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?

Thanks for reading! X

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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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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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February Favourites 

Hello everyone! Welcome to the post where I write about all the best bits I’ve been loving the past month. It definitely has been a quick month (well.. it is February!) it honestly seems like yesterday I was sitting writing out my January favourites! 

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month! X

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Garnier Toner – I’ve been doing a lot of research on skin care recently, and one thing that became apparent to me was that you need to have a good skin care routine. I’ve already been cleansing and moisturising my skin, but one step I’ve never really thought about was using a toner. Apparently toners have a huge range of benefits such as tightening pores. I picked this one up from Super Drug (it was on offer!) and I didn’t want to spend loads on something I’d be trying out. So far I’m really enjoying using this morning and night and I’ve noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.

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Nivea Dry Skin Face Wipes – I know face wipes aren’t the No. 1 skin care product to use, but after a long day all I want is a quick fix to remove my makeup and make my face feel a bit fresher. I feel like it’s actually worth investing a wee bit more in a good face wipe, and these Nivea ones don’t disappoint. I feel that my face looks brighter and heathier after using these.

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Boots Soltan Instant Tan – I still use the old and trusty St Moriz Fake Tan but I’ve been loving trying something different, yet still very affordable. This tan smells lovely, and my skin feels very soft afterwards and I find that it’s very build able to get the colour you want.

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Soap and Glory ‘Endless Glove’ Moisture Mask & Hand Cream – I don’t know about you guys but I looove Soap & Glory products. I was a huge fan of the ‘Hand Food’ cream yet this month I’ve been using the ‘Endless Glove’ a lot more. It has a very fresh scent to it, so it isn’t as sweet like their other products, which is quite nice for a hand cream. I find it sinks into the skin very quickly and works wonders on my nails as well! 😀 I’m yet to use it as a mask overnight, so I will let you guys know how it works!

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Witch Stick – An old favourite that I rediscovered. I used this all the time in my teen years, and I swore by it! Luckily I my skin isn’t very spot prone, but when the odd one pops up on my face I dap it on and it disappears within a day or two. I picked this one up as they donate proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care- a cause close to my heart.

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Once Upon a Time – I’ve mentioned this in my previous post ‘ Netflix Top 5 ‘ and it is definitely one of my favourite series’. This month I had a serious binge watching marathon of the show and unfortunately that’s me finished the last season until the next one is released.

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Benefit Beauty Bar Experience!

Hello everyone!

Today I was in Edinburgh City Centre to do a bit of shopping after finishing work a bit earlier than usual. I nipped in to Boots on Princes Street to get a few essentials (you know, face wipes, razors and all that jazz). A lovely lady from the Benefit Stand  came up to me and asked if I’d like to try out some of their products. I’m not usually one to go up to beauty counters and ask the sales assistants about products, but I’ve used a variety of Benefit products before and I love them! So I thought it would be a great experience to try some new products and get some hints and tips from the professionals!

First of all they cleansed my face with the ‘Remove It- Makeup Remover’ to clean any makeup on my face for a blank canvas 😉 She then applied the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ this felt amazing on my skin! The product has a light scent to it, and it feels very cooling when applied to the skin.

She then applied the new ‘POREfessional: matte rescue gel’ as a primer, followed by the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ in the shade ‘Believe in me- Ivory’ to one half of my face for me to see the difference. She then finished the rest of my face. It looked fab! My skin definitely looked flawless and it didn’t feel very caked on and like my skin could breath.

They had a 10% off event so I decided to purchase the ‘Total Moisture Facial Cream’ and the ‘Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Brightening Makeup’ as I was really impressed by them.

As my skin can flare up with dermatitis with various products, I was a hit reluctant in buying the moisturiser. It felt find at the time of application, but I’ll see how it performs over the next few weeks.

What pushed me to buy it was the 28 day money back grantee that Benefit offer. If the product doesn’t suit you you can return it for a full refund.

I love buying new makeup and trying different brands out. I’ll give them a go for the next couple of week and report back!

In the future I will definitely be more confident in approaching the beauty counters. The expert advice is definitely worth it. I think that once you find out how exactly to use the products the right way for your face, you can get the most out of them!

What are some of your fave Benefit products? Let me know!

Thanks for reading! X 

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Skin Care & Hair Care Haul

Over the last few weeks I’ve picked up a few items from Boots. They’re things I’ve wanted for a wee while as well as some spontaneous purchases!

Skin: 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream 

My friend recomended I’d try this cream as I get patches of dry skin as well as really chapped lips (especially in the Winter!). The smell is a bit unusual, but nice. It is more of a balm consistency than a cream but I feel like this adds to the moisturising properties and helps to really protect the skin. I’ve been using it for around 3 weeks now and I’m loving it. Its a skin saviour for the cold Winter months!

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned my skin problems in previous posts but I suffer from eczema pretty badly, especially on my face. I’ve tried pretty much every cream on the market but I had yet to try Eucerin. I read some good reviews on it and I thought I’d give it a go. It’s creamy and really feels like it plumps up and and soothes the skin. I’ll be back to give you a proper review!

Nip + Fab Skin Glycolic Scrub Fix 

I needed to invest in a new exfoliator and while I was browsing the shelves this one caught my eye. It doesn’t feel too rough but my skin feels super smooth once I’ve used it.

Hair: 

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo 

The one piece of hair care advice I always get is to not wash your hair everyday! I’m definitely guilty of this, and so I thought I’d start properly using dry shampoo to help me achieve this. L’Oreal brought out the new ‘Extraordinary Clay’ collection recently which promises to give less oily roots and conditioned ends. The spray smells very fresh and doesn’t leave a white residue like other dry shampoos do.

Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask 

Recently I’ve been feeling that despite regular conditioning, my hair skill feels dry, as well as really heat damaged from over use of heat styling 😦 you may have read my previous post on the ’30 day no heat challenge’ that I’m attempting to do to try and make my hair a bit healthier! I thought I’d start using a weekly hair mask to try to treat my hair and help it look and feel a bit better. I’ll probably put this on my hair while soaking in the bath during one of my pamper nights… Bliss!

 

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Rome: Sephora and Kiko Haul

Since I didn’t have my blog back in July- when I bought these fabulous products in Italy- I didn’t do a post about it, so I guess there’s no better time than now!

I spent a few euros in Sephora, and I didn’t regret it, as I’m still using the products now:

NARS Laguna Bronzer: I wanted this bronzer for so long! There’s been so much hype surrounding it and I just gave in to it. It’s brilliant, it doesn’t give you that ‘muddy’ look and it’s slightly matt so it’s great to use all year round.

Sephora Pearl Fibre Mask: I’ve heard good things about these fibre masks, and I really wanted to give it a go. I chose the pearl one as it promised to brighten & perfect. You might look a bit mad when you’ve got it on (ask Dino!) but it makes your skin feel lovely and fresh. (I did pick up a few more when I was in Sephora in Toronto. They’re brilliant for a pamper evening and to give your skin a bit of a pick me up!).

Invisi Bobble: This was a last minute impulse buy at the checkout, as they have a stand with sample size products and beauty accessories. I thought they would be good as at work I need to have my hair up, and I hate taking it down to find that awful kink where your bobble was. These bobbles are super gentle on your hair, they are yes- invisible! because of their shape they blend into your hair so its great when you put your hair into a bun, and they don’t leave kinks!

Sephora Blush in ‘Rose Pop’: This was another impulse buy! I’m pretty sure it was only around €2 in the discount section. It’s highly pigmented so you only need a touch to brighten up your cheeks.

Sephora Double Duty Exfoliator and Mask: This was a mini size of the product, so I thought I’d give it a go. I have very sensitive skin and I have learned to accept that some products don’t agree with me. This product was OK. It exfoliated however I felt that it did dry out my skin a little bit.

Sephora Colourful Pouch in Pink: I needed a new small makeup bag to stick in my handbag, and this seemed ideal.

 I know that Kiko have a few outlets in the UK (including one at Glasgow Fort) but I tend not to visit there very often, but I really should! The products are such good quality for a not so big price tag: 

Kiko Luscious Cream lipstick in ‘Peach Rose’: This lipstick is also highly pigmented, and super creamy. It didn’t dry out my lips, and it gave a nice satin finish. I definitely would like to pick up some other shades to try out.

Kiko GLOW² Blush & Highlighter: This is a small solid blush and highlighter stick split into two halves. It is very creamy and blends really well either over foundation or just onto skin. I used it quite a lot when I was still in Rome as I wanted a glowy look for Summer. However you can tell I favour the highlighter side a bit more!

Kiko Essential Bronzer in ‘Sienna Melange’: I picked this up at the checkout as it was on special offer at the time. I really like the packaging, it comes in a wooden base with a magnetic wooden lid that has a mirror fitted on the inside. You get quite a lot of product, and it smells like a mix of chocolate & vanilla. I quite like using this for an all over bronzer as it gives an even tone and feels very silky.  Signature