Makeup Obsession …

Refillable palette from Makeup Obsession.

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Oh dear!  I really, really did not need to buy any more eyeshadow palettes, but look what is in Boots at the moment.  Build your own palette!  Also a bargain at £2 per shadow.  So it would be silly not too, right?

The main problem was deciding which shades to get.  In the end, I played fairly safe and opted for the following six shades.

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The first shade is a matte shadow E132 Pearl.fullsizeoutput_4e7

This is a highlight shade H102 Pearl.

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This next one is labelled as a highlighter H111 Tropical.  Not sure if I would use it as a highlighter.

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Another shimmer shade E175 L.A.

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This gorgeous plum shadow E169 Antique Lace.

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Finally, another matte shadow E118 Bourbon Brown.

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If you spent £12 you could get the palette free.  The palette normally retails at £6.  The palettes come in either gold, silver, black or pink.  Also they come in two sizes – for 6 or for 12 shadows.

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Left – Right Pearl E132, Pearl H102, Tropical H111, LA E175, Antique Lace E169 and Bourbon Brown E118.

They are great shades and blend super easy.  At the end of the day, I found they had creased a bit, but I had not applied any eye primer under them.

I think this is a great idea for travelling, you can swop and change the shadows to suit your needs.

There is also several contour powders, brow powders, highlighters and strobe powders to choose as well.

Oh dear, I feel another visit coming on!!

Have a great week everyone.

 

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September Favourites…

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CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM

I am a big fan of serums, and I have found that since I bought the Double Serum from Clarins I have been using it every day.  This is a new version that no longer contains mineral oil.  What it does contain is 21 active plant extracts to help reduce the signs of ageing, plump and firm the skin and give it a radiant glow.  It is pricey at £75, but a little goes a long way.   Uniquely, the bottle can dispense two different made-to-measure doses of serum.  The consistency is very light and smells wonderful.  

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THE BODY SHOP JAPANESE MATCHA TEA POLLUTION CLEARING MASK

This is a quite a “tingly” facemask from the Body Shop.  It is cruelty free and vegan.  You apply to cleansed skin and leave for 5-10 minutes.  This leaves the skin feeling really marvellous and I have been using it twice a week.  I would highly recommend giving this mask a go.

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LANCÔME VISIONNAIRE NUIT BEAUTY SLEEP PERFECTOR

At the moment, I am alternating between Sunday Riley Luna and this in my nightly routine.  This is such a gorgeous product.  It is an hydrating gel that contains micro droplets of oil.  It leaves the skin super hydrated and soft.

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URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT PALETTE

No surprise here, it’s the most talked about palette of the moment, and rightly so.  This is a brilliant palette for autumn/winter with its mixture of matte and shimmer shades.  Dramatic and subtle looks are easily achieved and this is one hype I’m happy to have fallen for.

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DIOR – DIORSKIN STAR STUDIO MAKEUP FOUNDATION

My shade is 020 and is just the perfect shade for me.  It contains SPF30 and it is a long wear foundation.  It stays looking good all day and is a very lightweight and dewy foundation.  Love it!

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I am trying quite a few new products at the moment, so expect some more reviews soon.

Have a great week everyone.

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Glossybox – September Edition …

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September’s Glossybox is an excellent mix of products, all of which I am happy to try out.

TAYLOR’S 32 NATURAL WHITENING TOOTHPASTE 75ML

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I have not heard of this brand before, but this toothpaste leaves the mouth feeling really clean and fresh.  It is flavoured with fennel and mint, but not in an overpowering way. Whether it does whiten the teeth or not, we will have to see, but as a toothpaste, it gets a thumbs up from me.

SKINFIX HAND REPAIR CREAM 30ML

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Skinfix, another unknown brand to me, and it is fragrance free and a pretty heavy duty hand cream.  Perfect if you suffer from skin problems like dermatitis or eczema. A little goes a long way, and it does take about 5 minutes to absorb into the skin.  It is super moisturising and soothing.

MONU SKIN FIRMING FIJI FACIAL OIL 30ML

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Another lovely product from another brand I haven’t come across before.  A lightly fragranced, delicate oil that sinks into the skin.  Looking forward to seeing what else this brand has to offer.

PIXI BY PETRA BROW TAMER 4.5 ML

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STYL LONDON SILIGEL BLENDER 

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To be honest, I found this a bit of a faff to use.  I ended up applying my foundation with a brush and then using this to finish off.  If you are a fan of applying foundation or concealer with a beauty blender then this may be right up your street.  I prefer a brush and sometimes a beauty blender to finish off.

At this point, I should probably say that also in the box was Kinder Bueno Classic chocolate bar, and I should probably have taken a picture of it too.  Unfortunately, I ate it straight away, and I thought the empty wrapper didn’t have the same appeal!

Have a great week folks

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Review of recently tested products…

All of the products in this blog I really wanted to love, if not like.  But unfortunately, they have proved to be less than amazing.

I had high hopes for the DCI C Scape Enzymatic Gel Cleanser, and the first few times I used it I thought it was a good product – and it is.  It smells lovely and it obviously does the job.  But, I found I was bypassing it to use other cleansers as part of my daily routine. I will admit, I am now using it to clean my make-up brushes!  To be fair to the product, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, I just prefer to use a balm or oil cleanser.

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Bare Minerals Original Foundation is a product I loved the idea of.  Something that was actually beneficial to the skin sounded pretty amazing to me.  I have tried this foundation repeatedly with various brushes and including the brush (which I love) that Bare Minerals specifically recommend for this powder, but I really do not like this at all.  It seems to accentuate every pore and leave the skin looking cake and dry.   In fact, I have to remove it and reapply a liquid foundation rather than be seen with it on.  I am sure on a young skin that is practically flawless, then it would work well, but not on my ancient and dehydrated skin!

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I have also tried Batiste’s 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo and Conditioner that was included in a beauty box.  Dry shampoos seem to be really popular with bloggers and YouTubers, but I have to say, they do not make your hair feel good at all.  I have tried this several times, but still end up either washing my hair or putting it up with a clip.  There is nothing wrong particularly with this product, I just don’t like dry shampoos in general.

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I definitely fell for the hype over the Dior Pump ‘n Volume Mascara.  I was so excited to try this as it seemed to have great reviews.  At first, it did seem like a great mascara, but after a few weeks it became very difficult to get a good result.  It became clumpy and thick and I have just stopped using it in favour of better, cheaper brands.  It is very over priced in my opinion and I will definitely not be repurchasing this mascara.

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I love Alpha H as a brand and thought I would try the Vitamin C with Grape Seed.  I do use vitamin C products but this one had a rather dramatic effect.  I do suffer with mild (very mild) rosacea especially around the nose and chin, and literally minutes after applying the Vitamin C, my nose went bright red and began to swell.  This was quite alarming and I immediately rinsed it off.  It took two days to return to normal and I was very careful not to use any type of product to aggravate the situation.  Since then, I have continued to use it, but only on my cheeks, forehead and neck.  It is a great product and obviously the problem was with me rather than the product.  Just be aware if you have any type of sensitivity, that you may react with this product.

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Well, it appears Summer has now departed and I am sitting here writing this in a thick jumper with a cup of tea.  Hello Autum!

Have a great week guys.

 

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What I bought this week…

This week I bought some old and some new products.  Having finished my third Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, I knew I had to get another as it is such a lovely product.  It smells divine and is so gentle at removing all make-up, including waterproof mascara.

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I have been trying out a few different Vitamin C products recently, and thought I would give this one from Alpha H a try.  I will report back on how I get on with it.

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I decided to get the curly hair products from Aveda after watching Trinny Woodall use them in a recent YouTube video.  Trinny highly recommended them, so I thought I would give them a go.

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Be Curly Curl Enhancer is applied to damp hair and smells like sweets – lovely.  Also, I bought the Be Curly Style Prep which I add after the Curl Enhancer.  These are both great products, and so far, I have been very pleased with them.

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Finally, I went for the Original Source Lime shower gel.  I have just finished the Original Source Lemons and Tea Tree (which was also lovely) and thought the lime had a fresh, citrus smell.fullsizeoutput_459

As I am sitting here and writing this, the rain is beating down against the window – I feel the summer is winding down and Autumn approaching.

Hope you all have a glorious week.

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Glossybox – August Edit….

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Ah August, all that sun, sea and sand!  I wish!  Anyway, August’s Glossybox has arrived and it is another good box.

Batistse Dry Shampoo and Conditioner in Vanilla and Passionflower.  I am not a particular lover of dry shampoos, but it is always handy to keep a small spray, just in case. This smells of vanilla and is a handy 30g size. fullsizeoutput_441The Sport FX Time Out Mist and Fix is designed to be applied before foundation or can also be used over make-up.  It is a super fine mist and smells pleasantly of menthol which also has a cooling effect.  Added bonus – suitable for Vegans.

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The Ice Hair Mask from Valquer is super hydrating hair mask that contains Macadamia nut oil.  Stays on damp hair for three to five minutes, then rinse off and use twice a week for maximum effect.

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This Safari Sun Bronzer from Model Launcher looks a bit tacky in my opinion, but it is  a really beautiful powder.  It is super fine and with a slight shimmer, it would look glorious with a bit of a tan.   fullsizeoutput_444

Rodial Suede Lips is a matte lipstick that is not drying at all.  It contains Vitamin E and the shade is Big Apple.  A lovely berry nude shade – perfect.  fullsizeoutput_440

Finally, a little extra gift, a stretchy bracelet from Purelei.  Not really my style, but it comes with a 30% discount card to use on the Purely website.

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Sorry if this post feels a little brief, but I am moving house this weekend, and things are a little hectic to say the least.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday everyone.

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Review of Bare Minerals Original Foundation, Concealer and Beautiful Finish brush….

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I have wanted to try Bare Minerals foundation for a while, as it seems like a very healthy type of make-up that will actually improve the appearance of the skin if used over time.

The Assistant was very helpful and matched the right shade for my skin, and there are 30 shades to choose from, which is fantastic.  To get the best results, I decided to buy the foundation brush Bare Minerals have designed specifically to apply the powder foundation.  To get the best results, I also got the concealer so that I knew the products would not be fighting each other.

Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer SPF 20 Light 2 £21

This concealer is quite a creamy consistency and covers very well.  It drys to a soft powdery finish.  I found the colour was great and it is good to have a concealer that has an SPF of 20.

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Bare Minerals Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush £26

I have to say that this is a great brush – the hairs on the inner part of the brush are very densely packed, and the longer hairs around them are longer and more flexible.

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Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 £27

If have tried to get on with this foundation, in order to give it a fair and accurate review, but I really don’t like it on my skin.  I say my skin, because in fairness, this foundation has had to deal with a mature, dehydrated and pigmented skin.  I found it did look patchy and dry, and made any larger pores look much worse.  In fact, I had to remove it every time I used because I really didn’t like it at all.  I was disappointed to say the least as these are quite expensive products.

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I will say in Bare Minerals defence, that I am sure on a young and very smooth skin, this would look lovely.  The Assistant said she was wearing this foundation, and her skin looked gorgeous.

So, to sum up – I definitely wouldn’t buy this foundation again, but I love the brush and will be using that for sure.  The concealer is fine, but £21 is very expensive, and there are better and cheaper on the market.

Hope all is well with all of you. 🙂

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