Bournemouth Christmas Market

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Rimmel Space Dust in Total Eclipse

Friday, 20 December 2013

Rimmel Space Dust in Total Eclipse
I don't know what it is about Christmas, but it brings out the glitter lover in everyone - including me. If you go through my nail varnish collection I think there is a grand total of 4 glitters, however after seeing Alix from I Covet Thee post on her Instagram a picture of this beauty, since I was heading to Boots the same day I thought it would be rude not to pick it up while everything was on three for two. (By the way, if you haven't already checked out her blog, you totally should, definitely one of my favourites to read on the regular...)

Anyway back to the polish. What I love about this is that it gives a block colour glitter effect, not like a topcoat. This shade has a mainly black colour to it, but there are flecks of navy, dark green and purple all in this baby and it is definitely one of those that keeps you staring at your tips all day. The only bad thing, as with all glitters, it's a pain to get off, and I can't rely on my trusty Bourjois pot to remove it - it takes a bit more elbow grease. It lasts for a long time without chipping though, at least 4 or 5 days, so if you're in it for the long haul anyway that shouldn't be a problem and I have definitely got my eye on the gold shade as well!

What do you think of the Space Dust range? 

Made Up - Christmas Party Look #2

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Party Look #2

TAG: This or That?

Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

So everyone has probably heard of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, and heard how pricey it is. While I do not doubt at all that Emma Hardie has brought it with her product, I am a student and I can't afford a cleansing balm worth that much, so I have been on the lookout for a cheaper alternative for ages.

It seems that the high street has finally caught on and The Body Shop has released a cleansing butter as part of their Camomile range. This stuff is great for sensitive skin, despite the fact it's got a slightly fragrance. I apply it on dry skin with wet fingers and massage it into my skin. It does remove all my make up, but I use it as part two of a cleansing routine anyway, so it's more deep cleanse step for me.

I have been using this stuff for around a month now, and you can see there is still plenty left. For £12 this stuff is definitely a bargain and worth the money completely, but if you can't stretch to that then The Body Shop regularly do discount events so keep your eyes out for that and if you are a big fan of the Camomile range, The Body Shop have done a Christmas gift set of all the products, which I can't find on the website but I have definitely seen it in store!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution

Monday, 9 December 2013

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
When Bioderma was released, the bloggosphere went a little bit crazy. The downsides to the product were the difficulty that everyone went through trying to get hold of it before it was released into UK pharmacies and also the price. £15 for a bottle of micellar water, well I wasn't convinced... However, when L'Oreal released their micellar offering as part of their Skin Perfection Range for only a fiver, I thought it was a good time to jump on the band wagon and see what all the fuss was about.

Turns out, the fuss was worth it. As someone who used face wipes pretty religiously throughout my teenage years, before moving onto proper cleansing when I started university, micellar water seems to be the thing that's been missing in my routine. I liked cleansing all my make up off with a flannel and a balm cleanser, and still do that step after using this product, but before this it would take a couple of flannels to remove a full face of make up and then eye make up on top of that, before feeling truly cleansed. This Micellar Solution takes off that top layer, making the second cleansing step a lot less time consuming and probably a lot more productive as the products used can reap their benefits a bit more.

I normally apply this onto a cotton wool pad (the bigger the better) and just wipe away. It dissolves the make up almost instantly and is also really good for eye make up too. I'm really glad I got this and for a fiver you can't really go wrong pricewise either. Have you tried any micellar waters?

What's In My Shower?

Sunday, 8 December 2013

From Clockwise L to R: Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner; L'Oreal EverRiche Masque Spray and Intense Masque; Soap & Glory Pulp Friction; Soap & Glory Clean on Me; Philip Kingsley Elasticizer; Venus ProSkin Sensitive Razor.  

It's Beginning To Smell A Lot Like Christmas!

Friday, 6 December 2013

The Body Shop Candied Ginger Body Butter (last year's edition); Primark Christmas Cinnamon Clove Scented Candle; Sainsbury's Spiced Apple & Fig Handwash Limited Edition.

Johnson's Face Care Make Up Be Gone Moisturising Wipes

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Johnson's Face Care Make Up Be Gone Moisturising Wipes
Before I start this post, I should stress that although these make up wipes are fantastic, I do not use them regularly for make up removal. However, they are brilliant for a quick fix after a night out or during a plane trip etc. And after using these I do a big ass cleanse the next day.

Despite all this however, these are the best make up wipes I have tried. Ever. They are targeted at those with dry skin, so I picked them up in preparation for winter time when the air plays havoc with my skin. They are really wet wipes, which sounds ridiculous I know, but some brands I have tried are a bit stingy on the actual dampness front. These are definitely not. They remove all make up quickly, including waterproof mascara, but then leave your skin feeling moisturised afterwards. Even though my face doesn’t feel completely clean after using these, which is probably more just my personal taste, it’s nice to know that a quick make up removal after a night out won’t necessarily make my skin pay the next morning. These are normally on offer in Boots or Superdrug whenever I see them, so if you are an avid traveller or a late night junkie it might be worth picking a pack up!

For those who were expecting to see a Made Up post today, it has been postponed this week in favour of another, so don't worry next week we will be back to normal!

The Perfect Base? Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Monday, 2 December 2013

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory

As people who have read my blog for a while will know, finding a good base for my skin without breaking the bank is becoming a bit of an arduous task. As a student, coming to that dangerous time when the loan is slowly but surely petering away, high end foundation is simply not an option, and unfortunately for me, these are the products that normally cater to the paler skin. However, my latest find has restored some of my faith in the high-street.

My normal problem with high-street foundations are that they are just too yellow toned (Bourjois I’m looking at you), so being pale with pink toned skin, it makes my life difficult. A couple of weeks ago, I was perusing the aisles of Boots when I saw Revlon’s Nearly Naked Foundation. This base product has been around for aaaaages now, I know, but for some reason, I just never got around to trying it. Looking at the colour range, I was pretty impressed, and even managed to find a shade that suits me seamlessly.

Now, I don’t normally make big statements like this, but oh my goodness, this might just be the one. Not only is the shade absolutely perfect for me, but the finish is amazing. Using a small amount I can achieve a fairly sheer finish with a dewy glow and evened complexion, but add a little more and I find it’s very easy to build. I normally apply this with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is great, so I won’t go on about that, but I find it can also be applied with fingers for an equally lovely finish.

My only problem with this product is the same problem that everyone else has with it… Revlon gimme a pump for this baby already! I can’t waste this precious stuff, so it does take a steady hand, and is doable, but merely for convenience this product would go straight to a 10/10 for me with a pump.

Going Brunette

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Those who have read my blog since it started will know that for the last couple of years I have been blonde. When I was younger I went through some brief brunette stints, and my natural hair colour is a dark mousy brown, but I was adamant I wanted to be blonde, so blonde I went. Recently however, I feel like I have grown up a lot and wanted to go for a bit more a mature hair colour, plus maintaining those roots on a student budget was just never going to happen.

I dyed my hair with a box dye from Nice ’n’ Easy in their Perfect 10 range, mainly because I am massively impatient. In hindsight, this may have clouded my decision slightly, because the application was actually pretty difficult. It comes with a comb applicator, which by the time I got to the top layers of my hair just kept knotting it, meaning that the colour wasn’t distributing evenly. The finish wasn’t bad, I had clearly turned brunette, but I still wasn’t completely happy with it. I gave it a 3 week breathing period, and then re-dyed it. This time I used the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, and the results were much better!

So this is the new look! What do you guys think? Better blonde or brunette?