Tuesday, 12 May 2015

SHOPPING // A No7 Bronze & Glow Dupe?!

Who can resist the No7 vouchers you get from Boots?  Well, me apparently as I always seem to find 5 in my purse about 2 weeks out of date!

On the last round they did I was determined to make the most of them and got myself a couple of bits, one of them being the No7 Perfectly Bronzed Dual Bronzer.  It really reminded me of my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow palette, with a lovely champagne highlight, so of course I just had to snap it up (and add it to the other 100s of bronzers I own!).

I’m really impressed with No7’s packaging.  I love the individual colour of the compact – a colour refresh from the black and navy you usually find! The generous inside mirror is also a welcome addition – always handy for on the go! I also like the patterning on the product, which is a nice touch (but always makes the first swatch the hardest!).

The bronzer is a lovely warm brown, which is well pigmented, as you can see from the middle swatch.  It’s a great match for my olive toned skin, however I don’t know how well lighter skinned beauties would get on with this – it might be worth a swatch in store!

Champagne highlights are my favourite, as they just suit me, so this was one of the things that made me all heart-eye-emoji over this duo.  It’s a nice shimmer, not too ‘glitter ball to the face’ but not too ‘where’s the highlighter gone?!’.

These two can be used separately or look really nice swirled together with a fluffy blush brush!

I’d never properly tried any No7 make up but after being impressed by this I will definitely be putting any future No7 vouchers to good use!  Is it a dupe for the B&G as I had hoped?  Sadly no.  The bronzer is far too warm for it to be used to contour, but it’s a really lovely little duo nonetheless to add warmth and a little shimmer highlight to the face.  Perfect for the minimal make up days as we head into summer!

Do you like the look of this bronzer duo?  Will you be giving it a swatch?


Monday, 11 May 2015

SHOPPING // New Summer Shoe Additions...

If there’s one shopping weakness I have, if you couldn’t tell from my blog name, is shoes.  I love the way they can just make an outfit, so every season I’m on the lookout for a few (understatement of the century) new pairs to make my outfits more season appropriate (we can never predict the weather here, so it’s usually jeans all year round!).  I wanted to show you the pairs I’ve picked up recently…

Atmosphere Cross-Over Flatform Wedges - £14

I bought these back in February (keeno) from Bristol Primark – which btw is so good!  Okay, so it wasn’t love at first sight but they are so comfy and will be the perfect daytime heel with jeans for just running errands or shopping. If you're not keen on black, they also do these in white!

TU Black and Gold Flat Sandals - £18

I grabbed these when Sainsbury’s had one of their 25% off events for TU.  I love the gold trim as it just makes them look a bit more expensive than they are.  They will be a really smart evening sandal for holiday or if I’m not feeling heels!

Atmosphere Tan Block Heel Sandals - £14

These are so similar to a pair I was eyeing up on ASOS – but for a fraction of the price!  Similarly to my other Primark pair, these are really comfy which I was really surprised about.

M&S Lace Up Shoes

Okay, so this one is cheating a little but I actually had these 5ish years ago along with a very similar Primark pair (which I believe they’ve revived for £14 FYI!)  I thought they would never come back into fashion so banished both pairs to the eBay pile… until now!  I am so glad for my laziness (for once!) as now these two will be perfect for summer parties and nights out!

I got an ASOS voucher as a gift from work and after much deliberation I chose to get these beauts! Following this, my mum also bought the black pair (swap and share!). These are comfy and easy to walk in, and I can’t wait to wear them.  The pastel and white will look amazing with a tan too!  Roll on sunshine!

Have you got any summer shoes recently?  Do you like the look of any I’ve bought?


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

USING // The Bourjois Primer I Won't Be Repurchasing

I love everything that Bourjois do…  Well, nearly everything. 

Their foundations have seriously impressed me, their healthy mix powder is a firm favourite for many, their blushes are classic, and their lip offerings are amazing. But their primers?  For me, naaat so much.

I picked up Happy Light Matte Serum Primer on a whim whilst in a bigger Boots store and was expecting big things due to my already big love.  I am a matte skin girl through and through so this sounded perfect. 

After using the majority of the bottle, I feel I can properly give this a review rather than a knee jerk reaction to the first few uses.

First up, the packaging, I like the glass bottle, nice and sleek, and the pump is really handy to dispense just enough product (hands up if you end up squeezing too much out of tubes!).  It’s survived a good battering in my make up bag, so a good effort so far.

As a primer, it did hold my make up on really well throughout the day.  But that’s where the good bits end. 

Despite having a pump, which in theory should keep the lid quite clean, it didn’t.  As you can see from the photos, it’s not looking the best right now and I don’t particularly enjoy dried primer flaking all over me when I want to use it.  Messy products are not my thang.

When you’re down to the last 1/3 I’ve found the pump to get quite temperamental and only pump when it wants to. Tres helpful when you’re in a rush!

Something I despise with body lotions and moisturisers you don’t use that often also happens with this, even if you’re using it regularly.  A little clump of product dries in the lid so every time you give it a pump, you get a little “present”.  Nice. 

I have to be really careful when applying this, as quite a few times its gone really ‘bitty’ on my face, like it’s reacted with my moisturiser, or I’ve rubbed it in too much, I don’t know.  But I’ve never had this problem with any other primers before.

I don’t really know how mattifying this really was, as I don’t have oily skin and I use a powder to set all my make up, however as I’ve already said, it did do a good job at keeping everything in place.

For £10.99, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again, just from my experience.  If it’s on your wishlist, I’d definitely recommend reading other bloggers reviews and reviews on websites such as Boots and Feel Unique as it could just be a bad bottle.  I know they also do an illuminating primer, which may be better.

Let me know if you’ve ever tried this primer and your experience!


Sunday, 3 May 2015

USING // Bringing It With Me - Spring/Summer 2015

As we approach the warmer, sunnier months (well… sort of!) it’s time to pack away those dark lips and paler foundations and resurrect the bright nails and bronze skin.

As I go in for the big switch this bank holiday (aka my floor is COVERED in make up for a couple of hours), there will be some products that have well and truly earned their place in my daily make up bag no matter what the season is and skin tone I may be!

This bronzer has been a firm favourite for a while now.  Perfect for contouring no matter where I am with my tan (or lack of!). 

A recent but necessary addition to my make up bag, this has done wonders for my very dry under eye, and as a result my foundation and concealer is applying so much better!

Believe the hype people!! This has leapfrogged all my other mascaras to take the top spot in my heart… I’m even using it over They’re Real by Benefit. This will give me perfect long lashes even when I’m going for a minimal eye make up look.

No matter what time of year, a lip balm is always an essential for me.  In the Christmas sales I snapped up a set of 5 Body Shop Lip Butters and they’ve been really great at keeping my lips moisturised.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this was a concealer as such, more like Touche Eclait.  It brightens up my under eye area so well and works well for a little contouring. I really recommend this if your under eye area needs a little je ne sais quoi!

Okay… so this is a little bit of a cheat. Whilst the colour of this will change, the product itself won’t.  I’ve sung its praises so many times but I absolutely love this product for evening out my skin tone and providing a completely flawless face with minimal effort.  The shade range is slightly limited, a la all the Bourjois foundations but this doesn’t affect me at all. It’s love, basically.

These sent the blogging world crazy when they came out, and rightly so!  Nude Perfection is a really nice nude brown that works for day or evening.

A translucent powder is great, as no matter what colour foundation you’re using you can always set it in place.  Despite it’s initial shimmer, the Bourjois Rice Powder sets everything beautifully giving you a glow from within rather than disco ball face.

This is super similar to the Soap and Glory Brow Archery but for less money.  Since I dyed my hair a lot darker, this has been brilliant.  With the felt tip side you can create fine strokes, mimicking the hairs.  The coloured pencil/wax side then just fills in any missed areas. My eyebrows look so natural and I am very happy with them!

What products will you be bringing with you from Autumn/Winter to Spring/Summer?  Are there any I need to try out?