Tweezerman Pink Perfection Petite Tweeze Set

30 July 2014

lamour josie tweezerman pink perfection sephora tweezer set review
I never imagined that I'd want to write an entire post dedicated to a set of tweezers, but it's happening. For the longest time I've been using the cheapest tweezers that I could find to pluck stray hairs, but finally I decided that I couldn't resist this hot pink duo, and the rest is history.

The star of the Tweezerman Pink Perfection Petite Tweeze Set for me is definitely the slant tweezer. I'm so impressed by how sharp this tweezer is, initially hairs were snapping before I had chance to pull them out (I was used to using more blunt tweezers which require a heavy handed grip). They're wide enough that even with my terrible vision it's a task to miss the target hair, making plucking an easy task.

I've yet to master the point tweezer (mainly due to the aforementioned terrible eyesight), as they offer a much smaller surface area to grab hairs with. I've never really used this shape tweezer before, but when I have occasionally reached for this pair, even the teeny, tiniest hair comes straight out. 

This duo is great because whichever shape tweezer you favour, you're covered. They're pretty, precise, incredibly sharp and make plucking hairs a relatively pain free experience. This Tweezerman set is definitely worth the extra investment if you're looking to invest in some high quality tools which will stand the test of time.

My Bedroom

27 July 2014

Given that my bedroom is probably my favourite place in the world (apart from Disneyland), I thought I'd share a few snaps of it. I love having flowers in my bedroom, and treat myself to a new bunch every week. Normally I go for gypsophila which are my favourites, but at the minute I have these pretty pale pink spray carnations stood in an old jam jar.
My chest of drawers are from the Camille range at Dunelm, and I also have the matching bedside table. They're the perfect size for storing my work clothes and linen, and I love the distressed look of the wood.
I seem to be using jam jars to store everything in at the moment, but they're cheap, we always have plenty lying around and they look really cute. I'm saving these straws to go with cocktails on a nice summer afternoon.
One of my best friends made this bunting out of beautiful vintage fabric. I have a few different sets, and think they look super pretty at the end of my bed. You can just about see Olaf in the background too!
I got this dream catcher when my Dad and I went to visit family in Colorado, although it doesn't seem to be warding bad dreams off all that well at the moment. The lights are from Urban Outfitters, they add a really soft light at night when I'm getting ready for bed.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil

24 July 2014

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review Swatch L'amour Josie
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Review Swatch L'amour Josie

Illamasqua Hydra Veil has been on my 'to try' list for the longest time now. Initially I grouped it in with a few other primers that I wanted to test out, but I've realised that it's actually something different to that.

The main reason that I initially wanted to try Hydra Veil was the consistency. The only thing that I can liken this to is jelly. Every day I scoop a chunk out, and then the next morning I'm always surprised to see that the product has levelled itself out and looks brand new again. Everything about the texture of this product screams hydration - it's like applying a combination of lots of water with moisturiser on to your skin. Once applied though, skin instantly feels smooth and satin-like (no grease in sight).

In all honesty, Hydra Veil hasn't been stunning at extending my makeup, but the reason that I like this product so much is how beautifully foundation sits on top of it. My pores look blurred - or veiled - my skin feels soft to the touch, these are all components for a great base. Whilst I probably wouldn't turn to Hydra Veil to make my makeup last longer on a sweaty night out, I would use it if I needed to look my best for a job interview or photographs, as it completely smooths out the skin. It feels very gentle and cooling once applied too, which has been very welcome in the recent weather, and I imagine perfect for soothing wind-swept skin in Winter.

MAC x Kelly Osbourne - Dodgy Girl

20 July 2014

MAC Kelly Osbourne Dodgy Girl Lipstick Review Swatch L'amour Josie
Despite the hype around the MAC and Osbourne mother/daughter collaboration, I was initially pretty disinterested. Don't get me wrong, I like the Osbournes, but I've grown ambivalent towards MAC's limited edition collections. They're difficult to get hold of, and tend to just feature the same old products. Fast forward a few weeks from the release and I was having a swatching session at a MAC counter in York when I spotted Dodgy Girl. I've got a little bit of a thing for purple based lipsticks at the minute - plus who could resist that gorgeous packaging? - so of course it came home with me.

Dodgy Girl is the exact shade of lipstick that I would design to encompass Kelly Osbourne's style (and trademark lilac hair). MAC describe it as a light lavender, and whilst on darker skin it does pull more towards the pink side of things, on my fairer skin Dodgy Girl is most definitely a bold lavender. I've been pairing it with simple eye makeup in the day, and actually I've been surprised by quite how wearable it is. Normally brighter lip colours can tend to wash me out, but there is just enough of a cool undertone in Dodgy Girl to avoid this.

Dodgy Girl is a matte finish lipstick, meaning that it has some serious lasting power. I get a good five hours wear (unless I'm doing some extreme eating and drinking) before I feel the need to top up, but unlike other matte lipsticks I haven't found this shade to be at all drying on me. In fact, Dodgy Girl feels creamier when applied than other MAC lipsticks I've tried. If you can track this shade down, then I'd definitely recommend giving a lavender lip a go.

Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer

16 July 2014

Too Faced Snow Bunny Review Swatch L'amour Josie
Too Faced Snow Bunny Review Swatch L'amour Josie
Bronzed, glowing skin is something I'll always want in the summer months. On my last night in Vegas I popped in to Vegas for a final few presents and couldn't resist one of these bronzer/blusher/highlight hybrids from Too Faced. Too Faced isn't a brand that I'm all that familiar with - there are no counters local to me - but I was drawn in by the pretty gold packaging combined with how well this product swatched.

Snow Bunny is billed by Too Faced as a "luminous bronzer". I never purchased this with the intention of using it as a bronzer, the colour is too light for that, but as a highlighter it adds an understated natural light to the skin. My favourite way to use this product is to take a fluffy brush and swirl it in the pan, so that all of the colours blend together to form a golden shade (as shown in the swatch photo above). Snow Bunny is a pretty, subtle powder. 

Texture-wise, this powder is smooth and not at all chalky. However, I would say that with a more matte base, Snow Bunny can tend to accentuate my pores slightly. With a good primer and natural finish foundation combination, swept across the top of the cheeks, Snow Bunny adds a beautiful golden light to the skin.