Tuesday, 30 September 2014

October Wishlist



1. Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara in Black
2. Real Techniques Sam's Picks
3. Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar
4. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup

1. After hearing Anna rave about this mascara I am desperate to try it. It isn't easy to come by in the UK but that has never stopped me before. The wand on this mascara is unusual, it sort of looks like a caterpillar.

2. Would you believe I am yet to invest in any of the Real Techniques brushes? I know. This looks like a good set to start with in my humble opinion.

3. It's not a favourites without a Lush product sneaking its way in! Jumping Juniper is a shampoo bar which is designed to give your hair a really deep clean. I am relatively new to the shampoo bar but I am impressed so far.

4. Hmm, another Anna recommendation. I tend to use tinted moisturiser as my daily base but sometimes I need something with a bit more coverage. I really like the look of this foundation and will no doubt invest.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream | Review


The It's Potent! eye cream from Benefit was included in the latest British Beauty Box and I was quite intrigued as I didn't even know Benefit had a skincare line.

I love it when a company puts thought into the appearance of sample products, this tiny pot is a replica of the full-size one. The eye cream is housed in a glass jar with a screw top lid. People have qualms about products in pots, I am not one of those people - just make sure you wash your hands first!

The product itself is the perfect consistency, not too thick and is scent free so it won't aggravate your eyes. I've been so wary about putting makeup and creams near my eyes since I had them lasered but this has given me no problems.

I find after applying It's Potent! my concealer applies better and the area looks smooth and hydrated. As this is targeted to dark circles I was quite excited to see if it would work for me. Sadly, no such luck. My dark circles are caused by having Pernicious Anaemia so I never expect too much from eye creams.

The full size of It's Potent! from Benefit is 14.2g and costs £25.50 which is a bit crazy considering they are a cosmetics brand primarily. I have read a lot of glowing reviews on this eye cream but it definitely did nothing to tackle my dark circles.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Weekly Ramble #73


The weekly face:

Four day weeks are the best thing ever! 

On Wednesday we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at work which was super fun. I made cookies which went down a treat. We raised over £200 so not too shabby at all. I have eaten an obscene amount of cakes though which isn't too great!

I used a facemask at the weekend and it has broken me out something terrible. I've used it before and had no issues so I'm confused why it has affected me this time.

I had Friday off work which was a nice treat. I went to see my Mum in the morning and then came home and ended up doing all of the housework. It's nice to know that you have a clean and tidy house for the weekend!

This week I have been loving the Roger and Gallet Fresh Fragrant Water and the Naked Basics 2 Palette.

Strangely I have been listening to Blue October a lot this week. I woke up with one of their songs in my head so I have been giving them a lot of iPod time! I'm clearly stuck in 2006 I know.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Roger and Gallet Gingembre Rouge Fresh Fragrant Water | Review


I know a lot of people don't appreciate the humble perfume sample but I love them. They are a great way to discover new scents that you previously wouldn't have given a second glance.

I received a sample of Gingembre Rouge by Roger and Gallet and was absolutely blown away. I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of exactly but the scent is fresh, floral and a bit warm all at the same time.

I love the packaging, I think it looks very chic with the purple to red ombré that it has going on. It feels sturdy and weighty and doesn't feel like it would smash if you knocked it over. I'm the clumsiest person in life so that's a big issue for me!

Roger and Gallet say:
Inspired by a stopover in Zanzibar, this energising fragrance reveals the freshness and sensuality of ginger in all its states. Perfume creators, Alberto Morillas and Amandine Clerc-Marie, wrote the Gingembre Rouge story. They worked together to capture the magical allure of this exotic island and create a love story told through ingredients. The result is a vibrant and addictive fragrance that can be worn everyday.

Mysterious, spicy and addictive notes come together to create a colourful explosion. Fresh ginger is complemented by juicy mandarin and sparkling pomegranate notes.  Vibrant, joyful notes of ginger flower and mouth-watering lychee are combined with the indulgence of crystallised ginger.A captivating trail.

I know it contains ginger but it doesn't smell overly ginger-y if you know what I mean. It doesn't smell festive is what I think I'm trying to say. I think this fragrance is light and long-lasting and it has become my go to scent when I am feeling a bit undecided.

So next time you get one of these..

.. make sure you give it a go, you may just discover a new favourite.

Roger and Gallet's Gimgembre Rouge Fresh Fragrant Water is £32.00 for 100ml and is available from Marks and Spencer.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Makeup Revolution The One Concealer in Light | Review and Swatches


I bought loads of goodies from Makeup Revolution a while a go and I thought I would share with you their The One Concealer in Light.

Apologies for the photos, I never thought shiny black tubes with shiny gold lettering would make me want to weep.

I like the packaging as I think it looks sleek and much more expensive than it actually is! Not that it should matter but it doesn't hurt to look fancy.

As you can see The One isn't like your normal concealer. The concealing part is in the middle which is then surrounded by a balmy layer which I assume is to moisturise and to help you blend. The problem that I have is that it makes my skin feel greasy which isn't what I want being oily to start with. The coverage is good and it states that it can be used on imperfections and dark circles. I mainly use concealer on my panda eyes and it did work, but had slipped away throughout the day.

For £3 I don't really mind that it didn't work for my dark circles and I will stick to using it for blemishes. Everything I have tried from Makeup Revolution I have loved apart from this so it may just be me.

Have you tried this concealer? How did you get on?

Monday, 22 September 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette | Review and Swatches


When I saw that Urban Decay were releasing another Naked palette I did roll my eyes a little, but who can blame them with the Naked line being so successful. I told myself I didn't need Naked Basics 2 but when I spied it for £16 on Cohorted I couldn't help myself.

Anyway.. onto the actual product! The Naked Basics 2 has exactly the same packaging as the original Naked Basics. It is compact and is very smooth with raised lettering.

The Naked Basics 2 (Naked 2 Basics?) contains 6 full sized eyeshadows; Skimp, Stark, Frisk, Cover, Primal and Undone. Five of these are brand new shades so this palette is worth picking up if you are a collector.

As with all Urban Decay eyeshadows the formula is very soft and buttery. They blend really easily so perfect for beginners. As these shades are all cool neutrals they are perfect for a daytime work look. I find that Urban Decay shadows last about 12 hours on me but I am prone to oiliness in the eye area.

Below is a comparison of Naked Basics and Naked Basics 2:

As you can see the shades in this palette are cooler than in the original. You still get five matte shades and one shimmer. In honesty you probably don't need both of these palettes and if I were to pick I would go for the Naked Basics 2.

The Naked Basics 2 from Urban Decay launches on Friday 3rd October and is £22.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Weekly Ramble #72


The weekly face:

The week after your birthday is always a bit of a come down so I have been trying to do things this week that make me happy! The main thing is spending lots of time with Karl in the evenings. I love seeing him run around and have a wrestle with a wild slipper.

We went to see Lets Be Cops this week which  I did enjoy, but it was a bit tense for a comedy! I love new girl so seeing Nick and Coach in a film was slightly surreal. So much so I couldn't tell you what their names are in the film. Fail.

We have mainly spent evenings in watching box sets with a few Yankee Candles burning in the background. This is my favourite time of year when you can snuggle up on the couch just chilling.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette* | Review and Swatches


MUA is a brand that I often overlook, especially now that Makeup Revolution are on the scene. It's a shame really because they have a few gems in their collection. I have recently been playing with the Undressed eyeshadow palette.

The Undressed palette from MUA contains 12 different eyeshadow shades, which include mattes and shimmers. Please excuse the photos, it got slightly bashed en route to me!

The shades that I tend to favour are Puff, Rose Ash, Gild, Lion, Bronze Ore, Tawny and Henna. I don't really go for matte shades these days and I don't feel the matte colours are as pigmented and long lasting as the shimmers. The shimmery shades can last for 12 hours on me with only a slight crease which is pretty good considering this wasn't over a primer.

I have been reaching for the Undressed palette much more than my Urban Decay ones as of late which I didn't think would happen in honesty. I find this a great palette if you are just starting out or want some great neutrals for work/school.

The one thing that I can't get over is the price. Four English pounds. £4. Even if you try it and only use half the shades it's still a total bargain.

MUA is available from Superdrug. Have you tried the Undressed palette? What did you think?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

LUSH Sakura Bath Bomb | Review


When I spied that Sakura had made a comeback to Lush I was beyond excited and hastily chucked three of them into my basket.

Sakura, along with Youki'hi, has always been one of my favourite products that Lush have ever made. The scent is mimosa and jasmine, and is designed to represent the first signs of Spring.

When I dropped it into my bath it was very subtle, not whirling about and giving off amazing colours, but that's okay, as long as it delivers on the scent. Unfortunately I could barely smell anything! This was with all three (different baths of course) so I didn't just have a duff one. I can only assume that it was a duff batch or they have changed the formula this time around.

I definitely won't be repurchasing which is such a shame because the original was amazing. Sakura is £3.25.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Weekly Ramble #71


The weekly face:

This has been one of the best weeks I have had in a long time! It all started last Sunday when I met my friend Rachel for a bit of shopping and lunch. We went to Revolution for food which was delicious. I always just associate Revolution with amazing cocktails (which we had too, don't get me wrong) instead of food. I got some bits and pieces in Primark such as a black fluffy jumper which were all the rage last year and I'm so mad I didn't get one, a statement necklace which is beautiful and a black clutch bag which is something I have always needed but never purchased.

We were supposed to be going to the cinema this week to watch Lets Be Cops but that didn't happen as life just got in the way. On Monday and Tuesday James was messing about getting his car fixed so we were unsure when we would be in the house etc.

On Thursday evening my parents came up to deliver my birthday presents for the following day which still gets me super excited.

Friday of course was my actual birthday and I am now officially a quarter of a century old. It feels like yesterday that I was leaving high school which is terrifying but I'm pleased with what I've achieved this past year. I've had a promotion at work and become a lot more confident in general which is never a bad thing. We went out for Italian in the evening which was so good, I could live on pasta I'm sure. I got loads of birthday goodies (including three birthday cakes - oops!) and have been thoroughly spoiled.

James got me some Kurt Geiger boots, The Sims 4 and Lego Batman the Movie! My parents got me a fluffy cream cardi from New Look and a sapphire Thomas Sabo charm, my bracelet is getting pretty full now. I got loads more including a gorgeous dress and some hair accessories.

As my giveaway ended on my birthday (sharing the love and all that) I picked the lucky winner and her prize is on the way to her. Congratulations!

Yesterday James' family came up to visit us so we went for lunch and then ventured into town for a gander. It is so packed on a Saturday, I just take it for granted that I can nip there every day due to working in the centre.

All in all I have had a great week and my aim is to watch Lets Be Cops next week!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Empties #12


The latest five to be used up are:
  • Sure 48 hour deodorant
  • Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
  • No7 Tinted Moisturiser in Fair
  • Collection Illuminting Concealer
  • Roger and Gallet Gingembre Rouge Fresh Water Spray sample

48 hour deodorant - As it has been insanely hot this Summer my normal Dove deodorant hasn't been cutting it. Bit of an over share but there is nothing worse than your deodorant not holding up its end of the bargain. This offering from Sure is great though and left me feeling fresh.
Repurchase: Yes.

Cleanse and Polish - I have used Cleanse and Polish for a few years now and it will always be my "safety blanket" of sorts. I do really enjoy using this but very recently I think it has been the culprit for breaking me out. This is quite weird as I have never had any problems before but I think my skin has changed as I used to be super oily and now I think I am just "normal" which is amazing.
Repurchase: Not sure, I have found something that is working brilliantly for me at present.

Tinted Moisturiser - This is my every day work base. It is easy to apply, lasts all day, doesn't make me shiny and is light coverage. What more could you want for a work day? The only problem is it stinks of SPF.
Repurchase: Yes.

Illuminating Concealer - Ooh two base products, that never happens! When I am not due my injections my under eye dark circles are not too bad so I don't want a caked on look to go with my sheer base so I reach for this offering from Collection. It really lightens the area for a wide awake look.
Repurchase: Yes.

Gingembre Rouge Fresh Fragrant Water Spray - Why am I mentioning a perfume sample you ask? Because it is amazing. It is a light Summer scent with good lasting power. I am so impressed by Roger and Gallet recently they definitely deserve more recognition.
Repurchase: Already have, bought a huge bottle!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Kneipp Enjoy Life Bath May Chang Lemon | Review


I love nothing more than a relaxing soak in the bath. I'm one of those people that has a bath all year round instead of just in Winter. I don't really have a huge array of bath oils that I have tried so I was excited to try this offering from Kneipp.

I'm not too sure if I like the packaging or not, it looks like something you would find in the herb shop rather than a fancy bath product. Not that packaging is all that important I just thought it worth mentioning. The directions state to add one capful to running water which doesn't seem a lot as I usually chuck loads in.

I like that it told me how much to use as I would have probably used about a quarter of it per bath. Doing it this way gives 9-10 baths which works out much better value for money. The oil made my bath smell quite nice but I'm not sure I would call it uplifting. It kind of reminded me of lemon Lockets, those sore throat thingies. I think if it was two scents it would be a lot better, eg I would like to see Lemon and Lavender which would be perfect for bedtime.

The water felt luxurious and calming which is all I want in a bath really. This offering from Kneipp usually costs £9.95 and is available from Fragrance Direct. If you use it to the instructions it works at about £1 per bath which is a lot better than a Lush bath for example, although not as exciting admittedly.

I have been browsing the Kneipp range and I really like the look of the Almond Blossom bath oil.