex could do for that! I waited a few minutes before taking this shot.

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After Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex

As you can see, it really really smoothed the appearance of the wrinkles and really blurs out the visible pores. I think with a bit of fake tan in the summer, I’d be happy to leave it at this and go base free! Well maybe a touch of concealer here and there!

 

And just so you can see how it looks under foundation, here’s a snap of that too! This is one of my faves, Diorskin Forever which I really love. It works beautifully on top of the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex.

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Before Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex , with foundation.

And did you know that hydrated and supple skin is more resistant to the formation of wrinkles? I had never thought about it, but it totally makes sense.

 

It’s not just the look of this product that I love, but that it is also working on my wrinkles and tone of my skin in the longer term, plus boosting my hydration levels and preventing new wrinkles. Yay!

 

Here are the key ingredients that do this:

 

  • Peptide (PAL-KTTKS) – helps to stimulate the skin’s natural repair mechanism by increasing collagen production and protecting its structure against harmful free radicals
  • Optical micro-fillers – a combination of 4 different particles of 3 sizes to give an immediate, visual reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Olay Intense Moisturisers – hydrate and plump skin helping smooth and even out its appearance
  • Niacinamide – helps strengthen skin’s barrier function and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone and reduce red blotchiness
  • Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 – help to fortify and protect the skin’s surface
  • Peptamide Y6 – a bio-peptide extracted from yeast fermentation which helps to improve skin’s elasticity by keeping it hydrated

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Relaxing Complex costs £29.99 and because you only use a small pump, it will last a good while. But quick!! It is currently on offer at Superdrug for £19.99, so now’s the time to try it if you’re thinking about it.

 

I just love the 2 pronged attack – instant fix and long term treat! Fab!

 

Have you tried this yet? What other wrinkle blurrers do you like?

 

Ree

XXX


20
Mar 12

The Queen’s Aspinal – Diamond Jubilee Celebration Collection

 

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Aspinal designs made in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

 

Absolutely in love with these gorgeous Aspinal designs made in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The range which includes a tote, a box clutch, a purse, blackberry and iPhone cases and a keyring will be priced from £45 to £295 available from late April 2012 in the Brook Street and Covent Garden Stores only.

This is a very limited collection, only 50 of the clutches and 100 of each of the rest of the range.

I think I might need something little!! What do you think?

Ree

XXX


14
Mar 12

Red Lips Red Top!

I wore this for a night out recently..

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ReallyRee Outfit of the Day

 

The top is a super bargain from Primark. I think it was £6 and it comes in a few colours. I like the way it’s sheer but not too sheer.

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5
Mar 12

Nails! Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire

Max Factor sent over one of their cute little Max Colour Effect Mini Nail Polishes for me to try. I was quite excited about this one - Fantasy Fire – as there has been an amazing amount of buzz surrounding it.

 This is mainly because it’s apparently extremely similar to a now discontinued Clarins shade 230 but I am not going to pretend that I know anything about that at all!!

 All I know is that it’s a little beauty that has a brilliant holographic effect that turns it between 2 very pretty shades as you move your fingers. Quite hard to catch on camera but I have done my best.

This shot is without flash…

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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire
And this shot is with flash…
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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire

It’s currently a sell out nationwide but I hear there’s a large batch set to hit stores soon so…. on your marks!

 Max Factor actually sent me over a little kit to create their new nail artist, Zarra Celik’s Purple Leopard shown here.


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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire as
Zarra Celik’s Purple Leopard

But I loved this colour on it’s own so much that I didn’t want to mess with it! As it’s quite sheer, this is 3 coats but I hear it’s fab layered over darker shades too. That’s on the list!

What do you think of Fantasy Fire?

 Ree

 XXX

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