Friday, 28 June 2013

Where to find La Vida Fresa





As many of you may know, as of Monday 01 July, Google Reader will be no more. Most people use it one way or another, maybe without realising. My main use is through services such as Feedly, Flipboard and other readers. There is no confirmation that Google Friend Connect (GFC) is also being removed, however this will more likely follow within time. For that reason, I recommend these best ways to keep up to date with me and my posts and as always I always love a chat on Twitter! Click on all the ways to follow me to take you to my direct pages :)

Bloglovin – This is the main way to follow me. I’ve just reached 200 followers too – yippee! Thank you to all my readers, old and new, it makes my day when I get comments and new followers! Bloglovin really have stepped up to the mark since Google announced they were retiring Google Reader. I believe they’re working on a GFC replacement widget, so keep an eye out for that.

Twitter – I am always available on Twitter (unless I’m away obviously). I love a good chat too so say hi!

Instagram – I’m obsessed with Instagram at the moment. My username is paulab90. I’ve not got round to testing the video yet as I’ve nothing exciting to film, but since I’m away this weekend I’ll try it out then.

Facebook – I’m not on Facebook as often but my posts update on there if you manage to miss them elsewhere.

I recommend following on Bloglovin so you don’t miss my posts! I’ve gotten into it lately but my favourite is Feedly. I use the app on my iPad and Android phone too when I’m on the go. Feedly, Flipboard and Bloglovin all have import features for Google Reader so if you don’t want to miss out on my posts, be sure to import into one of those reader facilities.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I’m taking the train to Oxford later to see my Boyfriend after another few weeks being apart – military life is rubbish! May take a sneaky trip to Bicester Village, has anyone been and recommends it? It has a Comestic Company Outlet so that's enough of a reason for me!


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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel UK

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel UK

Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel
Bath and Body Works Pocketbac Hand Gel/Sanitizer - Ebay £2.84 here.

I've been wanting to try Bath and Body Works for-ever! Obviously the first place I look to for items that we can’t buy in the UK is eBay. Granted, you pay a much higher price but sometimes it’s worth it. The Bath and Body Works Pocketbac was first on my list. Having seen so many fragrances that sound good enough to eat, I thought I’d start with my favourites and see how they are.

First off, they’re tiny! 29ml which won’t last me long at all, so make sure you ration! Having looked on their website, they’re 5 for $5 (sigh) so I’d be more likely to stock up for that price. Why do we miss out on the best things in the UK – Sephora, Bath and Body Works, various food chains.. Hand sanitizer is something I use frequently when on the go, especially on public transport. The alcohol gel isn’t too overpowering and the scent lasts quite a while. It just looks a bit odd when I keep sniffing my hands after I’ve used it..

I love both of them equally. I love cake is very sweet and I love cookie dough reminds me of one of the Yankee Candle's but I can't think which. I wish they did bigger sizes though. They're quite pricey for a tiny 29ml but worth it as a one off.

I can highly recommend the seller I used on eBay. It came within 2 days. I’ve linked to the direct seller above. Also, let me know if you decide to purchase any! I found a website that I'm probably way behind on that sells a lot of US products available in the UK. They stock the likes of EOS, NYX and Victoria's Secret. http://www.bathandbodyshop.co.uk/Shop/Bath-AND-Body-Works/Anti-Bacterial-Gel-Pocket.html. I'll definitely be picking some of those up soon.

Have you tried Bath and Body Works? What do you recommend to try next?

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sinful Colors 24/7

Sinful Colors 24/7
Sinful Colors 24/7
Sinful Colors - Shade 24/7 Boots £1.99
Excuse the dodgy application and cuticles but look how pretty! Yesterday me and Lisa took a trip to our favourite place, The Trafford Centre. Naturally, I think it's going to cost me a fortune going but we were both disappointed with what was to offer. I came away with some toiletries from Superdrug and 2 nail polishes. That being said, the 2 nail polishes were pretty amazing colours. I was so shocked that the Sinful Colors range is only £1.99 in Boots. Tempting as it was to buy a good 5 or 6 shades, I came away with the one most appealing to me, shade 24/7 (920).

Sinful Colors 24/7 is a bright, neon pink that doesn't show up that well on camera but it's definitely a barbie pink shade. Anyone that knows me knows that my favourite shade to wear in either clothing or make up wise is bright pink. What can I say, typical girlie girl! It didn't state on the stand however, 24/7 is part of the matte range. I don't mind matte finishes normally but it looked a tad strange, so I paired it with the Sally Hansen Insta-dri which gave it more of a shine as you can see in the last photo.

As for the Sinful Colors range, their packaging is very familiar. It looks a little like the China Glaze polishes, the shades are too although I don't actually own any of their range at the moment. I've gone through a phase of not being bothered to apply nail polish. No matter which polish I use, they all chip on me within hours which is a pain. I can't stand chipped polish so I make sure to remove it as soon as I spot any if I've got work. The brush is very thin, but easy to work with. I found doing a light layer and then building up to the shade in the bottle worked well and it was a true match. I'm loving this shade for summer. Now, where's the sun gone?

Have you picked up any of the Sinful Colors range? Which is your favourite Summer shade?

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

My Favourite Face Brushes

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L-R - Real Techniques Multi Task Brush, Blush Brush, Stippling Brush, Buffing Brush, Contour Brush,
Elf Blush Brush, Elf Angled Blush Brush.
I thought I'd do a post today showing my most favourited and used face brushes. Since I have most of the Real Techniques collections I am a bit of an ambassador for them..that being said I haven't ventured much outside of the Elf and Real Techniques bracket, but why would I need to when I like the ones I have? My first brushes were Elf and I've got several of their brushes but most of them shed a lot or feel quite flimsy. That being said, I've chosen 2 of my favourites that are featured so I will get straight into my favourite face brushes!

Real Techniques, if you don't already know are the wonder creation of the Pixiwoo sisters, aka Sam and Nic Chapman. Their brushes are affordable, cute and practical. I've blogged about them previously a couple of times so check this post out here for my haul of The Travel Essentials Kit, The Starter Set and the Flawless Brush.

One tip is that you don't have to use the brushes as their title suggests. The Real Techniques Multi Task Brush is a good brush however it can be hard to work with sometimes for me personally. As you can see from my dirty brushes, I mainly use the Multi Task brush for blush as it's quite a tad bigger than I'd normally prefer for bronzer. I would use it for powder but I've found another brush that I prefer for that. Which brings me on to the blush brush. This used to be my go to blush brush until I decided it was a better size for powdering. It's slightly too big to use for blusher and I can't seem to apply it in the right places when I use this brush.

The stippling brush is amazing for cream blush. I used to use this for foundation, but again found a better replacement. The buffing brush is my ultimate favourite brush. It makes my skin look a lot better (I wouldn't quite say flawless, but near enough!) and blends 95% of my foundations, bb creams and tinted moisturisers like a dream. The contour brush is great for contouring and also cream blush, just make sure to use a heavy hand with cream blush!

Elf (Eyes Lips Face) used to be one of my favourite brands when I first started my love for make-up, the quality of their products considering the pricing is pretty good, but I'm too fickle and love trying new things. Their cheaper line of brushes are pretty poor and I wouldn't recommend them. Their blush brush is one that I mainly keep in my handbag on the go as it's light and fits in my make up bag easily. It doesn't pick up pigment that well so I couldn't use it every day but the size is perfect for applying blush or bronzer. The angled blush brush is my go to brush for highlighter. It's quite a dense brush which tends to pick up more pigment than the other brushes I own.

I'd recommend all these brushes for different reasons but would also love to hear your recommendations. I'd love to find the perfect blush and bronzing brushes. What do you love the most?

For those that haven't used iherb before, check it out for cheaper Real Techniques brushes here. They often do discount codes so make sure to search for $10 off your first order.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Garnier Intensive 7 Day Body Lotion Peach

Garnier Intensive 7 Day Body Peach - £4.99 400ml Superdrug (Free delivery until 17th June) 400ml Boots
How many of you don't moisturise as often as you should? I'm one of those people *slaps wrists* but I have now found my holy grail moisturiser! Like everything I use, speed is of the essence during the week and if it speeds up my routine by a few minutes then I’ll re-purchase it, especially if it’s good. The Nivea DailyEssentials Express Hydration Primer is an example of that, I’ve re-purchased that at least 5 times since it came out. It does the job and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and sticky.

The Garnier Intensive 7 Day Gel-Cream formula caught my eye. As a rule, gels dry quicker than creams but sometimes they can be too sticky to leave on my skin. As always, I’ll try anything and it was around £2.50 when I found it in my local Bodycare (Grahams) store so I wasn’t too bothered if it wasn’t great. From my first application I loved it. It looks like a cream, feels like a gel. Strange, huh? I use it before tanning as it sinks in easily and my Xen-Tan goes on like a dream over it too. No streaks, no mess. The only downside? I’ve gone through most of this bottle within 2 weeks. Make the bottle bigger please!

This is aimed at dry skin but since it’s quite light I’d say this can be for all skin types. The peach scent is lovely too, although it doesn’t last that well once it’s fully absorbed. I’ll be stocking up next time I spot it as I’m not sure if it’s limited edition. This bottle is a 200ml but I know that they also do a 400ml which is £4.99 from Boots and Superdrug. I've linked both above and don't forget, Superdrug have free standard delivery on everything until 17th June. On another note, I've just purchased a couple of items from their new Style Expertise range. They are currently also on 2 for £4, so naturally I need to test 2 out!

Have you tried the Garnier 7 Day Intensive Body Lotion?

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in shade Hollow - £17.50
Thanks to this gorgeous sunshine and heat we've been having lately in England, my fake tan has been out in serious force (Xen-Tan, the only one I use) and due to my naturally pale skin, I look pretty one dimensional without any help from my makeup friends, ie contouring. Whilst browsing Twitter a few weeks ago I noticed I'd missed a 50% off on Illamasqua and was gutted. Thankfully they decided to do another discount code for those outside the UK from 12am-1am GMT, since I wasn't doing anything else I waited up to purchase a few treats for myself.

Every single thin I've tried from Illamasqua has been amazing. Their bright colours and wacky make up artists can scare me a bit but their products are second to none. I love how pigmented everything is and yes it's pricey, but you get what you pay for and in my case, I got a real deal!

Hollow pigment is so easy to blend and when it's swatched, you can't tell too much from my hand swatch above, but it's kind of a grey colour which looks a bit strange. It really is the perfect shade for contouring and since it's a cream product, you can either use your fingers or brush to apply. If I'm in a rush I'll just dot a bit on my finger and then put it where I want it to go and then blend, blend, blend. I'd definitely say this shade is perfect for fair skin tones, although it's still really subtle at mimicking shadows in the right places.

I love love love this product and think it'll be in my collection for a long time! I've added the links below the last picture although it is currently out of stock so keep your eye out when it's back in stock!

Have you tried Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow? Which are your favourite contour products?

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