Tuesday, 3 February 2015

January Favourites 2015

Hey guys!

So it's monthly favourites time, and I've been eagerly waiting to share with you what I've been absolutely loving this month. January is probably the worst month of the year for me: cold weather, post-christmas blues and now the daunting thought of how it's my last term at uni/in education ever! Plus...I just generally miss hot sunny weather!

I've also been trying to organise myself more with my dissertation deadline approaching, writing a planner and trying to find motivation. I want to get back into the heath and fitness hype that I was on before Christmas too, so I think I need to purchase some new gym kit (loving the look of Boohoo Fit and Missguided Active range) and get back on it. I'm currently trying to go to the gym as much as possible (I've got a spinning class on Wednesday and oh my god I hate spinning), looking into Protein World, Lucy Meck's new book and Pinteresting loads of yummy healthy recipes.
Meanwhile, I've got a number of favourites for this month including some new discoveries! So lets get into it...

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo- Mega Instant. This was a spur of the moment purchase whilst in Newcastle as my old dry shampoo had run out and my hair was looking a bit crap. I've got to say, this has to be one of the best dry shampoos i've tried. I love the scent firstly, and how light it feels on my hair. It also doesn't leave any grey patches like the Batiste ones sometimes do! It's so good for adding some instant volume and keeps my hair nice and soft.

Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15- Super Facialist by Una Brennan. This was another new discovery this month but has become a solid part of my everyday morning routine. It's a beautiful scented moisturiser that's kind to the skin and also helps protect against sun damage/anti ageing. It makes my skin super soft and radiant and I'm pretty sure it's helped clear my skin up too!

MAC Pure Zen/Shy Girl and MAC Whirl Lipliner. I'm basically so on the Kylie Jenner hype it's unreal and I think I'm pretty lucky to have Whirl lipliner because apparently it's still out of stock?! But it makes my lips look fuller and I just looove it. I'm also into my peachy creamy nudes coming up to spring and I've just purchased my second tube of Shy Girl as I went through the last one far too quickly!

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronze Universel. I've had this now for 2 years and I'm so close to running out I want to cry! This is not cheap to repurchase on a whim (£32) but it's the nicest multi-use product! I personally use a large powder brush to apply it to my face after moisturising and it basically acts as a bronzed base, warming up my currently very pale winter skin. Some people also use this as a bronzer and/or contour, so it really does have so many uses. Because it's so creamy it's also very blendable and wears well on the skin.

Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque. Obviously this cold weather does nothing for the condition of our hair, so I've been applying this hair mask once a week, and sometimes I leave it on overnight for maximum results. It seriously makes my hair so soft, shiny and strong and I need it to be in good condition so it'll grow faster! (250ml is currently £15 on Amazon, down from £26)

Seven Seas Radiant You Capsules. Another product that I attribute to my hair growth is definitely these babies. You can get them in Boots and they're not very expensive! I got a month's supply and I found my skin, hair and nails all improved in condition. My mum got them for me originally after talking to her friends at work who are Doctors and they all recommended them- now I've got my housemate on them so hopefully she'll have good hair growth progress too!

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow Pomade. This has transformed my eyebrow life. Anastasia you are the queen of the brows and I love you. I actually get complimented on my eyebrows now...(this is huge for me ok)
You should see my eyebrows like a year ago. Now I just spend a few minutes in the morning with just an angled brush and some of this stuff (I have the shade 'dark brown'). I do actually think I should have got the 'chocolate' shade instead but it's okay because I just apply it with an extra light hand. I do actually really want to go get my eyebrows 'done' in Harvey Nicks or something but I just can't justify it at the moment financially, and I almost don't need to now I have this in my life! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes <33333
Aaaaaaah I can't even. This book is the best book I have ever read. Ever. If you like books, or if you don't- you need to read it! I couldn't actually get over it for a few days and I tweeted the author and she tweeted back telling me I had a 'book hangover' !! haha. What a babe. It's basically a love story in my opinion but some people don't think it's a love story...just a story of two people who change each others lives, but it's so inspirational and has actually changed the way I think about some things in life. I'm now reading her newest book called 'The One Plus One' which is also very good.

Thanks for reading! Hope you feel inspired by some of the things I've mentioned!

Let me know what you've been loving this month?
lots of love,

January Favourites 2015

Tuesday, 3 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!

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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.)

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 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!)

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.

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

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Raiding a Friend's Makeup Bag: Hannah's Beauty Favourites

Hello everyone!
Today I'm sat with my friend Hannah, who is also a make-up junkie/lover. When we see each other we love to have a big old sleepover and catch up and compare what product's we've both been loving. I asked Hannah to pick out her favourite 'must have' products from her make-up collection, and thought this would make a nice blog post. This is what she chose...
Left to right: L'Oreal Superliner in black, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, Benefit's They're Real, Mac Lipstick in 'Chatterbox', Benefit's Porefessional Primer, Burts Bees Lipbalm + Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. 
The lovely Hannah Bourne!
So as you can see, a lot of these products are well used, but hopefully this just shows they're loved. A lot of these products are also cult classics and favourites of many bloggers and readers, so I won't go into too much detail- just a brief summary of why she loves them.

L'Oreal Super Liner. This liquid eyeliner is a favourite of both of ours actually, even though Hannah wasn't sure about it at first. She was used to using a pen-liner before but now she loves the precision you can get with this (and I agree). It's not a flimsy nib like many other liquid eyeliners. It's only around the £6.99 mark which is so much cheaper than the 'They're Real Push Up' liner which Benefit have released. I do really want to try that liner, but am yet to decide if it's worth the hype because at £18.50, it's super expensive, and plus I can't see how I'd love it more than this! I don't go a day without wearing it and am obsessed with winged eyeliner on the top lid.

Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer. You all know about this concealer. Light and creamy and amazing for undereye circles at only around the £4 mark, it's an absolute bargain and has been beauty bloggers favourite for years. It's said to be a dupe of the Nars concealer (which I reeeally want to try!)
I don't think this does stay on for the promised '16 hours' but it does cover our under eye bags and provides some luminosity. 

Benefit They're Real Mascara.This mascara is our absolute favourite, but at £19.50 a tube it's also not cheap at all, and we both find it dries out so quickly! 
However, a little trick I have discovered with any drying mascara is to run a sink full of hot/very warm water and put your mascaras in it for a while. I'm not sure how long you probably need to leave it but long enough for the water to warm up the inside of the mascara tube and moisten it up again. This really works and adds life to this mascara!

MAC 'Chatterbox' Amplified lipstick is Hannah's go-to lipstick, and she says she wears this pretty much every night out but also sometimes in the day too. It's a lovely strong pink colour which looks amazing both with a tan and without. It's chic and barbie-esque which looks amazing for spring/summer paired with navy colours especially. I'm definitely going to be borrowing this when we go out together next!

The Lush lip scrub is amazing to use before you apply lipstick to make your lips really soft and 'prime' them 'ensuring your makeup glides on and stays on'. It also tastes great too, as does the Mint version Lush sell. According to Hannah, the Burt's Bees is the best lipbalm she's ever come across, with it leaving her lips soft and hydrated for ages (much better than Vaseline). Together she calls them the 'dream team'. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer. Finally we have this primer and Hannah swears by. I do like this product but don't know if it's better than other cheaper alternatives on the market, as it is £24.50. Hannah insists it keeps her makeup on longer than any other primer and it doesn't break either of us out though (which is very important- *cough Body Shop Instablur*) and is a lovely consistency.I have 'normal/combination' skin and Hannah has oily skin and this works great on both of us so I'd recommend it to anyone who isn't tied down on a budget! I'm going to try and get her to get the Body Shop Tea Tree primer next time as I think this would be perfect for oily skin and I've heard so many good things. 

So thanks for reading and hope you found this informative! I love all these products too. My upcoming blogposts will involve disappointing products and ones to avoid in my opinion, I'll be going through my current favourite items, and I'm going to do a 'what's in my make-up bag' (although that will be a very long one ha!) Let me know if there's anything you guys want to particularly see, and remember to please subscribe on Bloglovin to not miss a post! 

Raiding a Friend's Makeup Bag: Hannah's Beauty Favourites

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Summer Beauty Favourites 2014!

Summer Beauty Faves
Tangle Teezer/ Fake Bake Flawless tan/ L'oreal Fibrology Shampoo/ Dove Summer Glow body moisturiser/ Bourjois CC Cream/ Kardashian Lip-set in Natural/ Benefit They're Real! mascara/ Benefit Watts Up!/  Benefit Hoola Bronzer/ Benefit Brow Zings.

Hi everyone! Today I thought I'd write about my current summer beauty favourites, the products that I'm reaching for a lot at the moment and what I'm raving about.

Firstly, the Tangle Teezer and the L'oreal Fibrology shampoo are literally making my hair grow and look nice at the same time which in my opinion is a miracle. The hairbrush itself is just amazing as it doesn't pull on your hair at all which minimises hair fall-out and I actually lost this the other week when I moved back from University to home and I had to use a regular hairbrush and that's when I really noticed the difference- I will never go back! Also, I wrote a post on hair growth recently, but the Fibrology thickening shampoo makes my hair look bouncy and thicker without any need for me to blow-dry or style it using heat, meaning my hair is growing longer much quicker. 

Secondly, fake tan is an important product for me and as the skirts and shorts come out in the summer, I'm grabbing the bottle more and more. However, I do really want to build up a natural tan if I can, so whilst I am obsessed with Fake Bake's Flawless Tan (which comes with the most amazing mitt and applies like a dream) the Dove Gradual Tan keeps my skin moisturised and I think doesn't interfere too much with getting a natural tan so I'll be using this more before I go on holiday. Fake Bake or Xen Tan are the fake tans I grab the most when I want to look super bronzed before a night out (I'll be doing a full post on comparisons and reviews of different fake-tans soon). 

A lot of people have been complimenting me on my eyebrows recently, and I'm putting that down to my new faaaave eyebrow product by Benefit- Brow zings. I know it's been around for ages but I don't know what I was doing without it quite frankly because it's so easy to use. The product itself has the wax which you apply first with the little slanted brush followed by the powder and it also comes with a mini pair of tweezers. It's made my eyebrows look defined as well as natural- I aim for Kylie Jenner eyebrows! It's available in 3 shades and as a brunette I use the shade Medium. 

Furthermore on Benefit Make-Up, I'm loving 'They're Real' mascara (enough said about that one?) it's the number 1 selling mascara in the world for a reason and while I don't think it lasts a great amount of time before drying it makes my eyelashes longer than any other mascara potentially bar Lancome Hypnose Star, and it's pretty resistant. The Hoola bronzer I will never get bored of as it is a matte olive-brown colour and a fave when I want to contour. I pair it with the Watts-Up gold highlighter on my cheek bones and I have such a nice glowy bronzed summertime look. 

Lastly, as a lighter foundation this summer I am mainly using standard Garnier BB cream or tinted moisturiser, but when I want a bit more coverage I love the Bourjois CC cream. Whilst this product hasn't got a wide range of shades, it's dewy and light finish makes my skin look fresh and doesn't dry it out. To complete the look I am OBSESSED with the Kardashians lip set (surprise surprise), as those ladies all have amazing lips and lip make-up is said to be what has transformed Kylie Jenner these days. I love the lip-stick in 'Natural'- it comes with a double ended product, one end is a lipliner and the other is a lipstick and then you apply the famous 'honey stick' on top. I'm going to do a full review or make-up tutorial on the Kardashians look soon where I'll cover this in more detail but I think one of the only places you can grab this is feelunique.com and I really recommend it.
Just showing off now, but it's definitely top-down weather!
Thanks for reading and I hope you're enjoying your summer!
Lots of love x

Summer Beauty Favourites 2014!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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