Tuesday, 17 March 2015

White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm

Those of you who know me may know that I utterly adore the Eve Lom cleansing balm. It's a potent, beautifully scented and - most importantly - effective cleanser for the skin. 
So, when I heard that this White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm was a contender as a dupe for Eve, I wanted in on the action!
First things first, Eve will set you back around £60-£80. Not quite your budget choice - I understand! This little tub cost just £14.40 per 100ml - DELIVERED! It also came with a cleansing cloth (microfiber *yeesh*) and a little tester pot of coconut and rose cream.
On opening the tub to test the texture of the balm, I was surprised to find that it was almost spongy! This totally differs from Eve Lom, which is definitely a balm and a bit more astringent. It was quite pleasant once I'd gotten used to it though.
To use, I scooped out a little of the balm and rubbed gently between my fingertips, then rubbed onto a dry face. With cleansing balms, I like to do a bit of facial massage to really work the product in and help dislodge makeup and any dirt which may have accumulated on the skin. Once thoroughly rubbed in, I left it for a minute or two to let the product work its magic. On removal, I did find that my skin felt ever-so-slightly oily. However, it didn't strip my skin like some cleansers can - which would be excellent for those with slightly dryer skins.
This balm does contain some essential oils which, though fine for my skin,  may be an irritant to others. The oils are eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender.  I'm not a huge fan of lavender scented products,  but this definitely isn't over the top.
Verdict? Whilst I don't think it is *just* as good as my beloved Eve Lom, for £14.40 delivered you cannot go wrong and I would repurchase.
Available from Give Me The Pretty.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

How To Remove Polish - Without Staining Your Skin

Ok, so everyone has that polish.

You know, the one you adore but can't stand to wear for the mess it leaves when you take it off? Mine is Chanel Rouge Noir - stunning, classic... and a right nuisance to remove!

Well, fear no more!

In this video, I'll show you a ridiculously simple trick that I picked up backstage at LFW. Backstage, there can be many models, each having worked numerous shows with various polishes and treatments on their nails. Obviously, when they're working the catwalk, their whole image has to be utterly perfect - hence the need for speed and spot on technique.

Happy polish wearing xx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women's Day 2015

As most of you will know, this is International Women's Day today. If you didn't, well... you do now.

I've thought about what to write for this post for most of the day and I've come to the conclusion that quite a few people think that feminism is a bad word. It's really not.

Feminism - at least to me - is the empowerment to do whatever you want to do. If you want to be a stay-at-home mum, raising you kids... well, be a stay-at-home mum, raising your kids. If you want to be a high-flying career mum? Well, you know what? That's ok too.

Girls, please don't be afraid to do what YOU want to do; do what makes YOU happy. Don't let anyone else tell you differently. And above all, if you are to take one thing from this post: please - please - don't feel pressured into doing anything that you don't want to do.

As some light bedtime reading, I purchased this book for my kindle:

It's written by the creators behind juicy couture and details how they came to start what would eventually become a billion-dollar business with just $200.

If that's not appropriate for the day to celebrate women, then I don't know what is!

Available from Amazon, for all different pricepoints - kindle version circa £9.99.

MAC Lady Danger

MAC Lady Danger - on application
It was only recently that I started to wear lipstick - previously, I would have a gloss or a balm. I thought that I didn't suit proper lipstick; it was always too bright, or just not me.

Fast forward more years that I care to admit and I'm introduced to Bobbi Brown Party Pink... and I'm hooked!

I still hadn't worked my way up to red... until I met Lady Danger. This is a colour that will suit practically everyone - but is probably not for the faint hearted!

This was my first MAC lipstick, so I wasn't sure how things were gonna go. How long it should last, etc.

The Grand Unveiling

I do like the fact that the stick has a pointed tip - it's so much easier to apply straight from the stick than a flat-ended lipstick. 

The smell was pleasant - almost floral - and definitely not overpowering.

I have just taken my make up off to go to bed and, although quite faded, I'm more than happy with the 9 hours wear that I got out of it.

After 9 hours wear

If you have any questions/comments, please leave them below! :)

What: Mac Lady Danger Matt Lipstick
Where: MAC Concessions (Debenhams, House of Frazer, etc) and stand alone stores
How Much: £15.50

Saturday, 7 March 2015