#SpringSummer16 (Did you miss me?)

Good morrow to you all! Spring is already upon us which means Summer and the warmer weather is fast approaching and I could not be happier to be back writing to you beautiful people. Heavens knows I’ve missed it! Since I’ve had a fair few weeks off from the blogging front I think it only fitting to get straight back into the swing of things with a bang and not bore you half to death with why I’ve been absent. Because let’s face it, you don’t really care. You’ve tuned in to radio Sophie due to at least one common reason; and that reason is to find a brand spanking new excuse to splurge the majority of next months salary on fancy new beauty products. And if it’s got good reviews, then you simply must have it, right? Right. Which is also your excuse to your other half when he/she asks why you’re so poor a week into the month – well, that’s what I’m assuming. 
Not that I know because the closest I’ve come to having a boyfriend in the last 6 months is having my personal bubble invaded whilst on the Jubilee Line in peak rush hour (yes, my love life really is that sad) And even if I did have a bloke I doubt he’d question my spending habits unless he actually fancied paying for everything for the rest of the month.

Anyway, I digress. What better to review first of all than some fabulous Spring newness from some fancy brands, as well as one sparkling new brand. 

First of all I can’t NOT mention the Matte lip revolution that’s happening on the high street and designer makeup front! I’ll do an in depth Lip favourites post soon enough but for now let me just tell you how wonderful the Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream collection is. They come in a range of shades (not as many as I’d like) but since I’m in a Nude mood of late, it caters well to my needs.   

  
Matte lip colours have an infamous reputation for being so uncomfortable and dry to wear; however people, if you want to achieve that dreamy, flawless matte lip without your lips looking all gross and flakey, the liquid lipstick/lip cream is the route to go down. I have a whole selection of Matte lip colours ranging from a standard lipstick or a chubby crayon, to lip creams and soft matte balms, and I can honestly say the best long lasting result will always come from a liquid lip cream that dries matte. However make sure you frequently use a lip balm before applying lipstick to ensure your lips stay moisturised which will also keep your lippy on for longer.

Next on my newness list of wonderful products is the brand spanking new Rosie for Autograph makeup range. My goodness, what a joy it is to finally have these products on the shelves after months and months of anticipation. And I can honestly tell you that this range is as fabulous as you would expect anything that Rosie designs to be, and more. I have convinced many friends and colleagues to buy some Rosie products and brushes and none of them have had a bad word to say about them. Rosie’s range is a sister brand – if you will – to the already popular and highly rated Autograph makeup range; so we already knew that the quality would be top class. The range is endorsing a more natural makeup look since there are no heavy products; everything is light and buildable but made to a high enough standard to still be elegant and look exquisite.

   
 My favourite Rosie product – and I know that the majority of other Rosie fans will agree with me here –  has to be the Amazing Radiance cream. This decadent moisturising cream is the most versatile and truly spectacular face cream I have ever used. Formulated with minuscule light reflecting particles and SPF6, you can wear it on its own when you’re having a slobby no makeup day just to look a little more human, or as a perfect highlighting base for your foundation. It will make skin of any age and colour glow, which aids in giving your face some dimension. Alternatively I saw online that a few people, including the fabulous Lisa Eldridge, mix a tiny bit of the radiance cream with the foundation you’re using, which makes both products go a lot further, saves time when finishing and highlighting because it’s already done and it puts you in total control of your artwork. Because that’s what your makeup is, artwork. A true masterpiece. If you are altering products you buy by mixing them up and changing them to suit you and what you like, then painting them onto your personified canvas then you, my friend, are most definitely an artist.

Also, where the hell have all these fabulously pristine eyebrows appeared from?! Alongside the matte lip revolution has come the Big Brow Revolution. And – trust me – even if like me you have thick dark brows already and don’t think you need to do anything to them: take my advice and fill them in, or simply brush them with a clear gel as part of your morning routine. Goodness me what a difference it makes! Give it a go and thank me later. 

Nearly every makeup brand is featuring a lot more brow-defining products of late; however, here are my top products (containing a couple of affordable and a couple of high end ones too):

  1. Sleek Brow Duo Palette – £8.99
  2. Diego Dalla Palma Brow gel/pomade – £15.50 
  3. Rimmel Brow this Way defining pencil -£2.99
  4. PIXI Natural Brow gel/pencil Duo -£12.50
  5. FREEDOM Brow Studio Pomade – £5

So girls (or guys, as I’ve said before, no stereotypes here) whether you’re trying to combat the volume, shape or colour of your brows, there is definitely something on the market that will be able to do the trick. I’ll do an in depth brow know how guide soon for the novices amongst you that may need a little guidance as to what to spend your money on this month brow-wise, and how to use them correctly and get the most out of them.

Before I go, thought I’d let you know in the next week as a gift from me to you, I’ll be posting a short and sweet recipe; and all I’m going to say is MUD CAKE. And it’s delicious. 

And yes I know I’m wonderful, thank you.

All my love, S x

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The last day of Christmas gave to me…

Firstly allow me to offer my most sincere apologies (well that’s pushing it, not sincere) that this post is over a week late but I’m sure like everyone else I deserved a little break. This last week and a bit of my busy life was spent at home being extremely merry with my crazy family, not to mention working in retail over the Christmas period which I’m sure most of you are aware is similar to being thrown to the lions in the arena. So 3 days off over the Christmas weekend was greatly welcomed by me and my huge bottle of Moscato d’Asti, which along with the baileys Yule log, made my Christmas Breakfast pretty sexy. Yet again, a big fat win for me.

So bouncing back from my little Christmas break I have 5 wonderful new gifts from the M&S beauty advent calendar to share with you and since I’ve let them build up, I’ll keep the reviews short, sweet and to the point.

  
The excitement that coursed through my veins had me jumping for pure joy when I opened the 20th purple window of the advent and saw a L’Occitane product. Which to the readers that aren’t beauty geeks, may seem a little sad, but let me tell you, receiving a 100ml bottle of wonderful L’Occitane verbena shower gel from a mere advent calendar is like pulling out gold dust. Anyway being L’Occitane you are guaranteed the sublime natural scents of essential oils such as Geranium, lemon tree, orange and (of course) verbena. These scents mingle together to make your bathroom smell like an oasis of tranquility when you shower. Not to mention the natural ingredients making this suitable to cleanse even sensitive skin. Oh and it’s a unisex product so hide it from the blokes, ladies.

  
The 21st day presented me with the Glow Tonic by PIXI. And boy, is this a good one girls (well and boys, if boys are into glow tonics). I’m not usually a huge fan of toners since I already use micellar water to cleanse my face, I suppose I deem it unnecessary in my skincare routine. However after trying this little miracle product I have discovered that toners are more than a fancypants translucent water to clean your face and close your pores up with. I used this water for 3 consecutive evenings during my nighttime skincare regime. And each morning I woke up with a face that felt fresh and glowy with minimal redness. Which for a fair skinned young maiden like myself, any tonic to minimalist redness is a winner. With natural Aloe Vera extracts, combined with the alcohol free formula which is tested as hypoallergenic, it’s ideal to cleanse sensitive skin, and even dry, spot prone skin too. So for a toner disbeliever, I have been converted.

  
Next up in the countdown to Christmas I was shown the wonders and magic of REN and their fabulous 1 Minute Facial! I am already a huge lover of this product since my manager recommended it to me and it’s one of those little things that really makes you feel all dewy and pampered. Let’s go back to basics and talk about what it will do for you when all is said and done. After doing my research I have discovered why it makes my skin feel so wonderful, and apparently it’s down to the water activated Vitamin C formulation. Okay, once you’ve applied the flash facial to your dry face, you need to wet your fingertips and massage again, and it’s this touch of H2O that brings the vitamin C to life and gives it the wake up call to get to work on my skin tone. Other ingredients that really make this a beautiful party happening on your face is the boswellic acid to smooth fine lines and the glycogen magnesium to give you that radiant glow. You have to leave this on for a minute after massaging with your wet fingertips to allow all these brilliant components to do their jobs. Then rinse off. According to REN, if this facial is rotated with the Glycolactic radiance renewal mask, it will give you a facial routine that means serious business! However they have specified it’s potent ingredients will probably not suit sensitive skin types  which is the only downside for me. Otherwise, a truly magnificent product!

  
As the big day is starting to loom the gifts are seriously upping their game from this advent, since on this day I managed to get my hands on the Stila lip Glaze. And with lipsticks and makeup you’d imagine that in a beauty advent they would put in a product that the company want to try and get rid of, a shade that isn’t that popular that they want to try and showcase to get it a bit more attention. But I have been pleasantly surprised with this product since it’s a beautiful everyday dusky pink colour that suits nearly every skin tone. With pink you can either wear it as a simple chic day look with a nude eye and peachy cheeks, then really give it a vamped up vibe for the evening by smoking up the eye with a charcoal grey colour and a good highlight/contour combination going on to really structure the rest of the face. The people of this world that wear a colour on their lips are a demographic that’s divided by one simple factor. Lipstick or Gloss. As a glaze, it’s inbetween a lipstick and a gloss. You get the intense pigmented colour and lasting power of a lipstick, with all the wearable shine and fun of a lip gloss. So it pleases both parties, everyone wins. I certainly do.

  
Ah my lovely readers that followed my Blogmas posts, this is it. The final little gift from the magic that is M&S. And they’ve really outdone themselves with this one. It is the highly anticipated Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in the down right sexy shade of ‘From Paris with Love’. I’m a huge fan of deep red wine coloured nails so I did a little dance of joy when I discovered this little gem. Well what can I say; it’s a professional company that’s used worldwide, the colour is fantastically rich and on trend, and as you know from my previous posts, I am a sucker for a full sized product and this is a whopping 15ml. And for a nail varnish that is a pretty mighty size. Although I must stress do use a good base coat before applying this lacquer, since without it, your nail will get stained. And don’t forget a decent top coat afterwards too, to prevent the wear and tear of daily life getting to your beautiful nails.

Now beautiful people I must say how much I have enjoyed starting my blog journey with Blogmas 2015. Thank you so much for reading my whacky reviews and recipes; I can promise you there are plenty more to come. I hope you all had a wonderfully Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best for this new year. Stand by for more fabulous beauty posts and lots of delicious recipes.

Sophie x

ULTIMATE, EPIC YULE LOG

I know it’s a bit late for a Christmas dessert, but if you’re like me and have another roast dinner tomorrow and you’ve been a wally and forgotten the dessert, and the thought of even attempting to enter a shop on Boxing Day fills you with utter dread; or you’ve decided to be Nigella this year and make an epic centrepiece from scratch then look no further fellow chocolate lovers because I have just the ticket, it’s my most rich and decadent ULTIMATE Yuletide Log!! But with a twist (naturally I wouldn’t be boring)


This Yule log is inspired by a recipe I’ve seen on Cupcake Jemma’s YouTube channel, which I’ve tweaked and pimped up to make it even more epic. Which should give all you lovely people a bit of luxury and decadence amongst all the increasing stress of Christmas.

This fantastic Swiss roll sponge recipe will be great for your big Yule log, or alternatively you can follow my steps up to spreading the cream, then cut the sponge into equal oblong shapes and roll them into minis.


The yield of this recipe makes one centrepiece Yule log or 8 minis.

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 3 large free range eggs, separated
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of cloves

Buttercream

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 160g icing sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 70g chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp Christmas Cake Curd
  • Up to 75ml Baileys

Ganache

  • 100g dark chocolate (the best quality you can afford)
  • 115ml double cream

I have listed ingredients for ganache because the big Yule log is best with cream in the middle and buttercream on the outside in my opinion, however if you opt to make this recipe into the 8 minis, I’d use the buttercream recipe for the middle and ganache on the outside. But feel free to mix it up a bit and be creative (well as creative as you can be with a Yule log)

Method

  1. Start by separating your eggs into whites in one bowl, yolks in another. Whip up the egg whites using a hand whisk until they have soft peaks. Then add 25g of the sugar and whip up again until they have stiff peaks. Now set this bowl aside.
  2. Now using your hand whisk again whip up your egg yolks and the remaining 50g of sugar for a few minutes until it’s doubled in volume and turned a buttery light yellow colour. Then sift in the cocoa and spices and fold them in gently until combined. This mixture will be very thick and sticky so bare with it, it will look more like a sponge mixture in a minute.
  3. Now in four stages fold in the egg whites to the yolk and cocoa mixture. The first spoonful can be folded a bit more vigorously just to loosen it up a bit. Then gently with the other additions to keep as much of that precious air in the mixture as possible.
  4. Prepare a Swiss roll tin or a shallow baking tin by greasing and lining with baking parchment and pour your mixture in. Use a cranked palette knife to guide it to the edges and level it out gently. Now bake it in the centre of your oven for 10-12 minutes, or when it’s just springy to the touch at 180c or gas mark 4.
  5. Once it’s baked turn it out onto a clean chopping board and cover it with a clean tea towel as it cools. After about 10 minutes of cooling you’ll need to roll the sponge up with the to make sure it won’t crack, but in the meantime you can whip up your cream.
  6. Whip the cream until it’s at soft peaks, go too far and you’ll have made your own butter. Then whisk in the baileys.
  7. Now unroll the sponge and spread the cream on gently, but not too thickly otherwise it won’t roll up tightly.
  8. Be careful with this bit and roll it up again, but obviously without the paper inside.
  9. Now if you’re making the buttercream whip up the butter until it’s paler in colour, then whisk in the sugar, melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a Bain Marie then mix that in with the cocoa powder, baileys and Christmas cake curd until it’s all smooth. Fill up a piping bag with a star nozzle in it with your buttercream and pipe onto your log until it looks sufficiently loggy. Don’t forget to pipe the spiral on both ends.
  10. Alternatively if you’re opting for ganache, heat the cream over a low heat until it’s nearly at a boil but don’t actually let it boil, then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Leave it to stand for about a minute or two then stir it until it’s a glossy, smooth mixture. Give it 5 minutes to thicken then spoon onto your log and with a palette knife, spread it all out evenly, again not neglecting the ends. After about 5-10 minutes to let them set slightly, use a cocktail stick or a fork to make log effect wiggly lines down each log, and use a single cocktail stick to create a spiral on either end.
  11. Now make it snow on top with icing sugar in a sieve, and top each one with little fondant holly decs you can easily buy from most supermarkets, but I made mine with fondant I dyed green and red.
  12. Don’t give it to your guests, just eat it all yourself. I did.

Oh and I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas, I must say with all this liquor, mine has been very merry indeed. And a very healthy (well after this it won’t be) and happy new year X

Sweet, Swell, Seventeen.

Happy day 17! And this morning my little M&S advent window sung the hallelujah chorus and opened to reveal the Swell Ultimate Volume Hair Masque!

Swell. I’ve never heard of this brand. So if you’re after a real unbiased first impression review, congratulations! You have conquered the Internet and found one.

So what is this product supposed to do? As any other hair mask, this should really be a ‘every so often’ product rather than a ‘every wash’ product because it is so concentrated, you just don’t need to use it more than that if your hair isn’t in such a bad way. I would probably suggest no more than once a fortnight, unless your hair is in a bad condition and you have been recommended otherwise. 

  
The first thing I noticed when I read the label for this product was that it varies the instructions for use. Which is really handy since one size definitely does NOT fit all (yes other generic hair product brands, I’m talking to you). This is usually where people go wrong, they say a product doesn’t work for them, they spent a small fortune on a fancy product that was recommended to them, they use it according to the instructions and it literally makes no difference to the condition of their hair. Now, this is where I say, what is wrong with your hair? What are you trying to combat? If your hair is dry and you’re using a mask to deeply nourish your locks, use a bit more or the product to ensure all your hair gets some, leave it in a bit longer if the recommended time didn’t work for you. Use it a little more than ‘every so often’. You need to tailor it to YOU. 

As you can see this mask tells you how long to leave the product in for, depending on hair length, if it’s coloured and if you have dry or normal hair. Because of this little feature, I’m already a fan. 

Now down to the actual product. I find the scent really fresh and not artificial like some fruity scents which just make the product in question seem less likely to do the job. I put it on my hair for the specified amount of time for my hair type and let it work its magic. And seeing as I’ve only ever used a hair mask once before in my life and that was when I was training at college, I’m not too clued up on the expertise of how my hair should feel after using one. If the answer is ‘so soft your hair could literally be velvet’ then I think it’s worked. 

My hair is in a pretty good condition at the worst of times but after using this mask it’s so silky soft I can’t stop running my fingers through it. The shine is really amplified and as I’ve said before I’m a sucker for a bit of volume, and volume is what I’ve got! Really really pleased with this product. My hair smells beautiful, it looks like I’ve just been to the salon and remortgaged my house to pay for the treatment. I would highly suggest giving it a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 

The Official Countdown has started!

So now is when the real excitement starts to set in, its only 9 sleeps until the big day. Although my probably unpopular opinion is that Christmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas Day itself. I mean this is when the real festivities kick off! You cannot deny there is no better feeling than finishing work on the 24th, then starting that glorious drive home with a christmas anthem or 5 serenading you as you cruise along the seafront (if you work in Southend on Sea that is) with that inevitable bottle of fizz waiting for you when you get home. In my world, there is no better feeling. But thanks to the ridiculous offers on the booze in met supermarkets this year I have LOTS to get through. A very MERRY Christmas indeed!

So since I last wrote to you lovely people I have opened 3 advent windows. I KNOW. Im sorry for the delay but it is nearing the final week and making presents look pretty is really rather time consuming. So the three products I have received in the last 72 hours are all products I have neither used or in 2 cases, never even heard of until now.

The purple box of fabulous things gave me, Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil, Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier Hand Cream and Rodial dragon’s blood sculpting gel.

  
Firstly, Percy and Reed, what is up with your naming skills?! Are you desperately trying to confuse me? No oil, oil. How bizarre. Anyway I have heard plenty of mixed reviews about Percy and Reed products so I have always been skeptical to try them out. However I am a sucker for a volumising product due to the fact that I have super duper thick hair that is so heavy, it falls flat quite quickly. I used this oil (well, not oil) on my damp hair and after blow drying with a barrel brush, I had a significant amount of volume at my roots. And I noticed throughout the day, the style did in fact stay in tact. So I did a bit of research into the formulation of this product and it turns out the Violet extract enriches and moisturises your dull and lifeless barnet to give you smooth, silky and voluptuous results. Which if you have thick hair, getting a silky result is usually tough so this will do the job. Not to mention act as a heat protectant to prevent you putting umpteen products through your locks.

  
Okie dokie onto the Roger and Gallet Hand Cream. I must admit I really don’t like the flour de Figuier scent. I’ve tried the Perfume of the same scent before and I couldn’t wash it off quick enough. On some people it smells fantastic and it really suits them, however for me, it just didn’t. So this was another thing i’ve given to my lovely Nan to try and review for me. As a huge fan of hand creams, Nan is an expert on how they should feel and smell on your skin. she thought the scent was beautifully fresh and not too strong which some hand creams can be. She told me that she could quite happily use this lots throughout the day because it leaves her skin soft and supple without the greasy after-texture that cheaper creams usually result in. Another thing she loved is the thin tube, since she only ever uses small handbags, it fits in the side pocket perfectly without bulking the bag out. So its safe to say nan would buy this hand cream. or maybe i’ll just add it to her christmas list. What a lovely granddaughter I am. Modest too by the sounds of it.

  
 And last but by no means least, Todays wonderful tube of Magic is the Rodial Dragons Blood. Okay, I have heard of this brand but the price tags are way out of my league so i’ve never looked into it any further. My research has told me that The formula of this product is scientifically tested to plump and sculpt facial contours to fight any sagging skin you get with age.

I have done plenty of research into this product and if my mum’s grimace on FaceTime was anything to go by when I told her this product is called ‘Dragon’s Blood’ then i’m positive you’ll all be wondering the same thing. So why is it called that? Well it turns out the Extract used in this product is that of the Dragon’s Blood Tree native to the island of Socotra in the indian ocean. The sap from this tree is naturally red which is why it’s known as Dragon’s blood.
As i’m sure most people are aware, as you age your skin does what most other things do when you get older; it goes a bit southward. And if a facelift or cosmetic surgery is a bit too heavy duty for you then this product has had reviews from the top skincare gurus and makeup artists to confirm that it actually does work. Applied all over your face and neck, it forms a protective veil over your skin to promote firmness, and help sort out all those uneven red tones as well as helping sooth sensitive skin too.
Since I don’t really need this product (yet) I will give it to mother, since nan is already using the time filler, and see what she makes of it. I shall update you all with her progress in due course.
Not that she needs an anti-ageing product of course. (just to cover myself)

 

SIX it up my Darling!

The 6th December comes to us today on a rather overcast, grim looking Sunday. I’m not going to Segway into some cheesy pun about my good self being able to brighten up your day. Because, well, cringe. 

So on this rather grim morning I opened my beautiful advent Windows to find the Rosie Nuit Parfum (M&S) and the Lollitint cheek and lip tint (Benefit). Was quite pleased with these two since I love this perfume and I’ve never used a liquid tint before so that’s what I call a first impression review coming your way.

So let’s start with the Lollitint. 

  Lip and cheek Tints have never been on my list of must try makeup items. They just seem like unnecessary items if you already have blushers and lipsticks coming out of your ears (like me). This one I’ve acquired happens to be purple. PURPLE. I may use this as a lip stain underneath a nude gloss just to vamp up a simple day look, but with experimentation, I have discovered blending it underneath a subtle highlighter on the apex of your cheeks creates a gorgeous colour if you have a naturally warm skin tone. Which isn’t me because my skin is about as warm as that of Edward from Twilight. 

However I’m still not a huge fan of this product since I think it’s a bit redundant when I have so many fantastic lipsticks and blushers. 

  In total contrast to Lollitint I have also now acquired a Perfume I am always using when I’m working. Oddly enough when it first launched I HATED it. It’s the intense night version of the Official fragrance released by actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and it’s got a bit of a Chanel thing going on. A Chanel wannabe means you can be sure of one thing: it’s an extremely pungent scent. Although saying that, it’s grown on me and I now really like it. It has great staying power which is always a mega win where perfumes are concerned. 

So today I’m going to say M&S have bagged the prize for Day 6 with the Rosie Nuit Parfum. Not a totally biased decision because I’d say Lollitint can be seen as pointless against other more useful products on the market. Never the less it’s still a gorgeous colour that, when used correctly, will brighten up a daily makeup look. 

Four Fabulous Selfies. Apparently.

Ahh welcome to Day four, where yet again the Benefit advent song is wrong in thinking I will be taking 4 fabulous Selfies on the fourth day of Christmas. 
If like myself you have been up since 5am when the struggle to pull your trousers on without hopping around your bedroom like a drunk dad attempting Gangnam style is real, then you’ll be fully aware that fabulous selfies are just not happening. If I can’t get dressed with decorum my face is definitely not selfie worthy. I drew my brows on whist on the train without a mirror and was pretty sure I had an upside down tick on my forehead once I looked in the mirror at work.

Anyway the 4th advent Windows today gave me PURminerals Volume Vixen Mascara (M&S) and the Sugarbomb lip gloss (benefit). This will be a close score.  

  
  

Okie dokie I feel that nothing will come up trumps (as far as mascara’s go) as much as Roller Lash by Benefit has for me so I’m already a skeptic about this Vixen mascara. But I’ve worn it today and it’s not half bad. It’s more of a dramatic, thick false lash mascara that you’d don for a night out on the town. Well that’s my opinion, if you like drama in the day time then ignore my comments and by all means volumize your lashes til your heart’s content. 

I’ve been checking up on it all day and I do like it but for the price you’d pay for a full size one, I wouldn’t say it’s totally worth it. But that’s probably me being a bargain hunter at heart. 

 

Onto Benefit and let me just express how much I dislike lipgloss. It’s gloopy and your hair gets stuck in it… Plus it reminds me of slathering on my Miss Sporty juicy gloss before  and during the year 6 end of year disco in 2004. Not my best look. Therefore overall I just think it’s a chore to wear. I Much prefer a beautiful demure matte lipstick. 

But i have now acquired a gloss and I vowed to try everything. Me and my colleague tried this gloss earlier and both agreed in surprise that It didn’t feel like gloss at all, it was so fine and silky – almost like a good quality salve or balm. It kept my lips uber soft all day which in winter is a bit of a challenge. The flavour (for want of a better word) was very sweet but ever so subtle, combined with the beautiful nude pink colour; makes it a flexibly wearable product.

And I will definitely be using it for my daytime looks rather than chucking it into the void that is my makeup case and forgetting all about it’s existence. 

Surprisingly enough, Benefit have won today with their Sugarbomb lip gloss. As small as it is, you use it sparingly which is always a sign of a well made product. But that small size also makes it an ideal handbag essential. Or clutch bag essential if you’re a party animal like me (Ha I wish)