Friday, 27 February 2015

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

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I've been having what I can only explain as a love affair of late with bronzers, and as a paler girl I have been full on embracing the glowy cheeks and like to keep my complexion looking a little more tanned, and as of late I'm expanded my collection with the addition of the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. 

Solar Powder is described as a brilliant, brush-on, multi-shade shimmering bronzer and highlighting brick for beautifully luminous sun kissed skin. The product itself is half matte bronzer and half highlighter  which can be worn separately or swirled together. 

What I really like about Solar Powder is the fact that it's neither too orange nor too dark, which is perfect for us paler girls as I don't know about you but finding a bronzer that suits me can be a difficult task. I love that both colours can be mixed and worn together for a natural glow, or you can contour and highlight with the colours individually. I tend to apply this with my angled blush brush just for an everyday natural glow, and I sometimes find when I swirl my brush between both colours I end up with a gorgeous bronzed glow just below my cheeks and a subtle highlight on top - a win win situation. This blends really easily so you don't have to worry about a blunt orange line below your cheekbones - which is never a good look.

This applies really easily also, the powder itself is a dream on the skin and feels almost creamy when applied directly onto the cheeks. The powder itself is lightly pigmented so you can go heavy handed and not worry about overdoing it in the colour department. But on the other hand even the smallest amount can give a pop of colour to your cheeks. Where this product really packs a punch is in its lasting power, I find that I can apply this in the morning and it still be present as I'm leaving work - so a good 7-9 hours. I will note though that the pink S&G highlighter fades after the first use so not really sure of its purpose - but kinda glad because I'm not sure how this would have looked on the skin. 

Solar Powder retails for £11 which may be a little expensive for a drugstore/high street product but in terms of the quality is worth every penny. 

The only negative I have about this product is the cardboard packing, and the fact that it is not very sturdy. I have already had a little vanity accident where I've ripped the back as it got caught when shutting the drawer so the lid is dangling there, annoying I know. 

Overall Solar Powder has become my favourite high street bronzer, and adds a natural healthy glow to the face. This is a great option for those new to the world of blush as it's not only easy to apply to the cheeks but makes a safe bet for contouring as it's so easily done with this product.

Have you tried Soap & Glory's Solar Powder?
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Must-have MAC Lipsticks

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LtoR: Creme Cup, Velvet Teddy, Plumful, Viva Glam IV, Rebel, Ruby Woo

If you know me you may know I have a little obsession with MAC lipsticks, and I think it's safe to say many of us will have tried at least one of their lipsticks in our lifetime. However for those who haven't I wanted to share with you my top must-have MAC lipsticks. Now I've gonna be honest, within my collection it was very hard to whittle it down to just 6 (I was going to do 5 but then needed to add one more) but I think I've covered a range of shades that will suit many and are some of my favourite MAC lipsticks. 

MAC Creme Cup

I think this was about the third MAC lipstick to enter my collection and as you can see it has been well loved - I have a repurchase sitting in my collection for when this runs out. This is probably my favourite MAC pink nude, and even though I'm quite pale I find this doesn't give the dreaded foundation lip nor does it wash me out. Instead it's the perfect nude lip which looks amazing for either an everyday lip or teamed with a killer smokey. This is a cremesheen finish which means it provides a creamy and highly moisturising finish to your lips which is perfect for when your lips need a pick me up in the winter. 

MAC Velvet Teddy

I don't think Velvet Teddy needs any introduction as it has become one of the most coveted MAC lipsticks and very often sold out both online and in store. Velvet Teddy is the perfect 90's lip and once applied gives a gorgeous deep-toned beige lipstick that mimics the whole your lips but better effect. Don't be put off by how dark this looks in the bullet as it is another stunning nude and I think would suit many skin tones and I find that once applied it helps give the appearance of fuller lips. This is a matte finish but doesn't dry the lips at all nor does it drag when applying, it's rather the opposite and glides on smoothly. 

MAC Plumful

MAC Plumful for me is the perfect option for when you are looking for a bit of colour but don't want to go too bold. This is a gorgeous everyday plum lipstick which is just so wearable, and a great option for those who don't dare to wear shades such as Rebel. This does fall on the bolder side of lustre lipsticks but still remains really natural when worn, making it for me a firm favourite and a lipstick I think many should own in their collection. Plumful is a lustre finish which means that it is slightly on the sheerer side in terms of pigmentation, but still packs enough colour.

MAC Viva Glam IV

Now I couldn't do this post without mentioning a MAC Viva Glam lipstick, and I've opted for Viva Glam IV - which I find to be quite an underestimated shade as I don't hear many people talk about it. For me I find this one of those shades that doesn't look much in the bullet but once applies looks gorgeous, the shade itself is a midtown rose that is neither too warm or cold meaning it will suit many skin tones. Being a lustre finish the shade itself is sheer but it's a very easy colour to wear and my pick from the permanent Viva Glam range. 

MAC Rebel

MAC Rebel is again a firm blogger favourite and my go to lipstick for the Autumn/Winter. This is a gorgeous deep plum shade which can be worn in all its glory or dabbed on for a stain giving a statement look that's perfect for daytime. This lipstick is so ridiculously pigmented you could get away with the slightest amount on your lips. For me I find the shade so unique and I honestly don't own nothing else in my collection that is similar to it and for that reason alone I think it's definitely a must have MAC staple within your collection. Rebel is a satin formula which means it's that happy medium between gloss and matte as it provides a subtle sheen on the lips.

MAC Ruby Woo

MAC Ruby Woo is one of my newest additions to my collection since discovering my love for a classic red lip. Ruby Woo is a cool-toned red that looks amazing when applied on the lips, being a retro matte lipstick it can be a little difficult to apply as it definitely pulls when applied directly from the bullet, but when applied this baby does not budge. This particular shade of red I find is neither too cool nor too warm which means it looks stunning when applied and I imagine would suit may, making my list as my favourite MAC red. 

What are your must-have MAC lipsticks?

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown

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Statement brows seem to be the in thing at the moment thanks to a certain Miss Cara Delevingne, brows have quickly become a trademark that we all want groomed and plucked to perfection. This is where Anastasia Beverly Hills comes into play, the brand has become very well known for their cult brow products and I have to admit I needed to jump on the bandwagon to see if they lived up to the hype.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is described as a waterproof brow colour which sculpts and defines the brows. Complete with a smudge free, creamy formula which glides effortlessly onto the skin and brow hairs of optimal definition.

The dipbrow pomade is available in 11 shades so when it comes to picking a shade online it can be quite difficult. After much deliberation and talking to a few of you lovelies on Twitter I ending up going for Soft Brown, as I was worried that blonde would be just too light and medium brown too dark. Soft brown is designed for those with dark blonde to light brown hair, so I figured this would be the right shade. Since ombre'ing my hair and going darker on the roots I found myself preferring darker more striking brows and this shade matched the bill perfectly - I would definitely recommend doing your research before buying as it's not the thing you can go and swatch in store if you live in the UK unfortunately.

This can take some getting used to and results in a lot of trial and error to begin with. I have realised a little goes a long way, as even the smallest amount is really pigmented and can be easy to go a little overboard if you are heavy handed. I barely dented my pot to show you guys the swatch above which means that this will last a long while proving to be a great bargain for £15! Formula wise the dipbrow has a lovely creamy consistency meaning that it applies like a dream, and is very easy to control once applying. If you do find yourself overdoing this you can easily brush out any excess product with a brow comb leaving a more natural finish. 

I like to apply this outlining my brows firstly and then filling in any sparse areas with small strokes for a natural brow, I don't know about any of you but I find this thickens my brows altogether as naturally they are quite thin (I'm working on thickening them) but not to the point where they are OTT. This is perfect for day or night depending if you are looking for an everyday or defined brow it's just a case of outlining your brows. I like to apply this using my Benefit Brow Brush and this works perfectly, I did debate purchasing the Anastasia brow brush but seeing as I already own about 4 brow brushes and a spoolie I thought I'd be frugal and shop my makeup stash.

I find that throughout the day when using a brow pencil I have the tendency to rub my brows away and combined with oily skin, pencils are not always my best friend. This is where Dipbrow Pomade is perfect for those with an oilier complexion, as this will stay in place all day and I'm even talking about when you have a shower, not a smudge in sight! However saying that this does come off easily with a cleanser or makeup remover, so don't worry about having to scrub your brows off to remove the stuff. 

Overall I am a Dipbrow Pomade convert, the wax consistency means that once applied your brows  instantly look fuller and thicker even with the smallest amount. I've noticed when wearing this how much better my brows look, even to the point of healthy thicker looking lashes - that coming from the girl who has barely any towards the end. 

Have you tried the dipbrow pomade, I'd love to know what you think!
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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My relationship with Benefit admittedly first started with the release of their No.1 best selling mascara and cult favourite 'They're Real', and now a couple of years down the line Benefit are back with their latest addition their Roller Lash Mascara.

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara is designed to give you the look of longer lashes thanks to the help of their new innovative Hook 'n' Roll brush which separates, lifts and curls the lashes. So get ready to bin those eye lash curlers!

I was really intrigued by the Hook 'n' Roll brush, as it's quite small in comparison to previous Benefit wands. This proved to be a hit as I found that the small wand made it easier to apply the mascara, reaching right into the corner of your eye coating each individual smaller lashes. The mascara also comes with a build in 'wand wiper' which means that the brush is never loaded with too much product, allowing eyelashes to separate easily when applying the mascara. 

When applied on the lashes this does feel a little weird to begin with as you do experience a slight pull, which is down to the hooks on the wand grabbing each individual lash, including the smaller ones. After just a single coat I noticed how this instantly lengthened my lashes, with no real effort and gives more length than They're Real. The 12 hour curl formula really helps to curl the lashes and open the eyes, giving the effect that you have used eyelash curlers. I find that if I hold the wand against the lashes for a couple of seconds this gives added curl and I find helps to set the curl for the day.

I like that the formula itself is quite wet and lightweight which means you can easily achieve volume and drama without clogging up your lashes and leaving the dreaded spider lash. Despite a wet formula this doesn't smudge or flake throughout the day which is a big plus as I've got to admit I'm a rubber! On a side note I've found this mascara really easy to remove which is a big plus if you are put off by They're Real because let's be honest it's a pain to remove.

Benefit's Roller Lash mascara is available early on the Benefit website and will be available from March. You may still be able to pick up the sample in this months Elle magazine, and would really recommend doing so if you can find any spare copies as I know the beauty world has gone mad with picking these up. 

Overall I'm really impressed by this mascara, the curved wand is perfect for gripping each lash helping to achieve length and volume easily, without weighing the lashes down. As much as I hate to admit it I'm converted and my holy grail They're Real has been relegated to the drawer. 

Have you tried the Roller Lash mascara?
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

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Left to Right: (Top) Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra, (bottom) Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycroax 

As soon as I heard that NARS were releasing a Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette, I just knew I had to own it. Thanks to both Amy and Vanessa this was a very enabled purchase, and lets be frank I just couldn't stop myself from having a little splurge - who can resist a palette that looks so stunning!

The NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette is described as eight shades of mesmerising dual-intensity eyeshadow. Apply dry for sheer colour or with a dampened brush for a high-impact finish. 

What really intrigued me about this palette was the wet and dry formulas, as I had never tried this type before I couldn't wait to see how each eyeshadow transformed. When applied wet I noticed many of these shades became very metallic and bold which is amazing for wearing on a night out and can really transform your look. Shade wise this palette contains seven eyeshadows from the permanent line, with the addition of the exclusive shade Ursa Major. I love that the palette combines both neutral and colourful shades, as sometimes I just want a pop of colour to add something to my eyeshadow. I am really loving both Lysithea and Giove which just brighten my go to natural eye without being too much. 

I am obsessed with the packaging for this palette, I love the mirrored casing on top - however can be a little annoying to touch as it picks up every single fingerprint so if you're like me you spend more time wiping the casing then anything else. Despite that this palette really stands out amongst the others, and I have to admit I adore NARS' simple yet sleek packaging. 

Europha is described as a Gossamer Pink Peach which when swatched and applied on the lid is a bit meh for me, it's not very pigmented even when wet so makes just a nice base colour. Himalia is described as a shimmer topaz and one of my favourites from this palette, worn either wet or dry this is a gorgeous bronze which is very wearable. Ursa Major is described as a chocolate glaze and actually exclusive to the palette, this again is another stunning shade, deeper than Himalia but definitely a wearable bronze for a night out. Subra is described as a black orchid, as is a gorgeous plum shadow which makes the perfect shade for a lighter smokey eye. Andromeda is described as an alabaster shade and again is just a nice base shade, nothing special unfortunately. Lysithea is described as a shark grey and for me one of the most intriguing shades, it has some green undertones and a really wearable shade that looks amazing when applied as a wet eyeshadow. Giove is described as a navy eyeshadow and again another stunning shade that really pops when worn wet. Lastly Sycorax is described as a black eyeshadow and for me I'm not too much of a fan just as a personal preference as I don't tend to wear much black, I do like it though to apply as subtle liner. 

In terms of pigmentation I find that both the wet and dry formulas look great, while the lighter shades are more on the sheer side when dry they are still great for everyday wear. Now I don't know about you but getting my head around using eyeshadow when wet was a little weird, but once I had gotten to grips with it I found that the shades blend really nicely and a little goes a long way, not as smooth and easily as when dry but once you try a few times you do get the hang of it. 

Price wise this does fall on the slightly steeper end at £45 - yes I can hear my purse sobbing already, and is slightly more pricer in comparison to other eyeshadow palettes such as the Naked where you get 12 eyeshadows. However in comparison to the price per dual intensity eyeshadow this is a great little bargain. 

Overall I am in love with this palette, and lived up to my expectations. When dry the shades are still pigmented and can give off a gorgeous subtle eye for in the day and can be plumped up for night with the wet counterparts. The shades stay put really well and you don't have to worry about creasing or fading. 

Have you tried the NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette?
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Monday, 16 February 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley

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It seems like forever ago when MAC announced Miley Cyrus as the new face and spokesperson for their Viva Glam campaign. Over the years I've been a big fan of their Viva Glam campaign, as these serve as part of their MAC Aids Fun which donates its profits to women, men and children who are affected by Aids and HIV, and a splurge is always necessary for a good cause.

While I've been looking forward to the release of this lipstick, I was also a little hesitant as I was a little scared of trying a lipstick so bold and hot pink. It was very much a case of swatch it on the day and see how I get on, and as you can see I must have loved it!

Viva Glam Miley is described as a super-sexy hot pink hue with an amplified finish. The colour itself is a neon fuchsia pink with warm/blue undertones - making it a wearable shade that suits my complexion, and probably the brightest shade that I own. I have found that you do not need much of this when applying as a little goes a long way and glides on the lips very smoothly to the point that when filling your bottom lip in and rubbing your lips together the top lip doesn't need any colour applying, and you just need to fill in the shape. During wear I've found that this doesn't dry the lips out at all which is a big plus, but saying that I'm yet to come across a MAC lipstick that does. There is no denying how pigmented this lipstick is, and I have been trying this out as a stain for daytime wear - which looks lovely.

MAC have re-introduced their infamous Viva Glam packaging, with the traditional black and red bullet featuring Miley Cryrus' signature around the tube. Is it only me that is obsessed with each Viva Glam celebrity signature? - Like I spend time studying it, ok maybe I'm a little weird. 

Now I don't think I own too many amplified finishes in my collection, but this lipstick has made me realise how much I love the formula. It's not creamy nor is it matte, it's in the middle which is perfect just as we are transitioning into Spring creating the perfect creamy/matte hybrid.

I found that this lasted around the 6 hour mark on my lips, leading to a bright stain afterwards - which is pretty impressive! I wore this in the shower (as a test as I couldn't be bothered to wipe it off after applying it for the photo) and found this stayed on even during that, and doesn't fade when eating or drinking which gets a big thumbs up from me.

Overall this is a really fun colour to wear and I'm glad that I have now experimented into brighter shades. I can see this being my go to shade for the summer and will definitely be packing this when I go on holiday. Shade wise I don't actually own anything else in my collection like this and would definitely recommend for those who love a brighter lip as the formula is a dream to apply.

Will you be trying Viva Glam Miley?

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

My Skincare Routine


Over the years my skincare routine has changed dramatically, gone are the days of daily makeup wipes and over the past few months I've settled into a skincare routine that seems to be working for me, helping keep my combination skin at bay. I know some people tend to have a morning and evening skincare routine, however for me I like to keep things simple and just change my moisturiser on a night. 

To start I wash my face with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, this cleanser is one of my newest additions to my skincare routine, but has quickly become one of my favourite products. With the aid of the Liz Earle Muslin Cloth this really helps clean my skin and remove any traces of makeup. This leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, and I like that it's perfect for sensitive skin. I tend to swap my Muslin cloths every couple of days to stop spreading makeup germs from the previous day - ew!

After cleansing I use the Benefit They're Real eye makeup remover just incase I haven't removed all traces of my eye makeup - an added step that isn't always necessary but like to if I've worn my Benefit They're Real Mascara - after all who likes to wake up the next morning with panda eyes.

Once I've removed all traces of eye makeup I like to apply the Pixi Glow Tonic, which is a toner with a few additional benefits. This toner acts as a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells to reveal brighter looking skin. I like to use a cotton pad and sweep this across my face, and being prone to oily/combination skin this really helps to keep the shine at bay and has helped improve breakouts. 

After this I apply my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel as my daytime moisturiser, I really love applying this in the morning as the formula is lighter than my night moisturiser. This helps to replenish lost moisture and gives hydration without any oiliness making the perfect base for my primer.

For my evening moisturiser I opt for the Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress moisturiser as this is slightly thicker in texture. A little expensive but this works really well on my skin whenever it is in need of a little TLC, and works wonders over nights helping to soothe any redness or reduce the appearance of blemishes.

While waiting for my moisturiser to sink in I like to apply Lush's The Kiss lip scrub to get my lips on top form. I know I keep hammering on about how the winter wreaks havoc on my lips but it really does, and this has made my daily routine. By scrubbing my lips gently with this it helps remove any dead/chapped skin leaving lips feeling smooth and soft. I do then apply lip balm but this changes every so often I didn't think it was worth photographing.

Once my moisturiser has absorbed into my skin, I apply Clinique's Pore Refining Correcting Serum around my t-zone and chin area. I have noticed that I have to use this twice a day to see any results and does help give the appearance of smaller pores, and helps give a smoother base for foundation application with the aid of Porfessional, meaning that my foundation doesn't cake or surround my pores.

There we have it folks, my current skincare routine. What products do you use for your daily skincare routine?

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine's Day Kissable Lips


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you all some of my favourite go to lip products for kissable looking lips. So sport your best bold lip and get ready to pucker up...

Anti-chapped lips

Thanks to the joys of winter my lips tend to be chapped more days than none, so this is where the Lush The Kiss lip scrub comes in. I really love Lush scrubs as they are a great day to remove chapped skin from your lips instantly, while they may feel a little sore they will definitely leave your lips looking and feeling softer. 

Prepping Lips

So the perfect way to soothe those sore lips? Kiss those chapped/sore lips goodbye with a good lip balm. A couple of my favourites have to be Bomb Cosmetics Kissable Lip Treatment* and Lip Smackers Scrumptious Collection*. The Bomb Lip Treatment is a great lip treatment which is perfect for hydrating the lips over night, not only does this balm smell delicious but it's very moisturising on the lips. For daily use I love my Lip Smackers, I have yet to come across a bad flavour and they quickly nourish my lips ready for lipstick application - the trick is to apply after moisturiser and when your makeup is complete these will have sunk into your lips.

Red Lip

Sporting a red lip is the perfect classical choice for Valentine's Day, my top go to shades have to be the blogger favourite Rimmel' Lasting Finish Kate Moss lipstick in 107 and Maybelline's Color Drama in Light It Up. Neither shade falls into a glossy red so it's always handy to make sure your lips are prepped and ready to go. 

Now I don't know about you but I find red a bloody hard colour to wear, because it can sometimes be prone to bleeding - which let's be honest is never a good look. So to stop this happening I find that having a good quality lip liner helps prevent bleeding, and my pick has to be in the form of MAC's Ruby Woo lip liner which I got in their limited edition lip bag over Christmas (may I just add the whole set is amazing!)

If I do want a hint of gloss my go to red lipgloss comes in the form of MAC Viva Glam's Rihanna Lipglass. I think this was my first ever red gloss purchase, and I love that it has small chunks of blue toned glitter which makes this a really wearable shade, and looks amazing either on its own or teamed with a statement red.

Keep your lips sealed

Lastly if you are sporting red and need it stay on all day Lipcote is the perfect accessory to keep in your makeup bag. Once applied Lipcote seals your lipstick, locking in the colour which makes it perfect if you will be getting a Valentine's kiss. It can be a little weird to apply, especially your first time using it but if great for keeping your lipstick intact for hours.

What's your trick for Kissable lips this Valentines?

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Lush Sex Bomb

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Well it's official, I've caught the Lush bug - rather badly may I add. Named rightly after the legend that is Tom Jones and his popular hit Sex Bomb, this is one of Lush's most popular bath bombs - so it was only appropriate that I give the Lush Sex Bomb bath bomb a shot. 

Perfect for a Valentines treat Sex Bomb contains a fragrant blend of clary sage, jasmine and ylang ylang, designed to leave you feeling relaxed and stress free. Combined with bicarbonate this bath time treat acts as a sensual perfume to ease stress and anxiety whilst clearing the mind and soothing worries. 

As soon as I dropped this into the bath, I was welcomed with an explosion of shades of pink filling my bathtub along with a gorgeous aroma filling the air. Once the bath bomb begins to dissolve in the water you are left with the open rose petals from the bomb, which at first I wasn't sure what to do with them but thought it left my bath looking really romantic. They do detach however from the flower leaving small petals floating around the bath, but after a little soaking they become a little annoying as they feel rather slimy.

Whilst in the bath I felt myself relaxing from the get go and feeling calm throughout, I love how baths can make you forgot about the day and just perfect for some much needed me time. Once out of the bath my skin not only felt smoother but nourished also, which is perfect as the winter has such a habit of drying my skin out. For a good couple of hours both my skin and  bathroom were filled with the scent of the bomb, which I loved being a big fan of the scent.

Luckily enough Sex Bomb didn't stain my bathtub either, much to my moms joy! If you're like me you may tend to worry about using bath bombs incase they leave a lovely coloured rim around the bath, meaning you're gonna spend an extra 15 minutes following a bath cleaning it up. 

Overall Sex Bomb brings your bath to life with an explosion of bright colours and sensual oils to leave you feeling relaxed throughout your bath. I can see why Sex Bomb is such a popular bath bomb from Lush's range, and would repurchase again.

Have you tried Sex Bomb?

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Makeup Collection and Storage

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I don't know about you but one of my favourite posts has to be makeup collection and storage, I love being nosey and seeing how people store their makeup - I could spend hours searching for blog posts or YouTube videos - they are just that fun to read or watch. These kind of posts provide great inspiration and I know they certainly did for me a year ago when I was looking at new ways of storing my makeup moving from the carry case which became too small. 

For the longest time I had always wanted my own dressing table, but thought with my room being located in the loft and all the flat walls taken I never thought I'd be able to have one in my bedroom. That was until I discovered the blogger favourite, the IKEA Malm dressing table, I fell in love and after measuring the unit realised it was the perfect height for my slanted walls. I picked the dresser up last year and I honestly couldn't be happier with it, the dressing table itself is fairly large and comes with a pull out drawer meaning I can store my makeup easily and efficiently. To complete my storage I also picked up the Helmer drawer unit, a cheaper alternative to the Alex drawers which stores nail polishes, travel bags and minis. My mirror is from Next, and is the perfect size and height for my bedroom. I did really want a large mirror but when you live in the loft it's just no possible, but I like that this has the magnified side opposite.

It's only until recently I have re-organised my storage to a point where I'm really happy with it, I decluttered the top of the unit leaving my makeup brushes and skincare items which aren't used on a daily basis on top of my Helmer units. Another blogger favourite comes in the form of the Skurar pots to store my makeup brushes, I have a mix of sizes for my face and eye brushes, along with the candle dish to store smaller skincare products that can't stand on their own. On the left hand side of my vanity I have all my current skincare and this just helps me make sure I'm using my skincare daily. Funnily enough the glass jars used to house my cotton pads and buds are sweet jars I purchased last year from TK Maxx, once I had finished eating all the sweets I knew they'd be perfect. 

On the opposite side I've got my rabbit ring holder which stores small pieces of jewellery and hair grips, which fits the all white theme really well. Next to that I have just a few random bits including my makeup setting spray, body sprays and just some skincare bits that didn't fit on the other side. Lastly I have my first Muji purchase, a two drawer acrylic storage which keeps some of my eyeshadow palettes that don't quite fit into the drawers, along with my favourite perfumes on top. 

Now for the exciting part, the Malm drawer - this houses the majority of my makeup purchases. When I first picked the unit up I was using cutlery trays from Ikea, however I've noticed they've become a bit battered so I needed some new drawer inserts. This is when I came across the Antonius basket inserts from Ikea, these suit my unit a lot better and organise my makeup perfectly - I do have slight OCD when it comes to storing my makeup. I think I paid around £1.90 for each insert which is a bargain, and they come with 5 different sized compartments four smaller and one larger. Unfortunately the drawer couldn't hold all three of the inserts so I did have to get my dad involved and cut the third one so that it fit. 

On the left hand side of the drawer I store makeup accessories such as my sponge, curlers and pencil sharper along with my lip products. I am obsessed with lip products, as you can probably see, in the left hand side I keep my lip care products including all my balms and Vaseline tins. In the middle my biggest obsession my MAC lipsticks, some people collect stamps and I collection lipsticks - unhealthy obsession I know, plus all are alphabetised - remember I mentioned OCD? Above that I have all my miscellaneous lipsticks including both drugstore and high end and in the larger section I have homed my lip glosses, chubby sticks and lipliners.  

The middle section is where I store all my facial products, which is predominantly blusher based. The longer section stores all my Benefit, Max Factor and Nars blushers, next to that I have all my foundations and a mixture of face powders and blushers - it's like a complicated game of Tetris to keep it all housed neatly. In the last two compartments I have my Mac blushers separating the larger blushers in the back and smaller in the front. 

Lastly I've had to extend the face products into one of the smaller compartments which stores my concealers, primers and a rouge eyeliner. The bottom compartment holds all my eyeliners from gel to pencils - and not all black just incase you were thinking that's a lot of black eyeliners. In the longer compartment I keep all my mascaras and brow products, this was changed this morning as I did keep my brow products with eyeliners but were finding difficult to pick them out. At the end of the drawer I had a little gap which stores my Urban Decay Naked palettes perfectly.

Underneath my dressing table I have my dainty little Ingolf stool which you guessed was another Ikea purchase and a bargain at only £20. On the left hand side I have two gorgeous little storage baskets from Home Bargains, both keep my hair tools and products. I love the little bow detailing it just reminds me of shabby chic but on a bargain. On the right side (I didn't photograph as it wasn't very exciting) I keep my Soap and Glory bag (from last year's Xmas set) to keep any spare body products and above that my MAC keepsake makeup bags from their Xmas collection and a MAC shopping bag which is stored with my new spends that I'm waiting to photograph.

There we go, a little longer than I expected so if you've made it all the way through kudos! I really enjoyed doing this post, so may do it in video format for a better in-depth look. I hope you loved having a ganders at my collection and storage, I'd love to know how do you store your makeup? Let me know if you've done a similar post!

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush

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Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush £22 - Link

Real Techniques have really took the beauty world by storm since its debut in 2011 by the Pixiwoo sisters. So naturally when they announced the arrival of their 'Bold Metals Collection', their premium luxury range of brushes, I knew I had to get my hands on at least one brush. The Bold Metals range consists of seven new brushes split into three metallic shades: gold, rose gold and silver, each colour coded for your base, eyes and finishing just like the original line. 

The Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush is designed with a dense head to create shadows and highlights on targeted areas of the face to add dimension to your features, allowing you to buff cream or powder makeup into the contours of your face. 

Now honestly this was the brush I couldn't wait to pick up when the collection launched last month as it is so unique and don't own anything like this within my collection. I've found that this brush helps make the blending of my bronzer a lot easier, but I have to admit I'm still on the fence a little bit. While it picks up product really well I can't say it did much different to my normal Real Techniques blusher brush (which I use for bronzer and the slight contouring). This does work better on liquid products as opposed to powder, but I tend to prefer powder contouring products. Saying that it does blend my bronzer really easily and I love the finished look it gives, removing any dreaded bronzer line.

I feel like I have to take a moment to talk about how beautiful the rose gold handle is, and I couldn't resist something that looks as stunning as this does. The brush has been cut in a way that stops it rolling off surfaces when placed down, which for me is a big bonus as I'm always losing my brushes to the dreaded rolling off the surface. It's weighted also which means that when you use the brush it sits naturally in the hand pulling your hand down to give the perfect application. I love the addition of the ombred bristles - it's the little things and is so densely packed which is always a bonus as no one likes a lacklustre brush.

Now for the bitter part of this review, the brush retails for £22.00 which is a lot more expensive than their regular range. Whilst the brush is very densely packed and soft I don't think the bristles are what make this brush so expensive I think a lot of the price increase is due to the handle, from the addition of the weight and metal finish.

Overall I think that this is a lovely brush, worth the price because of its uniqueness - or until Real Technique add their sculpting brush to their regular line. But part of me still gripes that this is a high street brand and I could venture into high end for the same price meaning that I won't be trying out any of the other collection until maybe I win the lottery! I think if you are a big contour fan than this is the brush for you, but if you're the occasional contour'er or just apply bronzer than you can probably get a cheaper alternative elsewhere.

Will you be splurging on any of the new Real Techniques brushes?

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Get Clearer Skin with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

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As an avid bandwagon jumper I had never really seen the hype surrounding the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish hot cloth cleanser, admittedly down to my own naivety. So this year I wanted to invest in a proper skincare routine and that meant re-evaluating my current products and investing where need be. The Cleanse and Polish is regarded as such a holy grail product within the beauty and blogging world that I knew this was the cleanser I needed to snap up. 

Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish is designed to remove daily grime and makeup to leave skin feeling clean, soft and looking radiant. The cleanser uses a two step process for gentle cleansing, starting with massaging one to two pumps onto dry skin cleansing the face while the second process involves using the muslin cloth to polish off the cream, gently dislodging dead skin cells and revealing soft, clean and radiant skin.

When I first started using this I felt that the cleanser was a little thick - this was with not knowing what to expect - but this means that you can really massage the cleanser into your skin, which helps to encourage your natural skins glow leaving healthier looking skin. Once massaged into the skin just simply remove the cleanser with a wet muslin cloth which polishes the skin whilst removing the cleanser.

Since its first use back in January I have noticed such a difference in my skin, it's hard to know how well skincare works until you've been using it for a while. But saying that I did actually notice an improvement following the first use, my skin was not only smoother but it felt and looked healthier which has continued with daily use. I have noticed since using this that my skin as a whole has improved significantly, as someone who suffers a lot from spots this has really stopped breakouts from being as frequent, and my mom has actually commented on how healthier and fresher it looks - win! I have noticed that when I do suffer from those stubborn hormonal breakouts they heal quicker then they would have previously. Normally I do tend to suffer from diet induced spots but I have noticed this has reduced significantly, I know I can snack on a choccie or drink a glass of wine and my skin not tell on me, making this a holy grail cleanser - yes I went there!

When I began looking into the ingredients used I was shocked to see that they are all naturally active ingredients. Including beeswax which contains skin protecting properties and helps to relive chapped skin, Eucalyptus Essential Oil which contains decongestant properties, Glycerin which draws atmospheric water to the skin to aid hydration, Hops Extract to help tone the skin, D-panthenol to help stimulate cellular renewal, Cocoa Butter for its moisturising effects on the skin, Rosemary Essential Oil for its antioxidant properties and lastly Chamomile Essential Oil to help sooth the skin. I don't know about you but so many products!

Overall the Cleanse and Polish has significantly helped improve the condition of my skin and this has only been by using it every night, not the twice daily routine suggested. I would really recommend this product as it is not only gentle on the skin but perfect for any skin type and age. 

Have you tried Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish?


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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes

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Max Factor Creme Puff Blush £8.99 Link
Top to bottom: Nude Mauve, Seductive Pink and Alluring Rose 

Max Factor is one of those brands that I haven't looked at in years, I often find myself wandering past the stand just purely as the brand has never enticed me in before. However after hearing how the Creme Puff Blushers make a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers I couldn't want to spy these in my local Boots, after all who loves a good high street dupe? 

The Creme Puff Blushers are described as multi-tonal shades designed to blend and build effortless to achieve the perfect sweep of colour. The multi-tonal pigments blend effortless for a gorgeous flush of colour. The range consists of six colours which merge two tones rather like a highlighter and blusher combination, designed to work with all skin-tones. Packaging wise it's very simple yet effective, I love the gold trim around the casing and make the perfect product for travelling as they are lightweight. 

I was a little confused by the name of this initially, as you'd expect a cream formula. Instead the baked formula is rather smooth and contains multi-tonal pigments which illuminate and liven up your skin. Once applied these are very soft on the cheek and feel velvety to touch, the shades are really easy to wear and blend fabulously so you can either wear for a subtle hint of colour or a little heavier for a flush of colour.

When swatching these in Boots I was surprised to see how pigmented all the shades were, even the paler of the six was still packed with colour. I was a little apprehensive when applying Alluring Rose as it is definitely on the darker bronzier side of the scope, but if you are a little heavier handed these blend and buff really easily, so you don't have to worry about topping your blusher with powder to tone it down. I noticed that when wearing these throughout the day the colour remains strong and towards the end of the day when my makeup is looking a little in need of help I still notice a hint of shimmer from the blush that leaves my cheeks looking healthy.

I opted for three of the blushers, and let me tell you I love all six shades it was hard to narrow it down to my favourite three! Nude Mauve is a combination of a lighter baby skin and mauve rose which when swirled together create a subtle warm pink that is perfect for everyday wear. Seductive Pink is a gorgeous pink coral with peach undertones, which I find when blended helps tone down down the pink leaving a gorgeous coral pink with golden shimmer that always perks my cheeks up - and is very similar to Nars Orgasm. Alluring Rose is the darker of the three and more of a bronzer/blush combination. I find it more on the brown side despite its Rose name, and once applied leaves a gorgeous bronzed glow that would look amazing with a tan. A little definitely goes a long way with this bronzer, so if you are a little heavy handed you will have to be careful with this shade.

Overall I am very impressed by Max Factor's Creme Puff Blushers, they are highly pigmented allowing you the choice of either a healthy glow or flushed cheek. I think these are great dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers, especially if you can't justify £28 on a single blush, and for £8.99 I really think these could rival higher end blushers. I know these are currently on offer in Boots on 3for2 so makes an even better bargain. I know I'll be getting a lot of wear from these, and will be my top picks for when I go on holiday in May!

Have you tried Max Factor's Creme Puff Blushers?

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