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Saturday, 21 November 2015

(Extremely Late) October Favourites

Wow! Ok, so I've been absent from my blog for a while... I kept meaning to post but I just haven't been in the right "place" to blog.  I hate putting up posts that just sound like I can't even be bothered to write it and I didn't want to put a post up that i'd half arsed, so I just took a step back.  October was a pretty busy month - I've had family things and I've been sort of job hunting too lately... in London! Anyway, I'm back on it now, with my (Extremely Late) October favourites...

01.   Starbucks Iced Cappuccino // Who doesn't like to start the morning off with coffee?! Confession: I'm not actually a fan of hot coffee! But I LOVE iced coffee & this has been my favourite this past moth or so. I love having one when I'm getting ready in the mornings, its totally become part of my morning routine!

02.   UK Custom Plugs Amethyst Teardrop Plugs // Yep, I have my ears stretched. Everyone always asks if it hurt and I can tell you that, yes, yes it does, you're trying to stretch your ear! lol I wanted some pretty earrings and found these on the UK Custom Plugs website, amethyst is my favourite stone, so buying these was a no-brainer! I've been wearing these everyday for the past month, they're just so pretty!

03.   VO5 Plump It Up Blow Dry Lotion // I have pretty flat hair so anything that claims to give your hair a boost, I'm all over it.  I picked this up a while ago but never really used it properly until this past month... I can honestly say that it actually works! This really does give my hair some much needed volume, plus its pretty budget friendly and smells good too.

04.   Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in 01 Opulent Nudes // A friend of mine bought me this for my birthday, I'm not much of an eyeshadow wearer usually but I went out a few time this past month and fancied giving this a go.  For a "drug store" eye shadow palette, the shadows are quite soft and buttery and are actually very pigmented.  I can create a daytime look or I can use the darker colours for a more smokey look, this palette is a pretty great starter palette for an eyeshadow newb!

05.   Maybelline Master Brow Palette in deep brown // I'd been using the hourglass eyebrow pencil for forever and fancied trying something new.  I picked this up in a Boots 3 for 2 offer and have been really surprised at just how good this is.  You can read more of about it in my Drug Store Haul (here). It matches my brow colour pretty well and the wax really does hold my brows in place.  I even like the highlight powder! I don't use the brush it comes with mind, I use a zoeva angled brush.

06. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm // As winter is a rollin' in my lips are getting pretty dry so I've always needed a heavy duty lip balm to help them.  I think this is one of those cult classics that everyone loves and I've been reaching for this one more and more lately.  Its an all round great lip balm.

07.   Tom Ford Lipstick in Nude Vanille // Theres just something about Tom Ford products isn't there? Every girl needs a bit of Tom Ford in their lives!  Tom Ford lipsticks are so buttery smooth and the packaging is so pretty and chic - they're just the most glamorous lipsticks of them all! As you can tell (if you read my blog) my nude lipstick phase is still going strong. You just can't beat a good nude lipstick.

Well that's my little round up if the things I was obsessing over in October. I'm not doing a "non-beauty favourites" for October as I've kinda left it a bit late, so I just bundled my coffee favourite into this post lol.

I'm currently sat writing this post in bed, on a Saturday morning with an iced coffee, the wind is howling and i've got my fairy lights on... lawd I feel so cosy right now! Hope all you lovelies have a great weekend! xo

Thursday, 8 October 2015

September Non-Beauty Favourites

I quite enjoyed doing a "non-beauty favourites" post last month, and as I’ve got a few non-beauty favourites again, I've decided to carry it on!

01.   Doughnuts // Who doesn’t love doughnuts?! I’ve been a bit obsessed with eating them this month – give me a Reeses Pieces peanut butter doughnut over a chocolate bar any day! The Reeses ones are by far my favourite, I swear I’ve had at least one a week the whole month of September!

02.   Starbucks Iced Cappuccino // I’ve become a little completely obsessed with these! I love sipping on one these as a morning treat before work (actually, I'll have one of these any morning really), its sweet chocolate-y (I think) caffeine goodness at its finest! Seriously, the next time you're in Tesco/Asda/wherever grabbing your almond milk, pick up one of these too... you can thank me later!

03.   Thor Pop Vinyl // I’m totally in to collecting the Vinyl figures at the moment and Thor always seems to be sold out! The last time I popped in to Forbidden Planet they had one Thor figure left, he was in my hands quicker than you could say “ANOTHER!”.

04.   Zara basic tees // Zara basic tees are just my favourite thing to wear right now. I pick a new one up every time I walk in there, dangerous I know! The material is so soft and the tees are just the right amount of “baggy/oversized” and they’re so comfortable! You can never have too many basic tees right?!

05.   Orphan Black // I heard a few YouTubers bang on about this TV series on Netflix, I was pretty bored one morning so decided to see what they were all harping on about… I’m now hooked! It’s kinda weird and the lead actress can’t do an English accent to save her life, but it’s quite addictive, you want to know what’s going to happen next!

06.   Mini MK Bag // If you read my post on my new little baby (link here) this will come as no surprise to you that its popping up in my monthly “non-beauty” favourites. This bag is so tiny and cute and scrummy! I use her all the time – if you had a MK as cute as this, wouldn’t you want to wear it to death too? Lol Side note:- having a bag this small also means that I don’t horde a ton of receipts/crap in it like my other bags!

Hope all you lovelies are having a great week… I can’t believe the change in the weather, where has the October sunshine gone from the weekend?? xo

Sunday, 4 October 2015

September Beauty Favourites

So another month bites the dust and we are now officially in Autumn...although the weather hasn't quite made up its mind it seems. As I’m typing this, its glorious sunshine outside and actually quite warm!

I haven't got too many beauty favourites this month as most of the products I mentioned in my last favourites are still going strong! But there have been a few things I've been loving...

01. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream // This was a new purchase for me this month; I had run out of my Clarins Eye Contour Gel and wanted to try something different. I’ve used this eye cream in the past and remembered loving it back then so thought I’d give this one a go again – also, it has “hydrating” in the title, what’s not to love about that?! So far so good, its super moisturising and no stingy eyes!

02. Mac Lipstick in Hue // This really is the perfect “my lips but better shade”! I’ve been reaching for this one allot this month, for when I want a lil somethin’ on the lips but I don’t want to go too OTT. As it’s a glaze it’s also quite hydrating on my lips.

03. Benefit Eye Bright // I’ve needed some help in the eye department lately (actually I’ve needed help with getting out of bed in general!). I’ve been feeling super tired this month – it’s been pretty heavy at work! So anything that can make me look more awake I NEED! One swipe of this along my waterline and my eyes instantly look less red and more “ready to face the day”!

04. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask // Sometimes my skin just needs a little clear out and a refresh. I love using this product for that. It has fruit enzymes in it which are great for getting rid of all the build-up of crap, dead skin cells and whatever else I’ve got lurking in my pores! I leave this on for 10 – 15 minutes and wash off with a muslin cloth. It doesn’t irate my skin at all, so no beetroot face after I take this off! It also smells incredible. I would definitely recommend trying this!! I think I picked this sample up as a freebie with a magazine, it’s lasted me quite a while actually. When this runs out I think ima have to invest in the full size tube!

05. Body Shop Coconut Body Milk // I've been trying to moisturise my body more, especially as we're coming in to Autumn, my skin always gets dryer in the colder months so i've decided to get a head start on tackling that! I love that this moisturiser is in a spritz bottle, it makes it so quick and easy to apply and the moisturiser dries in so quick! I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this in a favourites before (and for good reason!) it also makes my skin smell incredible - i've even had compliments on my "perfume" (I pointed them in the direction of the Body Shop!).

06. Shcwarzkopf Collagen Big Volume Mousse // I have long but super fine hair with pretty much zero volume, I found this in my stash and decided to start using it again, anything to help add volume to my main! I've been using this after every time I've washed my hair and I have to say, this really does help! When I use this on my hair it feels noticeably thicker and definitely looks more full! It does take a while for my hair to dry when using this but its a price i'm willing to pay for thicker fuller hair!

Hope all you beauties are having a glorious weekend!... I highly recommend a Starbucks iced cappuccino in the morning! xo


Monday, 28 September 2015

The Clarins Game Changer

Before I came across the Clarins Toning lotion for Dry/Normal Skin, I never really entered in to the world of toners – I always thought it was just an extra step in my skincare routine that was a bit of a waste of time - that was until I discovered this beaut!

I was after a moisturiser at the time (the hydra quench moisturiser) and was given a little sample of this as I explained that I had super dry skin.  I used the sample up and decided that this was a step that defiantly needed to be added in to my skin care routine!

Claris describe this product as a "gentle alcohol-free toning lotion which stimulates and refreshes the skin, while respecting its pH and moisture levels. Enriched with gentle Camomile, Alpine Herbs, and Linden extracts the toner softens, smoothes and soothes irritations. Vitamins A, B and E improve skin quality. Gently removing all traces of cleanser, this facial toner provides ultimate comfort for dry skin, and leaves dry or normal skin cleansed and perfectly radiant. Day after day the gentle facial toner prepares and readies the skin for the Clarins treatments that follow".  I couldn't have put this better myself!

Ya'll know I’m all about the hydration factor when it comes to skincare and I’ve noticed that since using this, in combination with my moisturiser, my dry skin has completely disappeared! I pump a little bit out on to a cotton round and gently swipe across my face after cleansing; this product makes my skin feel so fresh and awake, also, I don’t know about anyone else, but when I cleanse my skin it can sometimes feel a bit tight afterwards, a swipe of this product over my face and that tightness disappears! Its quite heavily scented but it doesn't irritate my skin at all.  I would defiantly recommend picking up a sample the next time your walking past a Clarins counter! xo

Saturday, 26 September 2015

New In // Drug Store Hair & Beauty Haul

OK, so Boots is literally just around the corner from my office…it’s a dangerous thing! It's even more dangerous when you've got a fresh wage packet in the bank. So I decided to pop in to get some lunch so naturally ended up browsing the makeup isles! Well, one thing led to another and few new things ended up in my basket!

The first thing I gravitated towards were the new lipsticks from Maybelline and of course went straight for the nudes! Yes, nude obsession is still going strong... (side note:  I have a nude nail polish post coming up soon!). I picked up the shade #725 Tantalizing Taupe.  It looked gorgeous watched on my hand but I find this is a bit too much of a browny nude on my lips (I prefer more pinker nudes).  I need to experiment with this, maybe wear it over my Pillow Talk Lip Cheat from CT? Anyway, the texture of it is lovely, I really like the packaging and I quite like the smell too, its sort of sweet and cake-y... if you don't like strong smelling lip products though, warning: this is probably one to stay away from!

As it was buy 2 get a 3rd item free I just sort of went for it! The next item in my basket was the Eraser Eye Concealer from Maybelline in Light.  I've wanted to try this concealer for a while now, I've heard some pretty good things about it. Well, even though its "Light", its really a bit too dark/orange for my skin tone and its got quite a watery texture.  It does have some coverage, not as much as other concealers I love but I am quite glad I picked it up to try.  I make it work for me and I tend to use this as a quick grab and go product, if I can't be bothered to wear any foundation I dot this on the places I need, work it in with my fingers, a quick swipe of my Mac MSK in Light and I'm out the door (obvs not forgetting mascara!)

The last thing from Maybelline I picked up was the Master Brow Pro Palette.  I've been using the hourglass brown pencil for ages and just fancied picking up something a bit different.  There were 2 shades, medium and dark, I went for the dark one! I'm actually quite impressed with this product.  The first square is the wax that you apply to sort shape, tame and sort our your brows, you then fill them in with the powder in the middle square and the third square is your brow highlight (which also makes quite a nice eyeshadow!). I don't use this on a daily basis as its quite time consuming and in the mornings during the week, I like to get things over and done with quickly, this one i use when i have more time, like at weekends, but I quite like this product!

I then ended up in the hair isle where another 3 for 2 was happening, dum dum dumm...

My shampoo had just died a death so I picked up the OGX KuKui Oil Hydrate & Defrizz shampoo & conditioner.  I've heard Caroline Hirons talk about these and the babe that is @Loumoo_ on Instagram recommended them too, so these went straight in the basket! They smell incredible, like, holiday smell incredible! I've only tested them out once so far but they've left my hair feeling soft and noticeably less frizzy!

For my freebie I headed to the hair mask section.  I decided to pick up the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Treatment Mask.  I haven't used it yet, but my favourite conditioner of all time is the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner, so I have high hopes for this.  I'm thinking about using this as an overnight treatment, but its quick a thick consistency so i'll have to see how I can work with it, but I will let you lovelies know what I think when I get to use it! xo
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