Thursday, 31 July 2014

Revlon Colourburst Matte Balms

Revlon Colourburst Matte Balms £7.99 - The first thing that I love about the Colourburst Balms in general is that there really is something for everyone, from the original formula, to the Lacquer ones and then my favourites, the matte collection. Everyone is catered for and that can be kind of rare on the High Street. The colour range is just as vast too from pinks to purples to corals to nudes to everything in between. Well done Revlon! These two really caught my eye in the shop and as they had an infamous 3 for 2 offer on, I had to get more than one. The numbers I got was 205 and 245 and they're both beautiful in their own way. One is a beautiful orangey-coral which is definitely a little out of my comfort zone but I've had so many compliments on it that it pushes me to wear it more often, and 245 is a lush pink colour that just enhances the lip and gives you a little pick me up without being too strikingly bold. The only thing I will say is that you have to prep your lips well in advance with these. I suffer from really dry lips and so have to ensure that I exfoliate and moisturise them the night before and just before application else they can slightly cling to drier patches. I can get through a whole chatty YouTube video in one without having to touch it up at all and if you know how much I can talk then you'll know that it's given a real test there. I haven't got any of the Lacquer version of these yet as I feel like I have enough of those type products in my collection, but I wouldn't hold me to that for too long...

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Boutique by Sainsbury's Lipgloss

Boutique by Sainsbury's Lipgloss £6.99 - Did you know that Sainsbury's has it's own line of budget make up? No neither did I! I can remember vaguely hearing something about it a while ago but had totally forgotten until I found myself wandering around the aisles of my local superstore killing time and I came across the stand. They obviously use the same company as Tanya Burr's line as the packaging is identical, which for me is a little off putting as I like my purchases from different brands to be individual, but it's not a huge deal breaker at that price. I recently wrote a review of the Tanya Burr lip glosses and exclaimed that I didn't really like them all that much, however I've fallen in love with this offering from "Boutique" by Sainsbury's. It's the perfect summer coral lipgloss that looks beautiful either on it's own or over a lipstick. As you could guess, the staying power isn't all that great, but for the price tag that's understandable and I'm yet to actually find a lipgloss that looks freshly applied longer than an hour anyway. I definitely need to venture more into lipgloss over lipstick now that the weather is warmer and I think that Boutique may be the perfect brand to help me do that, their colour range is fab and beautifully suited for summer and for £6.99 each, I think that it's a good balance of experimenting with colour but knowing that the finish is going to be fairly good too. Have you heard of Boutique by Sainsbury's? Is there anything else that I need to try from the range?


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Friday, 25 July 2014

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner


Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner £12 - It feels as though my quest for the perfect black eyeliner has been going on forever and every time that I think I've found one, within days it's gone from the deepest black to a wishy-washy grey, frustrating isn't even the word. When I saw this as a free gift from a magazine last month I knew that I had to pick it up and give it a try, what did I have to lose? Nothing, but boy did I gain a lot. Not only is the nib super skinny (the clue is in the name) but it stills distributes an even, dark black line onto my lids. The fact that the nib is so skinny means that I can be super precise and not worry about getting something thicker than I'd bargained for! It also lasts all day without budging nor smudging. It's fluke enough for me to get my eyeliner right the first time let alone trying to redo it with touch ups throughout the day! As you can see from the swatch, boy is it black and the fact that it stays that way too, is an absolute winner for me. I've had it for around a month now so I'll have to update you on how fast it dries up, but I definitely have high hopes for this one!

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Sleek Pout Paint





Sleek Pout Paint £4.99 - I have a sneaky feeling that these may have been discontinued? If that's the case then I'm super sorry that I'm about a year late with this. I got this in a beauty box last year and boy did I not read the packaging properly when it said it was pigmented. Just look at that swatch above. It is completely opaque and dries super fast into a matte look that lasts forever, and ever, and ever. It is super hard to get off to the point that I had to scrub that swatch off of my hand until it went bright red! These are meant to be mixed together to create your own perfect colour, which to me is a fab idea as we all have our own ideas of what colour we want. It also means that by buying just two of these little babies you can create a multitude of different looks and colours. Bazinga. These should definitely come with a warning of how bright they are as Lee nearly died laughing when I popped this on for a "splash of colour" before running off to work, only to look in a mirror and be flabbergasted and then horrified to learn that I had to face a full day at work with minimal make up apart from bright bold pink lips! I really hope that these aren't discontinued so if you find them anywhere please do let me know!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Wet Brush

The Wet Brush* £11.99 - Tell me that you've got a hairbrush that will make brushing my hair more gentle and cause less fallout and my heart is yours forever. I looked in my drawer earlier and realised that I'm building up quite the collection of hairbrushes which promise to detangle your locks as gently as possible. Some of which cause more static than anything else and some are just as painful as any other old hairbrush. I get this brush out for when my Scaredoo just won't cut it and I want something a little more sturdy to get through those tougher knots. Although I do still find that I get a lot of hair fall out whilst using this brush (it is a problem of mine, not because of this brush directly I might add), the whole process is a lot less painful and by the end of it my hair feels like it's really been detangle and brushed, rather than just had something run over the top of it. I find The Wet Brush to be at it's most useful when my hair is wet and even my other alternatives still pull on my scalp whereas this feels like the most gentle offering that I've used so far. For that reason this does tend to stay in my swimming bag for use a few times a week but I can always count on this when other's let me down. 

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Tanya Burr Lipglosses





Tanya Burr Lipglosses* £6.99 - I know for a fact that everybody in the blogging community is super proud of Tanya Burr for bringing out her own line in lip glosses and nail polishes, and I hate to be a party pooper, but these just did not work for me. The formula was too thick and gloomy and did not go on smoothly at all, I tried to wear these to a work party one night and by the time I'd reached my friend in the next village, I'd wiped it off and put on something else. Okay enough of me being a negative ninny here, the shades that I have are "Just Peachy" and "Lets Travel the World" the latter being a rather strange name for a lipgloss if you ask me but whatever floats your boat. The shade range in general is pretty good and I'll be honest with you - there are a few that I would like to try out so I've not ruled them out altogether just yet. The price point of these is good too, affordable enough for me to be able to buy more than one shade to try but not cheap to the point that I question their quality (even if the application itself did). As with all products that I don't particularly like to begin with, I will give them another go - does anyone know of any better shades for me to try?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil £10 - This was featured in a recent Birchbox of mine and as per usual I pushed it to the back of my drawer. Does anyone find that you get a lot of Lord & Berry products in beauty boxes? It's as if we don't have to actually go out and buy them ourselves as Glossybox & Birchbox will provide them for us. Not that I'm complaining. Eyeliners in a beauty box can be very hit or miss in terms of colour and wearability. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to colour on my eye so when this arrived in the shade "sand" I was extremely pleased. Although a little hard and stiff to apply that does mean that it stays put all day and just will not budge until asked to by my make-up remover. The colour is also beautiful, it's nice for me to finally step away from black with a beautiful bronzed brown colour that is still very cool in colour. I can't pull off a warm red toned brown, it just looks all wrong on me so this cooler shade it perfectly suited. As you can see from the swatch above it's also nice when it's blended out a little. I like to combine this with a Rimmel Scandeleyes Shadow Stick in my crease to easily create a soft smokey eye. I like Lord & Berry more and more every time they're featured in a beauty box, maybe one day I'll love them enough to purchase them directly? 

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

So...? For Me

So...? For Me Body Spray* £1.99 - I swear that these body sprays have been around for absolutely ever and I've always opted for a perfume over and above something such as these however now, I'm not sure why. Although this is supposed to be a more Rock & Roll kind of spray to me, it smells 100% like summer. That may be because I used this all of the time during my trip to Denmark, however now whenever I spray it i'm transformed to lazing around and basking in the sun. It's a real fresh scent and I actually find that it being in a body spray as opposed to my usual perfume means that I can spray it evenly and it will cling to my clothes and I can smell it all day. This is now a staple product in my handbag and I use it all of the time for work, at only £1.99 I can't wait to get my hands on more of these and start using them more often! I regularly pass up a perfume now in favour of this little beauty. Oh, and doesn't it look cute?

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Schwarzkopf Gliss Shine Tonic

Schwarzkopf Gliss Shine Tonic £2.49 - I said a few weeks ago that I always seem to struggle with making my hair shine when it's lighter, when I'm brunette it doesn't seem to be a problem but I just can't get that healthy shine on my hair when I'm blonde. I've been sneakily using my Mum's Gliss Tonic for as long as I remember to give my hair that extra bit of shine and now that I have my own, it's a bit of a struggle not to use it each time I wear my hair down. It's only £2.49 so it wouldn't be the end of the world if I did but I like to save it for more important days. I style my hair as usual and just give it a once over spray with this on my way out of the door. It also smells delicious, almost chocolately but I can't really put my finger on it. I'm not sure how it works but I always leave with my hair feeling soft and smooth and looking a whole lot healthier once I've used this baby.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

Last week I posted all about my Morning Skincare Routine and I don't really mix too much up from day to night so I will keep this post quite short and sweet! To me there is nothing better than curling up in bed at night with perfectly cleansed and cleaned skin ready for the day ahead. If I've taken the time to really pamper my skin at night then I can 100% tell in the morning and need to use far less makeup and take far less time so to me, the investment at night is always worth it! I can be a bit lazy and I often do fall asleep with a face full of makeup so I'm trying to make it a resolution of mine to stick to this routine every night. 

To remove my Makeup first of all I always reach for my L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution, I have a few over Micellar Solutions that I want to try out but for now this one more than does the job. It removes every trace of my makeup with about 4 cotton pads and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and ready. If I'm feeling lazy then I'll admit I may skip out getting up to cleanse using my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser but boy does my skin thank me when I do! I think it just prepares me for the lotions and potions that I use next. 

The first of those being the Avene Soothing Hydration Serum, my skin can often feel irritated after a day in the office so this really helps to calm it down and soothe it. If I've been upset at all then I will lather this on my face and by the morning and redness has completely gone! Next up is my infamous Elemis Pro Intense Lift Effect Night Cream, technically for anti-ageing but I've not found anything as luxurious or good for my skin so my Mum isn't getting her mits on this just yet! 

Last up is my Clinique All About Eyes eye cream just to hydrate them overnight and lastly a jolly good helping of Vaseline on my lips to get them soft and smooth ready for the morning. I sometimes dab tea tree oil on my face if I have any spots or blemishes as I find that it clears them up super quick and gives my skin a little extra boost!

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

#Haveyoudiscovered Storage Ideas!


Glossybox Storage - The age old problem of having too much make up and nowhere to store it is one that all of us bloggers can relate to. I can remember the much simpler days when my entire makeup collection fit into one make up bag and now, I've just bought and entire 5 drawer unit to fit it all into. I can't afford any fancy storage boxes (which are surprisingly more expensive that you'd think) or dividers to separate all of my cosmetic goodies so I've gone for a much cheaper and more thrifty option. My old beauty boxes, a mixture of Glossybox & Birchbox with the occasion old purse box thrown in for my palettes and although I've had to do a blogsale because even that was over flowing, it keeps everything neat and tidy in it's place and I never had to rummage for long. What's more is they haven't really cost me a penny, I've not had to repurchase any more since I ended my subscription to Glossybox as the amount that I have suits me fine however I do store my excess Birchbox's just incase they begin to overflow. Nothing feels better than a neat and organised beauty drawer - right?

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Maybelline Forever Strong Professional Nail Varnish




Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour £4.49 - For me personally the Gel Nail look is bang on trend, I absolutely adore it and wish that all of my polishes create a gel effect. That's why when I was in Tesco one lunch time this little beauty caught my eye. I'd recently read a very positive review of the coloured versions of this and I'm dying to pick some of those up myself, however this fit the bill just perfectly for a topcoat that would transform any polish into a gel effect. It's not quite as thick as I was hoping but then I am well aware that I'm on my own in wanting my polish as thick as possible. It makes my polish last at least 2 or 3 extra days and gives it a high shine finish that doesn't dull like my polishes do on their own. The brush is wide too, which I love as the last thing I want to do after applying a manicure is faff around too much with the topcoat (hell, you're lucky I apply one at all). I was also super surprised to see that this was only £4.49. I swear that High Street Nail Polishes are getting more and more expensive so it was a breath of fresh air to see something under the £5 mark and it was 100% enticed me back into buying more. Even if I'm wearing a Barry M Gelly Nail Polish then I'll still pop this over the top. The gellier the better for me this summer!

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips £7.99 - I first purchased these back in December at the London Christmas Blogger Meet as I was running around the city (not literally, it was winter and I think I was in heels) panicking that being amongst all of that pollution might be damaging my skin. I also find that I tend to load my skin with a whole load more products in the winter in an attempt to make it look brighter and therefore it can get really clogged up. I've seen pore strips around a few times but heard that they really hurt and therefore stayed well, well away however I decided to take the plunge. I'm also one of those really weird people who likes to see the grime that's come out of my skin so these looked super exciting. As soon as I got home from London I popped one of these on (as did Lee, his results were far, far worse than mine) and waited for it to dry solid. I ignored the time limits that they give to you and just waited for it to do it's thing and set. Unfortunately (maybe?) I didn't see much, if any, grim that had been pulled from my pores however my skin felt super clean and super smooth. I actually wish you could get one of these for your whole face - anyone know of anything? I now use these once every other month, usually a week or so before a big event to really give my skin the clear out that it deserves. I know I should do it more often but I just love seeing the results. I know, i know, I'm strange...

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara

Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara £10 - Last year I inherited a stash of make up (I can't remember where from) and in amongst it was this Soap & Glory offering of their Thick & Fast Mascara, of course, you know me, so I pushed it into my drawer and it only saw the light of day again recently where it duly dried up pretty quickly (not it's fault, it was pretty old). However in the few weeks that it was useable, I have to tell you all how fab it was. I often tell you how my lashes are pretty darn long naturally so I avoid lengthening mascaras like the plague and any mascara will instantly be rated on how spidery it makes my lashes. I'm all about depth of colour and volume and this delivers on both points. It gives (gave) a nice deep black colour that makes my eyes stand out with a nice helping of volume too but didn't elongate them to the point that I was taking some off before I'd even left the house. The "fast" part is true too, I can't be doing with faffing around at 7am in the morning and so I need something that performs quickly. I will definitely be repurchasing this once I need a new mascara and it also makes me want to try so many more Soap & Glory products too!

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Monday, 7 July 2014

My Morning Skincare Routine


I don't know about you but I am super nosey when it comes to other people and their routines. I love a good review but to me there is nothing better than knowing what makes the cut into my fellow blogger's daily routines. Up until recently I've had to split my products between two homes and made the best of what I had, so I never really had a complete routine that I was happy with. Until now...

To start with I "clean" my skin with my L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water, usually before I even get out of bed. Next up is a lovely deep clean using my Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser which leaves my skin feeling beautifully smooth and soft. As soon as possible after that I use my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo and give it as much time as possible to soak into my skin and begin to work it's magic. 

Next up is my Clinique All About Eyes eye cream, I've only recently started to use an Eye Cream but find that this is the best so far, it leaves the skin under my eyes feeling softer than ever before and I feel like it just gives me a really good base to apply my concealer onto and reduces puffiness almost instantly. At the moment I'm treating myself to my L'Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream as it's super lightweight and refreshing for these muggier and humid summer mornings. It's pretty pricey for the full sized version but is definitely something which I will be investing in. 

Then of course I need to prep and prime my lips and I tend to use my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, I apply my lipstick once I'm at work due to the fact that I've usually run out of time before I leave and I find that this gives me a nice looking sheen to my lips until then whilst preparing them for my lippy. 

I tend to mix up my moisturisers most and I'll be back with my Olay Beauty Fluid fairly soon as I'm dreading the day I run out of my L'Occitane one however other than that, it stays pretty stable. Of course if I'm sent something to review then that will take something's place but I always come back to this combination.

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation


Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation £9.99 - This year I have really caught myself by surprise by just how tanned I am already. All of my "summer" foundations from last year are far too pale for me and I've been feeling really uncomfortable recently, even in my darkest foundation, MAC Face & Body in N2. I've toyed with the idea of the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation for so long but could never justify it when I had so many foundations that were working perfectly fine, so when I came to desperately need a new and darker base, I was instantly excited that I now had an excuse to purchase it. For me, it's a little on the pricey side for a high-street foundation but that's only when you're stood comparing it to all of the other prices. It does however, far out perform it's price tag and many more expensive too. I often wear this on it's own, with no concealer or bronzer, if I'm wanting a natural everyday look and it's got enough coverage to suit me fine. It also smells absolutely amazing, like summer in a foundation, which instantly perks me up into a good mood ready for the day. It lasts amazingly too, I've applied it at 10am, been into town, to the beach for a day and then out for a meal until gone 11pm at night and it's still there, with no primer and only a minimal touch up on my chin which is understandable considering I have a thing with touching my chin and I'd eaten like a horse that day. This may have taken Rimmel Wake Me Up's spot as my favourite High Street Foundation!

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner


Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner £6.00 - I have recently tried to make an effort with wearing eyeliner as I really think that it can totally transform a look from zero effort to maximum with a simple cat flick. This has lead me to try out some of my previously neglected eyeliners in a quest to find my favourite. The Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner started off strong, the super pointy nib means that I can be super precise and keep my line as neat as possible and build up a strong look very gradually. When I first dug this out it was also "Carbon Black" just as it says on the tin. It has started to dry out now but it is over a year old so it's not really unexpected. I have a few more in my collection to try out first but I will definitely be repurchasing this when I've run out. It lasts all day, even if I go to the gym or biking then it stays firmly put. I'm actually super disappointed that it's run out now when I'm really getting into wearing eyeliner as it performs so well. 

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Dior Glowing Colour Powder Blush

Dior Glowing Colour Powder Blush in "Peechy Keen" £29 - I am really, really not a blush person, having battled with rosy cheeks by whole life I've always tried my best to conceal any redness and because of that I rarely use blusher, one that I can always rely on to give me a soft and subtle glow without making me look like a clown (oh it does happen). It's a soft peach colour that seems to match my skin tone no matter what time of year. In the summer when i'm slightly more tanned I go for the shimmer side more often as I just want a little extra glow, however in the winter I'll use both sides if I'm feeling really daring. What else can I say? It lasts all day and it super easy to apply and blend, I must prefer a powder blush over a cream any day and you need the smallest amount of this to create a nice daytime look. However if you are a little heavy handed then all is not lost and you can simply blend it out easily. I desperately need someone to show me the ropes of blush and how to apply it without making myself resemble Ronald McDonald, any takers please make yourself known....

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