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October 21, 2014

Maybelline's New Leather Effect Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige

drugstore cream shadow matte brown
drugstore cream shadow matte brown mac groundwork dupe

I spotted Maybelline's Leather Effect Colour Tattoo in Boots last week and I immediately snapped it up. I am such a big fan of the regular Colour Tattoos, they're one of the few cream eyeshadows that actually last on my eyelids without creasing or fading. When I saw the shade Creamy Beige (which I was hoping would be a dupe for Mac's Groundwork Paintpot) I was so excited. I love On and On Bronze and Permanent Taupe but neither are the easy "everyday" shades that I want, but Creamy Beige is a light, matte brown that just screamed "your future everyday shadow".

I wasn't at all put off by the Leather Effect claim. When I swatched it in-store I didn't notice any difference from the regular colour tattoos except that they have a thinner and more creamy consistency. Sadly, it was exactly this that turned out to be a problem. The thinner consistency means that the shadows doesn't have as much purchase on my eyelid and when used without a primer it very quickly creases and fades. I can't stress how disappointed I am! I've tried using this so many times, I think I've applied it every day since I bought it, and every single time the same thing happens - all the product slips into the crease of my eyelid. For now I am resigned to the fact that I can only really use this under my eyes as a smudged out liner. I don't think I'll be trying any more shades but I will work to see if there is any way I can make Creamy Beige work for me.

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've tried out any of the new Leather Effect Colour Tattoos, how have you found the different consistency?

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October 20, 2014

Vichy Idealia Eye Contour Idealizer

I've seen people using brightening under eye creams for a long time now but I never considered using one myself until I found out that Vichy made one. I've tried quite a few of Vichy's skincare products (I've reviewed a couple here and here) and I've always been really impressed with them. I've been using Vichy's Idealia Eye Contour Idealizer* since the beginning of the month and I've found that it works really well as a daytime eye cream. The formula is quite light (it has a very thin cream consistency) so it doesn't take too long to absorb and it leaves behind a pearlescent pink-toned sheen that does visibly brighten the under eye area. 

The product is delivered through a flat, flexible plastic applicator and although it is definitely a lot more hygienic than a sponge or pot it isn't necessarily the best for achieving an even application of product. However, what it does help with is reducing product waste as it slows down the speed at which the product is released. I apply Vichy's Idealia Eye Contour Idealizer* after I moisturise but before I apply primer. I squeeze some of the cream onto my finger before gently dabbing it under my eyes until it's applied evenly. By the time I'm finished with my primer it's been completely absorbed and I'm ready to crack on with my make-up. 

This isn't an eye cream for those with a severely dehydrated or dry under-eye area but if you have dark circles (like me) and you like brighten them (hell yes I do) then this would probably be a welcome addition to your skincare arsenal. You can find Vichy's Idealia Eye Contour Idealizer* on Escentual where it is currently on offer for £15.33 (RRP £23).

What eye cream do you use?

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October 19, 2014

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask

natural chemical exfoliating treatment from MyPure

If you read my last natural beauty wish list then you may recognise this Brightening AHA Peel Mask from Madara*. I've been looking for a new exfoliating treatment for a while now so when the natural beauty website MyPure very kindly gave me the opportunity to pick a couple of products from their website at the beginning of the month I jumped at the opportunity of finally putting this mask to the test. 

natural exfoliating treatment mask

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask*

The mask is available in two sizes, 15ml (RRP £5.50) and 60ml (RRP £20) - I opted for the smaller size, just in case I found it too harsh to use. Luckily, I've only had good experiences since I started using it! I've been applying it twice weekly (the face mask comes with comprehensive instructions on how often you can/should apply it dependent on your skin type) and I noticed an immediate improvement in the texture of my skin. Even after one use my skin was smoother and softer, and with repeated use I've also found that its having a positive effect on the appearance of my pores. Although 15ml might sound small, I've already used this mask five times and I think I could easily get a few more uses out of it. In retrospect, I should have opted for the larger 60ml tube but I think it is really nice that travel size tubes are available to ensure that you can test the product out before investing in a full-size product. 

MyPure has only just started stocking Madara's face masks and I'm really glad that they have otherwise I may never have discovered the brand. Madara won "Best Face Cream" at the 2014 Natural Beauty Awards and the entire range was also Highly Commended as the "Best Organic Range" at the same awards. Their range is entirely natural and is certified by ECOCERT. Full of fruit acids, vitamin C and lactic acid, Madara's AHA Peel Mask is supposed to brighten and unclog skin to leave it looking more radiant and feeling smoother. I for one have been really impressed with my first foray into Madara's skincare and I'd definitely consider trying more products from their range. If only they did makeup…. hold up, they do? Please excuse me whilst I go and give that a browse! 

You can find Madara's Brightening AHA Peel Mask* online at, which offers free delivery (on orders over £8.50) and a number of fantastic free gifts with purchases over £15.

What exfoliating treatments do you enjoy using?

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October 18, 2014

Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oils Light Oil Repairing Mist

In September I had about five inches chopped off my hair, it was a bit of lifestyle change hair-wise and it has encouraged me to shake up my haircare routine quite a bit. Now that my hair is so much shorter and I've gotten rid of the raggedy ends of my hair, I'm not in need of such deeply hydrating and intensely repairing products as I used to be. I've swapped out my Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment (which I used to use daily) for a lighter alternative from Lee Stafford, the Light Oil Repairing Mist for Fine/Damaged Hair*. It is still a 'repairing' product but the consistency of the hair oil is much lighter and because it comes in a spray it is very quick and easy to apply with no worry about dropping it because it comes in a sturdy plastic bottle.

After washing and towel drying my hair I apply the oil liberally into my damp hair before leaving to air dry or blow drying. I also like to use it on the ends of my second-day hair to reduce frizz and add a very natural shine to the lengths and ends of my hair. The main oil used in this hair product is Marula Oil (a botanical relative of the Mango) with the other oil component being Sweet Almond Oil, which being rich in fatty acids and proteins is great for damaged hair. I never find that this hair oil leaves my hair looking greasy and I use more product each time I apply it than the bottle recommends. I'm a hair oil convert and if you're looking for an easy-to-locate and purse friendly option then I'd definitely encourage you to give this hair oil a try. You can find it in Boots stores and online for £10.99 (it is also currently on a 3 for 2 offer) and there are other products in the line for different hair types.

Do you use a hair oil? Do you have any hair product recommendations for short/medium length hair?

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