28 April 2015

Recent Beauty Purchases #6

Recent Beauty Purchases Over the last few weeks I have found myself picking up a few new beauty products to try, let's just say that curiosity got the better of me what with several new releases catching my eye. These are all quite new to me barring some which are repurchases so if you have any thoughts on them then I'd be really interested to hear what you thought. 

Starting off with the repurchases I picked up both the John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo and Conditioner in the salon sizes as I'm quite a fan of this particular range. In fact I have always got on very well with John Frieda hair products come to think of it; however it has been this particular range that has stood out to me the most. When I use these my hair is left feeling really nice and soft yet the key thing for me is that they don't weigh my hair down either. I have also noticed that together they appear to help in terms of prolonging the period until I need to wash my hair again too which is always a bonus.

Moving onto the new products I decided to pick up one of the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque lip paints after really liking the matte versions which were released last year. The shade I opted for was number two 'Rose on the Rocks' which aside from the awesome name is an extremely pretty mauve toned pink which when applied is absolutely beautiful. The only real downside to this product is the longevity period as they don't seem to last very long when applied straight from the doe foot applicator, however if you slightly pat it the product onto the lips this does improve the longevity and helps to create somewhat of a stain. To be honest I think these will be a hit and miss type of product however so far I'm pretty happy with my choice and find myself wanting to pick up one of the brighter shades very soon for the summer. Sadly after having to retake this picture for what must have been the tenth time I ultimately forgot to include the Bourjois product within it; nobody was more annoyed than me when I realised, trust me!

Recent Beauty Purchases I also found myself succumbing to the new Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paints from Barry M what with the promise of a gel like finish without the UV lamp and expense. Naturally I was sold on the idea and decided to pick up Fuchsia Generation and the corresponding Sunset Topcoat. In my relatively short test so far I have found that the actual colour polish itself is beautiful! The formula is perfect and glides on effortlessly whilst the brush is also a much better improvement as it is wider therefore covers the nail much better when applying the nail polish. Sadly I haven't noticed much of a difference between the specific topcoat for this range and a normal one, which is a little bit disheartening as you're pretty much told to buy the topcoat or else the gel effect won't work. In terms of longevity, again I haven't noticed a difference between this and the normal Barry M line however like I said the formula is lovely and the brush is great therefore it's a step in the right direction that's for sure. For me the idea of this product sounded great yet in my opinion it hasn't quite been pulled off. I don't want to knock Barry M too much if I'm honest because for me they are hands down the best nail polish line on the high street, although I do have quite a soft spot for the Topshop polishes too.

Finally we have the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector which was a product I was extremely excited about yet is the one that has left me feeling the most deflated so far. At £31.50 this was an expensive purchase yet all the reviews I was reading at the time seemed to reinstate that fact that this was a product I just had to try. First and foremost the presentation of this product is beautiful, there is no denying it however if I'm honest with you I feel as though I've paid for that and that alone. At the moment despite trying several things this is a product that simply does not work for me, I've recently been given a few tips on how to use this so I will try those next time I pick it up however if I fail to see an improvement then this will be going straight into a disappointing product post. My reasons for this is that no matter how I use it, whether it be with a brush, the little sponge that it comes with or my fingers I have found that it seems to suck at my foundation, pulling it away from my face and moving it around where it then somehow manages emphasises my pores as opposed to 'blurring' the overall finish. Naturally this isn't the type of look I'm going for, therefore for my first YSL make up purchase I have to say that so far I'm not impressed at all. 

Oh how I feel like a negative Nancy right now ending on that note, however this is a beauty blog after all. It can't all be roses and sunshine because not all products out there work for everyone. Furthermore whilst I'm still feeling slightly absolutely infuriated over the YSL Blur Perfector please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below if you have tried it; maybe it's just me and I'm using it completely wrong?
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  1. I love reading beauty haul posts. I really like the sound of the ajohn Freida shampoo, I must look at that next time I'm in Boots/Superdrug. I recently picked up the Barry M Sunset nail paints & I really like them, they're definitely my favourite nail polish brand :)
    Natasha x
    www.natashaparisblog.co.uk

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  2. Great haul - I want to try the new barry m day curing polishes although I don't have very high expectation x

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  3. Everyone seems to be talking about those Barry M polishes and I honestly cannot tell if they're good or not! Lovely pictures as always!

    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  4. What a huge disappointment about the YSL 😥 I swatched it instore, and thought it was interesting, but I have never had good experiences with these so called blurring type products. It's definitely gorgeous though xx
    thebeautybloss.com

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  5. I really want to try these Barry M Nail Polishes! They sound interesting :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Gutted to hear the YSL is underwhelming, in theory it sounds amazing!

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  7. Gorgeous photograph. I really love the look of those nail vanish, it's a shame that the only time I wear nail vanish is when I have acrylics on x


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  8. Ooh, I love the looks of that YSL Blur Perfector! I'm intrigued by the Barry M Daylight Curing Nail Paints, the Fuchsia shade looks gorgeous. Shame that neither of these work as they say.

    Olivia x
    Beauty from the Fjord

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  9. I'm excited to try the YSL primer, hope it improves for you!


    makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

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  10. If ever I'm having a crappy hair week I always reach for my John Frieda S&C, it's amazing! I think I've gone through about 5 tubes of the stuff.

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  11. The YSL primer is in such stunning packaging and I love the balm form!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  12. I'm going to pick up the Bourjois Aqua Laque soon - I didn't get on with the matte edition, but I think contrary to most people, I'm more of a gloss kinda girl :) Hope the YSL works for you! It'd be a shame if it didn't.

    Ornella x
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  13. The Fuchsia Generation shade looks absolutely gorgeous! The YSL packaging is stunning but it's always a shame when you spend a lot of money and end up disappointed. xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk - natural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

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  14. The John Frieda range sounds really nice, I love their frizz range the shampoo and conditioner do a great job of smoothing my frizzy hair. I think I might pick up the full repair range to try. Your photography is stunning :) xx

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  15. Cool post.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. The colour polish is lovely although I have struggled to see the benefit of the specific top coat for the range x

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  17. No I was a bit disappointed with the proposed affect but having said that the actual colour polish itself is gorgeous, the formula too I think has improved x

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  18. The idea of them is great but I don't think it works very well. The colour itself is lovely, the brush is better and the formula too so I can recommend the actual polish but not the top coat. You may as well buy their normal top coat for £2 less x

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  19. Oh I know, I'm still feeling pretty annoyed by it now x

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  20. They sure sounded interesting but I wouldn't rush out to buy them if you want the whole gel manicure thing, the top coat in my opinion does not work although the colour polish itself is super nice x

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  21. For me it has been so far, I need to try it in other ways to be 100% sure but so far I have been very disappointed with it x

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  22. Thank you Lily! I only wear it when my nails reach a long enough length, I have an awful habit of biting which I do when I'm stressed out which seems like all of the time at the moment x

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  23. The shade is beautiful Olivia, in fact I really like the polish itself but think the top coat is a waste of money, the normal one works just as well for me x

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  24. Thank you, me too Rachel x

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  25. I really do like John Frieda, it's a little more pricey but when it works you'll pay for it won't you x

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  26. It is a very pretty product I just wish I could get it to work for me x

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  27. Me too Ornella or else it'll be a waste of money that's for sure! I hope you like the Bourjois Aqua Laque, I'm wearing mine loads lately x

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  28. It is indeed Emma, I was really looking forward to it too what with it being my first YSL product, here's hoping I have better luck in the future x

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  29. They do some great ranges don't they! Thank you so much :) x

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