Monday, October 5, 2015

September favourites!

Finally we're back with a new video!  September was the busiest month ever and with Joanne away in Spain for two weeks, I was like a lunatic trying to keep things going here at Lovely Girlie Bits.  But she's back and we can get cracking on more videos because we love making them and despite it being early October, our Christmas video planning is in full swing!

So September favourites.  We have a lot of things we loved, so have a squizz and see if there's anything you've added to your wish list!

Products mentioned: 

Ban.Do Diary - Buy

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette - Buy

Nails Inc Porchester Square - Buy

Maybelline Dr Rescue CC nails and Gel Effect Top Coat 

Stradivarius scarf - Buy

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream

Penneys Power Bar

Anker Portable Charger - Buy

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Perfume

Catrice Fluid Lipstick - Better Make a Mauve

Ban.Do Tote Bag - Buy

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara - Ultra Black - Buy

Penneys onesie

Estee Lauder Double Wear - Buy

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Maybelline Dr Rescue Nails review!

Long time readers of the blog will know that I go through phases of having normal nails and then weak, flaky nails.  This year has been predominantly a flaky nail situation which is why the polish reviews have been few and far between, but that's all changed folks.  These little beauties from Maybelline's Dr Rescue range have completely transformed my nails into properly strong talons!  So prepare yourself for lots of nail related posts in the future!

This is the range and let the record show that there is a nail cuticle balm too that I keep on my desk at all times because when I kept it in my bag, I used it as lip balm twice.  I'm a dope.  But I'll snap a photo of it on Instagram and show it to you because it comes in a tube, isn't too greasy at all and I think it has really helped with strengthening my nails and I'm obsessed with it!

The Dr Rescue CC Nails Base Coat is one I'd recommend if you're a fan of dark polishes or shades you know will stain the nails.  So for me that's anything blue, navy, or dark red in particular.  I find anything in the blue family whether they're light or dark shades stain my nails like nothing else!  One coat of this dries really quickly and my chosen polish goes on nice and evenly.  As one who never uses base coats out of pure laziness, I've made a conscious decision to use this for the rest of the year to see if it helps keep my nails in shape and so far so good.

The Dr Rescue All In One pretty much does what the name says and you can use it as a base coat and top coat.  I haven't tried this one properly as I've been using the separate base coat and top coat but I'll give it to Joanne to test out for me and she can report back.

But on to the star of the show.  The Dr Rescue Gel Effect Top Coat.

I've tried my fair share of top coats over the years and while I still love Seche Vite for it's pure convenience, I find that when I get a chip, all bets are off because I get enormous satisfaction from peeling off my polish in one go.

Not so with this top coat.  It gives a really glossy shine to the nails and you can see in the photo above what it looks like with one coat over the YSL La Laque Couture in Le Rouge Matte.  It doesn't dry as quickly as Seche Vite, but when it does, it's fabulous and makes my nails feel really strong.  And even better is that I get a good three days out of my polish before chips begin.  As someone who is really hard on her nails, this is life changing!  I get tip wear after a couple of days, but nothing too bad at all.  This is a top coat I can see myself finishing and I'm really impressed with it!

I've used nothing else on my nails except for the Dr Rescue range and I wish you could understand how satisfying it is not to have soft bendy nails that split and peel if I look at them sideways.  Game changer Maybelline!

I need to double check the prices, but we're talking a maximum of about a fiver per item.  Obsessed!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick - Best of the Best review

So Rimmel think they've found The Only 1.  The only lipstick we'll ever need forever and ever amen.  And since getting the shade Best of the Best in a goodie bag recently, I've had this song in my head every time I whip it out and as I write this blog post, it's playing in a loop non stop!

I have to admit, I love the packaging.  It reminds me of something much more expensive like Estee Lauder or Urban Decay and makes a welcome change from the usual Rimmel packaging.  If they're going to market it as The Only 1, then they needed to do something different.

Packaging aside, it's the formula that really kicks things up a notch and makes me sit up and take notice.  With Rosa Fruit Oil and Vitamin E to moisturise, this feels gorgeous on the lips and coming into the colder months, I will be needing all the help I can get.  The Only 1 lippies have a hybrid formula, meshing moisturisation with something that's long lasting and comfortable to wear.

Best of the best is a vibrant raspberry shade and the pigmentation is second to none.  As soon as I swatched it on the back of my hand, I knew I was on to something special because that's just one swipe you're seeing above.  When applying it to my lips, I needed to use a lip brush to get crisp edges and that's just because the colour payoff was so intense.  With a lighter shade, I've no doubt I'd be able to lash it on like a good thing.  Despite the intense colour payoff, this feels so lightweight and is an absolute joy to wear.

Check me out with a raspberry lip!

There are going to be 15 shades and rest assured, if Best of the Best is anything to go by, I'll be picking more up when they launch in the next couple of weeks.  €8.99 is actually nothing for a lipstick of this quality and I think we're going to be hard pressed to find anything better for under a tenner!

Friday, September 25, 2015

HerClutterBox review - makeup storage lovers take note!

Being a bone fide beauty lover and hoarder collector, storage is something I'm always playing around with.  I love reading posts and watching videos to see how people organise their stash and have gotten so much inspiration over the years from fellow makeup lovers.  Let's call a spade a spade.  We love makeup and will continue to buy it so we may as well get in contact with whoever looks after the casting for Channel 4's Hoarders.

HerClutterBox sent out the Crystal Clear 4 Drawer box for me to review and it totally fits in with the theme of my beauty room. I keep it either on my desk like so when I want to feel all inspired and surrounded by beauty products, or nestled in my Kallax (check out my Instagram LovelyGirlyBits for a photo of how perfectly it fits into one of the spaces!)

I got the 4 drawer to fill to my heart's content and was surprised with how sturdy and big it was.  I've seen cheaper acrylic storage units that don't feel as good quality or heavy duty as this one.  I've also seen lots of people with Muji storage and always thought they looked a bit small for my liking, only allowing one layer of lip products in the shallow drawers.  See, if I'm going to incorporate something into my makeup storage system, I need it to look pretty, store lots, not take up too much space and make it a pleasure to use.  This comes with two sets of grid dividers so you can separate the drawers into as many sections as you like.  I don't think I can ever explain to you how much I love organising makeup and beauty products!

Look at how much makeup this holds...

The top three drawers are shallow, but I can still fit in two layers of lipsticks and mascaras.  The bottom drawer is deeper and holds bigger items like bottles, tubs, perfumes, you get the gist of it.  I went through my stash and picked out what I wanted to display in my unit and as I love seeing what people have, I thought you might enjoy this too!

Top drawer

The top drawer slides out and also has a lid that lifts up should you be so inclined.  I'm using it to store mascaras I'm currently testing out or need to test along with some lippies from Essence, Rimmel and Max Factor.  I've used the dividers to split the drawer into four and in the top left quadrant I have a couple of bits from Essence, but there's totally room for more!  And finally on the top right I have some nail products from Maybelline that I'll be blogging about next week and some of my favourite nail shades from Essence too.

Second drawer

I decided to split this drawer up into six and it's worked out perfectly.  I have so many mini MAC pigments that I hardly ever use so hopefully by keeping them here I'll wear them more.  A little bit of Max Factor in the blush department, some Becca highlight and MAC bronzer will keep my cheeks looking gorgeous.  But see those Michael Kors perfumes on the bottom right?  Review is imminent because they are seriously amazing.

Third drawer

I kept this drawer undivided and have liners I'll be doing a feature on, that Smashbox Contour trio that I still haven't gotten around to using, some new products from Seventeen and Sleek.  So you'll be seeing the contents of this drawer on the blog or in videos in the near future.

Bottom drawer

This is the drawer of stuff that I am using, need to review, have ideas for features about them and want to have them to hand.  There's a bit of haircare, some perfumes, bit of body care and face masks.

The Crystal Clear 4 Drawer box is priced at €139 but is currently on sale at €114 here so if you want to invest in some makeup storage (which will totally make you want to buy more makeup to fill it), then check out the HerClutterBox website.

What do you use to store your makeup?  I think I need to do an updated makeup storage video, what do you think!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara review, before & after photos

Ah mascara.  You are my desert island product.  The thing I can never be without.  The thing that I forgot to apply one day years ago and had everyone at work asking me if I was ok.  So without you, I look beady eyed and sick.  And in the words of Whitney Houston, I decided long ago (never to walk in anyone's shadow) but also to make it my mission to try as many mascaras as possible.

Today it's the turn of L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara.

Something that I've seen with a few different mascaras is the curved wand that has longer bristles at the outer edge and that's to make sure that the outer lashes get lots of product applied to them, giving you feline eyeballs.  

Application was nice and easy and I managed to use the brush as advised and pack my outer lashes with product!  Very feline altogether!  What I like about a mascara like this is it looks like the base of my lashes is really thick and that I have liner on the outer half of my lid.  I feel very Angelina Jolie when this happens as she's mad for the winged liner from the middle of her lid outwards.

This is fantastic everyday mascara which makes me look more awake thanks to the lift and curl it gives to the lashes.  Because the formula is really glossy and on the thinner side thanks to argan and camelia oil which conditions the lashes so you can rest assure that you won't have a hint of a crispy lash with this.

In terms of volume, I've definitely used mascaras that give more thickness and oomph to my lashes, but it gives lots of length, lift, curl and separation.  So much separation that after two coats (these photos show just the one coat), there's still no clumping.  I couldn't get this to clump if I tried!  

This is now the mascara I'll be reaching for when I want to look wide eyed and bushy tailed!  It's on stands now and will set you back €14.99.

Are you a fan of the feline eyeball?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

YSL La Laque Couture 201 Le Rouge Mat

There is nothing sweeter than a gorgeous red nail polish.  One that's like the Goldilocks of reds in that it's not too blue based and not to orange based.  Say hello to YSL La Laque Coutier in 201 Le Rouge Mat.  She is very amazing and I love her.

YSL have taken four iconic shades of La Laque coutures and turned them into mattes, meaning we can still pretend we're classic bridies with our staple shades, but with a bit more modernity.  Yes, we can be classically modern!  So they've mattified Le Rouge, the one I have here today, Le Orange, Le Fuchsia and Le Nu.  I'm already thinking I want to check out the orange shade next... But let's talk about Le Rouge first.

I know I sound like the ultimate beauty junkie when I say this, but the YSL packaging for polishes gets me every time!  And the red polish with the gold lid just gets me in the feels.  The beauty junkie, nail polish collecting, have 20 other reds in my stash but still love this, feels.

The gold lid comes off to reveal a small black lid which makes life much easier when applying and the wide brush means that I can coat my nails in a couple of strokes with minimal mess.  As someone who likes to paint her nails in front of the TV, this is a crucial factor in whether I use a polish a lot or not.  This will get lots of use between now and Christmas, fact.

One coat is really pigmented and would be good enough for real life, but for the purpose of these close up photos, I've applied two coats.  It goes on nice and evenly and dries to the matte finish, quelle surprise!  I always find that matte polishes appear to dry quicker than regular polishes, but if you start faffing about and doing things too quickly, you'll find that while it might feel dry to the touch, it can get dented and scuffed until it dries,

I think this is such a gorgeous shade and even if you buy it and love it, you can apply a glossy top coat over it for a shiny finish.  At the time of writing this, I have a glossy hand and a matte hand and I love them both!

If you're on the hunt for a treat for yourself, then €24 is the damage and the four matte shades will be on counters from October 1st.

Are you tempted?  And are you a classically modern bridie like myself?

Monday, September 21, 2015

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss Lip Glosses - my new favourite glosses!

Now, L'Oreal's Infallible Mega Gloss Lip Glosses have been out for a couple of months already and I bought one when they launched but of course couldn't find it for today's post, so I'm guessing it's on my desk at work, but I'll show it to you soon!  I was sent three of the twenty shades on offer to test out a few weeks ago and the verdict is in.

The twenty shades are broken up into five categories, so if you can't find a finish you like, then you will never be happy in life.  Just kidding!  There are three creams, five dazzles, four neons, four mattes and four extreme and you can absolutely layer some on top of others for an extra bit of pizzaz.

The wand has one of those bent doe foot applications with a little well that picks up enough product to apply a decent layer on the lips and I'm able to get a nice crisp line with the very tip of the wand.  Let's do a little close up shot of the three shades and then we'll have the chats about each one.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss Lip Glosses Disco Ball (top), Sayonara Sunset (middle), The Bigger The Better (bottom)
These lip glosses are some of the most comfortable I've ever worn and as a gloss fiend, this says a lot.  They have hyaluronic acid which helps hydrate the lips and coming into the colder months, this is always high on my list when it comes up lip products.  The top two shades have fantastic shine and none of the colours are sticky or gloopy.  They're a bloody joy to wear.

Disco Ball

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss Lip Glosses - Disco Ball
Now Disco Ball isn't one that I'd wear too often on it's own as it's a tad too frosty for me, but over a really pigmented shade, even like The Bigger The Better which you'll see below, it adds fantastic shine.  But in the photo above, I think the 80s are calling me and I'm afraid if I listen to them that I'll end up with frosty blue eyeshadow on my lids!  It's the lightest of the five Dazzle shades and I'd be interested in checking out the darker ones, for the blog and all... Ahem...

Sayonara Sunset

Sayonara is one of the neons and it's actually less scary on the lips than in the tube.  It's a gorgeous coraly pink that's really flattering and wearable and even though it looks crazy bright, I think this is one I'll get the most wear out of!  It's totally office appropriate, is a shade I can apply when walking along the street trying not to fall and without a mirror and I love it.

The Bigger The Better

Now, The Bigger The Better absolutely terrified me to my very neutral lip loving core when I applied that first swipe, but as I continued to fill my lips in, I fell in the ultimate love with it.  Yes it's a matte shade but it's the least drying matte I've ever used and it feels like velvet on the lips.  The pigmentation is on the extreme level and it never fully dries, so be aware that it might move around on the lips, but that still hasn't stopped me from wanting to try out the nude shade, Amen, and a fab reddy orange, Rasputine Me, when I allow myself to enter the shops again!  I found that this shade started to fade around the 3-4 hour mark, presumably quicker if I was eating or drinking, but left my lips evenly stained and without highlighting any dry bits.  Fans of bright lips had better sit up and take note!

These retail at €11.99 but there are always offers on in Boots.  And you best believe if I see them on 3 for 2, I'll be picking up three more because I love em!
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