May favourites..

This month has been a bit of hit and miss weather wise, which I suppose is good thing during my exam period, however; the weather I wanted was the wrong way round (which is typical). At the start of the month I was doing some hardcore law revision in the sunshine and having major hay-fever attacks where I thought at one point I was going to lose my sight, and by the 12th, (my birthday) it was torrential rain all day, which is highly unusual for this time of year. Nevertheless, it’s not stopped me thoroughly enjoying some beauty favs; some of which I have bought, and others which I received as gifts for my Birthday.

First and foremost is Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Eau de Toilette 50ml

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This perfume smells absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, I ran out of my Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, which is my strong scent I like wearing in evenings (mentioned it in previous spring tag blog), so I wanted to replace it with another as Light Blue, I find, is quite a scent suited for winter. On a recent trip to Boots, however, I noticed that this limited edition perfume had 20% off, which is always appreciated! I’ve always been a fan of Marc Jacobs Lola and admittedly, I’m a sucker for great packaging so loved them even more because of the lids, it just makes it that more appealing, so when I saw this offer I knew I had to buy it. This perfume oozes summer and is a perfect scent to wear at any time of day. There is a strong scent of citrus with a hint of flowers, and reminded me of Escada Pacific Paradise that I have worn summer a couple of years ago. It is long-lasting and I have worn it every day since I purchased it. It is limited edition and there is still a 20% discount so for a 50ml bottle you can purchase it for £36 instead of £45.

Secondly, is Mac Lip Pencil in Dervish.

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I only bought this lip pencil yesterday, but I know this is going to be one of my summer favourites. I wanted a lip pencil which is pretty much the same colour as my lips – but better. I know people may not see it but I have slight lip discoloration from an accident when I was two years old. I smashed my lip open on a radiator and had to have microsurgery to stitch my lip up back together. Considering the scale of the accident, I’m surprised my lip wasn’t left completely mashed up, but luckily has only left a white scar, however; I can notice when doing my makeup, if i leave my lips clean they do not look as full as they could. Therefore, using this I am able to fill my lips out whilst  maintaining a natural look – perfect!

This third product is something that I have sworn by for the past six years. It is the Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Face Mist.

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I use it during the winter when I’m feeling pale, and I use it even more as the summer months begin to near and I want to get a head start with my tan. I put it on at night after cleaning my face, and then by the time I wake up in the morning, I have a natural, streak free face and neck tan! It is simple to use, doesn’t leave strange streaks on the face and is still natural looking.

Now my next product isn’t a beauty one, but fashion! It’s a yellow and white clutch bag from Primark.

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I haven’t used this bag yet as I haven’t been able to go out because of revision! But I just know it’s going to come in very handy over the summer, due to the pastel colours which will match most things! I’m hoping to buy a few more as Primark offer a great selection. I’ve been fed up of using m bog-standard black studded shoulder bag so I’m going to try buy a few more to brighten up my outfits!

Cath kidston products are amazing. I’m loving this seasons new floral pattern, especially in this Washbag and Padded Coat Hangers.

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I received these as gifts off my Mum and I love them. I’ve always been a huge fan of theirs and love how every season they bring in new patterns. The washbag is going to be perfect for when I go away and I have used the padded hangers for my coats!

My favourite nail polish at the moment is the OPI Lacquer Nail Polish in ‘a good man-darin is hard to find’. 

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My nails have grown out a lot at the moment so I want to use loads of colours! But this nail polish is one of the most long-lasting and vibrant polish’s I’ve ever used so there is no need to constantly change it. I’m also obsessed with orange so this matches most of my outfits at the moment!

My favourite skin scrub is the St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub.

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This is another item I swear by. I use it every time I shower and makes my skin feel silky smooth. It actually has kept spots and blemishes away from my face at the moment and smells amazing! It lasts a long time and is worth every penny.

Finally, is the Cath Kidston Blossom Set.

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These are two other products that I received as gifts. I’m not a big fan of using non-sensitive products because I have sensitive skin, however, these Blossom shower gel and body lotion have been very kind to my skin. They both smell like talcum powder which I love the smell of, and are very gentle to the skin. I’ve never used Cath Kidston beauty products before but after trialing these two I will be definitely using them again.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my May beauty fav’s and you may share a few of them! Let me know what you think below, and all products have links to a webpage where you can purchase them.

Products included:

Marc Jacobs Daisy Sunshine Eau de Toilette 50ml

Mac Lip Pencil in Dervish.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Face Mist.

Yellow and White Clutch Bag from Primark.

Cath Kidston Washbag & Padded Coat Hangers.

OPI Lacquer Nail Polish in ‘a good man-darin is hard to find‘.

St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub

Cath Kidston Blossom Set.

Con-cealabration!

I enjoy reading various blogs to keep up to date with new or must have products, and an item that has been recommended by so many is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I am a firm believer of Mac Studio Fix Concealer, my one pot lasted me more than a year and it was extremely good. However, when it finally came to the end of its life, I was tempted to buy this inexpensive product to see what all the fuss was about. And boy I’m glad I did..

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Light 2

I have always been a sufferer of dark circles from a young age. It’s not because I don’t get enough sleep, or that my body is dehydrated, I just think it is an ugly thing that I inherited. It’s always been a worry of mine as no one wants to look like something from Halloween every day of the year, however since discovering the Studio Finish Concealer in NW20 I’ve managed to keep any harsh blemishes and discoloration at bay. I’m also a fan of Benefit’s Erase Paste in medium as its quite thick it covers anything up very easily. I’d still happily use these products, but for £4.19 for the Collection concealer, which works just as well, it seems like a waste of money to keep buying expensive products.

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See it yourself…

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Picture One: You can see how dark my circles are before any makeup is applied (I do apologise!)

Picture Two: I dotted the concealer around the problem area, putting larger spots in the corners of my eye where it appears the darkest.

Picture Three: I then used a Real Techniques Base Shadow brush to blend it into the skin – this brush is great for blending. My beauty must haves are the Real Technique brushes. They  are simply amazing and work absolute wonders. 

Picture Four: After a bit of concealer and a groom of the eyebrows it is obvious my eyes are a lot brighter. There is still a slight blue tone, however in this picture I had not set the skin with foundation or a powder. Foundation would help cover this up completely.

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My Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is in colour Light 2, which works great with my skin tone and blends nicely with my Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW20.

So if you want a product that is as good as an expensive one, but a fraction of the price – then head to anywhere near you that stocks this product – you won’t regret it!

Links to all the products mentioned above are below.

P.S. sorry for the disturbing and so-not-funny title!!!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Real Technique Brushes

Studio Finish SPF35 Concealer

Benefit Erase Paste

Studio Fix Fluid SPf15 Foundation

Smashbox Cosmetics

I’ve got to admit, I am a bit of an addict for anything beauty, and always up for trying new things. So when me and my friends ventured into Boots the other week, I decided to investigate the new Smashbox Cosmetics counter. I’ve only recently heard about Smashbox from makeup video’s on YouTube so thought it would be quite a good idea to try out a few new products. At first, I wasn’t convinced. I assumed it would just be another rip-off Mac makeup brand with student un-friendly prices, but no. My mind was changed as fast as you can say kabuki brush.

We ended up looking at the boutique for at least half an hour and went round the counter again and again searching high and low just to make sure we didn’t miss out, now that we’d been introduced to this simply smashing brand (sorry).

I was initially drawn to the sale items (as any girl is) but realized that actually, the current stock wasn’t that much more expensive. They had so many amazing products and I was dying to try them all.

By the end of our visit, we had collectively spent smashbox’s annual turnover. One friend went home with the majority of the facial products after having a makeover, my other pal the ‘Try it Kit’ and lip glosses, and me trying to be kind to my bank account – the Limited Edition ‘Studio Pop for Lips’.

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Picture from Smashbox Cosmetics.
(From left to right) Spiceberry, Candy, Illume, Star, Razzle.

Now I’ve gone through my fair share of different lip gloss’ such as Benefit’s Lip Shines, Bobbi Brown’s High Sheen Lip Gloss, (which are both uncomfortably sticky and result in awkward gloss/teeth situations), and my personal all time favourite that I was introduced to in Bloomingdales – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfecter. However, I have never used such long-wearing glosses that keep the lips so conditioned, like the Smashbox glosses do. I couldn’t wait about trying my new purchases and as soon as we reached the car, I popped open my tin of Studio Pop.

In the box….

One of the first things that attracted me to this product is the metal tin in which the lip glosses come in (sad but true). Within the tin there are 3 Lip Enhancing Gloss’; Spiceberry, a nude/cream pink (and my fav), Illume, an irredescent pink and Razzle, a hot pink/purple which looks great when lightly applied over red lipstick. They separately retail at £14 each.

Then there are 2 Reflection High Shine Gloss in Star, a clear colour that can be put over any lipstick, or on its own to add a subtle sheen and Candy, a bubblegum pink perfect for girly moods. These lipglosses sell at £15 each.

If you can do the math, (I can’t I used a calculator), if I had bought these separately, I’d have paid a whopping £72 on 5 lip glosses which simply cannot be justified; however, I bagged myself an incredible bargain paying just £17 for the 5 glosses which are only a fraction smaller than the full sized. And what’s even better, I had enough points on my Boots card to pay for these so I technically got them for free!

Overall, I think these are great little products which can be put in your bag for a quick top up (even though I don’t think you would need to). Now that I’ve got a starting point I’m hoping to purchase the ‘Try it Kit’ which contains small ‘try-before-you-buy’ sizes of Smashbox’s most iconic products, but I can see this brand easily providing some of my essentials. Such as the Photo Finish Foundation Primer tester I received with my purchase, even though I personally find that primers tend to dry out my skin.

So if you don’t mind splashing your cash on anything pretty, and at a very good value(!!), then why not check out either their website, Facebook or Twitter. 

http://www.smashbox.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/smashboxcosmeticsuk

https://twitter.com/smashbox

 

Easter Beauty haul

As some of you know Boots are currently doing their 3 for 2 offer on selected hair and cosmetics items at the moment. They do these a number of times a year – and this is when I tend to do most of my beauty products shopping, as nothing feels better than getting things you love for free! And seeing as money is in the bank and the sun has been shining – I thought that there would be nothing better than to celebrate Easter with a beauty haul.

I will review some of the items bought separately. There are some products that I have wanted to try for a while, some that were impulse buys and some that I often use.

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(From left to right and top to bottom)

1) No.7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

2) Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo

3) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine

4) Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

5) No.7 Makeup Brush Cleanser

6) No.7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Marsk

7) L’Oréal Nude Magique CC Cream – Anti Redness

8) L’Oréal Nude Magique BB Cream – Light Skin Tone

9) No.7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

So if you fancy filling your boots/shelves/drawers with fabulous products, pop in to your local Boots store today. I think I’m going to pop back in tomorrow for another, oops!

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