Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Nails| The Beauty Bleu-Print

I used: 
Barry M Gelly in Blue Grape
All That Jazz Nail Polish in Jennifer's The Beauty Bleu-Print*
Models Own Hypergel Topcoat

I haven't posted a nail look for absolutely ages mostly because I haven't found the time to paint my nails in quite a while but I had a whole weekend off so I decided to finally give my nails a bit of attention. I'd never heard of the brand All That Jazz but I went an event back in July for Catalyst PR's A/W preview and was kindly offered a few nail varnishes to try. When it comes to nail varnishes I love anything glittery and I especially love shades of blue so this shade is so perfect for me, it's actually quite a sheer blue with loads of microglitter and bigger holographic sparkles. I applied it over one of my favourite shades Blue Grape to make the glitter stand out and I love the overall look, I especially love the fact it goes with my engagement ring which has a sapphire and lots of little diamonds.
I really want to start painting my nails more regularly again and with Halloween coming up I'm hoping to find time to some halloween inspired nail art. 

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Lush Oxford Street- Grass Bubble Bar

Lush Oxford Street- Grass Bubble Bar Review

This rather unassuming little bubble bar was something I only picked up on my third visit to Lush's Oxford Street store and this is something I now really regret, for those of you who have been Lush obsessed for years you may remember the recently discontinued Grass Shower Gel. Well this is basically the exact same scent in a rather cute little bubble bar, I'm not sure what made me hold off buying it as I have used the Grass shower gel before and absolutely loved it. 
In case you're wondering this smells exactly as you'd expect, like a freshly mown lawn, with Bergamot oil, Neroli oil and Sandalwood oil which combine to make a fresh, natural sort of earthy scent with a sweetness to it that's perfect for those of us already missing the summer. 
I got two baths out of this bar but it could have probably stretched to three as it's quite a strong scent and as you can see it made my bath rather green, the bubbles lasted well and I found the scent to be super relaxing. 
This has been available in the Lush Kitchen for the past week (it's still on there now) so I made a little order and got myself another bar which I'll be holding onto for a while to just to enjoy the scent, I really hope they make this available in all their stores as it's definitely a new favourite for me along with the delightful Milky Bath bubble bar. 

Lush Oxford Street- Grass Bubble Bar In Use

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Saturday, 26 September 2015

My Little Fashion Box

Another month and another fantastic My Little Box, every month they somehow manage to top the last box and leave me feeling thoroughly impressed, I've been subscribed to numerous beauty and lifestyle boxes and every one has left me feeling disappointed at some point and wanting to cancel my subscription but with MLB I always feel like they're worth the money. This month unsurprisingly they've gone for a fashion theme to coincide with Fashion Week and the contents felt extra luxurious and autumnal.  

First up we have this delightful scarf from American Vintage, I love the print it looks like tiny little leaves which is very appropriate for Autumn and it's super soft.

Next up which is slightly random is this rather generous mini bottle of Cointreau which is such an autumnal drink to me, at first I thought this was a strange choice but I suppose the majority of MLB's subscribers are women over 20 and there's nothing I like more on an autumn evening than sitting in front of the fire with something nice to drink and a good book. 

The Beauty Bits:

Alfa.K Nail Decals
These are so cute and were a nice little bonus I can't wait to try these out but I think I'll save these for the winter and maybe team them with a nice silver nail polish. 

Kerastase Spray á Porter
This may be my favourite haircare product of all time and I was literally days away from repurchasing it as I've nearly run out so when I saw this in my box I was really happy and this is a really generous sample sized bottle. I spray this over freshly washed towel dry hair and then let my hair air dry which results in wavy beachy looking hair without having to use drying products like salt spray.

My Little Box Liquid Lipstick
As usual there was a product from MLB's own beauty range and this month saw a very winter appropriate red liquid lipstick which should be perfect for any festive parties or bonfires I might attend.

La Roche Posay Hydreane BB Creme
I was so happy to see a full size La Roche Posay product in the September box and I'm really looking forward to trying this BB Creme although I'm a bit worried it might be too hydrating for my combination skin but the shade looks pretty close to my skintone which is a plus.

You can sign up to My Little Box here for £14.95 per month.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Everyday High End Makeup Look Feat MAC, Dior, Nars

Hey, Following on from last week's video today I thought I'd share with you my go to everyday makeup look using high end beauty products including some of my all time favourite beauty bits. 

I used: 
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Primer
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla
Dior Forever Foundation in 010
Collection Eyebrow Definer in Blonde
MAC Eyeshadows in Amberlights, Mulch and Orb
MAC Fluidline Eye Pencil in Earth Sign
Benefit Rollerlash Mascara
MAC Shimmer Blusher in Peachykeen
Laura Mercier Universal Mattifying Powder
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Up The Amp

You can watch my Budget everyday makeup video here:

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Lush- Pumice Power Foot Soap

Lush- Pumice Power Foot Soap Review

Now this may not be the most exciting of Lush's new products but for anyone who spends their working hours on their feet like me this little foot soap was a welcome addition to Lush's vast range of bodycare products. I really neglect my feet which is terrible as I work in retail and spend all day standing up resulting in many a painful blister so when I saw the Pumice Power foot soap I immediately popped it in my basket. 
This smells so good it has rapeseed oil, coconut oil and sweet orange oil which gives off the most delightful orangey scent which is really uplifting and fresh. The shape is perfect for your feet as it fits into the palm of your hand and after a few uses I found that a little groove developed in the base of the bar where I'd been using it to scrub my heels which makes it even easier to use on the contours of your feet. I think this is the perfect balance between exfoliating and nourishing which leaves my feet feeling really soft and cared for, my feet feel so much better and I've found they're slightly less painful after a long day on the shopfloor which has been a godsend. I will definitely be repurchasing this, I've really neglected my feet over the past few years and having a product I can use in the bath or shower has really made me more conscientious of looking after them as there's nothing I love more than a good soak in the tub so it's been super easy to add this into my daily routine. I have previously used Lush's Stepping Stone foot scrub which was a similar product to this but when using it became quite mushy and dissolved really quickly whereas this has a more solid soap like formula which is so much better value for money as well as being easier to use.  I definitely feel like this is a bargain at £3.10 as I've been using my bar fairly regularly for the past month and it's still going strong. 

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lush Oxford Street- Prince Of Darkness Face Mask

Prince Of Darkness- £6.50 or free with 5 clean empty black pots

A face mask inspired by Ozzy Osbourne obviously I couldn't resist this little beauty, Lush have released five new face masks at their Oxford Street store and this was the one I was most excited about. Unfortunately on my first trip to the store they had completely sold out of Prince Of Darkness and I was only able to pick up this tiny sample but I bought myself a full sized pot when I visited the store the second time but I stupidly forgot to take a photo of it and have just finished the tub hence the little sample pot pictured here.
Prince Of Darkness is an exfoliating face mask filled with kaolin, fullers earth, powdered charcoal, patchouli oil, lavender oil and sea salt to thoroughly scrub the skin whilst also deeply nourishing it which is exactly what my skin needs. The scent is sort of similar to the Dark Angels Cleanser and it's not a scent that will appeal to all but I personally really like it, which is probably because it has patchouli oil in it which gives it a lovely heady edge. In terms of using this mask it is fairly messy and it doesn't dry on your face so you have to be quite careful not to get it onto your clothes or towels, when you wash it off you really get the exfoliating effects as it has a very gritty texture which drags away any surface dirt from your skin whilst the fullers earth soaks up any excess oil on the skin. I find that despite all the really exfoliating ingredients in this it isn't overly harsh on my skin and actually leaves it feeling really soft and looking much brighter and refreshed. I wish Lush would make this available in all their stores as it's ideal for my skin but until they do I'll be sticking with their Cupcake mask instead.

Lush Oxford Street- Prince Of Darkness Face Mask Review

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