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!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days Nail Polish | Review


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You will rarely see me without nail polish on whether it be perfectly painted or badly chipped- I always have some sort of colour on my nails. Since I was a teenager I have loved nail polishes and would try and go to school with brightly coloured nails and will always be told off (we weren't allowed to wear nail polish). Now that I have left school behind as well as university I have noticed my love for brightly coloured nails is ceasing and I'm opting for more natural and neutral colours. My collection doesn't have a lot of easy to wear colours so when I was browsing the make up range at Tesco (I love going into the supermarket to look at makeup because it's alway so much cleaner and more organised than Boots or Superdrug!) I spotted the Maybelline Super Stay line and was interested in all the colours they had. I also have heard really good things about the formula so was interested to give it a go myself. I picked up Rose Poudre and Second Skin (I tired to find the range on the Tesco website because it is cheaper there but they don't seem to sell it online) as they are both beautiful natural colours for spring.

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Rose Poudre As you can see I'm not the best at painting my nails and photos do really enhance that but putting that aside don't you think this is the most perfect pinky skin like shade you have ever seen?! I love how it makes my hand look super tanned as well. The first time I wore this I got a lot of compliments saying how pretty it was and I did find myself looking down at my nails through out the day to admire the shade. It also goes with any outfit or make up look. The application is really easy as well because the brush has a slight curve to it so when applying the polish near your cuticles it fits around this very nicely so I find I don't get nearly as much nail polish all over my skin.

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Second Skin This is another very chic colour which will just work with any outfit or makeup look. It is close to my skin colour but with a more brown undertone so it doesn't wash out my hand too much. The lasting power of these nail polishes is incredible as they really do last all week without chipping. There is only a slight wear to the ends of the nails but it's not enough for me to go ahead and re-paint all my nails so I really do leave this on for 7 days. When I bought these they were on special at Tesco for £3.50 but I can imagine there will be loads of different offers at different times. It is a big call to make but I think I like these more than OPI and I definitely like these nail polishes more than Essie (I can hear you all gasp!) because they are way more afford and the quality is amazing so there is nothing I can fault. If you are in the market for a new polish I would seriously give these a try.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Avon Haul and Initial Thoughts


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I have never tried anything from Avon before so when I saw a brochure I couldn't resist and try a few things out. I know Avon have been around for years and I always had the impression that their make up range was for the older market but what really put me off buying in the past is having to order through a representative. I pictured it like a high end make up counter where you have to browse through the make up while they watch you and you felt like you didn't have a choice but to buy something they picked out for you. But it was a completely different experience. I just received the brochure, I had a look through the pages of make up (they also sell other things like perfume and jewellery) wrote on my order form what I wanted and the representative dropped the items off to me. If you order a foundation they will give a sample first to make sure it was the right colour match! It was completely causal and there is no obligation to purchase when you have the brochure either. My first reaction from looking at their product range is the sheer amount of options you have. They sell a lot of stuff which can be a little overwhelming so naturally I took to the blogging world to figure out what was worth trying and here is what I bought:

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True Colour Eyeshadow Quad- Mocha Latte I actually saw Amelia Liana briefly talking about this shadow quad in one of her videos awhile back and I must of made a mental note about it because this palette really stood out for me. It is so hard finding matte eye shadows at affordable prices. I think this cost me £9 and it comes with 4 shades- which 3 are matte and 1 is a shimmer. I don't like the shimmer shade as it doesn't have a lot of pigmentation and I feel other affordable brands do better brown shimmers. The matte colours I would say are okay. Shade number 2 takes a lot of time to work onto the lids for it to be a strong colour but it does blend out nicely with a fluffy brush. Number 4 doesn't look as dark on the lids as in the pan but it means that you can't go heavy handed. I do like this palette for the day but I wouldn't replace this quad for my high end matte eyeshadows. For someone who is just starting out with eyeshadow I would say this is a good one as you can't go heavy handed with it.

avonone Matte Lipstick- Ravishing Rose You may have seen this new line of lipsticks advertised on TV and on youtube. Avon seem to be trying to re-brand using this new collection of lipsticks as their show stopper product and I have to admit it really is a show stopper. The texture is very creamy making it a very comfortable lipstick to wear on the lips and there is a fruity scent to it but it isn't overwhelming. When applying I did find it difficult to get a perfect line around my lips but it wasn't awful enough to have to go over with a lipliner. The staying power is good but I do get the problem of having the product build up on my back of my lips which really annoys me but it happens with a lot of lipsticks so it cannot be helped (so far the only lipstick that doesn't do that to me is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution line). However I absolutely love this colour, it really is beautiful and wearable for the day and night also for either winter or summer. At the time I only paid £5.50 but I think these have gone up to £8 recently but Avon do a lot of sales so I would wait till they do another one. I would say this battles the Mac lipsticks (which they are using to advise that they are more matte than Mac) both in quality and price.

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Sponge This is the first time I have ever tried a beauty sponge and it seems okay. On foundations that I have written off to be awful when I use a sponge they actually sit well on the skin, in particular the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation! (hurrah! because I really wanted to love this foundation). It does suck up a lot of product which is negative for me but like I said, for foundations I wasn't going to use anyway because they didn't work with a brush or fingers this sponge has been great in bring these foundations back into my daily routine.

The Freebies I also got a near full face of make up for free because I got a certain combo of make up. I got an eye shadow duo in crushed orchid, eyeliner in plum, and a nail polish in Tweed. I have to be honest I haven't tried any of the freebies on my face yet. I did swatch them all and the eyeliner isn't very good as it is way too dry and not opaque at all which is a little disappointing because I wanted to give a purple eyeliner a try. I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to use the purple as I thought it would be a lot darker but I will give it a try and see what I can do.

For the price Avon is a great make up brand to start your make up kit with. I would use all the products I purchased and I'm excited to see what direction the brand decides to go now with the launch of the matte lipsticks (which are fab!).

Sunday, 6 March 2016

My Top 3 Winter Affordable Lipsticks


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I love the colder months where I can whip out my dark, berry toned lipsticks. I own a lot of lipsticks (so many that I'm ashamed to admit how many I own) but because I have such a large collection I am now so picky so to what lipstick makes top shelf status. I took my job to narrow down my favourite top three affordable lipsticks very seriously. What I look for in a lipstick is high colour impact, comfort on the lips, that it doesn't bleed or run, that it doesn't cake or gather up weirdly, smells good and that it is easy to apply plus that it is affordable. What I count is affordable is a lipstick that is £10 or less. So after careful consideration these are my stop 3 winter affordable lipsticks.

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Third Place: Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick 107

This is a truly classic blogger lipstick and for good reasons too. The colour play off is incredible. The texture is so creamy and smooth it makes application a dream. I don't need a lipliner when wearing this because it is a matte it doesn't bleed or run outside my lips yet it is still very comfortable to wear. There are different colour tone depths so it looks totally different on each person. Depending on your skin colour it will highlight a different shade in the lipstick so anyone can pull this colour off. On me this colour is very dark and rich with a strong shade of black cherry coming through. For me this lipstick does not dry out my lips at all or cling to any flaky skin and I can wear it all day without needing to top it up. A big tick for me is that it is so stress free that it is a no brainer that this has to be in my top 3. I also cannot get over the smell, it is so sweet and delightful that I find myself sniffing the product before I put it on my lips. Plus it only costs £5.49 which is the cheapest product out of all three I have here!

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Second Place: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Cherries in the Snow

Revlon lipsticks do not get enough credit here in the blogging community and I have no idea why. They are so high quality and the packing looks super chic. My ultimate favourite shade for winter is Cherries in the Snow which is a lovely pink raspberry colour that is bright but because of the raspberry tones it is a lovely berry colour to wear for the winter (plus the name is totally fitting). This isn't a matte finish so it is very moisturising but it packs a punch in colour play off. I only need one sweep and the colour is so opique that I'm shocked that this is an affordable lipstick. It can tend to gather a little on the insides of my lips but it isn't anything horrible and to be honest if a lipstick isn't matte most do this to me. For me there is no scent and I can get an accurate application just by applying the product out of the bullet. This lipstick retails for £7.99

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First Place: Rimmel London The Only 1 Lipstick Under my Spell

Rimmel really do smash it when it comes to their lip products and this one which released last year has not disappointed. It is a very comfortable formula which is not matte but, like the Revlon lipstick, is super opaque in colour. For a moisturising lipstick it doesn't gather at all anywhere on the lips and it stays on all day long without any need of a touch up. I have no idea how Rimmel formulated this product but it truly is an amazing formula that I have not experienced with any other brand. It has the same amazing sweet scent like the Kate Matte Lipstick but what makes this lipstick that little bit more amazing is how the product is executed into the bullet. It has a super sharp edge which it makes so super easy to create a sharp line without the need for a lip pencil. I also adore this colour, it a purple with a pink undertone which makes this shade super easy and flattering to wear (even during the day and I am also prone to wearing this to work as well without it looking out of place). This amazing lipstick comes at an amazing price of £6.99.
 

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