3 Nov 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction

Being a massive fan of the film Pulp Fiction, I was so excited to try out the Urban Decay Limited Edition Pulp Fiction Range which was released this summer to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film (can’t believe it has been 20 years). Never have I been more excited to review a collection. Its gorgeous & I love (almost) every product which is unusual for me because many ltd edition collections are often a little gimmicky or out there in terms of colours & after you buy them they’re put into your collection and then overlooked, but I can see this collection being reached for a lot!

Pulp Fiction Makeup by Urban Decay

It’s a 6 piece collection & the packaging is black & yellow in keeping with the movie poster  (its so iconic). The attention to detail on the packaging is so on point and Urban Decay have added lots of fun touches that die hard Pulp Fiction fabs will appreciate. I know I won’t be able to throw it away!

The collection features a 5 Shadow Palette, Revolution Lipstick, 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil, Nail Varnish and a Heavy Metal Glitter Liner. The idea is that you use the collection to create your own take on the iconic Miss Mia Wallace look, using the handy step by step card that you get in the eyeshadow palette.

Mia Wallace Get The Look

UD Pulp Fiction Palette

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette

The Pulp Fiction Palette*  £17.50 comes in black & yellow packaging & has the famous Ezekiel passage on the top written in red. The packaging is cardboard but its very sturdy and it comes with a large mirror in the lid. This palette has 5 shadows & they’re a mixture of mattes & satin finishes. This palette features 3 new colours from Urban Decay

The shadows are pigmented & easy to blend they are all beautiful and colours that I would pick out of my collection to wear all the time. I think they’re also perfect colours for Autumn, I love wearing a warm brown smokey eye. The only shade in this palette that I didn’t like too much was Anger, I thought it was more of a grey than a black and it was a little chalky and harder to work with. You also get a double ended brush in the palette & I usually throw away the brushes you get free but I used this one & its great for taking the shadow under the eye & I even packed the colour on to the lid using it, it wasn’t great at blending but if you needed to you could make it work & I love that its red.

Urvan Decay Mrs Mia Wallace Lipstick

Mrs Mia Wallace Lipstick Swatch

The Mrs Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick* £15.00  This lipstick is utterly gorgeous & its my favourite piece from the whole Pulp Fiction Collection. It’s a deep cherry red shade with a beautiful glossy finish. This colour is so rich on the lips and it feels comfortable to wear. If you have tried any of the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks you will know how creamy and pigmented they are & the this one doesn’t disappoint.

This colour is such a good match to the lipstick Mrs Mia Wallace wears in the film and I felt a little bad ass wearing it. Its quite dark and not something I would normally wear but I fell in love with the colour & I know I will get so much wear from it. I do need a little practise applying it & I’m not that skilled in applying lip pencil as you can see in the photos below but you can get an idea of how bold & vibrant the colour is. Also it applies smoothly on your lips and it lasted a good 6 hours on me which I was so pleased with.

Mrs Mia Wallace 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil* £13.50 – I only have one other lip pencil so they’re not something I tend to use but the Mrs Mia Wallace lipstick is very pigmented & I think in order to get a good finish & stop it bleeding throughout the day the lip pencil is a must & they make a good duo. The liner is quite creamy but easy to use & although I need more practise applying it I do love the colour and think it made a big difference to how long the lipstick lasted. Its a matte finish & I would describe it as a blood red.

Mrs Mia Wallace Nail Colour* £10.00 the packaging on the nail polish is cool, it has a skull on the lid & the colour is coordinated with the lipstick and is a gorgeous deep cherry red shade with a touch of shimmer. It wears really well on my nails & I had it on for 5 days before taking it off. The brush is nice and it applied the polish really evenly and despite it being a dark shade I managed to apply it with minimal mess. A gorgeous polish but I wouldn’t say a must have unless you’re a nail polish addict.

Urban Decay Mrs Mia Wallace Nail Colour

Mrs Mia Wallace Nail Polish

Gunmetal Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner* £14.00 - I’ve tried a few of these glitter liners over the years & I love the brush as it is so easy to use & you can achieve a thin precise line or build it up to create a more dramatic look. The glitter doesn’t transfer, once it has dried it stays in place until you remove it. This has silver and black glitter and looks great on, although I’m not too sure it is in keeping with the Pulp Fiction Mia Wallace look but I guess it could be a more modern take on an edgy look. I used my Urban Decay Ink For Eyes in this look.

UD Pulp Fiction

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction

Urban Decay Mia Wallace

20th Anniversary UD Pulp Fiction Collection

Let me know if you have tried anything from this Pulp Fiction collection & if not the good news is it is still available from Debenhams although it is limited edition so be quick.

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.

30 Oct 2014

Happiness Is

Sometimes its nice to put down the beauty products & talk about what makes you happy. So thats what I’m doing in this post. After a tough few years you discover the small things that make a difference & these are a few things that have been making me happy.

Autumn

I really like the changing of the seasons. Its like the cycle of a new season starts a clean slate, an opportunity to start fresh & set new goals. Its a reminder that nothing is forever & change isn’t always a bad thing. I love to see the leaves on the trees throughout the year changing from lush and green to golden brown & eventually watching them fall to the ground marking the end of another year. I feel a comfort with the changing of the seasons & Autumn will always be my favourite. It’s so beautiful, I have been enjoying the crisp fresh mornings sipping on my chai tea. I like watching Autumn slowly slipping into Winter. What season is your favourite?

Christmas Releases

I love this time of year for all the Christmas releases & limited edition products. Top of that list is LUSH I don’t ever go too mad in there but I treat myself to a couple of things from their Festive range. So far I have used Butter Bear & Melting Snowman, both are really nice but as you may have seen from this post Butter Bear is my favourite so far. It’s soothing and left my skin so soft & at £1.95 its one of LUSH’s more affordable products. Also bubble baths have to be one of the most relaxing things to do on a cold winters evening so LUSH & relaxing baths just go hand in hand.

Family

I have been spending quite a lot of time in Scotland over the past few years & the silver lining on a bad situation is that I get to spend time with my family & these two Munchkins are my niece Alyvia & my brother Gary. We always have a lot of fun & its nice getting to spend afternoons with them sipping hot chocolates & planning adventures.

St Andrews Scotland

St Andrews is such a beautiful place, John & I always take time out to visit when we’re in Scotland. It’s just so calm and relaxing not to mention utterly picturesque. Even though its a very small place it gives you everything it has in abundance – history, architecture, windswept beaches and Ice Cream (good ice cream is important). I never tire of walking around the quaint streets and I’m looking forward to visiting in November. Winter in St Andrews is cold but beautiful, its an excuse to stop for a coffee to warm up your hands. Have you been to St Andrews?

29 Oct 2014

Passing Along #1

I have been meaning to do this for a while, I quite often keep things in my collection just because I can’t bear to let them go & also keep items that I no longer use or enjoy. I have been trying to get better at letting go & passing these products on to friends & family. Being a beauty addict I review lots of products but there is no way I can keep them all & quite often they’re not right for me.

I remember earlier this year Jennie from SailorJennie did a series of Spring Cleaning posts & those inspired me to do a little Spring (Autumn) cleaning of my own. I’m due to move within the next two months so this is a task that needed to be undertaken. There will be a few more of these posts over the coming months but this is the first wave of products I’m letting go of.

Makeup Im Passing On Make Up Im Passing On

Avon Ultra Colour Lip Crayon – This is a pretty glossy pigmented jumbo lip crayon in the shade Carefree Coral. I love the vibrant colour but it has quite a lot of shimmer in it too & when I bought it from the Avon catalogue I didn’t know that. I’m not a fan of shimmery lip products and for that reason I just won’t wear it & I know someone that will love it.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Base – This is a light infusing primer and It looks pretty under makeup or I also like to add a few drops to my foundation and that helps my complexion look radiant. I wouldn’t say it works particularly well as a primer so I don’t use it that way, I stick to using it as a skin illuminator. But I’m passing this along because I have a NARS one that I’m using & also a Clarins one. So before this gets to its use by date I’m passing it along.

Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Urban Basics – This is a palette full of neutral colours, I bought it in America last year but I’ve reached for it so few times since coming home. I have quite a few palettes with similar shades & that are better quality too. So its time to let someone else enjoy this one, my niece is only young & I think she would love experimenting with these.

e.l.f Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick – I have a few of these & really like the consistency and pigmentation. This one is in the shade Rock Out. I’m quite addicted to eye crayons as they’re so easy and effortless to wear. This is a pewter shade with a hint of gold shimmer & its just not getting enough love in my collection. I’m keeping the colours Little Miss Thing & French Lace.

Shu Uemura Pressed Eyeshadow Duo – Light Pink 125 & Soft Pink 155. These are beautiful buttery pigmented shadows but what was I thinking buying Pink, especially as there are 70+ colours to pick from!? I love the thought of wearing these & have tried to make them work but I just don’t suit pink & so these will be passed on with a much sadness & I will treat myself to two more neutral colours from Shu Uemura & make sure I use them a lot!

Avon Ideal Flawless Pressed Powder – Its amazing how many powders I have accumulated & this has been languishing at the bottom of my drawer for a few months now. I have 3 powders currently on the go so don’t really need this one. This is a great powder & is good for oil control, the packaging is sleek, black and feels luxurious so I know someone will give this powder a lot of love.

NYX  Roll On Shimmer* – I was lucky enough to win a few NYX products last year on Twitter & I have a few of these roll on shimmer eyeshadows but this silver one isn’t really me. It will be perfect for the Festive Season & will glam up someones look. I know exactly who to pass this on to, Jillian if you’re reading this keep any eye out for this coming your way.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer*- I love this concealer & its been getting a lot of love from me but I have a couple of new ones to test out & don’t want to risk this going out of date with a lot of product left. This is a great concealer for blemishes & under eyes. It is quite thick so takes some blending. I have heard a few people say this broke them out but I haven’t had any issues.

Let me know what you do with unwanted or overspill makeup, do you pass it on or do you find it hard to part with it.

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.

27 Oct 2014

Autumn / Winter Nail Polish

Nail Polish Storage Autumn / WInter Nail Polish

I bought two of these Kilner style jars from Clas Ohlson in Manchester for £3.99 they both have a pink screw lid & thought one would make the perfect storage for my current most worn nail polishes. I have my lip balms in the other, but thats for another post. So these are the nail polishes I will be wearing during A/W, I’m loving the transition into darker shades & I picked my favourite 8 polishes from my collection to put in this cute jar which now sits on my dresser. I love it.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Mustard – This is part of Barry M’s A/W14 range *& I just love this colour (thanks to HayleyFromHome). Its is opaque in two coats & is the most perfect Autumnal shade. It is a pretty creamy Mustard shade & reminds me of Autumnal leaves. I have been wearing this a lot & I know I will continue to. I really like the formula of the Barry M Gellly Hi Shine polishes & have collected quite a few. They last a good amount of time on me – up to 5 days. I do like to wear a top coat with all my polishes, these included, as I find it prolongs my manicure & it makes these look even more glossy.

e.l.f – This polish was from a trio I bought a while back. It has no shade name but its the most beautiful rose gold shade & its pretty for everyday. Its a little more festive but it I have been known to wear this colour all year round. Its just a small bottle & is handy for travelling. It applies nicely and although it doesn’t last too long on my nails its such a pretty colour.

Essence in Circus Confetti – I love this glitter top coat. I bought it in Amsterdam a couple of years ago & before Essence released in the UK. Its so cool that we can now get our hands on this brand more easily now as they have a HUGE selection of polishes. This Circus Confetti is the perfect dupe for OPI Rainbow Connection. Its has so many different sizes & colours of glitter, I think it has every colour of the rainbow in there. I like to wear it over Models Own Balearic Blue or a Black polish, either way the glitter really stands out & makes your nails look super sparkly. You will need a top coast to stop the glitter feeling rough to the touch & I’d say two coats of this gives you a nice even spread of glitter. This is for sure a great Party Season Polish!

Leighton Denny in Vamp* – This is one of those dark polishes that I love. It looks good on toes too. Its a beautiful deep burgundy red that as the name suggests looks so vampy. Its warm and gothic looking, It makes the perfect A/W polish. This is a lovely polish to apply, no streaking whats so ever & it dries very quickly too. Its a well loved polish in my collection.

Current Nail Polish Picks Favourite Winter Polishes

Models Own Hed Kandi in Balearic Cool – This isn’t the easiest polish to apply & you will need to be patient in between coats as it takes a couple of minutes to dry. Even though its a bit of a pain I just love the snowy winter grey colour. It looks really pretty on the nails maybe a little stark but I like that. As I said it also makes a great base for glitter top coats & in particular Essence in Circus Confetti. I have to say that my Balearic Cool looks like a totally different colour to everyone else’s. Weird?!

Maybelline Forever Strong in Dark Denim – This is a dark midnight blue & it lasts so long on my nails. I do have to wear a base coat as it stains my nails, but using a base cost is an easy fix. This has a really nice brush & even though its so dark I’m able to apply it relatively neatly. I love this dark blue & it works so well for the colder, darker months.

Mavala in Pink Gold* – This is a pretty festive gold shade with a hint of a pink sheen running through. Its so festive & gorgeous as a Christmas Party colour.

American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Lipstick – Well A/W wouldn’t be the same without a bright red & this American Apparel offering is a bold ruby red. It is eye catching on the nails & looks like candy cane red. One coat is all you need and it dries quickly. Wear a base coat otherwise you will have red nails for weeks!

Let me know what your top A/W nail polish picks are & if you like 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.

 

25 Oct 2014

Benefit Bling Brow Service & Kit

Don’t worry about your Christmas Party Bling this year, Benefit have you covered. Benefit are excited to announce they’ve teamed up with bling experts Swarovski Crystal and are getting ready to launch Bling Brows which is a new limited edition at counter service & a take home DIY kit that will transform your brows. So get excited for a little Bling this Party Season. These won’t be to everyones taste but its fun to experiment & these Bling Kits give you the opportunity to create your own look.

I was invited to the Manchester launch of Bling Brow* where I was lucky enough to meet International Spokesperson Jared Bailey (a true brow master) & Lisa Potter Dixon, Benefit’s Head Makeup Artist and Brow Expert (all round gorgeous lady). I heard all about the Bling Brow Kits & the buzz surrounding them. Benefit are already experts in all things Brows and for a limited time this will be a new string to their bow.

From November 1st & as long as stocks last (this is ltd edition) many of the Benefit Brow Bars & Boutiques Nationwide will be providing the Bling Brow Service so all through the Christmas Party Season you will be able to head to a participating Benefit Counter & chose your Bling Brow style & let the Benebabes Bling your brows with Swarovski Crystals which come in 8 pretty colours. There will be three Bling Brow options available at counters,  ‘Touch O’ Bling’, ‘Over-The-Top Bling’, and ‘Big-Time Bling these range in price from £4 for the more subtle to £16 for more daring. Let me know what option you’d go for?

Benefit Pricing

At the event I went for the more subtle option of three Greige crystals below my brow in Benefit Bling Brow & really loved the way it turned out.

Benefit Bling Brow

Eyebrow embellishments is a trend we’ve seen on the catwalks over the years, like at the Chanel Show in Paris and on many a celebrity like the Kardashian’s and Gwen Stefani. Benefit’s Bling Brow Kits have made the trend accessible and they’re a great way of making your festive makeup more glitzy & head turning. So will you be getting your bling on this Party Season?

Benefit Bling Brow Kit

Benefit Bling Tin

Bling Brow

The at home DIY Bling Brow Kits come with 52 varying sized Swarovski Crystals, a pair of cute mini tweezers for applying them & a cute Tips & Tricks booklet (which Benefit are famous for), so if you’re not too sure on what look to create this booklet will give you ideas & helpful step by step instructions.

The Crystals are so easy to apply and the good news is they’re self adhesive & even better they’re re usable (just reapply them with lash glue), I found them to be secure and comfortable to wear. I couldn’t even feel them on my brow bone. Benefit have said they will last up to 3 days, thats some staying power. I have the Rose Gold Kit & I think this option is right on trend, Rose Gold is beautiful but still quite subtle so thats perfect for me. The Rose Gold catches the light gives your look the perfect amount of sparkle. I was worried I would feel a little old to wear these but I have to say I loved the look & if you are braver than me then you could incorporate this in to your daytime look too, who say’s this has to a be a party only look.

I’m interested to see the looks people create once these kits are launched next month. I have already seen some great takes on Benefits suggestions. I love To Become A Mum’s bling creations, some great ideas in her post for looks you can create.

Swarovski Crystals

Benefit Tips & Tricks

Benefit's Tips & Tricks

At £19.50 I think these kits are quite pricey but if you’re careful with the Crystals you can reuse them & they are a very fun way of giving your look something special. Oh & as with most things Benefit the cute tin itself can be re used once you’ve had your wear of the Crystals. I plan on keeping my everyday jewellery in mine. Also the mini tweezers in this kit are so sweet & I know I will be getting a lot of use out of these. Once the Party Season is over they will be a permanent fixture in my travel makeup bag!

Keep your eye out for them being released on November 1st across Benefit Counters Nationwide & also online at www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

Do you think you will be sporting this Bling Brow trend at your Christmas Party?

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.

 

 

22 Oct 2014

MeMeMe Long Wear Satin Lip Cream

 

Trio of Lipsticks

MeMeMe are a brand I’m familiar with & have a number of their products in my collection, their Shimmer Stack in Bronze is a particular favourite of mine and so too is their Flawless Cream Foundation. MeMeMe offers quality products at affordable drugstore prices. Their products look and feel luxurious & they have been adding lots of new products to their range but perhaps more excitingly, they now sell internationally. So if you’re outside the UK you can get your hands on their range.

Me Me Me Lipsticks

Me Me Me Lipsticks

More recently I’ve enjoying using these beautiful Long Wear Satin Lip Creams* and thought it was about time I let you know all about them.  All three shades I have come in chic black packaging & the bullets themselves feel luxurious & sturdy. These Satin Lip Creams all apply so easily on the lips, no tugging or clinging to dry patches. They apply like a lip balm and feel very comfortable, smooth and hydrating.

These lipsticks are enriched with Shea Butter & Vitamin E so they will keep your lips moisturised and feeling smooth. I will say that they’re very buttery and so bear that in mind when applying, you don’t need to press too hard otherwise you’ll apply too much product & I have heard a few people say their lipstick snapped. Just be gentle.

Another thing that may put some people off is the vanilla scent, I don’t mind it & think it smells quite nice but I know vanilla / sweet scents aren’t for everyone.

These have a nice glossy sheen to them & look beautiful on. With them being lip creams they don’t have massive staying power, they do last about 2-3 hours but if you eat / drink you may want to touch up. I found the Hot Magenta needed re applying a little more than the more neutral colours but that might just be because it’s brighter & more noticeable when it starts wearing off.

Hot Magenta is a beautiful bright colour but I did find it a little more tricky to wear, but it is a cute party colour & it might just be my Festive Party Lipstick of choice, I think It will look cute. Its not a colour I would wear during the day (but I’m a wimp when it comes to bright shades). Persian Pink & China Rose are both everyday colours I would say China Rose works better with my pale complexion and it made me look put together but still a nice natural subtle colour & its the shade I have had in my handbag. It definitely my favourite of the 3.

In terms of being long wear, I wouldn’t say these are a particularly great example of that but they are very wearable, pretty lipsticks that may need reapplying every 3 hours or so.

The Long Wear Satin Lip Cream comes in 10 shades & cost £8.50 each

Three Me Me Me Lipsticks

Me Me Me Lipstick Swatches

MeMeMe is available online at www.mememecosmetics.com

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 Oct 2014

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

I have been trying out a few products from the brand Elizabeth Grant. This is a brand that is sold on Ideal World & I call myself a skincare addict but I had never heard of them before. I quickly learnt that Elizabeth Grant was founded in London England in 1958 and has a rich history, its a brand focused on quality and customer satisfaction and is now sold worldwide.

I’ve been trying a selection of products from the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Collection over the past two months and there are one or two products that have really stood out to me that I wanted to tell you about. I do have to say the packaging for the products in this collection is gorgeous, they feel luxurious and are very good quality. They look pretty out on my vanity and all the pots of creams come with little spatulas, which is so good for hygiene and just a great extra touch.

The 7 piece Collagen Collection included the following products,

Elizabeth Grant Eye Pads

I really enjoy using Eye Pads / Masks & think they really help revive tired eyes & give your skin a boost of hydration especially when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’ve been enjoying these Elizabeth Grant* ones &  found they’re great for puffy tired eyes, they hydrate and nourish your skin and help temporarily smooth the fine lines. They fit perfectly under my eyes & are very comfortable to wear, I leave them on as long as I can & once I take them off I pat the remaining products in around my orbital bone. I like to travel with these as they’re a great way of combating tired dark under eyes. They are great to incorporate into your pamper routine too. I get quite dehydrated under my eyes & for me its showing the first signs of ageing & those pesky fine lines are appearing so eye pads are a nice way of giving that area a little TLC.

Another stand out product from this range was the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Silk Edition Extreme Wrinkle Serum*, Serum is a step I never miss out from my morning & evening routine but often it can be hard to see or feel the actual effects. From about the 3rd day of using this Elizabeth Grant Serum my skin felt so smooth and looked plumper. It feels lovely and silky and once applied its absorbed quickly in to my skin, I like to massage two pumps into my skin in the evening and I then apply my night cream on top. I don’t use this during the day as I find it a little too rich and think it works better for me at a night serum.

Elizabeth Grant Eye Cream

The Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Platinum 24hr Firming Eye Cream* is working wonders for me too, it looks like a cream in the jar but once you apply it to your skin it feels like a gel. It absorbs very quickly and is instantly smoothing, which is why I like to use it in the morning as I find it wears very well under makeup & provides a smooth base for concealer. The gel like consistency means its not greasy on your skin. You get a whopping 30ml of product & thats quite a lot for an eye cream this is going to keep me going for a while. I wouldn’t say is diminishes fine lines or firms the skin but it does feel hydrating it makes a nice primer for my concealer.

The other 3 products I am still trying out so expect reviews on those in the coming months. Let me know if you have tried this brand & if any of the range works for you. If you want to see more of the range you can here. Also Ideal world do lots of great offers (make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those) as this 7 piece collection was £39.99 instead of £183.94.

These products have been sent to me for my consideration. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

 

 

19 Oct 2014

Whats In My Makeup Bag #Scotland

I thought I would show you what I took with me on my recent trip to Scotland. I went to visit my family & stayed almost 3 weeks. I tried not to limit what I took but really thought about what I was using daily & tried not to take products I knew I wouldn’t use. So here’s the contents of my makeup bag. Oh & I won this cute makeup bag last year in a blog giveaway but I have since seen it in John Lewis, its so cute don’t you think? It fits a lot in & as you can see I barley filled it (very proud of myself for not over packing).

Whats in my Makeup Bag

Whats In My Makeup Bag

Makeup I Took To Scotland

For eyes I took my MUA Palette & Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Kit & one Mac single shadow in Naked Lunch. I rarely do anything other than a neutral eye & the MUA Undress Me Too Palette is ideal for travel as it is slim & you get 12 wearable shadows to pick from. I like that it’s affordable too so I’m not worried about it getting damaged and I have taken it away with me quite a few times this year & I’m still loving it. The Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Kit has a small Boiing Concealer & 3 gorgeous quite neutral shadows. I love this for a night time look & the shadows are so creamy and long wearing its a Kit I have had for years & I love rediscovering it.

I took 2 Mascaras both are firm favourites of mine one is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara which is a jet black long wearing mascara which gives my lashes volume. They look so long & fluttery after a few coats of this. The brush is quite thick but I like that you can coat each individual lash & get right to the root to get that extra volume. Love this Mascara. The other one in my makeup bag is the Seventeen Back Lash, I love this mascara for making my lashes look thick and long without being OTT for daytime and it also holds a curl really well. This is one of if not the best budget mascara I have tried.

I took two concealers with me (well three if you count boiing in the Benefit Kit). The Garnier Caffeine Anti Dark Circles Roll On this has lasted me so long, every time I use it I think it must be due to run out soon but still the product keeps coming out. I like to use this under my eyes as the rollerball is cooling, the product it quite liquid in consistency and I find it is easy to blend and it gives a nice amount of coverage. I like it as a base on which to apply my second concealer. That being the Rimmel Wake Me Up I like to apply this over the Garnier one as it gives a little more coverage which in some places I really need and it also makes my under eye area look a little more radiant.

Makeup Bases

I knew I wouldn’t need a full coverage foundation whilst in Scotland and so I opted for two lighter bases, the Seventeen CC Cream and the Mavalia Moisturising Tinted Cream. I like that the Seventeen CC Cream has SPF 25 and it gives me a light but even coverage, this lasts quite well on my skin but I do like to wear the Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base under it just as a brightening primer and they make a great duo for healthy looking skin. Not heavy but very good for fresh glowing skin. The Mavalia Moisturising Tinted Cream* gives better coverage but the shade I have is a little dark for me however I blend it out & make it work. This tinted moisturiser gives you a lovely even finish and wears well throughout the day, I do have to apply powder to my t zone with this but that means I get an extra few hours wear. Who knew Mavalia did makeup as well as fab nail polish?

The L’Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream is a product I’m on the fence about. It does smooth out imperfections and reduces the appearance of pores but after a few hours it makes my skin look a little greasy. I wish it didn’t do this because if not this would be such a brilliant product, my makeup applies so well on top of it & the initial results are great. So if you don’t have an oily complexion this might just work very well for you. I’m going to continue to use it & see if I can find a way to make it work. Let me know if you use it & how you find it works best for you.

Blushers

Lets talk cheek products. As you can see I bought a few options. I will start with my favourite which is the Soap & Glory Solar Powder which is a two toned bronzer. I like to swirl my brush around both shades, sweep it across my forehead & down on to my cheeks which adds a little colour & glow to my very pale skin. The lighter shade has a little sheen to it & the slightly darker brown is matte. Very handy having 2 shades. I think this bronzer gives me a sun kissed glow & a touch of natural colour. I think I have used it everyday since I bought it back in May.

My Mac MSF in Natural is what I use as a powder most days. It leaves my skin looking smooth and keeps my makeup in place. It’s hit pan & I know any day now its going to crumble into nothing so I need to repurchase it ASAP. Mac MSF in Soft & Gentle Its adds so much radiance to my face & when I do wear it I fall in love with it all over again. I find this also wears a really long time on my skin no touch ups necessary. So glad I have this in my collection.

The two smaller baked cheek products are from e.l.f and I had totally forgotten about these, rediscovering them just before I went to Scotland, so I thought I would take them with me to show them a little love. These are both finely milled and give your cheeks a pretty highlight. Maui is the bronzer and this looks gorgeous in the winter to give the skin a little colour & a warm glow. Pinctastic is a highlighting blush with pink and beige marbling, mixed together it brightens up your cheeks and leaves them looking flushed and glowing. The shimmer isn’t too OTT but looks fresh and is a beautiful highlight. These elf baked blushers are great value for money.

Wet n Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink this reminds me of NARS Orgasm its beautiful on & the subtle shimmer gives your cheek a lovely healthy glow. The pigmentation & quality of this wet n wild blush is incredible considering the purse friendly price tag. The last cheek product I took with me to Scotland was the Sleek blush in Sunrise this is the most perfect colour for Autumn / Winter as its a pink toned brown with gold shimmer. It really warms up your complexion and gives you a little colour. I love the quality of Sleek Blushes & need to get a couple more.

So thats what I took with me. I did take my Clinique Chubby Stick in Roundest Raspberry & a couple of lip balms. Oh & I thought I took my DHC liquid Eyeliner but when I got to Scotland I realised I’d packed the Eyeko Skinny Liner. I hate that liner so was gutted & spent the whole time with no eyeliner.

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.

16 Oct 2014

I’ve Made a Friend For Life

LUSH Butter bear Bath Bomb

I have to admit that I haven’t tried a whole lot of LUSH products. They have such a huge range & many ltd edition products that its hard to try everything & I get so overwhelmed by it all. I tend to stick to bath bombs & I also like their face toners / spritz. I do get excited about the Christmas range & when I heard it was in stores despite it being October I had to pop in and I treated myself to two things, one being my old faithful & much loved The Melting Snowman & also  a new product called Butter Bear.

Lush Bath Bombs

I think like the ‘Ickle Robot this is a product aimed at children but who isn’s a big kid at heart? LUSH describe Butter Bear as

‘Cocoa butter creates a creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin, with the same vanilla-like fragrance as Butterball bath bomb. Moulded into a friendly and sweet-smelling bear, this is sure to be a winner with little and big kids alike!’

This is a low key bath bomb it leaves your bath water a milky white colour with a few bubbles but nothing too OTT. It smells relaxing and soothing. I like citrus scents so love this, its perfect for a relaxing evening. The cocoa butter leaves your skin so very soft. I have fallen in love with this little white Butter Bear & have been back to buy a couple more. I think he is going to be my go to bath bomb for the festive season.

Let me know what your picks are from the LUSH Christmas Range.

14 Oct 2014

A Few Empties Sept / Oct 2014

October Empties 2014

Dove Refresh & Care Dry Shampoo 200ml for £4.59 – I bought this after my trusty Batiste ran out & wanted to try something new. I wasn’t completely won over by this Dove offering. I have dark hair & this left residue and my hair felt chalky and squeaky after using it. I wouldn’t say it was great at absorbing the oil either, I did find this gave my hair volume and yes it smells nice but thats not a massive selling point if the product is less that effective as a dry shampoo. I now have a Herbal Essences one that I’m trying so I will let you know how that works out for me. I really struggle to find a dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair. If you have found one you love let me know

MONU Brightening Boost Serum* 15ml for £22.50 – I really liked this serum and found it lightweight and hydrating. It was good at keeping my complexion looking bright and healthy. I also used it on the backs of my hands as it contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone and also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles & those are concerns I have with my face but also my hands & I thought it worked well for both. Do you do this & use products on more than area?

NUXE  Melting Cleansing Gel 125ml for £12.00 – If you’re looking for a gentle but effective cleanser then this NUXE one is for you. The rose scent it quite strong but don’t let that put you off, the gel I would say felt more like a cream but either way you massage it on to dry skin & I like to spend a good few minutes massaging it in then rinse off with warm water. You will be left with smooth, hydrated and beautifully cleansed skin. Its so gentle and if like me your skin can react and go a little red after cleansing you will love using this NUXE offering as it was so calming and gentle that it didn’t flair up my redness or irritate my eyes. Another amazing product from NUXE!

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Liner £12.00 – Utterly disappointed with this eyeliner. It wasn’t very black & applied patchy and it transferred on to my upper eye area which was so annoying. I also found this dried out very quickly. I am a liquid liner addict & wear it daily so I have worked my way through quite a few different liners over the years & this was one of the most disappointing ones. I hate to be so negative but Eyeko are now quite an expensive brand & this fell short of the quality I’d expect from them.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O 100ml for £4.50 – As I have said a few times, before I’d tried Bioderma I just couldn’t understand how it could be that much better than other Micellar Waters but it really is. I think the stand out thing for me is the fact it leaves my skin so very soft & it never stings my eyes. I always cleanse after using this but I do like to remove my eye makeup with a Micellar Water & this one Bioderma is the best I have tried, the Garnier one comes a very close second.

Bath & Body works Hand Sanitizer – Another one bites the dust. I only have one more of these left from the 10 I bought whilst in San Fransisco last year & thats a Pear one. This Vanilla Berry Sorbet one smells lovely & good enough to eat (although I wouldn’t recommend it). I always have one of these in my handbag & on my desk just to keep bacteria at bay (germaphobe). My brother is heading to NYC in November & he has promised to get me a few Christmas ones. I’m so excited.

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.

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