Saturday, 18 April 2015

A Lovely Surprise & New Products To Try

So back in January I won Amelia Liana's twitter giveaway and I was so surprised because I never win anything!! I recieved my lovely prizes today so I thought I would share what I won with you. She also wrote me a lovely little card thanking me for watching her channel and she also said she loves my blog so that was a lovely little touch to the prize.
I won't go into too much detail about the products as I'm planning on doing some review posts about them.

The first thing I received is Rihanna's MAC x Viva Glam lipstick. Its a gorgeous blue toned red that I'm actually really excited to try. I've never really owned a red lipstick before nor have I ever worn one but now I own one I might as well give it ago!
Next is this lovely Clarins Lipgloss in 'Coral Tulip.' This lipgloss is so perfect for spring/summer. Its a gorgeous shimmery coral thats really pigmented. When I opened this the first thing I noticed is how lovely this smelled. It smells so fruity making it even more perfect for the upcoming warmer months.
Also how amazing is the packaging!?
Next is a rather luxury product that I can't wait to try. Its the Burberry Fresh Glow Lumious Fluid Base. You can mix this into a moisturiser or foundation but you can also wear it by itself as a highlight. I'm yet to try it properly but when I do, I'll let you know what I think!
The last thing I received is the Kiels Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I've been wanting to try this for a while now so I was so happy when it was part of the prize. I've heard great things about this product but like the Burberry base I'm yet to try it. When I do, I'll let you know if I like it (I'm sure I will!)
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A New Brush Buy

When I first heard of this new addition to the Real Techniques range, I was so excited. I had been looking for the perfect contouring brush for some time now and after purchasing the Sculpting Brush I can safely say I've found it.
The angled bristles make it perfect to fit in the hollows of my cheeks and the thickness makes it easy to blend away any harsh lines. As the bristles are also quite dense you can use powder or cream products as the brush does blend well. What I really like about this brush is that it isn't to big which means that you can apply your bronzer as subtle or intense as you like. You can even use it for bronzing up your whole face or putting it in precise places like the hollows of you cheeks and jawline.
It makes contouring really easy which makes this brush perfect for a contouring newbie like me. I also use this brush to apply some subtle highlighter to my cheekbones sometimes as the shape is perfect for that also.
I really recommend this brush as for £9.99 its great for so many things.
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Friday, 10 April 2015

My Top Skincare Picks For Spring

I am loving doing posts about spring at the moment so today I thought I would share with you my top skincare picks for spring.

Firstly I've been loving this Shower Jelly from Lush called 'Sweetie Pie.' In the shower it froths up to create a really moisturising bubbly foam that nourishes the skin really well. Its also great as a shaving cream for you legs weirdly enough as it leaves them really moisturised and not dry.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been loving Garnier products lately. I've been using the Moisture Match cream for a while now as a face moisturiser and its great for keeping away/healing any blemishes I have. It also locks in moisture which is great for the spring time. To take my make up off I've been using this Micellar Cleansing Water everyday. I know this is a weird skincare essential but its also really good at deep cleaning your skin.
My favourite body lotion at the moment is 'Butter Yourself' from Soap & Glory. Its great for keeping skin soft or for fixing any dryness. I also use this Passion Fruit Body Butter from The Body Shop on days where I don't have much time. It works great for a quick skin treatment and it also smells really fresh making it great for spring.
My last skin care pick is this Cream Cleanser from Bee Good. It's great for when you want to give your face a nice quick pamper. You just apply some to your face with your fingers and then after a couple of minutes you wash it off with warm water and a muslin cloth. It leaves your skin really soft whilst clearing any spots or blemishes
I also love using cotton pads for some of my skincare picks. They're really padded and soft which is much nicer than using a harsh tissue or flannel.
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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Spring Handbag Essentials

As the warmer weather is approaching the other day I changed the contents of my bag from winter and added some more spring essentials.
 
First I change my perfume to a more summery scent. I went for this Soap & Glory body mist as it's a really good size to carry around and the scent is really gentle and fresh.
I always make sure my sunglasses are packed in my bag this time of year as they are a summer staple. I got these ones from River Island the other day for £10 and I love them. Thanks to the lovely weather recently I've got a lot of use out of them already! I carry them in a material case I got from Dorothy Perkins a while back just so the are protected when in my bag.
I always carry around some makeup wipes because you'll never know when you'll need them! I've been loving garnier cleansing wipes at the moment and they're currently on offer in boots for 3 for £5.
 
I carry round some makeup bits with me just in case I need to do any touch ups. Obviously I take with me what I'm wearing that day but at the moment I've been loving this lip pencil from Maybelline. I have the shade 'Nude Perfection' as its a perfect everyday spring shade. I also carry around a lip balm with me to keep my lips hydrated, at the moment I've been loving Maybelline Baby Lips. As these are my spring handbag essentials I make sure to pack my base products as I find they do come off more easily in the warmer weather. I take my Collection concealer and my Bourjois CC Cream which I've been loving recently.
I carry around two brushes with me; my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and my Concealer brush from Eco Tools. 
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Another Lush Haul

Another trip to Lush means another Lush haul blog post! I bought a couple of my old favourites but also a couple of new products that I really wanted to share with you.

Hoppity Poppity bath bomb is part of the Easter collection but is still available online so if you want one you better be quick! For £2.50 this is a really cheap bath bomb but is still a lovely treat for your skin as it's really moisturising when its in the bath. 
Fluffy Egg bath bomb is also another limited edition bath bomb from the easter range but is still available for the moment. It turns your bath a lovely bright pink and makes the water really moisturising. It also just like the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar which is a favourite of mine making this bath bomb even better!
I've heard loads of people rave about the Butterball bath bomb so I had to pick one up. It is quite small compared to some other bath bombs but I've heard it nourishes your skin really well and it smells really calming and relaxing.
Brightside is one of my all time favourite products from lush. You get 4-6 baths out of it making it really worth the money (£4.75). It creates loads of bubbles that smell of citrus fruits which is one of my favourite scents! It also turns the bath water a lovely orange which is perfect for summer.
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Friday, 3 April 2015

The Perfect Duo For A Spring Base

I've never been one to wear foundation. I've just never really got into it. I wear concealer where I need it, mainly under my eyes and to cover up any blemishes but for me I've never really needed to cover my face in a think layer of product. However, recently I've been reading blog posts and watching youtube videos about newer foundations and tinted moisturisers that even out your skin tone and give you cover where you need it without it looking really cakey and thick. After looking around for recommendations on any good drugstore ones I found this CC Cream from Bourjois.
For £9.99 I wasn't expecting it be amazing but after wearing it for a while now I'm really impressed. It's just what I was looking for as it gives me some coverage whilst not looking to heavy or to orange. When applied it feels really light on my skin which is another bonus for me and it lasts all day. I still have to wear concealer to cover up any major blemishes but it covers any darkness under my eyes perfectly as it colour corrects.
It is perfect for spring/summer as it is a light coverage so my freckles and hopefully my tan (when the suns out!) can still be seen.
When I bought the CC Cream I also bought the Expert Face Brush from Real Techniques to apply it. You could probably use your hands to apply the CC Cream if I'm honest but after trying both ways of application using the brush is definitely nicer. The brush just helps to blend and buffer it into the skin making the finish even more natural.
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