Thursday, 27 October 2016

Lush Haul & Review

Lush Haul & Review

Lush Haul & Review
Oh dear, it happened again! I saw a Lush shop, went inside and happened to spend a bit of money! I have to admit, I am loving their products recently and not just the Bath Bombs either (although they are pretty special). This time I went for more body care bits, you can see my recent bath bomb haul here though.
King of Skin (£5.95) is something I wanted in my last visit but unfortunately it had sold out. It's a solid body butter that you use in the shower. I use my shower gel, rinse it off, rub this all over and then wait a few minutes before rinsing it off. It leaves my skin hydrated, moisturised and super soft. It smells very natural and is a good one to use before bed. I picked up another shower product which I've never tried before - Snowman Shower Jelly (£3.95). This smells insane, it really is lovely. It feels like jelly and is basically a hybrid between a soap and a shower gel. It is a snowman shaped jelly substance that you either lather up in your hands or rub all over to generate a lather. It's super slippy but a really lovely product.
Following on from King of Skin, I picked up another body conditioner this time in the familiar Christmas scent. Snow Fairy (£7.95) is a pink, shimmery body conditioner that again is applied in the shower. I like to use this after I've used Snow Fairy Shower Gel as it really locks in the candy floss smell. Keeping with the snow fairyish scent, I picked up Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub (£4.95). I love these scrubs, they do such a good job of exfoliating the lips. Now the weather is getting colder, I find it really helps to look after your lips; there's nothing worse than sore lips in the cold weather.
Finally, I picked up the Baked Alaska Soap (£3.25 per 100g). I've never tried a soap from Lush before but this one is just too pretty. It's all out multi-coloured and smells very zesty, I've been reading tips on how best to store and use the soaps so I'm looking forward to giving it a try.
xo
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette || Review

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette
Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Manny MUA Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Is this the palette of dreams? I think so. Everything about it is beautiful; the packaging, the shades, the quality and the pigmentation of each shade. I've talked about Makeup Geek Shadows before and these are just a little extra special. I'll admit I don't know an awful lot about Manny MUA who collaborated with Makeup Geek on this palette but that doesn't make it any less special. I have since watched his Youtube channel; he's done a few tutorials on looks he's created with this palette and they are really handy to watch.
You get 9 shadows for £54 which is pretty expensive! I luckily picked up this palette from Beauty Bay when they had an offer on but it still made my bank account cry a little. Is it worth the money? That's a tough one, regular Makeup Geek shadows are £5.95 which means that for 9 shadows you'd be paying around £53 - less than the actual palette. But some of these shades are exclusive to the palette so I guess that's what you're paying for. You also get a mirror in the compact which makes it perfect for travelling as does the range of shades.
The top row consists of; Artemis- a white/cream shimmer, Beaches & Cream-peachy nude matte and Luna-a golden brown shimmer. Luna is my favourite from the top row, the colour is just beautiful. It looks perfect on it's own all over the lid and just as nice teamed with a matte brown in the crease and a smoked out reddy colour. The middle row is filled with more neutral shades. Cosmopolitan- is a golden copper and a shade I already own. Sora- dark beigey-brown colour (a good transition shade) and Frappe- another blogger fave and a deep brown for transitioning. The bottom row has the more stand out shades, the ones that really make the palette special. Insomnia- a duo chrome greeny brown (another fave), Mars- a matte red which makes the perfect smoked out shade and Aphrodite- a purpley brown matte.
If eyeshadow palettes are your thing, they are definitely mine (you can see my collection here) then I'd say add this to collection. If you're a big Manny MUA fan then again, add this to your stash but if you're just after a nice eyeshadow palette then I'd say this is a really beautiful palette but there are much cheaper palettes out there with similar colours.
xo
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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Bronzers for Pale Skin

Bronzers for Pale Skin -The Body Shop, Hourglass and Soap and Glory


Bronzers for Pale Skin -The Body Shop, Hourglass and Soap and Glory

Bronzers for Pale Skin -The Body Shop, Hourglass and Soap and Glory
Every man and his dog has been doing posts on products for pale skin and I considered not posting this but then I thought - I have pale skin and I struggled for years to find a bronzer that suited me so why the hell not share it; even if 500 other bloggers have! Because plenty of us have pale (deathly white skin) bronzers can tend to look too orange or muddy or shimmery or really bloody obvious on our faces. Over the years I've been building my collection and finally I have three that I use on a regular basis. There's a few more I like but these are my top three and the ones I'd recommend to you.
I'll start with the top swatch at that is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze (£42) this is definitely the most 'shimmery' of the three but that doesn't show necessarily on the skin. As all of the Ambient Lighting range, each product is hand milled which means the marble is different in each pan. I apply this with my Real Techniques Contour Brush in a 3 shape over my face. The shimmer is so finely milled that it just leaves the skin looking healthy and glowing rather than looking like you've fallen face first into a disco ball.
The middle swatch is from The Body Shop and the only piece of makeup I own from there. The Honey Bronzer (£13) was raved about in the summer of 2014 and I caved and bought it. This is so perfect for pale skin as it has cool ashy undertones and not at all orangey. I like to take this on a big kabuki brush and apply it lightly were the sun would natural hit. Finally, the ever popular Soap and Glory Solar Powder (£11). This one is good for both contouring and bronzing, to contour I only use the lighter side and when I'm going for a bronzey look I mix them both together; again with my contour brush.
xo
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon || Book Review

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon
I am a massive Paige Toon fan and have been for several years. I actually did an interview with her on my blog a few years ago (you can read it here). I've read all her books, most of them more than once (Johnny Be Good has been read at least 8 times) so when her latest book The One We Fell In Love With was released I bought it there and then. I actually managed to read it within a day, I literally stopped reading for food at that was that.
The thing with Paige Toon is that I relate so well to her characters which is crazy. I'm not a triplet (the three main characters in The One We Fell In Love With are) or i'm not a PA to a famous rockstar (Johnny Be Good) so why do I relate? It's down to the way Paige connects with the audience, I instantly feel like I know them all.
I don't want to post any spoilers, that's not my style but The One We Fell In Love With had me hooked from beginning to end. It follows the lives of 3 triplets; Phoebe, Eliza and Rose and their journey through life and love. The girls are all very different but they share one thing in common, Angus. You guessed it, it's the one they fell in love with. It starts off the usual Paige Toon chick lit style, funny and romantic and then it suddenly changes in the middle.
I wont get into details because I don't want to spoil it for you but definitely give it a read. It had me feeling all the feels!
xo
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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Summer to Winter Transition - Beauty Products

Summer to Winter Transition - Beauty Products

Summer to Winter Transition - Beauty Products
  Summer has gone and Autumn is well and truly under way. The candles are crackling, the baths are running and the pumpkins are being carved. If you write a blog, the chances are this is your favourite time of year and I 100% fall into that category. However, I do find myself mourning the loss of some of my most used summer products but I have found some alternatives that seem to replace them every year.
The Body Shop Pinita Colada shower gel and Lush Snow Fairy

Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry and Hot Emily
 Firstly, shower gels. In the summer my brain thinks about holidays, beer gardens and sun - The Body Shop's Pinita Colada was a firm favourite. It reinforced the smells of my favourite things and left me feeling and smelling ready for summer. Now the sun has gone and I only really get to see darkness my life is now all about Lush's Snow Fairy. A beautiful, sweet smelling thick shower gel that definitely needs to become an all round product. It reminds me of winter and being all cosy!
Lipstick shades also change quite dramatically from summer to winter. Summer brings the brights; pink, coral and orange. I also think I experiment more with different finishes in the summer, throw me a lipgloss in summer and I'm all over it - in winter? Not so much. When the cold weather hits I definitely tend to go for darker, matte shades. Berry and brown tones are perfect, Charlotte Tilbury's Glastonberry has been a favourite for several years, I also whip it out around October time.
YSL Black Opium and Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber
Hourglass Illusion and Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Now this is one that I don't think many people will think about but I always change my fragrance when the seasons change. In summer I go for light, floral scents - Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cucumber is hands down my favourite ever scent but it just doesn't work all that well in winter. For colder days I go for more woody and sophisticated scents. YSL Black Opium always gets me compliments, this is definitely my 'winter' scent. It lasts for ages too!
Finally, foundation. When the weather is hot and my skin is tanned I'm all about the no makeup look. If i'm on holiday I very rarely wear a foundation in the day but when I do it's always a tinted moisturiser. Hourglass Illusion is my choice, it's very light on the skin but gives enough coverage to still look flawless. As soon as the cold weather attacks my skin though, those full coverage foundations sneak out. My current favourite is the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation which is incredibly high coverage but looks natural on the skin. This will be my saviour this winter I just know it.
xo
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