Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Autumn Nails - RougeMarie

Hey There,

I was recently sorting through my nail polish draw when i found this little beauty. Its a MAC cream nail varnish in RougeMarie now im a huge fan of red nails especially oxblood/wine reds so im shocked that i let this slip to the back of the draw!
I personally am wearing two coats of this but you could stretch to three or might even get away with one as its pretty opaque. If im honest its not the easiest of polishes to apply (i think the brush could be with being a little wider) but other than that its a lovely colour that stays without chipping for a good amount of time. You could even wear it with a pretty glitter polish over the top such as the new Ruby Crush from Rimmel (HERE) or Disco Inferno by Models Own (HERE) would look really pretty too, especially since where hitting the festive season.

MAC - RougeMarie (Two Coats) 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Chritmas Gift Ideas: Girls

Chritmas Gift Ideas: Girls

Hey everyone, can you believe that christmas is only a couple of months away?
This year has gone way to fast! Now that all the shops have there christmas products and brochures out i thought this would be the perfect time to do a selection of christmas gift idea posts, starting with gift ideas for girls/women. 
Marc Jacobs Dot Gift Set - Everybody loves a good fragrance don't they? and with so many to choose from it can be hard finding the right one for yourself never mind somebody else. One that is been popular with many people since its release however is Marc Jacobs DOT for £50 you get Shower Gel, Body Lotion and a 50ml bottle of the fragrance. 
Soap&Glory Shower Trip Travel Bag -I think this gift would be perfect for a range of woman, something you cant really go wrong with. Withing the gorgeous gift bag you get 6 amazingly scented travel sized products including Clean On Me Shower Gel, The Righteous Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Body Scrub, Hand Food Hand cream, Calm One Calm All Body Wash, Girligo Body Mist, Shower Puff ...thats all for just £18.

Real Techniques Core Collection - A collection of 4 super soft, professional quality makeup brushes all in a simple chic case so great for travel. Im a lover of makeup and i own these brushes myself and i would defiantly recommend trying them or buying them for somebody as you get a range of brushes so there great for both people who are just starting out using brushes and for people who want to add to  there collection. These retail for £21.99 which i personally think is a bargain. 

Ciate Mini Caviar Collection - Remember when the caviar manicure hit the shelves and everybody went nuts for them? well now Ciate have created a miniature collection so you can try them all out! Girls who love to do there nails will adore these as a gift or maybe you fancy treating yourself for just £20?
GHD Pink Cherry Blossom -  I know GHD have been around for ages now and alot of people will have either already owned a pair or currently own a pair but i just love the design of these Cherry Blossom ones and i think anybody who hasn't tried GHD's before will love these. They retail for around £129 which is a little pricey but if your not prepared to splash that much cash then they are really good alternatives you can pick up in boots/superdrug that do the same job. 
Models Own Wonderland Collection -  I like how models own do "box sets" of there collections for just £20 because if you were to buy these polishes separate your looking on paying around £30. There are lots of collections to choose from over on there site but i think this "wonderland collection" are the perfect colours for the festive season. 

Joules Bow Wellies - A good old pair of wellies, now there's a pressie you cant go wrong with. These pair come in Khaki, Black and Pink so a colour to suit everybody's taste. The bow on the front gives them a little quirkiness and at £33 i think your getting a pretty good deal as there great quality and would last for years. 
Phone Case -  This is just an example that i found on the internet but a think a phone case is the perfect stocking filler, you can find them anywhere and for a range of prices starting at £3 working there way up to £50.
Ted Baker Ipad Case - Like with the phone case Ipad or any kind of tablet cases are easy to find however from the minute i laid eyes on this little beauty in John Lewis i loved it! There about £50-£70 pounds and come in a range of colours, my favourite being the rose gold one with black bow. You could also use them for storing notes etc or anything thats small and slim enough to fit inside for that matter.
Micheal Kors Rose Gold Watch - A more luxurious pressie now, great for a sister, mum or girlfriend. This particular one retails for £229.00 and thats one of the cheapest and they have a few to choose from so if unsure i would defiantly check with the person which one they would like if any especially as they have a big price tag. But with saying that just imagine the persons face when they open this. 
St Tropez Mini Bronze - Go on admit you would like to be a little tanner during winter time? well maybe not everybody but for those of you who do or if you know somebody that would like to then these are the perfect little pressie. There small enough to fit in a stocking or good enough to be put under the tree. You really cant go wrong with these. Containing, bronzing lotion, tan optimizer body moisturizer, tan optimizer body polish. All for £15.
Hope you enjoyed reading and ill be back to do a christmas gift guide for men soon! 


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Favourite Drugstore Products

So this post has been on my "to do" list for a while now but i always find it a struggle to pick out my favourite products whether they be high-end or high-street, there's just to many good ones!

Well i finally managed to narrow it down to 10 of my favorites, most of these i have been using and repurchasing for at least a year and a lot of them have been around for absolutely ages so there super easy to get your hands on.

Gosh nail polish in Miss Mole ... A medium brown polish, perfect for Autumn. This is the only Gosh polish that i own but i would defiantly purchase more as there drying time is good and this lasts on me for about 4+ days without chipping. 
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent -  If your like me and have combo-oily skin then a setting powder is probably a must for you, although i do generally steer towards loose powders ive found that this is one probably the best one ive tried.  
Natural Collection Blush in Sugar Plum - This is one of those products your just cannot fault, decent packaging, a cheap price tag, lasts long... there is an endless lists of positives about this product. Although it looks a little scary in the pan (quite purple) when applied and blended out its a beautiful dark/rosey pink colour.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Im sure everybody has heard of this and read at least one review on this product so im not going to sit here and bang on about something thats already been raved to death about. One thing i do won't to know though is why this brand have changed there name from Collection 2000 to Collection yet they still print Collection 2000 on there packaging?
 Collection Lock N Hold in Rock Sand -  I had been looking for a nice nude lipgloss for a while as a lot of ones on the market aren't that pigmented and great. But this one i do love, i like the packaging for a start and at £2.99 you cant really go wrong plus this is super pigmented so there's no need to apply layer after layer. The only downside to this is that its states up to six hour wear, there is no way this is gonna last for 6 hours as it only lasted an hour on me however i can live with that as it ticks all the other boxes for me. 
2True foundation in Sand - Ill be honest in the fact i wasnt sure whether to include this in my favourites as i don't really use it all that much and im not even sure why i purchased it. However the times that i have used it, its been great, it lasts long has a natural coverage and feels weightless on the skin. The only reason i dont use this more is because i like a more medium/full coverage foundation but this would be perfect otherwise. Plus its only £1.99 and at that price foundations aren't normally to good unlike this one.
Rimmel Wow Lash Mascara - Oh how i love this mascara, if your looking for a volumising mascara than this is for you. they also do a mega wow one which ive only tried a couple of times but this one does the job just fine for me. it has a medium sized bristle brush which grabs the lashes really well and only need a couple of coats to make a big difference. To get length as well though i would recommend pairing this with something else as its simply volume only im afraid. 
No7 Lipgloss in Smile -Again another super pigmented and non sticky gloss. This provides a nice colour that lasts for a reasonably long time without being sticky or feeling tacky on the lips. And its a beautiful dusky pink colour which could be paired with so many lipsticks. 
No7 Eyeshadow in Truffle - Im not normally one for eyeshadow however i seem to be going through a phase of gold/brown and anything neutral atm. This ones nicely pigmented with a slight shimmer so could be worn day or night. 
MUA polish - I do love MUA polishes although im not sure they have the best colour range i do like alot of them and like the GOSH one i think this is one of my favourite colours for this season. At £1 you cant really go wrong. 

There we have it my favourite Drugstore products, there are so many more that i love and im always up for trying new things so if you have any favourites then all recommendations are welcome :)


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Hair Care Routine

Hair Care Routine

Hey Everyone, ive been wanting to do this pot for a while now but i couldn't find a good enough way of grouping all the products together to take pictures so i decided to use photos from the internet (therefore these photos do not belong to me.) Also all of these products are easily available in the UK but some may be harder to find in different countries. To be honest i don't really own that many hair products as i tend to stick to what i know and don't really try that many different ones as i love what im using currently. So without further adieu ...

  • Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo - This has been a firm favourite of mine for at least a year now, it really is an amazing product it just makes your hair so soft and smooth. Its great if you have either dry/damaged hair or you have long hair like mine as its really moisturizing and helps with things such as split ends. The price is really reasonable as well £5.99 for 500ml which lasts a fairly long time. 
  • Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner - Like its other half ive been using this for ages, its the only conditioner that ive used thats both super moisturizing and conditioning without weighing the hair down. It smells lovely as well a real sweet bubble gum scent so yummy!
  • Tresseme Paddle Brush - A tad boring i know but this is the only brush i really use on my hair apart from a wide toothed comb (when its wet) i just love the way they glide through the hair and there great if you have long hair me and just want something easy to use and gentle. 
  • TIGI catwalk salt spray - Fairly new product for me, ive tried other "textering" products before but never a salt spray so i don't really have anything to compare it to unfortunately. Saying that though this has had many good reviews and for me i don't feel as though i need to try any others as this ticks all the boxes. The one thing i cant stand is when you wash your hair and then use products that are sticky and weigh it down, and this definatley doesn't do that its so lightweight and is a fine mist so you really cant tell you have used anything. And with trying to stay away from heated tools for a while this has really helped to give a bit of style to my hair as its so easy just spray,scrunch and go. 
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - I don't really find myself using dry shampoo's all that often as i wash my hair every other day and it doesn't seem to get oily that quickly (hense why i buy the mini bottles) but when i do use this i love it. Mainly because it smells so damn good! Plus it adds a tad of volume to your hair which i find other brands of dry shampoo dont. 
  • Ojon Rare Blends Oil - Lets start by pointing out that this product is completely unique its blend of seven oils make sure your hair is getting everything it needs in just one treatment. The product claims to help, soften,smooth, boost shine and help protect towards heat damage. And it does just that, i normally use it about once a week and ive really noticed a difference.
  • Bed Head Urban Antidotes Shampoo&Conditioner - I know some people think this is an old wife's tale but i do believe that hair gets used to shampoo and conditioner if the same one is used constantly for a long period of time therefore every now and then i switch from using Aussie to using Bed Head just to shock my hair (that sounds strange i know) Now unless your gonna purchase these from a salon there pretty hard to get hold of so i normally purchase mine from Ebay, there basically a restoration shampoo and conditioner that restore hair back to a healthy state. (great if you have dry hair, use a lot of heat on your hair, dye your hair etc) Now im a person who will try anything that claims to help unhealthy hair so these for me are "holy grail" items and i dont think i could find anything that works better and quicker than these.
  • Tresemme Heat Defence Smooth Spray- This smells amazing for a heat denfence as they normally don't really smell of anything but this smells fruity and lovely. The constancy of the product is more of a mist then a spray i would say making it all the more better as you don't end up with wet strands after using it. I use this all the time, when im blow drying, straightening and it honestly works wonders in keeping your hair from frazzling.
  • Tresemme Hairspray - Not really all that much to say about this, its a hairspray its nice not particularly special but it holds your hair in place for a long time so it will do. Im a sucker for buying things cause there on offer so i normally just pick up whatever hair is on offer at the time.
  • Tresemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo - If you use alot of hair products or feel like you have used a product that hasn't quite washed out with regular shampoo than this is for you. I use this about once i week just to give my hair a deep and thorough cleanse after ive used my oil treatment. It just makes hair feel weightless and you never have to worry about product build up.
So there we have it all of my hair products in which i use regularly, one thing that i have left out is Mogador hair oil which i have already reviewed but i thought i would use up the last dregs of my Ojon oil before using the Mogador oil. 
What products are you favourite when it comes to hair?

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation Review

Hi everyone,
Today's post is going to be about the Clarins skin illusion foundation. I picked up the magazine InStyle a few days back mainly because it had a benefit freebie within it however as i was flicking through the magazine i noticed that there was a sachet of the Clarins foundation. Now ive never tried any Clarins products before as they have never really appealed to me but i thought i would save the sachet and give it go. Now in my opinion you can never really tell whether or not you like a product by just testing it out the once, so when i visited my local department store the other day i thought i would drop by the Clarins counter and pick up a sample pot of the foundation so i could do a proper review on it. On first impressions it looked Okay i mean the product comes in your typical glass bottle with a pump nice but nothing out of the ordinary. However as i was applying it i realized how much i actually like this foundation. First off it smells really nice (im a sucker for anything that smells nice) it defiantly reminds me of watermelon. Secondly it applies like a dream the only other foundation i have ever used that applies as smoothly and as easily as this does is one by Avon (cant remember which one sorry) it just feels so soft on the skin and has a real weightless feel to it. The coverage i would say is a medium coverage but its defiantly build able. The staying power i would say is pretty average it lasted on me for around 6 hours which is pretty good considering i have oily skin and i don't think this is oil free. The finish is really nice to not completely dewy but not matte either a nice middle ground. It does confuse me a little when it talks about being a skin illusion foundation? I don't personally think it does anything that other foundations haven't so i wouldn't say its unique in any way however if somebody asked me to recommend a good yet simple higher end foundation this would probably be it. Another thing that i forgot to mention earlier is that it has a SPF 10 which is good if your like me and don't use any other products containing a SPF.  

Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation retails for £27.00 (thats in Selfridges it could be cheaper elsewhere)     

Monday, 15 October 2012

Current Skincare Products

Current Skincare Products

Hey everyone, 
So i thought it was about time i did a post on my favourite skincare products, now im currently using all of these some in the day, some at night but at some point or another they all help in keeping my skin blemish free and moisturized.
First up are two Neutrogena products that i have been using for quite some time now and in my opinion have really helped with clearing my skin. I don't have Acne or particularly bad skin but i tend to go through phases of having clear skin for a few weeks and then a "bad" week where i get a load of blemishes at once.The first product thats really helped is the Neutrogena 2in1 wash and mask, i don't use this as a mask but just as a daily wash. Some people have said that this dried out there skin and didn't really work for them so if you have sensitive skin or dry skin then this product probably wont be for you, however with having oily skin i feel as though this has been a skin savior for me. It really helps to fight current blemishes and keep others at bay, whilst making your skin feel squeaky clean. Another product that i love by Neutrogena is there oil free moisturizer, now i used to use this day and night but ive found another moisturiser i prefer to use during the day so this is now becoming my night cream. Again i dont think this would be suitable for dry skin as it is "oil free" and not designed to add any extra oil as such, but saying that it does leave skin moisturized enough and doesn't strip the skin of any of its natural oils. 

Madara Moisturizing Gel whilst on the topic of moisturizers another of my favorites is Madara this is more of a luxury product as it retails for £27 and is pretty hard to get your hands on (i purchase mine from Feel Unique) this is my day moisturizer as i don't feel that it would be moisturizing enough to use both day and night but its great if you have oily - really oily skin as its a gel rather than a cream so it feels much lighter and nicer on the face and works really well at giving a "comfortable" amount of added moisture. 
Balance Me Eye Cream the first time i got my hands on this little beauty was in a magazine (it could have been Marie Claire) i didnt really think much of it and it kind of got stuck at the back of my draw, but last month i found it again and i can safely say its a lovely product. I have never really been one for using eye creams as ive always felt i haven't really needed them. But ive been using this one daily and ive really felt a difference around my eye area. This has a lovely smell to it as well, you cant really tell once you first sqeeze it out the tube but after applying it you get a gorgeous but subtle scent of apricots.
Burts Bees Lip Balm a lip balm is a lip balm apart from saying that it makes my lips feel super soft and nice there isn't really much else to say although i am dying to get my hands on one of there tinted lip balms as they look lovely.  
Lush Angels On Bare Skin Cleanser  over the last few years ive tried alot of Lush products but if there's one that i would re-purchase over and over again it has to be be this, its designed to be used as an everyday cleanser which is perfectly fine although ive always used it as a weekly mask. It helps to reduce redness (which is a problem of mine) whilst keeping the skin to feel fresh and blemish free. I don't think that this would combat any current blemishes but by deeply cleansing the skin i do feel as though it would help to fight off any unwanted bacteria and help to clear blackheads. 
Bioderma Micellaire Water i think every blogger and there friend has either tried this or has at least read up about it so im not going to go into much detail other than its a cleansing water thats brilliant at removing makeup and just cleaning the skin in general. I wouldn't personally use this instead of a wash or on its own as i don't think that it would remove every last scrap of makeup and thoroughly cleanse the skin well enough however to use after washing your face or as a makeup remover before doing a separate cleanse/wash i think this it's perfect, especially if you have sensitive skin and aren't looking for anything to harsh.     

Last but not least is my Simple Eye Makeup Remover before discovery this i got into the habit of grabbing a facial wipe and rubbing everything off as it just seemed the quickest and easiest way to get things done. But after trying one of my mums eye makeup removers i will never put a wipe near my eyes again. Eye makeup removers are designed for a reason, and that reason being is that there gentle enough to use around the delicate eye area, whilst being effective enough to remove tough makeup such as waterproof mascaras and liquid liners. I think this one particular retails for £3.39 for a whopping 125ml which lasts me for ages and ages. 

and so thats it i hoped you enjoyed reading, which products are you loving this month?


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Mogador Hair Oil and TIGI Let it be - Reviews

Hey everyone, so i picked these two products up in TK Maxx a week or two ago and have been using the hair oil in particular ever since. The Mogador Hair Oil was £4.99 and the Leave In Conditioner By TIGI was £4 or around about that price. In my opinion i picked up two great bargains as the Hair Oil normally retails for around £14 plus depending on where you buy it, and the Conditioner by TIGI normally is £5 (again price varies)

Mogador Hair Oil - 
The first thing that attracted me to this product was the packaging as it looks like a medicine bottle which is a little unusual for a Hair product as there normally packaged in a plastic tube/bottle of some sort. Never the less i think the glass bottle makes it look all the more expensive (probably not such a good idea to travel with though.) Also this smells amazing! i cant really describe what the smell is but its just very sweet without being to overpowering or sickly. On to the actually product now i know most people apply hair oils after they shower and onto damp hair but even with applying it onto damp hair i feel as though they still have a tenancy to make my hair oily quickly. Therefore ive been applying it about half an hour before i shower and then rinsing it off and shampooing my hair. Now some people would think that with doing that the product isn't working properly but this is just what works for me. I mainly concentrate the oil on the ends as i feel this is the driest part of my hair and with getting split ends a lot the oil has really helped to soften the hair and stop it from breaking so easily. Also its made my hair feel super soft and nourished without weighing it down or leaving feeling greasy like some oils have in the past. All in all i would defiantly recommend this product as its one of the best argan oils i have tried and although i haven't used many for a long period of time ive tried a lot.   

TIGI Let It Be Leave In Conditioner -
Ive tried many TIGI products in the past and ive loved all of the ones i have tried however for me this was a little disappointing and i expected it to be better than it actually is. I cant complain as it cost less than a fiver but to say that TIGI is one of the top brands when it comes to hair care to me this just didn't live up to what i expected it to do. The two good things about this are the smell (because it reminds me cherry bakewell) and because its part of there Love, Peace and the Planet range which aims to help the planet by having recyclable packing and more natural ingredient within the product. Apart from these two positives there isn't really much else to say about this as ive used better treatments in the past, although this has had a lot of good reviews this just wasn't for me and i don't think i would re-purchase it or recommend it for the simple reason it didn't make a difference to my hair (not that i was expecting miracles or anything).

So thanks for reading let me know what you think of these products if you have ever tried them and ill be back soon to do my hair care routine post!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Anna Dello Russo for H&M

Anna Dello Russo for H&M
Anna Dello Russo Collection For H&M   

Oh how i love this collection, the bright colours, the big statement pieces ... everything is just so beautiful!

I stumbled across this collection when i was browsing the H&M website a few days ago and i new i just had to post about it. I defiantly think this is one of the best collaborations H&M have ever done with anybody and i think that there is a little something to suit everyone within this collection. At the moment ive been mainly eyeing up the jewelry, it just looks so beautiful and eye catching. As you can see from the pictures above all the pieces are very big and bold. Other pieces include clutch bags and sunglasses. All which include great attention to detailing and have an "expensive" sort of look about them. Prices are reasonable to ranging from £25 for one of the more basic rings to £60 for one of the gorgeous bags.

What collections/pieces do you have your eye on?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Beauty Haul

Wow! i haven't done a haul post in forever, mainly because ive accumulated a large number of products that i just haven't been using due to having too many "of the same" products. For example i have about 15 shower gels that are either full or only half empty! See what i mean? so rather than keep hoarding products ive decided to only buy stuff what i am either totally out of or happens to be on an offer that i would kick myself if i missed.

TK Maxx (or TJ Maxx if your in the US) ... ive read so many posts on products people have gotten from TK Maxx recently and if you haven't already been to check them out let me tell you, you are missing out. Normally i don't go into TK Maxx unless its just to pass some time (to be honest) but with them stocking brands such as Bed Head, Macadamia and OPI at the moment i thought it was just too good to miss. So here's what i picked up apart from the (Shower Gel and ren-gen cream which are both from Home Bargains) ...

 First up ...
 Mogador (Argan) Hair Oil - the only other hair oil that i have ever really got on with is The Ojon Rare Blend oil so when i picked this up i was skeptical that it wouldn't match up to the Rare Blend One that i had fell in love with. How wrong was i? Its my new favorite hair product. I love it, first off the smell is gorgeous a real creamy, sweet smell (one that you would sniff all day long if you thought you wouldn't look like a weirdo) Despite having never heard of the hair brand "mogador" before they apparently are a high end brand with this product retailing for £14-£20 depending on where you purchase. I luckily got it at a bargain £5 and have used it a couple of times already. I am going to do a full review when ive had the chance to use it a few more times.

Essie Nail Polishes - These came in a pack of four. At only £10 i saved over £20 as they normally retail at around £7 each. There were a few different packs to choose from but for me these colours stood out the most, within the pack i recieved:
  • Tour De Finance (a beautiful hot pick with blue undertones very similar to Ciate Jellybean)
  •  To Buy Or Not To Buy (a lilac with a subtle pink and blue shimmer)
  • Orange Its Obvious (a bright and vibrant Orange, going to be great for the summer months)
  • Navigate Her (a Olive Green thats going to be the perfect Autumn colour)

TIGI Love,Peace and Planet Cherry Almond Leave-In Conditioner - Oooooo this is so yummy! (not that ive tasted it but boy do i wanna) If anybody has ever tried Cherry Bakewell Tart, this is the smell. At this moment in time i cant really give a review on this product as i haven't tried it yet, but there will be a review on this soon!

Last but not least i nipped to Home Bargains on the way back home and i picked up some Ren-Gen cream, in which works a treat for those horrible marks that spots leave on the skin. Then i just grabbed some Possibility Peppermint Shower Gel, because im a sucker for scents like this!

So there we have it my little beauty haul, hopefully there will be lots more hauls to come over the next few months, thanks for reading x