Friday, 30 September 2011

Repurchase: MAC Hue lipstick


Hue is one of the most popular MAC lipsticks, and it's definitely a favourite of mine. It's a gorgeous pink-toned nude that can be worn day or night to compliment any makeup look. Hue is the lipstick I reach for the most as it's really flattering and versatile. It's one of those lipsticks you can apply, without looking in the mirror or being too careful, so I usually always carry it around in my handbag. It's a glaze formula, so it's super glossy and moisturising on the lips. This has become a must-have lipstick for me and I can't ever see myself without it!



Thursday, 29 September 2011

Review: Maybelline One-by-One mascara


'Discover Maybellines new The One-by-One Volum' Express mascara. Up to 4x bigger looking, flirtier lashes. The Lash Catcher brush gives you eye-catching volume, in one clean sweep and makes sure that every lash is captured, coated and de-clumped.'


As mentioned in my last FOTD post, I've been using the Maybelline One-by-One Volum' Express mascara. My all-time favourite mascaras are L'Oreal Voluminous and Lancome Hypnose, but I do like to try new mascaras now and again. I purchased One-by-One in Boots, a while ago, when it was on offer, and I've been using it for about the last two weeks.

Like many of the Maybelline mascaras, the bright coral tube is pretty and eye-catching. The mascara has a rubber brush with lots of short bristles which promises to 'catch, coat and de-clump each lash to make them fatter and flirtier.' I usually prefer the standard mascara brushes, instead of the rubberized ones, and I wansn't ever a fan of mascaras like Define-a-Lash, but there's something about this 'lash-catcher' brush which really seems to work.


Maybelline One-by-One adds length, volume and seperates my lashes. My favourite thing about the mascara is how you can layer it up, to give a more dramatic look to your lashes, with no severe clumping. I usually apply two coats of mascara, but with Maybelline One-by-One, sometimes I apply 3 coats, without the mascara clumping or weighing down my lashes. I've heard a few people say they've had an issue with the mascara flaking, but this is something I haven't found at all, and I hope this won't happen when the formula's dried out a bit more.

Overall, I really like this mascara. It's a brilliant mascara for adding length and seperating lashes, and can be layered to achieve either a natural or a more dramatic look. It hasn't beaten L'Oreal Voluminous or Lancome Hypnose as my favourite mascara, but it's probably the only other mascara I've tried which has come close and I would repurchase it again.

My lashes with 2 coats of Maybelline One-By-One



Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Review: The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter






I've been a fan of the Body Shop body butters for years, and have gone through countless tubs. At the moment I'm using the Raspberry Body butter.

Like all of The Body Shop's body butters, this has a thick, creamy texture which melts on application to the skin. The raspberry body butter is for normal skin types. I find it sinks in really quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or sticky.

It has a nice smell, it's not my favourite scent from The Body Shop, but it's pleasant none the less. Obviously it has a raspberry scent but it also has a toffee-like undertone and to me it smells exactly like the Quakers golden syrup porridge oats, which you get in the little sachets!

This does leave my skin feeling nicely moisturised and smooth, but I don't find it as moisturising as some of the other body butters from The Body Shop. This has been perfect for the Summer months, as it's not heavy, absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feeling, however I'll probably try a different one in the Winter, when my skin's drier, as I don't think this will be moisturising enough. I've enjoyed using this, but although I love The Body Shop body butters, this isn't one I'd repurchase and I much prefer some of the other ones.
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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Charity Shop Haul - Books and DVDs

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This week I finished reading 'The Shopaholic and a Baby', and I wanted to get a few new books to read, so yesterday my mum and I ventured up to the highstreet together and had a little look in the charity shops. Charity shops can be a bit hit-and-miss, but in the past I've found some really good books in charity shops, at bargain prices and of course you're doing something good as your money's going to charity. I wasn't disappointed and ended up coming home with 3 books and 4 dvds.


This Charming Man by Marian Keyes - £1.75
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad - £1.50
The Handbag Beauty Bible by Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey- £1.25
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Charlies Angels: The Full Throttle, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 27 Dresses, 13 Going on 30 (All £2)

Sunday, 25 September 2011

My First YSL


A few weeks ago, I ordered my first YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick!

Costing £22 at beauty counters in places like Boots and House of Fraser, when I found the rouge volupte lipsticks on cheapsmells.com for around £16 (including postage) to say I was excited is an understatement, and I quickly added the lipstick in 'Nude Beige' to my basket and checked out.

For anyone who doesn't know - cheapsmells.com is a website selling perfume, cosmetics, haircare and skincare products from brands such as YSL, DIOR, Maybelline, Benefit, TIGI and Decleor (just to name a few!) at discounted prices. In my experience, I've always had great service from them and I'd really recommend taking a look at the website.


Swatch


'Nude Beige' is a gorgeous, pink-toned nude, a perfect every day colour. The formula is amazing - smooth, creamy and moisturising, and of course, the packaging is absolutely stunning! There's something so luxurious about the rouge volupte lipsticks, and although I think £22 is a ridiculous price to pay for a lipstick, I can see why these are a favourite among the beauty community. I can definitely say, this won't be my last rouge volupte lipstick!

* I've just had a look at cheapsmells.com and all the Yves Saint Laurent products, which they stock, are reduced with up to 48% off RRP prices! The rouge volupte lipsticks are only £13.95 (postage included!) But if you're going to place an order, be quick, because the offer ends tonight! *

Friday, 23 September 2011

New Leggings


I pretty much live in leggings - they're comfortable and easy to throw on. I buy the normal, black leggings from ASOS and I have a few pairs of jeggings from Topshop, but this week I decided I wanted a bit more variety, so I bought myself two new pairs of leggings.

Both pairs were quite pricey, but they're good quality, fit well and I'll definitely get good wear out of them!

Faux Leather Panel Leggings - Topshop - £28
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Seamed leggings - ZARA - £25.99
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Thursday, 22 September 2011

September Glossybox


This month I was lucky enough to be sent the September Glossybox to try out. For anyone who doesn't know, Glossybox is a subscription service which costs £12.95 each month, and you receive a box filled with 5 high-end beauty product samples, delivered straight to your door. My mum already subscribes to Glossybox and she's had lots of lovely products in her boxes so I was really looking forward to seeing what I'd receive in mine.


Here's what I received in the September Glossybox:

HD Brows (Eye & Brow palette)
L'Oréal Professionel Mythic Oil
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Plum by Mary Greenwell Eau de parfum
StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate

My favourite item is the HD Brows palette, which is amazing! It contains four different shades which can be used on the brows or as eyeshadows. The powders are very pigmented and blend well. I love the L'Oréal Mythic Oil too, which helps to nourish hair. I'm not really a fan of the perfume sample so I gave that to my mum (who really liked it), along with the eye cream, as that's obviously suited to more mature skintypes. I haven't tried the Nuxe oil yet, but I'm looking forward to trying it as it's a multi-usage oil and can be used on the face, body and hair. (Once I get the chance to try the products more, I'll do reviews on them.)



What I think about Glossybox

I think Glossybox is a great concept, and it allows you to try products, that you might not of otherwise bought. The best part is the anticipation and excitment to see what products you'll receive in your box. Each month you also receive a little note in the box which has details of all the products and most have an offer if you want to purchase the full size product (you can see above) which I think is a brilliant idea. And of course each box is packaged so beautifully with the little Glossybox logo and the products are wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon.

Instead of subscribing myself, my mum and I are going to start splitting the cost and share out the contents of each month's box, depending on who the products are best suited to/who wants what product. I'm already excited to see what's in the October box!

To find out more about Glossybox, here's their website: http://www.glossybox.co.uk/

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Recent Makeup Purchases



MAC In Synch lip liner

 
MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural (Medium Deep)



Sleek Babydoll llipstick


NARS Orgasm blush


Swatches

(Left to right: Sleek Babydoll lipstick. MAC In Synch lipliner. MAC 'Medium Deep' Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. NARS Orgasm blush.)

These are a few of the makeup items which I've purchased recentley. I've already got a MAC mineralize skinfinish natural in 'Medium Plus' but wanted a darker shade for when I'm more tanned and as I don't have any lipliners, I decided to order MAC's 'In Synch' liner, which is really pretty. NARS 'Orgasm' is so gorgeous, it's the only blush I've been wearing since I got it, and I've been wanting Sleek's 'Babydoll' lipstick for ages, but they never had any in stock before.
 
I'm very happy with all my purchases and will put up more swatches/FOTDs using the products soon. Hope everyone's had a good weekend :)
 

Thursday, 8 September 2011

My Makeup Bag


Yesterday I went on a little shopping trip with my boyfriend to Lakeside. I also placed a MAC order earlier in the week so I will be doing a mini haul post soon, showing a few of my recent purchases, but today I wanted to show you just one of the items I got.

I carry around a huge makeup bag, but recently I've found it's been home to more and more makeup items, meaning when I'm out and want to get out my MAC Blot powder or a lipstick, it can take a good few minutes for me to rummage around in my makeup bag, trying to locate the item.

So here's my solution...

A clear makeup bag.


It doesn't look as pretty as one of the girly makeup bags I usually carry, but it's definitely a lot more practical for me at the moment and it means I can easily find whatever I'm looking for.

I bought it from Superdrug for around £3.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Hair Masks


It's been requested a few times for me to do a post on the hair products I use, which I am going to do at some point, but today I'm going to do a post on hair masks.

Since I've got hair extensions, it's very important for me to make sure both my extensions and my own hair stays in good condition - as you probably know, extensions are known for being damaging to hair. I've been using hair masks, religiously, for years and I'll use one at least once a week, without fail. I believe this has really helped my hair to stay healthy and conditioned.

I usually use the Coconut & Almond hair mask from Boots, or one of the huge bottles of TRESseme conditioner (as a hair mask). I slather the mask all over my hair, but concentrate it on the ends of my own hair and my extensions. I then put on a shower cap and leave it for as long as possible, sometimes I'll sleep with it on and wash it off in the morning.

Using a hair mask is the most important step in my haircare routine. They don't just keep my hair nicely conditioned, and help make it look healthy and shiny, but they also make my hair a lot more manageable. 

The ones I use:

Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask (350ml) - £2.03


TRESseme Vitamin E Moisture Rich Conditioner (500ml) - £3.19




Thursday, 1 September 2011

What was in my makeup bag: August



Clinique Even Better foundation, MAC Studio Fix powder foundation, REVLON 'Sunkissed Bronze' bronzer, Benefit 'Bella Bamba' blush, Dainty Doll '002' blush, Benefit 'Bad Gal' eyeliner, MAC 'Angel' lipstick, GOSH 'Darling' lipstick, MAC 'Morning Glory' lustre glass, REVLON 'Nude Lustre' lipgloss, LUSH Lemony Flutter cuticle butter


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