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Monday, 16 January 2017

I haven't tried much from Smashbox. In fact, I think I have only tried a few eyeliners, a lip liner and maybe a mascara? But when I was browsing Boots the other week, I came across the Smashbox L.A Lights To Go kit and needless to say, I was really excited especially the highlighter.
Inside the kit, contains Hollywood & Highlight, which is a stunning light pearl, which literally melts into the skin and makes you look like you are glowing from within. I have to say that I did buy this kit, purely for the highlighter but it really is stunning!! The kit also contains a bronzer, which is the Venice Beach Bronze. It is a shimmery bronze, which is perfect to fake that summer glow. The kit also contains two shades which would be more wearable for your lips and cheeks, the first being Beverly Hills BlushBeverly Hills Blush is a deeper pink which has golden shimmer running through it. Think NARS Orgasm blush, but like any other beauty addict, they will tell you it is different. The second shade is Silver Lake Sunset, which is a peach. It is pretty sheer but on the cheeks, it looks lovely. I can imagine wearing this in the Summer for an effortless make up look.

Now these are only just mini deluxe sizes of the original (the original is 5.8g, whereas these minis are 1.1g) but they are a great way to try a few of the shades from the range. I have tried these as a lip product and I have to say that I prefer these as cheek products, simply because they last a lot longer on the skin. The full size products also come with a sponge tip applicator at the end of the bullet, which is great for touching up on the go!

Have you tried anything from Smashbox lately? I'm currently eyeing up the concealer but I need to figure out what my shade will be. Have you tried it yet?

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Friday, 13 January 2017

I have been putting off from posting my ultimate favourites from the year of 2016, simply because it was hard to narrow down my favourites. I tried so many different products last year and whilst I liked the majority, nothing really made me go 'wow!'. Although, I have managed to grab sixteen of my favourite products from the year of 2016, so let's get straight into it..
Starting off with skincare, my favourite moisturiser from last year is probably no surprise to you all if you have been following me for a while, and that is the Benefit Total Moisture cream. Specifically for those who suffer with dry skin, this is an extremely thick and nourishing face cream, which instantly sinks into the skin. I am currently on my 3rd jar (or maybe it's my 4th!) and say nothing but thank you to Lauren for introducing this to me.
2016 was the year of the PIXI Glow Tonic for me. I finally gave it a go and I can see why people love it! It brightens your skin, without stripping it and if you suffer from milia, then this will help with that! The Boscia peel off masks were probably my favourite masks from last year. They are a lazy girl's dream mask and there is something satisfying about peeling off a mask, I can't explain it! The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing gel, was the one cleanser that my skin loved. It did not irritate my skin but it removed every ounce of makeup. An ultimate HG product! In terms of an exfoliate, the BareMinerals Skinsorials Mix. Exfoliate. Smooth. was my favourite. This can be added into any cleanser of your choice and because it contains both finer and coarser grains, it really gets down at making your skin smoother and getting rid of any dry patches.
On to my makeup favourites from last year and my favourite palette was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master palette by Mario. It contains a wide variety of warm tones along with some mattes and shimmers. Whilst this came out towards the end of the year, this was my go to palette and still is my go to palette. If I wanted a dark smokey eye, or an everyday matte look, this was the palette for me. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, creamy and are an absolute dream to blend.
The STILA Stay All Day eyeliner in Intense Black, was my favourite eyeliner. I've been wearing this practically every day since I got it and it really does stay all day without flaking, fading or smudging on me. 2016 was probably the year of correctors for myself, I struggle with fairly dark under eye circles so if something can counteract it, I'm all for it! Thanks to Amy over at Benefit (in Covent Garden), she introduced me to Benefit Erase Paste. I have always overlooked this product because I didn't realise I could use it as a corrector! I use the shade 'deep' and whilst it is too orange for my skin, it definitely works wonders at concealing and cancelling out the darkness.
My favourite face powder of last year was (and still is) the Sephora 8 Hour Mattifying powder. I hit pan towards the end of the year and considering I used this every single day for the entire year, I would say that's pretty good! It is not full coverage at all, but it helps to set my concealer and I can reapply this throughout the day without looking cakey. The NARS Laguna bronzer was a rediscovery for me this year. I finished my favourite MAC bronzer and I struggled to find a product which was comparable. I decided to have a look through my make up stash before I ran out and brought a new bronzer and came across Laguna. I do not understand why I stopped using this, it is an amazing product and I can't say anything more about it!
The Buxom lip products were my favourite lip products this year. I picked these up when I was in Vegas last year and I wish I picked up more! They are incredibly creamy and just glide on your lips without tugging. Plus the lip cream in White Russian (which I know is a favourite for most people) was my ultimate go to lip gloss, no matter what look I was going for. Plus it plumps up your lips, which is a nice added touch.
My favourite hair brand of last year was Kératase. I first picked up the Kératase Fluidissime spray, which essentially is an anti-frizz spray. My hair became very frizzy last year, so I needed something which would have helped with that and this was the product that did so. It is a leave in product so I apply it when my hair is damp and sometimes I blow dry my hair afterwards but mostly, I let it air dry. This also is a heat protectant, which is amazing because I tend to straighten my hair alot! The Kératase Densifique shampoo and conditioner were recommended to me by my hair stylist. My hair can be quiet flat at times and this really helps to add more body and volume to my hair. It's absolute amazing! Also, my favourite tool from last year was my compact TangleTeezer. I love this original and I use it every single day, so a compact version was a no brainer. I keep this in my bag and as my hair tends to be really knotty, this helps to brush through those knots without breaking my hair.
Lastly, nails. My favourite nail polish brand this year is probably no surprise to anyone who knows me in real life. I rave about the Sephora Formula X nail polishes, so much so that I currently have three back ups of the top coat because I love it that much! They opaque within just one or two coats and they last on my nails for days (usually up to a week!). The Formula X ranges from mattes, cremes to shimmers and glitters. They are amazing and I wish they were more readily available here in the UK. My other nail favourite is the Red Carpet Gel Manicure set. I picked this up when it was my birthday back in September, and I feel like I was more swayed because of the limited edition Cinderella packaging...I mean, is it just stunning!!
I have never tried gel manicure at home but I enjoy getting it done, so when I saw this I just picked it up. I can honestly say that this makes no difference in terms of longevity than if you were to get your gel nails done in a salon. I can have the gel on for over two weeks, sometimes three weeks but I normally get bored of the shade and I like to change it up often.

So that's it! These are my favourite products from the year of 2016 and I do feel like I have missed out a few products but if I did, then I will mention them in my January 2017 favourites at the end of the month. What were your favourite stand out products for 2016?
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Monday, 9 January 2017

Back when it was Black Friday, I made an order off from the Anastasia Beverly Hills' website. They had a few great deals going on, so I thought it would be a great chance to try her stick foundations.
Now, I've heard so many great things about the stick foundations. Everyone I speak to always raves about them so I knew I had to try it myself. I picked up three different shades (a highlight, a contour and my actual skin tone shade) and luckily the shade I chose to match my skin, was the perfect shade! In terms of packaging, the stick foundations are extremely sleek looking, with it being black and having rose gold accents, it will stand out in any persons make up bag or dressing table.
The shade which I chose to match my skin tone was 'Warm Natural' (light skin with warm undertones). I searched all over the internet, including other people's blog posts and videos and this was the shade I decided to be the best match for myself. If you are an NC30 in MAC, then this would be the perfect shade for yourself too! I then thought I should try a highlight and contour shade. I haven't quite mastered the whole highlight and contour trend, but these stick foundations make the whole job a lot easier! The 'Banana' shade is described as a 'pale yellow' and the 'Shadow shade is a 'caramel latte' shade. I apply both of these over my foundation, as I find that it looks a little bit more natural, especially the contour.
After trying these out for the last couple of weeks, I have found that they are extremely blendable and creamy. They are incredibly pigmented and provide full coverage however, they can also be sheered out, which is what I tend to prefer. It does not look cakey on the skin and once it sets, it provides a natural finish to the skin. I have been using a large kabuki brush to blend this out, however I find just using your fingers does a great job too!
I also picked up the ABH Waterproof Creme Colour in the shade Jet, which can either be a cream shadow or liner. I haven't used a gel eyeliner in years and whilst liquid eyeliners are nice, I just missed using a gel liner. I can get my 'flick' so precise and even, plus after hearing great reviews of the Waterproof Creme Colours, I knew I had to get it. It is said to not flake, fade or crease, which is definitely ideal for myself, whilst also providing a matte finish.

I have yet to try the Waterproof Creme Colour but I will definitely report back once I have. Also, ABH now ships to the UK and delivery is free over £25! Have you brought anything from ABH lately?

ABH Stick Foundation // $25 / £24
ABH Waterproof Creme Colour // $18 / £18
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Monday, 2 January 2017

 Last year (wow that feels weird to say!), I went to Lille for work and whilst I was in Lille, my first point of call was going to the mothership Sephora! And I know what you're all thinking, another Sephora haul?! But you just posted one! Your last post was a Sephora haul too!! And I know, I have a problem but it's a mini haul...minuscule! And I wanted to get it up because a few people have been asking what I brought on Twitter and Instagram (follow me!). 
So onto the haul, the Sephora I went into was pretty small but I managed to pick up everything I wanted. I have been going through my entire beauty stash and I have made it a point of using everything up. I still do not understand how I have 6 bottles of hairspray, when I don't use it on a daily basis?! I first picked up two more bottles of my favourite topcoat by Formula X. I already had a spare but I thought I'd get two more bottles because I wouldn't know what to do when I have run out! The Formula X top coat is very glossy but it dries very fast. It makes your manicure almost gel like, and I especially like that it makes my manicure last a lot longer. I can go with about a week without any chipping or fading, which is great!!
I then went past the Marc Jacobs stall and whilst eyeing everything up, I remember testing the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel foundation when I was in Vegas and liking it, but they didn't have my shade. Thankfully, they had my shade and I have been using it every day since. It is a very dewy foundation, which doesn't even feel like foundation at all! It provides a very natural finish to the skin and just melts and blends into the skin effortlessly. I would say that it provides medium coverage but it definitely can be built up, without looking cakey on the skin. It also contains an antioxidant vitamin which is supposed to 'awaken your skin's radiance and clarity'. I picked up the shade Beige Light 32, and it is the perfect shade for me. It doesn't make my skin look too dark or orange, as some foundations can oxidise on my skin a little and once it sets, it is set. I can touch my face without having the foundation transfer to my finger tips. A winner in my book! 

I also picked up the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major volume mascara. I've seen this in action and it looks absolutely amazing! Just think, instant false lash effect. I have yet to try this out, but will definitely report back once I have! The last two products I picked up are lip related. I picked up another Sephora Lip Liner to go. I have a few of these liners already and they are probably my favourite. They are very long lasting and do not dry out your lips.  I picked up the shade 'Deep Beige' which is similar to MAC Spice lip liner, but is only for a fraction of the price! Another product which is only a fraction of the price, is the Sephora Colour Reveal lip balm, which is very similar to the Dior Addict lip balm. It changes colour once you've applied it and turns into the perfect pink for everyone. This is a repeat purchase as it was probably the first product I ever brought from Sephora years ago!

Have you brought anything from Sephora lately? Or what was your favourite beauty buy of 2016?? I'd love to know! And I think I'm all Sephora-ed out and I definitely will not be making another order any time soon! 
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Friday, 18 November 2016

Hello everyone! The last couple of weeks have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to sit down and write a blog post. However, I have had time to make a little cheeky Sephora haul, so what better way to start blogging again then with a haul!
 The first thing I added instantly into my basket was the Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip & Liner set. I have been eyeing up the Ciate Liquid Velvet in Voodoo for the longest time and when I saw that it was in this set, I knew I had to get it.

 The box contains a large amount of deluxe sized lip products (10 including a lipliner) along with 4 full sized products. The only negative thing I can say about this box is that it contain a lot of red shades, and for someone who doesn't really wear red lipstick, I'm not that fussed over the products so expect a few items to be added to my blog sale/Depop.

 I then saw the Estée Edit Flash Photo Kit, which contains two deluxe sized products of the Flash Photo gloss and the Flash Photo powder. I have been wanting to try the powder since the range came out and I kept putting it off, because I have so many powders and the idea of a sheer translucent powder that has a blue-hue to it, is just really interesting. It is supposed to instantly brighten the skin, and as it is a small compact, it's perfect to just throw in your bag. The Flash Photo gloss is supposed to have the same effect. It contains micro-pearls which have a blue tone, to help bring out the white from your teeth. I have yet to try these out but I'm definitely intrigued and I love the brand already, so it's a no brainer that I will enjoy using these products.
The Sol Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum cream has caught my attention from practically everyone I've spoken to. It is supposed to tighten and firm the skin, however I heard that it was incredibly moisturising and that is the reason why I decided to add it to my basket. I picked up the Brazilian Beauty on the Go set, as it just worked out to be the same price and in the set, it also contained the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu lip butter, which is so hydrating that I do not need to reapply throughout the day! The bum bum cream has a blend of cupuaçu butter, coconut, açai and guaraná, which will help nourish and condition the skin.
As it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to pick up my birthday treat, so I settled with the FRESH set. The set contained the Soy Face cleanser, which is probably one of my favourite cleansers and the Rose face mask, which I have yet to try but it smells great!

I also picked up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Mario palette, which unfortunately is not available in the UK (and I don't think it will be coming over here any time soon!) however I feel like that needs an entirely separate post so be sure to keep your eye out for that. *spoiler - it's amazing!!*

Have you brought anything from Sephora lately? Apparently it's coming over to London soon so I think someone might need to hide my wallet!

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

It's no surprise that I really like Clinique. In fact, my first 'big girl' moisturiser was from Clinique, which was the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (which is aimed for those who suffer from dry skin). I absolutely love the entire brand and their products, so when I saw the new additions to the Pep-Start range, I was excited.
I remember seeing the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer on a MUA's snapchat, and it instantly caught my eye. I wanted to know more about the product and straight away to started to research about the little blue tub. Unfortunately, it was only available in the States but it wasn't until a few months ago that the full range launched in the UK.
The Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer is aimed at instantly blurring any imperfections on the skin, whilst not drying out the skin by adding hydration throughout the day. I find that it is not only a skincare product, but it also doubles up as a make up product, in the sense that I've been using this as a primer. As it has a matte finish to the skin, my foundation lasts longer throughout the day and I'm less shiny, however I only use this in my t-zone as I find that it can build up on the skin.

The Clinique 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser was probably the one product I was not that excited to use. I prefer exfoliating cleansers to contain larger granules, simply because I feel like it really works at getting rid of all of the impurities in the skin. But I was definitely proven wrong with this cleanser. It removes both dirt and impurities in the skin, whilst also removing dead skin cells and excess oil, whilst also providing a glow on the skin. I've been using this around 3 times a week and I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. It looks a lot more brighter and smoother. I definitely need to pick up a full size bottle soon!

Have you tried anything from the new Clinique Pep-Start range? I'm currently eyeing up the Clinique Pep-Start Hydrorush moisturizer, which sounds amazing!

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