Thursday, 29 August 2013

Review: L'Oréal Glam Shine Stain Splash in 200 Princess

L'Oréal Glam Shine Stain Splash in 200 Princess. RRP: £7.99.
Back in April, my friend Natalie gifted me a lovely box full of various cosmetics and amongst them was the L'Oréal Glam Shine Stain Splash in 200 Princess. I've been developing quite a liking for more intense lip colours of late, so Princess was a nice surprise; although I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of glossy lip products because I accidentally eat my hair enough as it is without added gloss to maximise the stick factor. So, has Glam Shine changed my mind?

The good: 
  • This is a very high-shine product, and once you build the colour up to your liking, it's incredibly striking and glamorous. 
  • Sleek packaging which gives a satisfying click on closure.
  • Staying power is fine until you start eating or drinking. As noted, this is a stain so while the gloss may disappear after a couple of hours, some colour does remain. 
  • According to others who have tried them, these are a good dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains.
The bad:
  • There is something about the sweet/mildly fruity scent and taste of this product that I absolutely cannot stand. In theory, it is so mild that it should be inoffensive, but it grinds my gears so much that I'm driven almost to the point of not wearing it.
  • Initial application looks streaky and inconsistent when I apply it, and I found that I needed to apply about three layers to get an opaque, even colour. 
  • I found that as the product began fading away I was left with a dreaded rim of colour around the lips-- not a good look! Perhaps this could be managed with a lip primer, though. Natalie keeps recommending that I get one, but I've yet to find anything affordable! 
L'Oréal Glam Shine Stain Splash in 200 Princess.
Overall, I would say that Glam Shine hasn't really changed my mind about glosses and I am far too intimidated by the colour to wear it out of the house just yet, but I do feel that this would be a great product for people who are after glossy and vibrant lips.

Sunday, 25 August 2013


A couple of weeks ago I wrote an anxiety-ridden post about me and my mum possibly going on holiday together, lamenting the situation and acting altogether ridiculous about the entire thing. As it transpired, I did actually end up booking a holiday for us despite all of the drama, and at 12:10pm on August 16th we were on our way to Paris while my mum was celebrating travelling on a plane for the first time in her life. It was wonderful. I loved the architecture, the language, the food  and the people. But most of all I loved that my mum was finally outside of England and enjoying somewhere new.

I also have to say that my stint on Duolingo and 3 years of secondary school French went a fair way towards helping me understand maps, menus and occasionally, Parisians; in fact, my first French utterance-- Parlez-vous anglais?-- endeared our taxi driver so much that he proceeded to exclaim his love for me and blow kisses through the rear-view mirror. It was at that moment I began fearing for my life. I quickly found myself disregarding the 81p overseas charge whilst texting my boyfriend 'If anything happens it was the taxi driver' and started planning my rolling escape from the car.

Needless to say, the Taken scenario which I dreaded-- and thought might actually occur during that taxi ride-- did not come to fruition, and we both had a brilliant weekend away. Click below for a small selection of the photographs I took!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Hong Kong Compilation

Now that I have a bit of free time on my hands, I finally got around to making some sort of sense out of all the little videos that I took whilst away in Hong Kong. So, here it is!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Cool Stuff: Hong Kong Cup Covers

I'm about to talk about Hong Kong again, okay? While I was there I noticed a trend of people owning little hats for their cups, and naturally I needed to jump on the bandwagon. During a day trip to Stanley, which is in the Southern District of Hong Kong, I found THE cutest cup covers which are also very practical. Some of the covers I saw were hard plastic and acted just like a saucepan lid for instance, but the pair we bought are silicone and actually form an airtight seal around the cup. I love these covers because they can help to keep your drink warm for slightly longer, keep bugs out, and most importantly, brighten up your day with their presence-- JUST LOOK AT THEM:

Look at that suction! The yellow cat cover is Jonathan's and the pink rabbit is mine ^_^

Monday, 5 August 2013

Hong Kong Hair Accessories

When I went to Hong Kong earlier this year, I couldn't help but be amazed by the variety of hair accessories that I found in their drugstores. There were so many USEFUL products that I had never seen before and I did feel a little bit bitter that we hadn't reached a similar level of innovation and creativity in the UK. Needless to say, I couldn't resist and must have filled at least 1 kg of my luggage allowance with hair accessories alone. So, here's a run down of a few of my favourites.

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