Friday, 31 May 2013

June Wishlist


As soon as payday rolls around I am usually desperate to rush out and buy things that have caught my eye that month. This month I have been lusting after these:


First up we have the Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Collection as I am still yet to try the originals (how has this happened?) and just how classic these look being black and white really appeals to me! The set contains 3 limited edition brushes: face brush, contour brush and an eye brush.

I am also desperate to try the Clarins Lip Balm in Crystal Rose, I was umming and ahhing until I read Milly's review and I have convinced myself that I need one in my life. I have gone a bit lip crazy recently for some reason and figure one more can't hurt.

Next up we have "Scarce" from the I'mPerfection collection from Illamasqua. I loved the look of the speckled nail polishes when they were released but told myself I couldn't justify £14.50 on it! Illamasqua is a brand that I always like the look of and what they stand for but am yet to make a purchase.

Lastly I have been coveting the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer kit as dark under eye circles are something that I suffer with massively. When the concealer that I'm currently using runs out I plan to try this! I have liked everything so far from Bobbi Brown and think that this will be no exception.

What are you currently lusting after? Have you tried anything from my Wishlist? Please let me know what you thought of them if you have!


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

No7 Tinted Moisturiser


Today I thought I would talk about my most reached-for base product of the moment; the No7 Tinted Moisturiser in "Fair". I would like to point out that I am the palest of the pale (read: ghost face) and struggle getting a good colour match with highstreet products, but this is a perfect match.

I used to use the original version of this when I was in high school because it was subtle and stayed put all day. As I got older I found I needed something heavier to cover my unruly skin. Gradually my skin has got better so when I was in Boots I thought I would see what the new version is like.

Boots describe it as "natural, skin perfecting Tinted Moisturiser is the perfect all season solution and the first to have 5-Star UVA protection. The newly upgraded 5-star Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser combines the power of:
  • 5-Star UVA technology
  • SPF15
  • Our patent-oxidant complex give your skin advanced protection from the sun and environment.
It also contains Hyaluronic acid, to provide 24-hour moisturisation, optical blurrers and vitamin A and E, all in a lightweight creamy texture to leave skin looking and feeling radiant."

Now this all sounds very technical and it definitely gives a radiant look to the skin without being shiny, has great staying power and is very lightweight and easy to apply and blend. This tinted moisturiser is perfect for Summer in my opinion as it won't melt off your face (never a good look) and doesn't really feel like you are wearing makeup.

Left: From tube. Right: Blended.

It is £11.50 for 50ml which is quite reasonable. I have had my tube for about 2 months now and haven't really made a dent in it. I wear this every day for work and most weekends which is a first for me because I get bored quite easily and want to try the "latest innovation".

Do you use anything from the No7 range? Are you a fan of tinted moisturisers or are you more of a foundation girl? 

Here we have Karl desperate for some fuss:


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Weekly Ramble #3


Bit of a different "The weekly face" this week, "The weekly head" isn't as catchy no?: 

This week has been quite busy for some reason. I took my car for its MOT on Monday and it passed but only by a whisker, need 2 new tyres *sigh*

After looking at my expenses for the past month I have decided to put myself on a spending ban, which is my personal idea of hell but desperate times eh? So I am in great need of suggestions that are free/cheap! I have even cancelled my WoW account and am trying to do things that don't cost per month - for example due to the fact that I am a huge nerd I have been playing on the Xbox with James (even though he said I have to be Robin as he is Batman - how rude)

On Tuesday we went to watch Iron Man 3 which was good but not as good as the other two in my opinion!

On Thursday I had my last exam before the NVQ part of my course can begin - so glad that's over! Providing I pass of course :), it went well so I'm hoping so.

Hooray for the fact that it is a Bank Holiday tomorrow, an extra day just relaxing for us I think, although we do need to get a spot of painting done in the house but I don't think that will take too long.

Hope you have all had a good week and have a lovely day off tomorrow.


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Collection Lasting Colour Lipsticks


On my venture into Superdrug last week I also purchased two Lasting Colour Lipsticks from Collection:

The shades I bought are 5 Passionfruit and 14 Mango Tango. Passionfruit (on the left) is slightly more muted than Mango Tango but they are quite similar. Passionfruit has gold flecks of glitter running through it which usually isn't my kind of thing but I actually really like it on! It is nearly Summer (apparently) after all. Mango Tango is the brighter of the two and leans more towards a coral shade, with no glitter. Both are quite pigmented and only needed a few swipes to get quite a bold look.

These are quite moisturising with SPF15 so absolutely perfect for summer. These are designed to last all day, but lets be honest - what lipstick does? They do stay put for a good few hours but I do need to reapply in the afternoon. At £2.99 each I don't really think you can go wrong. There are 9 shades that I can see on the website but I seem to think there were more in store.

Top:Mango Tango

Have you tried anything from Collection? Can you recommend any other brands of budget lipstick?
Here we have Karl who has successfully robbed one of my slippers, and looking generally adorable.


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bourjois Cream Blush


I bought the Bourjois Cream Blush last week in shade 02 "Healthy Glow".

I haven't used any Bourjois products since I was at school (a loonnnggg time ago) and the packaging hasn't really changed apart from this feels a lot skinnier than the old ones.

This is my first cream blusher and I am quite impressed, it is easy to apply and to blend to create quite a natural look. It is a cream to powder blusher so it feels very comfortable on the skin. I was a bit wary of trying a cream blusher because for some reason I thought they would be sticky (I have no idea why) so I have been pleasantly surprised.

At £7.99 it won't break the bank and Superdrug have 3 for 2 on all cosmetics at the moment which is always a good time to try new things!

The cream blushers come in 4 shades in total, the others being: 01 Nude Velvet, 03 Rose Tender and 04 Sweet Cherry, so there is something to suit everyone really.

Have you tried any of the new Cream Blushers? Are you a fan of Bourjois products?

Here we have Karl trying to hypnotize me 


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 19 May 2013

The Weekly Ramble #2


I finally got my new glasses on Tuesday! Words cannot express how much I actually love them. I wanted something quite geeky and these fit the bill perfectly:

We went to the Trafford Centre to pick them up for a bit of tea and some shopping, the shopping part went out of the window when Cafe Rouge decided to poison us.

I had my heart set on getting some new beauty bits though so I popped into Superdrug on the Wednesday for a nosey. I wanted a really bright lipstick as it is quite a cheap and effective way to change your look. I mainly opt for Chubby Sticks or Lip Butter type formulas due to the fact that I am quite cack-handed (technical term there I know), but quite fancied the look of the Collection Lasting Colour range that they had, so I got two! Woops :). As Superdrug have a 3 for 2 on at the moment with all cosmetics I also picked up one of the new Bourjois cream blushers. Hoping to blog about these later on in the week so keep your eyes out for that.

I said last week that I had fallen off the diet and exercise wagon and was desperately trying to clamber back on... well that hasn't happened. I WILL have more willpower next week!

Yesterday I met up with my friend Hayley, who has very kindly offered to make me a proper header-y thing for my blog! She's super talented at those sorts of things and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with.


Kayleigh x

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate


Hooray for it being the weekend! I am meeting my friend for lunch today but thought I would do a quick post before I start getting ready.

Here we have the Turnaround Concentrate from Clinique:

This is described as an exfoliating serum designed to give a brighter, more even and radiant complexion.

Once you apply this you can feel it working straight away, my skin always feels baby soft after using. One of my (many) skincare issues is the texture of the skin on my forehead, it is quite uneven and can show through my makeup. So instead of just slapping more makeup on I use this to treat the problem.

I don't personally feel that it helps spots clear faster or anything like that it is just more for the luminosity that it brings to the skin. The lady at the counter said that you can apply a thicker layer before you go to sleep as an overnight mask if your skin is really troubled.

The Turnaround Concentrate is £33 for 30ml so quite expensive, I doubt I would repurchase because of the high price point.
Here we have Karl trying to play with the camera, silly bunny

Do you use any Clinique products? What do you recommend for a brighter complexion?


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo


Happy Friday eve ^.^

Today I will be talking about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo:


I originally bought this after reading a blog post (I can't remember who's sorry!) as it is for "corrective and unclogging anti-imperfection care", which is just me all over really. Effaclar Duo is also 100% hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so is perfect for even the most sensitive of skin.

It smells like lemons and is quite lightweight and easily absorbed. Once applied to the skin it feels quite tingly which I like because I assume that it is working. I use this in an evening after cleansing and toning, but it does say that you can use morning as well if you feel so inclined. I can see an improvement after using this so I will continue to do so and will be repurchasing once my tube runs out. The price is £13 for 40ml but a little goes a long way.

Here is a picture of Karl chilling after eating a big tea! It's a hard life for him

Have you used anything from La Roche-Posay? Or anything for clogged skin with imperfections? Please leave any recommendations in the comments box as I am always on the hunt for new things :)


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sanctuary Hot Sugar Scrub


I thought today I would talk about the Sanctuary Hot Sugar Scrub.

This isn't something that I would buy for myself usually - my boss actually got me this for Christmas. I'm glad she did though because I absolutely love it, it has the usual Sanctuary fragrance and this product is described as a "thermal scrub for deeply cleansed and super-refined skin", I would agree with this as my skin always feels so soft and lovely after using. It is quite a strange feeling at first as it contains thermal zeolite to create the warming sensation. The scrub also contains detoxifying kaolin clay to draw out impurities while the sugar sloughs away dead cells. 

This isn't something I would necessarily repurchase as it is £11.50 for a 550g tub and is one of those things that isn't absolutely essential. That being said I have had this for 5 months now and I am about half way through the tub but I don't use this all the time, just when my skin is playing up. This would be lovely as part of a gift for someone though or if you fancy something a bit different.

Have you tried anything from the Sanctuary range? What are your favorites? Thank-you for reading and please feel free to leave a comment :)

Here is a picture of Karl watching the TV to perk up your Tuesday


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Weekly Ramble #1


One of my favourite type of posts on other blogs is having a nosey about what they have gotten up to in the past week. I'm not saying mine is going to be riveting but I do think it's nice to get to know the person behind the blog.

The weekly face:

I am aware it's not cool to be smiley in blog photos - but I'm not cool anyway so I figure the rules don't apply!

This week I have been to a very scary meeting (which thankfully I survived) about getting involved with a new project at work. I am quite excited by this for some bizarre reason.

I also haven't been to the gym ONCE which is unheard of, oh well eh :). Back on it next week for me.

I helped my Mum out in her shop yesterday as her Saturday girl went to Wembley to watch the football - lol at Wigan winning though. It was quite fun even though I have to wear the delightful pink shirt, it mainly involves having a chat to little old ladies about the weather and the fact that they haven't seen me since I was 5.

Next week I am getting new glasses so I am super duper excited by this. I am also hoping that my Bioderma arrives next week as my skin is seriously misbehaving and I am hoping this sorts it out for me!

I hope you have all had a lovely week and thank you for reading


Kayleigh x

PS - no daily picture of Karl, he said he doesn't want to share the limelight

Saturday, 11 May 2013

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask


On a Friday after work I like to have a bit of a pamper night and generally relax! I've had quite a hectic week at work with meetings with the bigwigs and two exams on Thursday. I cannot wait until this NVQ is over honestly.

One of the main features of a pamper night for me is a lovely hot bubble bath and a face mask. As I suffer from oily skin prone to breakouts then this is the one I reach for most often.

The directions say leave on for 15 minutes but I usually just leave it on until I can feel it hardening (about 30 minutes). I have never had an adverse reaction so I don't really think it matters.

I don't really know what is going on with my hair and general face in this picture but here we have the mask in action:

The actual dispenser is a pump so very hygienic without any waste of product. It is quite a thick clay based mask which is designed to absorb sebum, reduce pore size and calm the skin overall.

My main gripe with this is that the smell is quite off-putting, like sulphur. In other reviews I have read people find it just smells medicinal, but for me it is a lot stronger!

I can get over the smell though for the fact that it actually works, my skin produces less oil and feels really smooth but not dry. Coming in at £30 for 50ml it isn't cheap but if you do suffer with problematic skin then I think it is worth investing in skincare that does the job.

As always thanks for reading and please leave a comment, it really makes my day :)

Bit of a festive picture of Karl there, this was taken on Christmas day hence the wooden turkey and cracker :)


Kayleigh x

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Essie Tart Deco


I thought I would share with you today one of my much-loved Essie nail polishes. This shade is 74 Tart Deco and I would describe this as a warm summery coral.

I decided to wear this shade today as I have two exams and thought this would cheer me up! So far it is working :).

In the image above I have used two coats of Tart Deco followed by a top coat for extra shine. I find that the wear time on Essie polishes is around 5 days which is good for me seeing as I work on a computer.

These polishes retail at £7.99 for 13.5ml which is pretty standard and in my opinion worth the money.

Here is your daily dose of Karl, he is trying to make me feel guilty for putting him away after play time! It's working :(

As always thanks for reading and please leave a comment to let me know what you think :)


Kayleigh x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter


I am relatively new to the Soap and Glory range but decided to treat myself when the huge "Best of All" gift set was on offer just before Christmas (£27 instead of £60, don't mind if I do!) and I am so glad I did.

I think the first thing that people think of when it comes to Soap and Glory is the packaging as it is so distinctive. I for one am a sucker for nicely presented products so it was only a matter of time really.

One of my favourites out of the set was The Righteous Butter which is targeted to very dry skin. It is so thick and luxurious that it is an absolute delight to use. The smell is quite strong but not overpowering, and is the classic Soap and Glory smell which consists of bergamot, peach, vanilla and sandalwood to create the "Pink" fragrance.

I usually moisturise in the evening after a bath or shower so I'm not rushing as this can take quite a while to absorb. I can still smell this on my skin in the morning so it certainly has staying power!

The price for the 300ml tub is £10.50 and the price for the 50ml tub is £2.50. I actually have both as people know I am obsessed with moisturisers and body butters so I usually get a good variety for birthdays and Christmas!

The little tub is perfect for travel, I took this to Paris for a few days and I barely made a dent in it. As this is a quite reasonable price then you don't need to apply it sparingly.

I can't recommend this enough and for £2.50 for the travel pot I would urge you to try it!

Here is your daily dose of Karl

As always thanks for reading and please leave a comment to let me know what you think :)


Kayleigh x

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream


I hope everyone is enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend! I'm having quite a quiet one, I went to meet a few friends for lunch yesterday but that's about it, although we are planning to do a few bits and bobs round the house tomorrow.

I thought today that I would talk about the new BB cream from Avon. I actually have quite a lot of Avon products in my stash even though I'm not a huge fan of their base and skincare products, my Godmother is an Avon lady and always recommending things though!

Anyway, onto the actual BB cream. This is only the second BB cream that I have tried (I know, I know, late to the party as always) and the main reason I bought it was because that it is SPF 15 and promises a "breathable" feel on the skin. I hate bases that feel heavy on the skin so I thought this would definitely be for me. It comes in six shades: Ivory, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Nude, Shell and Nutmeg and costs £12 for 30ml. I chose the lightest shade (Ivory) as I am literally the palest person ever.

Upon application I found that the colour was far too dark for me and looked kind of orange-y, never a good look and really highlighted the dry patches and pores that I have on my nose. The coverage is only light and doesn't feel like you are wearing any makeup but because of the poor finish it isn't something that I can wear. I usually apply Bare Minerals Mineral Veil over any base product and with most things it gives a perfect finish, but even that couldn't redeem this I'm afraid.

Below is a comparison of the left hand with the BB cream, and the right hand without. I was going to show how it looks on my face but I am feeling quite ropey and didn't want to frighten anyone off!

It feels quite strange doing a negative review but I do think that it is important to show the good and the bad and to be honest about these things.

Thanks for reading and here is a daily dose of Karl