Monday, 31 August 2015

I cannot believe that August has been and gone already! The year is passing at a scarily fast pace, before we know it we’ll be in the depths of autumn and hopelessly wishing for sun. With that in mind, I’ve been making the most of my favourite summertime products, before it’s too late! Here are my August favourites…

This month I had a bit of a tidy up in my foundation drawer and shared a ‘Foundation Collection’ post with you all. Whilst tidying I rediscovered the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation which is an old favourite of mine. It’s quite a light texture, which means it buffs into the skin with ease. It gives really good coverage and covers imperfections effortless. The best bit it that it does not feel like a full coverage foundation and it doesn’t feel tacky on the skin. 

I recently repurchased the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Which is not only my first ever concealer repurchase; it’s actually my first ever high-end repurchase. So that should be an indication of how much I love it. The concealer has a large doe foot applicator, which holds a lot of product. One dip in the tube gives me more than enough concealer for my whole face. The best part is that this works for everything; it's amazing for covering dark circles but it covers redness and blemishes too. 

Another old favourite of mine, which has been recently unearthed in my collection. This colour is such a gorgeous shade, the pop of colour screams summer and makes me feel happy every time I look at my nails. It’s a flirty pink shade, which is so bright it’s almost neon!

I keep discovering amazing hair products after YEARS of struggling to find amazing products for curly hair. This new love is another product from the Redken Curvaceous range. This time it’s a lotion and it leaves NO TRACE in your hair when you use it. This is almost unheard of! Perfect curls without leaving your hair crispy or tacky? I’m in!

I’ve recently fallen back in love with my blusher from Charlotte Tilbury. I’ve been craving something with a bit more pigmentation and this is what I pulled out of my drawers. I have the shade 'Love Is The Drug' which is a pretty pink combination. Charlotte describes this as a '2-step application ritual'. You run your brush around the outer ring and use the shade to contour your cheekbones and then apply the middle shade to the apples of your cheeks for a pop of colour. The colours are really creamy and they give a nice glow to the cheeks, which I love!

What were your favourite products in August?

Sunday, 30 August 2015

It still amazes me that a couple of years ago I wouldn't have touched Models Own with a bargepole, I just found their formulas sloppy and awful. Fast forward two years and I cannot get enough of this high street brand. Their formulas have vastly improved and I keep adding more and more polishes to my collection. 

The Diamond Luxe collection launched almost a year ago now! The collection featuring ten brand new polishes that aimed to bring luxury to the Models Own brand. The ten polishes were unlike anything Models Own had made before, because each polish contains real Diamond Dust. Each polish was packed in a special limited edition bottle, featuring gold lettering and a gold cap. 

The Diamond Dust adds something really unique to your nails, as it makes the polish look very shimmery. The subtle Diamond Dust adds some sparkle to the polish and it really catches the light which I love. All the gimmicks aside, the Diamond Luxe collection performs well. The polish is smooth and it applies really well to the nails. It tries quickly too, which means a fast manicure is not out of the question! 

Pictured is the shade 'Pear Purple' which is lovely lilac shade, which is really brought to life by the sparkle. It just adds a little extra dimension to your standard pastel nail polish! You can pick up Pear Purple and the other Diamond Luxe polishes from the Models Own website here, for just £4.99. 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

When it comes to lip balms, I'm not someone who is quick to try new things. I know what I like and I don't tend to give much airtime to other products. The Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm* is something I've seen scattered around blogs for a long time. It gets some pretty rave reviews on the bloggersphere, so I thought it was time to see what the fuss is all about.

The Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm is made from a whole host of natural ingredients. The list includes PawPaw itself (the fruit from the Carica Papaya plant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera for you and me) and Olive Fruit Oil. This all sounds great, however the other ingredient is 'Petrolatum Sorbate' which is a string of Petrolatum Jelly. It's one of my biggest pet peeves, because although Petrolatum is great at creating a barrier, it's not the best ingredient for healing skin. The Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm is fragrance free, so good for those with sensitive noses, plus it's 100% made in Britain

What's great about Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm is that it's a multi-purpose product. Dr. PAWPAW say you can use it as; moisturiser, nappy cream, lip finisher, for sun burn, skin irritation, cuticles and even hair finishing. So it's a good product to throw in your suitcase if you're travelling. It's only a small tube but you know you have something for whatever life chooses to throw at you.

I know some people love Vaseline and other Petrolatum products (my sister-in-law included), but it's just not a feeling or texture that I particularly like. However, the Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm does feel quite comfortable on the lips and I like that it's a multi-use product that doesn't break the bank. You can pick up Dr. PAWPAW products from ASOS and Look Fantastic (here).  

Friday, 28 August 2015

I thought I'd start a new series on Hope, Freedom, Love featuring reviews of products from my sample stash! So once a week, I'll be sharing a cute miniature fresh from my sample drawer. Today I'm talking about this unusual product from Diptyque Paris!

Solid perfumes are something that is completely new too me, in fact, I’m sure it’s a new thing to a lot of people. The idea behind it comes from a more traditional method of perfumery, which is a pretty laborious process. The perfume makers have to go through a filtering process of the notes, until they eventually end up with a perfume ‘paste’. The paste is then submerged into a balm to create a solid fragrance. 

If you’ve never seen Diptyque's solid perfumes, you should definitely try and head to a counter. They are packaged in gorgeous black cases, which are engraved with the Diptyque logo. This little sample is not quite as elegant, but it’s not too shabby either. It has a plastic casing and a delicate pattern and some lettering decorating on the top.

There’s something quite special about these solid perfumes! I quite expected the formula to resemble a lip balm texture, but it’s actually very light. You place some on your finger and then dab it all the usual perfume spots; behind your ears, your neck, your collarbone and your wrist. I have the scent ‘Volutes’ which is designed for both men and women. It means it's been made as quite a woody scent, which has notes including; spices, Myrrh, flowers, tobacco and honey. I think if you sprayed this it would be quite heavy, but having it as a light touch makes it very elegant. 

I imagined the whole process behind a solid perfume to be a bit of a faff, but it is in fact very easy. The perfume gently applies to the skin and the scent slowly releases as the day progresses. What I like most is that I can chuck this in my handbag for a perfect on-the-go scent option! I imagine these being a lovely gift to receive too, a perfect little treat for someone you love.  Check out the range of solid perfumes from Diptyque at SpaceNK here

Thursday, 27 August 2015

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news. I'll feature beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! Here are the things that caught my eye this week (including a whole host of new launches):

Charlotte Tilbury set to launch 'Magic Foundation'
This week Charlotte Tilbury announced the up and coming launch of her 'Magic Foundation'. It's a flawless, long-lasting coverage which also has SPF15. Charlotte Tilbury says that the foundation is the 'new generation' of foundation; an anti-ageing, full coverage formula that still feels weightless on the skin. The foundation actually launches on her website today, I'm really looking forward to hearing the reviews! 

Pandora launch new travel collection
My Pandora bracelet is practically bursting at the seems but I love the look of the new collection from Pandora. The new collection is themed around travel, so there are lots of charms themed around countries, as well as the travel essentials! In particular I love the new camera charm and the hanging sunglasses charm, both of them are so cute! 

Tanya Burr relaunches cosmetics collection
Tanya's products have been on the market for a little while now, but she's recently relaunched the collection with a brand new look. The products all have the same formulas, but they feature new packaging and a new colour scheme. The range includes 12 nail polishes, 11 lipglosses, four sets of eyelashes, three new eyeshadow palettes and a brow palette. The range is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

The SpaceNK Beauty Bag is about to return
The word on the street is that the SpaceNK Beauty Bag is about to make a return. The Beauty Bag is a bag of freebies that you get if you spend over £160 in store or online. More as the news comes...

Latest In Beauty & Perfume Society collaborate
Latest in Beauty have teamed up with The Perfume Society and created THREE new beauty boxes. They are all fragrance boxes and are all themed with the different scents. There is the Florals and Florientals Box, the Designer Discoveries Box and the Little Treasures box. You can learn more about the boxes on the Latest In Beauty website here

New Tarte Cosmetics products available at QVC
I'm a complete Tarte Cosmetics junkie; I love the brand, the products, the packaging... you name it, I love it! So it's pretty exciting that Tarte Cosmetics have launched a whole host of new and exclusive sets at QVC. View the whole range here, I have my eye on the 'Amazon Escape Volume II' eyeshadow palette, swoooon!  

Laura Mercier set to launch at Feel Unique
If you're a fan of Laura Mercier, you'll be pleased to hear that the cult brand are about to launch at Feel Unique. Which means it will be easier to get hold of and hopefully we'll be able to get it at a discounted price! You can sign up to the mailing list to be notified as soon as the brand launches on the site

Real Techniques launch their first Cleansing Gel
I was super excited to see that Real Techniques are launching their very first brush cleansing product. It's been designed for effective deep cleansing and has been "proven to remove nearly all makeup residue". It's gentle as it contains no alcohol or phthalates and it's safe to use on all of your Real Techniques brushes. Read more about the Cleansing Gel here on the Real Techniques website.

Liz Earle launch brand-new face serum
The Superskin Face Serum is a brand new serum and it been formulated to bring you "truly radiant, youthful-looking skin". Liz Earle say that the serum is luxurious and fast absorbing, designed to be used as part of your morning skincare routine. At £48 a bottle, it's really quite pricey, so I'm definitely waiting for the reviews before I indulge! Learn more about it on the Liz Earle website here

Fabulous Benefit freebies when you shop online
If you're planning to treat yourself to some new makeup, Benefit Cosmetics have just launched a whole host of great offers on their website. When you spend either £40 or £60 you can pick up either two or FOUR deluxe samples! Read more about the deals on their website here, they are live until September 18th.  

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Everybody loves a bargain, right? There is nothing I like more than finding an incredible beauty product that doesn't cost a fortune. So if you're tightening your pursestrings after spending a bit too much on holiday, here are some beauty products you can treat yourself too guilt-free.

The jet black mascara that gives you incredible length
The Lash Accelerator Endless mascara from Rimmel London comes in a range of formulas, the one pictured is the 'Extra Black' option. This mascara has thin little brush, which means you can reach your top AND your bottom lashes with ease. The formula is actually packed with little fibres which extend the length of your natural lashes. The length you get from this is phenomenal and each lash is perfectly defined.
RRP: £7.99

The hairbrush that tackles knots without the pain
The Wet Brush quickly become a staple in my routine after I fell in love with the miniature version. This handy brush effortlessly detangles wet and dry hair, it has a long rubber handle which makes it easy to hold and it comes in a whole host of cute colours. I recently did a full review of this which you can see here. 
RRP: £11.99 

The cream eyeshadow that rivals MAC on quality
The Maybelline Color Tattoos were the first cream eyeshadows I ever tried. They perform well and they fitted my student budget. They apply like a dream and they stay put all day, they are great as a base or on their own for a pop of colour. There is a huge range of colours, many of which are hiding in my drawers (pictured here are On & On Bronze and Eternal Gold). 
RRP: £4.99

The makeup brush that gives you perfect cheekbones
The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, is the only brush I've found that makes contouring your cheekbones so easy. It's such a clever shape and it slots straight in the gap under your cheekbones. It means you can just load the brush up with your contour product and the brush does all the blending for you. I'm honestly so impressed with it and I don't regret buying it one bit!
RRP: £9.99

The daily foundation that matches my skin perfectly
I couldn't do a budget beauty blog post without mentioning a Rimmel London foundation, they are honestly fabulous. The one I always go back to is the Match Perfection Foundation! As the name suggests it's a perfect match for my skin, it gives a lovely natural finish to the skin and it lasts all day too! 
RRP: £7.99

The nail polishes that give you a high shine finish
I'm really not a fan of matte formulas when it comes to my nails. I love a formula that gives me a glossy high-shine finish that won't chip. The Seche Vite Top coat holds holy grail with me, I've tried a lot of alternatives and nothing compares. There is a reason that this is raved about so much - it's just unbeatable in the nail world! The other nail polish pictured is 'Sugar Plum' from Barry M, one of the Gelly Hi Shine polishesYou can get an opaque manicure in just one coat, the colour is rich and pigmented, plus it dries really quickly.
RRP: £9 & £3.99

The shimmer brick that dupes Bobbi Brown
I've always had a bit of a thing for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, they look so beautiful, but man they are expensive. This Highlighting Palette in Bronze Gold from Revlon is a great little dupe. It's actually not overly pigmented which means it's great if you're a bit scared of bronzer. It's also not as glittery as you might expect, it's just a very subtle shade which is lovely to wear. 
RRP: £9.99

I'd love to hear about your bargain beauty picks! What are your favourite products from the high street?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m an avid user of the Garnier Pure Active Moisturiser. It’s been in my routine for YEARS, so imagine how upset I was when I could no longer find it in stores. Fearing that it had been discontinued, I started the hunt to find something new. That’s when I spotted the Garnier Pure Matte Control sitting on the shelf.

I’d not read anything about this product, so I bought it on a complete whim! Luckily I can report that I’ve not been disappointed! Garnier say that this product is the “new era in shine control for combination to oily skin”. It combines mattifying ingredients and Salicylic Acid in one product to target shine and the appearance to pores.

The consistency of the Garnier Pure Matte Control moisturiser feels like a gel, it’s thicker than the Garnier Pure Active Moisturiser and it feels slightly less wet on the skin. I squeeze a blob (around the size of a two-pence-piece) onto my fingertips and massage it into my face. It’s incredibly cooling on the skin and the moisturiser has a slight unobtrusive scent to it (not that I can put my finger on exactly what the scent is). The moisturiser soaks straight into my skin and it does not feel tacky or sticky, leaving behind a lovely base for my makeup.

The magic really happens throughout the day though, whilst the moisturiser gets to work at keeping oily at bay. There’s been a noticeable difference in my skin; normally around 3pm my skin starts to look quite shiny, but with the Garnier Pure Matte Control moisturiser, this has disappeared. It best bit is that even though this product is battling shine and oil, my skin still feels incredibly hydrated – it seems to do it all! 

All in all, I’m blooming impressed with this moisturiser from Garnier! I can’t believe such a great product is available on the high street for only £6.99

Monday, 24 August 2015

Some things come and go, but one thing that rarely changes is my bedtime beauty routine. It’s packed full of lovely products that help me wind down and relax. Sleeping is one of those rare moments when we’re forced to just do nothing and it’s a great time to give your skin (and body) some TLC. Here are the products that help me feel fresh when the sunrises! 

This stuff to me (and many others) holds holy grail status and it's 100% justified! It's packed full of amazing ingredients that solves chapped lips and it solves them quickly. Reve De Miel has the an award winning formula; plant oils, shea butter, grapefruit essence and honey! It smells incredible and it formula isn't greasy in the slightest. I pop this on just before bed and in the morning my lips feel incredible. 

The Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads have been part of my bedtime routine for a while, but I’ve recently been using the Glycolic Fix Night Pads, which are a brand new 'extreme' version. These ones are specially formulated for night time use, as they are stronger than the originals. You simply take a pad, run it over your skin and you're good to go – they are fabulous at fixing decongested skin. 

When I’m not using the Nip + Fab pads, I make use of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. It’s a great mask for bedtime, as it’s completely undetectable on the skin, which means you don’t get messy pillows. You apply it to your face and your skin soaks up the moisture. Meaning you wake up with plump, hydrated skin. 

Hand Chemistry Heel Hydration Complex
It’s well and truly sandal season and I've been using the Heel Hydration Complex by Hand Chemistry all year in preparation! It's unlike any foot cream I've used in the past, because it's not a super thick formula. Instead it's a lovely lightweight texture which soaks straight into the skin, but still makes a big impact with moisture. 

This is great when you’re feeling a little restless before bed (or even during plane journeys). It’s a handy aromatherapy spray that you spritz onto your pillow. The spray is infused with essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile to soothe the body and mind.

I’d love to know about your favourite products that you use before bedtime! Have you used any of these products?
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