Wednesday, 25 June 2014

currently loving #2

The second instalment in my 'currently loving' series concerns lip product I've been wearing pretty much non stop just recently. These are all really different as I love to change up my lip products and wear a different one almost everyday.

The first product is my first ever Illamasqua lipstick! I bought this a few days before my birthday at the start of May and I love it lots. It's the most gorgeous vibrant pink shade which will flatter any skin tone, I think it really brings out my blue eyes too. The shade is Immodest and I would highly recommend it, however it is very matte so a decent balm will need to be put on before hand to stop it drying out the lips.

Up next is one which has been raved about quite recently, the Bourjois Paris Rouge Edition Velvets are a relatively new launch in the drugstore and come in a limited number of shades. I bought the shade Frambourjoise which is a stunning berry red colour. The shade is a timeless classic and the formula leaves the colour on the lips for a long, long time.

The final product I've been loving the S&G Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss. The most recent purchase of the bunch I love how this products makes your lips feel after application. It says that it's a lip plumping gloss and you can actually feel the product working into the lips. The shade is a really pretty subtle peach colour too which provides the lips with just enough colour.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

space girl

So after my first bath using Rose Queen by Lush I decided to pop back and have another little look for another bath bomb. I ended up on choosing Space Girl because I was drawn in my the scarlet red shimmer on the top.

I absolutely loved using this as it smelt out of this world! It filled the bath with the most gorgeous deep violet colour and filled the bathroom with the most gorgeous aroma which smelt just like violet sweets.

I'm definitely going to continue my venture into the world of Lush bath bombs so if you have any recommendations then please leave them in the comments...

Sunday, 15 June 2014

the haul: the body shop

I love The Body Shop. Fact. I love their body butters, perfumes and a lot of their face washes and skincare bits. I recently placed an online order as they had an amazing buy 2, get 2 free offer (note: The Body Shop are the Queens when it comes to promotions/offers) so I thought I'd snap up such a good deal and order a few products. 

A product which is talked about a lot in the blogging world is their Honey Matte Bronzer, I have fallen in love with this bronzer as it's beautiful for my fair skin and the perfect shade of honey bronze - not too orange and not too brown. It makes the skin look lovely and glowy and I adore the packaging and the honey indented product itself.
Next I ordered another popular product - the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which can be used on all skin types which is a bonus. I was really excited to try this out as you do get a lot of product and a handy pump. However after a few uses the product is good but I do find it irritates my eyes a bit when using it to remove eye makeup. It does the job and removes makeup well but just be weary if you have sensitive eyes/skin (which I don't) but it does irritate them slightly.

I then bought the Vanilla Eau De Toilette - on first scent I was expecting to like this a lot more than I initially did but it's definitely growing on me. It's much more of a deep, bitter vanilla scent as opposed to the sweet and sugary vanilla scent I was expecting. I will definitely go and have a sniff of them instore next time before buying blind.
Finally I bought one of the Colour Crush lipsticks in the shade 18 after seeing Essie Button sport it in many of her videos/vlogs. It is absolutely divine and like Estée I cannot stop wearing it! It's a lovely sheer wash of corally goodness to the lips with the most moisturising consistency - I will definitely be venturing out into more shades of this one - it's a winner.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

the tag: lipstick addict

From bottom to top: NARS Red Square - Illamasqua Immodest - Topshop Macaroon - MAC Brave - 17 Beehive - Max Factor Mauve Moment - Maybelinne Cashmere Rose - Collection Cotton Candy

I thought it was time to write up a post on the Lipstick Addict Tag as I'm lovin' watching the videos and reading the posts of the tag which Estée and Amelia created a month or so ago now. I love lipsticks and lip products and really enjoyed answering the tag - I also featured lots of different brands when looking back which I thought was quite good as it shows just how much different brands have to offer! 

1. Favourite balm/treatment? 
Like a lot of people there was one product which came straight to mind when thinking about this question. The Nuxe Réve de Miel lip balm has been the answer to all my prayers concerning problematic lips with issues such as being chapped and drying. The scent is gorgeous and it's a brilliant balm for overnight as your lips are guaranteed to still be nourished and hydrated when you wake up the next morning. 

2. Best eye-catching red?
There's a lot (and I mean a lot) of potential reds for this question - both the drugstores and more high end brands offer so many different types and shades of red. I settled on the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, a recent addition to my collection I find myself reaching for it a lot. The formula is really long lasting and the colour is definitely eye-catching... a true red which is more orange based... a definite winner in my eyes. 

3. Best luxury and best drugstore? 
As I am a student and have to set myself budgets I don't own many luxury lipsticks, I've got my eyes on a couple of Chanel ones after watching/reading this tag but for the moment I have selected an Illamasqua number - the shade Immodest is absolutely stunning. Being a really vivid pink this one is not for the faint hearted and it is extremely drying but it can also be patted into the lips to give them a nice wash of colour. For drugstore I felt like I had to mention the Topshop lipsticks, I particularly love the shade Macaroon, as it's a lovely peachy coral which flatters many skin tones. The Topshop lipsticks are really great quality for around £8 and they do the most beautiful range of shades. 

4. Best MAC lipstick? 
This one had to go to my very first MAC lipstick which I still treasure and adore. Brave is a gorgeous mauve plum shade which I hardly hear anything about in the world of MAC. It's Satin finish makes it a dream to wear on the lips and I feel it really flatters my fair skin, I'm coming to the end of the bullet but I will definitely be repurchasing. 

5. The most disappointing? 
It was tricky to pick this one out as I tend to always do my research on lipsticks before hand. There's some shades that are a bit ruddy and definitely get put to the back of the stash but I had to pick 17's Beehive. This shade has been hugely hyped up by many bloggers and it is lovely. however it's more of a gloss than a lipstick and I feel it doesn't really compliment my skin and sort of washes me out. A disappoint for me but others swear by it so swatch it before you buy perhaps? 

6. Lip liner - yes or no? 
I would be lying if I said yes on the is question, lip liner can be fun but I hardly ever use it. I do have one though I thought I would mention as it is gorgeous I just can never be bothered to go the extra mile. The Max Factor Mauve Moment liner is a seriously lovely colour and if you're after a plum coloured liner then this could be a good one to start with. 

7. Best lipgloss? 
Again, this has been a popular answer on some of the tags I've seen but I am really loving the Maybelline Coloursentational shine gloss in Cashmere Rose, these are stunning layered over lipsticks but equally as beautiful on their own - not sticky at all and product a lovely sheer colour for the lips. 

8. Something extra? 
Liquid and cream lip products have been extremely popular with both luxury and highstreet brands over the last few years, with particular raves over YSL, L'Oreal and Bourjois. However I love a much cheaper alternative which is the Collection cream puffs, I love the shade Cotton Candy and although their colour range is really scarce it's worth picking them all up as they're about £4 each. They are top quality and I feel like they need to be more well known! 

I hope you enjoyed reading my version of the lipstick addict tag and please leave your versions or videos linked in the comments... I have my pen and paper ready to take notes on products I should have in my collection... 







Sunday, 8 June 2014

teeny tiny benefit

There's no doubt Benefit is a hugely popular and talked about brand in the beauty world, famous for their good quality products all with creative direction and amazing results. However the full size products themselves can be a little bit pricey and if you're a student or on a budget it's no always easy to test the latest launches or having a makeup bag brimming with benefit bits...

The brand seem to have recognised this and have began to bring out easier access to sample sizes and miniature products which is fantastic to a) keep the purses happy and b) makes it easy to trial and test the products before possibly venturing into the full size. You can buy the minis in Boots I think for under a tenner or keep your eyes peeled for magazines for the free samples that come with.

I've got a few little minis floating around, some which I have the full size of and others I just really enjoy using. Their that gal brightening primer is something which I haven't heard too much about but it's really a gorgeous highlight/primer, it's a pearly pink shade which looks elegantly beautiful placed onto the cheek bones and stippled out. For a subtle sheen it also looks beautiful mixed in with foundation to produce a healthy glow to the face.

Now, the professional primer is a very controversial product - it seems to either be loved or loathed and I'm 100% a lover. I've gone through about two full size tubes of the stuff and I just had to pick up the Elle magazine last month with a mini in because it is adorable. This product really helps to even out the skin and makes foundation look so much more flawless and silky smooths. As it isn't loved by everyone I would recommend picking up the smaller size if you're not sure just to give it a trial run.

Finally onto their erase paste (note: this is the full size I believe but it is tiny so I thought I would throw it in). Again, this isn't a concealer that I have heard much about but the coverage of this concealer is something else. It's a really heavy duty, thick concealer which still manages to feel light on the skin - this is perfect for keeping under eye bags at bay so take note...

Thursday, 5 June 2014

empty products #2

Another bunch of empty products calls for another empties posts. I've loved using all of these products and will be giving you the low down on them one-by-one.

The sweetest smelling of the bunch is the Burberry weekend perfume. I bought this for around £20 (I believe it was on offer) and I adore it. The smell is very unique and hard to describe but whenever I wore it I would always get compliments and questions on what perfume I was wearing! It's definitely one to have a smell of when in Boots as it is simply divine.
The Origins Jinzing moisturiser is one of those products which is constantly talked about in the beauty world and I am definitely on that bandwagon. This product smells gorgeous, of fresh oranges and is such a lightweight moisturiser for everyday wear. With most Origins products they may seem a bit more on the expensive side but they are totally worth the money and are very long lasting.

A much more cheaper product now but still one that hasn't been a disappointment is the MUA extreme curl mascara, at around £3 this mascara is amazing at creating and holding a curl on the lashes. A cheap and cheerful product which does the job and doesn't break the bank, it's a thumbs up from me.
Another drugstore empty is the Bourjois healthy balance face powder. This is my second or third one of this product as it's definitely one of my favourite powders. It is the perfect mix of coverage and not looking too powder-y. For around £8, I usually pick this up when it's on some sort of offer but if you're looking for a good all around face powder for under a tenner then this is a good shout.

Finally I've used up my first ever LUSH face mask, I bought the scent The Sacred Truth and although I wasn't too keen on the scent the product did really work in restoring moisture to my skin and making it feel super soft. I will definitely be looking into getting a couple more masks from Lush, my eyes are particularly drawn to the Oatifix one so watch this space...

Sunday, 1 June 2014

rose queen

It was my 19th birthday at the beginning of May and one of my lovely flatmates bought me this Lush bath ballistic bath bomb in Rose Queen. However we only had a shower ensuite at uni so I've been waiting a few weeks to get home and enjoy this in the bath! 

A few weeks on and I've had my bath with this little guy and it was divine. This big ball of fizz colours the bath a gorgeous fluorescent pink, fills the room with the most gorgeous rose scent and even dispenses small petals into the water. The product itself ensures your skin is left feeling soft and nourished and squeaky clean. 

This particular scent bomb gets a big thumbs up from me and I'm definitely going to be trying a few more in the future...