Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Boots Hauling #1...

Just a quick one today (bit of light relief from my usual novel-size ramblings!).  I had a brief visit to Cribbs Causeway with Lauren and of course ended up spending more than anticipated in Boots.  Let me tell you, the Boots in Cribbs Causeway is so much better than the small one where I live… I was like a pig in shit (nice thought) and didn’t know where to start!  I tried to be as restrained as possible just picking up the bits I really wanted.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan is a range that I have been desperate to try!  The range in my local boots is small so I just had to grab some bits whilst there was a larger selection!  As I have dry skin, I can’t wait to give the Rose Intense Moisture Mask a try.  It was the last one on the shelf… so that means that I was meant to buy it, right?  Hopefully this will keep my crusty skin in check this autumn/winter, as I’m not feeling like sporting the leprosy look this year!

It’s impossible for me to pick up a cleansing oil and not pop in into my basket when no-body is looking (judging).  The Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil smells AMAZING.  If you are a fan of orangey/citrus scents then this one will be up your street.  I have only used it once so far but it left my skin feeling really smooth and clean, without any oily residue.  I will definitely be reaching for this more to put it to the test.

Finally from the Superfacialist range I picked up the NeroliIntense Facial Serum.  Well, when it’s on offer, it would be rude not to.  And three is a magic number.  I have been needing a new serum and this just seemed like the perfect opportunity to give this one a whirl.  It feels really silky on the skin and sinks in quickly.  Let’s see if this will make a difference to my skin when swapped in to my regime.

Time for a new foundation!  I was a little overwhelmed by the choice that’s out there at the moment so I really didn’t know where to start!  As (unfortunately) you can’t read reviews of every foundation you swatch in boots as you go round, there was one that I have read about plenty of times that had stuck in my mind. Revlon ColorStay.  Loved by many, I picked this one up in Natural Beige for normal/dry skin.  I have only used it twice so far but I can already see why it’s so popular.  It gives me good coverage without being super thick so I will definitely be reaching for it more.  I was also impressed by Revlon that they have produced the foundation for different skin types which is super helpful, as no-one wants to spend money on a wasted foundation.

Revlon mascaras have been climbing up my favourites in the past year, especially their Grow Luscious collection.  I added the Bold Lacquer to my collection.  It will take a lot to replace the Lash Potion in my heart, but I’m hoping it will not disappoint… so far so good! Oh, I also picked this up on a steal deal.. two Revlon mascaras (£9.99) for £10. Amazing!

My final (sneaky) purchase was the L’Oreal Lumi Magique highlight/concealer pen.  I had read this on a few posts with all positive reviews, but it was srsly lou’s post that pushed me to buy.  I already had the True Match Touche Magique concealer which is really good, so I knew this one was going to deliver!  I have used it alongside my new Revlon foundation and have found that it just really brightens up my horrend bags (think big black ‘weekend away’bags permanently on my face… nice…) and actually neutralises them quite well.

As you can tell, I am extremely chuffed with my little haul and can already tell that the majority, if not all of these will become staples!  Do you have any new Boots buys that you think I need to check out?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

OOTN #1 - Girls Night...

A couple of weekends ago I went  for a lovely girls night out (plenty of tapas, plenty of wine) and just had to share my outfit with you as I am in love with it.

I have been a crop hunter for a while now, as I am super picky on the length. Not too long, but not too short.  This wrap crop from River Island is just perfect for me.  A lovely v-neck with a v cut out at the bottom on both the front and back. The sides come down far enough that you’re flashing just enough flesh, without shoving your top half in people’s faces. 

I got the skirt last year in Topshop and it was my second one of the mirror print style that they did.  The subtle neutral, pastel colours looked great against bronzed skin and just paired so well with the crop top. 

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate.  Appreciate the shoes!!  Naturally, as with any “staple” purchase, I also have these in black.  It’s an investment I will never regret people, and 1000% justified because they are neutral… ! Any who, I just love everything about these.  The fierce point toe, the tiny stiletto heel and the satisfying click-clack they make when you walk.  I feel very grown up and sophisticated in these.  I also love the contrast of texture between the plain and the snakeskin.  Second shout out to River Island, for not only making a fantastic crop top, but also an extremely comfy pair of shoes, when they look like they should be feet crushers.  Well bloody done.

I topped my look off with my new Illamasqua Glamoure lipstick which came in my Glamour beauty box.  When I initially saw it I was a little disappointed with the colour as I had wanted a nude, but the more I tried the colour our, the more I liked it.  Minx is described as a warm rose with a satin finish.  It will definitely be an all round colour for me! 

So if you can’t already tell, I have already put this outfit back on the wardrobe conveyer belt and I can’t wait to wear it again (for me, those are big words when wearing an outfit twice in a 6 months is a no no).  I pretty much felt like Kris Jenner should be opening her arms and welcoming me to the Kardashian Klan.  Sassy.

If you’re stuck for a night out outfit then I would definitely recommend popping into River Island and getting your hands on one of these crops (they have them in black and orange too… as I should know…as I also purchased the black).  They are super thick and just sit so well with everything!  River Island are killing it right now.  Are there any new pieces that you think I should check out?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Swimmers - My Missguided Beauties...

How gorgeous are these swimsuits? 

I was desperate for a swimsuit to wear around the pool and beach on my holiday (6 weeks tomorrow… not that I’m counting down or anything…) and Missguided sure provided.  These two fit the bill just perrrfectly and for £11.99, who can complain?  Not me, hence why I bought both (hehe).

Stubbornly, I purchased a cut away swimsuit last year but alas, as I’m just hitting 5ft, not the 5ft 10 that the size 6 models were that I saw wearing them, it definitely did nothing for me and just made me look large. Ain’t nobody got time for that! I did not want to be labelled a beached whale as I got my tan on.
Tentatively (but excitedly) I bought these two beauties and I have not been disappointed.

The print is really vibrant and bright which is exactly what you need for those blue sky sunny days.  The scoop back is really flattering and *added bonus* there’s a cheeky bit of padding to the front which for me is a godsend.  Also, nobody likes a nipple to the eye when it’s a little breezy… just sayin'.

I will definitely be throwing some high waisted shorts on with these to potter on down to the beach or to go exploring in the town!

Have you got your eye on any swimwear that around at the moment?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Is It Just Me? #1 - Models Own Hyper Gel Nail Polish

No-one likes a negative Nigel, that’s for sure.  Many people review products that they absolutely love, and I for one am guilty of that as a newbie blogger.  It’s hard when you just want to shout your fave products from the rooftops and pretty much shove them in everyone’s face.  But sometimes when perusing reviews/blogs en general for a purchase, “5 star reviews” aren’t overly helpful or that informative, and it’s annoying when the hyped products just aren’t for you.  I’ve decided to start a series as titled above “Is It Just Me?” *captain obvious* chatting with you about products that to me have been a little (and a lot) disappointing to me.

First up is the Models Own HyperGel nail polishes.  Lord knows I love a good Shellac, so when a good brand like Models Own brought out their HyperGel range I went my pants with excitement (not literally) and got cracking on reading reviews.  10/10 from everyone I read.  More excitement for the weekend’s purchase!  Classic Boots 3 for 2 meant I could get my mits on, and justify, three of them.  I chose Coral Glaze, Pink Veneer and Naked Glow.  It was a hard decision as they had a really good variety of colours but I went with some of my faves, as if they were going to be as good as everyone had said I would want them in my staple nail colours.

I already owned a couple of nail varnishes from Models Own, with my favourites being the Ice Neon collection.  They applied like a dream, dried super quick and had lasting power.  Surely adding a gel into the mix was going to make these super invincible for months?! (I exaggerate, weeks would be more precise).

But no. No, no, no.  I don’t know if I am doing something wrong with these babies but I have tried with base, without base, with top coat, without top coat, thin layers, thick layers and I just cannot get them to look nice.  They applied really streaky to my nails with brush marks fully visible (I don’t like my nails to make me look like I’m a polish novice because I’m not!) and took ages to dry.  Definitely not a “quick before bed” polish choice. 

In terms of staying power, I painted these last Thursday before a party on Saturday and I am sat here tip tapping away like chippy tramp-hands.  Not a good look and something that personally winds me up on people (apologies to myself). I was hoping for a solid week at least!

If anyone has any tips for how they snake charmed these to work for them then please let me know, but for the time being my colour selection will not be broadening and I don’t think they will be seeing the light of day any time soon. 

Have you tried these before? What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

03 Is A Magic Number...

This little gem had been hiding in my lipstick collection for a while.  All I can do is apologise to myself for not cracking it out sooner, as this is now my favourite lipstick in the world.  I’m going to keep this post short and sweet as I really have nothing bad to say about it!

The Kate Moss’ Rimmel lipsticks have been reviewed and loved by many. Fair play and high praise – the colour selection is great and the quality is really good for the high street!

03 in the Lasting Finish collection is by far my favourite. A super affordable nude that is now my right hand lipstick and fail safe for all occasions. Cue the classic ‘my lips but better’ line but I think this really is true.  You can’t tell from the photos, but in natural daylight it does remind me of the ‘Kylie Jenner’ colour that everyone has been falling over themselves to find.

I find the smell is pleasant and it does have some staying power.  I’ve got three doing the rounds between handbags and make up bags so that I’m always covered.  I picked mine up for £5.49 from Boots but there’s always some sort of deals doing the rounds in one of the drug stores so I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a nude that’s not too orangey.  

Do you have any favourite nudes you think I need to check out?  I'm always on the hunt to build my collection!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Twice As Nice...

A few Saturdays ago Lauren and I ventured off to Bristol for a much needed shopping trip!  I had decided that I wanted to finally take the plunge and treat myself to a MAC lipstick… or two!

I had a few ideas of the ones I wanted to get (which naturally were completely forgotten due to the sheer excitement!) so I got swatching to see which colours I liked and suited me best.  I really couldn't decide whether I wanted to get a bright, stand out colour or a subtle nude which are always my "go to"... So I got both, and I could not be smugger.

The Nude - Shanghai Spice Cremesheen Lipstick

I was completely overwhelmed by the choice of nudes that were in MAC, and it wasn't even large compared to some of the stores!  After much umming and arrring I went with Shanghai Spice.  It was the only one I kept picking up time and time again forgetting I’d swatched it, so went with my gut instinct despite not reading much about it before hand (shock horror, I usually like a good few reviews to give me an idea of the purchase ahead).  It's a lovely warm pinky peachy nude, and is a warmer version of my favourite ever nude lipstick (Rimmel Kate moss 03... blog post to follow!!) it suits my warm skin tone really well and isn't overly drying. Some nude lipsticks can make you look like you’ve got chapped lips or can look really light and painty (if you know what I mean... Concealer smeared lips anyone?) But this one applies so well, which I completely expected from MAC!  A definite repurchase for when this one’s gone!

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The Bright – Morange Amplified Crème Lipstick 

There are many bright staple MAC lipsticks that are lusted over in the world of beauty blogs like Lady Danger, Ruby Woo and All Fired Up.  Taking a practical and sensible approach to the selection (faint) I discounted any "similars" that I already had (*cough* enough reds to last me a life time *cough*).  Morange was one I had seen on many beauty blogs and videos, and my choice was swayed once swatched.  A lovely orangey red, perfect for my warm skin tone and the summer ahead!  One swipe of colour and this baby is opaque on your lips leaving a bright, punchy summer pout.

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£30 for two lipsticks certainly isn't high street drug store prices, but are well worth it in my opinion.  I can feel that these two lovelies are going to be my ‘go-tos’ this summer and are perfect for taking away but having both "bright and natural" lip bases covered.  Easy!  I can't wait to build my MAC lipstick collection up further!

What are your favourite MAC lipstick colours?  Are there any more you think I definitely need to try?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

An Offering From ELF: The Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder...

Following on from my last post (a slack two weeks later...) I thought I’d review the ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder duo, a very similar offering to the Nars duo at a snip of the price.

ELF Turks and Caicos Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Duo £3.95 (link)

On the ELF website the colours look very similar to the bronzer and blusher duos that are on the Nars site.  Points to ELF for providing a selection of shades and colours, unlike some cheaper make up brands.

 I chose the shade Turks & Caicos, which has a peachy shimmery blush and a dark but warm bronzer (light hand needed as I later found out…!).  Other shades available are St Lucia, which looks perfect for light skinned girls with natural blush and light bronzer, and Antigua, which is a bright pink blush for that pop of colour teamed with what looks like the same dark bronzer as Turks and Caicos.  I am fully aware that most people have blogged that the St Lucia is the ‘dupeyest’ of them all, so perhaps if you’re looking for an exact colour match then go for that one.  However as I though this would be too light for my skin tone and wasn’t looking to purchase a dupe.

On first glance in to your make up bag you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the Nars and the ELF in terms or packaging.  Sturdy, black, plastic outer? Check.  Nice big mirror? Check.  Initial appearances are good!

The first contrast I noticed between the Nars duo and ELF duo is the texture.  ELF is very quick to powder and crumble when swirling your brush, meaning that with constant use it probably won’t last that long. The Nars powders are more solid yet still give a good colour pay off.  However for £3.95 I don’t think there’s much room for complaining!

The blush I was very surprised with.  I usually like to have stronger orange/coral cheek colours as I personally think it makes me look a lot healthier.  As you can see, this ELF blush doesn’t look like it would provide what I’m after, maybe a half hearted attempt but nothing more.  However, after applying I was really happy with the result it gave me, almost an inner glow in a very natural colour with a hint of shimmer (highlighter could be used but wouldn't be missed!).  Both Orgasm and Turks & Caicos have made me happy on the blusher front and both aren’t colours I’d necessarily reach for.

The bronzer.  Oh the bronzer.  I was really excited to try this after the blush.  My ideal cheap duo finally here to make my life easier, could it be?  Oh no.. no, no, no.  Remember earlier when I mentioned ‘quick to crumble?  You need an extremely light hand with this bronzer, as a little goes a verryyy long way as you can see from the swatches.  It’s quite hard to buff in once you apply it too, so be super careful.  Perhaps if you’re going for a severe contour look then this is for you, but when you’re running out the door to work you don’t ideally want two brown stripes under your cheek bones and some brown smears around your forehead!  Nars Laguna that I’ve previously reviewed is a lot easier to get just right as it doesn’t go on to heavy, can be built up and can be easily buffed out

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For £3.95 I don’t think can you really go wrong with this one, and despite my bronzer mishaps I am tempted to purchase in the other two colours to see if this differs.  I now know that I need to be very light with the bronzer so maybe with more perseverance I’ll final conquer the application?!  I’m always getting emails from ELF too about one promotion or another so a deal is definitely to be had especially if you’re adding this to an ELF shopping list! However, if you are looking to invest and cost isn’t an issue for you then I would definitely recommend going for the Nars duos as the quality is really good.

Are there any high brand ELF dupes that you’ve loved? I’d love to expand my collection!