24 Jul 2014

MONU Brightening Boost Serum

MONU Skincare

MONU Skincare

This MONU Brightening Boost Serum* has been a staple in my summer skincare routine, I have been road testing it for about 3 months now and my skin loves it. It is a lightweight serum designed for more Mature Skin or those that have Sun Damage but I think it can be used by people of all ages and It’s an ideal product for people with dull complexion as it leaves your skin instantly smooth and looking radiant.

I find it to be very hydrating and lightweight, I massage two pumps worth into my face and neck and that is quickly absorbed leaving my skin looking smooth, bright and feeling soft. I have been using it on the backs of my hands too as I do have a couple of age spots appearing & it seems to be helping them look lighter. I will keep applying it until I’ve ran out & let you know if there are significant changes to them.

MONU Brightening Serum

So this serum promises to,

Thats a lot of promises but I will say that you see almost instantly a brightening and smoothing of the skin which helps your complexion look radiant and healthy. I don’t have hyper pigmentation so can’t comment on that but my skin tone is looking even and a few dark spots around my eyes are looking less visible. I’m not too sure I have a huge amount of visible sun damage but I guess it can do no harm in keeping the effects of sun damage at bay.

This serum contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone. Also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Which is something I really need help with, I have quite a few wrinkles around my eyes & a few appearing on my forehead, so anything I can do to keep them as small and not notable. The packaging is also sleek and in a frosted bottle, it looks and feels expensive. It takes up no room as all in my skincare box & is a great size if you travel often, the bottle is so slim and has a very handy pump.

MONU Vitamin C Skin Brightening Serum

MONU Brightening Serum

I like the hydrating feel to this serum and how easily it absorbs into the skin. Its gives me radiant healthy looking complexion but its always hard to say definitively if a product is helping you look younger & diminish signs of sun damage. I’m naturally freckly and have quite fair skin so this serum can be doing no harm in helping fight the signs of ageing & sun damage. As I’ve said  in many posts I’m very much in to SPF and wearing it all year round but there are times when we are exposed to the sun & this serum seems like an effective way of giving your skin a boost to keep some of the first signs of ageing at bay and help you improve skin tone.

Its been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine & if asked I would recommend it to people that are concerned with dull skin & that want to give their skin a boost of Vitamin C to give them radiance and even out their skin tone. I also think this wears well under my makeup and helps my skin look radiant all day long. I think my mum would really like this serum.

Let me know what skincare products you are using to help give your skin radiance & let me know if you have tried anything from MONU and have any other recomendations of product that I should try from them.

MONU Brightening Boost Serum £22.50 

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

20 Jul 2014

Moisturising Facial SPF from Balance Me

Balance Me

Balance Me SPF25 Moisturiser

Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25* £26.00 

When it comes to SPF and protecting my skin from the sun I haven’t always been very good at it, although I have been a lot better in my 30′s than I was in my 20′s. I know most damage is done before we are 20 but we still need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of sun damage no matter what age we are. We are all becoming a little more sun aware & with products like this Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser its getting easier to protect ourselves. I have been vigilant at applying a facial SPF this year & without fail I have worn at least SPF25. I have made applying a broad spectrum SPF part of my skincare regime & it’s a step I will not miss out.

Balance Me have this Natural Protection Moisturiser with SPF25 and it is for all skin types, It is quite a creamy white consistency (fairly lightweight) takes a little massaging in but once you have left it to absorb for a few minutes there is absolutely no white cast on your skin, you can apply your foundation over the top if you wish without it feeling greasy or like you have too many layers of product on. I think it makes a good base, hydrating and slightly dewy too.

Balance Me say ‘Our rich yet easily absorbed SPF 25 face cream is specially designed to care and protect skin in everyday life. To support your skin’s own defence system, our SPF 25 moisturiser contains an innovative natural titanium dioxide-based sun filter to block out both UVA and UVB rays. A blend of super hydrating hyaluronic acid and powerful anti-oxidant blackberry leaf extract with essential fatty acid-rich rosehip, camellia, kukui nut and jojoba oils work gently yet effectively to soothe, firm and shield your precious skin as well as enhancing the activity of the sun filter.

So this SPF is packed full of skin benefits which whilst protecting your skin from sun damage that will in turn help reduce the signs of premature ageing, shield it from environmental aggressors and keep it hydrated this is definitely a product to have in your skincare routine. The fact that it’s not only a very good SPF but also a very effective moisturiser mean that you don’t have to apply as many products whilst still giving your skin maximum protection from both UVA rays which penetrate deeper & are responsible for premature ageing & are always present even during the winter and UVB rays which cause your skin to burn & are stronger during the summer months.

Balance Me Skincare

The top photo is me starting to massage the moisturiser into my hand and the bottom photo shows you that after a few minutes the cream has been absorbed and there is no residue and no white cast.

This contain Hyluronic Acid which is a bit of a beauty buzz word at the moment & we are all looking for products that contain it – its good because it provides your skin with deep hydration & it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This is good for delivering water to your skin and also hold it there to provide hydration, plump skin which helps reduce the size of your fine lines & wrinkles. 

Balance Me Skincare

The thing that I like most is that it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy sun screen, its not tacky on the skin or greasy. This innovative formula has taken Balance Me over 2 years of research & it has been developed so it’s even suitable for people with sensitive skin. Its lightweight formula is soothing, nourishing and doesn’t block pores making it a great moisturiser to wear all year round. So you can benefit from not only its skincare benefits but its sun protecting qualities too. Thats a win win situation in my book. I want to keep the wrinkles and age spots at bay for as long as I can.

Let me know what facial SPF’s you have been enjoying and let me know if you wear one on a daily basis?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

17 Jul 2014

Top Essence Makeup Picks

I have been working my way through the very generous goodie bag I received at the Essence Makeup Launch last month. There have been so many gems & a couple of misses too but I thought I would share with you 8 of my top picks. If you didn’t already know Essence is a very affordable German makeup brand that’s very popular not only in Europe but also worldwide and they have launched in all branches of Wilkinsons in the UK & also online. So we are all able to get our hands on them, very exciting.

Essence Makeup

German Brand Essence

Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Polish Remover £3.00

A lazy girls best friend, quite a few brands are doing these now just a big sponge soaked in nail polish but they’re so handy for quick nail polish removal & this Essence one is budget friendly & works a treat. It is also acetone free

Essence Kabuki Brush £4.00

Black & Pink …. how cute right! This is comparable to my elf Kabuki Brush which I have used almost daily since buying it 2 years ago. This Essence one has been taking its place, I apply my bronzer or face powder with this & its does a very good job. No shedding and the bristles are soft. I have washed it a couple of times and it comes up clean & goes back into shape.

Essence Colour To Go  Nail Polish in 128 Lets Get Lost £1.60 

I love this colour & this is the shade I picked at the event (as they had lovely ladies doing nails). Its a stunning vibrant summery blue, this lasted so well on my nails I wore it for a full week with minimal chipping. I now have this colour on my toes and my love for it is only growing. I have to say that if there was one thing Essence does very very well its all things nail related. They have a huge selection of polishes, decals and everything you could want for nail art. I have used a few polishes and I haven’t found a dud yet.

Essence Studio Nails Better Than Gel Nails Top Coat £2.50

OMG! This is my new favourite top coat, it has replaced my Orly and I can’t see me picking up anything else. This applies very glossy and dries in a couple of minutes to a very hard but ever so shiny finish. I have applied this over every manicure since I came home with it & its helping my manicure stay in place and looking fresh for a week at a time. It really is living up to its name.

Eyeshadow Quad

Essence Makeup

Essence Neutral Quad

Essence Quad in 05 To Die For £3.00

This is a good neutral quad, the two darker colours are a lot more pigmented but if you wear a primer and take a little more time over applying the lighter 2 shades you can get them to work. This a great quad for achieving a brown smoky eye. The two light shades have a slight shimmer to them & so to does the more copper toned brown, then you also get a fantastic dark brown matte colour. The lighter colours give a little fallout but nothing that can’t be cleaned up when you have finished, all the colours are easy to apply and to blend. I’ve really been enjoying using this quad & want to try a few more colour options.

Blush My Lips

Blush My Lips 12

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Blush My Lips 12 £2.30

This has to be my favourite product from the whole goodie bag. Its a bright pink creamy lipstick. It goes on the lips so smoothly and the colour is vibrant and beautiful. This is long wearing & thats on me (I’m terrible for lippies wearing off so fast & going patchy) but this one is great. The packaging feels more expensive than it is & the lipstick doesn’t have that cheap scent that many budget friendly ones have. Its a big hit with me & I have a few other shades that are also just as good but this pink stood out for me, it pretty & the perfect Summer shade.

Essence Big Bright Eyes in highlight it ….. pearly £2.00 

This is a cream coloured pencil which is fantastic under the brow bone or in the inner corner of your eye to brighten & highlight that area. This has a lovely creamy texture and a pretty iridescent finish so it catches the light. A staple in your makeup bag, especially if you like your eyes to look fresh & bright.

Essence Eyebrow Tweezers £2.00

Not as exciting as the pink lip stick but never the less still a vital part of my beauty regime. A good pair of tweezers is a must & these look cute and get the job done. Enough said ….. tweezers that work & look cute

If you have tried any products from Essence let me know what you loved & also what not to buy.

I received these Essence products at a recent event. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

15 Jul 2014

Summer Friendly Pink Lips

I have to admit when it comes to wearing lip products I tend to stick with a lip balm but I am trying my best to use the few lip glosses & lipsticks I have in my stash a lot more. I have some really lovely ones & its a shame they get over looked so I have done a little reshuffle with my makeup & I’ve been shopping my stash and this selection of pink lip products hasbeen getting a lot more use this past month.

Favourite Pinks

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish – I’ve had this for a couple of years & out of the 5 this is the one I’ve worn the most. Its a very pretty bright bubblegum pink. Its quite vibrant on the lips & feels glossy but not tacky. I love that this is a twist up crayon & its so easy to apply on the go. The colour is quite long wearing and I do like the minty scent of these too. I have a few of these balm stains but this is by far my favourite colour, it just brightens up my face & makes me look awake.

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy- I just spoke about this in my June Favourites post & I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this looked on me & how soft and moisturising it was on my lips. The colour is a deep pink which dries to a velvet matte finish. It smells of candy floss & its my first matte lip product & I love it so much that I want all the the other shades.

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in First Date* - This is the sweetest soft pink shade and it makes me look really healthy and adds a really nice pop of colour to my lips. I was impressed by the pigmentation and it really translates on to your lips. It looks like there is shimmer when in the tube but that didn’t translate to the lips. Its a shade that makes your complexion look bright and having quite a dull complexion I need all the radiance boosting I can get. Its the perfect pink gloss for summer, the texture is creamy & glossy but not tacky on the lips. Just a lovely simple pink gloss.

Pinks

Favourite Pink Lip Products

Avon Plump Pout – This is one of those minty tingling plumping glosses which is OK but not my favourite, I find it does plump a little but not that anyone else would notice. The colour is really pretty though & on my lips it looks quite peachy pink. Its quite a thick consistency & I like that because if I can still feel it on my lips I know that I don’t need to re apply. I like the packaging, its slim, sleek and takes up no room at all in my makeup bag. The wand applicator is a little brush which makes applying this gloss very easy and mess free and you get the most glossy finish on the lips, very pretty.

Wet n Wild Lip Shimmer  - This is one of my all time favourite lip balms as it packs a punch when it comes to colour pay off they are so opaque on the lips. It was such a bargain too at less than $2, the colour is more of a red toned pink and it gives your lips a great pop of colour. It feels moisturising and has a glossy sheen also the colour wears off evenly although its not hugely long lasting. I wish I’d bought more of these when I had the chance. Also these are called lip shimmers but this one has no shimmer at all on the lips.

Let me know what your favourite pink lip gloss / lip crayons are & have you used any of the ones I have mentioned?

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own

13 Jul 2014

A Few June 2014 Favourites

June was a quick month, but it was a lovely sunny one. I love rounding up my most used & loved products from the month and June’s picks are all new mentions which have all grown to be firm favourites.

Favourite Products

Rimmel Glam Eyes in Brixton Brown – I love this small palette, you get 5 really wearable shades. They’re all pigmented and very easy to work with, I do like to wear a primer under them just so they don’t crease. I don’t normally wear a smoky eye & I still need a little more practise but I’m loving using this to experiment. It has a handy step by step guide on the back which I follow (smoky eye for dummies). I do really love the red toned copper colour in the centre the most, its gorgeous to wear it alone all over the lid.

Crazy Rumors Black Cherry Lip Balm* OMG this smells so good, not the artificially sweet but actually of cherries all fruity and so good. Not only does it smell incredible but it is very hydrating and leaves my lips feeling soft and I don’t have to reapply it as much as I’d like to (as it keeps my lips hydrated for hours). These Crazy Rumor lip balms come in so many flavours all of which sound wonderful & obviously I need them ALL!

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream – I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to jump on this band wagon! I finally bought one & went for the Cotton Candy shade which is a very pretty sweet bubblegum pink. Its applies nice and creamy on the lips & feels moisturising & it dries to a velvet matte finish. Despite this being a matte finish it doesn’t feel drying at all & wears off the lips evenly after a few hours. Its pretty, cheap & it smells so good! Thats 3 reasons you should buy it, if you haven’t already.

Products

Skincare Favourites

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base – I bought this a couple of months ago & I like to wear it either under my foundation to perk my skin up or I mix it in with my foundation for an extra reflective boost. This gives me a healthy glow without being shimmery, it evens out my skin tone and hides imperfections. I have the shade Champagne 02 & its very good at dulling the redness in my skin. I find it very lightweight & doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all, it just gives you a lovely fresh healthy finish. It makes a really nice base to apply your foundation too & just keeps your complexion looking fresh & bright.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist* – It was my husband that first introduced me to Jurlique about 6 years ago after he purchased some of their hand creams for me as a gift from SPACE NK & I have grown to love the brand ever since, This Rosewater face mist has been a Summer saviour. Its so refreshing in the heat, I have been keeping it in the fridge for an extra cooling treat. Not only is this refreshing but its very hydrating, calming and is rich in antioxidants too. So its very much a skin treat. I love using it after cleansing but also throughout the day as a refreshing skin boost.

Clarins Energizer Emulsion – Since I sold my car a few months ago I have been doing 100% more walking & my legs are often so achy at night, I have been applying this lotion when they feel tired & this soothes them. It contains Camomile, Basil, Sage and Cypress – so calming, soothing & uplifting for your tired body. It feels cooling on the skin when you apply it & by morning my legs are ready for the day. I’ve read that this also great for tired feet, so will be applying it to my feet too.

Let me know if you have been using any of my June Favourites & let me know what you have been loving too.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own. 

10 Jul 2014

Bargain Beauty Essentials

I’m always running out of the products that are more behind the scenes but that are key to keeping me looking my best. When it comes to these everyday essential items I hate overspending on them. The more I can save on these items the more I have to spend on pretty things like nail polish & lipstick. I love to shop in Wilkinson’s for the essential bits as it is majorly budget friendly, I have shopped there for years and its such an Aladdin’s Cave, it always amazes me what I come out with (often not just beauty bits). I thought I would share with you my latest essentials haul.

Beauty Essentials

They have a huge selection of bits in this section & I bought a fair few things, I did also get some hair grips that I forgot to photograph. I like the packaging, its simple but eye catching. The product I mostly pop in for is cotton wool pads as I use these daily and these Large Oval Cotton Wool Pads are the perfect size for taking off eye makeup. I use one pad for both eyes & they’re really good quality and don’t breakdown, they’re soft and you get 50 for 50p. I stock up on them when I’m in & I buy them for my lovely mum too. Essential Beauty Items

Their face cloths are 100% cotton and I like to use a fresh cloth each day to cleanse off my makeup, so I always have a stack of clean ones. They wash up nice but obviously don’t last forever so I like to buy fresh ones every couple of months. I buy white ones as Caroline Hirons says white is best for telling if you have cleansed off all your makeup, don’t want to leave any behind. These are 33p each. Cotton Face Cloths

Exfoliating Gloves are something I use more in the summer, what with fake tanning & showing a little more flesh I like to keep my skin looking as glowing and smooth as possible and these mitts are great for the shower. I use them at least 4 times a week, they do a great job of exfoliating away the dead skin. It helps that they’re a pretty turquoise shade too. One pair of gloves is £1.00.

Exfoliating Gloves

4 in 1 Nail Buffer – I love these & have found it doesn’t matter if you spend a fortune on these they all do the same job. I use these every time I paint my nails as I like to have smooth nails, otherwise I find nail polish just doesn’t apply as well. These are a must in your nail kit. This was £1.00.

4 in 1 Nail Buffer

If you are as messy as I am when it comes to painting your toes then these Toe Separators are a must. I use them each time I paint my toes and they just help keep them from smudging & its easier to get to each toe. Very handy. These were only 50p, utter bargain.

Beauty Essentials

I go through Hair Bobbles like no ones business, they never stay in my possession very long but at 75p I just pick up a pack each time I’m in the shop. I tend to wear my hair up most days and I like to have a spare bobble with me just incase one breaks. They never last me long, I have the thickest hair & when it’s hot I have to have it up & off my neck.

Hair Bobbles

My cuticles grow back so quickly so I like to have a stash of these Wooden Cuticle Sticks for when I do my at home manicures. I find they do a really good job at pushing them back, I use them with my cuticle gel from Sally Hansen. I try to do them at least once a week otherwise they get a little messy. You get 10 in a pack for 20p

My beauty essentials

Last but not least I bought an Eye Smudger Brush, I hadn’t tried any brushes from Wilko’s before & I don’t think I will be repurchasing any more. It was OK but not great, I found it a little scratchy and not vey good also I think t would be better used to pack the shadow on as its quite dense & there isn’t much movement in the bristles. I think elf brushes are better quality and not much more in price. For £1.00 I had to try it out.

Makeup Brush

Not the most exciting haul but it’s all the essentials and tools that I use often & that need replacing every few weeks / months. No one wants to be wasting money on the mundane items when we could be spending our hard earned money on the luxurious and pretty things. So if you have a Wilkinson’s near you, go in and have a look! Let me know where you purchase your everyday beauty essentials & what you can’t live without.

8 Jul 2014

L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Mono Eyeshadows

I have been swatching these L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Eyeshadows every time I go into Superdrug and although I have plenty of similar colours in my collection these were just too gorgeous not to have. I did limit myself to 2 colours, I think there are 20 in total and I could have bought so many more. The two I bought are typical of the colours I gravitate towards, I like to play it safe when it comes to eyeshadows and I try to buy colours that I will reach for often so that means I have a drawer full of very similar neutral colours (I’m an addict I will admit it).

Eyeshadows

So I bought 201 Cafe Saint Germain and 204 Golden Nude, both are gorgeous. They have a butter soft texture to them and feel almost wet to the touch. The colour payoff is beautiful and vivid, you can really build these up to an intense colour. These are essentially like a pressed pigment and they apply an intense wash of colour without having to pack on the shadow, there is no fall out with these and look beautiful worn alone all over the lid. Thats how I like to wear them, effortless to apply and they look stunning.

Mono eyeshadows

Colour Riche shadows

These both have a metallic like finish and are gel infused which means they feel very buttery and apply so smooth. You can apply these with a brush or just as easily with your finger and they blend out like a dream. If you have tried the L’Oreal Infallible shadows these are very similar to those, but these don’t have that crumbly texture these are so smooth.

The black and gold packaging looks luxurious and pretty it also feels sleek and they’re quite compact which is always good for travel. They feel quite sturdy and like they will last you well. I hate flimsy packaging that falls apart after a few uses.

L'Oreal Mono shadow swatch

201 Cafe Saint Germain // 204 Golden Nude

L'Oreal Mono Shadow Colour Riche Shadows

204 Golden Nude // 201 Cafe Saint Germain £5.49 each

Golden Nude is exactly that – a really lovely golden colour the finish is like velvet and is the perfect summer shade. I have been wearing this all over the lid with a touch of brown eyeliner. It stays vibrant all day long. This colour reminds me of Amber Lights from Mac.

Cafe Saint Germain – this is the perfect pinky taupe colour and some lights it looks rose gold its just beautiful. Again like the other colour it is pigmented and has that same shimmery finish – not glittery but these have an almost frost like finish to them. I can’t get enough of this colour and think its been my eyeshadow of choice for a few weeks.

These L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Ombre Pure Eyeshadows come in a range of finishes and there is something for everyone Matte, Nude, Smoky, Lumiere and Chameleon. If you haven’t already you need to swatch these in store, you won’t be disappointed. Let me know if you have bought any of these & if so what colours you love.

6 Jul 2014

A Whole Lot of Empties June 2014

Empties

Origins Mega Bright Dark Circle Minimiser Eye Cream* This little pot of greatness lasted me almost 6 months, this is a thick creamy consistency and was just the most nourishing and hydrating eye cream. I used it everyday and loved it. I think it did help with my dark circles and it really helped with my dehydrated fine lines. This was a really lovely cream & I would repurchase.

balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash – For me this is a bit of a treat in the shower as it is quite pricey for a body wash, nothing ludicrous but at £9 for 200ml its still a little more than most people are willing to pay. It leaves your skin feeling soft & hydrated and it smells very pretty too. I do like having a shower gel / body wash that it slightly more luxurious to use when I’m having a pamper evening as it is a little treat & these balance Me ones are very nice.

dr. Organic Pomegranate Deodorant - I’ve used this brand of deodorants for about a year now & really like them. They are gentle & leave the skin under my arms feeling very soft and not irritated at all. I’d say a bottle lasts me just over a month. I have repurchased this over & over again.

The Bathory Soothe Bath Soak* – I loved sprinkling these salts in to my bath, they’re so relaxing and very nourishing for your skin too! They soothed my tired body, the scent was relaxing and the salts left my skin feeling so soft. What a fantastic brand and a wonderful fun concept. These are for people that are serious about baths! If you haven’t ventured on to their online shop you must go & check them out! I will be treating myself to more jars of these & I’m planning on reusing my jar as a vase.

Organic Surge Spiced Lily Foaming Bath –  If you’re after a bubble bath that gives you masses of bubbles then this isn’t for you, its more of a lovely bath foam. This is more of a winter festive scent & was so nice on the colder evenings, the scent was lovely and spicy. A very nice addition to my baths & come Christmas time I would repurchase it.

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Berry Sorbet Hand Sanitiser – I really like these for in my handbag, they’re great for keeping my hands germ free on the go & the fact this smells incredible is a massive plus. I have a stock pile of these in my stash so Im good for backups.

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Lotion – This was so nice after a shower to moisturise my legs, its quite creamy but so nice to massage in to the skin to leave it silky smooth and very pampered. I enjoyed using this but not sure if it stacks up against my Soap & Glory ones.

Greenland Coconut Milk & Lime Body Scrub* – This scrub is so nice after a warm sunny day, it smells so fresh & zesty almost like a warm summer holiday. I love using a body scrub & try to use one everyday just to keep my skin looking fresh & glowing. This Greenland Scrub had the perfect combination of exfoliator & hydrating body wash. It left my skin smooth and feeling soft.

Organix Tea Tree & Mint Conditioner* – I have the shampoo to this too & really like them both. They smell fresh & minty and leave my hair feeling soft but not fly away. They tame my frizz and my hair seems glossier since using these. My husband really likes them & has been asking me to buy another set. So I will be replacing these ASAP.

ESPA Pro Serum*- All I have is love for this facial serum. It is the perfect overnight treatment, I wake up with glowing, plump and very fresh looking skin. I even like to put a few drops of this under face masks for an extra skin boost. Although it is an oil it isn’t greasy or too heavy, I have worn this during the day when my skin was really dehydrated & it worked wonders. Its a very versatile serum & I will always have this in my skincare routine & have another one waiting in the wings.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II - This serum makes my skin so happy – that translates to looking younger, fresher, brighter and all importantly well rested. I love the process of using the pipet to dispense the serum, warming it up between my hands and then patting it on my face and neck. It feels cooling on the skin and instantly hydrated. I convinced my mum to invest in this and she is converted and her skin is looking fabulous. This is an investment but one I’m thrilled I made and will treat myself to another bottle without a doubt.

Wow, that was quite a few empties, I was on a roll last month & I finished quite a few of my favourite products like the ESPA Pro Serum, Estee Lauder Serum and The Bathory Bath Soak – all luxurious by well worth the price tags. Let me know if you have used or using any of the products I’ve mentioned.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

4 Jul 2014

Barbara Daly Long Wear Eye Shadows

Cream eyeshadow sticks

I first read about these Barbara Daly Long Wear Eyeshadows on Describe The Sky & being a cream shadow addict I had to pop to Tesco to get a couple. I bought the colours Shimmer Sand & Shell, both very safe neutral colours but they’re the sort of shades I will get the most wear from. These were a bargain at £3 each and I have been thrilled with the quality and colour pay off.

Cream shadow sticks

Barbara Daly Shadow Sticks

I own quite a few cream eyeshadow sticks from brands like Rimmel, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and ELF these Barbara Daly ones are on a par with my Bobbi Brown one in terms of quality and how long they last. They’re fantastic quality at a fraction of the cost. I wear both colours I bought alone all over the lid. I apply the product directly to my eyelid and either blend out with my finger or a fluffy blending brush, either method works well. These blend very easily and after a couple of minutes they have dried enough that you won’t be able to blend them & they stay in place for HOURS! Much longer than my Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks

Cream Eyeshadow Swatches

Shell // Shimmer Sand (facing away from the light)

Product Swatch

Shell // Shimmer Sand (facing the light)

Shimmer Sand – This is a very pretty peach/ nude tone with a hint of bronze and a metallic / frosty finish. This really brightens up the eye & helps you look wide awake and fresh. This is so pretty worn all over the lid and the pigmentation is intense & lasts all day long. You can put a primer on before hand if you have oily lids or if you just want to make extra sure its not going to budge. These have a lovely rich creamy texture that as I said is very easy to blend. Its not overly shimmery so can still be worn during the day, I would day its more metallic than shimmery – its not glittery at all. I’m seriously impressed with these for £3.

Shell – This is a light pink with a gorgeous yellow toned champagne colour which again is pretty all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight, this colour really adds brightness to the eye & opens it up. These long wear shadow sticks are incredible quality and the packaging is sleek and looks a lot more expensive than £3. They do start to crease a little on me after about 5 hours of wear but I do have quite crinkly eyelids & I just blend it out with my finger & that does the trick.

If you have access to a larger Tesco that sells Barbara Daly then get yourself down there & grab a couple of these, you won’t be disappointed. I’m heading back to get the darker black shade as I think that will be so good for an easy smokey eye.

3 Jul 2014

P.S Love Makeup in Primark

The big inner city Primark in Liverpool has quite a large selection of makeup from the brand P.S Love and so I thought I would buy a few products and see how they perform. The products I bought ranged in price from £1 to £2.50, so very reasonable in price. I haven’t heard or read much about this line so I bought a selection of products & colours.

Primark Makeup

Primark Lipstick

P.S Matte Long Last Lipstick £1.50 is really pretty & I would say its a pinky nude colour. It applies nicely to the lips & doesn’t feel too dry, It wears quite a long time, but it does wear off evenly after about 2-3 hours & I don’t mind having to reapply. Im sure if unlike me you don’t have the terrible habit of biting your lips this will last considerably longer on you. It does feel a little dry on my lips but I have been told that most matte formulas are a little drying, but it’s nothing that would stop me wearing it. This is the first matte lip product I have tried and I do like it, Im going to pop back in to Primark and get a few more shades. I’m very impressed with the colour & how nice this looks on my lips, it is an easy shade to wear & a perfect daytime colour. I also love the packaging, it looks much more expensive than it was. Also you can see the shade at the bottom & that is very true to the colour it swatches.

Budget Friendly Makeup Primark Lip Crayon

P.S Love Lip Gloss Crayon £1.50 – I’m a chubby lip crayon addict & I thought this nude shade would be a safe bet. Again it’s really nicely packaged and is a twist up so no sharpening needed. I would say its a caramel nude, its quite a glossy finish and applied nicely & evenly to my lips. The colour pay off is OK and it looks nice & natural on the lips. I have been wearing this over some lipsticks too and that works well. On its own its nice for adding a little colour to the lips, I wouldn’t say this lasts a great amount of time but these lip crayons are really easy & effortless to reapply. I would be interested to see if there are other shades & how pigmented they are. This smells really nice too and not minty like a lot of the other brands. This has been in my handbag for the past week & I’ve been really enjoying wearing it.

Primark Eyeliner

P.S Love Eyeliner & Pencil Sharpener 2 Pack £1.oo – I couldn’t resist these colours & have been loving experimenting with brighter colourful eyeliner. You get 2 eyeliners & a clear plastic pencil sharpener in a pack for £1, thats a complete bargain. The two colours in this pack are a teal blue & a baby blue, so very pretty. These are creamy and apply so easily, no pulling at all they just glide on & add a pop of colour. They are very pigmented and that vibrant colour lasts all day. I’m very impressed with these and think they’re great value for money. Perfect if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a bright colour you might not reach for that often.

Primark Eyeliner

Primark PS Love Makeup

P.S Love Felt Eyeliner £1.50 – I Bought this in Black as I love to wear liquid liner & these felt pen style ones are my go to option. However this was the one product that brought my haul back down to earth as I found it to be watery & hard to apply. The pigmentation was poor and it sunk in to all the lines on my eyelid. I would give this a miss, even for £1.50 save your money.

PS Love Black Liquid Liner

Primark Eyeshadows

P.S Love 8 Shade Day Palette £2.50 – This is a really well packaged palette with a big mirror inside, and eight eyeshadows of which 2 are matte and the rest are variations of shimmer / metallic. These are a little hit & miss some of the colours are really pretty but have a lot of fall out whilst other are very chalky and have no colour pay off. As a rule I would say the top row with the slightly more shimmery colours are better quality and wear OK.

If you have time to work with these, wear a primer and build up the colour you can achieve some pretty looks & for £2.50 this very well packaged palette is great for makeup newbies or people like me that are unable to walk past a palette that contains neutral colours.

There is another version of this palette with 8 Night Shades, which I’ve heard is even better and I am tempted to pop back to get that & see how it compares.

PS Love Makeup

Swatches of the bottom row – only one swipe & with no primer

PS Love Palette

Swatches of the top row – one swipe & with no primer.

Primark Nail Polish

P.S Love Nail Polish £1.00 – These have a real Butter London feel to the bottles & my word this pink shade is vibrant. It is a true hot pink neon & dries to a semi matte finish, two coats will give you an opaque colour. I am so impressed with the consistency of this polish & I had it on my nails for 3 days without chipping, I took it off to apply a different colour but It looked great & was very bright. The only downside to this polish is the smell, its very very strong, not once its on your nails but whilst you’re applying it. So if you get a headache from the smell of nail varnish this is a very very strong one.

I was very impressed with all but one of the products I bought, I thought all the products had pretty packaging and it felt and looked more expensive than it was.

The selection in Primark is quite good & if you can get to one that is selling the makeup then pick up a few products – but not the Felt Pen Eyeliner. None of the products have colour names which is a pain, but thats quite common with more budget brands.

Let me know if you have tried anything from the Primark P.S Love makeup range & if there is anything you would recommend I try.

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