Saturday, 15 June 2013

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum

The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum
The Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum

If you've been a follower of my blog for quite some time, you will probably by now know that I really don't like how loosely the term 'holy grail' is often used in the bloggersphere.  However, when it comes to the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, I have no other way to describe it than being my holy grail product.  I first managed to get my hands on a sample of this when I was a subscriber of Glossybox -- it came in their April 2012, 'Natural Beauty Box'.  Ever since then, it has been a product that I have wanted to permanently initiate into my morning/evening skincare routine.  In my opinion, the Thirst Quenching Serum (just going to refer to it as 'TQS' from now on due to it's name being a bit of a mouthful!) is SO underrated.  It is usually the Caudalie 'Beauty Elixir' that seems to be discussed the most.

I use the TQS every morning and every evening and it has really, really benefited my skin.  The product itself is almost like applying milk to my skin -- the consistency is very thin and runny yet it instantly leaves my skin feeling refreshed after being blended in.  The serum absorbs quickly and leaves a scent which I can only compare to almonds.  I have been using TQS along with my Bio-Oil and they seem to compliment each other perfectly.  They're both suitable for sensitive skin & the scent of each are fairly similar once dry.  I used to have quite dry skin around my nose and this has fully cleared since using both products.  I also used to pay no attention whatsoever to my neck area, up until recently when I discovered that it is one of the areas which shows signs of ageing the quickest -- I have since been massaging my TQS into my neck area in the morning & evening as part of my routine.  A little goes a long way with TQS so I only really use one pump for my forehead, cheeks & nose, then a second pump for my chin/neck area.

As always, what works for my skin may not necessarily work in the same way for another person.  However, if you have sensitive skin & you prefer to stay away from perfumed products, I'd really suggest trying a sample of TQS and Bio-Oil.  I just think they are a perfect combination & they don't require too much time to slot into your daily routine.
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Deborah Milano: Shine Creator Lipstick

Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick
Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick
Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick in Shade 8
Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick in Shade 8 Swatch

I first became familiar with the brand, Deborah Milano, through Twitter and I recently had the opportunity to review one of their lipsticks.  I opted for a lipstick from their Shine Creator collection.  The shade I chose was number 8, 'Rossetto' -- purely because the colour was such a rich pink and I always love to go for a bright pink lipstick.  On the website, it states that this is a light-weight, luminous lipstick which combines the shine of a lip gloss with the comfort of a lipstick and the moisturising properties of a lip balm.

The first thing I noticed upon application was the scent.  I really loved it!  The scent is a 'good-enough-to-eat' kind of smell.. like a combination of cocoa butter and honey.  I much prefer this to a fruity-smelling cosmetic -- I think it's far less overpowering & doesn't leave me prone to headaches.  And if I'm giving my lips a top-up throughout the day, it's a smell that I won't grow tired of.

Next, the consistency.  It definitely did strike me as a lip gloss -- the texture isn't quite so 'matte' as the other lipsticks that I own.  It has more of a sticky consistency and I found that it did need quite a few coats to get the full potential from the colour.  It does have a glossy finish and the colour is really appealing after around 3+ coats, but that completely depends upon how bright you want your lips to look -- I personally like very neon/vibrant lips so I go a little overboard when it comes to coats of lipstick.  Despite how many coats I applied, the lipstick still sat well on my lips and didn't sink into the cracks, which is always positive.  I think my only real negative would have to be the packaging.  It's a little bit bulky for my personal taste.  The packaging of their 'Atomic Red Mat Lipstick' would definitely be more likely to draw me in if I were to see their lipstick collection on the shelf in a store.  However, you know a product has done well when the only complaint I can make is the packaging!

All-in-all, I think that the Deborah Milano Shine Creator Lipstick sets out to do everything that it claims to.  The application is in the form of a lipstick, the texture is like that of a lip gloss and when you rub your lips together, it really does feel like a lip balm.  Testing out this lipstick has certainly left me intrigued to try lipsticks from their other ranges, especially to see how they compare as regular lipsticks.  This Shine Creator lipstick will most likely be popping up in outfit posts from now on and will be a new little addition to my everyday handbag.
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Monday, 10 June 2013

Monsoon AW13 Collection

It has to be said, Monsoon is one of those shops where I normally go in and just lust over everything.  Their designs are always so unique with intricate detailing (like with Accessorize), which sets them apart from other retailers -- their patterns & fabrics are often sourced from the Far East, offering us more variety with their prints than other stores. I usually end up paying a visit in the summery weather to find maxi dresses & gorgeous patterned clothing to wear on holiday -- obviously teamed with lots of chunky jewellery, however, this autumn/winter we're in for a treat.  I think the key thing that usually draws me in is the 'boho' vibe of their clothing, and that doesn't just stop at the summerwear -- this AW we can expect to see lots of embellishment & pompom-decorated garments, allowing for an easy transition from casual summerwear into the colder months.  I often get labelled as being very 'boho', so their collection is just dreamy for me.  Their AW clothing consists of an array of florals, chunky knits and Russian-inspired patterns which are all perfect for layering together.

Two of the main colours which seem recurrent in the AW collection are dark red and blue -- popping up in floral blouses, patchwork patterned midi skirts and their statement jewellery.  The jewellery still follows the SS13 trend of droplet necklaces & earrings, with an elegant approach.  They have moved away from the 'neon' statement jewellery of SS and replaced the embellishment with blue/red droplets and chunky silver chains.  The red/blue colour combo also appears in their children's AW collection, with rich-coloured felt coats and a girls' version of the patchwork fabric skirts from the womenswear range.  Like with some of the current Accessorize collection, the AW Monsoon children's clothing collection features lots of owl/fox/deer printed knitwear & PU messenger bags.

All-in-all, I'm pretty impressed with what Monsoon have to offer later this year.  I think their collection offers a variety of patterns which allow for us to really create our own looks & make the transition in the winterwear really easy for us.  I already have my eyes on some of their chunky rings & necklaces, so I'll be saving up my pennies to have a little splurge later this year.  The AW13 collection will be available in Monsoon stores next season.


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