Tuesday, 11 September 2012

PIXI Natural Brow Duo

A little while ago I saw this pop up on a blog for review before its launch date and I was immediately intrigued! I'm really picky with brow products, I don't like them too dark or too creamy, just right. When I saw the PIXI Natural Brow Duo I thought it looked like such a good little product as it includes the waxy slanted pencil and the tinted gel in what looked like my perfect shade!

I really love the packaging, it's non offensive and cute so what more could you ask for! I especially like the picture of the product on the side of the box, it's a cute touch! The pencil side of the product is super easy to use and on my medium brown coloured brows gives a really natural but defined look to my brows, the colour is perfect for me which is that added bonus! The slant in the product also makes it that little bit easier and quicker to apply. The gel side is lovely too, it slicks my brows into place with minimal effort whilst adding extra texture and definition to my brows, love it!

Overall I think this is an absolute make up bag essential, especially if like me you love your groomed brows and use both pencil and gel. I love getting out of my make up bag to use as I find it to be such a cool little product and really exciting to use (I know how sad!). Unfortunately this product only comes in one shade of medium brown for the time being. I really do hope they bring out more shades as I would love to venture into a darker one too! I'm pretty sure there's probably been other brands that have brought out similar if not the same products but for now I'm excited for this!

Lots of love, Caterina xo

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sienna X Express Tanning Mist

Whilst on holiday in Malia I picked up an English mag from the overpriced shops over there! It was the Company issue with Nicole Richie on the front. I was reading through there holiday ready tips and they mentioned the Sienna X Express Tanning Mist as the easiest most full proof tanning product! So naturally I had to purchase it...

I had a look to see if there were any reviews online, I think I came across one via Google! So I bought it pretty much based on what the magazine said which isn't very like me, I like to read reviews first. I used it first off as a whole body tanner, I know risky! I found the application incredibly easy, the product didn't even require me to rub it in, just an effortless airbrush application. The great thing about this tan is that you notice development in 2-4 hours! It fully develops after 8 hours but after waiting four you will definitely notice your skin to be more bronzed! Great for last minute resorts on nice out!

The smell of this products is gorgeous, kind of coconut like and fresh. It dries instantly on the skin so no pottering around naked until your no longer tacky!

I was left with a beautifully even, deep bronze colour! I was so impressed and my hands and feet had never had such an even and easy application! The only down side was that I felt I used a hell of a lot of the product for one body application, so I would set this aside for legs or just hands and feet in the future.

The tan lasted a good week on my skin which I was very impressed with, I noticed that the deepness of the colour only started to fade after 3 days so my tan stayed pretty dark for a while! I would highly recommend this product, I really have come to become a fan of the Sienna X tanning products, I purchased the gel tanner after using this and have been seriously loving it! I'd also like to note that the price is pretty reasonable in my eyes for what it does! As long as you don't use it for full body application too much it will be well worth your money!

Lots of love, Caterina xo

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Fashionista £10 Custom Palette & FREE Mascara

Fashionista Custom Palette £10

I've never really been too much of a blush person but the other day I threw on a random peachy shade whilst at work and really loved how it picked up my complexion! The brand Fashionista has been around for a while now with there custom blush/bronzer/eyeshadow palettes but I'd never really delved until now!

I was in Superdrug on Oxford Street (opposite Primark) and noticed that for £10 you could have the palette and fill it with four blushers, bronzers or eyeshadows of your choice! I took this as an opportunity to branch out in the blusher world without forking out £80 for 4! I chose the shades (from top right- bottom left order) Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Juicy Apricot & Glow. All the powders are gorgeously pigmented and soft and the shade range is fantastic! I used Juicy Apricot for the first time yesterday and absolutely loved it and cannot wait to give the other shades a whirl!

As well as the offer of £10 for my whole palette, they had another offer that if you filled a palette you could receive a free mascara! I chose the Maxi Big Lash Impact Mascara which alone costs £8, such a good deal! I am yet to give the mascara a proper whirl but for free I'm not complaining!

I think the idea of the Fashionista palettes is a really neat idea especially for those who love the idea of MAC palettes but cannot afford them, this can give you that custom palette taste without the expense. Next time I will be eyeing up the bronzers!

Lots of love, Caterina xo

Clarins Toning Body Balm

I have recently really got into body products such as exfoliates, moisturisers and anything that will make my skin glowing and smooth! The Clarins Toning Body Balm has their Tonic scent which can also be found in the body oils, shower & bath concentrate and body polisher. The scent is absolutely amazing! It's so invigorating and really awakens the senses without being overly offensive.

The texture is smooth and non sticky and sinks into the skin like a dream. This is my favourite product if I'm wanting my skin to look glowy and toned as it does just that! I personally love this if I feel my skin feels a bit dry in the morning and needs an instant pick me up as it sinks in so quickly with minimal fuss.

I highly recommend the Clarins Body Balm but as a disclaimer I would like to say that I do now work for Clarins and this product was free but it no way shape or form effects my opinion, it was simply gifted to me for completing my training.

Hope you're all well!
Caterina xo

Things Have Changed

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My life recently has taken a complete change of events in the space of literally a month! At the end of June I went on holiday to Malia with a few girl friends for a week, I couldn't of been more thankful for a break as at the time I was working a 9-5 job from hell and felt my happiness slowly disintegrating due to the fact that I was disliking my job. I went away and had such a hilarious time in Malia which consisted of relaxing, alcohol, really bad dancing and even worse tan lines. When I got back my mum informed me that I'd received a phone call from a job I'd applied for, It was a job I'd been searching for but been being rejected by for over a year so I was happy but not too hopeful. I gave the lady a call back and left a message, fast forward one week, I'd been offered the job. I honestly couldn't believe I was finally getting my break which to be honest I had given up on, the thing with this job was that it wasn't JUST a job it was the start to my career.

I'd have to say one of the hardest things I've ever done was call my work colleague at the time who made my old job for me and had become one of my closest friends to say I was leaving. She was so supportive and bought me the good luck card above! So now over a month on I am now settled in at my new job and am looking for a new place to live in north London, it really feels like I'm growing up and hitting reality and to be honest I'm loving it.

I cannot wait to get blogging again, I've missed it so much! I cannot wait to start sharing this new chapter of my life where to be honest things can only get better!

Hope you're all well and happy!
Lots of love, Caterina xo 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Bioderma Sebium Micelle Solution Combination Or Oily Skin

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Ever since it was discovered that Bioderma could be purchased from UK sellers on eBay it has taken over the UK blogging community! Bioderma is a water like Micelle Solution cleanser which eats away your make up (not literally!!) instead of smearing it all over your face. I've tried the regular solution and really enjoyed using it so I thought I'd give the Combination/Oily skin one a whirl.

I really enjoy using Bioderma as a make up remover, it's so quick and simple with minimal fuss required. I find it removes my eye make up in seconds and my face make up disappears in one swipe. I mainly wear powder on my eyes though so if your a liquid eyeliner lover it may be a different story. I tried using the Bioderma Sebium as a cleanser and if I'm honest after about 3 days I was begging for my Origins Zero Oil (holy grail) cleanser back! I really didn't find it did a lot and even though it was super quick and easy in the morning I found by the end of the day my skin felt more on the greasy side and spots were occurring... not a good look! One extra thing to note is that I found this one to have a scent which the regular Bioderma does not have. It smells like the Garnier Summer Body Tanning Moisturizer, that really "holiday" like scent.

Overall I would really recommend the Bioderma, although the Combo/Oily skin version is definitely not a must. I've found that Bioderma only works as a make up remover for me and thats as far as it goes. I wish it worked as a cleanser because it's so quick and easy! It is on the pricier side compared to your regular Boots/Superdrug make up remover but I do prefer it. I find regular make up rmeovers leave my skin quite tight and sensitive however this glides on nicely gets the job done leaving my skin smooth.

Hope you're well!
Caterina xo

Sunday, 20 May 2012

What I Bought #4

I went to Westfields Shepherds Bush yesterday with a friend for a little retail therapy, I wasn't actually planning on buying a lot! My main goal was to buy some Origins skincare I've been eying up but the products I wanted were all sold out, I blame bloggers! 

I picked up the gorgeous Tye Dye clutch I had in my last want list, I couldn't believe it when I saw it in store so I took it as fate and bought it! The nappy tee is actually from the maternity section which I didn't even realize till I was at the till, I just thought it was an over sized one, woops! The American Apparel deep V's are something I've been looking at for a while, I'm really into super casual clothes at the moment literally just jeans and a tee. The deep v's are part of the mix and match 2 for £25 which is mental considering they are £20 each alone! 

I finally delved in Essie polishes and couldn't be happier with the shades I chose, really put me in the mood for summer! I think Fiji will be particularly nice with a tan.

Hope you're all well!
Caterina xo