Bare Essentials Haul

Bare Essentials has always been a high-end cosmetic brand on the High street, however to be honest I’ve never given it a second look. Part of the reason being a few years back I was approached to test the mineral foundation in the middle of a shopping centre, which I don’t know about you, but it immediately put me off as it makes me feel under pressure to buy something. (I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, just not my cup of tea)

Another reason the brand has passed me by could be I’m a devoted Urban Decay fan, so with Bare Essentials being a key competitor of theirs, I’ve never ventured off the path, so to speak!

So why this time?

To be honest I was on the search for a new liquid eyeliner in a pen form, as was under the impression this would be the easiest way to create the perfect eyeliner flick. Having tried the Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner as a start I was getting on really well with it but It was starting to dry up and the tip was quite big. So on my search I was looking for a new one with a smaller tip in order to hopefully have more control over the ‘flick’ and create a more dramatic look.

 

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After going online and heading straight to my beloved Urban Decay, I looked at the Perversion fine point eye pen all seemed simple until reading a few reviews people were finding it a bit ‘flakey’, which yes they might have been being a bit picky but even so it made me think twice. Just below in the similar products was the Bare Minerals Lash Domination Ink Liner, so I decided to have a look and see what people were saying with this one. All the reviews seemed really positive saying that it left a sharp very black line that lasted all day. Perfect? I also liked the indication of the 0.6 with of the tip knowing I could be quite precise with that.

I must say after using it a few times now I’m really impressed, its so pigmented and glides on so smoothly, I mean sometimes too smoothly, I ended up with eyeliner up to my eyebrow the first time! So yeah still doesn’t make you an eyeliner pro but it certainly helps! If you’re one of my Instagram followers you may have seen my post recently about trying to keep practising as much as I can, and I think its paying off!

While I was on the Bare Essentials page I decided to order a few bits and bobs at the same time to have a good try out of the brand. One being the Lash Domination Mascara, I was low on mascara so I thought was worth a go. I haven’t tried the mascara as much as everything else, and to be honest the few times I have tried it out I’ve found the wand to be quite big for my eyes, not sure if that’s the wand being big or my eyes being small but either way was a bit awkward to use especially for my lower lashes. The wand was also more of a plastic comb which to be honest I’m not usually a fan of as I don’t feel it applies as much product as opposed to a ‘fluffy’ wand. Has anyone else found this?

 

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Another product in the haul was the Complexion Rescue, a tinted hydrating gel cream. It works in the same way as a tinted moisturiser or bb cream, evening out your skin tone ready for your makeup application. It also contains an SPF 30 which makes it an added winner in my book, honestly the best anti-ageing tip ever is to protect your skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

The only thing I don’t like as much about this product is due to having oily skin I’m finding I need to have a blot and top up of finishing powder throughout the day.

 

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The next product is the Gen Nude™ Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Swag, firstly there is the name I mean I had to pick the colour simply for the name right? The packaging is nice with these too, a matt touch finish on the tube reflects the texture of the lip colour itself. One of the stand out features to this lip colour is the staying power, it really does last all day, that’s if you can resist licking your lips when they smell so good of coco/vanilla! Being a liquid lipstick it does come out quite a lot so be careful, a little does go a long way, I’d also recommend a lip liner to go with it to keep your edges nice and neat.

 

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Lastly in the haul is the MATTE Foundation SPF 15, mine is in the colour medium (C25) which to be honest I’m not sure if its 100% but not bad for a guess!  I’m new to a powder foundation as I’ve always gone for a liquid foundation thinking the coverage would be better however I’m pleasantly surprised with this powder foundation, especially topped on the Complexion Rescue it creates a flawless base. I’s also quite fun to put on! Tap tap tap into the lid then swirl it round with a powder brush, makeup should be fun so this is a winner to me.

Having oily skin as I mentioned earlier, this foundation helps to absorb excess oil and eliminate shine for a natural looking matte finish, unlike other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have left me shiny after just a few hours, and lets face it no one likes a shiny forehead!

Have you ventured out of your comfort zone into a new brand? Did you find a new hero product?

SkinnyTan Mousse

Who doesn’t love a golden tan? Having drawn my holiday tan out for as long as possible it’s now time to fake it. I wanted to try something new to my usual go to self tanner as I’ve used the No7 tanning mousse for years and sometimes you fancy a change right?

After a bit of a look about, a few friends asking if I’d used SkinnyTan, plus seeing another friend come into work glowing after trying it out (unfortunately not using the roller!) I knew it was worth a try.

First impressions were all good, I mean you know I don’t buy things unless they have good packaging and this certainly doesn’t disappoint, how striking and cute is the little chevron pattern? After finding the SkinnyTan section in Superdrug, I was surprised by the variety in the range, each identified by a different colour chevron, I didn’t realise how many products they had! Everything your tanning dreams could want from a gradual tanner to an after glow gloss, I cant wait to try some combinations of the range.

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After prepping my skin in the shower with a soft exfoliator, (was a cheap Tesco one that did the job) and ensuring my skin was completely dry, tanning mitt at the ready I don’t know why I was so excited.

Ok so I’m not going to lie the mousse came out a slightly dark black/green colour which really put me off, it looked like I was rubbing almost charcoal or dirt on my skin. I persevered anyway knowing the results my friends had with the product, and I must say other than the colour shocking me I was loving the rest. The fragrance was pleasant, wasn’t strong or overbearing as I know some self tanners can be, and It was fairly mess free too meaning no funny marks (other than when trying to clean the lid I got it over my little finger). The mousse texture made the product easy to rub into my skin too leaving an instant colour so you could easily see where more was needed or simply needed to be rubbed in a bit, leaving you with a streak free tan.

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The SkinnyTan Mousse certainly also impressed me in the bedroom department, you know that awful brown mark that usually gets left in your bed after a night of tanning? Was none to be seen here! My white bedding (I know it was risky) was hardly marked at all!

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I left my tan to develop overnight and I have to say It looked really dark by the morning I was a bit worried!

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Following a quick shower, thankfully the darkness washed away leaving a gorgeous glowing colour. To be honest I was hoping it would have been a bit darker considering how dark it looked while developing though I’ve no doubt you could layer your tan up if you wanted a darker tan. I believe they also do a darker formulation in the mousse so this could always be an option too if you prefer a darker tan.

I can definitely say I loved this product, all be it with the funny black/green colour to start with, I was happily left with a summer glow. I don’t know what it is about having a tan but it gives you more confidence? Your clothes look better, you just feel happier.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Liquid Peel Gel

So you say face peel and instantly everyone is terrified that such a chemical mixture will burn your face off! I must admit I did think this at first but I promise it’s nothing like that at all.

Then you hear that The Body Shop have one?! I was a little sceptical at first as they are known for their organic ingredients and fair trade sourcing, I was confused, how could they create an exfoliating face peel?

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Apparently they can using Edelweiss, Sea Holly and Criste Marine, yes I’ve no idea either. The liquid peel is part of The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ collection, a revolutionary gel-to-peel formula that apparently 88% of 109 women agree, peels off impurities and pollutants. The Drops of Youth™ range is aimed at targeting skin at the first signs of ageing, and includes 7 other products, such as the Drops of Youth™ Wonderblur™ which I wont lie has an amazing name!

Packaging wise for the Youth Liquid Peel, It’s exactly as I would’ve expected it, The Body Shop has always been an organic and animal friendly brand which has always attracted me to it in the past. The green bottle and simple black pump making product dispensing easy whilst in the shower or bath. The simple label with black text keeps things easily readable however what catches your eye first will be the shiny silver label, an unusual square with almost indented corners, different from a simple rectangle I suppose? Either way,  the metallic silver of the label definitely catches the light with the simple Body Shop logo and Drops of Youth™ shows instantly which range the product is in, this along with the green bottle makes for easy spotting in-store.

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After using this for a week now with the recommended dosage, that’s so not the right word for skincare! I mean I’ve used it 3 times this week as recommended on the back. At first it feels like a nice cooling gel that you can feel literally soothing the day off your skin. Though the more you rub it in it begins to crumble forming little bits on your face that I can only describe as the little bits left on a page when you use a rubber! Not exactly what I was expecting.

I can’t say is a nice experience to be honest and these little bits were quite hard to actually get off my face following the peel, especially around the corners of my chin. I had to use a further cleanser to attempt at removing them, not to mention a little off putting as they say that the bits that form are the dead skin cells from your face, which is a bit grim!

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However after a bit more of a vigorous scrub to get the dead skin off, my face did feel softer, smoother and refreshed, all be it in need of some moisture. All in all I’m not sure I would recommend this liquid peel though it is quite fun to test out the gel-to-peel formula it does come with a price tag of £18, so a bit much for just testing out.

Have you tried the Youth Liquid Peel? What did you think of the little bobbles?

 

Urban Decay Naked Heat

Now this is something that caught my eye a few months back in its build up to release, being a big Urban Decay fan and knowing how good their other Naked eyeshadow palettes are I knew this was going to be something not to be missed. I always fall for a well marketed new product!
My god does it not disappoint! 12 new hot shades perfect for creating a gorgeous burnt orange and copper toned look, which is definitely a favourite on Instagram right now, team with a simple eyeliner flick and you’re set to go.
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Yet again Urban Decay do not let me down on the packaging, hats off to their packaging design team! However they did surprise me with a little slide out design as apposed to the other Naked Palettes simple open top box design, not that I’m complaining at all, having it this way adds to the excitement of opening it for the first time!
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With the crackled eyeshadow colours on a beautiful copper, gold holographic card box with raised Naked Heat in gold foiling (and we all love a bit of foiling) this will 100% catch your eye both in store and on your vanity table. No detail has been spared with this palette, as inside the box features a match in 12 stages of being burnt out, each one to represent the 12 shadow colours within the actual palette.
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Opening the palette certainly doesn’t disappoint either, a mixture of matt and glitter shadows you just know they are going to look hot. The palette comes with the usual Naked palette layout having a mirror in the lid and a unique brush so you can always perfect your look on the go. Personally I’m not a lover of the brushes that come with the Naked palettes as I find them a bit too big for my eyes, I usually end up using them just to brush away excess shadow from my cheeks.
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After having a quick test today using ‘sauced’ as a base colour, a warm orangey-brown shade. I then added my two favourites ‘he devil’ a deeper red tone topped with ‘scorcher’ a gorgeous burgundy glitter shade onto the outer creases. Lastly I finished the shadow with mixing ‘ounce’ and ‘chaser’ to the inner corners and blended it all together.
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I loved this mix of colours and cannot wait to experiment with the shade combinations a bit more, are there any mixes that you’ve tried and recommend?

Home spa with Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

We all love an at home pamper night, chilled out and stress free and lets face it an excuse for some ‘me time’. (and candles obviously)

After having my birthday a few weeks ago I received the lovely gift of a Liz Earle Limited Edition Grapefruit and Patchouli Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Yep a bit of a mouthful of a name but such a treat for your skin.

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First though, I had to take a moment for the packaging, the cleanser itself came in an aluminium tube, with the unique cleanser design neatly wrapped around it. The design on the tube and bottle have a delicate looking and lightly sketched lemon, grapefruit and floral pattern, which instantly gives you an idea of what the product inside will be like.

To give the product that Limited Edition ‘sparkle’ the Liz Earle logo along with the word ‘LIMITED EDITION’ feature on the tube in silver foiling, an expensive finishing method but totally worth it in my eyes. That little bit of shimmer catches the light and adds a certain luxury feel to the packaging.

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The cleanser itself is a rich creamy texture with a scent that instantly bursts through. The scent to me is that literal smell you think of when you think of a spa, the fresh zesty Grapefruit fragrance mixed with the woodyness of the Patchouli. Close your eyes and you could be in a 5* spa.

After using the cleanser a few times now it really does work, my skin feels clean and baby soft all thanks to the naturally active ingredients; coca butter with it’s rich moisture, along side the toning and soothing properties of rosemary and chamomile. I’ve found this cleanser also provides a great base for my makeup, well moisturised skin holds my makeup for longer and provides a clean base for foundation.

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This Hot Cloth Cleanser has always been a favourite of mine and with the new scents introduced its going to be hard to resist starting a collection!

The Rose and Lavender scented one is 100% next on my list, have you tried it already? What did you think?

 

 

The feeling of colour

Starting a blog is much like when you buy a new notebook, you’re greeted with that first blank page, what to write or draw? A little poem? or a simple sketch? or even just your name? Either way you’ll get it wrong and want to start again.

So Instead of  having that dreaded feeling I thought I’d start with something simple, something everyone can relate to, colour… or color even if your American or live life in the land of HMTL.

Isn’t it weird how it can change your mood, or your perception even?

Take for example a simple rose, I’m guessing a pink or red one comes to mind first as these are what we see most often be it in florists or on beauty packaging or fragrances. Already they are giving off a loving and delicate vibe as well as a slight bit of sass thanks to the flamenco dancers.

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So what about the white, yellow and even black roses? White I’m feeling a wedding vibe, there’s a feeling of innocence and grace with a white rose.

Yellow to me is a happy rose a friendly one, that you could have a laugh with. Whereas black forms a darkness on the delicate texture of a rose, giving off a grieving feel along with an untold sadness.

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So all in all colour can change how we feel, especially if we’re wearing it, so why not add some colour into your beauty regime? Try that bright green face mask, the fluorescent pink eyeshaddow, or even go bold with a red lip?

How did it make you feel?