February Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

Well hasn’t February just flown by!? In my personal life February has been an awful month I battled with pneumonia, spent weeks in bed not able to do anything for myself. Spent valentines in hospital with my boyfriend, so romantic! Luckily I am now on the mend and actually the past week or so I have trying to do as much as I can without pushing myself too much. Why is it though when you are feeling unwell that your skin decides that it’s time for your skin to have a meltdown too, seriously!

Make Up Forever – Step One Radiant Primer see here

This is one of my first ever Make Up Forever products and I am seriously impressed. It’s a cream like consistency which sinks into the skin effortlessly. Although I’m not really one for radiance as this can just make the oils in my skin worse this has actually made me look healthy. When you are unwell you do not ‘have a glow about you’ in fact it’s the complete opposite and this has helped me feel more human. Keeping my foundation on I feel as though it is pretty average as primers go but radiance glow wise, complete live saver!

Stila – Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Bronzed Ball see here

So this was mentioned in my Cult Beauty Haul earlier in the year and this was the product I was most excited for. This would of been in my January Favourites however as much as I loved it from one application I couldn’t write how much I love it, it isn’t fair. Although for the amount of pigmentation and glitter from this little baby it’s hard to find occasions to wear this however I now wear it whenever I please. I want to wear it all the time. This is the best thing I have put on my eyelids for a long time. It has changed my life. These are complete glitter goals and the shade range is so impressive. If you like glitter, go pick one of these NOW.

Zoeva – Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette see here

I know I have mentioned this in favourites posts before, I just love it so much. I love the colours in the palette, they blend beautifully and the pigmentation is pretty impressive. I have been creating a look recently which involves the shades: Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Warm Notes and Pure Ganache. It creates the perfect soft cranberry smokey eye. I have had to consciously stop using this and bring out some other palettes as I am using this so much. Zoeva eyeshadow palettes are amazing, I have a couple now and I am still deciding on what one I want next, too many decisions!

Nip + Fab – Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel see here

I recently picked this up which I mentioned here and I was unsure if I was going to like this or not with it being an overnight mask and the whole sticky face vibe. I will have to eat my words a little because I am seriously impressed. I started using this when my skin started to just get worse and worse and nothing else was working. I popped this on after my skincare and yes it is fairly sticky but after around 5 minutes it goes, the product is sunk into the skin. Impressive right? I really think this has been a product that has helped my skin, my pores are reduced and my skin looks all round better! I will be doing a full review on this so keep your eyes peeled.

Estee Lauder – Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly see here

Another skincare savior and recent purchase. I have been using this as my second cleanser and my goodness my skin loves this. It’s quite strange to apply as it’s fairly sticky for a cleanser but once you work it into the skin I have no idea what happens but my pores instantly look so much better. The amount of blackheads I find on my face has significantly reduced and all round my skin looks so much better. I definitely feel as though it’s down to this baby along with the Nip+Fab overnight ask. Very happy bunny and so pleased I picked this up.

Katy Perry – Killer Queen Perfume see here

It’s not very often I put a perfume into the mix in my favourites but here I am with quite a crazy perfume. By no means am I a Katy Perry mega fan. Years ago I was given this for a birthday/Christmas at the end of the day a scent is a scent right? I also love the bottle however it takes up a fair bit of room in my perfume collection! I started using this when I had a perfume shake up and I fell completely in love with this all over again. Although I would say it is on the sweeter side of the scale, at the same time it’s definitely an ‘adult’ scent. I don’t know if that makes sense but it’s not a silly girly scent it has some other notes to it I just can’t pick out what they are. If you ever see this in a shop, smell it weirdly it’s blooming lovely. Its the only scent I have worn this month I just am a little addicted.

That’s all folks! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. Hope you had a lovely February.

-A x

Review: L’Oreal – Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Hello my lovelies,

For me, Mascara is quite a tricky thing to get right. People want different things from their lashes. I have average length lashes which I can’t really complain about and I am all up for extra lengthening from a mascara but for me it is all about volume. I love a slightly clumpy lash look that is big and bold. I don’t like wearing false lashes so for me a mascara has to do the job and well.

L’Oreal’s fairly recent mascara, Miss Baby Roll seemed to get a lot of bloggers and influencers talking. I have had this in my collection for a little while now and I am finally getting around to reviewing this. Just so you know I have this mascara in black, I don’t tend to go for any other colour, but the other colours available look so cool I just don’t have the confidence to wear them! So the claims on this are:

It’s time to say bye-bye to boring lashes and hello to new Miss Baby Roll Mascara, for mega volume, curl and all-day hold. Our mega curl roller brush curls lashes from the root, for an instant lash lift! The Quick Mega Volume formula volumises lashes and holds them in a curl all day

Who doesn’t want this, not just volume but MEGA volume along with an all day hold of a curl. There is nothing more annoying than curling your lashes and they look amazing for 2 hours later to find that the curl has completely dropped and the whole exercise was pointless. Anyway, before I start talking about whether I agree with these claims lets talk about the packaging. How cute!? I love the use of pastel colours and is unlike anything I have seen before when it comes to a mascara. It most definitely works for me and has a 60’s vibe to it.

Now, I will agree with the fact that my lashes are not boring when I wear this mascara. My lashes feel instantly uplifted and I feel that my eyes look wider, not crazy wide but you can definitely see a difference which I love. The volume this mascara gives is near enough perfect for me. I haven’t ever had an issues with my lashes going clumpy they just look full and obviously voluminous.

The curl I must say does hold, I mean it’s not like you have just applied a coat to your lashes but it is an improvement on if you didn’t have any mascara on. The applicator of this mascara, is quite interesting. They are short, sturdy plastic bristles which allow for all your lashes to be coated in a roll motion. It’s pretty clever to be honest and I think it is really nice for application.

What I love most about this mascara is that it doesn’t give me panda eyes. I know this sounds silly but I hate buying waterproof versions of mascara just to stop this because it’s a complete bugger to get off. It works amazingly for my bottom lashes and I never have any blackness underneath or above my eye which is a massive winner for me.

A slight niggle I have is that with some of my cleansers (which let me add are pretty good) struggle to remove this mascara causing my eyes to go all red. I do have to bear this in mind especially when I go crazy on my mascara it’s instant regret as soon as I want to remove it. I guess it’s something to bear in mind if you struggle with mascaras in general and have a sensitive eye are.

Overall, I really love this mascara. It’s a great drugstore find and I think L’Oreal in my opinion are the best for drugstore mascaras. There is just something about them, they really understand what people want from their lashes and this one is no exception apart from it being a little tricky to remove I can’t really fault it. I love wearing this and to be honest it just looks pretty in my collection.

If you want more information or want to pick it up yourself see here

Let me know if you have tried this mascara before and what your thoughts are, I’d love to know!

-A x

Empties #13

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, I find these my most favourite posts to write and actually they are my favoruite blog posts to read. One because I’m really nosy and two I feel that you get a greater understanding of how the products performed and whether a person would buy it again. I need to keep on top of these as I don’t know if 10 products per post is a little much because I do go on a little. If you want to read my previous empties post see here

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Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Shampoo see here

Yes I know I haven’t finished the conditioner but there is still a lot left I thought well lets just get it over an done with. I really enjoy Herbal Essences as a brand their hair care is probably one of my favourites because it’s affordable and they do a good job of cleaning my hair. With the winter months I chose this one as I thought I needed to give my hair some TLC and it did just the trick. The products definitely work better as a pair, I mean they work well individually just not as well. I would definitely repurchase this again especially with the scents of all their ranges. However, currently I am trying to inject some volume into my hair through my shampoo but I’m sure I will pick this up again soon.

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Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Now I’m sorry because I can’t link this because it is seasonal for Christmas.. but I have so many bottles of this stuff to use over the course of the year and this was one of them. This is my all time favourite shower gel I have ever used. The smell is incredible, extremely sweet so it does depend on your tastes but I love it. The smell actually lingers on your body for hours too which I love. Who doesn’t want to smell of candy cane!? It’s also pink and has glitter in it – what more could you ask for. Every year I make sure I pick up multiple bottles, if you haven’t smelt this make a mental note to pop into a Lush store around Christmas time to smell this. I promise you, you won’t regret it.

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Rimmel – Fix & Protect Make Up Primer see here

I have made it my mission recently to start using up primers, I have so many and this one I have just used to finally get rid of it as it’s been in my collection for quite some time. I don’t believe this is the first bottle of this I would say second. I used to really love this but I think as I have delved into the primer world more and more there are better quality products on the market now.

I mean for a drugstore primer it’s OK and I mainly use this as my SPF as not all my foundations contain SPF so this is a little savior. Do I think this keeps my make up on for longer or improves the look of my skin, not really. Although I have loved this, I think I have grown out of it so I don’t think I will be repurchasing this again, you have been good to me Fix & Protect now it’s time to move on.

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Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

For me this is a holy grail eyebrow product. I absolutely adore it and I panic every time this is running low and I have to go and buy another. I have been through quite a few of these babies in recent years, it’s just perfect. I don’t do my whole brow with it, mainly to define and add a little more colour and shape to the sparse areas of my brows. I just can’t live without it, I have tried and failed.

I have been running low of this for a little while and every website I went on was sold out of this in my shade, I had no idea how popular it was but I completely know why. In my eyes Benefit really shine when it comes to brow products, I have never been disappointed. I love this so much it made it to my Top 3| Eyebrow Products Seriously if you haven’t tried this brow range, it’s a must!

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Garnier – Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water see here

Another holy grail product. I don’t actually think I could live my life without this product. It is the only micellar water I will ever use, I have been through countless bottles of this stuff and I know I will buy it until the end of time. My skin loves it and it works so well, I use it morning and night without fail. There is so much for this love in the beauty world and there is a damn good reason why, because its AMAZING. I’m sure I could write an essay about this but I won’t because it would bore everyone to tears. Honestly if you haven’t tried this before, please go down to your nearest store and pick it up!

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Benefit – Porefessional see here

Another primer, I told you I was trying to use some of mine up. This is a difficult one for me, this was one of the first ever primers I used and I love it. It reduces the look of pores and creates a soft even base to apply the rest of your make up but I have found a lot better alternatives at a fraction of the price. Seriously, in my opinion it isn’t worth the money.

I’m not saying its a bad product but I would save your pennies. This used to be such a popular product in the beauty world because primers were not so available from other brands but now they are, it’s just not very competitive now there is no wow factor. I mean if someone brought this for me I wouldn’t be disappointed I just personally wouldn’t spend my money on it.

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L’Oreal – Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation see here

This is one of my favourite foundations ever, it’s definitely my favourite from the drugstore. It’s a matte foundation which is a winner when it comes to my oily skin and just blends wonderfully. It’s such a buildable foundation and it’s so easy to apply. If I am ever unsure on what to apply I usually go for this one. It’s such a great all rounder. I actually like that it is in a squeezy tube because you can actually use all the product up. I have mentioned this in my Top 3: Drugstore Foundations which goes into further detail about this product. I have already repurchased this and using it near enough daily.

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Sephora – Green Tea Face Mask see here

I have been really bad recently at not using face masks I just always forget, but I remembered I had this in my collection and I was having a bad time with my skin and I knew this would make it a lot better. This has to be my favourite sheet mask as I actually notice a difference when using this and it really helps my skin out. It aims to mattify and combat blemishes which I would totally agree with. It’s so annoying because I can’t get hold of this in the UK, it’s definitely on my list to buy a fair few of these when I go to New York later on in the year!

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Primark – Oval Cosmetic Pads

Do I even need to explain any more how much I love these!? They are in near enough every single Empties post I write. They are the only cotton pads I will use and I will continue to use until they stop producing them. For 90p they are amazing and the best quality cotton pads I have used. Go to Primark and get yourself a pack, try them out and try and come back to tell me that they are rubbish because I know you won’t you’ll fall in love just like I have.

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Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Cream (Sample) see here

I have had this sample for quite some time and I have always wanted to try this because so many people love this product. I thought I was going to fall in love, but I just thought it was actually quite standard. For me there is nothing to write home about, its a moisturiser it’s nice but I have better ones in my collection that I enjoy a whole lot more. This is what I love about samples because you can try them out before you invest money especially when skincare is not cheap. I don’t think I will be buying this myself anytime soon.. I’m sorry Kiehl’s I really wanted to fall in love but I didn’t.

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We have made it to the end, gold star to you if you managed to get to the end it’s a fairly lengthy read! Let me know if you have used any of these products before and what your thoughts are.

-A x