Sunday, 29 September 2013

Monthly Favourites ~ September 2013

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo / Korres Wild Rose Lip Balm / Soap and Glory: The Breakfast Scrub / Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette / Origins Jinzing Moisturiser 

It's coming to the end of the month yet again and the year is really starting to fly by. Christmas is almost in two months and I for one cannot wait! Here are my favourites for the month of September (the background has changed as I'm at uni now and will be trying out a few different layouts). 

The first product I've been loving this month is something that I feel really has made a difference to my hair. After getting my hair cut short in May I instantly regretted it and have been missing my long locks. Since using this Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo I feel I have seen my hair grow much quicker than it usually does. I use this about twice a week and love the way my hair feels strengthened and nourished after using it. 

A lip product that I've constantly been wearing this past month has been the Korres Lip Butter in 'Wild Rose' I love wearing a dark/berry lip when the weather gets much colder and I relly rediscovered my love for this one this month. The colour is a gorgeous deep berry red which lasts for ever without drying and has a nice glossy finish. They are quite expensive but are so worth it and I really need to venture to their other flavours/colours! 

Next up is arguably my favourite out of the bunch for the month! I've been eyeing up Soap & Glory - The Breakfast Scrub for months and months now but never ever purchased it. I thought I'd buy myself a few last minute treats before uni because I knew that with student life and budgeting my luxury shower products will be non existent! 

The next makeup item is the Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay - I bought this at the beginning of the year and I went along with all of the hype (and still do hype it up) it's made my favourites this month as I've been using the black shade as an eyeliner as a softer alternative from liquid liner and I've also been using the dark brown for my brows and under eye eyeliner. I love how much of a multi purpose product this is and I'm sure I will continue to treasure it as part of my everyday makeup. 

Last but not least is another splurge product I'd been lusting after for a good few months. After hearing all of the hype over the Origins Jinzing moisturiser I was intrigued to give it a try and see what all of the fuss is about. I'm pleased to say I love the product with a passion, the scent and consistency is divine and I love the way it really brightens up the skin and feels like your skin is really getting an energy boost. 

So there are my favourite products from the month of September! Please let me know the products you've been loving or leave me a link to any monthly favourites posts you have done. Thanks for reading! 



Monday, 23 September 2013

All About ~ Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

Rimmel Kate Moss 107 / Revlon Spiced Brandy / MAC Brave

It's been a crazy past week but I'm now hoping to get back to blogging on a regular basis. I've now moved into uni and have been thoroughly enjoying freshers and my orientation week. Lectures start tomorrow but I'm trying to manage my time well so I can blog whenever I can.

Autumn is officially here: the ankle boots are on and the fluffy jumpers are out so this post is going to be the infamous top three lipsticks for Autumn/Winter. First up is Rimmel's Kate Moss lipstick in 107, this is a gorgeous purple toned berry shade which compliments a range of skin tones. This lipstick is so affordable and the colour stays on for hours. The only criticism is that it can be a little bit drying however with a good moisturising lip balm underneath it stays rich and nourished.
The next shade which I always opt for in the chillier months is Revlon's Spiced Brandy. I think this may be discontinued in stores but can still be found online. Revlon is a brilliant brand for lip products and they always seem to have offers on making them even more affordable. I feel this shade really compliments fair skinned girls like myself and I really enjoy wearing it. Again it works best with a good lip balm underneath but it's lasting power is impressive and it's gorgeous rich colour lasts for ages.
Finally I had to include a MAC lipstick in this post: my favourite MAC lipstick for A/W is Brave. It's a gorgeous berry shade which looks gorgeous on the lips paired with winged liner and a shed load of mascara. It is a satin finish and is a pleasure to wear as it looks sophistcated and does not budge for a good few hours.

So there are my top three favourite shades for A/W, there were loads more I could have included but these are the three that really made the cut. Please let me know your favourite lipsticks for the Autumn months and thanks for reading!



Thursday, 12 September 2013

All About ~ TRESemmé Split Remedy Hair Mask

A short little review on a gorgeous hair product that I have recently featured in my August favourites! I picked this hair mask up a month or so ago as it was on offer and I've been so impressed with it so felt it deserved some recognition. The product itself smells so divine and using it once a week has really helped the ends of my hair to feel stronger and more nourished. For something that's so affordable which works wonders I feel I will continue to use it for a long long time. There's so much product in the tub and as you use a small amount each time I think it'll last forever! Overall a 10/10 rating for this product and I enjoy using it weekly. 

Thanks for reading this short but sweet post but I had to write a mini review as I think this deserves much more hype. Please let me know if you're a fan of hair masks and which are your favourites! Thanks for reading! 



Monday, 9 September 2013

All About ~ Pink Products

One colour I always tend to push to the back of my makeup collection is pink. I'm all for wearing winged eyeliner on a daily basis but usually tend to spice things up with a bright lip be it a striking red or a rich coral. So I thought I'd have a dig around my collection and pull out a few pink products that I must wear more. Some days I think it's best just to go natural and rock a pink lip or rosy pink cheeks. Here are a few of my all time favourite pink lip and cheek products. 

For pink cheeks I have a couple of 'go to' products. One of these is an infamous Topshop Cream Blush in the shade Afternoon Tea. This is a delightful deep pink shade which dotted onto the apples of the cheeks creates a natural flush - the consistency is divine and the colour lasts a long time. The second  pink blush I occasionally opt for is a gorgeous powder blush by Dainty Doll. The shade My Girl is a subtle pink which looks gorgeous lightly dusted on the tops of the cheek bones. I find this shade really compliments my pale skin and am determined to wear it more often! 

Onto lip products - I think I have enough lip balms, sticks, glosses, stains and lacquers to last me a lifetime and I probably don't need 8 of the same colour. My favourite pink beauty balm is by No7 - it's a sheer yet colour glossy balm which looks lovely on it's own or on top of another lipstick. For a bit more of an intense pink colour the Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial is a gorgeous alternative. The colour won't budge for hours on end and is a lovely wearable everyday shade. Another alternative for a long lasting stain is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey. These were raved about not too long ago and it seems every brand and their mother has brought out their own range - the Clinque Chubby Sticks were the first to set the trend but the Revlon dupes are gorgeous too for a fraction of the price. Finally is quite possibly my favourite of the bunch - the MAC lipstick in Hue is perfect for those days when you want to keep makeup to a minimum. The consistency is smooth and the colour is so pretty. A side note about MAC lipsticks is that they have the most divine vanilla scent so are definitely worth a swatch! 

There are my favourite pink products from my makeup collection - please let me know if you have an recommendations and thanks for reading! 



Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Monthly Favourites ~ August 2013

TRESemme Hair Mask / Bourjois Bronzing Primer / MAC Vegas Volt / Vaseline Moisturiser

So the month of August has come to an end. I'm happy and sad for this month to have finished: happy because it's now September which marks the start of Autumn, Autumn is my favourite months and I can't wait for the tartan scarves and berry lips to come out! I'm sad August has finished as summer is pretty much done with - I've had an amazing Summer with some amazing people visiting beautiful places and generally feeling happy! So the end of a month can only mean a monthly favourites post - I've not used many new products this month as I found some lovely products in June and July which I've kept on using but here are a few things I feel deserve a mention. 

The first product I've been loving throughout August is the TRESemme Split Remedy hair mask. One of the first things that drew me to picking this up was the products promise to help with Split ends. I knew it probably wouldn't work after one use (it says three on the tub) but after a few times using this I noticed my split ends looking mended and much healthier. Instead on the ends of my hair being brittle and dry they were starting to look nourished and healthy. Something else that must be noted about this product is the smell - it is absolutely divine. It smells very fresh and I can only recommend you going to have a little smell yourself. Overall I'm so impressed with this hair mask and enjoy using it about once a week.

Next is something I've heard a lot about in the blogging community and was really intrigued by the product. The Bourjois Bronzing Primer received a lot of love throughout June/July not as a 'bronzing primer' but as a cream bronzer and I couldn't wait to hop on the bandwagon. Again I really love the scent of this product and love the way it looks as a cream bronzer. I apply this with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and delicately stipple the product on my cheekbones. This works really well on my fair skin and adds a little sun-kissed look to my usual pasty white skin. I love this product and feel it would compliment a huge range of skin tones - if you haven't swatched/tried this product yet then definitely do so! As a side note I think this is perfect for the transition from Summer through to Autumn too as it really helps sculpture the face without making it look to muddy or orange.

The next lipstick is one I had been eyeing up for a while during Spring and when I went to Greece in June I caved and picked it up in duty free. MAC Vegas Volt has been on my lips a lot throughout August as it is just the most flattering coral for the warmer months. I featured it in my everyday make up post as I have been loving it and wearing it almost everyday. I think it would look lovely on those lucky enough to catch a tan but also on those who are not so fortunate and stay pale throughout the summer. The finish of this lipstick is gorgeous and the colour pay off is beautiful and really long lasting.

The final monthly favourite for August is the Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Butter - this moisturiser is cheap as chips yet does the job perfectly. I love the scent of anything Cocoa or Shea Butter and this ticks all of the boxes. The product sinks into the skin and does not leave any sort of residue or film. I've really been enjoying using this product and it's been a staple in my post shower routine.

So there are my favourites throughout the month of August! Please let me know what you've been loving just recently or leave links to your August favourites post in the comments! Thanks for reading!