Friday, 31 October 2014

November Wishlist



1. Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt from Lush - £3.50
2. The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar from Lush - £3.25
3. Father Christmas Bath Bomb from Lush - £3.50
4. Holly Golightly Bubble Bar from Lush - £4.75

1. I don't tend to go for the bath melts from Lush, favouring their showier bath bombs and bubble bars but Star Light, Star Bright looks amazing. I can imagine it making a huge glittery mess in the bath. I can't wait.

2. How cute?! Not totally sure how a hedgehog is Christmas related but I'm going to roll with it. He contains rose and ylang-ylang which will be perfect for unwinding after a long day. Not sure if I will be able to limit myself to just one of these cuties.

3. Father Christmas shares the Snow Fairy scent which no doubt will make him very popular! I like that Lush make traditional Christmas products as well as being original.

4. When Christmas 2014 Lush products were released Holly Golightly was the one I knew I had to get my hands on. Who doesn't want to experience a silver Christmas Pudding? The scent is warm and spicy, perfect for the wintery days to come.


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer | Review


I've never really bought into the premise of eye primers before, my eyeshadow stays in place really well so I didn't see what I had to gain by using one. The reason that I picked this up over other eye primers was the price, £2.50 wasn't a lot if it turned out to be unnecessary.

The packaging of the Focus & Fix Eye Primer looks very chic, patent black tubing with gold lettering is always a good thing. I think it looks a lot more expensive than £2.50.

Within the tube there is a doefoot wand for applying the product. I find that it holds enough product to do both eyes. To use I dot the primer in the centre of each eyelid then blend it over the lid with my ring finger. For some reason I expected this to have no colour to it but it comes out as a light beige.

Once it has dried down a bit I then apply my eyeshadow as normal. I haven't noticed any increase in longevity since using the Focus & Fix but it definitely makes my eyeshadow more intense looking.

I would definitely recommend the Focus & Fix Eye Primer from Makeup Revolution if you are looking for a budget friendly way to make your eyeshadows pop.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Peppy Galore Fruit Punch Body Mousse* | Review


When this little pot of fluffy goodness popped through my door I couldn't wait to use it!

I love the packaging of the Fruit Punch Body Mousse, I think it is suitably girly without being over the top. The body mousse is housed in a plastic tub with screw top lid making it ideal for travel/your gym bag.

The body mousse contains no water so for all it looks super fluffy a little goes a long way. I made the mistake of scooping out a handful to do my legs but it ended up covering my whole body (with some left over). The best thing about this is the scent, it smells so fresh and juicy. It makes me hungry actually. The Fruit Punch fragrance of the body mousse contains mango seed butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, mandarin oil and grapefruit oil for very nourished skin. Sadly the fragrance disappears after a few hours which is the only downside to this product.

Peppy Galore have recently ceased to trade which is a shame as they made amazing products!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Weekly Ramble #77


The weekly face:

Another week passed by in a blur, it will be Summer before I know it!

I've been at work loads this week (more than usual) as I'm massively down on hours, only another 9 to make up! I went to a course on Wednesday which was quite educational and interesting even if it is out of my comfort zone. You should do things that scare you as I always say.

I've mainly been chilling after work and re-watching the Harry Potter films, I've only got the Deathly Hallows left which no doubt I will watch today. I love this time of year for all the good things on TV, I'm so glad American Horror Story and Grimm are back!

Yesterday James and I ventured to the Trafford Centre as I had my 3 month check up following my laser eye surgery. I'm still better than 20/20 but they have given me some funky gel to put in of an evening. We got most of our Christmas shopping finished off but still need a few bits. Hurry up Boots and release the Sanctuary Star Gift! I also popped into Lush for a few treats for myself (Wizard and Pumpkin) and a little something for my Mum for being a good egg.

As I've done no housework that is what I will be wasting my Sunday doing, an extra hour in bed? An extra hour to iron more like.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Urban Decay Naked Palette | Review and Swatches


Slowly but surely I am adding more and more from the Naked range by Urban Decay to my collection, the latest being the original Naked palette.

The Naked palette houses 12 full size eyeshadows in a velvet magnetised case. I hate the feel of velvet so I'm glad they moved on to metal tins. 

Inside the case you get a generous sized mirror as well as a double ended shadow brush which I think is pretty good. Usually brands put those daft sponge ones in there that just get chucked in the bin so this is a nice change.

Naked contains 12 eyeshadows which fall in to four categories; matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle. Naked is the most bronze hued of all of the Naked palettes so perfect for an every day look. I lean towards Virgin, Sin, Sidecar, Half Baked, Smog and Toasted rather than the matte and more grey shades as I find that is what suits my eyes and complexion the most. For a night out I tend to use Darkhorse, Creep and Gunmetal rather than the paler shades.

The quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows is second to none and they last for 12 hours on my (oily) eyelids without creasing or disappearing. They would probably last longer but I tend to whip my makeup off as soon as I get in from work.

If you are looking for a great neutral eyeshadow palette than Naked by Urban Decay is the one for you. I get so much use out of mine so I don't mind that it costs £37! I would use it even more if it didn't creep me out having to touch the velvet.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Topshop Lipstick in Rio Rio* | Review and Swatches


Over the past few years I have been searching for my perfect red lip. I tend to shy away from reds in favour of oranges and pinks purely because I have never found "the one". 

I love the outer packaging on the Topshop lipsticks, the illustration just adds a bit more interest for me and I think it looks cute enough to appeal to Topshop's younger customers.

I also really like the casing of the Topshop lipsticks, I can spot them at a glance in between all my other plain black lipsticks. The tube is sleek and has a satisfying "click" letting you know the lid is securely in place therefore being perfect to take out and about.

I was skeptical about trying Topshop's makeup line at first, purely because it isn't what they are known for. With that logic put to one side I can happily tell you that the quality of Rio Rio is amazing. It applies evenly and easily and has great longevity. Rio Rio has a matte finish but it is in no way drying on the lips. As with all lipsticks I apply over a lip balm then I'm good to go.

Rio Rio is classed as an orange toned red which is why I think it suits my skin tone so well. I find I can pull off oranges quite easily but reds, not so much. I do find it doesn't make my teeth look discoloured either so a massive thumbs up from me!


For £8 I will definitely be adding more of these to my collection. Have you tried any of the Topshop lipsticks? What shades would you recommend?


Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Weekly Ramble #76


The weekly face:

On Thursday I enrolled onto my third college course. Each time I do it I promise myself it will be the last one but if work are willing to pay for them I'm happy to keep gaining qualifications. This one is ILM Team Leading which is a good one to have if you intend to work your way up the ladder which is my plan. This course is classroom based which is new to me, I've always had 1:1 with a tutor that comes to my work place. Most people on my course were friendly which helps during the awkward first class. Icebreakers. Say no more.

On Friday I took Karl into the vets to get his teeth done again. Poor little fella. He seems lots happier now binkying about the place. After work on Friday I got most of my Christmas shopping done would you believe. I'm going to the Trafford Centre next weekend when I will hopefully pick up the rest. I love being done early, being last minute stresses me out.

Saying that I have had a hugely expensive month, road tax, car insurance and a service are not the best.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Empties #14


The latest five to be going into the recycle bin:
  • Radox Muscle Therapy Bath Soak
  • Avon Smokey Grey Eyeliner
  • The Body Shop Passion Fruit Shower Gel
  • Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner
  • Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo

Muscle Therapy Bath Soak - I love the Radox bubble baths, this one is especially good if you have been going at it in the gym. You can get it on offer most of the time for £1.
Repurchase: Yes.

Smokey Grey Eyeliner - I have about 20 of these in all different colours, they are so good for the price. I am trying to make a conscious effort to use just one so I can use them up (I have some dupes) but they last ages! That's not a bad thing I suppose. The formula is creamy and they stay put all day.
Repurchase: Yes.

Passion Fruit Shower Gel - I love The Body Shop shower gels, they all smell delicious. This one is super fruity and refreshing. They last quite long too. I only buy them when they are 50% off really.
Repurchase: Yes.

All Bright Cleansing Toner - I picked this up on a whim as it contains some acids. My skin was suffering and this really helped to perk up my skin and clear up some blemishes. I'm really enjoying the Botanics range lately, they have some great products on offer.
Repurchase: Yes.

Dazzling Shine Shampoo - I hate this so much. It smells awful and synthetic.
Repurchase: No.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Neal's Yard Remedies Lengthening Mascara in Black* | Review


I've said it before and I will say it again, I am not a mascara person. I tend to be happy with whatever I pick up in Boots/Superdrug as they all do essentially the same thing, volumise and blacken the lashes. Or so I thought...

I really like the packaging of the Lengthening Mascara from Neal's Yard Remedies, it feels quite weighty and of a high quality. The brush is a plastic wand which is quite chunky at the bottom but gets smaller as you near the end. I'm not a huge lover of plastic bristles but this one didn't irritate my eyes so that's a bonus.

Now, onto what really matters, the formula. The formula feels quite thin, not watery but not as thick as normal mascaras. This in turn gives a very "natural" look for your eyelashes. I use the term natural because honestly I wouldn't bother. I have long black eyelashes anyway and you could hardly tell that I had applied this. Another weird thing about this mascara is the scent. I know, who wants a scented mascara? It smells quite sweet but chemically which is odd. The scent lasts throughout the day too which is a no-go for me.

On the picture below I am wearing four coats of this mascara (I normally wear two with anything else):

Excuse the brows, I am still trying to grow them!

All in all I am disappointed with this mascara, especially for the price (£16!?) and I will be sticking to my trusty "lower end" offerings.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blush in One For Playing Games | Review and Swatches


Longest post title ever? I have a real weakness for blushers, I really can't seem to stop buying them. It was inevitable that I would pick a couple up in my latest Makeup Revolution order.

The shade One For Playing Games caught my eye out of the Vivid Baked Blush range of which there are 6 in total. The shade is more lilac than I would usually be drawn to but I figured for £2.50 I couldn't go wrong. I apply using a little fat kabuki blush which gives an even colour.

The finish is quite shimmery which gives a highlighting effect to the cheekbones. As this blusher from Makeup Revolution is highly pigmented a light hand is needed. You can always build it up if you want a more dramatic effect. I have noticed that this blusher has great longevity, I can still see it when I get home from work 12 hours after application which I think is amazing.

I think One For Playing Games gives a healthy colour on my complexion and I'm so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to try a lilac blusher. The Vivid Baked Blushers are available here for £2.50 each.

I really love Makeup Revolution and can't wait to try some more of their range. What are your favourite makeup bits from them?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Weekly Ramble #75


The weekly face:

Reality came crashing back this week, it's so hard getting up at 6am when you've been off for a week!

Anyway, work was super busy as everyone is off so it's flown. I got quite a bit of Christmas shopping done this week wahoo even though I am still struggling for James.

On Friday it was James' mums birthday and she was made up with her present, I'm so relieved. It's always a gamble buying people jewellery and it stresses me out.

My Makeup Revolution order came yesterday and everything looks amazing, I'm hoping to photograph it today so that I can use it. Blogger problems.

All in all quite a quiet week this week.