Thursday 27 February 2014

Wishlist | Skincare

I've only lately just got serious about my skin care and am in the midst of trying out different products and brands. There are so many products out there both high end and drug store so I thought I would show you all what skin care items I'm lusting after at the moment.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisturizer - £10.00/£34.00
I've have recently tried other Philosophy products like their Purity Cleanser and absolutely love them. I've also heard so many good things about this moisturizer and tried it on the back of my hand and love the texture. It is pretty pricey so preferably would like to try out a sample before I splash the cash.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - £22.00
I only own one other Origins product, there amazing Spot Remover and I absolutely love it. Again I've read so many good reviews for this product and I am still baffled and amazed at a mask you keep on overnight so am very intrigued to try it out.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum - £29.50
Vichy is a brand I've never tried and never even knew about before I started blogging. I've seen this new serum of there's everywhere and was intrigued to read up about it. It claims clinically proven efficacy on skin exposed to daily excesses: overstressed, pollution, uv overexposed, unbalanced diet which sounds exactly like what I need.

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Finishing Cream - £12.99
Oh L'Oreal, coming out with another genius product. L'Oreal is a brand I hold close to my heart through their makeup and their skin care. So when I tested this product out on my hand (I got shown to try it on the skin between your thumb and point finger) I was amazed by the results. This is definitely on my next shopping list!

Have you tried any of these products? Did you like them or were they disappointing?

Monday 24 February 2014

Tag | The Blogger Made Me Buy It

I don't believe I've done a tag on my blog as of yet (please do correct me if I'm wrong!) so when I saw this particular tag pop up I thought I would have a go at it. It was created by Danniella over at Famous in Japan and it's actually been really interesting to not only read other peoples responses but to see mine and a few I had to really sit there and think about before typing out my answer.

1. Who are your most influential bloggers?  Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
There are so many great beauty bloggers who give amazing reviews but the ones that stick out to me are Adrienne aka The Sunday Girl who is great to go to if you want to know what's new and what's going to be released soon and also Saundra also known as The Black Pearl Blog has really good in depth reviews.

2.  Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
I definitely look at more then one review, and I try to find reviews from bloggers with different skin types to see how it faired on each.

3. What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I would say my Urban Decay Naked Basics and Urban Decay Flushed palette but I didn't buy them so I would have to say Sleeks Rose Gold Blush. I wanted it for ages after I had seen so many people blog about it but it was always out of stock and finally I got my hands on it and wear it near enough every day!

4. What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Definitely the No7 Cleansing Water!! It was back when all the drugstore/high street brands started releasing their versions of Bioderma and so many people raved about it! Let's just say I didn't even use a quarter of the bottle I disliked it that much!

5. Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (I re bought it because I started seeing it pop up on blogs!!)
Garnier Micellar Water
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
It's A 10 Miracle Leave In Product (Thanks to all the blogs across the pond!!)

6. Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
There's not anything in particular that I given into (still waiting to buy the naked palettes!!) but probably Micellar Waters and Maybelline Baby Lips and Baby Skin.

7. Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
Again nothing I have purposely avoided just haven't managed to try yet due to funds! Bioderma being one of them.

8. Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
There is definitely stuff in my collection which I've just bought either because I've noticed it in store and have become very intrigued or I've really wanted to buy it for a while without seeing any reviews on it!!

So there you have it! I don't really think people actually tag others to do it (no one tagged me if that is the case!) but if they do then I tag all of you!

If you have already done this tag, leave me a link in the comments so I can check out your answers!!

Saturday 22 February 2014

Review | L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

As you can see from the above photo this is going to be a positive review! I'm going to go way back to when I first started trying out Micellar water's, I HATED them! I felt they did absolutely nothing for me and didn't clean my face properly. I wrote a Product Fail post on the No7 Cleansing Water I tried. I am so happy to say that I've finally found the one, the perfect water cleanser I have fallen in love with!!

You will have probably already seen a lot of posts about the L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution but I had to write my own review, its become my holy grail cleanser and it deserved a blog post just so we can all bask in its glory! I buy mine from my work as it's tax free so I get a few pence off (every little helps right!) but it's widely available from Boots or Superdrug for £4.99 and it's currently 3 for 2 in Boots so if you know you love it go snap it up!!

To use I just apply some to a cotton pad (I like to use the exfoliating cotton pads) and in circular motions swipe across my skin. I like to do my face in halves so I usually use two cotton pads and then sometimes if I've been wearing heavier makeup I'll use one more to just go over my entire face. It really is like magic water which dissolves all traces of makeup even really stubborn mascara. I do use a separate eye make up remover which I will do a separate post about. What I also love about this beauty is it's 3 in 1 status. Not only does it cleanse your skin leaving it feeling soft and clean it also acts as a toner and helps keep your pores unclogged. Although I use my Elemis Balancing Lavander Toner (I've already done a review on it) I do like the fact it's added into the cleansing product itself.

Overall I am 100% happy with this product, I've gone through about 6/7 bottles of this and actually have no negatives about this little wonder! Saying that the beauty blogger in me became intrigued with the below product...

Yes, as a beauty blogger I feel it's my duty to try out the latest fad and when the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water came on the scene well I had to see if it lived up to my holy grail product. I'm currently road testing it so look out for a future review!!

Have you tried the L'Oreal 3 in 1 Micellar Water??

Wednesday 19 February 2014

OOTD | Lets Go To The Beach

So this is probably like my second attempt at making my blog branch out more to other things other than beauty. So please do let me know in the comments if you want to see more of these types of post. In my last post you will see I took a trip to the beach with my family and whilst we were there I thought I'd spontaneously take some OOTD pictures.

Vest Top - Primark
Stripe Top - Primark
Black Cardigan - George @ ASDA
Jacket - New Look
Skinny Jeans - Primark
Canvas Shoes - Primark
Bag - Primark

This was the perfect outfit for down the beach. Although it wasn't that windy (you're protected by the cliffs) I stayed nice and cosy and was completely comfortable for the long walk we did. The only thing we didn't comprehend was the after effects of the stormy weather we had last week. All the pebbles were across where you walk so these shoes weren't the best choice but I powered on through (or over the pebbles I guess!).

A bit off topic but I just want to put it out there. I'm not 100% happy with the way I look (body image problems) but I am getting more comfortable with taking full body pictures so please do let me know if you want to see more of these posts as it's definitely helping me with my confidence!

What's your perfect outfit for a walk along the beach?

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Lifestyle Post | Morning Walk At The Beach

A little change up on my blog today as I wanted to tell you all about my trip down to the beach. I'm very lucky to live by the sea which is a god send in the summer but in the winter not so much. Although it's somewhat refreshing to take a walk along the seafront in this mild, cool weather which is exactly what I did today with my mum, dad and sister. I thought I would share the pictures I took as there were some pretty impressive waves, so sit back and enjoy!

Wednesday 12 February 2014

New Bargain | Fragrance Direct

We all love a bargain right? Today I want to let you all know about a new bargain on the ever so popular site Fragrance Direct. If you receive emails from them or like me just check the site daily to make a mental wish list of what you want to buy next then you may already be aware of these amazing deals.

Ciate Sets are now available to purchase at amazing prices. Starting at £3.99 you can now try out their Denim Manicure Set or their Cavier Manicure Set and for £16.99 you can own their Mini Mani Month Set. I know I will definitely be buying some of these sets especially the Mini Mani Month Set as it was one thing I was after at Christmas!!

Let me know if you take up any of these amazing offers and what you've purchased!!

Have you tried any Ciate sets before??

Favourites | OPI Brazil Collection

There are hundreds of posts out there about OPIs latest Brazil collection, so I thought I would shake it up a little and just talk about my top 4 from the collection.

First up is Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, a gorgeous creamy pink which will be perfect for the summer. I already own Shorts Story and do believe you can never own enough pink polishes so I will be picking up this colour.

Next Stop... The Bikini Zone is a gorgeous pewter colour with a petrol effect to it. This is one of the darker shades which I thought was strange to add to the Brazil collection as it's not what I think of when I think Brazil. But I love this effect in nail polish!

Next is I Just Can't Cope-acabana, a sunshine yellow shade. Don't be put off by the picture as in real life it's more of a pastel yellow, think Barry M Lemon Ice Cream and will be another perfect shade for summer.

Finally is Where Did Suzi's Man-Go? This is the perfect colour I think of when sporting a tan in the summer. As the name suggests it's another pastel mango colour. I think it would be one of those colours that makes you look more tanned than you actually are, which is always great!

So there are my favourite 4 from the Spring/Summer Brazil Collection. I could choose way more but you'll be able to find deep detail of all the shades in other posts and on other sites.

What are your favourite colours from this collection?

Saturday 1 February 2014

Eye Of Horus | New Releases | Goddess Eye Pencil

Although it's very hard to believe with the awful weather we've been having lately but soon enough spring will be on its way. And with that comes new fashion trends, hopefully better weather and what I'm most excited about new makeup products and makeup trends.

Today I want to talk about the new Goddess Eye Pencil shades being released by cult Australian makeup brand Eye Of Horus. There are going to be two new shades both look gorgeous as each other and I definitely want them in my collection.

First up is Jewel Amethyst, a pigmented deep purple shade with purple micro glitter. This would look amazing on anyone but most of all green eyes. I love the look they used on the model in the picture above and will probably try to recreate it one day (if I can be as artistic that is!).

Next is Lazuli Blue, a vibrant electric blue that will help create the perfect blue smokey eye. I must admit blue eyeliner is one I've always avoided only reminding me of the 80's but I think if it's the right shade of blue it can definitely look good. Again I love the look created on the model.

These two new shades join the already acclaimed Goddess Eye Pencil collection. Inspired by natures alluring colours, they inject some on trend colour into their Spring-Summer makeup collection. They claim to be highly pigmented, easy to apply and with a handy little smudger applicator on the opposite end. Their formula is waterproof, smudge-proof and long lasting. Perfect for everyday use and can easily transfer a look from day to night.

Eye of Horus do not test on animals, their products are paraben-free and rich in essential oils and natural waxes.

Eye of Horus was born to make every woman, no matter what age, feel beautiful.

Available to purchase from their website or Cocktail Cosmetics for £13.

Have you ever tried any Eye of Horus products before?