Thursday, 26 July 2012

BHS Studded Pumps

I had lunch in the BHS cafe last week and on my way out I noticed these studded pumps. I've never really looked at the clothing or accessories in BHS before so was quite suprised to see they actually had some nice pieces. These pumps were also available in black and grey but I love the nude pair. They look so pretty on and they're really comfy too.

They cost £18 but were reduced to £15.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Review: Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

'Problem: blocked pores, blackheads, congested or flaky skin. Solution: gently exfoliate to buff away dead skin cells and impurities for smoother, clearer skin. Containing purifying eucalyptus, softening cocoa butter and fine jojoba beads.'

Liz Earle's Gentle Face Exfoliator is packaged in a 70ml bottle with a pump, which allows you to easily control the ammount of product dispersed, avoiding waste.

The exfoliator is a thick, creamy paste and has an extremely pleasant, subtle, minty scent. It contains purifying eucalyptus, softening cocoa butter and fine jojoba beads. When massaged onto the skin, the jojoba beads gently buff the skin - the beads are noticeable but very subtle and gentle. The exfoliator feels soothing and refreshing, thanks to the eucalyptus. Liz Earle recommend concentrating use on the forehead, nose, chin and jawline and then rinsing off with warm water.

After rinsing this off, my skin does feel lovely and smooth. The only problem I have with this is that, as the beads are very fine, they can be hard to completely wash off. I often find the beads have collected in my eyebrows and hairline when I go to apply my moisturiser! I now tend to use a muslin cloth once I've rinsed off the exfoliator to ensure the beads are thoroughly removed. I usually use this 2-3 times a week as it is very gentle. Liz Earle say 'use as often as needed.'

Would I repurchase? Probably not. I do really like this exfoliator and it does leave my skin feeling lovely and smooth. Also at £13.50 it's not too expensive. However I find it too time-consuming to use as the beads are difficult to rinse off and I think it may be a little too subtle and gentle for my liking. I'll continue to use this and finish it, but I think I have other exfoliators which I prefer and which suit my skin more.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Review: HD Brows Precision Tweezers (Glossybox)

'Refine your brows with these high precision tweezers. A specially designed slanted tip and fine point are perfect for gripping even the shortest of hairs. With its sleek, slim line black finish, HD Brows Precision Tweezers are a must for any brow perfectionist.'

I received the HD Brows Precision Tweezers in my latest Glossybox. The black, powder-coated, stainless steel tweezers sport the HD Brows logo and have a slanted tip and fine point which is designed to grip 'even the shortest of hairs.'
I've compared these to my usual Tweezerman tweezers, and the size of the tip is much finer. I have used the really pointed tweezers in the past and I can't stand them as I find them way too sharp and I always end up pinching my skin, which is incredibly painful! The Precision tweezers are a nice alternative as they have a slanted tip with a finer point than most standard tweezers. They are brilliant for precision and allow you to easily grip stray hairs, even the short, stubborn ones. The HD Brows tweezers also make it easy to single out hairs, thanks to the precise tip, which is something I struggle to do with my Tweezerman's.
I really love these tweezers! They are so easy to use and I love the size of the tip, which gives better precision for gripping stray hairs. At £19.95 they're not cheap, but I think they're still a little less than Tweezerman and so far, I think I actually prefer these!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer

'A lightweight, creamy, discreetly opaque concealer. Provides a smooth, long-wearing invisible coverage for all skin blemishes. Water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-blemishgenic. This emollient-based, lightweight concealer is so concentrated that a tiny amount can provide opaque coverage of the skin's imperfections and discolourations. It effectively covers dark circles, blemishes, moles, tattoos and birthmarks. Enriched with antioxidants (derivatives of Vitamin A and Vitamin E), it also contains Silica to help adsorb the skin's oils.'

Studio Finish is packaged in one of MAC's 7g black pots, the same packaging used for their eyeshadows. I have the shade 'NW20' which is too light for me considering I typically wear NC30-NC42 in Studio Fix Fluid but I've had this concealer for a long time now and I always apply concealer before foundation so it works fine. It also has SPF 35.

Studio Finish has a very thick texture. I do find it can feel quite drying on my skin and be difficult to blend, when applied directly onto the skin. I find I always need to use this on top of a primer, such as Smashbox Photo Finish, for it to apply smoothly and blend well. It does give really good, full coverage and easily conceals any redness or blemishes to even out my skin tone. This would be perfect if you have a lot of imperfections you want to camouflage.

Although I do like to use this on my face, I find it looks terrible on the under-eye area. The thick texture makes the concealer difficult to blend and it feels very drying. I find it accentuates dryness, sinks into fine lines and has an overall 'cakey' appearance.

Studio Finish is an ok concealer. The coverage is fantastic and it hides imperfections perfectly but the texture makes it difficult to blend, it's very drying, it settles into fine lines and makes my under-eye area look cakey. Apart from the need to conceal the odd spot, my foundation is usually enough to even out my skin tone, so for me this isn't really a worthwhile purchase. I definitely think there's cheaper and better concealers on the market and once I've used this up I won't be repurchasing.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

NOTD: OPI Mod About You

 Essie have overtaken OPI as my favourite nail polishes. I can't actually remember the last time I used another brand of nail polish other than Essie, let alone purchased another brand. That was until I purchased 'Mod About You' by OPI, earlier this week. I've been wearing Essie's Fiji for the last few weeks and although I adore it I do find, especially when I'm wearing fake tan, it's just a touch too pale and can look stark in contrast to my tan. I wanted something just a little warmer, with a bit more pink to it - which is how I came to find 'Mod About You.' It's a pretty, creamy, pastel pink and I love it. It applies well with two coats and OPI's 'ProWide' brush makes application easy, although I do find the polish to be a little on the streaky side. That being said, I love the shade and it's reminded me to use my OPI's more.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Review: Australian Bodycare On the Spot Stick

'There is nothing worse than the last minute breakout that appears moments before that big occasion. This easy to use Tea Tree Oil and Witch-hazel formula will quickly reduce the breakout-causing bacteria and diminish redness.'

Tea Tree Oil is a natural essential oil steam extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree grown in Australia. It is well known for its natural antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. The company, Australian Bodycare only use Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) which out of the 110 different varieties of Tea Tree Oil has been proven to contain the most beneficial natural properties for healthy skin and hair. 

Australian Bodycare's Spot Stick is packaged in a 10ml tube with a rollerball. The rollerball design makes application easy and you apply this directly onto blemishes. The antibacterial properties of the spot stick mean this is a hygenic method as it is 'self-cleaning.' Australian Bodycare recommend applying this 4-5 times daily, onto any problem areas.

The Spot Stick contains a combination of essential oils - Tea Tree Oil to cleanse and fight bacteria, Geranium for antiseptic and toning properties, Vetiver for stimulating and anti-stress and Lavender for calming and relaxing. It also contains Witch-hazel to cool and calm the skin. This combination of oils gives the spot stick a strong, herbal scent - the most prominent being the tea-tree. You only need to use a little of this on blemishes so the scent isn't actually noticeable for too long.

I've been using this for years now and can honestly say, it works. the tea tree and essential oils speed up the healing process of spots and dry them out, especially the dreaded under-the-skin ones, but because of the natural oils, it's not at all harsh on the skin. It really soothes and calms spots. It's not a magic 'quick-fix' and it's not going to make spots disappear, but applied regularly it will help to diminish spots, both in size and redness. Although this is primarily a spot stick, the tea tree and antiseptic properties also work perfectly on mosquito bites, cuts and stings so it's a great all-round product. I wouldn't be without mine and whenever I get a spot, I instantly reach for this.

Australian Bodycare On the Spot Stick can be purchased online from Look Fantastic and costs £6.

Friday, 6 July 2012

MAC Tinted Lipglasses


Wearing my current favourite - Underage

I've always been a lipstick-kinda-girl but recently I've found myself reaching for lipglosses over lipsticks - MAC tinted lipglasses to be more precise. They seem to be a product you either love or hate, but I love them. Yes they are very sticky on the lips but they have the best colour pay-off I've ever found in a lipgloss (including the lighter, nude shades) and they're long lasting. I currently own seven shades - Frankly Fresh, Splashing, Viva Glam Gaga, Easy Lounger, Oyster Girl, C-Thru and Underage (as seen above left to right.) Mostly pink or nude shades - perfect for everyday wear, although I'm definitely going to pick up a few brighter shades for summer (if we ever get a summer in the UK!) I love the look of Lychee Luxe so that's next on my list and maybe Russian Red too.

What are your favourite lipglosses?

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bargain Buy: Lancome Hypnose Duo


I've quickly realised that working in London is very dangerous for my bank balance, as I regularly find myself walking round the shops in my lunch break. Although, I have to say I was very pleased with myself when I came across this bargain set on the Lancome counter in Debenhams. As I've mentioned before, Lancome Hypnose is my all-time favourite mascara and one which I've repurchased many times. For me, it's the perfect formula and gives my lashes incredible length and volume, but at £21 per tube, it's not exactly cheap so when I saw this Hypnose duo set, containing two full size Hypnose mascaras, I just couldn't resist! With this set, each mascara works out at just £15 each so you're saving a total of £12! There were also duos of some of the other Lancome mascaras like Doll Eyes, but Hypnose is my definite favourite. I do love a good bargain!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

A Small Clothing Haul

H&M Nude Top: £4.99
Dorothy Perkins Wolf Print Top: £16
Primark Union Jack Print Top: £6 (I think! I've removed the tag!)
Primark Leopard Print Dress: £13

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

An Update From Me

I just wanted to appologize for my absence from blogging. I've recently started a new job in London, so have been adjusting to the longer hours and commuting time! Everything's going well though and I'm really enjoying it. I've actually got this week off which is nice, so I'm definitely going to take advantage and get a few posts up. I've been doing quite a lot of shopping too so should have quite a few hauls and reviews up soon!

Hope you're all well :)

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