Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Best Blush & Bronzers

Hey guys! I thought that it would be quite fun to do a post about my favourite blushes and bronzers, because after all they are the things that transform your makeup. I've picked six of my favourites (three of each), a few being higher-end and a couple drugstore ones so there is hopefully atleast one that would suit you! Now onto the products, starting off with bronzers first and then blushes! 

The bronzer that I have been using the longest has to be from the Sleek Face Form palette, as it's a perfect bronzer. This actually comes in a palette with a blush and highlighter (which are lovely too), but for the sake of this post just imagine they aren't there! The bronzer shade is perfect for my skin, plus it is matte for those of you who are wondering.

The pigmentation isn't that strong, but that can be quite handy as it makes it slightly easier to buildup and it reduces the risk of ending up with an orange line where you've over-applied it (you all know what I'm talking about)! It is also easy to blend, and last all day.

GloMinerals is a brand that I hadn't actually heard of before getting this bronzer, so I was really excited to test it out! I must say that this has quickly become one of my favourite bronzers for a number of reasons. First off it blends beautifully, which I learnt the first time I used it and put slightly too much on my brush - woops! It is also very, very pigmented - you only need to lightly dab your brush in the powder and you have enough to bronze everywhere you need. 

In the pan it does actually look like there is a lot of shimmer in the bronzer, which did make me a bit apprehensive at first, but when applied I can barely recognise any sort of shimmer! 

The Bourjois Delice De Pourdre Bronzing Powder is probably known to most bloggers as the bronzer that smells and looks like chocolate! I know that some people think that the shade 51 is fairly orange, but for me I can't really see the orange once applied. 

There is a slightest shimmer, however when applied to the skin you don't notice it, so it's great to use for contouring! It also blends nicely and lasts all day without wear. This is just a generally nice and purse-friendly bronzer which is definitely worth picking up, if you don't already own it!

Ginger Pop is a pretty satin pinky coral shade, which is set in the cutest little daisy shape! The formulation is gorgeous, as it's very smooth and doesn't feel powdery, helping it also feel light and airy on the skin. As for pigmentation it is spot-on, not too strong and not too weak, making it the perfect blush to blend onto the skin with minimal effort! 

This is a blush that I have mentioned many, many times on my blog in the past! Rather than being the generic peach or pink toned blush, this is a shimmering rose shade which I think is beautiful. The pigmentation is very high, so a high dab on your brush is all that you need! I must have used this atleast fifty times, and there is barely a tend in the powder "dome", meaning that even though it's on the pricey side I'd definitely say that it's worth the money! 

I had heard quite a few bloggers talking about the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes in the past, namely Essie Button, and I was really intrigued by them! The thought of a blush that is like a watercolour paint just sounded very strange, but like it could be a very good idea. I was lucky enough to be able to try one out in the shade Cherub and it is honestly an amazing blush!

You need to use the smallest bit of blush on the end of your finger, since they are seriously pigmented, then I just blend it in quickly with my finger tips! I love how easy it is to apply, plus the shade is a lovely light rose shade that seems to suit me really well. You do need to be careful with how quickly you apply it as it dries quickly, so just be a little cautious of that! I'm definitely going to have to buy some more of these blushes as they are great, plus I don't think that £15.50 is that bad for a bottle of blush that will last me ages. 

They are my best blush and bronzers! I hope that you enjoyed this post, and if you'd like me to do more like this in the future then let me know. I'd love to know if you've tried any of the blushes or bronzers mentioned, and what you thought of them!

What are your favourite blushes and bronzers?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Monthly Advertisers - October

Hey guys! Can you believe that it is already the 25th of October?! Today I am back today for a quick post about my Monthly Advertisers, to introduce you to a great blog which I'm sure that you will love, so without further ado onto Jordan...

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Hi everyone! I’m Jordan, a 22 year old beauty blogger, currently on medical leave from university with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My blog focuses on beauty reviews, favourites and hauls. I set up my blog mainly because I’m sure my friends and family were getting fed up of me constantly telling them about my new favourite blushes or the new products I was looking forward to trying! It has also helped me to deal with my illness a lot, being bed-bound for days on end can get very boring & lonely! Although I haven’t been blogging for long, I absolutely love it! I hope if you pop by you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

Make sure to have a look at Jordan's blog as it is lovely (plus how cute is her blog design)! Also if you would like more information about the advertising pages that I offer please have a peek here 

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Twice Haul

Hey guys! Today I am here with another haul post, containing some very exciting things, all from Twice. If you had never heard of Twice before, they are an American company which sell second-hand, and sometimes new, clothing and handbags! Now when I said second-hand your mind may think of old clothes, that nobody would want, however Twice only sell like-new products from recent collections. The brands that they sell include Kate Spade, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and much more, the only difference is that they cost a fraction of their original RRP!

Even though Twice are an American brand they actually post internationally to the UK, Canada and Australia (also I checked, you don't have to pay tax and duty)! Ontop of this, you can also sell any of your unwanted clothes and handbags to them, helping you earn some money. Sadly this option is currently only available for those living in America, but hopefully they change that in the future!

I must admit, when I saw that they saw that they sell a lot of high-end brands, I was a little hesitant about whether or not the products, bags especially, were genuine or not! After having a little look around the Q&A section, I read that they check all of their products for authenticity, so I guess that clears that one up.

Now that I have got that little explanation done, onto what I bought from Twice when I was given some money to spend! I honestly spent hours searching through everything on the website, trying to find my few favourite things (which was so hard, especially since there seemed to be loads of new products coming onto the site every hour), however I eventually narrowed it down to five things!

Their handbag section is actually quite new to the site, so I obviously had to get something from there, or should I say two somethings! The first one that I ended up going for was the gorgeous Kate Spade Palm Springs Maggie Satchel* in Pebble, which cost $114.95/£71.52 (RRP of $398/£247.63). I spotted this beautiful light, blush pink leather bag and had to buy it! It has so much room inside, plus it is actually my first designer handbag which is exciting. This was brand new with its original Kate Spade tag and dust bag, and even though it had a couple of little marks on the back (which I've managed to wipe off), it is seriously amazing value for money considering the original cost!

The other bag oriented thing that I got was again from Kate Spade, this time it was the Kate Spade Spotted Neda Purse* for $49.95/£31.08 (RRP of $198/£123.19)! I have wanted a Kate Spade purse for absolutely ages, so when I saw this I knew that I would be buying it, especially since it has spots on which is probably my favourite print. The lining of this is lovely, and also fits so much in it!

Strangely I don't own a single pair of black jeans, so I thought that it would be a good idea to get some, especially since monochrome seems to popular for autumn and winter this year! With that in mind I decided to go for a pair of American Eagle Black Jegging Jeans*, for $16.95/£10.55 (RRP $50/£31.11). Even though these are classed as jeggings on the Twice website (since they contain 2% spandex), they feel, for all intensive purposes, like normal jeans! The fit of these are honestly amazing - they aren't too long and are really comfy.

I got a couple of tops too! The first being a MANGO Brown Striped Blouse* for only $8.95/£5.57 (RRP $50/£31.11).  I must admit that even though this is in the size XS, it is very oversized, and I did think that the brown was a bit darker than it was in real life, but I think that it looks alright on - I just need to find a belt of some sort to help pull it in at the waist! Apart from that though it feels well made, and the material is nice!

The second top, and last thing that I bought, was a Uniqlo Oatmeal 3/4 Sleeve Top* for $7.95/£4.95 (RRP $14.90/£9.27)! I love 3/4 sleeve tops, and loved the colour of this, so obviously I had to buy it. Uniqlo isn't a brand that I had heard of, however the material of this is quite thick and extremely soft, meaning that I'll have to look into some of their other tops!

I was really impressed with my purchases and what you could get from Twice, for a fraction of what the products would normally cost! I really wish that there were more shops like this, as it's a great way of being able to buy designers labels without paying the full cost.

I have also kindly been given a 50% off code (yes, 50%) for all of my readers on their first order, to help indulge in some somewhat guilt free shopping! If you'd like to take advantage of that lovely offer then make sure that you click here, and you should get a little code popup for you to use. I'd love to know what you buy if you get something from Twice too!

What do you think of the concept of Twice?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Top 5 Autumn Nail Polishes

Hey guys! Autumn has officially started and October is here, so I thought that it would be fun to post about my top 5 autumn nail polishes! I am a little stereotypical with my autumn nail polishes, and love berry red shades, however blues and nudes are also lovely. I actually had quite a hard job picking my favourite five, out of the fifty-plus shades that I own, however I just about narrowed it down!

China Glaze Nail Lacquer - Blue Bells Ring (80653)
How pretty is the shade of this polish?! This is a light midnight blue, with tiny pieces of silver glitter contained in it, which makes it a stunning shade. In the swatch I used two coats of polish, although you can very easily get away with only one thin coat, which just shows how pigmented it is!

I also must say that the application is gorgeous. You get no streaks whatsoever, and it applies very smooth and evenly! I get easily atleast five days wear out of it with practically no wear at all, which I am really happy with. Infact I may apply this on my nails tomorrow, so keep an eye out for a possible NOTD (nails of the day) on my Instagram!

OPI Nail Lacquer - Glints Of Glinda*
Forget autumn, this is my absolute favourite nail polish any day of the year! Glints Of Glinda is a peachy nude, with quite a gel-like texture. I use two coats of this to get the perfect shade, and it then lasts for atleast four days (that's as long as I can last without picking it off my nails), but even then there is no signs of chipping or damage at all. This dries pretty quickly, although I do find that it can be a little delicate a few hours after applying it, possibly because of the gel-like formulation!

Of course this isn't your traditional autumn nail polish shade, but if you like lighter polishes in autumn then this is definitely one for you!

Barry M Nail Paint - Raspberry (273)
Raspberry is a deep raspberry shade, with a very strong shine! The formulation of this is fairly runny, and I would have to say that this does take quite a while to dry, so be a bit cautious about that if you're in a rush. I find that I need two or three layers to get a really strong shade! The lasting power is fairly average, around two or three days before it shows wear. I admit that this isn't a great polish if you are rushing, or want it to last you for days, but I just adore the colour!

Essie Nail Lacquer - Leading Lady (934)
Some may say that because Leading Lady is a glitter red shade it is more winter/Christmas orientated, but since it is a wine red/burgundy instead of bright red I'd say that it would be perfect for either! You only need two thin coats to get a really strong, glittery shade and it also dries ridiculously fast (does anybody else notice that glitter polishes always seem to dry quicker than those that aren't?).

This is more of a semi-matte polish than a glossy finish, and it also dries quite rough, meaning that you will definitely need a top coat! I do need to say that this is a complete and utter pain to remove, although that seems to be a reoccurring problem with glitter polishes, so I'm sure that you all know what I mean.

It's just generally a lovely glitter red nail polish, which is definitely worth buying!

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour - Accessoire (573)*

Accessoire is a deep burgundy shade, which is quite vampy! You only need two, possibly even one, coats of it as it is quite opaque. It doesn't dry as quickly as Blue Bells Ring, but it isn't as slow as Raspberry, so somewhere inbetween those two! I get around three days wear before it starts showing any signs of wear, plus the finish is very even and it rarely ever goes streaky when I apply it.

If you are after a dark shade for autumn then this could be it! Accessoire is a very classy shade, which I think would suit most people.

So they are my top 5 autumn nail polishes! Whilst writing this post I actually remember that I still haven't used my OPI Matte Top Coat (which I got for my birthday or Christmas last December), so I must try that out really soon, since I think that matte nails look nicer in autumn and winter. If you could let me know what sort of shades you wear with a matte top coat I'd really appreciate it! I've also been looking at some other, non-berry, shades for autumn like the Nails Inc Gel Polish in the shade Porchester Square, so I'd love to know if you've ever tried/reviewed that one.

What are your favourite nail polishes for autumn?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My Little Parisienne Box

Hey guys! If you haven't heard already My Little Box officially launched in the UK this month! For those of you who have never heard of My Little Box, they are a company who make monthly lifestyle boxes (think Glossybox but far better and prettier) each with their own theme or "story", whether it's the My Little Weekend Box or My Little Smile Box. I say lifestyle as it isn't a completely beauty-orientated box, instead it will have a few beauty products and some other bits! This month was the Parisienne box, or should I say My Little Parisienne Box as it is formally known, which is full of Paris chic!

Every box has a really cute and fun feel to them, be it a bold colour scheme or the gorgeous little illustrations dotted over the box and products contained within! If you just look at some of the past boxes here you will see what I mean - I wish that I could have them all.

Now, the exciting bit, what I actually got in the box! When you first open the box it is all kinds of exciting. I was first greeted with a little card showing an Eiffel Tower illustration, which I absolutely love (I'm definitely going to keep it and put it somewhere on my bedroom wall). You then get a little bundle wrapped in a pretty black and white My Little Box bow, which held together a notebook, a sheet of stickers, a laptop sleeve and a cute little bag, which I will talk about more in a second!

Within the notebook there's an introduction about My Little Box, of course containing a lot more little illustrations, how they came to be, some photos of their HQ and much more! I also love how there are a few funny bits included, such as the dictionary themed definition of My Little Box saying: "a surprise package (not a bill) that finds its way into your mailbox each month, filled with a carefully edited selection of beauty products, fashion accessories, personalised stationery and more. Synonyms: lifestyle box, treasure chest, box of goodies, beauty box - Potential side effects: addiction - Precautions for use: keep way from your sister, mother or girlfriends to avoid jealousy - or theft", which I think sums it up completely! Then after that, the rest of the notebook is made up of completely blank pages, leaving you to do whatever you may please with it (possibly coming up with some illustrations of your own?)

As for the stickers they are very Parisienne, be it the lady in a striped top walking a dog, holding a bag with a baguette in or the little Eiffel Tower and coffee! Like I said there was also a lovely laptop sleeve included in the box, with a navy and white spotty theme, again with an illustation on. Sadly this doesn't fit my laptop, as I believe that it is for the 13" Macbook, but I can hopefully find a use for it! 

Now, onto this little bag covered in navy bows! I found inside three very exciting beauty products, which still kept up with the Parisienne theme - the first being a 30ml Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (worth about £18), a 10ml Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (worth about £2.80) and a My Little Beauty Stylo Lumiere (worth £11). I've been using the Laura Mercier primer for the last couple of days on its own, rather than under foundation which is one of the uses for me, and it has made my skin look a lot smoother, plus it feels very light! I'm actually yet to use the Nuxe oil, but I'm really interested in the whole "oil to fight oil" stuff, so I'll definitely be testing this out soon. As for the My Little Beauty highlighter pen, this is actually made by My Little Box's little beauty company, and it looks like a gorgeous rosy highlighter which I really must try! 

The cost of each month's box is £11 plus £3.95 delivery, however you can get it for £13.95 including delivery if you get it delivered to your work address! I do think that's a very reasonable price, considering the quality of the products in the box and the fact that the beauty products alone worked out to be worth about £31.80. 

You can just see the amount of effort that has gone into creating each box and I am completely blown away! If there is one beauty/lifestyle box that you are ever going to buy, then make it a My Little Box because you will honestly not regret it.

What are your thoughts on My Little Box?

My Diamond Advertiser for October is Jordan from Jordan Alice!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Current Everyday Makeup

Hey guys! I thought that it would be fun to do a post on the everyday makeup that I've been using throughout the summer, as I will now be beginning to change my products about a bit to make way for darker eyeshadows and all the loveliness of autumn makeup. Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while will definitely recognise some of the products from previous posts!

Obviously before the makeup I do all of my skincare bits, but I will save that for another post! To start off, around ten minutes after I use my moisturiser, I apply a small pea-sized amount of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, by smoothing it out with my fingers using an "upwards and outwards" motion. Definitely do not rub this in in circles though, as the primer starts coming off in little bobbles! Following on from the primer I go onto foundation, for which I use the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10* with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This is a really light, low coverage foundation which I honestly absolutely adore!

For concealer I use the Nars Creamy Concealer, in Vanilla, which I could not recommend enough! Under my eyes I just swipe some on, then dab it in with my ring finger, however if I need to conceal any spots I put a little concealer on the back of my hand, then apply bit-by-bit with the Eco Tools Deluxe Concealer Brush

To completely set my base I always use the Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory, which is an amazing, velvety powder (plus it only costs £1.99)! For use under my eyes and on spots I use a little domed brush, which I got from an unbranded set on eBay, and for everywhere else I use a large powder brush, also from a set of unbranded brushes that I have had for many years. 

Onto eyes now! As with my base makeup, I always start off with a primer for my eyelids to help things last that bit longer. For this I use the Helen E Eyeshadow Primer, followed by Walk Of Shame from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, using the Nanshy Large Shader Brush*! To add some colour, I blend in Liar from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette with the Nanshy Blending Eyeshadow Brush*. The last eyeshadow I use is again from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! This time I use the Nanshy Angled Detailer Brush* and dab it in Faint, then lightly apply it along my lower lashline.

Rather than using my all time favourite eyeliner, the Soap & Glory Supercat Pen Eyeliner, I've actually been applying a thin line of Collection Extreme 24 Hour Pen Eyeliner along my upper lash line! My Supercat eyeliner is starting to run out, and I just haven't bothered to buy a new one yet, which has made me realise just how similar the Collection version is.

To curl my lashes I use the Primark Eyelash Curlers, which I hold on for about thirty seconds on each eye, to make sure that they have a really strong curl! These really are great eyelash curlers, and for £1 you can't do wrong. After I've curled my eyelashes I obviously finish off with mascara! For this I use the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara*, which I have absolutely adore recently. It's a gorgeous mascara that lasts all day without any fallout at all, and makes my lashes look very voluminous!

Something that I hadn't really bothered with in the past is my eyebrows! Obviously I plucked them, but I never filled them in or used any brow products, since I couldn't figure out what products would look alright on my eyebrows. That was until I discovered the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel in Light/Medium! This is like a mini mascara (apart from the colour of course), and it is so simple to use. I just brush this through my brows in an upwards motion, then go through them with a spooli to get rid of any clumps and sort out the shape!

Once all of my eye makeup is finished, I go on to the rest of my face! To do this I use a little of the Sleek Bronzer, from the Face Form Palette in Light, on my cheek bones with an unbranded angled blush brush. I also use the Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent*, with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, to add some more colour! 

I have been keeping my lips really simple, by popping on some of the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Apricot*! This is a very buttery coloured lip balm (the formulation is very similar the the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipsticks), and it is so easy to apply. 

That is everything that I use for my current everyday makeup! There are some absolutely amazing products in this selection, which you all must try. I could do a makeup favourites post in the future if that would interest any of you, so please let me know about that! 

What are your favourite everyday makeup products at the moment?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Recent Purchases

Hey guys! Something that I haven't done in quite a while is a haul, so I thought that I would collect together most of the stuff that I have bought recently and do a recent purchases post! I actually remembered after taking all of the photos for this post, and packing my softboxes away, that I had left out a few things, but I will maybe pop them in a future haul. 

Shopping just hasn't really been my things recently, especially beauty wise! Most beauty things just haven't been catching my eye at all, whereas clothes have been far more interesting to me than usual. 

I'll start off with clothes! From Debenhams I bought a couple of things, the first being a Tenki Cream Chevron Print Dress (the link isn't the exact dress, but similar) for £26. I hadn't actually heard of Tenki before, however they do some beautiful dresses, and this one really caught my eye! The top half of the dress is a floaty cream material, then the lower half is navy with a coloured chevron type print. The second thing from Debenhams is a Red Herring Navy Spotted 2-in-1 Dress for £13! This has definitely been my absolute favourite dress over the summer, as it's really soft and floaty, plus I could quite easily wear it over autumn and winter as it's navy. 

Since I am so short I find it really hard to find blouses or shirts that aren't too long for me, so when I found a really pretty one in H&M I had to buy it! I bought the Draped Wraparound Blouse in white for £19.99, and it looks nice with just some jeans and boots, making it perfect for the colder weather. 

The last piece of clothing that I bought was just a Primark Navy Boyfriend Cardigan for £8, if I remember correctly! Cardigans are essential for when it gets colder, and this is nice just popped on over a dress or jeans to add an extra layer. 

Before I get to beauty orientated things, there are three other things! The first is a Limit Cream Strap Watch from H. Samuel (the link is the same watch, but in burgundy), which only cost £1.99. I had been after a little watch for a while, so when this was in the sale I couldn't stop myself from buying it! Then I got a really pretty Red Herring White Faux Pearl Flower Earring & Necklace Set for £2.40 in the Debenhams sale! I only bought this for the necklace really, because I can't wear earrings that aren't genuine silver or gold, since my ears literally burn if I wear anything else.

The other would be the M&S De Jouy Toiletry Purse for £6.80, using a discount code! I'll tell you the truth, the main reason that I bought this is because it matches my Ikea duvet cover (the blue and white one that everybody seems to have), but it really is a lovely makeup bag. It has a waterproof lining inside, which is great as you can then wipe it if any makeup gets spilt and the bag is just a lovely quality! This also doesn't open like a normal zip makeup bag, instead it is more of a clutch bag style and has a zip, then two bent metal bars on the top which you open apart and kind of fold down. Hopefully that made some sort of sense, as that is honestly the best way that I could describe it! 

Now onto beauty things! The first thing would be the Lush Comforter Bubble Bar for £4.50. This is my absolute favourite bubble bar, as it smells amazing and each bubble bar lasts for ages (I bought my first one in December 2012 and I only ran out in June this year), making it great value for money. 

One very exciting thing would have to be my first ever YSL lipstick! I'd been after one for ages, because just look at them - they are gorgeous. I noticed that Feel Unique had an offer of "£10 off a spend of £25" so I got the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in Corail Intuitive for only £15, rather than its usual price of £25! Corail Intuitive is a beautiful pinky coral shade that really seems to suit my skin tone, and the formulation is really nice. 

Another great offer that I got would be the Benefit Gimme Brow Brow Gel, in Light/Medium, from Look Fantastic for £12.60 instead of £17.50, also using a discount code!

A couple of essential products that I also got were the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory! The Skin Tonic cost me £13.25 from Liz Earle, and although this is a little pricey, I really don't mind paying that as my last bottle lasted me over a year and it does miracles to my skin. The Collection Pressed Powder only cost me £1.99 from Boots, which is an absolute bargain for such a good powder - I'd really recommend that you try it!

That is, nearly, everything that I have bought recently! You may have noticed that this is my second post within a week, as I'm trying to get back into blogging, so hopefully I can keep it up. I have actually got all of my posts planned (emphasize the planned part, rather than written), meaning that should help me keep up with it a little more! 

What have you bought recently?