A Beauty Romance

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Makeup Shakeup

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Friday, September 11, 2015

I thought I would introduce a new segment into my blog where I show you a few products that have wrangled their way into my everyday routine. I always love to do tutorial type posts but find they can sometimes be too long and rambley, so this way I can talk you through a few everyday products and how I use them without putting you all to sleep.

For my base I've been loving the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is a new discovery for me. I've done a whole review of this here if you want a more in depth read, but in a nut shell it's a beautiful lightweight foundation which is easy to build. This is perfect for everyday as it doesn't look heavy on the skin and leaves it flawless yet natural.

After a recent trip into Debenhams I discovered a few new brands which I haven't seen in there before, Too Faced, The Balm among some other good ones! I couldn't stop myself picking up a couple of bits from The Balm as their products always look so great. I went for the Frat Boy blush and the Mary-Lou Manizer highlight. The former is a highly pigmented pinky coral shade which looks lovely on the cheeks for a natural flush of colour. You only need the tiniest amount of this and I love it layered with the highlighter on top. The highlighter is a lovely champagne shade which is very finely milled so it doesn't make you look like a disco ball with chunks of glitter over your face. Again, you only need a small amount so I can see this lasting a long time. The packaging of both of these are also super cute and another reason why I had to pick them up!

For my lips I've been keeping it very natural and only reaching for tinted lip balms. I find as the weather changes and becomes more cold my lips suffer and always get dry, so the Clarins Lip Balm Perfector in 01 Rose has been the perfect option. It gives your lips the tiniest hint of pink and it adds shine and moisture which is exactly what I've been after. All the shades in this range are great for everyday!

Two New From Essie

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Monday, September 07, 2015

A trip to Boots is never complete without picking up at least one new Essie nail polish, there always seems to be a shade I don't have and need! I wanted to pick up a couple new shades to see me through the rest of the summer before cracking out my navy and burgundies again.

The two I picked up were Splash of Grenadine and Sunset Sneaks. The former is one I wanted to try for ages, and since Estee - from Essiebutton - always has it on her nails, I fingered I needed one for myself. I don't have any other shades like this, all my purple polishes are either pastels or the polar opposite and are more suitable for winter, this one however sits nicely in the middle. It's a lovely lilac shade which looks fun on the nails, but it's not too in your face, I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot in the future.

Sunset Sneaks is a classic coral shade, more pink than orange however. I always find myself searching for the perfect coral and this one is a lovely option if you wanted something a bit brighter. This is part of their summer collection so go grab it now if you like what you see. As with all Essie polishes the formula is great and they last a good 3-4 days with minimal chipping if you've put a top coat on post application. Let me know of any Essie shades you think I should buy next as I'm always looking to grow my collection.


A Foundation Favourite

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Friday, September 04, 2015

After hearing such great things about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, I tried it out for myself and I love it! I wanted a light weight foundation to see me through the summer and this was on the top of my list and with an SPF of 15 it seemed like a good buy.

My first thought was 'wow this smells a lot like suncream', not a massive fan but I can get over that as the product itself is great. You need to give it a good shake pre application as it is a watery consistency so it needs to be mixed slightly in the bottle, once you squeeze it out it is a bit runny but it sinks into the skin beautifully. I tend to use about a 5 pence piece amount and that covers my whole face, it builds really well so you can always use a bit more where you need it. It looks super natural on the skin and I like to use it with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush - as always - to give it a flawless finish. This isn't a heavy coverage foundation making it perfect for the summer and if you add a couple more layers it continues to blend beautifully and doesn't leave your skin looking cakey.

This is a fairly pricey product, it's Chanel after all, but totally worth it if you like investing a bit more in your bases. I  saved up my Boots advantage card points for this one, so I would recommend you doing the same if it's a little out of your budget!


Budget Buys No.4

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another budget buys for you today, and I've got a few gems here that I can't wait to talk you about! I love doing these as I always think you can find some amazing products at the drugstore that don't break the bank but work just as well as some from higher-end brands.

Firstly a skincare product I've fallen in love with is The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum which I've been applying every morning before moisturiser. One pump of this will do as it's quite a liquid-y gel type consistency but it sinks into the skin beautifully. Since using this I feel like my skin has been a lot more plump and my moisturiser works better with this underneath. If you're looking for some new skincare The Body Shop Vitamin E range is one I would highly recommend for dry/normal skin.

For makeup there are a couple of bits worth mentioning. Topshop do some great bits which I think are very underrated in the industry, being a cult product their Glow Cream Highlighter was one I wanted to try and I wasn't disappointed. Although it's more creamy than other highlighters I've used I find it's easy to blend and the gold shimmer looks stunning on the skin, especially in the summer. I find patting it in with my fingers the best way to apply this, when I use a brush it seems to rub off the foundation I've got underneath so I would use fingers if you can. With a peach or coral blush this looks amazing! Soap and Glory is another brand who's makeup I really rate and their Archery Brows Pencil is a great Brow Wiz dupe for those of you who don't want to splurge. A brow product which has a spoolie on one end already wins in my books and the fine nib makes it easy to draw on hairs for a natural look. The colour selection isn't fab but if one of them suits your brows I would highly recommend picking it up.

I don't think I've mentioned a nail polish before on this series, so today I thought I'd mention two. Essie is an obvious favourite and the shade I've been loving at the moment is Splash of Grenadine which is a nice purple, not sure what kind of purple but it's purple. With a good top coat I can go a good 3-4 days without chipping and the brush makes it really easy to coat the nails evenly. If this colour isn't for you they have a million and one other beautiful shades to choose from. The Maybelline Superstay polishes are another range which are rated highly in my books, all the colours are also really nice and their new summer range is worth checking out. These are great for longevity and, again, I can go nearly a week without this chipping!
Let me know what drugstore products you've been loving below! 


Etsy Prints I Love

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I think Etsy is one of my favourite places to shop for little bits for the home and stationary, the shops are super underrated and it's all amazing quality for good prices. Their art/print section is somewhere I find myself a lot, I love all the cools sayings and different things which look so simple yet elegant and chic. I'll have all these linked down below so you can check them out but I'm in love with them all! It's awesome how we now have access to all these independent designers via the internet so we can support them and their work worldwide. These are some of my favourites but I'm constantly coming across more which I add to my basket but never buy..oops.

Flamingo // https://www.etsy.com/listing/158861623/flamingo-art-archival-print-from-my?ref=favs_view_20
Love Typography // https://www.etsy.com/listing/203473147/love-typography-love-print-gold-foil?ref=favs_view_9
New York is Always a Good Idea // https://www.etsy.com/listing/183316405/gold-foil-print-new-york-is-always-a?ref=favs_view_3
I'm Sorry for What I Said When I was Hungry // https://www.etsy.com/listing/125789250/im-sorry-for-what-i-said-when-i-was?ref=favs_view_19
Ferris Wheel // https://www.etsy.com/listing/115333418/ferris-wheel-photograph-carnival?ref=favs_view_14
Zebra Gold Foil // https://www.etsy.com/listing/159581290/zebra-gold-foil-wall-art-print-8x10?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=gold%20zebra%20print&ref=sr_gallery_11