23 April 2013

DIY Vanilla Lip Scrub!

Hey guys! Today the sun is shining and it is actually hot for once, I hope it lasts. I know that most people who have tried them, love the Lush lip scrubs (the popcorn flavour is my favourite), however their £5 price tag makes them a bit expensive, which is why I decided to try and make my own DIY vanilla lip scrub! 

All you need to make the lip scrub is three simple ingredients and a pot! (I used an old Lush lip scrub pot). If you wanted to you could substitute the olive oil and vanilla extract, but make sure that you use the same amount of liquids. This lip scrub is so easy to make, and will only take you about 5 minutes!

You will need:
One and a half tablespoons of white caster sugar.
One teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.
And half a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

First mix the caster sugar and vanilla extract together, until it looks something like this. Make sure that the vanilla is completely combined though, otherwise there will be unflavoured bits when you have finished.

Next add the oil and give it a thorough mix. Don't worry if it looks quite oily, a lot of the oil gets absorbed once it has been put into the pot. When you have mixed it and it looks somewhat like this, you just need to spoon it into the pot and you are finished!

This recipe is super easy to make, and you can tailor it to whatever flavour you like! It leaves you with really soft and flake-less lips, for a fraction of the cost of a Lush lip scrub. Plus when this is in its pot it looks so much like the popcorn lip scrub.

I loved making up this recipe, after my first attempt with demerara sugar dramatically failed. So I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!

I would love to know in the comments if you are going to make this. Or if you already have, how it turned out! :)

15 April 2013

Chanel Spring 2013 Collection (Printemps Precieux De Chanel) // REVIEW

Hi guys! Today I have a very exciting post (for me anyway) about the Chanel Spring 2013 collection, which consists of coral and plum colours. I like that the collection has a little bit of variation for those who may not like the bright Spring colours cosmetics brands usually bring out, but they still allow for those who do. These products are definitely ones that you would have to "splurge" on, but I think that you really do get your moneys worth when you compare them to some cheaper, high street products!

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour (114/Precieuse)* £25 - I think this is the prettiest lipstick packaging I have even seen, I have to put it out there. I love how it is so sleek and how you open it (you have to push the top and the lipstick pops out). 

Anyway forgetting the outside now. The lipstick is such a pretty colour! Even though it looks like a dusty rose colour, it comes out more of a nude/pink colour with a slight shimmer when you apply it to your lips. The lasting power is fairly good, it starts to fade after around three hours (if you don't drink or eat). One thing that I thought was really great about it was the consistency  it is very creamy which means, if you have dry or chapped lips, you can still wear it without making your lips look very flaky.

Note: I didn't realise until after I took these photos, that there is a lip brush on the end.

Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer (59/Palissandre)* £17.50 - I am not the sort of person who would normally wear lip liner, I never have been, so this was a bit of a first for me. It is a matte brown/marroon colour and I would have to admit that the colour isn't the nicest when you apply it (swatches further down the page) as I don't wear dark colours on my lips, but it would be better for someone who does.

The first thing I would have to say is that it lasts ridiculously well! It went around 7 hours without fading at all, baring in mind that I had been drinking, which would be perfect if you don't want to be continuously re-applying it throughout the day. It doesn't dry your lips out either which is great. 

Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss (69/Merveille)* £25 -  Again about the packaging, how pretty is it?! The lipgloss is a deep pink/light plum colour with a shimmer, and normally I would wear this sort of shade in Autumn or Winter but I guess there are some people who like this colour all year round. 

Recently I have been leaning towards the lipstick choice as I have found that lipglosses can be a bit of a pain when your hair gets stuck to your lips, which isn't the nicest thing! However with this particular lipgloss I really quite like it. When you first put it on it feels rather strange but it "sets" on the top after a few seconds of putting it on, which makes it loose a lot of its stickiness.

The only negative comment I would have to give it is that it does wear off quite easily when you drink or eat, which means you have to re-apply the lipgloss.

Le Vernis Nail Colour (573/Accessoire)* £18 - I love the colour of this nail polish even if it isn't particularly Springy (if that is a word)! It is a deep wine colour and has lots of shine to it, which makes it look quite classy. It is also really easy to make it look a bit more casual by adding a glitter top coat. 

It dries very fast which I was impressed with, however I found that it does chip easily and I had taken it off within three days because of this. 

Overall I think the nail polish was very good if you weren't going to leave it on for very long, but I honestly think it could be a bit better considering its price tag.

Swatches of the three lip products

Have any of you tried any Chanel products? Do you think they are worth their higher-end price tag? Please tell me in the comments!

3 April 2013

Superdrug + Lush Haul!

Hey guys! I went shopping the other day and picked up a few beauty bits from Lush and Superdrug, surprisingly I didn't see any clothes I wanted to buy though. These two shops are the sort of place you could go in, intending to spend 5 minutes in, but then come out an hour later with 5 bags full of stuff and not quite realising what you have bought until you come home. I was proud that I only bought these things, and a couple of these are products I had been lusting over for ages! Sorry if this post is so picture heavy, the products are just so pretty.

Superdrug -

Rimmel Apocalips (shade Celestial) - £5.99

The first thing I picked up was the much talked about Rimmel Apocalips, in the shade Celestial. These lipglosses have been talked about a hell of a lot in the blogging community and have been really hyped up! When I swatched them a couple of weeks ago they felt quite sticky and not very nice, which meant I decided not to buy them, however I gave in the next time. I actually really like it, and it isn't sticky at all, it dries more like a lip stain. I will be doing a more in-depth review on it at some point!

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick (soft pink or 101) - £5.49

For some reason I hadn't tried any of the Kate Moss lipsticks, even though I have seem lots of people blogging about them. When I was getting the Rimmel Apocalips I saw that all the Rimmel things were 3 for 2, so I had to get another thing, didn't I? I chose this colour because it was a really pretty light pink and when I swatched it the colour was gorgeous! The formulation is pretty good, although I really would suggest wearing a lip balm underneath as it does dry your lips out a bit.

Rimmel Lasting Finish (nude pink or 206) - £4.99

I love the colour of this lipstick, it is a pinky-nude colour with a slight shimmer. When you swatch it it looks quite coppery and not that appealing, but it really is a completely different colour on your lips for some reason. It lasts for around two hours (ish) although it claims to last for either hours, which I have never found a lipstick to do! 

Swatches of the three lipglosses/lipsticks:
Without flash

With flash

Nivea Lip Butter (scent raspberry rose) - £1.99

Now is the very popular Nivea Lip Butter in the shade/scent raspberry rose, three words: Oh my god! I was going to get this when I went into Bodycare the other week, but I was in a rush so I didn't bother. I regretted not buying it, which meant as soon as I went into Superdrug I grabbed this without even bothering to look at how much it was. This stuff is seriously amazing! It smells so nice, makes my lips feel soft (I have been using this then generously applying the Palmers dark chocolate lip butter on top overnight and I wake up with lovely soft lips). My only criticism is that if you put more than a little bit on, it makes your lips looks white which isn't the most normal-looking thing if you are going out!

Lush - 

Sorry for the awful picture! 

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub - £5.25

Ah Lush, the place where your dreams comes true and you spend all your money! The popcorn lip scrub is by far my favourite "flavour", the rest I just find are a little too sweet. I love that this has little bits of salt which give it a really unique and nice taste, although I know not everyone likes this, but hey not everyone likes one product. It gets rid of any dry bits of skin on your lips in an instant and leaves them feeling, and tasting, great! The price is a bit steep though for what the ingredients consist of, but I think it is worth it.

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb - £2.95

Now onto bath bombs! I have never tried the blackberry bath bomb before, and I thought for £2.95 I may aswell give it a go. This is pretty much the generic bath bomb, it isn't anything fancy just a great smelling fizzing ball for your bath. It smells just like you would expect it to, like blackberries, but it also smells a bit like sherbet  Oh and I learnt that if you breathe in to smell it, whilst it's in the bag, you get bits from it up your nose and it's horrible.

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb - £3.20

The Dragon's Egg bath bomb looks quite innocent when you see it, it smells like lemon, lime and very slightly of jasmine. Little do you know that when you put it in your bath it has lots of coloured "bits" in it, making your bath have little patches of water each with a different colour, it even has dissolvable glitter in! Plus, best of all, it has popping candy in, although this can make your bath sound like it is cracking. 

Lush Space Girl Bath Bomb - £2.10

This smells a lot like grapefruit (which I adore the smell of), it has multi-coloured glitter and for £2.10 it is worth me giving it a go! Also it is shaped like a spaceship, need I say anymore. 

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb - £3.20

How cute is this one?! It smells like raspberries, lavender (which normally I don't like the smell of) and just general nice-ness. Twilight is intended to calm you down just before going to bed and just smelling this makes me calm, so I can't wait to test it out! I might do a blog post whenever I get round to use it, so please tell me in the comments if you would like me to.

Have you tried any of these products before and what have you bought recently? I would love to know! :)