Saturday, 30 May 2015

Essence HAUL

I was very kindly sent a few Essence products to review from the lovely people at Wilko's, i'd never tried out Essence before so I was rather excited to test them all out.

The first product to catch my eye was the gorgeous pastel coloured "All About Romance" eyeshadow palette (£3.50). When I lightly swatch fair priced eyeshadows i'm a bit of a snob and expect them to be chalky and lacking in pigmentation- this product put me in my place! The silky easy to blend colours had amazing pigmentation and the colours are all easy to wear and can be used for lots of different occasions. This is definitely my new day-to-night palette!

Next up I tried the 06 "Barely There" long lasting lipstick (£2.30), this was far more sheer than expected but the colour is gorgeous and the lipstick is, as the name suggests, long lasting.
The packaging for the "Lash Princess False Effect Mascara" (£3.30) is super cute, the tube is shiny and black with green rubber detail for grip on the top of the wand, making it look adorable whilst providing grip.

The last products in my box of treats were two of their "I Heart Trends" Nail Polishes in 05 "Pure Soul" and 06 "Baby Doll" (both £1.80 each). They were quite watery and as you can see kind of leaked to the side of my nails, this works when you apply three very thin layers but it's not one for a quick polish and go. 05 is the top picture and 06 is the bottom, as you can see the colour is quite similar but 06 has a lovely golden shimmer in it.
 
Have you ever tried essence before? Are there any products you'd recommend I tried?
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

UK Drugstore Haul June 2015- Boots & Superdrug

Superdrug and Boots are having some epic reductions at the moment so I thought I'd show you what I picked up!
In Superdrug the Neutrogena 400ml deep moisture body lotion was reduced from £5 to £2.48, we use these all the time so this was a great deal for us so we picked up 6- 3 sensitive lotions and 3 normal lotions. Buy the sensitive lotions here and the normal lotions here. They're ultra moisturising and easy to use with the pump.
Naturally, I cashed in on some beauty deals. The collection 2000 concealer is a favourite so even though it wasn't on offer I picked it up for £4.19 here.

Boots are doing a 3 for 2 offer on maybelline at the moment so I picked up two of the Fit Me concealers for £5.99 here and their Lash sensational mascara for £7.99 here. Superdrug have a bit of a better offering for maybelline at the moment with 2 products for £10 but the two products I wanted were out of stock in store and online so I opted for boots.

I've been hearing a lot of things about make-up revolution but I hadn't got around to trying them so I picked up their Vivid baked highlighter in golden lights here for £3.

Reviews of all of these are soon to come so keep your eyes peeled!
I've owned my previous hairbrush since I had been 13 so the matte layer was gradually wearing off and it became quite sticky to hold so I picked up the Tresemme paddle brush for £5.99 (reduced from £6.99) here.
Next week I'm going on holiday so the SPF haul was a must! I picked up Simples kind to skin SPF30 moisturiser here for £6.99. I normally stick to suncream but the Nivea SPF20 tanning oil was half price, reduced from £14.99 to £7.48 here.
I also picked up a classic Nivea lotion in SPF 20 here for £6.28 reduced from £12.59.
Then we have the things that just needed topping up. I've heard great things about dove conditioners so opted for the dry oil dove conditioner for £2.97 reduced from £5.99 here.
Dad opted for his classic deodorant and shaving cartridges- the deodorant is £1.79 here and the cartridges are £14.99 for 3 here.
Our toothbrushes were reduced from £18.75 to £12.50 here.

Hope you enjoyed this haul!

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Relaunching my blog! (Before + After photos included)

Blogging was my first love, recently Youtube caught my eye but never once did my love for blogging, and reading blogs, stop. I do however find that I pour my heart into my newest adventures and neglect the adventures already embarked on (apologies for the soppiness of this, i'm listening to "All of the Stars" by Ed Sheeran- gets me every time).

Whilst I have been updating my blog occasionally, I haven't been giving it anywhere near the love it deserves. I still had my theme I made back when I first started in 2013- partly because I made it at the beginning of my blogging adventure and partly because I don't like change. However, over the past month I've been wondering how to update my look and make my blog more current and a little nicer to look at. I got designing and made a blog header and the rest I left the master of blog design- pipdig. I am thrilled with the results- this is my new refurbished little corner of the internet and I love it. Here are the before and afters.




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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Bravura London Lovin'

My skin isn't the happiest bunny at the moment. The cold weather is causing my skin to breakout and be uber dry- not ideal!

When I received this package I breathed a sigh of relief- finally, some help! I started off by using the ginseng toner after removing my make-up. My everyday moisturiser is ginseng and there's something about having matching skincare that's oddly satisfying. It was gentle and carried a very light scent. 

After applying the toner I moved onto the scary bit- the acids. I received Salicylic Acid (2%) and also Lactic Acid (10%), the Salicylic Acid is far weaker than the Lactic Acid so I used it on my forehead as it would target the spots without drying out the skin too much. Next I used the Lactic Acid, this is a very drying and strong formula so I used it on my blackheads. I found the Salicylic Acid was my favourite of the two as the results were evident the next day but I think the lactic acid will take a few weeks, and treatments, to be effective.

After washing off the acid after leaving it on for about 15-20 minutes I used the Hydraluronic Acid Serum which is a gel like serum that you apply all over your skin to add moisture- this was ok. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad. 

The last step was using the moisturiser, I thought the casing was gorgeous so had high hopes but was a bit let down. I found it rather sticky.

I recommend the ginseng toner if you want a refreshing make-up removal treat and also the Salicylic acid if you have problem skin but don't want a harsh treatment. 

All products available at http://www.bravuralondon.com/
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Prom 2015: Get Ready With Me



Have any of you had your proms yet? If yes, what was your favourite moment? If no, what are you looking forward to the most?
I love watching these sorts of videos so hope you enjoy mine. I do a hair and makeup tutorial and dress style, feel free to ask me any questions! Love you lots.

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