Lush Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Oil Review

As a huge fan of the Lush bath bombs and bubblebars I was intrigued to give their bath oils a try especially as I have quite dry skin. I enjoyed using You’ve Been Mangoed and since I have a sweet tooth it made sense to give Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment a try.

The Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment is one of the most budget friendly bath offerings from Lush retailing at only £2.25. Each one looks different but has this almost marbled effect with the product being pink and yellow in colour.

Lush describe Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment as the following:
For a sweet, sweet bath there is a sweet, sweet treat and in this sweet, sweet bath take a sweet, sweet seat. Let your troubles mmm…elt away as skin is soothed by marshmallow and calming marigold powders. If its bright yellow and pink sandwich of colours doesn’t bring to mind dolly mixture, its candy floss scent surely will. Whether you’re young in years (or young at heart) sweeten up with waters shaded a dusky peach.

In terms of scent, this does have a sweet scent but unlike things like Snow Fairy and Creamy Candy it isn’t as a bubblegum sweet it’s more of a creamy vanilla sweet scent that is quite soft especially when in the water.

In terms of texture this feels quite dry and crumbly initially unlike You’ve Been Mangoed, but once in the water this all smooths out and melts mixing your bathwater with scented oil. This doesn’t feel so much greasy on the skin but does have that moisturising film that leaves my skin incredibly soft when I get out of the bath.

Unlike a lot of the other bath products from Lush, Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment won’t turn your bathwater into a kaleidoscope of colours however, I think that if you do look for that then you would be better using a bath bomb. This does smell lovely though and makes my skin feel amazing.

Overall, this isn’t my favourite product from Lush and in terms of scent I do prefer You’ve Been Mangoed however, this does deliver on it’s promises and you can’t really go wrong for the price. I would use this again and if you like sweet scents I’d recommend you give this a go.

The Lush Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Oil is available here for £2.25.

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Eye Makeup Wishlist #2

Eye Makeup is something that I wear daily and I always love trying out new things so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the products that are on my wishlist/I’m thinking of getting. If any of you have tried any of these please share your thoughts and any recommendations that you have, I hope that you enjoy this post!

1) Benefit Erase Paste in Fair £22.00 (Feel Unique)
What I like about this is that it appears to be pinkish in tone which I think will definitely brighten the dark purple tones that I get under my eyes. I’ve heard that both Erase Paste and Boing are quite heavy duty so I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has tried this.

2) Bourjois 24Hr Eye Primer £6.99 (Superdrug)
Bourjois isn’t a brand that I’ve tried much from and whilst I do have a couple of products that I will be trying I thought that it might be worth giving their eye primer a go as I’ve heard good things about it. This one claims to make your eyeshadow waterproof and promises 24 hour wear.

3) Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Quixotic £20.00 (Illamasqua)
If I’m completely honest I’m not sure how much wear I’d get out of this which is why I haven’t yet picked it up but I have to admit that the colour is stunning plus I love gel liners and Illamasqua products.

4) Mac Chromagraphic Pencil in Marine Ultra £14.50 (MAC)
I’ve not tried any of MAC’s eye pencils but I don’t actually have a deep blue eyeliner and I think that this will be particularly nice to wear in the summer when the nautical trends come back into fashion (don’t they always). Maybelline do dupes of these but the colours don’t look the same.

5) MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack £16.50 (MAC)
Another MAC product is the Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack. I do love gel liner simply because I find it easy to work with and it always lasts longer than something like a felt tip or a pencil. A lot of people have raved about this so it’s a toss up between this and the Bobbi Brown Creamy Gel Liner.

6) MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot £16.00 (MAC)
The final product from MAC is a Pro Longwear Paint Pot, there’s a few shades that look good but Vintage Selection looks right up my street. The phrase “Frosted Dirty Peach” doesn’t really sell itself too well in my opinion but the swatches of this online look great.

7) Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara £7.99 (Superdrug)
Everyone seems to have tried this mascara and absolutely raves about it so I’m really keen to try it. There’s quite a few different versions out there so I’m not sure whether to get the normal one of the waterproof one or even if there’s a major distinction such as a different brush. I dont’ tend to use waterproof so at the moment I’m leaning towards the original.

8) Rosie by Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Almond Eyes £12.50 (M&S)
Another product that I’ve heard a lot about are the Cream Eyeshadow Sticks from the Rosie by Autograph range. I do love a good cream eyeshadow but I find that so many of them either crease or dry out quickly so I’m intrigued by these sticks especially as I’ve heard that they’re really beautiful.

9) Sleek Brow Stylist in Dark £6.49 (Boots)
I love my trusty Sleek Brow Kit and one of you guys recommended the Brow Stylist to me so I’m keen to try that. I’ve actually almost used up the pigmented wax in my brow kit and I don’t have too many eyebrow products so I think this is well worth a try.

10) Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner £17.00 (Debenhams)
I do like felt tip liners but I find that they always dry out too quickly for my liking so I’m in two minds about this however, I have heard a lot of people talking about how great this is so I’m keen to hear more thoughts on whether or not I should get it.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who commented regarding my post changes, you guys were really supportive and kind and I appreciate it a lot!

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Review

Laura Mercier is one of the brands that I always mean to buy from but then I look at the prices and somehow never manage to bite the bullet. I actually got this primer from my Nanna Margaret, she found that it didn’t work for her so I decided to give it a go, here’s my thoughts.

The Laura Mercier packaging is quite simplistic, this is simply a taupe coloured plastic tube with the logo and product name written on it in brown. This is definitely high end priced at £30 for 50ml of product.

The product description for this is as follows:
Consider the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer at Space NK as your first line of defence. Designed for use under foundation or tinted moisturiser, the invisible layer creates an even surface for your makeup to go on smoothly. A buffer against external aggressors, the gel contains vitamins A, C and E that act as antioxidants to protect the skin from harmful, aging effects of the environment. This primer is ideal for normal and combination skin types and will never clog your pores. For your smoothest makeup application ever, apply a layer of this vitamin-rich creamy gel before foundation or tinted moisturiser. Just as a painter primes a canvas, this lightweight gel provides a base that will keep your makeup looking fresh and colour-true for the entire day.

In terms of texture I’d say that the product description is pretty apt, this is a gel/cream hybrid, it feels fairly cooling but it doesn’t feel overly creamy and I can’t tell that it’s got vitamins in it. This doesn’t ball up under foundation so I just put dots of this onto my face and then blend it out with my fingers.

In terms of the product description, this doesn’t deliver on what it promises. I don’t find that this events out my skin texture or tone at all, my pores literally look no different so if you are looking for more of a resurfacing primer then I definitely wouldn’t recommend this and I can see why it doesn’t work on my nan’s mature skin.
 
(Blended into hand: Left before, Right after)

What this primer is does is give a very dewy yet natural looking glow to the skin without having any shimmer in it. As it is a primer I wear this under my foundation and if I’m wearing something that is medium coverage I just find that it looks a little more radiant.

Is this something that I would repurchase? I don’t think so but it is nice to use and I have been enjoying using it lately, I just wish that it delivered on the other product claims. I would recommend this is you are looking for a natural yet dewy looking primer although it is quite pricey!

The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer is available here for £30.00.

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Avon Speedy Dry Nail Enamel in Ballerina Review

Avon is one of those brands that I don’t rush out to purchase – or even think about much but when I have the products I always end up liking them. A lovely friend of mine actually brought this into work and said I could have it (thanks Georgiana) so I’ve been testing it this week for review.

The Avon Speed Dry Nail Enamels have now been discontinued (fear not I have a link) if I rightly believe but they come in these square bottles glass bottles. I’m not sure how much these retailed for but I’m sure that they will have been under five pounds.

The brush for this is a standard brush it looks a little on the thicker side and slightly tapered which I find easy to use, this brush doesn’t seem to change the way I apply this or cause any difficulties.

The colour itself is actually very sheer, one coat looks like nothing on the nails so you have to wear two coats and even then it’s very subtle, for this photo I had to really blob this onto a nail wheel to show you the colour but as you can see it’s a pale slightly warm toned nude shade.

The downside to this is the formula, it does seem to chip quite quickly and with this being a sheer polish sometimes the colour almost separates on the nails so it looks like you’re barely wearing anything (with other bits looking quite dark).

Overall, this isn’t bad, I think it will be nice for a manicure but I tend to wear quite bright shades simply because my nails are awful. I don’t think I’d repurchase or highly recommend but it’s not bad for what it is.

The Avon Speed Dry Nail Enamel in Ballerina is available here for £2.99.

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Demi Lovato Inspired LOTD

A while ago I did a Demi Lovato tutorial however, since then we’ve both changed and I fancied doing an inspired LOTD, I really hope that you like it!
 
(Left Demi Lovato at the Kids Choice Awards, Right: Me)

Eyes
Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream
I have dark circles and texture under my eyes so lately I’ve been using this to brighten my undereyes, it’s very budget friendly and works well as an underye primer.
Body Shop Instablur Eye Primer
I always use a primer on my lids before applying eyeshadow, I’ve almost used this up and I wouldn’t repurchase it smooths out the skin but has a very dry and crumbly texture.
Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette
Since Demi is wearing winged liner I wanted to use a matte nude eyeshadow just to even out the tones of my eyelids. I used two from this eyeshadow palette – Undone on the lids and Downfall in the crease.
Soap and Glory Supercat Felt Tip Liner
Like other felt tip liners this has lost some of its pigment but I do find it fairly easy to create winged eyeliner with it I just wished it lased longer.
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion
I love this black eyeliner pencil it’s very black and once it sets it stays on for ages. I used this on my tightline and waterline then dotted it onto my lash line and smoked it out using the Real Techniques Silicone Liner brush.
Collection Lasting Perfection
This does get a tad cakey if you’re not careful but it does also conceal my dark circles without creasing and it’s very budget friendly – I’ve through tons of these.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
My current mascara in rotation this is very black and does provide volume but this does clump quite easily so not one if you prefer long feathery lashes.
Sleek Brow Kit in Dark
I love using this on my brows, I use the pigmented wax to fill in and shape my brows and then I use the powder to set it into place and prevent them from looking shiny.

Face
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
This is a new acquisition from my nan who didn’t find this did anything. This does add a little bit of glow but does nothing for pores, texture or longevity.
L’oreal True Match Foundation in 1N
My go-to budget foundation for when I don’t need my makeup to last long. I love the dewy finish this gives and the medium coverage it also sits well over dry or oily skin I just wished it lasted longer.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I didn’t think I’d like this but it’s a really good bronzer you do only need a small amount but it’s neither warm or too cool toned and it can be used for contouring or just warming up the first.
MUA Undress Your Skin Liquid Illuminator in Champagne
This does have a bit of shimmer in it so I actually like to use this under foundation so I have a small amount of gold highlighter shining through, I wish this didn’t have shimmer but it is a nice shade and great for pale skin.
Benefit Coralista Blusher
Demi is wearing coral and salmon tones so I tried to emulate this. Coralista is a beautiful coral toned blush with a glowy finish I really love it.

Lips
Tropic Colour Click Lipstick in Dragonfruit
This is a lipstick that I didn’t think would suit me due to the coral shade but I actually like it, the texture is neither too slippery nor too dry and the shade is really pretty plus it smells like grapefruit.

That concludes this post if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and let me know in the comments what you think of this look. Do you like coral and salmon tones?

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Superdrug Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist Review

Superdrug’s own Vitamin E range is something that I don’t hear about much but I have to say their products are really lovely. In the past I’ve tried their Vitamin E Eye Cream which I really liked so I decided to pick up their Toning Facial Mist to try.

Priced at only £2.99 this is incredibly budget friendly. The packaging is quite simple but I quite like it and I feel that it reflects that brand quite well.

Superdrug describe this toner as the following:
Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist with soothing Aloe Vera instantly revitalises and tones the face giving a boost of moisture with each spray. Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals. The replenishing formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex, comprising vitamins A, B, F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

Starting with the scent and texture this has a wonderful light scent that reminds me of coconut which is of course the Vitamin E scent. The mist of this is incredibly fine and refreshing on the face and leaves a pleasant cooling feeling. One thing I should also mention is that Superdrug are against animal testing and this product is suitable for vegans.

Onto the results, this is a toner but not in the traditional sense, I don’t think that this works to tighten the pores but what this does is to to hydrate the skin so this is a great option for those with dry skin.

Overall, I really like this it’s a beautiful product and an absolute steal for the price I would highly recommend this and I definitely would repurchase this.

The Superdrug Vitamin E Toner is available here for £2.99.

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Remington Ceramic Straight 230 Straightener Review

Although I love to wear my hair in curls, I recently had it cut and I’ve been straightening it a lot lately. My old straighteners needed replacing and I wanted to try a budget pair to see if they compared to higher end straighteners. Here’s my thoughts on the Remington Ceramic Straight 230 Straighteners.

The Remington Ceramic Straight 230 Straighteners (referred to from here on as the straighteners because that’s a mouthful) retail for £21.99 at Argos which is very budget friendly for hair straighteners, I wasn’t expecting too much from these but I was hoping they’d do at least the same job as my old straighteners.

Remington describe these straighteners as the following:
Life isn’t perfect but at least your hair can be! The Remington ceramic slim is for girls with a busy lifestyle, and who deserve hair fit for a queen. Taking only 15 seconds to reach 230C the heat ready indicator will light so you know when they’re ready. With a slim barrel and extra-long plates, you can take more hair, straight from the roots, with one effortless glide. The 10 variable heat settings allow you to match the temperature to suit your hair type, and with cushioned ceramic plates your hair will be left silky and smooth. If left for 60 minutes an auto-shut off function will activate that could save you energy and help prevent accidents.

Starting with the settings these are fairly straightforward there’s an on/off slider and then a dial which allows you to turn the straighteners all the way up to 230 degrees. When on the straighteners have a blue light so you can’t forget to turn them off, personally I haven’t tried leaving them on and trying the auto-shut off function but I think you guys can understand why!

Onto the quality, my hair is naturally quite wavy and these do manage to straighten it however, I do find that sometimes I have to go over sections a couple of times. If you’re hair is quite wavy like mine I would recommend dividing your hair into small sections and slowly running these down the hair shaft – I don’t think these would straighten veyr curly hair and they’re not as powerful as something like GHD’s.

Aside from the straightening aspect I have noticed that these can sometimes cause static (m hair is very fine though) and sometimes my hair looks quite greasy after using them (but again that could be something else like the shampoo I’m using.)

Overall, these aren’t bad for the price they do the trick but if you want very high quality I would recommend spending a little bit more, I think that straighteners are one of those items where you do get what you pay for, I don’t think I would repurchase these.

The Remington Ceramic Straight 230 Straighteners are available here for £21.99.

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