Thursday, 15 March 2012

My Top 5: MAC Eyeshadows

Nylon - My favourite highlight shade. Nylon is a frosty, golden white eyshadow. It works well as a highlight for the inner corner and brow bone, paired with either a neutral or smokey eye.

Retrospeck - This is one one of the first MAC eyeshadows I purchased. It's a pale, shimmering gold which looks lovely all over the lid or as a highlight. It's not as pigmented as other MAC eyeshadows but gives a nice wash of colour.

All That Glitters - A cult favourite, All That Glitters is a peachy, neutral shade which looks lovely worn all over the lid, paired with other shades or worn alone. 'Naked Lunch' is a good alternative if you don't like the peachy undertones - I like to alternate between the two.

Woodwinked - This is probably my favourite, most-used eyeshadow. It's a gorgeous, golden shade and has orange undertones, so it really compliments blue eyes. I usually wear it in the crease with either 'All That Glitters' or 'Naked Lunch' on the lid. It's buttery smooth and blends well as it's a veluxe pearl finish.

Contrast - This is one of my newest MAC eyeshadows which I received as a birthday present. It's also the only eyeshadow in my 'Top 5' that isn't a neutral shade. Contrast is a dark, navy blue with grey undertones, which makes a nice alternative to a grey smokey eye.

(Left to Right: Nylon, Retrospeck, All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Contrast)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Review: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush

'Soap and Glory Sugar Crush: Body Scrub with smashed brown sugar & sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains. Use in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.)'

Sugar Crush is packaged in a 300ml tub and, as with all Soap and Glory products, the packaging is fun, girly and eye-catching. Although the tub is attractive, it isn't the most practical packaging as you have to scoop out the scrub with your hands so it's easy to get water in the tub and it can get a bit messy.

The scrub itself, a mixture of smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains has a tangy, citrus scent - pleasant and not over-powering. You only need to use a small ammount of this as a little goes a long way. The sugar and macadamia grains exfoliate the skin really well. This definitely isn't a gentle scrub, you can really feel it working. This is perfect for me as I love a good scrub, but if you have sensitive skin you may find this to be a bit harsh. The almond oil in the scrub is incredibly moisturising and leaves skin feeling soft and supple, after the exfoliation.

This is the best exfoliator I have ever tried! Personally, I dislike gentle exfoliators as I like to feel an exfoliator really working, smoothing and buffing my skin - Sugar Scrub definitely does that. After using this, my skin feels amazingly smooth and soft. I really like to use this prior to fake tan application as it exfoliates my skin so well, making a perfect base. It's also perfect to use for scrubbing away those last bits of fake tan! The only downside to the scrub is the packaging, which can easily get messy, but this isn't too much of an issue for me as it seems most body scrubs are packaged in tubs anyway.
I will definitely, 100%, be repurchasing Sugar Scrub and would definitely recommend it! You can purchase a tub from Boots and it costs £8.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Forever21 Small Haul

Last week I placed a small order from Forever 21.

I've only ever bought a top from the Forever 21 store in London and that was when it first opened so it was absolutely packed and you could hardly move - it was a nightmare! But after browsing online, I really like the selection of clothes and the prices are really reasonable too. I think I'll definitely be placing another order in the future!
Bow print cardigan - £15.50
Top - £18.75

Monday, 12 March 2012

March Glossybox: Harrods Edition

'Harrods is joining forces with online beauty company GLOSSYBOX to create a limited edition beauty box in March containing a handpicked selection of luxury sample sizes courtesy of some of the world's most sought after brands. Harrods, world renowned for being at the forefront of the beauty trends, luxury brands and innovative beauty technology, is the first luxury department store to partner with GLOSSYBOX. Personally picked by the Harrods beauty buyers, the carefully crafted selection of luxury samples ensures that this limited edition GLOSSYBOX will be the most coveted ever!'

A lot of suspense and excitement was created over the March 'Mystery Box', and when it was announced that Glossybox had collaborated with high-end department store, Harrods, I couldn't wait to open the box and see what was inside!

What was in the box

Narciso Rodriguez. For Her Eau De Parfum - I really like this perfume. With notes of Honey Flower, Orange Blossom & Amberlyn and Vanilla, this perfume has a lovely, feminine scent. Perfume samples aren't the most exciting product to receive but they are handy for keeping in your handbag.

Molton Brown Heavenly Ginger-Lily Moisture Bath & Shower Gel - I was so excited when I saw this in the box. I love Molton Brown products! It has a lovely, relaxing scent and feels very luxurious. I can't wait to try this out! It comes in a generous 50ml bottle, perfect for overnight stays or travelling.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum - This product is aimed for mature skintypes and promises to 'increase youthful activity in skin cells.' Although I don't really need to use anti-ageing products yet, I do like face serums and will definitely give this a go. It also claims to add radiance and plumpness to skin.

Burberry Beauty Miniature Lip Cover 'Rosewood' - I love the gorgeous, Burberry packaging! In the tube, the lipstick looks very brown and I wasn't sure I'd actually like it, however the lipstick applies sheerly and can be layered to intensify the shade. It's a rosey-brown shade, which isn't usually what I'd go for but I do like it. It's incredibly moisturising on the lips, and smooth and creamy in consistency.

Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream - After receiving the Clarins Extra-Firming Day and Night creams in my previous Glossybox, I was really pleased to see the body cream, this month. I've been really impressed with the face creams and can't wait to try this out too.

I'm so pleased with this month's box. I think the selection of luxury, high-end products are perfect for the Glossybox and Harrods collaboration. My favourite products are the Molton Brown bath & shower gel and the Burberry lipstick.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

My Favourites: Fake Tan

I started experimenting with fake tan when I was about 13 and after many orange palm and patchy tan disasters over the years, I've now found my favourite fake tanning products to give a natural, even tan. I have a little shelf in my bathroom cupboard, crammed full of different fake tans, but these two are my top favourite, most-reached-for and most-repurchased. I'd highly recommend both of them.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion - £5.10
I've used a lot of gradual tans over the years and this is by far my favourite of them all. Packaged in a 250ml bottle with a pump, this lotion is really easy to apply. One coat gives a nice, natural glow but I like to apply two layers to intensify the tan. I apply one layer to my whole body, let it dry and then apply another layer on top. The tan builds up really well and gives such a lovely, natural-looking tan. It's the perfect 'tan' shade and has no orange or muddiness to it all. This lasts well on the skin and fades really evenly, not looking patchy or 'scaley.' It also has a nice, chocolatey scent. This is my most-used tan and I've been through about 4 bottles now! It's a total must-have product for me.

Xen Tan Dark Lotion - £17.99 (FeelUnique)

Xen Tan is a brand which has become increasingly popular within the last year or so, but I've actually been using the Dark lotion since I was about 15 years old, after a friend recommended it to me. The lotion is so smooth in consistency so glides easily onto the skin and it's tinted so you can clearly see where you've applied the tan, making it super easy to apply. I've actually found with this, that it's almost impossible to get a streaky or patchy result. I've been quite slap-dash with this before and gone to bed with it looking a bit of a mess, but showered it off in the morning and still been left with a nice, even tan. This is another tan which can be built up and layers really well for a deeper shade. It gives a very natural, olive-based tan. I find this lasts from 5-7 days on me, with regular moisturising and gentle exfoliating, and does fade quite evenly. It also has a lovely, almond scent. I've gone though countless bottles of this, over the years. I'll always have a bottle of this in my cupboard!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Essie Nail Polish Haul

Yesterday, I went to the Professional Beauty Show. I needed to stock up on some beauty supplies like wax strips and nail files, but I also treated myself to a few nail polishes.

After purchasing two Essie nail polishes in the Christmas sales, I fell in love with them and was desperate to try some more. I find them so easy to paint with, they have good pigmentation and last well on the nails. I actually think I prefer them to my OPI and Nails Inc polishes!

I'm glad I waited to purchase them at the exhibition though, as they were a lot cheaper than in the shops, at approximately £5 each.

(L-R: Topless and Barefoot, Sand Tropez, Mint Candy Apple, Tart Deco, Over the Top)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

My Dressing Table Mirror

I've been having a sort out and re-organizing parts of my room this week, and I decided I wanted a larger mirror for my dressing table. After a bit of searching online, I came across this gorgeous, Renaissance style mirror from Matalan. I ordered it on Tuesday evening and it was delivered promptly on Wednesday. I absolutely love it! I love the 'Shabby Chic' look and pretty detailing on the frame. It goes so nicely with my room and it's huge so is perfect to use when getting ready, doing my hair and makeup. The best thing is it only cost £25!
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