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Friday, 29 May 2015

Sleek Eau La La liner: Dragonfruit


I've been enjoying brighter pink lips lately and I felt like trying a drugstore priced brighter pink liner to go with them. The only other one I have is my Urban Decay 'Jilted' 24/7 pencil (see my review and swatches here), which is a different shade with more of a purple tinge.

I have a few of these Eau La La pencils in the more eye appropriate shades and already loved them so I was pretty sure I would like 'Dragonfruit' too. It's very pigmented and glides on super smoothly without feeling too drying or dragging on the lips like some liners do. It is definitely a reddish pink rather than the fuchsia pink of my urban Decay liner.


I thought it would go perfectly with my Rimmel Kate lipstick in shade 02 and I was right! In the picture below I have topped the liner with the lipstick (sorry for the very attractive bit of dry skin on the bottom-my lips were in need of some lip balm!)


Have you tried Sleek's Eau La La pencils? What do you think of them?

Em x






Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May 2015 Beauty Favourites




I pulled out my Stila 'In The Light' palette this month because I hadn't used it in a while. It was already very well used but I've hit pan on a couple more shades this month. As you cam see, it's pretty battered now! It also came with a dark brown eye liner, which is long gone. I've really been enjoying this palette.  You can find it here via FeelUnique for £25.

I picked up a few lipsticks this month and the one that hasn't left my handbag is MAC 'Peach Blossom', which is a pretty peachy nude shade that's perfect for every day wear and goes with almost any makeup or outfit. You can read about the MAC lippies I picked up in my post here and find them here via Debenhams for £15.50.

Also in my handbag has been the MUA sweet sheen lip balm in the shade 'Peach Dream ', which is a nice coral tinted balm that adds a little bit of colour without being too much and while keeping the lips really moisturised. You can find it here for a bargainour £2 and read my review here.

I have used Illamasqua's Blushes in 'Hussy' and 'Tremble' a lot this month. Hussy is a deeper coral shade and tremble is a lighter peachy-pink shade. I have been all about the corals and peachy shades this month, as you can probably tell! Both are nicely pigmented but are easily blended so you don't end up with clown cheeks-I just dab my blush brush in once and it's usually enough for both cheeks.These are expensive at £21.50 each (free UK delivery here via the Illamasqua website) but they last forever-I have used mine a lot and they look as though they've hardly been touched. I got mine for around half price in an ASOS sale but I do think they're worth the full price if you're looking for a higher end blush.

I have loved using the Garnier micellar cleaning wipes this month (Superdrug currently have a double pack on offer for £2.98 instead of the usual £5.99 here) I'm not normally that fussy with face wipes since I just use them to get the bulk of my foundation/ blush etc off before using a separate eye makeup remover and using something else to properly cleanse. However, it wasn't until I went back to some other wipes that I realised how drying they were and how non-drying the Garnier Micellar ones are, as well as how soft they are on the skin. I think I'm going to stick with these ones for the foreseeable future.

What were your favourite beauty products this month?

Em x

Monday, 25 May 2015

Beauty Empties #10



Yet again I have a bag full of empty products so here we go...

Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish is a great finishing product, paticularly for waves or curls. I have naturally wavy hair that I like to style to make it a little more curly. I finish by scrunching a little of this into the curls and it enhances them and gives a little hold without being sticky or crunchy. I am already using another tube. It is £10 for 125ml from FeelUnique here.

Herbal Essences Fresh Balance shampoo is one of a could of shampoos I always go back too. It's great for oilier hair that gets greasy quickly and is budget friendly! I pick mine up in the supermarket.

Nivea Express Hydration body lotion is a gel-cream consistency that is nice and light and sinks in quickly. It's great if you don't have particularly dry skin but just want to give your skin a little moisture after a shower, and be able to get dressed quickly. This came in a gift set and I would possibly repurchase it in the future if I was in need of a body lotion. You can find it here for £3.75 (currently on 3 for 2).

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Serum is a great smoothing serum with 2% glycolic. It still seems quite gentle on the skin. This is something I have bought several times and I have another one open now. You can find it here for £14.95 (currently on 3 for 2).

Burt's Bees Almond Hand Cream is such a thick, hydrating hand cream that I really like for before bed as it does take a while to sink in. It smells fabulous too! Again already bought another one when I knew I was running low. You can get it here as part of a set that's the same price as the cream on it's own (£9.99) so you're basically getting the lip balm free and the set is also on 3 for 2.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body scrub has been mentioned several times on the blog as it's one of my all time favourite body products and smells amazing. This was just a little 50ml travel size one from a gift set that I got through very quickly in about 3 uses. You can find the full size here for £8 (currently on 3 for 2).

Garnier Simple Essentials 2 in 1 makeup remover is a dual phase eye makeup remover that removes stubborn or waterproof makeup easily without being too oily. This is one of those products I go through over and over and always repurchase. Find it here for £2.59 (currently on 3 for 2).

Garnier Micellar Water is great for removing makeup and is something I have repurchased over and over. I will continue to do so! Find it here for £3.32 (usually £4.99).

Superdrug Naturally Radiant hot cloth cleanser is a really nice cleanser that comes with a muslin cloth and is budget friendly. It's a great budget alternative to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, although it doesn't feel as luxurious and doesn't smell quite a nice. I already have another of these as I bought it when it was £5.99 for  or you could buy 2 for £6-I was not leaving the extra one for a penny! I can't find this on their website at the moment so I hope it hasn't been discontinued.

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix pads are a gentle way to exfoliate the skin without using harsh scrubs. I use these after cleansing at night and am working on a new tub. Find them here for £12.99 (currently on 3 for 2).

Simple Kind to Eyes Balm is a basic eye cream that moisturises the eye area without being too heavy underneath makeup because it sinks in quickly. I have already repurchased it. Get it here for £3.99 (3 for 2).

Dr Bronner's Peppermint Pure Castille Soap is a great product to use for cleaning makeup brushes. This lasted me a long time and I could see myself repurchasing it. Find it here for £5.99.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation is the longest lasting foundation I've ever used. I have the combo-oily skin version (there is also one for drier skins). I like to use quite a small amount and buff it into the skin with a flat topped foundation brush, which I find gives a medium coverage. I wear it a lot for work or particularly long days, since I don't have the time to be constantly touching up my makeup. I have already opened another. Yet again this product is on 3 for 2 at Boots, this time across Revlon (£12.49 here).

Nivea Invisible Deodorant (£2.10 here) does what it says on the tine-keeps me dry and doesn't leave marks on my clothes, which is something that drives me nuts with some deodorants.

Which beauty products have you used up lately?

Em x

Boots Advantage Point Goodies

I noticed last weekend that I had built up over £30 of Boots advantage card points so I decided to have a look on the Boots website and treat myself to a few freebies.You didn't used to be able to pay for things with points online but you can now. I quite like ordering things to pick up at my local store as I can jut pick up my order on my way home from work.

Sometimes I save up points for one bigger thing but this time I picked up a few less expensive items...



Rimmel have added some new shades to their Kate Moss lipstick range (£5.49 here) for Spring/ Summer 2015. I love this range of lipsticks already, I think they are some of the best from the 'drugstore' (you can see my post on the rest that I own here) so I picked up 3 of the new shades-34, 35 and 38. 34 is a light but bright pinky shade, 35 is a purple based pink and 38 is a peach toned nude. 38 is definitely the most wearable. 35 really does come across quite purple so I would need to pair it with a cooler toned blush. It looked a bit strange when I tried it on for this lip swatch because I was wearing a coral blush, a blue toned pink would definitely go better.


I also picked up one of the new Rimmel 'Oh My Gloss' lip glosses (£5.49 here), which although I haven't thoroughly tested yet, should be nice and moisturising because they contain argan oil. I chose a sheer baby pink shade called 'Glossaholic'. I think I would more likely wear this very sheer shade over a lipstick or lip liner rather than on its own. I'm not generally a lip gloss lover but these have had some rave reviews and so far, it seems non-sticky and moisturising, so we'll see how it goes.


There was a 3 for 2 across various bath and body products and skincare so first I picked up a backup of Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8 here). I kid you not, this stuff smells so good (super zingy lime) that I could not bare to be without it. Secondly, I got a backup of my Simple kind to eyes balm (£3.99 here). Again I'm running low and this is a great basic eye cream that just moisturises the eye area and isn't too heavy. I enjoy it for using in the morning before applying my makeup. Thirdly I picked up the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body spray (£4 here) to match the rest of the range I have. I'm not normally into body sprays because they last very long but I love the smell of this line so much that I don't mind spraying it often to keep the scent going. It will also last longer when I layer the products in the line.


Finally, I picked up the Boots essentials nail polish remover (£1 here). I normally use the Cutex brand but I wanted to see how this cheaper alternative compares. A huge 250ml bottle for £1 is good value if it turns out to be good.

Have you tried any of these products? What have you treated yourself to with your advantage points?

Em x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Milani Rose Powder Blushes: Milani now available in the UK!

Left: Coral Cove, Right: Tea Rose
Bottom swatches are blended out

I recently noticed while browsing Amazon that they are now selling some Milani products, which as far as I was aware has only ever been available in the US. I had a few items on my wishlist and then saw a youtuber called Amelia Liana mention that she picked up one of the rose powder blushes while she was in the US. It looked gorgeous so I had a look online to see where they were available. I found them on the Beautycrowd website for £8 each here (they also have a few other US brands) but the cheapest I found them was £5.99 from Amazon here and here. I'd love to see the brand available in one of our stores but for now it's just online.

I picked up the shades 'Coral Cove' and 'Tea Rose'. I just love the rose design of the powders and if I'm honest, that is really what attracted me to them.Unfortunately a little bit of the left side of my coral one crumbled in the post, I'm sure they would give me a replacement if I told them it arrived damaged but I'm not sure whether it's worth the hassle. They are very large as blushes go (more like the size of a pressed powder) and contain a whopping 17g of product so they will really last you a long time.

The blushes are well pigmented but are blendable. 'Coral Cove' in particular comes out very pigmented/ bright, so I think it would be worth using a duo fiber brush for a light application. Finish wise, they are both matte, which I like. My favourite blush finishes are either just slightly glowy or completely matte as my combination-oily skin looks even oilier with a load of shimmer piled onto my cheeks. I like that with matte blushes I can place a little highlight strategically on top of my cheekbones without looking oily, or use a soft, subtle highlight like the MUA Radiant Lights powders (see my review here) to turn them into a slightly glowy finish.

Overall, I really like these blushes and am glad I purchased them. After trying these I might well have a look to see what other Milani goodies I can find on Amazon and have a look at some reviews online.

Have you tried these blushes? Are there any other Milani products you think I should try?

Em x

Friday, 22 May 2015

5 Spring/ Summer Fragrances to Try and 25% off at Escentual.com


I thought I'd share 5 of my favourite fragrances at the moment. Bizarrely, despite the fact that I don't often go for celebrity fragrances, 2 of these are celebrity endorsed. However, I like them purely because of the smell-it's absolutely nothing to do with the celebrities who've put their names to them.


One that I'm wearing a lot at the moment is Marc Jacobs Dot. It's a lovely fruity-floral scent with Red Berries and dragon fruit as the top notes, heart notes of Jasmine honeysuckle and orange blossom and base notes of driftwood and musk. Escentual.com currently have 25% off everything when you enter the code 'Escentual25', making it £37.50 for a 50ml bottle instead of £50! Find it here.


Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! is another of my favourites and is actually the scent I wore on my wedding day so it's a quite special scent for me. This is another fruity-floral but to me, you can really smell the raspberry in it. It has top notes of pear and raspberry, heart notes of peony, magnolia and cyclamen and base notes of sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla. Escentual also have this one here, full price £49 for 50ml or the price with the code is £36.75.


Third, we have Ralph Lauren  Pony Collection Pink. This is yet another fruity-floral (are you seeing a pattern yet?!) that smells so juicy. It has top notes of dragonfruit, mandarin, guava and waterlily, heart notes of lily of the valley, magnolia and honeysuckle and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla extract, marshmallow and musk. This one is £43.01 on Escentual.com full price making it £32.25. Find it here.


Beyonce Pulse is a very fresh, citrusey perfume that doesn't last all that long on my skin, but since it is a cheaper frangrance I don't mind so much. According to the Boots website, it has notes of pear blossom, blue curaco, bergamot, peony and blooming jasmine, but to me it is most definitely a citrus scent. It's something I like to wear for work quite a lot because it isn't over powering and I don't feel like I'm wasting my more expensive perfumes. The cheapest I can find this is through Fragrance Direct here, where you can get a huge 100ml bottle for just £12.50!


Live by Jennifer Lopez is quite an old celebrity scent now and isn't really one I hear mentioned. As a result, you can usually get it on some sort of offer, particularly online. It is a very juicy, tropical smelling fruity scent with notes that include Sicilian lemon, Italian orange, pineapple, redcurrant, peony, violet, tonka bean and sandalwood. Personally I don't smell much floral in this one, it's more just fruity in my opinion. I think of this one as the perfect holiday scent, maybe because I first bought it while on holiday in Tenerife with my best friend (our first girly holiday), so it's quite nostalgic to me. I suspect that it may have been discontinued judging by its availability but it is availble via Fragrance Direct, 50ml for £14.99 here and a massive 100ml for £19.99 here.


Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite Spring/ Summer perfumes?

Em x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Swatches: left: melon pop. right: plum pop

I have seen many a blog post and youtube video on Clinique's new Pop Lip Colour + Primer and decided to try them for myself. There seem to have been a lot of new lip products being released lately but I think these are one of my favourites.

I chose 2 shades, the first being 'Melon Pop' which is a peachy shade. It's very pretty on fair skin and comes across as a sort of nude with a hint of peach/ coral-a bit more Spring/ Summer like than a boring beige toned nude. The second shade I chose is called 'plum pop', which is a medium pink with a hint of plum to it.

I love the packaging for a few reasons. Firstly, it just feels like it's nice quality. Secondly, the tubes are square, meaning you can put them down on your dressing table and they won't roll (not a deal breaker perhaps, but a nice addition). The bottom half of the tube matches the lipstick, making them easy to find shade wise if you have lots of lipsticks. The reflective silver lid also doubles as a mirror in a pinch for the lighter shades! (although I'm not sure I'd risk it with the darker ones).

Both shades are very creamy with a bit of gloss to them and apply really smoothly. The texture feels lovely and nourishing on the lips. The gloss does wear off, as time goes on they seem to become more of a satin finish. As for the lasting power from the primer, the lipsticks last a few hours. I also find that they stain my lips slightly after they have worn off, particularly 'Plum Pop', which is the darker of the two shades. They are, however, never going to last as long as a matte formula.

Price wise, they are £16 and can be found here via Debenhams, here via Boots or at any other place that stocks Clinique. I paid £13.33 each for mine with a discount code at Debenhams.

Overall I'm really enjoying these!

What do you think? Have you tried the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks?

Em x


Monday, 18 May 2015

10 Higher End Make Up Products That Are Worth the Price Tag


Much of the make up I own comes from 'drugstore' brands. You really can get some great products int he aisles of Boots and Superdrug these days, but there are also some higher end products that I really love...


Lips

1. Urban Decay 24/7 lip liners. These are the best things ever for making your lippy stay put. I outline my lips and completely fill them in, them top it with a lipstick. The liners leaves a slightly tacky finish on the lips, which seems to give my lippy something to cling to. When the lipstick does wear off, the liner is left underneath and lasts for hours, so I just quickly top up the lipstick itself. You can of course get plenty of nice lip liners from cheaper brands but they just don't last the same. You can find them for £12.50 here.

2. MAC's lipstick range is much talked about in the beauty world. For me, their strength is their huge choice of shades and finishes, there really is something for everyone. They are on the pricey side at £15.50 (find them here via Debenhams) but for me they are a treat item I pick up every now and then. You can read about the 5 I now own in this post.

3. Urban Decay lipsticks are such a nice formula, super creamy, pigmented and long lasting. My favourite shade is 'Naked', which is a nude pink. I love it so much I wore it on my wedding day back in 2013. You can find them here via Debenhams for £15.50 each.



Cheeks

4. Clinique cheek pop blushes have a special place in my makeup bag. They have an almost matte finish but with a slight glow to it, without being shimmery-hard to describe! But it's a gorgeous finish for oily skinned girls who don't want to look flat but at the same time want to avoid adding extra shine/ greasy looking products. They're not that expensive as higher end blushes go either, at £16.50 each here.

5. Illamasqua blushes are pricey but they are nicely pigmented, last a long time on the skin and you need very little product on your brush so they last forever. I like their shade range, too. You can find them on the Illamasqua website with free delivery here for £21.50. I lucked out a few months back and managed to pick some up for a bargainous £10 each from ASOS.

6. TheBalm blushers and bronzers cost more than 'drugstore' brands but generally speaking they are reasonably priced as far as higher end brands go...in a way they are sort of in between the two but I thought I'd include them anyway because I love them. They're nicely pigmented and blendable and last forever. My favourites are the 'Fratboy' blush (£15.49 here), 'Downboy' blush (£15.49 here) and 'Bahama Mama' bronzer (£14.99 here), all via Superdrug. I'd love to try their famous highlighter, 'Mary Lou-Manizer' (£17.49 here).


Eyes

7. Urban Decay eye shadows. I'm saying this in general rather than a specific shade or palette. All the ones I've tried are amazingly pigmented and so nice to blend. My top picks would by the orginal Naked palette (£38 here) and if you like a bit of sparkle, the Moondust eye shadow range (£14 each here). You will get the most amount of product for your money by buying palettes, which work out far cheaper per eye shadow than buying singles.

8. The Too Faced eye shadow palettes are well worth the money if you like your eye shadows. My favourites are the 'Natural Eyes' (£32 here) and 'Chocolate Bar' (£39 here) palettes, which are both neutral and amazingly versatile. They are super pigmented and such good quality. Although they are on the pricey side, you are getting a lot of product for your money by buying a palette rather than single eye shadows and you will get a lot of use out of them.

9. The MAC 217 brush is hands down the best eye shadow brush ever. It's multifunctional in that I can use it to wash a shadow across my eye, for applying a crease shade and for blending. It also lasts for years if you look after it so it's well worth the money. You can find it here for £19.

10. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion is THE best eye shadow primer in my opinion, particularly for those of you with slightly more oily skin. It makes eye shadows more vibrant and without fail stops creasing and fading. AMAZING. You can find it here for £16 or a travel size version for £8 here, which is ideal for trying it out.

Which higher end make up do you think is worth the price tag?

Em x

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Amazon Beauty Wishlist

All images from Amazon.co.uk

I don't know about you but I always have an Amazon wishlist on the go. Mine is currently full of everything from books and DVDs to craft supplies and kitchen things to beauty items. I thought I'd share what's on my beauty wishlist at the moment!

1. Babyliss Nano Travel Dry hair dryer, £11.99 here. Although I don't have any trips anywhere booked at the moment, I would love a decent travel hairdryer. The one I have at the moment is just not powerful enough and takes forever to dry my hair.

2. NYX 3 Buttergloss set, £14.99 here. I have heard so many good things about these and would love to try them.

3. Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes, £14.96 here. I've heard so much about this beauty book online. Sali is a journalist who writes for lots of well known magazines as well as being a makeup artist. This book is supposed to be full of advice on anything beauty.

4. Milani Rose Powder Blush in 'Coral Cove', £5.99 here. I'll be honest and say that the design of this blush is what attracts me to it, that and the fact that we can't normally get Milani in the UK but a Amazon seem to be starting to sell some of their products.

5. Milani Baked Blush in 'Coralina', £4.49 here. I've seen lots of US bloggers and youtubers using these and this shade looks beautiful in swatches online. I love trying new pretty blushes, I feel like they make such a difference to your face.

6. Milani Baked Blush in 'Dolce Pink' (£4.49 here) looks like a lovely everyday pink shade with a bit of glow to it.

7. Maybelline Super Stay nail polish in 'Midnight Red' , £2.97 here. I love this range of nail polishes as they last well on my nail compared to other polishes.

8. Maybelline Super Stay nail polish in 'Surreal', £2.97 here.

9. Maybelline Super Stay nail polish in 'Mint for Life', £2.97 here. This is actually a replacement I'm after because my other one in this shade is running low. It's pretty rare that I use a nail polish up so you know I really like a shade when it looks like I'm going to!

Do you have anything on your Amazon wishlist?

Em x

Friday, 15 May 2015

MUA Sweet Sheen Tinted Lip Balms

Top swatch: Peach Dream, bottom: French Violet
I hadn't ever heard anything about these but spotted them in Superdrug...so I'm not sure how new out they are. The MUA Sweet Sheen lip balms are £2 each here or in Superdug stores (they also have an offer online at the moment were you get a free eye shadow palette if you spend £8 on MUA products).

I like a tinted balm for those days when I don't want to wear a lot of makeup or even when I just don't want anything too much on my lips. I chose 3 shades-'Peach Dream' and 'French Violet'. You would expect a tinted balm to be reasonably sheer, but judging from the shades I chose, some are more sheer than others. In the lip swatch I have built up 'Peach dream' quite a lot, whereas I applied a lot less of the 'French Violet' shade to get the same level of pigmentation. 'French Violet' does, however, look much more purple in the tube than it applies-it's more of a cool toned pink on the lips. I wouldn't let this put you off, but it is something to keep in mind.

Both shades feel really nourishing and actually I've had a cold for last few days so my lips haven't been in the best condition...I don't know about you but my lips shrivel up like a pair of prunes and sort of fray around the edges when I'm not well haha. These have been working really well in that they feel nice and moisturising and smooth over the lips. They don't stick to any dry bits in the yucky way that some lip products can and give me a bit of colour to brighten my face without feeling like too much (does anyone else feel completely grossed out by putting much makeup on their face when they're sick?). They have a slightly sweet, vanilla sort of scent to them but it's really quite subtle and not at all overpowering if you're not a fan of scented lip products.

Overall I'd really recommend them!

What do you think? Have you tried the MUA Sweet Sheen lip balms?

Em x

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Bargain Contouring Brush


I've had my eye on a flat contouring brush for a while. I was intrigued by the similarly shaped Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush (£22), but I didn't really want to spend that sort of money on a brush I would probably only use once in a while for evenings out. Day to day I usually do a light contour using a fluffier brush with a swoosh of matte bronzer. For evening, I like to add a bit of a stronger contour and one of my favourite products to do that is NYX Blush (£6 here) in the shade taupe. Up until now i had been using the contour brush from the Real Techniques Core Collection (£21.99), but really I prefer that brush for highlighting.

This bargain brush was from ebay and cost a whole £1.65 with free postage from China (how they manage to sell things that cheaply really is beyond me). You can find it here. It did take a little while to arrive since it came from China but it arrived a few days before the expected arrival date. It is a synthetic brush that is lovely and soft and it fits so well under the cheekbone! It gives quite a sharp contour but is also dense and soft enough to work for blending the line upwards slightly to soften it. Perfect! I've only washed it once so far but it didn't shed. I have a few other cheap ebay brushes that have lasted really well so it wouldn't surprise me if this one did as well.

What do you think? Have you tried any cheap makeup brushes from ebay that you'd recommend?

Em x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

GOSH Velvet Touch Lip Liners and a GOSH Offer


Today I went for my first smear test...completely unrelated to lip liners you might think...but my doctor's surgery is near to a Superdrug and what better way for a make up enthusiast to reward herself for bravery than to pop in there and pick out a couple of things?! haha. I'm actually thinking of doing a post on my experience soon (tell me if you think it's a bit TMI but I thought it would be good to let anyone reading know that's it's not nearly as bad as you might think).

Anyway...back to the lip liners.

I spotted an offer on all GOSH makeup-there is currently £2 off every item at Superdrug. Their velvet touch lip liners and eye liners are so creamy and set to a long lasting, waterproof finish. I've used them before and let me tell you they are not going anywhere once they are on. I swatched a few shades on the back of my hand in store and they required waterproof makeup remover to get them off once I got home. I had to use the same remover after doing the lip swatches below. They make a great base for lipstick when you want it to last and last.The formula reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils, which are more than double the price at around £13. The GOSH version are only £4.99 full price so with the offer, that made these a bargainous £2.99 each!

I picked up the shades 'Antique Rose' and 'Cardinal Red', both of which you can find here for £2.99 each. Antique Rose is a darker dusky pink/ my lips but better shade. Cardinal Red is a deeper red, which I prefer on me to a bright red.

If you're looking for a good drugstore lip liner, I'd definitely check these out!

Have you tried the GOSH lip liners? What do you think?

Em x

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

New In Lippies/ My MAC Lipsticks

Swatches left to right: Peach Blossom, Coral Bliss, Girl About Town
During April I really restrained myself makeup/ beauty buying wise due to saving for various things. I rediscovered lots of products that were featured in my April Beauty Favourites. However, May is my birthday month (more on that in a later post perhaps) so I decided to pick up a few things I'd had my eye on for a while. I don't often buy non-drugstore lipsticks because you can get some great ones in the aisles of Boots and Superdrug, so this was a bit of a treat :-). There was also 10% off beauty at Debenhams when I bought them.

Of the 3 lipsticks I bought, the most neutral and easy to wear of the bunch is the shade 'Peach Blossom'. It is a cremesheen finish which means it has a slight shine to it and has a nice creamy, non-drying feel on the lips. I have photographed it next to the very popular shade 'Creme Cup', which I already owned. You can see that they look very similar in the tubes. However, peach blossom is much more warm toned whereas creme cup is much more cool/ blue toned. I expect I'll get a lot of use out of this one for everyday wear as it would go with most other makeup.

Swatches: Top: Creme Cup, Bottom: Peach Blossom
I love coral shades in the Spring/ Summer and had to have the shade 'Coral Bliss', which is also a cremesheen finish. This one is a little brighter than Peach Blossom but will also be reasonably easy to wear as it has a good amount of colour but it's not too bright and in your face!

Finally I picked up 'Girl About Town', which is a brighter pink that's much talked about it in the beauty world. It's sort of a darker, brighter pink if you know what I mean...something that I can pull off. Being quite pale there is no way I would pull of the more neon pink shades they have like Candy Yum Yum et al.This one is an amplified finish so still has a bit of a shine to it but is super pigmented.

While we're here and since I only own 1 more MAC lipstick, I thought I'd include it...Russian Red. This is a slightly deeper red. I find red quite a difficult shade to wear but for me I think slightly deeper is easier to pull off than a very bright red. I like this one for evenings out with a neutral/ brownish eye.


Lip swatches of all 5 lipsticks mentioned...


1. Peach Blossom
2. Creme Cup
3. Coral Bliss
4. Russian Red
5. Girl About Town

You can find MAC lipsticks via Debenhams here for £15.50 each.

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks?

Em x




Monday, 11 May 2015

Mini Spring/ Summer Fashion Wishlist


I seem to having a moment with pastels for Spring/ Summer so I thought I'd share what's on my fashion wishlist at the moment. I LOVE  this mint tunic top (£35 on the Yours Clothing website here) but it has said 'coming soon' for a few weeks...I may have been stalking the site checking to see if it's in stock yet lol. I have never ordered from there and to be honest it isn't somewhere I've ever really thought of looking, but I came across a link to their 'pastels trend' section here and I need it in my life. I am imagining this with a pair of skinny jeans/ jeggings and these mint block heel sandals, £22.99 from New Look. Perfect Summer evening outfit!

The floral bag is from Fiorelli and is called the 'Mia Floral Grab Tote'. I love Fiorelli bags, I have a few and a couple of them I've had for years as they really seem to last well. I may have asked for this for my birthday at the end of the month :-). I think the aqua background and floral pattern is so pretty for the warmer months. It has both shorter handles and a cross body strap, making it versatile. The full price of the bag is £59 and you can buy it at Debenhams and House of Fraser but Dorothy Perkins currently have it on offer for £44.25 here.


What's on your Spring/ Summer fashion wishlist?

Em x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Garnier Micellar's New Little Sister


I spotted this while in Superdrug picking up some essentials recently and popped it in my basket...Garnier now do a travel sized version of their Micellar water. I love the Garnier Micellar water for removing makeup (preferrably before using a seperate cleanser to actually clean my skin) but the full sized bottle is a huge 400ml. I'm not going to travel with and let's be honest decanting into a travel bottle is just a little bit of a pain and sometimes a bit messy.

I thought this new 125 bottle would be super handy for overnight stays. Now and again we stay over at friends' houses and I normally have a few travel sized products ready to go in a washbag so I can just grab it and go. As far as I know, Garnier is the first drugstore brand to make a travel friendly version of their Micellar water. The only thing I would say is that I feel like Garnier have missed a trick by making it over 100ml so that it's not quite small enough to be able to put in your hand luggage for flying. I would still use it for taking on holiday abroad, it would just have to go into my checked in case.

This product is so new that it has yet to appear on the Boots or Superdrug websites but it is going to be £1.99 full price. I picked it up for £1.32 on offer in Superdrug.

What are your favourite travel size products?

Em x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Coloured Eye Liners for Spring/ Summer


Wow look at the state of the pencil on the far right...Superdrug security stickers that leave sticky stuff everywhere are a pain! Anyway...an easy way to update your makeup bag for Spring/ Summer is to add in a fun coloured eyeliner. You can wear it underneath the eye, line the top of your eye or even put it in the inner rim/ waterline, but however you wear them they add a fun pop of colour. As someone who is quite cautious with regards colour on my eyes, I enjoy doing this sometimes to add a little twist to an otherwise neutral eye. Deeper shades that are more similar to my usual black or brown eyeliner are more subtle but I also have a few brighter ones. Generally I prefer those that say they have  a waterproof/ longwearing formula. I thought I would share my favourites...


Left to right...

1. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on pencil in 'Electric' is a bright blue with shimmer. I love the formula of these pencils-they glide on easily, leave you a few seconds to blend them then set. You can find the 24/7 pencils here for £15.50. I have them in a couple of other colours...

2. Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in 'Flipside' is more of a turquoise tone with shimmer. This shade looks gorgeous with a bronzey shimmery eye in Summer.

3. Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in 'Ransom' is a brighter purple with shimmer.

4. Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl in 'Bright Blue' is a stunning cobalt blue. Again these pencils glide on softly and are blendable then set. These ones are a steal at £3.99 (3 for 2 here).

5. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in 'Moray' is a khaki green that's a bit more subtle as far as coloured liners go. Again the formula of these is amazing and they glide on really easily and set into place. You can find them for £14 here.

6. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in 'Tetra' is an Aubergine type purple with slight shimmer. Again this one is pretty subtle and just looks a bit softer on the eye than a black. I like wearing this one with purple eye shadows as well as browns/ neutrals.

7.GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in 'Blueberry Ice' is a very pretty pale lilac. This is a nice one to pop on the inner corner of your eye as well as using as a liner, since it is a paler shade. They don't seem to have all the shades online but these liners are £4.99/ 3 for 2 from Superdrug here.

8. GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in 'Purple Stain' is a deeper purple that's not too dis-similar to Urban Decay Ransom, if you're looking for a more budget friendly alternative. You can find this shade on the website here.

9. GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in 'Rising Sun' is a very pretty gold with shimmer. I suspect they may have renamed the shade because this one in the shade 'Renaissance Gold' looks like the same shade. I've included this one because it is different to the standard brown or black but this one is really quite easy to wear since it is still quite neutral. It looks great underneath the eye with bronzey eyeshadows on the lid. This one is well loved and is almost down to nothing (you can see the end of it in the top picture).

10. GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner in 'Blue Moon' is a blue-ish turquoise colour that's not too far away, shade wise, from Urban Decay Flipside if you're looking for more budget friendly alternative. I'd look in store for this shade because it doesn't seem to be online. Mine looks pretty grubby in the photo because of one of those very annoying security stickers that leaves sticky stuff everywhere!

What do you think? Do you like wearing coloured eye liners in Spring/ Summer?

Em x


Friday, 8 May 2015

Beauty Empties #9


It's that time again, I have a bag of empty beauty products I've used up...here are my thoughts on them...

1. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream (£10.50/ 3 for 2 here). It's no secret that the Sugar Crush line is my favourite ever scent. This is nice and moisturising and I'm already using another.

2. Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8/ 3 for 2 here) This has the same amazing scent and is very exfoliating-again something I have repurchased already and will do over and over.

3. The Sanctuary Melting Body Fondant (£8.57 here). I really enjoyed using this after evening bubble baths. It is a sort of solid oil. You scoop a bit out and rub it between your hands and it turns from a solid into an oil. It feels so luxurious on the skin and I would possibly repurchase it in the future after I've got through some other body moisturisers.

4. DKNY Be Delicious Key Lime is a scent that unfortunately discontinued. This limited edition perfume had a really zingy lime twist to it and I am really disappointed I won't be able to repurchase it :-( That's the problem with limited editions!

5. Garnier Micellar Water (£3.33 here)-great for taking makeup off, I've gone into detail about this before so I won't but it's a repurchase.

6. Neutrogena Visibly Clear Cream Wash (£4.99 hereis what I use to wash my face in the mornings. It contains salicylic acid so helps to keep spots away but it's not drying like some products for acne prone skin can be due to the creamy formula.

7. Nip and Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix (£9.95 here) has become my favourite scrub. It smells fresh and citrusey and exfoliates just enough without being too harsh. I have repurchased this.

8. La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat (£14/ 3 for 2 here) is something I buy over and over as it's a great, lightweight moisturiser for underneath makeup on oilier skins.

9. Soap and Glory Solar Powder (£11/ 3 for 2 here) is a great bronzer for paler skins because it's not too dark or orange. I actually already have another one of these in a palette that was a Christmas gift but I'm considering trying to depot it and glue it into this compact because it would be so much better to fit in my makeup bag.

10. Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (£23.50 here) is an expensive primer for what it does in my opinion. It does smooth any large pores out but I didn't find that it kept me matte any longer than some much cheaper primers I've tried. The packaging has  changed now, this tube is quite old. There is actually a little bit left in it but I'm binning it because it's out of date. I won't be repurchasing this one.

11. Collection 24 hr Extreme Felt Tip Eye Liner (£2.99 here) is a great budget liquid eyeliner. It is easy to use and stays put well. I would buy this one again but at the moment I have an Eyeko one and I don't use liquid liner all that often. I prefer it to the Eyeko one so will probably repurchase the collection one when it runs out.

12. Sleek Brow Stylist (£5.99 here) is something I've repurchase a few times now and have done again. The pencil end has a slanted tip that makes it easy to use and the other end has a spoolie to brush the product through. I use the shade light.

13. Boots Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara (£6.99/ buy one get one half price here) has become my favourite mascara of the moment so again I have repurchased.

14. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£3.99 here, usually £4.19) is my favourite concealer for blemishes/ redness as it lasts so well on oily skin. Already repurchased.

15. Collection Perfecting Minerals (£4.99 here) is a handy powder inside a brush. The powder comes down through the brush, which means it's handy for my handbag. It has a little bit of coverage to it so I like using it on top of my makeup if I start losing coverage as my foundation begin to wear off towards the end of a long day. I have repurchased it.

16. Sure Crystal Invisible Antiperspirant (£2 here)-does what it says on the tin and doesn't stain your clothes, which I hate.

17. Nivea Invisible Antiperspirant (£1.05 here)-as above!

18. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (£21 here) settles down my powder so my makeup looks a bit more skin-like and does help my makeup last longer on my oily skin. I am well underway with another one.

19. Batiste Tropical, large 400ml can (£4.99 here). This is something I always have a can of because my hair gets oily by the 2nd day. I'd have to wash my hair every day if it wasn't for this but I can get away with 2-3 times a week using this in between.

Which beauty products have you used up lately?

Em x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

How To Fake a Good Night's Sleep


You know the drill...you haven't managed to get enough sleep for one reason or another...whether you've been out partying, been kept up by your children or just not been able to get to sleep, sometimes we all need a bit of help to look awake. These are the products I use to fake a good night's sleep!

1) Rimmel Match Perfection concealer (£5.99 here) is a lightweight, easily blended in concealer that claims to be 2 in 1 with a highlighter included. It gives a decent amount of coverage on dark circles and has a bit of a glow to it.

2) L'oreal Lumi Maqique concealer (£8.49 here) is one of the many YSL Touche Eclat dupes on the market. It doesn't have a huge amount of coverage but is ideal for blending in over the top of a more covering concealer to add more of a glow. If I'm feeling really sleepy, I put a little of it on the inner part of my undereye area and gently pat it into my concealer with my ring finger to brighten my eyes even more. I have shade 1, 'Light'.

3) Curl your eyelashes. This opens your eyes up so much, automatically making you look much more awake. My favourite lash curlers of the ones I've tried are the Mister Mascara lash curlers (£6.50 here). They don't seem to be a very well known brand but I think they're great. They do the job and come with several spare pads/ cushions so they last a long time.

4)When I've finished my eye makeup, I like to add a light shimmery eye shadow shade into the tear duct area. This opens the eyes up and makes me look so much more wide awake. I really like MUA's eye shadow in 'Champagne' (£1 here). It is nicely pigmented and blendable and such a bargain!

5) A light nude shade of eye liner in your waterline works wonders when you're tired, particularly if your eyes get a bit red. My choice would be the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in the shade 'Nude' (£3.99 here). It is very brightening, cancels out the red and isn't as fake or obvious looking as a white.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourite tricks for looking awake after a late night?

Em x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Burt's Bees Nature is Sweet!



Along with the 2 Soap and Glory items in my last post, I picked up this 'Nature is Sweet' set from Boots as part of a 3 for 2 offer. I just thought I'd mention it because it was pretty good value and would be a nice gift idea.


It includes a full sized Almond and Milk Hand Cream (£9.99 here) and a Honey lip balm (£3.69 here) BUT you can buy the set containing both in a nice gift box for £9.99...so essentially you are getting the lip balm for free. The hand cream is my favourite one for using in the evening before bed because it is super thick and really nourishing as well as smelling delicious. I have issues with an eczema type rash underneath my wedding rings sometimes and this really helps it. As I am nearing the end of mine, I was going to buy another, but spotted this set and figured I might as well try the lip balm as well. That seems pretty good as well so far!


I think this would make a nice gift for someone who you are struggling to buy for because who doesn't like a nice hand cream and lip balm? It's pretty unisex as well...my husband has been known to use the hand cream, which he LOVES the smell of because being almond scented, it reminds him of bakewell tarts! haha.

You can find the 'Nature is Sweet' set here for £9.99 and as I am writing this it is still on 3 for 2 along with lots of other bath and body products.

Are there any other Burt's Bees products you would recommend?

Em x

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

New Soap and Glory Products

New: Sugar Crush Body Lotion and Fragrance Mist
I think I've mentioned on the blog before that the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush line is my favourite ever range of bath and body products. I have had a body wash (£6.50 here), a body buttercream (£10.50 here) and a scrub (£8 here) on hand pretty much at all times since they were released. I love the tangy lime scent so much and have wished for ages that they'd make a perfume with the same scent...and finally my prayers have been answered! (well sort of).

Soap and Glory have added a body lotion in a large 500ml pump bottle (£10 here), a fragrance mist (£10 here) and a body spray (£4 here) to the line, all with the same amazing scent. As soon as I realised this I picked up the fragrance mist and the body lotion, while Boots had 3 for 2 across 'indulgent' bath and body products (the 3rd thing I bought was a replacement Burt's Bees hand cream and lip balm set as my favourite hand cream is running low).

My Sugar Crush products line up
The lotion sinks in a bit more quickly than the body butter since it is a thinner consistency and I love that it's in a pump bottle, making it easy to deal with. I thought it would be a nice, lighter alternative to the body butter after morning showers, especially in the Summer months. It will last a long time being 500ml.

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Fragrance Mist
Although I like the fragrance mist, it doesn't last very long on the skin and I'm not a fan of the packaging (why they thought an almost luminous yellow-green shade was a good idea I don't know). At £10 for 100ml, I don't mind keeping spraying it, however-it's far cheaper than your average perfume. I'm tempted to pick up the body spray as it would be more handbag friendly than the eau de toilette to top up the scent during the day. I thought I would try the fragrance mist as I then had 3 things at £10 each to get the best value from the 3 for 2 offer that was on at the time. However, under normal cicumstances I would probably just buy the body spray since I'm pretty sure than the 2 forumlas are very similar and the body spray is £6 cheaper.

Have you tried the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush line? What do you think?

Em x