Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry Review

As you could probably guess from my previous lipstick post (here) I do have penchant for a good berry lipstick, but as my choices have previously all been high end, I decided to give something from a high street brand a try.  The Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, with its glossy berry goodness seemed like the obvious choice for me and as I'd seen one of my favourite Youtubers (Claire Marshall) using it I was keen to give it a good test.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry

The packaging?
Generally I'm a sucker for packaging, and whilst the Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick is very simply packaged, in shiny black and gold, something about it feels a little old fashioned to me - if I'm looking at high street brand lipsticks, I probably prefer something more like Soap and Glory or Sleek for their presentation.

The formula?
I was genuinely surprised at how smoothly this lipstick glides onto the lips, one gentle sweep gives a nice sheer wash of colour.  Building the lipstick up to its full intensity takes several coats, they can go on a little patchy and if you're not careful you can easily glide this baby right off your lips!  With a little patience though, and very well prepped lips, all turns out well in the end.  Normally I don't find I have to wear a lip liner, but this lipstick really needs one; without it can bleed quite badly, especially if you're wearing quite a few layers.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry

The Colour

The shade of this lipstick is truly stunning.  It looks almost black in the tube and on the lips with several coats pays off as a deep berry/red; with one coat it's a very wearable raspberry.  I've worn this the same way I wear a lot of my berry lipsticks, with a light wash of colour on the eyes and a bit of black liner, you can't really go wrong.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry

Would I purchase a Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Again?
Dependent on what other shades I could find I'd potentially purchase this formula again, although I'd be more interested in seeing what matt lipsticks Revlon has to offer.

I bought my Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry from Boots, here, for £7.49.

Have you tried any Revlon lipsticks?  What are your favourite lipsticks from the highstreet?

Sharon x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Hello Fresh Box

Have any of you see the 30 second ads about Hello Fresh at the beginning of YouTube videos?  I only remember starting to see them just before Christmas, I was pretty interested in the idea but then kind of forgot about it.  Or at least I did until I got a discount code through LoveFilm which dropped the price of my first box by almost half; it seemed like a no-brainer to give it a go with that (I'll share a discount code with you at the end of this post too).

Hello Fresh Box: The Packaging

So what exactly is Hello Fresh?  Well it's a weekly food subscription box which contains everything you need to cook your evening meal for either three or five nights.  You can choose between boxes with meat and fish, a vegetarian box and a family box.  You can also choose how many people you want to order a box for.  The boxes start at £39 including delivery, which I honestly thought was a bit expensive for three meals for two people but when I consider the effort that goes into meal planning, going out and shopping etc, I find myself not minding so much after all!

Hello Fresh Box: The Packaging

Every week there are different recipes created by the Hello Fresh chefs, the boxes get delivered on either a Tuesday or a Thursday; they're full to the brim with lovely ingredients to recreate all of that weeks recipes.  I was fairly impressed with the packaging, it had ice packs and one of those sheep's wool insulators, all of the herbs and spices came in little recyclable plastic tubs and the meat and fish was all well packaged.  The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was that my courgette had broken into three pieces and several of the tomatoes in my box were rolling around loose and had gotten squashed.

Hello Fresh Box: The Food

Gaz and I got the classic five meal box for two people (ordinarily £49) which this week included recipes for:
- First Date Sweetheart Potatoes, Jalapeno Chilli and Feta
- You're-a-Catch Coley Oreganata with New Potatoes and Carrots
- Rosemary Roasted Pork with Spice Things Up Spanish Cassoulet
- You-Make-Me-Cuckoo Chicken with Chorizo and Couscous Salad
- Aphrodite's Bucatini Amatriciana with Pancetta and Plump Olives
(I love the whimsical names of these recipes?)

Hello Fresh Box: The Food

We got our box on Tuesday and have now cooked everything in it.  Whilst I wasn't completely in love with everything (just personal taste) the food was generally well flavoured and easy to put together on a week night after work.  Following the step-by-step recipe cards was great, but it may have taken me slightly longer than stated to cook some of the recipes, but I am a world class procrastinator and am usually watching YouTube videos while I'm cooking.

Hello Fresh Box: The Food

Gaz and I have already ordered another box to be delivered this Tuesday, I'm looking forward to trying some more new meals - overall I'm impressed, despite the packaging hiccups!

If you want to give one of these lovely foodie boxes a try, you can get £20 off your first order using my discount code.  Simply go to Hellofresh.co.uk and enter the code BEWSKE before you check out.

I'd love to know if you decide to give Hello Fresh a go, or if you've tried any other foodie boxes.

Sharon x

Monday, 10 February 2014

Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm

I had such high hopes when I got this Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm as a magazine freebie late last year.  I normally read a good few reviews before I try any new products, but I'd heard good things in general about Elemis that I thought this would do great things for my skin.  Sadly I was very disappointed.

I generally love a good radiance boosting product, and this one promised to be a great multi-tasker, able to lightly moisturise, give radiant skin and act as a primer for makeup.  What could go wrong?  Well a lot as it turns out.

The Packaging
I know this isn't the full size product so it can't expect it to have the best packaging but still I found this little tube a bit 'meh'.  It's not offensive in any way, being simple white with black text and a silver lid, but I just wasn't blown away.

The Formula
The Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm was a lot thinner than I expected, a very light lotion that felt quite weightless on the skin.  I loved the citrus-y scent, but didn't really get a lot of moisturisation from it, thankfully I'd used my usual daily moisturiser before applying it so didn't really have a problem.

The Result
From the offset I didn't notice a massive difference in the radiance of my skin after putting this balm on, I perhaps had a little bit of glow/shine on my forehead and nose, but nothing to really write home about.  Applying my foundation over the top of this almost completely eradicated any effect I did see, so I wasn't particularly impressed by that.  My foundation didn't feel any different in the way it went onto my skin either, but after a few hours wear, I felt like everything was looking a bit cakey, like I just had too much product on my face.

I was pretty pleased to get home and wash this stuff off, but was rather dismayed to see I had started breaking out on my forehead and cheeks.  I was willing to give the balm another try so used it once more, but got the exact same results.  Obviously something in this product just doesn't react well with my skin (I'm guessing the mineral oil) and as it doesn't do much for me in terms of radiance either, I'm pretty happy to consign this one to the bin!

Have you tried much from Elemis before?  What are the most disappointing products you have used?

Sharon x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Chery Lin Nourishing Cleansing Balm

I have to preface this post by saying that this review has been a very long time coming.  I was sent the Chery Lin Nourishing Cleansing Balm* to try out back in the late spring of last year - unfortunately getting this coincided with my having some awful problems with my skin so I didn't want to tempt fate by adding a new product into this mix.

I'm actually a little sad I didn't try out this Nourishing Cleansing Balm sooner though, as it did my skin a lot of good when I finally started using it.

Chery Lin Nourishing Cleansing Balm

My skincare has been going down an organic/natural route for a good while now, so the Chery Lin Nourishing Cleansing Balm has been a great addition to my routine; the list of ingredients is refreshingly short, and very softening, including almond oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax, and the balm has a lovely light fragrance that is both refreshing and soothing.

It's often said about cleansers of this type, but a little does go a very long way with this cleansing balm; the texture starts off very thick, almost hard in fact, but half a teaspoon or a little less quickly softens in the hands and morphs into an oil on the skin when massaged in with circular motions.  This cleanser is great at melting and lifting away the last of my face makeup (I use a micellar water to start the removal and to get my eye makeup off); I wipe it away with a muslin cloth and warm water and am left with lovely clean skin.  A quick sweep of toner and my favourite Trilogy moisturiser and I am good to go.  After long term use I can safely say this cleanser has left my skin not only softer but definitely cleanser feeling too.

Whilst that's it for talking about the product itself, I can't finish the review without mentioning the packaging.  I adore the heavy glass jar, it always feels reassuringly luxurious and grown up, and it may be completely shallow but I love how it looks nestled amongst my other skincare on my dressing table.

I'd definitely love to try more from Chery Lin Organics in the future, a skincare brand that like this that is so focused on healing is a real treat to use.

A 50ml jar of Chery Lin Nourishing Cleansing Balm is £18.90 and can be found here.

What are your favourite cleansing balms or natural skincare products

Sharon x
*PR Sample
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