Monday, 14 October 2013

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

One of my favourite products at the moment is the new Bourjois Java Rice Powder. To celebrate Bourjois' 150th anniversary this year, Bourjois have re-released their first ever international best seller, which is the iconic Java Rice Loose Powder from 1879. It is a really fine lightweight powder for illuminating skintone and comes in one transparent "universal" shade, although I'm not sure how well it would work on darker skin tones. It can be used over foundation to set your makeup but I think that all over it would look too disco-bally (might be a good item for pale illuminated Halloween makeup though) or more subtly as a powder illuminator, which is what I use it for. I use my Real Techniques setting brush to dust a little powder at the tops of my cheekbones and sometimes down my nose and brow bones. The setting brush is the perfect size and is brilliant for blending it in too. The scent of the powder is quite an old-fashioned floral smell in my opinion but I guess that goes hand in hand with the vintage inspired product, I am not overly keen on it but it doesn't bother me too much as I love the powder. I also wanted to mention that I like the fact you can open and close where the powder comes out of, as I find that loose powder ends up getting everywhere otherwise! Lastly, as some of you already know, I am a total sucker for nice packaging and I really love the vintage inspired packaging they have created for this product to celebrate the re-release.

The Real Techniques brush can be bought for £8.99 from boots here and the powder is available now from Boots and Superdrug and is priced at £9.99, which in my opinion is a tiny bit steep but I do love it! 

Have you tried the Java rice powder yet? 
Do you want to? 

Let me know what you think my lovelies, I love your comments.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

OXJAM 2013

Oxjam Music Festival takes place every October and is made up of hundreds of events happening around the UK. The Notting Hill Takeover takes place this Saturday (19th October) and will include multi-venue live music and DJ events. There are genres to suit every taste and they will be happening at some of the coolest places in Notting Hill, London. You can buy a £10 wrist band, which gets you entry to all 5 venues (Bargain! That's less than one gig...) and all proceeds to to Oxfam so it's a win win...can't go wrong with having fun while raising money for charity!

I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to be the Venue Manager for one of the venues (Portobello Gold) on the night and I can't wait to get stuck in. You can find out more information about Oxjam here and buy tickets in advance here or you can turn up on the night and get one from any of the venues if we're not already full of course!  

The Globe will have you dancing until 2.30 in the morning and the other venues include Mau Mau bar, Trailer Happiness, Portobello Gold and the Castle all on Portobello Road. They will be showcasing bands, artists and Dj's like: Black River Wild, Latala, Lizzie Nightingale, Tom Mac Tom,Samson, Pyrelli, Dorjee, Afro Grooves and plenty more if you want to check them out first! It all kicks off at 3pm at Mau Mau Bar so get involved!

You can keep updated by following the Notting Hill Takeover twitter here: @OxjamNHTakeover

Come along, the more the merrier!


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Benefit: Poutrageous - Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

I'm back! So it's been while since my last post but I was in my final few months of uni and wanted to get my head down. Uni is over for me now (scary but exciting) and I've been a busy bee enjoying this lovely (but rare) hot english summer. The heatwave has made me a little less gutted about the fact I don't think I'll end up going abroad this year...every cloud has a silver lining and all that jazz.

I've just had my 22nd birthday and got some lovelyyyy presents, which I will be including in my upcoming posts but for now I'll be writing a review on something I treated myself to today with some birthday money. 

I was browsing in Debenhams and walked past the Benefit usual, and saw something that looked new. I picked up the pretty pink tube and couldn't help but put a little bit on my hand and then smother some on to my lips. I love lipgloss but I'm not a fan of sticky glosses that your hair gets stuck in with one small gust of wind. I had a little walk around the shop and rubbed the remainder of the gloss in to my hand and then noticed how smooth my hand felt, like I'd just moisturised! I was pleasantly surprised to notice how smooth the gloss felt on my lips, almost like a lip balm and the scent was really fruity, without being overpowering. I knew I had to get one and went for the shade 'Poutrageous', which is described as a bright-pink coral. The gloss comes in 6 shades, one of which is clear and I think they are definitely worth a try, I think they're delicious! The packaging is also really cute and has a vintage vibe, which I love. 

Without flash.
With flash.

 Have you tried any of the new Benefit lip glosses? What do you think?

Monday, 14 January 2013

Sexy Mother Pucker: Soap & Glory

Let me start by saying I LOVE SOAP & GLORY. I have loved their skincare and bodycare products ever since I started using them and I love their packaging which is shallowly a big thing for me. 

I did a post on the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner here, which I love and I was yet to own anything else from the new cosmetics range they launched last year. I am absolutely obssessed with lip products, nearly as much as nail varnish and have way too many to wear but I get so carried away.

I bought the (ridiculously long name coming) Super-Colour Fabulipstick Powercoat Matte Longwear Lipstick...and breath - in 'Pom Pom' and I think it might actually be my first matte lipstick I own but I LOVE it, the consistency is lovely and it does stay put for ages, there is a photo of my wearing it on a night out at the bottom. The only problem is this finish only comes in two other colours which were actually quite similar but not as nice. When you find a lipstick or finish you like it's nice to be able to have a couple/few in different colours I think. 

I also bought the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuchsia-ristic which is a bit similar to the Revlon balm stains but glossier. It glides on smoothly, smells fruity and leaves a lovely amount of colour on the lips.

In general I do find Soap & Glory over priced, the lipstick is was meant to be £9 and the gloss stick £8 but I bought them on a buy one get one 1/2 price deal in boots which made them a bit more reasonable.

I liked the gloss stick so much I bought my friend one for her birthday and she loves it so I would definitely reccommend both of these products but maybe wait until Boots have a cheeky deal on!

Lipstick RRP: £9.00
Gloss stick RRP: £8.00

Do you like Soap & Glory products? Which have you tried?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Freedom Palette: Inglot

Hello my beauties, I know I'm a bit late but Happy New Year! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas/festive period! This is my last Westfield post and it is a long time coming! I have been so busy with uni and christmassy stuff that I haven't had time to keep up with my blogging. I have some lovely things to write about lined up though so stick with me!

Inglot is a Polish cosmetics company and they have 300 stores in total but the Westfield store is the only one in the UK so it was very exciting...I was like a kid in a sweet shop! They have developed the 'Freedom System' allowing customers to be able to choose and make their own customised palettes. How it works is you pick what type of palette you want, for example, eye shadow, powder or lipstick and then you pick what size you want. I went for the palette that holds four eyeshadows as I thought it was perfect taking away for a weekend as everything is together. Stupidly I didn't note down the numbers of the colours I bought and they are on the bottom of the eyeshadows so I can't put them here, I wish they had names instead. I picked four colours that compliment each other so they can be used together or used individually, one matte eyeshadow, two pearl (I think) and one shine. I've wanted a matte dark brown for ages to blend in to my eye sockets as shimmery or sparkly eyeshadows can make slightly puffy eyes stand out. I love bronze colours on the eyes and purple compliments brown eyes so I went for these colours along with a pearly white to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. The staff were really helpful and allowed me the time to pick what I wanted without feeling rushed.

Palette prices vary but mine was £6.00 and the eyeshadows are £4.50 each which I think is really reasonable considering how high quality they are.

I am so pleased with my palette and I use it almost everyday, definitely recommend having a look if you pop to Westfield. The only problem is choosing which ones you want! I want to go again and have a look at the lipsticks and blushes as I love having a compact palette with the essentials in.

I also got a silver nail varnish from there, I have worn it a few times but it took ages to dry and didn't last very well on my nails so I wouldn't recommend this one in particular, but I would be willing to try another. Also they do a 'breathable' polish which sounds interesting as it apparently allows water vapour and oxygen to pass through keeping the nails healthier and as a polish addict this is important as I know nails need to breath occasionally.

Inglot Freedom Eyeshadow Palette: £24 in total.
Inglot nail enamel: £8

Do you like the idea of this or have you been to the Inglot store before? What did you think?