Collective Beauty Haul

Hello lovelies,

I love shopping. I am sucked in by deals and freebies. I only actually needed one of these items and look what I ended up buying from multiple places! Hey ho, I mean who is judging? My problem is that I lust on websites and before I know it I have paid and it’s already on it’s way to me before I even realise what I have done. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this issue!?

House of Fraser

So the reason why I went spending at House of Fraser is that I had a gift voucher from Christmas and I really wanted to repurchase my Benefit Brow Pencil. Little did I know that this brow pencil is so damn popular! It’s constantly out of stock and I was waiting ages for it to come back into stock & I gave up. I decided to take advantage of the Estee Lauder gift with purchase because why the hell not!

Estee Lauder – Take it Away Total Makeup Remover see here

I had a little mini of this and I fell in love. It’s flipping brilliant and the perfect make up remover for me. Its light and takes my make up off with ease so I thought do you know I am going to buy the full size. I haven’t heard of this at all in the beauty world but I have no idea why because it’s a flipping great product. It’s not a hot cloth cleanser but I use it in the same way and it works wonders!

Estee Lauder – Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Cleansing Jelly see here

So this product was calling my name because my pores are awful at the moment. They are so clogged up and nothing I seem to try helps. So I saw this was specifically for pore cleansing and I just knew I needed to try it out. I really hope that this helps me out because I feel like currently I am up against a loosing battle. Essentially it is another cleanser BUT this will be a second cleanser for me to ensure it’s just the pores I’m targeting. Lets hope it helps. Side note if you have any savior products for pores please let me know!

So because I brought two products from Estee Lauder I received a goodie bag which included:

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Advanced Night Repair

Eyeshadow Palette

Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream

Day Wear Cream

Sumptuous Extreme Mascara

The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer

Stila – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Wanderlust see here

Annoyingly, House of Fraser don’t currently stock this shade but I promise I did buy it from here. I already own one of these liquid eye shadows and I have fallen in love. They are absolutely beautiful and has completely changed my eyeshadow game. I thought why the hell not buy another one. This shade is completely out of my comfort zone but I think sometimes you have to shake it up and try new things, lets hope it works well!

Cult Beauty

This is where I found my little eyebrow pencil in stock. I could of just brought this BUT that’s not me so I added a few things just to make it worth while and again I just got sucked in to the beautiful world of Cult Beauty. If you haven’t ever shopped on Cult Beauty then you really need to, they have amazing brands and the website is just dreamy!

Benefit – Precisely, My Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

I finally have what I was looking for, seriously this massive haul is for this one product. Crazy! I had no idea how popular this product was until I was quickly running out of my current one and I was panicking that I would run out. Cult Beauty saved the day! This is my brow pencil of choice and I adore it. It’s perfect, Benefit really are the winners for me when it comes to brow products. Seriously if you haven’t tried their brow products before head over to your local counter and they will be able to point you in the right direction of what product will suit you best as well as shades.

NYX – Concealer Wand in Light see here

I was on the search for a new concealer. I have been stuck in a rut with using the wonderful Collection Lasting Perfecting Concealer which is AMAZING but I was getting a little bored. I saw NYX was on Cult Beauty and thought do you know what it’s time for a change. I very rarely buy new concealers because I love the ones I have but I’m all up for a mix up and it’s so damn affordable!

Stila – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Rose Gold Retro see here

Yes I know, another one! I just can’t help myself the colours are just so damn pretty. I am really getting into experimenting with different eyeshadow colours and who doesn’t want rose gold on their lids!? I cannot wait for occasions to wear this because the colour looks absolutely beautiful. I feel as though this is going to become an addiction because their colours are just too much, seriously tell me that they aren’t pretty.

TK MAXX

A trusty winner when it comes to buying beauty products. I would say go when it’s quiet because otherwise it ends up like a jumble sale and seriously it’s not worth it. I always go late at night and near enough have the whole section to myself and I can really find some amazing goodies. I can’t link them to their website because it’s not how they work but if you haven’t been to TK MAXX for beauty products then it’s a must who doesn’t love a bargain!

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Overnight Purifying Gel 

So I pick up all my Nip + Fab products up from TK MAXX because you can pick them up for a fraction of the price. I find the brand a little pricey so when you can pick this product for £6 instead of £15, to me it’s a no brainer. These whole overnight products interest me and I want to know what they exactly do. I’m not a massive fan of the whole sticky pillow face vibe but I’m willing to try. I will be doing a review on this product so keep your eyes peeled!

Eylure – Fleur de Force Brow Palette 

I have heard an awful lot of things about Fleur’s eyebrow range and for whatever reason I haven’t got round to picking anything up. I saw this for £2 and I thought well it’s silly not to try it out. I’m not the biggest fan of brow powder but I’m open to try new products and with so many people enjoying this product I thought come on girl change it up a bit. I like that their is two different colours so I report back and I’ll let you know how I get on.

That’s all folks! I have been on a spending ban for a couple of weeks so I don’t think their will be another haul anytime soon. I have so many new products to try out now and I cannot wait! Please let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them.

-A x

Review: Makeup Obsession Highlighters

Hello my lovelies,

I literally have the longest list of products to review and I am slowly getting through them so you will have to bare with me! So today’s post is with regards to a brand called Makeup Obsession. Now, I have heard of this brand for around 18 months when they were being launched in Boots. To date I have only seen them in one Boots store and that was Brighton. My local Boots stores that are reasonably sized don’t stock them. The way I got my hands on their products was through Tam Beauty which are the creators of Make Up Revolution and MUA. Very good website for affordable make up and they always have sales on!

The beauty of Make Up Obsession products is that it is based on the idea of customization palettes. So, you buy for example a blank palette and then buy pans of bronzer, eyeshadow and on this occasion I brought highlighters. I think it’s a great idea because you could make your own face palette or put some eye shadows in there – the choice really is yours. I suppose like the basis on MAC but for me a lot easier to get the pans in & out and they are all the same size!

I actually brought this in their sale around 6 months ago which was an already made palette. I didn’t know where to start on choosing so I chose the easy way out and brought one someone else had kindly put together, I know lazy! I think I paid around £8 for the whole palette but I believe the prices are the following: for a blank palette between £4-£8 depending on the size and £2/£3 for each pan. For me I think this is good value for money to get the exact colours you want.

The highlighters I have for reference are: Gold, Bronze, Mars, Ice, Pop and Pearl. The picture below is unedited and gold is the furthest one away. Do excuse the bruises/cuts I have a puppy and the teething is crazy!

They are all beautiful colours in their own right, they may look similar as really a photo never does highlight it’s true justice. I absolutely love the tones depending on the look I’m going for and my general mood of how much highlighter I want on my face. The formulation of all of these are AMAZING. For £2 each I’m seriously impressed, they aren’t the most pigmented but actually I like building highlighter up and these is nothing worse than too much highlight and just looking like a ball of glitter!

All the colours are so creamy and blend well onto the skin. I haven’t had an issue with any of these products and my foundations and I have really given these a good test. My favourite shades from this palette is Bronze & Pop. Two completely different colours but my oh my they really work well for my skin tone. I just love a good highlight and this palette is perfect for experimenting with.

Overall, I am really happy with this palette. It’s a shame this brand is not spoken about more because their products really are amazing and especially for the price point. I believe this is stocked on Boots.com and TAM beauty so if you are on there browsing I would highly recommend having a little look to see if anything takes your fancy and I’m sure it will!

Let me know if you have tried any of Make Up Obsessions highlighters before and what your thoughts are. Also, any recommendations of what products to try next would be really helpful!

– A x

Boots Haul

Hello my lovelies,

So recently Boots has a 70% off sale which obviously a shopaholic like me couldn’t refuse. When I went into store I’ll be honest and a lot of their stock had gone and I was a little gutted. However with the bits I picked up I couldn’t be more happy, seriously who can refuse 70% off – clearly not me!

Sleek – Ready to Party Gift Set see here

Sadly, this gift set is no longer available with Boots but if you really want to get your hands on it I have put the link to Amazon where some are still available. Now this retailed I believe for around £40 in Boots full price, I picked this up for around £13.50. I know it’s an absolute bargain! The set contains:

  • Solstice Highlighting Palette
  • I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette – Gleaming in Gold
  • Lip VIP Lipstick – Walk of Fame
  • Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream – Roman Copper
  • Matt Me Lip Cream – Vino Tinto
  • Eau La La Eye Liner
  • Full Fat Lash Mascara
  • Glitter Eyeliner – Gold
  • Dip it Eyeliner – Black

Yea A LOT of products for £13.50, to be honest the product that screamed out to me the most was the highlighting palette for whatever reason I have never got round to picking it up. I have no idea why because an awful lot of people own this and rave about it. Now I finally have it! I don’t own an awful lot of Sleek make up so I thought this was a good excuse to try some different products from them. I’m sure I will let you know how I get on don’t you worry.

Soap & Glory – Spa Wonder Gift Set see here

Again this set is no longer available on either the Soap and Glory or Boots website. But, I have linked this to Amazon where some are still available! So, who doesn’t love a Soap and Glory Gift set? When the little sticker in the corner said the contents were worth £78 I was like babe how much is this. So it retailed for £50 and I got it for £19.50 another complete bargain. Over the past year I have been trying more and more from the brand and for this price it was silly not to pick this up! This has the following products in it:

  • SMOOTHIE STAR – Deep Moisture Body Milk
  • FACE & SOAP CLARITY – Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
  • CLEAN ON ME – Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel
  • RIGHTEOUS BUTTER – Body Butter
  • RIGHTEOUS BUTTER – Creamy Body Wash
  • THICK & FAST – High-Definition Collagen Coat Mascara
  • SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE – Body Scrub
  • SUPERCAT – Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
  • SEXY MOTHER PUCKER – Lip Gloss in Plums Up
  • BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL – Radiance Boosting Mask

I can’t actually believe how many products are in this box! I am super exciting to try some of the products that I haven’t tried before like the radiance mask and the sexy mother pucker lip gloss. But also welcome my firm favourite products back into my like like the supercat liquid eyeliner. The products that I haven’t used before be sure to keep an eye out as I will be doing some reviews!

Dove – Regenerate Nourishment Shampoo & Conditioner see here

A little hair care, I know impressive right? Dove is a brand which I love for staples and actually their hair care products are really lovely! I have had some from their hair care range before and absolutely loved them so when I saw them on offer I was like I need to get my hands on them. I went for damaged and extremely distressed hair. Now I know that seems a little scary but my hair isn’t in the best condition and I am forever needing moisture. I’m quite interested to see what they have in store for my hair and whether there are any differences.

That’s all guys, although there wasn’t much to show I have accumulated an awful lot of products! I cannot wait to get using them. Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them!

-A x

Review: L’Oreal Hydra Genius

Hello my lovelies,

Skincare in the winter months is so important, you need to make sure your skin is hydrated as much as possible and sometimes this means that you need to change the products you use. L’Oreal as you may or may not know have launched a lot of new skincare products in the past year or so which have really caught the eye of many people. They are really doing the drugstore proud by showing you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on skincare to treat and look after your skin. This is something I am all for I’m sorry but not everyone can afford Sunday Riley Prices!

I picked up  the L’Oreal Hydra Genius around the time it launched which I believe was summer – don’t quote me on that though! I had another moisturiser on the go so the good person I was to understand and appreciate the product I waited until my previous one finished and then was able to give this a good go.  Now this formulation is for Normal to Combination skin but they also offer a Dry and Sensitive version so it should cater to everyone.

Now the product claims to: deliver pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously – without overloading the skin. Instantly refresh immediately absorbs, the water-like texture re-hydrates and reinvigorates the skin. Instantly lock in moisture. The formula penetrates deeply for a healthy looking glow. 72 hour recharge, it releases continuous hydration and drenches the skin with moisture for 72 hours. 

What bold claims right? Now we will start with basics – the packaging. I love it, I love the colour and the bottle – it’s glass so instantly it has a more luxury feel to it. I love that it has a pump, less chance for mess! It really stands out in my collection because the colour is so bright. A lot of skincare brands stick to neutral colours and it’s nice to see L’Oreal do something different which fits perfectly with the product inside.

The texture of this is unlike anything I have tried before when it comes to a moisturiser. It is extremely light more like a water/gel texture which I think is something that for me is amazing for the skin especially when it comes to a day cream. When I first tried this I felt as though I would need a lot of product but boy how I was wrong. A little seriously goes a long way! I would say a pea sized amount is more than enough to cover your whole face.

So let’s get onto the claims of the product. It penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously without overloading the skin. This is something that I completely agree with. Sometimes with moisturiser I feel as though you do have to let it sink into the skin for a a good couple of minuets. This little baby instantly sinks into the skin and ready for the next product.

For me I am not a massive fan of overloading the skin and if I am honest my skincare routine is not that extensive and having a product like this really keeps the weight of my skin as light as possible which I absolutely love and strive for. I don’t want to be weighed down before I even apply makeup!

Again, their next point of instantly refreshes I completely agree with. I feel like my skin instantly changes when I apply this. It feels fresher and looks a whole sight better. The whole process of applying this is something I quite enjoy. The fresh smell of this instantly wakes you up in the morning, nothing offensive just fresh.

The only point I’m not completely sold on is the whole 72 hour claim. I mean that’s a long time to claim your product works for. I apply this once a day in the morning and that’s more than enough for me it does say to apply twice a day but I need something a little richer in the evening but I still notice the benefit of this come the evening. I’m just not sold on 72 hours and as the instructions say apply twice a day surely how can this really be tested? But, I do agree that it does keep my skin hydrated throughout the day.

Overall, I am really impressed with this product. Like really impressed, for the price and the results it gives me I couldn’t ask for anything more. I love the lightweight texture and I can really notice a difference in comparison to other day moisturisers I have tried. This is something different which not many other brands have tried to rival. I would really recommend this especially if you have oily skin, I really felt that it was able to keep the oils at bay and hydrate where necessary.

If you want to find out more information about this baby or pick it up for yourself, see here

Let me know if you have tried this product out and what your thoughts are.

-A x

 

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello my lovelies,

I haven’t written one of these posts in the longest time! Whenever I have a ‘good’ makeup day I always forget to share what I have been using. In recent months I have completely changed it up mainly with my eyeshadow and trying new colours! I have finally gone away from the standard brown tones and mixed it up a little with more of an orange tone and I’m loving it! Some things don’t really change for me like my brows, in this case I stick to what I know works! Just an FYI my brushes are dirty but is there any point showing clean ones when I use them everyday? Apologies in advance if this offends you.

If you want to see my previous make up routine you can read all about it here

Base: 

Make Up Forever – Step 1 Radiant Primer

MAC – Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW15)

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Concealer (2C Light Medium)

I use my Original Beauty Blender to buff in my foundation & concealer – apologies it’s not clean I use it allll the time!

Brows:

Sleek – Brow Kit (Light)

Zoeva – 317 Wing Liner Brush

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil (Shade 4)

Miss Sporty – Clear Mascara (I know it doesn’t look clear!)

Eyes:

Urban Decay – Primer Potion (Original)

Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Palette (Colours Used: Warmth, Cozy, Fireside & Flame)

Crown – Flat Shader Brush

MAC – 221 Brush

Spectrum – B06 and A15 Brushes

Real Techniques – Accent Brush

L’Oreal – Perfect Slip Eyeliner (Black)

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes, So Couture (Black)

Face Products:

Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder (Totally Translucent)

Zoeva – 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush (Under the eye)

Spectrum – A00 Brush

Kevin Aucoin – Sculpting Powder (Medium)

Real Techniques – Contour Brush

BECCA – Apres Ski Glow Face Palette (Bronzed Bondi – Bronzer & Winter Berry for Blusher)

Real Techniques – Powder Brush (Bronzer)

Spectrum – C07 Brush (Blusher)

MAC – Minralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle

Real Techniques – Setting Brush

Lips:

Too Faced – Melted Matte Lipstick in Queen B

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your experience with them. Also, I would love to know your views on the look I have achieved!

-A x

Review: John Frieda Frizz Ease Leave in Conditioner

Hello lovelies,

Another review, but this one is a little different for me. I don’t usually talk much about hair. 1. because I don’t really know a lot and 2. because I don’t do an awful lot with my hair. In fact I use minimal products and I don’t really have any motivation to try anything different. My hair is in good condition and as my nan used to say if ain’t broke don’t fix it.  However one product I have to use otherwise my hair turns into one big knot is detangler/ leave in conditioner. I finally have tried something new so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.

The detangler I have used religiously for years in The Body Shop’s detangler but I find it so hard to get hold of that I gave up a few months ago and decided it was time to try something new. I actually found it really hard to find a leave in conditioner and I spent an awful long time in Boots walking up and down the hair aisles hoping to find something. I decided to try this one, no real particular reason it was on offer and seemed the best value for money.

I have tried shampoo and conditioner from John Freida before and liked them but didn’t feel like I need to rush out and buy it again. Since this one is on offer and isn’t the cheapest brand in the world I decided to try it out. I can’t actually brush my hair after I have washed it without putting a detangler in my hair it’s near on impossible I have blessed with bloody awful fine knotty hair!

The first time I used this I was worried it wasn’t going to work, I’m a skeptical person when it comes to hair care. However as soon as I put my brush through with a few spritz of this it was a dream! It was so damn easy and I really didn’t need much of it either which I was really impressed by. It also helped that it smells amazing, very fresh but nothing overpowering. Just great.

I was also worried about what my hair would be like when it was dry. For reference I leave my hair to dry naturally because I’m not a fan on applying heat on hair unless needed. When it was completely dry it felt a lot softer than usual and just all round felt healthier. It has really made such a difference to my hair, a small change but amazing results.

I absolutely love this product and I am SO glad I took the plunge and tried something new. Sometimes it’s good to go out of your comfort zone and try something new. Especially when you are stuck in a rut like I was! I love it so much that I actually mentioned it in my December Favourites which is completely unheard of, adding a hair care product into the mix. I think I will be saying goodbye to my beloved The Body Shop detangler and hello to this new beauty.

You can find further information about this product here

Let me know if you have tried this before and what your thoughts are on it – I would love to know. Also if you have any recommendations for other leave in conditioners I’d love to try some more!

-A x

January Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

This is not a drill – the end of January is finally in sight! This month has gone on FOREVER, does anyone else feel the same? January really hasn’t been a great month for me I have been ill for the WHOLE month and I am still suffering now which has really got me down. I completed a training course for my full time job which is the toughest thing I have done, mentally. It was so hard and I came home every evening crying but I came out the other side and managed to pass with 95% which I still can’t believe. There have been some really tough moments this month and somehow I am still battling on, positive vibes!

There have been some really exciting things happen though – I can FINALLY say I’m off to NYC in September. It’s all booked and I am beyond excited! If you have any recommendations please send them my way! I also have been wedding/ hen party planning for my best friends wedding which has been so lovely. I also spent time with my favourite person, my Grandad who really is so special to me. As this goes live it is his birthday so I hope he has the best day.

ANYWAY enough of me babbling on you have clicked on to see my favourites so I will get on with it. This month has seen me re-organise my beauty collection which was well overdue and with Christmas it was of course time to test my new products which is mainly what these products are.

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara see here

This might be a shock to a lot of people but for me I just don’t really like the Volume Million range. They don’t work with my lashes and they are a total disappointment to me. I have tried to get on with them and they just don’t work, their are so many in the range but at around £10 a pop I don’t want to try every single one. However, my mum went away to Spain for NYE and came back with this mascara and the eyeliner to match. I was like great I have a mascara that I can’t use but as it was a gift I didn’t want to write it off without trying it.

To my amazement I have FINALLY found one in the range that I love and I’m so happy. This is perfect for my lashes and creates the perfect amount of volume and length. I have used this every day of January and I’m seriously impressed. The only annoyance is that on application it is a little flaky and I do have to have a little clean up but apart from that seriously impressed. It even works on my bottom lashes which I struggle to find a product that doesn’t create the whole panda look after a couple of hours. Very impressed!

MAC – Minralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle see here

So this is a little re-discovery. 2017 was a year of finding lots of new highlighters and as much as I have loved finding new gems I forgot about the beauties I have in my collection including this one. In my opinion this is one of the best highlighters ever made. It is the perfect highlight, and although it looks very glittery in the pan it just creates the perfect glow and I have used this so much this month. It still doesn’t look as though I have really made a dent in this even though I have used this crazy amounts.

Interestingly, I went to visit my sister in Brighton this month and she said to me do you know what I have fallen back in love with and I looked at her face and saw MAC’s soft and gentle! Great minds think alike. I feel like this is a bit of a forgotten product in the beauty world because it still is an amazing product and if you haven’t tried it already and you love your highlight I strongly recommend!

Spectrum – White Marbleous Brushes see here

I haven’t had new brushes for the longest time and for some reason I don’t really talk about make up brushes, I promise 2018 will be the year that changes that! Anyway I have wanted to try Spectrum for the longest time and I was blessed at Christmas to receive the 12 piece Marblous set. I had heard so many good things about them any my oh my they didn’t disappoint! Every one is flipping amazing! The quality is incredible and obviously they are so damn pretty. My favourite one has to be the A00 which is their powder brush. BEST POWDER BRUSH EVER.

Seriously if you haven’t tried Spectrum before then do it, take the plunge. Investing in good brushes is so important. I will definitely be buying more from them – I just have to decide what babies will be mine next!

Ted Baker – Blush Palette 

Ok so this is really annoying, I can’t find it ANYWHERE. I suggest if you like the sound of this Ebay may be the best place to go. I received this for a Christmas gift in a beautiful Ted Baker beauty gift set. I have never tried any of their beauty products so I was keen to try it out and see what they have to offer. My oh my this has got to be my favourite in the bundle. The blush is beautiful. It the perfect pink shade that has a brown undertone which allows the pink to come through softly on the cheeks. To my amazement it’s highly pigmented and everything I want in a blush.

I have used this near enough every day this month, I just can’t get enough. Also, can we just apprecaite the packaging – I love the whole copper vibe! To make it even better it comes with a mirror – Ted Baker you have done well. To see what other Ted Baker make up I now have see here

Jo Malone – Blackberry & Bay Body and Hand Lotion see here

Another Christmas present that I have been absolutely loving this month. I have never really paid much attention to my hands. I don’t suffer crazy amounts with dry hands but in the colder winter months I feel as though I need to do more for them and I have started off simple with hand cream. I know this is a very expensive way of getting into hand cream but it has worked because I use it so much.

The smell is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. It sinks into the skin so quickly and the smell lingers for a good 4 hours. Sometimes I don’t put perfume on because the smell of this is enough on the body. This is a very luxe product I know and people may think I’m a little crazy but honestly my hands are thanking me for it. Who doesn’t want a Jo Malone product in their life anyway!?

Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Splendore Shimmer see here

I picked this baby up in a recent Cult Beauty Haul and if I’m honest I didn’t know how I felt about the whole metallic vibe. I have always been a matte lip girl and the whole metallic thing threw me. When I got this in the set I thought I should just give it a go to see what I thought. I’m converted. I love the way this looks on the lips! It helps that the formula of these are AMAZING and last for the longest time. Stila isn’t a brand I have really ventured into but I really need to get some more of these! Any colour recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

BECCA – Apres Ski Glow Face Palette see here

Last but by no means least, this gorgeous little baby. The only products I owned from BECCA prior to buying this was champagne pop & opal skin perfectors. When I saw this in the January sale for me it was a no brainer. It was a chance to see how good their other products were. I will say every single shade in here is super pigmented and their is no dud shade. They are all absolutely beautiful and I love them all. It was nice to try other highlighters and give their blushers and bronzers a go. It is the perfect face palette and perfect for travelling. Even though this is part of their Christmas collection it is still available, if you want to get it don’t miss your chance – you’ll regret it otherwise!

Gold star to you if you have got to the end of the post, I just had a lot to say this month! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. Hope you have had a wonderful month!

-A x

Review: La Roche-Posay – Effaclar Duo+

Hello my lovelies,

As you know I hold strong values when it comes to skincare, I absolutely love my make-up but your face will only look as your skin allows you too. A good set of skincare products is so key to looking fabulous all the time. For a long time the Effaclar Duo has been a product that has been raved about. I was so skeptical at ordering something like this online without even holding a product from the brand or knowing much about them. Recently I have realised that both Boots and Superdrug now stock La Roche-Posay so obviously it was time for me to finally try this baby out to see what all the fuss is about.

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Now, the reason why this product is so talked about is because it claims the following:

‘Specifically formulated for oily and acne-prone skin in both adults and teenagers. A dual action gel moisturiser for every day that minimises the appearance of spots and blackheads, controls shine and helps protect the skin from the causes of red and brown coloured marks that are often left behind by spots. Keep skin hydrated for 24 hours. Suitable for even sensitive skin.’

For me, these are pretty big claims for a moisturiser. If you have read any skincare related posts from me before then you will know that I suffer with oily skin and the odd breakout. I wouldn’t say so much an issue with blackheads or coloured marks. Even just combating oily skin and spots are bold claims in my opinion. Of course because of this you’d be silly not to try it out and see whether it can do what it claims to do!

So first off lets start with the basics. The packaging, I love. It’s simple but uses the colour blue well in the packaging. You just know from afar exactly what the brand is and when I have seen their other products they all look similar which I like. A moisturiser in a tube is a winner, in a pot I always seem to get too much every where and it becomes very messy – I know I’m heavy handed!

The moisturiser, is a gel texture which actually I really like. Automatically you know it is going to be lighter than a thick cream and especially when it comes to night cream when it’s too thick I just know it isn’t going to help my oily skin at all. This easily soaks into the skin without feeling sticky – again another bonus! I always feel that I barely need much of this product to cover my whole face which is great because I don’t feel you get an awful lot of product for your money!

Just so you are aware, I don’t use this as a morning moisturiser by all means you can but I have a different day cream. Also, I don’t use this every evening and actually I don’t think I am alone in this. I use this when my skin is having a rough time because within a night or two my skin looks a whole load better! It’s some sort of magic cream and it’s actually so refreshing to notice visible differences in your skin by changing one product in your routine!

I use this for around a week at a time and when my skin is looking fantastic again I stop using it. Now, to some this may sound strange but I don’t want my skin to get used to it because for me I don’t think the results will be long term. I suppose you would say this is my spot treatment of choice rather than a daily moisturiser. It just works for me this way.

I must add it also does an incredible job of controlling my oily skin. Again, when I have a breakout the oils within my skin are more prominent and this little baby has the ability to get everything back to normal in no time at all – what more could you want!?

I do love this product an awful lot, it is my savior when I am having a tough time with my skin. I would say that I only need to use this maybe once a month for a week and then I’m all good – impressive right? I 100% agree with the claims that the brand make with regards to spots and oily skin. However, I can’t comment on the blackheads or the coloured marks as this isn’t something I suffer with.

I would say if you are contemplating buying this I would seriously recommend this if you have skin like mine because it works just a treat! It’s my secret weapon against breakouts! I really want to try more products from La Roche-Posay now because I enjoy this one so much. Any recommendations of what to try next would be greatly appreciated. Also, let me know if you have tried this before & what your thoughts are – do you love it as much as I do?

If you want to get your hands on this baby you can buy it here

-A x

Superdrug Haul

Hello my lovelies,

I was meant to be on a no spend January, but clearly I cannot be trusted with the internet. I was running low on some products and I was just going to order them and I got sucked in – please tell me I’m not the only one that does this!? I don’t very often shop in Superdrug just because Boots for me has a bigger selection of brands that interest me more. However, I have never shopped online with Superdrug before and I thought lets give it a go!

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I Heart Makeup – Chocolate Orange Palette see here

This is a product I got sucked into buying, but come on look how pretty it looks! The shades are right up my street, I love these orange and red shades compared to a more golden look at the moment and for £9 you just can’t go wrong. I don’t have any eyeshadow palettes from I Heart Makeup but I have heard good things, obviously I will be sure to let you know how I get on!

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Collection – Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium see here

For me this is the best concealer EVER. I don’t care what people say but seriously for the price and the coverage of this baby – it’s perfect. I couldn’t tell you how many tubes of this stuff I have been through. I use this pretty much every day and I am never disappointed, it works amazingly on my skin. The coverage is medium but is both blendable and buildable. Seriously if you haven’t tried this concealer – where have you been!? You NEED to try this if you haven’t already – I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Sweetie see here

Batiste dry shampoo is not new to me, I adore this stuff and this was another repurchase for me. However, it is a new scent. I’m not picky to the scents because to me I can’t really smell the difference this was the first one I saw on the website and it went straight in my basket. I love the smell of sweet things so I am hoping I won’t have an issue with this. I will let you know if I do.. but just know this stuff is a massive life saver!

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L’Oreal – Smooth Sugars Clear Scrub see here

I saw this on the new in section of Superdrug and it really caught my eye. I didn’t even know this was thing for L’Oreal I haven’t heard anything about this product in the beauty world. This was then cause for me to obviously buy it and try it out. They have a few different ones and this focuses on purifying and removing blackheads which I am all for! I will let you know how I get on with these after I have used it!

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Garnier – Micellar Water see here 

This is an obvious re-purchase for me, I flipping love this stuff and I cannot be without this. In my opinion this is THE best micellar water on the market and I will forever continue to buy this stuff. I normally buy the 700ml bottle but it was sold out so I have had to buy the 400ml bottle. Seriously if you haven’t tried this already you need to it’s just amazing!

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L’Oreal – Infallible 24h Matte Foundation in Vanilla see here

This is another repurchase for me, I love this foundation and I would say this is my go to drug store foundation at the moment. I much prefer matte foundations as I have oily skin and this just works so well. Annoyingly they don’t seem to do an extensive shade range for this foundation, but if you find a shade that works for you I would really recommend trying it out. I did mention this in my Top 3: Drugstore Foundations so if you are hunt for a new foundation this may help!

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I can’t wait to starting using all of these products, there is nothing better than using brand new makeup in my opinion. Let me know if you have tried out any of these products and what your thoughts are on them – I’d love to know!

-A x

Review: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Hello my lovelies,

Kat Von D was a brand I finally ventured into in 2017 and I have been impressed by a the products I have tried which includes their everlasting liquid lipsticks, full review here . There is a lot of hype around this brand and for good reason. The tattoo liner is something that everyone wants to get their hands on from the brand and I think it’s about time I share with you my thoughts of the product with you. I worry sometimes with hyped up products whether they will work for me but it would be silly not to try this especially now that it is finally available in the UK.

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I picked up the tattoo liner from IMATS in London where there was a Kat Von D stand I was so excited to see it there that I knew I had to get my hands on this and finally try it out. I picked up the liner in Trooper Black, for me eyeliner has to be black. I absolutely adore the packaging, I love that Kat Von D in all her products shows her creativity and skill it just makes the product that little more special.

The eyeliner pen itself is very fine and has separate bristles which I love, I much prefer this over a pen nib vibe because I find it easier to create a precise line and if you are all for the winged liner this is the perfect pen for creating that. It’s a lot more flexible which I find 10x easier than trying to line your eye with a pen nib that just doesn’t move. I hope this make sense because for me this is pretty hard to explain!

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The liquid itself is a black as it can be, you know when you get an eyeliner and it claims to be black and it isn’t yea this isn’t one of those. It creates the perfect line on the eyes and lasts all day. I never find any transfer on the top of my eyelids which I find a massive problem with eyeliners in general. I’m not for the panda look at all! Even at the end of the day it is still in the same position as to when I applied it in the morning – happy days!

I would say that this eyeliner dries out pretty quickly, for the cost of it I would expect it to last a little longer I am using the drags of this at the moment as I am not ready to throw it away just yet because of the cost. It’s so frustrating because it is a blooming amazing product but I don’t want to buy another one so soon.

Overall, it’s such a lovely product. As eyeliners go this is the best one I have ever tried and since I have had it I have used it near enough every day, to my nothing else has come close as of yet. Sometimes it’s good to stick to what you know and this is one of them! If you want to get your hands on this little baby then the best place to buy it from is Debenhams

Let me know if you have tried this product and what your thoughts are, I would love to know. Also if you have any recommendations for other eyeliners for me to try out I’m all ears!

-A x