August Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

I cannot believe another month has flown by! I have had another wonderful month filled with all my favourite people. I have experienced amazing new things and created memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life, along with consuming an awful lot of prosecco, whoops! With August out of the way, it really is near enough autumn time which I am really looking forward to! Who doesn’t love getting out your big scarves, snuggling on the sofa & candles burning!

My favourites this month are all near enough recent purchases, clearly I just can’t stop buying things. My addiction is still going strong and I cannot resist online shopping or wondering the aisles of Boots!

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L’Oreal – Lip Paint/Matte in 212 Nude-Ist see here

So although this is a recent purchase which I picked up in Boots recently I am 100% in love with it. The colour is amazing and is the perfect brown lip which isn’t too in your face. The application is wonderful and formula I really love. It stays on all day and doesn’t become all drying and feel horrible on your lips. This is one of my favourite formulations of lipstick and it’s from the drugstore, WINNING! It’s a shame they don’t have an awful lot of colours out at the moment I am really hoping there will be more because I want them all!

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Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara see here

I have wanted this for the longest time, I have set my sights on it for far too long but weirdly I never brought it for myself. However, with my birthday being last month I did put this on my Birthday Wishlist and I actually ended up with two of them! I was really worried that I had two identical mascaras and I didn’t even know if I liked the blooming thing.

Of course, I fell in love and I don’t know why I waited so long to get it. It is an amazing mascara with a serious amount of volume my eyelashes have never looked so good, I am so impressed with it. It also removes like a dream with all of my cleansers which is another bonus. I would say in all the reviews I have read no one has mentioned how blooming heavy the mascara actually is compared to others, be warned guys you really have to take a tight grip on this one!

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Collection – Contour Kit see here

This is another product I picked up from my recent Boots trip. This has caught my eyes a few times and I decided I should finally pick it up. I have loved the contour shade in this kit, the highlight shade for me is nothing special but I’m happy I paid £4 for the kit just to have the contour shade. It is perfect for my complexion and is a fraction of the price on Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. I have been gravitating this month more towards this than Hoola so it can only mean good things, especially for my bank balance!

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MAC – Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Show Gold see here

This is something I picked up when I was lucky enough for the lovely ladies at MAC to do my make up. It was a complete dream come true and I loved every second, I would highly recommend doing this if you can! When they applied this highlighter I was impressed, I mean seriously impressed. It’s absolutely beautiful, it’s a golden highlight with lots of specs of glitter. I just fell in love and I needed it. I have applied this almost everyday in the month of August and I don’t think I will be stopping anytime soon. I have also seen that there are another couple of shades I wan’t to get hold of so watch this space!

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Zoeva – Coral Spectrum Palette see here

This is another Birthday gift and again it was on my Birthday Wishlist I was so happy to get my hands on this, I love Zoeva as a brand and I mainly opt for buying their brushes and eyeshadow palettes so I thought it was about time I mixed it up and brought something different. The pigmentation is incredible and I am still to this day impressed by how good these blushes are. I love every single shade in the palette but I must say my favourite at the moment is CRO030

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette see here

So this is my most expensive eyeshadow palette I have ever brought to date and I do not have one single regret. I can’t express how much I love this palette. For me, it was totally out of my comfort zone I am a nude girl through and through and the pink and orange shades scared the hell out of me. However, I have been experimenting a lot with this, this month and I have someone fell in love with it even more. I have been using the pink & orange eyeshadow and wearing this near enough everyday.

My favourite shades at the moment in the palette are: Primavera, Burnt Orange, Realgar and Love Letter. I just can’t stop looking at this beautiful palette and along with the shade colours in my eyes the formulation is one of the best I have EVER tried. Seriously, on this occasion it really is a great idea to invest.

PS I’m sorry at the state of my palette it is well loved and the packaging is not very forgiving!

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Beautyblender Sponge – see here

Last but by no means least, this little baby. Now I do apologise in advance for the state it is in, I used it just before I wrote this blog post – it just shows it’s well loved right? Now, this isn’t new to me I have a lot of these sponges and normally use them to blend in my concealer. However, this month I got into a little rut with all my foundation brushes and they just wasn’t doing what I wanted them to do. So I turned to my trusty beautyblender and my oh my it’s changed the way I apply foundation. I just love it, I know this is not a new thing but to me it is and I’m really impressed. Seriously for a sponge I would happily pay the £16 price tag for flawless looking skin. Long may this new love affair continue!

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Let me know if you enjoy using any of the products I have mentioned, or what your opinions are – I would love to know!

-A x

Empties #8

Hello my lovelies,

I know another empties post, I seem to be using up an awful lot of products recently! I would say this is going to be a long post so you may want to grab yourself a cup of tea/coffee because there is quite a lot to go through. Strangely enough I have gone through an awful lot of make up products recently which doesn’t normally happen. I suppose that means more space to buy more makeup, I’m not complaining!

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Soap & Glory – The Fab Pore Pore-Refining Sheet Mask see here

I have only recently picked this up which I mentioned in my recent Boots Haul I was so keen to try this out. 1. Because Soap and Glory have brought out masks – like I need no other reason and 2. Because weirdly I have never tried a sheet mask before – I know it’s shocking!

I was really skeptical to try this out as it isn’t something I have ever been inclined to try but generally people really like sheet masks & I thought what is the harm in trying. This mask just shouted to me everything that I have: large pores and oily skin – I was sold. I fell in love with this – well and truly. I have never tried a sheet mask before but I’m sold after trying this. It smells very clean and soothes your skin. I could really notice the difference in my skin after taking this off. My pores were extremely clean and visibly reduced in size – WINNING. It does say that you can only use this once but I used this twice on two separate days and I had no issues just obviously remember to put it back in the packet. I will definitely be buying some more of these little babies!

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Juicy Couture – Peace Love & Juicy see here

I get really happy when I finally finish a perfume – they seem to take blooming ages. I am sorry to see this one go as I really enjoyed it – first off I just love the bottle it’s fun and it always looked pretty in my collection. I can’t really put my finger on what this really smells of – when I look the notes of the perfume none of them really hit me. It is a musky scent with elements of sweetness through the apple. It really is a lovely fragrance and I used to wear this on a daily basis to work.

I don’t quite think this scent is good for a night out, I don’t feel like it is strong enough and the scent does wear off quite quickly but it is nice for a spritz especially to start the day off. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this, although I enjoyed this I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant repurchasing. I think if I received this as a gift I would be happy. Just to not worth spending my pennies on just yet!

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Liz Earle – Cleanse & Polish see here

This product is AMAZING, I urge EVERYONE to go try it out if they haven’t already. It is seriously my favourite cleanser of all time. I have spoken in more detail about this product in my Top 3 – Cleansers Liz Earle is a beautiful brand that really has aced skincare. I haven’t used this product for a couple of months and as soon as I went back to it my skin loved me again.

It was like falling in love all over again, everything about this product I adore. I can’t even think of one negative, the value of money is actually pretty impressive. I always have not one but two bottles of this stuff waiting in the wings. My other cleansers just can’t quite beat this one at the moment my skin has really enjoyed it and I won’t be changing up again anytime soon. Long may love affair with this product continue. I LOVE YOU CLEANSE & POLISH.

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Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Blush see here 

Dry Shampoo really is my savior in life, seriously I don’t know what I would do with out it. Batiste for me is  the best affordable dry shampoo out there. I have never had any issues with this and is a key staple in my minimal hair routine on a day to day basis. It covers a multiple of sins and instantly makes your hair look acceptable. I don’t really have a preference on the fragrance, to me they all smell the same so I just pick whatever up if I’m honest.  Don’t worry guys I have already replaced this – I always have a back up!

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Benefit – Precisely, My Brow Pencil in 4 see here

Another holy grail product that I simply cannot live without. I really think Benefit for brows are blooming incredible. I haven’t tried a brow product from them that I haven’t not liked. By far this is my favourite though. I use this to fill in the front of my brows and is able to create the perfect hairs, giving a more natural finish. I have gone through about 3 or 4 of them now and I’m not even bothered that they are £20 each I just know I have to have it in in my life. I have even mentioned this in my Top 3| Eyebrow Products I just don’t know how to live my life without it. Again I already had a backup of this waiting to use as soon as this one ran out.

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Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads 

These are in every single empties post, I just love them and they are the only cotton pads I use, I refuse to use anything else. I was worried I was going to have to use different cotton pads as I went into local Primark and they had none, I then went into the Bournemouth Primark while I was visiting and they didn’t have any either. I was getting myself into a right old panic, but thank the lord my sister who lives in Brighton saved the day and found two packs in her local store complete LIFE SAVER, thank you Kelly I am now whole again.

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KIKO – Compact Powder in Shade 100 

Hmm, I think this has been discontinued – sorry guys! I did pick this up around a year ago and unfortunately they change their packaging and products up quite often. If I’m honest it’s no massive shame it was quite an average powder and I am actually pleased I have finished this because I was getting really bored. I just doesn’t have any amazing quality and only just did the job. For me, it wasn’t brilliant for oil control I was forever having to top up which I hate to do. It is a nice little compact though and the mirror was very handy. Even if this was still available I wouldn’t be repurchasing.

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Clinique – Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer (tester) see here

When this foundation came out from Clinique I just had to try it out, however I was scared to pick up a bottle invest the money and realise it wasn’t for me. However when I went to a Clinique counter and explained my predicament they were more than happy to colour match me & provide me with a sample! I highly recommend doing this for high end foundations because everyone’s skin is different.  Although it’s a small pot it has probably given me around 10 applications which I think is quite impressive.

By my 3rd application I was sold and I ran out to buy the full size version, I fell in love. It has taken me a while to use this up because I feel this is isn’t a foundation I could wear on a daily basis due to how heavy it is but I have finally used it up & now I’m onto the full sized bottle! I will be posting a full review on this, so do keep your eyes peeled!

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Collection – Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium see here

Do I even really need to explain how much I love this concealer? I have gone through countless tubes of this, like I would say 30+ I honestly can’t find anything that really rivals this especially the price point for this. I have explained why I love this so much in my Top 3 – Concealers so head on over there if you want a little more information. Collection have really done well and I will forever buy this until there is no more (I REALLY hope this never happens!)

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Rimmel – Brow This Way Styling Gel in Mid Brown see here

Although this is not completely empty, it has gone really gloopy and horrible so I thought it was best to get rid of it! I quite like using this actually, for a tinted styling gel it’s not bad. I can’t leave the house without setting my brows, I really don’t know how people miss this step out! For me I do prefer using a clear brow gel because normally I don’t want to use any more colour and I am happy with that and it is just a case of setting them into place. However if your not into doing much with your brows this is the perfect product to run through your brows on little or no makeup days. It gives your brows that definition and colour. Weirdly I have another one of these in my collection so I will continue to use this however I’m not 100% sure if I will buy it again..

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NYX – Retractable Lip Liner is Sand Beige see here

Another lip pencil, I don’t like actually putting lipstick on without a lip liner anymore and this one has been my go to shade for the longest time. I am completely gutted this has run out because I just love it. It is the perfect shade for a lot of my brown lipsticks I own and is so creamy. I much prefer the retractable lip liners as there is no need for sharpening. I need to go and pick this up again ASAP as well as other colours, and let me tell you there are lots in this range!

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Natural Collection – Wild Strawberry Body Spray 

OH MY GOD… IT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED!! I am so unhappy about this, I blooming love this scent. I have had this for the longest time and always have a spritz and now this love affair is over. I am so sad 😦

This is a gorgeous obvious strawberry scent and was perfect when I wanted to smell fruity. I am absolutely gutted. Urgh, I have a lot of other body sprays but I’m sure I’m not the only one who loved these sprays – Boots you are going to have to bring them back!

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WOW, what a long post – gold star for you if you managed to get this far & reading my post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products, let me know what your thoughts are – I’d love to know!

-A x

REVIEW| Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick & Double Wear Lip Pencil

Hello my lovelies,

Estee Lauder for me is a brand that I am slowly getting into. It has taken me a while, of course I have the standard double wear foundation which was what first drew me to the brand. I have realised that it really is so much more. I am always looking for their gift with purchases so I am able to check out mini versions of products and I can decide whether I want to invest my money or not. This is what happened here and I was very happy with the goodies inside.

I thought it was about time I actually let you know what I think of some of these Estee Lauder products starting with the lipstick & lip liner first and this is what was most appealing to me. Yes I’m a sucker for a brown lip, if you have read my blog for a while you would know this!

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I’ll start with the lip liner first, as this is what what I apply first on my lips. So the shade I have is 08, Spice which is fairly standard brown lip pencil with pink undertones. The application of this was a dream, the pencil is extremely creamy and is very easy to shape your lips. I have experience of the whole dragging of the lip pencil on your lips and it is the worst feeling. This really is the complete opposite and it’s amazing to work with.

I really like the colour of this lip pencil as it is extremely versatile, I have so many other lipsticks this can go with. I do have some lip liners that literally only suit one of my lipsticks and I hate it because I can’t wear it any other time. I can almost put this with every single one of my brown toned lipsticks with no issues.  Sometimes, I just wear it on it’s own and it looks just a good. Yes, a fab lip pencil in my book!

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Now moving onto the lipstick. The shade I have is 130, Intense Nude. The shade I would say is a pinky brown, not something I would usually go for. I’m not a massive pink lip fan but you know I have to give the lipstick the benefit of the doubt. I do LOVE the packaging. It’s so simple but I love the gold against the black, yes I am a massive sucker for packaging it’s a big thing to me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is also on the packaging police! The lipstick is a satin finish, there is an intense colour however it is not matte. Which for me is blooming annoying, I much prefer a matte lip. Slightly annoying however, I got this free so I can’t really moan.

With it not being completely matte it does mean it is very creamy which I have missed. With a matte lipstick as you may know they aren’t the most comfortable formulas on the lips so when I applied this I was in heaven. I would say, I don’t wear this on it’s own, ever. I’m not for that pink life, I need a bolder lip and I don’t feel that it is very long wearing. Luckily with it being more creamy when it is starting to wear and disappear on your lips it isn’t patchy or flaky it just leaves slowly with no drama. I mean you could top this up but I don’t have the time during the day so to find a lipstick that wears off naturally is a winner!

The two together, are a match made in heaven. Honestly they create the most beautiful nude lip and I can’t explain how much I love the combination it is something really special and I actually don’t mind when they are together that the lipstick is not matte! What is happening to me!?  They are super long lasting and after a 9/10 hour a day this is still going strong on my lips with no major issues. Come on, you must have to think this is impressive right!?

Overall, separately I only like the lip pencil. I can’t really find much fault with it, it’s just blooming lovely! The lipstick however, just isn’t really for me. If I brought this without the lip liner I genuinely think I would be disappointed and not really wear it.  However when you combine the two it is a totally different kettle of fish. I mean honestly I bloody adore the combination. Especially for a day to day basis it actually looks as though you have bothered when secretly it took no time at all.

I will definitely be buying more of the lip pencils, not so sure about the lipsticks due to the price of them but overall I love this little duo and I would seriously recommend looking at the lip products Estee Lauder have to offer because I think you will be surprised at what they have to offer.

You can buy the lip pencil here and the lipstick here

Have you tried either product or both? Let me know your thoughts on them I would love to know!

-A x

Current Everyday MakeUp

Hello my lovelies,

So my makeup routine changes quite frequently, especially with the amount of new products I buy in a month – I am a beauty shopping addict. I think it’s a healthy thing to change up your makeup. I mean there are a few products that I simply cannot live without and I use religiously but who doesn’t!? I have recently been experimenting with my eye makeup and actually started to wear pink eyeshadow. For me this is a big thing and actually I am blooming loving it!

My last everyday routine is here so you will be able to see what I have changed up and what I am still using because they are that good!

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BASE

Nip+Fab – Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix Primer

MAC – Studio Fix Fluid (NW15)

NARS – Radiant Creamy Concealer (Light 2, Vanilla) Review here

Kat Von D – Setting Powder in Translucent

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EYEBROWS

Sleek – Brow Kit (Light)

Beautiful Brows – Eyeshadow Powder (Dark Brown)

Miss Sporty – Just Clear Mascara

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EYES 

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Anastasia Beverley Hill – Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (Used: Burnt Orange, Realgar, Love Letter and Primavera)

Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner (Trooper Black)

Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara

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FACE 

Collection – Contour Kit (Just the contour shade)

NARS – Laguna Bronzer

Zoeva – Coral Spectrum Blush Palette (CR030)

MAC – Extra Dimension Skin Finish (Show Gold)

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LIPS 

L’Oreal – Lip Paint/Matte (212 Nude-Ist)

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Have you used any of these make up products? Let me know your thoughts, I am blooming loving this look at the moment!

-A x

REVIEW| Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix

Hello my lovelies,

For me, primer is a very important part in my makeup routine. I know for many people this is a forgotten step but I cannot apply my base without applying primer. For one it helps your make up stay on longer throughout the day, it minimises the look of pores and it also gives your skin an even base to apply make up onto. So for the people that don’t wear primer take note of what you are missing out on!

Nip + Fab is a brand I have never ventured into before, I’m not sure why but for me the names of their products scare me. The prices are a little expensive and as I had never tried it before I didn’t want to waste my money on something I didn’t get on with. A few months ago, I found this primer in TK MAXX I thought it was the perfect time to actually try a product from them as obviously it was discounted. I actually brought this for around £10, I believe in the likes of Superdrug & Boots it costs around £20 – complete bargain right!?

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The name for me is a little weird ‘Viper Venom Micro Blur’ what made me pick it up was the micro blur part. Everyone needs that little helping hand when it comes to their skin and if I find a product that claims to blur the look of pores – I’m all for it. It is something I struggle with and I feel primer is the best way to try and combat that. The packaging is quite simple, but I love the pop of colour with the green as it catches the eye a little rather than a product with a black background and white writing.

The product itself comes out as a cloudy cream, which I suppose is quite standard for a primer nothing really that different. The first thing that does hit me with the product is the smell. I can’t really put my finger on what it actually smells like but it’s a refreshing scent which is fairly strong. I love it, but it may not to be to everyone’s cup of tea so please bare this in mind.

I thought this would be a silicone based primer but actually it is the complete opposite. As soon as you rub it into the skin it feels very water based and sinks into the skin almost immediately. I was worried when I first applied this that it wouldn’t then do anything because it just near enough disappeared. I left the primer on for a couple of minutes and I looked back into the mirror to actually find it had created this beautiful base for my foundation, I was so surprised. I have applied lots of different foundations with this and they all work like an absolute dream.

This really did help to reduce the look of my pores as well as keeping my foundation on for a good 12-14 hours with no issues. As I have oily skin by the end of the day my foundation normally always looks horrid, but when I have used this it is the complete opposite – it doesn’t move a muscle!

My only slight niggle is that it is a little sticky when it dries, but when you apply foundation on top that all goes away and you can’t feel a thing. I just blooming love it, it is very rare for me to get excited over a primer because I just feel they do a job and that’s it they can’t really go wrong but as soon I applied this for the first time I just fell in love. I don’t know what it is about it but I just can’t stop using it. I really do notice a difference when I don’t use this in the way my makeup sits on my face, it’s a complete new feeling to me.

Overall I blooming love it, I am so impressed by this product. So much so that when this runs out I would happily pay the price tag of £20 for it, yes it’s that good! You can buy it here I would really recommend this to anyone and I will continue to rave about it ’till forever more. I mentioned it in a recent favourites post because I’m just so in love with it. I really want to try some more products from the brand now, I think I may see what else I can get my hands on in TK MAXX before I start to pay full price though!

Let me know if you have this and what your thoughts are. Also, can anyone recommend what else I should try from Nip + Fab?

-A x

Boots Haul

Hello my lovelies

To me there is nothing better than walking around Boots and finding new products. I could quite happily spending hours walking up and down every single aisle and seeing what takes my fancy and having a look at what brands have brought out recently. I have been on a bit of a spending ban recently so I haven’t posted my standard monthly buys post because I haven’t been buying much recently.

I know I’m shocked in myself that I haven’t been shopping in a while, but I am saving myself for my trip to Paris in September so I can visit Sephora. I have never been to one of their stores before so I am extremely excited! However I was going stir crazy recently that I hadn’t picked any new products up recently and I thought to myself go and treat yourself – I didn’t need much persuading!

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Collection – Contour Kit see here

I have wanted to pick this up for the longest time but for some reason it has never made my basket before. I am really getting into contouring and annoyingly most of my favourite contouring products are high end, I thought to myself surely I can find a drug store equivalent. I am hoping this will be the one, I am not 100% convinced with the highlight shade but the contour shade looks pretty good to me. I am sure I will post a review soon on my thoughts so keep your eyes peeled!

L’Oreal – Lip Paint Nude-Ist (212) see here

Liquid lipsticks are my thing. I have an awful lot, I just love them. I do feel that it is hard to get a liquid lipstick right I have tried quite a few that are not great but also a whole load that I absolutely adore. I saw recently L’Oreal brought out their own version and I just thought it was rude not to try it out. Although it is a brown lipstick, which I have a lot of this shade is completely different to anything I own. I would say that it is a purple toned brown, it’s quite beautiful. I am beyond excited to try this out and whether it lives up to my high expectations..

Rimmel – Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 800 Midnight & 830 Blue Iris see here

So Rimmel have also joined the band wagon on liquid lipsticks and I thought it would be rude not to try them out. I mean for whatever reason I have gone for two colours that are more autumn/winter appropriate but I am sure I will be pulling them off all year round. I am trying to get into this whole blue lip thing, I am a little nervous but I really think it looks so good and I always say to myself you have to go out of your comfort zone every once in a while so that’s exactly what I am going to do. Their shade range is actually pretty impressive for a recent launch I really think there is a shade for everyone. Also with Rita Ora fronting the campaign I couldn’t not refuse!

Collection – Lasting Perfection Concealer in Cool Medium see here

This is a cult item for me, I can’t live without it. It’s THE best concealer on the market and I cannot be without it. I always have a backup of this and every time I am in Boots I pick it up for the price you really cannot go wrong. For anyone that hasn’t tried this little beauty out yet – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!? Go try it, it will change your life and also cover up everything you need to.

L’Oreal – Infallible Mattifying Base see here

I have had this in the past and I love it, it really is an amazing primer and for whatever reason I stopped buying it. When I was in Boots and I saw it I just knew I needed to pick it up. Especially as unfortunately my skin is now quite oily a matte base is exactly what I need and great for oil control. I really hope when I try it again I will love it as much as I used to!

Soap & Glory – Peaches & clean Deep Cleansing Milk see here 

This now my third bottle of this stuff, I blooming love it! It really is so impressive, it does exactly what it says on the tin and I don’t really have anything negative to say about it. I have a full review of this stuff here if you are thinking of picking up this may help. I always have to have a bottle of this stuff in my collection because I know I can always rely on this little baby doing what I need it to do. I don’t think it will ever rival my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish but it is sitting at my number 2 spot. Not bad for a cleanser that costs £8!

L’Oreal – Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll Mascara see here

I don’t own many L’Oreal Mascaras, for whatever reason a lot of them don’t agree with my lashes. My favourite is the Miss Manga it’s pretty damn amazing especially if you are needing a high impact mascara which is what I love. When I saw they brought this one out I thought it would be rude not to give it a go. I mean the packaging is so cute, I was sold as soon as I saw it. I really hope I enjoy it as much as my Miss Manga, don’t you worry once I have had a little play around with this I will be sure to post my thoughts.

Garnier – Micellar Cleansing Water see here

This stuff is AMAZING. It is seriously the BEST micellar water I have ever tried and I refuse to buy anything else. I have gone through countless bottles and long may this continue, I love that this year they have brought out a bigger bottle as it lasts so much longer and better value for money. As my current one was beginning to run out I knew it was time to get a new one so I won’t be without it. Honestly if you have never tried this, please I beg you go try it out I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Soap & Glory – Pore Refining Mask see here

These are new to the scene from Soap and Glory and I am so blooming excited to try this out. I seriously need all the help I can get when it comes to reducing the size of my pores. I have tried a lot of different masks and nothing seems to of really made a difference. I am hoping that this will actually do something because to me at £3.50 a pop this is quite expensive! I also have never used a sheet mask before so this will be a complete new experience for me. Don’t you worry guys I will report back on my findings soon.

Soap & Glory – Vitamin C Facial Wash see here

Last but by no means least another Soap and Glory product. They had buy one get one half price on and I thought it would be rude not to take advantage of this. This is another product from them I have never tried before and I am quite looking forward to trying this out. For a face wash it looks quite interesting and I am all up for trying new things. It says it smooths, cleans and purifies – these are pretty big statements and I will be sure to let you know if this is the case or not. For me this is quite an expensive facial wash at £8 but if it does what it is claiming then I will be impressed..

That’s all folks! Let me know if you have tried any of these products out yourself and what your thoughts are on them, I’d love to know!

-A x

REVIEW| Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Hello my lovelies,

Zoeva for me is a brand that a few years ago were quite unheard of and now are a pretty big deal in the beauty world. I absolutely adore their brushes. I have a lot of their sets and the next obvious step was to venture into their makeup. Again, their eyeshadow palettes have been a pretty big deal – I have had the Naturally Yours palette for quite some time now as I loved it so much I thought it was about time I tried one of their newer palettes out. It would be rude not to right!?

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So as I have previously tried an eyeshadow palette from Zoeva my expectations were pretty high. But, I did worry that the formulations of the eye shadows may be different due to the difference in release dates. It took me a long while to finally decide on a palette if I’m honest it’s because they are all blooming gorgeous.

First off, I love the packaging – it’s different to anything else I have seen. It is a cardboard based palette but this is one of the sturdiest I have seen. The corners aren’t going funny and the print of the packaging isn’t wearing away either. As soon as I looked inside, I fell in love with the colour range. I mean who doesn’t love an array of gorgeous golden colours with pops of colour!?

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From back to front: Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend and Beans are White.

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From Back to Front: Pure Ganache, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion and Delicate Acidity.

As you can see there are a mix of shimmer and matte shades, which instantly I love because I know I can make multiple looks from the palette without having to reach for anything else. The pigmentation of the colours are pretty incredible, I mean there are so creamy and effortlessly apply to my lid whether that is using a brush or my finger for that added pigmentation of colour.

They blend wonderfully with other shades in the palette and from other brands. From this palette I have created numerous different looks and that’s what I love whether you are wanting a day to day look or you are wanting a glam smokey eye this palette has your back. For me, I am a sucker and I do most of the time stick to the brown toned shades – I am a girl of habit ok!

My only annoyance for me is that it doesn’t have a mirror, I was a little disappointed but I suppose you can’t have everything. However, it does carry the front pattern on into the inside which I love. I hate when you have a palette that has a cool design on the front and when you open it, it is plain inside – BORING.

Overall I am really happy with this palette, I have had this for a good few months now and I still always have to have it by my side. I just love it, the palette is as good if not better than the naturally yours palette which for me is pretty impressive. It still astounds me that it is only £18 which means only £1.80 per shade – WINNING! You can pick it up from here and I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. I will be most certainly picking up another palette from them soon I just have to decide what one it will be!

Let me know if you have tried this palette before and what your thoughts on the shadows are. What one would you recommend for me to get next?

-A x