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'.
 

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