Dior Pump N’ Volume Mascara Review………………..Gone Is The Extasy!!

•May 22, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you may have noticed that Dior and Peter Philips have just released their latest creation; a mascara you can pump in it’s rubberized tube to add volume to the lashes.

It currently has a heavy campaign over all social media to highlight this new concept in mascara application.

Obviously, being a massive fan of the Dior mascara’s for their quality and quantity of product, for their price, i had to buy myself one.

I am both elated and exceptionally disappointed all at the same time!!

The New Mascara.

It now comes in a rubberized tube which you can squeeze at the base to add more mascara to the wand, to create fat lashes.

It has a big brush head with soft plastic bristles which are quite small to capture every lash. (I do prefer the brush head of the Extase mascara to the plastic one on the new version. See further below right).

The formula of the mascara itself is a typical thickish formula, not unlike the Extase mascara and is supposed to give dramatic full volume false lash effect lashes without clumping.

The Results.

I loved the first application.It applied quite easily with no fuss. It gives nice volume, lengthening and curling to my lashes. Not unlike Dior Extase in fact and if you stop there, its fab.

Second coat and things start to get tricky. It becomes quite clumpy and even though i brushed through my lashes with an eye lash wand, it still gave my lashes a thick clumpy looking finish. Not the look i wanted to achieve really.

The one great thing about it is, it doesn’t smudge at all. That is really a plus point for me and i had it on while sobbing, when the Dior SA told me that Extase was being discontinued, lol.

Above; One coat of Dior Pump N’ Volume on one eye and; One coat of Dior Extase Mascara on the other eye. Which do you think is which?

Above and below; i have both the Dior Pump N’ Volume on one eye and Dior Extase on the other eye. Can you tell which is which?

Above; Two coats of Dior Pump N’ Volume on one eye and; Two coats of Dior Extase Mascara on the other eye. Which is which??

The Tear Jerker!

It had to come!!!! Dior have decided to discontinue my beloved Extase mascara in place of this new one. I am gutted!

I have used Extase mascara for years and love it. It also came with a fabulous 10ml of product and here’s the other knife twister. The new one has only 6ml of product and is a pound more expensive. (Something the ‘rewarded’ bloggers/Youtubers failed to point out when reviewing this mascara).

If you are one of the people who buy your mascara every month, this will not phase you one bit. I buy my mascaras roughly every 3-4 months. Well, i guess i won’t be anymore!!! Ka-ching Dior!

The Final Verdict.

Besides the new mascara being a little ‘gimmicky’, (i just think the pumping thing is completely unnecessary) and 4ml’s lower in volume and more expensive; it clumps quite badly on the second coat.

It does however; give a very false lash effect, as it states and if that’s what you want to achieve; great! This is your mascara.

Me! I want really nice long, fuller, natural looking eyelashes.

Pictured right; wearing Dior Pump N’ Volume and Dior Lacquer Stick lipstick, 882 Sassy.

I just can’t fall in love with Pump N’ Volume at all. What a shame. I will use it up and then look for an Extase replacement or; just buy up some on websites that still have it left in stock. If you loved Dior Extase, you might want to do the same. If you thought Extase was clumpy, don’t even bother with Pump N’ Volume. On the plus side; It’s a great mascara for a one coat application and doesn’t smudge at all.

Did you work out which mascara was on the left eye and which was on the right one??? Which do you prefer? I know which one i like best! Answers in comments please.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

Five of My Sunday Best…………..Beauty and Rambling In The Lakes!

•April 9, 2017 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, I had a few days in Keswick in the Lake District. I was going to do a ‘whats in my travel makeup bag’ post; however, i didn’t take a lot in the way of beauty products. In fact, it was mostly samples, BB cream with a blusher and lip balm.

This made me think that i would do a post about the five products i loved when i was up there and any i have been loving since.

The hotels from Hope Park. 

I also did a tiny ‘mountain’ walk to Latrigg, (Keswick’s very own hill). I did want to do Catbells but the snow was out in force and the Launch, (Keswick’s boat service to the fells and other areas around Derwentwater) was off for a couple of days too.

Above, the view from my bedroom. The hills are alive……….

Here are my five favourites for March and photos of my adventure in the lakes.

The Snow capped summit of Catbells.

Berghaus Explorer Active Gore Tex Boot.

I have to give these a mention straight away. I didn’t have any walking shoes at all and for many years, i would wear Doc Martin’s if i did any walks. (They were fantastic)!

I decided to buy a pair of proper walking boots and because they were new, i was dreading the blisters that would ensue. I bought a ton of plasters for my trip and didn’t use a single one.

Oh no, my Chanel nail polish just chipped!

These fantastic boots not only come in half sizes, they hug the foot beautifully, don’t rub, are lightweight and i love the colour too. Really worth the money. They are also waterproof and even though i got them completely covered in mud, they cleaned up like new again. A HUGE favourite and worth splashing out the cash for.

Right; half way up Latrigg and i finally found a sign post.

Dior Lip Glow, Colour Reviver Balm, 006 Berry.

You could argue that there are many great lip balms out there and you would be right. The thing is, most of them come in a pot with a screw on lid. By Terry, Nuxe to mention a couple. This is impractical when you’re half way up a mountain.

The Dior lip balm is a lovely soft pink on the lips and works with your own lip pH. It stopped my lips from chapping and gave them a nice colour, without it looking like i had a heavy lipstick on. Fits easily in your pocket and actually would be even more practical if it came in the Guerlain Rouge Automatique casing, which has no lid at all.

The North Face Jester Day Sack.

I bought this back pack because i will also need it for my USA adventure later this year.

It’s perfect because, even though its only 26L, it’s ideal for the cabin of a plane and overhead in the motor coach. I can also pack it into my suitcase on my trip to space save and; it was ideal to climb a mountain with because of it’s size.

Skiddaw from Greta River. Loving the contrast with the dark trees.

It’s very lightweight and comfortable and has two main pockets and many inner pockets to keep everything organised. A great bag to own.

Now there’s a bench you could sit and reflect on.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo, 00 Light Blondes.

One Product i have been revisiting is the Guerlain healthy glow powder.

I love the Chanel Les Beiges as anyone knows who reads my posts; however, a couple of years ago, Guerlain released their version of it.

I do like it more as a setting powder because it doesn’t really work for me as a healthy glow one. It doesn’t blur fine lines as the Chanel one does.

It does work exceptionally well as a setting powder for BB creams and other oilier foundations and it adds a touch of colour which i suppose, does give a more healthier complexion, just not a glowing one.

The boat landing near Friars Crag and ‘Theatre by The Lake’.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Eye and Face Serum Capsules. 

Another ideal way to have moisturiser and eye cream on hand when on a trip is these handy little capsules or caplets.

You use one of each for both eyes and face and it gives great skin. I love using them and they are non-greasy and leave the skin lovely and soft.

Latrigg, looks tiny doesn’t it? A really nice walk with great views over Keswick and the fells, with it’s two mile ascent.    

They are much better than having to lug around jars of creams everywhere when you’re on a trip.

Panoramic shot from Friars Crag. Below left; dessert and hot choc in one hit after a hearty walk. Yum! Below right; ‘No Entry’, well! Try stopping me. 

There it is. Five of my Sunday best for March 2017. Hope you enjoyed the photos too. I enjoyed my trip.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

 

Dior Haul………….Addict Lacquer Stick, 570 L.A. Pink, Extase Mascara & Star Foundation.

•March 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, i bought one new and re-purchased two all time favourites from Dior. The two i re-purchased have been reviewed and spoken about many times on my blog, so i will just do a quick re-cap on them.

I will do a full review on the newly released Lacquer stick instead.

Dior Extase Lash Plumping Mascara.

Above left, eye without mascara and right; with one coat of Dior Extase. Below right; Dior Extase wand.  

I constantly re-purchase this one because full fat and long lashes are what i want and what it gives.

It’s never let me down yet and it never clumps up my lashes either. It’s a dream for me.

Dior are exceptionally generous with their mascaras and offer a full 10ml of product for the same price as other high end mascaras that only offer 6.5ml. They also take much longer than some to dry out in the tube.

It’s a fantastic mascara. I was about to add a link to the full review and i haven’t done one. I have mentioned it a lot in various other post so, here are the photos and they; hopefully, will speak for this mascara.

Dior Star Foundation.

When i first bought this foundation, it was in the middle of a quite hot and sticky summer. It melted off my face a bit therefore; i didn’t give it a favourable review. I had some of the sample left and used it in the cooler winter months and my opinion completely changed.

It is a beautiful light to medium coverage foundation that leaves a matte yet, luminous finish to the skin. Covers blemishes and redness fairly easily and can be built up. I only need to touch up once during an eight hour work day and it doesn’t have any strong fragrance either.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick, 570 L.A. Pink.

I previously tried the four other shades of the samples provided. Reviewed here. They were all lovely and some worked better on my skin tone than others. As soon as i saw this one i was smitten.

The lipstick is packaged in a black case in typical Dior design with a neon pink stripe running down one side. No magnet closing on this one!!

I don’t buy into packaging and the great thing about Dior is, they don’t make a massive deal about it either hence; no ridiculous pricing for a great quality lipstick. They keep the packaging elegant and simple and yet; still striking.

The Dior SA offered to try out a few shades on me as well as this one. I also tried Dark Flower and Club.

Club is a beautiful brown/orange shade of red and would be great for evening wear because it is fairly dark on my lip. Dark Flower was a touch too deep for my skin tone; L.A. Pink just worked out lovely and even made my eyes look a touch bluer.

Far right above; left side is L.A.Pink and right; Escapade (Desert Rose). L.A. Pink is a touch rosier pink in shade and Escapade is moreof a beige tone.  

The lacquer lipstick.

I love this deeper dusky pink shade. It is quite warm and a touch similar to Chanel Mademoiselle and; Desert Rose (disc.), a warm nude pink.

Great for every day wear however, still packs a punch with its glossiness and pigmentation. I will be re-purchasing this one time and time again.

It wears for 6 hours and only loses some colour from the centre of the lips after eating and drinking. I seriously think you cannot go wrong with these new lacquer sticks. I prefer them to liquid lipsticks (which are messy) and yet; the lacquer stick still gives that shine like one when applied.

There you have it. My latest haul from Dior.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

 

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation, 200……………………Airbrushed Perfection.

•March 12, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have just finished my Dior Star foundation after many months and already bought a new one. It is probably one of the nicest luminous matte foundations i use during the Autumn/Winter months.

Spring is here and summer is not far behind. I find this foundation isn’t long wearing for me during the summer months because my skin is much oilier.

This means i have been looking for a new foundation to try.

I have read a few reviews about the Dior Airflash foundation. Even Wayne Goss has given it a positive mention !!! He is very right in saying it gives a beautiful airbrushed finish to the skin. I have to agree with him there.

Being low on foundations, this has given me the chance to try it out.

Initial Thoughts.

The foundation is housed in a tin can with a very generous 70ml of product. (Whether this weight includes the air in the can is yet to be determined).

It has no scent at all. I personally don’t mind the Dior and Chanel fragrance added to their products; however, i understand those that don’t like it.

Has no alcohol, parabens and no SPF.

It costs roughly the same as most other high end foundations.

It comes with instructions on how to apply the product.

My favourite Airflash Application method. 

Dior recommend that you shake up the can for approx. 15 seconds and then hold the can 20cm away from the face, spray over the entire face. Then allow to set.

I don’t ever intend to use it that way. This will lead to foundation all over your hair and clothing/furniture. Also wastage of product.

The best way i have found to apply it is; with the nozzle of the can very close to the bristles of a full coverage foundation brush, spray a small amount over the surface of the brush and then apply using a circular motion from the centre of the face outwards.

I have to spray my brush 3 times to give a very nice coverage to my face and underneath my chin. (Much less than traditional liquid foundation)

The foundation sets down very quickly and gives the skin a luminous matte finish. I didn’t need to use a setting powder and even though the foundation sets, it didn’t highlight any lines on my face. MAGICAL! (I swear, i’m not making that up).

The application is very quick, which is great when you have limited time getting ready for work and my redness was completely covered. I still used concealer under the eyes and also on larger blemishes.

Above left without foundation and right; with. I also have mascara on and Dior Addict Lacquer Stick, 550 Tease on lips in right picture (Nothing else). My skin has been good this month so, it is difficult to see how good this foundation covers; however, it has worked well with the redness around my nose.  

Final Thoughts. 

I remember this foundation being introduced approx. 9 years ago and i’s still going strong. This is how successful it obviously is and; the reason why i’m going all out in saying this is one of the best foundations i have used yet.

The ease of application and setting time is excellent and no fixing powder is needed at all.

If you want a super light application, the best way is to apply straight from the can to your face. It will set instantly; however, you will need to keep your hair and clothing protected while doing this.

The foundation can be built up to a very heavy coverage if required. I don’t like to see foundation at all on my skin or sitting in my pores. This ticks that box and yet; gives fantastic, illuminous airbrushed cover. (Be careful if you have dry patches on the skin because it sticks to them. Exfoliate if you need to).

I would say one negative is, Dior have a limited amount of shades available, so not all shades may suit everyone. 200/beige claire is my exact skin match because i have fairly pale, yellow toned skin. I would have preferred a slightly warmer shade but there isn’t one so, i just go heavier with the bronzing p0wder instead.

Time will tell how long this foundation will last with every day use, (this is my first purchase). I usually get up to 3 months from the Star foundation. I will report back on this.

Have you ever tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts. Take care and i will see you all soon 😉

 

Dior Addict Lacquer Sticks Spring/Summer 2017………….. 924; 877; 684; 550 Swatches.

•March 5, 2017 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so excited to share the new Dior Lacquer Lipstick swatches for Spring/Summer 2017 with you.  I have been waiting for these for what seems like forever.

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I do love Dior Addict lipsticks and started using them a few years ago when Kate Moss headed up the media campaign; in fact, i bought the very lipstick she wore in the tv advert. (Diorkiss) A beautiful pink . Since then, i have tried various formulas by Dior in the Addict range and loved them all. This new range is no exception, i just love all the shades and will have trouble picking which ones to buy.

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The New Dior Addict.

The new range consists of 4 categories of lipstick. The formula is said to be a liquid shine that works with your own lip. Weightless and non-sticky and wears for 6 hours. The complete shade range below is for the UK/Europe Market.

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Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, creates the 4 colour trends of the season inspired by the most emblematic L.A. spots and bathed in the light of the West Coast:samples-of-dior-addict-lacquer-sticks
PASTEL Whites infused with pink, lavender, coral and peach pigments evoke a Californian postcard from the fifties.
NEON A pop spectrum that draws its energy from the heart of the City of Angels.
CLASSIC Red Carpet reds and pinks with Hollywood glamour.
WILD Neo-nudes and browns that flirt with grunge.

A base almost twice as sheer as a classic lipstick** for colour with unprecedented shine. A palette of 18 colour creations, ranging from the highly experimental to the most timeless, all with surprising intensity and vibrancy, including 4 emblematic it-shades: Turn Me Dior, Diabolo, Sauvage, Tease.

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Tease, Diabolo, Turn Me Dior and Sauvage.

The above four shades are currently available as a sample card from Dior and i am swatching them for this post and giving my general thoughts as per usual. This includes one lipstick from each category.

550 Tease. (Pastel)

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A gorgeous beige/pink which will be great for a nude day look. Again, i own nothing like this shade in my collection. It is a nice wearable day wear shade that is going to suit most with paler skin tones. Great with a smokey eye.

It has a candy scent to this one and is quite soft and easy to apply out of the pot. I do like this but it isn’t unique enough for me to buy it. Lovely and shiny though.

684 Diabolo. (Neon).

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In the neon range, this one is a fuchsia based pink; very shocking pink, infact. I have a few shades of lipstick similar to this, (Chanel Rouge Allure, Exalte; DiorAddict, Be Dior; NARS Pure Matte Lipstick, Carthage).

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Fuchsia shades because i think it looks lovely when i first apply it with a nude eye. Later on in the day, i feel it looks a bit messy and tarty on my lips.  I do love the shock/neon factor of Diabolo though.

I wore this all day in work and it wore very well and didn’t go patchy in places at all. Which happens a lot with this type of shade on my lips after a few hours wear.

877 Turn Me Dior. (Classic)

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Worn by Jennifer Lawrence in the media campaigns, this is a classic blue-based red shade or is it? Very cool toned and certainly classic.

dior-addict-lacquer-stick-swatch-877-turn-me-diorWhen i applied it, i thought it wore as a pink/red on my lip and yet; when i photographed it, it was a blue/red in the photo’s. I still think it wears pink/red on me and it’s a gorgeous very wearable shade. I think i will buy this shade in full size. It also is very glossy on the lip and comfortable.

This reminds me of the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss lipstick, 18 Séduction. A beautiful wearable pink/red.

24 Sauvage. (Wild)

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A deep chocolate shade and nothing at all like any other shade i own in my whole collection of 65+ lipsticks. (I know, shameful!)

The thindior-addict-lacquer-stick-sample-palette-2017g is, this is beautiful and very glossy on the lip. It had the hardest texture in the pot but once applied became very glossy and soft wearing quickly.

This shade would be fantastic on very pale, porcelain or darker skin tones. It’s too dark on me!

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Final Thoughts.

I’m smitten with the Dior Addict lipsticks and have never had a single complaint about any shade or the consistency of the product. The packaging of Dior lipsticks is beautiful and; who can’t resist pulling one of them out of your purse to show off!

The consistency of the lacquer sticks is very soft and glides easily over the lip. I noticed the lipstick clung to some of the dry bits on my lipswatches-of-all-four-shades-of-dior-addict-lacquer-sticks, so exfoliate lip first before applying. It wasn’t a big deal anyway. The camera picked it up; however, the naked eye doesn’t.

I wore the neon pink 684 Diabolo for work to see if 6 hours wear is really true. Well, yes actually it is.

The lips become mirror-like and very glossy (see swatches above right and above)

It does eventually set and matte down slightly after 3 hours wear so, you can either, re-apply lipstick to get the gloss back or; you could add a touch of lip balm and this will bring the moisture and gloss back to.

I atebeautiful-fluffy my lunch, had coffee and a glass of water and it stayed put with a bit of minor fade in the very centre of my lips to which; i added a touch more lipstick to correct.

me-with-dior-airflash-foundation-200-and-dior-addict-lacquer-stick-550-teaseThis is one seriously long lasting lipstick; however, the gloss will only last a couple of hours. Minor touch ups means, a lipstick which is going to last far longer in the tube than the balm-like ones with a great amount of slip, which you constantly need to re-apply.

I think this is the best Addict lipstick reinvention yet and the black packaging with neon pink strip is a very nice touch. Good luck trying to walk past the counter without wanting at least one.

Take care and i will see you all soon 😉

 

 

 

February Empties……….. Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Estee Lauder and Much More.

•February 26, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Just thought i would catch up on a few empties this month. I have been using up again. Trying to get my extensive collection of beauty down before i go away and before i buy any more.

Here goes.

february-empties

Chanel Teint Innocence Luminous Fluid Makeup SPF 12.

I had this in my drawer for years and had hardly used it. Vitalumiere Aqua replaced this; however, i still think the Teint Innocence was a better foundation.

The reason why is, that it had a medium coverage and it was just as luminous. A really lovely foundation and i think the only reason Chanel replaced it was to update and to get rid of the expensive glass bottle. I’m glad i finally used it up though. Lovely product.

Dior Star Brightening Weightless Foundation SPF 30 PA++ Long Wear.

Dior Studio Makeup Star Foundation

I have to say that i just adore this foundation so much. It is super weightless with a light to medium coverage that gives a lovely natural and luminous finish. Fantastic for the winter. It does wear off slightly around the nose after 4 hours but thats not a problem and it only needs one touch up in 8 hours.

I will repurchase this because it beats most others i use hands down. I love that it is SPF 30 and lasts ages.

Charlotte Tilbury. The Retoucher Conceal & Treat Stick, 02 Fair.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Conceal and Treat StickAnother one i love. A generous 3ml of product that gives a very nice coverage under the eye. A bit like Touche Éclat but more opaque. Love it and will repurchase at a later date when i have finally used a few other concealers up first.

Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner.

Already repurchased and using my new one. Contains 5% Glycolic acid which is great for gentle exfoliation of the skin. Can be used everyday as a toner. It also contains witch hazel and other botanical extracts. This helps to control my blemishes in a big way and also does brighten the skin.

The only slight negative is, its smell and it is quite pricey too. The smell is quite strong; however, it doesn’t remain on the skin. No alcohol in this either. Is great on sensitive skin.

A ‘must have’ in my skin care arsenal. Love it!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.

estee-lauder-anr-eye-serumsI bought this one to try out as the other one i own and love is quite strong and if you overdo it, it can make the eyes puff up.

This version has a touch of cream in it and a pump. One tiny pump does both eyes and it lasts a very long time, (6 months at least).

I did like it very much but prefer the other version, so i repurchased that instead.

Picture above right, left; is the ANR Eye Serum i have just finished and right; the one i have re-purchased. 

Nuxe Prodigeuse Oil, Multi- Purpose Dry Oil. Hair, Face and Body.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

I buy this time and time again. It’s fantastic.

A very light weight oil that can be used all over including the ends of the hair. Dries down very quickly to a lovely gentle and very natural fragrance.

A friend of mine adds a drop of it to her foundation to give a more luminous finish to her makeup.

It’s France’s number one selling dry oil for a reason.

Kerastase Serum TherapisteKérastase Sérum Thérapiste Dual Treatment. Fiber Quality Renewal Care.

Great for adding to the ends of the hair before blow drying. It is a treatment for the hair itself rather than an oil that over lays the hair.

Smoothes and protects the hair cuticle while drying or can also be used on dry hair as well.

A lovely product and again, i will repurchase when some of my others run out. Third bottle so far and it last’s roughly 2-3 months with every day use.

Avène EauThernale Thermal Spring Water. Smoothing and anti-irritating.

avene-thermal-spring-waterI always carry this around with me, especially in the summer time. It just refreshes and hydrates my skin when my skin dehydrates during the day. It can be sprayed over makeup without upseting it. The spray is a very fine mist.

It comes in this handy size can for the hand bag and a larger one for the dresser.Spider in Web

There you have it. My empties for this month. Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

 

 

 

Latest Haul………Estee Lauder, Dior, Kerastase, Fat Face & The North Face!

•February 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

My latest haul features hair care, makeup, skin care, fashion and outdoor wear.

I have been buying with purpose in mind. The outdoor wear is for my little trip to the Lakes i have planned next month and i needed a new eye cream so, repurchased a favourite.

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The foundation is a purchase from loving the sample i tried so much and; the hair care was on offer so had to be done. I love great hair care anyway.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum.

I have used this previously as a sample. The sample size lasted me 2 months or more and it is a great moisturiser.

It dries down fast and is never greasy or oily. It really does moisturise very well and reduce fine lines. I love Estée Lauder ANR products and this is no exception. I now have the full size so it will be interesting to see how long this one will last, if the sample size lasts so long.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Makeup, 3N1 Ivory Beige.

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Full review here. I liked the sample so much and again, this lasted a good month. I use it to touch up my makeup in work.

The shade was matched to my skin tone and it applies and sets down very quickly leaving a lovely semi matte smooth finish.

I decided to buy the full size to use in work only. It is a little expensive for the amount you get, (£28/14ml)

I probably won’t use the cushion either because i used a Real Techniques buffinig brush with the sample and this worked out really well.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm, 006 Berry. (Dior Spring 2017 Gradation Collection)

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I have wanted to try these balms out for sometime; however, i was never really overawed with the pale pink one. Finally, Dior released a darker shade. (Not that it will go on much darker because it is a balm). I love this new colour just released and thought i would give it a try.

I prefer wearing balms on my days off, especially in winter to keep my lips super soft.

It is supposed to react with the pH balance in your own skin and change shade accordingly, to leave a stain on the lips.

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It starts off a dark pinkish shade on my lips and then turns slightly Fuchsia.

Kérastase Laque Coture Medium Hold Hairspray.kerastase-elixir-ultime-leave-in-cream

A light hold hairspray without an annoying fragrance. It comes out as a super fine mist and i got it a lot cheaper on sale so, i thought i would try it out and i’m not disappointed. Love it. If you prefer a strong hold, they do one in this range to.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Cream (Leave in).

I love any type of hair care that softens and smooths down the cuticle of the hair. This does a treat. It is what it says it is; an oil in cream.

You apply to damp hair and it can be used on dry hair too. I prefer the former because it leaves the ends of my hair lovely and soft and protects it while i’m drying it.

A lovely product that i got at least £10 cheaper than normal price and i’m so glad i bought it because it’s a great product.

Fat Face Spring new season Top Spring 2017.

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A little splurge last month while there was 15% off the new season lines. I probably will wear it when it gets a bit warmer with skinny jeans. Really flattering and i love the back of this top.

north-face-rain-jacketThe North Face Sangro Jacket, Dry Vent (Waterproof and Light weight). Rabbit Grey.

I was looking for a new rain jacket because i’m taking a little mini break to the Lake District next month and it loves to rain in the Lakes!

david-bailey-selfie(I used to live there when i was younger and i remember it rained most of the time). Beautiful part of the world though!

My old rain jacket is perfectly good; however, i bought it a number of years ago when i was a bit larger and It’s too big now.

I spotted this gorgeous North Face jacket and fell in love straight away. It’s very flattering to my figure because it’s fitted. It will also serve me well for travelling to the USA in September as it will pack down well.

The North Face Half Zip Micro Fleece. 

Light and thin enough to pack into a back pack and still keeps you toasty warm. I prefer the half zip ones. Another one to pack for the cooler/foggy weather in San Francisco too.

the-north-face-half-zip-fleeceEstée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation, Ivory Beige. (Sample)

I just wanted to finish with a note about the free sample of foundation i got along with the cushion stick foundation.

Both are in shade Ivory Beige; however, the cushion stick foundation pulls lighter than the other DW Stay in place. It is a great foundation if you don’t want it to budge all day. I do think it highlights my lines every so slightly and i still prefer my Chanel foundations over it.

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Sample above left DW Stay in place ; pictured right is swatch of cushion stick on left and DW Stay in place on right. My camera didn’t pick up the colour difference very well.

I do really like the cushion stick because it is lighter in texture and gives a lovely semi- matte velvet finish on my skin.

That’s it for this month. That’s another couple of items i can tick off my holiday list.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉