Boots Buys

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Do you know what I went in to Boots for? ONE BLUSHER!! How does this happen? There were a million things I hadn’t seen ( and therefor needed) but here’s what I decided to pick up ‘for review purposes’..

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve Pink – £8.99

What I actually went in for.. considerably smaller than I’d expected. It’s a baked blush that I was hoping may rival my MAC mineralised powders.. so far I’m enjoying it but I think I need to pick up another before I can really compare. At £8.99 it’s not super cheap but still a good £10 less than the MAC equivalent

Collection Up To 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – £1.99

AMAZING! I picked this one up on a whim having totally fallen in love with ‘autumn neutrals’ recently (a natural progression from the sheer nudes of summer) and it is such a gorgeous colour. A deeper, mauvey beige that really does last longer than your average polish.. and a very reasonable £1.99

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Ole Caliente – £8.99

This was a sure fire hit as I’m already a fan of the formula but I love this colour. A bright poppy red/pink that is perfect for the Autumn season. A deeper, more classic pink that I just love in a long lasting, comfortable matte liquid lip.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme De Nude & Fantasy – £4.99

Again a product I already own in multiple shades that I decided to pick up in extras.. I actually think I might have Creme De Nude already (that’s bad, right?) but Fantasy is a new one, a cool shimmer bronze. They’re some of the only cream shadows I really like, again long lasting, they don’t crease and the colour selection is awesome!


L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale in Black – £9.99

My favourite of the two mascara’s I picked up (spoiler alert! – post to come) it was no surprise I loved this as I’ve enjoyed most previous versions of the Volume Million collection. It’s adds volume quickly without being too clumpy and just WORKS for me.

YSL Vinyl Gloss Liquid Lipstick in 409 Burgundy Vibes – £26.00

Ahhh.. I was so excited to try this, I actually reviewed it a couple of days ago – here – but have since got my hands on a second so will be doing a follow up ‘wear and compare’ video to see how it holds up against the original as well as some lower cost alternatives. For now, I’m a fan of the new formula.

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lipstick in Oops I Pink It Again – £6.99

This is a strange one.. I THINK I heard some negative reviews about this early on but decided I needed to try it for myself and I’m glad I did. It’s a powder lip colour.. not sure how they can call it lipstick as it’s nothing like a lipstick but it’s a totally matte option for those looking for that. I have a feeling this will work best over a liner or satin lip colour.. will review soon.

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara in Radiant Black – £9.99 (on offer at £6.99)

This one I’m still working with. It’s a much softer, more natural mascara compared to the L’Oreal which truth be told on me just doesn’t really do much. I have to really layer it to get much volume so for me it’s not really high impact enough but if you have naturall good lashes it might just give you the subtle oomph you want.

L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper Medium Dark – £5.99

I’ve been using this for about a week now and really like it but it’s not what I expected. I thought it would be a dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow but it doesn’t add anywhere near as much ‘volume’ or fibres to the brows. It’s more like a tinted mascara, very firm hold so if you don’t like the feeling of product in your brows this might not be for you.

So that’s my quick run down.. I will follow up with everything at some point whether it be in a video or a blog post but I thought I’d run through a little first impressions of everything for now in ‘haul’ form.. overall a pretty successful trip, I think.

The Bomber

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img_4611As I look through these photos I’m recalling the number of people who told me they hated this bomber jacket when I showed it on YouTube. One even vented about how much she disliked the 90s fashion revival altogether and I totally get it. That’s how I feel about cropped EVERYTHING. I don’t consider myself to be fashion forward and it usually takes me forever to warm to new trends (some I will just never understand) but I often feel this comes down to age and lifestyle. This bomber jacket for example, had I seen it in store I would have dismissed it immediately but I saw it on Poppy’s Style , a 40 plus style blogger and she looked GREAT. We share a love of all things H&M and I love her style so she totally inspired me to pick this up and I’m glad I did. It’s not very ‘me’ but if we totally disregard anything new style becomes so much less interesting, doesn’t it?

img_4618img_4620img_4621I’m never going to be an early adopter but I am going to make more effort to try things I wouldn’t usually. Once upon a time I thought skinny jeans were hilarious and totally unflattering and now I find it totally bizarre when try the new girlfriend styles.. Post on just that topic coming very soon!

In the meantime I will leave you with these photos of Emma and I rocking our ‘matching’ red bombers and feeling very girl gang/West Side Story to demonstrate that not only is fashion ageless but it also has no size. Whatever trend you wish you could wear right now, stop wishing and get out there and wear it.



YSL Vinyl Lip Cream / 409

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img_0394I will likely be following this up with a “wear and compare” with the original glossy stain formula but since it’s still shiny and new right now and I couldn’t resist picking one up last week I thought I’d be missing a trick if I didn’t post about it now. I found it really tough to choose between the new Vinyl Cream shades but decided on 409 since it was unlike anything I had in the original and a good Autumnal chose. I will almost certainly be going back for the dark nude that has been haunting me since it didn’t make the cut.  At £26 it’s not a throw away product but I was quick to try before reading too many reviews since I so loved the originals.

First impressions were not favourable as I (for some reason) was expecting something more satin.. I think it was the creamy tag because of course vinyl suggests uber shiny. Perhaps I was looking to find the difference between the two formulas and misunderstood the concept, either way I was a little disappointed. It’s not as opaque as I’d imagined I would be either, quite translucent in fact. The only really difference I can see is tat every shade in this range is a cream (ie: no shimmer) and the packaging has had an all back, sleek makeover.

ysl-vinyl-lip-cream-409 I, however was always a fan of the creamier glossy stains and sought them out over their frosty companions so although I realise it may sound like this  just didn’t hit the spot for me at all I actually really liked it. The creams were not as good when it came to wear time and this seems to follow that pattern but the pictures above show an entire 10HR day wear with no base liner so I’m interested to experiment a bit and see if I can’t improve upon it. The texture is initially sticky but settles to a more balmy feel, very comfortable on the lips and you can top up without having to wipe off and start over. I applied just a thin layer in the pictures above and find that they last longer that way but if you’re looking for a serious ‘vinyl’ finish you can layer them and they are just as comfortable if a little less smooth on the top up.

The glossy stains are still my favourite long wear lip products and I’m excited to try more from this new collection


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