It's getting closer to Christmas apparently so I thought it was about time I did a Christmas beauty wishlist. These items are a mix of some of my favourite products I've spotted this Christmas with a few I've lusted after for a while now.
This has to be one of my favourite perfumes of all time - I purchased it last Christmas sale and have been out of it for a while, well besides one more spray I'm refusing to use haha. I would love another one of these to add to my perfume collection. Plus, being an EDP I find the smell lasts all day :).
Another product I've had before but used it all up, and have been meaning to replace for a while now. I think it's one of those bronzers that is the perfect colour for many people, and the fact it is matte is an added bonus making it the perfect contour colour.
I have wanted to try one of NARS' lip pencils for a long time now, then spotted this set of miniscule lip crayons and literally my mouth just dropped. What a perfect and bargainous present for any girl.
Oh my god, don't you just love the packaging of this Christmas wonder? I saw it and fell in love haha. 3 blushes, 1 highlighter and of course Laguna. I think I would die if I recieved this, no exaggeration... honest.
I spotted these in an email the other day and fell in love with the colours. A purple palette for a girl who loves purple. I think this is a unique set and of the 5 special editions released online, there's gotta be a palette for every girl.
Another product I've been lusting over for a while now but just can't justify the price to buy it myself. They are gorgeous pearls used to set your makeup, and create a glow on the face. There are also yellow pearls to help conceal and keep concealed any redness.
9. Mark Hill professional zebra wicked hair waver £29.99
So, time for the second part of my empties post finally has come. There are quite a few products again, including a couple I just haven't gotten on with anymore so have also decided to be good and get rid of them.
First up is the Soap & Glory 5 in 1 micellar cleansing water. I brought this on a whim when it was first released as it was on offer... but I have now been through two bottles of the product and really wish I didn't love it so much. It is brilliant at removing any traces of makeup, but additionally has a slight cucumber scent/flavour to it, which I find really soothing on my skin. As I've said before I have relatively sensitive skin and this doesn't irratate it all. I think it is my new favourite micellar water, but sadly costs £6 for only 200ml of product. Will I buy this product again? Hell yes.
Next up is the Pure instant radiance skin tonic from M&S. As you can see I haven't quite finished this product... I originally wasn't sure on it because of the thicker texture of the toner than I am used to, but found it did brighten my skin. Over time I have found the product to start irratating my skin feeling like it's on fire so have stayed clear. Definitely one I wouldn't purchase again but I am sure many of you would love.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter is one I have had on the go for ages now and have finally finished. I love this product, and how it instantly melts off any makeup I'm wearing - including waterproof mascara. It also leaves my skin feeling relatively moisturised after use, without the touch of a moisturiser. Would I buy this again? I already have a spare one haha.
The next three products are all concealers, the first being the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. Everyone's favourite budget concealer, but is it mine? Last time I mentioned this I loved it as an all round concealer. Now I still love it but more as a blemish concealer. I find when used under the eyes it leaves a grey undertone afterwards. Definitely one I would repurchase again, it really is a good concealer.
Next up is the Dirty Works concealer cube. This reminds me of the Soap & Glory Kick-Ass concealer as it has two concealer shades, a salmon coloured one and a more skin-tone coloured one. Unfortunately the formula is creamy but might as well be see-through when actually applied. I found it didn't really conceal my black circles or any blemishes at all. So, would I purchase again? Nope unfortunately not, I haven't even finished this one.
The final concealer is the Maybelline Erase Eye Concealer. I absolutely love this product, and have found it to do exactly what it says. It covers my black circles with ease, but also works amazingly at a basic everything concealer as well. It also seems to last all day on my skin, another bonus. Would I repurchase? Another yes for this one.
The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhance is another amazing product, and it also seemed to last forever. It works like a primer after your moisturiser and before your foundation. It literally smoothese everything out, and leaves my skin not only pretty perfected but smoothe to the touch perfect for applying my foundation. I love this product. Would I repurchase? Definitely yes again.
Lastly is the Rodial Glamtox Day SPF 15. This is a day moisturiser that is said to brighten your skin as well as moisturise. I can't say too much about this product as I really didn't like the smell; I found it too overwhelming to be used on an everday basis. However the couple of times I did use it it did seem to brighten my skin. Probably one to try for those of you who don't mind facial products being highly-scented. Would I repurchase? No.
Well that's the end of my empties and products that I've decided to get rid of. What have you used up lately?
First of all... I'm back, still laptop-less but with internet and all moved into my brand new flat with my boyfriend. I thought I'd start off with a basic post on some of the favourite things we have purchased to dress up our flat.
We have a gorgeous fireplace in our lounge, and I love the way these vases instantly add a homely touch to the flat.
The candles are just basic ones from Ikea, but we chose them due to our theme in the lounge. They are blue, and have a light fresh smell to them. The only thing I will say is how the smell really doesn't seem to spread and fill the room - I definitely will be purchasing a couple of Yankee Candles come payday.
We have continued the vase theme in the bathroom, with the addition of these cute little ornaments from our holiday in Italy earlier in the year. There are 4 fishes and four dolphins, and I love how they fit a bathroom theme perfectly.
A simple cactus, but one that is red that just adds that extra touch. Again this one was themed to match our theme, this time in the kitchen (everything is red). The cactus is from Ikea, and we have matched it with a red flower pot also from Ikea.
That's it for now, but I'll be back finishing off my empties post, the second half tomorrow at 9:45 UK on Friday.
I have accumulated rather a lot of empties over the last couple of months, but hey that means I am actually using products up. As there's so many I am going to split this into two posts, with the second being up later in the week.
So first up on part one of September/October empties is The Body Shop All-in-one BB Cream. I loved this; it provides light coverage, and leaves a glowy finish on my face. One that suggests radiance, just what I like. Considering it it a light base I do find it covers up any redness quite easily. I have also found it to be the perfect base for when my skin's having a drier day, as it simply provides coverage and moisturises at the same time. Would I repurchase? Of course, in fact I already have another one in the lighter shade on the go.
Next up is the St Ives Apricot Invigorating Face Scrub. The only face scrub I have ever wanted to repurchase. I won't say too much as I have written a full review a while back, but in short this is an amazing product that simply does its job, and brightens the skin. You can feel it working, and I really do notice a difference. Would I repurchase? Yes, definitely.
The Elemis skin clear mattifying moisturiser was a deluxe sample that I loved at first, but have slowly grow to dislike. In fact there is still about half the product in the tube. The product itself doesn't smell amazing, but I originally found it mattified my skin, and kept the shine at bay all day. Slowly it seemed to work less :S, and was irritating my skin so I decided to stop using the product. It could be good for you if your skin is less sensitive than mine, but would I repurchase? Nope, I'm afraid not.
The Body Shop Rainforest Volume Conditioner was one I picked up to try out on a long weekend. I had heard great things about the product, and love the fact it doesn't contain sulphates but unfortunately I found this product wasn't for me. It did condition my hair and leave it soft, but not knot-free as I kind of expect from a conditioner. I found my hair quite hard to brush through, unlike I normally experience with conditioners. Would I repurchase? I don't think so.
The Body Shop Cocoa body wash is one I can't decide on. Besides Soap & Glory The Body Shop are my favourite place to buy shower gels from. I usually love cocoa butter products way too much, but this one I swear had a weird un-cocoa butter smell. This made me not really wanting to use it. I already have the larger size waiting for me currently, but would I repurchase after that? I really don't know, I guess I'll have to decide once I've finished that one too.
Another The Body Shop product is next, this time their Rainforest Volume Shampoo. Another one I loved the idea with it being sulphate free and everything, but like the conditioner I didn't get on with this product either. It didn't seem to properly clean my hair, as in it looked like it needed
washing after just one day. So, would I repurchase? Another no.
Last up is a sample I received with my Sephora order a couple of months back. It is the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Foundation. This product I 100% loved and have found it so hard to resist purchasing the full size. I found it really did leave my skin looking fresh and flawless. It was slightly matte, so a bit different to what I normally go for but how long it lasted on me made up for it entirely. I literally found this stayed on my day from 9am right up to about 9pm in the evening when I took it off. I think it could have lasted even longer had I wanted it to. Would I purchase? Hell yes, I can't wait to have my hands on this foundation. No SPF either.
So that is the end of part one of my empties. A mixed review this time, but I have definitely found a few more favourites that I can see myself using for a while. What have you used up lately? Have you tried any of these products?
So I mentioned a couple of posts back that my lack of blogging was due to being very busy in my life, with a lot of changes happening so I thought I would provide a little update.
I had been looking for a full time job for a few months in Southampton, and suddenly I actually managed to get one which meant the start of everything for me. I previously had a job at The Body Shop - a job I loved, but there wasn't any jobs going in Southampton and that's where I wanted to move back to, where I went to university. So I now have a full time job with guarenteed hours (and commision) at EE. My dream is still PR, but I am really enjoying my new job that's got me to Southampton.
This new job meant me moving cities and moving in with my boyfriend Luke. But, we needed a flat and now I could actually do this, so the hunt began whilst I temporarily moved into his studio flat. This also means that I have half my stuff in my home town and half my stuff in Southampton.
We found a flat, actually a really nice one with seperate kitchen and lounge area as well as obviously a bedroom, bathroom on hallway in the city centre. The countdown began, and guess what; yesterday we actually moved into our flat. Sooo exciting.
My first proper flat not including my student ones, and I only left university a year ago so I'm pretty damn happy to be back here and impressed to be moving out again. The flat is also unfurnished, another job but so nice to design and create our own little place. So expect some interior posts haha.
In case you're wondering our flat is the one one the left in the picture, the upstairs window.
We won't have internet immediately so there might be a delay in posts, but I've planned a couple showing you the products I've been using up the last couple of months. My laptop is still broken so I am currently stealing the boyfriends laptop.
As I mentioned I hope to be back posting by the end of the month properly, but I feel better now I've explained why I haven't much. I love having my own blog, and people actually reading it. I hope you've enjoyed my update, and enjoy your weekend :).
Do you like The Body Shop products? If you do you're about to here a whole lot of love for their products, and my favourite ones. Recently I left my job at the Body Shop, and of course I had to stock up.
The first product I picked up was a boring old bath lilly, but doesn't every girl need them? I have always found the Body Shop's one to be the softest, they exfoliate but don't irritate my skin like some of the coarser ones.
Next is a more exciting product; All-in-one Instablur Eye. I couldn't leave without picking up one of these up to try. It is designed as a multi-purpose for the eye. It primes and helps conceal, brighten and increase the wear time of eyeshadows. On testing in the shop I immediately noticed a difference in the intensity of any eyeshadow colours.
I had to pick up the White Musk Sport EDT for my boyfriend too. I love the smell of this, it is an extremely fresh smell - the one you expect people to pop on after a gym session. It is gorgeous; I am so glad he loves it too.
The next product I picked up was the Camomile Scumptious Cleansing Butter. I am very near the end of my current one, so a back up was needed. I love how this doesn't irratate my sensitive skin, but also leaves it lightly moisturised before I've even applied my moisturiser. It has a slight scent to it, lightly flower-like, but nothing too strong.
I also picked up the Body Shop face & body brush, and the eye blender brush. I needed a new powder brush desperately, and I love how large this one is. It is always the one I used to use to blend everything out at the end when doing makeovers. As to the eye blender brush, I already have a Zoeva one I love, but I have kind of over-used it on cream shadow pencils, so needed another purely for powder shadows. I know the quality of these brushes is amazing, and with my staff discount I didn't really have a reason not to pick them up.
I also picked up a couple of products from the fairly new Argan range. The two products I went for were the bubble bath and body lotion. My favourite thing about this range is how moisturised they leave my skin after using. I also find the range to feel very luxurious because of this benefit.
Next up had to be a few products from my favourite Vitamin E range. I use the illuminating day cream and night cream all the time. I always find I end up going back to these particular two. I love the way the day cream really brightens up my face, whilst the night cream is thick but easily sinks into my skin. I also thought I'd pick up the Vitamin E Sink-in Moisture Mask. I have heard so much about this but was still yet to try it myself. I have tried it a few times now, so will let you all know more about it shortly, but in short I love it.
I also picked up another shower gel to add to my collection, this time being the Early Harvest Raspberry shower gel. This is one of my favourite smells the Body Shop does, but I still haven't tried any of their products so as I love their shower gels I decided this was the time too.
Lastly I picked up a couple of makeup items to add to my collection. The first was the Baked-to-last Bronzer in the lightest shade. I already have the darker one and love the formula. I thought this would be a great one to add an all-over glow. I also had, and I mean had to pick up was a backup of the Body Shop Colour Crush Shine Lipstick in the shade 17. I wear this lipstick pretty much every day, and just love the colour. It is kind of a coral pink that instantly wakes up my face. I love it so much that my current one has nearly been used up. I've never used up a full lipstick before so this is big news, and meant I had to have a spare one.
Anyways that's the end of my massive haul, but hopefully I'm all stocked up for a while now. I am definitely going to miss working there, and my staff discount haha. I hope you enjoyed this post, I'll be back shortly with an empties post.
Woo, it's time to announce the winner to my giveaway! The winner is Chloe Francis, please email me on my blog email address to arrange delivery.
Thank you to all those who entered, I'm sure there'll be another one at some point so keep your eyes peeled. If you haven't won and are still to try these lip color glosses from Maybelline I definitely reckon you give these a go.
On another note, I thought I'd apologise for the lack of posting this month. You may remember me mentioning being very busy, I have started a new job, moved cities, and currently in the process of moving back out into my own flat (woo) with my boyfriend. Not to mention my breeee-aking laptop :(, but by the end of this month I hope to be posting on a regular basis again. I hope you all have a good weekend.