24 December 2014

A Blogging Break & A Huge Thankyou..

Happy Christmas Eve lovelies, I hope you're all enjoying your evening.

I started natashaparisblog back in May and I'm enjoying every minute. I am amazed that my little blog now has over 150 Bloglovin' followers. I am so thankful to each and every one of you who reads/follows my blog. I also feel very lucky to have got to know so many lovely bloggers too.

However I find that blogging whilst working full time can be difficult sometimes so I've decided to take a blogging break over Christmas and New Year. In the meantime I'm likely to still be posting on Twitter and Instagram (you can find my links in my sidebar.). I'll be back to my usual posting schedule from January 4th.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

21 December 2014

Review: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Back in early November Clinique UK ran their #CliniqueGlow campaign,during which they gave their followers the chance to win prizes.I was lucky enough to win the Clinique Sonic System Cleansing brush and a sample size tube of the Clinique Foaming Facial Soap.As I've had the chance to try out the products for a reasonable amount of time now I felt it was time to do a review. 

Whilst I've always quite fancied trying out a cleansing brush, the prices have put me off. The Clinique Sonic Cleansing Brush is priced around £79, which is still pretty pricey but slightly more affordable than the likes of the Clarisonic.Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

The brush has two different coloured bristles, the white bristles are slightly softer and are designed for use on the larger areas of the face,such as the cheeks. Whilst the green bristles are slightly firmer and are designed for use on those areas where a deeper cleanse is required, such as around the nose area. 
Clinique recommend using the brush for 30 seconds once daily to start with. When you switch the brush on it vibrates for 30 seconds and then shuts itself off after the 30 seconds has passed which I think is a very useful feature. 

The brush comes with a charging stand and is recharged using mains power. When the brush is fully charged it has a running time of around 3 hours.

I use this product for a deep cleanse after removing the top layer of my make-up with Garnier Micellar Water. I apply some of the Clinique Foaming Soap directly onto the moistened brush head (definitely don't use this product with a dry brush head) and then switch on and use until the brush shuts itself off after the 30 seconds is up.

When I first started using the brush my skin did break out quite badly, however I assume that was because my skin was getting a deeper cleanse than it would do otherwise. After a 
few more days of continuous use the break outs became less severe and my skin did begin
to look and feel healthier.

I continued to use the product daily,as reccomended and unfortunately in the second week of use the skin on my left cheek became quite irritated so I had to stop using the product daily and instead use it a couple of times a week and it seem that my skin is much happier with that arrangement.

Aside from my skin becoming irritated another thing that did surprise me about this product was that the brush itself doesn't seem to vibrate, just the handle does. Now I think that this seems odd as surely the the whole point is to get a deeper cleanse than you would if you used a manual brush or facial sponge? Maybe this is how other facial brushes work too I'm not sure. 

For me personally I'd have been a little bit disappointed if I had shelled out my hard earned cash for this product, I dont feel that it cleans my face any better than any other facial sponge or flannel would. Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the product I know lots of people use and love this product and I always find skincare is personal preference, a little bit like Marmite haha.

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush is widely available from places such as Boots and Feel Unique for £79.00.

This post contains a competition prize. 
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Have you tried this product? What did you think?
Thank you for reading,

19 December 2014

Review: Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Mistletoe Kisses' Lipgloss

After the disappointment of my 'red' MAC lipglass I was still desperate to find the perfect red lipgloss. It just so happened that this was around the time that Tanya Burr launched some new additions to her Tanya Burr Cosmetics lipgloss line, one of which was the limited edition lipgloss 'Mistletoe Kisses'. I've tried some of the nail polishes from Tanya Burr Cosmetics and I've been really impressed with them so I decided to give a lip gloss from the range a go.
Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Mistletoe Kisses' Lipgloss

The lipgloss is a slight pink toned-red which has subtle flecks of gold shimmer running through it,making it a perfect shade for the festive season (the swatch looks slightly more pink on my photograph than it does in reality). 

Now there is a definite 'love it' or 'hate it' feature of this product and that's the smell and taste. The gloss has a very sweet strawberry like scent and taste, it almost reminds me of the lipglosses I used to wear when I first discovered make-up. This is not something I'm really a fan of when it comes to a lip product, but I'm sure others may like it.

The lipgloss has a flexible applicator wand which makes for a precise application. The flexibility of the applicator also allows the product to be distributed evenly on the lips. 

The lipgloss formula is a little bit on the sticky side but nowhere near as much as other lipglosses I've used. Up to now I've managed to avoid any awkward 'hair stuck to the lipgloss' situations, so it' so far so good.

When worn alone the lipgloss provides a subtle pop of shimmery red, which makes it perfect for everyday wear. But as I love to wear a bold red lip I have been wearing this lipgloss over the top of Makeup Revolution's Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in 'Keep Trying For You' and it looks stunning and has now become my current favourite look.

I purchased Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Mistletoe Kisses' lipgloss for £6.99 from Superdrug,unfortunately it appears to be out of stock there now but I've had a look elsewhere and it still appears to be available on Cloud10Beauty (psst it's currently on offer for £5.56 there too).

What's your current favourite lip look?
Thank you for reading,

14 December 2014

Review & Swatches - MAC Objects Of Affection Nude + Red Lipglass Collection

As part of MAC's 2014 Holiday Collection they have released the 'Objects of Affection' collection which is a series of individual mini kits including Lipglass, Pigments and Glitter. As a Birthday present to myself I decided to treat myself to the MAC Objects Of Affection Nude + Red Lipglass Collection.

MAC Objects Of Affection Nude + Red Lipglass Collection
The first thing that drew me towards this collection is the packaging. All of the 'Objects of Affection' mini kits are packaged in a glittery box adorned with a Cameo medallion. I think this box will look stunning sat on a dressing table. 

This collection contains 4 MAC Lipglasses. The nude shades - Paper Lantern,Dynasty At Dusk and Deelight - are all Cremesheen Glasses whilst the 'red' shade - Love Alert - is a Dazzleglass.
MAC Objects Of Affection Nude + Red Lipglass Collection
L-R: Deelight, Paper Lantern, Dynasty At Dusk,Love Alert.
MAC Objects Of Affection Nude + Red Lipglass Swatches

 The Cremesheen Glasses all have a Doefoot Applicator, which makes them easy peasy to apply, where as the Dazzleglass has a brush applicator, which personally I find a little trickier to use. 

When applied the Cremesheen Glasses feel very moisturising on the lips,unfortunately I haven't found the Dazzleglass to be as moisturising, which is a shame.

The pigmentation of the Lipglasses is much more than I would expect from a lipgloss type product, although it is obviously not as good as the pigmentation of a MAC lipstick. As with most lipgloss type products I find that I need to reapply every couple of hours for the best result.

Aside from the stickiness of the glasses (specifically the Dazzleglass - definitely not one to wear on a windy day!) I am a little bit disappointed with the shade of 'Love Alert' as I decided to buy this collection (as opposed to the other colour collections) because I'm a big fan of a red lip but to me this colour appears to be more pink than red.

I purchased this giftset from MAC online for £26.00.

Have you picked up anything from the MAC Holiday Collection?
Thank you for reading,

10 December 2014

Beauty : Primark Christmas Nails!

It's Christmas!!! .. Well nearly. 
Whilst I love nail art, I'm terrible at painting my own nails so I tend to wear false nails a lot, I'm a paticular fan of Primark's budget friendly false nails. I got super excited when I spotted that Primark were doing a range of Christmas false nails and I just had to pick up a couple of packs, here's a little peek at the ones I picked up.

Red is one of my favourite colours and these nails definitely say Christmas to me (obviously the nails can't speak,but you know what I mean haha). I love the various designs on these nails, although the reindeer is my favourite. 

'Do you wanna build a snowman?' These nails are my favourite design from the Christmas range and I think they'll be the ones that I choose to wear during Christmas week.

These nails aren't branded as part of the Christmas range but they're so pretty and sparkly.. and who doesn't love a bit of sparkle at Christmas? They really remind me of the dress that Elsa wears in Frozen too.

All the above nail designs cost me £1 per pack (and they include nail glue too,crazy!).
I can't wait to wear all of these designs and I'm sure I'll be posting photo's of them on my Instagram when I do. If you'd like to read my review of Primark false nails then you can find it here (link)

Will you be wearing any Christmas inspired nails this year?
Thank you for reading,

3 December 2014

Beauty: Autumn/Winter Shades For Lips and Nails

Now we're officially into Autumn/Winter I thought I would do a little post showing you my current favourite shades for lips and nails.

 L-R: Tanya Burr 'Midnight Sparkles', Barry M Glitterati 'Rockstar',Models Own Sweet Shop Collection 'Pear Drops',Barry M Gelly Hi Shine 'Blood Orange',Barry M Gelly Hi Shine 'Chilli'

Autumn/Winter lip shades
L-R: MAC Viva Glam IV,MUA 'Shade 13',MUA 'Shade 1',Makeup Revolution 'Rebel With Cause',Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Matte Lipstick '110', Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate '102'

What are your favourite lip and nail shades this Autumn/Winter?
Thank you for reading,
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