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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Beauty On A Budget NO3


I love talking about my favourite affordable products as I know not everyone has the cash to splurge on a £40 foundation, and being a student I now fully appreciate the power of the drugstore! There are so many great products from Boots and Superdrug ect that I could write these posts for days, but today I'm going to talk you through my current favs!

Starting with Soap and Glory, their makeup range has taken us all by storm and their products are rather excellent! The Solar Powder was definitely a Lily Pebbles enabled purchase and I will forever love her for it. It comes with two different shades, a lighter more shimmery bronzer and a darker one and I tend to mix the two together for a perfect bronze glow. I've also been on the hunt for a new liquid liner and the Supercat Liner is definitely one to try out if you love to achieve a cat eye the easy way. It has a little nib that tapers at the end making it super easy and allowing you to get great control over that line.

Hair is something I don't tend for venture out of Boots for, as I find I use hair products up so quickly that a trip to Space NK for the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray is no longer worth it. Instead the Toni and Guy Sea Salt Texturing Spray has been doing the job quite nicely. This is very comparable to the Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray but for a half the price. These are very popular in the summer but I feel like textured hair is an all year round thang.

As we are moving into the colder months keeping those lips chap free has never been so high on our list of priorities. Although you can't find this product at the drugstore, for £5.50 I think it still qualifies for a mention . The NUXE Reve De Miel is a much loved lip balm among bloggers and I have the one in the little twist up tube as I find it a lot easier to take out and about with me.

Friday, 24 October 2014

High-end Autumn lip favourites


In this photo, yes they all look the same, but trust me they're not, I just love berry shades. That aside I thought I would come to you today with a few of my favourite, go-to lip products this Autumn. First things first (don't say it..) lets talk about lipsticks. As you may know MAC's Plumful is one of my all time favourite lipsticks and what better time to crack it out than in the Autumn. I did write a whole post about this which I'll link here, but in a nutshell, it's a moisturising purple, berry shade that I just can't seem to get enough of. In addition to this, an Illamasqua lipstick has surprisingly spent a lot of time out of the Muji drawer lately. The shade I have is Minx and it's more matte than Plumful making it more slightly more drying so do make sure you go in with a lip balm first. This is a similar to the MAC shade, however its more warm and has brown undertones to it which is nice for everyday. I also think this would be really nice on more mature women, although I do love it too! 

 Top: Illamasqua Minx, Bottom: MAC Plumful

Moisture is extra important in the colder months and the Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry has been ticking all the right boxes. This isn't their intense formula so its sheer but I like that for day to day. Its a nice pink berry toned gloss stick and I love the feel of these on the lips! These days there are tonnes of alternatives at the drugstore so you don't have to splash the cash for this one! On the opposite end of the spectrum the Bite lip pencil in Chablis is a bright hot pink, berry which I love for nights out. This one isn't as moisturising, but the colour pay off is excellent. 


Of course I couldn't do a lip post and not mention a YSL Glossy Stain. I love these things, however I'm happy that drugstore brands have cottoned on this love affair as it means I can get something very similar for half the price! The shade I've picked out today is number 32 and its a lovely red. I feel like this is the kind of red you can wear all year round, its not too dark but still wearable for the Autumn and Winter. 


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The moisturiser every lazy girl needs


It's no secret that moisturising post shower is a dreadful, yet necessary task. If I skip the moisturiser for one day my skin feels tight and dry, and as we are moving into the colder months adding that extra bit of nourishment is important for most. 
Wondering around Boots I came across this Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturiser, and as far as marketing goes they hit the nail on the head here. The phrase 'Spray and Go' was not one to go unnoticed and it certainly entised me greatly along with the ever so useful aerosol can design, and let me tell you moisturising has never been easier. Although this is far from the much loved Body Shop Body Butters formula wise, this is the perfect everyday boost my skin needs. Its quite liquidy when it first sprays out but it sinks into the skin really well and leaves it feeling very soft.

This come in three different scents and I picked up the Cocoa one and I find the scent does stick around for a good while, which I know some people love and some people hate, I for one don't mind it too much! 

For £4.99 you can't go wrong with this, it's a great easy way out of your typical moisturising routine but the results aren't all that different. I think I would still use a more rich butter or lotion from time to time, however this does do the job if time is of the essence. 



Friday, 17 October 2014

An Old Friend



As Autumn is now officially upon us, it was time to crack out an old favourite of mine. This lipstick has been my go to for Autumn for the past few years and one I will constantly be coming back to. The lipstick in question is MAC's Plumful which is a cult from their lipstick range. Although you can probably find a cheaper alternative or even dupe from the drugstore, nothing beats the formula of this one! They're so creamy and I find the colour pay off to be wonderful. This one in particular is a beautiful muted purple, berry shade is a very flattering and wearable day to day colour.
At £15.50 these lipsticks seem to be getting more expensive by the hour but I would recommend them as they are lovely.
What's your go to lipstick for the Autumn?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Prolonging Your Makeup


There are many products that claim to last 24hours blah blah blah, but when it comes down to it there are a few products I find that actually help your makeup to last that little bit longer.
Step number one is to use a primer. I have been loving the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and I have definitely seen a significant difference in the wear of my makeup. I find that even before foundation this helps to smooth the skin, reduces redness and diminishes pore size. Primers help to keep your makeup looking fresh all day, as well as making sure the makeup actually stays on, so this a step I wouldn't recommend skipping. So many brands offer great alternatives to this so I'm sure you'll be able to find one to suit your needs.
After foundation and concealer its time to powder, to lock that base in place. I love to use the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural. Again, so many brands have great powders, another one that I love is the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder which is a lot more affordable. I love the MAC one though as it doesn't leave your skin looking cakey, which I find a lot of powders do, and really does set your makeup in place.
Last but certainly not least a good setting spray is key, and to be frank, my absolute lifesaver. I love to use the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, this is such a unique product and one that will always come out on top in my opinion. I use this after I've finished my makeup and it keeps it looking freshly applied throughout the day (and night). It has a weightless feel to it and it has a really good spritz too. I notice such a big difference at the end of the day if I haven't used this, my face doesn't look as fresh and my makeup is no longer really there, so this is must in my daily routine.
Have you got any tips for prolonging your makeup? 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Formula X Mani


I've heard a lot of good things about the nail brand Formula X, so of course when I was wondering around the mothership that is Sephora, I just had to try them out.
They do a starter set which comes with a nail cleanser, base coat and top coat, and in addition they were also doing a set where you could add a nail polish in for free, so of course I went for that one.

First things first, the nail cleanser. I don't feel like this is 100% necessary as it didn't do too much for my nails. However if I wasn't doing a colour and just leaving my nails natural, this may come in handy for maintaining their 'presentable' state. The one bad thing I have to say about this is that the brush seems smaller than the others, therefore it was hard to work with and meant you couldn't do your whole nail in a couple of strokes. I can already feel myself neglecting this step and going straight into the base coat.
I found the base coat to be a definite step up from the cleanser. The brush was bigger, if smoothed out my nails and overall did a better job at prepping them than most other base coats I've tried. The formula isn't too thick, nor too thin which is perfect for a nice, even coat.
As for the nail colour itself, I opted for the shade Radical which is a beautiful muted lilac shade. This is fairly comparable to Essie's Lilacism, however I find that one to be a bit on the pastel side whereas  Radical is more subtle on the nails. I really like the formula of these and the brush makes it really easy to do one nail quickly, but it's not too big so you still have control. Two coats of this and I was happy with the colour pay off, you could probably get away with one, but always opt for two to get a more opaque finish. The colour range was really lovely, they had a lot of muted colours and neutrals  which are perfect for transitioning into Autumn and for an everyday shade too, so there's definitely a colour for everyone.
Base coat and colour check. Now on to the top coat.
I find it hard to stray away from the Seche Vite top coat, but for the sake of todays post I put that for one side for a moment, and I have to say I'm happy I did. Although nothing seems to compare to my well loved Seche Vite, this one certainly gave it a run for its money. The formulation is quite thick, but I find that adds more shine and really helps to lock in the colour. Again, the brush is a lovely size too, making it very easy to apply. As far as the lasting power goes, I've only had it on for one day, but no chips yet! I'll definitely report back with a full verdict of the lasting power so check back for that.
Quick tip! A couple of days after you've painted your nails, reapply the top coat to help them last a lot longer and prevent chipping!
Have you tried Formula X before?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Pre Cleanse


I thought today I would share with you my makeup removal process and the products I find work the best for taking off all that crap at the end of that day!
Recently I've started taking my eye and face makeup off separately, not sure why, but I do find different products work well for different areas. For my eyes I simply squirt some of the L'Oreal Micellar Water on to a large cotton pad. This micellar water can make your skin feel a bit tacky after, but as I only focus it on my eye area I don't find that a problem. I love micellar waters for removing eye makeup, they're super gentle yet effective. However, if I'm sporting the waterproof mascara that day I may gravitate to something specifically tailored for removing eye makeup, such as The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover.
Sticking with The Body Shop Camomile range, the cleansing butter works a treat at melting off face makeup. So many brands have been bringing out cleansing butters and this one is a great, cheaper alternative to the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. Although you get less product in The Body Shop one, the price makes it totally justifiable. The formula of this is very hydrating and leaves my skin so soft after. I scoop some out of the tin then rub it into my skin and it turns into an oil and literally melts your makeup off. I'll just rinse this off with a muslin cloth or flannel and bam, your face is ready for a good old cleanse.
What do you love to use to take your makeup off?

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