17 December 2014
It's been a while since I rounded up a few items that have really impressed me. And so as it's a week until Christmas, I thought I'd show you a few things that you may want to pick up as a little treat for yourself. It is the season for giving after all...
L'Oreal True Match Foundation is the base that I keep coming back to. The Dior Star foundation is what everyone's been talking about, and although it's a real cracker I still prefer this one. I've worn this on nights out, in the office at work and on long days at uni, with it looking flawless on the skin. A little bit of powder goes a long way with this one, but the hype surrounding it is definitely real.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat easily gives you plumped matte lips. If you're after that 90's lip look, then I'd highly recommend this. The packaging is luxe, and the product itself is fantastic. I'm about to repurchase this as it is my absolute staple lip pencil. Charlotte Tilbury have created a fantastic creamy product that really does help you cheat your way to a fuller lip, without the surgery.
Mac Woodwinked was my staple summer eyeshadow this year. I took this and Satin Taupe on my girls holiday, and used this above all else. I find that it adds a beautiful coppery look to the lid, which really emphasises my blue eyes. Wookwinked and a bit of mascara? My lazy day eye look in two simple steps.
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soliel Bronzer is a fairly new addition to my makeup bag. I donated my Benefit Hoola Bronzer to Mum and upgraded to this divine-smelling thing. It's one of those products that you can easily wear on its own. The bronzer itself gives a beautiful glow to the skin, without any nasty red-tones.
Have you got any recommendations?
16 December 2014
Ever since Cara Delevigne came onto the scene, everyone's obsessed with having really good eyebrows. By good eyebrows, I mean super polished and well defined - that's the dream. I've tested countless eyebrow products over the past year in search of the easiest and best one out there, and I think I've found just the one. The best part? It's only £5.99.
Maybelline Brow Satin in Medium Brown is my new obsession. It has a creamy mechanical pencil on one side, and a small pot of pigment on the other. I haven't yet used the pigment side of the pencil as it is a little intimidating, but the creamy pencil is a god send. The highstreet seem to be listening to our cries at last, as this pencil is completely cool-toned making a more natural looking eyebrow. Shade-wise, there's something for everyone, as Maybelline have even catered for red haired ladies (and men). I've seen a huge improvement in my brows since using this, and for once I'm always pleased with how they look. It's easy to use and completely idiot proof (Anya-proof), because if you go wrong you can easily rub out any stray lines. I have to say that I much prefer this creamy consistency to the more waxy ones out there, as it gives a much more defined eyebrow shape.
Brow Satin is a real game changer for me, so if you have a spare 6 pounds, I'd spend it on this.
12 December 2014
Marks and Spencer is most definitely one of my favourite places to shop. I buy everything from knitwear to pyjamas (the Rosie for Autograph range include some of my absolute favourite loungewear pieces!) and I'm never left disappointed. So a few weeks ago when I was treating myself to a pair of festive pyjamas and socks, I saw a bargain of an offer that was just too good to leave. When you spend over £45 on nightwear, M&S will gift you with a beauty box containing NUXE Huile Prodigieuse and REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.
I'd already planned on buying both of these lovely products, and so it was an added bonus that I received them for free. With it being the Christmas party season, I welcomed both products with open arms as they give a well needed glow to the skin. Ren's 1 minute mask is the absolute ideal for those who need a quick fix. This lovely facemask buffs and brightens the skin up like nothing else I own, without being too harsh on your delicate facial area. As for the Nuxe dry oil, who doesn't want a little extra glow while smelling divine? I am already a huge fan of the original oil, so it was lovely to try something a little different.
This beauty box is worth £38 alone, so if you're in need of some pyjamas with a fantastic free gift, then I'd definitely pick head over to M&S.
7 November 2014
My skin is definitely in need of a little extra protection once Winter rolls around. I can use matte products to my hearts content in the summer without fear of flaring dry or cracked skin, but all hell breaks loose as soon as temperatures drop below 15 celsius. Suddenly my lips start to crack and peel, my hands shrivel up like old ladies and my makeup just sits horribly as a result. One of my absolute staple products to soothe my dry skin, that I simply cannot stop speaking about is the wonderful Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm. Can you see where I'm going with this? Prepare yourself for a rave review.
ooh this stuff is magical. I specifically ask for a little pot of this when it comes to gifting, as it is my one and only staple product that I don't think I can function without. I've mentioned Nuxe's lip balm in countless blog posts, but after almost a year since my initial thoughts it was time for a little refresher.
1. Say goodbye to chapped lips, as you certainly won't be feeling those again. This little pot moisturises and exfoliates.
2. It smells delicious. I'd liken this to honey and lemon, meaning its like a cold and flu treatment, but for your lips. Super soothing if you ask me.
3. The little pot is quite luxurious. Some people loath glass pots, but I can't get enough of them on my nightstand. Plus it's not really that heavy to cart around.
4. It's a super thick, matte balm meaning it doesn't feel tacky and slippery on the lips and actually stays on while your asleep. Plus it's matte, so you don't have to worry about your hair sticking to it.
5. It's only £9. To some this is expensive, but for a really good lip balm your usually looking at £20+ pounds. Plus M&S regularly have 20% off events.
6. It lasts absolutely ages. I've had my pot for almost a year now, and although I'm just about ready to bin mine on a hygiene basis, there's still tonnes of product in there.
7. It's in a little pot rather than a stick. The most obvious thing here is that people will be less tempted to steal a little of your lip balm. Who else hates it when someone asks to use some of your product? Just me?
8. There's no nasty ingredients. You can't go wrong with a little honey, almond oil and shea butter.
9. It's multi-purpose. I've used this for so many things, from dry bits of skin to a really angry spot and it works absolute wonders.
I could go on and on, but if you buy anything as a result of reading this blog. Please make it this.