Sunday, 31 March 2013

Dupe Scoop: YSL Touche Eclat & Maybelline Dream LumiTouch

Hey guys,

Sorry I haven't posted for a bit, but I have been planning this very post for a while now as I wanted to try the products thoroughly before lifting the curtains. On a side note, thank you ever so much for 1000 pageviews! I really can't believe that my little piece of the webby has been viewed so many times. I think a giveaway is in order, don't you?

Today I'm back with another 'Dupe Scoop'- it's YSL Touche Eclat, and the Maybelline Dream LumiTouch. The Touche Eclat is a very popular product, so I was happy to find the Maybelline one in my local supermarket for £5. Yes, you read that right, £5.

The concealers

Since I had shade 2 in the YSL, I picked up shade 2 in the Maybelline one too. 

When you pump them out, the Maybelline one looks very slightly darker than the YSL Touche Eclat.
Maybelline above, YSL below

When blended however, they look absolutely identical. So much so, that you could wear one under your left eye, and the other under your right.

All blended: Maybelline above, YSL below

The wear of them was very similar if not the same, and the coverage is also consistent. There are only a few issues I faced with the Maybelline one. First of all, the colour rage is very poor, with only 3 shades stocked in my local supermarket. Apparently they stock 6, but I don't think they cater for a huge variety of skin tones.

Secondly, I much prefer the 'button' on the Touche Eclat, as one click pumps enough product for one eye. With the Maybelline LumiTouch, one twist is not enough, and two twists is a tad too much. Finally, the Touche Eclat comes in at 2.5ml but the LumiTouch is disappointingly only half of that.

Obviously, Maybelline wins the price contest. For the product they offer, £6.99 is a steal, never mind £5. Even if you double the price to make up for the size difference, that is still only £13, compared to the hefty £25 price tag of the Touche Eclat. If you are someone who can put up with the colour range and the packaging, the Maybelline Dream LumiTouch really shames its competitor.

Both products are available internationally, and sold in Boots/Superdrug in the UK. Let me know what you guys think, but I like these 'Dupe Scoops'.

Thanks for reading!

Rabbz x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

What's In My Bag? (Ballet Edition)

Hello people!

I have been awful on the blogging front recently, but today I had my ballet exam and I thought it would be cool to show you what I take with me to lessons, etc. Hope you enjoy!

My bag is a flowery gym-style bag from an H&M sale last year. I really like it, because it's big but it doesn't scream 'SPORTS BAG COMING THROUGH!' when you walk down the street (not that any bag would, Fatemeh...).


First off, I have a resealable bag which houses a spare leotard and a spare pair of tights, since my attire compulsively fails me when I go to dance.


I also have the biggest bottle of deodorant in the world, because dancing is not as forgiving on the nose, as it is on the eyes.


In the bag that came with my pointe shoes, I keep my wrap skirt and some black shorts. I like to wear something  over my leotard if it's a little more chilly in the studio.

Shorts and skirt

Then we just have my soft shoes, which are an absolute atrocity to look at. Satin and studio floors are clearly not the best of buddies.

Soft shoes

I also keep a little purse with needles and thread, in case I need to mend something quickly. It's actually rather handy.

Sewing kit

I have a small notebook and a pen, in case I want to write something my teacher says. We rarely sit and take notes properly though, because my teacher likes you to learn things from doing them over and over.


I obviously carry water around too, because I get thirsty really quickly.

Vittel (my fav)

Finally, I have my pointe shoes in a small laundry bag. They are very similar to proper pointe shoe bags, but obviously, a fraction of the price, and still breathable. I also keep my ouch pouches (yes, that is the real name!) in there. My pointe shoes are Grishko 2007s, and I love them. Thinking about doing a whole post on getting pointe shoes etc. because I love reading about other people and their pointes.

Pointe shoes!

I hope this hasn't been too boring, but I promise I have some exciting things coming up soon!

Thanks for reading!


Friday, 8 March 2013

The Fault In Our Stars


Firstly, can I just say sorry for my lack of posts. It looks awful, but I promise I haven't forgotten about BellsAndButtons or the lovely people who follow it. The truth is that I have been rather ill, and I also had to study for a Maths exam. I got my Biology results yesterday though, and I was really happy that I got an A*.

Paperback Edition
So today I'm back with a post I've been meaning to do for a while, a review of 'The Fault In Our Stars'. I read this book just as it came out, and bought it without even realising the hype around it.

I am pleased to say that John Green deserves a pat on the back for this novel! It really is beyond amazing. His approach to the lives of Hazel and Augustus could not just be produced from an empathetic imagination- one must sit and listen for hours to a child in a situation parallel to Hazel's, to understand and portray the correct emotions of a real-life cancer patient.

The story is written in such a way that could really be taken as the life of a real cancer victim. while there are elements of the 'cancer story' running throughout the book, Green made sure he showed that they were recognised, e.g. 'Cancer Perks'. He also included elements of real life, and quite importantly, explained that not all people are nice to cancer-suffering children.

All in all, a sad yet wonderful story for any reader, but purely magical for those who's analytical skills are second nature. 

I promise not to be so lazy from now on.

Thanks for reading!