Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The £3 Highlighter: MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Hello again lovelies! Long time no see ey? Well it's only been a week but it feels like I've been away from the blogging world for a while. I've been so tired lately so I thought I'd give myself a well deserved break from the internet. I did intend to post a few days ago but I made the mistake of watching Blue Valentine and it has taken a while to get over the heart ache induced by the film. I'm not even joking, if you haven't seen it you should watch it. Maybe not when you're in the best of moods though as it is definitely a mood killer.

Anyways, I'm back with a review of MUA's  Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter (£3). A few of you recommended this a while back so I obviously had to pick it up. How could I resist such sparkly goodness?

Packaging:
The design of the packaging itself is pretty simple with a white plastic outer and a clear lid. I actually like how simple this is as it doesn't distract from the beauty inside. It's nice to see companies upping their design game. Just look how beautifully presented the embossed powder is. This is high up there on the list of products that I don't want to be too heavy handed with as I wan't it to stay pretty forever. I actually think this looks quite high end minus the plastic outer (it reminds me of Mac's Definitely Defined Extra Dimension Skinfinish).

Product:
If you're a shimmer lover then you are definitely in for a treat. I would describe the colour as a champagne pink with a luminescent shimmer. I think Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter is the perfect name for this product as my skin feels effortlessly undone in a healthy glow kind of way. A light dusting on my cheekbones is definitely enough for me as I don't feel the need to layer it due to the colour pay off. This highlighter is very good at catching the light which is exactly what I look for in a highlighter. Some highlighters can feel very flat if you know what I mean? In terms of longevity. Undress Your skin stays in place for around 5 hours which is pretty good considering I have oily skin mixed with the summer heat.

Thoughts:
Overall, this is perfect for me. The champagne tones really stand out on my pale skin whilst being warm enough to not give me the Edward Cullen effect. I imagine that this would suit all skin tones to be honest but if you're unsure MUA also do it in the shade iridescent gold which looks stunning too. I've been a huge fan of Sleek's contouring and highlighting palette (which I've reviewed here) for a while now and I have to say that MUA's highlighter has definitely overtaken it by a mile. It just feels very me if that makes sense? This was definitely one of those 'a blogger made me do it' purchases but it is one that I don't regret.

Have you tried MUA's Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter before? What's your thoughts?

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Monday, 22 June 2015

Ebay Bargains Review 1 // Ebay False Lahes & Glue

Ebay False Lashes and Glue
Ebay False Lashes and Glue

Hello lovelies! I've got a confession to make. I think I'm addicted to Ebay. When I say addicted to Ebay I mean scouring their site for hours looking for the perfect bargain(s). Over the past few months I've slowly been collecting goodies which are mainly from China. If I'm lucky, the products will have free shipping too. Can anyone guess how much these lashes cost me? £1. That's right £1. If you guessed correctly I'm assuming you've spotted these bad boys before! I haven't worn falsies for a few years now due to the fact that they started costing a fortune and also after an incident when I turned up to uni with one stuck in my hair. It turns out that I just can't be trusted to put them away properly. As these are so cheap, I won't feel as guilty if I lose one. Plus you get ten pairs in the box. Although the box doesn't come with glue, you can also buy a tube for £1 too. Lets see how I got on.

Lashes:
There was a wide selection of lengths/volume etc. so I decided to go for a more natural looking set. They arrived pretty quickly, I'm sure it was within a week of ordering. They were posted in an envelope and were contained in a white box. Although it wasn't well wrapped, you pay for what you get. As always I had to trim the lashes to size (old shrimp eye comes to mind). If you got that tv reference, well done! Don't be expecting these to be extremely high quality but at the same time, they do feel very soft. If the lashes are looked after and cleaned after each use, they should last a long time especially when you have ten in a box. These look beautiful on and are a great alternative for that summer smudgy mascara look. I'm definitely interested in trying some of the other sets now! I'll leave a link here incase you want to check them out.

Glue:
Ok, so did anyone see that article about cheap products containing toxic ingredients? Well I was a little anxious that this would give me some weird reaction and I'd come out looking like the fly. The ingredients don't mention anything alarming and my eyes haven't swelled up as of yet. The glue is very strong. So strong in fact that I wore these on a sunny day and my eyelid ended up stuck open as the heat must have made the glue tacky. I took that as a good sign but maybe I should have seen it as a warning. After the third time I'd worn these, I noticed that I had glue residue on my lashes even though I had thoroughly washed my face everyday. I even used eye makeup remover and still no luck. I tried my best and a week later the glue was still there. It's almost been two weeks now and I have eventually removed all the glue. I know the tube states that it is waterproof but there is a difference between water proof and permanent. I'm starting to think this is made from super glue which is worrying. I'm not even going to leave a link as I don't want to encourage any of you to buy it.

Overall I'd definitely buy the lashes again but I'm staying well clear of the glue. I would have posted a photo to show what the lashes looked like on but I don't fancy another week of scrubbing my eyes. Maybe once I've bought proper lash glue, then I'll update this post. I just thought I'd put this warning out as soon as possible. I think I've learned my lesson with bargain products although it probably hasn't curbed my Ebay addiction as of yet!

I'm interested in hearing about your experiences with these products? Let me know what you think!


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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Here Comes The Sun: Outfit Of The Day

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Hello again lovelies! The sun has been shining so I finally have been able to celebrate my first tights free day of the year! I'm feeling super summery at the moment so to match my mood, I went all out with the yellow. What better a colour to wear when the sun is shining than yellow?

I actually haven't worn this dress before but I have a feeling that I'll be digging it out more often. I'm a huge fan of patterns especially florals so this obviously caught my eye straight away. I really like the fitting of this dress too. There is nothing worse than wearing a nice outfit but not being able to sit down comfortably in it. We've all been there right? Sometimes fashion comes first but as this dress is fitted yet floaty I haven't had to sacrifice comfort this time. Now on to my favourite part of my outfit. Of course, it's the bag.

I was browsing House of Fraser last week when I spotted this beauty. I fell in love instantly but I had a feeling it would come with a hefty price tag considering I'd just seen a bag the size of my shoe that cost £300. Surprisingly this was nowhere near that price and even better it was on sale. The price has since gone back up but still, at only £35 it's not bad at all! They also do this in a range of retro looking colours which are so beautiful. The bag itself is box shaped but a silver mirrored trim. There is also a gold mirrored handle and inside you can find a secondary strap for over your shoulder. I know a while back I said I'm avoiding big bags from now on but I guess this still counts as small right? If not, just humour me as I just love it so much. To finish the look I threw on my cat eye sunglasses and my sparkly jelly sandals.

Dress: New Look
Sunglasses: H&M
Shoes: Schuh
Bag: House of Fraser (Therapy)

So that's my outfit of the day. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze more of these in now that Summer may possibly be on it's way. What have you done today? 

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Cream VS Powder Blush Debate: Collection Cosmetics

Collection Gorgeous Glow Blocks and Speedy Blush Stick
Collection Gorgeous Glow Bronze Block
Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block
Collection Speedy Blush Stick
Collection Speedy Blush Stick and Gorgeous Glow Block Swatches

Hello lovelies! Today I'm joining you with the cream vs powder debate! There are so many difficult decisions to make in life and a new one that has been added to my list is cream or powder blush. I'm usually a powder blush kinda gal as it's easy to build up helping to avoid a big red face. I'm sure we've all gone through the more blush the better aka the beetroot phase when we were younger. Since those awkward school days, I like to think I'm a lot more careful when applying blusher so I've always been wary of trying cream blush. I've never trusted myself not to get carried away with it but it's about time that I give it a shot. Let's see where I stand in the cream vs powder debate now!

Collection Gorgeous Glow 1 £4.19*
I was kindly asked to try out the exciting new blush range from Collection. The Gorgeous Glow powder blushes come in block palettes and can be found in two shades. The first is a beautiful peachy blush block. The colours in this palette are stunning and feel very summery with hints of shimmer. To apply you just swirl your brush around, smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks. I love the idea of swirling your brush around in these although at the same time, they're so pretty I don't want to ruin them! I'd describe the look as a champagne/pink maybe even rose gold shade which makes it perfect for highlighting too.

Collection Gorgeous Glow 2 £4.19*
The second is the Gorgeous Glow bronze block. This is beautiful too and reminds me of going to the beach with all those warm golden and brown tones. Again this also has a light shimmer giving you that extra glow. As you all know, I have fair skin and bronzer can either make me or break me. This shade isn't too harsh especially after blending meaning that I don't have to worry about overpowering lines. The great thing about this block is that you could also use this to contour by applying down the sides of your nose, under the cheek bones and around your temples. Who doesn't love a multitasking product? To add to it's many talents, I even tried each section as an eyeshadow palette and the colours looked stunning together. I'm thinking this would be perfect to take on holiday as you have all areas covered in just one block.

Collection Speedy Blush Stick (Cheeky) £3.99*
Now onto the Speedy Blush Stick. These sticks come in three different shades. There is ticked pink (a pinky shade) Cheeky (a peachy shade) and pinch me (a plum shade). Who doesn't love a play on words? The one I tried was in the shade cheeky. My initial worry about using cream blush was that that I'd end up with pink streaks everywhere but I didn't have that problem at all. All you do is dot the blush onto your cheeks and then blend it with your fingertips. I'm guessing it's called Speedy Blush as it is so quick to use. Once it's blended, you are left with what I would describe as a healthy flush to your cheeks. I was so surprised at how natural this looked! You may have noticed that I'm all for multitasking products and I found another use for this. I tried this on my lips as a lip stain and it really complemented the blush as it created a natural 'your lips but better' shade. I've heard that the Speedy Blush stick is also a great dupe for Clinique's Chubby Stick. Who doesn't love a good dupe? The only criticism I can think of is that using the cream blush could be unhygienic especially if you have blemish prone skin but at the same time you could always use your fingers to get the product off the stick. I haven't experienced any blemishes from this yet so it's not something I'm worried about, I'm just putting it out there.

So where do I stand on the cream vs powder debate? Ok, so my indecisiveness is coming out. Is it wrong to like both? It actually took me a while to decide this but my favourite would have to be powder blush. I just love how versatile it can be. Even typing this I'm feeling guilty as I loved the cream blush too. Out of the two powder blush blocks, I've been using the bronze one the most as it has helped to give my pale little face a lovely healthy glow. I never used to use bronzer except for contouring but this has switched my makeup routine up for the better and I'm loving it. Let's hope the sun stays a little longer so I can make the most of my new found glow!

 Are you team cream or team powder? Join the debate over on Twitter at #TeamCream or #PowderPosse

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Monday, 8 June 2015

The Body Shop: Rainforest Radiance Shampoo & Conditioner

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Conditioner

Hello lovelies! I've hit that time of year when I suddenly run out of every shampoo and conditioner I own in one go. I'm usually left with half filled bottles everywhere but I've finally got through them as my hair has been drying out due to (what I'm going to blame it on) the weather. Did anyone else just have a mini sing song to B Witched blame it on the weatherman? No, just me then. Anyways, I resorted to rummaging around my bathroom to see what I could use and I found these beauties hiding away. You know how amazing the Body Shop's loyalty card is? Well I'm sure I got four of these as my free gift for £10 or something like that. I've managed to get through two bottles and I'm now on to my last. I also had a hair treatment from this range too but that was used up too rapidly to blog about!

The shampoo and conditioner are from the Rainforest Radiance range and are aimed at those who have coloured their hair. These are both silicone, sulphate, colourant and paraben free. If you haven't heard of the benefits of avoiding these in hair care, have a quick browse online! I went through a phase where I avoided sulphates and silicones but I caved in after a while and went back to my standard shampoo even though my hair felt a lot lighter and healthier. What can I say, I just can't resist the temptation! At least I'm back for the time being.

Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
The shampoo comes out in a liquid/oil form and contains pracaxi oil, bilberry extract and linseed oil. It also contains UV filter. As this is sulphate and silicone free, it doesn't foam up when you rub it in which can be a weird experience if you're a foam junkie like myself. I know it's bad for my hair but I'm usually the more foam the better kind of girl. Don't be fooled by the no foam experience though, it still cleans your hair well. What I will say is don't make the same mistake as me and try to make up for it with the amount of product you use as the first time I tried it, my hair felt greasy pretty quickly. I found this really moisturising which was a change and it didn't strip my hair of all it's oils. My scalp had been dry and itchy over the past few months and this didn't irritate it at all. Plus it smells so good, think light fruity scents.

Rainforest Radiance Conditioner
The rainforest radiance conditioner smells just as good as the shampoo and contains all the same oils as mentioned before. This comes out like a standard conditioner although I did have an issue with the bottle itself as it is difficult to get the product out. Once massaged through my lengths and washed out, my hair is tangle free and smooth. Leaving my hair to dry naturally allows me to see how well a conditioner handles frizz and damage and this didn't disappoint. It's not the softest my hair has ever been but it definitely didn't feel dry. The only thing that annoyed me with these products were the lids. Does anyone else hate lids where you have to dig your nail under? My nail polish chipped and I was gutted. I know it's petty but it was either that or using my teeth and I didn't want a mouthful of shampoo and conditioner! As far as problems go though it's not the end of the world.

If you're looking for a sulphate/silicone free shampoo and conditioner this is worth a try. Even if you aren't fussed, it's still a lovely product. Plus the smell makes me feel like I'm Nicole Scherzinger in the shower minus the bottle of herbal essences. These are sample sized products which are handy if you don't want to invest in the full size until you've tried it or even if you're going on holiday. The sample size (60ml) retails as £2 each and the full size (250ml) retails at £4.50. Not too bad ey?

Have you tried this range before? What's your favourite Body Shop product?

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Friday, 5 June 2015

Ooh La La: M&S French Manicure Kit

M&S French Manicure Set
M&S French Manicure Set

Hello again lovelies! Do you ever look at all your nail polish collection and think I hate you all when really you love each and every single one but you're too overwhelmed by the choice? Well, that was me last night. I get the same feeling when I take a trip to MAC, I'm just to indecisive and excited all at the same time. With the weather starting to warm up, I wanted bright and fresh looking nails so after a lot of uming and ahing I went with an old favourite. The trusty french manicure.

I actually picked this set up a a while back as I had a voucher for M&S. I was probably tempted by one of their amazing meal deals but I'm glad I chose to invest wisely. You can buy this french manicure set for £7.50 which isn't bad considering that you get three polishes plus it isn't just any nail polish... it's Marks and Spencer's nail polish. Sorry, how could I resist. I don't have the steadiest of hands but this is pretty simple to use.

Step 1: I usually start with Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as a base coat no matter what polish I choose. This stuff is amazing as it stops your nails snapping and helps to grow them out. As I've almost ran out, I decided to skip this step but just incase you're wanting to grow your nails out there's my top tip!

Step 2: I applied a thin coat of French Pink to the nail. This creates a natural pink sheen which to be honest would look lovely on it's own after a few coats.

Step 3: I then applied White Tip to the ends of my nails. I tend to follow the outline of my nail as a guide to paint. If your nails are short, don't worry this is still easy to apply. The brush that comes with this polish gives really good control meaning that the polish doesn't go everywhere. It also doesn't go on too thick giving you that blobby/tipex look. Admit it, we've all done the old tipex manicure in school right?

Step 4: Next, I applied another coat of French Pink (I can't get enough of it).

Step 5: Finally, I used the Top Shine polish to protect the nail and seal in the ends. This also, as the name suggests, gives a beautiful shiny finish.

The french manicure is such a simple yet classic look to achieve plus doing it at home is a fraction of the price a salon would charge. If you struggle with creating straight lines, you can also buy stick on guides which you remove once you've painted the tips. The best thing about this kit is that I've never experienced sheet marks which is usually the bane of my life. The polish also dries very quickly meaning that smudging is kept to a minimum too! Overall, it's been a successful day on the nail front.

What's your go to nail polish at the moment?

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