Announcement – No posts this week

Today’s post is barely a post at all but I just wanted to give you a quick update. For this week only I won’t be posting. Nothing terrible has happened or anything like that, but today is my usual day that I set aside for posting and I’ve not been feeling very well so I’ve just not been able to get my usual posts written and photos taken.

Everything will be back up to normal next week and I’m going to use the time I would have spent posting, catching up with your blogs ūüôā

See you next week!

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Payday Wishlist #2

This month has really flown by for me and before I know it payday is right around the corner (or just happened) I love making and reading wishlist posts so I thought it would be fun to share another ten products that I’m seriously considering buying…Feel free to enable me!

1) Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal £22.00 (SpaceNK)
I’ve wanted to try this for so long! I’m a huge fan of blusher anyway but a watercolour look sounds amazing and anything that claims to hydrate and soften at the same time has to be good!

2) Benefit Big Easy BB Cream in Light £31.00 (Boots)
I quite like BB creams and with it being so warm at the moment I don’t think a lighter base would be a bad idea. I actually swatched this in store and was surprised that the lighter shade actually matched my skin. In terms of formula this seems pretty good so I’ll need to try it properly.

3) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick Secret Salma £24.00 (CharlotteTilbury)
Of course Pillow Talk is on the list but it’s actually Secret Salma that I can see myself wearing a lot. This plum shade looks gorgeous on a range of skintones and I would wear is as a daily shade. It also has really positive reviews which of course only makes me want it more.

4) Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray in Peach £14.50 (Beauty Bay)
Although I didn’t really get on with the Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray I’ve not given up hope yet! I’ve seen this setting spray hyped up on a lot of blogs and the Peach sent sounds perfect for the warmer weather.

5) Jouer Powder Highlighter in Rose Quartz £19.00 (Cult Beauty)
I’d never paid much attention to these highlighters because everyone raves about Citrine and Topaz which are shades that I’m not too fussed over. I am however, a huge fan of pale pink highlighters and Rose Quartz looks stunning.

6) MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Oh Lady £17.50 (MAC)
I very nearly bought this on my birthday except for the fact that the swatch had a broken applicator so I couldn’t try it properly. This shade does look amazing though I’d probably be more likely to wear in in the colder months.

7) MAC MACXAlessandra Lipstick £16.50 (MAC)
I’m all for a wearable pink shade for daily wear so I really like the look of this. Sadly though it is a limited edition so I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up in time. If anyone has tried this do let me know how it is, I’ve not tried the lustre finish before!

8) Spectrum Brushes Attention Seeker 10 Piece Set £39.99 (Spectrum)
Not only do Spectrum have a cult following for their brushes but blue is my favourite colour and these look stunning! The only thing that puts me off (aside from price) is the fact that I know I’d probably ruin these with my foundation, they do look rather dreamy though.

9) Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner £17.00 (Debenhams)
I’m on the hunt for a felt tip liner that won’t fade within a couple of months and I’m still not there yet. I do love felt tips for ease of use but they do dry up quickly so I’ve held off on getting this just yet. I’m still yet to try a Too Faced product but I’m not going to lie this sounds great.

10) Vichy Idealia Peeling £30.00 (Escentual)
I’m on the fence with this as I do have sensitive skin that’s naturally very red so I’m a little wary of anything that will be too harsh. Having said that, I’m yet to dislike a product from Vichy so I have high hopes for this. I’d be interested in reading anyone’s experience with this who has sensitive skin.

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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May Favourites 2017

Happy end of May! This month has been a cracking one for me mainly due to my job going well and me passing my probationary period. The weather has also been up and down from torrential rain to a lot of sun, I have discovered plenty of favourites too. Sadly the events of the month also included the Manchester Terrorist Attack. I don’t have too much to say about this especially as I feel that a lot of words just won’t make up for it but I’m glad we had a minute of silence….RIP to all of the victims ūüė¶

Starting with nails the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Watermelon is an oldie but a goodie, I’m aware that it’s not very summery but I love the deep inky green shade of of this. I’ve been using two perfumes this month, the first is the¬†Lacoste Touch of Pink Eau De Toilette¬†which I’ve now used up. It’s a fruity floral that feels very refreshing. The second perfume is a repurchase and it’s¬†Ghost Eclipse¬†I love the juicy fruit scent of this and it’s definitely appropriate for summer!

Onto a couple of makeup bits, I’ve had a serious love affair with the¬†No7 Vital Brights Cream Blush in Blossoming Pink¬†this is sadly discontinued now but I love the soft formula, how well this blends and the flush it adds, great for daywear. The¬†Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker 3D Lip Crayon in Berry Much¬†is not one I’ve been wearing daily since it’s a bold purple, but I tried this earlier in the month and was impressed at the formula and the low price.

Onto some lifestyle favourites, I was lucky enough to see¬†Iron Maiden¬†on the 11th May since my manager managed to score me two tickets. I’ve seen them before but they were absolutely amazing this time round! Other music favourites this month include the band¬†Amarante¬†they are a couple from California who create alternative indie music and I’m seriously loving their stuff! Finally, Paramore released their After Laughter album which is definitely 80s pop inspired but I really like it! The last favourite is another hair dye, my turquoise faded to green very quickly so I used a darker blue in the form of the¬†La Riche Directions Atlantic Blue Hair Dye¬†and I absolutely love the results, dark brown with blue tips!
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That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button (and follow if you’re not already), let me know in the comments what you have been using this month and I hope that you all have a fantastic June!

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Summer Beauty Edit 2017

With the crazy heatwave this week summer is definitely around the corner and of course that means cracking out lots of summer themed products! Some of these products I have mentioned in previous Summer Beauty Edits because they’re¬†that¬†good.

Eyes
I will most likely go for minimal eye makeup over the summer so it’ll be a lot of low maintenance nudes and browns.

Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting Liner in Pearly Bronze:
These eyeliners do not get enough hype and they’re seriously good! Think of a richly pigmented, creamy formula that fades evenly and lasts for ages and you’ve got it! I definitely need to use this more and I think I’ll swap out my nude for this.

Face
My base probably won’t change too much and I regularly switch my highlighter and blush but I’ll be opting for cream and gel formulations this summer to get a natural flush and some staying power.

MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Blush in Ritzy:
A lightweight formula that feels extremely soft. This is easily blendable and a little goes a long way. The light texture and blendability of this prevents the dreaded clown cheeks and adds a lovely pop of colour.

ELF Cream Blusher in Heartbreaker:
If you prefer a girlier shade then this is a great choice. This has a wonderfully bouncy almost mousse like texture and again is easy to work with and blend, like the MUA this is very budget friendly so you have no excuse not to get it!

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Fluster:
This one is trickier to work with as it can set quickly but this cooling stick just needs to be swiped and blended and you’re good to go. This is probably the boldest of the three and you do only need a very small amount. Bonus points for the fruity scent it has.

Lips
I’ve been wearing muted pinks all through spring and I think it’s time to crack out some brighter shades. Bold formulations with glossy finishes can be a bit of a pain so I’ll be opting mainly for mattes.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magnetic Magenta:
A beautifully bold fuchsia, this applies creamily but dries down to a semi matte finish. This doesn’t smudge or bleed and the colour brightens up the face especially when paired with minimal eye makeup.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa:
I’m sure by now you’ve all at least heard of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams but if not they offer a matte finish, soft creamy texture with a pleasant vanilla scent. The shade Addis Ababa is again a bright pink but not as bold as the Maybelline offering. Again this is nice to wear in the heat with minimal makeup.

Nails
I love bright nails so I’m more than happy to crack out some bolder colours and switch up my routine.

No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Peacock Green:
A stunning pea green this has a miniscule amount of shimmer than just adds dimension and of course it has a supern glossy finish with minimal coats required. I’m a convert!

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Noble:
On the pricier end of the spectrum but I do have a soft spot for Illamasqua especially for the shade Noble. I absolutely love this sky blue shade, this again has a glossy finish and lasts for days on my nails.

Seventeen Nail Polish in Carribean Crush:
This doesn’t have much staying power sadly but the shade is so uplifting and it definitely reminds me of summer. I’m not typically a fan of corals or oranges but this one is really nice!

So there we have it, these are definitely products I’l be using throughout summer I’m already¬†seriously enjoying using cream blushers again. What will you be using this summer?

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Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi Shower Gel Review

I’ve reviewed quite a few Grace Cole products but as a brand I do think that they are quite underrated. Having said that, I do find that their shower gels are somewhat average but since I’ve reviewed the other ones I thought that this one would be worth review.
Disclaimer: Apologies for the awful photography I actually lost the images I had of this!

The Grace Cole Shower Gels come in these plastic squeezy tubes with the colour corresponding to the main fruits. I do have a mini version of this that came in a set however, the full size shares the same packaging and retails for £4.00.

Grace Cole describes this product as the following:
This deliciously fruity Shower Gel is ideal for everyday use. Delicately scented with a sweet strawberry fragrance that‚Äôs complemented with notes of orange, pineapple and kiwi.”

In terms of how this looks and lathers, this a clear shower gel so I find that I always use more than expected, it would be nice if this had some colour to it. I also find that whilst it looks lather if I quite like lots of foam so I find myself often leaning towards shower creams. This doesn’t moisturise the skin either which I didn’t expect but would be a nice benefit to have softer skin.

The scent of this does indeed smell like strawberry with a hint of kiwi, to me it does smell a tad more synthetic (though not as bad as some products) as this is a sweeter strawberry scent rather than focusing on the tarter side. I do think that the pineapple sweetens out this scent but in honesty I couldn’t detect the pineapple or orange in this.

Overall, this isn’t bad but I have to be honest I prefer the likesd of my Radox Berry Burst Shower Cream which smells amazing, moisturises my skin, foams up beautifully and only costs a pound. I would use this again, but I wouldn’t repurchase, I think my favourite grace Cole products are their body mists and I do need to try their body butters!

The Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi Shower Gel is available here for £4.00.

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 this or any other Grace Cole products, I would highly recommend the body mists in particularly the Passionfruit and Guava one which is divine!

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Clinique High Impact Mascara Review

I mentioned in my last post that I had managed to get my hands on a few deluxe samples/mini’s of Clinique products following an offer. Alongside trying the Superprimer I also got to try the Clinique High Impact Mascara which I was quite excited about since it’s such a hyped up product.

As mentioned I have a sample but I quite like the metallic green and black packaging. I don’t have much else to say except for the brush handle appears to be fairly short with a very large brush which is interesting. The full size of this retails for ¬£18.00 which to me is high end, this is also available in two colours black and black/brown.

Clinqiue describe this mascara as the following:
High Impact’ mascara is multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length effortlessly. The specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while combing for separation. It is suitable for all skin types.

As mentioned above the brush is very fat with the formula being slightly on the wet side. The brush actually reminds me of the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara which is one of my all time favourites. Whilst you can get right in the lashes with this brush though it doesn’t offer anything in terms of separation but it does add volume without excessive clumping which I do like.

I actually do quite like this mascara however, it doesn’t quite trump my all time favourites which do wonders for volume and separation (what can I say? I want it all). My main issue with this is like all mascaras this does transfer onto hooded eyes. I’ve managed to not have this affect me too much by applying my mascara extra carefully but this does mean that I do miss out on separation as I can’t apply too much.

The formula, is quite black (not as black as the Eyeko Black Magic) but definitely black rather than that crappy grey black that a lot of mascaras offer. I do also notice a difference in how dramatic my lashes look.
 
(Left: Lashes Before, Right: Lashes after using this mascara)

Overall, this isn’t bad, it hasn’t blown my favourite mascaras out of the water but in fairness I have tried a lot of mascaras but this isn’t bad. If volume is your thing that I think you would like this, just bear in mind you don’t get much in terms of control and separation.

The Clinique High Impact Mascara is available here for £18.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments what you think of this mascara and if you would give it a try or have tried it.

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Clinique Superprimer Face Primer

Clinique is a brand that I’m hit and miss with, some of their products I really do like but many I just don’t get on with and I find that for the price there are alternative products that deliver exactly what I need. Having said that, Clinique had an offer on a while ago where if you picked up two products you got a bag of deluxe samples to try. One of these samples was the Clinique Superprimer which I’ve been trialing over the past tow weeks, here’s my thoughts.

As mentioned I have a deluxe sample of this but the packaging is near enough the same as the full size except the full size has a metal lid. To be honest the package doesn’t really excite me it’s quite minimalistic and plain but we all know it’s what’s inside that counts. For the full sized 30ml product this is ¬£22.00 which I consider high end.

The product description is as follows:
NEW Superprimer Face Primer, your foundations new best friend! Oil free light weight formula gives skin a natural perfected appearance smoothing skins texture and improving foundation quality of wear. Available for six concerns including a universal shade and colour correcting shades.

I believe that this is the universal shade as this is a white cream that blends straight into the skin without leaving behind any colour or residue. In terms of texture this is a cream with a slight silicone feeling, it reminds me of the Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer which I wasn’t a fan of only this is less sticky and wet feeling on the skin.

In terms of properties this doesn’t do anything for my pores, I actually find that when I apply this it is fairly lightweight and it provides a base for my foundation but I’m not sure it really blows me away, there’s no exceptional smoothing or pore filling properties that makes me feel that this is a standout product, having said that it is preferable over skipping primer as it acts as something for my foundation to hold on to.

In terms of longevity I haven’t noticed this improve how long my foundation stays on but I have noticed a very slight improvement on how my foundation sits on my skin but it’s barely decipherable and not significant enough to warrant the price.

I would like to point out that this isn’t a bad product it just is one of those that doesn’t seem to do much, will I use it up? Yes. Would I repurchase? No. This doesn’t feel like a product that I absolutely need but I do have combination skin which is on the drier side at the moment (save for my chin). I think that those with oily skin would probably get on with this as it has the same hold as a silicone primer but without stripping the natural oils and hydration from the skin.

Overall, this isn’t bad but I’m a tad disappointed, I expected a lot more from this but I actually prefer the Benefit Porefessional or the GOSH Velvet Touch Primer. Personally, I wouldn’t repurchase this and I probably wouldn’t recommend it either.

The Clinique Superprimer Face Primer is available here for £22.00.

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 this and which primers you recommend!

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