Monthly Archives: August 2012

L’oreal Caresse Lipstick

 L’oreal Caresse lipsticks are marketed as a weightless flash of luminous colour. They are available in 10 shades and can be bought from most drugstores for around £7.99.

I actually favour this new collection to L’oreal over the new Revlon lip butters as I think they have a little more staying power and don’t seem to slip as much. The packaging is slightly more superior as well. This picture doesn’t do them justice. They are a little smaller and thinner than your usual lipstick but I get the impression that no expense was spared on the presentation.

They have a lovely balmy quality and a light pleasant scent. The product does not sit on your lips with a greasy or waxy texture. It feels light weight (as described) and moisturising. As you really do get a generous ‘Pop’ of colour is some really beautiful shades. My favourite is ‘Dating Coral’ which has been my go-to lipstick for the summer season. It really is the perfect shade of coral. Not too orange. Not too pink and not too peach. A perfect combination of all three that is suitable for all skin tones. In face its such a nice shade that I accidentally bought it twice.

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From Top Left To Right:

1: 401 Rebel Red

2: 101 Tempting Lilac

3: 202 Impulsive Fuchsia

4: 301 Dating Coral

5: 103 Sweet Berry

6: 01 Fashionista Pink

7: 07 Cheeky Magenta

8: 501 Nude Ingenue

 (Without Flash)

I have all 10 shades but decided to swatch my favourites.

 Rebel Red: This is a lovely rosy red to wear on a cold day. I like to compliment this lipstick with extra black lashes.

 Fashionista pink: This is my go to shade for a pretty and neutral pink. I use this a lot when I wear mint green eyeshadow.

 Impulsive Fuchsia: This isn’t a shade that I would usually go for but it is very popular right now and it is very pretty and surprisingly flattering against any skin tone. Perfect for a night out.

 Cheeky Magenta: This is great for when your feeling like more of a bold colour, yet it’s still a safe shade to wear to work. I would advise wearing minimal eye make-up and cheek colour so as to not look too over done.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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Sanctuary – Therapist’s secret facial oil

Beautifully packaged, féminin and sophisticated. You can’t help but love this products’s appearance. It looks simple but luxurious. Not to mention the added bonus of being 99% Organic!

It has some beautiful ingredients in it: Sunflower, wheatgerm and jojoba oil to hydrate and condition the skin. Rosehip to rebuild and strengthen. Rose and Frankincense to sooth and calm. The smell reminds me of my grandad’s rose garden, its delightful!

This facial oil has a handy dropper so you don’t have to get your fingers dirty. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any oily residue. Although Sanctuary recommend you using it before bed, I prefer to let my skin breathe at night. However I like to add the oil to my foundation for an extra dewy look.

Overall I think this product is great. I wouldn’t use it as a daily moisturiser and I can’t say it’s made my skin look any “plumper”… but I would add a few drops to a face mask for extra hydration and I would wear it on a “make-up free day” around the house.

I have to add that I love products that have a guilty free ingredients list. There is nothing nasty in this facial oil.

You can purchase it at Boots for £17.35

Wax & Kohl Rating: 4/5

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Bourjois – Volume Glamour Max Mascara

I came across Bourjois’s Volume Glamour Max Mascara on a 3 for 2 in Superdrug. I had previously been using another Bourjois mascara that I was quite happy with as it gave my extra fine eyelashes a much thicker blacker edge. However I have recently been wearing less eye make-up and been going more au natural, so I have been searching for a mascara that gives me pretty fluttery eyelashes. I think this does the job nicely.

I am particularly fussy about the shape of the wand on a new mascara but this one is shaped beautifully. The formula is nice and light but not thin and the pay off is great. This literally is one coat of mascara.

Not bad for under £10!

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation & Concealer

 Bourjois’s healthy mix Gel foundation is a favourite amongst bloggers and make-up artists. Many comparisons have been drawn between it and Chanel’s Pro Lumiere. They smell all most identical and have a very similar dewy finish. The only difference is the price… Pro Lumiere retails at roughly £35 while Healthy mix can be picked up for just £8.

There are a good choice of colours and ’51’ matched my skin perfectly. Its creamy texture slides on comfortably with your fingers or a brush. One pump will cover your whole face. It provides good even coverage and leaves the skin feeling moisturised and looking illuminated. It smells delicious. Fruity and fresh and not too sweet.

This foundation is suitable for all skin types but oily skin types could use some translucent powder to matt out any extra shine.

The concealer is of the same formula but a little bit thicker for even more coverage. It works very nicely under the eyes and can also be used to create light around the nose.

This is probably the best high street foundation out there.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 5/5

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L’oreal Infalliable Foundation

With a large range of shades available L’oreal Infallible can offer a great colour match for anyone. For those really pale types out there, try ‘porcelain’. Its a beautiful cool colour that will leave you with Dita von Tease skin.

It’s also a great choice for acne prone skin types. It has very good coverage and builds well but doesn’t sit on top of your skin with that horrible oily ‘slip’ texture that many other foundations have. It’s lasting power is extremely good which meant there was no need for a top up at any point in the day. While is does suit an oily skin type, I wouldn’t advise it for someone who has dry patches as it amplifies them. If you have combination skin try exfoliating and using a primer before applying this one.

Another bonus is that it doesn’t transfer on to clothing easily like many other foundations do. There is nothing less attractive then leaving half your face on a friends new outfit.

Wax & Kohl rating: 3/5

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Rimmel -Wake me up foundation

Rimmel – Wake me up foundation  retails at a very reasonable £7.99 and can be bought from any drug store. Aesthetically it looks average with its cheap orange lid, but the price to quantity value is good. This bottle will keep you going for a while.

I have purchased it in ‘Ivory’ because I am fairly pale. On first inspection I noticed that the foundation has a touch of sparkle to it. I personally prefer the illusion of glowing skin by using extra hydration than the slightly more obvious use of glitter. In saying this, its fairly subtle in this product.

The coverage is medium and build able. The shades are limited and while I am not the palest person in the world ‘Ivory’ was far too orange for my skin. My biggest issue how ever is its tendency to flake on application, so I would recommend moisturising your skin well and using a brush to apply it.

Dry skin types should definitely avoid this foundation. It is not a suitable product for your skin.

Wax & Kohl rating: 2/5

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