July Favourites ….

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As usual, it is a difficult decision to know what to put in to my monthly favourites.  These products I have been repeatedly using throughout July.

MEDIK8 VITAMIN C SERUM

I have been trying a variety of Vitamin C products recently, and I have liked all of them, but this serum is the favourite.  It sinks in to the skin, is not grainy like The Ordinary Vitamin C, and is in a dark bottle (to protect it from sunlight) unlike the Body Shop Vitamin C.

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ESSENCE I ♥ EXTREME VOLUME MASCARA (WATERPROOF)

If you have been following me recently on Instagram/Twitter, you will know how I have been praising the Essence brand.  It is drugstore affordable and so, so good.  I have tried several of their mascaras (all good), but have favoured this one as it is waterproof.  It is very black, doesn’t flake or smudge and costs £2.80!

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111 SKIN Y LIFT NECK AND DECOLLETE SERUM

I got this serum as part of a giveaway at SpaceNK when I visited Bath in early May.  It is really a beautiful serum and leaves my wrinkly neck feeling super smooth and soft.

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CLARINS INSTANT LIGHT NATURAL LIP PERFECTOR IN 07 TOFFEE PINK SHIMMER

If you are a fan of a natural lip, then I would highly recommend this lip gloss.  It smells of toffee and has a very subtle hint of pink, and leaves lips feeling very mositurised.  I like to keep it in my bag for when I’m out and about.

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NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION IN FIJI

My favourite foundation at the moment is the Nars Sheer Glow in Fiji.  The perfect shade and cover for me and I finally got my hands on a bottle after months of trying to get hold of it.  It had been sold out everywhere.  A great foundation.

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ESSENCE LIGHT UP YOUR FACE LUMINIZER PALETTE 10 READY, SET, GLOW

Another product from the Essence range – the Light up your Face Luminizer Palette, is totally gorgeous and all three shades are good, my favourite is the one on the left.  It leaves a beautiful glow on the cheekbones.

fullsizeoutput_3f3I can’t believe we will soon be heading in to August!  Still, the summer isn’t over yet – hope you all enjoy lots of sunny days ahead.

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July Glossybox review …

 

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Gosh! the month’s seem to come around so quickly.

BELLAPIERRE COSMETICS – BANANA SETTING POWDER

I am looking forward to trying this setting powder.  This powder should be allowed to sit on the skin for five to ten minutes before being dusted off.  This allows the heat from the skin to “bake” the powder.  This yellow hued powder is suitable for all skin types.

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SPECTRUM COLLECTION – SMALL FAN BRUSH

I already have several brushes from Spectrum and this is the ideal brush for using with a highlighter or powder.  It is super soft and everyone needs a fan brush!

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MONUSPA SOOTHING AFTER SUN LOTION

This is a really moisturising after sun lotion that contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.  Great for calming sun kissed skin and it smells gorgeous too.

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NATURAL WORLD – ARGAN OIL OF MOROCCO MOISTURE RICH SHAMPOO

I love a bit of Argan Oil and this organic shampoo is paragon and phosphate free.  I have never tried this brand before, so it will be good to give it a try.FullSizeRender 394

PAPANGA – SPIRAL HAIRBANDS

For those of you who have never tried these hairbands, then you definitely should.  The spiral helps prevent split ends and breakage.  I think they are great to carry in your handbag just in case you need to pop your hair up – especially at the moment as it is so warm that it feels good to get the hair up off the back of your neck.

I hope you are all having a great summer and getting some sun.

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June Favourites …

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It took ages to decide what to put into my monthly favourites for June, but these products I have been using almost every day.

DCL C SCAPE ENZYMATIC GEL CLEANSER

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I normally prefer to use a balm or oil cleanser, but I had this as part of a free gift from SpaceNK so it would be rude not to try it.  This is an amazing cleanser, it leaves the skin feeling very fresh and soft and smells totally devine.  It contains natural enzyme and fruit acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, chamomile and green tea extract.  This is the first product I have used from this brand, and will definitely be checking out more from the range.

SUNDAY RILEY – LUNA

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Now, I have to admit I fell for the hype with regard to Luna sleeping night oil.  It is mega expensive at £85.  However, with this oil, a little goes a very long way.  Two drops in the palm of your hand is enough to cover the whole face.  It is such a beautiful oil and leaves the skin so soft and I have been using it every other night since I got it.

NIOD – FLAVANONE MUD

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If I had to pick the ultimate favourite product this month, it would definitely be this mask.  I first experienced it when I had a recent facial and this mask was applied as part of the treatment.  It was so good, I went in the next day to purchase it.  Now, if you are someone who does not like the feeling of tingling on the skin, then you will not like this mask.  It is particular tingly after removal.  You apply a very thin layer and Niod recommends a weekly application.

HOURGLASS AMBIENT DIFFUSED BRONZE LIGHT

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Since I bought this bronzer from Hourglass I have not used any other.  Quite simply, it is the perfect bronzer for me.  I love the colour and I love the texture of it.  Beautifully soft and blends perfectly.  I have been applying it with a No. & powder brush, which I also love.

ESSENCE I ♥ EXTREME VOLUME MASCARA (waterproof)

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I have been exploring the Essence range recently, and I have to say, it is a fantastic make-up brand.  This is an ultra-black waterproof mascara which doesn’t clump, but separates and builds.  Totally love it and it only costs £2.80!

So, half way through 2017 and the shops are already beginning to think about the autumn and winter, but the sun is still shining so I hope you all enjoy July.

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Lancome Haul ….

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Recently, I took a trip to Boots the Chemist to talk to the girls on the Lancôme counter.  I had their Advent Calendar at Christmas and fell in love with the Absolue moisturising cream.  However, this is a little out of my price league, so I thought I would check out some of their other moisturisers.

My second favourite, after the Absolue, is the Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream.  So I thought I would buy it – still expensive!  However, said wonderful ladies on the Lancôme counter informed me there was a special offer on, which for the same price I could buy the gift set.  Which, of course, I did.

Included in the set was a full size Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream.  This has an SPF20 and filters out UVA and UVB.  This cream feels great on the skin, and is works reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dullness.  I find my foundation applies really smoothly on top of the cream.

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Included in the set was also a travel size pot of the Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream and a travel size of the Visionnaire Suit Beauty Sleep Perfector.

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Another travel size of the Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate which is a glorious serum that suits all ages, and all skin types.  It contains hyaluronic acid can be used morning and night.  This serum will improve the skin’s radiance and texture.

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Also included was a full size BiFacil eye make up remover.  This is great for removing all eye products, including waterproof mascara.  It is also suitable if you wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes.

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Finally, another full size Hydra Intense Hydrating Gel Mask which I haven’t tried yet, but looking forward to giving it a go.

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All of these products were presented in a white faux leather bag.

I always keep an eye out for these types of offers as you can get some excellent bargains.

Have a great week everyone.

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What I think of Essence ….

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A Wilko store has recently opened near to where I live, and having been made aware of the Essence brand by another blogger ( http://www.rougepout.org/ and instagram rouge pout_beauty) I thought I would do a mini haul of some of their products.

The first thing that caught my eye was the nail polishes.  I picked two of the Gel Nail polish, one in pink and the other a grey/lavender shade.  I love both colours and they applied really well.  The brush is a good, not too thin (which I hate) and the price is only £1.60.

Along with the nail polish, I picked up the nail polish corrector pen.  This is a stroke of genius and it comes with three additional heads.  It is very precise and I know that I will be repurchasing when I run out.  Costs £2.70.

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I needed a pink lip liner, so 07 Cute Pink seemed like a great colour to try.  I love the colour although the pencil is a little hard, it had staying power.  Cost £1.

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Next, I picked up a Matte Liquid Lipstick 04 Ready, Set, Impress.  This is a great lipstick, lasts for ages, comfortable to wear and a great colour. Costs £2.30.

The Quattro eyeshadow palette  07 Over the Taupe has now become one of my favourite palettes.  The shades are so gorgeous and they are super smooth and blendable.  They don’t crease and are just the perfect shades.  Cost £3.

MakeMe Brow eyebrow gel mascara in shade o3 Soft Browny Brows costs £2.50 and is just as good as the Benefit Gimme Brow which costs £20. This comes in three shades.

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My final product is a blusher – Mosaic Blush in 20 All you need is pink.  It is highly pigmented, so you only need a little on the brush.  I have used nothing else since I picked it up.  It comes in three other colour ranges too.  Costs £2.50.

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I picked up all of these products for about £17, which I think is amazing.  They are great value for money, and I would say they are definitely worth trying especially if you are on a budget.

Have a great week everyone.

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June Glossybox review…

111Skin is a brand I have recently come to love and this Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel is a beautifully light gel.  It has a very delicate fragrance (not essential I know ) and is not at all sticky, but very easily absorbed.  fullsizeoutput_3bd

A very nourishing and Cherry and Almond flavour Lypsyl that contains SPF15.  This is not a tinted lip balm, but it is full of loads of great ingredients :- Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

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A Power Plump Lip Crayon from Sleek Make Up in the shade 1047 Colossal Coral.  This contains a lip tingling ingredient, and it is really tingly!  Not really my colour, but it does apply well, but a bit too tingly for me.

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I know dry shampoos and beach hair sprays are very popular, but they are not something I have ever felt the need to purchase.  Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturising Spray is in this month’s box so I felt I should give it a go.  Result – surprisingly good.  It plumps up the hair, leaves no residue and I like it!

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From Manna Kadar Cosmetics, is a peachy illuminating liquid highlighter.  It is quite subtle and would look fabulous with a tan.  I had not heard of this company before, so will definitely be checking out their other products.

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The last product in the box is from Beauty Pro and it is their Black Diamond Peel-Off Mask with activated charcoal.  Now, if like me you watched the YouTube videos of people trying to peel off these types of masks you may, like me, be slightly reluctant to try this.  However, for the sake of the blog I will be giving it a go in the near future.  Fingers crossed I can get it off.fullsizeoutput_3beWell, I’m taking advantage of the glorious weather, and I’m off to the beach with my tousled Batiste textured hair.

Have a great week eyeryone.

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Rapid Lash – A Review …

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A few months ago, I was watching a YouTube video from Pixiwoo about a product that enhanced eyelashes.  It seemed a great product but quite expensive at £110 for 4ml.  So I took myself off to Boots and bought a similar product called RapidLash for £36.99.

RapidLash is an enhancing eyelash serum that is applied to the base of the upper lashes at night, every night.  It is Opthamologist and Dermatologist tested, does not contain paragons or fragrance and is not tested on animals.

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How does it work?

It contains several key ingredients such as Biotin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Amino Acids, Soybean oil, Pumpkin seed extract and Polypeptides.

These help prevent the lashes breaking, help boost protein and nourish and improve the appearance of the lashes.

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I have been using RapidLash for about 5 weeks and I am really thrilled with the results.

My lashes are very definitely longer and thicker.  I would say that the length is 3-4 mm longer than my previously.  I have not included any pictures of my lashes without mascara purely because my natural lashes are quite pale and it is difficult to see them in a photo.

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Have a glorious week everyone.

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