Friday, June 27, 2014

Wet N Wild Haul

Beauty Haulin
Wet N Wild has always been on of my most lusted after brand, watching some of my favorite Youtubers using their products and not being able to get hold of them in the UK was a killer. To be honest, I'm not even too sure how easy it is to pick them up in the UK, but I'm definitely not a fan of buying makeup offline - more often than not you get shades you just were not expecting and its really difficult to colour match. I haven't seen them in UK stores anyway. 

When I spotted a stand while I was away on holiday, I couldn't wait to see what I could find. 

I opted to get the Coverall Pressed Powder, the Eye shadow Palette in Comfort Zone, a Megaslicks Balm Stain and the Ultimate Brow Kit. First impressions are that I'm totally impressed! I paid about 14 Euros for all of this, and the quality of the products is amazing. All of them have found a place in my daily routine. 

I'm going to try them out for a little longer before I make my final decision, but so far sooooo good! 

What else would you recommend I get from Wet N Wild?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Birchbox - June 2014

Sorry I'm abit late with this months post on my Birchbox - I was on holiday when my box arrived and I've only just gotten round to trying out the products in the box.

June Birchbox 2014 Review

Birchbox has done it yet again - another amazing selection. Every time I open my box and see what I've got, I cant wait to get next months.

So this month I got:

June Birchbox 2014 Review

Overall Box Worth - £44.23

OH EM GEE. The overall worth of this box is amazing! The Beauty Blender alone pays for the box itself. I was pretty much excited about everything in this box!

I've had a few goes of my Beauty blender, and I have to say, I'm completely converted to makeup sponges to apply my foundation. I never liked them, but this one is out of this world. The shape is perfect to get in every nook and cranny and it gives a flawless finish. I'm in love! 

The Silk and Honey hair mask is pretty nice too - smells gorgeous and will be great for one of my pamper evenings, I can't wait to give this a try.

I was also excited to see the OPI nail polish in my box - you know I love me a cute mini. I'm so happy with the shade too, this is probably the only one out of the collection I would have bought myself to be honest.

Korres is a brand I've wanted to try out for a while and I was so happy to see this generous sample size in my box this month! It smells amazing. I've used this a couple of times and it is just wow! I love it. I think I'll be buying the full size of this soon.

The Caudalie Day Perfecting Fluid is probably the only item in the box that I was gutted to see. It's nothing really to do with this to be honest, I was more disappointed that I didn't get the Divine Oil like other subscribers. But I cant moan too much though, I've been really lucky with all my previous boxes!

I'm not mad on box themes and I'm even less enthusiastic about people jumping on the world cup bandwagon, so the fact that it was based on a world cup theme really didn't impact me.

I was so happy with this months box!

I can't wait for July's!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Caudalie Beauty Elixr

Caudalie Beauty Elixr - £11.50

Let me tell you a little something about me. Money burns a hole in my pocket, and even more so when it comes to loyalty points! I don't think I'll ever manage to reach £50 in Boots Advantage Points, but I might give it a try! 

Anyway, as if I didn't have reason enough to love Birchbox, by last month I'd saved up £20 in Birchbox points and I just had to spend them! 

This has been something that caught my eye a long while ago, but I wasn't sure about shelling out £11 for a bottle of water that might not work, so I opted to get one using my Birchbox points instead. 

I'm so glad I took the plunge! I had an idea in my mind to save this for my holidays, but I was in love from first spritz and it was immediately part of my morning skincare routine. 

I know alot of people aren't so keen on the scent of this, but I love it. Its quite minty and super refreshing. It contains mint, rosemary, grape, orange blossom and rose and all these together create a gorgeous 'burst of radiance'. It really does. I tend to use this in the morning inbetween cleansing and moisturising and even on my dead, zombie like skin it creates a gorgeous glow. 

Over the last couple of weeks using it, I've found my complexion has really evened out, my pores are tight and redness is really reduced, giving me a perfect base for my makeup. 

I feel like its also controlling the amount of oil my skin is producing and my makeup is generally sticking around for much longer. 

This was amazing on my holiday too - I used it here and there as a little cool down!

I'm nearly done with this bottle, and I'll definitely be repurchasing.

Have you tried this? What did you think? 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Holiday Beauty Essentials


This time last week I was sunning myself on a beach in Lanzarote. Now I'm back in gloomy old Manchester sat behind my desk. But there is a promise of some sun in the UK over the weekend! I don't mind too much as long as I can catch up on some sleep! 

When I went away, I packed light. I didn't expect to need a lot, but turns out I was missing a few products that could have made the week away a bit easier. So you don't have to worry about leaving anything, I've compiled a list of my Holiday Beauty Essentials!

Lip Balm with SPF
If you suffer from the dreaded coldsore virus like me, SFP lip balms are a complete essential. The virus is activated by sunlight, and you don't want one of these nasties ruining your holiday pictures!

Soothing Face Mist
This was essential for me too, a nice spritz to make me feel fresh and cool me down. I took my Caudalie Beauty Elixr, which worked wonders at reducing my red sunburn too! 

Nail Polish & Remover
It's unreal how quickly my nail polish on both my fingers and toes wore away whilst I was on holiday - I'm not sure if this was down to the heat, but by day 3 it looked pretty ugly and something needed to be done. Luckily enough my sister had packed some, otherwise I would have looked pretty scruffy for the rest of the week! 

Hair Oil / Serum
For me, my hair condition is so important. I rarely use heat on it nowadays, because I noticed that when I did, my hair was becoming thinner and thinner. I love to use a good hair oil or serum in the warmer months to help lock in the moisture for longer and stop any heat penetrating it and causing damage.

Although generally the sun does my skin the world of good, whilst on holiday I got an absolute stonker of a spot. I had nothing to put on it, so had to go the full week with an extra friend on my chin. Not a good look! A little pot of this would have sorted me right out, and would have been handy for the rest of the family too.

And the more obvious - Suncream, Aftersun, Day/Night Cream, Cleanser, Deodorant, Perfume, Hair Clips / Bobbles, Makeup.

Are you going on holiday this year? What are your beauty essentials? 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Instant Dry from Bourjois

This is another little purchase based on the recommendation of the lovely Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup. I'd seen this floating around for a while and just wasn't convinced it would work. Even if it did, I imagined it to leave behind oil and grease, so up until now I didn't fancy it. 

Recently, I've become so lazy in looking after myself that doing my nails often falls right at the bottom of my to-do list. I have very little time to myself, but when I do, I like to give myself a quick mani before dashing out the door. I almost always smudge my nails being impatient and end up removing it all anyway! 

Killing some time in Boots and wanting to take up full advantage of he 3 for 2 offer, I picked this up, hoping that it would speed up the mani process. I'm so glad I did. It is so easy to use, and I was pretty amazed at the results! You literally drop a tiny drop of this onto each nail after painting and your nails will be pretty much dry to the touch in under 60 seconds. Maybe sooner, but I didn't want to test it too early and smudge my nails! After giving it a full 5 minutes just to be safe, I was good to go! Amazing! 
There was no real oily residue either, I just wiped anything left away with a tissue and everything looked perfect! 

And for £5.99 for a bottle that will last me ages, I'm so glad I gave in and picked it up! 

Have you tried this before? What did you think? 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Eyeliner for dummies

I don't think I could have chosen a better time to review this product, 'cause there's currently a full size if the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner available in this months Glamour magazine. Valued at £12, you can pick this up and test it out for just £2! What a bargain! I'm going to be picking myself up a copy of it soon! 

Eyeliner has always been somewhat of a struggle for me, and when trying to create a simple, sexy eye flick, more often than not I end up looking like a bad Amy Winehouse. 

I tried everything, from gels, pencils, angled brushes but nothing worked. I couldn't get each side to match without them getting thicker and thicker, and the frustration meant that I just became resigned to the fact that the cat eye wasn't for me. 

That was, until, I received this little gem in a birchbox. This is the mini version, which I think actually works even better for me, as the size and shape gives me complete control and precision over where I put the product. 

The felt tip style pen ensures that's I don't get too much product in each stroke, and it's thin, tapered edge gives precision enough for you to mark out lightly where you want to go, and can easily fill in the lines abit more pressure. It is perfect to get right into the corner of your eyes, to flicking out wings on the edges, and with practice, an almost fool proof method for a cat eye. 

It did take some getting used to, but now I'm pretty much a pro when it comes to doing a cat eye with this. 

The only down fall I see is that this could potentially dry out quite quickly. Hopefully that won't be the case, but I will be stocking up on the Glamour mags just to be sure! I might try out their navy one, too. 

Have you tried out any Eyeko products? 

What is their mascara like? I might try that out, too! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

BEAUTY BARGAIN ALERT! Barbara Daly @ Tesco

I'm all about a good quality bargain. Its extremely, extremely rare for me to buy a high end product because I find that most of the time I can find a high street alternative for a fraction of the price (so I can buy much more!) and these little babies are no exception. A fair few weeks ago, the gorgeous Vicky at Describe the Sky (one of my fave blogs) posted a picture of these beauties on Instagram and I was instantly in love – then intrigued to see that they were from Tesco!  I knew I had ot have them, and within a few days, they were mine. 

As far as I’m aware, Barbara Daly is a Tesco exclusive brand, one that I have been aware of but assumed would be poor quality. When I found the BD stand in my local store, it was pretty grubby to say the least, with products opened with lids off, spills and all sorts all over the place. There’s no wonder I haven’t been drawn to the brand before with a stand like that! But that aside, I was lucky to find these 3 un-swatched and in their packaging, and headed straight to the tills so I could get them home and try them out. 

Some of my favourite bloggers have been raving about the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Eye pencils, and to be honest, these look like an exact dupe for a tiny fraction of the price. The quality of the BD shadows is amazing, and the packaging is sleek and sturdy – it looks so much more expensive than it is. By Terry pencils costs £28 each and the BD alternative costs £3.  You’d be crazy not to try them first! Better yet, I got mine on 3 FOR 2!

As you can see from the swatch, with just one swipe these sticks are super pigmented and just absolutely stunning. I had a shower soon after swatching these on my hand, and they didn’t want to budge. They remove nicely with an oil based eye makeup remover, but they are definitely not going anywhere throughout the day! Staying power and colour pay off get a big fat thumbs up from me!

I just can’t get over how stunning these colours are, for £3! I use them all together to create a gorgeous bronzed smokey eye – they dry quite fast, but if you work quickly, their creamy formula easily blend out to create a stunning summer night’s look! Or, if your abit on the lazy side like more, a one colour wash of these over the lid is enough to create a gorgeous look quickly and easily! 
The shape is so easy to work with too, you can get under the bottom lash line, inner corners and the crease with precision to make a perfectly polished look really quickly.

The shades I picked up were Bronze Gold, Shimmer Sand and Shell. The shade range was limited, but to be honest, these are wearable shades for almost any complexion, and for £3, I’m really not going to moan!

Have you tried any of the Barbara Daly range? 

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