Friday, October 30, 2015

A Coppering look


An in your face pop of colour is right up my street whether thats colour on the eyes or the lips, and in this case I went for the eyes. When I go for something that is quite bold I like to have a fuss free base and face make up. A natural look with good brows compliments any bold make up statement you fancy rocking.

For my base I chose the Boujois Healthy Mix as it is basically non traceable once pushed (with my beauty blender) into the skin. Its great to cover small imperfections and does give a lovely glow to the skin. I've been testing out Benefits Air Patrol for some time now and gives such a good prep for shadow. It somehow makes the colour of your eyeshadow more intense and opaque. Good brows are such a 'thing' and to not spend the majority of your make up time on your brows. This Revlon Brow Fantasy is quick to use and is great to have pencil and gel. Mac Peaches seems to go really well with this shadow giving a slight flush of colour. 

Now looking at the item in the hot seat is Macs Coppering. Such a beautiful organgy red with a hint of gold shimmer going through it. It's so intense and especially with light eyes it really makes them stand out. I like to wear it on its own and just blended out but would look lovely with a deeper shade running through the crease if you want to intensify it more.


Mascara pictured is Benefits They're Real

Do you like wearing eyeshadows that are slightly different to the norm? 

xoxo

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bedside beauty revisited


Beauty doesn't just finish when I wash my face and blast through my evening skincare routine, it follows me to bed. I have a few key products I use when in bed and a couple were featured in my last 'night stand' beauty post but theres also a few newbies.


My Lumie light is my evening saviour and swear by it and turn it on at the same time as when I light my Orla Kiely candle which smells lovely and was a TKMaxx find. As standard my This Works deep sleep spray and balm are used the majority of the time. As well as using my Lumie to slowly get myself in sleep mode the This Works products help with that too. The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist is a newbie and even though I haven't had it long, I already feel like it's going to be a staple. I use this more so if I did my evening skincare quite early in the evening and my skin starts to feel dry or in the morning giving it a quick boost. My lips get incredibly dry in the colder months and the EOS lipbalm is my chosen balm right now. It does the job and is nice to be able to apply lip balm and not have to use your fingers. Most evenings I have to touch up my nails in some sort of way, more so in terms of filing. I snag or break my nails often as they're not the strongest and use this glass nail file that was a gift. It's brilliant and allows me to rectify the issue really quickly, perfect for someone who's always desperate to get in bed and sleep. My hands are also a body part that suffers from the colder months and hand cream is an essential for me. This hand cream was in my hotel room from a friends wedding from the summer and seems to do a really nice job. 



Do you have any products sitting on your nightstand? 

xoxo



Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How many lipsticks do you carry in your bag?



You've heard of the crazy cat lady, well say hello to the crazy lipstick lady who can't stop carrying a handful of lipsticks in my handbag on a daily basis. To justify this extra baggage I like to carry around, I keep in mind those days when you have last minute change of plans, an impromptu dinner out or you just fancy a pop of colour to get you through the food shop. 

For this post I just dived into my bag and these were the culprits that were filling up my make up bag. All five lipsticks I feel will be my most used this winter.

1: Charlotte Tilbury 'Red Carpet Red' has featured on the blog already and with that you can tell it's a good egg. Long lasting, easy to apply (but requires a mirror), and is such a nice classic red that looks great against pale skin.
2: Lipstick Queen "Medieval' is sheer and more of a tint than a lipstick really. This is definitely my go to quick slap something on my face colour and no need for a mirror and is super creamy and just awakens your face instantly. 
3: Mac 'Dark side' granted is a hard one to apply but boy is this the perfect berry colour. Its great as you can just dab it into the lips and smudge out to get a light colour and can layer it up to get a more intense colour. Because its matte its very long lasting and is so perfect for the berry, vampy look that is everywhere right now. 
4: Mac 'Heroine' is one of my newest lipstick purchases and one of my craziest shades. Some just wear a purple for Halloween but for me this can be worn whenever and for whoever. Being a matte again (can you see a pattern) its long lasting and perfect for dinner dates and lots of drinking and eating. 
5: Maybelline 'Coffee Craze' was a reject from my mums last Boots trip. This has fast become my no make up make up look partner, mostly used at work. It's really creamy and just nudes out the redness in my lips. Not being that much of a long lasting lipstick its a nice one to have in your bag for emergency quite fixes. 



Are you a lipstick carrier, lover, or own any of these?

xoxo

Monday, October 26, 2015

Spending a wintery evening with Lush



When an email from Lush arrived into my inbox I instantly said yes (to myself) even before knowing what the email was asking of me. Autumn / winter is my favourite time of year and tend to shop more at Lush due to the increased amount of baths I have when the weather changes, so when I scrolled down the email where in bold it said, 'Preview of winter collection' I was a super excited.

A nice small group of bloggers from my local area were asked to come along and were greeted with bucks fizz and snacks and had a bit of a low down on what to expect from the evening. We were then left to explore, with a member of staff on each product area we were given demos and learnt all about Lush as a company, and the background of individual products. 





To start the evening myself and Harriet moved swiftly to the FUN section of the store to start building our snowman. Fun can be used for literally anything from shampoo, bubble bath and to even wash your clothes (I know I was shocked when we were told). A little amount goes a long way with this product and really does lather up and bubble up a lot. For Christmas you can buy the snowman pack, magic of Christmas or the Santa pack and have FUN in the bath or shower. 



The next station we went over to was the try me station where we had some products tested out on our arm which was so nice and relaxing. Christingle was my favourite out of this selection which is a body conditioner. When I smelt this for the first time it reminded me of the spearmint polos I used to buy on a daily basis at school. It's so refreshing and awakening and once rinsed off, leaves your skin feeling baby bottom smooth. 


Snow fairy is back, and my goodness look at the biggest tub of it! Of course there's gift set featuring this much loved Christmas product but there's also some new items that are incredibly unique. Firstly; Fairy Dust, which can be applied straight after your bath or shower onto your skin for a soft, sweet smelling scent that will stay with you for hours and let you sparkle for the entire day. You can also sprinkle it in your bath for added sparkle. First snow is very similar however instead of having iridescent glitter its more of a shimmer. The glitter in Lush products will not harm the environment or animals as it's not plastic but biodegradable. 


Peeping Santa is so adorable and is dairy free (not that I would recommend eating it). Containing Olibanum oil and bergamot oil it helps to relax yet uplift with a hint of strawberry. Again it's a bubble bar so lots of sweet fruity bubbles. 


Holly Golightly bubble bar is a great Christmas pamper bar. Turning the water holly green the bubbles grow and grow and the smell of a cinamon and zesty fruits will fill the bathroom.




Lastly as a big group we made the 'Angels on bare skin' all natural cleanser.  It was so much fun and learnt how to create it step by step with lots of facts and information passed our way with every added ingredient. A little goes a long way with this cleanser and even with just a small pea sized amount and a tad of warm water, it creams up a treat. If like myself you have quite sensitive skin, this is great for you as it contains lavender oil and rose absolute which helps to calm the skin. What a lovely way to gently exfoliate the skin too as the consistency is slightly rough but will leave the skin lovely and soft. 


Hope you enjoyed this huge Lush winter post. Check out their website here and scroll through the endless amount of fun, bubble bars, body conditioners and more. My Christmas isn't the same without Lush products to comfort me and help me smell delicious. 

Have you picked anything up from their winter collection? Stay close by as a Lush haul will be up soon.

xoxo

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nanokeratin refining shampoo and mask: making my hair manageable




Knotty, damaged and very dry best describes my hair. Long have I wanted soft to the touch hair that my fingers can just glide through with ease. So when these landed through my door, I couldn't wait to try them out and see if they could work their magic.

The normal shampoos I use are either the Catwalk Oatmeal one or a trusted Herbal Essence which might not be the best, but they work well with my hair and its condition. I find that some shampoos can make my hair quite greasy quickly and tend to only wear it down for one day and they its up in the standard pineapple hairstyle we all sport. The shampoo is nice, although after washing it out it sort of felt that it had dried my hair out (if that even makes sense). It didn't lather up much compared to other shampoos and was tough to get the amount from the sachet to cover all of my long locks, but overall was good in terms of application. 

Normally I'm not a huge fan of using masks because, if I'm honest I'm lazy. I want to get in and then out done and dusted. This attitude to hair care in the shower has changed as this mask actually has been working wonders on my hair. I applied it and left it a few minutes whilst I did the other shower stuff and then washed it out. Instantly my hair felt silkier, smoother, more tame and not as knotty. As I expected once dry it was easy to work with and was less knotty and actually felt smooth to the touch. I was able to go a couple of days wearing my hair done until it went greasy. 

I had never heard of this shampoo and hair mask before, but am so happy I've now been introduced as I will be hunting this down. I'm not sure I'll purchase the shampoo, but the hair mask is one of the nicest I've used. 

Do you use hair masks? Or have you tried this brand before?

xoxo

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A beauty bloggers haul


A recent trip to a Fenwick beauty event and a shopping day in London, meant that a few beauty purchases were made. The majority of things I h'd been longing for for a while and when I'm in my happy shopping frame of mind I tend to work through my wish list and this is what happens. 

First stop was the Fenwick Canterbury beauty event. They've got quite a nice range of different brands however need to bring in some more like Charlotte Tilbury (I really hope it happens). I went straight over to Benefit as recently Lisa Potter-Dixons YouTube has been on repeat for me and have noticed a number of Benefit products creeping onto my list. I'd seen a few reviews of Air Patrol and wasn't convinced until I saw a quick demo on Instagram and was amazed with the sort of base it created ready for eyeshadow. They're Real is a Benefit product I'll never not have in my make up collection, in black, and in blue. Blue mascara takes me back to the 90s and I used to wear it in my early teenage years at secondary school. I'm yet to bust this out but a night out next week I feel will be the perfect time. 

I have a Mac 15 pro pan palette that's full and two quads with one free space, which naturally meant I needed one more to complete my palettes. I went ahead and purchased coppering which is a beautiful and obviously copper shade with a tad shimmer. Around Autumn time I start to wear a lot of reds, berries and coppers on my eyes, lips and nails and looks stunning with green eyes. 

Selfridges was the first place I headed to in London as I knew I wanted to has a long and lengthy browse at Charlotte Tilbury. Such beautifully packaged make up and the quality is just amazing. I ended up just going for an eye shadow pencil in Amethyst Aphrodisiac. Being a bit of a fan of purple shadow I was instantly drawn to this beautiful purple shade in the collection which is matched with green eyes (perfect). I'd seen these shadow pencils on numerous blogs and the longevity of them apparently is great so I can't wait to start trying this out. Not living anywhere near Selfridges and London in general I didn't know that Lloyds pharmacy was in Selfridges and rushed there knowing full well they sold Bioderma and the mini ones! No other reason for this purchase other than look how cute it is.

For this last group of products I've got to pass some of the influence to a good handful of bloggers that are part of my regular feed. Pixi beauty has been popping up everywhere and now having a store just off Carnaby street, a visit had to happen. Glow Tonic has been part of my skincare routine for a good while now and really do enjoy the product a lot. I picked up the Glow Peel pads which have a crazy 20% Glycolic Acid instead of 5% in the Tonic. I've started using these once a week as a little treatment. My last purchase was the Hydrating Milky Mist. As winter is vast approaching, so is my dry and dehydrated skin which I'm hoping will be helped by this light and cooling spritz. The lovely ladies in Pixi gave away a few minis which made my day. They're great for travelling but mostly, are just so blood cute.

Beauty spending is off the cards for a few weeks for me. Any of this on your wish list?

xoxo





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brunch at Vintage Salt







The amazing thing with social media is that it can make you want something, do something or go somewhere in a matter of seconds. Whether it's a brand or a blogger word gets out in the blink of an eye and I for one go straight ahead and add it in my diary. Vintage Salt was brought to my attention through the endless amounts of bloggers attending events there or just going to food and Instagramming what they had. I knew I had to go because the food just looked amazing, especially the deserts!

The begin your Vintage Salt experience a private lift takes you up to the roof of Selfridges. Themed from the word dot it really does feel like an experience and not just a bog standard restaurant. The waitress that greeted us at the entrance was so polite and friendly (add was sporting some great eyeshadow blending). We were taken to our seats and straight away was given a bottle of water to refresh before making our big decision. 

A brunch meal is so easy for me to choose. As soon as I spy avocado on toast, my decision is made. I literally love it and never make it at home because I'm lazy, so always a nice treat when eating it out. This avocado on toast was different though, it was fiery  With a slight kick to it and layered onto the toast thickly was perfect, creamy with lots of flavour. The pudding I knew was going to be a hard choice as I'm supposed to stay clear of dairy. On a good day I can stomach it and look pregnant for the next 10 hours so I pushed my stomach issues to the side and shared a chocolate burger with my mum. The whole thing so so tasty, with a jelly slice in there and the chocolate layer was slightly chilled it certainly played tricks with you as it really looks like a burger. The chips were doughnuts that came with a dark chocolate dipping sauce and was presented beautifully. 

Hands down one of my most favourite brunches ever. Lovely staff, beautiful weather, breathtaking view and the food was perfect. 

It closes on Sunday 11th October! Get down there quick!

xoxo

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Lush bath: Intergalactic bath bomb




I thought that making these Lush posts a regular thing was a good idea, and they are, except they're actually spurring on an even more extreme Lush addiction and making me more obsessed. This time we're looking at the Intergalactic bath bomb that I have to say, it creates a beautiful swirl of colour the smell is super strong. 

Normally with a bath bomb the swirl of colours seem to just mix quickly and you end up with one colour, which is nice but you lay there thinking you wish it had stuck around longer. This bath bomb however seemed to stay around for ages and just elongated my happiness and overall satisfaction. I laid there surrounded by swirls of pink, blue and green and every now and again in the light of my candles, flecks of glitter caught the light and the popping of the popping candy sent me into a bath trance. I well and truly enjoyed this bath and stayed in it for around two hours (a ridiculous amount of time to some). 

As much as it's relaxing, it's also slightly refreshing with the aroma of peppermint that fills the bathroom with a twist of grapefruit and cedarwood oil. The majority of ingredients are natural and costs £3.95. 

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend with a bath here and there.

Make sure to pick this up!

xoxo