Thursday, 30 October 2014

Review | LOLA Makeup by Perse Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick

It isn't often that I enter competitions on Facebook or Twitter but when I saw that LOLA were giving away their new liquid lipsticks I thought I'd give it a go. I was lucky enough to win one of their Colour Intense Liquid Lipsticks in shade 004 (catchy...)

LOLA Makeup by Perse is available exclusively in Marks & Spencer stores. It's a range that I don't know a lot about aside from that they're a British brand created for professional makeup artists. I've been using their liquid foundation in shade 030 (fair) for the past year and I'd go as far as to say it's my Holy Grail foundation for daytime. I always browse the LOLA stand when I'm in M&S but to date still only own the foundation, and now this lipstick.

LOLA describe the lipstick thus:

This semi-matte, full coverage, creamy liquid lipstick is a real treat for the lips! Strong pigments deliver rich indulgent colour with staying power. Thanks to sunflower seed wax and a blend of oils, the formula is extremely smooth upon application and feels soft on the lips, creating a gloss that dries quickly but doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry and chapped. Added vitamin E helps to neutralise free radical damage and the built-in brush applicator ensures a flawless application.

Sounds great, right? Well, I'm not going to beat around the bush with this review - you can stop reading after this sentence if you like because I'm going to sum it up for you now: I didn't like it.

I love the packaging - it looks sleek and sophisticated. That's where my love affair ends I'm afraid. I don't want to be harsh because I won this, but I'm sure glad I didn't pay £12.00 for it in store.

The colour that I won (the imaginatively titled shade 004) was an instant disappointment. I do not suit pale pink. It is very nearly the same colour as my lips so I may as well not wear it anyway. However, you could definitely tell I had something on my lips, which brings me on to my next point...

The liquid lipstick formula is quite thick and when I applied it it left streaks on my lips instead of a smooth look. I exfoliate and use lip balms so my lips were not chapped and didn't have any dry patches but the lipstick seems to collect in clumps on my lower lip. It accentuated all the fine lines on my lips which is something I've never experienced with a lip product.

Not only did the lipstick look streaky but it instantly attached itself to my teeth and wouldn't budge without a hefty scrub (a quick tongue flick didn't shift it!) I've never ever worn a lipstick that ended up on my teeth. Perhaps that's a side effect of a liquid lippie?!

I can't comment on the wear time because I took it off. Sure, the lipstick was quick drying but it also made my lips feel tight.

All in all I wanted to adore this lipstick because I love the LOLA foundation that I use, and I don't think this item is indicative of the rest of the range but I'm not used to this type of lip product and it isn't for me. I think I'll pass on the liquid lipstick craze and stick to traditional lippies in future.

Have you tried anything from this range, or other liquid lipsticks? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday Whine | Live Music #1

I love live music; there's just something about seeing a live band that brings their music to life. Being surrounded by people who all share a similar passion really excites me and I'll happily watch bands in all kinds of venues from stadiums to the back room of a dingy pub.

Having said that, in the past few years the experience of seeing live music has changed massively and in the next few editions of Wednesday Whine I'm going to tell you how.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Shopping | 1/3 off at Escentual

Every so often online beauty retailer Escentual has a "1/3 off French Pharmacy brands" sale and there's no better time to stock up on all your favourites! Brands include La Roche-Posay, Bioderma, Vichy and Nuxe.

The French Pharmacy sale is always an excuse to stock up on some of my favourites and to try out some new things from the ranges I love.

This time around I decided to try some new items from La Roche-Posay. With Boots having a 3 for 2 on all skincare offer it was only recently that I stocked up on my usual items from this range (such as the famous Effalar Duo +) but I can't seem to let a sale or deal bypass me for fear I'll miss out (I'm an advertisers dream, aren't I?!)

Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel 200ml
RRP: £11.50 Sale price: £7.66
I've been using a lot of oil based cleansers of late because I've received them as samples in various beauty boxes and they're not helping my oily t-zone one bit. This foaming gel is designed for oily, sensitive skin so it's perfect for me. I hope...
Effaclar Mat 40ml
RRP: £14.50 Sale price: £9.66

I normally use their Rosaliac UV Legre moisturiser which is perfect for my red cheeks but it's a little rich for my t-zone, so hopefully using this on my problem areas will sort that.

Physiological Soothing Toner 200ml
RRP: £12.00 Sale price: £8.00

I've got really sensitive skin that's prone to rosacea so need a gentle toner that isn't astringent. This seems to check all the boxes!

I also treated myself to a new Nuxe Reve de Miel Honey Lip Balm (15g) because it's my favourite lip balm. I usually put it on overnight as a mask and I love the smell, the texture and how it makes my lips feel when I wake up! My lips take a battering thanks to a new found obsession with lipstick so this has been used every night lately. The RRP is £9.50 and it's currently £6.33 in the sale. This is a 20th anniversary limited edition pot with a green lid.

The Escentual French Pharmacy sale continues until the end of October so there's a week left to stock up. Do you use any of these products or will you be splashing out on some new beauty products at Escentual? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Whine | LUSH Cosmetics

Never one to shy away from controversy (see 'five products I just don't rate', for example!) I've decided to come out and declare to the world just how much I loathe LUSH. Now, before you start throwing things at me, hear me out...

I know LUSH is a favourite amongst my fellow bloggers so I'm taking a huge risk in making this post. I've made quite a few friends in the blogging community of late and I know a lot of them are LUSH addicts. I'm sure one of them even works in LUSH (sorry!)

Why do I hate LUSH so much? Do I really hate LUSH?! How could I possibly hate LUSH?!?

Well... read on to find out!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

40 by 40 - an alternative bucket list

We've all heard of a bucket list, right? It's essentially a list of things you want to do before you die. I'm hoping that day is a very long way off, so I've come up with a more medium term list - 40 by 40.

It's simple really - I've made a lift of 40 things I've always wanted to do / experience / have and I hope to complete the list by the time I'm 40. That gives me until 11 August 2023. I'd better get cracking then...

It was quite difficult at first to think of 40 things. I wanted to include a list of easily achievable things and things that would stretch me a little. When I asked my friends for suggestions they came up with things that weren't really 'me' and a list of exciting things I've already done (which made me very lucky!)

Without further ado, here is my 40 by 40 list:
1.    Have a drum lesson
2.    Fly in a hot air balloon
3.    Go on a cruise
4.    Ride in a sports car with the top down
5.    Visit the Royal Opera House
6.    Milk a cow
7.    Have a vegetable patch / garden
8.    Climb Scarfell Pike
9.    Go skinny dipping
10.  Run 10k in one go
11.  Swim with dolphins
12.  Have something published
13.  Do ‘zoo keeper’ experience
14.  Get promoted
15.  Ride a horse
16. Pull a pint
17.  Hobbit / Lord of the Rings trilogy film marathon
18.  Do a CBT
19.  Hold a tarantula
20.  Bake a soufflé
21. Own a designer handbag
22. Visit the Isle of Man
23. Eat in a sushi restaurant
24. Visit Lego Land
25. Visit Stonehenge
26. Have a professional photo shoot
27. Visit Edinburgh Zoo
28. Row a boat
29. Climb to the top of Durham Cathedral
30. Learn a foreign language (conversational)
31. Host a dinner party
32.  Get iris tattoo
33.  Achieve ideal weight
34.  Learn to play chess
35.  Be vegan for a month
36.  Fly first class
37.  Sleep in a hammock
38.  Experience a sunrise
39.  Learn sign language
40.  Drive a sports car
I'm going to do an update post every time that I achieve something on the list.

What do you think of the idea? What sort of things would you put on your own list? Do let me know.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

My Favourite Poem

It was National Poetry Day on Thursday and, whilst I was a little too busy to update at the time, I thought I would share my favourite poem with you.

The poet:

Warsan Shire is a British poet born to Somali parents in Kenya in 1988. I first became aware of her when a friend sent me a text with some words from her poems. Having just lost my mother they made me burst into tears in the middle of IKEA.

“I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are
still together.”
I bought Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011) straight away. I was hooked.
The poem:
As a proud feminist this poem speaks to me in so many ways. Firstly, it resonates with me because in the past I've been told that I am a very difficult person; that my strength of conviction and passion for issues I feel strongly about it not attractive to other people. I've always been very vocal about my liberalism and this scares a lot of people - including my husband! Secondly, it says a lot about the struggle of women in the modern age to conform to society's standards about the 'perfect woman'.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

"for women who are 'difficult' to love."
Warsan Shire
you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn't you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can't make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.
Those last three lines send chills down my spine every.single.time.