Sunday, 27 July 2014

the £1 cream blusher

A cream blusher for £1 of great quality you may be asking? Well yes, MUA have their cream blushers spot on and for only £1 you could buy them all and still not break the bank. I've been off blush for a while now and been more of a bronzer girl but recently I've switched back as I feel blush can tie lips and cheeks in well if the lipstick and blush compliment each other well.

So I was browsing in Superdrug for some blushes which weren't going to set me back lots of pounds so I went over the MUA stand, after swatching their normal blushes and cream ones I decided on the cream finish as I prefer the dewier finish for the warmer months. I picked up the shades Yummy which the pinker of the two shades (bottom swatch) and Dolly which is the peachier shade.

My favourite brush to apply these babies with is hands down the Real Techniques Stippling Brush - it really blends the product into the skin beautifully. The beauty about these blushes is the consistency - they look divine on the skin, ensuring a fresh pop of colour and a dewy finish.
For £1 I'd highly recommend picking up a couple as they are some of the best cream blushes I've ever tried - MUA also have quite a few shades available too, so watch this space...

Thursday, 24 July 2014

products which last forever (or just a very long time) #1

Products which you only need a tiny amount of or a little goes a long way are my kind of products, especially when you're investing a lot of money. Today's post is dedicated to three products which have lasted me a long time and I've owned for months and months...

The Origins Drink Up Intensive mask I've probably owned for around 6 months or more, I use it twice or three times a week but you need the smallest amount to cover the whole face of an evening. The product itself is divine, it smells of apricots and when applied before bed I wake up with nourished and healthier looking skin. I'm sure this will last me more months to come as half the tube has not been used up yet!
The MAC Paint Pots are also products which seem to last forever, having owned Painterly (which I use almost everyday) for about a year it's still going strong and still works the same as it did on first use. I either wear this on the lids by itself just to even out the skin or use it as a primer before shadows to ensure they don't budge. They have a lot of other shades but for everyday wear this one is a keeper.
Finally, the OPI Nail Envy has lasted me an age also, I use this whenever I am painting my nails to help them maintain strength and length. This stuff is not cheap so it's nice to know that it lasts and lasts...

Friday, 18 July 2014

drugstore favourites #1

The drugstore is a great place to start if you're venturing into the world of beauty and makeup. They have such a wide variety of brands ranging from all different prices and qualities. This post will be the first of a series where I pick out my current favourites from Boots/Superdrug with most of the products being under £5!

Something I've been meaning to try for absolutely ages is the Vaseline Spray & Go, I bought this on offer as I thought the full £5 price tag was a bit expensive and I didn't expect the product to last as long as it has but it has lasted a few uses and there's still a lot of product in the bottle. This product works wonders as it's so easy and convenient to apply -- I always forget (can't be bothered) to apply body moisturiser post shower but this definitely speeds up the process and encourages me to persevere.
The Batiste Dry Shampoo for me is a life saver -- I'm trying to cut down on the amount I wash my hair as it's better to maintain the condition of your hair in the long run. So for day 2 or day 3 hair a few spritz of this rubbed in can make your hair feel like it's day 1 hair! Warning: some of them can make your hair look a bit white so spray from quite far away or make sure it's been brushed/rubbed in. There is some specific for blonde/brunette hair along with there being various other scents -- one of my favourites is the cherry!

The newest addition to my drugstore favourites is the Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask - for under £3 this mask really injects a lot of moisture into the skin and smells lovely too. It is more of a moisturiser consistency which is a bit odd but I just rub it in and then rub it off with a warm flannel. They have a few variations of masks similar so it's definitely worth having a nose in Superdrug.
Finally is a product I use almost daily to moisturise and add a sheen of colour to my lips -- the Blistex Lip Brilliance is a divine product which gets the balance perfect between colour and moisture and is just a pleasure to use, I always throw this in my bag if I'm in a rush as I know it will do what it says on the tin and not let me down...

Friday, 11 July 2014

bronzers: the good, the ok & the not so good

So being a fair skinned girl it's hard for me to pin down a good bronzer that can stay in my make up stash for a long, long time. I've tried many over the last few years but I always end up looking like a tangerine/glitter ball/or like I've been rolling around in the mud. I've found a couple I can really work with but it takes a lot of time to blend in to become that 'I've been in the sun' kind of look but this post is dedicated to the good, the ok and the not so good.

The good: The best bronzer I have found to date is The Body Shop honey matte bronzer (which is the at the bottom of the swatched arm). I recently mentioned this in my favourites post as it's divine and perfect for the paler girls. The consistency, colour pay off and packaging of the product are all gorgeous and it makes it a really well rounded good bronzer - this will be a firm favourite in my collection for a long while.

The ok: The Bourjois bronzing primer is what I was working with before TBS intervened as it is a really nice concept. I use this is a cream bronzer but it's more of a mousse consistency so I feel it is easy to go a bit OTT. Also - it is a more muddy orange colour so you need the tiniest and I mean tiniest amount on the brush or your fingers before you blend (the middle swatch) so you can really see how rich the colour is and how a little goes a long way.

The not so good: Finally another Bourjous bronzer - their chocolate bronzer is talked about a lot causing great controversy - some love and others loathe. I'm afraid this did nothing for me, not only is it really faint so you really have to use a lot of product before you get any colour pay off - it's just a really unflattering shade for the cooler skin tones so if you're like me and quite pasty then I'd give it a miss. I also dislike the gimmicky packaging and it definitely does not smell like chocolate so sorry Bourjois!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

tutti frutti

These lip butters have been quite the lip products over the past couple of years and I recently picked up a new shade as I had a £3 off Revlon voucher. I have a few other shades which I love, Lollipop and Peach Parfait are my favourites but as the sun is shining I thought I'd venture out for a more season appropriate shade and settled for Tutti Frutti.

Once again these have not let me down, the colour is perfect for spring/summer and the consistency is lightweight on the lips and not sticky at all. I'm definitely all for these lip products and will be browsing some more of the shades to add to my collection.

A short but sweet post/review but they are a gorgeous product from Revlon and I'd highly recommend testing them out if you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

the favourites post - june 2014

So June is done and dusted for the year and what a lovely month it has been, here in the UK we have been spoilt with a few weeks of glorious sunshine and on my days off I tried to make the most of the gorgeous weather. I've had a bunch of favourites this month across the board and have really enjoyed using them loads - the majority are new discoveries but there is an old flame that features also.

First up is the most recent purchase which I bought just a few days ago but I've been wearing nothing else on my lips so felt I had to feature it. I've got a few shades of the Revlon Lip Butters which launched a couple of years ago and I had a £3 off Revlon voucher so decided to pick up a more summary shade - Tutti Frutti is now a firm favourite in my lip product collection - the shade is absolutely divine with the perfect consistency of a sheer wash of a corally pinky red to the lips, a flattering shade for all skin tones.
A miscellaneous favourite now concerns these hair bands from Primark. Hair bands all have the same purpose at the end of the day but I thought these put a bit of a twist on your standard black hair tie and feel the stripey and textured effects make them really cute to look at and jazz up a boring pony tail or bun.

The Vaseline Spray & Go moisturiser has been a much hyped up product over the past few months since it's release - I was reluctant to buy it because of it's around the £5 mark price tag I felt it probably wouldn't last that long. However I picked up the pure oat one when it was on offer for about a third off so I thought I'd give it a trial run. I have thoroughly enjoyed using this as it is much more convenient and easier to apply than your average rub in body moisturiser. It will probably get used up quicker but for convenient purposes is definitely encourages you to moisturise post shower and for that I will probably repurchase many a time from now on!
On the topic of body products heres that old flame I mentioned earlier - now I'm prone to burning, a few hours in the sun and I will probably return a lobster but last year when I was faced with scorching sun in Greece I knew I needed a sunscreen I could rely on and that would keep my pasty skin safe and protected. With the hot weather in the UK making an appearance I decided to stock up on the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration suncream which is a dream. I love the scent, consistency and feel like I need to top it up a few times a day. It is a bit pricey but for the sake of your skin, I'd recommend this one.

I made a small Body Shop order at the beginning of the month and the product which I've been wearing almost everyday has been their Honey Matte Bronzer. I feel this really compliments my skin without looking too muddy or orange and has definitely made me a bronzer girl and say goodbye to blushes for a bit.
Finally a nail polish - I have been wearing this on my toes over the month of June and I'm sure it would look even nicer on you olive skinned or tanned girls. The Rimmel Salon Pro varnish in Happily Ever After is a gorgeous coral/pink/red which is perfect for summer - for under a fiver I'd definitely recommend picking it up next time you're out and about...