Monday, 17 December 2012

Review| New CID Cosmetics - i Glow Compact Shimmer Powder Sirocco

New CID Cosmetics i-glow Compact Shimmer Powder With Mirror - £24.00* - Link

"These marbelised glow powders are the perfect 'pick me up' for the skin. Using our famous baked formulation for easy, silky smooth application, i-glow has light reflective pigments for mimicking your skins natural radiance"

In all honesty, I don't tend to wear much make-up, just basics. I'm such an amateur when it comes to make up, which is why at first I was totally unsure of how I was going to make use of this powder, but I've quickly grown to love it and found out a few uses for it. However, it has been a little neglected, mainly due to the fact its so pretty looking and I don't want to ruin it haha.

The sleek, white & silver packaging is typical of the New CID cosmetics products. The powder comes in its individual cardboard boxing and is then housed inside a sturdy and practical flip lid compact. It even comes with its own large mirror.

As soon as you open it, you can see just how pretty it looks! It's dome shaped, baked formula with marbelised effect just makes it look that extra bit special. The powder is very fine, and therefore is easily blendable.

Although it looks rather orange-y in a couple of the photo's, the overall colour once swirled together is a very natural golden shimmer. This can be used as a bronzer if you are quite fair skinned. Or you can use as a highlighter for medium-darker skin tones. You could even use it as an eye-shadow, which I have done on a couple of occasions, its perfect just to add that extra bit of detail around the eyes but still leaving you with a natural looking appearance.

Overall, although this is a little on the pricey side, this little bit of light reflecting powder magic works perfectly with many skin tones to give a radiant, healthy, sunkissed appearance. Perfect to give your skin a little 'pick me up' during these dull winter months :)

You can purchase from New CID Cosmetics Website at £24.00 for 9g of product.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

GIVEAWAY! (UK) - Win MUA Undressed Palette, Lipstick & Eyeliner. CLOSED!

Hello Everyone! 

First of all, a big apology for my blogging absence just lately! I've been having a pretty rough time, and just cannot get my thoughts straight right now to blog or review products properly. I hope you will all forgive me. I thought I'd make it up to you guys by hosting a small giveaway. 

I wanted to include my favourite products from the Make Up Academy range, which I'm sure everyone has heard of by now!

So, the give away includes:
♥ MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette 
♥ MUA Lipstick Shade 2 
♥ MUA Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.

1. You must be a follower of my blog via GFC.
2. UK residents only (sorry).
3. Giveaway will run for 3 weeks (Until 6/1/13)
4. Winner will be notified by email, and has 48 hours to respond.
5. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter...

Laura's All Made Up - MUA Give Away
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Review| Caudalie Cleansing Water

Caudalie Cleansing Water - £13.60* - Link

"Caudalie Cleansing Water thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup without irritation. The soothing, hydrating ingredients make it ideal for even the most sensitive skin, leaving your skin soft and perfectly cleansed."

I know there are mixed reviews on the idea of cleansing waters and I'll be honest here, I didn't think they would be any good. I mean, seriously...just using water to wash your face, how is that going to remove all the make up and dirt? But I quickly discovered how wrong I was once I'd used the Caudalie Cleansing Water.

I'm so lazy when it comes to skincare. My main bad habit is not removing my make up before going to bed. (I know, Naughty me!) So this product is literally a saviour for me, its so quick and easy to use, you just pop some on a cotton pad and wipe over your skin. I keep it on my bedside table and use it on a night before bed. Then use my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish(Click For My Review) on a morning. However this cleanser works very well so there really is no need for any other type of cleanser, mine is just habit and I like a bit of variation in my routine.

The cleansing water, like most other Caudalie products contains Grape extracts, which not only makes the product smell gorgeously refreshing and fruity, but also is said to have powers of anti-ageing and anti-oxidising benefits for the skin. I have quite sensitive skin, and a lot of products tend to give me breakouts or irritate, but this has worked perfectly for me so far over the few weeks I've been using it.

Although the formula is soft and gentle, and has a soothing effect on the skin, it really does the job when it comes to make-up removal, layers of primers/foundation/powder can be removed with ease, admittedly it did use up a few cotton pads, but I'd much prefer this while sitting in bed watching TV to standing over the sink submerging my face in water late at night!

Overall, I highly recommend trying this cleanser, especially if you're a little on the lazy side like me!
You can purchase from Caudalie at £13.60(Including P&P) for the 200ml bottle.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Review| New CID Cosmetics i-Bronze Compact Bronzer - Rio

New CID Cosmetics i-bronze Compact Powder Bronzer Rio - £22.00*- Link

"The unique marbelised formulation means this bronzer has swirls of bronze, golds, pinks and chocolate browns to give the perfect colour for practically all skin tones."

Bronzers for me are one of the main items I use for my daily make up. I prefer to use a bronzer rather than blushers because my cheeks are naturally quite rosy anyway, so I'd rather not end up looking like a pink-cheeked ragdoll. I was sent this New CID Cosmetics i-bronze Compact Powder Bronzer to try out, & I instantly fell in love with it...

The bronzer first of all comes in its own individual cardboard packaging. It's then housed inside this practical and sturdy flip lid container, which even comes with its own large mirror on the inside of the lid. 

You can't help but notice just how gorgeous the bronzer is, with its baked look and marbled swirl effect as soon as you open it up. I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for anything that looks good... If it looks pretty, it's mine :)

The bronzer is made up of a few different colours and shades, which makes it super versatile. You could use the pale pink shades for highlighting, the bronze and golds for bronzing, and the darker chocolate browns for contouring. Or, you can just get a large brush and swirl them altogether to get a beautiful sun kissed glow to your skin. So you're definitely getting your moneys worth out of this one! 

The colours are well pigmented, so you do only need a little bit to get a lightly bronzed look if you're a light skin tone, but easily build-able for darker skin tones. So this really is made for everyone. I should also mention that unlike other bronzers I've tried, this powder has very powder fall out when applying, so no wasted product.

It is a little on the pricey side, but well worth it! If you're looking to invest in a good quality bronzer/contour/highlighter then I'd definitely recommend you give this pretty little thing a go. Its versatile and suitable for pretty much everyone.

You can purchase from New CID Cosmetics Website at £22.00 for 9g of product.

What's your favourite bronzer?

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Review| New CID Cosmetics - i-Colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows

New CID Cosmetics i-color Long Wear Cream Eye shadows - £14.00 Each* - Link

"A long lasting, mousse textured, cream eye-shadow that is simple to blend and will not crease"

The New CID Cosmetics i-colour Long Wear Cream Eye Shadows come in a range of 8 shades which you can view HERE. I was sent 3 of the shades to try out, Chocolate Opal, Crystal Quartz and Twilight. I love the modern looking packaging, they each come in their own individual cardboard boxes, and are housed in transparent pots with white scew top lid with chrome labelling.

The eye shadows are a cream formula and have a whipped mousse texture to them. Which did make me doubt the claims of being long wear to begin with. However when I tried them, they lasted for around 5-6 hours before showing any signs of fading or creasing(and that's without using an eye primer).

The shadows are lightweight and apply smoothly to the lids. At first the colour is very sheer, which is best if you're going for a more natural look, but you can easily layer to build up colour intensity for a more dramatic eye look. I've found its better to just apply these shadows with my fingertip, because applying with a brush doesn't evenly distribute the product.

Chocolate Opal is a deep brown shade with a purple undertone shimmer to it. Perfect for creating a sultry smoky eye look. 

Crystal Quartz is a vibrant shimmering yellow-gold shade, this is a very wearable colour, great for creating a natural "golden goddess" look.

Twilight is a frosty, silver shimmer shade. Ideal for these colder months and creating the perfect party look for the upcoming festive season. 

These eye shadows are available to buy from CID Cosmetics Website at £14.00 each for 5g of product.

Have you tried these eye shadows, what do you think? Do you prefer cream or powder based shadows?

Saturday, 1 December 2012

My Guest Post(Christmas Nail Tutorials) & Christmas Blog Design Update

Hello Girls! 
So, its the 1st December, Christmas will soon be upon us! Did you open your advent calendars this morning? Unfortunately I didn't get one this year, getting too old apparently, booo! :(

I'm not one to usually get in the Christmas-sy mood, I'm quite the Scrooge if I'm honest. However when I had the opportunity to do a guest post for the lovely Evelyn from We Were Raised By Wolves, I thought what better post to write than one involving Christmas, and my favourite hobby...nail designs!? 
I put together 5 little nail design tutorials in total, I'd love for you to give them a go :) 

You can view them HERE, or by clicking on the image below.

Also, I've noticed a few bloggers have been making new headers/designs for their blogs ready for Christmas. I didn't want to be left out so I have updated my blog to give a bit more of a festive feel. What do you think of the new look? :)