Monday, 12 October 2015

This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray

"A fast action natural remedy to help restore healthy sleep patterns" 

I am counting down the days until the clocks go back - or is it forward? Either way, as soon as the days get shorter it is more acceptable to start the countdown to Christmas. As much as I love the Summer months, I am definitely a winter girl (minus the rain). So, in preparation for the cosy nights in, I have finally bought the This Works Sleep + Pillow Spray. I haven't tried the original formula which is priced at £16, So I guess the Plus version is a ramped up version of the original because it's £9 extra for the plus.
The scent of this reminds me of those animal teddies that you could remove the stomach pouch of and put in the microwave. Has anyone had one? They smell very much like herbal teas and lavender. I spritz this all over a blanket that my family calls "The Cat Blanket" because it feels exactly like a cat, not because we have a cat and I stole it. As soon as this has been sprayed I transform into a sleepy child. I find myself trying to breathe it all in but running out of lung space. I don't know whether it's all a gimmick and one of the those smells that everyone associates with sleep, but I do know that I wake up a lot easier and more awake in the mornings. 
£25 is a little bit pricey and I am going to be on the look out for cheaper alternatives, but I do want to repurchase this if nothing compares. Sinead O'Connor just popped into my head... and on that note I will leave you to sing yourself to sleep.

This Works Sleep Range: 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Nars Sheer Glow

I have been experiencing life on Nars for a good few weeks now and I am genuinely thinking about relocating to an area which stocks Nars products. Oxford is no longer a carrier of my essential foundation. As I couldn't physically go in and match my shade in store, I used which I raved about in my last Foundation review here. The previous foundation I was trying and significantly failed was the Clarins Everlasting + foundation, since then; I have given this to my Mum who cannot get enough of it - Crazy how it works for some and not for others.

There are probably countless posts on this foundation and I'm usually left disappointed with hyped up products, but as the hype hasn't reduced in what seems like forever, I wanted to see what the fuss was all about.  I've been applying this with a damp Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge which has left me in a deep state of confusion; a sheer foundation with the lightest coverage applicator should result in average skin... Instead I am left with soft, even skin. It gives the greatest velvet finish, that makes my skin look firm and plump - although that could be the Dominos I just ate. I can go all day at work without looking oily and it has a huge amount of staying power. I am now itching to get the Nars Concealer.
Have you tried Nars Sheer Glow? What foundation are you using at the moment

Nars Sheer Glow £31

F E A T U R E D   I N   T H I S   P O S T :

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Review Daisie Gibson
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Review Daisie Gibson
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Review Daisie Gibson
All good things come in three's, unless you're Urban Decay in which case it's four 

This has got to be my favourite packaging out of all the four Naked palettes. Everything about it has improved since the last three. Urban Decay has ditched the clips and gone back to magnets to keep the case closed, just for all us lazy people who can't take the time to manually close a palette ourselves. The second improvement Urban Decay has made is the shades are set out by finish, starting with 4 x shimmer, then 4 x satin and ending with 4x matte.

T H E  S H A D E S  :

Urban Decay have undoubtably changed the texture of this palette, it seems firmer and slightly thinner than the other palettes. Some, not all, of the glitter shades have less fall out which is a bonus because I would avoid the glitter shades. The first of the glitter shades is a champagne colour called High. This is the perfect colour for highlighting the brow bone and also patting on the tear duct area for a brighter eye. The second glitter shade, and also my favourite from the palette is Dirty Sweet. It's the perfect gold with warm undertones. This shade is going to be the ultimate christmas colour. Yes, it's August, it's never too early to think about Christmas. I have been using the third glitter shade called Radar in my crease on top of Dirty Sweet, although Radar is slightly less pigmented. The fourth glitter shades is Armor, it's a taupe colour with a silver shimmer. Unfortunately, this shade seems to have slipped past the newly recruited glitter police; there is quite a lot of glitter pigment on your face when you are finished with it. 

The four shades with a satin finish will be getting less action from me. Most of them have slightly cooler undertones which doesn't work as well with my eye colour. Slanted is a gorgeous metallic grey and will look amazing with grey/blue eyes... time to get me some colour contacts. To accompany slanted is Dagger, a muted grey/blue shade with very cool undertones. Blackmarket is the satin shade that I will get use from. It is really nice to line the upper lash line to give a thicker lash look. It will be amazing to create sultry feline flicks with an angled eyeliner brush too. The last of the satin finish is Smolder This is a deep, deep purple. It seems like it has a mix of warm and cool undertones. This will probably be for a night time look, it's a bit to harsh as a day time look for me.

I am most definitely  a matte girl when it comes to the eyes.  I was really excited to use these next four shades. The Urban Decay matte shades always feel like butter and I find them the easiest to work with. Password is a taupe colour with cooler undertones and whiskey is a chocolate brown with an auburn hint to it. Both of the these shade were hard to work with, they take a lot of building and blending to get a solid colour going. I get bored with that much fuss for an eyeshadow. The lighter Matte shades like Combust and Thirteen haven't been as much of a disappointment. Combust is a nude colour with a mushroom tint and it's great for use as a base and Thirteen is a cream nude and is perfect for subtle highlight. 

T H E   V E R D I C T :

As a whole I love this palette; the packaging is much better than the rest of the Naked Palettes and the order of the shades is a massive improvement. Unlike the Naked 1, in which I adored every single shade going, I loved seven out of twelve in the Naked Smoky. I'm going to be reasonable here, some of the shades I dislike because of preference, for example the cool undertones that don't suit my eye colour, however, others are down to the slight change in formula. I did have a thought that Urban Decay may have thinned the textures of the shadows so they gave more of a smokey effect. Conspiracy.

Have you tried any of the Naked palettes? 

Urban Decay Naked Palettes: 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Clarins Everlasting Foundation +

Back in February, Clarins relaunched their Everlasting Foundation. After reading the reviews, it seems everyone was long lovers of the original and not so much a fan of its new revamp. I've come into this Everlasting foundation blind, I've never used the original and if I'm honest, I hadn't heard much hype about it to begin with. Like I say in every post - it's always the packaging that sways me into purchasing mode. It was the frosted glass and gold lid that made my little eyes light up this time. 

This has a thicker consistency compared to foundations I have been using in the past. The major benefit of having a thicker foundation is you are forced into a rampant blending routine, however the downside is the time it takes to do this routine and if you’re in a rush it's not the greatest. The scent immediately brought me back to the time I was using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. This was around the time I thought it was super cool to choose the palest shade going; my friends soon confessed that I looked slightly grey at times. Luckily, I have moved on to choosing a similar shade to my skintone. I ordered this online and took a stab in the dark when it came to my shade and thankfully I got it right, but if I had known about when I ordered it, there would have been a lot less 'umming' and 'ahhing'. is practically a foundation shade directory. If you know what shade you are for one brand of foundation can tell you what shade you will be for another brand. Pretty nifty, don't you think?

The first time I wore this, I put it to the ultimate test. I did a 14 hour shift and I was surprise to see that despite my feelings of tiredness, my makeup did not show it. Since wearing this I have noticed I am less oily around my t-zone, I can thank the bamboo powder added to the formula for that. This has a matte finish which I personally don't get on with. I find that it can enhance the look of any bumps and pimples on my face. I'm yet to experiment with different applications of this foundation. At the moment I am using the Real Techniques Buffing brush which on its own delivers a fuller coverage compared to other brushes. Unfortunately, I don't like this foundation enough to keep using it everyday. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that I will use it again in a few months when my skin has changed, who knows I may even fall in love with it.

The Verdict: It's a nice foundation but it doesn't work for my skin at the moment. I'm not ready to write off completely though.

Have you tried Everlasting Foundation +  or the original? What foundations are you trying at the moment?



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