Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Real Techniques Bargain

Cheap Real Techniques
I'm a huge Real Techniques fan, so when I heard about the limited edition Nics Picks set I knew I had to add them to my collection! At £30, I wasn't in a rush to go pick these up, although when I spotted them for £20 on the Superdrug website I was determined to buy a set of my own. Sadly these were sold out online, however I found my set while looking at the Christmas section in my local Superdrug, and cant wait to put them to work!
Included in the set are five wonderful sliver brushes in the form of the duo-fiber face brush, cheek brush, angled shadow brush, base shadow brush and eyeliner brush. Although personally I'm most excited to try the face, cheek and angled shadowed brushes as they're unlike anything else I own.
Real Techniques nics picks
As always I will be reporting back with my thoughts, Will you be picking up Nics Picks?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Memebox Special #29 Scrub Box

It's been a little while since my last Memebox review, although I'm back with another Special box today which is always exciting. If you don't know by now Memebox are a Korean Beauty Box Company who ship to around 44 different countries. Unlike many UK box services, they are not a subscription one meaning you simply pick the boxes you wish to try. Today I'm reviewing the special #29 which retails at $23, although the contents add to a whooping $86.
Insobeau Natural Base Cereal Peeling Mask ($27/150ml) - This has to be one of my favourite items in the box, Its a great size for a face mask and smells amazing too. I have no doubt I will be putting this to good use as soon as possible. 

Eglipa JolieBeBe Lip Polish ($7/15ml) - I don't own many lip scrubs, so another is always handy! This promises cleaner, softer and healthier looking lips which is always welcome, not to mention I love the packaging too!

The Herb Factory Peppermint & Tea Tree Foot Scrub ($14/200g) - I don't actually own a foot scrub, so I guess if I was having a proper pamper day this could come in handy! You also get 200g which seems like a decent amount.
Pibugonggam G Facial Scrub ($13/50g) - I'm very fussy with facial scrubs so I'm interested to see how I get on with this Korean offering! This sounds like a joy to use containing grapefruit, sea buckthorn, red poppy peteals and aronia extract so I'm excited to put it to work.

Tosowoong Perfume Body Scrub Wash ($19/160g) - Its always handy to get such an essential product in beauty boxes, this is going straight into my shower!

New Girl Fast Scalp Hair Root Up Ampule ($6/20ml) - This is a scalp treatment which claims to clean your scalp by scaling away all dead skin cells and built-up skin impurities.
So there you have it, everything in my Memebox box scrub box. If you like the look of this one or any other Memebox, you can get $5 off your box throughout October with the code XRZP

Monday, 6 October 2014

September Favourites!

September has been a complete whirlwind of a month, meaning I didnt try too many new things, although the ones which have made it into this post have been complete stars and are truly worthy of their place!

I'll start with make up as its the type of product I find the most exciting! The first product I have been loving this month is this Maybelline Better Skin Foundation (£8.99/30ml) which is just a great fuss free product, I simply add a pump of this on the back of my hand before applying to the skin with my buffing brush and find it works an absolute treat! This just covers everything that needs to be while still allowing my face to look natural. While we're on the subject of complexion, This Essence Stay all day concealer* (£2.50/7ml) is also getting a lot of love lately, At just £2.50 I think this is fab and I love that it is even pale enough for my skintone! Moving away from base, my third product was actually featured last month too, although I still haven't stopped reaching for it on nights out! My Younique 3D mascara* ($29) works like no other mascara I own, I love the effects it gives me and my lashes could not be without.. which is why for the second month running this has made it into my favourites! My biggest surprise favourite this month was this Rimmel colour rush balm in the shade Make Me Blush (£5.99), I dug this out one night before leaving the house and found there was still colour left on my lips at 4am.. Pretty impressive if you ask me, it wasn't drying either which was also a bonus, so expect a full rave about this very soon. Lastly Makeup wise I have this lovely eyeshadow from In the Buff which I recently reviewed here. Freshly Cut* (£11.00) is a lovely everyday shade which I've really enjoyed using lately.

 Last but by no means least I have a couple of skincare related bits. The first of which is this Butter Yourself Body butter (£10.50/300ml). This just sinks into my skin really quickly and has quite a lovely scent to it making it a joy to use, and a product I would consider buying again. Finally I have been trailing this FaceB4 Anti-Bacterial Serum* (£9.99) for around three weeks now and have been really enjoying it so far, I wont give too much away as I will be reviewing this fully in around a weeks time although I love the feel of this on my skin and feel like it has made a difference.

What have you been loving this month?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Home: Blaze On Fairy Lights

 As a few of you may know, I moved nearly three weeks ago now so expect this to be the first of many home themed posts I have up my sleeve, as I have developed quite the obsession with homeware! One of my favourite was to achieve that homey feel is with the use of lighting. In particular I have an abundance of candles and fairy lights scattered around my room although today I'm going to share with you my favourite and most recent addition from Blaze On. I was recently sent these Sun Star and Moon lights (£27.50/20 lights) * to review which have proved a huge hit with my housemates since I put them up last week.
I reviced the white version which match my room perfectly although Blaze on have quite the selection of colours in their star sun & moon section. These are basically lights covered with paper to give the light a softer feel and just give a really lovely effect at night. Between these and my candles I rarely feel the need for my bedroom light to be on and love the calming feel these give.
Currently these live on my bookshelf and give my stacks of books a new lease of life, in fact I'd go as far to say that it is now one of my favourite areas of my bedroom and is the one area I seem to get complements on time and time again. I've even had quite a few people ask where they're from!
While the price of these may seem a little steep, I am told that these have a life expectancy of up to 10 years or 100.000 hours, which is more than I can say for my £7.99 ones which are struggling after a year! They also claim to be 'extremely engery efficient' which is great for me as this will be my first time paying my own bills! I wish I could show you these displayed, but sadly my camera fails to capture the magic of these in the dark and my room is miles too dark in the day! So here is a close up of one of the pretty stars in action!
I'd highly recommend having a look at Blaze On's website, even if its just for inspiration as they have some stunning pictures on there! Although if these lights or anything else has caught your eye you can get £5 to spend over on Blaze On with the code STUDENT14 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Freshly Cut by In The Buff

 In all honesty, I don't feature enough smaller brands on this blog. So when I was given the chance to review an item from brand who are relatively new on my radar, 'In The Buff' I jumped at the chance. Something I often love about smaller brands is that they often come complete with a lovely back story. In this case Becky, In the buffs founder set out to create an eyeliner which wouldn't effect false lashes, which was successful and eventually lead to in the buff launching an whole range of pure mineral products. Although being a huge fan of the natural look it was the brands ethos of enhancing natural beauty rather than masking it which drew me in further. 
Today I'm going to be featuring 'Freshly Cut' one of In the Buffs Hint of eyeshadows which are all named and inspired by nature. Despite picking the shade 'Freshly Cut' for myself, It's rare that I find an eyeshadow easy to wear, so when this little beauty quickly made it into my everyday routine I knew I was on to a winner. Priced at £11.00 For 1g of product this is a little more than I'd normally be willing to spend on a single shadow, although after trying this one for myself I think I would happily part with my cash for another, as its rare that I reach for a product on a daily basis (especially eyeshadow).
 I find this eyeshadow an absolute joy to work with, often mineral make up is associated with mess although there is no fuss with this, I simply shake the pot to insure there is some product in the pot before dipping my brush in and getting to work. I find that this just gives a lovely smokey effect to the lids with minimal effort on my part, which stays in place for the most part of the day with a descent primer.
With all of that in mind, I think that this eyeshadow is a great find! It's also worth noting that both the product and the packaging are made in the UK - Something which has become somewhat of a rarity.
You can pick this up for £11.00 here. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Dream Dots For Spots

I have been having a rough time with my skin lately, so when I heard about Dream Dots* I thought they were the best idea ever. I have a tendency to roll around in my sleep and rub off whatever skin treatment im using overnight, meaning something like this is ideal for me. Dream Dots are basically a medicated patches you place over blemishes of an evening, although I personally think you could get away with wearing these in the day too as they are pretty clear..In fact I've worn these around the house several times on bad skin days and I cant say anyone has noticed.  
For  14.95 you get a pack of 24 dream dots, which are super easy to use, you just simply cleanse the area you wish to treat at night before placing a Dream Dot over it and peeling off in the morning. Personally I thought the results I got from these were great, infact I don't ever recall a skin treatment doing so much for me before over night, and even with all my moving, the dream dot was still in place come morning!
Although If there's  minor downside to these it's the price. While under 15 euros may seem fab for 24 dream dots, I know many people are like me and rarely suffer from one spot at a time. Normally my spots will occur as part of a break out meaning I have to use quite a few of these at a time and if I was using these everytime a spot occured, a pack wouldn't last long!
Although with that being said, nothing works on my skin like these babies and I will continue to whip these out for days when I need my skin to be at it's best. Even with the slight downside I would recommend these to anyone with spot prone skin, Personally I think they're fab for special occasions!

You can buy Dream Dots here, have you tried them yet?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Empties #3

After moving last weekend, I've been a rather bad blogger and have only pulled my laptop out of its bag twice! But fear not, I am back with one of my biggest empties posts yet! It's been ages since my last one, so understandably they have built up as you may be able to see from my overflowing wash bag!
I'll start with the four items I have from one of my favourite brands, Soap & Glory, The first thing I used up was the Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50/500ml), normally I love Soap & Glory shower gels,  and while this was up to the same standards, I feel like the famous 'Sugar crush scent was just too much for me so probably wont be picking up again. The next product I have is the Butter yourself moisture lotion (£10.00/500ml), which to be honest I quite liked until I got half way through the product where the pump just stopped working. There's still a little of this left but I haven't got the Patience. I also managed to finish the Scrub of your life (£7.00/200ml), while I cant say it was my favourite thing S&G have to offer it was nice, although I would probably pick another scrub over this next time. Finally I have my favourite product of the bunch, The Righteous Butter (£10.50/300ml) , this is just a really lovely moisturiser and lasted me a good while too!
I also finished two other body products too. First up is an old favouitre Vaseline Cocoa Radiant lotion (£4.99/400ml) which I just adore, this product works wonders on my skin and is at a great price point too. Secondly is this Nivea Creme Soft Shower Cream (£1.99/250ml) which has the most lovely scent to it! It also left my skin feeling really soft too!
I seem to have finished a whole host of skincare products since my last post! Firstly we have this Una Brennan Calming Creamy Cleanser (£7.99/150ml) which I really enjoyed using, although am unlikely to pick this up again unless there's an offer as I found it a little expensive. I also finished this Neutrogena 2-in-1 wash and mask (£3.79/150ml) which is one of my all time favourites, so I'll definitely be picking that up again! The last skincare products I managed to finish were these two scrubs. Firstly we have this Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro polish (£4.99/75ml), which just didn't give a good enough scrub for my liking! I had the same issue with this Visibly Clear Pore & Shine daily scrub (£4.49/150ml) ..for me nothing has beaten St ives!
Hair wise I finished this Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo (£2.99/200ml) which I really enjoyed using, although am unlikely to buy again as I love the Vo5 one more. I also finished this Dove dry shampoo (£4.59/200ml)  which I thought was awful so I wont be picking up again. Finally I finished this Macadamia Oil Extract Hair Mask from poundland, and recall enjoying it at the time.
Make up wise I only managed to finish a mascara in the form of Maybelline's The Rocket Mascara (£7.99/9ml) despite having a long history of disliking maybelline mascaras I actually really enjoyed using this and would actually pick it up again. I also managed to finish this Witch blemish gel (£3.29/35ml), I even cut into the tube to finish this! I found that it was really helpful on spots without being too drying on the skin! Next up I managed to finish both my Body Shop day Cream (£11.00/50ml) and Nivea night cream (£4.35/50ml) I thought the pair worked a treat along side each other and would happily buy again! Finally I managed to complete this Simple eyecream (£6.99/15ml) which did a really lovely job, although again this is something I'm only likely to pick up if on offer!

Which products have you completed this month?