Monday, 30 September 2013

October Wishlist


Hmm, I'm sensing a theme with this months picks! My skin has been playing up no end, but after a thorough read of Caroline Hiron's blog I now have a plan! It is already starting to look a lot better but in no way perfect. Anyway, onto my picks:

  1. Dr Jart BB Cream £12 from Boots
  2. Burt's Bees Deep Pore Scrub £10.99 from Boots
  3. Korres Sage and Salicylic Gel £11.70 from Debenhams
  4. Hydraluron £24.99 from Boots
1. Every BB cream I have tried has been a bit of a dud but I have high hopes for this one. I have read so many positive reviews so fingers crossed. Ever the optimist eh?
2. My current scrub of choice is about to run out (Lush Ocean Salt) and I quite fancy a change. I haven't tried much from Burt's Bees but my mother swears by it. 
3. This gel is supposedly amazing for oily skin, with the salicylic acid working on dead skin cells and the sage reduces the appearance of blemishes.
4. Ahh, Hydraluron, I'm sure everyone who has an interest in skincare has heard of this by now. This is a serum designed to improve "surface roughness", which I'm assuming means will work wonders on my bumpy forehead!

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Weekly Ramble #21


The weekly face:

This week James and I have been off work. Not for any particular reason, we just fancied a week off. We have just been generally chilling and relaxing, watching a lot of DVDs and playing Pokemon on our 3DS'.

On Thursday we were supposed to be going Christmas shopping, and spending my Debenhams voucher that Shopcade kindly sent to me. Christmas shopping kind of went out of the window and I just ended up shopping for myself, oops.

There's plenty of time to get everyone's presents though - I just like to start early. I am lacking some inspiration this year though, any ideas for parents are greatly welcomed!

Hope you have had an excellent week.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

#OOTD #11


You may have noticed that I haven't done an Outfit of the Day for a while, I just haven't really been feeling inspired lately .

Dress: H&M, Cardigan: Forever 21, Bag: Gift, Watch: Fossil, Spiked Bracelet: eBay, Beaded Bracelet: Black Tied, Skull Bracelet: Black Tied, Skull Earrings: Black Tied.

This dress is from last year's Christmas do, I have only worn it once since and it is too pretty to be sat around in my wardrobe. I absolutely love all of these pieces from Black Tied, they are just so "me". All of the pieces on the website are gorgeous and my order came really quickly.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

MUA - Lip Liners


Until very recently I haven't used lip liner, apart from one unfortunate incident when I was 13. As you can see, each one comes with its own sharpener built into the lid.

There are a total of 4 lip liners from MUA, the three I have and a berry shade.

The formula is very soft and easy to apply, even if you haven't got the steadiest hand. The one that I have used most is Red Drama. I tend to use it with the Apocolips lip lacquers as I find that they feather without a liner.

L-R: Red Drama, Pink Me Up, Softly Lined

These are a grand total of £1 each from Superdrug. I haven't used any other lip liners so I can't compare but they last all day and are easy to use.

What lip liners do you recommend?

Here we have Karl demanding nuggets:

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Lush - Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon


When the weather starts to turn that little bit chillier, I don't think you can beat coming home to a nice hot bubble bath.

Now, the "bubbleroon" was a new concept for me but I liked the smell of it and thought I would give it a whirl. It smells kind of citrusy and also quite warm if you know what I mean. To get the bubbleroon to foam you have to crumble it under running water.

As you can see it turns the water a vague orangey colour while it is bubbling away. I only tend to use half per bath because a) I like to get my money's worth, and b) half makes more than enough bubbles.

The bubbles also don't disappear after 5 minutes which I find the to be the case with cheaper bubble baths. As this is packed with shea butter and coconut oil, it won't dry your skin while you relax. I found that my skin was soft and moisturised when I got out of the bath.

For one Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon it is £3.25. If you are a fan of Lush then I think you will enjoy this.

Here we have Karl trying to distract me from writing this post:

Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Weekly Ramble #20


The weekly face:

I can't believe this is my 20th ramble, it has really flown. This week has been on the quiet side, but I finished 2 assignments for my NVQ and my tutor was really pleased with what I submitted.

I also bought some new boots, they are knee high and black with a bit of a tassel affair going on, not 100% sure about the tassel.

Other than the new boots the spending ban is going really well, I haven't bought anything for myself that wasn't essential - wahoo!

I love Autumn, all the best TV programs come back on! This week I have been watching New Girl, Homeland and Body of Proof. I love getting home from work, throwing my pyjamas on and curling up on the couch.

Today I am off ice-skating, slightly nervous that I am going to break my leg as I am so clumsy!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Barry M - TMLP


I haven't really seen many reviews floating around of this lipstick from Barry M.

As you can see, it is just basic black packaging not really giving a hint as to what is inside.

The shade is called TMLP which from what I can gather means "Touch of Magic Lip Paint", I can see why they shortened it.

The idea behind this is that once applied, the bullet reacts with the pH level of your lips to determine how pink it will go. In theory it should be your perfect shade.

I originally swatched this on my hand and wasn't really impressed, it was very pale and I thought it wouldn't show up on my lips:

As you can see it is a lot more vibrant on the lips so don't go off the color payoff if you try it on your hand.

This is currently not on Boots or Superdrug's website but I know that both are still stocking it. This was £4.49 which is reasonable in my humble opinion. I think that this is a nice idea and haven't really seen anything else like it.

The one issue I have with this is, because it goes on clear it is hard to see where you have done and is quite tempting to keep swiping over the same place - I can assure you that was not a good look.

Here we have Karl being a farmer:

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Avon - Opal Top Coat


When I spotted this Opal Top Coat in my Avon brochure I knew I had to have it! I actually got this in August thinking it would be good for party season. Yes I am that organised.

I do like Avon nail polishes in general and have loads of them in my collection but nothing like this. It works like your standard topcoat giving you that extra layer of protection, but with sparkly pieces too.

Base colours L-R: Nails Inc Culross Street, Max Factor Infinity Percolated Pink, Nails Inc Queensgate Mews, Avon Nailwear Pro Licorice
This is £6 currently from Avon, but most of the time they have offers on! I would buy again for £6 though as I think it gives a lovely effect.

Here we have Karl having some fuss:

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Weekly Ramble #19


The weekly face:

This week has been pretty non-stop for me, it was my birthday on Thursday so I have been manic!

I have won 2 things this week, the beautiful Elysa's giveaway - go visit her blog MakeupByElysa and I was also the winner of the Shopcade Back to School outfit competition. This was my post. I have never won anything in my life so I was really pleased.

On Wednesday I went for lunch with the girls from work to celebrate which was lovely as it is just nice to get away from the office sometimes.

On Thursday my parents, James and I went for a lovely meal after work. After the meal we came home to open presents - wahoo! I know you're supposed to not be as excited as you get older but that's totally not true for me.

Yesterday I went to the evening reception of my friends wedding. She looked so gorgeous - I love weddings!

Here is a picture of the stuff I got for my birthday - I'm not 100% sure I am going to do a post on it yet but here we go:

Have you been up to much this week?

Thursday, 12 September 2013

MAC - In For a Treat


As today is my birthday, I thought I should have something really pretty for today's post. I bought "In For a Treat" by MAC from Cheshire Oaks, which if you are unfamiliar is a shopping outlet village. This was from The Cosmetic Company and was £15.20, instead of the RRP of £21.50.

I couldn't find this in any shop when the Baking Beauties collection was released so I am surprised that they had loads of them there! In For a Treat is a Pearlmatte face powder which I had never heard of, I bought it because it was pretty.

When swirled together this creates a very subtle peach shimmer. As said previously I hadn't heard/used of a Pearlmatte powder before but on me it works like a highlighter. It is very subtle and doesn't show your pores which is a huge bonus.

All in all I think this is a very pretty product, but not 100% necessary if you have something similar.

Here we have Karl being king of the castle:

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Bee Beautiful - Handmade Beauty Products


I was recently introduced to Bee Beautiful by my Mum, as she knows I like bathbombs and soaps, especially if they are handmade! I bought a selection of miniature bath bombs and soaps.

The bathbomb flavours were (L-R): Chocolate, Honeysuckle, Raspberry Ripple, After Eight and Rhubarb and Custard. The soaps are Apple and Lemon.

I will be honest, from little bathbombs I wasn't expecting a lot of fizz or fragrance. I am pleased to say that I was wrong ^.^

As you can see from the above, some of the bombs had bits of flowers in which I personally think adds that little bit extra. I was worried that since I had bought literally a mixed bag of scents that one or two would overpower the others, but that didn't happen either. They all blended together to make a very relaxing scent. These bathbombs are filled with essential oils, almond oils and honey moisturiser. This made the bath water very soft and soothing.

I have just been perusing their website and now have a wishlist as long as my arm, thanks Mum! The prices are so reasonable and they do a whole host of bath and general beauty products, including shampoo bars which are an excellent idea as there is no packaging.

Here we have Karl being naughty: