Beauty: MayLash Eye Lash Enhancer Review

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If there is one thing I have always hated it is my stubby eyelashes. Because of them I’ve spent my life trialing mascara after mascara and always ending up disappointed. I have tried an eyelash serum before and can’t say I saw greatly impressive results, however I am always game to try a new products so thought I would give MayLash a go after receiving a sample. The product is only recently available in the UK after proving popular in Scandinavia. It promised darker, thicker and fuller lashes in 6-8 weeks.

I admit I wasn’t expecting miracles here, however I can now say, hand on heart I was blown away by this product. I now have long, thick and full lashes and will use this product FOREVER!

The product comes like a clear eyeliner, you just sweep it on the base of lashes before bed and that’s it. I was surprised to notice a difference the very next day. My mascara went on smoother and left my lashes nicely spread out instead of clumping. I would say the MayLash had the effect of applying a conditioner to hair or a serum to skin, it gave it a nourishing effect. I kept on using it and the conditioning effect remained however it wasn’t until a few weeks later I noticed one day my lower lashes looking darker. Over the next week I really started to see the difference in my lashes, they looked so much longer, thicker, darker in colour and even curled. I can actually say for the first time in my life that I have perfect lashes. I have included a before and after photo on my naked lashes below:

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I think you can really see the difference however when I am wearing mascara. I’ve been asked a few times now what mascara I am using – it is the same one. Before I would get so frustrated with every mascara I tried but now I realise it was my lashes that were causing me the problems not the mascara. Below are before and afters wearing mascara. From stumpy little lashes to long fluttery ones,I also find I need less coats of mascara now:

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MayLash’s charms don’t just end there either, you can also use it on eye brows. I’ve had a random bald patch on one brown for ages now and I have to conceal it with pencil which is annoying. But I applied a drop of the MayLash on to the bald patch st night and that too has now gone!

I don’t often make a big deal about beauty products but I cannot recommend MayLash enough, it sounds silly to say but it really has been a life changing product for me. I now find I can just use it once or twice a week to keep my lashes on top form so I think one tube will last a really long time, at least several months. The only snag? It is expensive at ┬ú49 but I’ve spent more that that each month on the latest mascara trying to achieve these kind of lashes so I can honestly say it is well worth the money. MayLash were lovely enough to offer my readers a ┬ú10 off coupon because I told them how much I loved the product and thought you all would to so if you do want to try it you can purchase on the MayLash Website and enter the code pearl10 at check out to get the discount. If you have any questions about MayLash let me know, or have you tried it?

Here is the link to their website Maylash.co.uk

I also talk about MayLash in my current top beauty products video on Youtube:

Outfit: Vivienne Westwood Leopard Dress from ShopStyle + Review

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Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Red Label leopard print dress c/o ShopStyle, Melissa Lady Dragon shoes, Accessories lilac bag & gold orb belt.

Today’s outfit post is a little different that usual as I used the shopping site ShopStyle.co.uk to find and purchase this summer outfit. I have been playing around with the site for a while now, so when I was asked to trial the site for review I jumped at the chance. Lets have a look at some outfit snaps, then I will get onto the review, scrolly, scrolly…

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My aim for this outfit was a to find a dress that would see me through summer, one I could dress up or down. Ok so electric blue leopard print might not be everyone’s idea of versatile, but I can wear this for day with bright accessories like I have here, or add black stockings and stilettos with a little clutch for evening.

This actually wasn’t the first dress I ordered, first I had ordered an Anglomania dress and Melissa shoes, there was a big mix up drama but that wasn’t ShopStyle’s fault it was the vendor site Vestiaire Collective, I bought through. I will leave that for another post as I really want to focus on my positive experience with ShopStyle, what it is and how it works. Basically Shop Style is an online shopping service, it scours the interwebs for items on your behalf, basically allowing you to shop multiple sites at once. All you do is enter your search criteria or select from the bar on the right (See below). I typed in ‘Vivienne Westwood’ then clicked ‘dresses’ and limited my budget to ┬ú100 and under. ShopStyle then showed me a selection of dresses matching my criteria. I would usually look at about ten sites individually which I knew stocked the designer, this meant I just had to look at one site. I was really pleased with the search results, it threw up sites I would usually check Yoox, TheOutNet, ASOS etc and also included some I didn’t even know about. It also allows you to shop by ‘sale’ so you can find things which have been reduced, guarantying a bargain. Once you see an item you like ShopStyle redirects you to the site where the item is for sale so that you can view full details and make a purchase. ShopStyle only directs you through to sites, it is then down to the individual website to deal with your purchase.

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It is a social site, so you can ‘heart’ things you like, read trend based articles and browse look books – making the experience even more fun. The only negative I found was that sometimes the items you click on were not available anymore, so I think they need to keep things update more frequently. I got a bit annoyed at one point where everything I seemed to click took me to non existent pages. Other than that it worked really well and saved me a lot of time. I will be using ShopStyle again, they also allow you sign up for tailored sale alerts, so I will get an email when things from my selected searches go on sale. All in all, I think it is a really useful tool. It can also be helpful when you know you want something, but aren’t sure what. You can search ‘Statement necklace’ for example and it will give you a wide range of ideas for inspiration.

All in all, ShopStyle is a great search tool, saving you time and helping you find exactly what you want at the best price.

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My frock on the mannequin, image from Yoox.com

Have you used Shop Style? Does this kind of website appeal to you?

Review: Miu Miu at Sunglasses Shop

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The sun has been shining this week, even if the wind is icy cold! This has made me very happy as you saw in my Easter Sunday post I was busting out my new shades Sunglasses Shop who invited me to do a product review. I’ve actually shopped with Sunglasses Shop in the past so was more than happy to feature them on the blog. The first thing that strikes you about the website is the huge range of styles and brands, with something for every budget – the cheapest I could find were ┬ú8, the most expensive ┬ú648! They have a tons of designer sunglasses so there was lots to choose from, I could have sat and got lost in that site for hours, dreaming of sitting on a beach! One thing that made the site so easy to navigate were all the different options for refining your search, by designer, colour, shape, lens technology and price. You can even search by your favourite celebrities style or this seasons trends! This aspect really made the site fun and a real pleasure to shop by. Since I spent all of last year in my cat-eye sunglasses I was keen to invest in another pair with that lens shape but with a different twist.

All I had to do was select ‘womens’ and click ‘cat eyes’ to be presented with a wide selection, then I could choose to refine the search by colour, price, lens type and get this, even by face shape and hair style so I could rest assured my choice would suit me! Very sci-fi! I just think this is such a neat feature as the one thing which makes buying sunglasses online tricky is that you can’t try them on. I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses so I now know on sight which styles suit me (cat eyes, oversize, aviator) and those which don’t (round lens, small, dainty frames). Armed with this knowledge I put their soft wear to the test, but I couldn’t trick it, each time it came up with styles I knew would look good. For example when I insisted on selecting ’round’ frames, the search threw out only oversized round frames rather than little ‘Lennon’ style ones which I know give me a big round face. So I can really recommend you give this a try.

There were many brands to choose from but the range of Miu Miu sunglasses kept cropping up with styles I really liked.This stunning pair of oversized cat eyes in tortoise shell called Miu Miu 04OS Sunglasses won me over! I liked the vintage style to them and the little details such as the curve on the lens and the gold trim on the arm.

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They came the next day, after I had a confirmation email complete with tracking details. Safe and secure in a well padded box, I tore it open to find the trademark Miu Miu pale pink box. Inside this was a hard case in pink velvet and also a soft case in the same sumptuous fabric. Now I am a perfectionist when it comes to presentation and I simply cannot fault Sunglasses Shop or Miu Miu. The packaging and glasses cases are just as beautiful as the glasses they contained. You would imaging such a heavy, rich velvet to be reserved only for the finest couture, but it gives a simple, everyday pleasure to carry it around in your handbag. The sunglasses them self were exactly as imagined and they suit me to a T. I couldn’t be happier with them or the service of Sunglasses Shop and am pleased I can recommend them to you.

Have you visited Sunglasses Shop? What do you think of the Miu Miu’s?

Smashbox Review – Primer’s and O-Glow, O-Plump

To celebrate the opening of Smashbox at Boots, Manchester I took the chance to share with you some of their ‘Hero’ products. I’d never tried Smashbox before but hear good things about their innovative products all the time. The brand was created by brothers Dean and Davis Factor, the great-grandsons of the one and only Max Factor – beauty was in their blood. They set about designing a cosmetics range which would create a photo ready look. Each product is artistically created based upon the view from behind the camera, for a flawless look as perfect as a finished photograph. I tried out four of the brands leading products.

Photo Finish Primer SPF15: One of the products Smashbox is famous for is primer, they don’t just have one but a full range so there is one suitable for everyone.┬á I used the one with SPF 15┬á and Dermaxyl complex which is an advanced peptide treatment to target wrinkles – you can never start too early! The primer is a dry-gel consistency, as soon as it hits the skin it feels velvety soft. Though it looks a peachy shade in the tube it does go on clear, leaving skin with a soft even surface. What really surprised me was that I only used half the amount of foundation I usually do. The primer creates an even surface and a barrier between the skin so you don’t need to use as much foundation. The foundation also glided on with ease and I was left with a smooth, silky finish.

Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer:┬áIf I had to choose I would say this was my favourite product. I always have shadows under my eyes so anything to help is most welcome. I’ve tried plenty of eye products, many ineffective others too potent for my sensitive skin, some making make-up worn on top crease. Like the foundation primer, the eye primer went on smooth and comfortably. The brightening pigments really gave my eyes a lift and helped eye make-up glide on smoothly. My brown eyes seem to really pop. What’s better is that it is reported to go on working with improvement in puffiness, dark circles, appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, texture, radiance and skin clarity in 8 weeks. I am looking forward to seeing these results.

O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Colour:┬áI was wondering what the ‘O’ stood for as I squeezed a blob of this product out of the tube. Oh wow oooooh! It changes colour!! Designed to come out clear and adapt to your skin tone, producing a natural blush. Just like the primers this is a velvety soft product that goes on smoothly, creating a natural rosy glow. I tried this alone over the foundation primer and also on top of make-up and it gave an equally pretty effect.

O-Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper: The lip plumper is also from the ‘O’ range, it applies slightly minty and then develops into a tingly warm feeling as it plumps up lips. Developing with your natural skin colour to give a natural flush. This is strong stuff mind, so if you are suffering from chapped lips I would recommend applying a lip balm first and using O-plump sparingly, this is what I had to do.┬á I think it would make a great gloss to wear over lipstick too.

The final verdict? All these products are designed to be worn under make-up or alone. Here you can see all the products worn with only concealer around the eyes and nose, nothing else. I tried to take the photo in as natural a light as possible but I still think the camera took out some of the colour, in real life I found the blush and the lip colour to be a little more noticeable. What I do think you can see is how bright the eye area looks and how soft and smooth my skin is – it looks like I am wearing powder I think, a real air-brushed effect. The lines on my forehead and and around my eyes appear erased too. I’ve said before how lazy I am when it comes to make-up and for days when I don’t want to wear any these products are perfect for giving a fresh and natural appearance. The two primers I have been wearing under my make-up and I would really recommend them as great bases. Below you can see how the foundation and under eye primers and the O-Glow blush look with make-up on top. I am also wearing Bobbi Brown concealer kit, Extreme Party mascara bronzing powder, Starry night eye-shadow; YSL lipstick; Chanel Mat Lumiere powder.

Smashbox have loads of innovative products, just reading about them you can see the ideas and creativity which has gone into creating them. Other products I would like to try include the Halo colour correcting hydrating powder which contains gold as an ingredient and the Limitless 15 hour wear cream shadows come in a gorgeous array of colours such as rich gold and deep purple.

Are you a Smashbox fan? Which products have you tried / would you like to try?

Beauty: Chanel Illusion DÔÇÖOmbre Long Wearing Eye Shadow Review

Chanel Illusion DÔÇÖOmbre Long Wearing Eye Shadow REVIEW

My gorgeous blogging buddy Rebecca brings you today’s post, she writes the fabulous ‘Be Beautiful’ beauty blog, I always envy how stunning Rebecca’s make up is and she has lots of great tips on her blog. We have both fallen in love with the new Chanel Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow so here is Rebecca to give you the expert view.

Using Chanel Illusion D’Ombre to create a striking smokey eye (learn how to recreate the look)

IÔÇÖll hold my hands up. IÔÇÖm a little bit obsessed with Chanel make up. I say little bit, but I actually have a full on love affair with the brand at present. The beautiful Lisa Eldridge doesnÔÇÖt help matters. I hadnÔÇÖt ever delved into the world of luxury make up until I watched some of her tutorials where she showcases some of the beautiful products from the range. Most recently, I picked up the Coco Rogue En Shine Hydrating Lip Shine in En Vogue (an effortlessly gorgeous coral colour perfect for Summer) after watching one of her Summer tutorials but today IÔÇÖm here to talk about the divine Illusion DÔÇÖOmbre Long Wearing Eye Shadows.

Now although Chanel market these little pots of wonder as eye shadows IÔÇÖd say they are much more of an eye shadow/gel/cream hybrid. This means that once they are dry they donÔÇÖt really budge unless you want them to. IÔÇÖve found that with a primer they last pretty much all day without creasing making them perfect for hot weather (which we still seem to be waiting for) or for a night out.

I have to mention the colour pigmentation with these eye shadows. The colour translates on to the skin exactly how it looks in the pot. You can either use them lightly for a quick wash of colour or you can build them up for a more intense look. Also, they come with a handy little brush which is very useful!

ThereÔÇÖs just something about buying something from the Chanel counter that makes me feel extremely special. Their beautiful embossed double C on all their products in gorgeous chic, black packaging really does make them an indulgence.

When it comes to price, they come in at ┬ú23.00. They are expensive but I really believe that in this particular case, you get what you pay for. IÔÇÖve not found any high street alternative/dupe that comes even close to the colour pay off, intensity or durability of the Illusion DÔÇÖOmbre eye shadows.

Overall, I simply adore them and want the whole collection. Next on my list is Illusoire and with my birthday around the corner fingers crossed IÔÇÖll find it wrapped up for me on the 31st!

Written by: Rebecca of Be Beautiful ÔÇô a beauty blog focusing on product reviews, beauty news and tutorials.

My own Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique (black) and Illusoire (Lilac-grey)

Summer Blooms

It isn’t going to come as a surprise to hear that I love jewellery, but as I know you have noticed, I go through stages of what type of jewellery I take to wearing. So many people asked me if I didn’t like earrings or if I didn’t in fact have my ears pierced (three in each ear should you wonder). The truth is I just go through phases on what I feel like wearing be it rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches. I have no real answer about why I do this, maybe my brain can’t cope with too much choice! Anyway for the last few months earrings have indeed been my thing, little ones, big one, studs, dangly, clips and pierced, the more the merrier! My ears are sensitive to changing earrings too often however so I tend to keep in one pair of small studs which I sleep in, shower in, everything. Finding such a pair of ‘keeper’ earrings isn’t as simple a task as you might think. First of all they need to be of a pure metal such as silver or gold, costume studs are fine but irritate after a while. Second they need to be comfortable so they don’t spike you when asleep or catching in your hair. They also need to be very well made to take such abuse. See I make life rather complicated!

Timothy Roe, provider of bespoke jewellery, based in West Sussex, kindly sent me these yellow enamel ‘Blossom’ earrings, from the Spinning Jewellery collection. Now I was more than familiar with the prestige jeweller however for the very small sum of ┬ú19 I didn’t expect the superb quality the earrings turned out to be! I mean I thought they would be nice but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away. The weight of the piece, the exquisite details such as the petals cast on the back, the high shine finish and the perfect enameling everything done to perfection. To top all that the earrings arrived in a ribbon tie pouch and a sumptuous purple and gold gift bag. A little piece of luxury.

 

I really like the idea of the Spinning Jewellery collection which also includes stackable rings. I always mix up earrings and often wear three different studs in each ear so I know I will be going back to Timothy Roe for another visit. The stacking rings are great fun too, they vary in price but the Primo collection is just ┬ú19 each too. Which is affordable enough for you to build up a nice stack, or even wear singles on each finger – ok I have given this way too much thought I know, a shopping splurge is coming on. But when the jewellery is such fine quality you know you are buying something which will last.

Timothy Roe certainly put the Chic in Chichester 😉

Review: Baby Blue Topaz Ring

I thought I would have some fun with these photos and what better to set off a beautiful ring than a fabulous manicure. This fabulous piece of jewellery was kindly set to me by Gembid who have a fantastic range of jewellery with something to fit everyone’s budget. I had a hard time choosing from all the wonderful pieces but as soon as I saw this huge baby blue topaz ring. I knew it was the one. In solid silver with a rhodium coating – this gives a mirror finish and rhodium is one of the hardest metals making it stronger, perfect as I will be wearing this a lot. The ring is exceptional quality, the stone crystal clear and the most striking colour. I have never bought jewellery online before but I would really be encourage too now, especially when the prices are half that of high street jewellers.

Wear the News with T-Post

┬áWhen I first heard about T-Post I was a bit unsure how it would work. A new magazine which is not printed on paper but on t-shirts! All my doubts were cast aside when I saw an ‘issue’ for myself. Not only do you get a new t-shirt with a unique artwork but you get to read a news story you might not usually get to see. The story is printed inside the t-shirt and the artwork on the outside but you can choose to wear it which ever way round you like. Check out the YouTube video for a cool explanation all about how T-Post works.


The issue I received is entitled ‘May cause bizarre’ and concentrates on prescription medication advertising in the US. Many Americans are requesting such drugs from their doctors prior even to examination, preferring to self-diagnose. The lists of side-effects these drugs can cause can be as extensional as taking up the entire back page of a full page ad in a magazine. Something that always shocks me when I pick up a copy of US Vogue. Figures show that more people die from legal drugs than illegal drugs perhaps the word ‘legal’ gives a false sense of security. The article questions, are more drugs being prescribed to counteract the side-effects? How are such potentially dangerous drugs being approved in the first place?

Long term readers of my blog will know that this is a subject close to my heart. Even though in the UK we do not have this kind of advertising extreme, there are many legal drugs being prescribed which have been passed for lab trials yet the side-effects research is not ongoing. Side-effects should be monitored and reported in all patients no matter how long the drug has been approved for.

The artwork for this issue was created by Pat Perry. He says ‘I drew the main figure completely with a ballpoint pen. I added the internal shapes escaping with little narratives of what experiences of side effects may be like.’

I intend to wear my t-shirt to the next hospital appointment because I feel exactly like the figure in the artwork, a guinea pig, being prescribed ‘safe’ drugs that have left me in hospital far worse off than with the disease they were meant to fight. I have a great affinity with the little character at the bottom with his head down the loo!

I think T-Post is a wonderful idea, what better way than to get people talking! Here are some more example issues:

You can find out all about T-Post on their website, where you can subscribe to receive one issue per month just like a regular magazine subscription. Back issues can’t be ordered so once they are gone they are gone, making your t-shirt really original.

Review: Fauve Lingerie

Lingerie Please asked me if I would like to review any of their products, as I have previously enjoyed working with them I happily agreed. I chose this set ‘Mia’ by Fauve. The bras come in either a padded or unpadded style and the knickersoption a thong.This set caught my eye for the pretty black lace with the plum ribbon detailing. The set is beautifully made and has lovely details like the little bow and bead detailing on the front of both the bra and knickers, with one also hidden on the back of the knickers.The lingerie was a good fit, I would say the bra size are slightly on the generous side – fastening on the tightest clip for me. So if you are between sizes I would go for the smaller option. The cup fit was true to size. I find some lace underwear can be uncomfortable, but this was not one of them, the lace was very soft against the skin to wear. Fauve was not a brand I had been familiar with before but it is certainly one I will be coming back to again.

I really love to wear pretty underwear, I always find you feel confident even if you are wearing casual clothes over the top.Lingerie Please has some lovely undies, something to suit all price ranges and my favourite – back seemed stockings, I would really recommend checking them out.Pearl

Review: Pure Collection


(Wearing: Pure Collection Sleeved Wrap, Topshop jeans, Alexander Wang t-shirt, Chanel pearls, Christian Louboutin shoes, vintage clutch)

The Pure Collection asked if I would like to review a product from their summer cover-ups range. I have been a fan of their laid back luxury products for a while now, who can resist pure cashmere and silk?
I decided to go for the Sleeved Wrap in navy, cashmere and silk mix, I could just imagine how soft and cosy it would be on a cool summer evening. When the wrap came I was not disappointed, it was as soft as I had imagined and even more luxurious. I like how it can be styled in different ways: left as a long cardigan, wrapped around the shoulders, tied at the front, you can really play around with it. It will also work well into winter layered up over a thick knit sweater.

I wore it here with a simple look of jeans and t-shirt but it would also work very well with an evening dress. It is available in navy, mineral, and washed indigo all lovely fresh colours for the season. The sizes are S, M, L, I chose medium which I would say is suitable for a UK 10,12,14, depending on how you would like it to fit. I always go for a looser look with draped knitwear as I like to snuggle into it. The length is perfect too, as this style cardigan is shorter at the back , I have found other brands too short but this is just right, hitting the hips. The last thing you want is a draughty back! I think the wrap will look fantastic pinned with a brooch and also nipped in with a belt. It is a great piece to just have around for those moments when you need a extra layer.
The Wrap originally cost £159, which is expensive but when you are buying cashmere this is inevitably the case. I really feel it is worth the investment over wool or acrylic as it will last for years without bobbling or loosing shape. Luckily the summer sale is still on at Pure Collection so the Wrap is only £63. There are many other bargains to be had so I would recommend a look. I am already lusting after the classic round neck sweater. The website also has a good deal of information on the exact type and quality of cashmere used in the products, as well as info on fair trade and ethics which is very reassuring.

Have you ever shopped with Pure Collection? What do you think of the wrap?
Pearl