January Favourites 2018

It’s the end of January and I’ll be honest I’m glad to see the back of it. This month has been probably one of the toughest in my life in terms of personal stuff so here’s hoping that February is better! In terms of beauty and lifestyle it’s been a good month for trying new things, I’ve discovered some great beauty products plus a lot of new music, here’s what I’ve been enjoying.

Starting with beauty, I’ve had a bit of a Bourjois love affair this month. First up is the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer it’s quite different from my usual heavy coverage and is more more lightweight and radiance enhancing but I do like it – I won’t say too much now though as I’m reviewing it next week! I’ve also enjoyed the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist it’s a great matte finish and the cool toned pink is perfect for daywear!

I also had a good month for haircare and skincare, I tried the Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourisher Hair Mask and I really enjoyed using that. Speaking of masks, I tried my first sheet mask in the form of the Garnier Moisture Bomb Mask though it is a shame it contains alcohol, fragrance and parabens, it feels lovely and soothing on the skin and I did notice an immediate plumping effect.

Also on my radar is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum I’ve been using this for a while but only recently got around to reviewing it and now I’ve nearly used it up! This is lovely and lightweight and does an excellent job of hydrating the skin and locking in moisture. Another product I tried this month was the Impulse Rock & Love Bodyspray which smells amazing so I definitely need to buy another one stat!

Onto lifestyle and the first thing I’m going to talk is music. I’ve rediscovered Pendulum this month and have pretty much been listening to their songs on repeat especially Crush and The Island pt 1. I also listened to more of If These Trees Could Talk, Iron Glacier was the first song I heard but my favourite is The Giving Tree which is just lovely – I’ve not heard of post rock before but it’s a genre I think I’ll get on board with. I also listened to much more of Paramore’s After Laughter album, I really like their new song my favourites are probbaly Pool, Tell Me How, Rose Coloured Boy, Hard Times and Told You So but there’s not a single song I dislike on there.

A couple more favourites include Cosmopolitan Magazine, I’m still mourning the loss of Glamour since their print version is now abolished and it’s all online but good old Cosmo has retained its printed copies. Black Mirror also returned to our screens this month so I’ve been steadily working my way through the latest season on Netflix, I’ve not yet finished it but I’d definitely say it’s the best season so far and I’m really enjoying it. Now to twiddle my thumbs and wait for the return of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Game of Thrones!

That’s it this month for me, hope you all had a not-so-terrible January and regardless I hope your February is awesome. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been enjoying and if you enjoyed this post please hit like.

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Exotic Sunset Makeup Tutorial

With all of the cold grey weather lately all I can think about is the sunshine and how I can’t wait to see it! One thing I always love about summer is watching the sunset, there’s just something about the blend of oranges, purples and pinks that has this beauty to it. With all of that in mind, I fancied creating a makeup look so here’s a sunset inspired look.
Disclaimer – I’m not a makeup artist just a noob so excuse any sloppiness.

Eyes
I always start my eye makeup with eye cream, it helps to clear away any sleep and also makes my eye primer go on my much smoother, lately I’ve been using the Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream which is light in texture as well as being hydrating and radiance boosting. Next I used an eye primer, my go-to is the MUA Pro Prime Eye Base which doesn’t do much for texture but intensifies eyeshadow. Because I knew I’d be building up a lot of colour I then used the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk all across my lids and right up to the brow bone.

For colour I started with the blue, primarily I used the shade Metamorphosis from the Urban Decay Looking Glass Palette, I also used a smidge of Bandersnatch to seperate the blue from the pink I planned on adding. I used the blue roughly up to a third or half of my lid. I later went over this with a couple of paler blue shades from the BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette to lighten the tones.

For the pink I used Cake from the same Urban Decay palette as before. I then blended the shades and applied more as needed to build up the colour. Although you can’t really see it well on the photo the shade that is on my crease and just above the socket is actually a red-toned orange. This was also from the BH Cosmetics 88 Shimmer Palette and though it hasn’t translated well in the photo it looked much more vibrant in reality.

Onto liner, I used my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion on the tightline which is the blackest liner I’ve tried. For the waterline and lower lash lash I used blue to tie the look together and for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Liner in Sky High. Finally for liquid liner, I used the Rimmel London Exxagerate Liquid Liner.

I always apply concealer after my liner to clear up any mistakes, for this look I used the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer (which I’ll be reviewing next week), under my eyes and then under and above my brows to tidy up any messiness. For brows I used my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade to fill in and shape my brows and then the powder from the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark to set my brows.

Face
For my face I wanted to keep it radiant and to use uplifting warm tones to tie in with the eyeshadows. I always start with a primer and for this I used the L’oreal Lumi Magique Primer which does an excellent job of adding lots of radiance. I’m trying to use up a very intense gel blusher I have so I used the Illamasqua Gel Colour in Fluster on my cheeks in the draping style knowing that my foundation would tone down the intensity.

I always apply my foundation with a damp sponge which provides even coverage and stops any patichiness or streakiness. The L’oreal True Match Foundation in 1N has a beautiful medium coverage with a radiant finish but the formula is very thin so a sponge works best for even coverage.

To add some warmth and colour I used my Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever to create the illusion of cheekbones. I then used the No7 Vital Brights Cream Blusher in Blossoming Pink to add some colour to my cheeks! An icy highlighter wouldn’t have worked with this look so I used the pale champagne tones of the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter on my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow and brow bone. To set my makeup I used the No7 Creme Touch Pressed Powder on my t-zone and chin.

Lips
Sticking with the juicy and bright theme of this look I wanted to use a lipstick that would add more warmth and colour so the Tropic Colour Click Lipstick in Dragonfruit was perfect. I haven’t used this lipstick in a while and I forgot how much I like this pinky coral!

That concludes this look, it was really fun to create and something quite colourful which I haven’t done in a while! This is definitely not an everyday look but it was a fun twist on colour and something I enjoyed doing. If you enjoyed this post please like and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Garnier Moisture Bomb Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask Review

Can you believe it that I’ve only just tried a sheet mask?! I’m actually pretty surprised myself as I do love face masks so anything that makes that process easier and less effort is surely something to appeal. For me, the first sheet mask I got my hands on was the original Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Sheet Mask that I tried at the weekend. Here’s my thoughts on it.

The packaging is pretty simple and perfect for a sheet mask product. It’s simply decorative foil which works well to lock in the hydration into the product and stop air from getting to it. One thing I like about this product is how affordable it is, I swear this was on offer at £1.00 or £1.50 when I bought it but it’s now £3.99 which is still not bad for a one-use product.

Starting with the product description, this is described by Superdrug as the following:
Super-hydrating revitalising mask for dehydrated skin. Intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance. Enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum.”

We also have a full list of ingredients below:
Aqua / Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol, P-Anisic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hamamelis Virginiana Leaf Water / Witch Hazel Leaf Water, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Mannose, Methylparaben, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum / Fragrance.

Unfortunately this does contain fragrance, alcohol and parabens which isn’t great but it does also contain plenty of water plus which hazel that is known for soothing the skin and reducing blemishes.

In terms of application this was my first sheet mask, I did find this a little tricky as it was my first time using a sheet mask and you need to smooth it out as much as possible. Having said that the eyes, nose and mouth holes were large enough to make it easier, once it was stuck on my face it stayed there until I removed it.

In terms of feeling this felt absolutely amazing on the skin, super cooling, super hydrating and once I’d peeled it off (which was easy and painless) my skin looked much more hydrated and noticeably plumper – though the effect doesn’t last for days on end.

* First time noob trying this out I don’t think it did terribly though I could have done better!

Overall I really loved using this and I’ve already recommend it to people so I would repurchase! I’m quite keen to try the others in the range, I think the Camomile one will be nice for soothing the skin. I’m also looking forward to trying more from the Moisture Bomb range and other sheets masks, leave your sheet mask recommendations in the comments please!

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L’oreal Elnett Satin Lumiere Supreme Hold Hairspray Review

Anyone who has been a follower of my blog will know about my eternal quest for the perfect hairspray, if you don’t know about this quest allow me to explain. I have very fine hair that’s naturally very silky, this is good except for the fact that it’s very wavy naturally and it frizzes out (and has many many flyaways) so easily. I use hairspray on a daily basis just to hold my style and keep it from frizzing further but I’m yet to found one that smells acceptable, has the ultimate hold without drying out my scalp and making my hair super crunchy or sticky, here’s the latest one I put to the test!

I’ve heard a lot of great things about L’oreal Elnett Satin Hairpsrays so I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy one! This one comes in funky Christmas themed packaging and is apparently limited edition. This one retails for £2.35 from Asda but there is a large number of hairsprays in this range around the £4.00 mark.

The product description for this is as follows:
Our Legendary Hairspray in a Limited Edition Christmas design. For infinite shine. Disappears at the stroke of a brush. The legendary, long-lasting hold of Elnett enriched with micro light reflectors. Perfectly keeps your hairstyle in place all day, enhancing it with light. Thanks to its micro light reflectors it captures the light and redistributes in all directions, for infinite shine. Protects your hair from humidity. Disappears at the stroke of a brush.”

Like any hairspray this does smell when you first spray it however, the scent of this one is quite nice. It doesn’t beat my favourite Iced Raspberry and Vanilla from Fudge Urban but it still has a modern, sophisticated scent to it which beats the usual choking hairspray scent.

One thing I did notice with this is that it is very, very strong. The hold on this is extremely powerful so a little goes a long way with this. Unfortunately if you do spray too much it makes your hair feel crunchy so I would advise misting a very small amount of this onto the hair – you don’t need to go overboard!

This does indeed make your hair shiny which is something that I don’t need to worry about too much but it’s a nice little addition for those who may have dull hair. The one thing I don’t like about this is the nozzle, the button is covered by part of the plastic top meaning you have to either snap the lid or squeeze your finger between a bit of plastic so I do think that the design of the packaging could be improved.

Overall, this definitely isn’t a bad product, it does what I need it to with added benefits and since I use so little I think it will last me a long time! I’m not sure if I would repurchase yet but I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a hairspray with the aforementioned bonuses.

The L’oreal Elnett Satin Lumiere Supreme Hairspray is available from Asda and the rest of the Elnett Satin range is available from Boots.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. Let me know in the comments what your go-to hairsprays are, I’m always looking for new recommendations!

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist Review

Bourjois is a brand that I really need to try more from. I haven’t tried masses from them as they’re a little pricier than other brands on the high street but I’ve only ever been disappointed with one product from them. My most recent addition from them is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nudist which I’ve been trialing this past week, here’s my thoughts.

The packaging is pretty minimalist but I actually quite like that. It’s a plastic tube and you can see the colour through it which makes it easy to find what shade will suit you. The small size is easy to travel with. In terms of retailing price this costs £8.49 which isn’t bad for a liquid lipstick.

The product description is very long but here it is taken from the Boots website:
Who knew that a long-lasting matte lip colour could be this light and ever-so-comfortable? Rouge Edition Velvet from Bourjois glides on soft as a whisper. Once dry, the richly pigmented colour won’t budge! The velvety texture melts on lips with a bare lip feeling. Forget you are wearing lip colour!

When you want intense, matte colour that won’t dry your lips, Rouge Edition Velvet delivers the look you love in a long-lasting liquid lipstick. The soft flocked applicator deposits just the right amount of colour with precision. For an extra-intense effect, add a second coat after the first one dries. Tuck it into your makeup bag for those times when you want to step up your glamour game! Ready to play with make-up? In Paris, beauty is a game, never a chore. Bourjois makes it easy to create chic looks for eyes, lips, face and nails, all with an effortless Parisian twist. Say Bonjour to beauty with “joie de vivre”!

The brush on this is very easy to work with, it’s a plus doe-foot applicator with a point tip making it easy to be precise with this.

In terms of the colour I love this. I’m not a fan of super mauvey, brown or grey tones in lipsticks for me as they tend to make me look a bit dead but this is a nice way to get on board the 90s lip trend with a formula that leans slightly more pink on me and is therefore flattering on me. The nudey pink shade is my favourite for daywear and this is a lovely MLBB shade that’s work appropriate.

The formula is quite thin which surprised me as it doesn’t go opaque in one coat. I find the best way to use this is to apply a coat, press the lips together and then to apply a second layer and allow to dry. This guarantees a full coverage, opaque finish that dries down matte but not with that “sucking the life out of your lips” feeling.

Although this is drying, compared to other liquid lipsticks it’s much more hydrating than other formulas I’ve tried. This doesn’t dry so matte that it flakes off yet it has enough matte-ness to give the same finish. The wear time of this is pretty good too, it lasts for roughly three to five hours before needing a top up and when it fades it fades evenly instead of in patchy flakes.

Overall, I really like this, the only thing I’d improve would be the wear time but this really is a fantastic formulation and one that I’m hoping to try more from. Yet another winner from Bourjois! I would of course repurchase this and I’d highly recommend this as well!

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks are available from Boots from £8.49.

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 what I should try from Bourjois next! I have the Radiance Reveal Concealer in my makeup bag to be tried and I’m curious about the Healthy Mix Foundation!

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Face Wishlist #2

Christmas may have only been recently but that’s not going to stop me from planning purchases and drooling over exciting launches both old and new, how about you? I love a good wishlist post, I find them fun to read and write and I’m also insatiably nosy so if you’re anything like me you’ll love knowing what everyone else is looking at! Here’s ten face products that have made it onto my radar…

1 – Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal  £22.00 (SpaceNK)
Sadly I think this has been discontinued which means I’ll never be able to experience that luminous flush of colour on my cheeks that I spotted all over the internet. Having said that I’ll save £22.00 so you know… I can’t find this on the SpaceNK website and it wasn’t in store but who knows, this could come back in the summertime and maybe then I’ll get in board and buy it!

2 – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst £32.00 (Cult Beauty)
I’m a huge fan of frosty, icy toned highlighters so this lilac highlighter looks right up my street. I’ve wanted to try Bceca highlighters for a while since everyone keeps raving about them but I find that there’s so many champagne toned highlighters out there that I just don’t get excited by the shades. This is different though I’m not sure if I’d be able to wear it to work!

3 –  Benefit Gogo Tint Lip and Cheek Stain £25.50 (Boots)
Just before Christmas Benefit released a few new launches including the Dandelion Twinkle Highlighting Powder and the Benefit Gogo Tint Lip and Cheek Stain. I was surprised to see that neither product seemed to get much coverage on beauty blogs, maybe people are a bit over Benefit? I’ll admit I didn’t like Benetint or Posietint on the lips but on the cheeks both were lovely to use so I’m intrigued by this new cherry toned offering.

4 – Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation £10.99 (Boots)
I’ve not tried masses of Bourjois products but I’ll admit that what I have tried I really like. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation so I’m keen to give it a try. I have noticed that a lot of their shades lean towards the yellow side but as someone with pale yet sallow skin I think I’ll be fine.

5 –  MAC Prep and Prime Fix Plus £18.00 (maccosmetics.co.uk)
I’ve heard a million and one great things about MAC Fix Plus so I definitely need to get my hands on some. My skin is combination so I do have a lot of dryness but oil control on my t-zone and chin is a pain so I’d welcome a product that could make my base stay on for longer. I’d probably start with the original but I’ll admit, as a fan of coconut I’d probably like that version too.

6 – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW15 £18.00 (maccosmetics.co.uk)
Granted, £18 isn’t cheap for a concealer but I tried this in store and holy hell this had major coverage. I’ve used the Collection concealer for years but I’m trying to branch out into other formulations. I’m not sure if the MAC would be good or bad under the eyes but I think it would be great for redness and blemishes.

7 –  Maybelline Master Fixer Powder 01 Translucent £8.99 (superdrug.com)
I saw EmmyTalksBeauty rave about this product which makes me intrigue. One of the huge selling points for me is that she said it had a soft focus and that it really helped to blur the skin. As someone with texture and pores, a blurring product sounds wonderful! I’m also yet to try a loose powder so this seems like a great place to start!

8 – Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in Shade 13 £11.00 (iherb)
A friend tried this BB Cream on me a while ago and my skin looked absolutely amazing once she’d finished with it. I’ve had this on my wishlist for such a long time but I’ve never bought it, mainly because I don’t tend to do online shopping much. This is one of those products that I really want to get though just to see how it is long-term for my skin.

9 – Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer £15.00 (Cultbeauty.co.uk)
I’m sure by now you wil have all heard of this cult primer that’s doing the round of beauty blogs. If not, this is apparently a fantastic primer that really does help to fill in and blur the pores which is exactly what I need when my skin is at it’s oiliest! I do love a good silicone primer so I think I’d get on with this.

10 – Urban Decay Naked BB Bronzing Balm £23.50 (Urban Decay)
I’m not sure if this is about to be discontinued because it’s out of stock on Debenhams plus it’s reduced on the official Urban Decay website. I tried a sample of this a while ago and didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Personally, I like this for contouring. Despite being a liquid it’s extremely easy to use and it blends out flawlessly, definitely one I need to pick up!

That concludes this post, if you enjoyed it please hit the like button! Let me know if you like or have tried any of these products or if they intrigue you as much as they do me!

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Empties #28

Before I moved I had an entire box filled with products that I’d use up but I never got to share them with you guys (mainly because it would have been pointless packing up a box of rubbish to take with me!) Over the past couple of months I’ve been focusing on trying to use up product and while I have a few products that are nearly finished but not quite there yet, I do have a small selection to share with you, here they are.

I do have a few empties this month but I also have some products that I’ve decided to toss out, these are because I’ve had them for a very long time and they’re past their expiry dates so I don’t want to risk any infection or reactions.

Throwing out
Illamasqua Gleam Highlighter in Aurora
I’ve had this cream highlighter for a few years now, originally I planned on using it up. I hadn’t used it as much as I wanted to as I found that it moved my base makeup too much which drop me crazy. I did check to see how close I was to hitting pan and I was nowhere near. Since this has most likely past its expiry date I’ve decided to throw it before it changes scent or consistency.
Repurchase? No.

Seventeen High Drama Liquid Liner
I was given this liquid liner some time ago. I do like it, it’s quite black and it stays on however, I believe this needs throwing as it’s started to burn my eyes when I use it. Thankfully I’ve not suffered any damage but that tells me it’s time top stop using this and throw it away. I’d buy this myself however, I currently have an unopened Rimmel liner to try.
Repurchase? Yes.

Seventeen Make Your Mark Liner
I was also given this felt tip liner, I’ve tried it a couple of times but since it was already open it’s started to dry up. I’ve decided to toss this and if I want to try it properly I’ll just buy it in the future.
Repurchase? No.

Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle
I’ve had this lipstick for a while and I’ve very nearly used it up. It’s a very sheer pinky nude that is almost like a tinted balm than a lipstick. I’ve had this for so long the remainder has melted in the tube which makes it difficult to use, I’ve decided to get rid. It was nice to use but I do prefer lipsticks with more pigment than this.
Repurchase? No.

What Skin Needs Facial Serum
This was sent from a PR. When I first tried this I was surprised by how quickly it sinks in plus it smells like lemon. The downside is that this is more of an oil and it feels quite heavy on the skin. I felt like this was blocking my pores and potentially breaking me out so I’ve decided to finally let it go – I did use up at least half of the bottle though.
Repurchase? No.

Used up
Beauty Formulas Tea Tree Deep Cleansing Face Mask
I quite liked this face mask, it was good for bringing spots to the surface and easing any oiliness and I used it on skin that was tough. Though I did like this I actually prefer the Glorious Mud one by the same brand so I’d repurchase that instead.
Repurchase? No.

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation
This is the kind of product that I hate to love. I do love it, in fact I wear it daily to work as it’s the only foundation that stays on all day. The drawback is that it’s around £30 so it’s pricey to replace!
Repurchase? Already have.

Garnier The Nourisher Hair Mask Sample
I quite liked this, it smells nice and left my hair silky soft, I don’t need one at the moment as my hair is quite soft but if I started dyeing my hair again I’d definitely use this to keep it hydrated.
Repurchase? No.

Impulse Rock & Love Mini Bodyspray
This isn’t a bodyspray I thought to try myself I was given it a few years ago but wow it smells amazing and I think it could possibly be my new favourite. I’d definitely get this again.
Repurchase? Yes.

Impulse Tease Bodyspray
An old favourite, this is one I’ve used time and time again I just love the red fruits notes in this! I do think that this may have been eclipsed though by Rock and Love so I’ll hold on repurchasing this.
Repurchase? No.

So…? Superstar Bodyspray
Another old favourite, this one isn’t actually a fruity scent instead it’s a seductive, sweet floral. What I love about this one is that it smells so much more sophisticated and high end than it actually is. I’ve had compliments on my perfume when I’ve actually been wearing this!
Repurchase? Yes.

Soap and Glory Supercat Liner
Like with all of the felt liners I’ve tried this started out promising with the felt tip and black formula but over time this became more and more watery until it was more of a grey than a black. I could still use this but I’m just not reaching for it, it’s had it’s time so it’s time to go!
Repurchase? No.

Wella Silvikrin Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray
I’ve actually gone though a can of this before so I would probably repurchase this. At the moment though I’ve decided to try a new hairspray so won’t repurchase just yet. This is fairly decent in terms of hold and I like how the hair remains relatively flexible.
Repurchase? Not yet.

So there we have it, another bag of rubbish ready to go into the bin and another set of mini reviews. I’m still debating whether to keep doing empties post so let me know in the comments if you enjoy them or find them a bit boring?

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