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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Valentine's Gift Guide for Her

Valentines Gift guide for her




Hello everyone!
I've just decided to write up a last minute Valentines gift guide! It's full of things I'd personally love to get for Valentines Day, so if you're still struggling, I hope this gives you some inspiration...

1. Perfume- I've chosen two of my favourite scents as an example: Lancome La Vie Est Belle and Mark Jacobs Daisy. Can't go wrong.

2. A Watch- I am obsessed with this Rose Gold Olivia Burton watch! It's so pretty and you can get this at Asos and Topshop I believe.

3. Zoeva Makeup Brushes- I've just written a review on these which will be up shortly, but I love them and personally got them as an early Valentines present! They look so pretty on your dressing table as well as being good value and high quality brushes.

4. Pandora- I love Pandora and I think you can never go wrong with something from there as a gift for your loved one. Sticking to a 'love' theme I chose the heart ring or the heart-shaped charm.

5. Lingerie/PJ's- If you want to get something a bit more sexy, other than an underwear set (I love them all.) I fell in love with this cute Strappy Front Teddy from Asos. At £25 I think it's a perfect present. I love this colour but I think they also have it in black .

6. Michael Kors Bag- Okay, so I put this on here because 1, I want one very much, and 2, I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS COLOUR. Obviously this only applies if you have a big budget but I thought I'd include it anyway.

7. Lipgloss- Any girly-girl would love a nice expensive lipgloss for their collection! Nars do great ones with a large selection of shades, as do MAC and if you really want to push the boat out check out Chanel.

8. Other Makeup - I stumbled across this Too Faced Sweetheart Beads- Radiant Glow Face Powder on Asos and thought it was a perfect little Valentine's present as the beads are heart shaped and being winter/spring at the moment our skin needs a bit of TLC, meaning we all need a little extra glow!

(All links above)

Thanks for reading everyone, hope you liked what I came up with!
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Lots of love,

Valentine's Gift Guide for Her

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2014 Beauty Favourites

Welcome to my 2014 beauty favourites (aka my beauty Holy Grails). Whether these are new releases, or old classics, I have been reaching for them time and time again and I believe them to be the best products that I have used this year. This'll be quite a long read, so without further ado, enjoy!


PRIMER
This year there have been two primers I've been loving. Cheaper: Rimmel- Fix and Perfect Pro. This is a great everyday primer and really softens my skin too. I use this on normal skin days, and use it the most as it's pretty cheap to repurchase at around £6. Indulge: Nars -Illuminating Primer. This was bought for me as a gift and I love it as on days where my skin looks a bit dull it makes it look more radiant. It's a bit thicker in consistency than the Fix and Perfect but it means a little goes a long way.


BASE
Nars- Sheer Glow Foundation. This foundation is my favourite as it delivers dewy,  youthful, fresh looking skin and it's build-able too. It's many bloggers favourite foundation and this is my second bottle now and it's about to run out :(. I wear the shade Punjab. 


CONCEALER
Nars Creamy Concealer is the perfect consistency and yellow-toned concealer for under the eyes to cover dark circles, but sadly it IS pricey and doesn't last that long. I use the shade 'Custard'. Pair this with Rimmel's Match Perfection concealer and you get the perfect team in my opinion. I use this in the shade 'Ivory' so it is a few shades lighter than my skin tone and I press it into the skin with my middle finger, rather than try and rub it in (this is important.) Your skin instantly looks more radiant and flawless so I'll be repurchasing this again and again. 



























BRUSH
Real Techniques- Expert Face Brush and The Body Shop- Face Brush. Both of these brushes have been my favourites this year, for different purposes. Real Techniques is an amazing brand developed by Nicki and Sam Chapman at Pixiwoo, and this brush is amazing for applying liquid or cream-based foundations and buffing them into the skin to create a more flawless finish. The Body Shop Face brush is lovely to use with bronzer or blush as it gets rid of the harsh lines that may be caused by a smaller 'contouring' brush, leaving you with a much softer finish. I can also use this brush to apply powder, and it's very soft.


BRONZER
Benefit- Hoola. The perfect 'matte' bronze shade and a favourite of so many. I love this for contouring and I also find the colour build-able so I can apply a little less in winter and more in summer. 
The Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Palette. I got this for Christmas so I must admit it's a late yearly favourite but I'm so in love with it I had to include it! I'm obsessed with contouring and the looks you can achieve so this being in my life makes me very happy. It comes with 3 bronze shades and 3 highlighting shades, to suit different skin tones. Personally I use all of them but the middle bronze shade is my favourite for my current skin colour. 


BLUSH
Nars- Orgasm. I wanted this blush for ages. A cult favourite in the beauty world it was sold to me by the Space NK sales assistant promising that this blush looks good on any skin tone/colour. It's very pretty with a subtle shimmer and definitely brings out the more olive undertones in your skin, which is why I do prefer it on me when I have a little bit of a tan, but I love it. (Again, price is around £28 so it's a splurge item!)

The Body Shop- Macaroon (no.1). As a cheaper alternative to an everyday blush (around £11), we have Body Shop's Macaroon blush. It's so pretty on the apples of your cheeks that I wear this throughout the winter months and into the spring when I'm a little paler.


HIGHLIGHTER
Benefit- Watts Up. A beautiful golden highlight which looks so beautiful on the top of the cheekbones and on the brow bone. 


LIPSTICK
MAC- Fanfare and Shy Girl. These two lipsticks are the ones I have been most frequently grabbing this past year. Fanfare is a stronger colour, one which I use when I'm trying to be a little more 'Kylie Jenner' whilst Shy Girl (which I'm almost out of *sob*) is a creamy nude which looks really nice with a bronzed or smokey eye. I'll be repurchasing along with ones I'm desperate to add to my collection in 2015- Angel and Pure Zen. 


LIPLINER
MAC- Whirl and L'oreal- Infallible liner. Lipliners were never a staple part of my beauty regime but the likes of Kylie Jenner have seen their popularity take off in 2014. The way they can help create a more fuller lip really appeals to me as I feel I look more 'done' especially for a night out if I've used this. MAC's Whirl is said to be the liner that Kylie herself uses, and it is a nice 'lighter than mauve' shade. For a more subtle look, the L'oreal Infallible retractable liners are great, the packaging is lovely and the fact you don't have to keep sharpening it is useful. It's a 'your lips but better' colour and I love it. 


MASCARA
Benefit- They're Real. Build-able and quite unlike any other mascara out there. Shame it doesn't last that long but it's definitely one of my favourite mascaras.
Lancome- Grandiose Mascara- In love with it, see my previous review!
Urban Decay- Pervesion. Great for length and even more so, volume. Fanned out lash effect and very build-able.


EYES
Urban Decay- Naked Palette. I couldn't love this palette more if I tried. All everyday colours, some matte, some shimmery, and really well pigmented. With this and the Naked 3 palette in my collection I currently have no desire for any other eyeshadows. It's a steal at RRP £38 for so many shadows, and it's often discounted on feelunique.com (my friend recently got this for £27, amazing value.)


FAKE TAN
Xen Tan- Weekly Dark Lotion, and Fake Bake- 60 Minutes. These two tans are the ones I've been constantly reaching for this year. Firstly, Xen Tan is such a great brand and has really worked on the olive tones in their tan, and also the smell of this is like almonds which means it doesn't have the classic 'biscuit' smell. The fact it lasts a week before starting to fade off is also a massive plus for me or some of us who are short of time or a little lazy with our tanning. FakeBake 60 Minute Tan is also perfect if you end up going on a night out at the last minute, as it really does develop in 60 minutes. It's a lovely colour and the mitt that comes with it (and all FakeBake products) means it sits on the skin really nicely and leaves you golden bronze.


PERFUME
Perfume is such a personal thing as we all suit and like different ones, however my personal favourites are Flora by Gucci (Gardenia) and La Vie Est Belle by Lancome. I think they smell amazing and aren't too mature nor are they too 'young'. Slightly floral but also a tiny bit fruity. (Describing a perfume is hard!)


SKINCARE
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser- I reviewed this this year and it's amazing for removing every last trace of makeup and leaving you with the softest, nicest smelling skin. It's all natural too which is great for those with sensitive skin.

Garnier Ultralift Night Cream. Whilst this is an anti-ageing night cream it makes my skin feel softer and more plumped up when I wake up in the morning. I also find that makeup sits better on my face after I've worn this overnight. 
Simple Brightening Makeup Wipes. I know you shouldn't use makeup wipes at night to remove your makeup, however these are really good at brightening my skin and stop it looking so dull, so I sometimes use these after a night out when I'm feeling lazy, or in the morning to wake my skin up a bit.


HAIRCARE
My post-shower hair essentials; Argan Oil, VO5 Plump-It-Up Blow Dry Lotion, and Toni and Guy Volume Whip. Together I feel these look after my hair, protect it from heat, and also give my roots a boost when I blow-dry my hair leaving it more voluminous with some body. 

So that's my favourites for 2014 :)
Although they were my go-to products, there are obviously so many things I'm yet to try and can't wait to in 2015- including Charlotte Tilbury make-up! It looks SO gorgeous. I'll put up my New Years Wishlist soon.


Thanks for reading!

2014 Beauty Favourites

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

REVIEW: Lancôme Grandiose- Best Mascara Ever?

Hey everyone! Hope you're well and sorry it's been a little while. I've been so busy!
Whilst I have been away though, I've welcomed a new love into my life...I literally have found the best mascara ever. Lancôme
's Grandiose Mascara.
I would go as far as to say that it is my holy grail mascara, and that's saying a lot.
I'm sure we are all guilty of using the mascara living in the bottom of our bags...the dried out flaky one circa 2013 (I'm looking at you Benefit's They're Real) because we just couldn't let them go. But if we're going to spend money on a new mascara, it needs to be good...

The mascara itself is from my favourite mascara brand Lancôme, who have previously won me over with their Hypnose line: Doll Eyes, Drama, Star, etc...so I couldn't wait to try this one.



Grandiose is their new 'reinvention' of mascara, with a 'patent-pending' Swan Neck. This is designed to create full, even, fanned out lashes from corner to corner, adapting to all different eye shapes. It claims to capture even the tiniest inner corner lashes and creates a wide angled fan effect on the lashes, with the brush designed to follow the eye's natural shape, and the wand angled to follow the cheekbone and facial contours. Ooer.

So here's why I love it:The bottle is GORGEOUS, like literally can we appreciate the glass and the flower? It's definitely elegant and looks great on your dressing table. But then there's the wand. My Mum actually asked the woman at the counter 'is the wand meant to look like that?!' because we've never seen one like this before. The woman at the counter told us that it's great because the mascara doesn't dry out easily, which is all to do with the movement of air that gets inside the tube when you remove the wand (and why they say you shouldn't ever pump your mascara or it'll dry out super quickly). So this mascara is actually lasting me so much longer than others. Every time you unscrew the bottle, it mixes the formula too so it won't be clumpy and stays fresh.
The shape of the wand means that when you apply the mascara crossing over your face, you don't smudge any on your nose. 
They really have thought of everything with the design of this mascara it would seem.
I've found the design of the wand means it does actually get every single lash and I've noticed it's especially good on my bottom lashes as it gets to them all without smudging the underneath of my eye. The wand really separates and lengthens the lashes and when you apply a second coat it adds a lot of volume as it's very buildable.
The mascara itself is made from the blackest pigment possible to give you an intense dark eye in just one coat, and the formula is said to be 'innovative' containing Lancôme's exclusive 'Rose-Cell Extract' which condition your lashes, giving them some TLC and helping them grow longer. 

Lastly, I have to mention the staying power of this mascara. It's easier to get off than Benefit's They're Real, but lasts ALL DAY (and night) with no flakiness.


Fundamentally I love this mascara, and I would compare the overall effect and staying power to that of Benefit's They're Real, but it doesn't dry out nearly as quickly and it is easier to remove. It's by far the best mascara I think I've ever tried.
It's definitely not cheap at £24.50 but the staying power and long-lasting formula means it is worth it, but I won't be purchasing this again until payday or my student loan comes in!


'Captivating, eyes are simply Grandiose.' - Lancôme.



Excuse the poor quality of these photos! Better camera coming soon :)

You can buy it from Boots here and also read instructions on 'how to use' haha (cute).

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REVIEW: Lancôme Grandiose- Best Mascara Ever?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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