Saturday, 31 January 2015

February Wishlist



  1. Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar - Lush - £3.25
  2. Heart Throb Bubble Bar - Lush - £3.65
  3. Lonely Heart Bubble Bar - Lush - £3.50
  4. Floating Flower Bath Bomb - Lush - £3.50
  1. I know this is over social media obscene amounts but who cares? LOOK at it! I love a Lush collection and even though I don't go in for Valentine's Day I'm so on board with this. Unicorn Horn contains lavender, neroli and ylang ylang which sounds pretty good to me.
  2. A more traditional looking Valentine's item for sure, Heart Throb is similar to the bubbleroon in that it comes in two halves (as opposed to three halves? you know what I mean). Apparently Heart Throb shares its scent with the African Paradise body conditioner, which I've never tried.
  3. What a sad name! Lonely Heart is super sparkly which appeals to me greatly. The scent is jasmine (my favourite!), bergamot and ylang ylang and I have no doubt that you can split this in two.
  4. The only bath bomb on this list, how strange. I haven't seen a lot of hype for this but I think it looks really pretty.
I think we can all agree I have a serious Lush problem, but there are worse things in life to have addictions to and probably by the time this post goes live I will have purchased them all. Oops!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Essence Blush Up! Blusher in Heat Wave | Review and Swatches


I can't wait for Winter to be over. I've been reaching for a lot of Summery products recently and this is my current love.

Strangely, MAC have just announced they are releasing something incredibly similar, hooray for Essence being ahead of the game.

The packaging of Heat Wave is pretty basic but if you're not planning to travel with it then it's fine. I wouldn't like to take it out with me as if i gets knocked then powder can come loose.

Heat Wave looks so pretty, I mainly bought it because of how it looks I will be honest. I love the orange to pink ombre and technically you are getting three shades of blusher.

The only downfall with Heat Wave is that it is perhaps too pigmented so you need to use a really light hand. You can always build it up. The formula is really easy to blend and gives a lovely healthy glow to the cheeks. It doesn't last all day but for £3.50 it's really good. There is another shade which is a lighter pink which no doubt I will pick up at some point.

Have you tried this blusher from Essence?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Revlon Colour Burst Matte Lip Crayon in Audacious | Review and Swatches


As soon as Christmas is over I'm ready for festival season, and what better to get that feeling than an orange lip.

I know the matte lip crayons from Revlon aren't new, but they are new to me! I'm not a huge matte lover as it stands but I had heard great things.

As with most new lip releases last year these are a chubby crayon type of applicator which I personally find super easy to use. They twist up too so no need to sharpen. I really like that the outer casing colour corresponds with the actual lipstick making it easy to recognise at 6am when you are trying to get ready.

I am super into orange lips, especially during the Summer months, so Audacious was a no-brainer for me. It gives great opacity and dries down to a nearly-matte finish. I find it hard to comment on longevity of lipstick because I am always eating and drinking but without doing these things it lasts really well.

On the lips Audacious isn't as bold as it looks in the pan so this would be a great shade if you are drawn to orange lips but not sure which would be a good starting point. The Revlon Matte Crayons are £7.99 but they usually have some sort of offer on which is when I will be picking up some more.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Weekly Ramble #90


The weekly face:

This week has been awful and I'm glad to see the back of it honestly. I managed to go back to work on Wednesday after being ill since the Friday before. I felt so guilty ringing in and I have no idea why, if you're ill you're ill. I think it was just a really bad cold but it really knocked me for six.

I've eaten loads of junk too with not feeling well, there's no way I'm reaching for an apple when I feel ropey.

Yesterday was quite productive, I've wrapped my Mum's birthday presents, done all the housework and made my shopping list for today. We are going to the Trafford Centre today for food and shopping! I haven't done any proper shopping since well before Christmas so I'm looking forward to that. I'm going back tomorrow too with my Dad, but that's for my 6 month check up since having my eyes lasered. I have no doubt there will be shopping and food involved in there too. I may do a haul post too depending on what I get, even if they make me feel like a huge cheeseball.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in O Boy | Review and Swatches


You may know by now that I am prone to a Makeup Revolution order and I'd never tried a liquid blush before, I'm sure you can guess the rest.

I really like the packaging of this, I prefer when you can see how much product is left and I do appreciate a good pump dispenser. You really need control when dispensing this product as a little goes a long way.

I chose O Boy because it looked quite unusual, a matte lavender-pink.

 Would you believe that tiny dot contains that much product?

To apply this I take a tiny amount (about a third of the top picture) to the back of my hand then I dab onto my cheek and blend out. I still end up with a bit of wastage but that's what the pump allows. It is very easy to blend and dries down to a matte finish. I think it gives a gorgeous pop of colour to the cheeks.

For £3 I wouldn't hesitate to try more from the Vivid Blush Lacquer range and as there are 6 different shades there is something to appeal to everybody.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

LUSH Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie* | Review


When I first opened up my tub of Turkish Delight I wasn't sure what to expect. This shower smoothie smells absolutely amazing, like proper roses rather than the synthetic scent that is used in most rose products.

The packaging is Lush's traditional black pot (trade 5 in and get a free fresh face mask - hooray!) which may not be the prettiest but it gets the job done. The lid screws on securely so you could easily chuck this in your suitcase without worry.

Turkish Delight is a very thick, almost paste-like soap which is weird at first but you soon get used to it. I grab a small handful and rub between my hands before using it as an all over body wash. As it is so thick I was worried that I wouldn't feel clean and fresh but thankfully this isn't the case. I do find that you need quite a lot to clean your whole body so this is more of a treat for me than an everyday product.

The main draw of Turkish Delight for me is the scent, it lasts all day and is just beautiful. Turkish Delight contains rose water, almond oil, cocoa butter and rose oil for a gorgeously moisturising cleanse. It is also Vegan which is always good news.

The huge drawback of this for me is the price.. £16.95 for 200g? I was expecting something more around the £8/£9 mark to be honest. If it wasn't so expensive I would definitely repurchase.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Weekly Ramble #89


The weekly face:

This week has been a quiet one, January is officially rubbish. I do get paid next week meaning I will be able to go to places and do things. Hooray!

I went to college on Thursday which was a bit better, and I am planning to finish my assignment today. I say that even though I barely got out of bed yesterday as I felt so rubbish. I just binge watched TV on the iPad and didn't do much else. This sadly means I have loads of housework to do today (boo!) before I attempt any college stuff.

I actually have plans next weekend so that's something to look forward to! I feel I'm not being very coherent and I'm going to put that down to the flu tablets that I've had and sign off here.

Have a good one!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Urban Decay Eye Primers | Review


Urban Decay's Primer Potion is perhaps the first eyeshadow primer I had ever heard of and honestly I didn't see the point. My eyeshadows last really well as it is and are well pigmented.

With the Naked palettes you get samples of each of the four eyeshadow primers that Urban Decay do; Original, Eden, Anti Aging and Sin. In each pod there is enough product for a week of use which is quite handy, I hate when you only get enough for half an eye or something ridiculous.

Original - "this undercover wonder works invisibly to keep colour in place"

Eden - "this nude matte formula preps lids and prevents shadow meltdown"

Anti Aging - "makes shadow last and in an 8-week clinical study:
  • 100% of participants had a measurable improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • 100% had measurably brighter skin.
  • 97% had a measurable improvement in radiance and clarity."
Sin - "just a dab of this formula prevents fading and creasing"

Of the four I prefer Eden and Sin purely because of the finish that they give, if I'm using matte shadows I use Eden and if I am using with a bit of sparkle then Sin is the one.

To be honest they don't make my eyeshadows last longer but I don't have any problems with that usually. They do however make the colours seem more intense.

After two months (I had two lots of each) of using these I'm still not sold, £16 for an eyeshadow primer? I don't think they do enough to warrant that price personally.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Makeup Revolution Amazing Care Lipstick Happy Lips in Love Pink! | Review and Swatches


Do you ever buy something on a whim because it vaguely resembles something else? That's how I came to add the Love Pink! lipstick to my shopping basket.

I really liked the rose gold card packaging that this lipstick came in, it's so unusual and although things like that shouldn't matter, they totally do. The lipstick tube itself is Makeup Revolution's classic black with gold lettering.

As you can see from the above picture, the Happy Lips range look a lot like Clarins' Crystal Balms which is what pulled me in. There is a central column of colour encased in a gel/balm tube which makes applying this really easy and you can also build up to quite a bold colour. As there is a moisturising element it feels really comfortable when you are wearing it. The clear part also contains argan oil which is known for its conditioning properties.

I think Love Pink! is quite a raspberry shade which looks great all year round. It has great longevity for such a balmy product but won't last through eating and drinking. I wear this shade quite a lot to work and have had a few compliments on it.

I would definitely try more Happy Lips! shades and they are only £3, bargain. Have you tried these from Makeup Revolution?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Weekly Ramble #88


The weekly face:

I've finally been running again! Hooray for working feet! I find that I actually enjoy it which helps tremendously.

I feel like I've really gotten my life in order this past week, I've been having a bit of spring clean weirdly. 

I bought two new dresses on Friday and they are gorgeous, it feels like ages since I've treated myself to new clothes and I had to have them. I also made an order at The Body Shop as they had 35% off and I'm running low on a few things at the moment so I figured I would try out some of their skincare.

I handed in my college assignment this week too, I'm glad to have finally gotten it done and out of the way.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Marilyn | Review and Swatches


When I got a sample of Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in the shade So Marilyn I wasn't sure what to make of it. £23 for a lipstick? Please.

Any company that puts so much effort into the packaging of their samples gets a huge thumbs up from me! How cute is that? I didn't want to use it in honesty, I'm that person.

They say: This is Charlotte Tilbury's fail-safe recipe for perfect lips. This lipstick is enriched with a breakthrough, secret ingredient, the Lipstick Tree, an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution leaving them cashmere soft and irresistible. Blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that ensure you leave a lasting impression.  K.I.S.S.I.N.G is Charlotte's signature range of ten lipsticks curated with modern and classic icons in mind. It is a capsule colour wardrobe of backstage nudes to red carpet reds made to suit any skin tone.   

I absolutely love this lipstick, it applies so well and feels very comfortable on the lips. I know Charlotte's matte range gets a lot of hype but I find mattes uncomfortable to wear so this is definitely a better alternative for me. I don't think it is a true red which I think suits my skintone. I'm ashamed to say I now want the full size of this and I'm talking myself into paying the £23.

Couldn't help myself.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Bourjois Rose Tender Cream Blush | Review and Swatches


I am no stranger to the cream blushers from Bourjois and I thought I would give Rose Tender a whirl.

The little round pot cream blushers come in 6 shades now, with 03 Rose Tender being one of the original ones launched last Summer. I don't really tend to go for pink blushers as I think orangey coral ones suit me better but hey, can't stay in your comfort zone all the time.

To apply I swirl my finger into the pot and dab it onto my cheeks, and then blend out using my finger. I'm not a lover of using brushes for cream products but a brush may work fine for you. You can use this blusher for a subtle wash of colour or build it up to what you prefer.

Rose Tender is a soft muted pink shade which gives a nice healthy glow to the cheeks and I find it perfect for this time of year.

Rose Tender from Bourjois costs £7.99 which is about average. I think this will last ages as you don't need a lot.