Sunday, 19 April 2015

USING // Gaya Cosmetics*...

I love trying out new make up brands, so when I was contacted by Gaya Cosmetics to see if I wanted to try a few of their products I couldn’t resist. Gaya specialise in mineral makeup and beauty products made in Italy from 100% natural ingredients.

I chose to try out their Mineral Foundation*, Make Up Base* and Gel Eyeliner*.

All three came packaged nicely – all boxed up with a see through pot containing the product and a wooden lid – brucey bonus when your make up lid doesn’t come off in your make up bag!

The product I was most excited to try was the Minerals Foundation*.  I love bareMinerals, and really like L’Oreals True Match Mineral Foundation too so I couldn’t wait to see how this one compared.  You get a really generous amount, which will no doubt last me for a while!

On the inside of the box there’s instructions for how to apply the powder foundation, which is a nice touch if you’re trying this out for the first time.  I tapped a 5p size amount of product in the lid and used my Zoeva powder brush to apply the powder in circular motions over my face – which had been primed and concealed (with the Make Up Base...more on that in a bit). 

As expected this foundation provided me with a light coverage, glowing finish.  To build up the coverage, you can go in with a second layer or use a more dense buffing brush.  That’s one of the things I love about powder foundations, in terms of coverage I find they’re really versatile.

The powder inner lid has holes in a Y shape for the powered to come out of which is also a nice touch from Gaya .  I find this dispenses a little powder at a time which is great, as it’s never ideal to tip a pot up and have the whole contents emptied out!

Another area where this product really stands out for me is the shade selection – with 10 shades offered there’s a great range of shades to suit a variety of skin tones.

Next up is my second favourite – the Make Up Base.  From the name, it sounds like it should be a primer, but don’t be fooled.  As you may (or may not) know, I am forever waging a war on my horrendous under eye circles (think smack addict ‘the morning after’). 

This is a thick concealer, which provides a seamless layer to apply your foundation over.  When using under my eyes I found a brush was easiest, or warming the concealer between my fingers to make it a bit more blendable.  This not only evened out my awful dark circles but also the redness around my nose.  

I chose this in M1 on purpose, as I solely wanted this for under eye coverage and brightening my under eye area, however there are 3 other colours to choose from.  I’d say this is really similar to Seventeen’s Phwoarr paint or Benefit’s Boi-ing and Erase Paste.

Lastly is their Gel Eyeliner.  I have kept away from gel eyeliners after a) one dried out super quick on me and b) a Maybelline dupe of Benefit’s They’re Real eyeliner ended in a whole load of mess.  I’ve stuck to liquid but thought it was time to give it another go… and I am so glad I did.  This little pot provides opaque lines instantly and applies really easily – no eyelid dragging here!  I’ve been using it ever since with my Real Techniques eyeliner brush.  It stays put for me all day, which is amazing, and has helped me perfect my cat flick.

I’m super happy with my Gaya make up pieces and will definitely be re-purchasing the foundation especially when it runs out (the product sizes are so generous I don’t think it will be for a while though!).  I’ve also been eyeing up more of their make up range, and am really intrigued with their skincare range!

Have you ever tried Gaya make up?  Which of these three pieces would you like to try?


Sunday, 12 April 2015

SHOPPING // Boots Haul...

Ahhh Boots… who can  resist a peruse round the aisles and picking up numerous bits and pieces that you don’t actually need?! Not me, as you can see from my full carrier bag – no shame.

I am paranoid about my skin, wrinkles, and wrinkle prevention.  I went through two pots of each of these a couple of months ago and really ejoyed using them – they left my skin so soft and moisturised with no dry patches in sight.  After being too stingy to shell out £9.99/£10.99 for each of these (errr… I was on a spending ban alright?!) I thought I’d treat myself at £6 each (barg).  I’m going to have to use up my current day/night creams first (Boots Vitamin E range, just FYI) but I am glad these are back in my life. 

I read about this on Beauty Life Michelle’s blog a couple of months ago and have been on the hunt for it since.  I have really dry skin so I hope this will be a god send for those times when I don’t have the time to full body moisturise or when I am feeling super dry (and crusty...).

Sanctuary are running an offer where you get a gift set if you spend over £10.  To make the money up, I quickly grabbed this body scrub and oh my actual god it smells AMAZING!  I’ve been upping the fake tan recently as I had enough of being pale so I need to keep any dry bits scrubbed away… this will be perfect!

Sanctuary Gift Set – Green Lemon & Orange Blossom BodyWash, Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Lotion, Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Scrub
In my free gift I got two full size items  and one sample.  The Green Lemon & Organse Blossom body wash and body lotion will be perfect to pair together and smell so fresh - perfect for summer.  The sample size scrub will also come in handy when I go to Barcelona for a week in June!

I've been using the Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tanning moisturiser but with this on offer I couldn’t not try out a different one.  I like to use this to switch up my normal moisturiser to keep my tan going.  Fingers crossed for no nasty biscuit smell!

I already have this in a darker colour for the summer, but wanted to pick up a lighter colour for now.  I love the coverage this CC cream gives (previous review here) and for day to day as a foundation alternative this will be perfect.

How have I lived without this for so long?! I love the Healthy Mix foundation but this is something else! It just applies so well and it doesn’t even look like you’re wearing foundation.  I don’t know what else to say with this, it’s love!!  If you’ve only tried out the normal foundation and like it, I really really recommend that you pick this one up!

3 for 2, so why not!  I needed a lighter concealer and thought I’d try this one out.  So far so good.  It’s really creamy and applies really well… I’ll just have to guve it a proper test run this week at work!

I had to pick up another of these to keep stashed, as I’ve just hit pan on my current one.  This is one of the best cheap (sub £5) powders on the highstreet and I even prefer it to Rimmel Stay Matte (which I find quite chalky and every colour is the same).  Again, if you’re looking to try out a high street powder I’d recommend this (and for £3.99, why not!!).

Have you tried any of these?  What's on your Boots wish list?


Sunday, 5 April 2015

SHOPPING // E.l.f Haul (RIP)...

When I heard the sad news about e.l.f (RIP) I just had to pay my respects with a haul.  Rude not to?

First up is a lipstick, which I think was something ridiculous like 80p.  Ri-diculous (if you didn’t get that the first time).  I chose the colour Seductive, which is more of a pinkier colour than I would usually buy, but I am loving it with my new hair colour - I’d probably say it’s a strawberry/raspberry colour. It gives quite a sheer coverage but you can build it up with a few swipes.  I’d describe this as semi-matte.

Another lipstick, but this time in the form of a crayon.  This one was like £1.50 or something (pricey) so I thought I’d push the boat out.  Coco Loco (love the name)is a browny nude, a lot sheerer than the previous lipstick and a little balmier but it adds a lovely natural colour to my lips and is now living in my handbag.

I’ve been really loving the look of brown eyeliner on my top lash line at the moment so I got the cream eyeliner in copper.  This comes with a cute mini brush - super handy.  It’s a lovely creamy formula (sometimes some can be annoyingly crumbly) and applies really well.  The colour payoff isn’t great at first swipe, but I go over my line a couple of times to make it a bit more defined.  It would also work well as a cream eye shadow just patted all over the lid.  Double use product!

Bare Minerals are one of my favourite higher end brands and just go so well with my skin, so I was intrigued by some of e.l.f’s offerings in the mineral department.

I got their mineral blush in Bliss, which is a lovely natural coral colour.  It’s not too intense on the cheeks but just adds a natural flush and applies really well. My only gripe is that you cant close the shaker lid (excuse me, I don’t know the right name) so you can get a lot of product building up in the lid, but for £4 or whatever it was I’m not going to complain – you get so much product for your money. *Think this has now gone down to £1.80! 

The final thing I picked up was their Mineral Personal Blend Foundation (£3.58.. whaaaat!) - still keeping with the mineral theme. This is split into 4 seconds of different colours so you can mix up your personal colour depending on your skin tone – tres clever idea.  I got Medium, which is made up of Medium Beige, Golden Honey, Tan and Bronze.  In theory the idea is clever, however it is really hard to get out the product and hard to mix it up too – how do I even know what colours to pick?! Who knows!  It’s a bit too dark for me at the moment (tango, anyone??) however it will be great for summer when I want top keep my make up light but still want the coverage.

Did you manage to snap anything up in the e.l.f sale?


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

SHOPPING// The Uncanny Boots...

I am absolutely in love with my new boots, which I just had to share with you.  Welcome to my collection, Office Uncanny boots.

I saw these beauties on Anna’s YouTubehaul (Vivianna Does Make Up) and I just knew they had to be mine.  A different print to any other shoe/boot I own, I feel that justifies them in itself, no?

As Anna says, I am well aware that these are not to everyone’s taste but I love them.  The 95% of clothes I wear are monochrome/neutral so these fit in with pretty much all of my outfits to make things a bit more interesting.

The pattern has a slight velvet texture to it, which I wasn’t expecting at all!

They’re a slim fitting boot but true to size, so for my square box feet they’re going to need some wearing in sideways…!  Being real leather/suede they will no doubt be prefect moulds of my feet in no time, but I just need to remember not to wear them for any ridiculous walking days (we’ve all been there with inappropriate footwear… plasters at the ready).

I really like the zip up the back as its subtle and out the way, which really goes with the pattern.  The heel is a lot lower than I expected, but as a day boot this is a better way round to be. 

For £75 I think these are great value and are a welcome wardrobe addition.  You definitely get what you pay for and these are great quality.  Office also does free delivery (woo) so that’s another justification box ticked!  If Leopard isn’t your thing then they also have these in black leather, tan leather, brown leather and beige suede.  I’ll definitely be looking to add another pair to my huge shoe collection.

What do you think of my new boots?