Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! Having being very impressed with the last few months I didn't expect the August offering to be as good but once again I'm a happy subscriber as there are some exciting new brands and products to try. The theme for this months box is 'Away we go' which celebrates everything that makes Summer getaways magical. All of the products arrived in a cute hand luggage ready clear bag but I did forget to photograph this, sorry!

  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect - Actually couldn't have arrived at a better time as I have just run out of my current heat protectant. This leave-in conditioner has a built in heat defence but I am hoping it is a lightweight formula as my fine hair gets weighed down very easily.
  • Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow in Buster - I love using creme shadows as a base for powder so I can't wait to try this one out. The shimmering copper colour is also perfect and one that I would have chosen myself.
  • Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil - I have never actually used a face oil before so this is a new concept for me and again I'm intrigued to try it out. I dispensed a small amount on to the back of my hand and it felt surprisingly light and nourishing.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - I love receiving sample sized skincare products as they always go into storage to take away on future holidays. Vasanti is a brand I have never tried before and on first impressions I like the look of this exfoliator as the tiny crystals seem to be gentle and in a mild formula.
  • Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream - There is nothing better than trying out new make up items and as I really enjoy a light coverage, on first swatch I think this is going to be something I like. I received the Light to Medium shade which I hope is going to be fair enough for my skin.
  • The Proposal by Tasmina Perry - The lifestyle extra this month is one chapter of a romantic novel. A great way to try a book before you buy.
Another outstanding box in my eyes and none of these products will go to waste as long as they agree with me.

Did you get the same?

XxX

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Life Lately | July

First time Prezzo | Postcard Art | Finally bought the sharpener | Naughty MAC purchase 
Long day at the office | Tiny treats | Happy package | Fancy
Mmmm | Lovely Harrogate | New denim | Tour de France tree carving

All in all July was a lovely, sunny and relaxing month after a busy June. Here's hoping for a similar August, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet...

XxX



Friday, 8 August 2014

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Mutine


I picked up my first Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick as a little treat while I was holiday. Three shops later and numerous swatches I had settled on the shade Mutine which unbeknown to me is limited edition. Mutine is a neutral rose pink with a subtle silver shimmer running through it making it one of the most wearable lipsticks in my collection. The sheer formula is lightweight and nourishing while still being suprisingly pigmented. The wear time isn't long but you would never expect it to be for this kind of formula and as it's so easy to apply touch ups are never a chore. This is a truly luxurious lipstick but one that I have decided is certainly worth the money!

Do you own any Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks? 

XxX

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Essie | Not Just a Pretty Face

Last month I was a bridesmaid for one of my best friends and I needed to find the perfect nude nail polish to to wear on the day. After standing at the Essie stand for a very long time I had narrowed it down to three and then finally decided on 'Not Just a Pretty Face'. In all honesty these kind of barely there, nude shades are not really my thing but I thought this didn't seem too pink and I hoped that it wouldn't look too washed out. Little did I know that this colour would end up being one of my all time favourites. Not Just a Pretty Face is a pink-nude nail polish with a subtle peachy hint which in my opinion makes it a lot more wearable. It can be worn sheer with just one or two coats but I prefer three to give it a bit more opacity. I love how simple yet chic it looks and I have found myself reaching for it numerous times since the wedding. The wear time is also amazing and when any tiny chips do happen to show they are barely noticeable because it is such a natural colour. I absolutely love it!

What is your favourite nude polish?

XxX


Sunday, 20 July 2014

July Birchbox


So before my box arrived this month I'd been having the usual snoop round of what other people got and didn't feel too overwhelmed with the the contents. I was surprised to see that when mine arrived I had a couple of different products and a mini Benefit The Porefessional definitely saved the day! The theme for this months box is a Summer inspired Sun, Sea and Sand.
  • Benefit The Porefessional is one of my favourite primers. It minimises pores and provides a velvety base for the rest of your makeup. Although I have just recently purchased a full size this little mini is ideal for travelling.
  • Compagnie De Provence Mediterranean Sea Hand Cream is a great little handbag sized sample and as I'm really rubbish at using hand cream I will be placing this straight in there so that I will hopefully use it. It smells lovely.
  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream was a very welcome addition as I am nearing the end of my current eye cream so I will definitely give this a go before buying anymore. I have tried other Balance Me products in the past and really enjoyed them so I am looking forward to giving this a go.
  • Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees *smirks at the name* is a mini chubby lip pencil in a paired down orange. It has a minty smell just like the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains but the formula is much more sheer. Although I'm not sure this is the colour for me, I have swatched it on the back of my hand and it looks pretty.
  • Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath smells fresh and invigorating and will be perfect for a nice relaxing soak after a sticky day. Not a brand that I have heard of but bathing products are always welcome.
  • Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water in Lemonade is one of this months lifestyle extras and I was a little dubious to try this but the lemon puree balances out the sweetness of the coconut water making it a nice refreshing drink.
Not the best box ever but to be honest I don't have any complaints as I know I will use all of the products but perhaps not the lipstick.

Do you receive Birchbox? What did you get this month?

XxX


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Summer Boots

Topshop MONTI2 Cutout Boots available in stores and online

I'm extremely late to the cutout boots trend but have been admiring these little beauties from afar since they appeared in store a couple of months ago. This week I decided it was time to take them home or lose them forever. These boots are available in taupe suede (pictured), black suede and black leather. I decided to opt for the taupe offering as they have a much softer look that makes them easily wearable on Summer days. I also like that the cutout details is quite subtle and for this reason they will also be ideal for the cooler months paired with some tights. For now though I can't wait to wear these with a little floral dress or skirt, to me they are the perfect Summer boots!

Do you own any cutout boots? What do you think?

XxX


Saturday, 12 July 2014

What's in my makeup bag?





At the moment all of the above are my holy grail products and not much else gets a look-in. I wear this face of makeup pretty much every single day and it doesn't let me down. 

I tend to skip foundation altogether in the warmer months but if my skin is misbehaving I will always dig out the Bourjois Health Mix Serum. First of all I use Benefit's Stay Don't Stray on the eyelids and under the eyes before I blend in a tiny amount of Seventeens Phwoarr Paint under my eyes to banish the dark circles. This is a great heavy duty under eye concealer that if used sparingly doesn't crease and also stays put. I then go in with the infamous Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, dabbing it anywhere I get any redness or have any imperfections. Lets just say some days I use quite a bit! I set all this concealer action with a dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which keeps shine at bay till lunchtime when I usually add a little more to last the remainder of the day. The NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny was a firm favourite last Summer and I have whipped it out again to add a bit of warmth. An ideal bronzer for pale skin as it never looks too much. 

So having finished the base I then use a Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow all over the lid in Birthday Suit. I find that this combined with their primer creates a perfect foundation for any shadows that I may apply on top and ensures longevity without any creasing. My most used shadow to finish off is Suspect from the Naked 2 Palette. Now for the tricky part, winged liner. L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim is by far the easiest felt tip liner I have used and the long thin nib allows a slightly easier process with lasting performance. I love Maybelline's Illegal Lengths Mascara as it creates volume and length without being a chore to apply or remove. I usually get sick of mascaras pretty quickly but this is my second tube so that speaks for itself for me. I fill in my sparse brows with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in soft brunette. The colour, texture and ease of use is all spot on and I have definitely found the one with this.

Without blusher I look ill so I always leave this step until last to see just how much colour I need. My top choice at the moment is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blissful. The colour and texture of this peachy pink is really pretty and it compliments the rest of my makeup. On a daily basis I always wear pinky nude lip colours. The Bourjois Rouge Edition in No4 Rose Tweed and Revlon's Super Lustrous Pink in the Afternoon fit into my comfort zone just perfectly.

Phew! That's it!

What are your holy grail daily products?

XxX



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