Sunday, 30 November 2014

December Wishlist

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Basic




1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Midsized Icon Automatic Star Dial Watch $400
2. Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance £32
3. Mulberry Alexa £1,100
4. Pandora Delicate Bow Ring £40

1. I've wanted a watch with a large face for a few years now and when I saw this one from Marc Jacobs I fell in love with it. I thought I wanted a Michael Kors one but this one is much more feminine with the rose gold detailing.

2. I had a spray of this the other day and it is gorgeous. I've never been drawn to Philosophy for fragrance before but I'm so pleased I tried this. It's nothing like anything I own already and it's very light and feminine.

3. It is nearly Christmas after all. Realistically I am never going to buy this bag. It is an insane amount of money but it is so beautiful. 

4. Pandora are mainly known for their charm bracelets but they have an amazing section of rings too. I think the bow ring is super cute and dainty.

The Weekly Ramble #82

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The weekly face:


I love being off work - it feels like I have had a month off instead of a week. Bliss. I love my job but it's good to have a rest for sure.

On Sunday I took my Mum shopping for a few bits n bobs and we had a catch up over a Costa. How good are their Black Forrest hot chocolates? Mmm.

Mum and I ventured to Manchester on Monday to check out the Christmas markets, we usually go closer to Christmas at a weekend but I definitely preferred it on a week day. You could actually move. We got quite a bit, some posh soaps and lots of food. Of course I participated in a mulled wine, before lunch no less. We also went to the Arndale Centre to pick up some birthday bits for James. I'm sorted for his birthday now just need to concentrate on Christmas.

On Tuesday I managed to have a massive lie in which is so rare for me - 09:30! I just dossed about the house on Tuesday and watched countless episodes of New Girl.

James managed to book Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off which was good, not that I ever get bored being by myself. We wrapped all of the Christmas presents on Wednesday and I then had a mad panic that I hadn't got enough for my Mum... which resulted in a trip to the Trafford Centre on Thursday. I know, I know I spend half my life in there. We got there for when it opened and we were only there for about 2 hours.

Friday of course was Black Friday so I stayed indoors out of the way and tried to find bargains online. I wasn't that impressed which is good for my bank balance! Karl's Christmas present came though which was very exciting, yes I'm one of those people, he is my baby after all.

Yesterday was a bit of a doss but today we are going to Treacle Market which is always a good day out. Back to reality tomorrow, oh well!


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette* | Review and Swatches

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How many neutral palettes does a girl need? At least one more, as always.


My main issue with the original Naked palette is the gross velvet packaging, which I'm pleased to say isn't present on the Naked 2. The metal tin is a much more welcome addition.


With Naked 2 you get a generously sized mirror as well as the 12 eyeshadows. The shadows range from shimmer to matte so something to suit everyone. Naked 2 is geared towards people with a cooler skintone, although I don't really buy into that, wear what makes you happy.

 

The first half of the palette has the paler shades, 3 matte and 3 shimmers. I love Half Baked and Snakebite for an every day sort of look. Foxy is too yellow for me to pull off, but Bootycall and Chopper get quite a bit of use.


The second half of the palette contains the darker shades, 5 of which are shimmer with only 1 matte. Strangely I am drawn to these shades more, Suspect, Pistol, YDK and Busted are absolutely gorgeous. Verve works well as an inner corner highlight and Blackout I tend to use as an eyeliner.

All of the shades in Naked 2 are full size and this is my favourite Naked palette. It gets a lot of use and contains a lot of beautiful shadows. The longevity of the eyeshadows is at least 12 hours which is all I ever want.

Naked 2 costs £37.00.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

LUSH Christmas Haul

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If you are a regular to Ruffles and Rabbits you will know that I am a total Lush fiend. I love their Christmas collections every year so recently did some damage in their Trafford Centre store. Oops.

  
 

I hate the word haul but I couldn't think what else to call this.. "a mad 4 minutes in Lush" maybe?

In no particular order:
  • The Melting Snowman - I thought he was a bubble bar but it transpires that he is actually a bath melt which makes sense when you think about it. Mine appears to have got into a scrap and lost his nose but he is still rather fetching. He is fragranced with Christmas spices which will be great after a long day trudging about in the cold. Not that I trudge, I work in an obscenely warm office but you get the picture. The Melting Snowman contains almond oil and cocoa butter to leave you with super soft skin.
  • Holly Golightly - I think this bubble bar is what excited me most about this years Christmas collection. It is a whopper, think The Comforter or Brightside for reference. Even just handling Holly Golightly for 20 seconds in the shop both my Mum and I were covered in silver glitter. Result. I can't quite put my finger on the scent but it is certainly festive.
  • The Christmas Hedgehog - I'm all for non traditional Christmas animals being made festive, I'm looking at you Karl. I love hedgehogs so this little guy was a must. He is another bubble bar but I don't know how I'm going to face breaking him in two, what a saddo. He smells delightful and contains sweet orange oil and ylang ylang oil.
  • The Christmas Penguin - another cute one, I'm so predictable. I missed out on trying The Christmas Penguin last year so I was chuffed that he had come back this year. Again mine seems to have had a nose malfunction but that makes him even sweeter. He contains orange flower absolute, Sicilian mandarin and lemon oils so should provide an uplifting bath. The Christmas Penguin is another bubble bar!
  • Candy Mountain - turns out it's bubble bar galore at my residence this year. Candy Mountain is fragranced exactly the same as Rockstar soap which is one of my all time favourites. It's so sweet and girly. If you like Melting Marshmallow Moment and Creamy Candy you are sure to love this.
  • Dashing Santa - now we have a more traditional Christmas theme, a Santa! I love that Lush can be traditional as well as thinking outside the box. Dashing Santa is a bath bomb which are my favourite Lush products (not that you can tell from this "haul"), he contains mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange flower absolute.
  • Father Christmas - I vaguely remember this smelling of satsumas a couple of years ago and being called Satsumo Santa. I could be totally wrong but just a bit of trivia for you. My Mum kept calling him Fat Santa so I think that's what she was on about too. Anyway, I digress as usual. This little fella has the Snow Fairy scent which we all know and love. He is a bath bomb that changes from red to green when dropped in the water.
  • Northern Lights - the cylindrical bath bombs that have been released this year are a new concept I believe. I'm excited to try this jasmine scented delight. I was that giddy I even convinced my Mum she needed one too. I haven't seen Northern Lights in action which will be rectified soon!
  • Snow Angel - last but not least I got a Snow Angel which is a bath melt. Snow Angel smells a bit floral and a bit sweet at the same time. I don't actually remember picking this up but I think this would be a great gift for anyone you want a nice little something for.
I know what you're thinking, where are all the bottles of Snow Fairy? I buy those as soon as they are released each year regardless of the financial situation. I probably have enough to last til next year! I could have easily spent over £100 this year but I managed to reign myself in (slightly).

Have you picked up any Lush goodies recently? What's your favourite?


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder AKA The Chocolate Bronzer in Shade 51 | Review and Swatches

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As a pale* girl bronzers have previously terrified me but after seeing a review on this offering from Bourjois in the shade 51 I thought I would give it a whirl.

*see-through


As always, lets start with the packaging. It looks cute but it doesn't need to be as big honestly, it's a bit too cumbersome to fit in my normal makeup bag which annoys me. This particular packaging is made of cardboard and has a magnetic closure which shuts securely. The cardboard doesn't bother me either, if it's good enough for Benefit..

A lot of people comment that the chocolate bronzers smell of chocolate but I don't get that at all. To me it smells of a particular furniture polish that my Gran used to be obsessed with. You can't smell once applied so that isn't an issue for me!


The powder itself is very finely milled and applies perfectly using a kabuki brush such as this one. The shade 51 is perfect for the palest of the pale as it doesn't have that weird orange tint to it. The powder contains tiny glitter particles which don't really translate to the skin thankfully.

I have never used another bronzer in my life so I'm not sure what a good longevity is but I can still see this at the end of the working day (12 hours after application) so I think that's pretty good!

As the shade is so pale it only makes a subtle difference but I find it makes me look more healthy.


At £7.99 I don't think this product is too expensive and I would definitely buy again. The only thing that annoys me is the huge ridiculous name, so unnecessary.

What are your recommendations of bronzing powders for pale girls?


Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Weekly Ramble #81

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The weekly face:


Excuse the dodgy sticker, just covering my work lanyard.

We went to the Trafford Centre on Thursday for food, mini golf and shopping. I won! Wahoo. We went to Potters Bar for food and it was delicious as always. I managed to pick up a few stocking fillers but I still want a few more bits for my Mum. We also had a mad dash around Lush (haul to come tomorrow) which was highly exciting, my whole house smells amazing.

I'm off work next week so I plan to go to the Christmas Markets in Manchester and partake in a mulled wine over a crepe. I also have to do boring things like clean windows and stuff but lets not think about that.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Dream Box II | First Impressions

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I loved the last collaboration between Jane (BBB) and Latest in Beauty so I knew I had to get my hands on this one! On Monday just gone The Dream Box II was released and due to the popularity the site actually crashed proving how sought after these beauty boxes are - well done Jane!



As you can see the box is jam packed full of beauty goodies! Definitely worth the £21.95 for the box.



Contained in the box:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 - this is described as an all weather treatment for softer, smoother lips. Who doesn't want that? This is a full size which would cost £20 so a great addition to the box.

Lola Makeup by Perse Lipstick - I am a recent convert to Lola so I am pleased that this is in the box. The shade I received is Strawberry Fields which looks to be a flattering daytime pink.

NUDE Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil - NUDE has always intrigued me and I love a good facial oil so I can't wait to try this out.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - good ol' Burt's Bees, my Mum is a massive fan so I have tried loads of their products but the cuticle cream is a new one on me. I plan to keep this on my desk so I can give my nails a treat at work.



Essie Mini Nail Polish - the shade I received is Toggle To The Top which is a red glitter, perfect for party season. I prefer mini nail polishes as I realistically have never finished one apart from during the Goth days when I went through many a bottle of black nail polish.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream - having tried a bit from Vichy I am excited with this addition to the box, it promises 48 hours hydration whilst still being light and suitable for sensitive skin.

Ardell Lashes Natural Style Demi Wispies - never in my life have I worn false eyelashes and these look terrifying to be honest. I have a friend who loves false lashes so I think these will be going as a little stocking filler for her.



The Body Shop Beautifying Oil - I didn't know The Body Shop made multi use oils, you learn something every day. The fragrance I got is Olive which smells amazing. I think I will primarily be using this as a body oil rather than for my hair or face.

Sleek MakeUP Mini Pout Polish - I'm intrigued by this, it looks so pretty! It contains SPF 15 and is described as a tinted lip conditioner and I got the shade The Show.



Eyelure Brown Crayon in Mid Brown - eyebrows are a key step in my makeup routine but I tend to use a wax then powder combination. I will definitely be giving this a good go to see how it compares.

Ciaté London Lashlights - from what I can gather Lashlights are coloured mascaras that you add to the tips of your lashes which will be perfect for party season. The shade that I have is Nymph.

Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring - I like the idea of a bobble that doesn't leave a groove in your hair so no doubt these will get lots of use.



Kérastase Bain Satin 1 - my sister-in-law is a hairdresser and is always singing the praises of Kérastase so I'm happy to finally be able to try some! Mini shampoos are always great to have for when you go away.

Kérastase Lait Vital - this is the corresponding conditioner and it smells amazing, I'm hoping I will wait to take these to Paris with me next year.

Mio Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator - I've never heard of Mio before but I love a good body scrub, this one has manual exfoliants as well as chemical ones so it should give me really soft skin.



Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Duo - I love the original bronzing bar from Bourjois so I can't wait to try this one, which also comes with a highlighter.

Le Couvent des Minimes Gardener's Hand Healer - I believe this brand is the baby sister of L'Occitane who we all know do hand creams so well. I go through loads of hand cream so this is a welcome addition.

Agent Provocateur FATALE - finally there is a perfume sample of FATALE which isn't something I would normally be drawn to. I like the inclusion of perfume samples as it gives you the opportunity to try something you wouldn't normally choose.

I'm sure you will agree that Jane's boxes are marvelous, and I have no doubt I will continue to buy them as long as she keeps releasing them!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

NYX Powder Blusher in Pinched | Review and Swatches

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I've always been interested in NYX products but I had no idea where you could buy them from so when I spotted a stand in Next in the Arndale Centre I was quite shocked!


There were quite a few appealing blusher shades but Pinched drew me in the most. The packaging is plastic but feels quite sturdy and has a satisfying "click". It is small enough to chuck in a makeup bag if you are going away for the weekend which is a bonus. I took this to the Lake District with me and had no issues.


I also like that NYX have included an ingredients list on the back of the packaging, not that I know what any of it is. It also states that it is cruelty free so good news all round really.


Pinched is extremely pigmented and has excellent longevity, it won't have melted away by the end of the day. As Pinched is so pigmented you only need a light hand to apply which took me a couple of goes to get right I will be honest. Pinched has a shimmer running through it which I think gives a really pretty effect without looking juvenile.


I think that Pinched gives a healthy colour to my cheeks and suits my skintone well. For £6 I will definitely be picking more of these up the next time I'm in a bigger Next store, I have my eye on Mocha next.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MUA Undress Me Too Eyeshadow Palette* | Review and Swatches

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After trying and loving the Undressed palette from MUA (review here), I was even more excited to play around with Undress Me Too.


Now lets point out the glaringly obvious, one of the shades exploded? en route to me hence the awful photos. I usually start on packaging anyway and this certainly proves that it isn't suitable for travel. The Undress Me Too palette contains 12 eyeshadows which are mainly shimmers with the odd matte thrown in.


The shades that I tend to favour are Naked, Devotion, Fiery, Dreamy, Tranquil, Exposed and Wink. I don't really reach for Shy, Lavish or Corrupt at all as they either don't do anything for my skintone or are too dark (Corrupt). These shadows don't last as long as the ones in the Undressed palette which is odd. You would think the same finish from the same brand would be just as good but evidentally not. I notice creasing with these around lunch time (5-6 hours of wear) which isn't great.


This palette doesn't really get enough use purely because of the creasing issue, I have tried with primer but that makes little difference. Of the two I would definitely recommend you get Undressed rather than Undress Me Too.

Undress Me Too is available from Superdrug and the MUA website for £4.