Friday, 29 March 2013

March Lust List: Daniel Sandler, Chanel, Revlon & More

Here are the five items that I'm dying to try: 

Daniel Sandler Super Mineral Makeup Foundation  

I've actually wanted to try this for quite a while, and somehow never have! But after running out of Lumi Magique the other day, I'm wanting a new liquid foundation in my base wardrobe, and I've remembered this. I love Daniel Sandler products. They're freely available online, but hard to track down in real life (the nearest stockist to me is over an hour's drive away), and although I'd be happy to order almost any other product on spec, with foundation you need to know it matches your skintone before you buy! But I might just have to take the plunge. The Daniel Sandler website does offer a sample service at a small cost, which I have used before, but all of the shades I ordered were wrong, so it was a complete waste. 
However, I still really want to try this make-up. It's meant to be lightweight but still with a good coverage, full of skin-loving anti-oxidants and minerals, and obviously, SPF15 which is always good. I love the sleek packaging as well. This product seems to have been discontinued, but you can still find it selling for half price on the Daniel Sandler website, so I'm planning to give it a whirl

Revlon Baby Stick Blush 


This lightweight, gel cream blush and lip colour is a new launch from Revlon. They're part of a new line from the make-up artist and brand ambassador Gucci Westman. Although I have read a few early reviews on blogs that are fairly disappointed with these as despite their bright outward appearance, they are apparently extremely sheer with low colour pay off. That aside, I still want to try these for some reason. Reviews seem to favour the bright pink shade (Pink Passion), so I think I will be trying these.


La Roche-Posay Cleansing Gel and Physiological Toner


Lately, I've been wanting to spice up my usual cleansing routine and try some new products, and French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay (now available in Boots) has caught my eye. It's supposed to be particualrly good for sensitive skin - which I don't have- but also has lines for other skin types, including the anti-aging line which I'm most interested in. The cleanser is free of soap, colourants, alcohol and parabens for a cleanse that respects the PH balance of your skin, while also being thorough.

Nails Inc Feather polish 


Nails Inc is my favourite polish line, and they always seem to be the innovators in new nail treats, which is brilliant. A month or so ago, they launched a line of feather polishes, which uses a short bar matte particle to give a pretty, feather like effect on the nail. Although I'd say the effect, to me, is more 'mohair jumper', I still want to try these polishes.I'm after the shade 'Brighton', which an on-trend mix of pastel greens and yellows. Super cute packaging as well.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

I love me a bit of Chanel make-up. The packaging just screams quality and glamour to me, and the formulations are always gorgeous. I may not be able to afford their clothes ( a girl can dream) but obviously the make-up is a way of buying into the brand. Their new launch is 'Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder', designed to "give your skin the fresh, pure radiance of days spent outdoors". Sounds good to me! It boasts a lightweight, antioxidant formula that's enriched with cotton flower and white rose plant cells. Can't wait to try this one. The classic Chanel compact is dressed up in beige to match.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

L'Oreal Haul - Nude Magique BB Blush, Glam Shine Stain Splash, Rouge Caresse, False Lash Flutter

Hi Dolls!

Apologies that I haven't written any 'Little Pieces' for quite a while. There's been a fair amount of upheaval in my life since I last wrote. I wasn't shopping or going out at all, so for once, make-up didn't really feature much in my life, but now I'm back! To celebrate, I got myself a few little treats from the L'Oreal counter.

Damn, L'Oreal have gotten good lately. They really seem to be coming out with some great products at the moment, and I always find myself drawn to their stand to see what's new. Here's what I got...

Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Lolita' - £7.99

This product doesn't seem to have been advertised very much, so I just sort of stumbled across it while browsing. It's a 2-in-1 gloss and stain formula, with a shiny finish that leaves a long wearing residue of colour in its wake.

It feels really nice and lightweight on the lips and the stain does last a good few hours. I think this will be perfect for my new job. Long-lasting products are always good for the office, where you can't be touching up all the time.

I bought a mid-toned nude pink called 'Lolita' but actually, I'm thinking about getting some of the other, brighter shades. I think they would work better as the colour I bought is very neutral so although the stain does last, it sort of looks very nude on me when it's faded. They had a hot pink that I think would work really well in this formulation.

Rouge Caresse Lipstick in 'Lovely Rose'  - £8.19

I've spoken before about these, which are my favourite high street lipsticks. I love the semi-gloss finish and the highly pigmented colour pay-off, plus they leave your lips feeling soft and moisturised. I also like the clear packaging (as a shallow girl, packaging is important to me!).

I always meant to buy more shades, so this time I went for this light pink. It's a gorgeous, soft pastel on and really wearable. Perfect for doing a 60's look!

False Lash Flutter Mascara  - £10.99

L'Oreal's False Lash Telescopic is my current holy grail mascara, but I've been tempted to stray by their new launch, False Lash Flutter. The silver, art-deco style tube grabbed my attention, and I was intruigued the lure of 'Cocoon Fibres' and the 'double winged butterfly brush'. I wasn't disappointed! I really like this product. It does everything Telescopic does, but I thought it did make my lashes more fanned out looking. L'Oreal are getting seriously good at mascaras. The brush is a little chunkier than usual and took a little getting used to, but it did a fabulous job. The raised edge is good for building up pretty, winged out lashes, while the lower edge works well for bottom lashes. I would definitely repurchase this.
Ta-da! Winged out lashes with one coat of L'Oreal's False Lash Flutter

Nude Magique BB Blush - £7.99

Back in October, I raved about the Nude Magique BB Cream, and how good it was as a primer and skin-beautifier. Well since then, they have expanded the line, with three different formulations of 'CC' (colour correcting) creams for Anti-Fatigue, Anti-Dullness, and Anti-Redness, and they also launched the blush below.

The reason I wanted this was because I've been coveting Smashbox O-Glow for quite a while, and this product is basically a dupe for that. Like the Smashbox product, It's a clear gel that uses the PH balance of your skin to create a custom pink shade for you.

Getting a blush on with Nude Magique BB Blush
I don't always wear blush and I find it hard to track down a shade that looks natural and not too pink on my beige skintone, so I was excited to see if this one solved the problem! It's very natural looking, sheer and blendable and it developed into a reddish, raspberry-pink on me that's quite flattering. This is a great product to combine with a BB cream for a natural, lazy weekend look. I tried applying it to my lips as well, and it looked nice and gave a great silky finish. Impressed!

One last thing...

I needed some new tights and things, so I ended up popping into Primark. I picked up this black liquid liner by the till, and I have to say I am really impressed! The brush is fine and delicate, so its easy to get a nice precise shape with and the formula is dark and lasts well. It's just as good as ones I've paid a hell of a lot more from. And at £1 you certainly can't argue with the price! Their packaging also seems to have improved, and doesn't look too cheap and nasty anymore.

I'm thinking of branching out into the world of YouTube. I really depend on it for product news and tutorials, but I've never dared go on there myself. However, with all this time on my hands before I start my new job, I'm tempted to give it a go. It would be nice to start a new wave of 'real girls' on there, as a lot of the gurus on there at the moment are too famous and have just become paid spokespeople for various brands. What do you think? It's time for real girls to reclaim the 'tube?

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