Friday, 21 November 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless

Purple lipsticks have been rather popular this year and I for one have been loving the influx of deep and vivid purple shades available on the high street, the first purple lip product that kickstarted my purple obsession was this Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless. Previously I've always played it relatively safe with my lipstick choices sticking to reds and sometimes berry shades but when I saw this shade I decided to try something different and I absolutely love wearing purple lips these days. I'll admit I don't wear this balm all that much at the moment as I find the formula of it more suitable for the summer months as my lips get quite dry in the winter and this does have a tendency to accentuate any cracks or dry bits on your lips due to the matte finish of it but it's still one of my favourite shades and the crayon style applicator makes it super easy to apply.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Lush Christmas- Northern Lights

I meant to post this weeks a go as Northern Lights is a firework themed bath bomb but as it's sticking around for the entire holiday season I'm sharing it with you today instead. This is quite an unusual bath bomb as it has a cylinder shape and is slightly softer in the middle which I thought was a fault just with my bomb but I've seen a lot of reviews of these which all look the same, this meant that by the time I got my bomb home it had broken into two halves. I decided to pop just half of the bomb in the bath, first up I put the half with the blue middle in, it fizzled away leaving swirls of purple and blue with little white stars floating around before fully dissolving leaving a pretty purple bath, when I used the second half with the yellow centre I was left with a more pink toned bath.
Scent wise it has quite a pretty floral fragrance with Ylang Ylang and Jasmine Absolute unfortunately the scent isn't all that strong and wasn't really noticeable on my skin after the bath which was a shame.
This bomb is perfect if you want a pretty and super girly bath but if you want something a bit more fragrant and relaxing I'd recommend Sex Bomb or Twilight over this.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

You Beauty Discovery Box- November 2014

I'll be honest I wasn't completely blown away by the choice of products on You Beauty Discovery this month, don't get me wrong there was a nice mix of products to choose from but nothing immediately stood out to me.
As usual there were a few extra samples included in all the boxes with a couple of skincare bits and a lifestyle extra.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Iconic Youth Serum. 
Merumaya is a brand I've not heard of before but I love trying new cleansers and I'm always on the lookout for a new serum to add to my skincare routine although I'm not sure whether one specifically targetted at making skin look younger is really suitable for my skin just yet.

Baobab Superfruit Powder
I'll be honest I have quite a few products like this in a little stash from previous beauty boxes as I never seem to get around to trying them but as I've been feeling especially under the weather recently (tonsilitus with a chest infection is not fun) I could use a healthy little pick me up so I might try sprinkling this in with my morning porridge.

My Choices:

Invisibobble Pack Of 3
After a bit of thought I chose the Invisibobbles as my first product for the November box, my hair has gotten super long this year and I've been wearing my hair up a lot for work but I find that hair bobbles never last very long as they always stretch too much and end up snapping and I hate how they damage my hair and leave a visible kink when I take my hair down. These are fantastic they don't overly pull my hair, they don't get loose half way through the day and most importantly they don't leave a kink in my hair. I've seen a few other bloggers who went for the Invisibobble in their November boxes and there was a variety of different coloured Invsibobbles sent out, with some subscribers receiving a box of bright blue or pink bobbles, I was really pleased with mine as I got their Christmas themed pack that was shown on the YBD site and the gold colour is so pretty.

Magnifibres Brush-on False Lashes
I've seen a few reveiws of the Magnifibres Brush-on False Lashes floating around and whilst I have been intrigued by the concept of subtle lash extensions I felt a bit squemish about the ideas of putting little fibres right by my eye so I never thought about buying it myself but when I saw it on the YBD menu I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately I've been quite ill for the past couple of weeks and haven't found a good time to give it a try but I'm definitely looking forward to trying it as I've seen a lot of photos showing some pretty impressive results using the Magnifibres.

So despite not being initially that impressed with the choices on the You Beauty Discovery menu I'm really pleased with the items I received in Novembers box. You can join You Beauty Discovery's Beauty Box here for £6,95 a month.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Lush Christmas- Reindeer Rock Soap

I'm quite picky with soaps and I'm especially picky with Lush soap's I hate it when they smell incredible but you can't get them to lather no matter how much you try and I've found that a few of them can be quite drying. That being said I do generally like the soaps from their Christmas collections I especially loved their Angels Delight soap last year.
This years collections has an array of festive scents nearly all of which have made it on to my 'to buy' list, the first one I decided to pick up was Reindeer Rock which has the same fruity scent as The Comforter and Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly with Ligonberry, Cassis Absolute and Bergamot Oil.
I love the design of this soap it's so cute and festive with a cartoon style reindeer pattern engraved into it and a silver lustre on top so the reindeers stand out.
I absolutely adore the scent of this but unfortunately it doesn't lather very well and it takes quite a while to work up any suds but once I do I find that it leaves my skin feeling really soft and smelling absolutely incredible.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

A Big Beauty Wishlist

A Beauty Wishlist

I've been bookmarking so many new beauty and skincare bits recently that I felt like I should lump them all into a little wishlist post to show you what I've got my eye on at the moment.
I'm on the lookout for something to clear up my skin a bit at the moment as I have broken out a bit over the past couple of months since I changed my Pill (overshare sorry) and I've heard very good things about the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox so I'm hoping to pick it up this week whilst it's on offer for £11.25 at Boots, I also have my eye on a few bits from Clarins so if anyone has used any of these please let me know how good they are.
As always I have bookmarked several Topshop lipsticks which I don't really need but I'm also excited my their new base products, unfortunately I tested them instore and the concealer and foundation are just too dark for my pale skin but the primer seems pretty great and has a nice soft Porefessional type texture. 
My beloved Benefit Rockateur blusher has nearly run out and whilst I've asked for their Cheeky Sweet Spot gift set for my birthday I need something a little more transportable for all my trips back and forth to Pete's and Sleek's blusher in Rose Gold seems like a perfect winter blusher to give my face a bit of colour. 
I've tried a Revolution lipstick before and wasn't overly keen on the formula but I'm still very tempted by a couple of shades from their new Atomic collection and I really love the colours in their Give Them Nightmares palette. 

What beauty bits have caught your eye recently?

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

NOTD: Wintery Blues

I used:
OPI Nail Varnish- Can't Find My Czechbook 
OPI Nail Varnish- Eurso Euro
Barry M Gelly Nail Paint- Blackberry 
Topshop Nail Varnish- Winterfrost

I bought a bunch of striping tape on eBay a few months ago and haven't really used them too much so I thought I'd try and be a bit more creative with my nails, I went for a random abstract design using some of my favourite blues and the very pretty Winterfrost as a base. It sort of worked but I think I need to try and be a bit more careful next time I use the striping tape as it did pull away some of my base colour when I pulled it off so perhaps I should leave it to dry a bit longer.

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