Friday, 30 August 2013

August Favourites


Today I'm going to be sharing with you my Favourites from the month of August, which I cannot believe is so nearly over already!

So these are a selection of the things I've been using a lot and loving this August.

Firstly, there are two pairs of flip flops/sandals which I have continuously worn this month!

These sandals are from Primark and I believe they were on sale from around £6 to £3 when I bought them so they were super cheap, they are so comfy and go with everything, I just really like these.
I got these Beach Athletics Gel flip flops last year in Bluewaters David and Goliath shop for £5 in the sale, but I believe they were meant to be around £15. They are incredibly comfy and I love them! However, they are definitely not made to walk a long way in!
Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection Intensive Hair Mask - £3.99
I use this once a week on my hair after I go swimming and it makes my hair feel so soft, I also haven't had my hair cut since January and I don't have split ends at all.
Elvive Full Restore 5 Leave In Conditioner Spray - £3.99
Another hair product! I used this ages ago and I loved the way it conditioned my hair and detangled it and then I couldn't find it anywhere! So when I saw it in Superdrug - and on offer for £1.99 - I obviously got it! It's great for if I've been in the sea especially as I find the salt REALLY dries my hair and this returns it to good condition. When on offer, its a very good cheaper alternative to Aussie's Miracle Hair Insurance Conditioner Spray.
Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturizing Spray - £2.19 (linked is the bigger version because I cant find this mini one on the boots website)
 Wow, I've obviously used a lot of hair products this month! I got this little salt spray with my boots points recently and I do generally like it, especially when I have a pony tail, I have to touch it up through the day, which is why I got the mini one because I knew this would be the case as my hair is naturally SO straight that it doesn't really hold a style all day.
 Sticking with hair - this is the last hair thing- I have worn this flower bun topper thing a lot. I picked it up from Primark and it was £1.50! It's basically for when I have a bun, and I just put it on at the end like a hairband - but without twisting and going back over itself.

I have used this bag almost ever day this month! It was £6 from Primark and it's such a lovely size and I also really like the pockets at the side.
Cath Kidston Zip Purse in the Print Camberwell Rose - £6 (isn't the same print linked as it wasn't on the website)
I have loved this little makeup bag since I got it, I just love the print and the size is useful. I did use it for my daily makeup for a long time but since my makeup that I use daily outgrew this little bag I would only use it when taking a small amount of makeup somewhere. But earlier in the month I had a plan to use it as a place to keep all things that I forget when I go out, so that I can easily transport it between different bags that I'm using.
Here's what I keep inside:

A tin of mints, Soap and Glory Hand Maid Hand Sanitizer, Boots Paracetemol, Mini Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical, Extra Chewing Gum in Cool Breeze ( the best ones!) 

Bourjois Brush on Concealer, Pretty Perfect Eye Roll On Concealer, Mr Happy Plasters from Tesco

jcb headphones, Burts bees beeswax lip balm, Kleenex tissues, really cute William and Kate mirror that I won in the arcade and a fold away nail file
So its fair to say that little case fits quite a lot of stuff in it!
Soap and Glory Mist you Madly Mini Body Spray - £3.50
I really do love this body spray, it just smells so lovely!
Barry M Nail Paint Limited Edition (Last year :( ) #7
MUA Nail Varnish in Pistachio Ice Cream - £1
I've painted my nails a lot this summer and mainly with these two lovely summer colours. Not only are they lovely on their own, but they're also beautiful together
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Light - £9.99
As it's summer, I don't really like wearing foundation unless I specifically need a lot of coverage in one day, so I have been wearing my BB cream a lot as an alternative, its very light coverage but lasts well and just adds a nice touch to my face and evens my skin tone. Another reason I have been using this recently is because even though the colour is called light its slightly dark for my natural skin tone but is perfect in summer when I have a tan.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent- £3.99
I am slightly late on the bandwagon with this powder, and I didn't really think I liked it despite the hype however now I've tried it again I have discovered that I do! It doesn't look cakey or powdery at all and doesn't dry my skin which I find a lot of powders do because my skin isn't very oily. It just keeps my skin from looking too shiny and seems to set my makeup.
Stippling Brush from Ebay - £1.89
Although I would really like a Real Techniques Stippling Brush (and all the other brushes to be fair) they are slightly out of my budget so I decided I would try out a cheaper alternative first. The brush is soft and is very good for the price, I use it to apply powder and it works well at not applying too much or too little.
Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss (left) and Pink Punch (right) - £2.99
THEY ARRIVED! I was SO excited when Baby lips came to England, and after seeing so many American Youtubers or British youtubers who visited America get these I decided I would get these two. I really love the sheer colours and they last a surprising amount of time too, I've worn these a lot this month!
Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator - This one was a free sample so does not have a price value however the full size (30ml) is £21
This highlighter is such a natural colour and I love that it doesn't have big shimmery glitter bits it is and it just naturally highlights the top of my cheekbones, I have been loving this this August.
ASDA Blusher in No 4 Pink - £1.45
I have mentioned this Blusher before but I have only really started using it a lot this month. It is such a lovely summery pink colour and really brightens my face.
So that's it for my August Favourites
What have you been loving this month?
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

My Makeup Wishlist #1

Today I am going to share with you some of the makeup which I would like to buy. I could spend so much money in Boots or Superdrug however I am usually fairly good at that - put it down at the till then regret it later - kind of thing! So this is just a - quite small - collection of some of the things that I have spotted and liked the look of!
1)      Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner in Nude - £3.99
This Kohl eyeliner is said to brighten under eyes and - as a sufferer of awful dark circles - I am willing to try anything promising to brighten my eyes

2)      Seventeen Doll’d Up Mascara - £6.49
When I saw this mascara, I honestly don't know why I didn't buy it! The brush is plastic - which has always been my preferred choice and it looks as though it would give brilliant length without clumping at all

3)      Soap N Glory Kick Ass Concealer in Light - £10
This concealer looks amazing! For £10 its got a slightly bigger price tag than many other concealers on the market, however in the compact there is an under eye brightening concealer, a slightly darker blemish concealer AND a setting powder
, I believe there is even a MIRROR! I seem to always need 2 concealers - a lighter colour for under eyes and slightly darker for blemishes so this would definitely resolve that problem
4)      Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Pinched - £7.99
I have really wanted to try a cream blush for AGES (and even though there is a vivo one in the post) these Revlon seem to receive good reviews and I really love this Corally Orange colour.
5)      Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya - £7.99
I feel as though I should hang my head in shame for not already owning any of these Lip butters! To be hones, I love all of the colours, but this orange one stood out of me - along with cotton candy which is a gorgeous light pink. What I really love about these is the packaging!

6)      MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder - £3

This MUA Highlighting Powder looks so brilliant and for £3, I don't think I can go wrong!
7)      Revlon Colourstay Foundation - £12.49
Foundation never seems to last on my skin and I have heard many great things from YouTube and blog reviews about the staying power of this foundation so I definitely want to try it
(I am very sorry for the use of stock images - which I am aware really don't look half as nice as photos which I have taken myself - however - sadly - I do not actually own the product therefore have no means to take the photos of them)

8)      Barry M Lip Paint in Touch Of Magic - £4.49
This lipstick blows me away every time I test it on my hand and admire, if you don't know already, the lipstick is NOT green, in fact it goes on clear and within a few seconds turns pink! It is meant to be the persons 'perfect' shade of pink however my friends and I have only ever tried it on our hands - on which we all get the same pink but I think maybe when applied to lips it goes to different pinks on each person
9)      Collection Fix Me Up Long Lasting Make-Up Fixer - £5.99
Again with the makeup not lasting - I think a makeup fixing spray may help to solve this and allow me to look the same in the morning as the afternoon!
10)   MUA Pro Palette in Undressed - £4
I love the look of this palette! I am very much a neutral person when I comes to eyeshadow and I think that all of these shades look lovely. 
11)   Sleek Face Contour Kit Light - £6.49
This contour kit it VERY raved about and I really want to try it!
12)   Bourjois Délice De Poudre in Illuminatrice #53 – (Bourjois Chocolate Highlighting Powder) – £6.99 – (That’s a guess as its not available in the UK L, But I’m guessing it would have the same price as the bronzer) -
LOOK AT THIS! I've never seen a CHOCOLATE HIGHLIGHTER before, I was blown away by the chocolate bronzer and if this was available in the UK I would definitely get it
13)   Bourjois Délice De Poudre Bronzer (Chocolate Bronzer) - £6.99
I have had my eye on this bronzer for ages and I will eventually get it! It smells like chocolate for goodness sake! and its meant to be a pretty good bronzer too!
14)   Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum - £10.99
Lastly, but definitely not leastly is the bourjois healthy mix serum. I think this looks so amazing - as does the foundation but I think I would first love to try the serum form as I've never seen a 'gel' or serum foundation before and I think that would be exciting to try!
What's on your makeup wishlist?
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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Ebay Concealer Palette Review

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Recently I was browsing on Ebay when I came across a concealer palette for £2.85! (Available here)As a sufferer of bad hereditary under eye dark circles, I was well up for trying it! It came from Hong Kong so the delivery was estimated between the 27th August and the 12th September, when I ordered on the 9th of August, so it was meant to take from around 3 weeks or more. However, it came as a lovely  surprise when it arrived yesterday, only 1 week after ordering, and free postage as well!

Here it is, there is a nice range of colours, obviously most of which I won't actually get any use out of but oh well, it was £2.85!

These are the sizes of the palette, I think this is a nice size because its not tiny so you're not getting any product but its not to big to fit in the average makeup bag and its slim so doesn't take up and excessive amount of space. However, the only downside to it being slim is that this means you don't actually get a great deal of product and with the amount of concealer I use, I am afraid that I will hit pan before not too long, but I feel like I cannot complain due to the tiny price tag!

Now onto the colours! I spotted this idea when browsing other blogs for reviews of this product before I went ahead and bought it, and I thought this was actually a really nice touch and helped me to see what colours were available and if they really looked like they do in the pan. So, credit to the lady who did this before me, I hope you don't mind me copying you, however, sadly, my sieve brain cannot remember the name of the blog!

The first 4 colours in the palette are correctors, with an extremely glittery highlighter type one (number 1). Whilst number 1 might be nice as a party eyeshadow base or colour, or even for body art - if that's your thing - I think it is too thick and far to sparkly for highlighter on my face. The 2nd is a green corrector for cancelling out redness, I have not yet tried this particular one, but I did believe that correctors were just a plea for more money and wouldn't really work, however after trying the Natural Collection Green Corrector I have changed my mind! 3rd is a pink colour and another corrector, however by Green Correctors being used to correct redness and the fact that pink is just a lighter version of Red, I can only assume that a pink corrector is for green :/, however I do not often have green on my face! Sometimes they are advertised to correct dull skin, so I am looking forward to trying this out! After a quick trusted google, I have found that pink is actually used for under eye circles with yellow tones, perhaps this is where I have been going wrong, I am definitely excited to use it now! (The place I found this out is actually worth a look  - link) And finally, probably the main reason I bought the palette - the 4th is a yellow corrector. I have heard time after time that a yellow corrector immediately diminishes under eye bags - yay! - by correcting blue-ey tones so I was super excited to try this!
 Next are just the general covering concealer colours, it is nice that - even if there isn't your colour in these, it's simple to just mix two - or even 3 - together and create your personal perfect blend.
So now - after rambling- what the post is actually about - DOES IT WORK?

Firstly, I tried the concealer on a blemish that has annoyingly appeared on my face recently, and it did work, it lasts okay, but not really all day if outside, which I have been today and today is the only day I've had to test it so far- but the green corrector and number 5 in the concealer worked perfectly in covering it.

I also quite liked the feel of it on my skin - it is very think, however unlike some thick concealers it was easy to blend and didn't feel or look very thickly piled on, it actually felt quite moisturising I thought.

So there it is - my horrible dark circle! The yellow concealer made a bit of a difference, it brightened my eye but not quite the miracle I was hoping for! I think the problem is that my eye bags are much more purple than blue, and they also have a tint of brown which seems to be visible under any amount of concealer or powder - even foundation. I am pleased with the outcome of this concealer for the price - and I think if I use another one as well it will be a bit better - and I really do like the finish of it, but I don't think the yellow corrector worked enough miracles to convince me to go the full mile and spend £16 on Benefits 'Lemon Aid' like I was contemplating.

Is there a colour that corrects purple or brown?

Once I put a mixture of number 5 and 7 on top of the yellow concealer, it did seem to be much brighter and cover my dark circles quite well. I think because I am so aware of them and quite insecure about them I will see them through anything and it is hard for me to understand that maybe other people cant see them as much as I can - but I do think this concealer has covered them well.

I would definitely say that I would repurchase this - it is very good and for half the price of any decent low end drugstore concealer - I cant complain! It covered my blemish nicely and really did brighten the area under my eye with a natural finish.

What's your favourite concealer?
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Friday, 9 August 2013

ChitChat Lip Crayon and Primark Lip Stain


I am going to be reviewing both of these lip products -
                                                                  Chit Chat Lipstick Crayon - £1 From Poundland
                                                                           Opia Lip Stain Pen - £1.50 From Primark

I recently bought these 2 products so I thought I'd review them.

I got this Lip crayon in the Coral colour because I liked the look of this now most, however now I have tried it I am hoping to pick it up in the other 2 colours - Nude Brown and Bright Pink.
Firstly the negatives - I Wasn't really expecting much for a pound so it didn't come as a surprise when it mushed the first time I used it - but I think this was because I left it in the back of a car in a bag all day on a really hot bad - so my fault! And it also doesn't last too long on my lips but these 2 things are not much of a price to pay for the tiny price tag.
Now for what I like - I love the way it subtly brightens and adds colour to my lips without giving too intense colour - so I can use it for a lovely natural look or also over the top of a brighter lipstick for a glossy look. I also quite like the packaging - I find it simple but effective and its easy to apply - so perfect for travelling.
I really like this Lip Stain - For £1.50 again I wasn't expecting too much but I'm really impressed. There were 3 colours - a lighter pink, this one and a bright red. I would like the lighter pink too but the red is very dark and I'm not sure it would suit me - but maybe if I went to a party or somewhere in the evening it would be good.
I cannot fault anything about this - it literally lasts such a long time - its hard to get off! I love the colour and the way it is easy to apply. Definite buy before going to a more expensive one!
What lip products do you like?
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Maybelline Colour Tattoo's

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If you haven't already heard of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow creams then where have you been? Anyway, today I am going to be talking about the 2 shades which I have. I received these as a present long before they were such a big 'hype' and there are also some other colours which I'd like to get.

I have the colours 05-Eternal Gold and 15- Endless Purple
They really do last all day and they are brilliant for use on their own or as a base for powder eyeshadows, the consistency is fairly thick and creamy but they aren't too hard to blend with fingers or a brush.
They retail for £4.99 which isn't too bad at all considering how long they last. So little is needed to create such an effect.
This is the colour 05- Eternal Gold, I only have a tiny bit on here, blended with my fingers and it gives a lovely subtle look which I really like.
This is the colour 15- Endless Purple which is a less common one for people to have , I suppose as it's quite a bright and vibrant colour, but I still really like this one too. I also think that it complements my green eyes :)
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow Eternal Pink
I really like this one in Eternal Pink - I think it looks so subtle and would be lovely to sweep over eyelids or even as a base for any other eyeshadows.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 HR - Permanent Taupe
Another one which I like the look of is Permanent Taupe - It also looks very subtle and like it would go with anything and could fit so many different make up looks.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 HR - On & On Bronze
I also love this one in On and On Bronze - I think it would team really nicely with Eternal Gold, or any of the others really and it also seems like a slightly darker colour, which I think I may even be able to use in the crease as a contour.
Which Colour Tattoo's do you like?
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Review of L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara

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Today I'm going to do a review of my all time favourite mascara which is L'Oreal Telescopic.

It is about £10.99 from Boots or Superdrug, and whilst this is on the more expensive range of drugstore mascaras, I think its worth it!
The plastic brush seems to not pick up much mascara, meaning that it doesn't clump at all and it lasts a very long time.  I have had this particular one since the beginning of May and it doesn't seem to be running out any time soon.
This before/ after picture shows the mascara after a couple of coats, but to do this I only needed to dip the brush in the pot once for each eye.
The only very small criticism I can make about the mascara is that before using it I have to take the brush out, then put it pack into the pot then out again to prevent it clumping and I'm not sure why, that just seems to work.  
I just really love this mascara, it is my 'go-to' mascara and I will keep re-purchasing it!
What's your favourite mascara?
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