Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The £2 Lipgloss: Essence XXXL Longlasting Matte Effect Lipgloss Review

Essence xxxl longlasting matte effect lipgloss
Essence xxxl longlasting matte effect lipgloss
Essence xxxl longlasting matte effect lipgloss
Hello again lovelies! I've been meaning to introduce you to my (dare I say it) most favourite purchase of the entire year. I've never been a fan of lipglosses to be honest. I'm sure the last lipgloss I owned came from my Sabrina's Secrets makeup box. How amazing was that kit by the way?! I'm just not into the wet and sticky texture of lipglosses so I tend to avoid them. I'd seen this brand crop up on many blogs but I had no idea where stocked Essence cosmetics. One day I nipped into Wilkinson's to check out their picture frames, as you do, and came out with this little cutie. Essence's XXXL Longlasting Matte Effect Lipgloss (£2.30) in the shade 06. The colour just looked so perfect. We've all been sucked into the 90's nude lip trend so I needed to add this to my collection.

Packaging and application
Ok, so the tube is pretty basic (although not too bad looking for such a cheap lipgloss) and comes with a doe foot applicator. Now, I'm not a fan of doe foot applicators. If you remember my Bourjois Velvet edition review I had a nightmare with applying it. When I saw the applicator on this one I thought oh here we go again as it looked even cheaper and plastickier (did I just make that word up) than the Bourjois one. Surprisingly, I prefer the cheap plastic applicator. The lipgloss applies so smoothly (and neatly) meaning that I don't end up looking like I've had spag bol for dinner. Unless I have had spag bol for dinner, then the extra around the lip stainage is expected.

Thoughts:
Isn't the colour just beautiful? I've had this on almost every day for the past 4 months now. I'm so in love (insert hearty eyed emoticon x10). As this is a matte lipgloss, I thought that it would make my lips extremely dry but it had the complete opposite effect. What really impressed me was the fact that it still remained moist even though it is a matte effect lipgloss. Amazing right? As you can see by the name of this product, it is supposed to be xxxl longlasting. That's a lot of x's isn't it. I wasn't expecting this to stay on very long considering that it doesn't dry out completely but I was wrong. I get a decent amount of wear out of this. I do top this up if I get the chance after about 3 or 4 hours just to perk up the pigmentation but it doesn't really disappear. My only issue is that eventually it does begin to crack on the lips. This always seems to happen when I've been wearing it all day long so it's to be expected really.

Overall, I'm super impressed. I think this range is definitely worth a look if you're a lipstick/lipgloss lover. What's your thoughts? Have you tried any Essence makeup before? If so, send your recommendations my way!

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Mood Monochrome


Monochrome outfit of the day ft. Dressgal
Monochrome outfit of the day ft. Dressgal
Monochrome outfit of the day ft. Dressgal
Monochrome outfit of the day ft. Dressgal
Monochrome outfit of the day ft. Dressgal
Topshop shoes

Hello lovelies! Today's mood is all about monochrome. I'm usually a colourful kind of dresser. Give me patterns and pops of colour any day. I think my love for colour comes from my general shyness. I feel like I can drown and shrink away in a room full of people so the only way for me to stay a float and stand out used to be to wear things that weren't so inconspicuous. Does that make sense?

As I've gotten older I've become more at ease with myself. My style has slowly been changing, or should I say developing over the past few years and it isn't a bad thing. I've started easing blacks and whites into my wardrobe colour palette. What I've learned is that black and white outfits (or should I say monochrome outfits if we're getting all fancy) can still make a statement too. There is something very relaxed about monochrome but at the same time, it still looks very classy.

The top I'm wearing is from Dressgal*. I recently mentioned Dressgal* in my outfit of the day post here. You may remember me saying about how the clothes were so cheap but so good. I'm all about the bargains at the moment and this website provides an amazing range of cheap clothes for women and children. I know I'm not the only one who loves to snap up a bargain so it's only fair to share, right? Should we play guess the price again? Well would you believe that this cost $2.91?! This black and white checked top fits perfectly and actually feels very good quality. I'm super impressed by it. When clothes shopping online, I'm always worried that the sizing will be horrendously wrong. We've all seen the posts right? I'm pleased to say that that hasn't happened to me just yet although it would be kind of funny.

As for the skirt, it is an old one from Topshop although I'm still seeing this type of leather skirt floating around stores so it's nice to see the trend hasn't died out just yet. Leather skirts are great for autumn and are perfect for subtly adding texture to an outfit. With it being floaty on the bottom, it means that ladies (like me) who have trouble getting the thigh/waist fitting right don't have to worry.

You may also remember my hat from this outfit of the day blog post. You're probably wondering if I've taken this off at all. Well, answer is no. It's proving extremely handy for covering my roots! I'm so lazy with dying my hair so it is keeping me going for a little longer eek. As for the shoes, I probably should have chose black to go with the monochrome theme but I just love them so much. I've definitely got my moneys worth out of them! They remind me of old school shoes with the little buckles and again are in keeping with the autumnal theme. Plus they're the comfiest shoes I own!


Top: Dressgal* (see here)
Skirt: Topshop (similar here)
Shoes: Topshop (similar here)
Bag: New Look (similar here)
Hat: Ebay (see here)

What's your thoughts? Are you a fan of the monochrome trend?

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Lloyds Pharmacy Skin Effect Day Cream: 15% More Hydration In 15 Minutes?


LLoyds Pharmacy Skin Effect Day Cream
LLoyds Pharmacy Skin Effect Day Cream
LLoyds Pharmacy Skin Effect Day Cream
LLoyds Pharmacy Skin Effect Day Cream

Hello lovelies! Today I'm talking all about moisturisers. I'm not going to lie, I haven't had much luck in the moisturiser department before. As far as skincare products go, this is the one that I feel can either make or break my skin. It took me a long time to realise that certain moisturisers weren't for me (I know, stupid right?). I have oily skin so I need a moisturiser which will help prevent that end of the day oil slick look. It's no fun coming home unintentionally looking like the joker is it? As I tend to go for oil free moisturisers, I don't feel that they're moisturising enough but at least they prevent oil related blemishes so a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do...

I was recently asked if I'd like to try this Skin Effects Day Cream* (£7.99) from the new range created by Lloyds Pharmacy. Yes, Lloyds Pharmacy! There is something very appealing about trying a range from a pharmacy as I feel like there will be less trickery involved plus they should know what they're doing, right? As someone who is in constant battle with their skin, I couldn't wait to see how I got on with this although a little scared as this day cream isn't oil free. It does claim that it is for all skin types though so let's see how I got on, shall we?

The Claims:
- For all skin types
- Packed with rejuvenating ingredients
- Increased hydration by 15% in 15 minutes
- Includes beeswax, HydraMatix complex and Vitamin B5 for it's anti ageing properties and ability to regenerate tissue
- Free from Parabens, Allergens, Colourants and Petroleum

Thoughts:
I love how simple the packaging is. This Skin Effect day cream comes in a see through coloured glass pot which as you all know, I love a good pot and I'm a fan of purply pink tones so we were off to a good start instantly. The first thing I noticed about the cream was the scent. It kind of reminds me of Sudocreme for some reason. I used to love doing a Sudocreme mask on an evening so I guess I'm used to that perfume smell. It may not be for everyone so I'd just bare that in mind especially if you aren't a fan of perfumed skincare products. Scent aside, the cream has a lovely texture. Due to it being on the thicker side though, I was worried about it forming a layer on my skin and not sinking in. Surprisingly, I was wrong as this absorbs into the skin instantly without leaving a greasy residue behind which is always a winner especially if you're about to apply your makeup.

Results:
Ok, so Lloyds Pharmacy claim that Skin Effects will increase moisture by 15% within 15 minutes. So did it work? Absolutely! My skin feels completely different than I'm used to as my usual moisturiser is oil free. It feels more hydrated after use and incredibly soft to touch. I've also tried this under makeup and as it sinks in straight away, I don't begin melting instantly. I've been using a matte foundation lately and as it is very drying, Skin Effects allows the makeup to apply a lot smoother as it doesn't cling as much to the dry patches around my nose. I know this is a day cream but I've been naughty and using it as a night cream too. It's just so moisturising that it works really well whilst I'm sleeping. My only complaints are that the scent may not be for everyone and that you have to use your fingers to get the product out. It isn't too hygienic but that can be solved by washing your hands first.

As this is for all skin types, I haven't had any problems with excess oil or blemishes and my skin is feeling less stuck to my face which is always good. I would recommend this to anyone who fancies trying a new moisturiser and especially to those with dry skin or who need a moisture boost. Lloyds haven't just brought out a day cream, they've brought out a full Skin Effect range which covers almost everything you could think of. Usually trips to the pharmacy are quite depressing but at least you can have a browse at their new range whilst you're waiting for your prescription next time.

Have you tried any of this range yet? Let me know your thoughts!

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The £4 Eyeshadow: Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers Palette

Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers Palette
Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers Palette
Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers Palette
Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers Palette Swatches

Hello lovelies! Do you remember the days of the good old blue eyeshadow? Smudging it across your eyes daring to go almost to your brows with only a sponge applicator and a little bit of hope. I'm not sure if that was a 90's makeup trend or if it was just a bad decision adopted by my school or was it just me (who knows). I'm glad I saw the light at the end of that glittery blue tunnel. I stopped wearing eyeshadow over the next few years as I was worried I'd end up looking like a clown again. That was until I spotted the Urban Decay Naked range and that's where I rekindled my love of eyeshadow (in a much healthier way). Come on, who could resist that beautiful packaging? I feel like the Naked palettes are perfect as they give you a range of colours all in one tray so I haven't really explored many other brands until now.

I was completely oblivious to Makeup Revolution until I saw their palettes on various blogs. I guess that's because I'm a Boots girl through and through so I rarely get the chance to see what Superdrug have in store. A few of their palettes bare a high resemblance to the Naked palettes which we all adore but retail at a mere £4 instead of £38. Crazy isn't it!? If I had have know that there were dupes for the Naked palettes I definitely would have checked those out first. As I already have palettes 1 and 3, I wanted to choose one with a range of shades that I didn't already have so I went for the Makeup Revolution Redemption Essential Shimmers palette. What really drew me in was the bronzed orangey shade. I swatched all the shades in store (as you do) and was really surprised at the pigmentation (especially with the darker shades) so in the basket it went. Not only did I leave with a beautiful palette, I also left with a grubby hand. How dirty are all the sample areas especially in the MUA section but don't get me started on that!

Thoughts:
Ok, so for £4 I thought the quality of the eyeshadow may be on the poorer side but its not at all. This Makeup Revolution Palette is amazing! The colour pay off is pretty impressive for the price (although you do need a few layers) and the variety of looks that can be created is exactly what I was looking for. I have to say, my most used shade at the moment is the bronzey orange shade. It just looks beautiful on the lid, above the lid, anywhere really. I love it. I'll also be experimenting with the darker purple/brown shades over the Autumn/Winter period to match the standard berry lip. The only problem is that by the end of the day the colours seem to fade and blur into one on my lid. Weirdly though, my boyfriend always seems to compliment me on my eyeshadow at the end of the day so I'm assuming it doesn't look too bad (well, by boy standards). I'm sure a good eye primer would help. I also wish they would put shade names on the palette but I can't really complain. It was such a bargain. The palette does come with a sponge tip applicator but I'm like a child with a crayon using those things so I like to keep away from them as much as possible. Still, it's handy for travelling.

Overall, I'm super impressed. It feels so good to have a change in the eyeshadow department and the range of looks you can create are endless. I'm definitely going to be picking up a few more of these as they are so cheap. This is definitely one of my best bargain buys of late. Not the best though, I still have a few more to share with you soon! I've left links throughout but I'll also leave a link here if you'd like to check the eyeshadow palette out.

Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution range before?

P.S I forgot to let you all know that I bought my own domain name! If there are any problems please let me know. Also If anyone knows why my adverts no longer show that would be amazing!

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Outfit Of The Day Ft. Dressgal & Happiness Boutique


Dressgal & Happiness Boutique
Dressgal & Happiness Boutique
Dressgal & Happiness Boutique
Dressgal & Happiness Boutique
Dressgal & Happiness Boutique

Hello lovelies! I'm back with another outfit of the day! I'm not going to lie, I've been wearing this top a little more than I'd like to admit. We all do it though, right? What's the point in having something you like if you aren't going to wear it? I've been obsessed with high neck tops since last year but I never managed to find a plain black one. I just think there is something so classic about black. I wanted a black polo neck top so I could wear it with jeans and imagine I'm some kind of Parisian/artist/spy combination. Wouldn't that be amazing?

This top is actually from Dressgal.com*. Dressgal keep up with all the current trends but sell clothes at ridiculously low prices. Can you believe it was only $2.23? I thought that it would come in handy for winter but yes I'm that person who is cold all year round so it has proven to come in handy a bit earlier than expected. The material has that stretchy Lycra feeling but doesn't look tacky (well I hope not). As it is stretchy, there is no need to worry whether it is going to fit over all those lumps and bumps which is always a relief! As for the mini skirt, I found it in the River Island sale a few year ago. I fell in love with it instantly due to its 60's style and of course being pink! I'm sure it was only £5 and I swear I keep seeing it crop up in the sale rack from time to time so keep your eyes peeled!

Finally, how beautiful is this necklace?! It's from Happiness Boutique* which sell stunning statement necklaces. It was so hard to choose as their range goes from long boho necklaces all the way to vintage looking cocktail necklaces. I chose this three tiered art deco chain necklace as it looked simple enough to wear day to day whilst still making an impact. It arrived in a beautifully packaged box which will probably make an appearance on my Instagram at some point. What do you all think?

Top: Dressgal
Skirt: River Island (Similar here)
Bag: Topshop (Similar here)
Sunglasses: H&M (Similar here)
Necklace: Happiness Boutique 

As a side note, I also spotted one of those wishbone necklaces on the Happiness Boutique site. You know the ones that keep popping up all over Instagram? Well, I have my eye on one of those so if my boyfriend reads this... (hint hint). Anyways, I've linked everything above if you fancy a spot of online window shopping. 

Let me know what you think! What trends are you loving at the moment?

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Four Face Masks/Four Skin Problems

Face Masks for Skin Problems
The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask
Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Face Mask and Nourishing Treatment Mask
Blackhead Killer Face Mask

Hello again lovelies! With Autumn on its way, this seems like the perfect time to stick the fire on, dig out those fuffy socks and indulge in a little pamper time. I failed to mention the onesie part but that's already an essential,right? Today I'm talking all about my favourite face masks. My skin is temperamental and can change it's mind at any moment so I'm always prepared incase my skin goes into rebellion. Here's some of my current favourites to target blemishes, oily skin, dry skin and black heads. Let's get on with it shall we?

Face Mask For Acne/Blemishes:

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask (£11)

I'm a huge fan of The Body Shop's Tea Tree range (aren't we all?). I've repurchased this a few times now which is saying something as I always like to try something new. This is the one I run to in desperation when I've had a breakout as I find it's the best face mask for blemishes. Tea Tree is well known for combating spots due to it's anti bacterial properties so this is perfect for those inflamed little terrors. What I love about this tea tree face mask is that it has that tingly cold feeling to it. You know what I mean, the one where you can actually feel it working or at least doing something. It doesn't completely clear my skin but then again, what does? I'd be looking for a miracle if that were to happen but it does seem to calm it down and reduce the redness. Plus it is green which fits in with winter festivities as you do kind of look like the Grinch meaning no need for face paint if you run out of fancy dress ideas.

Face Mask For Oily Skin:

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask (£15.75)

When my skin is feeling extra oily, I go for this one. Again I've spoken about this before in my Liz Earle skincare post so if you'd like to have a further read click here. I'm not really a fan of clay face masks that dry so hard that you have trouble producing a smile but this is an exception. Liz Earles Deep Cleansing Face Mask really does deep clean making it perfect for when you may or may not have gone to sleep with your makup on and you're feeling extra grubby. You get two sponges to remove the mask so it doubles up as a light exfoliator too. What I love about this is that afterwards, my skin feels completely oil free. But that isn't just it, for the next few days oil production is completely reduced. Yes, you heard me right. Shiny forehead be gone!

Face Mask For Dry Skin:

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask (£16)

I initially bought this one for my boyfriend as our skin types are the complete opposite. He suffers with dry skin so I thought that I'd look for a moisturising face mask for him. He loved it! Well, he did for the first few goes but then gave up as he isn't too into being my guinea pig. That aside, if I've gone overboard on the blemish treatments or having one of those I wish I'd drank more water days, I apply this as a sneaky treat. You can actually leave this on overnight if you really need the moisture but I don't want to go too overboard so I leave it on for 15 minutes. It has the consistency of a moisturiser so it doesn't feel gloopy or messy (there's nothing worse than a face mask that ruins your favourite pyjamas) so this definitely is pillow friendly. As it has a creamy texture, the mask soaks in meaning that you don't need to wash it off if you don't want to. If you're looking for an emergency moisture boost I'd definitely recommend this.


Face Mask For Blackheads:

Blackhead Killer (£14.95)*

I'm sure most of us have blackheads mainly lurking around the nose area. Am I right or am I right? Mine aren't too bad, not overly noticeable but like most girls they are when you have you face pressed right up to the mirror. We've all seen the how to remove blackhead tutorials on Pinterest but there is no way I'm attacking my nose with a toothbrush. I'd probably end up with it stuck up there or something. Blackhead Killer is meant to work by sucking the oil, bacteria, pimples and blackheads up and out of the skin. The texture of this face mask is very thick but rapidly dries and turns into a peel off mask. You can focus the mask on just your nose or your chin but I've been using it all over just incase I have any pesky blackheads hiding in places I've never noticed. As you can see from the cover of the box, the mask looks pretty intense (think the rubber man from American Horror Story). If you got my tv reference, I love you! Joking aside, this is the industrial strength mask out of the bunch. If you're a fan of the no pain no gain motto, this may be right up your street. I'm not going to lie, it does cause some slight pain when you're removing it as it needs to stick pretty hard to attach to all those blocked plugs. Once the mask is off though, you can oooh and ahhh until your heart is content as you can see all the tiny white dots all over the mask. When I say all over, I mean all over. It's crazy! If you're looking for a black head treatment this may be for you as long as you are prepared for a few eye watering moments.

I hope this encourages you all to put your feet up and indulge in some well deserved pampering. If you're more of a natural skincare lover or fancy a rummage around your cupboards why not try making your own? My favourite would have to be a honey face mask. 

Let me know what your favourite face masks are!

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Neglecting Your Neck: Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Gel Review

Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Gel Review
Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Gel Review
Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Gel Review
Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Gel Review


Hello lovelies! Today I'm talking all about neglecting our skin. Ok so most of us do the basics. You know what I mean, the odd face wipe here, the cleanser there. Maybe even a toner and a moisturiser. If you're feeling extra fancy (or less sleepy than normal) maybe even a swipe of micellar water and a touch of eye cream will be thrown somewhere into the mix. We all know the importance of looking after our skin especially revolving around the facial area. That's the one part of our body that is constantly exposed the harshness of day to day life. But what about the other part that is often on display... Yes I'm talking about our necks of course. I'm ashamed to say that I never moisturise my neck, like ever. Eeek. It's making me cringe thinking about it.

Why do us girls neglect the neck area so much? Its attached to our face so how come we forget about it? Did you know that your skin on your neck is thinner than your face making it just as important to protect? I have an oily face whilst on my neck, the skin is quite dry. My moisturiser isn't moisturising enough for my neck but then my more thicker moisturisers are too thick to sink in. I just can't win. Maybe this is because I've never thought of using a product made especially to target the neck area. I always thought that neck creams were for the more mature ladies but that definitely isn't the case.

A few weeks ago, I was kindly sent this Exalt Firming Neck Gel* from Temple Spa to try out. Anything with the word spa in and I'm on it straight away. After hearing that Nicole Sherzinger was a huge fan of their products I couldn't wait to see if I would transform into a goddess too. Only joking, but she does have gorgeous skin so a girl can dream right. Here's a little about the brand
"The soul of Temple Spa is about wellbeing. Not hope in a bottle or believing that life's problems can disappear at the mere whiff of an essential oil – but by offering a range of divine preparations and treatments aimed at busy people, the overstressed and those that love the very best in skin care."

Claims:
- For both mature and youthful skin
- Contains natural anti-ageing benefits
- Locks in moisture, firms and regenerates
- Lightweight and non sticky with an elastic texture
- Skin feels cool smooth and soft
- Contains powerful antioxidants to protect and encourage cell regrowth
- Contains Vitamin E which boosts collagen and in turn reduces fine lines, wrinkles and age spots
- Works in synergy with Vitamin C to treat dullness and brown spots
- Contains olive oil to lock in moisture and prevent moisture loss

Product:
The product comes in a glass pot. Who doesn't love a bit of glass on display? It just feels and looks so grown up. There is a white pull tab lid inside which is something that is handy as it stops all your product flying about. I'm easily pleased when it comes to random things so the introduction to the spatula was a special moment for me. My own personal spatula! My skincare journey just stepped up a notch. The product is a clear pinky toned elasticated gel like formula. It reminds me of the Body Shop's Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask without the over the top sticky/claggy feeling. This is so lightweight that it feels very silky on the skin and I'll just add that the smell is absolutely beautiful! A tip I was given was to apply dollops of this to the backs of the hands so that they moisturise your hands as well as your neck. Who doesn't love a bit of multitasking?

Thoughts:
In terms of results. I can't comment on the reduction of wrinkles as I'm not there just yet but in terms of moisture I can definitely feel the difference. This has been dubbed the non surgical neck tuck which I find fascinating. I don't have any creases on my neck area but the texture definitely seems to have smoothed out with all that hydration. My skin is looking a lot brighter as previously my neck looked dull and well kind of beige looking. I'm hoping this pot lives up to it's claims of firmer, younger looking skin as I'd like to hold off the ageing process in this area a little longer. In terms of negatives, I really can't think of anything.

Temple Spa's Exalt Firming Neck Gel* is a bit of a splurge with it being £39 but who doesn't love a bit of self indulgent pampering. You can find Temple Spa's range at Harrods and Selfridges but if you live miles away from those dreamy stores like me, they do have an online store too. I'm now aware that my neck is part of my face which is a weird thing to say but an important thing to remember. I'd just like to apologise to my neck for not giving it an attention. 

Do you moisturise your neck? Please say you don't so we can feel guilty together!

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