Monday, 1 September 2014

August Empties.....

I say this every time I write an 'Empties/Favourites' post at the end of each month....where is this year going? Seriously, I cannot believe it's September already but in a strange way I am very much looking forward to Autumn/Winter this year.

I haven't used too many products up this month but I have discovered and rediscovered some gems!

Birds Of Paradise Eau de Toilette 100ml £16.50 - I don't know about you but I hate using my expensive perfume for everyday wear so when I discovered this perfume from M&S I was extremely happy with it, it smells just like CKin2u, the summer fragrance from Calvin Klein and the scent matches the staying power of CK! I won't repurchase this year as we are approaching Autumn but if it's still around next summer I will definitely be grabbing another bottle!

Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil 30ml RRP £5.50 (currently on offer for £3.30) - This oil smells amazing, does exactly what you would expect from an oil, smoothes, speeds up drying time and helps with frizz without weighing hair down, I will definitely be repurchasing!

Balance Me BB Natural Perfection Cream 40ml £26.00 - Full review HERE.

Collection Sheer Loose Powder 20g £2.99 - This powder has honestly lasted me forever! I prefer loose powders to compacts when applying my makeup to set everything in place, it blends well, gives a matte finish without being too powdery? Make sense? I'm sure you know what I mean!

Clinique Powder Blush in Sunset Glow £22.00 - Again, this product has lasted me a lifetime, I use it mostly everyday for work and it really does last ALL day, the shade suits me perfectly, would I repurchase for £22.00? I'm unsure, I do adore the product but I do think that Sleek's blushers match the staying power of this one and are a fraction of the cost.

B Lengthening, Defining and Volumising Mascara £9.99 - This mascara didn't really wow me to be honest, it's an OK everyday mascara but I have used others for similar prices that are much more suitable for my lashes.

MAC Lipstick in Modesty RRP £15.50 - This is a product I rediscovered this month. I bought this some time ago and it fell to the bottom of my makeup drawers and I forgot I had it, this month I have been using it so much, its THE perfect everyday shade that would suit most peoples skin tone, this is one of the very few lipsticks I have used right to the bottom and I will definitely be repurchasing. I don't think I got round to doing a full review of Modestly so I have swatched it below for you.

MAC Modesty.

Have you tired any of these products? What have you been using up this month?

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Apocalips In Poundland.....

Today I had my usual weekly browse in Poundland, I remeber the days when each week there would be a new brand on the shelves that we all got excited about but recently I have been disappointed until today! 

I have seen Rimmel in Poundland many many times but today I spotted lots and lots of their Apocalips Lip Lacquers.....

There were 2 shades to choose from but at £1.00 each it was an easy decision to grab them both! Apocalips are still in Rimmel's collection and they usually retail for around £6.49 each, however I have a feeling these shades are being or are already discontinued. The shade names are not on the packaging but they are a bright barbie pink and a scarlet red.

I am extremely late on the band waggon with these lip lacquers, they never really grabbed me? I have swatched them many times in Boots and Superdrug and I always thought the pigmentation was absolutely amazing but with the light and creamy texture I didn't think they would last long at all, how wrong I was.....


The texture is very different, it's not a lipstick but not a gloss, somewhere in between but without the sticky feeling of a gloss, it's really smooth and creamy! As soon as I bought it this morning I have been wearing it and the staying power is fantastic!


I love the texture, I love the colour pay off and I love how extremely easy they are to apply!


Have you tried Rimmel's Apocalips? Have you spotted them in your local pound shop yet?


Monday, 25 August 2014

Balance Me VINTAGE Sale - Bargains Galore.....

Those of you that have read my blog for a while will know that one of my all time favourite skin care brands is Balance Me. The lovely team sent me an email about their VINTAGE sale where they have some amazing offers on! This sale started yesterday so be quick if you want to grab some amazing bargains with up to 70% OFF.....

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is one of my all time favourite eye creams and you can pick up this duo including the Wonder Eye Cream and a Facial Expression Filler for a tiny £15.00 RRP £33.00!

Skin Confidence Collection is now £10.00 RRP £27.00!

Super Toning Body Hamper is now £8.00 RRP £17.75!

There are lots lots more offers and bargains to be had and I think these would make amazing gifts (if your super organised and thinking about Christmas these would be fab) or just a bargainous treat for yourself!

Head over to Balance Me's Vintage sale HERE.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Book Club #1.....

I am a huge book lover, when I find a good book I just can't put it down. I go through phases of reading non stop and other times I can go for months without reading a book. 

Recently I have been ploughing through books so I thought I would share with you my favourite author at the moment.

My latest read was called 'Wedding Night' by Sophie Kinsella.

I am a typical girly girl when it comes to books, I like a bit of romance, comedy and a good old twist in the story and Sophie Kinsella does this in all of her books perfectly! She is most know for her 'Shopoholic' series but she has written a host of other books too.

Above are my three favourite (that I have read so far) of Sophie's books and Wedding Night was read over two days....

"It's all gone wrong with the man Lottie thought was Mr Right. Then out of the blue she gets a call from her first love. She decides it must be Fate, and rushes off to marry him and rekindle their sizzling Greek island romance.

Lottie's older sister can't beleive she's doing something so crazy. No more Ms Nice Sister, she's stopping this marriage. Right away! And she'll go to any lengths to do so....."

Some people will think this is your typical predictable romantic book, which in places it is, but I found myself falling in love with a character in one chapter and hating them in the next. It kept me hooked from start to finish and is writen chapter to chapter by each character so you can follow the story by each of their point of view! 

If your like me and like a laugh a page romantic book that you can get lost in then this is a must-read. The best place I for finding books is Tesco, who do new releases for £3.85 or 2 for £7.00, or if you aren't too fussy about new releases get down to your local charity shop and have a goold old rummage.

Have you read any of Sophie Kinsella's books?

Monday, 4 August 2014

W7 In The Buff Palette: Urban Decay Naked Dupe.....?

I have never bought an Urban Decay Naked palette for the simple reason that I think £30+ is far too expensive, so when I won this W7 In the Buff palette on Rachel's blog (Beauty Queen UK) I was very happy as I have seen many reviews saying it's a great dupe for UD's Naked palette.

You can buy this from many many places online for around a bargain price of £4.99 (Amazon are doing FREE delivery on it too at the moment, link HERE).

In the palette you get 12 shades which are all extremely similar to those in UD's Naked palette, but can this cheap as chips palette really live up to one much more expensive.....

The palette comes in a sturdy tin case and has a double ended brush, not one of these foam applicators which you get in some palettes of a similar price, making it feel much more expensive than it is.

As I have never tried UD's Naked palette I can't compare directly the pigmentation but I am very very impressed with the colour pay off! The shades are all extremely pretty with a mix of matte and shimmery shades and they are extremely blendable. The lighter shades do need building up but I do find that in a lot of eye shadows, the nude shades I usually use as a base.

The picture below is taking in direct sunlight so you can see the pretty shimmer of most of the shades, this was after one application and they can be built up for a more intense look. The staying power is also great, my favourite eyeshadow palettes usually come from either Sleek or MUA and this beats both of these for staying power. I also noticed the fall-out was minimal too which is a big bonus!

I am very happy with this palette, it looks and feel so much more expensive than it is and it's a total bargain!

Have you tried this W7 palette?


PS Thank you Rachel!
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My MUA Matte Lipstick Collection.....

Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I adore MUA (Make Up Academy's) lipsticks, at £1.00 each they are so unbelievably good value for money. Some time a go I reviewed one of their matte lipsticks in shade Wild Berry which I have no used it and need to hunt down a new one ready for Autumn, but recently I grabbed a few more to add to my collection. I reviewed Lilac Belle not long ago HERE.

L-R: Lilac Belle, Pouty Pink, Peachy Keen and Scarlet Siren.

I love these matte lipsticks because they last so much longer than regular lipsticks, when you first apply they feel almost waxy but don't let this put you off as they do soften. They are great for building up colour, you can apply one layer for a hint of colour or build them up for a full on effect!

Lilac Belle (right) is my latest addition and I absolutely adore it! I didn't think I would suit a purple lip but I am now officially converted! Pouty Pink and Peachy Keen (two centre swatches) I have to say aren't my favourite shades, I will use them but I much prefer a bolder lip and these shades are much more subtle and would suit people who prefer nude shades. And last but not least is Scarlet Siren, this is a true red, need I say more?

As you can see, some are more used than others!! I find these lipsticks stay on much much longer than normal lipsticks and I don't have to 'top up' as often. For £1.00 they are a total bargain and are definitely my favourite lipsticks at the moment.

Have you tried any of the matte lipsticks from MUA?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Would You Like To Say Goodbye To Waxing And Shaving For Good.....?

What lengths would you go to to keep your skin silky smooth? Shaving is the one beauty routine that I just hate doing, it seems like such a chore to me (a chore that I of course always do) but I do not find it relaxing and I would much rather not do it, but I'm not sure I want to walk around like a Yeti either!

*Sk:n is a popular brand of clinics in several locations throughout the UK, even for us lovely Northerners (but they also have a whopping 9 clinics in london), who provide laser hair removal a long with many many other treatments.

"Laser hair removal is a safe, virtually painless method of removing unwanted hair. It works by focusing a laser beam at the base of the hair follicle, halting hair growth. Laser hair removal is different to the Intense Pulsed Light system (IPL) which uses less powerful, diffused light waves. Laser hair removal can be used on any part of the body, including the most common problem areas: face, bikini area, legs and underarms. Many professionals and celebrities choose laser hair removal as it is considered the highest quality, most safe and effective way to remove unwanted hair from visible areas."

Laser hair removal at skin

I have a friend who swears by laser hair removal  she always said to me it doesn't hurt but is like shots of warm/hot air being applied to you skin, doesn't sound too bad right? I originally thought laser hair removal was just for your legs armpits and bikini line, but how wrong was I.....

Popular Treatments

 Eyebrows, earlobes,  fingers, upper lip, cheeks, chin, sideburns, nipples, jawline and feet are all on the popular treatments list and personally I don't have problems in all of these areas but could you imagine hardly ever plucking your eyebrows.....amazing!

Prices start from £40 and each treatment is tailored to your personal needs as some people will need more treatments than others. After reading up on laser hair removal and also talking to my friend about it I am definitely considering trying it out.

Have you ever had laser hair removal? Would you consider laser hair removal? I would love to know your thoughts.

You can read more about laser hair removal and pricing HERE.

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?