Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Empties!

Hello,

Recently, I was very sad to find that two of my make up staples ran out. Whilst it was a depressing moment I decided to share these empties with you because they are two products I swear by. 


Firstly, I finished the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I have the light shade of Warm Ivory. This fountain is gorgeous and I have used it for, what must be, nearly 3 years now! It applies incredibly smoothly and isn't too thick, when applied correctly you can't tell you've got a layer of foundation on. Plus, because it isn't too thick it means it doesn't give you spots or clog your pores. It doesn't require much to provide you with a full face of make up, a couple of squirts and you're good to go! These last me roughly 6 months which I think is incredibly impressive! Baring in mind I use it allllll the time!


And the second item I had to bid farewell to was the Bobbi Brown (can you tell I'm a fan?) Sheer Finish Pressed Powder. Another lovely product that leaves you with a smooth, flawless finish. I had the shade Pale Yellow 1. This power covered any areas of shine and greasiness and provided a very smooth finish. The final effect is usually quite matte so if you like more of a glow perhaps this isn't for you. 



Both products are quite pricey but last at least 6 months, so they are definitely worth the money! 
What have you finished recently?

xo 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Miracle Concealer!

Hello,

Now, I have incredibly dry skin so I rarely get spots. But when I do, man do they hit hard. I have had a recurring spot on my chin for a couple of months now. It seems to peer out when I'm stressed or really DON'T need a spot on my chin. However, I have discovered a miracle concealer!! Hallelujah!


The Benefit Boi-ing concealer has become my new partner in crime for fighting spots. Just run your finger (or brush) over the concealer and apply to your spot. This concealer is industrial strength so it's quite thick in comparison, to say, a liquid concealer. Due to this I would not advise caking it on your skin because this may do more damage than good. Damage is a dramatic word but you catch my drift!  However, the positive of it being industrial strength is that it really covers spots or even dark patches and blemishes. I love it because when I apply it to a spot it not only covers the spot but the redness in the surrounding areas too. And it stays fixed for a day, you won't find yourself running backwards and forwards to the bathroom to reapply. 


I have the colour 01 Light/Ivory because I have very pale skin. The colours go right up to 05 which is more suitable for a darker skin tone. 


On Benefit's website the product is priced at £17.50 but at many department stores you can get it for around £15.75. Which may seem a little expensive but the concealer will last you a good few months.

All in all it's a fantastic heavy duty concealer that I would definitely recommend. What are your favourite concealers? 

xo 



Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Look Haul

Hello,

This isn't a massive haul but I went to New Look recently and got a few gorgeous winter pieces that I wanted to share! 

Sorry the clothes aren't on me but hopefully you will get the just of each item.

The first is a beautiful, sheer, floral shirt. It's black with an oriental flower design covering it. The sleeves are full length and the blouse probably sits just above my bum. It could be worn casual with a pair of black jeans and pumps. Or, you could dress it up for an evening with a pair of disco pants and a fitted blazer. I adore blouses so I just know I will be living in this over the festive period. This was £19.99 which I thought was a very reasonable price. 




The next item I picked up was this gorgeous tartan dress. I love this dress because not only is it super comfortable it is so wintery. The sleeves sit just above my elbow and the dress is about mid-thigh in length. The waist is also slightly fitted. The tartan pattern is so festive and at just £19.99 it's the perfect dress for Christmas day!




Finally, I got a simple black polo neck. I haven't owned a polo neck in years but recently they've made a return in fashion. I thought this would be perfect with a patterned skirt. It's a simple item but a winter staple. This was just £9.99 - an absolute bargain!


I know there are only a few bits and pieces there but I hope you liked hearing about them! New Look is such a great shop for cheap but gorgeous winter pieces.

What items have you bought recently? 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Perfect Sunday Candle

I don't know about you but today I have certainly begun to feel the Autumn chill. Personally, I love Autumn. I love everything about it. And I have discovered a candle that is absolutely perfect to burn on a cold, autumnal morning. Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick has become one of my favourite candles ever. It has such a gorgeous smell. It reminds me of all things Autumn. Also, the cinnamon really reminds me of Christmas. It is such a cosy candle and definitely adds warmth to a room. 

What is your favourite candle to burn on a cold Sunday afternoon? 


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Simple Smokey Eye Tutorial - Purple / Blue

Hello everyone, now I am by nooooo means an expert at make up. But, it is something that I absolutely adore. As a result I really like experimenting with new styles and looks. I've decided to share this purple / blue smokey eye look that I experimented with the other day. It's a really really simple and easy look to create. It's great to wear in the day to spice up your make up, or you could make it even darker and rock it for a night out. The choice is yours! Whichever you decided, I hope you enjoy this tutorial. 

Disclaimer: I am not a make up artist or by an means amazing at make up this is just a look I decided to share with you for fun. I hope you like it but it's not perfect so please don't judge!

You Will Need:

-An angle eye shadow brush
-A white eye shadow
-A light purple eye shadow
-A blue eye shadow
-Black eye liner
-Mascara
-Benefit eye bright or a similar product (white eye liner) 


 Step One : Using your angle brush apply your white eye shadow all over the lid of your eye as a base. I am using Bobbi Brown's Angle Eye Shadow Brush and Estee Lauder's eye shadow Sugar Cube 30 in Satin from their Deluxe Eye Shadow Compact. 






Step Two: Take your light purple and apply it to the corner of your lid and in the crease. Only take it in the crease until just under the highest point of your brow. I'm using the lilac shade from an incredibly old M&S compact! 




Step Three: Take your dark blue and apply it at the corner of your lid and a little along the bottom of your eye lid. I didn't apply too much dark blue in fear of looking like I was emerging from a fight with a black eye. So firstly, I added a little and blended it with the lilac shadow to create a lovely purple shade and then just continued to apply it till I was happy with the colour. The dark blue I used was again from Estee Lauder's Deluxe Eye Shadow Compact (this is such a great palette it has so many amazing colours). I used Nocturnal Blue 68 in Satin. 







Step Four: Take your black eye liner and apply a thin layer just underneath your eye lashes. If you want you could add a bit to your lid if you were going for a more evening appropriate look. My black eye liner is a crayon by Lancome it is Le Crayon Khol in Noir. Then take Benefit's Eye Bright and applied it just around the edges of my tear duct. This is great because it brightens your eye and gives your eyes a more feline shape. 





Step Five: No look is complete without mascara. I am currently loving Rimmel's Scandal Eyes in 003 Extreme Black. Don't be put off by the tacky packaging it's a great product. 






And there you have it! A purpley/blue smokey eye, a fresh look for during the day. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if you would like to see more things like this! 








Monday, 22 September 2014

Miracle Spot Remover!

When I say I have found a miracle spot remover, I am not exaggerating. This little tiny tube works wonders. I usually have very dry skin. However, over summer Mount Everest decided to move to my chin. It was mortifying. This wasn't just a spot. It was one of those spots where you contemplate wearing a scarf in 25 degree heat to cover it up. Okay you probably get it, it was big. In a desperate bid to remove Everest from my chin I purchased Origins Super Spot Remover. It seems a little pricey for the size of the bottle. It was £15 when I bought it. But, I have just checked John Lewis's website and they're selling it for £12.15. So if you want it now is the time to grab it! As I was saying, it is only a very small tube. However, I can assure you it is completely worth it. 


Here is a snap of the bottle. It's a small pot of clear formula but it will last you an incredibly long time as you only need to dab a tiny amount on your spot. So the cost really doesn't matter as it should last you anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on your skin type. What I loved was the rate in which it worked. After 2-3 days of applying this to my spot I could already see a visible difference. The spot was nearly entirely gone. Which I have to say, I was incredibly impressed with! 


The Super Spot Remover contains caffeine. This helps your skin because caffeine increases your blood circulation and reduces redness. So when you apply this gel to your spot it should decrease the red appearance of your spot. 


This product does not need to be lathered all over your skin though. Just put your finger at the opening of the gel and squeeze a little out, as I'm doing in the photo below, and dab it on your spot. That is all you need. This is a spot remover so don't smother your face in it as it will do more harm than good. 


The Super Spot Remover definitely lives up to it's name. It really is super! I could not recommend this more highly, it is one of the best products I have used in a long time. And most definitely the best and most effective spot remover I have ever used! Big love for Origins!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mini Stationary Haul!

As the nights get darker and the leaves start falling many of us return to school, college, university etc and begin a new school year. For many, this is a time of stress and depression. But, in the midst of all the school worries are the joys of new stationary. Now I am a total stationary nerd. I'm not even afraid to say it. I love stationary.

Here is a mini stationary haul with just a few bits and pieces I picked up the other day! 

Firstly, I got these adorable sticky tags. They're the perfect way to make your diary or revision notes that bit cuter. I just thought they were absolutely adorable. I intend on covering my diary with them. Plus, they were at bargain at just £2 from Hobby Craft.





Okay, this one's a little boring. Just some standard black pens. But you can never have too many! I'm forever needing more of these; despite the fact I probably have about 90 hidden in various handbags and pencil cases. I specifically like these Papermate ones because they are really comfy to write with. The soft padding on the outside means it doesn't dig in after a long lesson. 



Finally, these adorable folders! I couldn't believe it when I was food shopping in Tesco and saw these. They're baby blue and light pink with white polka dots. I had to grab them. I just couldn't resist. It's not everyday you find such pretty folders. I just loved the colours. I thought hopefully filing and hunting for work won't seem as dull with these cute folders. 




What's your favourite stationary shop? :)