Thursday, 31 October 2013

Introducing Avon's New Colour Collection

A month ago or so I went to The Sanderson Hotel to preview Avon’s Colour makeup launch as the unveiled their new products to some fellow bloggers and the press. We were shown some of their new products, which included lip crayons and a 8-colour eyeshadow palette. They also had the redesigned quad eyeshadow palette with new formulas and showed some new colours joining the successful Ultra Colour Lipstick.
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We also had the chance to meet the absolutely lovely Sam and Nic from Pixiwoo whose channel has to be one of my favourite on Youtube. They created some amazing looks using the products, some which I want to try at home. Alesha Dixon was also there being as lovely as she was the last time I met her at the last Avon event.
We were given a generous goody bag filled with everything from the collection so I have been playing around with a lot of the products. I have loved the lipsticks; the colour pay off is good and I love the sleek packaging. It looks very high end. My only bugbear is that I think the colour on the lip is a far cry from the colour picture on the bottom of the lipstick, but that is not a massive problem.
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I love the packaging of the eyeshadow quads. They are very Chanel inspired, the formula makes the payoff of colour really good. They also blend nicely. I find it handy having four colours that work together making it easy to create a quick look. I am not sure that they are as good as my beloved MAC shadows but at half the price for four than it is for one they are really impressive.
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The lip crayons are my favourite and I think they are ideal for on the go; they make life easy. Lip crayons are everywhere so Avon has some tough competition. I love the colours that Avon has in their collection especially, the bright pink aptly named 'Fresh Fuchsia'; the colour really pops on the lip. This is due to the new True Colour Technology, which means the base of the lipstick is a truculent shea butter and the pigment is added after so the colour is not interrupted. I do however find the formulation a little drying compared to others but I think that is down to the glitter in the product, which I am not a fan of as it does tend to stay after a lot of the product as gone. Overall I was impressed with what Avon had to offer and it was a far cry from what it use to be.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Introducing: Neal & Wolf

I was recently contacted by Neal & Wolf asking if I would like to try some of their products, even letting me choose from their range so I could sample whatever I fancied. My hair has not been at its best of late due to spending time away with heat and chlorine alongside my usual straightening or curling to contend with so I was recommended to try their Blow Dry Balm, Hold and Shine Spray and 'Harmony', their Intensive Care Treatment.
Blow Dry Balm

This has to be my favourite out of the products I had been sent and has now made it into my everyday hair routine. One thing that really stands out about the range is their packaging, it looks really luxurious and the products our housed in either purple or white pearlescent packaging. The Blow Dry Balm comes in a white pearlescent tube. The smell of this product is nice and not overpowering like many products of this sort I have tried in the past. I use this product on wet hair focusing on the ends before blow drying and straightening, and it has made a difference to frizz and made it my hair much softer. I will say that you don’t need to use a lot of this product as a little goes along way, and to much can weigh the hair down. Therefore, I can see the product lasting a long time.

Hold and Shine Spray

This product is designed for all hair types and coped well with my thick wayward hair. I used this product on my just curled hair and it defiantly made my curls last longer than if I had not used any hairspray. However, I am not sure if it held them better than my beloved Elnette hair spray. One thing I will say is that it defiantly had a better smell and it made my hair far less crunchy (editors note: Rachel loves Paul Mitchell's Soft Style Soft Spray for hold without making your hair crunchy), the addition of shine to the spray I think helped with that. The packaging is also nice and the plastic purple spray is really handbag friendly.

Harmony Intensive Care Treatment

This was the product I was most excited to try as I love what hair treatments can do to your hair, and I have tried quite a few over the years. This intensive hair mask which can be used one of two ways, either as a mask that can be left for up to 20 minutes for a maximum pampering experience, or you can just leave it on for a few minutes as a conditioning treatment. I have found that this product works well both ways. The packaging is much the same as a regular conditioner but in my opinion it looks way more expensive that the £12.95 price tag. I have also found it to last a long time, even with my shoulder length hair. As with the other Neal & Wolf products it smells really expensive and almost perfume like. This product made my hair much smoother and silky soft, and I definitely will continue to use it around twice a week as and when my hair needs it.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Adventures In New Age Makeup: Cover FX's CC Cream

Ever since they came out, I've pretty much ignored BB, CC and whatever double alphabet creams have been launched by various beauty brands. I hated tinted moisturisers, and I could not see what was any different if I wanted long lasting makeup or good coverage, I reached for my foundation. If not, I just made do with primer, concealer and pressed powder. However, when Cover FX offered to send me some of the brand new CC cream to try, I thought why ever not? I was looking for something a bit lighter than foundation to wear as I'm still on the mission of cleaning out my skin from all the Los Angeles pollution, and I know from experience that Cover FX products usually provide really, really good coverage. 
DSC_1094 Cover FX CC Cream c/o Cover FX: £32 / $45

Well after a few weeks playing around with it in London, while there are still a few problems, I think I may be a little bit converted. This amazing treatment glides onto the skin with my fingertips, no need for a foundation brush, and it does provide good coverage for every day, when I cannot be bothered to play around with my foundation. It does also hide some of the things a product like this is looking to conceal, but for bigger blemishes and acne spots you still will need to use concealer. It also as SPF 30, which is good to know. It is long lasting, and while it does not help my makeup stay in place as well as my foundation does (Chanel Lumiere Perfection, in case you were interested), it does still do the job. My only big problem I have with this cream is the colour match. It does work on my skin, but compared to my foundation, it is not a perfect match which is a problem with ranges with not many shades. So, this may be a really good option for lighter, everyday coverage, but it is unfortunately not going to be suitable for everyone, and it is only my handy used of bronzer around the edges that made me look naturally bronzed, rather than orange. 

Have any of you jumped on the BB or CC cream band wagon?