Saturday, 28 April 2012

Beauty Dilemma of the Week


I am always reading articles where bloggers mention they just 'throw on their five minute face' and the resulting look is always amazingly natural but polished.  I, on the other hand religiously spend 20 minutes doing my daily 'face'.  Currently my routine includes, moisturiser, primer, mineral foundation, mineral veil, blusher, highlighter, eyelid primer, eyeshadow, liquid eyeliner, mascara and brow powder.

Admittedly, I do have an addiction to strong black liquid eyeliner so I'm never going to be pleased about leaving this step out.  However, I'm sure there must be some way of speeding up the rest!  My resulting look though using an arsenal of products still only results in a reasonably natural look so it's not as if I'm trowelling it on!

What does your five minute face involve?  Do you think it just takes some getting used to the less products is more?

Friday, 27 April 2012

Liz Earle May Essentials Offer



Liz Earle is one of the few companies that I prefer to buy direct from.  This is because of their amazing monthly skincare offers and the fact that everything is beautifully wrapped in tissue paper and they always include a free travel sized treat no matter how much or little you buy.

I've just purchased May's offer which includes Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser, Cleanse and Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, 2 muslin cloths and the bonus product this month is their Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion which I've been dying to try.  All for £41 with free p&p :D  In total this is nearly a £15 saving.  That's my skincare regime sorted for a good 6 months! 

You can find the offer here.  I can't wait to receive mine!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

April Empties!



I've finished quite a lot this month which is unusual for me -  I tend to buy big and use slow!

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo  I started off not being wowed by this product.  However, I've grown to love the way it leaves your hair feeling fresh and not weighed down.  I also really like the fact that it is SLS free - I feel very virtuous using it!

Would I repurchase?  Definitely

Bare Minerals Prime Time Original  I NEVER apply my make-up without this.  A great primer that is light and smoothing.  I prefer this to the brightening version which is a lot thinner.

Would I repurchase?  Can't live without it!

Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser  This was part of an amazing gift set bought for me for Christmas.  It's a really lovely alternative to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and is the only other cleanser that has given me comparable results.

Would I repurchase?  Yes, but only if it was in a deal.  Quite a bit pricier than Liz Earle C&P!

Lacura Multi-Intensive Serum  A fantastic bargain serum at only £3.49!  I use this as my pre-make up moisturiser as it is nice and light.

Would I repurchase?  I already have 2 back ups in stock ...

Clinique 15 Minute Facial Turnaround This was part of a Clinique Bonus Time gift and is very old and I probably shouldn't have used it... but it still gave my skin amazing results!  Leaves your skin baby soft but the texture is bizaare!  Like smoothing chewing gum onto your face :/

Would I repurchase?  I would but I think they've changed the formula and name now!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Morrocan Oil Review


Now I know you've probably seen a hundred reviews on Morrocan Oil but I really do love it so had to throw my penny worth in!

My hair type is fine but lots of it!  It also has a slight wave.  Therefore, I am always looking for a product that moisturises and smooths my dry ends without weighing it down.  The obvious solution would be a good conditioner and a serum.  However, I've never managed to get this right and my hair either ends up fluffy without product or weighed down with it.

The idea of Morrocan Oil didn't exactly wow me.  An oil didn't sound like the best product for hair that needed taming but also oomph.  However, this stuff is amazingly light (it also comes in a light formula which I am still to try!)  Just one 5p piece sized blob smoothed through damp hair and taadaaa!  Shiny soft amazing smelling hair that doesn't even feel like it has product in it!

Once my hair is dried after using Morrocan Oil my split ends are less visible and I definitley think its prevent more from forming.  The added bonus of this product is its gorgeous smell - if it was a perfume I'd adore it!

10 out of 10 for Morrocan Oil from me - this has become my hero haircare product!  The downside being I believe it is quite pricey.  However, working in a college where there is a hairdressing department that stocks it means I get huge discounts (and even the odd freebie!) :D

Have you tried any other argan oil products?  Do they match up to Morrocan Oil?

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Nail Look of the Day



This is my latest attempt at nail art!  I'm going to be wearing a tribal print shift dress for work tomorrow and I wanted to pick out two or three colours from in and incorporate it in my nails.  Here I have used Leighton Denny Some Like it Hot with OPI You Don't Know Jaques on the tips.

I'm quite liking this unusual colour combination mainly because I like my nail art on the subtle side!

What are your thoughts?

Friday, 20 April 2012

Famous by Sue Moxley Baked Bronze Review



This is probably one of the most convincing 'dupes' I've seen on the market.  This is Famous by Sue Moxley Baked Bronze and bares more than a slight resemblance to MACs MSF product.  Though it is called a bronzer, I chose this in its palest shade of Miami which makes it more of a higlighter come finishing powder.  Here is the shade:


It's so pretty with its subtle marbling and the MAC shade is resembles most closely is the sought after Soft and Gentle.  Subtle is the key word here - there is the obvious glitter as with some highlighters and the shade is very soft meaning you have the opportunity to build the shade.

As with my previous Famous by Sue Moxley review here - I love the packaging.  In fact, I think they do a much better job than MAC.  The chrome look lid has a mirror inside and a little plastic tray holding a portable brush.  This makes it fantastic for carrying around in your handbag for touch ups.


Famous by Sue Moxley Baked Bronze is a product I had been lusting over for a while and I am really enjoying trying new ways of applying it.  Currently the results I am getting are subtler than expected.  However, highlighters are quite new to me!

Have you tried the Famous by Sue Moxley range?  Are you impressed by how competitive they are with other high end brands?

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Leighton Denny Jailbird Review

Leighton Denny Jailbird came in the New Year, New You Collection that I reviewed here.  It wasn't the colour I was most looking forward too - I'd been lusting after Rebel and I Love Juicy and went for those first.  However, now I have tried Jailbird I can't believe what I've been missing out on!

Jailbird is a gorgeous deep metallic green that has a slightly matte/brushed metal finish.  I love this finish at it makes a nice change from the usual high shine glitter!  Here is a pic:


And the best thing?  This is just one coat!  I love polishes that you don't need to load on too heavily as it means less drying time for me and the less likely they are to smudge!  I will be wearing this loads more as I wear quite a lot of green and it's just so easy and quick to apply. 

Do you have any products you've had sitting round for a few months and then have loved it once you've finally got round to using it?

Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Sanctuary Classic Eau de Toilette Review

I just lurrrrrrrve the smell of Sanctuary products so imagine my excitement when I realised they sold an eau de toilette in their classic scent!  My lovely mum bought me a 50ml bottle of The Sanctuary Classic Eau de Toilette for my birthday and I've been wearing it loads since.  It disappeared off the shelves of Boots for a while and I believe that was because they were redesigning the packaging.  Here it is now:



The bright packaging and cute pink bow echo its exotic scent.  It's an oriental warm fragrance which I always lean towards but it also has a lovely softness which means you can wear it everyday, all day.  The key notes are; jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and cedarwood.  There are also hints of citrus and bergamont which keep it fresh.


The Sanctuary Classic Eau de Toilette is my new favourite everyday fragrance - I can't stop sniffing my wrists!  Although I am not usually a fan of Eau de Toilettes this definitley has longevity and at £15 I can afford to replace it when it runs out.

Do you love The Sanctuary classic scent?  What are your favourite Sanctuary products?

Thursday, 12 April 2012

17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick Review


I had a major gap in my make up collection up until recently and that was in highlighter/shimmer products.  However, having heard lots about cult products like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick and MAC MSF I decided I needed to investigate.  Recently lots of cheaper brands have been producing quality 'dupes' and I wanted to try these before investing in the more pricey versions. 

My shimmer brick dupe is 17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze.  My mum bought me this for my birthday.  The shades are lovely - from the very palest pink to a dusky, browny pink.  This choice is perfect for paler skins.


Here it is swatched on my hand:


As you can see it produces a very subtle pink glow.  I really like using this to boost matte blush colours and sweep it right up across my cheek bones.  The pay off is really good so you just need to dab a small amount on your brush to get a subtle effect.  For nights out you can easily build a heavier shimmer look.

The 17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick is only £4.99 so a great saving on the Bobbi Brown version!  I'm really happy with the results too so will be sticking with this brand.  As a newbie to highlighter/shimmer products I'm still working out where and how exactly to apply for the best results.

Do you have any tips on how to apply shimmer bricks?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Robert Cavalli Eau de Parfum Review


Here is Robert Cavalli's latest perfume offering.  It is simply called Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum.  Everything about the packaging is pure Cavalli - animal prints, luxury gold and a shot of turquoise.  This can be a bit brash for some people and personally I lean towards the classic end of fashion design but the perfume is pure sophistication!  The bottle itself echoes this with a beautiful Cavalli logo stopper and a good heavy glass bottle in a simple shape.

My wonderful partner bought this for me as one of my birthday presents after one of our shopping trips in Debenhams.  After a spritz from the shop assistant I was really surprised by this scent.  From the packaging I was expecting it to be overpowering and sweet, something along the lines of Thierry Mugler's Angel

However, instead it has a classic scent that reminds me of older perfumes such as Tresor and Paris.  This was exactly what I was looking for as I'm not a fan of overly sweet or fresh scents.  I mean, who really wants to smell like freshly cut grass or a box of chocolates?  Not me! 

I prefer womanly, warm, grown up scents and this ticks all the boxes.  It has top notes of orange blossom but it dries down to a gorgeous blend of benzoin, tonka and vanilla.  Furthermore, this is only available as an Eau de Parfum which I love as Eau de Toilettes don't last 5 minutes on me and I like a fragrance that lingers on all day.

I think I have found my new signature scent!  Though I'm pretty sure this ones not for everyone...

Have you tried Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum?  Did you love it or hate it?

Friday, 6 April 2012

Famous by Sue Moxley Coral Reef Lipstick Review

I had seen the Famous by Sue Moxley range on several blogs, mainly because of their MAC MSF dupe Baked Bronze (review of this to follow shortly!)  I was desperate to try this mainly because the MAC MSF seemed totally overpriced to me. 

My partner bought the Baked Bronze for me and put it away for my birthday but at the time Superdrug were offering a free lipstick with every Famous by Sue Moxley purchase.  All of the shades were fairly bright but I've been looking to move away from my usual pinky nudes.  In a moment of bravery I picked Coral Reef.  Here it is:




How gorgeous is the packaging?  I think it looks really expensive and I love the little ribbon pull at the end (though it did pull out and I had the poke it back in...)  As you can see the sticker on the bottom of the lipstick bares no resemblance to the lipstick itself!  Instead Coral Reef is a bright, summery pink with just a hint of coral.


Here is the result on me with one coat blotted.  As it is so bright when you first apply it I found it a bit overpowering and it seemed to highlight any dryness.  However, blotting solved both problems and I really am loving this bright shade!  Now we just need the weather for it.....

Can you recommend any bright summery shades for dark hair and pale skin?  What lipsticks do you save for when you're feeling brave?

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Make-Up Storage

I'm always really interested in how people store their make-up.  I like things to be neat and all in one place to make my morning routine as quick as possible!  As the majority of my make-up is Bare Minerals and in sometimes messy tubs I needed storage which meant they could lie flat e.g. not the usual throw it all in make-up bag! 

My first thought for storage was the ever popular Muji Acrylic storage systems.  However, buying all the drawers can get expensive.  Plus, being clear though easy to find your bits and bobs the look is a bit cluttered for me.

Instead, I bought this neat and slim rattan drawer unit.


These have plenty of room to lie my Bare Minerals pots flat, store my nail polishes in a cool and dark place and hold other beauty bits and bobs like cotton wool pads.  For items like mascara, eye liner and lipgloss I store them upright as below in a glass.



My eyeshadow palettes slot neatly at the end of the drawer.  Any make-up that I don't use everyday is stored in a tin and hidden away under my bed - I hate having to rummage through non-essential products!

How do you store your make-up?  Do you have it all in one place or is it pouring out of every available space your have?

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Tangle Teezer Review

For my birthday I received this little brightly coloured hair gadget known as the Tangle Teezer.  I'd been reading reviews of it by fellow bloggers and decided it sounded like the perfect tool for me!  I also had it used on me by a hair stylist at my last cut and loved the way it seemed to glide through any knots.

I have long naturally wavy hair that I'd always assumed was 'thick' due to the amount of it.  However, recently I've been told by hairdressers that my hair texture is fine and I just have a lot of it!  This means my hair can have a tendancy to break easily (especially as I straighten it lots!)

When I brush my hair I usually find lots of tiny bits breaking off and half of it left it my brush :(  This makes me very sad as I get paranoid that one day it will stop growing and it will be a straggly broken mess!  However, the Tangle Teezer promises to minimise breakage and so far so good!

You hold the brush in the palm of your hand.  My mum (who kindly bought it for me) described it quite acurrately as an oversized nail brush!  It doesn't look very technical and therefore may seem overpriced at £10.99.  However, the combination of short and long teeth somehow manages to cut through the toughest of knots in just a few strokes!  Not only this but it leaves my hair looking very groomed and very quickly.  It gives it a shine without leaving it flat.

Don't ask me how it works but it does for me :)  Am hoping this will keep my locks a lot healthier in the long run!

Do you own a Tangle Teezer?  Are you in love with yours?

Monday, 2 April 2012

Graduation


Apologies for my lack of posts this week - it's been a big one as it was my birthday aaaand... I graduated! :D  After 6 years of studying with the Open University I finally got there.  I had an absolutely amazing day with my family at the Barbican in London - definitely one I won't forget!  It was lovely to have the support of everyone and to celebrate all the hard work paying off.

I will be back to beauty blogging soon - I promise! :)