Thursday, 28 August 2014

Monthly Favourites | August

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It baffles me a great deal that we are already heading into September - how is that possible? It literally doesn't seem like 5 minutes since this year was beginning and now shops are already preparing for Christmas, it's just insane. Anyways, this month has been a good month for discovering new products - i went a little online shopping mad last month so I've been testing all those products out and i've found some new favourites.

Beauty Favourites:

Soap & Glory For Daily Youth 6 in 1 Moisture Lotion
I'm a big fan of Soap & Glory but I've never really tried their skincare range and I'm so glad i decided to pick this up because it is honestly one of the nicest face moisturisers i have ever used. It gives the skin a really nice lift and boost of energy. It's designed to protect, whilst hydrating and repairing the skin - it's really light and sinks into the skin really easily and it creates a really soft base ready for your make up. It also smells incredible.

Kiss A Fresh Look Blemish Balm
I've technically only had this for a week but I'm so impressed with it that I've worn it pretty much everyday since i got it and i just had to include it into this months favourites. It's part of Wilkinson's new 'Kiss' range and considering how cheap it is, it is pretty damn good. I've applied it with both my fingers and with the RT Expert Face Brush and i love the flawless finish you get from both, it just applies so nicely. It's quite a light coverage but i personally find that's enough for me - i layer concealer on top if i need any extra coverage on blemishes or under my eyes. I'm so impressed with this BB Cream - definitely one to check out if you're looking for something that is very budget friendly.

Mac Lipstick in Creme Cup*
This is an old favourite of mine - in fact it's possible one of my all-time favourite lipsticks. This month its been one of the only lipsticks I've found myself gravitating towards. It's the one shade I'd recommend everyone to have in their make up collection as it's such a staple product. It's a perfect pink nude - it's ideal to wear for both everyday or for special occasions/evenings out. This is one lipstick i think i will always repurchase to have in my collection.

Kiss Lip Service Apricot Lip Scrub
I've been after a lip scrub for a while and whilst i love Lush's offerings i wanted a much cheaper alternative. This is another product from Wilkinson's 'Kiss' range and it's really nice, it works the same way as any lip scrub - you massage it into the lips to exfoliate and remove any dead skin and it leaves them feeling really soft. This one is apricot so it smells really nice and fruity.

Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I had an absolute nightmare trying to get hold of this product but i have to say it was most definitely worth the wait. You only need the smallest amount of this and you massage it into your face and it literally just melts away your make up - it's made taking my make up off so much easier and i find myself being less lazy too, some nights i really can't be bothered so ill resort to just using micellar water or just a make up wipe but since using this i've made a conscious effort to remove my make up, even when I'm strolling in from a night out at silly o'clock in the morning I'll use this because it's just so easy and it literally takes me about a minute.

Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara*
This mascara really surprised me at how much i like it - i picked it up mainly because i was drawn to it because of the tube shaped packaging but it's actually really good; it makes my lashes look really full and volumised whilst adding length to them as well. I love how it makes my lashes look and i really like how the brush coats the lashes evenly and separates them. This mascara is also really cheap too.

Beyonce Heat The Mrs Carter Show World Tour Limited Edition
I'm not very good at describing scents at all; I'd say this is quite a floral scent but it has something extra in it that makes it different to the usual floral scents you find, it's almost a little musky but in a really good way. (Worst description ever) I'd honestly suggest going out and smelling it to get a better idea of what i mean as it really is a nice perfume. I picked this up on a complete whim as my other perfumes are starting to run really low and i don't want to use them fully up just yet and its been my go to scent this month - it's so nice and it has a lovely bottle too.

Magnifibres Brush on Lashes
This is one of those products that i wasn't so sure if i believed it would actually work well and at first it didn't but the more and more I've used it and experimented with it, and used it with different mascaras I've really grown to love it. I find you can achieve different results wit it depending on what mascara you use. It doesn't give me insanely long lashes but it does give me that extra volume and length that i can't get without false lashes. It's so easy to use and i really love how my lashes look after I've used it, this may just replace any need i ever have for false lashes - ill be doing a full review on this soon.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet
This is the very first blush I've ever tried from Bourjois and it definitely hasn't disappointed. It's a cream blush but to me it feels like it has a cream to powder kind of finish - which i actually really like. It's so easy to apply and it looks so nice and natural once blended out. It's a really pretty corally peach colour and I've really been loving wearing this especially because the colour pay off is quite subtle but it still gives a nice hint of colour to your make up look.

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Blogger/Youtuber Favourite:
This month's youtuber favourite is Becky CJ - if you follow Zoella you will have mostly definitely heard of her as Zoe raves about her quite a lot and it's no surprise as Becky CJ is honestly incredible. She has a really unique sound to her voice and one that i could easily listen to all day. She covers many songs on her youtube as well as posting originals so you get a nice mix, my personal favourite is Easy For You - i love everything about it from the music, to the lyrics to just the way it sounds. I'd honestly recommend checking her out because she is one talented gal!

Links: Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Non- Beauty Favourites:

My Week Off
By the time my week off work came around it was much need unfortunately it was over far too quickly for my liking. Either way, it was just so nice to be able to chill out, catch up with friends, have late nights and not worry about getting up early and it was just really nice to have some time off.

Me and my friends go for a lot of drives - we don't go anywhere in particular we just drive around, play music and sing along to the best and sometimes the cheesiest songs and it's just so nice. I really like being in a car and i find it quite relaxing.

Red Pepper Hummus
I am seriously addicted to this stuff - i love it with crackers, it's so tasty. Ive been trying other flavours of hummus out and nothing quite compares to the Red Pepper, its just so nice. Writing about it, is really making me want some but I've ran out!!

Becky CJ Following Me on Twitter
I've followed Becky CJ for ages and she's also my youtuber favourite this month and she followed me on twitter and i can't like i fangirled a lot.

Music Favourite:

Ed Sheeran - All of the Stars
This is one of the songs on The Fault in our Stars Soundtrack and it's so good. Ive just found myself listening to it on repeat, it has a really nice sound to it and I'm really like it at the moment.

Little Mix - Move
This is one of our go-to songs when we go for drives and it's so good to sing and dance along to. I think it's actually been out ages but its so good!


I've never included an un-favourite before but i thought it might be something i can include from time to time depending on whether i have an unfavourite. My unfavourite this month isn't actually a product or item; it's that my oldest friend Hannah is leaving for Australia on Saturday for 6 months (possibly longer) and whilst I'm insanely happy for her, she's been a big part of my life since i was 7 and I'm really going to miss her like crazy.

What are some things your have been loving or not loving this month?

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review | Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara

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Have you ever picked up a mascara just because the packaging really intrigued you? This is kind of what happened here with the Essence Lashes Go Wild Volume Mascara*, i really liked that the packaging was a squeezy tube - i don't really know why, because i think the design on it is a little gimmicky but the actual squeezy tube just really drew me in. It's a bit of a silly reason just judge something based on it's packaging but thankfully my curiosity paid off and this is actually a great mascara.

I really like the mascara wand - I'm not quite sure if it has a technical name or the right way to describe it but the website says it's a 'Five fold ball' wand so we'll go with that. I really like how the wand coats the lashes and separates them, it gives the appearance of much fuller lashes, this mascara is designed to give the lashes volume which it definitely does but it also adds length to the lashes too.

It's a really affordable mascara retailing at £2.50 which is so such a cheap price in comparison to other high street mascaras nowadays. For such a cheap price you would expect this to be terrible but you can achieve some amazing results with this mascara and i personally really like how it makes my lashes look.

The only negative i have about it is that I'd avoid layering up the mascara too much as it does start to give you spidery lashes so you do have to be a little careful with application - i tend to stick to one to two coats and I'm happy with the look that gives. On a whole i think this is a really great mascara; it doesn't flake off the lashes and it lasts really well/ I love the way it makes my lashes look much fuller and you really can't go wrong with the price of this.

Have you tried this mascara?

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Products I've Used Up | August

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I seem to have a lot of empty products building up at the moment and this is actually only half of them. It amazing me to see how many things you do actually use up when you collect them for these types of posts and its nice to know things aren't just going to waste, especially if you are like me and own a lot of different products.

Dove Invisible Dry Anti-Perspirant Deodorant
I wasn't to crazy about this deodorant, it didn't leave me feeling as protected as I'd like and because of that I'd find myself reapplying it a lot more throughout the day. This was also lethal for leaving white marks on your underarms especially if you sprayed to much which was rather annoying so i doubt I'll be buying this again.

M Savers Hairspray
I used to really like this hairspray; it was really affordable, held my hair in place really well and it doesn't leave your hair feeling all horrible and solid like cheap hairsprays usually do. Lately however, i just don't feel like it's working quite as well as it used to - i rely on hairspray alot especially for my fringe because i get serious bed head and my fringe ends up sticking out all over the place so i need a hair spray that can hold it in place once I've tamed a little. So this just hasn't been cutting it lately and i think I'll have to give a different hair spray a try.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I really enjoyed using this Micellar water and i found it the most pleasant to use out of all the micellar waters I've tried personally. Micellar water is such a handy product to have; it's great for removing make up and cleansing the face, i also use this to help fix any messes i make when I'm doing my make up too. This Garnier one is apparently the best dupe for the infamous Bioderma, i haven't tried Bioderma so i can't make any judgements in regards to that but either way i think id rather to stick to the Garnier one as it's really nice to use, gently on the eyes and much more purse friendly too.

ESPA Balancing Herbal Spa Fresh Toner* (Sample Size)
Toner is the one part of my routine that always getting forgotten about but i actually really enjoyed using this one. It felt really fresh and clarifying on the dace and it had a really relaxing herbal scent. Unfortunately, this toner is a little on the pricey side so i don't think I'll be purchasing the full size any time soon but i did really enjoy using it.

L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-gloss Light Shine Conditioner
I can't actually comment on what this is a like as a conditioner because i didn't use this on my hair - i actually used this to shave my legs with, i much prefer using a conditioner when I'm shaving my legs because it just find i get much better results and it always leaves my legs feeling really smooth.

St Moritz Exfoliating Body Scrub*
I genuinely wish i could buy this on its own as i got it in a fake tan set but it is honestly, one of the best body scrubs i have ever used. It doesn't smell particularly pleasant but my skin feels seriously incredible after using it. It is meant to be used in preparation for tanning but i don't use fake tan so i just used it because i needed a scrub and it's amazing.

This is my go to lip balm in the winter because the cold weather often leaves me with dry & sore lips and Carmex really helps to keep them moisturised and hydrated. It does have a very strong menthol scent so if that's not something you like you will probably hate this, but i really like it and i feel like it really works well on my lips and i have already repurchased it ready for winter.

ESPA 24 Hour Balancing Moisturiser* (Sample Size)
This was a really nice moisturiser to use and it left my skin feeling really soft and moisturised. It was a very lightweight which i made it a perfect option for the daytime because it sinks into the skin quickly so there is no waiting around for it to absorb and its light formula created a really nice base for make up.

Lee Stafford Blow Dry Your Hair Faster Wonder Spray
I do think this improved the length of time it took me to dry my hair but i actually really liked this because it worked really well at detangling hair as well. I have quite thick hair which can get rather knotty when I've just washed it so i found this really helpful at making it easier to brush through. It also helped protect against the heat which is always a bonus!

Benefit They're Real Make Up Remover (Sample Size)
This is a really good make up remover and it removes even really stubborn make up effortlessly. It's really gentle on the eyes and skin and it's so quick to use. I do really like this but i think it's a little overpriced for what it is when I've used cleansers that do just as good a job removing make up including removing Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner which Benefit claim that nothing else can remove, so i think I'll stick to the other make up removers i use but as i said, this is nice products.

Soap & Glory Flake Away (Travel Size)
I've mentioned this so many times on my blog and they make frequent appearances in my Products I've used up posts. It's a great body scrub; gentle on the skin yet exfoliates really well, it leaves the skin feeling lovely and soft and like most Soap & Glory products it smells amazing.

Elemis Fresh Skin Loving Lips Lip Balm
I got this free in a magazine ages ago and i really enjoyed using it - it really took care of my lips and was another saviour for me when my lips were feeling really dry as it was really hydrating. The scent of this reminded me a lot of After Eight Mints which is like a mint chocolate - the scent was a little sickly but it worked really well at moisturising my lips so i overlooked that.

Benefit The Porefessional (Sample Size)
So many people love and rave about this but i honestly didn't see a major difference when i used it. It did create a nice smooth base for my make up and it was a nice primer to use but i was expecting amazing results and for me, i just got the exact same effect i can get with much cheaper primers I've used before so i was a little disappointed in this.

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturiser
This moisturiser was a lot better than i thought it would be, i picked it up because i was desperate for a moisturiser and at the time i was on a bit of a tight budget and also this moisturiser claimed to help with blemishes which at the time i was having a hefty battle with because they'd taken permanent residency on my chin. Don't get me wrong this is by no means a miracle worker but i definitely think that this helped my skin because the blemishes healed alot better than they had been and i didn't get as many as i had been. It also left the skin really soft.

ESPA Balancing Foam Wash* (Sample Size)
This was actually a really nice face wash; it had a herbal and coconut scent which sound really odd but it was actually a really pleasant scent. It was really lovely to use and my skin was left feeling really smooth and hydrated and i also felt like it was quite clarifying on the skin too.

So that is the Products I've used up (for now) - my bag is still actually half full of more products that I've used up!
What product have you used up recently?

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Summer Giveaway #4

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The brush in these photos is my own brush - yours is still in it's packaging!

This is my fourth and final giveaway for Summer and i really hope you have enjoyed these mini giveaways! My followers mean alot to me and i appreciate all readers of my blog and i always recognise the people who are regular readers and who comment on my posts frequently - it really means alot to me as my blog plays a big part in my love and it's something i thoroughly enjoy doing.

For my fourth giveaway, the prize is quite possibly my most favourite one! I'm giving away a Wilko 'Powder Me Up' Powder Brush - I'm a little smitten with this make up brush, it's so nice. It's a really large brush and the bristles are insanely soft and its great to apply your face powder with it - it's such a good affordable brush and i just love using mine so i know i had to get one to giveaway to one of you!

1. You MUST be a follower of my blog
2. This giveaway is open internationally.
3. Open for ONE week only (ends 30th August 2014)
4. Follow the rafflecopter properly - I'm going to be quite strict in terms of moderating the entries, even down to the comments as I've noticed a lot of people don't actually comment anything to do with whats asked so if that happens it won't count as an entry (harsh, i know)
5. Any giveaway only accounts will be DISQUALIFIED - this is a giveaway for genuine readers.
6. If you are under 16 please get parents permission as if you win you will have to give me an address to post your prize too and i don't want either of us to get in trouble.
7. Winner will be contacted by twitter, if no response within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I really hope you enjoy this giveaway and best of luck!

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review | So Susan Dual Brow Powder

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My collection of brow products is quite limited so i was very happy to see this So Susan Dual Brow Powder* in my July Love Me Beauty Box as I'm always keen to try more brow products and find the one that works the best for me.

The shades in this Dual Brow Powder looks quite terrifying in the pan - they are very pigmented but with a really light hand you can create really lovely looking brows. I use the dark brown shade on my brows as the medium brown is a little too orange toned for me so the darker brown suits my brows much better. Although, it's primarily a brow product i imagine you could probably use these as eyeshadows too.

I really like the packaging for this; it's really sturdy and sleek looking, the silver casing gives it that luxurious feel to it too. It's a really handy and compact size so you can keep it in your make up bag without taking up too much room. The little brush that comes with the little duo is actually a really good little brush and it works great but i like to apply it with the Wilko Eyeliner Brush as it's a thin angled brush which makes it nice and easy to apply and you can get a really good controlled application with it too.

I don't think this beats my HD Brow Palette but I've been enjoying using this; it's so easy to use and you can achieve really natural yet full looking brows with it. You can easily build this up and create much bolder eyebrows if you prefer that look. I personally prefer to keep my brows natural looking and just using brow products to fill in any sparse areas and make them look much more groomed and put together.

This is a little pricey at £11.95 but it is a cheaper alternative to likes of the HD Brows palette. This is a great product, good quality and i really like how easy it is to use and how natural it makes my brows look.

What's your favourite brow product?

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review | Heart & Home Mini Candles

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I absolutely love burning candles especially on an evening when I'm ready to wind down and relax. I recently used up my ESPA Restorative Candle and was in need of some new ones so when i was kindly offered to try some Heart & Home Mini Candles* there was no way i could refuse.

I received two Heart & Home Mini Candles in Jasmine Daydream and French Vanilla*, I love using mini candles as i find they're a great way to test out lots of different scents before you commit to buying a big jar candle. I always find with candles they can often smell different from when you first smell them to how they smell when burning so a mini candles are a good way to see if you like it first without spending a lot more money on a bigger sized candle first.

Jasmine Daydream, i think might be my favourite out of the two - it's quite a strong floral scent which isn't really something i like in candles but it's not as strong or as overpowering when it's burning, it's actually really relaxing and it smells a lot nicer.

French Vanilla is quite a sickly sweet scent - I love the scent of Vanilla but i always find vanilla scented candles to be quite sickly but I've not burned this one yet so if it's like the other candle were the scent isn't as strong when burning then i think this will be lovely.

I'm enjoying burning these candles at the moment; they burn down nicely and as i keep mentioning i love how the scent they give off is not as strong as they smell before burning but they still give off a really pleasant scent. These candles are made from a renewable and sustainable soy wax too which i think is amazing because they makes them really environmentally friendly.

There are four scents including French Vanilla, Jasmine Daydream, Lily of the Valley and Fresh Lime and they will be available to buy in a few weeks.

Whats you favourite candle?

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Review | Make Up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer

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If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that i love a good red lip. The latest addition to my collection is the Make Up Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in Keep Trying For You* I've mentioned Make Up Revolution on my blog a few times lately and I'm sure you've heard alot about them as they have literally exploded in the blogging world - if not, they are a relatively new brand that sell really good quality and affordable products.

I have the shade 'Keep Trying For You' which is a very bold true red shade so it's definitely not for people who like a subtle sheer lip as this is very very pigmented, you literally only need one sweep to achieve a full opaque lip. It has a doufat applicator which does help make it easy to apply but I'd recommend taking your time applying it as it's a very stubborn product to remove.

It's a very creamy product to apply so it glides nicely across the lips but i find it a little drying on my lips i dont know if thats because it's a matte formula or if its because my lips are a little dry at the moment but it's feel quite dry so your lips definitely require some some preparation beforehand because it will cling to any dry patches or cracks in the lip. I tend to use a lip scrub to create a smooth lip and then apply lip balm over to moisturise. I'd also recommend using a lip liner underneath as well to get a more defined lip.

The lasting power for this is very impressive once it's full dry, it lasts for about 6-8 hours before it starts to fade in colour and it also lasts pretty well through eating and drinking. I usually reapply my lip products throughout the day/evening but i wouldn't really recommend it too much with this as i find it doesn't layer up very well. I find it goes a bit gloopy and thick so I'd personally avoid reapplying it. I don't think the packaging is anything fancy; it's very simple with gold detailing but it works for the product and what it is.

This isn't my favourite red lip product - i think i may do a post on my most used red lip products - this is a nice product though and for £3 it's a great option for anyone of a budget or for someone who wants to try bolder lip shades without spending a fortune on them.

Have you tried the Make Up Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers? What do you think?

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Review | Essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heatwave

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When i first saw this Essence Blush Up Powder in Heatwave* i just had to try it as i thought it looks like the perfect blush shade for spring/summer. Heatwave is an ombre shade going from Orange to Coral to Pink. It's actually a terrifying shade in the pan - it is so bright and definitely a product you need to apply with a light hand because it is way more pigmented than you think it's going to be so a little definitely goes a very long way.

It's a really lovely blush; it's good quality, has good colour pay off, it's long lasting and it gives a pop of colour to the cheeks. It's a really great product but i just don't love it as much as i thought i would when I'd first seen it but that's more my issue than it being anything to do with the product itself. I'm not too crazy about the packaging - i think it's quite plain and boring and i think they could have made it a bit more exciting but the casing is very sturdy which is good.

It is a nice blush; good quality and affordable but my high expectations have left me feeling a little disappointed as i just don't love it as much as i thought i would. Does anyone else do that? Think that they're gonna really love a product and then don't and not because there is anything wrong with the product or it that just me?

If you are someone who wants an insanely bright summery blush and want something budget friendly this might be the one for you!

Have you tried it?

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