Monday, 28 January 2013

The Blog Is Changing!


This is just a post to let everyone know that my blog will be very different soon, I've chosen a new name and there will be a new design. I don't want to disclose the new name just yet but I hope you like it! (If not, I'm really really sorry!)

I want to be able to blog about anything I want to and I feel like Navilicious Beauty limits that to just beauty. I've also never liked putting my name or nickname on informal projects unless they're to be examined. Although I take my blog seriously it's more informal and I like it that way :)

I'm also working on a "schedule" so that I can post more frequently, as I've said before this is definitely a hobby and in no way a full-time thing, I have other commitments which I prioritise over blogging (studying!) and for this reason I have found it difficult to post regularly.

So, expect lots of new posts on basically anything, I have a feeling it will just fall into a beauty, fashion, lifestyle blog maybe with a bit more beauty and lifestyle on it.

Once the change has occured/about to take place I will post again so everyone knows and I'm not sure if you might have to follow/unfollow again - should you choose to!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see you on the other (hopefully prettier and more organised) side soon! :)

Friday, 25 January 2013

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes De-Clog Pores Review

These pore de-clogging nose strips can be found on Montagne Jeunesse's website and in leading supermarkets. They cost £1.49 for 3 which is effectively 50 pence for one. In comparison this is much cheaper than Biore's nose strips. (A full comparison post coming soon.)

They contain orange flower water and witch hazel to help draw out impurities, the size of the strips is perfect and I like that they're rounded too. I haven't found any that also cover the area closer to the nostrils which I think would be great because the current strips are effective on most of the nose but not all - if that makes sense.

You wet your nose and take one strip out and stick it onto your nose. Leave for 10-15 minutes until it feels hard and then gently remove. Usually you can see lots of rubbish that's been taken out of your pores and with these strips it is the same. I found that these picked up slightly less rubbish although that may just be because I've been being very good about my entire cleansing routines.

I have already and would repurchase these, I like using them as often as possible (maximum is 3x a week) to clean my pores.

Have you tried these de-clogging nose pore strips? What do you think of the concept?

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Montagne Jeunesse Skin Heroes T-Zone Peel Off Review

This is another one of the masks in the Skin Heroes range by Montagne Jeunesse. It is the T-Zone Peel Off and is available at leading supermarkets and online on their website at £1.49 for 10ml of mask and 3ml of moisturiser.

I was sent one of these and also bought one, I've used both now and each time I got one use out of the mask, you could definitely make it work for two uses but I prefer a slightly thicker, even layer on my face. It smells gorgeous, very clean and fresh, citrus combined with tea tree in my opinion, certainly not offensive at all. It is a transparent, thick gel type substance tinted with a pale green, it goes on clear on my face though.

Containing Canadian Willowherb, Witch Hazel and Tea tree, both the mask and the moisturiser are to help combat dirt and impurities. I don't think the moisturiser contains Witch Hazel though. Montagne Jeunesse recommend leaving it on for 15-20 minutes, I left it on for 20 minutes and could feel it tingling and drying slowly. Application was easy and I think the packaging is fine too for this mask, because you only get one use from it, the moisturiser I tend to use in the morning and evening for a few days after using the mask and it is also used up.

After 20 minutes the mask was very nearly completely dry so I waited a few more minutes so that I could peel it off. It peels off pretty easily, it's just difficult to get off the bits that are still wet with water. Afterwards the skin is clean and soft, and ready to moisturise. The moisturiser is thin and light, very like a lotion and smells like the mask, it takes a few minutes to absorb but feels like it does well as I experience fewer breakouts after using it. Unfortunately it does make my T-zone slightly oily after a few hours but I think that's to be expected as most moisturisers do, thanks to my skin type.

Would I repurchase?

Yes. I really like this mask but sometimes I do feel that Montagne Jeunesse's masks are better than their moisturisers. It seems to do the job and smells great.

*Montagne Jeunesse is cruelty free and BUAV approved*

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Avon Limited Edition True Colour Eyeshadow Quad in Arctic Goddess

This gorgeous eyeshadow quad retails at £8.50 for 6g and can be found HERE. It contains four eyeshadows, all coordinating to the blue theme. It launched as part of the Arctic Goddess collection but is still available online. I definitely think these shades can be worn all year round, the blues highlight the "arctic" part but I think the colours are suitable for Spring and Summer too - maybe not Autumn, but you can always wear whatever you want so it doesn't matter!

The top left shade is a pale, frosty, sky blue. It doesn't have much pigmentation and the swatch below took a good few swipes to show up. On the eyes it's the same case. The top right shade is also a pretty sheer, light teal, frosty/shimmery shade, it doesn't have much pigmentation and takes a lot to show up. The bottom left shade is a beautiful matte bright blue, it's very pigmented and lasts well on the eyes too. The bottom right shade is a deep navy, matte shade and it is stunning as an eyeliner or to deepen the crease, it also lasts well on the eyes without a primer.

I really like the packaging of this eyeshadow quad, it's very pretty and compact. Easy to travel with and it also comes with a sponge applicator - which actually isn't that bad. The top two shades have some fallout whereas the bottom two do not. Different combinations of these eyeshadows wore around the same time on me without a primer, which I thought was quite good considering the top two aren't so great in terms of pigmentation.

Would I repurchase?

No. These four eyeshadows will last me a very long time as I don't wear blue shades often, so I won't need to! I also feel like this is a 50-50 palette. It's very pretty, and workable, but I would have liked a bit more pigmentation and less fallout regarding the top two shades. It does provide variation in terms of texture and finish though, so does create pretty looks.

If you don't have these shades or are looking for a few shimmery/sheer shades in blue tones then I would recommend. Or if you just love blues and love the matte shades then this could be great for you too. Avon always have offers on everything so it is worth checking back to see if they are on offer!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

I decided to join Goodreads at the beginning of this year after seeing so many posts about reading challenges and set myself a challenge. On my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days I've actually set myself to read 300 books by the end of it, and I've only managed 2 so far!

I have around a year and a half left to go of it so challenged myself to read 200 books this year. It may sound like an awful lot but I used to read a book a day when I was younger and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire from morning to dinner time (on the day of its release!). I've always loved reading, it's only recently that exams have taken over that I haven't been able to read as much.  
You can check out my profile and the books I've read throughout the year with the little link on the sidebar of this blog. If you are also on Goodreads please feel free to add me as a friend! :)

Have you set yourself a reading challenge this year?

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Avon Arctic Goddess Limited Edition Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamels

These are the limited edition Arctic Goddess collection nail polishes by Avon, from left to right; green goddess; arctic waters; chilling teal. They cost £6 for 12ml and are currently half price on Avon's website.

Green Goddess is a deep olive green with metallic gold running through it, a really beautiful shade. It took one coat of this to get it looking perfect but I chose to do two out of habit. It lasted well over the claimed 10 days for me. I also love Chilling Teal which is a very light mint shade with silver sparkle, it takes me 3-4 coats to get opaque colour from this, it's very pretty, like an icy shade for Winter. This also lasted me well over 10 days! The final shade is Arctic Waters, a deep sky blue, this has a very small amount of metallic silver/purple running through it I think, it's definitely not only a blue colour on its own. Again this lasted very well on me and took one coat for even colour. All of the shades apply evenly and go on very well.

Overall, I think these shades are amazing value for me, Avon's website also says that all of their Nailwear Pro+ shades have been fortified with acrylic gel. They last very well, and I felt as though they improved the condition of my nails too, I wore base and top coats with all shades by various brands and also trialed them without top coats, with or without they lasted about the same amount of time and did not chip at all.

I would definitely repurchase and I am looking forward to trying out different shades, I've already tried the shade called Inky Blue which you can read about here.

Have you tried any Avon nail enamels? What did you think?