November Empties

This post is dedicated to all you beautiful bloggers out there who have ever done an empties post, these have to be one of my favourites to read. I love finding out what everyone has been loving (or hating) throughout the month, so I decided to keep hold of my empties to do the same.

First empty of the month is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser in Grapefruit & Patchouli, I loved this cleanser have honestly been a bit lost without it! I won’t go into too much detail on this first product as I have written a post previously about it, you can find out more here.

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Next up is my hero beauty product, I adore this cleansing water. It’s a product I use religiously every day to either take my makeup off or freshen up in the morning. It’s gentle formula soothes my skin too always leaving it feeling clean and refreshed. Once again you can find out more in one of my previous posts here.

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A new addition to my daily routine the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I really enjoyed using this product as anything thats a two in one product is always a bonus! Saving a little time on preparing your skin for makeup is aways a good start to the day plus it helps if you’re anything like me and usually forget to use primer until half way through foundation application.

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This moisturiser was soft and creamy, almost a yogurt texture, but I cant help but feel a slight silicone texture too. I’m assuming this was the primer part of the double benefit product, which did put me off a little bit as all can imagine is putting plastic or jelly on my face.

Other than the slight jelly texture to the product overall I did enjoy using it, I felt it provided a great makeup base and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day.

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Next is another daily essential for me, my Urban Decay setting spray that is so old but always needed! This is another product I’ve dedicated a post already to so find out more here.

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last up is my favourite perfume ever, to be fair any perfume from Victoria Secret is amazing! This one was a gift from my boyfriend last Christmas so I’ve kept it just for using for best and nights out.

It’s a sweet fragrance which suits me perfectly as this is always the ones I go for. It has a mix of both floral and fruity scents that give it a young and vibrant feel.

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Also this bottle is so sweet with its little black bow on the side, it looks great on your dressing table too.

Have you tried any of my November empties? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

Xx

Roll & Refresh

This week has been a bit hectic to say the least so I am so thankful for this little treat to brighten up my dull dark circles, yes I know I need more sleep but who has time for that! Christmas is coming!

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I’ve been looking for an eye roll on for a while as my eyes get dry end up watering which then leaves the creases of my eyes dry and irritable I’ve tried using some eye creams overnight but they never seemed to help too much. So off I went in search of one with a rollerball with the theory that this would help. (Not sure where I got that from but there we go!)

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After a bit of a search I found a few, one included the Garnier 5-in-1 BB eye roll on, in theory this fitted the bill but I wasnt keen on something tinted around my eye area as I thought this would just add to the irritation and not soothe it. Also if it was to dry out, I would end up with nice cracks around my eyes looking like major crows feet! Not attractive lets say. Have any of you tried it?

So neither the less I was once again attracted by marketing, this time from The Body Shop. I’ve always been a fan of The Body Shop and their values, I’ve even previously worked in my local Lakeside store, so was quite pleased to discover their Pomegranate Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On. I know Pomegranate smells amazing and provides health benefits from eating or drinking it so why would it not be good for your skin?

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Firstly, I do like the simplicity of the packaging, it didn’t come in a box, just a simple clear screw cap, I guess an eye roll on doesn’t really need any explanation, but I do like a nice box.

Anyway, It’s a lovely bright red in colour to reflect the red of the Pomegranate, with the shiny ball roller at the end. The actual product is almost like a serum you simply roll under and around your eye for instant refreshment and with continued use I am starting to feel the skin around my eyes skin firming up.

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I’m definitely going to continue using this roll-on as it has almost certainly helped with my dry eyes especially in the mornings.

Is there anything else you’ve tried to help with dry eyes? Let me know in the comments below or find me on instagram or twitter 😀

xx

Nail Recovery

After taking the plunge to remove my gel nail extensions after having them just over a year, I was starting to worry my natural nails needed some more strength. Surprisingly my natural nails were pretty good under the gel extensions, you hear horror stories of people not having much left after taking their fakes off. I’d like to think its all thanks to my fab nail technician! (hey Vik!)

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I always find my nails grow quite quickly, with tapping away on the keyboard at work and general day to day tasks, I was pretty careless with my nails as I knew how strong they were, other than opening can’s of Diet Coke, anyone with fake nails knows how much of a risk that is! (I use a ruler!) So not having any form of protection on my nails, I wanted to find some conditioning nail polish that would restore the strength and generally give them a treat.

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My first purchase was the Super Mani 7 in 1 treatment, I mean 7 treatments sounds perfect.

It claims to:

  • Encourage growth with Keratin
  • Nourishes with Argan Oil
  • Promotes shine
  • Hydrates with Vitamin E
  • Smoothes the nail surface
  • Protects from breakage

Phew.

After using this as base coat under nail polish (I’m not keen on bare nails) for a few weeks,  I have found that my nails seem stronger and less prone to breaking, I’ve also found the colouring on my nail beds has got brighter too. I must warn you though it does have a stronger nail polish smell than normal nail varnishes.

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My second purchase was the Mini Mask, Camouflage, Colour and Condition. I loved the idea of this polish as it promotes strengthening and conditioning as well has having a lovely pinky colour to it. Usually conditioning polishes are all clear, and as I mentioned I’m not a lover of he clear shiny nail look. This polish left a beautiful soft pink colour with a slight matt texture to it. Perfect.

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Another upside to this polish was the brush itself, you can sort of see from my photo it was slightly tapered which made it easy to apply reaching all edges and creating a nice even coat of colour.

In order to give my nails a proper treat, I’ve been using these both together, it’s been keeping my nails neat and building them up to be tough, guess what I can open cans now 😉

Have any of you had a break from fake nails, what did you do to give your natural nails a treat?

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.