Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Body Shop: Honey Bronze Collection


Popped into The Body Shop the other week and made a few purchases from the Honey Bronze collection.  I've since then, stashed them away somewhere and promptly forgot about them... until now.

I bought both of the Honey Bronze Lip Nectar's in  01 Coral and 02 Sand.  Luckily for me, if you bought two products from The Body Shop make up line, you got to choose a free mascara..  I picked the Define & Lengthen, but I haven't tried that yet.  However, I can tell you about the Lip Nectar's and unfortunately I'm disappointed. 

The colours are beautiful.  Coral is opaque orangey coral and provides an instant pop of colour.  Sand is a beautiful barely there shade that would add a lovely sheen to the lips.  But I have to say they don't smell as nice as I'd imagined.  In a range called Honey Bronze, you'd expect a nice honey scent.  I can barely pick up any scent at all and for £9.50, I personally could think of better ways to spend my money on other brands of lip gloss.

  I think I was also further disappointed as the Hi Shine Lip Treatments I usually get are amazing. They look fabulous on, are moisturising and smell divine.  Maybe there was something wrong with the Lip Nectar's I purchased, so please tell me if that is the case.  Sadly, I will use the Lip Nectar's, but it will not be the beautifully honey scented experience I was imagining. 

Has anyone else tried anything nice from the Honey Bronze collection? Or The Body Shop in general?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

NARS Dogon

I'm a NARS virgin.  Sorry, I was a NARS virgin.  There I said it.  Excluding the Orgasm illumunator I received  in the May GlossyBox I have never purchased a NARS item... until now.  So when I saw the 2011 Summer limited edition Dogon shadow duo feature on other blogs, I looked on with interest. 

 Jane from Modesty Brown gave a thorough review, comparing and contrasting Dogon to the NARS Rajasthan duo which you can read about here   And obviously, anyone with an ounce of sense has already seen Helen from Just Nice Things amazing and informative post The Story so NARS - but if you haven't - YOU SHOULD!!

 Needless to say, I had to get my mitts on Dogon and not having a NARS counter near me, I was a little unsure about purchasing online.  I like to see things in person.

So as we were on our way to the Take That concert, I performed a little detour and ran into Selfridges in Manchester.  The Tom Ford counter nearly had me distracted but I mooched through the endless lines of SA's to NARS.

  So after initially thinking "what is all the fuss about?" when I saw the duo in person,  I nearly collapsed with shock at how gorgeous these shadows where when I began to swatch.  I don't think that in the pan,  they appear to be anything out of the ordinary. However, let me just stand corrected.  

These are two of the most beautiful and unique shades I've seen in ages. They are quite simply gorgeous in their own right, but when mixed together they create an amazing hybrid that is stunning.  I don't even believe that these pictures do it justice. So beautiful.

I haven't actually used Dogon yet.  There hasn't really been an appropriate occasion and work has been a bit fraught this week.  I actually think I may début it tomorrow when I visit Parental Unit number 2 for Fathers Day. Not that my Dad will notice!  I get the feeling this wont be my last purchase from NARS...

Thursday, 16 June 2011

NOTD: Nails Inc Montagu Place

What's nicer than a really bright colour for Spring/Summer?  Nails Inc Montagu Place is a vibrant pinky coral shade, that could almost be mistaken for fluorescent in some lights.  To me, this shade just screams 'sunny day'!

This was my polish of choice for the Take That concert.  Unfortunately, after a gorgeous day it decided to rain just as the Pet Shop Boy's were finishing whipping the 55,500 people into a frenzy before the main event.  At least the crap weather didn't last very long!

I knew something was going to go wrong.  I was just feeling happy with my nails. They were almost all the same length.  I'd loved and nurtured to them to an optimal level.  However, disaster struck as I was leaving work on Friday night. I was trying to get (naughty) Dora out of my drawer at work.  In case you are wondering, Dora is my Radley handbag.  No, I'm not mad. I haven't given my handbag a pet name.  I'm mad but I'm not that mad!  It's the name of the bag! Seriously, it is. 

 Anyway,  as I pulled Dora out of the drawer, my nail went backwards and if you follow me on Twitter (@LeanneOCD) then you have seen the TwitPic of the calamity that was my badly broken nail.  It was SO BLOODY SORE let me tell you!!

Now, I know me.  As a former nail biter, I knew I couldn't leave all the other nails.  I'd have picked/bitten them to death.  So I got home from work and chopped them all down to sort of the same length.  That was pretty hard to do. But I needed to do it properly, before I wrecked them and began the cycle of self loathing. So don't be surprised if my next NOTD début's stumpy little nails - Booo freakin hooooooooo!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Quick Nail Varnish Haul

I love eBay. Actually, let me just quantify that. I love it when The Boy uses eBay to source nail varnish on my behalf.  I'm not sure I trust it for anything else after my disastrous misadventure with the Konad plates.  Anyway look at what I've got!!

  • Nubar 2010
  • Orly Rage
  • Nubar Treasure
  • OPI Mermaids Tears
Keep an eye out for the respective NOTD post's soon.  I'm looking forward to trying these out, especially seeing what looks I can create with the Nubar 2010 topcoat.

I sincerely hope you're all having a better week than I am! At least I now have pretty nail varnish to attempt to make me happy...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Lanolips Lip Ointment - Rose

I only got this yesterday as I was passing through Manchester on my way to the Take That concert (and it was AMAZING by the way!) and I am hooked already!!  I made a slight detour into Boots and luckily the Manchester store had the Lanolips range in store.  

I've been wanting to try these lip ointments for ages and I have heard nothing but good things about them.  With over 60% of medical grade lanolin, they are extremely moisturising as well as providing a slight hint of colour.  They don't smell of anything in particular but they do feel lovely and silky on your lips.  I chose the Rose version and as they were on 3 for 2, Nic and Caroline (another friend) picked one each.  We actually all went for the same colour as it looked so nice on the SA. 

If you are looking to try these ointments, they are carried in larger Boots stores or online at  where the 3 for 2 is still applicable.  I want to try the Lemonaid version but they are out of stock both in the shop yesterday and online.  Booooo!  I'm sure you will be hearing more about Lanolips from me. I can feel an obsession blooming.


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