Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Chanel | Rouge Coco Shine 54 Boy

Another part of my Chanel Haul was the lovely Rouge Coco Shine in 54 Boy.  I hear a lot of people talking about Chanel lipsticks, so I'm glad I finally have joined the club.  Mark at Chanel House of Fraser Oxford Street picked out this colour for me.  I'm so glad he picked out this...shows he's got good taste.

Chanels Boy (the lighting doesn't show this in all it's glory)

This is a rosy pink which is so hydrating on the lips.  I love the fact that it has a nice scent too. I swear it smells of roses.

A close up with the flash

If you can notice there is a slight shimmer to the pink.  It's not overly obvious but I think this gives the lipstick a wet look.  This remind me of a lip balm rather than a lipstick. 

The packaging

The simple Chanel which I love...sexy!

Swatches with a flash and natural lighting

Sadly I for got to take a decent photo of this on my lips.  This is all I have.

Pretty in pink

I really love this lipstick so much I could quiet happily purchase more.  They are not cheap though at £22. 50 it does make you gulp at the price tag.  But this is so beautiful so it doesn't make you feel too bad for long.  There are lots of shades to choose from, so if you don't like this shade there are plenty more to check out.

I am now a Chanel Coco Rouge Shine lover for sure.

Angela xox
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Chanel Nail Colours | Peridot & Graphite

Another part of huge Chanel haul was these two gorgeous nail polishes.  I didn't actually intend to purchase these but...I am a girl and I can be persuaded easily....especially if these are being dangled in my face!

So firstly this beauty that goes by the name of Graphite number 529.

Graphite 529

This is a lovely lovely LOVELY polish and I couldn't recommend this enough.  The above picture is three coats.  The polish it's self just in the bottle is stunning.  You could say this is a silvery black grey glitter polish but that description doesn't do it justice.  It is beautiful!!!!  Even though it is glittery it dries smooth, you can't feel the lumps and bumps of the glitter.  If you wear this you will just stare at your nails...trust me.  Oh one more thing, this is as easy as anything to remove with polish remover...not like your usual glitter polishes.

And next on the Chanel conveyor belt is Peridot number 531...

Peridot 531

Peridot is one of the polishes when you look at the bottle is is very deceiving and shows a completely different colour.  It kind of reminds of a moody ring...every time you move it around the light catches a different colour.  It's a green one minute, then a gold ...its a true chameleon. 

My favourite of the duo is Graphite.  I like Peridot but it just doesn't do it for me like Graphite does.  I'm not saying I don't like Peridot, I just think Graphite is more wearable.
I know you've probably seen tonnes of reviews of these polishes so I won't go on too much longer ;-)

Angela xox
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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre | Emerveille & Ebloui

If you want to see my Chanel haul post click right here.  I promised a in depth show an tell of my new Chanel items so here is the post for the Illusion D'Ombre's in the shades Emerveille & Ebloui.

L-R ~ 82 Emerveille and 86 Ebloui

Packaging is sleek and come in cute glass jars.  Pretty much like MAC's Paint Pots...just better looking.

As above L-R ~ 82 Emerveille and 86 Ebloui

These are a very similar texture to a Maybelline Moose product, they feel like sponge cake.  Creamy-spongy-soft-velvet-moose.  They are not clumpy and look like powder eye shadows once they are blended onto the lid. 

My main advice with these and with ANY eyeshadow, use an eyeshadow base before you apply these.  They are 'long wearing shadows' but they'll stay put much longer if you use a base.  I use my holy grail item MAC's Painterly Paint Pot.

They have a ultra micro fine glitter in them to make them look metallic.  It's not chucky glitter at all and there will be no fall out under the eyes.

Cute brush you can use to apply the product

In the boxes you get the shadow and a brush like above.  It's so small it's the size of my little finger.  The handle turns into the lid and its perfect for on the go application. 

Only problem with the brush, they do not collect enough shadow so you have to go back and forth a lot which is annoying.  I used my finger in the end which was better.

The swatches: Top-Bottom ~ 86 Ebloui & 82 Emerveille


If I had to compare these colours I would say Ebloui is like MAC's Twinks eyeshadow with the added micro-fine glitter.  It's a reddish toned Brown/Cranberry shade.  A lovely crease colour.
 
Emerveill for me resembles MAC's All that Glitters and maybe Stila's Kitten.  It's a light pinky/peach/champagne colour.  It is perfect for throwing over the lid for a quick natural look.
 
At £22.50 each they may seem expensive but honestly you get a lot of product in the pot.  Plus you don't need a lot of the product on your brush or fingerto make this work.  The pigmentation is beautiful.

The collection launched last Friday and I know these are hot property so If you like the look of these get on down to your nearest Chanel stand.  I believe there are six new shades to choose from!!!!

Angela xox
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Chanel Haul

Last Friday I had a makeup session with the lovely people at the Chanel counter at Oxford Streets House of Fraser store.  This might sound shocking but I've never purchased any Chanel items before.  It was one of the brands I just hadn't had the chance to experience (a part from their perfumes).

When I got there the lovely Mark beautified me, he is such a nice guy...made me like fabulous.  I let him have free rein to do anything he wanted.  So he did!  I didn't take a picture of the finished look, but I purchased items he used on my to try one day to recreate what he did.

So here's my Chanel haulage....

The things I bought in their boxes

I picked up the two Illusion D'Ombre (that day they were released) eyeshadows, Matt Lumiere foundation, Infinite Length and Curl mascara, a Rouge Coco Shine lipstick.  Plus two Nail colours as extras (also really that day). 
Out of the boxes

I seriously don't think my little Mastercard was happy with this lot...but I am.  Instead of doing a reallllllly long blog post showing everything individually i am going to do a post for each of the items.  If I included everything on here this post be very long indeed.

So watch this space for follow ups.....one is coming very soon!!!

Bye for now

Angela xox

P.S....you can find me on twitter @jollybeachang
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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Stila Shimmer Duo in Kitten

I have exciting news ladies, especially us UK ladies!!!  If you have heard of the brand Stila which is a US brand, you'll be happy to know that Stila is now available in the UK in Boots.  The entire range is not available but some of the brands best items are now here!!!! Yay! 

The box/packaging

If you remember back from my NYC haul I purchased a few Stila items.  I love Stila so I raided Sephora and Macy's a few times.  This isn't the first time Stila is in the UK.  Years ago Stila used to be in the UK in Space NK stores.  But for some reason it went into hiding never to be seen again....until now that is.  Now when I say it's now stocked in Boots I can only assume it is available in large Boots stores.  Not the little stores.  I found my Stila counter at Boots in Lakeside Thurrock.


Natural lighting ...what it looks like inside the compact

The left side is the most famous Stila shade in Kitten.  If you have MAC's All that Glitters eyeshadow it is pretty similar to that.  If you don't know what All that Glitters is, the only way I can describe the shadow is like a pale pearly pink with very fine glitter.  It's very pretty.

The right side is a golden colour which is really nice, but I don't know if that has its own name.  I would say this is more the bronzing shade and Kitten is for highlighting.  But when I use this I sweep my brush over both colours to get a mixture of both of them.

With a flash

With the above and below pictures you can see how shimmery the swatches are. They are not filled with 'chucky' glitter more a ultra fine shimmer. If you applied this to your face you won't look like you threw glitter on your face.
With the product you are not just limited to using this as a cheek/brow highlight, you can use it anywhere. You can use it on your décolleté or neck/collar bone, arms, shoulders ...anywhere.  They are safe to use around the eye area, so you can use as eyeshadows if you like (they can be applied wet or dry).  I have been using this as a cheek highlight though and it looks so nice on your face.  I have to say that this has excellent lasting power and in fact this lasts all day on my cheeks.  It doesn't disappear like some products would.  I do get sweaty tubes/subways to work and we all know what travelling in hot humid conditions is like....so the fact this lasts is fabulous.

The compact cost £16.00 if you're wondering.  It does seem expensive but I can't see myself running out of this anytime soon.  I've been using this for a few weeks and I've barely made a dent in the top.  I think it's the fact you don't need a lot of this product to make it work for you.


Top is with the flash and below is natural 'dull' lighting


I did only purchase this from Boots, it's not that I had to hold myself back it's just I still have lots of my NYC items so I saw no reason to go crazy.

So if you're a UK Stila lover you can buy from Boots online here.  There is a Stila stand in the Lakeside branch, so you can see it up close and personal there :-)  Also....there is more....If you know the online site ASOS, you might of seen that they sell Stila on their website too!!! Click here to have a look.

Angela xox
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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Forever 21 Jewellery Haul

Just a quick post before I go for my SW weigh in....wish me luck!

I did a recent haul of earrings and a bracelet from the new Oxford street branch of London's first EVEEEEERRRRR Forever 21. Yeeeeehaaaa

 The earrings

I don't know if the stones/ gem stones are real.  They feel heavy-ish, so they almost could be perhaps.  Both earrings came to under £10.  The earrings on the left - the gold ones were only £3.15!!!!! Yes I did type that correct...£3.15.  The turquoise ones on the right were £3.15 again.  Nice price for high street and they don't look cheap either.

The bracelet

I should say bracelets really.  This was a set of three and they look lovely, noisy but lovely.  I only paid £7.40 for the set which I think is an amazing price.  They are all different designs and look very pretty on.

My cat Milly also tried to seek in my pictures if you look below ....hehe

Milly posing sooooo cute!

I so recommend popping into Forever 21 if you have the chance.  There are tonnes of jewellery bits and bobs to choose from.  Any one who loves jewellery will be in heaven!!

What does everyone else think of Forever 21?

Angela xox
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil

These days a lot of people think you need to spend mega bucks to get great hair.  If you're a celebrity...then you can.... but for us normal folk - it isn't so easy on the purse strings.

One of the latest trends is Moroccan Oil, which has celebrity fans along the lines of Katy Perry, Rachel Bilson, Taylor Swift , Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood. ...even Russell Brand is said to be a fan.  I've seen and read that quite a few beauty guru's are starting to use M.O. also.  The only thing about M.O. is it can be ever so slightly expensive.  So my next best alternative is the V05 equivalent...

Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil

This 50ml bottle came in at £5.00 from good old faithful Tesco.  Completely accessible to most people in the UK.  It can also be found in most other supermarkets and Boots and Superdrug.  Prices do vary, so have a look around before you hand over your pocket money so to speak.

V05 have been around for quite sometime and they know their stuff.  I have always been a fan of their shampoos and conditioners and would total recommend the brand. When it comes to hair the boys and girls at V05 know what they are talking about.

The pipette and the oil

You can either use this on towel dried hair or the other way is to use it on dry hair as a frizz tamer and to provide a bit of extra shine.  I love using this on my towel dried locks. I just comb my hair through and into the palm of my hand - drop about 4-6 drops.  I then apply this to the ends of my hair and any excess i have left over I just run my hands through my hair.

When I have finally dried my hair it is so smooth and silky.  And it's very soft too and I just want to keep touching it.  Sometimes it is so nice i don't even bother to style my hair with the GHD's.  This is very conditioning and makes my hair feel lovely.

The obvious thing with this product is that it is an oil.....sooooo if you have the tendency to get oily scalp/hair don't use it near your roots.  It's not an oily/greasy product any way and you don't need to apply this to the root area as its more the body and tips of the hair that need an Argan oil special treatment.

If you want to check the V05 website for this product and any others they sell.  You can click right here

My final thoughts of this product are - it says miracle in the name.  They must of forgot to add worker after that, because this certain is!  At £5.00 is a completely bargain.  A little goes along with this all depending on the length and thickness of your hair.  The packaging though I'm a bit hmmm ahhh  about.  It has a little pipette is distribute the product and I'm not too sure if a spray bottle would be better or not.  I'm still debating so in my head as I write this post.  But a side from the packaging this is a winner for me...hands down!!!!

Have you tried this or any other Argan oil treatment?  What are your thoughts?

Angela xox
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Saturday, 13 August 2011

Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint

Now who out there struggles to have a long lasting lip colour???  Food, drink and the odd kiss here and there all make the task of keeping your lip colour lasting all the more difficult.  A few beauty companies are coming out or have already done so ....the felt tip pen style lip stain.  Revlon and Maybelline to name a few.  With a few random left over Advantage Card Points I picked this up during the week.


The Pen.....Pink Princess

Max Factor to me usually has the X Factor of the high street makeup for me and I was hoping this wouldn't disappoint.  The Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint is a bit of a mouthful to say, it's not a short and sweet name.  There are six colours to choose from and I chose the usual standard pink cutely called Pink Princess. 


The hand swatch

The colour on the packaging to me shows the colour pink, which you would 'assume' is the colour which the product will show as on your lips. Now the swatch above for me is more on the red shade than the pink shade.  Still a nice colour but red!

On the lips....the shade Pink Princess

I like this product, at a fairly decent price of £7.99 (that was the Boots price) the results are not bad.  I think the packaging colour was a little deceiving.  My colour is more red than pink, which would of been the preferred look.  Never the less it was a nice colour.

The pen part worries me, will it dry out or not.  It's like a felt tip pen you used to have in school and did feel a little rough on the lips when it came to application.  I think the design is better than say Benefits Benetint. You're not likely to spill this as there isn't any to spill .... it is more user friendly.  You can just pop it on your bag unlike the Benefit option.  Plus the Max Factor is cheaper...thumbs up indeed.

This will fade through of the day.  It's not meant to last all day, just stain your lips for a while.  But it fades evenly and doesn't look patchy, so don't worry - you will not look weird.  It doesn't leave any horrible taste on your lips either and smells quite nice.  I give this product the thumbs up :-)

Have you ever tried any lips stains?  What are your thoughts?

Angela xox
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