Monday, 1 September 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

I bought a few new products recently so as usual I thought I'd share my thoughts on them so far with you! 

I love a good face mask and seeing as I ran out of all of mine at once I thought I'd go for this one which seems like a great all rounder. It contains papaya extract to brighten and exfoliate, white clay to draw out impurities and unclog pores and manuka honey and beeswax to nourish and moisturise the skin. I'll definitely be doing a full blown review on this once I've used it a few more times.

I've read so many rave reviews of this product, it's supposed to be great at fading acne scars and pigmentation and generally making the skin look brighter and more even toned.  It was on a £10 off offer at boots so I though now was a better time than ever to give it a try. I've been using it a few weeks so far and can definitely see an improvement, again I'll do a full review once I've been using it a bit longer. 

I recently found myself in the airport on my way home with some leftover holiday money, so naturally I headed straight for the MAC counter! I was on the lookout for a 'my lips but better' shade that I could throw on with any look without the need for a mirror. This shade fits the bill exactly inspite of it being a bit more cool toned than I'd usually go for.  

I've been coveting this concealer ever since it came out last year but being somewhat of a concealer hoarder I decided to restrain myself, until now that is! I recently finished up another concealer so allowed myself to replace it with this one. One in, one out and all! I haven't given it a proper try yet but from what I can remember of having tried it on counter it's soon to become a firm favourite!

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Favourites

I really can't believe it's the end of august already! Where has the summer gone? Here are the products I've been loving this month.

I've been using this all month and so far I love it. It's an exfoliating toner that contains glycolic acid but is still gentle enough to use everyday. Plus it smells like lavender so it's a pleasure to use.

By far my favourite lip balm, for the actual product as well as the pretty packaging! It leaves lips feeling incredibly soft, isn't at all sticky and gives lips a flattering pink tint.

I went back to using this eye cream after finishing off another one and I'm so glad I did. It's really lightweight, sinks into the skin easily and works well under makeup. It's also particularly great for those with sensitive skin around the eyes. Full review here.

Although it can be used day or night, I've been using this just in the daytime. It's light yet moisturising and sinks into the skin quickly. A great no-fuss face cream. Full review here.

My favourite TBS body butter to date, and that's saying something as I've tried a lot of them. It's very thick, almost solid in consistency and does take a bit of working into the skin but the results are well worth it. Plus it smells delicious!

What products have you been loving this month?

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Friday, 29 August 2014

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Range

I'm a huge fan of products from The Body Shop as well as anything peach scented so it was a given that I'd end up purchasing, and loving their Vineyard Peach Range. The scent is absolutely amazing, not at all artificial smelling or sickly sweet, it really does smell like just bitten into, fresh and juicy peaches.  I picked up the Body Butter, Shower Gel and Body Mist. The range also contains a Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Lip Gloss and Sponge

The Shower Gel is great, it foams up well and does what it needs to do. The Body Mist is a bit stronger than I expected so I tend to use it sparingly, I love the scent of peaches but don't necessarily want to smell very strongly of one all the time! 

The stand out product of the three is by far the Body Butter, I've always loved TBS's body butters and over the years I've tried quite a lot of them, this one is by far my favourite! Amazing scent aside, the formula is great too, it's definitely one of their thicker, richer ones with the consistency being almost solid. This means is nourishes and moisturises the skin amazingly well, it doesn't sink in that easily but it's definitely worth the extra effort. I usually apply it after a nice hot bath to help it along and come the next morning my skin feels really soft and still subtly scented! I'll be very sad when this runs out as I believe it's a limited edition collection!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Delarom Acquaconfort Creme

In the evenings, I'm all for rich, nourishing creams and oils but in the daytime I prefer something that sinks in quickly, leaves skin feeling comfortable and isn't too visible. The Delarom Acquaconfort Creme, which I've been using for just over a month now, does exactly that. 

The formula is really lightweight but still moisturises really well, thanks to the lovely ingredients it contains. Aloe vera, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, hyaluronic acid and peppermint leaf water just to name a few. To me it's the perfect no-fuss moisturiser, it doesn't have any outrageous claims and just does what it says on the tin. It can also be used in the morning or evening so it's a great option for those who like to keep their skincare streamlined. 

After trying this creme I definitely want to try out a few other Delarom products. Any recommendations?

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Travel Makeup

Recently I've spoken about the Skincare, body and hair products I took away with me on holiday, you can see those here and here. Today I thought I'd talk about the makeup I took along, without a doubt the most interesting of the three!

I'm not usually one for primers but I thought I'd take along my recently purchased Kiko SPF 50 Primer, it's super lightweight and non greasy. I'm using it more as a sun protection product than to prime skin and make makeup last longer. I'm trying out a sample of the DiorSkin NudeTan BB Cream which will more than last me through my trip, so far I love it and can't wait to get my hands on the full size! I always struggle to narrow down my concealer options and this time was no exception! I took the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach, Clinique Even Better Concealer in Honeycomb and Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer in 14.

For bronzer I took a quick and easy to use option Nars Multiple in Malaysia (an old limited edition shade). It swipes on and can be blended out with fingers so I can apply it in seconds. For cheeks (and lips) I took Kiko Glow Touch for Lips & Cheeks in Wave Hibiscus, another easy to use product in a flattering pink shade. For highlighting and adding radiance I took a mini Benefit Sun Beam, by far one of my favourite highlighters. It sits in just the right spot between champagne and a soft gold and is really flattering on skin.

For eyes I didn't take too much, the MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette which has enough shades to cover a wide range of looks, Natural Collection Pencil Liner in Black, Avon SuperExtend Liquid Liner and Clinique High Impact Mascara. I also took the Rimmel Brow Pencil in Dark Brown to fill in any sparse areas.

Lip products are another one I find difficult to narrow down, I like to have options! I took my all time favourite balm, the Dior Lip Glow, Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti and Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 56 Imaginaire.

For brushes I tried to narrow it down to my most used, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush was a given, as was their Contour and Stippling Brush. I also took a few of my favourite eyeshadow brushes but I talk a bit more about those in detail another time!

What makeup products do you take away on holiday with you?

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

NOTD #29

I've gone on about how much I love the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints quite a bit, the formula is really glossy and long lasting and it applies really well. I've mentioned this colour, Green Berry before but thought I'd mention it again as I've been wearing it loads recently and my last picture of it wasn't great! What do you think of this shade?

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Travel Body & Haircare

In my last post, I mentioned the skincare bits I'm taking away on holiday with me (you can read that one here) so today I thought I'd talk hair and body care! Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow if you fancy finding out what I'm taking makeup wise!

I'm not taking too much away with me body care wise as I'm only going for a week, I'm sticking to the basics! The Boots Extracts Mango Body Wash and Body Butter in miniature. I love the scent of these and the body butter is so moisturising and sinks into the skin really quickly. The Caudalie Divine Oil is a multitasking product that I love using but try not to use everyday. I'd go through it so quick if I did! I'm reserving it for slathering on limbs for evenings out, it gives skin a lovely, healthy, glow. I'm also taking The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter, not a body care product I know, but I couldn't resist including it with all the other mango stuff!

I seem to find haircare a bit more difficult to narrow down! I'm taking the Kerastase Chroma Riche Shampoo and Masque and the Lee Stafford Argan Oil Nourishing Miracle Oil which I spoke more about here. It's great for taming frizz and making everything a bit more managable! I'm also taking their Flat Iron Protection Mist, incase I decided to get the straighteners out, Living Proof Frizz Styling Cream to use pre blow-dry and Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle in case I need some extra volume!

What body and haircare items do you take away on holiday with you?

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