Sunday, 14 December 2014

What's on my face: lipstick edition.

I always love to hear what people are wearing on their faces, what their most popular foundation or eyeshadow is currently so today I thought I'd do a post focusing on one of my favourite lipsticks this Winter.

When it gets colder this is when I tend to bring out my darker lipsticks. I find they really add to a look, and are a nice way of allowing the lips to be the key feature of the face.

My current favourite has to be The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in the shade 125. It is a dark berry shade that instantly pops off the face when worn. I love how it doesn't cling to any dry patches on my lips either - with the weather being so cold I am finding my lips to be a nightmare at the moment. 

So another favourite from The Body Shop for me; I think their lipsticks have to be one of the best formulas going. 

What is your favourite lipstick to wear in the Winter months? 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Mid-week favourite no.4: The Body Shop all-in-one BB cream

This product is probably a monthly favourite for November that just hasn't stopped, and I have used every day of this month, well until yesterday. The Body Shop all-in-one BB cream is a light base that has the benefits of being deeply moisturising as well.
I had been using your regular foundation, but was finding this cold weather was leaving my skin really dry so I thought I'd give The Body Shop BB cream a go. And actually, it did seem to solve the problem leaving my skin much brighter and alive.
The BB cream itself is a white cream with little dots throughout, essentially those dots blend into colour on your skin. I also find the product blends so naturally with the skin. I mean I can get away with wearing two out of the four shades without looking like I've been tango'd.
All in all I love this product and it has definitely been this week's favourite... so much so I have cut the entire thing open and I am left with absolutely none left :(.
What have you been loving this week?
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

You Beauty Discovery December 2014 review

 For those of you who don't know Youbeauty Discovery is a beauty box subscription you receive on a monthly basis at a mere cost of just £6.95 including postage. Each month, you get to choose two products from a specific theme. Alongside this you also receive two additional items; one normally a food/drink item, and the other being some form of a beauty product.
This month's theme was 'party prep' and consisted of nine products to choose from that you would typically use when getting ready for an everning out. I chose the Wilkinson Sword Sensitive Care Shaver, and two mini dry shampoos by Colab. I also received a chocolate Lindt rabbit and two samples... A Lindt rabbbit for free, isn't that something we all want?

 Firstly I went for the Wilkinson Sword Intuitiom Naturals sensitive care shaver. This shaver is designed to leave your skin irresistably smooth, and of course hair-free. Additionally it contains a gently creamy gel to not only care for your legs whilst shaving, but also after shaving by gently moisturising them. I haven't actually tried this product yet but I can't wait to give it ago. The fact it is designed to leave my legs moisturised after use has definitely intrigued me. 

 My second choice had to be these recently released dry shampoos from Colab. I have only heard things about these products since their release, and they seem to definitely live up to that claim. The main difference to these and your average dry shampoo is the scent, these have a far more welcoming scent. The Rio scent a lovely contemporary smell that leaves a subtle clean scent behind. As to the London scent, this one also smells lush but this time fruitier, leaving behind a tropical scent. I don't know about you but not being able to smell the usual dry shampoo smell is definitely a bonus.

A lot of people have also commented on how these dry shampoos by Colab are less white when sprayed than other dry shampoos. I have never really found this a problem myself, but I have noticed that these don't leave behind any residue. They definitely mix in with my hair easily.

Overall I would have liked a few more choices as the two products I selected were the only ones which really took my interest. However I can't complain at the products I received and I would definitely say they are worth the £6.99 I paid for the beauty box. The shaver itself is worth £6.99 at full price.

What do you thin of the products I received? Do you subscribe to any beauty boxes?
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

I wish it could be Christmas everyday... the Christmas TAG!

  So it's nearly Christmas, OMG! 19 days if I have counted correctly we will be all waking up and starting our own Christmas traditions. Christmas trees, Christmas songs, Christmas spirit, family and time to chill. I love it. So on that note I have seen the Christmas tag floating around and had to share my own answers.
1. What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Hmmm... that would probably have to either be the orginal Santa Claus .. I used to love watching this film over and over as a kid .. or Elf. That never fails to make me laugh, ohh and The Holiday of course.
2. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Nope :( I would actually love that to happen, waking up to snow everywhere sounds amazing.
3. Where do you usually spend Christmas?
At my grandparents with my mum and sisters. This year will be a tad different though; I will be waking up in my flat with my boy, then heading down to see the fam.
4. What is your favourite Christmas song?
All I want for Christmas is you hands down! I play this 10000000x over every single year, and the worst part is I'm not even exaggerating. I love this song.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No.... don't think that's been something I have ever done.
6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Ermm.. Rudolph? Vixen? Apparently not, but hey I didn't forget the most important one at least.
7. What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?
Just waking up in our own flat, and seeing my family. Pulling crackers and the general Christmas dinner.
8. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/treat?
Chocolate yule log.
9. Do you like mince pies?
Nope, and I'll share a secret.. I used to thin mince pies actually had actual mince in them. Yes, I'm slightly blonde.
10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or recieving them better?
I honestly love both sides of things. I love spoiling everyone and seeing their faces when they open their presents, but who doesn't like recieving them back?
11. What would be your dream place to visit over Christmas?
Dubai or Australia. Purely because a hot country on Christmas day sounds like a nice alternative to freezing cold England. Australia, because it's completely opposite seasons to here and would be rather cool to see and/or having a bbq'd Christmas lunch.
12. What are your favourite holiday colours?
Red and gold.
13. Are you a pro at present wrapping or do you fail miserably?
Hahah, I swear this changes for every present. Some seem to end up perfectly wrapped whilst others I just run out of wrapping paper or sellotape or something. They seem to look alright in the end though.
Are you looking forward to Christmas this year? I tag anyone who reads this to give this tag ago, I'd love to read your own replies.
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mid-week Favourite No 3: Louise Young LY34

 The Louise Young LY34 foundation brush is a brush I have lusted after for so long now, and finally gave into three months ago now. It really is the perfect brush.
It is larger than your average size foundation brush making application nice and speedy, perfect for those rushed mornings - but it also applies the product smoothly and leaves no trace of brush marks.
The brush is domed shaped, and has replaeced my beloved Real Techniques ever since purchasing. I love how smoothly and easily it applies my foundation. I definitely think it's not just a mid-week favourite, but one of my favourite beauty finds this year.
Have you tried the Louise Young LY34 brush yet? What's your favourite beauty finds at the moment? 
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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas beauty wishlist!

  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.
1. Clarins lip collection £19.50 
How cute is this little giftset? Two of the Clarins lip perfectors, a cute dainty lipgloss and lipstick - what more could a girl want? It is also such a bargain price.
 2. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir EDP 30ml £39.50
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 :).
3. NARS bronzer in Laguna £27.00
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.
4. NARS lip pencils Christmas set £32.00
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.
5. Nars Virtual Domination Palette £45.00
 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.
 6. Laura Mercier bath and body duet £35.00
I remember seeing these in the sale last year, but just missed out whilst I was deciding. They look so luxurious every year and the honey bubble bath twirler is just so cool.

7. Clinique Wear Everywhere Eyeshadow Octet in Kawaii Rose £32.00
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.
8. Guerlain Metorite Pearls in light £37.50
 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
Lastly is the Mark Hill zebra wicked hair waver curlers; I've never been able to really curl my hair but have the idea that these ones will be easier to use. Whether that is true I really don't know.
So there you have it, my top 9 Christmas beauty picks. What would you like for Christmas this year?  

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Empties part two.

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?
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