May 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

The first product I saw was this detoxifying activated charcoal body scrub from scrub love with cucumber and bamboo. It is said to be 100% natural and to exfoliate, tighten pores and leave your skin looking and feeling nourished. My skin has been so dry lately so I can’t wait to give it a go!

This sample size of the Caudalie vinosource moisturising sorbet for sensitive skin has a gel-cream to water consistency which is supposed to help soothe and moisturise sensitive skin without irritating it. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it seems quite lightweight for the summer months when my skin is at its oiliest.

The coral shade of this gorgeous Ruby super silky blush suits my complexion perfectly and is definitely a new favourite.

A tube of Dr Paw Paw’s original balm was also included in the box, it is an extremely versatile product. The natural, gentle formula can be used on cuticles, hands, elbows, fly away hair, lips and even as a nappy cream! It’s definitely going straight in my handbag.

The last product was this volumising effect lip gloss from Nutrakiss which is a perfect travel size and leaves me with plumped up lips for hours.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict

I’m a huge fan of the original 2000 calorie mascara, and max factor mascaras in general, so when I saw the new curl addict mascara being advertised I knew I had to try it out. It claims to ‘create outrageous volume’ while ‘lifting and curling lashes for a wide awake look’ which sounds perfect to someone with limp straight eyelashes.

It’s definitely a new favourite! It holds a curl perfectly and doesn’t flake or smudge all day long. I also don’t need my eyelash curler when using it as it does such a great job on its own.

It retails at £7.99

Have any of you tried it?

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February 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

I received my first ever glossy box a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised. It came gorgeously packaged in this ‘LOVE’ box to celebrate valentines day and contained five lovely products, four of which were full size. I can’t wait to try them all out!

The first item I pulled out was this L’eau de rose perfume by Jeanne Arthes which smells divine, i’m usually not a huge fan of rose scents as they’re overpowering but this one is really light and girly. It’s also perfect handbag size so you can have a spritz when you need a boost throughout the day.

The second product that I saw was this Ciate nail varnish in ‘fade to greige’. I’m definitely going to be using this, I love this kind of colour on pale skin it’s so flattering.

This Garnier ultimate blends intense care hair mask could not have arrived at a better time, my hair has been so dry since getting it dyed. It’s also a great sized sample and could last for a couple of uses.

The box also contained this mineral-rich volcanic face mask enriched with anti-aging ingredients which helps to cleanse and purify the skin. It’s going to be great for removing all of the dirt and grime off my face at the end of the day and leave it smooth and clear.

This lipstick from MDM flow in the shade ‘Bossy’ lasts all day on the lips as the semi-matte formula gives you the matte look without the cracked, dry lips – love it!

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Everyday Makeup Routine For Oily Skin

Step 1 – Prime

It’s so important to use a oil free primer to keep your makeup in place all day, my favourite is the body shops ‘tea tree pore minimiser’ (£8.50)

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Step 2 – Foundation

The L’oreal infallible matte 24 hour foundation (£7.99) stays in place all day and gives amazing natural looking coverage. To apply this I use the real techniques expert face brush (£9.99).

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Step 3 – Concealer

Collection lasting perfection concealer (£4.19) is perfect for concealing under eye circles and blemishes, to blend i use the real techniques miracle complexion sponge (£9.99 for pack of two).

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Step 4 – Powder

Next I use the bareMinerals spf 20 pressed powder (£26) to set everything.

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Step 5 and 6 – Bronzer and blush

I then use the bronzer and blush from the Rimmel Kate sculpting pallette (£6.99) with the brushes from my bare minerals starter kit.
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Step 7 – Brows

Benefit’s ‘gimme brow’ (£18.50) gives my eyebrows shape and definition without looking drawn on.

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Step 8 – Eyeshadow

I like to apply a small amount of Maybelline’s colour tattoo 24 hour shadow in ‘on and on bronze’ (£4.99).

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Step 9 – Mascara

I curl my lashes and apply my favourite mascara of the moment which is the Maybelline lash sensational (£7.99).

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Step 10 – Lips

Lastly I use Benefit’s posie balm (£14.50) for a subtle hint of colour.

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What’s your everyday makeup routine?

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L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara

After running out of the third bottle of my beloved Kiko ‘ultra tech curve’ mascara I was looking around in Boot’s to try out something different. I decided to buy the L’Oreal Paris false lash sculpting mascara because it was on offer and the brush looked quite intriguing.

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The sculpting brush is said to ‘line the waterline for a tightlining effect with no gaps and sculpts out lashes, defining them to reveal sculpted looking lashes from every angle.’

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At first I wasn’t sure as the plastic brush looked like it would leave my straight, limp lashes looking clumpy but with just one coat they were left long and thick. It’s also very buildable and lasts perfectly all day – the photos above were taken at around 5.30pm and I applied it at 6am! I will definitely be repurchasing.

It retails at around £7.99

Have any of you tried it?

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If I Could Only Have 5 Things In My Makeup Bag

Garnier BB Cream 

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 This mattifying BB cream gives great coverage and blends seamlessly, it also contains salicylic acid which is perfect for spot prone skin!

It retails for around £9.99

Benefit Posie Tint

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Benefits ‘posie tint’ leaves a natural looking flush which lasts all day and can be used on lips and cheeks – a makeup bag must have!

It retails for around £24.50

Eyelash Curler

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A good eyelash curler is a necessity for my limp straight lashes, i’ve had this one for years so I’m not sure where its from but you can find them pretty much everywhere.

Kiko Ultra Tech Curve Mascara

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This is honestly the best mascara that i’ve ever used, it is also one of Kiko’s best selling and I can definitely see why! It leaves my lashes looking thick and volumised without being clumpy and can be built up for an amazing dramatic look or you can apply less for every day wear.

It retails for around £7.20

Benefit ‘gimme brow’
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The best brow product i’ve ever used, it holds your brows in place whilst filling in any sparse areas and lasts all day long.

It retails at around £18.50

What would be in your makeup bag?

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Top 3 Lipsticks For Winter

I absolutely love experimenting with different lipsticks, especially in the winter months. Bold lips are also a great way to dress up your look without having to put any extra effort in, perfect for lazy girls!  I’m going to share with you my top three favourites for pale skin.

#1 Topshop ‘Inhibition’

This lipstick is a gorgeous dark berry colour which is perfect for Christmas parties! It goes on smoothly and leaves an incredibly pigmented matte finish which lasts for hours – even after eating! I can’t wait to try more from Topshop’s makeup line in the future.

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#2 Natural collection ‘Berry Blush’

This lipstick is perfect if your looking to try out a new colour but don’t want to spend a lot as it only costs £1.99!  It’s also a more subtle way to wear a berry shade making it great for everyday wear.

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#3 Rimmels ‘Diva Red’

This is the most moisturising of the three, I have really chapped lips at the moment but this just glides over my lips and doesn’t sink into any dry patches. I love the colour too, its the only red shade i’ve found that compliments my ghostly white skin.

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What’s your favourite Lipstick at the moment?

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Favourite brand: Kiko

I had never even heard of Kiko until about a month ago and it’s quickly becoming my favourite brand ever! I’ve tried quite a few different products over the past few weeks so I decided to share some of them with you.

Ultra Tech Curve Mascara

This is honestly the best mascara that i’ve ever used, it is also one of Kiko’s best selling and I can definitely see why! It leaves my lashes looking thick and volumised without being clumpy and can be built up for an amazing dramatic look or you can apply less for every day wear.

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It’s also extremely well priced at £7.20 and seems to be on offer for around £3.50 too.

Velvet Satin Nail Lacquer

These nail varnishes dry within seconds and leave a gorgeous matte finish. They also last for around a week without chipping and come in a wide variety of colours. I have 696 titanium lilac, 695 ivory taupe and 697 midnight blue.

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They cost around £4.90 and are limited edition so make sure you give them a try before they go!

Bronzer Powder

This leaves my pale skin looking naturally bronzed and lasts all day long. It comes in six different colours so there’s guaranteed to be one to suit you!

It costs around £9.90 and I use shade 100 honey beige.

These are the Kiko products i’ve tried so far but I have my eye on a few more to try out in the future!

Have any of you tried any Kiko products?

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Weekly Favourite – Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow is a tinted brow-volumizing fiber gel. It looks almost like a mini mascara and needs to be applied in gentle strokes until you reach the desired look. Most importantly, it gives an extremely natural  looking finish and is quick and easy to use; perfect for when you’re doing your makeup in a hurry.

Its also has amazing staying power, I wear it for around 12 hours on average and it does not budge at all! I’ll definitely be repurchasing.Benefit Gimme Brow Medium Deep review

It retails at around £18.50 and I wear the shade medium/deep.

Have any of you tried it out? If yes, what do you think?

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Benefit Roller Lash – Worth The Hype?

After writing about this mascara in my ‘Makeup/Skincare Wishlist’ post I decided to finally give it a try! I’ve been using it for the past week and can honestly tell you that it definitely is worth the hype. It curls lashes perfectly, meaning there is absolutely no need for an eyelash curler unless you’re going for a really dramatic look (as seen below). I put two coats on which leaves my lashes looking long and thick – but if you like a more natural look one will suffice.

Benefit claim that the Roller Lash mascara works so well due to the ‘Hook n Roll brush’ which is said to grab, separate, lift and curl (using the same idea as hair rollers)…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. I can vouch that it really does last that long; I put my makeup on at 6.30am and when I get home at 6pm this mascara hasn’t budged at all! Perfect for when you need your makeup to last all day.

It’s a little more than I would usually pay for a mascara at £19.50 from Boots, but it really does what it claims to and is definitely worth a try if you have limp, hard to curl lashes like I do.

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Have any of you tried Benefit’s Roller Lash?

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