31 Jul 2012

Physicians Formula

In my last post I spoke about the swap I’ve done with the lovely Casey of Beauty101Blog – she has sent me a box full of US goodies and I sent some British makeup bits. This lovely Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush was one of the things I REALLY wanted. I’d seen it online and it looked so lovely. It doesn’t disappoint in person either. So pretty.

This looks so pretty in the pan & looks similar to the Stilla Make Me Blush – I haven’t tried the Stilla blush so I can’t comment on how similar the actual products are but they look-alike in the pan and are both so pretty. I like to wear soft toned pink blushes they seem to suit my skin tone, and this Physicians Formula one looks quite natural on the skin. Just gives you a hint of a fresh flushed look. A perfect summer colour. This colour is called 7322 Rose and you get 7g of product for $11.95

They say this blush in infused with  ‘natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress’ I don’t know about that but it sounds good and if it works then that’s fine by me. I noticed that this blush also had a little light reflecting quality to it too. Making the cheeks look really healthy with a pop of colour. Anything that makes me look a little brighter and healthier is going to get the thumbs up from me.

I’m pleased with blush this and have worn it all week, it applies really well on the cheek. Not powdery at all and gives a satin finish. Very pretty indeed. Nice and natural looking. Another good thing is there us no shimmer which helps make this blush look more natural on the cheek.

The blush part flips up to reveal a brush and a mirror, this is a little gimmicky for me. The mirror is a good addition but I tend not to use the brushes that come with products as they are never really that great. It’s a cute idea but I’m not really a fan.

What American products are you lusting over. I have such a big wish list it’s getting out of control. Please tell me you’re the same.

30 Jul 2012

Instagram Round Up Week #9

This week has been a busy one, looking for a place to live – no joy as yet but we are narrowing down the area in which we’re looking So thats a step in the right direction.

It was my hubby’s birthday on the 23rd and we met some friends for a meal & we also went out in Liverpool to say goodbye to a dear friend who is moving to Australia. I see a holiday on the horizon.

I’ve done a swap with the lovely Casey and I’ve sent her some British beauty goodies – cant say what as she hasn’t relieved her parcel yet & she kindly sent me lots of American products. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post on this soon! I loved doing the swap it’s so exciting getting products you can’t purchase over here. I also won a blog giveaway over on Alice’s blog- she sent me so many lovely prizes. A huge box full. I will do a blog on that when i get chance. So excited to win something :o) So i have lots of new things to blog about

I’m really enjoying the Olympics too and have been trying to watch as much as I can. Especially loving the Diving and Gymnastics and have to say I have gotten right into the Beach Volleyball. Go Team GB!

Here is a roundup of my Instagram photos this week.

Physicians Formula Blush, Olympic Gingerbread Man, Fruity Tic Tacs, My cute pen drive, Wild flowers on my walk, Frozen yoghurt

My prize, Pink skikey shoes, Summer Starbucks, Primark false nails, Avon nail polish, Pound shop bargains

28 Jul 2012

Primark Angelica Nail Polish

I braved the chaos of what is the Manchester Primark at midday on a Saturday. I know mental right!? I was on a mission to track down the Primark nail polishes. This was easier said then done as the Manchester store seems to be going through a bit of a refurb and there is a temporary store layout. Most confusing. I managed to find the nail polish stand by the lifts & i picked up 4 colours then headed for the tills (which as always took FOREVER).

I picked up 3 glitter polishes and one neon coloured polish. They had quite a variety of colours and they were all £2.50 each. I don’t know why i was shocked at the price. Well maybe shocked is slightly too strong a word but i thought they would be slightly cheaper. Although £2.50 is still a good price for a nail polish. (ramble).

The first colour Angel is a lovely light blue with pink and purple fine glitter. It’s really pretty. I only swatched one coat of these on my nail wheel and this colour came out the most light – you would need 2 coats of this really.

Next up is the neon shade I picked up in Holiday Fun. A lovely bright pink almost purple toned polish. This is a really bright fun colour.

Next up is a pink glitter called Spoilt Rotten. This looks great with just one coat.

And the last one I picked up is a darker blue with silver glitter called Altitude. The glitter in these is so fine and so it’s not a pain to remove. I have such a love – hate relationship with chunky glitter polishes. I HATE taking it off.

These are the swatches on my nail wheel, as I said they are all one coat. For a Primark nail polish i have to tell you I’m impressed. For £2.50 you get 10ml of product.

27 Jul 2012

Poundshop Beauty Finds

After reading A thrifty mrs blog on her pound shop beauty bargains I popped into my local one to see what I could find. I was quite astonished really. There were lots of goodies to be had – Revlon, Almay, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Maybelline, Nivea, Wet n Wild and a few other brands so I calmed my beauty junkie self and limited my purchases to 3 products. I would’ve purchased a lot more. Oh yes! But I thought I’d see how I got on with these first and I didn’t want my hubby to think I was mental.

These are my £1 finds,

I’ve heard of Esprit making clothes – but not makeup. This quad has 4 neutral colours in. 3 of them are really pigmented and creamy the lightest shade not so much, but it will work well as a highlighter. I picked up the colour 202 Sunset Brown. Great little quad for a smokey eye. The packaging is good quality and slim so perfect for travelling. You get 5g of product. So fab for £1.

Next up is a lovely Rimmel Nail Polish in 350 Violet Metal. This is a really nice colour it’s a purple polish with really fine blue glitter. Its beautiful. The bottle states that this polish will last up to 10 days. This is a big claim. If I was the kind of person who kept their polish on for more than 3 days I could put it to the test. But I’m so fickle and like to change my nail colour every couple of days.

This colour really is so nice, I’m going to head back and see if there are any others. Very happy with this polish indeed.

Last up is a NYC Mosaic Face Powder in Pretty in Pink. This is a sweet colour, but not what I would use as a full on face powder. I would use it as a blush and that’s it. It’s too shimmery to be a face powder, that’s for sure. It’s a lovely dusky pink when swirled with your brush. If you use a light hand the shimmer doesn’t transfer too much. So this is OK but not something i would normally purchase

Tell me about your bargain  Pound shop finds. I will head in more often to see what I can find. It’s hit and miss but for £1 you’re not too bothered if it’s a miss.

26 Jul 2012

Balance Me Lip Salve

As like most beauty junkies this month I went mad for the sample freebies in the magazines – one of them being the Balance Me rose otto intensive lip salve. This sample came free with Glamour Magazine and is actually a full size product work £12. So for a £2 magazine I bagged a £12 lip balm — love it.

This is a super hydrating lip salve, I suffer from really dry and flakey lips. It can look a bit unsightly esp with a lipstick on. But found this lip salve really hydrating on my lips and left them feeling moisturised for hours. Which is so unusual for me as I normally have to apply lip balms so often throughout the day but I felt like this Balance Me one lasted a good amount of time.

I’ve heard a few people say they are not too keen on the rose scent, that it’s a little overpowering. I’m not overly offended by it. I by no means love it but I can get on with it as the product is working little miracles on my lips.

Balance Me have also packed this lip salve full of vitamins and oils so that’s good news for your lips. Balance Me have also only used products that are 100% natural and it contains no parabens, petroleum or sulphates so your lips are really being looked after.

The product is non greasy and applies really nicely to your lips and is easily absorbed. All in all im very happy with it and it’s always great to try a product I wouldn’t have normally purchased. I now want to visit my local John Lewis to have a look at their range and see what else i can try. I would purchase this in the future and think that £12 for a product that does a great job is worth the pennies.

Have you tried anything from the Balance Me range – would you recommend anything? Let me know

25 Jul 2012

Hemp Rose Soap

I’m staying with family in North West England whilst we look for a house / flat and I found the hand soap I was using was irritating my hands. Quite badly too. They were going really red and the skin was flakey so I had a rummage around my sample box and discovered this liquid soap by Dr Bronners. I had received it in a Glossybox one month and hadn’t had used it yet. Its the Dr. Bronner’s 18 in 1 Hemp Rose Pure Castile Soap.

I’d seen this brand in American Apparel and didn’t think too much of it although i like their old school style labels and they seem to be very ethical products. The ingredients are all organic and Fair Trade with no hidden nasties so I though it might do the trick with the allergic reaction I was having. Even after using this for a day the redness on my hands had calmed right down and after 5 days it had cleared up totally. My skin was no longer flakey or sore. This little sample bottle had saved the day. No one wants to walk around with hands that look horrid.

This soap smells of rose and other essential oils is really lovely and understated. It is quite a runny consistency but you need very little, it doesn’t lather up too much but it feels like it gives your hands a deep clean and I have to say it leaves them feel very soft too. I normally have to use a hand lotion right after washing my hands & that’s even using Molton Brown but with the Dr Bronner’s soap my hands felt quite soft and I wasn’t in such a hurry to put lotion on.

So if you still have your sample of this soap knocking about unloved i suggest you give it a go. I am not going to use anything else from now on. I am a complete convert and im getting to check out what else they have in the range.

The sample is 59ml and you can purchase the full size here for 237ml £5.59 delivered. That’s a bargain I will be purchasing the full size.

 

 

24 Jul 2012

Avon 24k Sculpt and Shimmer Blush Duo

I purchased this little Avon blush a while back and have been really enjoying using it. Avon has become quite a big part of my makeup collection this year as they’ve released some fantastic products and they’re so well priced. I have been ordering from my Avon lady like a crazy woman.

This blush duo is great, it has two colours one being a lovely highlighter colour perfect for your cheekbones and a the other colour is a soft pink which is perfect as a blush. It’s great having a two in one product, great for popping in your makeup bag and the packaging is sleek and quite compact too. Both colours are really pigmented and have great shimmer to them – it’s just such a lovely summery product and would look beautiful on tanned / bronzed skin tone.

I cant remember how much I paid for it and Avon don’t seem to offer this in their online shop?! Weird, but I’ve found it online for £6 – which is a great price. I have found the product to be lovely and soft and it applies really nicely to your cheeks / cheekbones and adds a flush of colour and brightness to your face. It sits really nicely on the skin and doesn’t look dusty or powdery on top of your foundation. Its very light and pretty.

So this has been my go to blush and highlighter this year. Its been working well for me and the colours last a good amount of time on the skin. It makes my cheeks look fresh and healthy. I really recommend it. I have the colour Golden Glamour and for £6 its a steel.

Have you been using any Avon products? Do you have any recommendations?

22 Jul 2012

Instagram Round Up Week #8

This has been a busy week & if you follow me on Twitter you will know the we moved from Scotland to North West England & we will eventually settle in Manchester when we find a place (the hunt is on). So we were busy packing & unpacking thats about as exciting as my week got. We are quite tired from it all and will be taking a few days off to relax before house / flat hunting.

Huge jar of Nutella, Blue skies in Dundee, Brew & the weekend supplements, Kleenex Shine Sheets, Aldi Body Scrub, Me & the hubby

 

Frozen Yoghurt (so good), Movie snacks, Night out in Liverpool, Avon blusher, Mac Lipstick, MUA stand in Manchester

It’s my lovely husbands birthday on Monday she we will be having a little celebration – but we’re going to Amsterdam in August as a little treat. We are really looking forward to that. Hope you all had a lovely week & are enjoying your weekend.

19 Jul 2012

Mac Nylon Eyeshadow

I have a modest collection of Mac eyeshadows, but I’m trying to purchase the ones I will get the most wear out of to begin with. I have Woodwinked, Bisque, Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe. So my next purchase was Nylon is a lovely frosted champagne shade, i don’t really have anything else like this in my collection so it fits in well.

Like most people i use this as a highlighter shade in my tear duct area and also under my brows. It’s quite a creamy textured eyeshadow and applies easily and blends like a dream. The colour is pigmented and can be built up to a really lovely bold colour – if you want a more dramatic highlight for evening. It makes your eyes look bright and awake (we could all use a little bit of that, right?!). I’ve not worn it as an all ove the lid eyeshadow yet. But when i do i will add an edit to this post.

Using this as a highlighter should mean it lasts for quite a while as you really don’t use much product doing that. I’m impressed with the colour and the frost finish makes it perfect for highlighting and it doesn’t have large flecks of glitter shimmer, it’s subtle shimmer and the shadow is very fine. So its not too OTT. You don’t want to go out during the day looking like a disco ball.

I think this Nylon eyeshadow is another great addition to my collection. What Mac eyeshadow should i pick up next time. I have my eye on All That Glitters. But i need to add some great vibrant colours into my Mac collection too. Nylon cost £12 for 1.5g

18 Jul 2012

EOS Summer fruit Lip balm

My lovely little brother recently went to NYC (lucky bugger) & i asked him to bring me a few things back. Not really thinking he would. So one of the things i asked for was the EOS Summer fruit Lip balm. I have seen these on lots of US beauty blogs & YouTube videos. I know there are a few websites that sell these in the UK, but i thought as he was these id get him to pick up one

This lip balm smells AMAZING! Oh my I can’t get over how nice it is. I keep getting it out my purse and smelling it. Getting alot of funny looks. I think half of why its so nice is its packaging, its in a sphere and it feels odd putting it on as we are so used to a tube when it comes to lip balm.

I’ve been using it underneath my Revlon Lip Stain to keep my lips nourished. This  little lip balm is great to throw in your handbag. The packaging is really robust and perfect for travelling / taking out & about. I just love it and I’m going to pick up a couple more when i can. If you can recommend any others let me know.

The good thing about these is that they’re 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free so thats good news for your lips.

I dont know what my brother paid for this (as it was a gift). I already have so many lip products but i just needed to try this and i’ve been pleasantly surprised its really lovely on the lips. It would be great for a holiday

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