Wednesday, 22 July 2015

USING // Top 5 Drugstore Mascaras

A good mascara is tricky to find.  I’ve tried so many over the years (both drugstore and high end) with formulas that are too wet, too thick, too thin so I wanted to share my drugstore mascara gems with you lovely lot.

Revlon Lash Potion

I first picked this up a few years ago now, when it was £9.99 each or two for £10.  You do the maths!  It’s been love ever since.  It’s got a nice thick bristle brush, which gives me great lashes in a few coats.  Not too thick and wet that you end up with about three eyelashes (we’ve all been there), it’s a really good all-rounder for separation, length and a little volume.  If you are a fan of the bristle brushes I’d highly recommend this one.

Bourjois 1 Second Volume 

A beauty blogger favourite.  I was late to the party with this one, but I’m glad I’ve finally arrived!  Initially, I thought this was far too wet but give it a few weeks and it’s now a really good consistency.  As the name suggests, this plastic spiky wand gives lots of volume to the lashes!

Maybelline Lash Sensational 

This took the beauty blogs by storm when it was first released, competing with Benefit Roller Lash for the ‘top spot’ in people’s make-up hearts. I really love the effect this mascara gives.  The plastic wand is curved, with longer plastic bristles/teeth on the outside to coat your lashes from root to tip leaving you with a fluttery effect, and shorter plastic bristles/teeth on the inside to tackle the lower lashes. I love this for when I can’t be bothered to attempt false eyelashes for a night out!

Max Factor False Lash Effect 

Considering the name, I was expecting something that would transform my eyes instantly.  Of course that was not the case, but I don’t know if I would describe this as a false lash effect.  It gives great separation and length nonetheless and is a favourite for when I don’t want to wear much eyeliner but still want my eyes to stand out.  My love has grown for this over time!  I also have the waterproof version of this and it DOES NOT BUDGE!!

L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture 

I usually switch between this and Max Factor on workdays when I keep eyeliner to a minimum.  It gives a little volume with length, which I love – No spider legs in sight!

I’ve recently picked up Seventeen Falsify HD mascara, which is proving to be a real contender for a top 5 place.  I haven’t trialed it enough but watch this space for a review!

I think the drugstore has some amazing mascaras, I don’t know if I would ever stray to high end.

What are your favourite drugstore mascaras?  Have you tried any of my top 5?


Thursday, 9 July 2015

USING // Dr Bronner's Magic Soap...

Long time no speak!

After many many weeks off due to life et al. getting in the way, I am getting back to my blog ,which I have really missed!

I wanted to talk chores with you lovelies today.  More specifically beauty chores.  More specifically, make up brush washing.  I can already hear the groans echoing around the beauty blogging community.  I hear ya!

But hold the line - I have found a new love when it comes to this tiresome task.  4 words - Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap.

I had heard about Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap here and there on blogs but had never got round to giving it a go (with clothes/makeup purchases taking priority, naturally).  When I came across this in TK Maxx for a bargain price I just had to pick it up (rude not to).

Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Magic Soap appears to be an all round miracle worker (within reason) when you read all the things it can be used for. I do not use it for 18 reasons, just the one – make up brush cleaning! 

Just a little drop on a wet make up brush lathers up really well and gets rid of all traces of make up. I do go on for a second round with my foundation and concealer brushes, but that’s just my personal preference.

My brushes feel really clean but still super soft, which is great as I was a little concerned if it would dry them out.

They do a range of scents for the Magic Soap. I have tea tree as this was the only one in TK Maxx, but other scents are Citrus, Rose, Peppermint, and Lavender

The other great thing about Dr Bronner’s is that they use organic, ethically sourced, fair trade ingredients.  It’s nice to know that you’re not just washing your brush with more chemicals!

I used to use baby shampoo, but I found as I am a little heavy handed that I was getting through it like water, so I am more than happy to have found something that will last a long time!

Have you tried Dr Bronner’s before?  Do you have any brush cleaning recommendations?


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?