16 October 2014

Mid-October Budget Favourites.

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So it's a couple of days to go until I get paid, my student loan is in my savings account and I'm absolutely broke due to copious amounts of nights out. What am I to do when I'm in desperate need of three new items? That's right, go to Boots and Superdrug. I've got a slight addiction to 'drugstore' makeup products, I don't know what it is about them but I can't seem to leave without picking at least one item up. This month I've acquired three new things that I absolutely cannot get enough of, all of which accumulated to under £20! 

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder £8.99.

I'd heard Amelia rave about this countless times as being a dupe for the Chanel Les Bieges Powder and after my Soap and Glory powder finally ran out it was time to put Bourjois to the test. It's safe to say that I've been converted to this over S&G as it's almost unholy with how much I love using it. It manages to keep my skin looking matte for a heck of a lot longer than anything else I've tried, while giving my skin a little bit extra coverage. I'm not overly fond of the scent, but thankfully you can't smell it once applied to the skin. Overall an absolute bargain.

Seventeen Phwoarr Paint £5.49.

I've had the most annoying breakout around my jawline this month, something that always seems to happen come a season change. So rather than panic buying a rather expensive concealer, Seventeen did the job nicely. This little pot concealer has been a god send for me this month. It's marketed as an under-eye concealer, but Phwoarr Paint has such a creamy consistency that means it works very well at covering up pesky blemishes. I don't find it to look caky at all, and it blends seamlessly into the skin. This is definitely one to pick up if you're at your wits end.

Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose £3.99.

As for this last item, I'd been looking for a subtle nude-pink blush for what feels like forever and Rimmel really stepped up to the challenge. I'd been flirting with the idea of buying a new MAC blush for a while, but upon testing Santa Rose out a couple of weeks ago I didn't think twice before picking it up. Rimmel have created a really beautiful soft pink shade without too much colour, I find that it works perfectly with any makeup look and is a lovely match against my pale skin. They do a variety of different colours, but I found this to be the one for me.

What have you been loving from the drugstore?

15 October 2014

Which Highlight Should I Buy?

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Up until last year I didn't have a clue what a highlight was, or that such a beauty product existed. The only highlighters that I was aware of, came in pen form and were often fluorescent. Then along came Youtube tutorials and I was fully converted. There's been two products that just seem to crop up absolutely everywhere when it comes to this category, both of which are absolutely stunning but in  very different ways. So if you're feeling a little overwhelmed and need a little help making a decision, look no further.

Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight.

I'm always going to feel slightly biased about this product as it was not only the first highlighter I invested in, but also my first Space NK purchase. I was lured in with promises of a subtle 'lit from within glow' and didn't look back for a full year. The quality of this is indescribable, KA have managed to produce a product that feels buttery on the skin without in any way looking greasy. I  absolutely loathe the packaging that KA popped this in, but thankfully that's now been redesigned to a more sleek and compact style. If you're someone who likes luxury then I'd highly recommend treating yourself to this, by paying a little extra you'll have something that you can cherish for many many months. 

The Balm Mary Loumanizer.

On the opposite end if the spectrum we have the most in-your-face highlighting compact you'll find. But surprisingly, I rather like it. Everyone loves a little shimmer (and if you don't what's wrong with you??), and The Balm have created a super shimmery powder that will have you craving this like a niffler (Harry Potter reference anyone?). In comparison to the Kevin Aucoin one, there simply isn't one as this is on a completely different spectrum. It's even more buttery and incredibly pigmented, so much so that even the lightest dab can be too much. If you like shimmer, gold, and some serious glow then if I were you I'd be placing a Feel Unique order right this second. For me, I struggle to pull this off on the best of days. But The Mary Loumanizer is an excellent multitasking product that is essential for someone who's after a lovely little glow.

10 October 2014

The Bath-time Edit.

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So it's Friday, and after a long week at university/school/work I'm sure that most of you are looking for a bit of an indulgence tonight. Be that in the form of a pre-night out bath, or a full on fleecy pyjama and ice cream night in. I think you can almost get away with working on full speed in the summer months, but when it comes to autumn/winter there's just something so cosy about taking the time to relax on an evening. My favourite thing to do is to run a bath, balance the laptop on a chair and binge on Netflix/youtube. But really, doesn't that sound lovely?

Boots Botanics Rejuvinating Bath Elixir in Rebalance is such a dreamy scent. I've gone through countless bottles of this in the winter, as it's the perfect product to use when the rains pouring outside and you need a little home comfort. I like to use this particularly on an evening as it truly feels like I'm soaking in a cloud going off to sleep.

Bath Bombs are my utter favourite items to pair with a good bubble bath. I picked these up from a handmade bath shop a couple of weeks ago on holiday in Whitby. The little bath bombs each smell of different scents, from palma violets to grapefruit and the big one had calming scents of lavender. A good place to look would be Lush, as they have something for everyone and leave your skin looking and feeling super soft. Plus their festive collection is in and it all looks to die for.

Candles always make everything feel cosy in the winter time, adding that lovely warm glow to a room. I love to burn vanilla and coconut candles in my bedroom as it's my favourite scent, this one in particular was only £2 from Primark and it's lasted me weeks. My mum's favourite is the Cranberry scent from the Yankee Candle Home range sold in Asda, we've been burning this ever since the weather turned pear shaped last week and it's made the whole room smell incredible.

Lip balms and body oils are the ultimate post-bath luxury for me. You'd typically catch me using the Nuxe Reve De Miel, but for something a little more sweet I've been loving my Strawberry Cupcake balm from Whitby. It's not quite as thick and nourishing as Nuxe's offering, but it certainly makes my lips feel delicious. Unfortunately my Caudalie Divine Oil isn't pictured here, but if you want something that leaves you feeling utterly expensive then I'd highly recommend that.

These are my favourite rituals for the winter-time, what do you use during and post bathing?

9 October 2014

Budget Autumn Eyes.

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Now that it's October I feel like I can fully embrace my favourite season. Finally, everything is starting to feel festive. In England we have my absolute favourite holidays coming, number one being Bon fire night. To all those who are not native British people, this is where we celebrate the thwarting of someone who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. It sounds strange but there's always fireworks displays, a huge bon fire and particularly up north we have pie and peas. What more could you want? So I'm honouring my favourite time of year by switching things up on the makeup front, and what better way than incorporating a little festive red eyeshadow?

You all remember when MAC's Cranberry did the rounds last year? This time instead of a berry, it's all about a more russet red for me. My initial intention was to pick up that Charlotte Tilbury Palette (The Dolce Vita, which I can still see myself buying) and although her eyeshadows truly are fantastic, £38 is a little steep for my student budget. Thankfully I've invested in a cheap and cheerful dupe: Rimmel London Glam'eyes HD Eyeshadow Palette in Brixton Brown. At only £6.99 (or if you go into Asda it's usually on offer for £5!) you honestly cannot go wrong with this product. Most of the colours are beautifully pigmented, the russet red in particular requires only a dab of a brush, and buttery soft on the lid. In comparison to the Charlotte Tilbury version of course the quality is incomparable, but if you're up for saving a good £31 then I'd definitely recommend testing this out. I found these to work wonders with or without a primer, as they don't look chalky at all when swept across the lid. This is a definite winner for the winter months, as it brings just the right amount of smoke and colour to the table.