Friday, 29 August 2014

Boots and Superdrug Haul.

 So after behaving all month and not really purchasing anything I randomly received an extra £30, and what better way to spend it than treat myself... or that's what I'm telling myself anyway.
First up I decided I would make the most of the Soap & Glory 342 offer going on. I picked up two of my all time favourites; the Clean, Girls Body Wash and Flake Away. 
I love the scent of this particular body wash, I think it has to be my favourite from Soap & Glory - it is scented with their famous Mist You Madly's. I also find this particular body wash leaves my skin fairly moisturised after showering, before I've even applied any moisturiser. As to Flake Away this is a body scrub that is just so effective at getting rid of any dead skin cells, and is always a savior if my eczema decides to play up. It is a salt-based scrub, and the one I always go back to.
The last Soap & Glory product I picked up was their The Daily Soothe Bath Float in the same scent as the body wash. I have never used this before, but I can see this being a favourite quite quickly.
 Next on my little haul I decided to pick up the MUA Hall of Fame eyeshadow palette. Weirdly I have never purchased one of MUA's palettes, so I thought it was about time when I spotted this one. It includes 12 of the most popular shades featured across all of MUA's palettes. I love the look of the shades and can't wait to get trying them, especially Rose Ash, the first shade in the top row.
I also decided to pick up a couple of Collection's eyeshadow pencils after wanting a pinky coloured eyeshadow pencil for a while now, and seeing them featured by quite a few bloggers. From simply swatching these I have already discovered how long lasting they are. They didn't seem to disappear, and stayed on my hand for a good 7-8 hours before I removed them with makeup remover. I picked up the shades Vintage Blush and Hot Chocolate.
Okay, this is a naughty one... I have been trying to work my way through some of my current bases before I was allowed to purchase another foundation. Oops, however to be fair I have used up one and I had a £2 off voucher with my Boots card. 
This is the Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation - I picked this up due to the word "luminizer." I'm always looking for products that brighten up my face so this sounds perfect. I love the swirly design, and remember loving a Max Foundation years a go. I can't wait to give it ago.
Next up are my final two products; two I don't know about you but I feel like I have been waiting forever for them to hit the UK: the Maybelline Color Elixir's. They are described as being non-sticky lipglosses with a stronger colour than you're average lipgloss. I believe they are also supposed to be longer lasting. I found them on 2 for £10 in Superdrug so of course I picked up two. The colours I went for are Petal Blush and Blush Essence. So far, I am really enjoying them but I am sure I will be writing a review shortly.
From L-R: Collection eyeshadow pencil in Hot Chocolate, Collection eyeshadow pencil in Vintage Blush, Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Blush and Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence
So this is my haul of the month, what do you think? Have you tried any of these products I've picked up?
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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Bleach London hair crayon review.

Bleach London's hair crayon is a form of hair chalk designed to add a bit of colour to the hair in one quick easy step. The colour is semi-permanent, and one which washes out. All you have to do is simply colour your hair in!

I found the process so easy to do, even if it's not perfectly straight it isn't really noticeable. I loved how easy this was to apply, but I did find I needed to sharpen the pencil a fair few times to cover the amount of hair I wanted.

As to the colour I purchased the shade 'bruised violet' and found it to be a vibrant fuschia-purple. When it is first applied the colour is intense, and sets instantly. I didn't happen to have hairspray on me at the time but the colour stuck to my hair with ease. It also didn't stain any of my clothes or bed sheets, so defintely a winner there.

The picture below shows my initial result from using the hair crayon; please excuse the photography (I didn't have my camera to hand, so used my iPhone front camera for this one).

As to lasting time, the colour doesn't fade until you wash your hair. After one wash I found the colour to stay but fade into a pale pinky colour. I actually quite liked the effect it left. After washing a second time, the colour was completely gone leaving me with my natural hair colour.

So, what do I think? I love how quick and easy these Bleach London hair crayons are to use, but wasn't so impressed with how quick the pencil weared down and needed sharpening again. I would definitely consider picking up a few more colours though, they are only £4.00 after all.

Have you tried any hair chalks before? How did you find them?
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Bank holiday happenings.

Cheesy garlic bread.
The best spaghetti meatballs I've ever tasted.
Turtle Bay cocktails, Southampton.
The two beauty purchases.
  Seen as a lot of change is happening in my life currently, I have decided to start adding a few more lifestyle posts, rather than the random one every now and then. Rest ashore, it is still going to remain mainly a beauty blog, just with a bit extra on occasion.
These photos are from my bank holiday weekend and I just had to share the amazing restaurant we visited in celebration of my new job.
La Tavernetta is an Italian restaurant, and my god was the food amazing. This was our first visit so we didn't know what to expect. I went for a cheesy garlic bread, but how amazing does it look for simply garlic bread? We also weirdly went for the same main meal; Spaghetti and Meatballs. It was lush, and massive ... if you're ever in Southampton it is definitely worth checking out.
After we headed to Turtle Bay for their 241 cocktails. I had two Passion Rum Punchs, and my boyfriend had two Beachcomber Zombies (which contains Absinthe).
I also needed a new toner so picked up the M&S instant radiance skin tonic after reading an amazing review. Spontaneously I picked up one of Bleach London's hair crayons in the shade Bruised Violet. I'll be reviewing the crayon for you all on Thursday.
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend? What do you think of hair chalk/crayons?
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Friday, 22 August 2014

My top five must-have brushes.

Every day I reach into my brush collection when I'm applying makeup, but there are some brushes I just couldn't live without. Today I am going to tell you about my five must-have brushes.
First up is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. A cult favourite, but one that is definitely worth it's status. This is the brush that persuaded me to start using a brush to apply my foundation again. It makes foundation so easy to apply. It blends it in seamlessly leaving a perfect flawless finish.
Next is another from the Real Techniques brand, it's the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This is a brush I wasn't expecting to love, and thought I was doing just fine without, but now it's one I don't think I could live without. It is the perfect size to get under them cheekbones and create that defining shadow. It also works well all over the face, and is great to blend out if anything ends up too harsh.
Another face Brush is one from NARS; I'm not sure on the exact name of it but it is a mini blusher brush. It came with my Narsissist cheek palette. This one I love due to how easily it picks up product, yet it never seems to be too much. It is soo easy to apply the right amount of colour to my cheeks with this. On the go it also works well at being a multi-purpose brush for contouring, blusher, highlighter, and even powder.
The last two brushes are eye ones; the two essentials to my eye brush collection. First up is your basic eyebrow/mascara brush. I actually purchased this one off of eBay for just under £2 as I didn't see the point in spending much more for basically a mascara wand. This one does the job perfectly. It instantly brushes out my brows into the shape I desire, and is one I use without fail every day.
Lastly is the MAC 227 large fluff brush. This is one I hadn't heard of until I spotted it on the MAC website and decided I needed to have it. It is rather large, but that makes it perfect for applying your base shadow to all over your eyelid. It makes it such a quick task, with minimum blending needed. It really does create a flawless finish. It also works great at adding a second colour by using half the brush, and blending out any eyeshadow if needed.
So, these are my top five must-have brushes... I'd love to hear what your favourites are? Do they include any of mine?
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Reverse Washing? - with a difference

The big debate of reverse washing? Does it really make a difference? Read on to find out my opinion on the topic.

To start with I'll describe to you my hair, it is very thin but there is lots of it. This means it knots really easily, but it also lacks volume. Lately the knotting problem has been getting worse, with new knots forming all the time, and to be honest driving me insane.

I had been using a conditioning hair mask of some kind roughly once a week, but was finding that this made a difference initially, but not on the long term. I have been hearing of reverse washing, using a conditioner before your shampoo, more and more regularly. I decided I would try this but in a slightly different way to the basic reverse washing. I have been using a deep conditioner every time I wash my hair instead of a basic conditioner, and wow have I noticed an improvement.

I tend to pop the hair mask on as soon as I get in the shower, wash myself then rinse it out, and follow with my shampoo. I have been doing this for two to three weeks now and the result is just amazing. My hair is not constantly knotting, but not only that it isn't getting greasy so quickly! What more could a girl want?

So, what I think? I love washing my hair backwards. I have definitely noticed a difference, and I was getting to the stage that I didn't think this was possible.

Have you tried the whole reverse washing thing? What's your opinion?
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness.

Clinique are a brand that I hadn't delved into much until this past year, and boy do they keep impressing. The latest product to catch my eyes is the Clinique Superprimer in Colour Corrects Redness.

This colour corrects redness superprimer is part of a larger superprimer range which caters for different skin concerns, from redness to dullness to discolourations, Clinique have you covered. There is even your basic universal primer within the range.

Clinique say the Superprimers are a "lightweight, oil-free primer" which "creates an ideal makeup canvas." I defintely agree with this claim. When you first squeeze the primer out you are greeted with a rather thick product, but don't let this scare you. It sinks in rather quickly and you are left with the lightweight base Clinique claim. The fact it's oil-free is something which would probably overjoy those with oilier skin types. As to the ideal canvas, I'll move on to that in a moment.

The offering of the Clinique Superprimer I went for is the yellow one, specifically designed to colour correct redness. It really does, and it does this instantly - see the picture above for the amazing proof. With all of my redness covered, this really does create the perfect base for makeup. 

So, what do I think? I love how this product does exactly what it says on the tin. I also love how it doesn't just cover up my redness for the first hour after applying, but all day. When wearing this primer I really don't notice any redness popping through.

It is definitely a product I am sure I will repurchase at some stage having completely used up this one, but for now I am loving a No 7 one.

Have you tried any of Clinique's Superprimers before?
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, a cult product, but is it worth the hype?
Nars state the concealer "evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage." It contains "light-diffusing technology" and "creates a softer, smoother complexion whilst instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue." They also say "it is long-wearing and crease proof."
When you first open the lid of the concealer, you find your typical doe applicator - perfect for applying the concealer exactly where you want to. As to the concealer itself, the consistency is pretty thick and creamy. The creaminess of the texture makes it very easy to blend with either a makeup brush or fingers. I tend to apply two layers of concealer to my under-eyes, but one layer does immediately cover up my dark circles. One layer is also sufficient for covering any blemishes. My complexion does appear softer and smoother after using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
I also agree with the light-diffusing technology; when I use this concealer my under-eyes immediately look brightened. I believe this alongside the great coverage is the perfect product for concealing and brightening my dark circles. The other thing to note is, yes the concealer uses light-diffusing technology but this doesn't stop it from working perfectly on any blemishes or redness without highlighting them. This is the one concealer I am happy to use for all my concealer-needs.
As to the lasting power of the concealer this impressed me majorly from day one. I do find it lasts all-day without really needing a touch-up. Additionally, it doesn't crease! Not even when building up coverage.
 So, what do I think? I absolutely love this concealer, and if you read my empties post I have just finished it up :(. I love how easy it is to work with, it really does blend with ease. But, I think my favourite thing about this concealer is how multi-purpose it is, isn't this what we all want from a concealer? Alongside light, but good coverage?
If you are yet to try this product, I suggest you give it a go - it is one product that is well worth the money, and hype it gets.
What is your favourite concealer?
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