Tuesday, 6 December 2016

WHAT'S NEW | In My Beauty Stash?

Hey Everyone! 

So over the last couple of months I've completely missed and somewhat forgotten to a do a favourites post, these are one of my absolute favourites to share with you guys - so i do feel a little dissapointed in myself. I've managed to collect quite a few products over the last few months, some good and some bad! So instead of a favourites i wanted to share what's new in my beauty stash!

L'Oreal True Match Foundation | £9.99
I'm really torn when it comes to this foundation. They stock 23 shades which range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, which means all the fair skinned ladies out there - there will be a shade that suits you! Firstly, i do really really love the way it applies and initially sits on the skin however, i do find after about hour 4 it starts to go patchy and real oily. I would say it's a light to medium coverage and is build-able. I do normally mix it with the L'Oreal infallible listed below as that has longer staying power than this, which dramatically improves the result. 

YSL Mon Paris  | £46.50 30ml
I normally wear YSL Black Opium, so was delighted when i won this bottle of YSL Mon Paris in a twitter competition. It has a the following notes, Top - Pear & Fruit, Heart - Datura & White flowers and base - Patchouli & White Musk. The perfect sweet / musky scent for winter! It's long wearing just like all other YSL perfumes and is really lovely to wear!

Morphe 12NB Pallete | £13.00 
Oh my god this palette though!! This has to be my most favourite palette ever, it's super versatile and includes 12 warm everyday shades. It's really blend able, there's no fall out and it's incredibly affordable. You can now buy this America brand from Beauty Bay, so need to for hefty postage charges! I find for really pale skin (like myself) it has some amazing transition crease colours, without making you look like you've been punched.


Organic & Botanic Night Moisturiser* | £67.00 50ml
I was excited to try this product when i received it from the lovely PR team at Organic & Botanic. This mandarin orange enhancing night moisturiser works to heal and nourish the skin whilst your sleeping. I do like the idea of this product, however i do not think it's worth the £67.00 price fee attached as i didn't notice that much of a difference to my skin - a good dupe for this is The Body Shop, drops of youth bouncy sleep mask for £24.00 i find this works better and actually leaves noticeable changes in the skin. I found the actual product sticky and heavy on my face and broke out shortly after. So sorry Organic & Botanic, it's a no from me!

L'Oreal Infalliable Foundation | £9.99
Another L'Oreal foundation, but this time one i have been really loving. This buildable product is a medium to full coverage which has fantastic staying power. It blends amazingly with a damp beauty blender and the colour shade is gorgeous! The only con is, keep you face super hydrated as it can cling to dry patches!

Gerard Cosmetics Hydramatte Liquid Lipstick - Serenity| | £11.50
Another purchase from Beauty Bay and a collaboration from Gerard cosmetics and one of my faves Manny MUA. This is a gorgeous warm pink with hints of brown liquid lipstick, this is a really comfortable and non drying matte lipstick and i have been loving wearing it. 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox & Glow Masks | £7.99 per mask
Two of the BEST face masks i have ever used. If you have combination skin like myself, these are the perfect masks to compliment your skin type. I like to pop the glow mask (which has small exfoliating beads within) on my cheeks and the detox mud mask on my nose, chin and forehead where i get most of my break - outs. I use this combination 2 - 3 times a week and find it really helps to deeply cleanse my face. After using my skin is so smooth and healthy looking! At £7.99 per mask these are an absolute bargain - the two pots above have lasted me ages! 

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil*| £62.00 30ml
I got this in my goodie bag when i went to the Beauty Blogger Awards. Dermalogica is a brand i have used in the past, when i was at college doing Beauty. I really love their products and this is no exception, this oil can be mixed in your moisturiser or applied on it's own. I have to admit, i'm always a little hesitant to try an oil before foundation as i'm quite oily - so i pat this onto my face before i go to sleep and after i have cleansed and toned!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer | £5.99
This concealer is a dupe for the Nars creamy concealer that i know a lot of bloggers swear by. I've been using the lightest shade and it does a fab job of brightening my under eyes. It's thick but not cakey, and it's really easy to blend! I do really love this, however nothing will replace my Collection lasting perfection concealer which will always be my number.1 bae! 

Becca Cosmetics Highlighter Opal*| £20.00 Glow On The Go Kit
My most favourite person Emma bought me the liquid and powder Opal highlighter from Becca Cosmetics when she went to Vegas over the summer. This is the most intense and beautiful pressed highlighter, the pigmentation is insane! I like to apply to the top of my cheekbones, tip of nose, cupids bow and brow bone. The glow makes me feel like a unicorn!

Aurelia Probiotic Moisturiser* | £52.00 60ml
Another moisturiser i was sent by the lovely folks at Aurelia as i wasn't able to attend a brunch event in London, so was able to get my hands on some sample sizes of their beautiful products. I LOVE this moisturiser, it's lighty whipped and leaves you feeling radiant, glowing whilst preventing skin ageing. It contains probiotics petide technologies which hydrate and sooth dull and dehydrated skin. This product is for all skin types and is Vegan friendly!

Geeeeeeeeeze, that was a long old list!


What's your favourite product? Let me know your thoughts!


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Friday, 2 December 2016

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016

Hey Everyone!

Yesssssss... the countdown to Christmas is FINALLY here! And I am SO excited - I've actually already done most of my Christmas shopping. However, that doesn't stop me from adding things to my own wish list and hoping either my lovely boyfriend or family see this!

I have chosen 6 items over 4 categories, these include - Beauty, Travel, Homeware and For Him! I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration if your struggling for gifts.

For all the Beauty lovers out there I've put together a few bits which have appeared heavily on my own wish list. My personal favourite's are the Zoeva brushes and the Charlotte Tilbury Quad - if this colour isn't for you they have a selection of different colours so make sure you check out the website! 

1. Zoeva Bamboo Makeup Brush Set | £65.00 

2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost (Peach Goddesss) | £25.50 

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit | £69.00 

4. Charlotte Tilburry Luxury Eyeshadow Quad (The Uptown Girl) |  £38.00 

5. Mac Lipstick (Velvet Teddy) | £15.50 

6. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Palette | £40.00 

For those friends or family members who just can't seem to stay in one place and love an Adventure! My favourite is the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist - the pictures are gorgeous and it is so much fun to flick through and plan your next trip. 

1. Louise Vuitton Keepall Bandouli√®re 45 | £1,170 

2. BANDO Passport Cover | £30.00

3. BANDO Luggage Tag | £13.00 

4. Cable For Two | £16.50 

5. Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist | £18.80 

6. Oliver Bonas In Flight Kit | £15.00 

For the people who love homely homeware, I know some bits are more expensive.. (anthropologie ahem..) but the beautiful Olver Bonas frame makes a brilliant present and you could even personlise with a special picture!

1. Marks and Spencers J Alphabet Cushion | £15

2. Oliver Bonas Modena Frame | £14.00  

3. Anthropologie Meguro Duvet | £148 + 

4. Molton Brown Coco and Sandalwood Reeds | £39.00  

5. Saskia Salt and Pepper Shakers | £14.50  

6. Tapio Champagne Glasses | £30.00


Last but not least, a few gifts for the man in your life. My personal favourite is the Harley Quinn Marvel Christmas jumper and the coffee set from Whittards!
 
1. Liz Earle Gentleman's Grooming Collection | £35.00 

2. Townsman Fossil Watch | £185.00


3. Harley Quinn Christmas Jumper | £29.99 

4. Leather Aspinal Wallet | £95.00 

5. Ugg Slippers | £80.00

6. Dolce Vita Coffee Hamper | £80.00

So, that was my Christmas Gift Guide for 2016, I hope it gives you some inspiration! Let me know if you buy anything from the above and what's your favourite item?

Merry Christmas! 


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