Monday, 9 February 2015

NAKED On The Run

This palette was an immediate love at first sight. As many of us are, I'm a huge fan of the NAKED line by Urban Decay and I knew that this would be no exception. My husband bought this for me as a birthday present (27-ew) and it beat the banana oven glove he bought me for Christmas hands down. I'm so glad that this has lived up to my expectations. 

As usual with the Urban Decay eye shadows, the pigmentation is brilliant and the texture is that beautifully soft and creamy powder we all love. Left to right - Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare and Stun.

The palette also has a bronzer shade, a blush and a highlighter in the shade 5050 along with a small Perversion mascara, 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag and a gorgeous lipgloss in the shade Sesso. 

I think what I love most about this palette aside from the handiness of it is that everything included in it is totally wearable and easy to use. The bronzer shows up quite orange in the swatch but on the face, it's easy to blend and natural looking. I'm not sure what it would be like for the more accomplished countourer but for me, it's great as I only do a little contouring on the cheeks. 

The packaging is really sturdy and the mirror is a brilliant size for on the go application. I can see this going into my travel bag whenever we go away next. 

Do you have this palette? What are your thoughts on it?


Monday, 16 June 2014

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush


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Whilst shopping, I spotted this beauty. We all know how amazing the Real Techniques brushes and a lot of us are, myself included, finding our MAC, Sigma and other expensive brushes being made redundant.

The quality of the Retractable Bronzer Brush is the same fantastic grade we have come to expect from Real Techniques. When travelling, I often worry that my brushes will get ruined and the lose some of the bristles or become flat. I love that Real Techniques have obviously thought about this and come up with this beast.

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I’m not a huge user of bronzer so this will become my travel powder brush that I can safely pop into my bag knowing that it won’t get wrecked by handbag junk or squashing.

Do you have this brush? What are your thoughts?


Friday, 13 June 2014

No7 Pop & Glow–Mango sorbet


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The beauty world has gone off its face for products in crayon form and I can definitely include myself in that. It started with the Clinique Chubby Sticks then I found the Bourjois Colour boost lip crayons and the Revlon matte lipstick crayons. Safe to say, I have a pretty good collection of crayons now.

Whilst browsing Boots the other day, these Pop & Glow Cream Blushes caught my eye and I picked up the shade Mango Sorbet.

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I really like the texture of the blush, it glides on nicely and is easy to blend out. Application is super easy as with most crayon products and it’s kind of fun to draw on your own face a bit! The colour is absolutely perfect for sunny days and I think it would suit most skin tones. The formula is non-greasy and dries to a powder touch which is really nice.

I think there are only three shades of these so far along with a highlighter and a bronzer (which is on my beauty wish list) but hopefully there will be more shades in the future!

Do you have any of the No7 Pop & Glow blushes?


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Barry M Natural Glow Palette


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As some of you may know, I’m a sucker for a neutral palette along with probably thousands of you out there in the blogosphere!

I hadn’t seen much about these palettes as I’ve been a little out of the loop but when browsing Boots the other day, I had to pick this one up. I was really drawn to the fourth shade in from the left – a really nice taupey, brown-grey colour.

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Here are the swatches:

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I’m really impressed with the eyeshadow texture and pigmentation and I’m really happy that the colour I loved comes out really well. The shadows are all wonderfully soft and easy to blend and build up. I really like that there is a mixture of finishes too – the first shade (left to right) has a very subtle shimmer to it, the next two are matte and the final three are all quite shimmery. I can see all of these shades getting a lot of usage!

The blush colour (if you can even see it on the far right) isn’t brilliant in my opinion. I swatched it quite heavily and the colour in the photo is all I got. I would say that this may be better used as a highlighter as it does have a really nice shimmer to it.

The Natural Glow Palette costs £6.49 and in my opinion, is definitely worth every penny for the eyeshadows alone. This would be a fantastic holiday palette too as the colour variety is great.

Do you have any of the Barry M palettes?


Monday, 9 June 2014

L’Occitane Hand Cream


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I’ve been a fan of the L’Occitance hand creams for quite a while now. Our love affair started when a small tube of the hand goodness came free with a magazine. I never tended to use hand creams as a rule but I tried a little of the one (which I think was the Dry skin one) I received and I absolutely loved it.

From the above photograph, it may look as if I’m a hand cream hoarder but I was just lucky enough to be treated to a few goodies by my mum on a recent visit. She’s a huge L’Occitane fan as well so we couldn’t resist a trip to their store in Milton Keynes.

I’m a sucker for anything cherry or cherry blossom related, I absolutely adore the scent. I initially picked up a tube of the cherry blossom cream which I think was around £8.00 and whilst I was still looking around, mum bought me this lovely set. I almost don’t want to use them as they look so nice!

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The Dry Skin formula is an absolute staple in my day-to-day life now, I have a tube at home, one at work and now two back up ones for when they’re both gone! I feel very lucky! I really like the scent of it, and all of the hand creams leave my hands feeling soft and smooth and not at all greasy which is absolutely perfect!

Do you love the L’Occitane hand creams?


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Current Favourites



It has been what feels like a lifetime since I’ve posted about favourite products so I thought I would share a few items I can’t get enough of recently.

Honey by Marc Jacobs I was lucky enough to receive this as a Christmas gift last year and I’ve worn it a few times but since the weather has been improving, I’ve found that I’ve been reaching for it almost on a daily basis. It’s quite fruity scent with heart notes of orange blossom and peach nectar with base notes of honey and vanilla, making it a perfect summer addition.

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser I’ve been really enjoying using this moisturiser in the mornings, I use it after the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and it’s been working really well for my skin. The consistency of the formula is rich but not too thick and it soaks in to my skin really quickly and effectively. With ingredients including borage and avocado oil, this was sure to be a good pick!

Benefit Rockateur Over the last couple of months, I have reached for this blusher more times than I can remember. It’s such an easy shade to wear and gives such a perfect highlight to my cheekbones without the need for a separate product. The gorgeous rose gold colour is a great tone for every skin shade and I think this is one product I’m going to repurchase forever.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm The 15ml tube of this I have was a freebie either with a different Elemis purchase or with a magazine and it is one of the absolute best free gifts I have ever had. The Flash Balm is designed to brighten and tighten the skin and leave it looking revitalised and youthful. I use mine over my moisturiser to help give my skin a little bit of a glow and to smooth over my fine lines which leaves a perfectly primed base for my make up. It’s not tacky or greasy which is always a bonus and my skincare routine doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t used this now.

Avon Gel Finish Nail Enamel I have the shade Pink Dazzle and as soon as I put it on my nails, I fell in love. The Gel Finish is new to Avon and as a representative, I got to have a play with it slightly before they went on sale to customers. I have recommended this to friends and family so many times as I just think it is the perfect, girly shade with a little bit of shimmer to it and I always get compliments when I wear it. The formula is really nice to apply and goes on smoothly and opaque. You could easily get away with just one coat of this but I like to apply two coats to ensure I get the full colour of it. I have a few of the Avon Gel Finish polishes but I can safely say that this is my favourite so far.

So there are a few of my top products of the last couple of months. Have you tried any of them? What are your thoughts?


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Avon Coral Reef



My love of Avon beauty products is no secret, so much so that I became a representative in October last year. Initially it was to try and meet new people in a village that we had moved to but as time went by, I fell in love with the products all over again. For me, Avon nail polishes are a must-have.

I saw Coral Reef and knew I had to have it (and order another one for my sister), it’s just such a fabulous summertime colour to brighten up any look. It’s a very pinky-coral which is fun and easy to wear. The Nailwear Pro+ formula is fortified with acrylic gel for strength and Dura-Plus Complex to give long lasting colour and shine. It was also a bargain at £3.00! Definitely a welcomed addition to my ever-growing nail polish collection.