Winter Lip Favourites

As the seasons change and the weather becomes a bit colder and the days shorter, I feel I need to switch up my makeup routine. This also includes picking out the best products for my lips, not only to keep them looking and feeling their best despite the baltic weather making them chapped, but also to keep in with a theme of darker, wintry colours.

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My go to lip care product is anything Carmex. I always have a pot or tube of their original formula handy to keep topping up throughout the day. I have been using this beauty for years and it keeps my lips super hydrated. You can feel the product working as it tingles away at your lips. I recommend always using a lip balm and allowing it some time to sink in before applying any other lip product, as well as popping some on morning and night to keep your lips in good condition.

Another lip life saver I love is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. You can use this anywhere, but I love using in on my lips to give them a little extra TLC during the Winter months.

Here is a swatch of the lips colours I love using during the colder months:

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First up we have three gorgeous shades from NYX:

Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Cannes’

Lip Lingerie in ‘Satin Ribbon’

Full Throttle Lipstick in ‘Locked’

I love NYX, not only for how affordable it is, but for the huge selection of shades and the amazing quality of the products.

The next shade is from Benefits new product, ‘They’re Real! Big Sexy Lip Kit’ I was thoughtfully gifted this for Christmas and couldn’t wait to try it. It is basically a lip liner and lipstick all in one. I plan to do a full review on the kit soon, so stay tuned! My favourite colour from the kit is ‘Lusty Rose’, it is a nude colour but I find these types of shades very easy to wear, especially when my complexion is a little paler.

Last, but definitely not least, I’ve picked out three products from MAC:

Viva Glam 1 A25 Matte

I always like to pair Viva Glam 1 with:

‘He Said, She Said’ Pro Longwear Lip Pencil. 

Velvet Teddy A16 Matte

 

What are your favourite lip colours for Winter? I would love any suggestions!

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USA Haul – Beauty Bits

Ah, America, home of outlet malls and amazing brands you can only dream of getting in the UK! I couldn’t resist splurging on a few things while I was holiday in Orlando, and I couldn’t resist even more sharing them all with you.

First stop was Sephora (surprise, surprise!) and I actually took two trips there. I stocked up on a few essentials, like their skin care line, their own brand makeup brushes and beauty tools, and a few high end goodies.

Sephora have a huge selection of makeup brushes, I was in awe when trying to pick the ones I wanted. Eventually I ended up with the ‘Sephora Pro Blending Brush Large 27’ and the ‘Sephora Crease Shadow Brush 73’. I also picked up a Beauty Blender. Although I’m a devotee to my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I’ve heard good things about the Beauty Blender so I thought I’d give it a try seeing as it was a little bit cheaper in the US.

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I recently hit pan on my NARS Laguna Bronzer, and when I went to re-stock, so I decided to buy the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna for the best of both. Sephora has the worst thing for when your queuing… the sample sized section! I threw the Benefit Roller Lash and the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask into my basket at the last moment. They are both really great products that I’d love to buy again in full size.

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I wanted to invest in a new eyeshadow palette. I picked up the Tarte 2 In Bloom.. Which actually smells delicious! This is the first (of many) Tarte products I’ve tried and I’m falling in love with the brand. The neutral palette has a mix of matte and shimmer shades, and is part of their Amazonian Clay Range. My favourite colours have to be Smarty Pants, Rocker, and Funny Girl.

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This next product I totally didn’t just buy it for it’s name… The BECCA ‘Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured’ in ‘Moonstone’. It is a super compact cream highlighter that blend so smoothly into your skin. It is quite subtle, but you can layer it up for a more intense effect. It’s quickly become part of my everyday makeup.

What are your Sephora favs? And what should I definitely pick up next time I’m across the pond?

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June Birchbox Review

Hello everyone! Long time, no post!

I’ve really been meaning to chat all about one of my most recent deliveries, my June Birchbox for some time now, so here we go…

I have to quickly say that this is probably going to be my last Birchbox post for the foreseeable future. I’ve been getting them for only about three months, and I always say to myself “maybe it will be better next month!”, but unfortunately I’ve never really been over the moon with what I have received in the boxes, and I decided to cancel my subscription.

I tried updated my profile on the website to get more tailored boxes, but I was never thrilled with the samples they supplied. I always see boxes from bloggers in North America and in my opinion, they seem to get better items, for better value of money per month.

I’m not saying I will never get Birchbox again, I may give it another chance in the future, but at the moment I’m going to do my research and try out other subscription box services. Any recommendations? Leave them in the comments please! ❤

So I’ll move on to what I received in my box this month. First off I’d like to start by saying I really do like the designs on the boxes- they are very cute-  this month was a Summer theme called “Paradise Found” and I really loved the palm trees on my box.

As usual I received 5 samples…

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Percey & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray

This is handy for travelling. From using this product it didn’t really do anything different to what any other hairspray I have used will do. The package design is lovely, however I wouldn’t go on to purchase this product in full size. 

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Whish CC Body Cream

This was an interesting find. I’ve heard all about CC creams for the face, but for the body?Totally different story! This cream smells like Summer in a bottle, with hints of coconut! It adds a shimmery bronze glow to your skin, blends away imperfections and makes it feel super soft. I would consider using this again! 

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Benefit Air Control BB Cream Eyelid Primer

I really wish this came in a bigger size! It primes and colour corrects the skin on the eyelids for smooth application of your favourite eyeshadow. It also has SPF 20 which is brilliant. 

Pure and Light Organic Essential Face Cream 

I’ll be honest, I didn’t try out this product. My skin is ridiculously sensitive that I will only ever use a moisturising cream that I know won’t cause my eczema to flare up. I donated this product to a friend as I’m sure she will benefit from it more than me! 

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Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in Cake Pop.

Now this is probably one of the only Birchbox samples that I absolutely love. I have been using this lip & cheek stain every day in my makeup routine. It is very creamy and heavily pigmented, that adds a pretty pink pop of colour. I use it mainly as a blusher, and I place a tiny dab onto each cheek and blend it out with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. A perk of this product is that it smells like just like sweets! 

 

 

What do you think of Birchbox? And if there are any other subscription boxes that you love, please let me know in the comments below! 

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NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick

I’m the sort of girl who always plays it safe when it comes to lipstick shades.. But when I had a nosey at the NYX stand in Boots, I decided to take a risk and purchase a few colours out of my comfort zone. At £4 per stick you couldn’t really go wrong, and with such a wide selection of shades, I was spoiled for choice.

The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick truly is it’s name, it is a very creamy lipstick that glides onto your lips like velvet. The shades are very pigmented and definitely stand the test of time. It is a classic go to lip product that you can count on. No doubt I’ll be back to stock up on my collection!

Having pale skin, I thought I should stay away from a bright red lip, but the shade Eros (536) caught my eye. It’s a classic post box red that I will hopefully be confident enough to pull off! (left)

I then stayed safe with the shade Fig (640), a deep nude pink that I know I can wear everyday. (right)

The next shade I put in my basket was a bit of an odd choice for me. It is a very bright pink, but my thought at the time was that it would be ideal for Summer. I love the name, Strawberry Milk (595), which I think perfectly describes the colour! (middle)

What NYX products are you loving? Let me know in the comments below! 

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April Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m sorry this post is a little bit late… But here it is!

April was a busy month for me. It started off quiet and chilled as I was on a family holiday, but by the time I got back I had started working full time, which I know the majority of people do, but I am shattered! 😅 So I was definitely in need of the Monday bank holiday!

Now on to what I’ve been loving this month…

Adidas Los Angeles Grey Trainers 

These little beauties were on my ASOS wish list for a while, and when I saw that they were on sale, I had to pop them into my shopping basket. They’re unbelievably comfy and go with lots of outfits.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

I wanted to try NYX products for a while. I believe they now stock their products in Boots, however I ordered a selection from ASOS. I got two of their Lip Cremes, in the shades Athens and Milan.

I find it leaves a gorgeous matte finish, that lists for ages! But I always make sure to moisturise my lips with my fave lip balm (Carmex) before application!

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Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair – Lush Shower Gel 

I’ll be honest, the name of this product may have influenced my decision to buy it just slightly 🎤… It’s a song from one of my favourite musicals, South Pacific! It smells very fresh and leaves you feeling super clean.

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Sephora Vitamin C Booster Serum 

As mentioned in my Prague Sephora Haul… I’ve been using this almost every morning. I just pop two to three drops into my palms and massage into my face. I find it leaves my skin dewy and glowing.


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April Birch Box Review

Every month my boyfriend gets the Loot Crate , which a monthly subscription box aimed towards gamers. Last month I got a little bit jealous so I decided I was going to order something similar for myself!

After a lot of deliberation, I finally decided to invest in a beauty box… and the one I chose was the Birch Box. I had heard really good reviews about them, and from looking at past boxes I was pretty impressed.

When this little beauty popped through my letter box I was so excited to open it up and see what goodies where inside!

Birch Box teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. and created gorgeous designs for the boxes. I received the Herb Garden box.

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Benefit Bad Gal Lash 

I had used this before, and it is a very good mascara. Personally I prefer the They’re Real Mascara from Benefit, as I find the brush is a lot more defining, however the Bad Gal Lash Mascara brush is very thick and good for adding va va voom to your lashes! It’s a small sample size which is great for travelling.

Kueshi Foot Care Cream 

Apart from the odd pedicure, foot care is usually the last thing on my list. So it’s nice to have a little reminder from Birch Box to treat my feet once in a while. I used this when I had a pamper night the other week. It deeply moisturised my skin and got rid of those pesky dry patches on your heels.

Parlol By Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner 

I’ve used this several times as my hair can be quite dry. It definitely gives it a little boost and make it feel touch-ably soft and shiny.

So Susan Lip Dome  

I found this very similar to the Clinique Chubby Stick. It is very moisturising and adds a subtle pop of colour!

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse 

This is a multi purpose oil for hair and skin. I used it on my hands to try it out as soon as I opened the box, it has a lovely light scent and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your skin.Unfortunately it didn’t agree with my sensitive skin 😦 so it’s going to have to stay on my hair!

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Over all I was quite impressed with the April Birch Box. Maybe it was the fact it was my first box, and the novelty may ware off, but I really hope it doesn’t.

Let’s see what Birch Box has for us in store in May! X

 

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm First Impression

 

Today I thought I’d write about what I thought about using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleaning Balm for the first time.

Instead of going out and splurging a pretty £40 for the full size tub, I decided to order myself a 20g ‘travel’ sized pot (£9 from ASOS), to see if it worked well with me. The small size didn’t come with a flannel cloth that the full size includes, so I thought I would just use one of my own.

I’ve read lots of reviews on the balm, and one thing that is a bit of a love/hate is the scent of the product. I find it a bit difficult to describe, but I really like it!

The texture of the balm is very thick and creamy. It melts onto your skin and feels so luxurious.

I would use this product as a second cleanser after removing all my makeup (especially eye makeup- this balm doesn’t do the best job at removing that).

After using the balm my skin felt plumped, clean, pampered and very smooth.

I may or may not change my mind on this cleanser, but at the moment I think I’ll enjoy using it as part of my everyday routine!

Have you tried this cleansing balm? Please let me know what you think of it!

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Sephora Haul 

While I was in Prague I managed to squeeze in a trip to the beauty haven that is Sephora 🙌

As most of you know we don’t have Sephora in the UK, so whenever I’m in Canada or on a city break somewhere in Europe I need to scout one out.

I mainly go to pick up the makeup brands that you can’t buy directly in the UK (without the huge shipping fees) as well as Sephora’s own makeup and skincare line. I’m a huge lover of their fibre masks and blushes! ✨

For those of you who have been to Prague, I went to the Sephora store in the Palladium Shopping Centre in the City Centre. I was pretty lucky as they were having a 3 for 2 deal event at the time! (Who doesn’t want to save money?)

 

Here is what I picked up:

Makeup

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20

Sephora Brilliant Jumbo Cheeks + Lips in Vintage Pink 

Sephora Smoothing and brightening powder in Colourless 

Sephora Collection Colourful 5 Eyeshadow Palette in Nude to Neutral 

Sephora Colourful Face Powders – Blush in 02 So Shy

Sephora Sharpener (very handy to have!)

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Skin Care 

Sephora Collection Vitamin C Luminising Booster

Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask

Sephora Avocado Hand Mask

Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask

Sephora Lotus Face Mask

Sephora Avocado Sleeping Mask

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Curly Hair Styling Saviours

As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I have naturally curly hair. As any fellow curly girls will know, you cannot control curly hair.. and no matter how hard you try, each day is a completely different story with your locks. However, there are a huge variety of styling products out there that may try and tame your curls. These are a few of my favourite products that I have tried and tested and always come back to over the years…

First up, is my all time favourite styling product… My Tangle Teezer! I think this is a must for any type of hair. It’s so gentle and smooths out any tangles just like that. I use it to brush conditioner through my hair when I’m washing it, and I also use it when my hair is dry when I have straightened it. This is the second one I’ve owned, and it won’t be the last.

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When it comes to washing my hair, I’m generally not too fussed about what I use to clean it (yeah, I know I probably should be!) But at least once a week I try to use a deep conditioning mask on my hair. Curly hair tends to be drier and so needs some extra care. The mask that I have been loving is the Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask. I love the smell of Toni & Guy products, and the conditioner is so creamy and thick it really feels like it’s working wonders on your locks.

The next 4 styling products I don’t use all together everyday, as it depends on what my hair is doing that day. Whether it needs a little moisture boost or smoothing out, at least one of these will do the trick.

Wella Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir– This contains almond, jojoba, and argan oil. My hair stylist recomended this years ago, and I still use it. I tend to use it straight after washing on wet hair. However you can use it on dry hair to tame flyaways. It has a very sweet smell and nourishes my hair without weighing it down.

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John Freida Frizz Ease Original Serum– I’ve read so many rave reviews on the Frizz Ease range. A little goes a long way with this serum. When I find my hair  is behaving and just needs a little smoothing out, I use one pump of this and it eliminates frizz completely.

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Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream– I use a small amount of this occasionally when I want my hair to have some looser curls. It smells like violets and adds a bit of freshness to your hair.

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Inecto Naturals Smooth Me Coconut Hair Serum– I picked this hair serum up at Body Care (beauty bargain heaven!) as I wanted to see if a cheap serum would work as well as some of the more pricey ones. You only need a tiny amount. I work it into my ends first then run the rest through my hair. The coconut smell lasts all day. It’s comes in a handy little tube so it’s great for travelling. I’ll definitely be buying this again.

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What are your holy grail products for curly hair? I’d love some recommendations 🙂

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Special Delivery: Frank Body 

The other week I decided to place another order for some Frank Body products. As you can tell by my previous post, I’m loving coffee scrubs! What’s there not to love? Not only does it buff away dry, flaky skin, but the caffeine content from the coffee stimulates blood flow which helps to clear up cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne and scarring!

The scrubs also contain various oils, salts, and vitamin E, which all have anti-inflammatory properties.

First of all, I definitely need to applaud Frank on their packaging! It came in a cute cardboard box with the best slogans printed on the inside of it. I think this definitely adds to the appeal of the products. 

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Frank was one of the first companies I had heard of that produced coffee scrubs so I thought I would order a some different things from them.

I decided to go for my old favourite, the ‘Original Body Scrub’. It has a basic coffee flavour, but it also smells like jaffas, which makes you feel so fresh! The scrub is very coarse, but as you can imagine this adds to it’s exfoliating properties. They recommend that you use this 3-5 times per week.

I then went for something a little bit smoother to use on my face, as I felt that the original scrub could be quite harsh sometimes. They have a gentle product range for specific use on the delicate skin on your face. I picked up the ‘Creamy Face Scrub’. I tried out this product as soon as it was delivered. It comes in a small tube as it is a lot creamier than the body scrubs. I wet my face and worked it into my skin by rubbing my fingers in small circles for about 30 seconds, then I waited  about 3 minutes for it to dry as the ingredients worked their magic on my skin. I then washed it off to reveal gorgeous smooth skin! I feel more comfortable in using this scrub a little more often than the other products as it definitely is more gentle on your face.

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If you’re thinking of giving coffee scrubs a go, I’d 100% recommend that you give Frank Body a try! Go and show them some love back!

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