Sunday, 30 March 2014

haul #1

From what I can recall I've never blogged about a recent haul on my blog before - usually I don't buy lots over a short period of time so I use most of the products by the time I have enough new things to collate a haul post. However I had some spare money the other week left over so made a few online purchases of products which I wished I'd got about a year ago when they were all raved about but it sometimes takes me a while before I jump on these bandwagons purely because I don't have the money at the time…

The first order I made was one from Debenhams as it was free delivery if you spent over £30. I finally bought the full size of the Origins Drink Up Intensive overnight mask, at £22 I've been using samples of this for months and have always vowed to buy the full size and I did it! No regrets as this makes so much difference to my dry forehead and I use it every other night - you only need a tiny amount as it spreads well. Oh and it smells divine. The next product which has been on my wish list for so so long is the Bobbi Brown creamy concealer - I've been lusting after this for a long time since Essie used to rave about it on her channel. It's quite pricey for a concealer but I felt like treating myself, with my assignments for uni too late nights and early mornings are a regular occurrence and even the first time using this it definitely helps to hide those dark circles. 

I then made an order on a website called Escentual which sells many skincare and fragrance brands. They had a third off their french brands so I took the opportunity to pick up a few things I've been lusting over. Finally I managed to get hold of some reasonably priced Bioderma, these were on buy one get one free so I got two for £9.99 which I thought was a bargain. I then popped the Nuxe Rive De Miel lip balm as it seems every blogger has this product except me. There's been so much hype around this product I'm sure it will live up to the expectations and with the third off offer I believe it was around £6. Finally a small impulse buy was the Avene Thermal Spring Water - I bought the smaller bottle for about £2.50 and I'm going to trial this for setting my make up and just interested to see if it will keep my make up looking better for longer. 

I'm trying to have a bit of a spending ban now as I'm trying my best to save up a bit of money for the summer but knowing me it will last around a week… 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

pinks, peaches & corals

If someone asked me what my favourite season of the year was I'd usually almost say Autumn, but every time Spring comes around I have second thoughts. My birthday is in Spring, there's less chance of rain and everyone seems so much happier because the sun is shining (even if it's just a little bit). 
I love Spring colours makeup wise and mix up my collection, ensuring I'm wearing more pinks, peaches and corals. Photographed are some of my favourite lips and cheeks products from both high street and higher brands. 
If you're after some good coral shades then I love the Dainty Doll blush in sunshine, it looks gorgeous if you've got a slight tan! I also love two lipsticks, one from MAC in the shade Vegas Volt - if you've not ever swatched this shade then get swatching! For a cheaper pinky coral I love the Topshop lipstick in Macaroon. Both lipsticks are creamy and feel light in consistency and the colour sticks around for a while. The Revlon lipstick in Kiss Me Coral also deserves a mention, it's great for those days when you want something much lighter and less bright alongside the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Rendezvous.

For those days when you want to revolve your makeup look around those peachy shades there's a couple of go to products I pick up. I love to use the Natural Collection blush in Peach Melba as it's the perfect matte dusty peach shade which looks gorgeous on fair or tanned skin. If I'm after a different consistency I'll opt for the Topshop cream blush in Head Over Heels - this shade is absolutely divine and blends like a dream. For £6 I think the Topshop cream blushes are an absolute steal. For peachy lips I am loving the Maybelline Coloursensational Lip Gloss in Cashmere Rose, it's a slightly pinky peach but has the most delightful finish. I also highly recommend the Revlon matte lipstick in Smoked Peach (which I couldn't find to photograph, boo).

Finally for the classic English Rose look I tend to go for the real pinky products. For blush I'll dust over the Dainty Doll blush in My Girl, the consistency of these blushes is like butter and glide onto the cheeks so well. For lips I'll always go for MAC Hue, being one of my first MAC lipsticks I love it to pieces and it suits everyone. For a pinky gloss I love the No7 lip balms, they're long lasting and feel so nourishing… a few peachy, pinky and corally shades are definitely worth the investment for the spring… 

Monday, 24 March 2014

the review: the sacred truth face mask (lush)

A week or so ago I decided I would pop into LUSH after dropping my sister at the station to go back home. She had come to London on a school trip so I managed to meet up with her which was so lovely and a lot of fun. Anyway, my skin has been playing up a bit recently. On the whole it's been ok but my forehead has been unusually dry and sometimes a bit flaky. I went into the store and asked the sales assistant what would be best for this face mask wise and she recommended this.

Out of all the yummy sounding and smelling face masks they had this would have been the last one I would have picked up. The Sacred Truth is apparently good for dry skin and protects the skin from ages also. When she recommended it I was first put off by the Papaya ingredient (not my favourite fragrance lets say) and I'm not a huge fan of the smell but I thought if she thinks it's the better one to choose then I should give it ago. 
I wasn't let down by the product at all but I'm not sure if I'm sold either, the scent really does put me off using it but once I get used to it it's not so bad. I keep it on for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with a flannel. I definitely feel a difference in my skin and my forehead feels much more moisturised. I think for £5.95 the LUSH face masks are well priced as all the ingredients are fuss free and fresh. I keep this one in the fridge and use it every three days or so. 

I'm definitely glad I've given this one ago as I do think it's benefitted my skin really well. I'm also impressed that if you use five LUSH products up and clean the packaging up you can take them back to the store and you get a free mask (which is such a bonus). 
Once this pot has ran out I'm definitely going to give the other ones a try, I particularly have my eyes on their Oatifix one as it smells and sounds divine with all of my favourite flavours thrown in...

Saturday, 22 March 2014

spring 2014 wishlist: the beauty edition

I'm beyond excited for Spring to officially start, whether I'm soaking up the rays at uni in London or back home in Devon both are beautiful when the sun is shining. I've done various spring related posts already and I'm not about to stop there. Here is my instalment of the products that are on my wish list for the upcoming months. 

For lips I've been loving nude shades recently and I've currently got my eye on Peach Blossom by MAC which I've heard a lot more on recently and one of my favourite bloggers Anna has raved about it a fair bit! For an alternative I'm intrigued to try the Topshop Sheer Lips as I feel they'd be rather lightweight and easy to apply - the shade Nuclear stood out to me the most as when better to sport a coral lip than in the Spring time?

The NARS sheer glow foundation has been tried, tested and sworn by, by almost everyone who has tried it. I feel it would be ideal for Spring being relatively lightweight with a good amount of coverage and I think I'm almost ready to delve in and just buy it.

Blush wise I've been lusting after two products at both ends of the spectrum - one day I will own one of the Ambient Lighting Blush and all of the shades look divine so at this point I honestly couldn't choose one! The Bourjois Cream Blushes have been out for about a year now and I've always vowed to try them but have just never got round to popping one in the basket - I particularly love the shade Nude Velvet. 

Big, dark and bushy brows have been everywhere lately and the recent launch of the Benefit Gimme Brow has got me craving it as much as the next blogger. I really want to give it a try and see if it really does live up to the hype.

The Barry M Gelly Nail Paints have also been out for a while but this shade Rose Hip I believe is relatively new - it's a gorgeous muted baby pink and I think it would really compliment a tan.

Finally, the Orbie Dry Texturising Spray is something I have really wanted to try but even for the £18 smaller can I just can't justify buying it. One day I may cave but for now it will just have to stay on the wish list…

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

a spring staple: the highlighter

I think everyone has had enough of winter now and is definitely ready for Spring. It's time to pack away the winter coats and boots and crack out the flip flops and spring dresses. One thing I think looks gorgeous in the spring time is highlighting the face, it adds a real glow and spring-like-esque to any makeup look. Dewy cheeks look beautiful with minimal eye makeup and glossy lips so I'm going to dive into my dusty stash of highlighters and give them the love they deserve. 

I only have one powder highlight and it's probably the one I wear the most. I feel I can get away with dusting a light handing of the MAC mineralise skin finish in Lightscapade onto my chubby cheeks at any time of the year. It's the most subtle highlight of the bunch and this highlight definitely demonstrates that less is more.

Liquid highlighters are probably my least favourite form of highlight as they can get pretty messy and I feel a lot of product can get wasted. I have two which are absolutely gorgeous but like I said, it gets messy. My No7 Skin Illuminator is absolutely gorgeous but is in the most frustrating packaging known to man. I bought it last summer so I'm not sure if they sell it anymore, but I'm after their new roll up highlight. Straight after photographing these I actually decanted it into a LUSH lip scrub pot as I realised just how much the packaging annoyed me! 

The other liquid highlight I have which I usually mix up with my foundation to give it a little bit of a dewy finish is the L'OREAL Lumi Maguique pure light primer. I've heard a lot of good things about this and I completely agree, this is beautiful for some subtle shimmer and blends really nicely when mixed with foundations. 
I really enjoy using cream highlighters which is the last category I'm going to be talking about. I have a stick cream highlighter which I believe I picked up in New Look(?) last summer. It would have definitely ben under a fiver and it's actually really gorgeous. It's easy to apply by just smudging a bit on the cheeks and then blending. So if you're on a budget or trying out highlight for the first time maybe check out and see if New Look or even Primark have those stands where you pay with the little makeup and accessories all lined up. 

Finally, a product which was SO hyped up a couple of years back and I'm reluctant to even use anymore as it's now sadly discontinued. The Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Cream in Iced Gold is absolutely flawless. I'm so sad that the brand is no more as this received so much hype and it's truly worth it. I won't go on about it because it's no longer available *cries* but if you have it don't neglect it this Spring, embrace it!

So dust off those highlighters of yours and make good use of them for the upcoming sunny months… 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

spring lips

There's been a lot of talk about these Maybelline colour sensational shine glosses. I thought I'd take advantage of the Boots 3 for 2 offer on all of their products and picked up a couple of shades. 
I'm really impressed with these and can see why they're a talked about product. Their shade range is good and there's something for everyone. 
I bought the shades Cashmere Rose (top) and Electric Orange (bottom) and I couldn't possibly choose my favourite! These give just enough colour and are also really moisturising. They aren't a sticky consistency and last a really long while. I think the colours I chose are perfect for spring but they also had a few darker shades and a couple of pinks. 
Retailing at £6.19 I think these gems are an absolute bargain and I'm definitely going to be picking up a few more shades! I would definitely recommend them to someone who is going for a more natural makeup look or wants something lightweight with a hint of colour. 

Please let me know if you've got any of these and which shades I should pick up next? Thanks for reading! 



Monday, 10 March 2014

empty products #1

So for a while now I've been hoarding some empty packaging to form an empties post! I really love reading these as you know the person has used the product up so you will get a good verdict on what they thought of the product. 

The first product which I was really glad yet sad to use up was the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo - the reason being because I recently got my hair cut a bit shorter because I prefer it when it's around shoulder length. However I noticed a huge difference using this and my hair was definitely growing longer, quicker! I would recommend it to anyone who's after longer locks! The next product which I finished off quite a while ago and have just been saving for this post is the Benefit Porefessional Primer. This seems to be quite a controversial product in the blogging world and I'm definitely for it, this intact is my second tube of the stuff. I feel it really smooths out my skin ready for my foundation and makes a visible difference to the overall finish of my foundation. 
The Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub has been something I've REALLY loved. It has lasted me a good few months and I've been using it sparingly because I never wanted it to end. If you like vanilla, honey, almondy sweet scents then you will love this. I will definitely be buying another and I've washed out the empty pot and now use it to store my oval cotton wool pads! Up next is yet another controversial product which was definitely my second or third bottle. The L'oreal Micellar Solution was talked about a lot last year as a possible high street version of the infamous Bioderma. Having not use Bioderma I can't make a comparison but as far as the L'oreal one goes I love it and have had no issues with it. As it's quite a bit cheaper I'll stick with it until… well who knows? 
The Mint Julips from LUSH is another empty to make the post. This product is simply divine and I would highly recommend to all of those who love the odd polo and need a bit of lip exfoliation. The Body Shop do really lovely body sprays and mosts and this one I've had for a good year or so, I used this Indian Jasmine scented one often and it's now all gone I'm definitely going to go back for some more scents! 
Finally, the last product of the bunch is the Treacle Moon My Coconut Island shower cream. Now I bought this before I started uni in September, use it daily in the shower and I've only just used it up -- that's pretty good going. This beefy bottle is from Tescos I think and the scent is gorgeous! It was cheap and cheerful but sometimes not a bad thing! 
So there's my recent products that I've used up and I hope you enjoyed the read! Please comment and say if you've used any of the above or tell me what you've recently ran out of and if you would repurchase or not. Thanks for reading! 



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

the favourites post: february 2014

The shortest month of the year has come and gone and a favourites post is due. There's a couple of brand new products in the post with a couple of old flames too. I hope you enjoy the read and please leave me links to your favourites of February! 
The first post that has been a real god send this past month has been the Freederm fast track gel. I'm not normally one for buying products with the really cheese adverts which say you're skin will look flawless in a day but I woke up one morning with loads (and I mean loads) of break outs on my face around my chin and mouth area - this is really unusual for me so I went into panic mode and my dearest mother said to give this a go. It really did work well in drying up the spots and making them a lot less angry and red and so much easier to cover up for my night out that night! Cheers Mum! 
The next product is a purchase I made right at the beginning of the month and have a more in-depth blog post about. The MAC studio fix fluid foundation has definitely made it into my favourites this month as I've really, really enjoyed using it. Although not too keen on the smell (smells a bit like paint) the consistency is gorgeous and I really love the finish of it on my skin. The colour match is close to perfect for me too which is such a bonus to have because most foundations are pretty much too dark or too orange. 
The next product is also a newbie for me, I bought the Burberry Weekend fragrance at the beginning of Feb too and I absolutely love it, I've worn it every day since I bought it and I feel it's gorgeous for both day time and evening scents. It wasn't too expensive either so if you come across this one then I recommend testing it out!
The next product is running out big time and this makes me unhappy because I know I'm just going to have to be forced to repurchasing it. My first ever MAC lipstick Brave is probably my favourite out of my collection and the bullet is getting shorter and shorter by the day. This is such a wearable shade and flatters my skin tone, the consistency is lovely being a satin finish so it's not too moisturising. I've not heard much about this shade but it definitely needs to get more recognition, it's absolutely stunning.
Finally the Real Techniques contour brush is making it's way into the favourites post this month as I've really been enjoying it for powdering under my eyes and on my nose with my compact powder. It picks up just enough product and is easy to use - what more could you ask for?!

So there's my favourites of this past month, please leave comments and links down below and I will check out your posts also! Thanks for reading!



Sunday, 2 March 2014

TRESemmé mini haul

Last week I had a mop chop, I had my hair cut from mid boob length to just below the shoulders -- so about 3-4 inches cut off. The reason I got my hair cut is so that it looked healthier and more nourished as my split and dry ends just looked straggly and not nice. I vowed as I was sitting in the chair that I would take better care of my hair so below is a few products I bought to help me along the way. 
1. Firstly I bought the heat defence styling spray: I hardly ever use heat protection when blow drying or straightening which is probably the reason why my hair was in such bad condition. I'm liking this one so far as the spray pump is good and covers a large section of hair and doesn't just spit out like some pumps do. As with all TRESemm√© products I really love the scent and this one is no different, I can't feel it in my hair when my hair is damp or dry which is a huge bonus. 

2. I've had my eyes on the divine definition spray for a little while now and as Boots had an offer on I didn't need to think twice about adding this one to the basket. With my hair now being shorter it's much easier to get more volume and this really encourages my hair to look fuller and more voluminous. I absolutely love it and there will definitely always be one in my hair care stash. 
3. I'm not really a huge hairspray user but I thought if i'm going to be styling my shorter-do much more now it may be a wise idea to buy a miniature bottle for my handbag or clutch on a night out. The salon finish freeze hold hairspray does leave my hair feeling a little bit crispy but this doesn't put me off too much as it does keep styles in place. 

4. Finally is probably my favourite product of the bunch. I've owned this instant refresh dry shampoo before and back then I loved it. With the offer being 3 for 2 I thought this would be well worth chucking in too and I have definitely fallen back in love. This is a lot better than the usual dry shampoo I use as it doesn't make my hair go white and feels so much lighter in the hair. I also love the scent of this one and feel it really makes my hair feel fresh as though it's just been washed. A big 10/10 from me and I highly recommend.

The Products: 
1. heat defence styling spray
2. divine definition spray
3. salon finish freeze hairspray
4. instant refresh dry shampoo

So there's a mini haircare haul ft lots of TRESemme - I love them as a brand and also love their shampoos and conditioners. Let me know if you use any of the above products and what you think of them! Thanks for reading!