Wednesday, 23 December 2009

A Review: Urban Decay Primer Potion in SIN

Urban Decay Primer Potion

What Do I Think?
Sin is the alternative primer offering from Urban Decay, the sequel to their famous Primer Potion. Sin is a gorgeous goldy/browny/bronzey/champagney coloured primer, with a hint of shimmer and sheen. It makes a delightful base for any gold and brown toned eye shadows (and looks particularly wonderful under my favourite MAC shadow, Satin Taupe). I only have a small tube of this, it came with my Urban Decay 'Get Baked' palette, but I think it's running out so I'll probably have a look on eBay for a full sized one! Although I have very oily skin I never seem to have much problem with my eyeshadow creasing, even if I do occasionally forget to apply primer, so the reason I use them is to increase the longevity of my eyeshadow. Sin doesn't necessarily make my eyeshadow last longer, and it does feel slightly less creamy and more liquidy/oily than the standard Primer Potion (or other traditional cream based primers), but it does do a fantastic job at really enhancing the colour of my eyeshadow. For example, I have Trax eyeshadow by MAC, which is a gorgeous shade of purple with a ton of gold shimmer running through it. When I wear it with a traditional colourless primer it doesn't stand out as much as I'd like it to, however when I use it over the top of Sin I get much more colour payoff and more of the gorgeous gold shows through. I would happily use a couple of layers of Sin on it's own as a cream eyeshadow too! It also makes a great inner corner highlight too, so I always use the residue on my fingers to smudge into the corners.

Where Is It Available?
Urban Decay is stocked in larger Boots stores in the UK, at various department stores (try House of Fraser, some large Debenhams, Selfridges etc) and I think they do have some stores/counters elsewhere. Urban Decay is available across the world.

How Much Will It Cost?
As I mentioned above mine came included in an Urban Decay Palette (and I actually prefer the sample size because there is less of an epic packaging fail!), but you can purchase the full size version for £11.00.

Would I Recommend It?
Oh yes, I really adore this product, the colour is more versatile than you might initially think, and it's just such a pleasure to use and experiment with. In fact, I'm off to hunt eBay for a bargain deal (I don't live near an Urban Decay stockist sadly, so have to rely on the www)!

Star Rating:

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Product Rave: Valentino Rock 'n' Rose Couture

Rock 'n' Rose Couture Perfume

I love wearing perfume everyday, it always makes me feel special to spritz on a beautiful scent before I walk out of the door, like an extra confidence boost, especially if I'm going to work (which lets face it, isn't always the most glamorous of places to go!).

Perfume always seems to me like too much of an extravagant spend, so I typically stock up at Christmas and birthdays. Perfume is such a good gift (unless you know someone REALLY well I wouldn't recommend choosing a perfume from scratch, scent is a very personal thing) and I don't feel the guilt that I would if I had gone out and spent £50 odd on a little bottle!

Last Christmas I asked for Valentino's Rock 'n' Rose perfume, the couture version, which is a rose scented perfume, with what Valentino describe as a rocky edge. I'm lame at describing scents so I'll leave it at that, but this feels like such a luxurious scent, and the packaging is TO DIE FOR!

I would say this is more of an evening scent, but to be honest, wearing perfume is a little luxury every day, so why save it for night time?! If you like feminine, rose based scents, this would be perfect for you, and it looks fabulous on a dressing table.

I wouldn't say this is my ultimate favourite perfume, but I've been reaching for it more and more in these colder months, it smells divine and I just can't get enough of how it looks!

What is your favourite scent?

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

A Review: Origins Zero Oil

Origins Zero Oil
Shine Controller

What Do I Think?
Zero Oil is essentially a shine controlling product, designed to counteract the natural and environmental causes of excess oil production, making it particularly useful for oily/combination skin types. My skin is just so oily, and nothing seems to stop it in its tracks, even constant blotting and re-powdering doesn't help. Origins claim that this product can be used underneath or over make up, although I personally wouldn't want to apply it over to top. You have to shake the bottle up very well before application, in order to fully mix the solution (and I like to think it's activating the mattification masters - yes, I probably have lost the plot!) and then deposit
a tiny bit into the palm of your hand. As you can see from the picture the packaging is slightly bizarre, and not what I would say is the most effectively designed, and the nozzle/pourer leaves a fair bit to be desired because there really isn't much control. However, once shaken (not stirred!) the solution is effective at instantly mattifying the skin (I tip a tiny bit out and pat it onto my face with my finger tips) and make up applies evenly on top of it. I have been using this instead of my L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer (which you can read my review on here) and although they are entirely different products with different intentions, I did compare them in terms of how my skin feels. The L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer is a mousse formula, and it makes my skin feel as soft as silk when using it, although I do doubt the 'longer lasting make up' aspect. Zero Oil is a liquid formula, and whilst it doesn't make my skin any softer it most definitely controls shine. I'm not 100% convinced that this prevents oil production all day, but it certainly works better than any other primer/oil control I've tried, and my make up does seem to last a little longer. The ingredients are very soothing to my skin, and have not caused any irritations. I will continue to use this and may update you if any revelations occur, but it's working pretty well so far.

Where Is It Available?
You can buy Origins online here (where you can also find the Origins product description for Zero Oil), or at House of Fraser, Boots, John Lewis, Selfridges, Harrods or an Origins store (I'm sure there are more stockists, but I'm not Google!).

How Much Will It Cost?
£11.00 for 18ml of product.

Would I Recommend It?
Hard to say, I think this product will be very much personal experience and preference, but for £11 I think it is well worth a go if you want to fight the shine. There are very mixed opinions and reviews of Zero Oil out there in cyberspace, but to be honest if I think a product has the potential to do what I want, I buy it and make my own mind up! I also think that the type of make up used over this (or under if you prefer) will probably affect the outcome. I do feel more positive than negative about this product, and will be repurchasing.

Star Rating:

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Happy Birthday...

Laura's Bloggy Blog is one year old today :)

Happy Birthday to me!

It really does feel like much longer than a year that I have been blogging, and I'm glad to still be following and engaging with the very people who inspired me to start up my own, the likes of MagpieSparkles, Kelanjo19 and MizzWorthy :)

It's an interesting documentary of my life for 2009, not to mention amusing to see how shallow I used to be when it comes to buying new things, loving them and moving swiftly on, so I think I've matured in that sense!

I'll leave you with an interesting fact from the book I'm reading at the moment: if you see the word yawn, you'll want to yawn eventually!

Thank you for enjoying Laura's Bloggy Blog alongside me for the past year!