Tuesday, 26 November 2013

#TheWinterProject - Favourite Winter Scent

There are so many different scents around at this time of year, be them natural smells like my In-Laws log burner, freshly fallen rain or a good hearty pie baking in the oven or ones that we add to the air ourselves. I'm going to make a huge blogger confession now that, although I do like candles, I don't have any that are scented in my room at the moment so I couldn't really say that I have a favourite scent from a candle. What I do think is currently my favourite "winter" scent is the perfume that Lee bought me back in October for my 21st Birthday. Paco Rabanne's Lady Million. Some people may wear this all year round but for me it's definately a more wintery scent, it's heavy and musky and quite woody and I just don't think it would suit me in the summer. 

We tend to go out for dinner a lot during the winter, especially as both families have quite a lot of birthdays around this time of year, and time after time this has been, and will be, the fragrance that I reach for. For me, it oozes sexuality and gives me a great boost of confidence when I'm wearing it, and I think that we could all use one more pick me up at this cold and miserable time of year. 

So, apologies if I've taken a slightly different slant on this to everyone else, but at the moment my favourite winter scent is definately Paco Rabanne Lady Million Perfume - £35.50 for 30ml.
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Sunday, 24 November 2013

#TheSkinProject - My Skin - An Introduction

Please do excuse me for not uploading a picture of my skin in it's current state, I'm writing this at 7.30am on a cold Friday morning and don't think that it's a sight anyone wants to see. I am hoping to show before and after photos after this series as I think it's going to help me concentrate a lot more on my skincare. 

So, a round up of my skin? It seems to have changed a lot over the last 12 months since I've really taken notice on what I'm using on it. Before it was easy and dry, I know dry isn't exactly desirable but I knew where I stoof with it. Now, I have oily temples and around my nose, a dry forehead and sometimes dry cheeks. The rest of my skin is fairly normal. As I'm still fairly new to the whole world of skincare, it's troubling me at the moment. Does that make my skin combination? Should I be trying to use different products on different areas? How on earth would that actually work with things such as cleansers! 

Obviously over the next 8 weeks I'll be showing you how I do try to manage my skincare and hopefully I'll learn some tips and tricks from the other bloggers participating in this series!

Have you signed up to #TheSkinProject yet? Check out Lianne's Blog at The Brunette Says for more information!

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Huge Nottingham Beauty Haul!

At the end of October, the very lovely Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady organised a Bloggers Meet Up in Nottingham that sadly, she was then too ill to attend. Luckily Charley from BeautyRobot and Ella from Hello Ella still turned up and we had a lovely day shopping and having a yummy lunch! I went a little bit crazy as I hadn't been shopping since my 21st and wanted to share what I bought with you, I wont go into much detail as I'll probably do seperate blog posts on most of it but here you go...

MAC Pro Palette with 20 refill insert, I wanted to go all out and buy the largest palette, now that I have to travel between various homes, I want to have my make up altogether if possible so now I can (and nearly have!) fill it with colours that I regularly use for various occassions. I also bought 4 refills on the day, from left to right, cork, charcoal brown, naked lunch and cranberry.

 Real Techniques Powder Brush - I've wanted this brush for ages but for some ridiculous reason have always been put off by the actually rather low price tag until we were in boots shortly after being in MAC and I realised how this is actually a fantastic price (as are all real techniques brushes) and I have commited myself to buying a brush on every pay day until my set is complete! This is great for powder but personally I use it to sweep my bronzer on.

 Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, Ever since I was in Selfridges back in the spring I have been lusting after this concealer kit, it really brightened up my extremely dark under eye shadows and stayed put on me all day whilst I was in London so I decided to splurge and treat myself, the colour that I got was warm ivory and it's brilliant for when I need an extra pick me up.

It appears that I am a sucker for Make Up Artists on counters as well as anyone else who ever tries to sell me anything, without questioning her or trying to reach back into my brain to see if I already owned something that would do the job, I agreed to also pick up the corrector in Extra Light Bisque. Don't tell me now that it's a waste of money, it makes me feel a lot better thinking that my under eyes would still be nothing without it. I haven't actually tried the concealer without this (probably because I'm scared it will look exactly the same) 

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige, another product that I have been craving ever since my afforementioned trip to London this spring and after finally using up ever scrape of my tester pot I decided that, it was my 21st (well, a month ago) I needed to take the plunge and treat myself! I had a lovely money off voucher for Debenhams from work so it made it a little less painful, however I know that I'll wear it often as it suits my skin down to the ground.

Lush Lip Scrub, I did wince at the £5 price tag and when I returned to Nottingham the next week, I couldn't justify spending that much on a second one for my second home, however I do love this stuff and will definately repurchase once this has run out. I can suffer from dry skin on my lips and this buffs it away effortlessly whilst tasting too yummy!

Topshop Matte Finish Lipstick in "All About Me" so my mission of the day was to find a nude lipstick... After swatching Candy Yum Yum from MAC fot the first time in my life (bad blogger, I know) I decided that a nice bright pink wouldn't hurt too, I'd put a more moisturised version on from a brand that I wont name that morning and it had worn off before my 40 minute drive to the city had ended so I wanted something matte that hopefully (and in practise, does) lasts longer! It's a lovely vibrant pink that will be more suited next SS but I love that I've got it in my collection now.

 No7 Lipstick, on my quest for a nude lipstick I did a lot of swatching and being the little magpie that I am, couldn't resist picking up this slightly more matte reddy nude colour that will be perfect for over the festive period (I'm not quite up to really intense dark lipsticks just yet) so this is a great happy medium.

 TopShop Velvet Lipstick in Saint, I was a little gutted that they didn't have this in a matte finish however on reflection maybe a velvet finish wont be so harsh and prone to showing up any dry bits that my lush scrub has rid me of. It's a lovely very nude colour that I couldn't wait to wear (hense the non-perfect picture)

Revlon Lipstick, another one that I snapped up before we visited TopShop (apologies that these haven't come out in any real order) as I sort of thought to myself "this will do" a Revlon Lipstick is always a failsafe if you ask me, reliable, not the best, but reliable and although this was darker than I wanted to find, It will do me well when I've gone to town on my eye make up but don't want a completely nude lip.

Sooo yes, this was all in one day. Sorry to both mine and Lee's bank balance that took a rather swift whack but, my sister had got engaged that morning and, like I said, I owed myself some serious 21st Birthday shopping so I was a tad over excited! 

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation £30.50 - I know, I know, we've all seen this mentioned a thousand times but a thousand bloggers and probably seen twice as many tutorials on youtube using it, but I'm always extremely cautious before splurging on a high end foundation and quite frankly cannot ready enough reviews of different skin types. Take this foundation, was it exactly what I thought that it would be? Nope. Don't get me wrong, I love this foundation, it was my firm favourite for months and will always probably be my go-to when I don't want to faff. I have oily temples, a dry forehead and around my nose and the rest of my skin is normal (it's hella fun finding foundation that suit my whole face ya know) so on my temples, this can start to feel a little greasy throughout the day, a spot of translucent powder and that's fixed though. It does leave you with a great glow and although I would say that the coverage is a lot more "sheer" that I was expecting, it still leaves my skin looking good. I'm experimenting a bit more with high end foundations again now so this has found it's way into the depths of my drawer however, once you get used to it (and I find that I really have to work it into my skin) you know that you can rely on it when you need a fail-safe that you know will look good.
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

#TheWinterProject - Favourite Winter Accessory

Unfortunately I was too late to the party with #TheSoProject so when I heard that the lovely Kellie from Bold95Beauty had created a #TheWinterProject I was so excited to join in! I've missed the first post which was Winter Nails but hopefully I'll catch up on that later, however this week it's accessories and I don't know about you, but during winter, I can't go anywhere without a nice big scarf. No matter what the material I need something around my neck to keep me snug! Below are a few that I found that look to die for!

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation* £7.99 - I've only got one word that I can use to start this review, runny! I feel like I need to warn you all to treat this foundation with care the first time you pour it out. It doesn't come with a pump and the first time that I went to pour some out onto the back of my hand, I literally covered my hand and part of my wrist (which of course my boyfriend found hilarious). It's not necessarily a bad thing against the product, but it did put me off a little. I've heard people say that they love this foundation and to be honest I thought that it was going to be a contender for a NARS Sheer Glow Dupe (does anyone else see the resemblence?) which it may well be going for, but I don't think that it is! I didn't find the coverage particularly high and unsuprisingly a little of this goes a long way. Overall, it's an OK foundation, not an amazing high street one that we all need to ditch our higher end favourites for, but I can see that in the summer it could come in handy as a light foundation when I have a tan and don't need much coverage. I'm undecided on this - what are your thoughts?

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Monday, 18 November 2013

#TheSkinProject - Introduction

You may or may not have heard that I recently took part in an Anti-Ageing Skincare project that unfortunately didn't take off as planned, however the lovely and wonderful Lianne from The Brunette Says has come back with a bang and created #TheSkinProject, welcome to my introduction to it! Please head on over to her blog to find out how to join in and the schedule for the posts. Let me know if you're part of it too as I'd love to read your posts!

I don't want to go into too much detail as that's what the upcoming weeks are for but at the moment, I'm being extremely slack with my skin and struggling to understand what it needs to be healthy, so my series will be more of a journey for me than it may be for others but I hope that you enjoy reading it none the less! I'm sure that this series is going to give me the kick up the bum that I need to get my Skincare back on track and I'm pretty excited to see the results at the end of it!

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Weightloss Wednesday on a Saturday?

Hello Guys! 

You may have noticed that my posts have fallen down to non existent and have now picked back up to every other day, I really hope that you don't mind but I have so much going on at the moment (I will explain in a blog post in two weeks time) that I felt too much pressure blogging everyday so I just panicked and felt I had to stop altogether,. but now hopefully two beauty posts and one lifestyle a week will suffice. I know that I started a "Weightloss Wednesday" feature and got pretty much nowhere with it and I'm sorry, it was partially due to time, partially due to the fact that for two weeks the scales and tape measure said that I had put on weight and partially down to my just feeling too rubbish to share myself with you. Sorry again!

However, I've learnt to ditch the scales, there are three different sets of scales that I use, Lee's home, the gym and my Grandparents, and they vary from 10st to 12st so who the hell knows?! And I measured myself yesterday to find that I'd apparenly put an inch on everywhere, but all of my clothes are now baggy that I'd say I'm half a dress size smaller (now a comfortable 10 instead of really should admit I was a 12). So out with the weights and measures and on with how I feel. That's the most important part anyway, right?

In said blogpost in two weeks time, I've got some pretty huge confessions/revelations that I shall be... revealing, and from then on I can be 100% honest with you lovely lot and if it inspires just one person to now feel as good as I do, then I can be a happy happy bunny.

I'm going to leave it at this, I might start a new "weightloss" feature that has a stronger focus on technique, recipes, state of mind and how to keep your mind whilst losing your weight. 

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream Review

L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream £30 - The product pictuered is of course not a full sized product, in fact I received this in a beauty box (so annoyed I can't remember which one, I got a bit addicted to them all at one point) back in the summer and have used it often yet sparingly ever since. Angelic? It sure it. In fact, the only reason I haven't thrown caution to the wind and bought the full sized product yet is because I thought I'd researched it and it was far more expensive that it turns out it actually is, guess what my next purchase will be? This Moisturiser is light, bright and totally refreshing. It was my go-to moisturiser all through summer when I wasn't going to be wearing any make up and wanted to feel refreshed and hydrated, not clammy and sticky. I also reach for this just before the gym to give my face a little boost of feeling awake and alert and ready to tackle a big work out (if it prepares me for the gym, angels must have had something to do with it...) it also leaves my skin feeling soft and subtle and it sinks in really quickly. I've not really put this to the test in the harsher winter months and I'm thinking it may be a little too light to battle against the elements however, it's 7.42am on a cold November morning, so I may just do that today... 

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Zuri Skincare Range - Review!

Zuri Skincare Range* from £1.99 - Okay, that price is on fragrance direct, I found it in dollars and it was over $40 per item (which, for the record, I wouldn't say that it's quite worth that much). I've been sitting on this review for a little while now as I've been deliberating whether to do seperate reviews on each product or on the range as a whole, if you'd like to know anything about a specific product just say so in the comments box below! Overall, this is a pretty neat idea, the Zuri Skincare Range comes in lovely sturdy packaging and it all looked beautifully matching and clean whilst I was using the entire regime in my bathroom. It comes in "chapters" a bit like Cliniques numbering process, you have from Chapter one to nine that leads you from start to finish. There were a couple of products that I felt were in the wrong order slightly but maybe I'm the one working backwards! There are only a few of the "chapters" that I still regularly use, such as the serum and the blemish corrector pen, however that's more down to the fact that I have simply moved on to new cleansers and toners and I rarely repurchase at the moment due to have a backlog of reviews to do! The whole process left my skin feeling smooth, I'd like to concentrate on Chapter Seven, the skin tone corrector, a bit more as I'm curious to explore it's effects as a stand along product a bit more. But for the price tags currently on offer at fragrance direct, it's well worth the money, and who doesn't love a co-ordinating skincare range in their bathroom?

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