September Favourites 2016

Happy October, or at least it will be tomorrow! This month has been very up and down for me so I’m kind of glad to get September out of the way and hopefully to move forward onto more positive things. As always I’ve been using certain products religiously this month so here are my favourites!
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Beauty
Starting with beauty and I’ve had a couple of nail favourites this month. Illamasqua’s Nail Polish in Viridian is unlike any colour that I’ve ever seen before, it’s a blackened turquoise with a metallic finish that is super pretty for this time of year but I will admit that it can chip quickly. Speaking of chips, a nail polish that doesn’t chip for ages on me is Barry M’s Nail Paint in Chai it’s a beautiful grey cream that I love for daywear it reminds me of cloudy days and colder weather. A base product that blew me away this month was the La Poche Posay Effaclar Duo + Unifiant I was sent this in August and I’ve been using it like crazy, it provides enough coverage to tone down my redness and blemishes but it also had numerous skin benefits such as unclogging pores and reducing redness and scarring, a real winner. My blusher has been the same for the entire month because I just cannot put it down and that is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher in Gorgeous Berries this is quite pigmented and it’s a bold fuchsia shade but oh my days it’s so beautiful, I love this and I can’t wait to use it more in upcoming months!

Lifestyle
I have a few lifestyle favourites this month which is a little unusual because I don’t talk about lifestyle much however, I do like to include the odd book or random item. First up is the Wilko Sweet Strawberry and Red Fruits Tealights I moved into my new flat at the end of August and out living room is cream with red furnishings so not only do these match but they smell incredible. They have a decent throw and a scumptious scent and they’re so affordable.

I also really fell for a film this month and that was The Green Mile I hadn’t watched it before but as I was reading the book my boyfriend suggested us watch the film too. I really bawled my eyes out at this because it is really upsetting but at the same time it’s incredibly beautiful, the book is also in my favourites this month it has the same title and is written by Stephen King the story is so poignant and it really does make you think hard about things.

Another book I’ve enjoyed this month is The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I did an English Literature A Level and I am partial to a classic novel every now and then. I hadn’t read this one but it was a really sweet story with a happy ending of course.

A story with a slightly unhappy ending is a crime novel that I tried this month named American Devil by Oliver Stark I really enjoy crime novels and murder mysteries and this one was really good. I will admit that at one point I couldn’t sleep and I thought it would be a good idea to read this (it wasn’t) I ended up waking up my boyfriend and asking for a cuddle because the writing was that powerful and I’d freaked myself out (going going!) Seriously, though this was great and I can’t wait to read the next one.

That wraps up my favourites, quite short and sweet this month but I hope that you’ve enjoyed this post. What have you been enjoying this month? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to follow if you’re not doing so already.

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love_nina

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The Red Lip Roundup

Red Lips are something that I like to wear all year round and as Maisie Williams pointed out, a red lip adds instant glamour which is something I love. I particularly enjoy a red lip in the colour months so I thought I’d dig out some of the red lip products I have, some are good, some are bad but they’re all rounded up here.
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2true 8hr Power Lip Colour in Angeline £4.00 (2true)
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This was sent to me last year by 2true and I’m so glad to have it in my collection as it’s my go-to red lip. Don’t be followed by the liquid texture because once this dried on the lips in aint budging. I love how this is a true red and has excellent longevity, unlike most liquid lipsticks this doesn’t dry out my lips either.

Clinique Lip Pop and Primer in Cherry Pop £16.00 (Debenhams)
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A lot of people like these lipsticks because of their silky texture but to me, the formula of these is too thin and slippy so this does end up all over my face whenever I wear it. Cherry Pop is a pinky toned red which is great for making the teeth look whiter, if you can handle slippiness and the constant need to blot and reapply then you might like this.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Cherry Kiss £7.99 (Boots)
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This is sheerer than some of the red lipsticks that I own but this can pack a punch if you layer it up. This was the lipstick that I chose to wear in my Gwen Stefani makeup tutorial, it can be bright but it does have that moisturising feel. I personally prefer something that is more matte and has more grip simply because I don’t want it to budge but this is a good option if you like something more hydrating.

Natural Collection Lip Lines in Plum £1.99 (Boots)
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One for the lip lovers is the Natural Collection Lip Lines in Plum. I wouldn’t really describe this as plum it’s more of a pinky toned brick shade but the formula is surprisingly great. This has enough dryness that it’s going to wear for a long time but the satin finish prevents this from being too drying. There is product wastage when sharpening but this is a great budget option especially if you don’t like a bold lip.

Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Cherry Red £1.99 (Boots)
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I did have the shade Crimson from this line but found it much too orange toned, Cherry Red is a bright red that leans ever so slightly towards the pink side of the spectrum making this a great one for whiter looking teeth. This is my second favourite red lipstick, the formula is moisturising without being slippy and the colour is flattering on various skintones.

New CID Cosmetics i-Crayon Lip and Cheek Tint £14.00 (Look Fantastic
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I received this as a freebie from a magazine a while ago and I really like this. I personally dislike Benetint on the lips so this is my go-to lip tint. This is a sheer red, you can build it up if you like but it’s less pigmented with a glossy lip. I think this is great for those who are a bit scared to try a bold red lip as this is much more wearable and hydrating. You can see that mine is very well loved as I use this on my lips and cheeks, the only warning I would give is that it does have a synthetic strawberry scent which I love but others may not.

That concludes this round up, if you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and if you’re not following on WordPress or Bloglovin please feel free to do so😀 Let me know in the comments what your favourite lip products are for a red lip, I’m always open to recommendations!

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10 High End Launches I’m Excited For #2

Usually high end beauty doesn’t grip me as much as drugstore and high street, mainly because I’m a drugstore girl at heart plus high end makeup is damn expensive. I have to admit though I’ve never been so excited for new high end launches, this year brands seem to be knocking it out of the park and I’m very happy about this…
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1) Benefit They’re Real Big Sexy Lip Kit £24.50 (Benefit Cosmetics)
I really like the They’re Real range but Benefit as I think they’re definitely onto something with their Big Sexy Lip Kit. I for one, love the packaging of these lipsticks and the swatches I’ve seen online look pretty incredible. Benefit is one of my favourite high end brands so I have no doubt that these are going to be fabulous.

2) Cover FX Custom Drops Enhancer in Celestial £34.00 (SpaceNK)
What was that? A new liquid highlighter that looks bloomin’ amazing? Give it here. I really like silvery toned highlights but they’re so difficult to find so I’ve been anticipating this launch for ages hoping that Cover FX would finally release these into the UK. There’s a choice of six shades but I’m really drawn to Celestial.

3) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light £69.00 (SpaceNK)
I’ve wanted to try Hourglass for such a long time now but I have to say they’re products are bloody expensive. This new palette really does have me intrigued with a whole host of newly launches shades and everything you need in one handy palette. I imagine this to be great to travel with as it contains strobing, blusher, bronzing and face powders all in one. Plus the marble packaging is to die for.

4) Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Quixotic £20.00 (Illamasqua)
Not to be outdone, Illamasqua have launched a small yet beautiful autumn collection and the first thing that grabbed my attention was this teal gel liner. I do love gel liners as I find them easy to work with but I also love mixing it up and using colours rather than sticking with black so I’d love to get my hands on this!

5) Kat Von D Beauty (Debenhams)
Kat Von D has landed in the UK and I’m so excited! I can barely handle the thought of Sephora coming here too and whilst I know a lot of bloggers are complaining about this I’m incredibly happy because quite frankly I can’t afford to jet off to America every year. There’s so many products that I want to try by Kat Von D but right up at the top is the Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette, Tattoo Liner in Trooper and Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks.

6) Laura Mercier Face Illuminators £32.00 (Selfridges)
I have been eyeing up some Laura Mercier products but still haven’t bitten the bullet and actually tried them but I think that the Face Illuminator in Devotion is a product that cannot be missed. Silver and pink highlighters are my think and this beautiful baby pink shade looks absolutely beautiful, the colour, the texture, I just need it in my life. There is a selection of four shades to choose from.

7) MAC X Star Trek Trip The Light Fantastic Powder in Luna Lustre £26.50 (MAC)
I’m not going to lie, I absolutely loathe Star Trek so I wasn’t really interested in this range until I saw this powder. I love the marbled effect, the shade and mix of colours and it just looks so, so pretty. Again there is a few shades (three to be precise) of this but the tones in this look great for my pale skin.

8) Nars Duel Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel £21.00 (Feel Unique)
Although I do adore the new periwinkle shade that has been launched by Nars it’s the shade Rigel that I would get more use out of. The Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are another range that I’ve not tried but I really love this neutral shade that I think is perfect for autumn daywear.

9) Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation £27.00 (Urban Decay)
I’ve heard stellar reviews about the new All Nighter Foundation from Urban Decay and I do love me a high coverage foundation. The design of this is awesome (hello Vice 4 palette anyone), and I’ve noticed that this is much cheaper than most high end foundations.

10) Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid £17.50 (Urban Decay)
Another exciting launch from Urban Decay is their Colour Correcting Fluids, I particularly have my eye on the green (for redness) and the lavender (for brightening) but there is a choice of five shades for all of your colour correcting needs. I certainly need these in my life!

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed this please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products, and which new launches you have your eye on!

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love_nina

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Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Body Butter Review

It’s almost embarrassing that this range came out last Christmas and I’m only just reviewing this body butter, but I do follow a strict policy where I review products based on how long I’ve had them simply because of expiry dates. Last year, saw the addition of the Frosted Cranberry and Frosted Plum scents join the Glazed Apple scent that now seems to be Body Shop’s Christmas scent. I did love Glazed Apple, but last year Frosted Cranberry stole my heart and one of my favourite products from the range is the body butter…
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Like all of the Body Shop body butters, Frosted Cranberry comes in the same rounded plastic tub with a screw lid. This one has a really beautiful image of a frosted cranberry on the lid (would you believe it?) I actually received this as a Christmas gift but the Body Shop body butters do retail for £14.00 (although this is a limited edition scent.)

The scent of this is divine but I find that it’s actually a scent that I prefer in smaller amounts which could be why it has taken me so long to use up, the scent does smell like cranberries (like the name would suggest) with a tart yet also sweet scent.

My favourite thing about the Body Shop body butters aside from the scents though has to be the formulas. This has a wonderfully thick formula that just sinks into the skin and leaves the skin feeling heavenly. Body butters do tend to take longer than lotions to sink in yet I actually find that this sinks in faster than some of the body lotions I’ve used in the past.
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This formula is lovely and cooling on the skin and as you can see I’ve used the majority of this up. I do like the fruity scent although I have noticed that a lot of Body Shop scents have that synthetic fruit scent rather than real fruit juices. This isn’t my favourite scent as I adored the Almond scent of this which now seems to be discontinued but this is a great scent for autumn and winter months and it does make me think of Christmas!

For those of you who like to go cruelty free, as far as I am aware, Body Shop is a cruelty free brand that doesn’t test on animals, however, certain products do contain derivatives from animals such as honey. I’m actually holding my breath as I write this as I’m purely going by my own internet research but apparently The Body Shop is certified by PETA.

Overall, I like this, would I repurchase? I’m not sure but that is purely due to the fact that I am fickle when it comes to scents and I do tend to get bored of scents when using body butters, but I think I would come back to this. In terms of recommendations, I’d definitely recommend these body butters if you are yet to try them however, the scent is purely down to personal preference.

The Body Shop Body Butters are available here for £14.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Which scents are your favourites from the Body Shop? Please let me know in the comments! As always, thanks for reading…
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Urban Decay Shadow Box Palette Review

I love Urban Decay as a brand and my biggest weakness is their palettes which make up the majority of my palette collection. I particularly love rich, jewel tones on my eyes, I like smoking them out and so the Shadow Box was definitely on my wishlist. I have to admit I really don’t think that this palette gets enough coverage as it deserves because quite frankly, it’s fab.
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The palette is what I think of as one of Urban Decay’s ‘mini palettes’ it is smaller than average but has a lower price tag. The Shadow Box has, in my opinion, the nicest packaging of them all. I adore the purple abstract design on the front teamed with the black and silver, plus the 3D logo adds an interesting edge to the palette. This is high end but it’s not the most expensive palette at £23.00 for twelve eyeshadows (although I got this for £20 when Urban Decay had a sale.) Granted, they are smaller than some eyeshadow pans however, this is much more budget friendly than a quad eyeshadow by Charlotte Tilbury or Tom Ford.
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I really love the mix of shades inside and it’s one of the things that I associate with Urban Decay and their palettes. We have a good mix of jewel tones, neutrals and smokier shades. Eleven of these are shimmer eyeshadows with Blackout being the only matte but I prefer that as I prefer shimmery eyeshadows over mattes anyway.

The shades included are the following:
Sin – A pale pink toned champagne shimmer.
Indo – A forest green shimmer.
Bordello- A pale pink shimmer.
Tornado – A dusty purple shimmer.
Smog – A deep burnished brass shimmer.
Blackout – A matte black.
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(Swatched L-R: Sin, Indo, Bordello, Smog, Blackout.)
Flash – A pearlescent lilac purple.
Mushroom – A mid-toned silver shimmer
Lost – A chocolate shimmer.
Freelove – A shimmery coral with a gold shift (think a bright Nars Orgasm shade)
Moonshadow – A navy shimmer with silver glitter.
Baked Cowboy – A vibrant gold shimmer.
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(Swatched L-R: Flash, Mushroom, Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow, Baked Cowboy.)

For the most part, the formulas of these eyeshadows are very rich and buttery with a silky texture. I do find that Blackout is in danger of bein more chalky but if you go in with a light hand then this is fine. I’m a little disappointed with Indo and Moonshadow, these were the shadows that I were most looking forward to using and these have the poorest finish with Moonshadow translating almost chalky unless you build it up by layering up the coats.

Fallout is also an issue, but I do my eyes before my face anyway so this isn’t a massive problem, I do find that these shadows blend very well with my favourites being Bordello, Flash, Mushroom, Freelove, Smog and Baked Cowboy. I also like how the selection of shadows can be used in conjunction with one another as I like to use two to three eyeshadows at once to create a multi-dimensional look.
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(Mushroom across the lid, Blackout blended into the crease and along the lower lashline, Lost on the inner corners and inner lower lash line.)

This photo was taken after I wore the shadows for around two and a half to three hours, Blackout has crumbled a little from my lower lash line, however, on the lids and crease the shadows are still very pigmented and show no signs of fading. I do think that the longevity of these shadows is pretty good with most of them (save for the darker shades that fade quicker) lasting a good five hours throughout the day over an eye primer.

Overall, I really like this palette, the small size and the mirror makes this great for travelling or popping in your handbag and the rich pigments of these shadows means that a little will go a long way, I’ve been using this for a week now and I’ve not even made a dent in the shadows. I really would recommend this to eyeshadow junkies and I would repurchase this as well.

The Urban Decay Shadow Box Eyeshadow Palette is available here for £23.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments which Urban Decay palettes are your favourites, I’d love to know!

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Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher in Gorgeous Berries Review

Back when these first were launched, I remember swatching these in store and marveling at the beauty and similarity to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers. Now don’t get me wrong, £8.99 is a little pricey for a high street blusher, but I have to say this blusher is totally worth it it’s like a little piece of luxury in the palm of your hand…
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The Max Factor Creme Puff Blushers are these finely millled powder blushers with veining across them that come in these plastic gold cases. As mentioned above these are £8.99 but they are exceedingly high quality for the price. I have the shade Gorgeous Berries which is one of six shades and is the darkest shade a beautiful plummy pink compared to the other pale pinks and nude shades.

Before I get started with an in depth review, let’s look at the product description. Max Factor describe these blushers as the following:

Blend, sweep and sculpt for an effortless flush of colour.Build perfect cheek colour with Crème Puff Blush. The multi-tonal pigments blend effortlessly for a gorgeous flush of colour. Multi-tonal shades designed to blend and build effortlessly, to achieve the perfect sweep of colour.
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As you can see, this blusher is comprised of a base colour which is a deep rose shade with darker veining running through it. You can literally press your brush into the veining or into the blush to get one colour but I like to swirl my brush across this blush (what a tongue twister) to get a multi-dimension colour. The end result is a natural flush rather than a block of colour making this blusher great for the draping trend that’s going on at the moment.

I have mentioned that this powder is incredibly soft, silky and finely milled which is true, but another thing that I love about this blusher is the finish. There’s no tiny particles of glitter or even shimmer with this blusher yet it has this beautiful glowing effect that looks really beautiful and sculpting on the cheeks.
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I think for me what seals the deal is the colour, this looks very coral in this photo but it’s actually a deep pink (not too deep) but different to the usual pale pinks and corals in high street blushers. The deeper pink works brilliantly for this time of year with autumn beauty trends and berry toned lips. This is very pigmented so I would advise to go in with a light hand and build the shade up rather than slap too much on otherwise this may look clownish.

Overall, I absolutely love this blusher it’s a real find and I’m so impressed with Max Factor for creating such a high quality product that can be found on the high street. I’d highly recommend this blusher and I would repurchase, now all I have to do is get more shades!

The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries is available here for £8.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried these blushers, they definitely are similar looking to both Hourglass and Milani blushers I have to admit!

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love_nina

 

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Greenberry Review

It’s no secret that I adore the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint range, I’ve lost count of how many shades I have (or had) in my collection and whenever I want a new nail polish Barry M is one of the first brands that I go to. Greenberry is a shade that I’ve had my eye on for a while, I’m on a continuous hunt for mint green shades that have a decent formula and so this ended up in my basket…
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Greenberry is a little more neon than pastel making it a great summery shade. It’s a bright mint toned green shade that looks especially flattering against a tan. The Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints are a stellar range offering nail polishes that mimic the appearance of gel nails but less damaging and all for £3.99 per polish.

The brush is pretty standard with these polishes but one thing that really stands out to me is the formula. These not only go on in two coats (including this shade) but the finish is super glossy which I love plus these have a decent longevity. Out of all of the Gelly Hi Shine range, I don’t think that Greenberry is the best formula but it’s definitely not the worst either. This went on relatively easy although I did keep smudging a nail!
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Of course the shade is also beautiful. I was hoping for this shade and finish when I picked up Too Yacht Too Handle by China Glaze, this is a little deeper than that in colour but the formula is superior by a mile. You can see that there’s no patchniess or unevenness with this just smooth, mint glossiness.

Overall, I really like this but there’s no surprises there. It’s not my favourite shade by Barry M (that would be Blueberry) and it’s not the most wearable compared to some of the more neutral shades but I still love it, the shade and formula were exactly what I was looking for and I’m really happy. Just for reference this sits nicely between Huckleberry (a paler hue) and Guava (a darker more blue toned hue).

The Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Greenberry is available here for £3.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what our favourite mint polish is, I still haven’t tried Essie’s Mint Candy Apple!

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