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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Winter Staples

As winter is officially upon us, I thought that it would be highly appropriate to share with you some of my staples that get me through the cold weather.
Firstly, a very obvious choice, is warm hats, scarves and gloves! I can never go anywhere in the winter without a scarf and this one here is from Zara (£19.99). It's got big black and white checks and goes with any outfit, mainly because all my clothes are monochrome...moving on, we can't forget about keeping our little heads warm, and I recently picked up this super cosy grey bobble hat from Primark. It was only a few quid, so a definite must! As far as gloves go, I always opt for the ones that you can use with touch screens. I'm always on my phone and it's a pain to have to take off your gloves whenever you need to use it. These you can also pick up from Primark!

My skincare routine always gets a little bit of a boost in winter, especially in the moisture department. For me having a good serum and moisturising duo is a must. I love using my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (32.40) first, followed by the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Moisturiser (£31.05). Both of these give me the perfect amount of moisture my skin needs in the colder months and leaves it looking youthful and revived by morning. Another step I tend to do weekly in the winter is a face mask. My skin can look very dull so I tend to opt for one that will really nourish and cleanse the skin. The LUSH Oatifix Mask (£6.50) is a great one for leaving your skin feeling very soft and fresh!
A new discovery for me is the LUSH Mask Of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask (£9.75). The idea of a body mask really appealed to me, as the skin on my arms and legs needs just as much attention as the skin on face! It has a strong peppermint scent which claims to help diminish outbreaks and wake up slug like skin. If you suffer with little bumps on your arms and maybe acne on your back then I would recommend giving this a whirl.

As winter is the season for dark lips, I couldn't miss out one of my favourite reds this season! This is Cruella Velvet Lip Pencil by NARS (£16.20) and I love it! The formula is so creamy and glides on like a dream even though it is matte. It lasts for a long time and goes great paired with simple eyes. It's also one of those colours you can throw on and people think you have spent ages on your makeup, when really you haven't.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Morning Skincare Additions

Recently I've been feeling like my morning routine was lacking some key elements. I was running out of a few things and I felt like certain areas of my skin needed more attention, which existing products weren't really making the cut for. So, I went on the hunt for some new gems to add into my routine and I have to say I have found a couple that I love.
The first up is a cleanser which everyone seems to love and I can see why. The Oskia Renaissance Cleaning Gel (28.00) is perfect cleanser for day and night. Containing Vitamins A, C and E, it works great to combat dry and damaged skin to restore, balance and soothe. The smell I'm still not 100% sold on, as is it rose, and rose isn't my favourite scent, but I can get over that! It comes with a handy dandy pump and contains a decent 100ml of product. This is also great for dissolving makeup, however I find it works best just after removing makeup to go in and really cleanse the skin.

Next up it was time to combat those dark circles and unfortunately now being a student, my standard eye cream wasn't giving them the pick-me-up they now long for. I have heard a lot of good things about the Body Shop Vitamin C range and was impressed with the moisturiser which I have used before. When I noticed that they came out with their Vitamin C Duo Eye Reviver (£13.00) I had to pick it up. As the name suggests it has two ends. The 1st is a rollerball gel which helps to counteract puffiness and then the 2nd is a simple under eye cream. This is the perfect quick fix my eyes need in the morning and I have to say the rollerball does feel very nice and really does a great job at cooling and reducing those bags. And a great plus is that is very travel friendly!

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Mini Mini Haul

When it comes to travelling, there's nothing more inconvenient than having to take a shower full of full size products, so I always try to downsize where I can. In the UK, travel sizes seem to be a lot harder to come across. If you've been to Sephora you'll know what I mean. The travel sizes at the till are my weakness! When wondering around Boots however, travel sizes are definitely lacking.

Hair shampoos and conditioners are products I find very difficult to get a decent sized mini of. I find that the standard minis you can find at supermarkets only contain enough product for about 2 washes. I came across the Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo in Boots and was impressed at the 50ml bottle. May not seem like much but you can get about 4-5 washes out of that which is perfect for taking away with you. Next to that was the Thickening Conditioner which gave me the same sort of feeling. Obviously Bumble and Bumble is not a cheap brand and £6.50 for 50ml, and the conditioner at £7.50, may be somewhat excessive, but if you are more of a 'goer away for the weekend' kind of gal, like me, these are great! They also smell like mint and cucumber which is a nice fresh and cooling scent.

A brand which is great for minis is LUSH! Their shower gels you can buy in 3 different sizes, the smallest being 100ml which is a nice little size for travel. I picked up the It's Raining Men Shower Gel which makes me want to eat it every time I use it. Infused with honey and this stuff smells and feels great, it's super moisturising and lathers up well on the skin. If you were a fan of Honey I Washed The Kids, then this is one you need to try out!

Monday, 3 November 2014

A/W 2014 Nail Polish Edit

As much as I love bright spring/summer nail polishes, the vampy winter darks just do it for me. In Autumn and Winter it's time to crack out those dark shades and also nudes...this year there's three shades that I can see myself getting a lot of use out of and already have. 

First off lets talk nudes. I have been on the hunt for the perfect mannequin nail polish for ages now and I finally found one that doesn't make my hands look dead. Essie's Cocktails and Coconuts (cutest name ever!) is the perfect beige-y nude with a slight gold shimmer running throughout which I think is what differentiates itself from the other nudes out there. Both the shades from Essie are only available in the Paradise Collection Box so unfortunately you can't buy these separately.

The second is a classic "black but not really black" shade..a favourite of mine in the winter months. This is Under the Twilight, another one from Essie. At first glance you would think black, however after having another inspection you'll discover its a very deep purple-y plum shade. I do however find that the formula of Essie polishes are very prone to chipping, on my nails at least, so I always make sure to follow up with a top coat! 

Last but not least we have a formulation favourite, Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Kensington High Street. This is a gorgeous burgundy red which is a must have for this time of year. This stays put for a good 7 days with minimal chipping which is a dream and a reason why I will be picking more of these up!

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. 

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