Sunday, 21 September 2014

Clarins Autumn 2014 Collection - Ladylike

Hey guys! One brand that I have never done a post on is Clarins, I'm not sure why as they have some lovely products, and their recent releases have been seriously good! Clarins also just launched their collection for autumn 2014, which they've named "Ladylike". Most of the products are quite neutral, with a mainly purple, grey, nude shade range, but there are also a few striking lipstick shades! This means today that I am here with a review of a few products from the collection.

Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadow - Nude Beige (01), Taupe (03), Sparkle Grey (05) - £19*
First up are the Ombre Matte eyeshadows! These are described as a "cream-to-powder matte" eyeshadow, but I wouldn't really call them a cream eyeshadow, more of a velvety smooth powder. They really do apply beautifully, and are very easily to blend! As for lasting power, I get a good six hours wear, without any primer, before they start to crease at all, and as my eyes can get quite oily (hence why I almost always wear an eyeshadow primer) I think that is pretty good.

The three shades, out of the range of six, that I got were Nude Beige, Taupe and Sparkle Grey! Nude Beige is quite a self-explanatory name, a matte nude beige shade. I love using this as a base for my eyeshadow as it's a lovely, blendable shade that seems to go with every other eyeshadow shade! Taupe is a dark taupe shade and Sparkle Grey is a gorgeous shimmery purple, grey shade, which is one of the prettiest shades that I've seen. Purple toned eyeshadows are something that I almost never wear, so I was actually surprised that this seemed to suit me really well!

These are a lovely range of eyeshadows, which I would definitely recommend! They are a little pricey at £19 each, but there seems to be a lot of product in each pot and one would make a great Christmas present (yes, I am already talking about Christmas presents).

Clarins Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base - £22*
Following on from the subject of eyeshadow, onto Clarins' eye primer! This can either be used by itself to smooth out your eyelids and add a little colour, or under eyeshadow to help prolong the life of your eyeshadow and reduce the risk of it creasing.

This is tanned skin shade (that's the best way I can describe it), but blends out slightly lighter than that! The shade of this does actually remind me of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer in Eden, but slightly more nude toned. The formulation is really smooth and creamy, plus when it dries it feels incredibly light!

I definitely do notice a difference in my eyeshadow's longevity when I use this, since it can increase six hours wear without creasing, to more than ten hours of wear!

Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette - £35*
This is a product that I have seen a lot of other bloggers raving about! The Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brow Palette is a must have on-the-go palette, as it contains not only three brow powders (which can also be used as eyeshadows), a setting wax and pink highlighter (you could either use this as an eyeshadow or under your brow bone), but also three little tools - mini tweezers, a mini spooli brush and a mini double ended brush (you know the ones, with a sponge brush on one end then a tilted eyebrow brush on the other)! All of this being in one little palette, in my eyes, is pretty amazing, especially if you are going somewhere where you need to pack light but don't want to skimp out on products.

I'll start off with the powders and wax first! For me, I use a mixture of the light and medium powders to fill in my eyebrows, then apply a little of the clear wax to set them. My favourite use for the pink highlighter is under my brow bone, to help define it a little and add some shimmer! The three powders and highlighter are very pigmented, so you only need to apply a small amount of product to the brush.

The tools in the palette are all really useful too! The tweezers are absolutely amazing, they are sharp, great quality and very easy to use. Ah the spooli, probably the most underrated essential makeup accessory there is! I use a spooli to comb through my brows when I am tweezing them, and filling them in to make them look more natural. As for the double ended brush, I haven't found a use for the the sponge end (I've always hated those things) but the tilted brush end is great for applying the brow powder!

This really is a great little compact to carry around with you for any eyeshadow or brow touch ups, so I'd definitely suggest that you test it out! I must say that my only negative would be that I'm not overly keen on the wax, as it is pretty hard to pick up and a little awkward to apply, but apart from that the palette is a winner. 

Overall these are five lovely products, and Clarins really did well with them! I'm very excited to see the winter collections as the autumn one was great. I'd best go and see if I can find some sneaky previews of it somewhere now!

What was your favourite product from the Clarins Ladylike Collection?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Monthly Favourites - August 2014

Hey guys! Can you believe that it's already September?! This year is going ridiculously quick - I mean in only three months it will be December, which I honestly can't believe. Anyway, this time I am back with another Monthly Favourites post! In August there were quite a lot of products that I loved, some new and some re-discoveries.

First off is the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (which I just spotted is 10% off at Feel Unique)! I won this in June from Jordan's competition, and have been absolutely loving it since. I know that there is a huge amount of hype surrounding this palette, but it is honestly gorgeous and completely worth the hype! Almost all of the shades have rose gold or bronze tones, making this palette perfect for Autumn. My favourite shade is definitely Liar, which is a lovely rosy bronze shade, and I use in the outer corners of my eyes!

There are a couple of other makeup products that I loved in August too, both eye products! I had never really tried to apply anything to my eyebrows before, as I found it very hard to find a product that was the correct shade - that was until I found the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow-Volumizing Fibre Gel in Light/Medium. This looks like a mini mascara, since it is in the same sort of tube complete with a little wand! I find the best way of using this is by combing the brow gel up through my eyebrows, then combing through with a spooli to get rid of any lumps of product.

Lastly for makeup is an actual mascara, the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara*! I had this packed away in my makeup drawers, but never actually gave it much attention, that was until Victoria started raving about how good it was. I then decided to give it a chance and test it out a bit more, and I am so glad that I did! It lasts perfectly all day, without a single bit of fallout, plus it rarely goes clumpy on my lashes when I apply it - definitely a winner mascara, especially since it is waterproof.

For facial skincare there has been a few products that have stood out for me, two which are actually from the same brand! I am talking about the Clearasil Ultra Blemish + Marks Scrub and Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Deep Pore Treatment Toner, which I discovered after my skin began breaking out (I would guess because it has suddenly gone quite cold compared to what it was). These two really helped clear my skin up, so I'd definitely recommend them!

There is also another two skincare products that I've loved, the first being the Benefit They're Real Remover*! I kindly got given this mini at the Benefit event, which I went to a couple of months ago, and have absolutely adore it since then. It is a creamy formula, which I apply half a pea sized amount of onto each of my eyes, rub it in a bit, then remove with a cotton pad soaked in warm water! It removes eye makeup extremely easily, so I must repurchase this once I run out. If there is one piece of advice that I could give though, do not get this in your eyes, I have done it a couple of times and it stings a ridiculous amount!

The second is the Nuxe Fraiche De Beaute 24hr Soothing And Moisturising Cream, which is a rediscovery of mine! I used this non-stop last summer, but packed it away when I found it too light for winter, so it was a nice surprise to remember how much I loved it. As I said it's a light formula (it works really well under makeup), but it's also moisturising without being oily!

Ever since the start of this year my hands have been getting VERY dry, and I still haven't figured out why! Something that did help me a lot recently though is the Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life, which is basically a hand scrub that removes dry skin whilst adding a lot of moisture. Even hand cream hasn't been able to give my hands as much moisture as this scrub has!

There has been three lip products that I've adored this month, two being lip balms! The first lip balm that I've been using, to get rid of the incredibly dry lips that I had been getting, is the Blistex Relief Cream. This is honestly the most moisturising and soothing lip balm that I have ever tried in my life, it's not sticky at all and lasts for hours without me needing to reapply it!

The other lip balm is the Burt's Bees Ultra Moisturising Lip Treatment*! I started using this a few weeks ago and it is already one of my favourite lip balms. The formulation is light and not sticky at all, but it also has a really strong shine, meaning that it looks gorgeous by itself!

Another Burt's Bees product I've loved is the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer* in the shade Apricot! This is like a coloured lip balm, meaning that it is very moisturising whilst having a strong colour payoff. The formulation of this actually reminds me of the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks, although the colour is stonger, but for a fraction of the price! They last for hours and have a lovely minty scent.

So, they are my August favourites! As you can see there was a lot of products that I really liked, I guess that it was a lucky month! I hope that I can find just as many new favourites as I did in August, especially some that I could carry on using into winter.

What were your August favourites? 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

My Evening Skincare Routine

Hey guys! Something that I have never done before is a post on my skincare routine, so I thought that it would be quite a fun post to do today. I have never really had a "set" skincare routine, as I'm the sort of person that would mix and match my products! I thought a few months ago that I was getting into more of a routine, since I had been absolutely loving the Loreal Micellar Water, that was until it started reacting with my skin (you don't know how devastated I was about this!) 

I then went on to try and find another cleanser that cleaned my skin as well as the micellar water did, which made me decide to have a complete overhaul of my skincare routine, baring the toner. Normally my skin type is normal to dry, although it can go more on the combination side when the seasons change, so this routine is the one that I use when it is normal to dry! 

I think that I now have got a fairly iron-clad evening skincare routine (I'm still working on the morning routine), which removes every single bit of makeup and dirt from my skin at the end of the day, keeping it feeling really fresh and clean!

To start off I apply some of the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleanser Water onto large cotton pad, pop it onto my eye and hold it on for a few seconds, then wipe away my eye makeup! I have had this cleanser shoved away in my bedroom for ages, but never showed it much attention until recently, however it is really good so I'll definitely have to repurchase this one.

Once all of my eye makeup has gone I move onto the rest of my face! For this I like to use the Magnitone Pulsar Face & Body Brush* with the Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Wash, because these two together remove every single bit of makeup from my skin. As both of the products are very deep cleaning, they do leave your skin feeling quite dry and tight, so a good toner and moisturiser is essential! I like to spray some of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic since this alone is really moisturising and smells lovely. For moisturiser I use the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer* which is my favourite at the moment due to it being really moisturising!

I hope that you enjoyed this post! I will have to do a morning skincare routine once I have figured it out a little more, which should hopefully be soon. I have also thought of doing a "spot routine", about what products I use when my skin is more on the oily/spotty side, so if you'd like me to do that post then please let me know!

What products do you use in your evening skincare routine?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Chanel Summer 2014 Collection (Reflects D'Ete De Chanel)

Hey guys! First off, I am sorry for the complete lack of posts recently - blogging began to feel like a chore and I wasn't really enjoying it much but I've now had some time off and hopefully I can get back into the swing of things! 

Today I am back with another Chanel seasonal makeup review, this time for the Summer 2014 collection! This collection is orientated around bold, bright colours, which would look amazing with a Summer tan. As I have stated many times before (and you are all probably sick of hearing), Chanel is such a huge favourite of mine meaning that I was really eager to test these four products out!

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - Hello (184) - £22* Lipglosses are one of those things that can be very awkward to wear, one slight gust of wind and you end up with very unattractive hair-covered lips, however the Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer lipglosses are different! Rather than just being sticky, they have more of a jelly-like texture which reduces the amount of stickiness by quite a lot.

The shade Hello is a very glossy and pretty sheer pink shade, but I prefer to wear this over a lipstick or lipstain as it doesn't have much colour payoff by itself! The formulation is extremely light, and I find that I only need to reapply roughly every three hours which isn't too bad.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - Sweet Lilac (615) - £17.50* Sweet Lilac is a gorgeous lilac shade (which is a colour of nail polish that I didn't actually own), with the most amazing glossy finish to it! To get the sort of strength of colour that I like I apply three coats, but you could easily get away with only wearing two if you'd like a lighter shade. 

I get around four days wear out of this, with a top coat, without it showing any signs of damage which I'm quite satisfied with. I can't wait to wear this more throughout Summer and next Spring and Summer (wow, thinking ahead a bit there Millie)!

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara - Violet Touch (67) - £25* I'm just going to state what everybody is thinking, this is a ridiculously odd shade of mascara! With this being an extreme purple blue shade of mascara, I will have to be brutally honest and say that this is just not something I would wear. 

Colour aside, the application is really nice since it makes my lashes appear longer, voluminous and clump free! You also get the added bonus of it being waterproof, which is definitely the formulation which I tend to favour. This lasts quite happily on my lashes all day with very minor fallout, so I would have to say that this is a lovely product, but sorry Chanel I just can't make the colour work for me! 

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow - New Moon (97) - £25* Who else just instantly fell in love with this product after seeing what it looks like?! New Moon is a beautiful aubergine shade with a slight bronze tinge to it, as well as having a tiny little specks of silver glitter. The Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadows aren't just another cream eyeshadow, instead they have a luxurious creamy and smooth texture, despite the level of glitter - which make them ridiculously easy to apply and blend! 

I've found that there isn't even need for a primer with this product, as it already has that creamy texture that primers have! I get a full day of wear and with very little fallout. I really can't talk more highly of this eyeshadow, it's definitely a makeup must! 

I hope that you all enjoyed this post! My favourite product out of this collection would have to be the Illusion D'Ombre eyeshadow (but I'm sure that you already guessed that). I'm really looking forward to the Autumn collection as it seems to have some gorgeous purple shades! 

What's your favourite product out of the Chanel Summer 2014 Collection?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Summer Essentials

Hey guys! As it has been quite hot recently, and everybody seems to be going on holiday, I thought that it would be quite a fun post to do a post on some of my Summer/holiday essentials. I've gathered together a few of my favourites to hopefully give you some ideas of what to take on holiday with you, or just to generally buy for the Summer!

I always seem to get dry skin in the Summer, more so than in Winter, so I always cling to moisturising body washes! My personal favourite has to be the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream, since it's a really thick formula and moisturising, to the point where I don't even feel like I need a moisturiser after. Obviously you also want to keep your skin smooth too, whether it's because you want to apply a fake tan or to remove any stubborn patches of dry skin, and lately I've loved The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub since it smells amazing and works very well!

As I have mentioned before, I get oily hair but I don't like to wash it everyday as that can make it oilier, so a dry shampoo is a must for when I need to go out and haven't washed my hair that day! My absolute favourite one is the Batiste Dry Shampoo, and the scent that I am currently using is oriental, which smells great for Summer. 

Of course you want to keep your face region hydrated too, so a couple of my favourites are the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer (review here) and the raspberry Balmi! These two are great as make a perfect moisturising base, plus the Balmi has SPF 15 in it to help keep your lips protected. 

Now onto makeup! To make your makeup last longer, especially during Summer, you need a good base, which is why I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. My possible holy grail foundation has got to be the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, it's so lightweight and quite a light coverage, however makes my skin look healthier and smoother, plus it contains SPF 15!

Waterproof mascara is quite a big must in the Summer, even more so if you are going swimming or to the beach! A couple of my favourites are the Natural Collection Waterproof Mascara, and the Anastasia Lash Genius. The Anastasia Lash Genius isn't a mascara as such - it's a top coat that you add to any normal mascara and it makes it waterproof, which I think is a really good idea!

For lipsticks my favourites have got to be the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks! These are my all time favourite line of lipsticks, and you all know that I'm a big Chanel fan, but these are so moisturising and not at all drying. I would say that Idylle is my favourite shade (the one in the photos above) as it's a gorgeous coral peach shade! 

Bronzer, blush and highlighter is essential for the sunny weather to make you look less dead from the Winter and cold weather, and my favourite for these three is the Sleek Face Form Palette! This is packaged into a small black palette, making it perfect for travelling as it's easy to pop in a carry on or beach bag.

You've got to have polish on your nails during the Summer, and my favourite, which actually works for all year round, is OPI's Glints Of Glinda! It's a pretty nude shade, with an incredible shade and it goes with everything. I personally don't pay a huge amount of attention to my hair, but one of the things that I had to include in this post is the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray! If you don't know what a surf/salt spray is, it's a spray that contains salt and gives light beachy waves and lots of texture, as if you had just been swimming in the sea. 

One of my non-beauty summer essentials would also have to be a big beach bag, like this gorgeous Crew Clothing Ombre Beach Bag* (which is currently on sale for only £25)! This is such a huge bag, so you could easily carry everything that you need in it, especially as it feels really well made and durable.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! I actually had a lot of fun writing it, so maybe I could do a Winter essentials nearer the time? Also I'm sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have completely fallen off the blogging band wagon, but I'm on Summer holidays now meaning that I can hopefully get back into it more!

What are some of your Summer essentials? 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer ~ Review

Hey guys! Today I am here with another review, this time for quite a hyped up product - the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer. I've heard lots of people saying how great at moisturising your skin it is, and moisture is definitely something my skin seems to lack, especially when the seasons change! This meant that when I received it in the post, I was beyond excited to try it.

All of the GinZing products in the line are infused with coffee beans and panax ginseng, which help to provide moisture, whilst also making your skin look more awake! It has a really nice orange scent too, which is lovely and fresh, especially during the Summer.

Rather than being a generic creamy moisturiser, the GinZing one is more of a lightweight gel, which reminds me of a primer! The formulation also means that I only need to use a very small amount to cover my whole face, so this pot should hopefully last me a long time. Since this is oil free, it hydrates the skin without making it greasy or shiny, which is perfect for anybody with oily skin! 

When I first tried this I was really impressed - I tested it out on one half of my face (a little thing that I like to do with new moisturisers), and after 5 hours I could still feel how soft it had left my skin! I have seen a big difference in my skin since I started using this, it has become more hydrated and much more smoother. 

Overall I am seriously impressed with this moisturiser! It has left my skin feeling really soft and much nicer. For £23 I honestly think that it is worth the money, especially since each pot should last a long time! There is also an eye cream and scrub in the GinZing line, so I'll have to look into them some more.

Have you ever tried the Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer?

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Recent Summer Purchases

Hey guys! It seems like I haven't done a haul in ages, because truth is I haven't really bought much this year. There haven't been many makeup/beauty products that have really caught my eye (except the Hourglass compacts, but they are so expensive), and I know a lot of other people have thought this too - clothes just seem to be so much more interesting this year! I have bought a few bits over the last couple of months, meaning I thought that it would be a great opportunity to do a haul post, especially since I have found myself really short on blog post ideas.

I'll start off with clothes first! All of the clothes are actually from the ASOS sale, because it seemed really good this time so I couldn't resist getting a few things. The first thing to go into my basket was a really pretty Tan Scallop Edge Satchel that I have had my eye on for ages, plus it was a bargain at only £10! It's actually very spacious, even though it may not look it, and it's a lovely quality. 

Next is the gorgeous Bird And Heart Print Skater Dress (this is sadly sold out now, but I have left the link in if you'd like to see some better pictures)! I have been trying to wear more dresses this year, and it's going really well, so I've been gradually increasing my collection of dresses and thought that this would make a nice edition, especially at just £8.50. I got the dress in the size 8 as it was the only size left, however it's a little looser than I'd like so it would have been good to get a size 6 if they had it - oh well! 

The last thing from ASOS is a New Look Twist Bikini Top, which cost £6! I had been on the look out for just a basic black bikini top for quite a while (I had some bikini bottoms that had nothing to match with), and when I saw this it looked perfect. It's a very pretty twist/ruffle top, that isn't too small, I just wish that I was going on holiday somewhere this year to wear it! 

Onto beauty orientated bits! I bought three things when Boots had their 3 for 2 beauty offer on back in April, which I had kept my eye on since they were released and had eagerly waited for the offer to come back on. The first thing I went for was the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Demure (which I reviewed in my last post), because I had heard so much hype surrounding them and wanted to put one to the test myself! Demure is a lovely nude pink shade, with a slight silver glimmer in it, so if you'd like to hear more make sure you read my review. I also got another lip product - the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Bashful! I had troubles trying to decide between Bashful and Nudist, but decided on Bashful as it was that little bit more pink toned. The third thing I bought was the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Studio Gel Eyeliner in Intense Black! This has had hype surrounding it probably since I started blogging, but for some reason I had just never bought it. I've only used it a couple of times since I got it, however from what I have tried it seems really good, albeit quite hard to remove! For the three products it cost me £15.98 which I think is pretty great value for money. 

I noticed that Bank had all of their Barry M products reduced online to only £1, so I was definitely obliged to pick out a few products! I ended up getting three of their nail polishes, all of which are blue or green for Summer! The first one that I knew I was definitely getting was the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Sugar Apple. This shade was from their Spring Gelly collection and is a gorgeous shade of mint green, which reminds me of Essie's Mint Candy Apple polish! When I tried Rose Hip, which is also from the Spring range, it did disappoint me quite a bit as I didn't find the colour that great and it looked quite streaky, so I hope that this one is better. The other two are both from the Barry M Aquarium Collection, which came out in March this year! The two shades that I got were Pacific, a metallic ocean blue shade, and Arabian, a metallic emerald green with gold shimmer. I thought that £3 for all three of these polishes was an amazing bargain, especially since they are £3.99 each in Boots!

Finally is the Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter from Debenhams! I know that a lot of people love the Korres Lip Butters, and I had a £5 voucher to use at Debenhams, so I decided to treat myself to the pomegranate version. I've only used it once so far, but I must really soon!

That is what I have bought recently! It doesn't actually look like a lot however I've come away with quite a few things that I have wanted for a while. I wish that I was going on holiday this Summer though, because I have seen so many pretty things that would be no use in England, but perfect for somewhere hot! I'd love to know what you've got your eye on at the moment, as it may give me some ideas on what I should buy.

What have you bought recently for Summer?