Monday, 25 May 2015

EOS Lipbalm 'Strawberry Sorbet'

Hi there! I know I've been really bad at posting the last few weeks, but it's because I've been so busy with work and sorting stuff out for the next few weeks! It's been a long month - i restarted a health kick including eating and drinking better. But also switching up my beauty regime to make sure that my skin and hair is also healthy. 

I'm always repurchasing lip balms. I don't think i have ever finished one, it's impossible i swear. I like what Vaseline does for my lips but hate applying it - it grosses me out putting my finger in the tin to get the product out! 

Whilst browsing Manchester Topshop, i saw they had an American beauty section with brands like NYX, EOS and others. I immediately had to try one of the EOS Smooth Sphere lip balms - I've been seeing people use them on YouTube for years and singing their praises often too. 

EOS Smooth Sphere ' Strawberry Sorbet' Lip balm (£7 Topshop) is a really good little addition to anyones handbag. I love that you just apply to your lips - no messing about with sticking your hand in a tin. It's not too soft either so you don't end up ruining it while you apply. 

The lip balm is '95% Organic, 100% Natural and Paraben and Petroleum free' according to EOS which is always a big bonus for me. Once you've applied, you lips taste super yummy like strawberry sweets and this scent lingers for surprising long. The formulation is really nourishing and hydrating but not too sticky or thick. It contains Shea Butter, Jojoba oil and Vitamin E so your lips are getting some serious TLC when you apply this.

If you're like me and are obsessive about re-applying lip balm, you need to try this! It also comes in other flavours like Mint and Honeysuckle too!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Topshop Lip Ombré 'Astound' ♥

I've noticed i always seem to gravitate towards the same brands whenever I'm looking to purchase new make up. I've been hearing great things about the Topshop make up line for over a year now so i thought I'd finally try one of their products. While browsing through Topshop in Manchester, i picked up two products from their line. Topshop make up is really hyped up so my expectations were really high.

The Topshop Lip Ombré in Astound (£) is a really cool idea for a product. I mean, I've seen it on catwalks and by make up artists so it would be nice to try some of these new make up 'trends' at home. In the end though, i ended up disappointed. 

For me, the colours ended up being too 'barbie' pink which really doesn't suit me. I also think this should have come with a double ended lip brush for easy application too. The formula is good - it lasts on the lips and is really pigmented in both shades but i personally found it hard to work with. The colours were just very different and it was quite hard to blend them to make the difference less obvious without getting rid of the 'ombré' effect. 

It could just be the shade but for me, this product was a miss. I'll definitely be trying on the other shades they have on offer as I'd love to be able to replicate this look at home.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sigma Girl Sugar Plum Set ♥

I'm always lusting over certain brands that are harder to get here in the UK - Sigma, theBalm, Wet n Wild and Covergirl. Thankfully, there are a few places that do stock them.

Before now, my only experience with Sigma had been their infamous brushes (which i love!) so for their make up to impress me, it would have to be really really good! I've been using the Sigma Girl Sugar Plum Make Up Set* (£22.95* BeautyChamber). This set is my favourite of those on offer as i'm desperately trying to inject some more colour into my everyday make up. You get 4 products - 1 eyeshadow duo 'Organza/Ruffle', 1 Halo Dust 'Tutu', 1 spotlight powder in 'Curtsy' and 1 Lipgloss in 'Saucy'. 

I knew i would get great use out of the eyeshadow duo, as this spring I've really loved using different shades of pink as an all over lid colour. The purple s gorgeous too - and used together they look lovely. The powders are very soft and easy to blend. They don't take much building up colour wise - i have to be very light handed with that purple! I use primer everyday so i don't know the wear time without it but with primer, they last all day easily. My second favourite item in this set is the 'Halo Dust' which is literally beautiful. Lilac and blue shimmer? Yes please! It's easy to use and doesn't transfer easily either which is normally my main concern when using anything glitter!

The Spotlight powder in 'Curtsy' is gorgeous in the pan with the soft gold running through it. It is definitely only something i could use in the summer time - as I'm quite pale but on bronzed skin it looks gorgeous and catches the light nicely to accentuate the high points of your face. The Lip gloss in 'Saucy' is really pretty - I'm not the fondest of lip glosses as the weather here in the UK is normally quite windy which means hair stuck to your lips! I have worn it a few times to work where there isn't any danger of wind and the formula isn't too sticky but doesn't slide off either. Win win in my book!


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

eBay Beauty Brushes ♥

I'll admit that i love buying brushes. I normally stick to Real Techniques or Sigma but wanting to try out some of eBay's beauty offerings ended up with me placing a cheeky order for 10 Kabuki style brushes.

I've heard some horror stories from people about buying beauty products on ebay but also seen a lot of people talk about the dupes for the Real Techniques brushes.

The set only cost me £6.90 (with free delivery) and i was a little apprehensive. I was surprised by how soft the brushes are and how sturdy they feel in the hand - not at all flimsy.  I've used most of the brushes now and i've found them to be pretty good. The bristles don't fall out and they apply make up well. I will definitely be buying more brushes from eBay (though i'll always keep adding to my Real Techniques collection too! I have 5 kabuki style eye brushes and 5 face brushes too!


Monday, 11 May 2015

Make Up Storage Ideas ♥

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm obsessed with watching Make Up Collection videos on youtube. I must have seen every one! I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to organising and decorating though so i love seeing how other people like their stuff to be organised. For me, my make up storage isn't 100% what i would like it to be yet - I'm going to be redecorating my bedroom soon which includes buying a new dressing table so I'm always on the lookout for new storage ideas.

I know a lot of people love the Muji Storage and i like the look of it too. It really brightens up a dressing table having loads of colour shining through. I'm also quite price conscious too so for me, I'd like my make up to be storage in a cost effective but pleasant to the eye way. 

Rather than fork out for brush holders, i spotted this lovely mini plant pot at B&M Home stores and snapped it up. I think it looks really cute with my brushes sticking out of it on my desk currently! It was also super cheap at only £1.50. I'm going to buy another i think and separate my eye and face brushes. 

Before i changed to my current make up storage, i didn't know what to do with my make up palettes. I don't want to hide them away in a drawer and most of them have such lovely packaging i want them on show. This £1.99 White wooden letter holder is perfect. It will tie in with how i want my room to be decorated and looks cute with my brush holder too.

I also re-use my old Birchbox boxes by using them to hold my 'to review' products while i'm still testing them out. I leave this on my desk so i can reach in and grab what i need easier. Quite a lot of them are themed and the boxes are usually really pretty designs so it would be a shame to waste them!

I'm currently searching through ikea to choose a vanity/desk and other important parts. What is your favourite way to store your make up? I'd love some tips!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Maybelline Brow Drama ♥

I'm not going to lie, up until less than a year ago i just didn't bother with my eyebrows much. Now, the thought of doing nothing to them makes me shudder as I'm constantly getting them threaded and buying new eyebrow products. For me, my struggle is that i have naturally quite dark here but i dye my hair light blonde so any brow product can't be too dark or too light.

When i first saw the adverts for the Maybelline Brow Drama (£4.99 Boots) i was quite confused. It just looked like mascara for my eyebrows - it looked like it would be fiddly. Whilst browsing Boots i picked this up on a whim to see what all the full is about. In the end, i was really surprised by how much i liked this product. Unlike some brow powders, this looked really natural and not at all overpowering. I didn't have to worry about smudging either. I used this as well as brow powder as i found this works best for defining the 'arch' of the brow.

I have mine in the shade 'Medium brown' which is dark enough it matches my natural hair colour but not too dark that it looks strange with my blonde hair. It's easy to remove at the end of the day - and as the liquid only goes onto your hair, not the skin, there isn't any discolouration left over once you've removed it. I'll most likely keep using this as it's so simple but effective at making my brow appear much more defined and fuller too. 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Festival Nails ♥

I love this time of year. I also love the Summer even more though especially festival season. I always try to go to as many as i can a year and normally it's around this time that the 'season' starts. I'm going to a couple this year and thought I'd do a little series all about festivals. This is the first instalment in this series, so i hope you enjoy!

L to R: Essie 'Sunday Funday', Rimmel 'Tangerine Tent', Rimmel 'Bestival Blue', Maybelline 'Electric Yellow' and Barry M 'Mint Green'
I like bright colours on my nails in Summer. Nothing brightens up an outfit than a bright, eye catching colour on your nails. Lots of brands seem to think the same way - as i found quite a lot of bright colours i loved. 

For me, these are the 5 polishes that caught my eye and I'll most likely be using throughout the summer.

Essie 'Sunday Funday' is a lovely coral with some very fine glitter/shimmer in it. The formula is thick but easy to use. (£7.99 Boots)
Rimmel 'Tangerine Tent' is a bright orange. It's gorgeous and eye catching. Rimmel's formula is very thick and is opaque with even just one coat. Great value for money. (£2.99 Boots)
Rimmel 'Bestival Blue' probably my favourite out of the colours shown. Bright powder blue. Again, the formula is instantly opaque and the thick brush means it takes no time at all. (£2.99 Boots)
Maybelline 'Electric Yellow' my least favourite of the bunch. Yellow can be really hit and miss - this one looks slightly too dark on the nail. Formula is good though - not runny at all. (£2.99 Boots)
Barry M 'Mint Green' my other favourite colour. Gorgeous on the nails - slighter runnier formula than the other 4 but after a couple of coats it looks lovely on the nails. (£2.99 Boots)

They are all affordable with the Essie polish being the most expensive. In the picture above i have 2 coats on each nail. I always wear these with a base coat and top coat to improve the wear time and to keep chips at bay for longer.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

400 BlogLovin Follower SmashBox Giveaway ♥

Hi guys, i just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads or comments on here at all. When i first started blogging two and a bit years ago, i never expected 1 person to read it - let alone 400!  Todays post is a little thank you for that! :-) The prize is the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette.

This giveaway is UK Only. Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.


Monday, 4 May 2015

April Beauty Favourites ♥

I'm so happy May is finally here. It's a busy month for me as i turn 21 at the end of it. Hopefully i can keep up with blogging this month as i've loved it so much since coming back from my break.

April was a really busy month for me too. I had a very busy month at work and also did a lot on the weekends too. So here are my favourite products from last month...

For Skincare, my most reached for product has been the Clinique 3 Step Clarifying Lotion for Dry Skin (£26 Boots) which i got as a present from my lovely boyfriend. I've been using the clinique 3 step system for years now as it really clears up my skin. This leaves my pores feeling super clean and fresh without being irritated. I've been loving my neutral smokey eyes this month and I've been using the theBalm Nude'Tude Palette (£30 FeelUnique) the most. There are lots of different shades and finishes that it's so easy to create a look with. It's a travel make up bag must have for me. I also pair my smokey eye shadows with nude liner on the waterline and my all time favourite is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner (£3.99 Boots) which is so cheap. It's really creamy and soft so you don't tug at your waterline at all. This means i look more awake and bright throughout the day.

For me, my go-to base this month has been the Bourjois 1 2 3 CC Cream (£9.99 Boots) which i've reviewed in full here. It feels so light on the skin but gives a lovely coverage and lasts all day. Last but not least, for an everyday kind of highlight i've been liking the NYX Illuminator (£9 NYX) which i won in a competition. It's easy to work with and the shade is gorgeous with subtle gold shimmer. I don't overload on this but it looks lovely on. 


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Vaseline Spray & Go ♥

I'm glad it's finally looking like Summer is coming. I hate the winter months - i am truly a hot weather person. The only thing i dislike about Summer? The extra skin on show means extra TLC for my body i don't need to do as much of in the winter.

For me, body lotions and butters are an important part of my day. I have to apply these at least once a day as i have such dry skin with eczema. It can be time consuming - but it's worth it. I just hate the sitting around naked waiting for it to sink in part. But thankfully, there is a product out there for impatient people like me. 

The Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser with Cocoa Butter (£) comes in a really handy bottle. I always use this in the morning and within seconds of spraying this has absorbed into my skin meaning i can put my clothes straight on. My skin always feels lovely and soft after using this. After a few days of using this, i started to notice the difference in the look of my skin too - it looked much firmer and smoother. 

It's especially good for those awkward places that it's hard to reach but you don't want to leave out (like the backs of your thighs)! I've tried the Aloe Vera version of this too which is just as good but i do marginally prefer this one - due to the lovely cocoa butter smell. I've been repurchasing this when i can and i think I'll be using this even more in the festival and holiday season. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect ♥

I'm always on the hunt for one of those ultimate products - at least that's the excuse i use whenever i buy a new piece of make up. I know cc and bb creams have been taking the beauty world by storm the last few years but up until recently, i never understood the appeal. In my experience, they had been messy and with little to no coverage! 

But, i take it all back now....

I've been using the Bourjois 1 2 3 Perfect CC Cream (£) recently and I've fallen in love with it. The 'colour corrector' side of this product has surprised me too. normally, these tend to just end up looking chalky on the skin but I've found this does make my skin look might brighter and helps to disguise my redness. 

The coverage is a lot better than i expected too. The coverage is medium but build able and leaves your skin looking naturally flawless. It's slightly darker than my natural skin tone but when i apply fake tan it matches really well. It lasts really well for me - applying at 7am and lasting until 8pm even with a gym session in that time. The formula for this is quite messy - and i always use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply this evenly. 

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