Saturday, 19 April 2014

Collection Work the Colour Palette

I was having a bit of a spurge in Superdrug the other day when I came across this range of palettes on the Collection stand. I figured at £3.99 a pop they were well worth a try, so went home with the 'nude eye palette' which is right up my street. Included in the cardboard palette is a mini duo applicator, eight powder eyeshadows and a cream highlighter. The idea behind the palette is that you use shades 1,2 and 3 along with the highlighter to create your desired look featured on the back, although personally I would have preferred another eyeshadow shade over the cream highlighter as all of the shades towards the left of the palette look as if they would make descent highlighters anyway. Although I guess the idea of an added cream highlighter would be welcomed if you are looking to build your make up collection collection.
To be totally honest I don't care too much for the top row of shadows. Number one here is a poorly pigmented white/cream shade which I suppose could be useful as a highlighting shade if you really tried to get the colour to show (below it is swatched twice as apposed to once like everything else). The next pan contains the cream highlight which is just as bad, I just fail to see the purpose in it as its pretty much undetectable on the skin. Things get better here with shade 3 which is by far the best shade in this first row, in fact it petty much matches up to the rest of the palette which despite the so far negative review I actually really like! It's just a really pretty shimmery brown which you can see demonstrated below.
The second row makes this palette worth every single penny to me! I really love it and have been sporting these three shades on my lids ever since I picked up this palette earlier in the week. As instructed to on the back I simply blend shade one all over the lid, add shade two into the center of the eyelid to add some definition then finally complete the look with shade three which I use to contour my eyelids! It just creates a really pretty natural look which I love against my skintone! Unfortunately I don't have an eye primer with me since the majority of make up is still in my flat back at university although I have been putting this to the test over my Becca cream concealer. In doing this have found that when I check this around right hours later there are still traces of the shades even if there is some cracking occurring, although I imagine this wouldn't be a problem with a descent primer! 
The final row is one I cant say I have used much (mainly because I've been too busy swooning over the second) although again its made up of three decently pigmented natural shades shown below. Like the rest of the palette they all have a hint of shimmer too them which varies from shade to shade.
Overall I really like this little palette! While it isn't the most pigmented product in the world that can be overlooked when you consider for under £4 you get a total of eight lovely eyeshadows and a cream highlighter. Plus I love the fact that it gives advise on how to wear the eyeshadows. A truly great product for beginners! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The accidental beauty haul..

I wasn't intending to post a haul today, although yesterday I went into town to pick up a few essentials I forgot to pack in my suitcase and this was the result. Firstly I'll tell you about the things I actually meant to pick up.. I some how forgot to pack the majority of my skincare along with some heat protection so my first stop was Boots were I finally decided to try one of the Una Brennan products everyone's been raving about! I picked up the Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Cleanser (£5.33/150ml) which I've heard amazing things about and look forward to trying it out.  Next I went to Superdrug where the majority of hauling started! I picked up this Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish (£2.48/75ml) and this Style Expert Styling Straightening Spray (£1.99/100ml) which I cant find online but according to my receipt it was £1.99, It's also from a brand I haven't heard of before which is always exciting! Finally for essential items I finally picked up another night cream after my Origins one sadly run out, instead I went for a cheaper choice in the form of this Nivea night cream (£2.86/50ml).
I didnt go too crazy with make up in Superdrug, although there were a few bits which caught my eye! The thing I'm happiest with is this Rimmel wake me up foundation (£8.99/30ml) in the new shade, light porcelain. I owned this previously although found that the lightest shade was too orange on my skintone so I was really pleased to hear that Rimmel were making a lighter shade since this stuff gets amazing reviews! As this was on a buy one get one half price offer I also picked up a colour rush lip crayon in the shade make me blush (£5.99/2.5g). Next I finally manged to track down an MUA lip Lacquer in the shade Funk (£3.00), and am bloody impressed with it so far so expect a review to come! Finally I spotted these work the colour palettes (£3.99) on the Collection stand and picked up the nude one to try out, I also got a polish free for spending a certain amount!
Last but not least I figured I'd show you the goodies I got from Make Up Revolution the other day whilst posting a haul. I'm yet to spot another Naked 3 dupe, so when I laid eyes on the Ionic 3 palette (£4.00) I knew I had to have it along side my other dupes! I also loved the look of the vivid blush lacquer's (£3.00) so popped desire into my basket. Finally I picked up two lip products, the amazing care lipstick in love a hug (£3.00) and rebel with cause (£1.00) 

As always I want to hear what you've been buying lately! Also if you want to see a review on any of the products mentioned just let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

What's in my make up bag?

Its been a good while since I've done one of these what's in my make up bag posts, although since moving to university last September, I have found my make up bag has remained the same as I've found myself pretty loyal to the same products.. Although I'm guessing this is something which will change rapidly over the summer! I've only been back at home less than 24 hours and I've already managed to get my hands on four new goodies. So without waffling on for too much longer here are the current products I have tucked away in my make up bag!
Osiris Avise BB Cream (£1.00/bodycare) - As a lover of the natural look I love a good BB cream, although this one happens to be my favourite - and the best part is it was only a pound! I find that this leaves my skin with a lovely glow natural glow to it, which is more than I can say for other pound make up products I've tried! 

Revlon Nearly Naked foundation (£8.99/Boots) - Like the BB cream, I find this feels light on the skin although offers me just a little more coverage on those days that I want to look more 'put together'. I really adore this, however due to the fact that it doesn't have a pump and I'm constantly wasting a load of it- I cant see myself buying this again anytime soon! Sometimes packaging really is key, sorry Revlon!

Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer (£6.99/Boots) - I forgot to photograph this one, although lately I've been favouring this over my eye eraser which is saying a lot! I just find the light consistency a complete dream to work with and love the way it leaves under my eyes looking!

Becca compact concealer (£4.99/Fragrance Direct) - This is £30 on the Becca website! Although luckily I snapped one up when they were under £4 over on Fragrance direct! I've always been a Collection lasting perfection kinda girl, although this completely changed me! It does an amazing job at covering any tricky blemishes and blends incredibly, Such a great find!

Bourjois universal illumining powder (£9.99) - I'll be honest and say I don't use this half as much as I should, although the lid to my favourite powder (Rimmel stay matte) has snapped in two which wasn't ideal for my 3 hour train journey home so picked this up instead. I had forgotten how much I actually liked this, despite looking awfully shimmery it gives a lovely subtle glow to my skin and steals my make up into place.
Soap & Glory Solar Powder (£11.00/Boots) - I wont be going into too much detail with this once since I dedicated a whole post to it recently here, although I will say along with the Topshop cream blush this is probably the longest standing product in my make up bag - I just cant get enough of it!

Topshop Cream blush in head over heels (£7.00/Topshop) - It seems this one has gone up in price since I brought mine, although it is still worth every single penny. I find nothing other than this blush gives my cheeks a beautiful natural looking glow on a daily basis, how I still haven't reviewed this is beyond me! Although I suspect this will be one of my first reviews once my exams are over!

Benefit watts up (£24.50/Benefit) - I got this in one of benefits little kits around Christmas and have been trying it out ever since. Would I spend nearly £25 on it? Never, although it is a lovely product and I will continue to use it until the sample runs out!
Maybelline the Rocket Volum' express (£7.99/Boots) - To be quite honest I've never been a fan of Maybelline mascaras, while they leave my lashes looking good they constantly smudge on me! Although that all changed when I tired this one out, not only does it leave my eyes smudge free I love the way it leaves my lashes!

Mua clear mascara (£1.00/Superdrug) - I always use clear mascaras as brow gel and this pound one from MUA does the trick! Although looking at the state of it, i think I'm in need of a replacement!

Loreal Glam shine in sin for peach (£6.99/Boots) - I picked this up a while ago although its only recently made its way into my make up bag. I really like how moisturising it is and the shade on my lips. Again this is another product that I'm hoping to review soon!

Benefit Lady's choice lipstick - I was given this lipstick from my Nan a while back, although it was pretty much love at first sight! I just love the way the colour looks against my skintone and would consider buying another if it every runs out.
What's currently in your make up bag?

Friday, 4 April 2014

A little Primark Haul..

I took a little trip into Primark this week and ended up with a few bits I wanted to show you guys since I know how quickly the shock tends to change. The first thing I picked up was this brown bag for just £8, I've had my eye on it for ages so when I saw that this was the last one in store I had to have it! I just think it has a lovely shape and pattern to it plus there's plenty of sections to keep stuff in. While also in the accessories section I picked up this lovely necklace for £3 and this cute bracelet for just £1.50 which I think will look really nice together and were a complete bargain at under a fiver for the pair! I fell in love with these Paris themed socks which come in a set of three for £2, although I've already put a pair to good use since all my other socks seem to have acquired holes lately! I also picked up a lovely tea dress for £8 which you can see in the right hand corner although unfortunately it just doesn't fit right so I'm going to have to take it back and try and find a different size. Finally I got two bits for traveling back home for Easter next week in the form of these handy travel bottles for just £1 and this other sized navy make up bag for £4.

So there you have it, everything I picked up on my latest trip to Primark! Have you brought anything nice lately?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Soap & Glory's Solar Powder

I've been meaning to post a full review of this product since featuring it in my favourites  last year. I'd probably go as far to say its my 'holy grail' bronzer as I've literally not bothered with another one since! I've always been a huge fan of Soap & Glory, So when they finally released a make up line I was really excited to try their products and ended up with this Solar powder bronzer along with an extremely neglected highlighter.
Being ridiculously pale I've always been sceptical of bronzing products, Although when S&G had a 2 for £15 offer on their products I couldn't say no and finally caved. Despite the fact that half of this product looks a little 'glowy', I find that this is a perfect contour on my skin and actually looks really natural on. Soap & Glory's Solar Powder bronzer comes with two sections, while one side is darker and pretty matte, the other is slightly lighter on the skin and comes with a bit of a shimmer too it, although personally I find if I swirl these together with my brush it creates the perfect contour shade.
Despite liking the overall look of the product, I initially thought the packaging was a bit of a joke physically. Being cardboard I didnt have high hopes for it remaining in a good condition for too long. Although I can reveal this baby has survived months of me throwing it around in my make up bag, airplane trips and even the gurling three hour drive back to my house from my university halls. Yet the extremely weak looking bit of cardboard connecting the top and bottom of the product remains intact making me a very happy girl! I also love the fact that this has a mirror which is awfully useful if you're on the go!
Below I've demonstrated the look of the bronzer using just the left side of the product, the right side, then both sides together. As you can see while the shimmer seems intensified when just using the right side alone it appears less obvious in the last swatch were both sides appear together.
Overall I adore this product, and will happily replace it if this ever runs out! You can pick it up for £11 here over at Boots (although its currently on 3 for 2!)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The one pound Macadamia dupe

I'm a fan of a good dupe, so when I heard that many were comparing this Macadamia Oil extract Hair Treatment (£1.00/250ml, Home Bargains) to the much hyped Macadamia hair mask (£26.95/250ml, Amazon)  I knew I had to give it a go! While I cant actually compare the two products as I don't own the original Macadamia product, I thought it would be useful to post a review of the product itself.
Because of the similar patterns displayed around the packaging and the shape of the mask, its easy to initially compare this treatment to its high end counter part. Although from what I've seen online, the consistency of this version seems a lot thinner. Following the directions given I simply applied this mask after shampooing and found that it really helped to moisturise my hair. While this certainly matches up to the products on sale at on the highstreet, leaving my hair feeling soft and manageable, I personally cant comment on how it fends against Macadamia. At just a pound this Macadamia Oil Extract Hair Mask does a great job and I can see myself buying it again!

What hair care products have you been loving lately? 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Empties #1

 I did do these posts monthly, although due to being all over the place during December and January, I stopped collecting and posting empties regularly. Although they really began to pile up as soon as I got back to uni, taking over every spare inch of my room, so i figured I'd get this done today so I could finally have my room back!
Over the past few months I have used up various hair care products, it seems silly to go through all of them as i just tend to pick up whats on offer so I figured I'd talk you through my favourites. As regular readers my know I'm in love with the whole Dove haircare line, and finished up a Dove nourishing spray oil which I loved although I forgot to photograph it in the above picture! I'm also a huge fan of Vo5 so would really recommend that along with Dove if you're looking for a good moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Another product I was quite a fan of was these 500ml bottles of Tresemme conditioner which were around £3 in Home bargains as they lasted me a while so were great value for money.  With the expectation of the Pantene product i pretty much got on with every product in the picture and would buy them all again! 
I have two empty shower gels from Radox which i don't have much to say about although both smelt lovely and were around a pound. I also have three used up dry shampoos, i'm a big fan of Batiste although I'm currently trailing the Dove one everyone seems to be raving about.
I managed to use up a 500ml of Bioderma and already have another on the go - I think this product is incredible and one I will continue to repurchase. I also finished this melting cleansing gel from Nspa which i got in a beauty box. I really enjoyed using this one and would buy it again if I visited an Asda. Next up was the Drink up mask from Origins which was my go to morning after treat - although the high price tag means I'll be looking for a cheaper alternative! I've finally finished my bottle of Healthy Mix foundation, and considering buying another bottle as it is rare I use a whole product up! I really loved this, It looked natural on the skin yet provided good coverage. Staying on the make up theme I've managed to use up another clear mascara from MUA as clearly the one in the picture has seen better days. I love using these as a cheap alternative to eyebrow gel and find they work so well. I've also manage to use up every scrap of my Origins Night a mins cream which I loved!
Sadly I've used up my favourite body shop body butter which smells amazing along with a foot cream from Soap & Glory. Last but not least is a 30ml bottle of my favourite perfume, Lovestruck (luckily I got a 100ml bottle for Christmas!)

So there you have it, the products I've used up over the past few months. What have you been using up?