Thursday, 29 November 2012

My 5 Favourite Blushers

I haven't done my top blushers for quite some time, it changes a lot but these are my current "Winter favourites" shall we say. So I'll get straight into it.

1. Benefit Dandelion* - I have owned this since my first ever event at Benefit in January February I think and I had a phase of absolutely loving it, then I forgot about it for quite a bit, now I love it again. When I'm a tad more tanned (fake) in Summer, it doesn't really show up that much whereas now I'm back to my ultra-pale self, it's a really natural glowing colour. I think they're worth the price since I've not even scraped the first layer yet!

2. MAC Peony Petal (reviewed here)- This was my second MAC blush and it's by far the best. The colour is perfect for my skin tone and it really stays on all day! Love it.

3. Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels - This is another I've fallen in and out of love with! I used to use my fingers, until I found the best way of applying this is with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (for me anyway). It doesn't look much in the pan, but is lovely on all skin tones from what I've seen.

4. Sleek Rose Gold Blush - This is just a lovely colour, I've blogged about this here. It suits all skin tones and is another that I go back to often. I like to mix it up between all of these. I really don't need anymore blushers but I just can't help buying them! I even got one today..obsession maybe..?!

5. Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in 050 Live Pink - I've also reviewed this in full here. This is another shade I love. It's quite a dusty, light pink and is really pigmented considering it's the cheapest blush here. It's really compact and I throw it in my bag whenever I'm on the go because it's so wearable for any occasion.

What's your favourite blushers? Would you recommend any for my pale skin?

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Detangling Spray

Schwarzkopf Girl Kids Detangling Spray Tropical Fruit Scent - £2.09 Tesco
Your eyes aren't deceiving you, I am talking about a Kids Supersoft Detangling Spray today! For those of you, that like me are prone to knotty hair, I found a product a few months ago that helped that in the form of the product above. I went back to basics and after trying quite a few hair products, I found that most actually made my hair worse and was a nightmare to brush! So when I saw this Schwarzkopf Kids detanging spray for £1 I thought I'd give it a go not thinking too much into it, but it works!

Obviously it's for Kids so it's not going to hurt your hair or anything, it has a nice fruity scent and it's a gentle formula. I use it when my hair is wet/damp and just spray quite lightly all over my hair, concentrating on the ends. Before this though, I use the Denman Shower Brush (review here) which I feel helps get all the shampoo and conditioner distributed evenly and brushes out any tangles whilst washing my hair. If you use too much, it can go a bit sticky and isn't a nice sight either.

It's a product people wouldn't go to at the age of 22, but hey sometimes you've got to look outside the box to see what works. What works for me, may not work for you but if you want to try something to help your knotty hair, have a look for this :)

Do you use any products that are unconventional?

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Beauty Wishlist

Beautysets - Beauty & Skincare Wishlist

Have you all seen BeautySets? It's a great new concept for doing wishlist posts, how to's, create the look etc. I found out about it a few days ago and have been hooked since! I just thought I'd show you a few things that I've been lusting after recently. 

Adrienne from The Sunday Girl unfortunately showed me a website where you can buy Bath and Body Works items in the UK :( Therefore I now need them, obviously! They're kind of expensive so don't get too carried away! The link is here to my favourite one. 

As for the Maybelline Baby Lips, I've umm-ed and ahh-ed about getting this all week. Again, another American product that isn't available in the UK...why?! It's around £6 on Ebay and Amazon but I really want it...will I succumb, are they worth it? 

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish has rapidly changed my mind about Bioderma, I don't know why I loved that so much now! My skin has been so much better since using the C+P and I've nearly ran out of my current bottle so would love to try the new Christmas edition!

The others are just things that would be nice to have in my life, and surely make it better! :)

What is on your wishlist?

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer

Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation & Concealer - Porcelain £25.19 Hairtrade* (RRP £28.00)
I was on the hunt recently for a new foundation. Despite not needing one, I've wanted to try this Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance one with a concealer top. I thought it was quite handy and cool to have the concealer built in and so far I'm impressed with it. You get quite a lot for your money (30g) but there are a few negatives too to match.

Firstly, it doesn't have a pump so I find I waste so much more but that's only due to the top having a concealer I imagine. The concealer itself is really creamy and is great for under the eyes. On me, I find it's great for concealing my dark circles but it's a little darker than the foundation itself which isn't really a criticism. I'm probably one of the only people I've seen say this, but I never use concealer on any blemishes. It always makes them worse, feels quite suffocating to use and they seem to look more red too so I can't say how it fares on blemishes.

The foundation is quite illuminating and makes me look a lot "healthier" with a natural glow. It bodes well throughout the day too and lasts all day whilst at work. It's quite a thin consistency and when I first applied it I thought that it wouldn't cover much, but it's quite deceiving. I think this is a foundation that you'd need to have pretty good skin before hand though.

The shade choice was a pretty good match, I thought Porcelain would be way too light for me, but it just shows how pale I get in Winter! The foundation is said to be better when used with a dampened brush, but I haven't actually tried this yet. The duo is pretty good for travelling and it's easy to take instead of separates since I'm on the go a lot.

The packaging is a good idea, but the mirrored top means it gets quite dirty and full of finger prints, but I'm just being picky. Another thing I need more research on, is after starting to use this and some other skincare products, I have developed a few spots which I never get so I need to find out first if it's this foundation or a skincare product but I'll update this post once I've found out!

I like this foundation, but I don't think it's one I'd re-purchase just because of the pricing, if you're looking for a good lightweight foundation though I would recommend it.

Have you tried this foundation? What's your favourite foundation?

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher
Am I the only one that doesn't mind the brush for on the go?

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher

Bourjois 34 Rose d'Or Blusher
Bourjois 34 Rose d'OR Baked Blusher - £7.49 Superdrug
Bourjois pot blushers have been around for over 150 years and it's easy to see why. I love love love their packaging and texture, they're so pigmented and you have to be pretty careful when applying as it goes on so easily! It blends so easily and another thing I love is the lid complete with mirror and brush. The brush is actually pretty good but since this shade is a bit darker than I'd normally go for when it comes to blush, I have to be really light otherwise I get a blush line and have to blend very harshly.

I last bought one around 2-3 years ago and I loved it then but I was nowhere near hitting pan but it was way past its' recommended use by time so I thought for hygenic purposes it's best to throw it away. So when I spotted they was on a recent buy one get one half price offer in Superdrug.. I had to re-purchase it. The shade 34 Rose d'Or is one that I've seen reviewed several times and it looked so pretty so I thought it was a safe option. I was right too! It's beautiful and I definitely think it's now in my top 3 blushers!

The shade is lovely and a natural sort of glow. It reminds me a little bit of the Sleek Rose Gold (anybody else agree..?) and looks quite shimmery in the pan. It transfers a little, but it doesn't look too obvious. Now a lot of people say they love the scent, I hate rose scented things but unless you dig your nose into it, it's not going to bother you.

Overall I really like this if you haven't guessed and say it's worth spending money on. Not so long back you could have bought a MAC or Illamasqua blusher for not much more than £7.49 but with everyone increasing their prices lately, this is a good cheaper alternative if you don't want to spend a lot of money on a good, pigmented blusher!

Have you tried the Bourjois Baked Blushers before? Which is your favourite shade?

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Spike Studded Toecap Ballerinas

Spike Studded Toecap Ballerinas Barratts

Spike Studded Toecap Ballerinas Barratts
Barratts Spike Toecap Ballerinas - £15*
How dangerous do these look?! They're not sadly, but I really love my new Spike Studded Toecap Ballerinas! Barratts isn't really a place I'd think of to go for flat or heeled shoes but all my current boots come from Barratts! Ballerina's are my favourite type of shoes, mainly because I'm so short that it's easiest to wear and doesn't kill my legs walking.

When I spotted these spike studded toecaps I thought wow, they are amazing but hoped that they wouldn't be so uncomfortable. Thankfully they're really comfy and so cheap too! They're easy to throw with any outfit since they're black but since it's getting into the horrible Winter season, they have been put together with tights and a skirt/dress lately!

I didn't even realise that Barratts did more than shoes. Whilst browsing their site I found some nice bags, make up bags and even tights! I usually buy from a concession store nearby as their nearest store to me is over 40 miles and they don't usually have much stock in so while they're currently having a 25% off offer I thought I'd see what's worth purchasing. If you're looking for fab Women's shoes (or Men's) then have a look at their site before the offer ends!

Do you like the studded clothing look? Have you seen Barratts new Christmas collection by the way, I love these and these..I'll warn you in advance, they're warm, fluffy and a novelty!

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