Thursday, 28 March 2013

(Another...) NOTD - Sephora in Where's My Purse?

I had a look at my post views the other day, and a lot of my NOTD/ nail varnish reviews seem to be pulling in the most readers and comments, so I'm taking this as a sign that you guys like reading them? Anyway, I've been majorly busy so I haven't had time to photograph anything so NOTDs are the easiest thing to do I think. So as you know, I'm living in France at the moment (only a month or so left, booooo!) so of course I've made a few trips to Sephora, and I picked up one of their own-brand nail varnishes in shade L23- Where's My Purse? I'd been after a nice nude shade for a while - I think it's great for when you haven't got the time to paint your nails properly. It's just a lovely neutral.

Picture of Sephora nail varnish in Where's My purse?

Sephora nail varnish bottle where's my purse?

I would describe this shade as a milky tea colour. I personally hate milky tea (and milk in general) but I'm loving the colour! I think it's really classy and simple, making it very easy to wear in any season.
I'm very disappointed with the formula, though. It's obviously a very sheer colour so I had to apply three coats to achieve a nice level of coverage - no problem with that as my fave Ciate varnish also takes three coats to look good. However, this varnish started peeling off in large pieces after about a day, not great! What's worse is I've actually bought two Sephora varnishes for a friend, so if she does a post on them we will see what she thinks! Overall, the range is very affordable to I probably would buy a few more colours, but as least now I know what the expect wear-wise.

What's your favourite nude? Have you tried Sephora varnishes?


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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sample Sunday - Dior Capture Totale Eyes Essential.

Happy Sunday, readers!
To carry on with my 'Sample Sunday' series, I'm reviewing a sample of Dior Capture Totale Eyes Essential Eye Zone Boosting Super Serum

Dior Capture Totale Eyes Essential Eye Zone Boosting Super Serum

Dior Capture Totale Eyes Essential sample

I received this sample with a purchase of a perfume a few months ago, and have been using it on and off since. The bottle doesn't actually state how much product is in the sample, but it's actually a fair amount, especially seeing as I usually use a tiiiiiny amount for each eye - a little goes a long way! It's a lovely eye cream actually and doesn't irritate my eyes one bit, which is a miracle haha. The texture is very luxurious and I can definitely feel the moisturising effect around my eyes more so than with a cheaper or thinner formula cream. However, the price tag is a hefty £49 for 15ml, and although  I do love this product, I don't think it's something I can afford to buy seeing as I am a student... once I have a real job I will definitely consider buying this though!

Do you use an eye cream? What's your favourite?


Available at Boots priced at £49 for 15ml.

Friday, 22 March 2013

The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag.

Hello! I was tagged by the lovely Millie over at Hidden Beauty, do make sure you check out her blog.

1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do.
Hmmmm, I can't think I can't think. I suppose I am rather bad at moisturing my body usually, I only get around to it like once a week...

2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly? 
I wash them about once a week, depending on usage! I don't wear a lot of make-up during the day (or nothing that requires brushes anyway) so if I don't do anything exciting, I might not use my brushes for two/ three weeks! Crayyy.

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
If my polish chips, I end up peeling it off! So not very long, a couple of hours haha.

4. How long do you put off buying/replacing a beauty or nail polish product even if you need it? (i.e purchasing a new topcoat, or a new foundation etc.)
Usually if I know I'm running out of something, I go and buy it, especially if it's an essential like moisturiser or mascara. If it's something that I don't actually need, I can go months without buying it, eg. bright pink nail polish = not essential if you're running out of student loan!

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I bite my nails - I always have and am trying to break the 'always will' part. At the mo, my nails aren't too bad, but I go through this cycle ALL THE TIME, so only time will tell!

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
That would definitely have to be laundry. I live at a school and I don't have a washing machine so I have to take a bus to get to a laundrette, and it's so much effort. I usually only have enough clothes/ underwear for like two days by the time I do actually go!

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not?
I actually really enjoy getting ready - the longer the better. I would ideally spend the majority of the day getting ready for a night out or big event. Buuuut sometimes I don't have all day so it's a last minute thing.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I've never tried... I think I could potentially do it but I don't particularly have any reason to because I get student loan and I have my job! Maybe next year I will give it a try when it's back to uni.

9. How organized is your makeup and nail polish collection?
Pretty organised, nothing is labelled or anything but everything has it's place!

10. What is the longest amount of time you have gone without writing a blog post?
A month I think, I don't want to force a post that will be boring to read - what's the point?!

1. Copy and paste these 'rules' into your post when you write it!
2. You must state that this tag was created by Laura from The Beau Bow.
3. You must thank the person who tagged you at the start of your post, follow them if you're feeling nice and at the end of your post state who you tag, and comment on their blog  to let them know you tagged them.
4. Title this post 'The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG' .
5. Have fun! :)

There you have it! So I tag the following people - 

Shona from Fresh Beauty xox
Grace from Belle Mode
And of course, any of you lovely readers. Just link back to me if you do it!

Also, I made a Facebook page for the blog yesterday, so head on over and 'like' the page to keep up-to-date with all my posts! Click here.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

NOTD - Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange.

I've been doing so many NOTD posts recently, hope no-one minds! I usually have the worst nails so now that they are a bit longer, I am so proud and I want to show them off and paint them all the time haha.
So today's NOTD is Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint by Barry M in Blood Orange. This is one nail polish which has been reviewed so much recently but I haven't seen this particular colour - I also love the Pomegranate one, definitely one that I need to add to my collection!

Barry M Nail Paint Gelly Hi Shine in Blood Orange

As you can see, it's a lovely, classic red which is exactly what I want - I love experimenting with nail colours but you can never go wrong with a classic red. It definitely lives up to the 'Hi Shine' name and the only reason I added a top coat was to increase longevity! I love the glossy finish - it's all very femme fatale, don't you think? Overall, I am actually a very big fan of Barry M polishes as they are purse-friendly and come in a great range of colours and finishes, and I will hopefully be adding more of the Gelly Hi Shine range to my nail polish collection.

Have you reviewed this nail polish? Leave me a link below! 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sample Sunday - L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil.

Hello, how are you?
I realised recently that I have loaaaads of samples that I've received when buying other products, so I thought I would do a little 'Sample Sunday' series to use them up and do a mini review on each one. If you do something similar, leave me your links in the comments below. I have by no means come up with this idea so I'm not claiming it at all haha.

So the first product in this series is the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil. I had a 3.5ml sachet from Red Magazine. I decided to use this because my hair is majorly long and the ends aren't in the nest shape at the moment, but as I have just booked two holidays, I can't really afford a haircut (especially seeing as hair salons are totes expensive here in France). So I cracked this out to try and remedy my ends a bit. Obviously 3.5ml only covered my ends, but then I'm not a massive fan of applying hair oil to the whole head anyway. 

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil sample sachet

 The product says that it's a versatile product and lists four different ways of using it - so before shampooing, as a masque, before styling, or as a finishing touch. As I said, my ends are in dire need of moisture so I decided to apply the oil and put my hair in a bun whilst I did some work for around 30mins. Then I shampooed and conditioned as usual. I should have taken pics of my hair afterwards, because I think it actually did make quite a bit of difference to the appearance of my hair - I had less frizzy bits and even the very ends were glossy and shiny. Overall, I will definitely be looking out for this product in the shops.

What's your fave hair oil? Have you tried this one?


L'oreal Extraordinary Oil - here - priced at £9.99

Friday, 15 March 2013

NOTD - Essie Mint Candy Apple.

Bonjour mes petits!
I've got a quick NOTD post for you guys today, and it's the lovely Essie Mint Candy Apple. I know it's probably not quite the season to be cracking out the pastels yet, but I won this particular polish in a giveaway in December and haven't had a chance to try it yet, so I couldn't resist. Also, so sorry but I can't remember whose blog the giveaway was on - if it was your blog, please do let me know as I would love to thank you again.

Picture of NOTD Essie Mint Candy Apple

I think it's a lovely shade actually and can't wait to wear it in summer teamed with some nice pastel yellows, perhaps! I also bought an orange watch from eBay recently, and I think it would go with this polish rather nicely.

What are your favourite Essie colours?

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Other ways to follow Lipsticks and Heels.

I'm sure you're all aware of this whole Google Reader disappearing act, so just in case GFC will do the same (and there is a lot of speculation), I wanted to update you all on other ways to follow me.. if you want to.
A lot of people have been saying that this all shows that the majority of bloggers are only in it for the followers - I don't think this is the case for the most part, definitely not for me. Basically, it's easier to keep up-to-date with posts if you are following, right?!

  1. Bloglovin - you can click on the widget, or click here.
  2. Hello Cotton - you can click on the widget, or click here.
  3. Twitter - I always tweet all my latest posts @lipsticks_heels

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Winter Essentials - Caudalie Hand Cream and Lip Balm review.

Hey lovelies!
I've been absent for longer than anticipated - just too much going on at the moment and I didn't want to write a rubbish post just for the sake of it, so apologies. However, I'm scheduling lots of posts for the next few weeks so should be able to keep on top of everything now. Bear with me!

Even though it's March, we are still experiencing winter weather, so I wanted to share my thoughts on these two fabulous Caudalie products I've been using recently. I bought them in France for 4,90e for both! I was looking for a lip balm but as this packet was only a euro more expensive, I decided to give it a go (that's how they get you, right?).

So this lovely packet contains the Caudalie Lip Conditioner and the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream. So first of all the lip conditioner - it took me ages to figure out what it reminds me of but finally I remembered. I think it's very similar to Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner in texture and fragrance. However, I do feel that the tube is more convenient than the pot that the Blistex comes in! I do think that my lips are staying hydrated for longer since I have started using it. It also absorbs pretty quickly, meaning that I can apply it before lipstick and it won't affect the staying power at all. I would definitely buy this again!

The hand and nail cream is also a nice product. It smells lemon-y and has a lovely rich texture which again, absorbs quickly. I also like the 30ml tube because it's small enough to carry around in your handbag - I sometimes think that hand creams come in tubes which are too large for everyday use. I would probably buy this again, and definitely if I chanced upon a set like this!

What are your Winter Essentials? Have you tried any Caudalie products?


Both are available at