Monday, 31 March 2014

Something new : Maybelline Coloursensational shine gloss

It's rare that I fall so easily for a product , I like to test it out for a little while and then decide if I want to buy more of whatever this may be. 
However these Maybelline lip glosses have really caught my heart, I bought one on Friday and coudn't stop thinking about the next (which I purchased today)
Typically I'm a lip stick girl but since around Christmas I've been hitting up the lipglosses and I'd heard so much about these that I had to give them a go and boy they are worth the hype. 

I first picked up Glorious grapefruit purely because the colour looked beautiful and well I love me a grapefruit. 
It also smells of grapefruit a little but maybe that's just me.
It's a gorgeous coral with a little more pink and red undertones.
It's really quite pigmented but not so much that you can't wear it over a lipstick - I like to pair it with Mac Sunny Seoul. 
Next up is Cashmere Rose  a more delicate soft coral.
This is a little more sheer and has finely milled specks of gold running through which makes this the perfect layering gloss. 

What really excites me about these glosses is the formula.
They aren't awfully shinny they just add a nice glow and finish to the lips but best of all they aren't sticky at all. 
There's not that nasty tacky feeling and they last a reasonable ammount of time too. 
The packaging is slick and for around £6 you can afford to have a  couple of these beauties in your make-up arsenal . 

Now which to go for next? 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A girl's best friend

I think everybody probably feels like this at some point in their life(well week) that they'd much rather have an extra 10-15 minutes in bed then spend that time making themselves look immaculate. 
I am exactly like this and  because of this I rely on a  number of products that are either multi-use or just allow me to skip a step or two in my morning routine. 
I call these products a girls best friend... 

Skin & Hair ...

Lets be honest at 6-7am I want something nice and simple that still takes all the yuck sleep grime off my face. Cue some form of Micellar water to refresh and cleanse the face. At the momment I'm using the Garnier micellar cleansing water which I spoke about in my last post.
My next little cheat comes in the shape of the Origins No puffery roll - on which not only soothes the under eye area but banishes any tell tale puffy signs and brightens dark under eyes. For a lovely treat pop this in the fridge overnight before using it in the morning.
Ahh dry shampoo is probably one of my favourite morning products it means that I don't have to spend and age blow drying and washing my hair .
The dry shampoo allows the hair to look clean but it also adds volume to the hair .
For me I like to stick with an old favourite and that's the Batiste dry shampoo , I like that they come in all kinds of scents and sizes.

Make up cheats ...

When I'm feeling a bit lazy I'm always guilty of skipping my moisturiser and SPF so I tend to hit up the Dr.Jart + water fuse BB cream , which also minimizes the need for foundation and concealor perfect?
I love this as it gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin with a decent amount of coverage.
As for cheeks I have a couple of options , I either use the Nars Soulshine cheek palette  which adds a pop of colour,shimmer and dimension all in one- and it's perfect for Spring.
Cream blushers can also be your best friend as they are multi-use pop them on the cheeks or on the lips for a subtle hint of colour.  My current favourite is the Max Factor miracle touch creamy blush in the shade soft pink.
Don't be put off by the small size of these blushers as they really do pack a punch and the formula is beautiful.
Another wonder lip product is the Korres pomegranate lip butter  it not only gives a delicate pink shade to the lips but it really hydrates too what more can you want?

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Curlylocks- Enrapture Extremity heated rollers

It's not a secret that I'm a little bit cak handed and I'm just no good at blow drying my own hair - yes I attempt but it just lacks a little something and I'm never quite happy and end up tying it up anyway.
So when I can be bothered I turn my attention to my Enrapture Extremity heated rollers to add volume,bounce and a few curls for good measure. I really don't know why I haven't blogged about these before because I absolutley love them! 
These roller's are so simple to use you dry the hair, pop them in and leave them to do there 'thang' while you do your 'thang' .  
The beauty is that they heat from the core and the heated clip plates.  The rollers are hot in mere seconds and take about ten minutes to cool and set. 
The velevety finish on the rollers mean there's no nasty pulling and they simply slide out. 
SAFETY WARNING Whatever you do don't forget to turn the switch off when they have fully heated because they do get very hot and burn your ears a little. 
I really like that you get two size rollers - the bigger for volume and the smaller for lovely defined curls. 
They aren't the cheapest purchase but they certainly aren't the most expensive when you consider that a pair of GHD's cost £89 onwards.  
For me there a great way of adding volume without having to faff on with the hair dryer and yet it still looks very polished.  And it's always fun to look like a ninny with these on your head - many of my friends are used to it now. 
This may sound a bit adverty but I just have a little bit of a love affair with my heated rollers...
If these sound like your cup of tea you can pick them up here 

you'll have to ignore my spot friend on my chinny chin chin :)

Just while I'm here I want to say a Big Thank you to everyone who follows this blog.
Last week I reached 30 bloglovin followers.
This may not seem a lot to some people but to me I am truly grateful to anyone who's interested in my beauty related rambles.
so Thank you !!!

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A trip into Boots ...

Unfortunatley this weekend I came down with a nasty dose of food poisoning( for some reason I always get ill) so my skin was suffering for some reason I'm not sure why or if it's even related. but I seem to of had a huge breakout does anyone else find they get bad skin when they are ill?  
Back story aside I went into boots with the hope of finding something to clear up my skin problems and you know how it goes it's 3 for 2 and you have to take full advantage. 
Here's a glimpse into what I picked up. 

Soap and Glory Dr Spot- £8.00  This looked an interesting spot treatment which contains salicylic acid and lactic acids to refine pores and a blend of irritant soothers and redness reducers. What I really like is that it's invisible and drys quickly so it can be re-applied and popped under make up. 
So far so good but I'll let you know how I find it in a few days.  Now I do have one gripe with the packaging of Dr Spot and that is that it looks a little bit like bonjela that you put on sore gums. The gel also comes out really fast so your left with a lot of gooey mess. 

Soap and Glory Glow job - £11.00  This is a product marketed as a morning moisture flash that adds a hint of self-tan to the face... pefect for Spring. You massage the white pearlescent cream onto the face so that the microbronzeburst beads pop so your left with a subtle glow. This leaves a lovely healthy sheer glow whilst moisturising the skin. I think it will be just perfect for 'no-make up' days and good skin days. I think I had this a few years back and really enjoyed it but I do think it's since been re-packaged. Again I'm not too keen on the packaging because it reminds me of toothpaste are we noticing a pattern? but it's whats on the inside that counts . 

Garnier Micellar cleansing water - £4.99   Now I'm not going to dwell to much on this purchase because I have another post planned for a comparison between the Bioderma and Garnier micellar waters.  But the premise is very similar it's a water that gently melts away the make up so the skin is left clean and refreshed. 

Sunday, 9 March 2014


 I recently received an email asking if I'd be interested in entering the Nuxe Pamper hamper blogger competition and of course I jumped at the opportuinity. If you're an old friend on this blog then you'll know I'm a big fan of Nuxe products especially the Reve de Miel ultra-nourishing lipbalm.
The only rule of the competition was to compile a spring inspired wishlist of products for the perfect pamper.
Enough chit chat let's get down to the nitty gritty of what I'd choose for my perfect Nuxe Pamper hamper.

 Huile Prodigieuse OR(link)-  I love the original Huile prodigieuse and cannot wait to try the shimmering golden version. Using this oil is a great way to add moisture to the skin and with this version containing golden particles it's a great way to add a healthy golden glow to the skin. Perfect for bringing a bit of life into those winter limbs.
Reve de Miel- Ultra-comfortable body cream(link)- I have this delicious scented body cream and love using it when my skin needs a hydration hit. It's the perfect end to a lovely relaxing bath . This cream is really comforting but if you feel you need an extra moisture hit - try mixing a little bit of this with a teeny bit of the huile prodigieuse.
Comforting cleansing milk with rose petals(link)-  I've used the Micellar water from this range and was really impressed. This cleansing milk caught my eye because it's a bit lighter for Spring after months of using heavy balms and oils. An added bonus is that if it's anything like the water then it's going to smell amazing , is there any Nuxe products that don't smell delicious?
Reve de miel lip moisturizing stick(link)-  And of course no Nuxe pamper post would be complete without my a nodd to my favourite lip balm. This stick version isn't as thick as the ultra-nourishing lipbalm but it still delivers a perfect dose of hydration. As it's in a tube it's perfect for chucking in your bag ready for any adventures that Spring may bring.
Teint E'clat Prodigieux(link)- This product looks so exciting and it's definetly on my 'to buy list'. This tinted moisturiser looks perfect for achieving that desirable golden glow and whats more it uses active plant ingridients. I really love using tinted moisturisers in the spring/summer because they really do help perk up dull skin.
Candle spa- Huile prodigieuse fragrance(link) - and what pamper session would not be complte without a beautiful candle. This one is fresh and uplifting with a delicious aroma of almonds. The perfect Spring scent.

I hope you enjoyed my selection and hopefully this has provided you with some NUXE spring time inspiration.
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Monday, 3 March 2014

February Favourites

This month's favourites is rather a mixed bag of some old and new favourites that I've enjoyed throughout this short month.

Beauty favourites -  
Bright and bold.
I've been loving wearing a lot more colour on my lips I've really enjoyed bright bold lips or candy pinks - which is very unlike me . I really like pairing pink lips with a slick of black eyeliner there's something very classic and sixties about that look. My favourite lip products of February have been Mac Sunny Seoul ,YSL Rouge pur couture vernis A levres in the shade 09 (I think- It's rubbed off you see) and the Revlon lip butters in Raspberry pie and cotton candy .
Colourful talons.
Now Spring is on it's way I've really enjoyed wearing brighter colours on my nails. And I've rediscovered a love of the Barry M gelly nail paints You don't need a top coat , they dry super quickly and they are nice and shiny what more can a girl want ? I've really been loving greenberry and prickly pear.
And to the land of nodd.
It's a fairly well known fact that I'm not the best sleeper so I like to use different things to help me sleep and relax. I picked this up Boots as part of the This works dream believers set. In the set there was a sleep balm and this dream cream. Now I'm not as keen on the balm but I really love popping this cream on my arms and hands before nodding off.
A little skincare treat. 
I really do love Kiehl's and I've always been really happy with everything I've tried and the creamy eye treatment doesn't disappoint. Once you get over the odd texture it really does hydrate the delicate eye area and doesn't cause make up to slide. I tend to use this in the morning or throughout the day when I've sat at the computer all day. It's quite nice to just pop it under the eyes and allowing it do sink in.

Everything else- 
Bathing Beauty.
Another Lily flame candle I really do love these candles they aren't too expensive, look and smell lovely and there's a whole range of different scents to suit everyone and every room. Now my all time favourite is the rhubarb - I've used two up since Christmas is that bad? This Bathing beauty candle is an interesting scent that is pefect for lighting when have a pamper. I can't put my finger on the scent but it is lovely and relaxing.
Lets dance Snorkmaiden! 
You may or may not know but I love the Moomins. My mum and I used to sit and watch it all the time and read the books(she worked in Finland so maybe that's why). There's something about those cute little creatures that makes my heart swoon .It would proably be fair to say that i own a fair bit of moomin related merchaindise- I have PJ's ,placemats, teddys, candle holders and now coasters. I was buying my Dad a birthday present and this just caught my eye , mainly because it's usually me asking everyone to dance when I have a glass of wine in my hand .

Something to look forward too... 
PANCAKES!!! mmmm I cannot wait! I'm gunna make some gluten free ones to be a little healthier and I'll pop the recipe up tommorrow because there rather good for a sunday brunch too! I'm also cooking to be having a pancake battle with my American friend for our cooking blog that we are doing for University (feel free to check it out

Sunday, 2 March 2014

No matter how long the Winter is the Spring is sure to follow OOTD

Sunglasses - $10
Coat - Asos £30
watch - Michael Kors
Shirt - Zara 
Jeans - River Island £40
Boots - Shoe box 

I thought I'd do a little OOTD post of what I wore yesterday to a local artists market and lunch at our favourite cafe. 
I love this little quote(title) and it feels right for this time of the year , spring is definatly on it's way! 
I really like this casual outfit even though it's a higgile de piggle of clothes from around the world.
 I picked the sunglasses up from a store in Canada as I lost a couple of pairs . The skull skirt is from Zara in Palma about two years ago and I just love the pattern and think it's a perfect spring shirt. 
The coat was an absolute steal from Asos, I was just scanning through the website when this caught my eye - I love the contrast sleeve look. It was reduced to like £30 from £70 so hey ho .
I like to keep accessories simple so popped on my usual rings which consist of a pandora ring, one form some jewelers in Spain and my engagement ring. I then slipped on my Michael Kors watch which I absolutly love - I don't really like big watches as they annoy me when I'm writing away so this was perfect . 
Finally my boots are from a catalouge - I know I know I was a bit iffy to start with but my boyfriends mum pointed these out and I was sold! 
so there you are a post about what I wore on the 1st of March . I'm going to pop my febuary favourites up tonight.