Monday, 30 July 2012

Saturday Haul

OK, so I think most of us have a slight obsession when it comes to shopping, but I think mine may be getting out of hand. Popped in to my local town on Saturday to go to the post office (yes... just the post office) and just couldn't resist Boots or Superdrug. These are the only two shops in my local town that you'd probably have heard of... anyway, I couldn't help myself. Here's what I bought.

L'oreal's Nude Magique BB cream

I had originally intended to purchase the Maybelline BB cream for summer, however since the sun has only reared it's head recently I decided to opt for this BB cream instead to try. It was £9.99 from Boots and I got mine in the shade Medium which seems perfect for my skin tone. It comes out as a white cream with little dots in it, these dots are what L'oreal call 'Smart Pigment Capsules'. Once you start applying this to your skin, the cream transforms in to a light covering foundation that blends and hydrates your skin. I've only worn this the once so far, but I'm really liking it for summer coverage.

imPRESS Press on Manicure

I am totally addicted to these press on nails for nights out at the moment. They are so quick and easy to use. I was a bit of a sceptic at first after using glue on nails in the past which seem to fall off after an hour, but these stay on for daaaaays! I saw this cute design and couldn't resist. This design is called Chic Mystique and I purchased them from Superdrug as they were a pound cheaper than boots! :)

Barry M Lip Paints

I picked up these two lipsticks from the Barry M range as they have an offer at the moment where you can get 2 for £7! I've never tried Barry M lipsticks before so I must admit I was a little sceptical. I normally prefer moisturising lipsticks as my lips get so dry, but I thought I would give these a go anyway! I bought the shades 53 Coral and 151 Sunset. I have worn the Sunset shade which seemed to dry my lips out just slightly, so I teamed it with a lipgloss which helped. Looking forward to trying these lip sticks out a bit more! See swatches below.
Top to bottom - Barry M Lip Paint in 53 Coral, Barry M Lip Paint in 151 Sunset and L'oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in Fashionista Pink

L'oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick

I picked this Lipstick up as there was an offer on L'oreal products, where if you bought a product you got the second for half price. So after purchasing my BB cream I got this lipstick for the delightful price of £3.99! The shade I got is Fashionista Pink and is from Boots again (gotta love those advantage card points!). It's an incredibly sheer moisturising lipstick with a tint of baby pink. I've worn this a few times already since Saturday and I love it for a day to day lipstick, especially in summer. Left my lips feeling in a great condition as well! See a swatch above!

Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades Blushalicious Blusher

No.7's blusher in Damson has been a staple favourite of mine for the summer months, but I decided I fancied a change. I had originally picked up a Rimmel blusher which also combined four shades, but then saw this one and realised it was half the price and I also liked the colours better! It was only £3.99 from Boots. I normally don't look at the Collection 2000 range, only to repurchase my lasting perfection concealer, but I'm sure glad I did as I think this may be my new fave summer blush! There is a slight shimmer to the shades but for a subtle day look, the shimmer isn't too overwhelming.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch

I have been looking for a high street highlighter for such a long time, but never found anything worth purchasing. Even though I normally prefer a powder highlighter, (this one is liquid based), the colour was so lovely I thought I would give it a try. I bought mine from Superdrug for £4.99 in the shade Shimmering Sands, they also do a Rose coloured one. I tried this very briefly and although it isn't the most noticeable highlighter I've ever used, it certainly brightened up my cheek and brow bones.

MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner

I have to say, I'm a BIG fan of MUA products. They definitely win the 'budget make up award' in my opinion. I bought this eyeliner in Jade Jewel for £1 from Superdrug and I absolutely love the colour. It's really pigmented and glides on so easily, even over eyeshadow on the top lash line. I tried this gently blended in to my lash line with MAC's Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow and it looked really great. Definitely brightened up the look for summer, and was a nice change to my gel eyeliner i normally wear. All in all, I'm a fan of MUA products when on a budget!
MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner in Jade Jewel
Saturday, 28 July 2012

July Glossybox

Well oh well… I am a fan of this month’s Glossybox, that’s for sure. Lots of lovely things in there this month, including some perfect travel companions! I think I had lots of envious ladies when my box turned up at work! So anyway, here’s what I got in this month’s box…

HD brows box in Vamp

I was so excited to see this product in my box. I’ve wanted the HD brow palette for a while now but it was one of those things I never got round to purchasing. I got my palette in ‘Vamp’ which is for darker hair colours. I am quite a light brunette myself, so if I was purchasing this from a store, I would have gone for ‘Foxy’, but I have tried these shades out and they are great for both brows and eye shadows (see swatches below). The packaging is lovely and the compact comes complete with mirror and a little brush. I prefer using my own brush with this palette, especially for my eyebrows, but it is perfect for ‘on-the-go’ touch-ups!

Clynol Colour and Care Enrich Shampoo

I was intrigued when I saw this product after hearing so much about the brand. One positive is, as soon as you start to lather this shampoo into your hair, it just smells amazing! A little bit certainly goes a long way with this product, and even though it’s not the best shampoo I’ve ever used, I liked it. Time will tell if it actually does enhance your hair colour as promised, I haven’t noticed any difference as yet…  

Jelly Pong Pong lip frosting

What can I say about this product? I love love LOVE this lip gloss. It smells AMAZING, it’s a fruit sensation (did I just say that?!) This is one product in this month’s box that I know I’ll definitely be purchasing! It’s quite a sheer gloss with a pinkish tint, but certainly perfect for day to day wear. I can't wait to try this over some of my favourite lipsticks. My only worry is it seems like it might be a bit sticky... may not be the best lip gloss for a windy day!

Golden Glow Body Bronzer by Monu

I’m a big fan of gradual tanners so was happy to see this in the box, however I haven’t been too impressed so far. Now, I have to admit, as I have a bit of a tan at the moment anyway, I might not be seeing this products full potential, but I thought it would be more noticeable that it actually was with one application. Another thing I wasn’t impressed with was the smell, it’s a bit odd, I couldn’t place it at first. It’s definitely not a ‘fake tanney’ kind of smell but not sure how to describe it either. One thing i do love about this product is the ingredients, I'm a big fan of Shea butter and how it feels on my skin, so this was a bonus in the tanner. Anyway, I’m going to give this product another try when I’m slightly paler.

Elizabeth Arden Skin Balancing Lotion

I must admit Elizabeth Arden is not somewhere I usually turn to for skincare. I have a few make up products but only ever tried samples of the other items. I have not tried this lotion as yet, but am certainly looking forward to using it. I have combination skin which can be hard to control, especially in the summer. This lotion promises to control the moisture levels to leave your skin healthy and balanced. I'll certainly be giving it a go over the next week or so. 

As a bonus this month we also received a sample pack of the different skincare products from Elizabeth Arden's Visible Difference line. I'll be teaming these with the skin balancing lotion to get a true idea on the line. 

So all in all, a good Glossybox this month! Interested to hear other peoples opinions on these products and what you got in yours?
Thursday, 26 July 2012

Newbie Beauty Blogger


Is anyone out there? Probably not considering this is my first blog post and I have no followers as yet!!

Just a bit of background on me! I currently work for an electronics company dealing with their technical documentation. However, make up and beauty products are my real passion, and possibly what I spend a huge majority of my wage on! :/

I have decided to start this blog after being asked a lot of beauty questions by various friends. I also read a lot of blogs and find they are an essential part in choosing which products to buy and try.

So bare with me, I have lots to blog about, and hopefully some may find it helpful!

Bye for now!


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