Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Soap and Glory Wishlisht


Soap and Glory is such a cult brand at the moment. I think nearly every blogger could rave about at least one of their products, and I’m sure most are in love with a whole range of things they have to offer.  It’s not the most expensive brand out there by any means but it’s not the cheapest either. I’d love to have a huge collection of their products, but for now I’m going to settle with slowly building it up and lusting after their other offerings. 


    For Daily Youth £12.00 for 50ml

    The For Daily Youth moisturizing lotion is a 6 in 1 “superboost” lotion that is formulated to help fight the appearances of lines and wrinkles and to help maximize moisture levels.  It claims to give the skin a more radiant ‘glow’. I don’t really need help with the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but I love anything that claims to give me a more radiant complexion. I’ll be saving up for this bad boy!

    Dr Spot £8.00 for 15ml

    The Dr Spot Invisible Spot Fighting Gel claims to be a light and clear gel that contains salicylic acid and lactic acids that are meant to fight spots without drying out the skin. I always get the occasion breakout on my chin, not matter what I do to try and prevent them, but having dry skin generally it’s hard to find something that fights the spots without drying my skin out even more. I’d love to try this and see if it really fights without drying. 

    One Heck of a Blot £12.00 for 9g

    The One Heck of a Blot is an oil absorbing / shine controlling powder that claims to be super translucent, mattifying and ultra light.   It’s meant to give the face a smooth and velvety finish without caking makeup. I’d love to try this because I wear  a quite heavy duty foundation, and don’t need the extra coverage of a powder but do need the setting effects and oil absorbing properties that a powder offers. This sounds perfect for me, so I’d love to give it a go. 

    Sugar Crush Body Wash £6.50 for 500ml

    Everyone and there mother have raved about this body wash. I’ve never really been picky with body wash because you just wash it off but I really want to see what the fuss is about this beaut. It carries a citrus scent which I adore, and it claims to be energizing, revitalizing and refreshing on the skin so it sounds like and all round good package deal.

    The Righteous Butter £10.50 for 300ml

    I think this has to be the most famous Soap and Glory product, no? It’s a best seller, won a few awards and is a firm favourites of quite a few people. I’m shocked I haven’t tried this yet, and with my dry skin I think the thick formula of a body butter will certainly be suitable for me. It contains softening shea butter and aloe vera along with a gorgeous scent.

    Eau De Soap and Glory £16.50 for 50ml

    This Eau De Toilette is scented with the famous Mist You Madly scent. It has notes of bergamot, cassis, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. I love the Mist You Madly scent and I’ve been wanting to try a soap and glory fragrance for quite some time. This sounds perfect for me and it’s not too expensive for a perfume.

    The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser £10.00 for 100ml

    The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser is a 3 in 1 concentrated deep purifying formula that is meant to clean, smooth and melt makeup away. It has sweet almond, orange and lavender oils. You get a free muslin cloth to rinse off the cleanser. I love hot cloth cleanser, and the Fab Pore range so this might just be perfect for me. I’d love to give that a go so it might be my next investment after I’ve used my current cleansers up.

    Whipped Clean Shower Butter £8.00 for 250ml

    The Whipped Clean Shower Butter is a shower gel and moisturiser all in one little tube. It’s made up of 25% moisturising oils and butters. It’s fragranced with pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla.  I never moisturise my body. I’m so bad at it. To be honest, I kind of hate the feeling of moisturiser on my skin so this sounds like it could really help me out.  

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    Tuesday, 30 July 2013

    HD Brows Bronzer in 2

    HD Brows Bronzer, £19.69, link 

    The HD Brows Bronzer is one of the latest offering from the cult brows brand "HD Brows". When I was ever so kindly offered a chance to try this and their blusher, I jumped at it. I adore their brow palette in Vamp (review here) and the blush is  a gorgeous blush for the summer (review here). 



    The bronzer is a pigmented, medium-tone bronzer with golden shimmer running through it. In the pan, it's easy to compare with Nars Laguna. The shimmer looks very similar in both, but unlike Laguna, it does translate into the skin slightly more. You won't be looking like a glitter ball, but don't expect a matte look from this. It has a slightly more orange tone to it as well, but it's not "You've Been Tangoed" orange, so fear not! 




      I have very pale skin, so I've always found it hard to find a bronzer that works for me without making me look muddy or a TOWIE extra. I can't claim that this is the holy grail bronzer, because if applied a little too heavy handed or with the wrong brush for me, it can make me look a little tangoed. 



    I've found this perfect when used in conjunction with a big stippling brush or duo fiber brush. I've found that the ELF stippling brush and the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Powder Brush. It gives you a light application, helps blend the powder into the skin and ensures that you don't look too orange or 'dirty'. 



    While I can make this work for my skin tone - I found it great for warming up the skin tone, and for lightly contouring the face - I would say it is more suited for darker skin tones. I would say it's ideal for people who are around NC/NW25 >> but people under that can make it work with a light hand. 

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    Monday, 29 July 2013

    Exciting New Drugstore Makeup Releases (UK Edition)

    One Direction Makeup Line MUA

    So, I'm sure nearly every young girl and blogger now knows about this next release and have just about wet themselves over it. One Direction are releasing a capsule makeup line with bargain makeup brand MUA (Makeup Academy). The line is called Little things and feature lip balms, lipsticks and nail polish all apparently inspired by the cult boy band.  

    Please don't shot me, but I don't get the one direction phenomenon but I am a HUGE fan of MUA so I'd love to see if the standard is just a high as they currently are or if the One Direction name is going to carry the collection.  

    One Direction Makeup Line MUA

    The Lipsticks look pretty awesome and are probably what I'm going to try and get my hands on. I hope, working where they sell MUA, that I could possibly get my hands on it before the prepubescent girls run in store screaming. I kind of hope I'm lying about that but you never know. We had a Justin Bebier stand when his fragrance launched first time around, and no word of a lie there were 13 - 15 year olds kissing the cardboard cut out and some evern went as far as to simulate giving the PIECE OF CARD and blow job while someone else filmed it on their smart phone.

    WHAT?!?!?!?!  

    I just cannot even...


    Maybelline Baby Lips UK Release


    Baby Lips. They have finally reached the UK and everyone is going a little mental. We put them out at work the other day and one girl actually screamed at them. I wish I was exaggerating or lying, but I'm not. She just about had a melt down and brought every shade/treatment type, even after I told her that if she waited until Wednesday, she would get them cheaper as Maybelline is going on 3 for 2 in Superdrug from then. 

    Anyway, they are here and I'm assume all bloggers are going to go bat crap crazy over them like the Americans did. They are good, I have two, but not quite worth the INSANE hype they have buzzing around them. 

    Revlon Lash Potion Mascara

     Revlon, a brand that everyone loves at least one thing from, has a new mascara releasing. The Lash Potion has been out in the states for sometime I think but it's just hitting stores in the UK and I think I might give it a go. I've never tried as mascara from the brand so this might my first foray into that. The packaging looks really nice, I love the name and I've heard some great things about it. 

    Mabybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick UK


    I'm shocked the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick is hitting the UK so quick after hitting the US market. WE had to wait so long for some of the most hyped up things like the aforementioned Baby Lips and Colour Tattoos. It even took quite a while for the Fit Me Range to reach this little island but the Fit Me Shine Free Foundation stick is already here. I'm not sure if I'm going to invest because the reviews I've seen haven't hated on it but they haven't raved about it either. I'll wait for the tester in-store and see what it's like!  

    I'm sure there are many more releases hitting the UK drugstores/highstreet soon but these stood out to me. I know L'Oreal have some more colours of their False Lash Flutter mascara that are meant to enhance certian eye colours but I hate the wand so I won't be checking those out.  Bourjois' version of the Lip Butters from Revlon are hitting the shelves if they haven't already and they are really nice. I've tried some of the testers are work, and they are even better than I thought they would be. 

    Thanks for reading :)
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    Saturday, 27 July 2013

    Dissapointing Product | ELF Mineral Lipgloss in Wild

    I love ELF (or Eyes Lips Face). They can be hit and miss with the overall quality of their products, but for the price there really is no room for complaint. 
     
    ELF Mineral Lipgloss in Wild, £3.50, link
    I picked up the ELF Mineral Lipgloss in Wild when they were offering 50% off of the already insanely cheap prices. 
     
     
    I'm not the biggest fan of this lipgloss, but I didn't have high expectations to start with. The gloss itself is actually great. The formula isn't drying or anything like that (Yes, Lauder I'm talking about you) and it's not to sticky. 
     
     
    I don't mind the wand to much. It's the standard doe foot applicator that most lipglosses come with, and there really isn't that much more to say about that. 
     
    The thing that I don't like is the stopper/wiper off-er bit (is there a technical term for that?). It's takes off far to much of the product so you get very little to work with. Because the sponge if left so dry of product, you don't get a glossy finish on the lips and it can pull off the colour of any lipstick you have. 
     
     
     The swatch above to me about 6 swipes of gloss. You cann build it up to be quite nice, but it's just not worth the effort. I just don't reach for this, and I wouldn't recommend the Mineral glosses from ELF. 

    You can see this, and some other products featured on my last Disappointing Products post here

    PS: As I write this, I feel like it makes no sense. I apologize for that but apparently I've lost all ability to form sentences and even words. 
    Friday, 26 July 2013

    Sleek Makeup Candy Collection Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks | Review and Swatches

    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection
    Limited Edition Sleek Blush By Three Palette in Sweet Cheeks from The Candy Collection. £10.00. link
    After finally getting my hands on the Blush By 3 Palette called Sweet Cheeks from the Sleek Candy Collection, I went a bit mental. I'm not entirely sure why this palette appealed to me so much but I went bonkers over it. 

    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection
    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection
     I photographed it the minute I got home, just so I could have a play around with the three blushes. In the palette you get a selection of three blush, one of which is cream and the other two being powder.  
     
    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection


    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection

    Cupcake is the cream blusher in this palette, and is your blue toned offering the this pink filled palette. It's nice and bright, but blends to a nice flush on the cheek. 
     
    Dolly Mix is the matte powder in the trio. It's a light, lilac pink colour and offers a colour perfect for lighter skin tones. The lilac tone doesn't show up to much on the skin, so it's not hard to pull off at all. 

    Candy Floss is a bright more yellow toned pink blusher, with shimmer running through it. It is the shimmering offering in this palette, but it's not full of glitter so fear not you will not be looking like a Cullen! 

    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection Swatches
    I've never seen a cream blusher from Sleek before, but after trying this on I sincerely hope they bring out more with this formulation. I found it to be incredibly pigmented, easy to work with and probably most importantly long lasting. 


    Sleek Blush By Three Sweet Cheeks Candy Collection


    The powder blushes live up to the hype of the other Sleek blushes. I found these two, along with the other Sleek blushes I've tried, to be highly pigmented and really blendable. They don't kick off to much powder when you touch your brush to them, and a simple touch of the brush to the powder gives you enough for both cheeks. 

    Overall, I would highly recommend picking this up if you can get your hands on it. It took me a while to find it, but if you can it's great for anyone who loves a pink cheek. 
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    Thursday, 25 July 2013

    Current Giveaways | July 2013

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    Wednesday, 24 July 2013

    Benefit Cosmetics Wish List

    Benefit was one of the first higher end brands that I brought makeup from, as I really do love their products but over the last few years I've just stopped buying from them! I need that to change because the gorgeous/quirky packaging coupled with the great products means they should be something I'm looking at all the time! 

    So, to rekindle my love affair with the brand I'm bringing you a wishlist of all the things I desperately want to try. 


    Erase Paste, £19.50, link

    This is raved about left right and centre and it's something I've been meaning to pick up. I love a good concealer, and this sounds like it ticks all the boxes! 

    Hervana Boxed Powder, £23.50, link

    I've tried one boxed powder from benefit before and love it, so I really want to try more of the colours on offer. I love the look of Hervana and Coralista is a close second on the lust list. 

    Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, £14.50, link

    With summer supposedly approaching, I've been getting into lip glosses a lot more. I love a glossy and simple lip in the summer and these sound great! I'd love to give one a try, so one of these might be my next lip gloss investment.

    Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer, £24.50, link

    Once again, with summer just around the corner I want to hide the powder! I love a dewy look in the summer, but without powder my foundation just doesn't stay put. I'd love to find a primer that really holds my foundation in place, and this sounds like it could do the trick. 

    Fake Up Concealer , £18.50, link

    I think this might be the latest offering from Benefit and every time I even go near a counter I hear the staff raving about it. I'm not normally one to fall for something being pushed on me, but this just sounds to good to be true! I think I'll try this, instead of repurchasing my trusty MAC pro-longwear concealer. 

    Oh La Lift, £17.50, link

    This embodies everything I love in a product. I know that sounds strange but the one things I really love about makeup is things that give my skin a glow. I love things like Hocus Focus from Soap and Glory, and I would love to try this to see if it can give the boosted more radiant effect. 

    Creasless Cream Eyeshadows, £15.50 , link

    My eyeshadows have been creasing like mad recently, so I've been looking into what kind of bases I could use to stop the dreaded effect. I've used the old creasless cream shadows and loved them, so I'd love to give the new range a go.

    Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, £25.50, link

    I've seen a few people wearing this foundation and just loved how it looks on the skin. I'm not sure if it was just their fab skin or the foundation, but I'd love to try even just a sample of this to see if it could work for me.

    Brow Zings, £23.50, link

    Brows finish a look. I've only just recently learned this. I've started focusing on my brows as parts of my morning beauty routine and it's changed the way my makeup looks. I've tried a few products, but am still on the look out for my holy grail. This might just be it considering the things I've heard about it on the blogs I've read. 

    Eyebrow Pencil, £15.00, link

     I've found pencils great for my brows if I don't have time to faff about with powder and gel. They allow you to create a nice shape, and most importantly, they allow you to do it quickly! Benefit are half known for their great brow products, so I think this might check the boxes of what I look for in a brow pencil! 
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    Tuesday, 23 July 2013

    HD Brows Blusher in 2


    HD Brows Blusher Shade 2, £17.95, link 
    The HD Brows Blusher is one of the latest offerings from the brand famous for their eyebrow products. The eyeshadow/brow quads are famous in the blogging world, and I think this blusher is going to be quick to follow. 


     
    It's a gorgeous warm rose colour with beautiful gold shimmer running through it. The blusher's texture is beautiful, and one of the smoothest I've tried. The silky smooth powder blends onto the skin with nearly every brush I've used and it lasts all day. 



    The shade is very similar to Nars Orgasm. I personally don't own Orgasm, but I have swatched it many times when at the Nars counter and after seeing this I no longer need to lust after that shade. I have it right here! This isn't hugely cheaper than the Nars blush (£21.50), retailing at £17.95 but every little helps right so this might just be the option for you.



    I have a very fair complexion, and this works really well on my skin tone. The shimmer running through the blush means you can forgo highlighter, but still get the radiance you would is you used one. I also think this would work amazingly well on deeper and more tan skin tones. 



    The packaging is slightly chunky, but it sticks with the traditional HD Brows packaging. The sleek, glossy black compact with the white writing looks classy and the nice mirror inside means it's great for on the move. I'm not entirely sure what the sponge is for, because I've never applied a powder blush with a sponge but I suppose it could be used for touch ups in a desperate situation.    


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    Monday, 22 July 2013

    B. Loud Volumising Mascara in Jet Black



    B. Loud Volumising Mascara in Jet Black, link £9.99

    The B. Loud Volumising Mascara in Jet Black is a mascara with huge promises and a huge wand that is meant to help it back them up. Unfortunately, the mascara isn't all it's made out to be. Don't get me wrong, I think the mascara is good but it's not amazing. 



    It is very comparable to the Rimmel Scandal Eyes. So if you like that, you'll love this. I found the brush to be almost identical, but the formula is slightly drier which makes it easier to apply and avoids any mess when blinking or applying. 



    Once applied, it lasts all day long. I found that it stayed in place without smudging or flaking. It was easy to take off without too much scrubbing. The 'tube' formula means all you need to do is apply some water to the lashes and gently rub them with a cotton pad. It really is a nice dark black colour as well, so it turns my stubby very blonde lashes into a darker frame for my eyes. 



    There are two reasons I don't love this mascara. The brush is so big that I find it almost impossible to apply to my bottom lashes. The second reason is that while it claims to be volumising it gives a very natural look that takes far to long to build up the big lashes I like to wear. 

     Honestly, I wouldn't repurchase because it doesn't work for my short, very straight lashes but I would like to try something else from B. to see if I can find my dream mascara. 
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    Saturday, 20 July 2013

    Guest Post: How to make sure your eyes sparkle... Through hayfever and sleepless nights

    Hey guys,
    While I take a few days off for my birthday, the lovely Leah from appointedd.com/blog agreed to guest post for me. So,  I'll leave you with the lovely Leah.



    Getting the right amount of sleep, Vitamin C, eight glasses of water a day, etc should leave us looking and feeling fresh, but unfortunately life can get in the way of these regimes. So here are a few tips on looking bright and well-rested for those days where you’re just not on top form. 


    To combat hayfever:


    As much as it’s nice to see a bit of sun, longer days and aim for that perfect tan, summer also means hay fever season. If you suffer from hay fever it is likely to leave your eyes red, itchy and puffy which can be a bit of a nightmare when it comes to getting ready in the morning.

    Try Simple Soothing Eye Balm to relieve the puffiness. It is formulated for sensitive skin so shouldn’t aggravate the eyes any further. 

    Cilnique’s all about eyes concealer works well to cover up hayfever’s effects as it covers up dark circles as well as puffiness. Try also using a light coloured eye pencil under the lash line to effectively hide persistent redness and to brighten up dull looking lids. MAC have a good range of different shades. 

    When it comes to mascara you want something waterproof to power through pollen related eye-irritation as well as something suitable for sensitive eyes to avoid any further aggravation. Bourjour Paris Volume Glamour Max Waterproof Mascara not only volumises but its waterproof formula promises a 24 hour hold and is also suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.


    Freshening:


    The good old cucumber slices work well to soothe and awaken puffy eyes. The coolness of them gives your eyes a refreshing boost which leaves your eyes not only looking, but feeling much more awake.
     

    Use a separate moisturiser for the delicate eye area than for the rest of the face, the skin around your eyes is much more sensitive so it is always best to use a cream specifically formulated for the eyes. When applying eye cream, only a small amount is sufficient as putting on too much can cause a build-up of product, leaving you with puffy eyes again. Also keeping your eye cream in the fridge provides a nice soothing effect when applying, giving your eyes a boost.


    Concealer:


    Concealer is a must for covering up the dark circles that are a tell-tale sign of a lack of sleep. You want to use a concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your foundation, as it lifts the appearance of darkness around the eyes.

    When applying the make-up, tilt your head downwards and then look up into the mirror. This angle will cause any dark circles under the eyes to show more clearly, giving you the best starting point to cover them up

    Using the fingers to blend, gently pat small amounts of concealer around the eyes and blend in using tapping, not rubbing, motions. Tapping gently around the eyes also works to boost the circulation. You can also apply concealer to the eyelids as a base, which evens out your overall base as the eyelids can sometimes give away a pinkish tone. Finally, adding light or sparkly eye shadow in the corner of your eyes will add a brightening effect.  


    All in one:


    BB creams now come for the eyes as well. Garnier BB eye cream roll on is a 5-in-one product which works as a concealer whilst hydrating tired eyes at the same time. A great time saver for when you’re rushing out the door in the morning, this one is a great staple to keep in your make-up bag for when you need it. Also try No7 Restore and Renew Eye Cream which is hypoallergenic so suitable for sensitive skin and works to de-puff and renew your tired eyes. Bourjois Brush concealer  is not only affordable at only £7.49 but contains light reflecting pigments to cover those dark circles as well as a C and E vitamin boost.

    Bio:
    Leah Hutcheon is the founder of appointedd.com, a brand new site where you can book salons and spas online, 24/7. She was recently featured in the BBC documentary, The Entrepreneurs. Appointedd also features salon reviews and has a hair and beauty blog, appointedd.com/blog.
     

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