Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm
Not so long ago I made, yet another, Escentual.com haul. I just cannot resist their offers - there's up to 65% off site-wide at the moment too - so every time they have a discount, I'm there browsing and ordering. Last time around they did one of their 1/3 off French Pharmacy, so I finally caved and purchased the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Honey Lip Balm. It's something I'd wanted to try for a while, having had the stick version, I wanted to try out the much coveted pot.

Let's start with the packaging, a lovely frost glass pot. It feels so weighty and nice to hold, and it's a touch more upmarket than any other lip balm, in a tube, that's banging around in my handbag. The handbag is no place for this, for me it sits on my bedside table. This is because I tend to use it as more of an overnight 'treatment' rather than just slicking it on whenever - but more on that in a second.

The scent of the Nuxe Lip Balm is quite something, it's they've mixed oranges with lemons to create something super delicious. The texture of the balm is quite thick, almost like pulp, but it smooths onto the lips so nicely. It is quite a heavy formula, but a little goes a long way, and it leaves a lovely matte-ish finish on the lips. If I want to use it during the day, I apply just a touch so my lips get that matte finish. However it can sit on the lips for quite a while, which is why I like to use it overnight, so my lips can get the biggest hit of moisture without any transfer onto cups or tea - it happens a lot!

It is on the pricier side for a lip balm, at around £9.50 (currently on offer on Escentual though, those cheeky so-so's!), but the effects are worth it. I recently started work in an office that's either far too hot, or far too cold, which does take it's toll on every little bit of skin. Having this handy when my lips are thirsty has been brilliant, and I think it'll last a while too - I've hardly made a dent!


This Week #5

During the course of this week I realised I've been working in my new job for a month now, and I actually started the day my BFF's baby boy was born. Which means he's now a month old too, which is crazy! As well as all of this one-month excitement, I've been Boots haulin', winning a few giveaways (thanks to vipxo/Toni & Guy and A Little Boat Sailing/Bee Good).

Last weekend was the Bedford River Festival, and I was busy enjoying myself in the sun with food & beer, so excuse the lack of a This Week post last week. It was such a lovely event, and there were so many great food stalls about - I opted for some Moroccan tagine one day, and a yummy Lebanese wrap the next. There were also several stages with bands, which is always a bit hit and miss, I mean it's not a 'proper' festival, so it tends to be more local bands.

As it is indeed called the River Festival, there were a loads of boat races on the river too. They ranged from raft races to dragon boat races in which local businesses took part it - I mostly watch to see rafts sink. There's also this man called Jet Boots Bob, who wears jet boots and literally looks like a crazy superhero - you can see him in action in this little Instagram video. 

Aside from generally running around like a headless chicken, and sweating like I don't even know what, I've been reading some lovely blog posts.

My first port of call was The Bird Song, run by the exceptionally lovely Sophie. My favourite post of hers this week was one of Face Mask Mixology, which I'll be giving a go this evening. It involves adding a cleansing oil to a face mask to stop it from being overly drying. I think we've all experienced that with, especially, detox/clay based masked, so it's definitely a brilliant idea if you've got dry or sensitive skin.

Another blog I always check out is Ramblings of a Beauty Bird, written by the wonderful Sasha. I actually spruced up her blog design a while ago, and she in fact enabled my purchase of the Maybelline Uptown Blue nail polish. On Thursday she posted about some great hight street concealers, all for uder £10. She actually mentioned a couple of my favourites in there, including the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer. Very helpfully Sasha's listed them by what she uses them for, so it's a great point of reference if you're on the hunt for something specific.

Shout out to - Becki / Life Looks Perfect for her post featuring a lovely looking MemeBox - quite jealous of all the zesty Korean goodies!

Photo credit - L-R (top to bottom) taken by myself /  Sasha - Ramblings of a Beauty Bird / Sohpie - The Bird Song


Essie Ruffles and Feathers

Once upon a time in my local Boots, I walked passed the Essie stand and they just happened to have the new Summer 2014 shades in stock. As well as this pretty green, there's an orange, pink, blue, brown, and off-white shade. I went for the green Essie Ruffles and Feathers. It's almost a peacock green colour, but it definitely has a hint of teal in there too.

It's a shade I've fallen in love with - and I usually opt for a slightly brighter green, something like Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamel in Turquoise Block (basically any kind of of turquoise). In my stash though, this is a very different shade from anything else I have, even though it's home to Essie's Mojito Madness, Ruffles and Feathers is a very distinctive shade. 

Having a really good green shade for summer is something that doesn't come around often. In fact it's a nice to see an Essie Summer collection minus a lilac - not my person favourite. I might be popping back to pick up Roarrrrange, which looks like the kind of crazy orange many my toes are after. Yes I like to keep my feet on the garish side.


Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette

I mentioned in my review of the Anna Sui Lip Colour Palette that I'd also received the Eye Colour Palette. I was more excited about this eyeshadow palette, it's definitely more up street than a lip palette. If you're a regular reader you might know I'm a bit of a eyeshadow hoarder, and a lipstick dodger. The Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette* offers a lot of really nice shades, but you can still play it safe if you're more of a neutral lover like me.

Some of the shades are really stunning, particularly the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th shades. I really love the mix of cooler and warmer tones too, going from a taupe to a copper isn't something you usually see outside of an Naked palette! I have to say that the pigmentation of some of the shades isn't the best, with the last two shades I had to build up a lot to photograph the swatches. They were also quite gritty and wouldn't be the best to work with, as I expect the glitter in them would give a lot of fallout.

Generally the formula, with an exception of a few, is very smooth. I find a few of the paler shades to almost be a little chalky, but they're overall really good. In terms of staying power, they're decent. They won't last all day - especially in the heat - but I've worn them for about 4 hours with them creasing just slightly. Obviously this isn't ideal weather to be testing shadows in, but I am prone to greasy eyelids, so they might last longer on others.

Instead of giving you just straight up swatches, I've taken a few photos of an eye look I did with the more neutral tones in the palette. The shades I've used are starred in the swatch photos. I took the 2nd starred shade across the whole lid, the 3rd in the outer corner, and the 1st right in the inner corner to brighten everything up. I'm going to experiment with some of the other colours - I'm thinking mixing the gold and aubergine-ish shades together all over the lid for a bit of a duo chrome effect.

You can pick up both limited edition palettes on Escentual.com right now for £14.00 each - they're currently half price if you fancy them.

*This product is a pr sample, sent for my consideration. No other compensation was received for this post.


A (Rather Cheeky) Boots Haul

I had one of those trips to Boots the other day where I unwittingly spent over £30 - not much over, but it was still more than I'd intended to. I was actually a little annoyed with my local store, they seemed to have replaced the Una Brennan Superfacialist range with Yes To, which is just such a poor move. From what I've heard Yes To isn't all that, and let's face it - Superfacialist is one of the best high street skincare ranges. Hopefully some Boots are still stocking it (they are online), it could be just in the really massive stores now, but it's still disappointing. 

Anyway, mini rant aside, I did decide to pick up some bits from another really wonderful drugstore skincare range - Good Things. They have a newer Manuka Honey range that I'd had my eye on for a while anyway, so I grabbed the Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser and the Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask. I've used the cleanser a couple of times already, and it's really lovely - both products have such a great scent too. I think the mask will be interesting, as it's a clay mask, but it claims it'll be 'brightening and refreshing' - interesting for clay!

When I was hunting every aisle for the Superfacialist products, I saw the Garnier Express 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover. This claims to be able to remove all eye makeup. I've tried this a few times too, and yes it will removed waterproof mascara. I'd usually have to give up with trying to get my mascaras to budge, but this takes it all off - no further cleanser needed. I really recommend trying it - in fact most of the skincare is on offer at the moment too.

Lastly, and after a severe frown from my sister, I picked up the Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil The Hairdressers Trio which is a lovely mini set of the new Invisible Oil products. I was quite excited to see this, and I just couldn't resist treating myself there and then - it was only going to get bought come pay day anyway. I'm looking forward to trying this, and I've been seeing so many glowing reviews of the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer.

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