Wednesday, 28 May 2014

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir* £9.99 - When I first ever started blogging I was told time & time again that products need to be given time before you see changes, I'm a very impatient person and no matter how much I'm splashing out on a product I like it to be noticeable fairly quickly. I'll let you picture my delight, then, when this landed on my doorstop on a rare day off of mine meaning that I could pop it through my locks straight away. Instantly my hair (which was in desperate need of a washing and a little worse for wear due to my being ill at the time) felt silky soft and smooth and looked glossy and shiny (no, it wasn't the grease). I also liked that it sunk into my hands fairly quickly too, I generally have a towel around my bedroom to wipe my hands with after applying my hair oils as otherwise I'm left with super slippy hands which makes driving to work rather challenging. But with this I didn't need it, I simply rubbed my hands together as if I were applying hand cream and it sunk straight in, leaving me able to go about whatever it was I was doing (probably getting food from the kitchen) without feeling like a masseuse. I adore John Frieda's Frizz Ease range and I've never had a disappointing product from there yet.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Have you discovered...? Eyeliner



Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Onyx £9 - I got this product in a glossy box last year and like most products in there didn't really use it for a long time. It just seemed a bit chunky for me and I'm usually really picky with my eyeliner, however after too many smudgy panda eyes from my Bobbi Brown Gel Liner (I really don't get on with that stuff!) I decided to switch to a pen and found this in my collection. The nib actually goes to a pretty fine point which you can be super precise with and the slightly thicker pen itself actually makes it easier to hold and use. It goes on a really nice dark black (don't you hate it when they're a little grey?!) and stays on all day. The times that I've been super naughty and not taken my make up off at night, this has been perfectly in place the next day. It's also sweat-proof too as it's survived at the gym on more than one occasion. This is actually my main eyeliner now and although it's opened the door to me trying out other eyeliner pens, I think this will remain my number one for a while!

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Collection






Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Collection* £18 to £21 - If there's one thing that I possibly love more than summer itself, it's all of the beautiful collections that come out just in time! Clarins have, as always, come up with a magnificent new collection that ties in wonderfully with the upcoming World Cup in Rio later this year. I was slightly gutted that I didn't get to try the stunning Quartet & Eyeliner Palette (£32) that's also in the collection, or the Summer Bronzing Compact (£30) but the offerings that I was ever-so-kindly sent have more than captivated my beauty lovers heart. The Truly Waterproof Mascara (£21) makes my lashes look beautifully volumised and lengthened yet they are nowhere near spiders-leg territory which can be a real bug bear of mine. It also stays put absolutely all day and because it's waterproof, it's perfect for both being at the gym and also hot climates as it will not budge. The Lip Balm Crayons (£18 each) are just a hint of hydrating colour that includes shea butter to really give your lips a boost. My personal favourite is the Creamy Pink, I find that I can wear any of these without having to prep my lips too much and it just gives a subtle hint of colour that is perfect for a no-makeup make up day, which I have far more of during summer. What's your favourite Summer Collection this year?

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucrée Eau De Toilette

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucree Eau De Toilette* £42 - I'll admit it now, I'm not a big perfume fan, sure I like to wear it and I (obviously) like the smells of the ones that I own, but I don't have a vast collection and it's not something that I often choose to splurge on. When I was offered the chance to try this one I jumped at it, Eau Sucree meaning Sugar Water, I presumed it would smell sweet and fresh, perfect for this time of year. Boy was I correct, it smells super-super sweet. I've actually become a tad obsessed with the scent of this to the point that people at work commented that they can smell me in the office next to mine. I find that it doesn't linger too long on me but I can never smell my own perfume, I did however take a dress out of my wardrobe the other day and I got a very pleasant whiff of this. I'm sorry that I'm not too good at describing perfumes but as I mentioned, I've never really been that "into" them but this has certainly made me want to broaden my horizons and I will certainly be divulging into new scents and fragrances now.

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Have you discovered...? Eyeshadow


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Mally Forever Silk Liquid Eyeshadow $25 - Sorry, I can't actually find this in England and my Mum usually buys all of our Mally things (possibly off of eBay). I'll not lie, when my Mum first gave this to me I wasn't overly impressed and pushed it to the back of my collection, however something made me pull it back out a few weeks ago and it's been a staple in my everyday make-up bag ever since. I can either wear this on it's own or I often like to use it in my crease after apply a Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeshadow stick and then blend with a MAC 217 brush. The formula is quite wet but it dries super quickly so it doesn't crease or smudge as soon as I close my eyes. It also lasts beautifully all day, too, which is just perfect for when I'm at work. I actually had a 14 hour day this week and it was still in place when I got home, without a primer! I really hope that Mally come to the UK soon as my Mum has loads of their products and swears by them, and what I've tried. I love. 

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Friday, 16 May 2014

CITSII Supplements





CITSII Purify & Curb It Supplements £19.99 & £17.99 - This week has definitely had a theme to it and that has been supplements. As I said in my previous post I used to be so dubious of them and would rarely entertain them. After reading the amazing effects that these had on a friend of mine I decided to take the plunge, my main issue with losing weight is my portion control, I never seem to be full and even if I am it's only half an hour before I'm thinking about food again. I also felt, for the first time in my life, like I needed a detox. I don't particularly abuse my body, I don't smoke or drink and I exercise fairly regularly (extremely regularly now) however after eating whatever I wanted when I wanted under a number of different excuses, I just wanted to rid my body of any toxins that may have built up. Of the two, I've already recommend that a number of people purchase the Curb It as I can really tell a different when I take these, I went from eating two meals a day that were larger than my then-boyfriends to being able to survive on two apples, a cuppa soup and then a salad for my tea. I also find that I don't need to take them everyday either, if I take them monday-friday then my appetite won't return until later the next week. Perfect for making them last a little longer! The Purify I'm not so sold on, maybe I didn't really need to detox? Maybe it's meant more for if you're bloated and I'm not particularly? But I just didn't notice a huge change, a combination of taking all three of supplements that I've mentioned this week did make me feel brighter, more alert, more focused and just generally healthier.

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

MitoQ Targeted Anti-Oxidant



MitoQ Targeted Anti-Oxidant £37.25* - I have always been massively dubious of any form of supplement or vitamin and had a firm belief that it was pretty much a placebo effect. I've tried various forms of supplements and nothing has really wowed me or made me want to carry on taking them. These however were a whole other story. I've mentioned these in various videos of mine and in all of them said words this effect "There's been a terrible bug going round my office and usually I'd be the first to catch it but since taking these I've managed to avoid it" Can you guess what happened next? I stopped taking them and had to have 10 days off work because I was so ill I couldn't get out of bed. By day 7 I was able to think straight enough to start taking them again and I felt so much better by the time I went back to work. OK, no I'm not saying it was 100% down to these but they definitely helped. I also feel so much more positive and like I have far more energy with these too, something that is more than welcome now I'm hitting the gym pretty hard almost every day. They are a tad pricey at nearly £40 but they're one of the only supplements I've ever tried that have actually worked, so to me, they're totally worth it. Oh & side note, the capsules themselves are really rather small so they're super easy to take! 

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Makeover Monday #9



 Supplements. Something that I never thought I'd get into, but after reading a blog post on how much they helped one of my friends I just had to give them a try. I tend to take them for a week religiously and then forget about them but during that week I can really feel all of the above working. I'm not going to go into the ingredients or the science behind them because I quite frankly don't understand it and I'd hate to relay something incorrectly. All that you need to know is that they worked for me, for me being the optimum part of that. I'll start at the top with the MitoQ Anti-Oxident Capsules, you take two of these when you wake up and they help to detoxify and fight off any baddies. Throughout my time of taking these my entire workplace fell ill with pretty much the same flu/cold and almost all of them had to have time off, I'm usually the first to catch anything and be out for ages but I didn't even get the sniffles. I can only put that down to these as if anything I pushed my body harder by hitting the gym during that time.

Next up are the two from CITSII, Firstly the Curb It's, these are essentially appetite suppressants and again, for me I think that they really worked. I went from having much larger portions than my boyfriend and never ever really feeling full, to being able to go a whole day on two apples and a cuppa soup. I've stopped taking these for the last week and my portions are creeping back up so I'd say you need to give these time to work if you want long term results. Next are the Purify, which are for detoxing. Even now I'm trying to be healthy I still have the occasional binge and I'm never really that good with what I eat so these are essential for me. They just make my body feel, well, purer.

Stay tuned as this week's blog posts will be 100% dedicated to these, hence my being brief now.

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Friday, 9 May 2014

My First CrownBrush Collection

CrownBrush C405, C441 & C463 Brushes £8.29 to £1.99 - I am always on the hunt for better (but cheaper) brushes and after reading so many raves reviews about so many different CrownBrushes I just had to take the plunge, but when I say plunge it wasn't exactly a deep one as the most expensive brush that I purchased (The C405 Angle Contour Blush Brush) was only £8.29! It is probably my second favourite brush now out of my entire collection (losing out only to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but hey they do different things) as it is just so perfectly fit for purpose. It fits right under my cheek bones and is the perfect shape and width to contour them beautifully, yet it's fluffy enough to be taken up round my hairline and down under my jaw. I was a tad dubious about using the C441 Pro Blending Crease Brush (£3.99) as it has been so famously hailed as a MAC 217 dupe and I do dearly love my 217. However I genuinely don't think that I can tell the difference, the handle of the C441 is slightly thicker but other than that my untrained eye would have thought they were the same brush and they perform identically. I now feel a little stupid for forking out £17 for the MAC version. I purchased two of the C463 Infinity Angle Liner Brushes (£1.99) as I like to have one for the wax part of my Benefit BrowZings Palette and then a different one for the powder. My only gripe is that they're ever so slightly too thick for my brows at the moment, but I do have annoyingly thin brows and if I use them carefully then it's not a problem. I find that with careful washing all of these brushes clean easily, although you do have to be extremely gentle (I learnt the hard way) and reshape them quickly but for their price, I cannot praise them highly enough and I don't think I'll look elsewhere for my brushes for a long time. 

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser




Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser £14.75 - I don't know about you but I sometimes feel as though some cult products get a little overlooked on beauty blogs, like, "it's been around for ages and we know it's good so there's no point in writing about it". I couldn't disagree further, I personally read as many reviews as I can find on a product, especially skincare, before taking the plunge and us slightly newer beauty bloggers may have something different to say. I'm all for my #Haveyoudiscovered project and finding new brands and products but that's not to say that we shouldn't appreciate the more established ones too. Take my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, I've probably had this for around 6 months now and although I take breaks to try new things in it's place, I will always come back to this. I know that this works and that's not a bad thing, it's reliable and when I just can't be bothered to chance my luck, I'll turn to this. It makes my skin super smooth and fresh and just makes me feel like I've given my skin a real treat, every morning and night.  Nothing compares to the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and for the price tag, you're getting a really good deal. The fact that it's dispensed via a pump means that you don't get too much out (something I can be really guilty of) and just makes it all feel a touch more luxurious. I really like using a hot cloth cleanser and almost love that I can see it's still managed to remove more makeup (and grime) from my face even when I think I've already taken it all off. The only downside I can see is that this isn't stocked terribly locally to me, I think Nottingham or Peterborough are my nearest stockists and I like to buy things in person, for some reason paying for postage really bugs me. I'd love to try some more products from Liz Earle as I've heard they have some more gems like this!

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Friday, 2 May 2014

MAC All Fired Up


MAC Matte All Fired Up Lipstick £15 - I know, I've been a beauty blogger for over a year now and this is my first MAC Lipstick, admittedly I bought it on New Years Eve but I've only found the time to blog about it now! I wasn't too sure if I'd see the different in paying £15 on a lipstick as opposed to my cheaper £6/£7 alternatives but I really, really do. This only really comes off when I'm eating and I'll never begrudged such a vibrant lipstick of that. It is a perfect matte red with a hint of pink, so not too stark, that is matte whilst not drying my lips out totally. I now find that when I wear a cheaper lipstick, I wish it were MAC so that it lasted longer, or the payoff was a little better or it wasn't so drying. I think (/hope) that I'll be building up my MAC Lipstick collection now that my Pro Palette has filled up!

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