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?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Demure ~ Review


Hey guys! One of the products that I had my eye on, after seeing all of the hype surrounding them, was the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balms! I had done some research (also know as looking at swatches on various blogs) and decided that the shade Demure was for me! I spotted that Boots that they had their 3 for 2 offer on a few weeks ago, so I decided to stop messing about and just buy one. 

Demure is a really pretty nude pink shade which, as some of you may know, is my favourite sort of shade to go for in lip products. It also contains the tiniest little bits of silver glitter, which gives more of a shimmery effect rather than glittery! This is quite a sheer shade, however it is definitely easily buildable, as you can see from the swatch, so I definitely wouldn't rule it out as only suiting somebody with my complexion. 

These really do have a lovely balmy texture, which helps give a really moisturising and glossy finish, without being at all sticky! It works fairy well on dry lips, although I wouldn't say it would work the best on any flaky bits as it does tend to stick a little. It has a slight minty scent and taste, which is quite nice, especially during Spring/Summer! 

I find that Demure tends to last around three or four hours before it fades, which honestly isn't the best and I wish was better, but I don't have much problem reapplying it really! 

Thankfully the Revlon Colorburst Balms (available in both matte and glossy formulations) can be twisted up at the bottom, so you can easily get more product out when it's worn down, without having to sharpen anything! 

I really must buy another Lacquer Balms soon as I loved Demure, possibly in Ingenue! I hope that Revlon bring some more neutral shades out in this range though, because so many of the shades are too bold for my liking.

Have you ever tried the Revlon Colorburst Balms?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Raspberry Routine


Hey guys! Some of you may be wondering from the title of this post, what is this raspberry routine you talk of Millie? Well, I was very fortunate to be sent a few bits from The Body Shop the other week, and contained in that parcel of amazingness (I realise that "amazingness" is not a word, but I'm it does apply here) there was three of their products from the new raspberry line! The products were the body scrub, body butter and eau de toilette, which I had high hopes for.

I don't believe that I had ever tried any of The Body Shop body scrubs before, although I may have done a long time ago, so I was really excited to try it! I'm a big fan of the body butters though as they feel really luxurious, which made me kind of realise that I would hopefully like the raspberry version. My eagerness to try them was also helped by the great things that I had heard various Youtubers say! Also before I go on, I'd like to note that this isn't a sponsored post - whilst, yes, I was sent these three products from The Body Shop, I do honestly love them all and really wanted to share my thoughts!

The routine that I have been doing is using the Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream (which is extremely moisturising), then following up with the Raspberry Body Scrub* in the shower! It may seem like a bit of a weird way to use them, i.e using the scrub afterwards, but I find that it really helps to keep the raspberry scent on my skin for that bit longer. Once I am dry I begin to apply the Raspberry Body Butter*! For some reason I actually find that I need a lot less of this to cover my body than I do of the Shea Body Butter, so this pot should hopefully last me a long time. Depending on whether I am using the raspberry products in the morning or evening, I will apply the Raspberry Eau De Toilette* on my neck, wrists and basically anywhere really! I don't tend to use this in the evening because it would be a bit of a waste, however I do occasionally sneak some on.

I tried this for the first time around two weeks ago in the evening, and my mind was seriously blown! I already knew that they smelt lovely and the scent should last for quite a while on my skin, but by the next evening the raspberry scent was still there, which I think is pretty good if you ask me. The scent is a gorgeous raspberry scent, without being too sweet, and it is also true about people saying that the scrub looks like raspberry jam!

Used together, all three left my skin feeling soft, smelling lovely and feeling great! I'm definitely impressed with the new line, so I'd highly recommend it, plus I know that The Body Shop also have a 40% off offer currently going on, online and instore, meaning it's a great excuse to make a couple of little purchases. I will most likely be buying them all again once I run out, especially the body scrub, so hopefully they don't stop making the products too soon!

Have you tried any of The Body Shop's raspberry products? 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Perfect Palettes/Compact


Hey guys! Palettes and compacts are great things to own - you can pop them in your bag for any touch-ups that you may need to do, or they are the perfect size for travelling, so palettes and compacts is what this post is about today! I have picked out five of my favourite palettes/compacts, which I think are all genuinely lovely, and without them my makeup routine would be a little lost, meaning I'd definitely recommend them all.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette - First off is my favourite eyeshadow palette! The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette is one that I'm sure most of you will have heard of, and if not where have you been?! Urban Decay are quite renoned for their "Naked" eyeshadow palettes, so with this being the first ever one that I've owned, I can easily understand the hype. 

This palette contains six lovely shades, all of which are very neutral and matte (baring one shimmery highlighter shade called Venus), and at the price of only £22 I would say that that is pretty good value for money! All six have strong pigmentation, although Foxy (the yellowy flesh shade) isn't all that great for some weird reason. 

The lasting power is probably one of the things that struck me most about this palette since it is absolutely amazing! The eyeshadows can last quite happily without a primer for around 9 hours, and could probably last longer than 12 hours with a primer (12 hours is the longest I've probably tried to wear them for in one day). Some of you may have seen that I reviewed this a few weeks ago, but if you haven't definitely have a look here if you'd like to hear more.

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette - Pink Lemonade - I bought this a little while ago after seeing so many people raving about it! The Blush By 3 palettes are pretty self explanatory, each have three different blushes contained in one pretty little black palette. Pink Lemonade contains quite an intense looking pink shade, called Pink Mint, with a slight silver shimmer, however when applied it is a lot more mellow! There is also Macaroon, which is a candy pink cream blush, and Icing Sugar, a coraly peach shade with gold shimmer. 

The three have strong pigmentation and last for around seven hours, although I would say that Pink Mint does start to fade sooner! I will admit that I haven't had a lot of use out of Macaroon (the cream blush) yet, as I still haven't bought a stippling blush (I'm still debating between Real Techniques and ELF), but from what I have used it is a gorgeous blush. 

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush - Accent (84)* - Accent is a quite a unique blush, rather than being the generic pink or coral shade, this one is a really pretty dark rose, amber shade with a slight golden shimmer! As with all Chanel products the quality is extremely high, and this is no exception. The pigmentation is great and easily last all day!

This is probably the blush that I use most as it seems to suit my skin better than pink blushes, because instead of giving a rosy look it gives more of a glow and bit of colour! I spoke about this lovely blush a little more in my "Chanel Holiday 2013 Post" last year here.

Estee Lauder Illuminating Powder Gelee - Heat Wave* -  Introducing the prettiest highlighter you ever did see! Even though this is sadly not available anymore, I had to include it in this post! I got this about a year ago and I swear that it is one, if not the, most beautiful products that I own. 

Heat Wave is a gorgeous golden champagne highlighter/illuminating powder, which I adore. This is my favourite highlighter in summer as it is more warm than an white or off-white highlighter! The pigmentation is ridiculously good, and as you may be able to see from how much wear the compact actually appears to have, you barely need to use any! This will probably be one of those products that is still going strong in another ten years, no matter how unhygienic that is. The lasting power is fairly good too - I can get around five hours wear before it starts to fade, so some touch ups may be necessary

I remember a few people saying that this is a great dupe for a golden MAC highlighter from a little while ago, however I'm not quite sure what the shade name is, so if anybody knows please tell me. I also reviewed this last year here if you would like to have a look at it (excuse the horrific photo editing)!

Sleek Face Form Palette - Light - The Sleek Face Form Palette seemed to become quite a cult product last year, and I definitely know why! There are three or four types of this palette, each with different shades of blush, highlighter and bronzer. 

The light and fair palettes contain the Rose Gold blush, which is a very pigmented pink shade with tiny gold flakes, and many people compare to the Nars Orgasm blush! I adore the bronzer in this palette too - it is my favourite of all of the ones that I own since it is completely matte, plus it's actually really hard to end up with the orange/brown tell-tale contour line. The highlighter is a gorgeous white, with a tiny bit of pink, shade and extremely pigmented! I love to use it on my brow bone and just under my eyes, to really give some dimension and illumination. All three last all day without fail and used together look perfect! At only £9.99 it is amazing value since you are in effect getting three products, which works out at only £3.33 each! 

Palettes are one of my favourite things since they are so much easier to store or carry around, rather than having a few different individual products. They also normally work out pretty cheap when you think about how many things you get in each! I'd love to know what palettes/compacts you've had your eye on lately too - personally I love the look of the Hourglass compacts at the moment, but they are so expensive!

What are your favourite palettes and compacts?


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Flower Crown Makeup


Hey guys! Last week I bought my first ever flower crown, from Home Bargains of all places - it was only £1.50 meaning I couldn't really not buy it, especially as I knew how much Tolly always raved about them! I also haven't done a makeup look in quite some time, so I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to combine the two - showing off my new flower crown and doing an updated makeup look. 

Face

I always start off with the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, which I use a pea sized amount of and gently apply with my fingers! In the past few months I've been waiting 10 minutes after I apply my moisturisiser, to use my primer as I find that it works so much better and applies smoother. Next I applied the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (review here) in B10, with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush! This is my favourite foundation at the moment, and you will know why if you have read my review.

Onto concealer I used the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, under my eyes and on a few blemishes that I have! I've been applying this using my ring finger recently as using a brush just seems to absorb too much product. 

I then set both the concealer and foundation with the Collection Pressed Powder in Ivory! I use two brushes to do this, firstly a domed eyeshadow brush from a little set that I got off Ebay (they are no longer for sale by the looks of it) to apply the powder ontop of the concealer. I find that it gives more of a concentrated amount of powder, and stops it creasing as quickly! I then use a big powder brush (also from an unbranded brush set from a long time ago), to apply powder everywhere else.

To finish off the rest of my face I took the Sleek Face Form Palette! I apply a little bit of the bronzer, using the Real Techniques Contour Brush, at the tops of my cheek bones, then lightly blended it up to my forehead. This helps to liven my face up a bit and bring back some colour! I also used the Rose Gold blush from the palette (a dupe for the Nars Orgasm Blush), on the apples of my cheeks with the Real Techniques Blush Brush

Eyes

I've always kept my eye makeup in the same sort of style and switch it around a bit as the seasons change! I am currently in the process of doing this, so apologies if this does all sound similar to my previous makeup looks. I start off with a primer like on my face, but instead I used the Helen E Eyeshadow Primer! I always only use a tiny bit to apply on my eyelids using my finger. I then went on to apply Walk Of Shame, from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, with the Nanshy Large Shader Brush!

I like to blend some of Satin Taupe, a MAC Eyeshadow, into the outer corners of my eyes as this gives some dimension and a bit of shimmer! By this point there is normally a bit of fallout, so I just take the big powder brush again and gently brush it away. 

I then took the Basics Palette again, but this time I use the shade Faint, with the Nanshy Angled Detailer Brush, and draw along my lash line to create a toned down eyeliner! Once that is done I blended it out a little with the Real Techniques Shading Brush. To add some more definition I simply apply the smallest bit of Venus from the palette, onto the Nanshy Tapered Crease Brush and into the inner corners of my eyes, then blended out slightly along my lower and upper lash lines! This creates a really pretty highlight and brightens up the eyes a lot.

Moving onto my other liner, I simply drew a thin line on my top lashline, with the Soap & Glory Supercat Pen Eyeliner (no surprises there)! To complete the eyes I curled my eyelashes with my Primark Eyelash Curler, and applied a coat of the Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara

Lips

For my lips I kept it really simple and just went with the Nars Satin Lip Pencil, in the shade Biscayne Park! I got this last year (and actually reviewed it here), but I haven't worn it in ages, so when I remembered that I had it I thought I would give it a go. It's a really pretty half matte, half sheen, nude shade! I actually really need to buy a sharpener for it as I have completely worn it down - oh how I wish it was a twist up lip pencil. 

That is all that I do at the moment for my everyday face! It honestly does seem like a lot of products (to me anyway), however I don't think that it really shows. I like to keep my makeup quite subtle and light, because who can really bare having layers of heavy makeup on?! 

I hope that you liked this post! I would love to know your thoughts on this look and whether or not you own a flower crown. I'm tempted to try making my own DIY flower crown, probably following Joelle's tutorial that she did on Dana's (Wonder Forest) blog, as it looks really pretty!

What are your favourite products to use at the moment?