Wednesday, 27 August 2014

No7 Lipstick - Cameo

No7 Lipstick- Cameo- £9.75

Don't we all love it when Boots give away those No7 money off vouchers?! I definitely do, although my bank balance doesn't.... 

I recently got my hands a couple and one of the items I purchased was this lipstick. I have only ever tried one lipstick from No7 and really liked it, so I thought it would be nice to try another. No7 have a few different ranges of lipsticks, and this one is from the 'Moisture Drench' range which I hadn't tried before. 

As you can see, this is a gorgeous hot pink colour with a shimmery, satin finish. The Moisture Drench range states that this is a really nourishing, moisturising formula to keep the lips smooth and soft. I can honestly say this is definitely the case. I often suffer with very dry lips, so I don't really like matte lipsticks and usually prefer a moisturising formula. This lipstick really does make my lips feel soft and reduces any dryness, which I have been experiencing due to the cold weather in the morning (can't believe I've just said that in August!) and the air con in work. 

There are so many lovely colours in this range of lipsticks, I can't wait to try more! £9.75 is verging on expensive, however I do think the quality is worth this price, and I will be definitely be looking out for those No7 £3 off vouchers.

Have you tried these lipsticks? What do you think? Are there any others you recommend?


 x x x


Monday, 25 August 2014

Benefit- Watt's Up! Review

Watt's Up- £24.50

Benefit's Watt's Up is something I have had my eye on for awhile now, but I just haven't been able to justify spending so much on it. I am a massive fan of highlighters, and more recently I have been really loving cream highlighters. So I just knew this was a product I had to try, especially after reading some really positive reviews about it. When I opened up a birthday presents from one of my friends and found this gem I was over the moon! 

This product is brilliant! As you can see it is a gorgeous shimmery champagne shade. It has a really easy applicator, you just twist it up from the bottom and glide it on where you want it. 

It comes with a sponge on the opposite end, which seems like a great added bonus to apply the product, however unfortunately this is the only thing I don't like about Watt's Up. The sponge didn't really blend the product in very well at all and I find it much easier just to blend it in with my hand. Apart from this, I really love the packaging. I love the design of a light bulb as it really does add brightness!

It is a cream formula which I sometimes don't like as they can rub off easily and aren't always the best for oily skin. However, this is not a problem at all with Watt's Up. I have been using this in the mornings before work and it is perfect for this situation when I don't have much time to put my make up on. It adds a lovely dewy, fresh glow with little effort needed. I usually apply it to my cheek bones, brow bones, cupids bow and down my nose. It also lasts the whole working day and I can still a lovely shine right up until I take my make up off before bed. 

This really is a great product, and if you are a fan of highlighters and haven't already tried this I definitely recommend it!

Have you tried Watt's Up? What do you think of it?


x x x


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Burt's Bees Collection

(From left to right)

I think Burt's Bees has quickly become my favourite brand for lip products. Ever since I received the four products above as a free gift for signing up to a Glamour magazine subscription a few months ago I have been hooked and amazed by these. I feel so lucky I got these products and I'm not going to lie I think it was the main reason I signed up for the Glamour subscription in the first place.... (make up addict problems)

Until I had these products I had only ever tried a basic lip balm from Burt's Bees and although I loved this I wasn't aware they had such a big range of lip products, and now that I have discovered this I can't wait to try more! 

1. Tinted Lip Balm 'Hibiscus'- I love love love lip balms at all times of the year as I always seem to suffer with dry lips. There is always a couple of lip balms in my handbag at one time, I'd feel lost without them. Until this product, surprisingly I had never actually tried a tinted lip balm. Now that I have I can see what I've been missing! This tinted gives you the same wonderful moisturising effect of a normal lip balm, with a gorgeous pink/ coral tint as an added bonus. It is proving to be great for work, when I don't have a lot of time to think about choosing and applying lipsticks throughout the day, I can just turn to this to give my lips some subtle colour and care throughout the day. 

2. Lip Shimmer 'Apricot'- This product is actually my favourite out of all four. It is very moisturising to the lips as well as providing a lovely subtle golden/ bronze shimmer. It also smells absolutely amazing. The colour is called apricot, but it is a refreshing peppermint flavour. This lip shimmer is made with Vitamin E, beeswax and oils, so it is just pure goodness for your lips. 

3. Lipgloss 'Ocean Sunrise'- This lipgloss has such a gorgeous formula, it is really thick, creamy and despite this it is easy to apply and doesn't build up or clump on the lips. As you can see it the picture, it is a pale pink with a gorgeous shimmer in it. The only downside about this product is that it smells a bit like plastic, but this isn't a strong smell so doesn't matter too much. 

4. Lip Shine 'Wink'-  Lastly is this lip shine, it is similar to the lip gloss above, but a slightly less creamy formula and a deeper pink colour. It is so glossy and shiny on the lips, providing a really healthy looking rose colour and it smells so lovely a fruity (you may just want to lick it off!). It also isn't sticky at all which is great as many lip glosses can be and contains nourishing apricot wax.

That's all of my Burt's Bees collection as it stands, and writing this post has definitely made me realise how much I love this brand of lip products even more. All of the products I have mentioned come in a wide range of colours on the website and I can't wait to expand my collection and try many more!

What do you think of Burt's Bees? Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any you recommend?


 x x x


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Benefit- They're Real! Mascara

Benefit- They're Real

I first was introduced to Benefit's They're Real mascara a few years ago shortly after it was realised, when I attended London's fashion week and given a couple of free samples. From this moment I was hooked, but ever since I ran out of my two minis, I have never actually purchased the full size version. I just could not justify spending £19.50 on a mascara. Every time I used to walk past it at the Benefit counter it was very hard to resist, and reading other bloggers positive reviews of it just made my love for it grow even more! 

I finally reached a point where I just couldn't wait any longer and after the last couple of mascaras I purchased haven't been that great, I knew I had to invest in 'They're Real'. So, on the way back form my holiday I decided to pick it up in duty free as I had some spending money left over and it was actually £16.50 which swayed me.

This is the number one best selling mascara in the UK and I can definitely see why. With just a couple of coats it instantly transforms my lashes, giving them volume and making them appear  much longer. It stays on all day and doesn't smudge or flake off at all. 



You can see in the before and after pictures above the dramatic difference in my lashes. This was after applying only a couple of quick coats onto my lashes before work one morning. It really is completely effortless and such a transformation.

I really love this mascara, and I can really see myself sticking to it for a long time to come. 

What are your thoughts on this mascara? Have you tried it?


 x x x


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Superdrug Own Brand- Dry Shampoo

When it comes to dry shampoo, until recently I have always sworn Batiste. I have tried a few others including Boots own, and some of the more expensive brands- but I have never been that impressed as they usually seem rather over priced and never as good as Batiste. 

However, for some reason a few weeks ago, I decided to purchase Superdrug's own brand of dry shampoo. There was an offer on at the time, and it seemed very tempting instead of paying full price of Batiste! 

I am really glad I made this spur of the moment choice, I am so impressed with the two dry shampoos I chose. The packaging is great, I think it gives it a feel of a higher end product and not a Superdrug own brand. More importantly, the quality is extremely good for the price. They retail at £2.29, but are currently on offer on the Superdrug website for £1.14!

Golden Goddess 

First, I purchased the 'Golden Goddess' for blondes. I love dry shampoo specific to hair colour, as it freshens up without leaving any white powder or residue showing, it is a nice blonde colour instead! This shade dramatically minimised the greasiness of my hair with only a few sprays all over, and helped hide the look of my darker roots really well. 

'Killer Volume'

The second dry shampoo I chose to buy was the 'Killer Volume'. I always look for ways to add volume to my hair as it is quite flat so I thought this would be a good one to try. This is definitely my favourite out of the two, it really does add volume very well. I sprayed this on the roots of my hair and I could instantly see a difference. It almost has the effect of a mild hairspray, it keeps the hair in place and also reminds me a bit of the 'Got2b Volumizing Powder'. I really am so impressed with this dry shampoo, I even use it on my hair now even when it isn't greasy, just for the wonderful voluming effect! 

So, as you can tell I really recommend both these dry shampoos, and I will definitely be purchasing them again. It is such a good price and great quality.

Has anyone else tried Superdrug's dry shampoos? Are there any others you recommend?


 x x x


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Favourite St. Tropez Tanning Products

Before I start talking about these two products I must apologise for the serious lack of blogging from me lately! I was away in Portugal for two weeks and then I started a new job as soon as I got back. So, I have been very busy! I know this is no excuse really as many bloggers also have full-time jobs etc. But I still feel very new to the blogging world, and am still trying to work out a routine that works for me. If any bloggers out there have any advice on managing your blog with a full-time job I would really appreciate it :) 

So... rant over! I have chosen to write a post about my two favourite St. Tropez products. I love St. Tropez and have already talked about the 'Perfect Legs Spray' and 'Face Lotion' which I think are great products, but these two are my favourite by far and ones I have repurchased. 

St. Tropez Gradual Tan- £14.30

First is this gradual tan. I love gradual tanners as you get the benefit of a moisturiser as well as developing a lovely colour (which is great for when I am feeling lazy). This is a really great moisturiser and smells amazing. I love the gradual colour it builds as well, after  applying it a couple of times it gives such a nice brown colour, completely streak free. This is the shade medium/dark which I recommend if you want a noticeable tan. It is not too dark at all so I wouldn't worry about that, I'm not sure the lighter shade would really do that much, unless all you want is a very subtle colour.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse- £20.43

This St. Tropez bronzing mousse is my favourite self tan by far. I first purchased it a few months ago and have already used two bottles. It is my favourite for a number of reasons. First of all, it is a mousse which I much prefer to any kind of cream/gel as I think it is much easier to apply evenly. Secondly, it rubs in quickly and doesn't leave you feeling like you can't sit down for ages in case you get fake tan everywhere! Thirdly, it has a real streak-free finish and leaves a gorgeous natural brown colour, not orange at all. Finally, it smells amazing!

So, as you can probably tell I love these products and really recommend them! I hope this helps if anyone is in two minds whether or not to try out St. Tropez tan, as I know the products are expensive but they are definitely worth the investment. Also, I don't think I have ever paid full price for a St. Tropez product, always look out for offers on Feel Unique, Amazon and Boots etc, there's always something!

Are there any other St. Tropez products you recommend? What do you think of these two?


 x x x


Sunday, 3 August 2014

e.l.f Haul

I have been wanting to try some products from e.l.f Cosmetics for so long now as I have seen so many positive reviews and the prices are just so affordable! But for some reason I have just never got around to purchasing anything off their online store. When I was in Cardiff a few weeks ago I was shocked to spot an e.l.f shop! (I didn't even know they had shops before this!). I was so excited and just had to go inside. However after all the money I had already spent shopping for my holiday that day I had to restrict myself from buying too much, so I came out with these three items. I have just got back from holiday and I took all these items with me, so after using them most days for two weeks I have quite a good idea about each of them. 

Studio Eyebrow Kit- £3.95

The first thing I picked up was the Studio Eyebrow Kit. After running out of my Benefit Brow Zings I have been looking for a cheaper alternative and this looked perfect. I am really impressed with the wax section, it is such a nice brown colour and stays in place all day. I was also surprised how well it lasted in the hot climate while I was away. The only downside is that it is definitely not as pigmented as the Brow Zings and I felt I needed to put a lot of product on to get the look I wanted. 

The powder section is really good, it works really well filling in any gaps missed by the wax and sets it really well. I don't really like the brush it came with, it is synthetic and didn't work as well as I wanted it to. However, despite the small downsides, you can't expect it to be amazing at the price of £3.95. It is a great brow product and I am continuing to use it everyday.

Blending Eye Brush- £1.95

I spotted this eyeshadow blending brush and I thought it looked really good so for £1.95 I had to give it a try! It is so soft and seems to be incredibly good quality for the price. I have been using this with my Naked palette eyeshadows and it blends them so well. I really recommend this if you are looking for a good blending brush! E.l.f had so many brushes in their shop, and I can't wait to go back and get a few more. If they are all as good quality as this brush it will definitely become my new favourite make up brush brand! 

Precision Liquid Eyeliner- £3.95
The final product I bought was this liquid eyeliner. When buying a liquid eyeliner I always feel like I'm taking a big risk as you never really know the quality or how long it will last on your eyes when you buy it. I decided to buy this one as I thought it was a great size to take on holiday and the brush looked really good. I was definitely right about the brush, it is so thin and allows me to get such a neat line on my eyelid, although it is a little bit stiff but that didn't seem to matter. I noticed as well that the eyeliner didn't smudge or come off even a little bit throughout the day, in fact it was actually hard to remove it! So as you can tell I am really impressed with this eyeliner and with such a low price you just can't go wrong!

Thats the end of my little e.l.f haul, all these products for less than £10! I can definitely say I will be taking another trip to e.l.f very soon and will probably have another haul.

What do you think of e.l.f? Are there any products you recommend to try?


x x x
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