Sunday, 12 June 2016

Empties | Part Three


I have done a fair few of these posts on my blog and they always go down really well. I have been very mindful of my new years resolution (amazing how it's June and I am still trying to achieve my yearly goals!) of using more and consuming less. I have been purchasing less beauty products this year and have been more focused on using up what I have more. It has made me realise how long products actually last and if I took the time out to use it all up that I actually get my monies worth. There is nothing worse than looking at a bottles use by date and seeing that it has expired but it's a barely touched product. I strongly recommend using a whole bottle up because the sense of satisfaction it truly amazing.

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First up I have COLab Dry Shampoo Sheer and Invisible in Rio. To be honest my choice in dry shampoo is determined on whether it is on offer or not. While I thought this was nice it was nothing to write home about. It was sheer and invisible like it is described on the tin which is great because I have dark brown hair however I didn't think it really helped on days where my hair was seriously greasy.
This is my second bottle of The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and I have since re-purchased. It really is amazing at removing all make up, including eye make up. It doesn't sting my eyes, leaves my skin soft and hydrated - it really is a product that will always be in my skin care routine.
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy has been my every day perfume for almost a year now. I was kindly gifted this 50ml bottle for my birthday last year and it has taken me a full year to get through. It is a lovely sweet scent without it being overwhelming and can be worn for any occasion. I loved how I had this to fall on when I didn't know what fragrance to wear and I am happy that I still have a 30ml bottle of this to use up.

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As you may be aware I don't use conditioner as I find that I need way more moisture to tame my frizzy dry hair. I saw Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Oil Treatment was on offer about a few months back and decided to give it a go. The treatment is a funny honey colour and has a very subtle scent which I can't remember exactly what it smelt like but it didn't linger on the hair after washing. It aims to leave hair sublimely smooth and silky without weighing it down. Now I have no issues with any product weighing my hair down so I couldn't say whether it works for that or not but I have to admit that it didn't give me enough moisture to create 'smooth and silky hair'. In fact it worked just like a regular conditioner so if you have thick dry hair like me I would give this a miss.
On a more positive note the Clinique Take the Day Off make up remover is incredible. When I wear a kohl liner on my upper lash line this is the only thing that will remove it. I also love it for times when I make a mistake with my liquid eyeliner I just place some of this on the end of a cotton pad and I can literally gently glide it along the error and it would remove the mistake without having to push hard on the lid or rubbing so I never have to re-do my eyeshadow. It really is incredible! I have recently been gifted a full bottle of this for my birthday and I don't think I can truly live without it now.
Having a good base coat is key when it comes to having nail polish last the week and my favourite for years has been the Revlon Nail Care Quick Dry Base Coat. It does everything it claims to do, dries quick, keeps the polish sticking to your nails, protects against splitting, peeling, and yellowing. However I haven't repurchased as I want to see if there is anything else out there that can match this or even better it however if you don't want to take the risk and want a fool proof base polish this is the one!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

2016 May Favourites


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May has been both an expensive and busy month. I celebrated another year getting older which always involves going out for dinner, lunch and drinks. Sadly the celebrations are over and my bank balance definitely felt the blow but I am going to cherish the good memories I have created. June is looking to be a quieter month for me which will mean more time to brain storm blogging ideas and more importantly- sit down and actually get content out! I have missed it incredibility and I miss the time when I was churning out three posts a week. Recently life has been filled with work, being obsessed with the TV series The Blacklist and a new fitness schedule. I will post about my fitness journey this month as I truly feel passionate about it and I really feel it has changed my life in such a positive way that there is no way I will revert back to my old life of potato couching and internet surfing 24/7. In terms of make up there have been firm favourites so this post is an exciting one for me to write.

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Estee Lauder bronze goddess is everything that screams summer and every year I pull this little gem out. It really is as good as everyone says it is. There are notes of coconut, sunscreen and vanilla. It is not a super strong scent so it's not overwhelming to spray on a hot day as I tend to hate anything strong scented when I'm melting in the heat. I have been carrying this around with me all month and have been spraying this as every opportunity I get as well as singing it's praises to anyone who will listen.
To follow my sun theme I have been loving the Dior Bronzer in Caramel/Toffee. Unfortunately this was part of Dior's summer range a few years ago but the DIORSKIN Nude Air tan is very similar. It is a lovely buttery powder that blends beautifully on the skin. I use a powder brush and apply on the tops of my cheek bones, along my hair line and under my jaw. I have also been applying some on my nose to really create that "I've just come back from holiday" look.

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Another old classic that I love pulling out this time of the year is Essie Fiji. It is a lovely creamy pink colour. I am sad to say that my photo of this on my nails does not quite pick up the pink notes so you really do need to see this for yourself! It is girly without it being too childish. I only need to apply two coats and I have a lovely thick opaque colour.

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To end my May Favourites I have been completely obsessed with this eye shadow combo. I use the Maybelline colour tattoo in On and on Bronze all over my lid with my finger as this applies the product the best in my opinion. I then get a fluffy blending brush and dip it into Snakebite from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and place this dark bronze colour on the outer corners of my eyes. This makes my eyes look so bright and used in conjunction with my bronzed skin has made me do double takes when I see my make up in the mirror and think 'darn that looks good'.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Revlon | Volume and Length Magnified Mascara


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This year Revlon have re-branding their mascara line by discontinuing all their previous mascara's and re-launching with 5 mascaras. All five are uniform in packaging with only differences in the colour of the packaging. Revlon believe this line will make picking a mascara fool proof. The five mascara's they have bought out are: Ultimate All-in-One, Ultra Volume, Super Length, Dramatic Definition and Volume and Length Magnified - which is what I will be reviewing today. I believe none of the mascaras are water proof and they all retail for £9.99 at Boots.

Firstly the packaging looks simple which is lending on the boring side but nothing offensive. The lid is a shiny glossy finish and the rest is a black matte finish. I like how the tube is slightly flat because it doesn't roll around in my vanity draw so I can see instantly what the product is.

When I first applied the product it was very wet and it was difficult to get it to stick to my lashes. I also found that it didn't do an amazing job at lengthening nor volumizing. I didn't wanted to judge it so quickly as mascara's I have loved in the past have gotten better with the formula drying out. It took approximately 3-4 days to start drying out and it did perform better but nothing to get excited about. I found myself getting bored with it because my lashes always looked so regular and Revlon claimed that it should give you doe eyes with amplified volume and length. I found it did neither and it gave very natural lashes which is nice- but not what I was wanting nor what the product wanted to give.

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The brush is a subtle square shape which Revlon claims to anchor the formula to lashes, coating them individually for intense volume and length. I found the brush to be messy and it was hard to apply without getting it on my lid. I would place the brush at the root of my lash, wriggle it and move the brush upwards hoping this will apply the product to each individual lash- which it did but the product just didn't either stick to the lash or the brush wasn't picking up product in the actual tube. Either way considering the price and the claims that this mascara had I would give this a miss. I can't speak about the other mascara's in the line so let me know if you had better results with the others!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Hello Fresh | Review


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I don't tend to post a lot of lifestyle or food related posts but this year I have been obsessed with eating less processed food and I have been avoiding refined flours and sugars which requires me to cook. I've fallen in love with it as I love making things from scratch and finding new flavours, foods, alternatives to already loved western food but creating a healthier way of doing it. So a few weeks back I got a knock at my door by a friendly face wearing a "hello fresh" apron. I've actually heard of this brand before through watching many YouTube videos so it wasn't hard for him to sell me a two week box set. The classic box for two costs £49.99 a week but I got 30% off so the box cost me £39.99.

I love how it is a week-by-week box so I can stop the subscription whenever I wanted so no monthly commitments. Payment and orders can all be managed via the app so you don't feel bad for wanting to exit. Delivery is free and it comes nicely packaged in a box. They wrap all the meat in ice so if you are at work all day and the box is left in your back garden everything still stays perfectly fresh.

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The quality of the vegetables, meat and products were very high. I loved how everything was organic and they source only from local farmers. We selected the classic 5 meal box for two but there are family boxes and vegetarian options as well. All the ingredients you need for all the recipes are provided in the box so you do not need anything extra apart from oil (salt and pepper were given in our box!). I couldn't pick and choose what recipes we wanted for the week however if you go with the 3 meal plan for two you can switch up meals to your taste.

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You get all the recipes on a card with a few photos to guide you. If you don't like working off paper the recipes are also available on the app to view as well. I did find the instructions to be confusing at times as I noticed they tried to keep things brief but, as a person who is new to the cooking world, I needed to be told the basics at times. I found the time to make the food took a lot longer for me than the time shown- again I don't know if thats because I'm new to cooking.

Unfortunately I have canceled our Hello Fresh order as I did not like some of the meals on offer. I found them to be a little heavy as I don't usually eat a lot of dairy and wheat based carbs. I appreciated how organic and clean the boxes are I just found it to take longer than I wanted and I didn't like everything in the boxes. It is not all bad as I did find some amazing recipes I loved and will continue to use! I will probably order this box again if there is a week that looks interesting (on the app you can view what meals are going to be in next weeks box) but only the 3 meal plan so I can switch out meals I don't want. Overall it is very high quality and my opinion it is restaurant stand.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour | Review


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There has been a huge influx of matte liquid lipsticks hitting the market recently- Mac, Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, NYX however all these brands (apart from Mac) are difficult to get a hold of in the UK (although NYX is starting to be more available as Boots now stocks it hurrah!) so when I saw Revlon jumping on the matte liquid lipstick bandwagon I just had to get my hands on it. Revlon states that the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor is a velvet matter finish. They use 100% wax free gel technology so the lipstick is lightweight, moisturising with an high definition pigment and matte finish. They are retailing at Boots and Superdrug for £8.99 but at the time of writing this blog post both stores have 3 for 2 offers across the Revlon line so now is a great time to try these out!

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I got two colours the pink tone lipstick is Devotion (top photo) and the nude colour is Seduction (bottom photo). The applicator is a flat doffer that tapers in at the end. This shape wand for me sits lovely on the lips as the applicator is perfectly curved to fit around them making the product apply evenly. I use the fine tip top to create a really precise line around the edge of my lips and one dip into the tube gives off the perfect amount of product so there is absolutely no waste or fuss with it.

The lipstick itself is something I have never tried before as you can really tell gel technology has been used. The texture is like a fine jelly that is soft and slightly thicker than other liquid lipsticks I've used in the past. Also with the product being gel based it is so comfortable to wear because it does not dry out at all so when I go to press my lips together I still can slide them which I personally love doing when wearing lipstick. However if you are looking for a ultra matte lipstick- this is not it, as I don't think it is very matte at all. However aside the missed placed marketing I throughly enjoy that it isn't a super matte cause they just pull all the moisture out of my lips.

It is strongly scented of, what I believe, to be a vanilla melon smell. I personally love the scent but I have read a lot of reviews where people are disgusted by it so I would recommend smelling this product before trying it as the smell does linger on the lips for awhile after applying. In terms of lasting power, it is fairly decent. It doesn't stay on well after eating but it doesn't fade badly either so re-applying is so easy. Some matte lipsticks for me tend to cake and flake when I re-apply more of the lipstick on top of the existing layer but this product doesn't do this at all. It just blends in nicely with the existing lipstick. Both shades are amazing on the lips however I personally gravitate towards Seduction more than Devotion as Seduction pulls more pink on me but in a very subtle way that I love. I have been so in love with this lipstick I can honestly say, hand to heart, that I have worn these non-stop since buying them.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Primark | PS Make Up Fixing Spray


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I know Primark have had their PS beauty line out for awhile now but I have never tried anything from it. I have heard raving reviews about their lip liners but when I was in the store I didn't see a colour that interested me but I noticed at the bottom of the shelf that they sold Make Up Fixing Spray. I recently have bought make up sponges and thought that the spray would be a good alternative from having to dampen the sponge with water as it will help the make up stay on for longer. I admit I had very little expectations for this and half believed that it would break me out or give me a horrible rash. After trying this spray for a few weeks now I can pleasantly say that this is a decent little product here. I wouldn't go as far as saying it is a replacement for the Urban Decay Setting Spray but it does help lock in my make up for the day. The only big negative for me is the smell as it just screams chemicals but if you can push that to one side then I can't truly fault it.

Like I said earlier I intended to use this to dampen my sponge- which it did brilliantly and assisted in my foundation sticking to my skin better but I also tried spraying it directly on the face after applying make up. Once sprayed it does leave my skin a little sticky but this fades quickly. It doesn't interrupt the finish look of my make up so if I am aiming for a dewy finish it keeps it looking dewy as well as keeping my skin look matte if that is the finish I was intending. I was lucky enough that this didn't break me out. Considering the price is only £2.00 I can't complain as it did more than what I was expecting it to do.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

March Favourites 2016


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March has been a great month with the bonus extra long weekend and the UK has been experiencing some lovely sunny days recently so I have pre-maturely sipping on Pimm's while admiring the sunny whether from my living room as it is not quite warm enough to sit outside. Small talk aside I have been loving three incredible products this month. A few posts ago you would of read my review on the Maybelline Super Stay Nail Polish in Rose Poudre and Second Skin. I have fallen in love with the shade Rose Poudre because it is a classy girly pink that just makes people stare at your nails and ask "what colour are you wearing?". The lasting power is just incredible as it really doesn't chip for a whole week. I have been eyeing up all the other shades so you will be seeing this line around on my blog a lot in the next few months.

I did have a little skin break out earlier on this month and my L'Oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation really came to the rescue. It is really high in coverage so teamed with smallest amount of concealer my pesky spots were fully erased. The foundation is great as it doesn't cake, break up or slide around. This might be too much information but when I get spots they tend to be shiny and nothing will stick to them however because this foundation is matte it really did stick and conceal the shininess. I did apply primer before the foundation just to make sure everything was locking into place but I think you can get away without a primer and it will still last all day. I also love that when my spots have dried out I can continue to use this foundation without it clinging onto the dry skin (again that may have been too much information but I am just keeping it real!). The L'Oreal Infalliable Matte Foundation has over taken many of my high end foundations and if you were to put this on my skin without telling me what it was I would of thought it was the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation (old formula)- without the weird smell so it really is that good!

I haven't previously talked about the The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Reviver on my blog but I have been wearing this all month underneath my make up. I have found (aside my break outs) that my skin has been really flat and almost grey in colour (I'm assuming it is due to many months without any sunlight!). My husband was in The Body Shop picking up his skin care and all their products were 3 for 2 so I decided to try this out as it aims to give instant radiance to the skin. I haven't heard anyone talk about this so I didn't have any expectations for it but I was very presently surprised. When smoothing the clear cream over my face it leaves it so silky soft, almost like a baby skin finish. It is nothing I have experienced before. It smells like oranges which I don't particularly like as I hate orange scented things but it isn't over whelming and it does go away very quickly once applied so I can handle it. When I look at my skin without make up on I can see my skin looks a lot more radiant. Beneath my foundation it doesn't turn my matte foundation dewy or oily but rather just a "lit from within" it is very subtle but it has just given my skin that little lift that it needed.

I hope you have all had a lovely month and let me know what your favourite products were this month!
 

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