Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July In Pictures

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summer ice creams// lastest in beauty glamour edit// 600 followers yeyyy//
july 1
sleepy on graduation day// graduation selfie// best lipsticks ever, fact//
graduation by the sea// mr pug my graduation gift// frozen berry smoothies//
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my big day// rubbish weather calls for a blogging day// booking a night away feels so good//

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Beauty Battle #07 || Barbie Pink Lipstick

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Illamasqua Lipstick in Immodest £18.50, Mac Lipstick in Viva Glam Nicki £15 and Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Pink Shock £2.99 (swatches in that order)

The beauty battle post for July features bright, shocking pink lipsticks. In the summer months I love nothing more than a bright pink lipstick to add some colour to any outfit. I find that with a shocking pink lip the rest of your makeup doesn't really matter because your lipstick is doing all the talking.
First up we'll start with the most expensive, Illamasqua's lipstick in Immodest. On the website, this is described as a vivid pink and that's exactly what it is. It looks much more shocking in the bullet then it does on the lips but that doesn't mean it's not bright trust me it is! The finish of this is extremely matt, to the point were I actually find this un wearable unless I've been pampering my lips day and night for a week. I was really gutted about this because I love the shade, it's so perfect but unfortunately it really is too drying. Because of this I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone, especially for £18.50. I actually featured this as my most disappointing product in the Lip Product Addict Tag.
Moving on to a less expensive but still pretty pricey Mac lipstick. Yes we all love a Mac lipstick and when they do collaborations i'm all over it. I bought this lipstick before I went on holiday last year (you can read about it in my mac lipstick collection post) which made it slightly cheaper at duty free. This is a more wearable, everyday shade than the other two but that doesn't mean it's any less bright. Unlike the Illamasaqua lippie, this one looks brighter on the lips than it does in the bullet. Viva Glam Nicki is a satin finish which is one of my favourites. It's kind of a semi matt that stays put but isn't drying at all, completely different to Immodest.
Finally, the cheapest of the three and definitely my favourite shade is Pink Shock by Collection. I've had this lipstick for so long and the colour is so amazing, the swatches do not do it justice. It's literally the brightest think I've ever seen. I think I have an instagram of me wearing it if you want to check it out (studentstylexo). This is a mix between a matt and a satin finish, again it lasts all day and the colour does not fade! Sometimes, especially in the winter this can get slightly drying and make your lips a little flaky but if you exfoliate and moisturise your lips before you will be absolutely fine, unlike with Immodest. I can't believe I haven't picked any more colours up in this range but for £2.99 I highly recommend them.
Cheapest wins for me this time, hands down. The colour pay off, the longevity and the overall feel on the lips is 10x better than the most expensive offering from Illamasqua. Whilst I love Viva Glam Nicki it just isn't as striking as the other two shades but I still much prefer it to Immodest. If you're looking for a shocking Barbie pink ladies then get yourself down to a Collection stand pronto.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm || Review

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Hello holy grail! Yes I don't use that word often but when a product is this good it most definitely deserves holy grail status. Nuxe Reve De Miel is a pretty expensive lipbalm that is raved about in the beauty world. I managed to bag this at a bargain price during the Escentual third off French Pharamacy brands offer (hauled here) and I love it.
I'll give you a brief insight into my lips (wow, that sounds awful) but basically I have pretty standard lips most of the time but when they get dry and chapped, often when the weather changes, they really get dry and chapped. I bought this especially for those occasions, thinking I would just use it during those dry periods but boy was I wrong. I use this every night before bed and often in the morning if i'm not wearing a lipstick.
It's a really thick consistency that coats the lips in one tiny application. This is best to use at night because of the consistency, leaving it over night allows it to sink in and work it's magic over night. When you wake up in the morning it literally feels like you have new lips, you can still feel the moisture from the night before. I wouldn't recommend using this before a lipstick simply because of the thickness. I think it would just slide all over the place unfortunately.
I also love the scent of this, it reminds me of the smell of cold and flu drinks I think that's probably because of the honey scent. The scent does stay on the lips but it isn't over powering or off putting, it actually adds to the moisturising effect because you can tell it's doing something good. This is the perfect lip balm for some serious hydration and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Latest in Beauty Glamour Edit || Review

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Latest In Beauty The Glamour Beauty Edit Box - £16.95 (incl p&p)

I'm a sucker for a beauty box and The Latest In Beauty team have done it again with their collaboration with Glamour magazine. This is the second box I've bought from their collabs (you can see a review of the first one here), they just keep getting better and better, for just under £17 you get at least £86 worth of product!

The reason I wanted this originally was because of the Illamasqua lipstick (worth £18.50). I love Illamasqua and their lipsticks so I was super excited to try one of their new nude collection lipsticks before they are available to buy. Unfortunately the shade I received, Naked, does not suit me at all so I gave it to my mum and she's very happy with it. Another product I was excited to try was the Rimmel Instant Tan. Now the sun is shining I love a bit of fake tan and this one is raved about by the lovely Vivianna Does Makeup so I know it's going to be a good one. To go with the fake tan, a mitt is also included to avoid that tanned hand scenario some people have going on. Carrying on with the summer, tanning theme is the Hawaiian Tropic suncream (factor 30) I've never tried this before but hopefully i'll be getting some use out of it this summer.
For makeup we have a Bourjois Cream Blush in the shade #01, I love these little pots they blend so easily. This was actually on my to buy list so I've saved myself £7 already. I love the shade of this, im not sure if this is a universal shade for the box but im pretty sure it would suit all skin tones if it is. A product I'd never heard of before was the Magnifibres Mascara which is used in between coats of mascara to give that false lash appearance. I've not tried this yet but as a lash lover i'm sure i'll love it. What would a beauty box be without a nail varnish? I've heard some things about Crabtree & Evelyn before but never actually tried their products. I received the baby pink shade which is gorgeous, again I haven't tried this but I have pretty high hopes.
For hair we have the Toni and Guy Volume Plumping Whip I must admit i'm a bit scared of this. I'm worried that it'll be too heavy and weigh my hair down but if it promises volume then I need to try it out. I really like the packaging to, I think it makes it look a lot more high end then Toni and Guy. Lastly is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I'm pretty sure I have a sample of this somewhere but threw it out without trying it. I'm now a cleansing oil convert so i'm actually looking forward to trying it this time.

Overall this box does not disappoint. Even if you don't like a couple of products there is still so many other things to take your fancy. The price is insanely cheap when you add the products together, especially because the majority of the products are full sized! I thoroughly recommend this box to any beauty lover, you wont regret it.

Monday, 21 July 2014

My Graduation Makeup

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I've been looking forward to doing this post for so long now. When you're a beauty blogger or a makeup lover in general you get excited for special occasions just for the makeup (well I do anyway) so I knew id be excited for my graduation day. I went for quite a simple base, with a neutral blush, a copper/gold subtle eye and a matte pink lip. The makeup lasted all day which was perfect as there's no time for touch ups during the day!

For my base I started by applying my Origins Ginsing moisturiser all over my face and then dabbing my Mac powder over the top. This really helps the longevity of my makeup. I then used the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer over my tzone and added Benefit's Porefessional to minimise my pores. For my foundation I used Nars Sheer Glow, I love the coverage of this foundation because it literally covers everything but still gives you a nice, dewy glow without leaving you looking sweaty. It also stays put all day which is essential.
Then I move on to my brows which I filled in with the Elf eyebrow kit which is hands down my favourite brow product. I applied Benefit's Gimmie Brow over the top to keep them in place. Moving on to eyes, I used Mac's paint pot in Bare Study as a primer and a base. I decided on my Naked palette because I wanted a gold, coppery smokey eye. I used the shades half-baked over the lid, naked in the crease and smog in the outer corner. I love this palette and im so happy that the shades stayed in place all day! I added Hustle to the lower lashline and then added a touch of black eye liner to the corner of my water line. After curling my lashes I used a couple of coats of the Guerlain Maxi Lash mascara and my eyes were done.
Back to the base and I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer under my eyes and brow bone and then concealed redness and blemishes with my Mac concealer. I did a very subtle contour using my Sleek Contour kit and added a natural colour blush to my cheeks using the Bourjois cream blusher in #01. For an extra highlight I added the No7 Instant Radiance stick to my cheekbone and brow bone. I love the finish of this, it's super blendable which gives it a really lovely, natural finish.
For lips I knew I wanted something matte and I was instantly drawn to the Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive as it's the perfect pink. It isn't to in your face but it's more obvious than a nude shade. It was such a good choice because it lasts so long and isn't drying in the slightest. I'm so happy with my makeup, I've added some pictures so you can see it slightly (I added a selfie, one with an instagram filter and one without eeek) and you can read all about the day itself here.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Graduation '14

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Well what a funny week! Everything has suddenly come to an end and I now have 6 weeks off before starting as a full time year 5 teacher in a lovely, lively Primary School. Whilst it's all exciting and happy I have to admit i'm scared to death and pretty sad to be leaving my easy life as a student.
First up, on Wednesday my lovely, clever boyfriend graduated with a First in Criminology with Psychology (clever clogs ;) ). It was the hottest day of the year, no joke but it was still a lovely day if not a little sweaty! I've included a picture of my dress because I love it so much. I got it from the Topshop sale a couple of weeks ago, the colour and fit are just so perfect it's such a me dress.
Then on Friday myself, my boyfriend and my mum and dad travelled down to Scarborough ready for my graduation. It was such a lovely day by the sea even though it did rain a little bit during our hat throw. I got to see my best friends too which was lovely because it's been so long since we've had a catch up. I must admit I've not exactly loved every minute of university but I've met the most amazing friends which I'm so grateful for. As you can see I celebrated with some Moet Champagne, drinking out of plastic pint glasses, forever classy.
I don't know how to feel now it's the end of an era but i'm excited for all the 'grown up' things to start happening like earning money (woo) and buying a house etc. I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has planned for me.
P.s there will be a post with my graduation makeup coming really soon!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Review

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Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and 2 muslin cloths
Today's post is a bit of a cheeky one. A few months ago I was asked by the lovely Monica to guest post on her blog, so I decided to review Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish. Because I love it so much, i've decided to post it on my blog too for all those of you who don't follow MothLoves.
I'm a skincare addict, i'll admit it. I tried a skincare experiment a couple of months ago and although I loved the results I got from using a stripped back skincare regime, I can't resist a sneaky skin care purchase. So when some lovely ladies on Twitter told me that I could get the famous Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish for £9.50 I jumped at the chance.
I've heard so many good things about this and I wasn't disappointed. Firstly, lets talk about the scent. This reminds me of Vicks Vaporub, really menthol and refreshing. Initially, I was worried about this stinging my eyes but it was so smoothing and cooling. I use The Body Shop Camomile Cleanising Oil to remove my makeup and although I love that, it does sting slightly so this is a nice addition to use after it.
As the name suggests, there is two steps to this process. First up is the cleanse basically, you apply a couple of pumps to your dry face and neck and massage in circular motions, getting rid of all traces of makeup even eyeliner and waterproof mascara. Next up is the polish, this is where the 2 complimentary muslin cloths come in handy. Wet the muslin clothes with hand hot water and rinse off, I love the feel of this. It's kind of like a smooth exfoliation and leaves your skin feeling fresh and squeaky clean.
This is honestly one of my favourite cleansers already, it sounds crazy but my face just feels brand new after using this. I love the smell, the thickness and how easy and effective this is at taking off your makeup. For the price, this is definitely worth it and i'm pretty sure it's going to last a long time because you barely need any if you use a cleansing oil/micellar water to remove your makeup first.
What is your favourite cleanser?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Edel Weiss - The Eternal Beauty Box || Review

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Edel Weiss The Eternal Beauty Box

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a company who have created a list of the top 100 most influential bloggers in the UK who informed me that myself and my little blog had been chosen to be part of the list! I was completely overwhelmed by this and it's something i'm very proud of. Whilst announcing that I was part of the top 100 bloggers they also asked if I would be interested in reviewing a new beauty box for them and me being me, obviously had to say yes.

Introducing Edelweiss, an Austrian skincare brand. Truth be told, i'd never heard of them before but when this beautiful packaged parcel landing on my doorstep I was pretty darn pleased. The purple cloth is such a nice touch and makes the whole product seem very expensive and luxurious. In the box I received a milky cleanser and a 24 hour essence cream (similar to a moisturiser).

The first thing that surprised me about these is the smell, they are both heavily fragranced. This being said, I usually react badly to fragranced skincare and I've been using these for a couple of weeks and *touch wood* no reactions! They are also very thick and creamy. The cleanser massages in easily and does a good job at removing makeup whilst the essence cream nicely hydrates and soothes your face.

I'm enjoying using the products but personally I think they are more tailored towards older skin. There was a little mix up with p&p and in the end I was sent two boxes to review so I gave one to my mum and she really loves it. She said her skin feels softer and firmer since she's been using both of these together so i'd definitely suggest investing if you have more mature skin.



Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sephora Wishlist

For those of you who don't know, I started my first teaching job a couple of weeks ago. Now although it's hard work, at the end of the month i'll be experiencing my first ever proper pay day. Since I was 16 I've lived off less then £200 a month and for a beauty lover, that isn't a lot. So i'm way to excited to be actually earning some decent money! The first thing i'm going to do is make a Sephora order (yeyyy) so I thought id share with you what i'm lusting over.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

My Favourite Blue Nail Polishes || Review and Swatches

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Essie Butler Please, Barry M Blueberry, Essie Bikini So Teeny, Models Own Indian Ocean, Barry M Elderberry, Barry M Huckleberry

I'm a nail varnish addict. There, I said it and you know what i'm not ashamed. I love nothing more than painting my nails and making a statement with a colour coordinated outfit and nails. But what I am ashamed of is my collection of blue nail varnishes, I have way to many then necessary but I love them all. I've chosen 6 of my favourites to share with and to prove to myself and you that owning 1000 blue nail varnishes is fine, because on the inside they are all different.

Let's start with the darkest blue Butler Please by Essie, this is a complete winner if you're looking for a polish for your toes. It's so eye catchingly beautiful and bright that it adds excitement to any outfit. I also love the formula of these polishes, they last for such a long time. Moving on to Barry M's Blueberry (I have a slight love affair with Barry M polishes) this was a constant on my nails last summer. It's the perfect mix of bright and pastel blue that is perfect for both Spring and Summer. Again the formula is lovely and long lasting, it takes about 2 coats to get an opaque colour and they apply really well. Back to another Essie favourite, Bikini So Teeny this is more of a lighter blue with silver speckles. I love how this looks blue or lilac depending on the light, meaning it's really versatile. I love the brush that comes with this, it makes the application so easy, your whole nail is covered in one swoop.

Another one of my all time favourite shades is Models Own Indian Ocean. This is an iridescent bluey pink shade, perfect for summer. It really does remind me of the ocean, the colours are beautiful together and I love how interesting this looks on the nails. Back to Barry M and this is my newest shade, Elderberry. This is more of a greyish, taupe blue colour which makes it really different to the other shades. This kind of looks like the love child of Blueberry and Bikini So Teeny. This shade can be worn all year round I think and will look beautiful with a tan, I also think it'll look pretty good on the toes too. Finally, we have Barry M's Huckleberry which is from their pastel range. This takes the most coats to look opaque, I needed three on my nails to get a true reflection of the colour. It's a really pale, pastel blue which can look almost white in some lights. I really love this shade, especially for Spring, when you're just starting to experiment with pastels.

What's your favourite shade of nail polish?
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