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Anatomicals

I thought I would do a mini review on one of my favourite budget brands – Anatomicals. I only discovered Anatomicals last year and it was by chance really. I was browsing the beauty aisle in Asda and I never normally shop at Asda, when I chanced across the ‘Farewell Scarlett Pimpernell’ (reviewed here) face mask and at £1 it seemed a bargain. I really enjoyed using the face mask and being a sucker for the packaging decided to do a quick Google search on the brand. Turns out everyone’s favourite fashion/beauty online store -ASOS stock Anatomicals. At the time, they had a couple of gift sets reduced to clear as it was in January, so I snapped them up. In one gift set I got an inflatable bath pillow (which doesn’t stick properly) and features a quirky story, a candle (a little disappointing), some bath salts (reviewed here) and the above face mask. The face mask isn’t really my cup of tea as it is self heating and I find these a little uncomfortable and always panic that they will burn  my skin. The second gift set contained some funky rubber gloves (now my bog cleaning gloves cos nobody wants toilet germs on their hands), a hand cream (which is almost finished and in my desk drawer along with around 4 other almost empty tubes) and the above hand polish. I bought the body scrub separately for the bargain price of £3.50!

I’m not going to review the individual products as such, this is more of a brand review because I’ve really fallen in love with Anatomicals. The packaging is amazing isn’t it? Everything comes in brightly coloured plastic containers, with sturdy lids/pumps. Nothing worse than a cheap pump. The product names are genius – Cheese Release Me Foot Cream, Help the Paw Paw Hand Cream and No More White Bits Fake Tan to name but a few. You can’t help but chuckle inside. The product instructions are equally as quirky, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it! All of the products I’ve had from Anatomicals have been highly scented and good quality. The body scrub left my bathroom smelling of Grapefruit for a good half hour after showering and the consistency was perfect. Often I can find budget brands to be runny or thick, but I think Anatomicals have got it spot on. The products are also paraben free which is a bonus!

ASOS currently have a sale on Anatomicals, so I’m eyeing up a few bits. They are so budget friendly and with the sale it would be rude not to! You can also purchase Anatomicals from Cloud 10 Beauty, but I’ve only ever used ASOS because that way I can combine my order to get other bits and bobs I really need want. I thought I would add a little wishlist into this post because it seems like an age since I’ve done one. To make things more interesting, I’ve set myself a budget of £20 (enough to treat myself, but not enough to bankrupt myself). Here’s what I would purchase:

ANATOMICALS WISHLIST

1.We Never Forget a Face Memorably Good Moisturiser – £4.50 for 50ml (was £6)
2.Shower to the People Lime Shower Gel – £2 for 250ml (was £3)
3. Cheese Release Me Minty Foot Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
4. Not Another Rough Day Please Neroli Body Lotion – £2.50 for 200ml (was £3.50)
5. Oi You Throbhead Headache Balm – £3 for 20g (was £4)
6. Anatomicals Face Mask Pack x3 – £2 (was £3)
7. Aint No Dope This Soap Watermelon and Cucumber Hand Soap – £2 for 300ml (was £3)
8. Help the Paw Vitamin Rich Hand Cream – £2 for 100ml (was £3)
TOTAL = £20

Yup. Fantastic. 8 products for £20. Even at full price all of this would only come to £28.50. Such fantastic value isn’t it? Now excuse me while I go and find my purse. It’s free delivery after all.

What do you think of Anatomicals? Would you be willing to try it?

Disclaimer – I was NOT sponsored by ASOS or Anatomicals to write this post – I just really like the brand. 

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Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope

Stila Lip Glaze

I swithered about whether to write about this lipgloss for months and I’ve finally decided that I should. I got this in my Latest in Beauty advent calendar last year and didn’t think much of it. That and there’s a lot of controversy surrounding Stila as a brand (I won’t get into it here), so I cast it aside. When I was clearing out my stash I stumbled across it and decided to clean the brush and give the gloss another go.

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It's super hard to photo your lips

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It’s super hard to photo your lips

Kaleidoscope looks very pink in the tube, but this doesn’t really translate onto the lips. On the lips it looks more of a sheet pink with sparkle and can actually look fantastic layer over a pink lipstick for a bit of shine and sparkle. I’ve been teaming this with my favourite Benefit lippie and I have to say I am impressed so far. The colour is fantastic. The texture is quite sticky, but not in that horrible thick and sticky way that lipglosses can so often be. Your hair will stick to your lips with this one, but isn’t that the case with every lipgloss? In terms of longevity, I got a couple of hours max from this before another application is required. The flavour and scent of this is somewhat fruity, making it a joy to apply. What I really don’t like is the brush. The brush and twist mechanism sucks. You twist the base of the gloss to allow it to flow onto the brush, but I find it just pools and you get a massive blob on the brush. I don’t like it at all. I don’t really like lipglosses with brushes. The packaging is quite chic looking and sturdy though, so if you can get past the awful brush and throw it in your bag it will survive.

You can buy a 2.4ml tube of this in a massive 36 shades from Stila for £15. It is rather expensive for the tiny amount of product and I don’t think I would repurchase it. I will mention that the controversy surrounding stila has been in the animal testing department, which will put a lot of people off. I’m not here to pass judgement on a brand, I will leave that up to you.

What do you think of this gloss? Do you rate brush applicators or hate them like me?

Manicure Monday #14 – OPI Bond Girls Pussy Galore

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So last week I was pretty ill all week and ended up having to take a sick day from work on Monday. I probably shouldn’t have gone back to work on Tuesday, but I did and suffered for it all week. I really didn’t feel up to painting my nails and to be honest, I still don’t. I have so much to do and to top it all off, I managed to break my phone yesterday. Nightmare. So this weeks manicure monday is a recycled picture from a few weeks back.

Pussy Galore with my Azalea

Pussy Galore with my Azalea

This is another shade from the OPI Bond Girls collection – Pussy Galore and I love it! You may remember me proclaiming my love for Vesper, Solitaire and Jinx. This is no different. The photos were taken after 2 days of wear, which is pretty good considering you don’t wear a top coat. Drying time is really quick, within minutes it is fully dry. Brilliant if your in a hurry.

And Again

And Again

I also have a watch that matches this shade perfectly – gotta love matching! The texture is quite gritty, so won’t be to everyone’s liking, but personally I love a good texture on my nails. I still want to get the remaining 2 shades from the Bond Girls collection so if anyone knows anywhere to pick them up cheap please let me know.

Hand Shot

Hand Shot

What’s your thoughts on this? Too girly for you, or do you love the cute pink?

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Manicure Monday #7 – OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

So technically it’s Tuesday, not Monday but I was far too tired yesterday. I didn’t get home from work until just before 9 and then had to eat etc, so just didn’t have the time. Sorry bloggers. I’ve also been feeling a little demotivated for the past few days, not so much blogging but life in general. A few things got said to me last week at work – both by people I consider friends and a manager. It just left me feeling a little kinda like “Is that really how people see me? Do people really think that?”. It’s really daft to get upset about, as they probably didn’t mean for it to upset me, but I am really a sensitive soul. It was mostly about positive sexism towards female engineers and also how it must be difficult for me in a male dominated environment. These are 2 things I never think about until people bring them up and then the awkward turtle comes out to play. Anyway, enough of my rambling an onto the pictures and review.

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

I got this set of 2 OPI polishes in TK Maxx for around £13. I am a sucker for OPI and a sucker for pink. This was a winner. This was released last year for breast cancer awareness, so OPI donate a pound. Pah. A measeley pound; I suppose it is better than nothing, but I’ve decided to save more and donate to cancer research regularly. I lost my Granny to cancer when I was 8 and it terrifies me that 1 in 3 of us will know someone with cancer. So at the moment, I’m donating only £3 a month but it is better than nothing. And no, I didn’t do the no make-up selfie. One look on my facebook page and there is plenty of no make-up photos. I also don’t do selfies, although I do have one coming up on the blog when I can get the courage…

Close up of Pinking of You

Close up of Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

Cinderella Hand after 2 days

Cinderella Hand after 2 days – showing minor chipping

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

The formula of Pinking of you was not the best. It was quite thin and watery, drying streaky. As a result this was a 3/4 coater. It took an age to dry, but the result was a lovely glossy, Barbie pink. More than a Glimmer is the showstopper here. It is a very pale and milky pink, with different coloured hex glitter. The formula is far too sheer to wear alone, so I layered it over Pinking of You. I think the result was stunning. I also think pinking of you would look great in a jelly sandwich. Drying time for this one was great, within 5 minutes. Pinking of you dries to a matte finish, so I skipped the topcoat. I got a full 5 days of wear with only minor chipping. Massive winner.

Have you tried OPI and would you wear this combo? What’s your spring polish of the moment?

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My 1st Mac Product – Frost Lipstick in Angel

Mac Angel

Mac Angel

Like most people, I never tell my family and friends all the good things. Only the bad. I have a tough outer shell and I don’t like letting people break it. I guess this is probably down to being picked on when I was younger. I don’t really know, but I suspect it also affected me in the way of low confidence, self esteem and generally being quite socially awkward/shy. Anyway I am digressing slightly from the point of the story here and the point is I have a lovely boyfriend. Last weekend in Leicester he bought me this Mac lipstick and an Urban Decay palette. It was very sweet of him. We were walking past the Mac counter in Debenhams and I mentioned how I would love something and he dragged me over and picked this lipstick for me. It wasn’t his first or second choice, but those were really not my style, so we settled on this one. The Mac experience was horrible, people pushing past to get in at things and the shop assistant even managed to bruise my knee when she viciously shut the drawer on my leg. How rude. So onto the lippie!

Mac Angel

Mac Angel

Packaging

I love how chic the black plastic tube looks on my dresser. I know it’s only a lipstick, but it just looks expensive and I have it pride of place at the moment. The tube feels really sturdy and the lid clicks into place, meaning no opening in your bag. Big winner from me.

Mac Angel in the Tube, so gorgeous!

Mac Angel in the Tube, so gorgeous!

Colour and Application

Angel is a frost finish lipstick and is one of 30 available from Mac. They have an absolute enormous range of colours, I was kinda speechless when I saw the tester stand. After a scout around on the lovely inter web, it appears that you can also but Angel nail polish (we all know I don’t need that) and lipglass. The colour is a medium-toned neutral pink with a little bit of silver shimmer. I think this shade would suit most people. The coverage is quite opaque, making this a perfect choice for those (like me) who are afraid of bold lips. I wish I was brave enough to wear bright pink, it looks fab on others, but I doubt I could pull it off.

Mac Angel in the Tube

In the tube again

I must apologise for the used lipstick in the pictures, I put this on as soon as we left the shop, I couldn’t wait. I was so excited. Application is good, the lippie glided onto my lips easily with its creamy formula. The thing I did notice was the smell. It didn’t smell like lipstick, it almost smelled a bit like cocoa. I’m not sure if this contains cocoa or not (I couldn’t see it in the ingredients list) but the smell was surprisingly pleasant. So far so good.

Mac Angel in the tube

And again

Wear Time

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but pout and lick my lips whenever I am wearing lipgloss or lipstick. Bad habit. This means I need to reapply often. I made a concious effort not to one day for the sake of a review and I can tell you I got around 3 hours wear from this without any eating. I thought this was pretty good.  I didn’t find this dried my lips out at all – nor did it accentuate my lines. Now I know you are probably sick of my rambling, so I will leave you with a swatch while I go and prepare for work tomorrow.

Mac Angel review

Mac Angel again – because it is so pretty

Mac Angel Swatch

Swatched on my arm

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

Overall I really like this and I am pleased with the shade Woody chose me. I can wear it during the day or at night, so it is very versatile. I love the formula – it is so creamy and applies like a dream. I will definitely treat myself to another lippie from Mac, but maybe after I have been on holiday. We are looking at going to New York for 4 days in June for my 24th. Geezo I am getting old. Time to start saving the pennies.

You can buy Mac lipsticks in the like of Debenhams and House of Fraser and from Mac online for £15.

So now I have the Mac bug, what other shades can you recommend? Has anyone tried their paint pots or blushers? They look amazing.

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