Sunday, 6 April 2014

Recent Additions - Makeup

Hey guys,

Hope you’re all having a nice weekend! I have to give a presentation on Monday so I’m going to be trying to get over my nerves before tomorrow!

Recently Boots have been offering 3 for 2 across their makeup, so I’ve acquired a few fresh pieces in my collection that I thought I’d give a few quick opinions on.

I’m currently having a bit of a love affair with highlighters, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to discover their magic! I wasn’t sure if they were going to become a permanent fixture in my routine so the first one I purchased was the MUA Undress your Skin Shimmer Highlighter as it is only £3.00! It’s a gorgeous champagne pink highlighter which isn’t overly shimmery, it’s perfect for giving your skin a natural glow. You can see that the product is contoured and it makes you feel like you’re using a more expensive product which is a plus. The highlighter itself isn’t overly pigmented so you can easily build it up to the level you want.

 During the colder months my skin becomes less oily and more combination, this meant my Double Wear foundation started to become a bit too drying for me. I decided to take advantage of Boots 3 for 2 and pick up some of the Boujours Healthy Mix Serum, as I thought it would be a bit more nourishing for my winter skin. I really like this foundation, the gel texture feels so light on your skin, it just glides on and it also has a lovely smell! Since the weather has gotten a bit warmer I feel like this is now not really suitable for my skin which is really upsetting. I’m still working with it because I really like the healthy glow it gives you. It doesn’t absorb into my skin like it used to, now it feels like I’m just moving it around my face with my brush.  

I also bought the Bourjois Happy Light Concealer, I got 21 – Ivoire and regrettably I think it might be a bit too dark for my skin at the moment. In my opinion it’s an awfully heavy concealer and it creases terribly under my eyes, however it does give very good coverage of blemishes. I don’t really wear this very much to be honest, my skin just does not like the thick texture!

 The last recent addition to my collection is the Autograph High Definition Mascara-Marks and Spencer*, this mascara works wonders at lengthening your eyelashes.I have never used any of the beauty products from Marks and Spencer but I have to say I'm seriously impressed with this product! I have only been using this for a week but I can already see we’re going to get on well! The mascara applies easily with no clumping, the only thing I don’t like about this product is the plastic wand, I much prefer natural bristles but this mascara still works well so it’s not a big complaint.

I’ll hopefully be doing some more in depth reviews of a few of these items soon.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Books Wishlist

I feel like there are so many books that I've missed out on recently, I know at one point everyone seemed to be reading Gone Girl except me and I really want to catch up on some reading. These are some of the books that I will read first when I finally get to sit down with a book. Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors and in fact my favourite book of all time was written by him so I cannot wait to get my hands on his newest book. I also love Jojo Moyes, another book by here (me before you) is one of the best books I've read in a long time and hopefully I'll read some more of her writing.

What books are you wanting to read at the moment?

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mini Reviews

Sometimes I think that samples can hang around forever and I never seem to be able to find a good place to keep them, so when I use a few up it always feels really good, plus you get to test out some new products.

Modern Friction - Origins
I've been wanting to try this for a long time, so when I got a few samples free with an order I made I was really glad Modern Friction was included. Origins claims that Modern Friction is a gentle exfoliator which contains a multitude of beneficial ingredients to exfoliate, smooth and illuminate the skin. I have to say I absolutely loved using this, unfortunately the sachet only contained one use so I cannot give an in depth review, however first impressions were positive. The product was extremely creamy and felt lovely on the skin, as opposed to some exfoliators which can feel rough. Afterwards my skin felt baby smooth and really fresh. At £33.00 it isn't cheap, however it's definitely going on my wishlist.

Origins - GinZing Eye Cream
I've always heard great things about the GinZing range, and the eye cream proposes to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. The actual cream has thick texture and a slight shimmery look in order to promote a radiant look. It says on the packet to use in the morning, however unfortunately I found it a little too thick to wear in the day time, and if you have oil prone skin you may find the same. I really wanted to like this but at £23.00 it won't be something I will be purchasing soon, however I am curious to try out some more of the range.

Avene - Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream
Avene are one of my favourite brands, I have never been disappointed with any of the products I have tried of theirs and the brand is so readily available in Boots. Another one of the reasons I love Avene is that if you go on their website and get a skin consultation, they will send you a sample of some of the products they recommend in the post! This is how I discovered the Cleanance K moisturiser which I did a review of here, and it is where I got this sample from too. As you can see it's a reasonable sized sample and has actually lasted me quite a while! The moisturiser itself is designed for normal to combination skin, and has a mattifying effect. I like to wear this in the day as it doesn't feel too heavy on your skin and is absorbed instantly. It hydrates your skin and the added SPF gives it some extra protection. Escentual have 30% off some french brands and so this is only £10.87 for the full size, bargain!

 Bioderma Sebium Hydra - Moisturising Replenishing Care
When I went to Croatia over the summer I was thrilled to discover they're Pharmacies stock a lot of the french brands at low prices. So when I went in to pick up some of the micelle water the lady could see how excited I was, and couldn't believe that we couldn't get half the stuff in England. Anyway I think she liked my enthusiasm and gave me a load of free samples with my purchase. This moisturiser is part of their range designed for oily skin and claims to regulate oil production and unclog pores. I can't really say anything about those properties as the few times I used it it left my skin feeling really greasy. I used this a couple of times, but it just wasn't nice to use, my skin looked and felt more shiny throughout the day, which is not what you want. Obviously this may work for someone else, maybe with more combination skin, however I wouldn't buy this although it is only £10.00 for those who might wish to give it a try.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Repurchase #2

Clinique High Impact Mascara is something that I will repurchase again and again, it is by far my favourite mascara and I think I am probably on my fifth tube now! I first came across this mascara because of my Nan, she always shops at Clinique and whenever she gets a free gift with her purchases she gives it to me, a little tube of High Impact mascara is usually included in the gift and from the first use it was love.

I think the mascara gives a really fresh wide eye look with minimal effort, leaving you with natural looking long thick eyelashes. The brush is a traditional mascara brush which is nice and simple with small bristles. The mascara applies easily and I have never had any trouble with clumping like a lot of other products I've tried before. It comes in sleek no gimmick packaging, just a black tube with silver writing on it which I really appreciate, as I feel some of the drugstore mascaras are nothing but gimmicks. I buy the mascara in black however it does come in brown too, it is also worth noting that it is not waterproof, however I'm not a big fan of waterproof mascara.

Clinique High Impact Mascara costs £16.50 so is a little on the pricey side, however for me mascara is the one thing I wear everyday, and knowing that I have found one which I trust and am happy with is worth the price tag. I usually ask for this for my birthday or Christmas as it's so simple but I always appreciate receiving it. 

If you're looking for a mascara which easily give long looking eyelashes then this is for you. 

Have you tried this mascara before?

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Amazon Wishlist #2

Hey guys,

one of my favourtie sites to browse is Amazon, one of the main reasons is because I love to buy books, however after a few novels have found their way into my shopping basket I always end up browsing the home section. I think the majority of the packages that arrive at my house are from amazon, I seem to use it for buying everything but toilet paper. I thought I'd put together a little wishlist of the things I've been looking at recently.

I think the phone case is perfect, I love the quote, it's from one of my favourtie books Lord of the Rings and this is something I will definitely be buying when I have the money. I received a teapot for christmas this year so I now have a lot of loose tea and I think this cute caddy would be perfect for storing it to keep it nice and fresh. I love the idea of the magnetic chalk board and this is something that would be extremely useful in my house, I will have to suggest this to my housemates.

Have you seen anything you like?

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