Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tanya Burr Christmas Collection

Hey beaut's!

It's that time of year again.... Yup, Christmas is just a mere few months away and I for one am totally excited, I absolutely adore Autumn/Winter and Christmas and seeing all the pretty gifts in the shops gets me so excited, so when I was browsing the Superdrug website the other day and came across some Christmas gifts by the gorgeous Tanya Burr I literally had love hearts in my eyes and had to share them with you all today! The collection consists of 10 gifts so far, I have no idea if more will be added but there are 10 gifts currently on the Superdrug website to choose from. The gifts range from little nail polish + nail file sets which make perfect stocking fillers to all new makeup palettes and theres even more lavish gifts like the beauty box that contains lots of Tanya Burr goodies. Also if you loved the Tanya Burr Advent Calender last year, then you'll be pleased to know that she has brought it back this year with the same '12 days of Christmas' theme. Prices start from £5.00 to £50.00 so theres certainly a gift for everyone whether you want something small of big and most of them are currently in stock on the Superdrug website too, so if you see something you'd like or that you know you want to buy for someone this Christmas I'd suggest getting it quick if last year is anything to go by!  
Tanya Burr Christmas Collection

Friday, 26 August 2016

Luxury Face of the Day!

Hey beaut's!

The other day when I was doing my makeup I thought it would be kind of cool to whip out some of my luxury makeup and do my entire face with it all to see if there was much of a difference with wear and lasting power, this was actually super interesting for me as I never ever wear a full face of luxury makeup but I must admit my makeup did stay in place and looked pretty good all day without any patchiness! Anywho onto what I used....

For my base makeup I kicked things off with MAC's Strobe Cream as a primer and MAC's Studio Sculpt Foundation, these two together give such a flawless glowy/dewy look to my skin which I'm all about. The MAC foundation is actually a shade too dark for me (I'm NW15, this foundation is NW20) so I can only really use it in the summer months when I have some colour to my skin, it's a shame I cant use this foundation all year round really because I adore the formula of this foundation. For concealer I used my Estee Lauder Double Wear in Light, this is super heavy duty concealer and covers so well yet it feels so lightweight on the skin, I'd totally recommend this if your looking for a heavy coverage concealer. To warm up my skin I used the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Benefit Rockateur Blush which are both in my Benefit Real Cheeky Party Tin that I got last crimbo and to highlight of course I used my trusty Mary-Lou Manizer which admittedly I use every single day without fail. 

For my eyes I used my very battered and bruised Urban Decay Naked Palette, I've had this palette for years, it was the very first luxury makeup item I ever got and I still love it and use it to this day. I'm really into the shade Sidecar at the moment, I've been wearing it all over the lid with some of Buck and Naked blended through the crease. For liner I went for my MAC Precision Liquid Liner to create my flicks and Benefit's Bad Gal Eyeliner on my waterline, and then I finished things off with a couple of coats of the Lancome Grandiose Mascara, which is an amazing mascara by the way! 

For my brows I've been keeping things super simple and just filling in any gaps or real sparse area's with my Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil and then setting everything into place with the Benefit Gimme Brow, brow gel. These two work so well together and the Gimme Brow in particular is such a favourite of mine, its literally the best tinted brow gel I've ever tried and because it contains tiny micro fibres that adhere to skin and brow hairs it  creates natural-looking fullness and definition, so you never get that fake, blocky looking brow. 

Lastly on my lips I went for my MAC Faux Lipstick which I've been obsessed with again recently, it's the perfect muted mauve/pink shade that goes with any makeup look day or night and the satin finish is my favourite.

What are your favourite luxury makeup items to use on a daily basis beaut's? Do you ever do a full face of luxury makeup? I'd love to know! 


Monday, 22 August 2016

Top 5 Makeup Products Under £5!

Hey beaut's!

When it comes to make up I'm a real bargain hunter, of course I love fancy high end make up but my purse certainly doesn't he he, so I love it when I find absolute gems in the drugstore that are not only affordable but amazing in quality too. So today I thought I would share with you all my top five make up items that are all under £5.00, some I have even repurchased over and over!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair £4.19
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is hands down the best concealer I've ever tried from the high street, I even prefer it to some of the higher end concealers I own and I kid you not I've probably repurchased this concealer 10+ times over the years, I even use to buy it when Collection where called Collection 2000, I love it that much! It just has the most gorgeous creamy texture that blends beautifully and provides a medium to full coverage without looking cakey, it covers my blemishes, redness and dark under eye circles with ease and lasts all day without needing any touch ups, in a word its 'brillaint'!

Barry M Lip Liner in #15 Rose £2.99
As far as lip liners go I think Barry M have an amazing collection, theres lots of gorgeous shades to choose from and the formula is lovely, they are velvety soft to apply whilst still being firm enough to create precise lines and the texture once on the lips is stunning.

Miss Sporty Studio Lash The Miaoww Eye Liner £2.99
Like the Collection concealer the Miss Sporty Studio Lash The Miaoww Eye Liner is my all time favourite liquid liner and it came at a bit of a surprise to me to be honest, I picked it up on a total whim last year purely because it was only £2.99 and I loved the shape of it's nib, but Miss Sporty was a brand I never really bought anything from so I wasn't expecting much if I'm honest. However its absolutely amazing and one of the best high street liquid liners I've ever used, it's just so easy to apply and so precise and the formula is so inky black and long lasting. If your into liquid liner or even if your a newbie to liquid liner you definitely have to try this bad boy out!   

Collection #BlushAndGlow Palette £4.99
The Collection #BlushAndGlow Palette is just so convenient and never leaves my makeup bag, it contains a matte bronzer, a matte pink blusher, a shimmering pink blusher and a neutral highlighter all of which work amazingly well and blend out beautifully. I must admit I only really use the bronzer and the shimmery blush all the time but the fact this palette is only £4.99, has four colour options to play with and the quality is so good I think its incredible.

Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur £3.00
Lastly but in no means least is the Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick from their Rose Gold Collection, this is literally the perfect shade of nude for me and I must say it's the only nude lipstick that I've EVER really really liked that doesn't wash me out! The formulation of these rose gold lipsticks is amazing too, I have the collection and they are all super pigmented, long lasting and have a lovely satin finish which is my favourite, for £3.00 you certainly cant go wrong!

What are your favourite high street makeup products under £5.00 beaut's? I'd love to know!


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle Sparkling Fragrance Review

Hey beaut's!

I'm a huge fan of Lacoste's fragrances, can you remember the iconic 'Touch Of Pink' perfume, well that was my very first perfume growing up and I still love it now to this day, so when I heard Lacoste where releasing a trio of new L.12.12 Pour Elle scents I couldn't wait to smell them and give them a whirl. Lacostes three new scents are inspired by the freedom of movement and elegance of the classic tennis skirt, and reflect the three moods of a Lacoste woman – natural, elegant and sparklingly playful.

Out of the three, I have been testing out the 'Sparkling*' scent and I'm in absolute love with it! If your into your sweeter scents then your going to love this one because it's so girlie, sweet and playful and I think the packaging really reflects that too. Macaron and Cotton Candy are at the heart of this fragrance so as you can imagine when wearing this you smell good enough to eat, however even though this is such a super sweet scent I never find it sickly and the fruity top notes and musky base notes really do help to balance this fragrance out! 

Top Notes: Mandarin, Red Apple, Blackberry

Heart Notes: French Macaron Accord, Cotton Candy, Lily of the Valley

Base Notes: Patchouli, Vetiver, Cashmere, Musk
The wear time for 'Sparkling' on me is great, it's not too strong or overpowering and it sits on the skin (or your clothes, as I go mad and spritz all over sometimes ha ha) exactly how it comes out of the bottle, and I really like that about a perfume. I've also found it to be quite a complimentary perfume where a lot of people can smell it on me and they seem to love it and ask what I'm wearing, and my Mum absolutely adores it too so I will be buying her a bottle soon I'm sure. 

Overall I LOVE this new scent from Lacoste and I definitely want to collect the other two as well, I have been into store and had a whiff of the other two scents and liked them both but Sparkling is the definite favourite for me. I think it's well balanced sweetness won it for me and I find it to be the perfect daytime scent for me too.

All three of the Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle fragrances are available nationwide and cost £29.99 for the 30ml bottle, £39.99 for the 50ml bottle and £55.00 for the 90ml bottle. You can find them all HERE.

Do you have any of the new Lacoste L.12.12 Pour Elle fragrances? Which is your favourite? I'd love to know!


Friday, 19 August 2016

My Evening Skincare Routine!

Hey beaut's!

Today I thought I'd talk all things skincare and in particular my evening skincare routine. I watch some videos on YouTube and see people use 10+ products on their face before bed which is fine if that's what your skin needs but personally for me I'm not about that life, and have found four holy grail skincare products that I now repurchase over and over so I thought I'd share them with you all today and talk you through my routine. 

Firstly it's all about having a good ole cleanse, this is my favourite step in my evening skincare routine because I love that feeling of a fresh clean face and I love using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for this, I've been using this for a good 3 months now and its honestly changed my cleansing life. I used to always use micellar waters before but since using Liz Earle's bottle of joy my skin has changed so much and for the better, my dry patches I've always suffered from have vanished, I've noticed a huge difference in the size of my pores, they have really shrunk and I definitely don't have as many blackheads around my nose as I did before and my skin always feel so soft, fresh and clean after using this cleanser too. 

Secondly I like to use my Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water as a toner, this feels so nice on the skin after cleansing because its so cooling and refreshing on the skin but also has moisturising qualities that my skin is always lusting after, after a long day. It's great at adding a really natural glow to the skin too which I love.

The next step in my evening skincare routine is moisturising my skin and for this I use Vichy's Skin Sleep. This stuff is incredible, it's a gel like balm with a lovely light texture that sinks into the skin quickly and smells incredibley good. In the mornings I'm left with super soft, hydrated, fresh looking skin which is just what I need and look for in a night cream.

The last step in my skincare routine is my Clinque Pep-Start Eye Cream, this is probably best used in the mornings to be honest because of it brightening and de-puffing qualities but I find its super rich and moisturising and my eyes love it in the evenings.

And there you have it beaut's, my realistic evening skincare routine! Even though I use four products it honestly takes me no time at all to rub these lotions and potions in, all I need is five minutes and I'm done, so I really don't find this a chore at all. 

What are your holy grail evening skincare products beaut's? I'd love to know!


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Birthday Wishlist

Hey beaut's!

Today I'm back with ANOTHER wish list, but this time around it's a birthday wish list! My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks time and even though I'm not too happy about how old I'll be I still get stupidly excited about my birthday! I mean lots of yummy cake and a week off work with the boyfriend, cant get much better than that can it hey! I'm not expecting all of these things by any means but these are just a few things that are currently on my wish list! 
Birthday Wishlist

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Benefit 'Dew The Hoola' Magazine Freebie + Review

Hey beaut's!

Benefit have been at it again... Yup theres another freebie up for grabs and this time it's in the shape of the ever so popular 'Dew The Hoola' liquid bronzer, so make sure you grab yourself a copy of the September issue of Elle Magazine! I've actually been using my sample of Dew The Hoola for a little while now so I thought I'd do a cheeky review for you all today and let you know my thoughts. 
Benefit's Dew The Hoola is a soft matte liquid-come gel bronzer, that promises to give us a year-round glow, without the gleam. I literally couldn't wait to give this a go because liquid bronzers are quite hard to come by and personally I had never tried one before so I had no idea what to expect. What I really love about Dew The Hoola and what I quickly found out whilst experimenting with it is that you can wear it in a few different ways, firstly it can be added in with your foundation to add a more bronzed effect (think bronzed goddess) or you can just use it as your bronzer and blend it in with a makeup brush everywhere the sun would natural hit and tan your face, you can even use it for a subtle contour too because of the finish being matte!
The formula of Dew The Hoola is gorgeous and so easy to apply, it blends into the skin effortlessly without any caking or patchiness and can be built up easily until your satisfied with the amount of glow you've got going on he he. The finish is soft, matte and oh so natural, theres zero glitters or shimmers with this so it's as natural as bronzers come, and it's so lightweight, I literally don't even feel like I'm wearing it once it's on, it's lush. The shade of Dew The Hoola is quite warm, it does look slightly orange when first pumped onto the back of my hand but trust me once it's been blended into the skin it just gives a gorgeous, natural bronzed glow/flush to the skin! 

Don't forget to pick up the latest isssue of Elle for your freebie beaut's!