April Favourites

It’s been a very busy month for me, it was my lovely boyfriend Simon’s birthday, I also had my practical project hand in, job interviews, and a blood test so I’ve been swamped. I do have an absolute ton of beauty favourites for you this month though so without further ado here’s everything that I’ve been loving. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful month!
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Starting with haircare I’ve been really enjoying using the Athena’s Treasures Bio Olive Silk and Honey Hair Mask. Rachel brought me this back from Greece and not only does it smell delicious but it really does leave my hair like silk I absolutely love it for when my hair needs a little TLC.

For skincare I’ve rediscovered the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Rachel and I went on a rather large shopping trip and I remembered how much I adore this, I’m super glad that I picked it up again because it really is lovely.

Onto makeup now and I have two blushers that I’ve been enjoying. For the first half of the month I couldn’t get enough of the Benefit Hervana Good Karma Face Powder this is a beautiful orchid shade with four sections inside, I like to swirl my brush through all for sections for a lovely blend which looks gorgeous on the cheeks. I also fell in love with the ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker it honestly has the most gorgeous mousse texture that feels like velvet on the skin, seriously it’s a beautiful product and I’ve been really enjoying using it. The eyeliner that I’ve been enjoying is also by ELF and that is the ELF Waterproof Eyeliner in Teal I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is but the nib is incredibly pointed so you can get a lot of precision with this, the colour is beautiful and the pigmentation is phenomenal, I’m very impressed.

A lipstick love was rather unexpected and that was the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry. I never thought that I’d like a metallic lipstick but this wine shade is so pretty and the metallic finish is incredibly flattering. The formula of this is very creamy and it feels very nourishing on the lips.

I have two more beauty favourites and that wraps up this post, it may not seem like a lot of fvourites but they’re all beauty related. I decided that I was in need of some relaxing baths with the stress of deadlines and let’s be honest nothing beats a Lush bath. For lots of yummy scented bubbles and pink water I’ve been using the Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar this does smell quite sweet and strong in the packet but in the bath the scent is much more subtle and relaxing. It’s a sweet berry scent that reminds me of bubblegum, candy floss and berries it’s lovely. My other favourite is a new brush that I purchased to replace my broken Real Techniques Buffing Brush and that is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I was a bit unsure at first with this but I needn’t to have feared because this buffs my foundation in flawlessly it’s really great to use in a morning and it gives me an even, streak-free coverage.

That concludes this months favourites, I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful month, I’ll be handing in my final two assignments near the start of May and then I’ll be finished with Uni! It’s a bittersweet moment but I’m very proud of myself. Here’s hoping for another great month with plenty of sunshine!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush Review

My beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush finally fell apart after two years of loyal service and after carefully weighing up the options for a new foundation brush (I was seriously torn between this one and the Stippling Brush) I purchased this one. I have to say initially I hated this but then I found out that my primer was the culprit in making my face look dry and this has been working a charm.
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So this is the Expert Face Brush, it has a very long handle and then the head of the brush is fairly broad but not very tall, initially this took some getting used to. This brush is priced at £9.99 which I think is a fair price for a decent face brush and this is a great alternative to the Buffing Brush if you want something similar but without havign to purchase the Core Collection, I purchased this to apply my liquid foundations with.
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As mentioned above the head is not very tall so this did take some getting used to as it is much closer to the face. I’ve found that for the best results I use a light hand as my current foundation is quite light and thin in texture, I gently move this in a circular motion and blend the foundation seamlessly into my skin. The bristles of this are nice and dense so there’s no brush marks and the semi dome shape helps to buff product into the skin. The bristles are incredibly soft so this isn’t scratchy on the face which is a huge bonus.
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I gave this a clean after taking these photos and I’m pleased to say that this doesn’t shed all over the face or when washing which is good, I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to wash my makeup brushes which works a charm.

Overall, I love this brush now that I’ve gotten used to it I actually prefer it over the buffing brush and if you do use liquid foundation and are searching for a new foundation brush then look no further than this, I would repurchase it.

The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is available here for £9.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what makeup brushes you like to use, my favourites are Real Techniques and Studio London Brushes.

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love_nina

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ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Teal Review

I really had a major fallout with felt tip liners, I know everyone seems to adore the Collection one but whether I’ve used Collection, 2true or Eyeko they all end up drying out or splaying and the eyeliners never stay in place. This was on sale so I finally thought that for 60p it wouldn’t hurt to try one more felt tip liner and let me tell you, this offering by ELF is darn good.
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The ELF Waterproof Eyeliner pen is a white packaged pen with the product name in silver writing and the shade on the end of the pen. I wasn’t expecting much from this especially as it was only fifty pence I assumed that the quality would be low.
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This has a relatively firm point initially to the point where it was a tad spiky for my liking, however a few more uses later and this pen is a lot more flexible, I like to tilt this onto it’s side and then run it across my lash line for a winged effect. As you can see this is very pigmented, it’s a stunning bold blue shade that is great for summer and spring.
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This eyeliner is really easy to use and the above image reveals me wearing it with only one coat. Unlike a lot of felt tip liners this has a very rich pigment that glides onto the lids and stays in place. I’ve worn this for a few days and although after a while it will fade especially under harsh weather conditions for the most part this stays on pretty well, better yet it is easily removed and doesn’t stain.
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The fine nib means that it’s really easy to get to difficult spots with this, I actually find this incredibly easy to use and I managed to create even flicks the first time I used it which was very impressive. I also love how this doesn’t run, smudge or smear, once you apply it it dries almost instantly which means that it stays in place all day long without creasing. The lightweight formula means that unlike liquid liners this doesn’t flake or feel heavy and it doesn’t end up dripping onto your lashes either. I adore this cobalt blue shade and I’d definitely pick up more.
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Overall, I’m very impressed, this was an absolute steal at 50p and it is probably the best felt tip liner I’ve used, sadly this isn’t available on the UK ELF website (sigh) but I really hope that they bring these back and in an array of shades because these are so easy to work with. I’d absolutely recommend these if you find them anywhere and I would repurchase.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you are a fan of felt liners and if you like the look of this one by ELF.

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love_nina

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Charlie Pink Body Spray Review

I don’t know about you guys but I still adore body sprays, they’re a great, budget friendly way to freshen up throughout the day and sometimes they can really compliment a perfume as well. Today I’m sharing an old favourite which is Charlie Pink, I’ve worked my way through numerous cans of this, here’s why I love it so much.
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Hands up if you remember the neon pink metallic packaging? This is the newer packaging of this body spray they’re now in a white can with an abstract pattern on each one. I love the simple pink lid and pink imagery to reinforce the brand name. These are very budget friendly usually at only 99p from Bodycare.

This one is a fruity sweet scent which I absolutely adore, the product is described as the following:
The Charlie Collection. Take an unexpected journey – the kind you don’t even have to pack for. Charlie scents can be worn alone or combined for a bespoke individual fragrance. The on pack recommendations provide combinations that enhance the fragrance notes allowing you to create something incredibly unique. The simple belief that dreams can become reality is all it takes. And a little tangerine mixed with red fruits and dark vanilla, of course.

I can definitely smell the red fruits and the vanilla in this scent, the fruits add a fresh, fruity edge to the fragrance whereas the warm vanilla really settles in on the dry down to add a sweet touch to this scent. This is such a nostalgic scent for me and it always lifts my mood when I smell it as I associate it with spring and summer.

Overall this is a lovely scent and I’d definitely recommend it, if you’re grabbing a can for your sister why not grab one for yourself as well?

The Charlie Pink Body Fragrance is available here for £1.70.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what your favourite body spray was when you were growing up, I’d love to hear your recommendations!

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love_nina

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ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker Review

You may have caught my post earlier this month about the ELF HD Blusher. I did mention that that particular blusher was quite tricky to work with and I have to say I didn’t have high expectations for this blusher but it’s blown me away.
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his blusher is actually more subtle and more of a peachy pink so don’t be put off by this photo that makes it look neon! This is the ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker and I have to say as much as I love the product I hate the packaging, to me, it’s unnecessarily bulky and the edges can be quite sharp which is a pain. I’m not sure how much I got this for as it was on sale but I believe it was under £3.00 which is a bargain.
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In terms of texture this blusher has a really bouncy mousse texture which I absolutely adore, a little goes a long way and you can build this up to be as bright as you like, I tend to apply a couple of dabs to the apples of my cheeks and then I blend for a natural looking flush that is so pretty for spring.

This blusher lasts really well although it can cling to dryness ever so slightly but I think that this will be particularly good on oily skin and in the summer as cream blushers tend to stick around longer. This is a purely matte finish which I think works well for this sort of blusher as it adds an almost subtle stain like effect which I absolutely love.
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I’ve applied this a little more liberally onto the cheeks just to show you all how this looks, this blends well into my foundation and it still allows me skin to glow through it which I love.

Overall in my opinion this is an absolutely gorgeous blusher and I’d definitely recommend and repurchase. Sadly this currently isn’t stocked on the UK ELF website but I seriously hope that ELF brings these blushers back and in more shades because they’re fab.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, I’m looking to try some more ELF products so please leave your recommendations in the comments!

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love_nina

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Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in Jazzy Jubilant Review

When it comes to nail polish I’m not really a glitter kind of gal, I often find that it’s incredibly difficult to remove, requires a lot of coats for maximum opacity and can just be a bit too much but when I got the Essie Nail Polish in Jazzy Jubilant I decided to give it another go for the sake of Essie, here’s my thoughts…
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by Nail Buff’d as payment for a review, all opinions are my own.
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Jazzy Jubilant is what Essie describes as a “multi dimensional top coat”, it’s a clear polish with large flakes of confetti like glitter in a turquoise green shade, pink and silver. This can be worn alone or over the top of a manicure for added oomph, like all of Essie’s nail polishes this retails for £7.99.

Boots describes this polish as the following:
“Chromatic confetti like glitter nail varnish. Manis and pedis go from basic to breathtaking with these multidimensional topcoats, just add dazzling glamour to your favorite polish.”

I wanted to give this a thorough test so I applied this directly onto my natural nails using two coats to see how i would fare. It blends well into the nails so it’s hard to see chips which is nice, it also applied easily although the glitter is in large particles so it can be difficult to disperse the glitter, I’d recommend applying this then moving the glitter with a toothpick if you want even results. I particularly liked this as a cute twist on natural nails but I think it would also look nice in the festive season over a dark nail polish for that Christmas twist.
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Overall, this is a nice nail polish but I’m not blown away unfortunately, I think I’ll pass this on to someone who I know will use it a lot more – if glitters are your thing though I’d say that this is worth a try at the very least.

The Essie Luxe Effects Nail Polish in Jazzy Jubilant is available here for £7.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you like glitter polish and some polish recommendations!

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love_nina

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Big Beauty Haul

Last week I handed in my 40 credit Practical Project assignment after recently handing in my finished Case Study (dissertation) and I have to say it’s been a bittersweet month with plenty of stress and deadlines but also a lot of excitement at the same time. To reward ourselves Rachel and I went shopping and decided to have a bit of a splurge in the makeup aisles, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a haul post on here so I hope that you enjoy it.
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I really needed a new foundation so I went to Clinique as they’d had a promotional offer on where you bought a foundation or a piece of skincare and one other item and you received a free gift of some samples. Sadly I’d just missed out on the offer but thankfully the lady had some left over samples so although I’d missed out on the makeup bag, makeup remover on lipstick she still gave me the rest plus a bonus sample. The foundations were all too dark for me so I opted for the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions instead. I’m hit and miss with my pores sometimes they’re fine other times they’re enlarged but my mum does suffer with large visible pores so I thought this would be great for us to try, I tried it on my hand in store and it literally erased all of the pores. As my second item I was going to get a blusher but then I saw the Clinique Eye Pop Eyeshadows I fell in love with the turquoise shade Aqua Pop it’s super pigmented, buttery with no fallout and it has an amazingly cute flower embossed onto it how could I resist? For my freebies I was given the: Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, Superprimer, High Impact Mascara, Eye Rich Eye Cream and an Eyeshadow Trio which was limited edition!

I still needed a foundation and I decided to try the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation as they’ve reformulated it to be more moisturising since I last used it and my skin had been incredibly dry. Seeing as my Real Techniques Buffing Brush fell apart in my hands (literally!) I needed a new brush for my foundation so after reading online I chose the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I’m not quite sure what I think of it yet as it’s denser, shorter and doesn’t seem to work as well but we will see. I desperately wanted to get a new concealer, I’m halfway through my Instant Eye Eraser but it’s very yellow toned and not suited to blemishes so I decided to go back to my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer it’s simply unbeatable in my book. Liz Earle landed in my local Boots recently and I fancied a new cleanser as I’m a bit hit and miss with the budget one I’m using at the moment, I adore the Cleanse and Polish it’s my all time favourite and it lasts me six months typically so I snagged another bottle of that. I also needed the essential Batiste Dry Shampoo as I’d run out and didn’t want to keep borrowing Rachel’s so I chose the Cherry scent this time.

I’ve been after the No7 Instant Radiant Highlighter ever since it came out but it was always out of stock in every Boots I went into so when I saw it I grabbed it fast! We were also browsing lip products and both Rachel and I got the same ones (we both love purple lipstick), we got the Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Eternally Luscious which is a gorgeous violet shade and then considering they were only £3.50 we got the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker 3D Matte Lip in Berry Much. 

We actually went on two trips but I’ve combined them so on the second trip I used my points to get the Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta. I’m forever drooling over Rachel’s Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy and this seems like a really close dupe! I also was at the Bourjois stand and decided to try their Contour Clubbing Eyeliners they didn’t have many in but the green one really stood out to me so I also got that. Finally Rachel was a sweetie and got us both one of the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blushers we both opted for the shade Jasper Rose/Rose De Jaspe it reminds me of Nars Orgasm but pink instead of coral it’s gorgeous!

That concludes this haul, I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these I’ve been so excited to write this post!

Thanks for reading.
love_nina

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