Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thoughts: Clinique 'Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss'

This week, bored waiting for a train at London Bridge I popped into a newsagent's in search of a magazine. I was so excited to discover that this month's 'Cosmopolitan' (£3.50) comes with two mini Clinique products!

I snapped one up quick, and received my free 'Moisture Surge' and 'Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss'. There is also another edition where you can receive the '7-day scrub cream' and a mascara.
The concept of the superbalm is that it adds gloss and a hint of colour to the lips, while also acting as a conditioning balm. Mine is in the shade 10 Grapefruit, a pale blue-pink, and the mini size is 7ml (full size 15ml).
The gloss claims not to be sticky, and I would definitely agree with this. It doesn't give quite as much sheen as I would have liked, but it was a great bargain! Clinique seems to have a good range of neutral shades, and the full size retails for £13.50 (the same as MAC lipsticks).
I am obsessed with lip balm and carry one in my handbag at all times, so this product is great for using on the go. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of Cosmo to get your free gifts!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

How to: DIY heated eyelash curlers!

In this post I will teach you a very simple and cheap method of creating your own 'heated' eyelash curlers! Using heat to curl your lashes will help to hold the curl in place for longer periods of time.
Please note: this method only works for eyelash curlers with rubber pads.

You will need:
Eyelash curler (the type with rubber pads)

Step 1: Release your eyelash curler so that it is as open as possible.
Step 2: Switch on your hairdryer to the highest heat setting but lowest air setting, so it is very hot but not releasing very much air at once.
Step 3: Hold the nozzle of the hairdryer a few centimetres away from the rubber pads and heat gently for about 30 seconds. Be careful not to heat the curler for too long, as if the pads are too hot, you could burn the sensitive eye area.
Step 4: Let the curler cool for 2-3 seconds before using as normal!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thoughts: Maybelline 'Falsies' Mascara

I know I'm a little bit slow on the uptake, seeing as this product was raved about more than a year ago. However, it is something that I only recently brought myself to purchase. I usually try not to have too many mascaras on the go at once, as (as I'm sure many of you know) you need to throw out your mascara every three months to stop bacteria from forming.
'Falsies' is a cult favourite of beauty bloggers, so I was excited to try it out for myself! The packaging is quite cute, and it was down to £5.99 in Superdrug (normally about £7.99) so I decided to give it a go.
The wand itself is quite chunky and slightly curved. I find that when this mascara is applied, my eyelashes can usually hold a curl pretty well. I normally apply it with the curve in more of a 'U' shape, then flip it over for my bottom lashes.
In my opinion, this product is not completely worth the hype. I think it's very good value for money, but it definitely isn't my favourite.