Monday, 26 January 2015

When it comes to Real Techniques, you'll be hard pushed to find a brush I don't own. The collection of brushes from Real Techniques is just fantastic. They are low cost, look fantastic but also do the job they are supposed to do! 

One brush that I had on my list to add to my collection is the Real Techniques Setting BrushThe Real Techniques Setting Brush is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin; setting makeup. I wanted a brush that fit under the eye and was perfect for setting powder. Of course this dinky brush is perfect, it's the perfect shape! It's lovely and soft too, so it doesn't irritate your eyes.

The one thing I wasn't expecting is that this brush is fabulous as a multi-use tool! It's fantastic for applying highlighter too. It's the perfect shape for the tops of your cheekbones and into your brow bone!

The brush is only £6.99 and it's a super handy addition to your makeup bag, I'm super impressed! You can get it from Look Fantastic here

Sunday, 25 January 2015

This might sound silly to some people, but I've never ever repurchased a perfume. I have a lot of perfumes and I use all different ones on a daily basis. So I've never actually finished a perfume in my life. 

However, the time has come to repurchase Marc Jacobs Dot! I've been saving my last little drop for ages now and I needed to have it in my life properly again. I was walking through duty free last week and the temptation to pick up a brand new bottle was too much. 

"I don't think there is ever a wrong time for a polka dot..." - Marc Jacobs

There is nothing I do not like about this perfume! First up is the polka dot bottle which reminds me of little ladybugs. I think it's such a lovely design and it's always had pride of place on my dressing table. The perfume itself is a blend of red berries, dragon fruit, jasmine, coconut water and orange blossom. With a base of vanilla, driftwood and musk. It's a lovely floral scent which I love!

If you haven't tried this, give it a sniff when you next go through a fragrance counter. It's just wonderful. You can pick up 50ml for just under £50 from Boots (link here).

Saturday, 24 January 2015

I've been resisting buying this product for so long. My hairdresser has used Curvaceous Full Swirl by Redken on my locks for the past two years and I've loved it every time I've visited. The main reason I was holding back on this is the price. I've always had amazing products from the high street, so spending £12 on a serum seemed like madness. 

However, just before Christmas I did eventually cave and now I'm never looking back. The Curvaceous Full Swirl by Redken, is a serum mixed into a lightweight cream. It aims to make your hair big and bouncy and it does exactly that. I squirt this into my hands and warm it through, I then scrunch it into my hair. 

Amazingly, it works well in both wet and dry hair and makes my permed curls look incredible! I was in San Diego last week and I only needed to take this one styling product with me which is amazing! I'm used to having two or three products with me for all kinds of eventualities.  The Curvaceous Full Swirl gets rid of all my frizz and locks out humidity, which got tested to the max in sunny San Diego!

It's incredible the difference this stuff has made to my hair! No matter what how clean my hair is, this product performs and creates fresh looking curls every time. I'm a huge fan and if you have curly hair you NEED to try this.

The Curvaceous Full Swirl serum retails for £12 and you can pick it up from Look Fantastic (link here). Let me know if you have any favourite hair products, I'd love to hear all about them! 

Friday, 23 January 2015

If you follow my blog, you'll know that I've just moved house. I've had a lot of products in storage for around 18 months. So with moving came unpacking a whole load of beauty goodies that I had completely forgotten about. It's like going on a huge beauty spree, without spending any cash! 

So what is on my recently unpacked list? First up are some MAC goodies, I can't believe I ever packed these away?! I have my MAC quad in 'Showstopper' which was a limited edition piece in 2013. It's full of neutral shades including a dark brown and a silver glitter. I also uncovered my MAC duo set which includes Naked Lunch and Wedge, both amazing hyped shades. My favourite thing I've uncovered though is the MAC Studio Finish Concealer! This is such a good concealer, it covers blemishes with ease and it blends out beautifully.

Next up is the Kylie Minogue perfume in 'Darling'. Chris bought me a bottle of this when we first met six years ago and this scent is full of memories. Spritzing this is full of amazing memories! 

Last on my list is the Vineyard Peach Body Shop Shower Gel, this was a limited edition fragrance. I stocked up on this as it was being discontinued and I bought four bottles of the stuff! I forgot how good it was! 

Are there any products you've rediscovered recently?

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I've sung the praises of the Look Fantastic Beauty Box since it's launch last year. I honestly think it's a fantastic (excuse the pun) beauty box and one of the best on the market. All the products in the box are in the luxury market, which is great as a lot of people have a bit of a problem with seeing drugstore brands in beauty boxes. 

In January's beauty box I received five products that are all really great sizes. This month there is a real mixture of products, something for different parts of your beauty routine. First up is the Nuxe Crème Fraiche Mask, this is a full sized product worth £19.50 (link here)! I've never tried a face mask from Nuxe before, so I'm excited to try this out.

Next in the box is the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence spray. This is a 60ml spray that is worth £7.50 (link here). I've never tried a protection spray that wasn't cheap from the drugstore, so I'm looking forward to seeing the difference. 

I'm a huge fan of Molton Brown so when I saw the Molton Brown Temple Tree Body Wash in the box I was really happy! This is 100ml which is worth £6 (link here), it's going to be great for travelling! 

Another haircare item is in the box and it's the 3" More Inches Pre-Wash Treatment. This is a new brand to me, I've never heard of it before. The tube is 100ml which is worth £5.80 (link here). The treatment aims to slow down the ageing process of your hair and protects it from all kinds of problems!

The last item in the box is the MyVitamins Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets. I haven't heard of these before but they sound like they are great for this time of year. They boost your immune system which can only be a good thing. 
It's great to open a box and not see a lot of rubbish in these boxes, I recently unsubscribed to Glossybox as I was fed up with the same stuff time and time again. The Look Fantastic beauty box only costs £15 and it comes with free delivery. You can subscribe to the box here.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Today I had to share this gorgeous watch! I've wanted a new watch for quite a while, as all my old watches are quite big or traditional. I wanted something a little more swish, particularly with a white colour scheme. 

So when I spotted this online at M&S, I had to have it. The watch is everything I had hoped for and definitely prettier than it looked online! It's a simple white strap with gorgeous rose gold details. The watch is analogue style and has vintage black style numbers all around the edge. I think this watch is going to be a great addition to my outfits, especially as Spring approaches. 

The watch retails for £29.50 and you can pick it up from the M&S website here.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I first saw this top coat in the adverts for Made In Chelsea (yes, it's a guilty pleasure). It's the Rimmel London Pop Art top coat which was made in collaboration with Rita Ora. 

The Pop Art top coat is a clear nail polish which has lots of little hexagon flecks inside. The flecks are blue, yellow, orange, pink and black. It takes a couple of coats to get a finish like the swatch below. If you want a fuller finish you would need a good few coats! 

It applies really nicely and dries quickly too! If you're bored of glitter already and you want something a bit different, this might just be what you need!

You can pick up the Rimmel London Pop Art Top Coat from Superdrug for £3.99 (here).

Monday, 19 January 2015

When I travel for business I want to travel as light as possible. Although I'm also a fan of decanting products into smaller tubes, sometimes you just don't want the fuss. I only ever travel for 3-4 days at a time, so I tend to keep a stash of mini travel essentials ready for when I go. These little tubes and bottles can often last me 2-3 trips away, so it's worth just having them there ready to go. I recently got to the end of all my stash, so I took to Superdrug for a bit of a mini haul. Here are some of my mini travel essentials:

Tresemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray
There is nothing worse than taking a huge can of hairspray in your bag when you're only going to need a tiny bit of it. I always pick up this hairspray from Tresemme, it has a strong hold and can hold my fringe and curls in a whole range of weather conditions.

Frizz Ease Shampoo and Conditioner 
I've mentioned before that this is my shampoo and conditioner of choice and I like having these in miniature form. You obviously can't get every kind of shampoo in mini form and these can actually be quite hard to get hold of. 

Original Source Shower Gel
I'm a huge fan of fruity shower gels, so these mini Original Source bottles are fabulous for travelling and they are super cheap too! I love the Lemon and Tea Tree scent, it's a good way to wake up when you're struggling with jet lag!

Carex Refreshing Wipes
A small pack of wipes is one of the things I always try to take with me. I don't use them to clean my face but these are handy for all kinds of emergencies.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste isn't my favourite brand of dry shampoo but it's one of the only ones you can get in a small can. A little can like this can last me ages and it's handy to freshen up your hair if you're going out for dinner.

Halo Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Although I take all my face cleansers with me when I travel, I find taking dedicated eye products a bit of a faff. I chuck these in my hand luggage as they are good for removing makeup on the plane. They are also fab for removing stubborn mascara!

Do you decant everything when you travel or do you buy mini products?
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