YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush In Corail Affranchi

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

a coral lip and cheek product
a coral lip and cheek product

YSL to me are 'the' if not thee luxury brand, from the packaging to the colour range and lets not forget the hefty price tag, they are considered a beauty splurge in the makeup world. Today I have a product that is not only gorgeous but also a beauty steal (kinda). 2 products for the price of one is considered a bargain right? Or do I just tell myself that to make myself feel less guilty.

Kiss & Blush is exactly what it says on the tin, a multi use product that can be worn on the lips and also the cheeks. The product itself is a creamy matte texture, on the cheeks it goes on like a cream blush but sets on the skin without feeling powdery so if you suffer with dry skin you can still get away with these. Its really easy to apply I just dot some on my cheeks and buff in with a stippling brush. It blends out nice and evenly and leaves the cheeks with a healthy pop of colour. With the way it applied on my cheeks I was scared it would be too drying on my lips but thankfully it wasn't, in fact it applies evenly to the lips and almost feels like your wearing nothing. I did find it dried out on my lips as the day went on but I have severe dry lips at the moment, so I wont hold that against it. The shade I have is Corail Affranchi which is a coral shade as the name suggests, its more on the orange side of coral and looks like a pastel coral on the lips which makes it very pretty for spring/summer.

a peachy, coral lipstick and blush from YSLa coral lipstick from YSL

Overall a gorgeous little product from YSL, I love the fact its multi use and can be worn on both cheeks and lips, its last through out the whole day on my face, I did have to touch up the lips throughout the day but that's always expected with a lip product. I think these will be a great addition to your makeup routine in the summer months as it feels lightweight on the skin and lips and gives gorgeous effortless results. I have my eye on the bright pink one now I can only imagine how pretty it looks on the lips. So the question is have you been tempted to splurge? 

Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Retail For €30

*disclaimer, this product was sent to me for review purposes, this however does not change my opinion of the product, all my reviews are 100% honest*

Blogging On A Budget- Tips & Advice

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blogging On A Budget- Tips & Advice

So as part of the spending ban collab with Lovely Jubbly, we thought we would give you some tips on how to blog on a budget. Most people including myself feel the need to go out and buy all the latest products just to review them on the blog. I'm sure most of us bloggers have wasted so much money on products we really didn't need. 

Blogging on a budget is actually really easy, you just got to think outside the box. First thing is to gather every single beauty product, fashion item etc that you own and make a list of what you can write about. Write about products you have been using for years, most people love seeing your most loved products as they are true honest reviews. After you have cleared out all your collection, go to department stores and ask for samples of products, most counters will give out samples so gather as many as possible. This tip works best for beauty bloggers. For fashion bloggers, why not take pictures of the collections that in shops or get street style posts, I'm sure most people would only love to have their picture taken (just get permission first). 

Next throw your hand at DIY posts, do it yourself beauty posts are very popular among readers, and if you  run a fashion blog make your own accessories, these type of posts show creativity and you are helping a few others save a few pounds. Lastly is to create posts like wishlists, get the lowdowns on the products that are not released yet, do top 5 or 10 posts and collab with other bloggers to come up with post ideas. 

So there are some tips on how to blog without spending a penny. Let me know if you have any ideas that you would like to share. Make sure to check out Jess's post to see what tips she has. 

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer & Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Pillow Proof range is a collection designed to extend the wear time of your hairstyle. Which is always a good thing. Today I have a primer spray that prepares the hair on day 1 and a dry shampoo that cleans the hair that can be used on day 2. 

First up is the Express primer, this is designed to protect the hair against heat damage, give the hair extra volume and reduce the time of blow drying. It is also designed to leave your hair feeling stronger and looking healthier and protects against breakage. So does it do all that? Well I really cant say it cuts hair drying time, I haven't really noticed that at all but I do have thick hair so maybe that is why, however it does give my hair plenty of volume and leaves it soft. As a oily hair victim (slightly dramatic) this never weighed the hair down nor did it leave the hair oily. The spray itself smells a bit weird, but nothing too crazy that you would be put off. 

Next is the two day extender dry shampoo. This is designed to extend the life of your blow dry and absorb oils in your hair, giving you refreshed hair that makes you acceptable to leave the house. I actually really like the dry shampoo, its does a good job of absorbing oil, without leaving a white residue and it also gives the hair some extra volume and texture, which is always a bonus especially on second day hair. 

Overall I really like this range. If I could only pick one it would be the dry shampoo, the primer was nice however I feel there are cheaper alternatives out there for a lot less. Saying that though it was nice to use a heat protector that didn't make my hair feel greasy, so if you want a little splurge I highly recommend it. However the dry shampoo was the winner for me, I am so fussy with dry shampoo and this one defiantly gets a thumbs up from me.  

Both retail at €19.20 

*disclaimer, this product was sent to me for review purposes, this however does not change my opinion of the product, all my reviews are 100% honest*