Thursday, 26 April 2012

Cath Kidston Nails!

(Sorry for my dodgy looking hands but I had literally just finished doing these nails!)

I am obsessed with Cath Kidston. Really obsessed.
I came across these nail transfers on eBay and had to try them.
I bought them on Sunday night and they arrived Wednesday morning, super quick!
To apply them you have to cut the transfer to size, soak it in water, peel it off and then place it on the nail.
Excess water must be dabbed off and then clear nail varnish applied.

A cheap and cheerful way to do your nails, considering I can not do anything creative.

Have you found any beauty bargains on eBay?
Much love,

Monday, 23 April 2012

Review | MUA Lipstick Shade 3

I have been delving further into the works of MUA this past week.
This is my first lipstick from MUA, I picked up two from Superdrug the other day so thought I would review them for you all!

The packaging is actually quite good for the £1 price! 
I like the design as it is classic and professional looking, however I have read reports of the bullets breaking!
There is a small clear section on the bottom of the tube which comes off when you pull it. 
I have seen it being described as a lipgloss or balm to go with the lipstick.
However I emailed the MUA company as on my other lipstick this part would not come off. 
MUA said that this is a clear section to display the colour and not intended to come off the packaging.
Therefore it is not actually meant to break off or be used on your lips!

I absolutely love this colour. It is a bright fuchsia pink with hints of red.
It glides on easily without pulling on your lips, and it is very moisturising for the price.
It is a very pigmented lipstick and I found one layer was enough to create a vibrant look and made my teeth look whiter!

I have been wearing this every day and have had a lot of compliments from it!
It is actually very long lasting for a £1. It lasted about 4 hours and needed to be touched up after eating obviously.
For the price this is actually a great product, and it has a lovely vanilla smell too it.

I am very impressed with the MUA lipstick and am really enjoying wearing this.
Have you tried this shade or any others from MUA?

Much love,

Friday, 20 April 2012

Haul | Topshop Sale

Topshop mid season sale is now on lovelies!
As always I went through the website and was severely disappointed by what was on offer...

Now that my job transfer has come through, I am now working at a shopping center called Lakeside.
Dangerous when you arrive early and end up browsing the shops.

I walked down to Topshop and was really impressed with was was available in the sale.
Everything was really well laid out and tidy, probably because it was the first day of the sale.

This is what I picked up:

The checked shirt was £15 reduced from £30 and I absolutely love it.
It is light weight, so will be perfect for the warmer months with a pair of shorts.

The grey shirt with the gold sparkly heart is something I have wanted for ages! I considered buying it when it  first came into store so am very happy to have found this, however it is a size too big.
It was £8 reduced from £20.

The tiger shirt is something I probably would not go for normally, but I am short of casual tops and liked the slightly cropped and light style of this one.
This was also £8 reduced from £18.

There is a HUGE sale on jewellery, which I had to be careful around as I am addicted to the Freedom range.
I have had my eye on these earrings for a while now, they were £1.75, bargain!
I did have a quick look at the other rings and earrings and there was a lot available, however I had to go to work so did not get a chance to have a proper look.

You should all check out the sale in your local stores if you can!

Much love,

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Review | Natural Collection Corrector Stick

In the ongoing battle of fighting skin redness, I discovered that Natural Collection have their own corrector stick aimed at neutralising skin redness.
My usual cover up routine includes using different powder shades to combat the redness, so I thought this may be an easier and quicker way to sort out my skin tone.

The packaging is the standard white tube that you get from Natural Collection lipsticks. The white packaging used by Natural Collection is fairly cheap looking and not overly sturdy, but for the price you pay it is fairly acceptable.

"Easy to blend freen concealer helps to hide areas of rosy skin. Fragrance Free."

I was not sure whether to blend the corrector stick under make up or over it. 
I have tried both and neither seems to work best, so I have been using a little bit before and after applying makeup to try and get the best results.

The corrector stick is a very pigmented green colour, which I have found quite difficult to blend so that it is not noticeable. 
I am not completely convinced that this actually fights areas of redness as well as I wanted it too, as I still find myself reaching for other concealers and powders. Really this just makes applying make up a longer process!

Natural Collection Corrector Stick is £1.99 from Boots.

The search for a magic skin tone corrector product continues.... Any advice?

Much love,

Friday, 13 April 2012

Review | Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

Before you read this, I apologise for the awful photos.
Constant rain has made lighting difficult and I have packed my camera away to sell on ebay.

I have been on the hunt for a new foundation for a while, simply because I am fairly bored of using Dream Matte Mousse every day!
I have read rave reviews about Healthy Mix foundation but thought I would try Bourjois' latest release first.

"Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation gives a flawless and even complexion for up to 16 hours, thanks to a new generation formula."
It contains three colour specific concealing pigments that target different skin issues.
1. Yellow Pigments target and banish dark circles.
2. Mauve Pigments for an anti-dull complexion.
3. Green Pigments even out skin tone and get rid of redness.

123 Perfect Foundation claims to provide 24hour moisture and prevent shine, with a cotton flower extract.
Bourjois have included SPF10 in the soft and smooth formula to create a second skin finish.

I have very pale skin so did not find it difficult to pick the shade of foundation I wanted simply because there was not much choice. This may create a bigger problem for others, as there were only five shades available.

I purchased shade "51 Light Vanilla" which still looks fairly orange in the picture above.
However I am finding it to be a fairly good match for my skin tone when applied to my face.

I always apply liquid foundation with my fingers as I find that the easiest way to get an even and smooth finish.
The consistency of 123 Perfect Foundation is medium to slightly heavy and I found that it smoothed over my skin very easily. I really like the coverage it provides. It is a fairly medium coverage but feels amazingly light on my skin! The SPF10 is also an added bonus with the weather (attempting) to get brighter.

I agree that the three pigments do all work well to create an even finish. I suffer from bright red cheeks and have been fairly impressed with the coverage that this has provided. I have not felt the need to reach for concealer to cover any redness or dark circles, and I do feel that my skin is more illuminated. 

Blended on my hand it still looks a tad orange, but on my face it is a good match and can be blended down with powder or up with bronzer if I feel I need too.
It is a shame there are only five shades available as many people will not be able to find the right match for their skin tone. I am lucky to find a shade that does actually match my skin tone very well.
A negative that I have found with 123 Perfect Foundation is it's claim of  brilliant skin for 16 hour wear.
On application the foundation does not show any dry patches on my skin, but after roughly 10 hours it does seem to cling to these areas and does need to be retouched, still fairly impressive for a highstreet brand!

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation retails at £10.99 and is being released across the country in the next couple of weeks.

Have you found your perfect foundation from a drugstore?

Much love, 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Review | Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing Powder

With the Boots 3 for 2 offer going on I decided to to pick up the famous Bourjois Bronzing Powder in shade 52. 
Simply because I, like most females, have a chocolate addiction.
This bronzer is available in two shades, 51 and 52, and retails at around £6.99.

It is known for being a "chocolate" bronzer because of it's packaging and scent.
I like the packaging and prefer it to standard bronzers, it looks like a bar of chocolate 

Bourjois says,"It is a subtly iridescent formula enriched with flecks of golds, that gives a radiant but non-shiny glow. It has a delicious chocolate perfume and ultra-soft texture that will make you melt with pleasure!"  

It looks like a bar of chocolate and I find it very lovely too look at.
It does not smell as strong of chocolate as I thought it would, more of cocoa powder. Still delicious. 

The flecks of gold glitter in the bronzer is not very noticeable when swatched or worn, which I like as you can wear it every day and it is still subtle. 
It is a matte bronzer and gives a healthy sun-kissed glow to your cheeks.

I would recommend this to everyone as it is easy to build up to however 'bronzed' you wish to be.

Much love,

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review | L'Oreal Elvive Sparkling Shampoo and Conditioner

Hey sweeties!
L'Oreal have released a new range of hair products based around increasing shine to dull and fine hair.

When browsing the 3 for 2 offer in Boots, I noticed the lovely pink packaging and picked it up to have a closer look.
I was instantly sold by the flecks of SPARKLE AND GLITTER in the bottle.
I mean who does not want a sparkly shampoo and conditioner in pink bottles?! 
Ultimate girl products.

 'L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo and Conditioner, with new weightless moisture and pearl micro crystals technology brings crystal shine and feather touch to your hair. Suitable for fine to normal and dull hair.'

I have fairly thick and dry hair instead of fine, but there was no way I was not going to try a sparkly product.
Especially considering it is aimed to improve shine and moisture, which must be good for all hair types. 
My hair is dead at the bottom from the amount of hair dye it has had to suffer, but I am growing out the colour so my roots are natural and fairly healthy. 
The shampoo and conditioner really did improve the shine of the dry parts of my hair.

The smell is lovely and slightly floral, it left my hair feeling very clean.
My hair did feel a lot softer and look healthier so I would recommend this to all, it may have a better effect on those with finer hair though!
There is also an intensive conditioner, which I think would suit those with thicker hair like myself more than the standard conditioner. 

An attempt to show the flecks of pearl and sparkle. 
The shampoo and conditioner are embedded with micro crystals and pearl to help 'illuminate' the hair and improve shine.

The 250ml bottle was roughly £2.79 each from Boots.
Go get it everyone!

Much love,

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Haul | Boots April 2012

As you are probably all aware, Boots are doing 3for2 on make up and hair products at the moment.
Therefore it's justifiable to treat myself to a few things on my wish list, right?
I have never used any of these products before and will be reviewing all of them for you lovelies.

I purchased:
- Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry
- Loreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo and Conditioner
- Bourjois 123 Perfect Liquid Foundation
- Natural Collection Correction Stick
- Bourjois Bronzing Powder
- Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Review | Mac Mineralize Blush Love Joy

This is an incredibly special post for me, as sad as it may seem!
This is the first product from MAC that I have ever owned, and the first thing I have purchased from BuyaPowa
For all of you that have not yet discovered BuyaPowa I will blog to explain its awesomeness to you all!

Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight 
application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the 
cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer.

Obviously the packaging is great. 
It is MAC.

The shade I purchased was Love Joy.
I did not know what to expect as I find it difficult to see the shades on the MAC website.

The pictures make the blush look a lot more bronze that it truly is.
It is a mix of bronze and a coral pink.
It is a pretty shade and it can be blended out or built up without turning chalky, it is pretty much
suitable for everyone because of its sheerness. 

It is fairly sheer to start with but after two strokes it became very highly pigmented.
It is easy to build up to a strong colour but also easy to blend out, so can be used for natural or intense looks.
There is a subtle hint of shimmer in the blush, which I really like. 
The texture is very soft and easy to apply. 

MAC Mineralize Blush retail at £19 each, which is fairly pricey.
Thanks to BuyaPowa I paid £9.50 plus 50p postage!
I am really impressed with the quality of the blush and the service from BuyaPowa.

Cannot wait to buy more from MAC.

Much love,
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