Exploring Scotland #11

Mitchell's Cafe St Andrews

Mitchell's Cafe St Andrews

Pretty Houses St Andrews

Beautiful Scotland

St Andrews Castle Scotland

St Andrews Exploring

Exploring Scotland

St Andrews Architecture

Cottage Life St Andrews

Cute Scottish Cottages

Every couple of months we head up to Scotland to visit family and we always pop over to St Andrews, which is only a 15 minute drive from my parents house. I have posted lots of photos from here on my blog, its just such a pretty place no matter what the weather.

Its quite a small town but has something for everyone including a beach, Castle, beautiful restaurants & shops. It is a bustling place, what with it having a University, big golfing community and plenty of tourists. It is a very friendly place to visit. We like to just wander through the cobbled streets, stopping of for numerous coffees along the way and always make sure to walk along the beach, even if its blowing a gale.

I did notice on my last visit that Jo Malone & Bobbi Brown have opened little boutiques there, could be quite dangerous.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit I highly recommend popping over its like being on the set of a Harry Potter film.

5 From bareMinerals

Five Products From bareMinerals

I really like doing these 5 From One Brand posts & this one has been a long time coming. I have used bareMinerals makeup for years & first discovered it on a trip to NYC back in 2006. So its a brand I have stuck with for years now. They have recently released their skincare collection and if you haven’t already you must pop to your nearest counter to check it out. I have included a mix of skincare & makeup and to be honest I could have included at least 10 of my favourite bareMinerals products in this post but I was very disciplined and managed to narrow it down to my 5 absolute favourites which I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat.

Pop of Passion in Pink Passion Lip Oil Balm 

These lip balms from bareMinerals have a hydrating oil-rich formula so your lips feel nourished whilst also giving them a beautiful wash of colour. They come in 8 easy to wear colours and I have two shades, a more neutral beige and this gorgeous sweet pink. These aren’t as sheer as some lip balms but they’re also not going to give you the vibrancy of a lipstick, they offer a happy medium which I think make them the perfect everyday lip option. The formula contains passion fruit seed oil and vitamin E which nourish and hydrate the lips for maximum comfort and gives them a lovely glossy finish.

5 Products From bareMinerals

bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This concealer ticks so many boxes, it offers incredible hydration whilst giving amazing coverage. It has a very fluid formula which initially makes you think its not going to stand up against dark circles, redness or blemishes but you would be very wrong. The lightweight, fluid formula is so easy to blend out and gives you a very seamless finish which you can build up depending on what you want to coverup. This concealer also has a brightening effect so its not going too look dull or heavy on the skin, its beautiful to apply and is long wearing. This along with the Complexion Rescue have been my Summer Dream Team.

SkinLongevity Vital Power Infusion

This is the most recent addition to my skincare routine and also a new release from bareMinerals. Their skincare collection has been very well received since its launch earlier this year and this product in particular seems to one of the most recommended items form the range. It comes packaged in the most beautiful sleek glass bottle, its so weighty and feels luxurious. The product itself has a very fluid formula, much more so than your average serum, once applied to the skin it absorbs quickly but does leave behind a slight residue on the skin, after using it for a couple of days this didn’t bother me.

It contains Long Life Herb Extract, California Poppy and Lempuyang Ginger to promote vitality and give the skin a lovely radiance. When I apply this essence / serum my skin feels and looks smooth, bright and hydrated. This has really helped my tired, often dull skin look a more refreshed and naturally glowing and because its so nourishing it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines by hydrating the skin and giving them that smooth, soft focus look. If you are into skincare and don’t mind splashing out (just a little) then this might be one skincare item to check out. The 50ml of product you get is going to last months, because its a fluid and you only need 2 pumps for you whole face & neck.

bareMinerals Makeup Favourites

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

I have mentioned this base a lot on my blog & I can say honestly say its one of, if not my favourite light to medium coverage base. It gives your skin a natural, even, radiant finish and it wears very well throughout the day. I prefer to wear a base with SPF during the day and the Complexion rescue offers a Broad Spectrum SPF30 so you’re well covered. Its a skincare, makeup hybrid which is fab & it contains lots of skin loving ingredients including

  • Olive derived squalane – nourishing, hydrating and boosts the skins ability to regenerate
  • Marine botanicals – help refuel thirsty skin and enhance skins appearance
  • Water loving humectants,Tehalsose and glycerine– which locks in moisture
  • Heart leaf globe daisy – an antioxidant, defends skin from from environmental aggressors
  • Calcium and Magnesium – help replenish the skin and promote the skins moisture balance
  • SPF30 PA+++ this also contains a broad spectrum SPF to protect the skin against UVA & UVB rays

I could say wonderful things about this product all day and I have done in many a post. So I won’t go on & on, all I will say is if you’re looking for a beautiful lightweight base with a decent amount of coverage then this has to be top of the list! If you want to read a more in depth review & see what it looks like on the skin click here —> bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Review 

Mineral Veil Finishing Powder

Another best selling product from bareMinerals and one that most people associate with the brand. I have been through many a pot of this loose setting powder, although these are not great to travel with it is still one of my favourite setting powders. It has such a lightweight, finely milled formula that instantly gives your makeup that soft focus finish. It never feels heavy or like you have too much makeup on, instead it can really refresh your makeup and help keep it in place all day. I have quite oily skin so a powder is a step I always do, this mineral powder is fantastic at helping eliminate oil and keep your skin looking radiant but with a slight matte finish. If you are on the fence about trying a loose powder don’t be, this one lives up to its reputation and a pot will last you so long. Its a worthy investment and a product you need in your makeup bag! I have the original shade in this which is translucent so it doesn’t add any more colour to your skin, bareMinerals does do a tinted version if you prefer.

What are you favourite products from bareMinerals?

Lord & Berry Makeup Team Nude

Lord & Berry Nude Lips

Lord & Berry Nude Lips

I have been trying a few products from Lord & Berry, I already own a few of their lip Twistick Lip Crayons and absolutely love how pigmented and comfortable they feel on the lips. So I was excited to try out a trio of nude / neutral friendly products from them.

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Khol Eyeliner in Nude*

This is one of those products which makes you look instantly more awake and gives a healthy brightness to your eyes. I apply it to my lower lash line and it doesn’t look unnatural or too stark, it gives the illusion that your eyes are bigger, brighter and just all together healthier. I think a nude liner is a must in any makeup bag. It also works well under your brows to help them look a little tidier, more defined and gives your brow bone a subtle highlight. The formulation is creamy and easy to apply, no dragging and it wears quite a long time too. Such a versatile product.

If you’re familiar with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Pencil in Nude then this Lord & Berry offering is much lighter and more of a soft bright cream nude, the Rimmel one is more beige nude. I have to say I prefer this Lord & Berry one, it looks more natural and adds more brightness.

Lord & Berry Makeup

Lord & Berry Tanned Nude Ultimate Lip Liner

I only own two lip liners and I have to say I didn’t think I would get much use out of this one. Its a tawny brown nude shade and I haven’t been using it to line my lips so much, but instead using it to fill in all of my lips. It makes such a great base to help lipstick last for hours! This has quite a creamy formula and despite it drying matte it feels comfortable on the lips. I have been using it under my Urban Decay lipstick in BackTalk and they make a great duo. I guess you can’t go wrong with a nude lipliner and its a shade that is easy to wear.

Lord & Berry Product Swatches

New Lord & Berry Makeup

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick 20100 in Prelude*

This is a beautiful soft rosy brown shade, it finishes to a creamy matte finish & let me tell you this lip crayon has amazing staying power! I love that this isn’t your typical nude but instead has a subtle rose look to it, its creamy to apply and with it being a crayon its so quick and effortless. The colour is pigmented and doesn’t look too dark on the lips but you a nice rich warm pop of colour. Its great if like me you have quite a pale complexion, it helps warm up your look and give you that healthy but quite subtle nude lip. This isn’t a twist up crayon so you will need to sharpen it but I have to say its a great quality matte lip colour and I am a huge fan of a lip crayon so it is safe to say this shade has been well loved these past few weeks.

Lord & Berry is available to purchase online from LookFantastic / Lord&Berry.com / Boots / Selfridges 

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August 2016 Product Empties

August Product Empties 2016

Lacura Thermal Spring Shower Gel*

Aldi certainly know how to do affordable skincare well! This Thermal Spa Range is nourishing, lightweight and purse friendly. The range includes an eye cream, moisturiser and shower gel and is infused with natural thermal water to soothe and moisturise the skin. I will be repurchasing this next time I am in Aldi & highly recommend checking out the eye cream too.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

This is one of the most gentle cleansers I have used and Its easy to see what it is such a cult favourite with almost every beauty editor & beauty blogger. It removes makeup with ease without leaving your skin feeling dry and the hot cloth helps dislodge dead skin to keep it looking radiant. Its a ritual I look forward too in the evening and the distinctive botanical scent is also calming. This creamy cleanser contains these skin loving ingredients, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Essential Oil/Extract and Chamomile Essential Oil/Extract so very gentle, soothing and antioxidant rich.

CoLab Dry Shampoo in Rio

Yes, this is AS good as everyone says. Its has been developed by blogger Ruth Criley and it is the best dry shampoo I have used, I have tried so many brands. I have the Rio version which smells amazing, it has tropical notes of papaya, pineapple & a heart of cassis. It just does exactly what you need a dry shampoo to do, it absorbs oil without weighing hair down or leaving behind a powdery residue. It has helped me out of many a bad hair day situation and if you are able to get it when its on offer in Superdrug make sure you stock up! You won’t want to try any other dry shampoos after this one.

LUSH Rose Jam Shower Gel 

I’m not sure how this LUSH offering evaded me for so long, this was my very first time trying this and I can say that I am now very much addicted to the scent of this, Rose Jam who knew it could smell so good?! Its quite a thick consistency and it feels incredible and luxurious on the skin, its hydrating and leaves your skin very soft. I need to stock up on this so I never ever run out.

NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

I have had this pot for a couple of years and I have found myself reaching for it less and less. For me its more of a Winter product as its quite thick and feels heavy on this lips much like a lip treatment. It comes in a pot which over time does become quite grubby and with it being a couple of years old I though it was time to say goodbye to it. I wouldn’t repurchase this and if I had to recommend a good lip balm it would be the Dr Paw Paw Ointment – its is amazing if you suffer from dry lips.

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Shampoo*

I was introduced to this brand earlier in the year and have been really impressed with this range. I ran out of the shampoo before the conditioner because after a few uses I realised how hydrating this SuperFruit range was and if I used too much product it weighted my hair down. So I use the conditioner every other wash and that works really well for me. This range contains some really great ingredients including,

  • Superfruit–a blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants
  • Marula oil–contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin–nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Shea butter–deeply moisturises while conditioning hair and scalp

It leaves my hair feeling glossy, less frizzy, hydrated and more manageable. The fact that it doesn’t lather up took little getting used to but my hair feels a lot healthier for using it and SheaMoisture is a brand I highly recommend checking out. Their haircare range is available in Boots and they have an extensive selection for most hair types.

I would repurchase all of the products in this post apart from the NUXE Lip Balm. Let me know if you have tried any of them and if you would repurchase them too.

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