Friday, 27 March 2015

CLINIQUE HAUL | GWP

It's no surprise that I have dry skin and the one moisturiser that has helped is the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturzing lotion +. This is aimed for very dry to dry combination skin and honestly, it is perfect. I ran out a few months ago and today I finally decided to pick it up again. I went into Boots and if you brought two (or more) products (one has to be skincare) you get a free gift with purchase. Another product I decided to get was the Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop.
I have heard so much about these blushes since they launched last year and I thought I should look at them in person before I buy one. I thought I would choose 'Ginger Pop' at first but when I got there, it was much darker in person and it didn't really do anything for me. So I settled with 'Peach Pop' and it's a great shade! It is a gorgeous peach shade with a hint of golden shimmer. At first I thought it was a cream product, but the Clinique assistant said it is a baked product! I would have never guessed since they feel so creamy and silky on the skin. 
As for the GWP, this is probably one of the best I have seen in a long time. Inside it contains the Clinique Take The Day Off Remover for lids, lashes and lips, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, a mini deluxe Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lavish Lilac, a mini deluxe High Lengths mascara in black, a Blushing Blush powder blush in Pink Love and finally an eyelash curler. All of these products come in a medium sized printed wash bag. 

The Clinique Bonus time is until tomorrow (Saturday 28th March, 2015) so if you want to get your hands on it, then I suggest you go quickly or you can also order online.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

GIVEAWAY | 100 FOLLOWERS ON BLOGLOVIN'

I've been blogging for nearly three years now, and whilst blogging has always (and will always) be a hobby for me, it was nothing that I took very seriously. To be honest, I still don't take blogging seriously, I post every three days and sometimes I even forget! In October last year, I decided to share a post on my Twitter and since then I have gotten so much feedback on my blog, it's incredible! A few weeks ago, I hit 100 followers on Bloglovin' and whilst that may not seem like a lot to some of you, for me, it's huge! I cannot believe that 100 people hit that 'follow' button - it's incredible! You're incredible!! In fact, we nearly have 200 followers on Bloglovin' and so this little 'giveaway' is probably too late but I'm still going to do it!
So I decided to give a little something back to you all. I'm normally not one for giveaways since it can kind of feel like I'm 'buying' followers but I want to give something back to you all who have been reading my blog since day 1, way back in 2012.
So after thinking for a while, I thought the best thing to give away would be two Essie nail polishes. Now I am a huge nail polish addict. I have way too many - in fact my mum says that I can open a shop with the amount I have!! So giving away a nail polish would be fitting since I love them! I thought long and hard about what colours to give away since Essie have a huge amount and the two that kept coming to mind are Sugar Daddy and Ballet Slippers. Both of these are my all time favourites and I have gone through numerous bottles.

The Giveaway Rules:
1. You MUST be following my blog on Bloglovin' to qualify.
2. This giveaway will run from 25th March 2015 to 31st May 2015.
3. I will be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway so please follow the instructions, and there are a few bonus entries ;)
4. This is only open those who live in the UK!

Also, I will announce the winner on Twitter and if you have won, then you have 24 hours to reply otherwise I will choose another winner :)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

URBAN DECAY | NAKED 3

It's no surprise that I love my original Urban Decay Naked palette. I remember when it first launched..everyone went crazy for it and before I knew it, it was sold out everywhere. Fast forward a few months later and in September of that year (2010?) Urban Decay launched it again and made it permanent, I was so excited, I could not stop talking about it! I got it as a present that month for my birthday (back when it was just £28!) and to this day, it's still my favourite palette. Last year back in September, I was given the new(er) Urban Decay Naked 3 palette for my birthday and whilst I was excited that I got my hands on it, it was not until this month that I started to use it - is that bad? Of course it's bad!
With the UD Naked 3 being a lot more pink in tone, I have to admit I was a little hesitant to use it. Pink eyeshadow can look really nice, if it is done in the right way, but I always have had this fear that by using pink eyeshadows, my eyes will look like they have an infection(!) Funnily enough, this is not the case with these eyeshadows, yes they have a pinky tone, but they are really wearable shades!
This palette contains 12 brand new, never seen before eyeshadows along with a dual ended brush, which is actually great! Here are some swatches of the eyeshadows without using a primer:
 Strange is a matte creamy beige with a pink undertone and Dust is a peachy pink glittery shimmer, both of these shadows were a bit difficult to swatch by when using a fluffy brush, Strange looks lovely as a highlight shade and Dust is best applied with either a flat shader brush or by packing it on the lid with your fingers. Burnout is a pinky peach with a satin finish, Limit is a true pink shade which has a matte finish. I would say Buzz is a true rose gold shadow, it's lovely! Trick is a pinky coppery shimmer, this was a little bit tricky to swatch since it was similar to my skintone but when using a flat shader brush, it's amazing!
I would say Nooner is a taupe which has a matte finish, I like to use this as a transition shade since it works with all the other shadows in this palette. Liar is a gorgeous pinky mauve shade and Factory is a warm brown which has a satin finish. Mugshot is taupe shade which is a satin finish, this is a little bit different to all the other shades in the palette but it still works. Darkside is a plummy taupe which also has a satin finish and Blackheart is a black shadow that has purple/copper glitter running through it. 

Like all other Urban Decay shadows, these are very creamy and buttery. They are very easy to work with and whilst some are a little less pigmented than others, I still love it nonetheless. I definitely would not have picked this palette up for myself and I'm glad I got it as a gift.

As for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, that's one I probably won't have in my collection since it is a lot cooler in tone and I tend to gravitate towards warmer eyeshadows.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

MAC | CINDERELLA COLLECTION

If you follow me on Twitter, then you would know that I finally got my hands on the MAC x Cinderella collection on Friday. Unfortunately, when it released on the MAC website last week, everything was sold out by the time I checked and the only thing I could get was a fluid line, but on Friday I made it my mission to get my hands on the items I wanted and I did!
As you can see, the entire collection is just stunning. I know some people think it looks tacky but with Cinderella being my second favourite Disney princess, I love it! - my all time favourite Disney princess is Sleeping Beauty, and funnily enough I did not buy anything from the Maleficent collection! All the products come in limited edition shimmery blue packaging, I thought it would be 'rubbery', similar to NARS packaging, but it isn't - which is great! The products I got from the entire collection are the two lipsticks, the beauty powder, the iridescent powder, the eyeshadow palette and one of the gel liners.
Starting off with the lipsticks, there were two to choose from. The first is 'Free As A Butterfly' which is described as a 'semi-sheer golden nude', which it is. It a light golden beige and whilst it can make your lips look a little dead, I have found over my other nude lipsticks, this looks great! The second lipstick is 'Royal Ball' which is described as a 'fleshy pink', honestly the word fleshy kind of makes me cringe but it's still a lovely shade nonetheless. It is a neutral everyday pink shade.
Both of these lipsticks have a Lustre finish to them.
Next up are the two powders, I have never tried a beauty powder or an iridescent powder from MAC, so I did not know what to expect but they are still nice and to me, they look just like normal highlighters. First is 'Coupe d'Chic' which is an iridescent powder, it is described as a 'light golden peach with gold shimmer'. Honestly this is was a bit difficult to swatch but I found when using a brush, it looks great on the high points of your face. It is shimmery, but it does not make you look like a disco ball. The beauty powder is called 'Mystery Princess' which is described as a 'pink beige with silver shimmer'. This was very easy to use, and it does not look chunky or patchy on the skin since it is very easy to blend, plus it does not emphasise the pores.
The eyeshadow palette, which is called 'Stroke of Midnight', was probably the one thing I was excited about getting. It contains six shades, five of which are permanent and funnily enough, I do not have any of these shades. Vapour (velvet) is described as being a 'peach-pink with violet pearl', I would say it is a bright iridescent white, which looks great as a highlight. Phloof! (frost) is described as a 'frosted off white', it does have a pink undertone to it. This was very soft and buttery to use. Omega (matte) is a 'soft muted beige taupe', this had great pigmentation to it and it was a breeze to blend. Quarry (matte) is a 'soft muted plummy brown' and like Omega, I found this very easy to blend. It is very soft and has great pigmentation. Satin Taupe (frost) is described as a 'taupe with a silver shimmer'. This was probably one of the shadows I was the most excited about, I have used Satin Taupe before, but I have always wanted to buy it. This had great colour payoff and it was a breeze to use. Stroke of Midnight (velvet) is the one shade in this palette that is limited edition and it was actually the one shade that did not perform as well as I would have thought. It is described as being a 'black plum with sparkle pearl', when swatched it looks almost matte and I found it to be a bit powdery and not as pigmented as the other shades in this palette.
The fluidline in Little Black Bow, was the one product I managed to get online when the collection first launched. It is described as a 'grey with silver pearl', I would say it is a dark grey with a metallic sheen to it. I found it very easy to use, it was very smooth and it provided an even finish, it did not tug on the skin either. I have used this on my lower lash line this week, and it did not budge at all!
I'm glad I did get my hands on the products I wanted from the collection. I was actually a little bit gutted that I could not get my hands on it when it first launched online, in fact when the lady at the MAC store handed me the lipstick in Royal Ball, it was actually the last one in stock! I felt a little bad for the people behind me, especially those who decided to go after work to get the products they wanted.

I have to say the one item that I was not fond of were the eye gloss, the idea of putting gloss on my eyelids kind of creeped me out a little - haha! Unfortunately, I can't find any of the collection online but you might be able to get your hands on it in store and I know Debenhams will have it online on the 17th March, so be sure to keep an eye out for that when it launches.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

THE BATTLE OF THE MASKS

It's no surprise that I love a good face mask. I love trying out different types and I love how it makes my skin feel after using them. Face masks are a great way to either draw out all those nasty impurities in your skin or to bring back some hydration and moisture. I thought it would be interesting to show you all my current favourite masks that I use for different skin-situations.
HYDRATION: It's no surprise to you all that I suffer from dry and sensitive skin (worse combo ever!) so every week or so I use a hydrating face mask. I have two that I really love to use, the first is my all time favourite the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask. I practically slather my skin in this, and I do not bother wiping away the excess like it says on the tube. I apply this about an hour or so before going to bed and then I leave it on until the next morning when I wash my face. In the morning my skin feels plumper, softer and any dry patches I may have had are gone. A new favourite is the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask, this is not an overnight mask like the Origins one, but it's still great! It is targeted for dehydrated and blemish prone skin but I use this on areas that I feel like need extra hydration and after 15 - 20 minutes later, my skin is so soft and moisturised.
DETOX: Even though I suffer from dry and sensitive skin, I have also been suffering from a few blemishes lately - I put it down to being in my final year of uni! The Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 wash and mask, has been my favourite mask for years. I remember using this back when I was 14/15 and I still use it now. It is a clay based mask so it is gentle on your skin but it also draws all those impurities in your skin. The Boscia Luminizing Black Mask is a new favourite, I brought this a few months ago (I mentioned it here) and it's amazing! It is a peel off mask, which I love but also it's great at drawing out dirt and oil from the skin. I usually use this on my T-zone and on my chin and I instantly notice that those areas feel much more 'cleaner', I highly recommend it!
RADIANCE: In terms of radiance, there was only one mask that came to mind and it is the Glamglow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate treatment. This mask is really something, it is a clay mask but it also has little exfoliating grains in it too. Again, I apply this on the centre of my face so my T-zone, chin and nose, I avoid my cheeks but I feel like it would be a bit too harsh since my cheeks are a lot more sensitive but I have yet to try it. When it dries down, I remove the mask in circular motions to help exfoliate, this really helps to take away any dead skin cells but it does not make my skin feel tight or irritated afterwards. Again, I highly recommend it!
PORE CLEANSING: Pore cleansing masks are probably one of my favourites, I can never have enough. One of my all time favourites is the Sanctuary Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask, like it says on the tube, it is a thermal mask so when you first apply it on your skin, it warms up but this disappears after a minute or so. It is a charcoal mask so it really gets to work on your skin and helps to unclog your pores. A new favourite that I discovered last year is the Glamglow SuperMud Clearing Treatment. Now I've heard mixed reviews on this mask but I love it. I do not apply it all over my skin, instead I simply apply this on certain areas like my nose and chin. When this mask is drying you can see it drawing out all the dirt and oil from your pores, it's really fascinating. A new favourite, which is similar to the Glamglow mask but a lot cheaper, is the REN Invisible Pores Detox mask. This is amazing, it is a clay based mask and it instantly makes your pores look smaller. Again, you can see this mask drawing out all the impurities from your pores but when you wash it off your 'clogged pores' are no longer clogged. One of the things I like about this mask is that it is super gentle on the skin, it's amazing! 

From my entire stash of face masks, these are the ones that I love and I would repurchase again and again. In fact, I highly recommend them all!

Edit: MyVoucherCodes have a great deal where you can get up to 20% off your order on products like the REN Invisible Pores Detox mask or the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask, on LookFantastic.


Have you entered my 100 followers on Bloglovin' giveaway yet? I'm giving away two Essie nail polishes! 

Monday, 9 March 2015

TARTE LIGHTS CAMERA LASHES MASCARA

If you read my Round Up for February then you would know that for the past few weeks I have been trying out Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, and I have to say I am obsessed with it! I brought it way back in December and I don't know why it has taken me so long to try it! 
At first glance, the packaging of this mascara did not 'wow' me, now this is a deluxe sample size of the original mascara so the packaging is plastic instead of being a soft plastic-y material, but still it is different than all the other mascaras out there. The second thing I noticed was the wand, I do really like natural bristles instead of plastic bristles, so I knew I would kind of like it but little did I know that I would fall in love with it! So the wand does not look like anything special, but that's what I love about it, it is not gimmicky at all and it really works! Here is a little before and after - sorry for being so up close and personal, haha!...
Tarte says that it is a 4-in-1 mascara, so it is supposed to lengthen, curl, create volume and even condition your lashes. The mascara is infused with olive esters so it helps to condition, treat and protect your lashes, and I have to say that I agree! I have noticed that my lashes have even grown a little by using this mascara and they do not fall out as much as they did beforehand. As you can see in the before photo, my lashes are fairly sparse but I have noticed that they are longer than usual. Normally my lashes are short and sparse, so I would say that because this mascara conditions your lashes, I think it has helped them to grow too. 
With every coat of mascara, my lashes seemed to grow longer and longer, I mean even you can see the difference between just one coat of mascara with two coats of mascara, it's amazing! It created such volume that when I was done applying my mascara, I could not stop looking at my lashes! As you can see from the photos that it does curl my lashes and I have to say that this curl lasted all day. Normally, my lashes droop down towards the end of the day but I was really surprised that this didn't happen.

Overall, all I can say is that I love this mascara and I'm happy that I have a waterproof version of the Tarte Lights Camera (sp)Lashes, which I brought here, as a back up when I have finished using this.

Friday, 6 March 2015

HAIRCARE 101

In terms of beauty, the one 'area' I do not know much of is, hair. I've never been too fussed over my hair, I still am not that fussed over it. I pretty much have a handful of products that I like and that's about it. So today, I thought it would be interesting to show you all my favourite hair products.
Pre-Wash:
This is probably a weird step for some, but once every two weeks or even after a week if I feel like my hair needs it, I apply a deep and intensive hair mask. I usually apply coconut oil to my hair and I sleep with it over night. I only do this when I know I am going to wash it the following day. My hair feels healthier and even looks it! Plus it provides moisture back to my scalp and hair so it is not so dry.
Wash:
For shampoo and conditioner, I am not bothered at all. I normally buy whatever is on sale but recently, I have been using the Phil Smith Super Smooth shampoo* and conditioner*, and my hair has been loving it so far. It does not make my hair frizzy at all, which I normally have an issue with, and my hair feels and looks smoother, shinier and I have found that it is less knotty - this could be down to the fact that my hair is no longer frizzy! Whilst this duo is really nice, my all time favourite conditioner is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, I normally use this twice a week and my hair loves it. If I was in a rush and I did not have time to wash my hair then the one product I use is the Batiste dry shampoo, I have used this for years and it's brilliant. I have found that the 'cherry' scent is the one that does not leave a white cast on my hair and it smells great!
Prep:
When my hair is wet, I use a pea sized amount of the Photo 7 Daily Hydrating cream and I apply it to the ends of my hair. I have used this for just over a year now and I have noticed a difference in my hair. It does not break as easily and I have noticed I have less split ends than I normally would have. If I don't feel like using this, then I reach for my Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, this is different compared to the Photo 7 cream, since it has a gel like consistency. It sinks into your hair easily and I can't even tell I have it in my hair at all. For a detangler, I have been using the Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle, this contains both macadamia nut oil and argan fruit oil so it helps to bring moisture to your hair, the only thing I don't like about this is that it does not have an 'even spritz', but it is still a great product. For a heat protectant I have been using a new product as of late, I have been using the TREsemmé Pro Shine heat protect style primer (I think it was limited edition?), the idea of a primer intrigued me and even though I love the Schwarzkopf Guardian Angel heat protectant, I really like this one too! It smells great and it makes my hair feel so much more softer and it is easier to manage. Again, I use all of these products when my hair is still wet.
Style:
If I have not applied heat protectant when my hair is wet and I need to style it then I grab my Paul Mitchell Express Style Hot Off The Press, it is a spray and the one thing I really like about this product is that it is a heat protectant and a hairspray in one! It protects my hair from heat and it also holds onto any style. If I want some volume to my hair then I reach for the TREsemmé 24 Hour Body Sky High Plumping powder, this is very similar to the Bumble & Bumble pret-a-powder, since it adds volume and texture to your hair but it's only a fraction of the price. Plus it has a matte finish so your hair does not look greasy at all! The final step in my haircare, is a finishing product. I used to apply serums to my hair but lately I've been using oils, I have been loving the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Treatment oil. I simply apply a pea sized amount and run it through my hair, it helps to make my hair less frizzy and any fly aways at bay.
Also I was sent a great infographic on what the perfect hairstyle for your face would be and I found it really interesting! According to the infographic, I have a heart shaped face and I have to say I agree with it, I definitely suit longer layers than anything else.

So that is it, these are my current favourite hair products, I don't use every single product all at once but these are what I like.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

THE ROUND UP | FEBRUARY 2015

I can't remember the last time I actually sat down and wrote a blog post. February was such a busy month for me and I honestly couldn't wait for it to be over. Hello March! I thought I would start things off with my favourites for the month of February, also I have decided to now call it a 'Round Up' simply because I am going to 'round up' everything that I have been loving for that month, along with all the blog posts I have written at the end of this post - let me know if you like it this way :)

This month, I tried out a lot of different mascaras but the one that I am in love with is the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara. I got a deluxe sample in a set and I didn't think I would love it as much as I do! It creates length and volume but it does not make my lashes look clumpy at all - I even got asked if I was wearing false lashes and that never happens!! I will have a review of this mascara coming up soon, so be sure to be on the look out for that. Another Tarte product from that set is the Tarte 12 hour clay blush in Exposed. If you have been a long reader of mine then you would know that I regretted not buying any blushes from Tarte when I went to Vegas last year, and so since Sephora now ships to the UK I decided to pick one up. Now in the pan this blush looks a bit 'blah' and nothing special, but believe me when I say this is gorgeous on the cheeks, plus it lasts for ages on the skin.
Another cheek product is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I brought this at the beginning of the year when Selfridges had 10% of CT, and it was not until this month when I really started to use it. The sculpt shade is great to make it look like you have cheekbones and the highlight shade makes it look like you are glowing from within. I didn't have much time to do my make up this month so this duo was great! Another highlighting product is an old favourite of mine, it's the YSL Touche Elcat. I used this under my eyes (but on top of my concealer) to brighten my under eye area up. I had such dark circles this month and this is the one product that really helped and made it look like I had 10 hours of sleep every night, when in reality I only had about 5, 6 if I was lucky.
Finally the last two products are both from MAC. I have been wearing MAC - Twig lipstick everyday this past month, it is a great everyday shade. Now I love MAC - Faux, and whilst Twig does look similar, it is much darker than Faux. For a little 'pop', I have been wearing the new MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus lipstick and lipgloss for when I go out at night. It is a bright pink lipstick and lipgloss and I have gotten SO many compliments on it.