Thursday, 21 May 2015

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick 815 Sweet Pea Review

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick 815 Sweet Pea Review - £7.99 Boots & Superdrug (Currently 2 for £10)
Revlon is my favourite brand for lip products and if you saw my collection, I'm sure you'd agree. When I saw they launched their Ultra HD Lipstick in the UK, I looked everywhere for them to swatch. The shade 815 Sweet Pea looked most appealing to me.

If you read my recent post where I went shopping in Superdrug whilst they had a 3 for 2 offer, you may have read that I purchased yet more lip items that I don't need. My favourite Revlon lip products are the lip butters. I've got more than I care to admit and it's an easy formula to swipe and go. I would say the Ultra HD lipsticks are based on the lip butters but with slightly more pay off.

The packaging is the main negative point of the Ultra HD lipstick unfortunately. As others have mentioned, like all other lip products, you are able to wind down the product to the bottom so that you don't catch it on the lid. In this case, you have to be very careful so not to take a chunk of product off when you return the lid back on. Rather annoying. The rest of the design is nothing too exciting and actually I do prefer the lip butter packaging personally.

The product itself is just ok. I love the smell which is really sweet and reminds me of vanilla cupcakes! It is fairly pigmented and shade 815 Sweet Pea is a cool-toned, blue-based pink which is something I'd wear in the daytime as it's quite subtle on the lips. There is no drag when it's being applied but the finish is just average. The Ultra HD part? I'm not so sure where this comes into place, but it's an average product overall.

If you're a fan of the original Revlon Lip Butters then try this out, but for an amped up version of a lip balm, maybe this one isn't for you.

Have you tried the Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks? What were your thoughts?

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

25 & 26 Weeks Update

It's already been 2 weeks since my last update, time really is flying and I'm getting bigger and bigger. Things are really getting pretty real now, I've had confirmation of a breastfeeding course I'm booked into at the hospital. It's now less than 2 weeks until we move house (I've managed to pack one box so far, oops). 

25 & 26 Weeks Pregnancy Update

I've been really tired lately, even when I'm literally doing nothing around the house so naps are greatly appreciated when I can manage to doze off.

How far along? 27 weeks & 2 days.
Total weight gain: 9lbs.
Maternity clothes? No new ones.
Stretch marks? I'm really sad, they've now creeped onto my belly but there's ever-growing ones all over my legs too unfortunately. :(
Sleep: Getting pretty disturbed now. Baby has decided she much prefers night-time to start waking me up, this combined with generally feeling like a whale isn't ideal for a good nights sleep.
Best moment this week: Feeling her move so much and so strongly now.
Miss anything? Nothing really.
Food cravings: I've finally realised I've had a huge craving this entire pregnancy and didn't pick it up; cereal! I can't go a day without having it but never picked it up as a craving but I didn't used to have it so much. Also, a strawberry & lychee drink from Aldi that I've been loving. Yum.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: Girl!
Labour signs: Not yet.
Symptoms: Constant tiredness, wanting to eat the house contents, pelvic pain and general aches and backpain. 
Belly button in or out? Still in and flat, keeps going half out then back in.
Happy or moody most of the time: I've been pretty emotional and felt quite low mainly. No real reason, just hormonal I guess crying for no reason.
Looking forward to: Once I've got my whooping cough injection and blood tests out the way next week, I've got a pretty exciting fortnight following!

I'm not sure if we'll have internet right away as they've never installed on time, so my next update may be late! I hope you're all well and looking forward to the Bank Holiday if you're in the UK!

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Kiko Quick Dry 803 Rose Coral Review

Kiko Quick Dry 803 Rose Coral Review
Kiko Quick Dry 803 Rose Coral | Currently £2.90 here.
When I last visited my friend Sara whilst she was still living in Madrid, she kindly gave me some gifts from Kiko, which isn't quite easily accessible in the UK, but mega cheap in Spain. I haven't tried a lot of Kiko products but the ones I have tried, I have loved.

The colours she chose couldn't have been more perfect, she knows me well clearly! One of the products was the Quick Dry formula in shade 803 Rose Coral. It has the best nail polish brush I've tried, a wide, thick brush which covers most of my nail with one sweep.

The formula is perfect and although I'm not the best at applying nail polish, it's one of those "quick I've not painted my nails" 5 minutes before leaving the house type products, that you just grab and go. I'm hooked on this range and want to try more products. Sadly their UK site has a minimum order value of £25 which is pretty high, but I know that they've just opened a store in Oxford. I'm moving back towards there very soon so will be able to pick up some more shades then!

Have you tried any of Kiko's products? Which do you recommend to try?

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Baby Girl Haul

George Home Patterned Owl Junior Fitted Sheet £5 | Mam 130ml Bottle & Soother - Boots
I'm sorry for those of you bored with the baby posts, don't worry I'll be back soon with beauty posts in between! I thought I'd share some of the things I've recently got for our baby girl, some things gifted or free. For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@paulab90), you may already see posts I've been updating with a few splurges here and there.

In a few weeks we're due to move house to make room so I haven't started on the nursery yet of course. We've still been stocking up on items so we can decorate once we get the keys and one thing we found in our local Asda was this beautiful George Home Owl Fitted Sheet for her cotbed. It caught my eye and I just had to have it!

After signing up to Boots Parenting Club, which I found out through Abbie from, I downloaded the Boots app to find tons of offers and freebies, one of which included a free Mam bottle and soother set. I love the Mam design and it's great marketing as now I wish we'd got Mam bottles instead of Tommee Tippee!

Various socks from Tu @ Sainsburys, F&F @ Tesco & Nutmeg @ Morrisons | Leopard Print Short Babygrow | Angel Dear Bamboo Burp Cloths
My Mum is excited to become a Grandma for the forth time to yet another girl, so she's been stocking up too on essentials like these gorgeous socks. They're irresistable and I also can't leave cute socks behind when I spot them in stores.

My friend Sara decided that baby girl needs some leopard print in her life and I can't disagree with that, this cute little baby grow will go well in her wardrobe!

Last but not least, I spotted these beautiful burp cloths (muslin cloths) in TK Maxx, god I love that shop! I believe the brand Angel Dear is from America and it seems quite expensive so I got a good deal getting 2 for £5. They have my favourite animals on, cats, of course. The colours are also so cute so I'll add that to her cute muslin collection!

I can't wait to get her nursery sorted now and wash her clothes, although I'm mega early to start washing things (I'm 26 weeks today), I'd rather be prepared than not be ready! All of her furniture has arrived so it just needs to be built and look pretty in her new room. So exciting!

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss in 104 Mafia Gloss Review

L'Oreal Infallible Mega Gloss in 104 Mafia Gloss Review
L'Oreal Infallible Mega Gloss in 104 Mafia Gloss | £6.99 in Superdrug & Boots
When you're a lip product addict like I am, releases such as this, L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss really excite me. I read a snippet about the product from and knew I had to have it. Thankfully at the time, Superdrug was having a 3 for 2 offer on all makeup, so of course it would be rude not to throw in another couple of items.

There's around 20 shades which means you're guaranteed to find one you love. The range seems to be split up into glitters, cream (ooh) and neon shades. I went for the shade 104 Mafia Gloss since I hadn't found them to swatch and the online shades were little to be desired. It was a good gamble though, as I really love it. As you can see, it's a hot pink which can probably quite intimidating in the tube but it's very wearable in my opinion for most skin tones.

The thing I love most about this product that's unique is the brush. It's shaped to hug your lips (not in my case sadly, damn you small lips), but I think this is genius and it still works well even on the smallest of lips. I believe this is the same brush that the YSL Gloss Volupte has too, which makes it feel more luxurious.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss in 104 Mafia Gloss Review

The formula is really light and non-sticky, lasting a good few hours before needing to be re-applied. The pigmentation is also pretty good for a lipgloss but I prefer to build it up in light layers.

For the price tag, I would highly recommend picking this up if you're in the market for a new lipgloss. Overall I'm sold on this range and won't hesitate to pick up more shades.

Have you tried the Mega Gloss yet? Which shade are you thinking of trying out?

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream Review

The Body Shop All In One BB Cream Review
The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream - £12.00 here.
It's been a while since I last reviewed The Body Shop on La Vida Fresa. Don't worry - I've still been stocking up on my favourites, I've just been overtaken with baby items that I've forgotten about them a bit.

Recently I found The Body Shop's All-In-One BB Cream at the back of my base stash and was so glad to have rediscovered my love for it. Although it's advertised as a BB cream, I don't actually agree with this, in my opinion it's simply a tinted moisturiser at best, as it offers minimal coverage. That being said, I still like using it underneath my favourite liquid and mineral foundations as it gives a flawless result.

Since I got pregnant, I've still been waiting for this "pregnancy glow" to happen, instead I've been left with a dull, lackluster complexion. Products like this really help me fake that glow and it always gets noticed by others!

I would say this is very similar to the Origins Vitazing Moisturiser (£29.00), a dupe indeed. I previously included it in my favourites in fact in this blog post. In comparison to the Origins Vitazing, although I do love them both. I have to say, I much prefer The Body Shop's version. For the simple reasons that I find the All-In-One easier to blend and less orange in tone. For both products I use my fingers since brushes don't seem to work well and give a patchy look, not a good look.

I have mainly dry skin so both products work well at moisturising and don't give me the sweaty oily look. I think for the price, it's well worth a purchase, especially since The Body Shop seem to always have offers on.

What do you think, are you a fan of The Body Shop's All In One BB Cream? Or do you prefer Origins Vitazing?

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Disappointing Products

It's not often that I share the products that disappointed me on the blog, but sometimes my first impressions that I share on the blog may not stay as positive.

Seventeen Stay Time Primer was one that I picked up on a whim in the airport. I realised I forgotten to pack a primer and saw this, which was fairly new at the time. It comes out pretty dark, which isn't ideal when you're as pale as I am. It blends out, but not enough for my liking and the texture is horrible. Once I start to blend with my fingers it starts going patchy and even worse once I apply my foundation over the top.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Punky Mega Volume Mascara. I really hoped for good things from this mascara, since I saw how well the regular Miss Manga mascara did. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me. It gives me the worst spider lashes and smudges on my lids every time. It's not for me, but if you love voluminous lashes, then maybe give this one a go.

I steered well clear from the hype when Maybelline Baby Lips first came out, and wish I never bought it too.As a huge fan of Burts Bees, there isn't much that compares and I expected better things from this product. The colour is great actually and looks natural on the lips, for reference I got shade Pink Punch. Formula wise, it feels very silicone and is far from moisturising. I end up wiping it off every time and applying regular lip balm. Shame since the packaging is pretty cute!

Another Maybelline product is the Superstay 24hr Bold Matte Lip Color. This was one of those impulse buys when you're in Boots and spot a 3 for 2 offer and need a third item. The colour is a really pretty, very bright fuschia. The product claims to not transfer and last for up to 24 hours, extremely bold claim. Whilst I wouldn't ever need 24 hours wear, it does last a long amount of time, too long though in my opinion. Since I went for the matte version, it wasn't moisturising so my lips got very dry within a short amount of time of wear. Sadly this one will end up being neglected in my lipstick collection.

Yet another well hyped product was the Clinique Chubby Stick. I got this mini size as a sample with a magazine and I must admit, I did buy simply for the freebie. As much as it feels more moisturising than most stick products, it isn't very pigmented and so feels more like a regular lip balm. For the price, I hoped for more.

Finally, True Match Foundation. When I first purchased this, it was great for my skin tone and type. Fast forward time and this is no longer the right shade nor right for my skin, even non-pregnant. It's exrtemely drying and patchy, resulting in an uneven base once I apply products over the top. Lots of people rave about this, so I'm sure that it's a winner in some eyes, but not for me.

What do you think about the products I chose? Do you love any of these products? 

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