Monday, 25 May 2015

I’ve only recently become a blush and bronzer girl! It hasn’t always been my thing and it’s definitely not always been something I’ve been interested in. However, in recent times I’ve become a little bit obsessed. My blush collection has tripled in size and I’m no longer scared to try out contouring. Today I thought I’d share with you, three cheek products I love and would highly recommend.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder
This is the one that has been in my collection the longest! It’s also one I eyed up for a really long time before actually buying! The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder not only comes with the cutest honeycomb embossed pattern, it also comes in a pretty tortoise shell casing. I’ve actually almost hit pan on my current one, so this is a brand new one, which I recently invested in. The bronzer is completely matt and it's a completely even shade all the way through the compact. It’s so easy to use, so easy in fact, I’d highly recommend it if you’re a newbie to bronzers. It’s not too pigmented and it’s not hard to blend, it’s just perfect! The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder retails for £13 here.

From cool and sophisticated, to overly-pigmented glitter, I’ve gone full circle with my second recommendation. Mary-Lou Manizer is super duper pigmented, it's not sheer and it's not for the faint-hearted. It's one of few products I’ve tried from The Balm but it blew me away. It has really cute packaging and the product inside is to die for! You literally need the lightest touch with this, as you can end up as a glitterball very easily. The Mary-Lou Manizer retails for £17.50 here.

Here’s something high end that’s guaranteed to make your heart flutter! These blushers from Hourglass are no stranger to the bloggersphere, as they’ve had some major hype. However, the hype and the lovely reviews are 100% justified! Hourglass combined the formula of the famous Ambient Lighting Powders with coloured hues to create 'soft focus' colour. This blusher is gorgeous, not only goes it come packaged in a gold casing, it has the most beautiful marbled design. On the cheek it gives you a lovely colour and a beautiful glow. Use this for a stunning “glowing from within” look! Hourglass say that the technique of making these ensures that no two blushers are the same! Ethereal Glow retails for £28 and you can pick it up from SpaceNK here.

I’d love to hear your recommendations for lovely cheek products, I cannot get enough!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

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I’m trying really hard at the moment to make the most out of my makeup collection. I have a LOT of products and all too often, great products get forgotten about. I’ve vowed to share my current makeup bag at least once a month, in the hope it will encourage me to switch things up more often. A lot of this months products have recently been reviewed on my blog, but they’ve also become staples in my routine.

First up is the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation (full review here), which I’ve been loving using as a base. It’s the perfect spring base as it’s very light but it gives you a perfect complexion. For contour I’ve been using NARS Laguna – believe the hype with this product! It’s the perfect colour for my skin tone and it’s so easy to wear. I’ve been applying my contour with the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Brushes, which I’ve had for ages, but I’ve just rediscovered. The Duo Fibre formula is great for Spring makeup as it picks up less product and it blends everything out effortlessly. 

I’m still enjoying using MAC Soft & Gentle as a highlight, it’s just so pretty and it makes your skin look so dewy (full review here). The Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop (full review here) is still my blusher of choice, I cannot get enough of it! It’s pretty to look at and pretty to wear, I know I’ve said it before, but I cannot get over that embossed daisy! To finish it all off I’ve been using one of the Oh My Gloss lipglosses by Rimmel London, this is the shade 'Captivate Me'. These are really glossy and they have a hint of sparkle too, which I personally love.

What’s in your Spring makeup bag at the moment?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Some of my favourite blog posts to read are empties posts, because normally if you’ve finished a product, you’ve managed to form a steady opinion on it. Here are the products, which have recently made their way to the recycling pile.

Frizz Ease Dream Curls Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve got permed hair, so when it comes to haircare, I need something that will look after my curls. You can probably tell by the packaging (they are really grubby) that these lasted me quite a long time! I’m a big fan of this range, it helps my hair stay frizz-free in all climates and my curls look lovely too!

I’ve tried a lot of deodorants in my time, but this one from Dove has been a staple in my collection for years now. Instead of being a liquid formula, it’s more a cream consistency. You twist the screw at the bottom and it disperses exactly the amount you need. The packaging says “Proven Wetness Protection” and it’s true – no sweat, no matter the heat makes it through. It also doesn’t irritate my skin, a lot of other products have left me itchy in the past!

When this product first launched it look the beauty world by storm. It’s a handy moisturiser packaged in a spray can. You literally do as it as, spray it on your skin, give it a quick pat and you’re good to go! I’m quite sad that I’ve come to the end of this product and I’ll definitely be repurchasing it in the near future!

This product is not new to my empties posts as I get through it so quickly! Colab Dry Shampoo is the brainchild of Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends). It’s an invisible formula, which soaks up any grease in your hair and leaves your locks looking (and smelling) fabulous. Colab have actually just released a brand new scent called Monaco – more on that another time.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Uhoh, I’ve been shopping again! There have been so many amazing high street makeup releases, that I could not resist picking up a few things from Superdrug. I actually find shopping online with Superdrug TOO easy and TOO tempting! They offer free delivery on every order over £10, so it’s a very easy system to take advantage of.

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First of all I picked up the L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation (£7.99 here). This foundation has had some pretty rave reviews and I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl L’Oreal say that it glides perfectly onto the skin, giving a matte effect that isn’t cakey or dull! This formula sounds like perfection to me, so I cannot wait to give it a go!

I have not bought a new Real Techniques brush for ages, but I was so excited when I spotted the Sculpting Brush (£9.99 here). It looks like the perfect shape for contouring, which is a brush that was missing from my stash. As always the brush is made from synthetic hairs, which are 100% cruelty-free!

Although B. has been around for quite a while, this Whipped Blush in Peach (£7.99 here) is the first thing I’ve bought from them. This is fresh from the Sweet Candy Shop collection and it sounds amazing.

I completely missed the launch of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer (£5.49 here) but as soon as I spotted it I had to buy it. I’m a huge fan of the whole Lasting Finish line and this sounds amazing. It claims to hide all imperfections for up to 25 hours!

Last but not least we have the latest mascara formula from Rimmel London. This is the Rimmel London Wonder’Full Wake Me Up Mascara (£7.99 here) which is formulated with vitamins and cucumber! It claims to make your eyes look wide-awake all day, plus add volume, lift and length. It apparently even smells nice – I’ll be giving this a whirl ASAP!

If that wasn’t enough I also received a free makeup bag from Superdrug, adorning the slogan “#makeup” – it’s really simple and I know it will be great for travelling! That’s my makeup shopping done for a while – I have a lot of things to test out and I’ll certainly be reporting back! Have you been shopping recently? If so what have you been buying?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sometimes your skin decides that it doesn’t want to play ball anymore. It’s throwing a right old hissy fit and you’re stuck to find a cause or a solution. Normally my skin is pretty predictable, so when it does decide to throw a wobbly, I know it’s time to revert back to some tried and tested favourites.

When my skin is feeling dry, I focus on using the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. The Thermal Serum oozes hydration; it’s cooling on the skin and it leaves your skin feeling plump again. This is particularly great when you’ve been on a plane, or out in the sun a little too long.

When my skin is feeling uneven, I go back to using the Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Pads twice a day. I can tell that I need to exfoliate when I run my fingers across my skin and I can feel lumps and bumps. Whether it’s dry skin or blackheads under the surface, for me it tends to be pretty noticeable. The Exfoliating Pads tend to fix this for me almost instantly; I just switch to using them twice a day and watch the magic happen. You just have to be careful and make sure that you’re using an SPF (which you should be doing anyway). 

When my skin is feeling congested, the first thing I do is use the Origins Clear Improvement Mask. This is Origins' Charcoal mask and it feels incredible on the skin. This mask deeply cleanses your pores and your skin looks brighter and much happier. I also start using Serozinc twice a day; Serozinc is a Zinc Sulphate solution, which tackles blemishes. It’s great as it’s a cooling mist, so you just have to spray it on your skin, wait a few seconds and you’re good to go!

I like to think that each product listed here, targets a different area of concern. It means my skin gets a little bit of TLC and normally it starts to feel a little less grumpy. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

When it comes to looking tanned in the summer, I think we all know that bathing in the sun is never the best idea. Not to mention, that in the UK, we never get the sun long enough to make it worth while. Luckily, bad tanning products are almost a distant memory. Now-a-days we have a whole host of fantastic products that can make us look sun-kissed, without the sun.

Green People are quickly becoming one of my favourite brands. Their products are made with the purest ingredients, without using parabens, alcohol or artificial perfumes. Green People recently sent me two of the self-tanning products which I've been giving a whirl.

The first is their Gradual Tan Moisturiser*. This one is a product you use daily to build up natural tan on your face and neck. It's obviously the perfect way to tan your face, as you don't have to exposure your delicate skin to the sun. It's packed with mandarin and orange which means it smells amazing (no biscuit smell!). It's not got a greasy texture, which means it hasn't aggravated my sensitive skin at all, so it's really win-win. 

The second is the Self Tan Lotion* which is one of Green People's organic products. This product gets some pretty rave reviews on the Green People website, so for once I wasn't scared to give it a go! This is scented with essential oils, including rosehip, geranium and sandalwood, which means again you don't have a horrible scent. I'm very pale, so I often worry that self-tan will leave me looking orange. However, this one gives a nice warmth to the skin, without appearing like a tangerine. 

I'd love to know more about what products you guys use for self tanning, I'm no expert on the concept, but the summer holidays are fast approaching! 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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Before starting work (properly after University) I’d only been on a plane twice. Both journeys were short haul trips – one to France and one to Spain. When my boss told me I’d have to travel I was pretty excited. I was about to see the world from a whole other angle. The only real problem was the plane – I’d never been on a plane for longer than two hours and I was about to embark on 12-hours in the air.

I’m not a nervous flyer, the thought of take off, landing or turbulence really doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is being cooped up for 12 hours with no way of really killing time. Two trips later I had the whole airport experience sorted, I was a pro at checking in and making my way through security. However, I was still really struggling with making my flight as comfortable as possible. Eight long haul trips later I feel like I’ve really got a good set-up for travel. I can’t claim that the time flies (I still get a bit anxious after seven hours) but it certainly helps. 

The first tip I have is to not be afraid to make the most out of your carry on toiletries. The first two trips I got on the plane with nothing more than a bottle of water. Not only do good toiletries make your flight more comfortable, they also are great at killing time. Nowadays, I pack face wipes, face masks, water sprays, lip balms, some of the Deep Sleep range from This Works – this is only the start of my list. On top of this I pack a range of tablets, hairbands and creams such as Germolene and Hydrocortisone.  You’ll be amazed how more at ease you feel when you know that you have any situation covered!

Next up are tips for killing time – on a long haul flight I don’t rush anything – lets be honest you don’t need to

  • The first two hours are consumed by post-takeoff drinks and meals. So I just sit back, relax and watch a film from the on-board selection. I rarely get a chance to watch films, so it's a real one off and a chance to relax.
  • After dinner I tend to put on some music on the planes system and read a book. I take a selection on my iPad, but I also normally take a physical book or magazine too. I let the music and the book relax me and after this I normally try and get some sleep. 
  • With any luck (things don’t always go to plan) I wake up with about seven hours into the flight. This is normally when I start to feel a bit anxious and chrostophobic.
  • To beat the chrostophobia, I get out of my seat and head to the bathrooms and have a bit of a pamper. I’ll remove my makeup, cleanse and whack on a face mask (I use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask). I also spray my pillow in the cabin with the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – it’s amazing for calming you down. 
  • I whip out my iPad at this point as I pre-download a load of YouTube videos. For me this is a really calming process, I think it’s because I normally watch YouTube when I’m tucked up in bed at home. So it makes me feel all cosy and safe – it’s the simple things eh?! I download videos from Vivianna Does Makeup, Lily Pebbles, The Shaytards and The Mom's View and really try to relax. I normally can kill a good couple of hours watching YouTube before I start to feel a bit sleepy.
  • I catch another couple of hours sleep at this point and try to wake up when there’s only two hours left of the flight. 
  • At this point I have another freshen up in the bathroom! I cleanse my skin again and apply a serum. At the moment I'm loving the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum, as it's amazing for dehydrated skin. I return to my seat and watch another film from the plane. 
  • About an hour before landing the air hostesses will start serving food again and it’s all about preparing to get off the plane for me.

For me this system makes the whole journey feel a little more manageable – flying is still not something I really enjoy. However, it’s something that I’ve managed to feel a little easier! I’d love to hear any tips you guys have for flying long haul, leave them in the comments below!

Monday, 18 May 2015

It’s that time of the month again, the My Little Box subscription has landed on my doorstep. If I’m being more specific it actually arrives for me at work (you get a discount if you deliver it to your workplace). This month My Little Box has a Provence theme!

In the box this month we have two lifestyle items. The first is a magnet set, the idea is that you can dress your My Little Doll however you see fit. Although this is cute,  I’m not really convinced of it’s worth (especially as I don’t have a fridge)!  The second item is what My Little Box call “The Sunny Cuff” which is a cute gold bracelet. You can wear it as it is, or you can customise it with embroidery. Simply thread the threads through the holes and you have a completely different bracelet. I think this is very cool and very unique, I’ve never seen anything like it!

Now onto the beauty items! The first thing that caught my eye is “The Amazing Pencil’ which is a pretty brown eyeshadow crayon. My Little Box has a side company, called 'My Little Beauty' who make their own beauty products. So this eyeshadow crayon is made by them directly! The next thing I spotted were four miniatures that looked like freebies from a hotel bathroom. However, I was quite surprised to see that they are actually made by L’Occitane en Provence. There’s a Mer & Mistral Shower Gel, Roses et Raines Hand & Nail Cream, a Verbena Body Lotion and a Verbena Leaf Soap. These are all things I haven’t tried before, so I’ll definitely put them in my travel drawer for next time I go away.

If I’m completely honest, this months My Little Box didn't blow me away! Previous boxes have been better, especially when you compare it to last months box (link here). However, I do love this brand and it’s currently the only subscription box I have on-the-go! If you’re interested you can subscribe here for £11 and £3.95 P&P.

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