28 December 2015

MY CURRENT NUDE H&M LIPSTICK COMBINATION

H & M LIPSTICK IN SEASHELL AND LIPGLOSS TWICE AS NICE

Hi Lovelies hope we all had a great christmas today I thought I would share with you all my current favourite nude combo from H&M's new makeup range.  If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen way back in October I picked up a few bits from the range.  The makeup range launched in October across selected stores and quickly sold through many of the items.  The range its self if you have not seen has a few hundred items in it, which can be hard to navigate but these are my two favourite lip products so far are these.  I have a love hate relationship with the packaging love the gold but find the cream gets dirty, but overall looks classy considering the price point.  These two have to be my favourites first up you have the cream lipstick in Seashell £7.99 this is a lovely nude pink which is really creamy when on.  It has a good level of coverage and colour and lasts around 4/5 hours.   I then top it with the Lustre lipgloss in Twice as Nice £6.99 which is a nude pink lipgloss which delivers a sparkly sheen it reminds me of the same finish as the Mac dazzleglass but less sticky.    

Have you tried any of the H&M Makeup line?

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21 December 2015

TOPSHOP POWDER BLUSH IN DREAM PHONE REVIEW & SWATCHES

TOPSHOP POWDER BUSH IN DREAM PHONE REVIEW & SWATCHES

Hey Lovelies hope we are all doing well I can't quite believe we are only a few days away from christmas! Well I hope everyone is feeling festive and looking forward to christmas today I bring a post all about this gorgeous powder blusher from Topshop.  Now I have been a fan of Topshop makeup for a long while and my two favourite products are lipsticks and cream blusher so when I spied this powder blusher I knew I wanted to try it!  

TOPSHOP POWDER BUSH IN DREAM PHONE REVIEW & SWATCHES

One of the great pluses with this blusher is in comes with a mirror inside making it a compact which I love downside is the white packaging it gets dirty in your makeup bag! This is a dark pink / berry colour with gold shimmer and as you can see from my swatch it looks like I have bruised my hand but when on the cheek it gives you a flush pink look which at the moment is much needed colour.  

TOPSHOP POWDER BUSH IN DREAM PHONE REVIEW & SWATCHES

The blusher is really pigmented and I have been using a duo fibre brush to apply it so I can really control and build the level of blush at the moment it has been more than normal due to lack of tan!  it lasts around 6-8 hours on the skin depending upon what I am doing.  If you have not already, it is worth checking out the Topshop makeup range.

Available nationwide and online £7 Topshop Dream Phone Blusher 

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18 December 2015

MY FAVOURITE CULT CLASSIC NARS LAGUNA BRONZER

NARS LAGUNA BRONZER REVIEW

Hey lovelies today I bring you a post all about my favourite Bronzer and cult classic Nars Laguna Bronzer.   I hit pan last month and have been scrapping by trying to make it last and have completely used all of mine up.  So I repurchased it straight away when there was 10% off at John Lewis price matching last week and knew I had to snap it up that's how much I love this product!  Now its no secret that I am a big fan of Nars you will have seen many of their products on the blog before they are outstanding in quality and hard to beat.  This is why by far this bronzer is one of my favourites I come back to time and time again and it now sits in my hall of fame of makeup products.  The bronzer comes in the standard back rubberised packaging with a massive 8g of product you definitely get your moneys worth and it lasts ages.  I love the fact you get the mirror making it a compact really useful when in your handbag.  There are actually three bronzers in the range Casino, Irresistiblement and Laguna but I have only ever used Laguna as it is for mid tones.  It has finely milled powders with subtle shimmer within  but not glitter so it can create a healthy glow or be used for contouring.  It is a cult classic for many reasons it works on so many skin tones as it is a medium tone bronzer with ashy tones making it great for contouring, it blends like a dream and has great pigmentation.  I use this predominately for contouring as it is fairly matt but in summertime to warm up the face swell.  It has good staying power around 8/10 hours.


What is your favourite bronzer?

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14 December 2015

SOAP AND GLORY THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER REVIEW

Soap & Glory The righteous Butter Review

Hey Lovelies today I bring you a post all about this gorgeous pot of loveliness and I want to start up with saying how much I love Soap & Glory products in general they are one of my fav ranges in Boots.  The packaging is pretty standard Soap & Gory with this product in the pink theme with vintage style photos all very stand S&G the product it self is in a 300ml size round tub screw top lid.  I personal prefer squeeze type tube packaging as you then don't have to dip your hand in every time but I really like this product.   

Soap & Glory The righteous Butter Review


As you can see it has a medium to whipped texture the cream is light but very moisturising.  It is thicker than a lotion as it is a butter but not heavy like some can be.  It absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and is recommended to apply post shower/bath for even quicker absorption into the skin.  The butter contains shea butter and Aloe vera with the original pink scent and is non greasy.  The butter contains the siginute pink fragrance, which is a light summer fragrance containing orange leaf, lemon, peach,sweet strawberries, summer rose, gardenia blooms and jasmine. I personally love the sweetness of this fragrant body butter and find it really good for dry skin.  I picked up a mini first to try out before purchasing the large size and highly recommend doing so this size it £10 and available at Boots.

What is your favourite Soap & Glory product?

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9 December 2015

NOVEMBER MAKEUP AND BEAUTY FAVOURITES

November Makeup and Beauty Favourites

Hey lovelies today I bring you my November Makeup and Beauty favourites well a few new favourites this months and products you will have seen before.  

H&M lipstick in Seashell you will have seen last month I picked up a few bits from the new H&M makeup range.  This is one of my favourite items I picked up the lipstick is a lovely creamy glossy nude a new favourite of mine I love the packaging! 

Chanel Chance Eau Vive love this perfume it is floral fruity but light, a great fragrance that surprised me how much I liked it that so it is addictive.

Clarins Instant concealer this is the second tube of this concealer that I have bought so it must be good as it gives such a great coverage and does not crease in the little wrinkles good for a mature skin and really moisturising it does not dry the skin.

Mac Prolonger Paint Pot  in Vintage selection this is my current go to base shadow a nude shade with glitter within it stays put all day a great base or on its on for a natural day look love this shadow!

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum love love love this serum expensive but totally worth it as really hydrates my skin all day a full review on the link!

Uriage micealer water this is a french pharmacy brand which is not talked about as much but really worth checking out if you suffer hyper pigments, sensitive skins or skin issues.  I have been using this brand for about 18 months but not tried the micellar water.  This is for sensitive skin and as you can see I have used a lot of this as I really like this product great on sensitive skin.

N07 Nail Polish Hot Lava nail polish a great quick drying bright red I have been waring non stop on the toes all month dries really quickly only two thin layers needed to get a even colour.

TanWorx SelfTan a big favourite of mine a fake tan that looks good, fads well and does not smell of faketan! Really easy to use and gives a good colour full review on link.


What were your favourites this month?

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7 December 2015

#BLOGGERSXMAS EVENT

#Bloggersxmas

Hey Lovelies today's post is all about how I had the pleasure of attending the #Bloggersxmas event on Saturday at Finchs  in London organised by the lovely Jasmine & Kirsty from Soeurs de Luxe.  It was such a lovely venue situated in central London just off Finsbury square easy to find and get to.  Jasmine and Kirsty did a great job organising the event as I imagine there is soo much that goes into organising and preparing events like this so a massive well done and thank you to them!

First up before the event I met a few other bloggers and we went for a lunch near by which was a great chance to catch up and chat and talk all things blog.  Then we headed over to the event when we arrived we were met and given a individual keyring, which had been made by Aloha Lola Cards such a fab idea and personalised.  First was the photo wall which I could not resist a quick picture! 

#Bloggersxmas

There were lots of great brands exhibiting at the event these were a great mix and I had fun chatting to them all and getting to know them further!



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My top tips if you have not attended any events before are to be yourself, be prepared to talk all about your blog and what makes your different to everyone other one as it is more competitive now!  It helps massively if you have business cards as not only does it look professional and that you are investing in your brand / blog and it makes it easier for people to contact you after the event.   If you don't have any don't worry it is not the end of the world ( I have a post on my Business cards here if you want to know more)  Also have your phone charged so you can Instagram and tweet as well as there is often extra prizes to be won and don't be afraid to take lots of pictures and ask questions!


Overall it was a great day where I met some lovely brands.

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4 December 2015

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HER 2015


Hey Lovelies today I bring you the second of my gift guides and this time it is for the females in your life, mum, wife, daughter, aunt or friend.  Hopefully if you have still got shopping to do it will give you some ideas to help you in your Christmas shopping.

Rose Gold Large crystal hoop £50 Karen Millen | Felt green Fedora hat £25.00 Oasis | Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag £15.00 Charlotte Tilbury | Glitter phone case £16 Skinny Dip | Cat Slippers £6.99 Amazon | Brown printed jumpsuit pyjamas £28.00 River Island | Real Techniques Bold metals gift set £30(currently half price £60) Boots | Marc Jacobs Daisy Gift set £77.50 Debenhams | Charlotte Tilbury Nocturnal cat eyes set £29.00 Selfridges  

All of these are gorgeous presents that anyone would like to receive it is definitely worth shopping about as there are lots of deals on perfumes and beauty gifts at the moment.

Did you get any good gift ideas?

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30 November 2015

MY FAVOURITE LINER MAC BLACKTRACK GEL LINER REVIEW


Hey lovelies today's post is all about my favourite gel liner Blacktrack  by Mac Cosmetics.  I have tried lots and lots of gel eyeliners over the years and I always find I am forever going back to Backtrack as nothing never seems to quite live up to it.  Why you may ask? why is it the best and worth splurging the extra £10 compared to a drug store / high street brand versions.  It is the blackest in colour, smudge proof, long wearing and glides on easily.  Due to my oily lids I find a lot of liners smudge and wear off very quickly however this lasts 12+ hours easily.  It has the darkest Jet black colour to it and you only need to sweep one layer over unlike some eyeliners.  It has a good texture to it creamy not to drying or to wet so it glides on very easily, I normally team with my real techniques brush.  Yes at £16 it is on the pricier side but I totally think it is worth it so I don't look like I have black eyes all day!  

What is your favourite black gel liner?

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25 November 2015

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM 2015

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM 2015


Hey lovelies today I am bringing you the first of my annual gift guides and I am starting off with a what I always think and consider are the hardest present to buy for, the men in our lives wether this is for dad, brother, boyfriend or husband.  I know it can be quite difficult to buy for the men I find buying for my husband relatively easy but my dad is much harder so need all the ideas I can get.   I know a lot of people will have started their christmas shopping if you are like me and like to start and Finnish as early as possible but if you have not and need some inspiration.  Look no further here are some ideas to help you with your christmas shopping.  

Superman suit bag £12.99 MenKind | 007 James bond Eau de toilette gift set £21.95 Boots 
Curry and Chips Milk chocolate £3.95 Not on the High Street | Black Messenger Bag £35.00 Next
Premium Dressing Gown £29.50 M&S | Initial cufflink £12.95 TM Lewin 
Black leather gloves £35.00 Dune | Beanie hat £12.00 ASOS
Jeff Banks Watch £85.00 Debenhams 

Did you get any good gift ideas?

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23 November 2015

CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SERUM REVIEW

CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY MICRO SERUM REVIEW

Hi lovelies, today I bring you a post all about this high end beauty from Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum.  This is probably one of the most expensive skin care items in my routine at the moment at £66 it is definitely not a impulse purchase, I am a sucker for all things Chanel as they usual soo good!  I picked this up in Duty free back at the beginning of October when I went on holiday so I have been using it for 6/7 weeks now and feel I have a good idea of the product so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.  It looks like it is a blue colour in the bottle but it actually comes out clear the packaging is standard clear chanel style bottle with a pump dispenser with a light blue tint on the inner tube.  I really like being able to see the product and know how much you have used.  

This is a super light serum so good for anyone who does not like the thick silicon feel a lot of serums have.  For the science bit the serum is designed to deliver intensely 24hr hydrated and healthy looking skin.  It contains Camelia and blue ginger micro droplets of oil with patented technology designed to deliver active ingredients directly on the skin the product aims to hydrate and plump the skin.  In a nutshell it is super hydrating great for dry skin types like mine.  I love this serum as it is super light weight, I apply two pumps first thing in the morning  to my face after cleansing it really keeps my skin hydrated all day.  I have noticed it looks more radiant and have had no flaky skin which as the weather has changed to a much colder climate recently it is a miracle it is not flaky something I normally find.  Yes it is a high end beauty purchase so definitely recommend anyone thinking of purchasing it to go to a counter and trying it first this is what I did so I knew I liked what I saw and wanted to buy it if you can buy it on Duty free as it is £15 cheaper!

Have you tried any Chanel skin care?

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20 November 2015

ONE HECK OF A BLOT PRIMER BY SOAP AND GLORY REVIEW


Hey Lovelies hope you are well, today I bring you a post on this new product from well known and loved brand Soap & Glory, this is their new primer One Heck Of A Blot.  Now if you don't know what a primer is I will explain a little further you apply this post moisturiser but before makeup for many reasons.  Primers aim to give us that much sort after perfect flawless looking skin.  They aim to correct a multitude of skin issues whether if its hydration, pore reducing, colour correction, oil control the list is endless.  Worn after moisturising the skin but before makeup they are a added layer in my routine which can make a huge difference and normally can be quite pricey.  Soap and Glory are one of my favourite brands stocked in Boots and have some fab products so when this hit the shelf at £10 I was really keen to try it out!  Now if you don't already know I have dry sensitive skin with oily eye area so I generally use products for dry skin however I have days when my skin is a little bit oily and shinny.  This primer is part of the one heck of a blot family there are 3 products in the family a foundation, powder and primer.  All of which are designed for all skin types but they are mainly aimed to absorb oil, control shine and make pores look smaller.  



The primer comes in a squeeze tube that is easy to dispense the product.  As you can see it comes out a light pink colour and has a silky & creamy like texture to it with added vitamin E it aims to keep makeup in place all day along.  It leaves a matt finish to the skin due to the shine bloc formula which is there to even out the skin tone.  It applied nicely and easily to the skin and my base went on well over the top.  I did not have shiny skin for a good few hours without powder and with powder it was much longer.  I definitely think it made my makeup last longer as my skin drinks foundation up very easily.  For £10 I think it is definitely worth picking up and giving a try.   



Do you use a primer ? Which is your favourite ?

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18 November 2015

FLEUR LOVES EYLURE LASHES REVIEW


Hey lovelies today I bring you a post on these lovely lashes from You Tuber Super Beauty Vlogging star Fleur De Force.  Fleur was one of the first Blogger / Vloggers that I started to read and watch on Youtube so I was Interested to see what her lash range was like.  She recently teamed up with Eylure lashes to bring out a range of lashes and with Eylure being my go to eye lash brand.  They have a large selection already from natural to dramatic easily available on the high street around £5 -£6 per packet and are available everywhere.  There are 4 different lashes in the range Simply Fleur, Fleur loves, Fleur& Fabulous and Couture Fleur which are individual lashes these I picked up in my local Boots.  I have the Fleur loves lashes which are a 3/4 length lash designed to add volume to the outer edge something I have not seen before.  I have to say Eylure lashes are on the whole really good and are definitely my brand of choice as they are inexpensive and reusable I would normally get about 3 wears maybe 4 out of a set of lashes.  These were super easy to put on you could wear these day or night as they just give a subtle feline flick.  They do come with a small pot of glue however I always use Duo glue as it is more long lasting.  These were comfortable to wear and In had to issues putting them on I really liked the look they created.  It has been a while since I have been excited or wanted to wear lashes so well done Fleur!


Have you tried any Eylure Lashes?


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16 November 2015

WHAT TO BUY FROM NYX COSEMETICS

NYX COSEMTICS SWATCHES AND REVIEW

Hi Lovelies hope you are well today I am bringing you a post on the fabulous makeup brand NYX cosmetics.  Now if you are a avid makeup hoarder, lover or addict like me then you will have seen or have a few items from this American drugstore brand and I always hear nothing but great things about the products but they are impossible to get hold off until now!  You maybe lucky and own a few items from their range from when they were available in Next a few years ago now or in their recent pop up shop in Selfridges well fear not if you missed out as they are now stocking at Feel Unique and Boots online.  I have yet to see them in Boots stores so please let me know if you have at the moment you can purchase from the online store and then do collect from store.

A little background about NYX cosmetics for those of you are new to the brand it started only available at trade shows to Professionals only in 00's and gradually grew in size year on year by word of mouth. They have done some crazy colours and products over the years like the green lipstick and generally hold hundreds of products and shades in their ranges. They were available in the uk in Next a couple of years back but the stands were always empty well the ones I visited, now a days they are freely available in the drugstores in America and are widely seen across the internet.  I first used NYX products when I visited the USA and have always picked up items on my travels.  As you may have heard or seen Feel Unique and Boots are now stocking NYX.

NYX COSEMTICS SWATCHES AND REVIEW

There are loads of great products available here are just a few of my favourite from the range and some shades I use :

HD Finishing Powder in shade Banana is a light weight finishing powder that is mineralised based it is ultra light weight and has a matt finish.  It is fine on the skin but also brightens it is soo good for the under eye area or a highlight area. I use this to set my under eye area as it helps reduce those dark circles.  

PB Powder Blushers I love these little square pots of pressed powder blush really silky and pigmented.  There are over 25 shades in the range out of these I have a couple of favourites there is  Bordeaux* a rich burgandy and I also love the peach and dust rose shades.  

LG Lipgloss Mega Shine available in 64 colours so literally a shade for everyone two great shades is Beige Pearl* a gold colour and Beige a pinky nude colour are my firm favourites.  A cute touch to the packaging is the bow on the top of the doefot applicator on these lip glosses they are sticky lip gloss but packed with pigment and shine.

BLG Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait* is a lovely pink shade and there are 24 shades available in total in the range.  These are sweet smelling with sheer coverage not sticky and great over lipstick so add that gloss factor.
  
JLP Jumbo Lip Pencil I love these chunky lipstick pencils where you don't need to use a separate lip  liner pencil and lipstick great for on the go the shade Soft Fuchsia* is a great nude matt pink.  A good everyday shade that goes with lots of different looks.


Have you tried any NYX products ?

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13 November 2015

TANWORX SELF TANNING LOTION* REVIEW


Hey Lovelies today I bring you a post all about fake tanning.  As you will have seen last month I was on holiday and since I have been back in the UK my tan has rapidly faded despite all my efforts, which did make a difference, I was using a Tan Maintainer it has ( cry / sad face) sadly gone.  I have been fake tanning since I was about 15years old and would like to think I have used my fair share of brands and different tanners over the years, but yet to find that perfect one some have come close and been really good but not that holy grail tan this time I may have just found it!  

I am always up for trying out new brands and sharing with you my thoughts so today I am talking about fake tan.  You will have seen on my recent holiday I have been using the the TanWorx Tan Maintainer which I got as part of the Look Fantastic Beauty Box in September and have been really enjoying using it to maintain that spray tan!  So when I got back from Holiday I was really keen to continue that golden glow and have been using  Self Tanning Lotion by TanWorx* non stop over the last month.  Tanworx if you have not heard of the brand is a British Brand made in the UK produced and formulated in Cheltenham Spa all their products are made using the best of natures plants, herbs, minerals and essential oils.  They are also against animal testing and are considerate to the environment so a brand I can really relate to!

There are lots of different types of tanners on the market and my two favourite application methods are spray or lotion which you will of seen me talk about before.  As I find these to be the most fool proof application methods of tan for me due to quickness as sometimes I want to tan in a hurry.  For natural long lasting tanning I like a lotion for the fact you can see what you are putting on and where due to them being coloured lotions.  I was make sure that I Prep my skin otherwise it could be a disaster I have to have exfoliated within 24hours of applying and my skin has been thoroughly moisturised playing special attention to my dry patches elbows, ankles and knees.  

My top Tips for applying this lotion would be to use a Tan Mitt to ensure that you have even application, I use a mitt with all types of fake tan application and you can pick them up for a few pounds something I highly recommend.  The great thing about this product is it is brown in colour so you can see exactly where you are applying and can not make mistakes.  I used shade fair-medium and yes when it comes out the bottle it looks really dark in colour but trust me it is not the shade that you end up with and it really delivers a light golden brown.  The bottle comes with a standard pump and I literally pumped it twice straight on to the mitt and then work my way from my feet all the way up my body in circular motions ensuring I cover all areas of the body adding more lotion to the mitt as I work my way around covering head to toe.  

Then I leave to air dry for about 5 minutes and pop my PJ's on and go to bed at this point you can smell the familiar fake tan biscuit scent which if you fake tan regularly you will know what I mean it is not strong and you hardly notice it.  In the morning 8hours later I pop in the shower and rinse off the residue and you are then are left with a nice golden colour tan no streaking at all and the best bit no biscuit scent at all Yep that biscuit scent which you could smell at application once you have showered you can not smell anything.  I spent ages walking around in my house in the morning smelling my arm looking kinda crazy as I could not believe it and thought I have literally must be wrong.  This is the first fake tan I have used that does not smell!  It delivers a lovely golden glow which would be great for pale skins or just topping up your current tan. 

Post one week on the first application of tan it has worn amazing with no flaking or patches anywhere I could not of been happier and have found my new go to Tan!  Well worth checking out it is available for £20 Look Fantastic

Have you tried TanWorx self tanning lotion?

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9 November 2015

PRECIOUS GEMS BY BARE MINERALS*

BARE MINERALS PRECIOUS GEMS REVIEW AND SWATCHES
BARE MINERALS PRECIOUS GEMS REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hey lovelies today I bring you this gorgeous trio called Precious Gems* from the Bare Minerals Christmas Collection yep I mentioned the c word! Now a few weeks back I was invited by Bare minerals to see all the Christmas products launching this year.  So today I am showing you my favourite gift set from the Christmas releases.  This set is now available so I wanted to share it with you all so you don't miss out!

First up this lovely trio comes in the white and gold packaging which was designed by UK based illustrator Sarah Coleman and it is so pretty.  The set contains three of the pop of passion lip oil balms in shades plum, pink and nude.  They look like a lipstick but they are actual a balm as they contain fruit seed oil and vitamin E so they just melt on the lip. 

BARE MINERALS PRECIOUS GEMS REVIEW AND SWATCHES

I have to say these are super soft & creamy when they on and they melt away so you do need to reapply but because they are so soft you don't mind, they leave a light stain on your lips which makes it last a little longer.  Normally these are £16 each so it makes good value at £25 for the set of three and would make a great present for any makeup lover or your self this christmas.  I have been carrying the pink and nude ones around non stop in my bag as I just love them so gorgeous on.   

Have you checked out the Christmas gift sets from BareMinerals ?

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2 November 2015

OCTOBER MAKEUP, HAIR & BEAUTY FAVOURITES

OCTOBER MAKEUP & BEAUTY FAVOURITES


Hey Lovelies hope we are all well today I bring you my October Makeup, Hair and Beauty Favourites as you can see I had lots of them this month.  Well I don't think any of these are really any surprises as I have been talking about these products for a while now.

Balance Active Formula Hydrating Body Lotion £5.49 love this spray moisturiser coconut smelling ultra moisturising body lotion is really hydrating and was great for my holiday prep really quick and easy to use.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash this was in the Look Fantastic 1st Birthday Box a new product I have never tried anything from bliss before.  I was pleasantly surprised it smells amazing and has small exfoliating beads within good for everyday use I will definitely be buying a full sized of this.

Sebastian Professional Penetraitt shampoo & Conditioner  this was also in the Look fantastic 1st Birthday Box and a new hair product for me to try this was a sample size and I got about 3 washes out of this as I have really long hair it made my hair really super soft and will be checking it out.  

    Now you will have seen that I was on holiday this month and so my go to base has been these two beauties from Estee Lauder I have been using a combination of the two products.   

Estee Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Moisturiser £40.00 I have been using this for years and love it as it super hydrating and tinted great for on holiday as it is two shades darker and great when I have a tan.

Estee Lauder Double wear BB makeup this is more like a hydrating light weight whipped moisturiser which is great for hot climates I find my skin can still breathe under it but it gives more coverage than the tinted moisturiser.

Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer £15.50 my first love this concealer was one of the first that I can remember using about 15 years ago and even thought it has probably been updated it still blends so well.  This was in shade NW25 and comes with the doe foot applicator so really easy to use and combined with the tinted moisturiser worked well on holiday.

Smoky Naked Palette £38.00 by Urban Decay I picked this up at the begging of the month and I have been using it non stop! my favourite shades have been High & Dirty Sweet I can see I am going to get a lot of use out of this palette!

Embryolisse Lait Concentrate  I love this as a moisturiser and having been using for about 18 months it is great to apply before applying makeup it makes your base just glide on.  This is the small 30ml size which fits perfect within my makeup bag.

Last up a newish lip product that has already become a firm favourite from Bare minerals.

Pop of Passion oil Lip Balm £16.00 this is in shade pink passion this is so creamy and gorgeous on the lips just lovely!

What have been your favourite products this month?

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30 October 2015

FLEUR DE FORCE LIP GLOSS IN STARRY NIGHT

FLEUR DE FORCE STARRY NIGHT SWATCHES

Hey lovelies hope we are doing well on this Payday Friday can't believe it is the end of October! Today I bring you swatches and a review of this Lipgloss or I think more of a liquid lipstick from Youtuber Fleur De Force  I am always super cautious when a Youtuber  brings out a makeup range as will it actually be any good and worth getting?  But having seen swatches of the products on Fleur's channel first before release combined with the fact I had a voucher for Feel unique it seemed a match made in heaven.  

Now technically this is a lip gloss but I think it is more of a liquid lipstick as it is way more pigmented and a little thicker than a gloss.  I really like lipsticks and lip glosses but don't really own that many liquid lipsticks and at £6.99 this is a really reasonable price so picked this up!  I choose the shade Starry Starry Night a gorgeous berry shade perfect for autumn.  

FLEUR DE FORCE STARRY NIGHT SWATCHES

As you can see from my swatch it is a pretty berry deep pink shade, very glossy, very rich and pigmented in colour but not too sticky when its on the lips .  It lasts a good couple of hours no more or less than hughstreet / drug store brands and is really lovely consistency.   I have to say for a first collection I really like this and will definitely checking out other shades!

Have you tried any of the Fleur De Force lipglosses ?

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28 October 2015

MY DUTY FREE HAUL

DUTY FREE HAUL PHOTOS

Hey Lovelies today I bring you a haul from my recent trip to Cancun Mexico.  Now I don't know about you but every time I go away It is a kinda of a excuse for a splurge in Duty Free at the airport on beauty products as they are generally a lot cheaper! Now I picked up four products in total in duty free on this trip three skin care and one makeup all of which I made big savings on!  

First up the lovely Estee Lauder day wear which you will have seen me talk about before on the blog.  My current tube had practically run out and it is a must have for me when I am on holiday as it is really hydrating but also gives a small amount of coverage this is normally £40 but I got it for £32.  Then I picked up from Clarins a travel exclusive set this means you can only purchase it in duty free & airports and travel places.  This was the make up removing mini trio which has a cleanser, toner and the fabulous waterproof eye makeup remover.  At £16 this means each bottle is just over £5 and as I travel quite a bit I thought this was a great little set.  I would get lots of use out of this set due to the sizes of the bottles as they can be used in carry on.  This trio comes in two skin care types I got the Normal to dry skin as I have dry skin the other is for oily combo skin.

Next up two items from Chanel (love love love Chanel) the first is the Hydra Beauty Micro Serum a intensive serum with micro droplets of camellia now I had been eyeing this up since it came out and knew I wanted to pick this up as I would make a considerable saving buying it in duty free this retails normally for about £66 and I saved £15 buying this in duty free which is a lot!  Yes I know that is quite a bit of money on one product but so far I can say it has been totally worth it and will report back once I have been using it a while longer!  Next up and last I repurchased one of my favourite foundations which is Vitalumiere Aqua foundation I wear shade 30 this is one of the lightest natural looking foundations, good colour match and lasts really well all day.  It works well on dry and my sensitive skin so absolutely love it!

Do you ever splurge at Duty Free ? What do you like to buy?

MyBeautySleuth
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26 October 2015

TRAVEL : CANCUN MEXICO

Cancun Mexico


Hey lovelies hope you are all well today I bring you a very photo heavy post pictures from my recent trip to cancun Mexico (sorry not sorry).  I had a amazing time despite the 5 days of tropical rain (insert crying face) however the resort we stayed in was amazing the Secrets Silver Sands resort adult only premium luxury.  I went with my lovely husband and we had a amazing suite room so would highly recommend!  There were 8 restaurants and 8 pools including a incredible infinity pool very luxurious with waiter service by the pools.  Here are some pics from my holiday I think they do the taking for me ...... 

Cancun Mexico
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Cancun Mexico
Cancun Mexico
Cancun Mexico
Cancun Mexico






I had a amazing time on holiday and a great resort can't wait to go again!

MyBeautySleuth
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23 October 2015

TRAVEL SIZED PRODUCTS A.K.A MINIS

Trade Sized products


Hey Lovelies Today on the blog we are talking about miniature sized products or minis as I fondly call them.  I like minis for two reasons firstly they are a great way to try out a new product without committing to something you may not like and secondly for travel as then you can take your favourite beauty, hair or skincare items with you but not weigh down your luggage because let's face it we always want to take loads of products with us when we go away.  This month I have been travelling and to Mexico and it made me think about what are my favourite miniature sized products!  I think there are more available now then before and brands re now producing most best sellers in minute size.

Now I get my minis in three different ways first up through Subscription boxes my favourite is the Look Fantastic boxes where for £15 a box you get at least 6 miniature sized products of some highend products so work out great value for money and if you do your research you can select the box which has the most benefit.  For example last months look fantastic birthday box was all about hair which for me was great as I needed miniature hair products for my holiday.  

The other way I procure my minis is when I purchase large size products from major brands like Clarins I do it strategically when they have 'gift' on so again I pick and choose my favourites that I use in regularly size but get them in small sizes.   Or if I am just purchasing one product I always ask for samples of others because most large counters stock samples if you don't ask you don't get! most of the time I pick up at least one or two samples.

Last up if I am short of a category then I purchase them from either my local supermarket e.g Asda have a good selection most of the year around or I get some from feel unique as they have a really good selection of higher end products in miniature sized.  You could alternatively decant your full size products but as I travel quite a bit I find it easier to purchase miniature sizes of products.


Do you use travel size products? If so which ones are your favourites?

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21 October 2015

URBAN DECAY SMOKY PALETTE FIRST IMPRESSIONS


Hey lovelies today I bring a first impressions of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette which was released back in August.  Now I already have Naked palette 2 which I really like and when this was released I thought it looked interesting but held off initially.  It was not until I was up close and personal with this palette and got to swatch it and see its full glory I decided I really wanted it in my life.  At £38.00 it is a purchase I debated upon, read lots of reviews and finally gave into when I saw it in real life.  Deciding I did not really have a palette like it in my collection already I took the plunge and purchased it.  The palette features a equal amount of matt, glitter, shimmer, warm and cool shades 12 in total which is why I can see how it is popular.  As you can literally create any smoky look day or night it is really that versatile.  It comes in a hard plastic case in grey smoky translucent pattern with a magnetic closure to keep shut.  I really like the fact this is a study case harder to damage and better for travel it also comes with a duo ended brush which is a really good and soft brush for blending. 


The shadows are everything you expect from Urban Decay Velvety, creamy, blendable and seriously pigmented I think the formulas are slightly different from Naked 2 slightly drier but not massively noticeable you do also get a lot less fall out as a result.  Out of the 12 shades 9 are new shades with only Radar, Amour and Black Market making a reappearance which is good.  So far my favourites in the palette are from the shimmer / glitter shades are in High "champagne shimmer", Smoulder "deep plum" & Dirty Sweet "medium bronze".  In the matts Combust is a really great crease shade for me as is a good neutral "soft pink" shade along with Whiskey a "rich tone brown".  

Have you ever bought a product and then get home and realise you don't know what to do with it well with this palette you don't have to worry as included is a step by step detailed guide on how to create four different smoky eyes from day to night what a great idea!  I can't wait to see all the different looks I can create with this palette and what a lovely palette it is.

Whats your favourite Urban Decay palette?

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19 October 2015

KEEPING ORGANISED : THE PERSONALISED TOAD DIARY*


Hey lovelies today I share with you my ways of how I keep organised.  Being a blogger and working full time means that you have to juggle a lot of plates at the same time which can be either really successful or a disaster zone.  So how to I do it? I use a personalised Toad Diary*

Now in order to juggle both full time work and a blogger you need to plan and there are lots of tools to help you do this.  My diary which as you can see is a personalised Toad diary* is what helps me stay ahead of the game and really organised.  I have always used diaries and lists to keep organised over the years and when it comes to blogging it is no different.   Why choose a Toad Diary? Because they do customised diaries with notepads integrated into so you have the best of both worlds, where I can store my notes, lists and plan all together.  Plus how pretty is this design there are lots more designs to choose from. This is the Quarto size but it comes in A4 and A5 as well and there are many styles to choose from so you can get exactly what you need.  This diary helps me to schedule my posts, planing what goes live & when and organising any events I am going to.  Best of all I was able to customised the diary to start when I wanted to mid year and it could not of been a more easier processes to order taking less than 5 minutes total with super fast delivery it came in 3 days.

How do you stay organised? Do you use a diary?

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