Rimmel Space Dust in Total Eclipse

Friday, 20 December 2013

Rimmel Space Dust in Total Eclipse
I don't know what it is about Christmas, but it brings out the glitter lover in everyone - including me. If you go through my nail varnish collection I think there is a grand total of 4 glitters, however after seeing Alix from I Covet Thee post on her Instagram a picture of this beauty, since I was heading to Boots the same day I thought it would be rude not to pick it up while everything was on three for two. (By the way, if you haven't already checked out her blog, you totally should, definitely one of my favourites to read on the regular...)

Anyway back to the polish. What I love about this is that it gives a block colour glitter effect, not like a topcoat. This shade has a mainly black colour to it, but there are flecks of navy, dark green and purple all in this baby and it is definitely one of those that keeps you staring at your tips all day. The only bad thing, as with all glitters, it's a pain to get off, and I can't rely on my trusty Bourjois pot to remove it - it takes a bit more elbow grease. It lasts for a long time without chipping though, at least 4 or 5 days, so if you're in it for the long haul anyway that shouldn't be a problem and I have definitely got my eye on the gold shade as well!

What do you think of the Space Dust range? 

Made Up - Christmas Party Look #2

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Party Look #2

TAG: This or That?

Sunday, 15 December 2013


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

So everyone has probably heard of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, and heard how pricey it is. While I do not doubt at all that Emma Hardie has brought it with her product, I am a student and I can't afford a cleansing balm worth that much, so I have been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative for ages.

It seems that the high street has finally caught on and The Body Shop has released a cleansing butter as part of their Camomile range. This stuff is great for sensitive skin, despite the fact it's got a slightly fragrance. I apply it on dry skin with wet fingers and massage it into my skin. It does remove all my make up, but I use it as part two of a cleansing routine anyway, so it's more deep cleanse step for me.

I have been using this stuff for around a month now, and you can see there is still plenty left. For £12 this stuff is definitely a bargain and worth the money completely, but if you can't stretch to that then The Body Shop regularly do discount events so keep your eyes out for that and if you are a big fan of the Camomile range, The Body Shop have done a Christmas gift set of all the products, which I can't find on the website but I have definitely seen it in store!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution

Monday, 9 December 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
When Bioderma was released, the bloggosphere went a little bit crazy. The downsides to the product were the difficulty that everyone went through trying to get hold of it before it was released into UK pharmacies and also the price. £15 for a bottle of micellar water, well I wasn't convinced... However, when L'Oreal released their micellar offering as part of their Skin Perfection Range for only a fiver, I thought it was a good time to jump on the band wagon and see what all the fuss was about.

Turns out, the fuss was worth it. As someone who used face wipes pretty religiously throughout my teenage years, before moving onto proper cleansing when I started university, micellar water seems to be the thing that's been missing in my routine. I liked cleansing all my make up off with a flannel and a balm cleanser, and still do that step after using this product, but before this it would take a couple of flannels to remove a full face of make up and then eye make up on top of that, before feeling truly cleansed. This Micellar Solution takes off that top layer, making the second cleansing step a lot less time consuming and probably a lot more productive as the products used can reap their benefits a bit more.

I normally apply this onto a cotton wool pad (the bigger the better) and just wipe away. It dissolves the make up almost instantly and is also really good for eye make up too. I'm really glad I got this and for a fiver you can't really go wrong pricewise either. Have you tried any micellar waters?

What's In My Shower?

Sunday, 8 December 2013

From Clockwise L to R: Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner; L'Oreal EverRiche Masque Spray and Intense Masque; Soap & Glory Pulp Friction; Soap & Glory Clean on Me; Philip Kingsley Elasticizer; Venus ProSkin Sensitive Razor.  

It's Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Body Shop Candied Ginger Body Butter (last year's edition); Primark Christmas Cinnamon Clove Scented Candle; Sainsbury's Spiced Apple & Fig Handwash Limited Edition.

Johnson's Face Care Make Up Be Gone Moisturising Wipes

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Johnson's Face Care Make Up Be Gone Moisturising Wipes
Before I start this post, I should stress that although these make up wipes are fantastic, I do not use them regularly for make up removal. However, they are brilliant for a quick fix after a night out or during a plane trip etc. And after using these I do a big ass cleanse the next day.

Despite all this however, these are the best make up wipes I have tried. Ever. They are targeted at those with dry skin, so I picked them up in preparation for winter time when the air plays havoc with my skin. They are really wet wipes, which sounds ridiculous I know, but some brands I have tried are a bit stingy on the actual dampness front. These are definitely not. They remove all make up quickly, including waterproof mascara, but then leave your skin feeling moisturised afterwards. Even though my face doesn’t feel completely clean after using these, which is probably more just my personal taste, it’s nice to know that a quick make up removal after a night out won’t necessarily make my skin pay the next morning. These are normally on offer in Boots or Superdrug whenever I see them, so if you are an avid traveller or a late night junkie it might be worth picking a pack up!


For those who were expecting to see a Made Up post today, it has been postponed this week in favour of another, so don't worry next week we will be back to normal!

The Perfect Base? Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Monday, 2 December 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory



As people who have read my blog for a while will know, finding a good base for my skin without breaking the bank is becoming a bit of an arduous task. As a student, coming to that dangerous time when the loan is slowly but surely petering away, high end foundation is simply not an option, and unfortunately for me, these are the products that normally cater to the paler skin. However, my latest find has restored some of my faith in the high-street.

My normal problem with high-street foundations are that they are just too yellow toned (Bourjois I’m looking at you), so being pale with pink toned skin, it makes my life difficult. A couple of weeks ago, I was perusing the aisles of Boots when I saw Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation. This base product has been around for aaaaages now, I know, but for some reason, I just never got around to trying it. Looking at the colour range, I was pretty impressed, and even managed to find a shade that suits me seamlessly.

Now, I don’t normally make big statements like this, but oh my goodness, this might just be the one. Not only is the shade absolutely perfect for me, but the finish is amazing. Using a small amount I can achieve a fairly sheer finish with a dewy glow and evened complexion, but add a little more and I find it’s very easy to build. I normally apply this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is great, so I won’t go on about that, but I find it can also be applied with fingers for an equally lovely finish.

My only problem with this product is the same problem that everyone else has with it… Revlon gimme a pump for this baby already! I can’t waste this precious stuff, so it does take a steady hand, and is doable, but merely for convenience this product would go straight to a 10/10 for me with a pump.

Going Brunette

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Those who have read my blog since it started will know that for the last couple of years I have been blonde. When I was younger I went through some brief brunette stints, and my natural hair colour is a dark mousy brown, but I was adamant I wanted to be blonde, so blonde I went. Recently however, I feel like I have grown up a lot and wanted to go for a bit more a mature hair colour, plus maintaining those roots on a student budget was just never going to happen.

I dyed my hair with a box dye from Nice ’n’ Easy in their Perfect 10 range, mainly because I am massively impatient. In hindsight, this may have clouded my decision slightly, because the application was actually pretty difficult. It comes with a comb applicator, which by the time I got to the top layers of my hair just kept knotting it, meaning that the colour wasn’t distributing evenly. The finish wasn’t bad, I had clearly turned brunette, but I still wasn’t completely happy with it. I gave it a 3 week breathing period, and then re-dyed it. This time I used the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, and the results were much better!

So this is the new look! What do you guys think? Better blonde or brunette?

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Little Bo Peep

Friday, 29 November 2013



Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - Little Bo Peep

I was first introduced to this shade a few months ago by Suzie from Hello October, and after I saw her wear it, went out and bought it before completely just forgetting about it entirely. However, a couple of weeks ago Lily Melrose featured it on her blog, and after remembering it was a colour I already owned, I figured it was time to give it another try.

Now describing the colour of this polish is what confuses me. In the bottle, it looks a very pale sky blue. On application, it looks almost like a light grey, and then in other lights it looks lilac. Either way, I think that the uncertainty of it makes me like it even more. In terms of formula, the 60 Seconds range from Rimmel isn’t my favourite, because they definitely take longer than a minute to dry. This shade also took 3 coats before it was opaque, and a base coat is definitely necessary, but for the colour it’s worth it. This is definitely unique to any other colour I have in my collection, and although pastels are more associated with Spring, I feel like the grey undertone gives it an Autumn/Winter edge.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Monday, 25 November 2013

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant 
During winter, the cold air and constant central heating can play havoc with not only your skin, but especially your lips. However, dry lips was something that I strangely suffered with this summer, which was really annoying because I could not seem to find a single thing to get rid of it. A friend then recommended that I try the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, so I ordered it, but was slightly dubious about what a cream was going to do for dry lips. Turns out, pretty much everything.


The cream is a balm consistency, which soaks into the lips quickly and is incredibly moisturising. Within a week of using this, my dry lips had pretty much cleared up completely. I am now completely addicted to the stuff and will probably be for a very long while. I know that this is a favourite of Tanya Burr’s so it must be good! They retail in Boots for around £18 but I searched around on Amazon and got mine for around £10. This has become such a staple in my routine, and is obviously now more important than ever in the winter months!

Casetagram Phone Case

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Casetagram Phone Case


After dropping my beloved Samsung down the toilet a couple of months ago, I was informed by my provider that if I waited a tiny bit longer, I could get the new iPhone 5S. For two or three weeks I braved it with a retro, internet less, old-school phone, and when the day came that my beautiful iPhone arrived, I never wanted to have to use the old phone again. So I vowed two things, firstly to be especially careful with my phone around toilets, and secondly to get myself a case. 

I had seen the Casetagram a while ago on Lily Pebbles’ blog, but at the time, didn’t want to buy one for a Samsung that I knew I would be upgrading soon. But now I had a beautiful new phone to dress up, so I took the plunge and ordered my case. Casetagram are a company that allow you to make a customised case with your own pictures, will manufacture it and then send it to you. I made a collage of the people and places I love, along with a cheeky snippet of one of my favourite sayings too. The case itself is sturdy and well made, and the service from Casetagram was brilliant. I would definitely recommend them to anyone, it may be a bit pricey for what people would normally spend on a phone case, but I wanted one to last rather than swap mine up all the time. The price also varies on the model of phone you have, mine was around £25. It’s also something that lots of people have complimented me on, having something so unique to me is really nice! 

Maybelline Brow Drama

Friday, 22 November 2013


Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown
In terms of brows, the high street had a mighty great big hole in it, in terms of the lack of eyebrow gel. All the high end brands seem to offer some kind of eyebrow fixer or other, and all the drugstore seemed to be able to offer was Natural Collection Clear Mascara. So when Maybelline released their Brow Drama range, budget beauty junkies all breathed a sigh of relief, and I rushed out to get my hands on one. 

It comes in three shades: Deep Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. I use the Medium Brown shade, which works well with my brow colour, especially since dying my hair brunette. What I really love about this product is the wand, a larger ball on the end of a skinny mascara-esque brush, which makes it easy to get even the smaller hairs. The formula itself is great, though I would say less is definitely more with this one, even though it is tinted, layering it on will make your brows crispy as hell. These retail for around a fiver in Boots, compared with some high end offerings going for around £20, so if the price doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what else will! 

Latest In Beauty: The Glamour Beauty Edit

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Glamour Beauty Edit - Latest in Beauty - £14.95 + P+P

 So, I hope you are all prepared for an incredibly photo heavy post. Earlier this month, my Glamour edition for December arrived in the post and as soon as I saw that Glamour's beauty editor Alexandra Steinherr had collaborated with Latest In Beauty again, I immediately ordered my box. I loved the last one, which I did a review on here, so I expected great things from this one too. It truly hasn't disappointed.

I'm Back

Sunday, 17 November 2013

So as you may or may not have noticed, Tiny Alis has been a bit AWOL for the last month or so. Yet again life has got in the way of my blogging schedule, and it has had to take a bit of back seat. As for now though I am back, with a more organised format so hopefully that will continue through and be easier to keep an eye on.

The new schedule will involve 4 posts a week. Monday and Friday will both be normal reviews, Wednesday will be a make up look and Sunday will be a little bit of whatever I fancy! First post goes up tomorrow!

You might have also noticed that the blog has had a bit of makeover! This is down to Elevator Musik, so if you are on the lookout for a new blog layout then turn your direction towards her, she has some great ones! I have also started a Product Directory Page now, so if you want to find any products I have reviewed quickly check in there first. It will be updated at the end of every month.

Make sure you check back tomorrow for the latest post and thank you for all sticking with Tiny Alis.

Maybelline Babylips

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Maybelline Babylips in Pink Punch and Intense Care


Finally Maybelline have shipped their famous Babylips over to the UK, and blimey am I glad they did. The full collection features 3 SPF balms in the form of Intense Care, Hydrate and Mint Fresh and 3 tinted balms in Cherry Me, Pink Punch and Peach Kiss. I picked up one from each section, but to be honest I am tempted to get the whole range.

The formula is incredibly moisturising but equally not heavy on the lips. It claims to moisturise for 8 hours and while I don't think it lasts quite that long on a day to day basis with eating and drinking involved, it does last a while. Pink Punch leaves a gorgeous pink sheer finish on the lips and also smells amazing. I have been wearing this a lot recently to keep my lips hydrated but with a hint of colour. Intense Care has been my go to when my lips feel especially sore, and though I do love it, it is my least favourite of the two because of the funny taste it leaves in your mouth. Not exclusive to this product as I get that a lot with SPF lip products, but just personally I find it unpleasant.

Currently in stock at Boots for £2.99 with a Buy One Get One Half Price Offer going down, there really is no excuse not to try them. After all, they made us Brits wait long enough.

Sleek Face Form Kit

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sleek Make Up Face Form Kit in Light
As someone who has a perfectly round face, it was years before I dared a contour. I started off small with just a bronzer but after gaining more and more confidence with my make up application I decided it was time to invest in a contour kit. Sleek's Contour Kit is the product that everyone raves about when it comes to drugstore beauty, but on my latest shopping venture I could not find it anywhere. It seemed to have been replaced by this little gem. (I have checked online since then, and discovered that the Contour Kit is still available via Sleek's website if not still in stores). It had the contour-highlight duo I was after and the blush was such a gorgeous colour, I cut my losses and stopped searching for the contour kit to see how I got on with this.

The answer to that question? Incredibly well. The colours are pigmented without being too harsh and the look they give are subtle but fantastic. I usually use my Real Techniques Contour Brush (part of the Core Collection)to define my cheekbones with the bronzer, before sweeping the highlighter on the top of my cheekbones with my Model's Own Powder Brush (part of the 5 piece set). I finish the look off with the blush on a large fluffy blush brush just dabbed on the apples of my cheeks.

I haven't photographed a look, as in the next few weeks I will be starting a new AW13 Series which will feature a contoured look so I am gonna save it until then!

Have you tried any Sleek products?

L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Range

Monday, 9 September 2013

L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Leave In Masque Spray; Shampoo; Conditioner and Hair Masque.




So although this may seem like a sponsored post since I literally own every product in a range, it isn't and I foolishly spent some of the few pennies I have on all of these products, but I love them so much I don't care. The EverRiche range first came to my attention after Essie Button posted about them, then Alix from I Covet Thee mentioned them in a video, and from then on I was itching to get my hands on them. I started small by purchasing the two masks, but it really didn't take long before my OCD got the better of me and I had the whole range staring at me happily in my bathroom.

First and foremost, all these products smell incredible. Not only that, but the smell lingers and I can normally still whiff the amaaazing scent the day after. It smells like vanilla & coconut slightly, not too sweet but enough to make you smile. The products themselves are all fantastic in their own right. The shampoo and conditioner give me soft, sleek hair that makes it enjoyable to wash. The spray mask is so nice as well, and really just gives the hair something extra which is great after too much heat styling. It is also very light, and as all these products are for dry hair, I was worried that it would weigh my hair down, but it didn't at all. The mask in the tub is lovely, but right now I am not sure whether or not it is too much for my hair, since it isn't dry or if that is another product I am using, the results are pretty varied.

I do love all these products, and would definitely repurchase the shampoo and conditioner, but I feel like one of the masks would be enough, so I am going to have to decide after I finish these!

The Look: Back to School

Friday, 6 September 2013

Products used: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in 02 Nude; Garnier BB Cream in Light; Topshop Blush in Head Over Heels (similar here); No 7 Stay Perfect Mascara in Black; Maybelline Babylips in Pink Punch; No 7 Amazing Eyes Pencil in 20 Leaf (similar here); Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and on Bronze.

I may have finished school two years ago now (wow that went fast), but I will be heading back to uni in a couple of weeks, so the new, fresh feeling that September brings is something I know all too well. However, it does also mean that the festival esque beauty trends of the summer die down to bring us a more professional look. I personally wouldn't have got away with much make up at the school I attended, so a minimal look was always necessary.

For this look, I applied the BB Cream as a base, as it is a fairly light product, with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I added my faaav concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, then blended the Topshop Blush onto the apples of my cheeks with my Real Techniques Stipling Brush. For the eyes, I applied my Maybelline Colour Tattoo and blended with a fluffy brush. I lined the lower lash line with the khaki eyeliner by No 7, before applying the Stay Perfect Mascara from No 7 as well. All these products last really well on me, which means that there will be minimal touch ups during the day. Finally I slicked on the Babylips in Pink Punch to add a small pop of colour.

What kind of look are you going to be rocking for back to school/uni?

The Haul #2: Drugstore Beauty

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold and Pomegranate; Bourjois Cream Blush in Rose Tender; Bourjois 1 Second Gel Polish in Blue Moonlight; Topshop Matte Nails in Dress Up; Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Varnish in Disco Fever and Rhythm and Blues; Sleek Face Form Kit; Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paint in Maganese Purple; Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in Light Porcelain; The Body Shop Peppermint Soothing Foot Scrub; Maybelline Babylips in Intense Care and Pink Punch; L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry, Fine Hair.
Yet again my bank balance has taken a bit of a beating and I won't deny I am feeling a bit of shoppers' guilt over this one. However, on the plus side, I love pretty much everything I have bought, so I can't be too down in the dumps about it! Like my last haul, almost all these things are brand new purchases without any previous testing (apart from the Colour Tattoos). I have finally completed my EverRiche Collection (post coming soon) by purchasing the shampoo and conditioner, so my OCD has been appeased for the time being! The foot scrub was on offer for half price and the Babylips are finally back in stock after the frenzy of their release. Most of these things are bits and bobs I have picked up for my AW13 Beauty Series, which is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Have you made any exciting purchases recently?

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter

Tuesday, 27 August 2013



Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 080 Strawberry Shortcake
When it comes to lips, pink has always been a colour that I have been cautious to delve into - peachy tones, reds, corals and deep reds pretty much are my collection. However, with pink being a bit of an in colour again this AW13 I thought it was about time to forgive and forget with the pink lips, and finally give it a go. Now, I made no promises to start off bold, but this Lip Butter seemed like the perfect place to start. It gives the lips a sheer tint of colour without going mad. The formula is lovely - creamy and moisturising - and it may just be my imagination but I am getting the scent of a Strawberry Shortcake from it (probably just being optimistic). I dare say this has cured me of my fear of pink and has given me confidence to peruse the aisles of Boots with a bit more of an open mind!

St. Ives 2013

Saturday, 24 August 2013

I have just got back from a week in St. Ives with my family, and had a wonderful time. If you don't know where St. Ives is, it is a small town in the South of Cornwall, which is beautiful. I wouldn't normally share holiday snaps but this place was just too freaking pretty not to share, so prepare yourself for a very photo heavy post and I hope you enjoy!

Balcony View

Wishlist #1

Friday, 23 August 2013

ASOS Wishlist
1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6.


So with payday coming around ever so soon, I started having a bit of a nose around the ASOS site to see if anything took my fancy. Surprise surprise, it did. Welcome to a new feature on the blog, not exactly ground breaking, but fun for me nonetheless - Wishlist. 
I would say the main pattern amongst these is the transitional garments for Autumn that I can still get away with at the end of summer - think loose t-shirts, smock dresses, cute trousers. Then just to throw you off, there is a big old winter coat in the middle. I desperately need a new one as my duffle coat has seen better days! Love this old school waxy one, but kinda want a pink one? Oooh decisions!
What is on your wishlist?

The Bargain: Bumble and bumble Thickening Hair Spray

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Elle September 2013 Issue with Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray - £4
Whilst making the annual magazine haul before my holiday last week (I got my count up to 7 this year), I spied this little gem on the shelves. Now I don't normally read Elle - I'm a Glamour or Company girl through and through - but I know a good freebie when I see one and this month Elle are offering a 50ml sample of the Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray. I have already raved about my love for the cult product that is the Bumble and bumble Surf Spray on this blog, but I have never really branched out into any of the other products that B&b has to offer - despite scouring the shelves of the counter in Boots every time I go in. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to give another product a whirl and with the magazine costing £4 you have just got yourself a £7.50 sample for free!

If that isn't enough for you to rip it off the shelf, then the contents of this month's issue just might convince you. Katy Perry is this month's cover,  coming back with a brand new album and single very shortly, there is an interview that promises to tell all on her love life amongst other things. Get your issue while they are still available!

Topshop Illuminator

Topshop Illuminator in Reflect
I am a self obsessed Topshop Make Up addict, so when they released their summer collection of bronzers I ran to store to purchase the Sandcastle shade. However, when I swatched it, it came across pretty muddy and not the radiant finish I was going for. Then this caught my eye. As you can see, Illuminator is a mix of three colours, with a lighter to highlight, a darker to contour and the mid colour for the actually cheek colour. I don't bother with any of that, instead I mix all three colours together on my brush. The finish is a radiant, bronzed glow that doesn't scream tangerine but is more as though you have caught the sun. I apply this on my cheeks, my nose, my temples and then a small amount on my chin. This has completely made up for my disappointment in Sandcastle, and I shall no doubt struggle to put this away when summer ends.


Duo Alert #2: Scandaleyes Retro Glam

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Retro Glam
 Rimmel London's Scandaleyes range seems to constantly improve on its previous offering. Just as we were coming to terms with our love for the shadow sticks, they release another load of goodies in an attempt to bring back the 60s. The new mascara promises a wide-eyed false lash look, fanned out volume with no clumps, and just like all the other Scandaleyes mascaras, it has delivered. My lashes are clumpless, with length and volume giving a wide-eyed effect. Could not rave about this mascara more. 


The perfect partner for this Retro Glam Mascara in order to fully achieve the 60s look, is Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner. This is one of two new eyeliners they have released in this range, the other one being the Precision Micro Eyeliner which is perfect for a minimal look, but not for the bold eye look of the 60s. The Thick and Thin Eyeliner has a uniquely engineered, precision 3D slanted tip which makes it easier to draw a thick or thin liner, so is perfect for building upon. 

Not really sure why my eyebrows keep coming out red on my camera, but never mind!



Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner