Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Real Techniques: Travel Essentials Set.....

Recently I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the lovely Rachel who writes Beauty Queen UK. The prize was this great Real Techniques Travel Essentials set and a W7 In The Buff palette (which I will be reviewing separately).

I have a couple of RT brushes already but I have always wanted to expand my collection and now I have these beauties.....

Real Techniques Travel Essentials RRP £20.99 (you can however pick this set up at various prices online).

"Real Techniques Travel Essentials Kit includes 3 full-size brushes + case:
- essential foundation brush: Build flawless custom coverage with liquid foundation or concealer
- multi-task brush: for effortless application of powder, blush, and bronzer
- domed shadow brush: tapered design smoothly shades and defines eyes
- panoramic brush case is a 2-in-1 case + stand"

Most of you will already own a RT brush, if you don't you need to invest! One of my absolute favourite brushes from their collection is my stippling brush (which I reviwed HERE, with horribely dark pictures), I have bought cheaper alternatives which just haven't matched the quality and durability of RT's!

This handy set comes with a travel pouch making it ideal for travelling or overnight stays and with the brushes all being multi-use you don't need to bring along you whole brush collection!

The plush synthetic bristles are 100% cruelty free and are super super soft! I really love the aluminium handles of RT brushes as, they are easy to grip and the perfect length.

I now have quite a few RT brushes and I look forward to trying more out!

Do you own any RT brushes? 


Friday, 18 July 2014

Superdrug Sugar & Spice Self-Heating Mask.....

I have a little addiction to face masks and I love trying different ones, clay masks, peel off masks, one that sting your face (I'm pointing at you GlamGlow, in a very good way) so when I noticed Superdrug did a self-heating mask I needed to try it, I'm slightly weird like that and love all of the 'different' masks.....

Superdrug Sugar & Spice Self-Heating Mask RRP £0.99 (and usually on 3 for 2).

"Superdrug's Sugar & Spice Self-Heating Mask is brimming with all things nice!
Relax and embrace the rich and comforting cinnamon and vanilla aromas, while the warming
 sensation helps to cleanse away impurities.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans."

The texture of the mask is quite messy, it's thin making it hard to apply, you need to be quick, I ended up with it all over the show, but as you apply the mask and rub it on your face you get an extremely hot feeling, very very hot! 
After applying the mask the heat faded quite quickly, the mask doesn't dry, and in a way I like the masks that dry and tighten, and it was also quite difficult to remove and when you apply water to your face it feels very....slimy?

Overall it left my face feeling soft and clean but I don't think I would repurchase this one. I have used many Superdrug face masks and one of my favourites is the raspberry seed mask, which I think they have discontinued (or I can't find it anywhere). This one is not for me but it doesn't put me off trying the rest of the range, they have a HUGE selection to chose from.

Have you tried any of the Superdrug sachet face masks?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wilkos Sale: Small Beauty Haul.....

It's no secret that I am a bargain shopper, and a big Wilkos fan too! I popped in the other day for a ball for my pooch (she is a destructive little sod and Wilkos do a ball that manages to last longer than a week before being ripped to shreds, good going for my Darcy), and I noticed they are updating their beauty selection meaning they are having a BIG sale, how could I resist.....

ALL of the cost me a tiny £6.65! 

The Wilkos shower smoothies smell good enough to eat, I picked up the fruity one and honey and vanilla, they cost 50p each!!!

I usually stock up on their 30p face wipes however I noticed they had tea tree deep cleansing facial wipes for 50p per pack so I thought I would give them a whir as well as grabbing some cotton pads as always for 70p and my favourite Palmolive deodorant for £1.00l!

The shower scrunchie things, yes that is the real name, well to me it is, cost 10p EACH!!!

I always have a lip balm at my desk at work and I picked up a pack of three in scents watermelon, grape and strawberry all three for 50p.

I also picked up a nail file, again for my desk for £1.00 and an eyeliner brush (which I have been using for my brows) again for £1.00!!

I them noticed they had pencil cases reduced and thought this pink stripey one would be great for putting my makeup brushes in while travelling and this was a bargainous 25p!

If you have a Wilkos near you go and grab some bargains before they are all gone!!!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

MUA Matte Lipstick: Lilac Belle.....

It's no secret of mine that I have a huge love for MUA (Make Up Academy) lipsticks, they are £1.00, what's not to love?! 

Last Autumn/Winter I used my MUA Matte Lipstick in shade Wild Berry almost every day and I have now fallen in love with another shade from the matte collection.....

I have never tried a purple lipstick, until now, I have always loved them on other people but have never been brave enough to test one out. Lilac Belle is stunning, the formula of the matte lipsticks can seem slightly odd if you have never tried them before as when you first test them they can seem slightly waxy, but they do soften.....

The reason I love MUA's matte lipsticks so much (apart from the price) is because they last so much longer than normal lipstick! They have great staying power, are easy to apply and you can build the colour up as much as you want!

Lilac Belle really is a vibrant lilac which would suit most skin tones.

At £1.00 I will definitely picking up a few more of the matte range, I have three in total, and all of the original lipsticks from MUA, ooppppps. So I must get all of the matte range too, I can never find them all at once as they seem to be so popular and I understand why!

Below is me wearing Lilac Belle when I first tested in out to show you guys on Instagram (hence the filter, cheeky plug I'm over at @emsmixedbag).

What do you think? Have you tried any of the MUA matte lipsticks or a purple lipstick?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Cancer Research UK: Race For Life.....

Next weekend I shall be taking part in Cancer Research UK's Race For Life at Chester racecourse with lots of lovely ladies who I work with. 
Race for Life

Most people will have been affected by this vile disease in some way making it SO SO SO important to raise awareness.

If you haven't heard of Race For Life (which I'm sure you have) it's a women-only fundraising event held in many many locations in the UK where you can run, walk skip, jump or crawl if you really to over 5k or 10k.

I cannot run to save my life, I attempted running last year but I much prefer walking so me and my work friends will be helping drag each other over the finish line to raise money for Cancer Research. 

Every single penny helps and if you would like to make a donation to Cancer Research UK via our group Just Giving page to help us get our back sides over the finish line as quickly as possible please do click HERE.

No matter how small your donation it really does help. I donate to Cancer Research UK each month but I will always try and do as many fundraising events for charity as possible as most charities have no government support.

Thank you

I will be doing a post after the event with lots of pictures to share with you all!

Have you ever taken part in Race For Life or have you already planned to take part this year? 


Sunday, 6 July 2014

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage.....

I have to admit that I have never tried a MAC skin care product, not even their foundations, I'm not sure why I have just never really been drawn to them in any way however MAC recently had some samples available of their Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage so I applied to test it out.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage RRP £21.00 for 30ml.

I received these cute samples this week and I have used them twice already. The product is said to calm and sooth the skin as well as making foundation easier to apply.....

"An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin

, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and 

application of foundation or powder."

When I first applied the primer to the back of my hand I noticed it had a very slight shimmer to it and the texture seemed extremely soft and light, and when blending the product it really did feel soft and evened out my skin tone. I applied my makeup as normal over the top and didn't really notice that it made it any easier to apply my foundation, it was just the same as usual.

After wearing the product for approximately an hour I noticed a not so nice greasy film appearing on my skin, now yes, I do have oily skin but this seemed to irritate my skin and my skin really didn't like it, I felt like my foundation was sliding around my face and even with blotting/applying powder the product kept giving me a shine that I didn't want.

I am usually a big MAC fan, I love their lipsticks, but this product is definitely not for me or my oily skin, I expect a primer to help my make up last all day, this did the opposite for me and helped get rid of my makeup quickly. I will not be repurchasing, sorry MAC.

Have you tried this product or any other skincare from MAC?


Thursday, 3 July 2014

FREE Gift With Purchase: Skinny Tan.....

A few weeks a go I posted about a gradual tan that I had fallen in love with, Skinny Tan Gradual Tan RRP £19.99. You can read the original post and see my before and after pictures HERE. It is THE best gradual tan I have used and it even featured in my June Favourites post.

Well the lovely people from @SkinnyTanHQ have given me a code to share with you for a *FREE pre-tan primer worth a whopping £14.99, the pre-tan primer smooths skin for the perfect tanner application and reduces the appearance of blemishes.

If you want to use this code just enter READTHEREVIEW at the checkout when visiting www.skinnytan.co.uk and your freebie will be popped in to your order, great hey?! Thanks Skinny Tan!


*minimum spend £19.00.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014

June Favourites.....

Where has this year gone?!?! I can't believe we are already in the second half of the year, time to start saving for christmas...... I'm sorry, enough of that!


It's that time of the month again where all of us bloggers share our thoughts on our favourite products of the month in a quick fire 'Favourites' post. So here are my favourites, why I love them and links to my reviews if I have got round to doing one.

1. Skinny Tan Gradual Tan RRP £19.99  - Pictured is the pre-tan primer as I let my friend borrow the gradual tan to try out before her wedding, she fell in love after one application and has now bought the full size version, her words were 'You are the best - amazing stuff, no smells, streaks, defo gonna get some!! Thank you sooo much' - enough to make you want to try it out? If not my full review with before and after pictures is HERE.

2. Barry M Gelly Nail Paint RRP £3.99 - I have yet to review this polish but it has to be one of the best polishes I have used in a long long time. Two coats give an amazing opaque glossy finish which is chip resistant for quite a few days, which for me is a miracle!

3. Neal & Wolf Heat Protection Spray RRP £11.50 but you can find it on many websites for around £7.00  - Have you ever smelt a product from Neal & Wolf? If your answer is no, you must get your hand on some ASAP, THE best smelling hair care products I have ever come across! 

4. Wilko Tangy Rhubarb Shower Cream RRP £0.80 - This smells just like the old rhubarb and custard sweets, delicious and cheap as chips, what's not to love?

5.Rimmel Wake Me Up Radiant Rose Cream Blush RRP £4.99 - I actually picked this up from Poundland, for, you guessed it, £1.00! Total bargain and great for a summer glow on your cheeks.

6. Balance Me Colour BB Cream - I wrote a full review on this product yesterday, one of my favourite skin care brands of all time, read my full review HERE.

7. Benefit They're Real Mascara RRP £18.00 - I think everyone has tried this product, amazing length and volume, I actually won this in a Twitter giveaway from the lovely Emma who writes Glossy Boutique (thanks Emma xx).

What products have you been reaching for this month, any of the above?