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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Urban Decay are one of the most iconic and well loved makeup brands and they’re celebrating their 20th Birthday this year. I think every makeup addict the world over has their introduction to Urban Decay through purchasing one of their Naked Palettes, its almost like a beauty right of passage. Its easy to see why Urban Decay is such a well loved international best selling brand, they never falter on quality, service or the ability to release products that become cult classics.
So to celebrate the big 2-0, Urban Decay have released what I think is one of their most beautiful palettes to date. Moondust* is a party palette & that is for sure. The packaging looks glittery and is slightly textured with Moondust written in a cool mirrored stencil type font. It looks funky and almost inter galactic. The palette feels sturdy and is quite weighty, there is a huge mirror in the lid too.
Inside you are met with 8 of the most intensely sparkly eyeshadows. All eight of the shads included in this palette are brand new and boy do they have the WOW factor.
Specter – Soft Pink with tonal sparkle
Element – Peach with pink shift and sparkle
Magentic – Purple with blue sparkle
Lightyear – Vibrant green with tonal sparkle
Granite – Gunmetal with multicoloured sparkle
Lithium – Brown with irridesant 3D sparkle
Vega – Bright blue with tonal sparkle
Galaxy – Smoky blue-grey with iridescent 3D sparkle
These eyeshadows are so vibrant and pigmented, even a light swatch gives you fantastic colour pay off but if you want to go all out and get the ultimate intense colour payoff then you can use these shadows wet! When photographing this palette it was so hard to get the camera to pick up just how intensely packed with sparkle each of these shadows is. I love how iridescent and vibrant these are and how the shades look different, depending on lighting.
These 8 All New shades contain microfine bits of iridescent sparkle & lush 3D metallics which give them a diamond like effect.
Lithium / Magnetic / Galaxy / Element
My favourite shade changes on a daily basis, today I am loving galaxy which looks like a kaleidoscope of colours, beautiful and glittery lots of blues, greens and a hint of gray too. Its not for the faint of heart. What colour makes you most excited? Are you a magpie like me & the more sparkle the better?
These are smooth and buttery, they don’t feel chunky or heavy on the eye. They apply with ease and blend out beautifully. Glitter shadows have come a long way over the years, gone are those horrid gritty feeling hard to work with shadows and now we have these gorgeously pigmented smooth shadows which are packed with shimmer and sparkle.
I think this is pretty obvious but if you are not into sparkle & shimmer this is not the palette for you, if you are then GO GO GO, you need this in your life ASAP. Its beautiful and my photos do not do it justice. I am very impressed with the quality, vibrance and just how long these eyeshadows wear – they do not dull throughout the day. These shadows will take any eye look to that next level – if you don’t want to go all out you can just add a touch of colour to your look of use these wet as more of a liner. I’m obsessed and keep finding every excuse to use them.
So Happy 20th Birthday Urban Decay! What is your favourite Urban Decay product and what product is at the top of your Urban Decay wishlist? Surely it has to be the Moondust Palette.