Monday, 31 March 2014
Thursday, 27 March 2014
I really wanted to pick something up from MAC's latest collection A Fantasy of Flowers but I wasn't too taken with the lipstick shades which is what I tend to go for, so I put it to the back of my mind. That was until I came across a couple of reviews about Stereo Rose. I went and checked it out but still didn't buy it. Over the next few weeks I kept going back and looking at it until finally it became mine! Isn't it a beauty?
Stereo Rose is a coral shade with subtle gold streaking throughout. It's domed, just like the majority of mineralize products and has a frosty finish. This acts as a blusher and highlighter all in one, and gives a lovely, warm glow to the apples of the cheeks. It's so soft and really blendable, so you can control what you use. You don't need too much of this as it does show up imperfections, or at least it did on me. Damn those pesky large pores.
I love how this applies and the staying power was really impressive. I put this on around 7.30am and it was still there 5-6 hours later. I've worn this every day since I took it home with me, and I love the way it instantly lights up my face. I can't wait till the Summer months as I reckon this will look fab with a subtle tan! I have put in a link for this at the top of the post. It's sold out online but you might still be able to pick this up in store.
Have you managed to pick up Stereo Rose for yourself? What do you think?
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
(From the top - Shades 15, 4, 3,13 & Wild Berry)
MUA is a brand that I am sure many of you have heard of, and one that I'm also sure that you all have lurking away in make up bags and drawers. I came across MUA a few years ago when I needed some emergency make up on my way to work. I've tried quite a few of their products and have been impressed with each one. And who could moan at their price tags? You could fit out your entire make up bag for £20!
Today, I am focusing on some of the lipsticks I own, which retail at just £1! There is a whole range of shades, but they do seem to be quite difficult to get hold. The stands are almost, always empty in my local Superdrug and a few other bloggers have mentioned the same.
If I'm unsure of how a colour will look on me I always pick up a cheaper version to try first and that is why I think these are so fab. Not only their price but also the shade range, wearability and creamy formula. Plus you get a little pot of lippy at the bottom to use.
This is the perfect shade for Summer, leaving a light orange, nude colour on the lips. I personally think I'm slightly too pale to pull this off and have only worn this the once. I do look back on the photos from that night and wonder why no one told me how awful it looked. I wish it looked better because I'd love to wear this more, it's a lovely shade.
Shade 4 looks like a Barbie pink colour in the tube but when applied to the lips, it transfers as a clear gloss. I have no colour pay off with this but I love how it looks, my lips but that bit glossier which to me, it means that it's a perfect colour for work.
Shade 3 is a bright, fuchsia pink with a semi-matte finish. This is my favourite out of the five. It applies effortlessly and leaves a smooth finish. I've used this a few times and I've just picked up my MAC alternative, Girl About Town.
This one is a deep, red shade which leaves a glossy, cherry red on the lips. I've worn this on countless occasions and love how it looks. And let's face it, you can never have enough red lipsticks in your collection.
Wild Berry is from the MUA Matte range. I had wanted to try a dark berry shade for a while and had my eye on a MAC one (shock) but I wanted to try it for cheaper first. I love the colour of this in the tube but you just don't get that when applied and I was a bit disappointed. Thank god they're only £1 eh?
What is your opinion on MUA? Do you have any of these lipsticks?
Thursday, 20 March 2014
I've been wanting to get a new MAC lipstick for a while, one that was completely out of my comfort zone and different to anything I already have. I tweeted a few nights ago asking for recommendations and Girl About Town was mentioned a lot. So off I went on Saturday to my local store to pick out my new lipstick and this was swiftly paid for and taken home.
Girl About Town is an Amplified Creme finish, it leaves a gorgeous, creamy colour on my lips and is really moisturising. I've been so impressed with the colour pay off too. After just a swipe across my lips, I'm left with a deep, fuchsia colour that is like nothing I've used before. I LOVE THIS. I can't believe it's taken me so long to pick this little gem up! I've worn this a few times this week and I've been so impressed with it's wearability. Girl About Town lasts a good 4 hours before I've have to reapply but I would recommend you buff and moisturise your lips a little while before applying just so it looks that little bit more amazing.
I've only worn this during the day so far, as I've felt a bit daring but I tend to tone down my eyes with some neutral shades and just mascara so it doesn't look too much. I can't wait for the Summer months and warmer weather to get even more use out of it. As always I would love more recommendations as I do love a MAC lippy or two so please comment below with what you're wearing at the moment.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
How beautiful is the Bobbi Brown S/S14 Nude Eye Palette? I was a very lucky girl and won this in the beautiful Rosie's 500 follower giveaway! I couldn't believe I'd won and when this was delivered, I couldn't stop looking at it. I tend to walk around the Bobbi Brown counters longing to own their beautiful palettes but not quite being able to justify buying one so I will be making the most of this over the Spring months.
I'm a big nudes fan and the shades in this are just so gorgeous, creamy and apply like a dream. There are two mattes and two shimmers which are in cased in a mirrored square palette with a good sized mirror inside for easy touch ups. The shades are Dove Grey, Nude, Ballet Pink and Cement. I'm not a big sparkle girl but this has changed that slightly. I've been playing around with the mattes as a base and adding a subtle hint of sparkle to my eyes and I'm loving the results. The sparkle eye shadows are quite sheer so it means I can dip my toe in the world of sparkles without going overboard, there is some fall out but I assumed that would be the case with this type of eye shadow.
Apologies for the poor swatch photo, my brushes were drying and there was no way I was sticking my finger in and messing it all up so had to use the tiniest brush. So from the top you have Dove Grey, Nude, Ballet Pink and Cement. Pretty aren't they? These shades are really wearable and I'm so in love with this palette that its pushed my Naked 3 out of favour recently.
I am so grateful that I have this in my make up collection thanks to Rosie.
Monday, 17 March 2014
I've been having my hair bleached and highlighted for a good two or so years now. I'm naturally blonde but I had long, chocolate brown hair for years and in a desperate attempt to get back to blonde I put my hair through a lot of stress. I now have a fabulous hairdresser who has been maintaining my blonde locks and keeping them looking healthy but in between 8 weekly cut and colours I also need to do my bit and that is where this post comes.
Firstly is a product that I go back to time and time again and one, many of you probably have sitting in your bathrooms. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is holy grail material. I love this stuff and go a bit mad on it when its on offer in Boots. Whenever my hair needs a pick up, a big splodge of this does the trick. Take The Heat contains Australian Jojoba-Seed Oil and smells ahhh-mazing. A 250ml tube usually lasts me a good few months as I only use it a couple of times a week.
Next up is a new product I've been using since around last December which is VO5's Hot Oils. They come in a varity of types, I've used Nourish my Shine before and thought I would try Give me Moisture. All you do is heat it up in a hot bowl of water or bath, put it all through your hair for just ONE minute and then rinse out. I used this last night and my hair feels lovely, soft and a lot straighter than usual.
I switch between what I use after washing my hair quite a bit but one thing that I've found the best results with is Phil Smith Total Treat Argan Oil. This came free in a Cosmopolitan magazine and I also featured it in my February Favourites as I've been pretty impressed with it. Use a pea sized amount on the ends of your hair and then just dry your hair as normal. The first time I used this I noticed a difference straight away, my hair is smoother and my ends look so much healthier.
Next is L'oreals Heat Protect Styling Spray after towel drying my hair I spritz some of this over my hair and then out comes the hair dryer. This smells really nice, and reminds me of an old Moshino perfume. I use this as my heat protect spray, not for its straightening qualities because I don't think it makes a difference.
Lastly is my new purchase, a Tangle Teezer. How have I only just picked one of these up?! To be honest I didn't understand why I needed to spend £11 on a brush when the one I already owned did the job fine; That was until I used my friends while my hair was wet and I loved how it glided through my normally knotty hair. Out I went to buy one and now I can't stop using it. I LOVE IT. It has made such a difference in a matter of days. I recommend you invest now if you haven't already. I'm now looking for a mini one to carry around in my bag too. Tangle Teezer convert for sure!
What are your hair care tips? I'd love to know what you're doing and using!
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Feel Good Factor is a Translucent BB Cream but also a serum, moisturiser, primer, skin-tone evener and sunblock. Now that's a lot of stuff. This is a peach coloured lotion that smells slightly fruity and feels so lovely when applied to the skin. Also because it's a lotion it soaks in a lot quicker than a cream which is great if you don't like waiting around like myself. I tend to apply this before my daily moisturiser or if I've taken all my make up off and I feel it's too early to start slathering night cream on. It's so light, doesn't clog my pores and feels really soothing.
I love that this contains SPF25, much higher than your average SPF 15 found in most products. I'm quite lazy when it comes to protecting my skin from the sun, terrible I know but at least with this I'm getting a bit better. Feel Good Factor comes in Soap & Glory's signature packaging, although their skin care has a bit of a twist, white, bright & clean cut.
This is something I've been using daily in my skin care routine since January and will be replacing when it starts to run out. I much prefer a Translucent BB Cream as I don't feel tinted ones suit me very well and tend to leave a weird tide mark no matter what I do to prevent it. Plus there's so much in this one, if you're really lazy you could just use this to cover everything. Which I personally think it pretty perfect. I do love a good lazy product!
Is this something that you've used? What did you think?
Every Sunday I deep clean my brushes, occasionally I'll slack off and not do them but more often than not, I'll give them a good clean. There is nothing worse than dirty brushes covered in week old make up and bacteria. Not only is it pretty disgusting, I can also feel my brushes just not applying my make up as well as they should. I always use Johnson's Baby Shampoo which you can usually pick up between £1.00 - £1.50, this is the only thing I've ever used so I can't comment whether solutions specifically for brush cleaning are better.
Firstly, I fill up the sink with luke warm water, grab all my brushes and one by one, give them a good clean. I squeeze a pea size amount of Johnson's Baby Shampoo into the palm of my hand (I realise the above photo is quite a large sized pea) then dip the tip of the brush into the water, making sure I don't get any water in the handle! I don't want my brush falling apart now, do I? I swirl the brush into the palm of my hand to get it nice and soapy then swish it around into the water, switching between that and the palm of my hand until it's clean. Hold the brush from the base of the bristles and squeeze out any excess water then rub into a dry towel to make sure any more water is 100% soaked away.
Finally I just reshape the bristles back into the original shape and leave them to dry, hanging over the edge of something so they don't dry flat sided. With these gorgeous sunny Sundays we've all been having recently, I've been leaving my brushes to dry in the sun by one of my windows which means they're in perfect condition for when I want to use them the following morning.
I hope you enjoy this post and if you have any tips yourself, please comment them below.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Now.. I haven't tried many items from Benefit Cosmetics, I personally think that their products are a little over priced so I tend to bypass the pretty pink counters when shopping for make up. If I had a bit more spare cash then I would probably try a few more of their products but alas I don't, so I'm still a bit unsure how this even ended up in my shopping basket! Let's just say Emma who works on their counter in Boots Southampton is very good at selling their products. She helped find the price of something else before talking to me about 'Gimme Brow'. It all happened so quickly and next minute I know, I was walking out with it.
For £17.50 I was really hoping to love this product, but I'm really disappointed. I used this for five days so I could get a good feel of this before I completely made up my mind. I put this through a shopping trip, a night out and four days of work but I'm just not loving it. Give me my GOSH brow set any day.
I picked up light/medium which was almost spot on, IF I used a little bit, any more and it was just too much. I don't think the colour options are very good, there should be a lighter shade available instead of just the mix options. The brush reminded me of Clinque's lower lash mascara so I thought it would be pretty handy but I just couldn't get on with it. Yes, it coated Gimme Brow onto my brows but it didn't catch each hair and the minute it hit my skin, it looked stained. It also left a weird, powdery residue once dry and slightly stiffened my brows. You're probably thinking I used too much but I didn't, it would of been too dark if I'd used just that tiny bit more. The smell wasn't great either, unless you like the smell of medicated eye drops.
I have read so many reviews raving about this, I feel like the only person that hasn't liked it, I so wanted too but it's just not for me. I actually returned this yesterday and received a full refund, the girls on the counter were so helpful and even gave me some samples of their new product Big Easy.
I would love to hear your thoughts on Gimme Brow so please leave a comment below!
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
With Boots latest 3 for 2 offer, which I think everyone has taken full advantage of, I picked up some more Real Techniques brushes. Now, I'm a sucker for a Real Techniques brush and I'm building quite the collection! I even have some doubles to use for various things. So I couldn't resist getting more.. naturally. I picked up the Blush Brush, Expert Face Brush and the Setting Brush. All of which were new additions to the collection.
All of the brushes are colour coded to determine which range they come from, are lightweight and have a flat base so you can stand them up if you want to. The bristles are also synthetic and 100% cruelty free. As I said in my review of the RT Powder Brush these brushes wash really well and dry perfectly into shape and boy, are they soft!
I am really enjoying using the Expert Face Brush as I tend to use liquid foundation and that is what it's best suited for, this blends my foundation effortlessly and makes it look pretty good, if I do say so myself. The Blush Brush is so, so soft. You just have to get it for that reason alone. The day I got it, I kept saying to my boyfriend "Just feel it". You can imagine the look I got. They just don't understand do they?
Anyway.. this brush picks up the perfect amount of product and I'm quite heavy handed so thankfully my blushed cheeks look just that, blushed. Lastly was the Setting Brush, I chose this one as my 'freebie' because I sometimes go a bit OTT with the powder and thought this would be much easier to use around my nose and eye area instead of my lovely big Powder Brush. This fits into my little nooks perfectly and it's a really good size for the job intended.
Next on my list is the Stippling Brush and a few more eye brushes.. 3 for 2 is still on so that could always happen sooner rather than later. What are your favourite brushes? Are you a RT fan too?
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Decleor is a skincare brand I had never heard of until a friend started working with them a few months ago. Over the next few months Aimee and I are on a little quest to overhaul my own skincare routine while also getting this fabulous brand a few new fans. I went into John Lewis today to see what skincare is available and to have my skin type assessed so I could pick up some samples to try out over the next few weeks to see how I get on with it.
I'm quite excited to try the products in the above photo, I've used the Hydra Floral Multi-Protection Masque Expert this evening which you can read about here.
It comes out as a cream then as it's rubbed in, it turns to an oil that you leave on for ten minutes then wash off as you would a normal face mask.
The products I will be trying over the next few weeks are as follows:
- Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum
-Aromessence Neroli Essential Serum
- Hydra Floral BB Creme SPF 15
- Aroma Night Neroli Essential Night Balm
- Aroma Night Ylang Ylang Purifying Night Balm
- Hydra Floral 24hr Moisture Activator Light Cream
- Life Radiance Flash Radiance Mask
- Aroma Purete 2in1 Purifying and Oxygenating Mask
- Aroma Solutions Energising Gel
- Aroma Comfort Moisturising Body Milk
- Aroma Cleanse Exfoliating Cream
I would love to know if you have tried any Decleor products and what you thought of them.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Photo - Pink Flamingo, Tidal, You're a Peach, Parma Violet & Mint Green
So the evenings are slowly getting lighter and we're all starting to see that big, yellow ball in the sky a bit more frequently which means one thing.. Spring has almost sprung!
What better way to see yourself into Spring than to do so with pastel nails because let's be honest, it's still a bit too cold to wear our perfect, pastel outfits.
I love nail polish, it instantly perks up my mood whenever I look down and see the burst of colour I've slicked on my nails.
Somehow I have chosen just five Spring favourites! As any girl will understand, I have an enormous collection of nail polish. They're usually cheap enough to buy five or six at a time especially when it's 3 for 2. And I'm sure I am not alone in my colour addiction.
Barry M have long been in my heart, the majority of their shades are just £2.99 and they have so many finishes, from crackle to matte to their new silk range. There is something for everyone. Topshop Nails are a new brand for me, I picked up Stage Dive back in January and was so impressed, I naturally went and got more shades to try. And finally Nails Inc, who doesn't love this brand? I always make sure I pick up all the freebies in magazine giveaways throughout the year.
What are your go to Spring nail colours? I'd love some newbies for the collection!
I was tagged to do this post by the lovely Sarah at Seriously Shallow today and as I'm sat watching Live at the Apollo I thought I would take out ten minutes to share my own answers...
1. Who/What encouraged you to start blogging?
He is going to have the biggest head because I am putting this in writing but it was my boyfriend who encouraged me to start my own blog. I've read them for a good couple of years and as I 'had a lot of stuff laying about' his words, not mine, he always said about starting my own and I finally took the plunge in the new year.
2. How did you choose what topics to blog about?
I choose my topics on what I'm using at that time. I don't see the point in doing a review just because something is popular, I like doing mine on things I love, things I use day in, day out and sometimes things I'm not a big fan of.
3. What is something most people don't know about you?
When I was younger, I use to pretend I was a Pink Power Ranger and beat up my little sister, it's on good, old vhs too ;)
4. What three words describe your style?
Not. A. Clue. Haha I don't know how to describe 'my style'.
5.What do you love to do when you're not blogging?
Shopping, eating yummy food with my best girls and playing around with make up.
Friday, 7 March 2014
I picked this up after reading a post that Anna from House of Bargain had written about finding a much cheaper alternative to Estee Lauder's Double Wear and NARS Sheer glow.
Now, I have neither of the above foundations and have only tried a weeks sample of Double Wear, I was really impressed with it but couldn't justify spending the money on it at the time. When I went into my local No.7 counter they were having a 'buy on get one half price' offer so I obviously had to leave with this foundation. After I had been colour matched with their new skin snapping machine, aka No.7 Match Made Service I walked away with Beautifully Matte in 43 Calico.
There are 14 shades to choose from and they come in a handy pump dispenser so you get just the amount you need without wasting any product! And at just £13.50, you can't really complain. No.7 are always handing out vouchers too so there is always a way to get this, that little bit cheaper.
As you can see from the above swatch the colour is very pale and just that bit darker than my inner arm. When blended out with my buffing brush this looked so natural, left my face feeling really soft and for a high street foundation, matched my skin perfectly. I don't use a primer with this but I do use a powder just to seal it. I was advised that I wouldn't need to but I don't think it looks that matte without a slight dusting of my trusty studio fix powder. By about 4pm I do have that dreaded shine fighting it's way though, so that 'All day shine free look' doesn't really apply to my skin type. (I have quite an oily T-Zone)
You can build this up easily, I like quite a full coverage and using two pumps of this foundation is enough to get the coverage I want. This also contains SPF 15 and is Hypo-allergenic. I wasn't wowed by this as much as I wanted to be but it's something I have enjoyed using and it's perfect for work or your average every day look. I would suggest you get colour matched and pick up a sample first but I would recommend giving this a try. I will be picking up another one when I've run out, what's a little powder touch up during the day anyway?
Have you tried Beautifully Matte? I would love to know your opinions on it too :)
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Look how beautiful it is! When I first picked this up, I spent a good few minutes just looking at it. It's iconic, gold casing is just so luxurious and I love that it's coloured band represents the shade of lipstick inside so accurately.
I had been saving my Boots Advantage Points for this because I always like to get something high end with all those built up points and I finally had enough at the beginning of February for No.1 Beige Charnel.
I chose this shade because I wanted something neutral I could get a lot of wear out of and I had to hunt this down because it's one of their bestsellers. After getting a sales assistant to go through every draw on the YSL counter, she finally found one tucked away. Can you tell I was not leaving Boots without this?
I have been wearing this almost every day for work, it's a soft, pink colour that is basically my lips but that bit better and glossier. The formula is ahh-mazing, it just glides on my lips, doesn't tug and is so creamy. The pigmentation is also fab and lasts a good five hours on me before having to re apply. This also has a subtle smell of, what I think is Watermelon. There are 18 gorgeous shades to chose from and if I had the funds I would happily go and buy the whole collection, especially Extreme Coral and Caress Pink.
Have you tried Rouge Volupte lipsticks? What shade did you chose?
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Everybody loves a good pamper session right? Sunday evenings are to pamper yourself in my opinion, to take a good few hours away from the world and everyday life to just concentrate on that all important person, you. I love nothing more than getting into a piping hot bath, lighting some Yankee Candles, my personal favourite being Vanilla Satin and laying back in some bubbles.
Now, I'm sure each one of you has some pampering essentials and I thought this post would be a perfect way to show you what I use. I picked up some Easter bubble bars at a recent Lush event I went to which you can review here and used the Bunny for this bath, I was just going to use half of it but I get a bit carried away with bubbles and used the whole thing! It has the same scent of the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and turned the bath a soft, lilac colour. Why I didn't take a photo, I do not know but a beautiful coloured bath makes it that much more special I think.
Soap and Glory are a brand kept close to my heart! I'm a big fan as you can see from the above photo, this evening I have used Sugar Crush, The Scrub of your Life, Peaches & Clean. I also have their head band and shower puff. A healthy addiction I feel. Off your face were also used before to take any remaining make up off. Now a pampering session is not complete without lots of moisturiser, creams and potions! Garnier Intensive 7 days is a new purchase that is in my haul post for tomorrow but I couldn't wait to try it, I used this on my legs as they've been feeling really dry recently. I also used Butter Yourself, Heel Genius and Hand Food.
On my face I used Feel Good Factor and Puffy Eye Attack, I use these products in the evening when I've removed my make up and then just before I go to bed I also apply night cream and eye cream. Finally there is Mint Julips to get rid of any dead skin or flakes on my lips before I apply and intensive lip balm. Everything I used is linked in this post, I recommend any of the Soap & Glory pieces as they are products I buy again and again! What is your top pampering product? I'd love some new products to try in time for next Sunday!
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