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?


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?


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?


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Spain Holiday Haul

Benefit The Porefessional | YSL Touche Eclat | Chanel Coco Rouge Shine | Ale Hop Bracelet

Short Sleeve T-shirt ~ Zara
Organic Cotton T-shirt ~ Zara
Black Blazer ~ Zara
Organic Cotton T-Shirt  ~ Zara

Last month I escaped to Spain for five nights and once again I couldn't resist hitting Duty Free and Zara. The Porefessional is a repurchase and it came in this cute little set that also included It's Potent eye cream and That Gal brightening primer. I also picked up a YSL Touche Eclat as I have not tried it for years and thought I would give it another go. The Chanel Coco Shine lippie was an impulse buy and one that I don't regret at all as I have been wearing it non-stop! A review will follow shortly. In Zara I went straight for the basics again and topped up my ever growing T-Shirt collection. I was really in need of a black blazer and this fits absolutely perfectly so it has become a new wardrobe staple.

Have you got any holidays planned? Have you tried any of these products?


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Life Lately | June

Minty goodness | M&S Tee | York races | Airport breakfast
Squinty | Guadalest | Beautiful | Mmm prawns wrapped in bacon
Blue | New nails | Mint again | Milkshake
Bridesmaid shot | Delicious desserts | Beautiful bride | Mr & Mrs

June was certainly action packed from start to finish. The races, a holiday and one of my best friend's weddings. Even though I only live half an hour away I had never actually been to York Races before and had a great day for Rachel's second hen party. The sun made an appearance which made it even better! A few days later I then went to Spain again for another five nights. We hired a car and visited the mountain village of Guadalest which is such a pretty place with breathtaking views and scenery. If you are staying in the Costa Blanca and Valencia Region I highly recommend a trip here. Ahh I love Spain! All this was rounded off last Saturday with the wedding itself. The bride looked truly beautiful and I breathed a big sigh of relief when my bridesmaid dress actually fastened after all those treats on holiday, phew! It was such an amazing day and one that I will remember for a long time.

What did you get up to last month?


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June Birchbox

I meant to post about this months Birchbox much earlier but things have been a little crazy just lately. Once again I'm really impressed and the contents seem quite different to some of the other posts I have seen so I thought I would put this up anyway, better late than never!
  • Korres Citrus Little Body Milk - I'm pleased to be finally trying a a product from Korres as I have heard nothing but good things about the brand. The fragrance smells fresh and citrusy which is ideal for this time of year and it is also a great size for travelling.
  • Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipsick in Rouge Groseille - One can never have too many red lipsticks and I was happy to see that this is a sheer formula. I love Revlon Lip Butters and this seems like a lightweight version of them, The classic red shade is just lovely too.
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Samba-dy Loves Purple - Not too keen on the colour of this to be honest but I love OPI polishes and will definitely give it a go.
  • Beauty Blender + Blender Cleanser Solid - In all honesty I would probably never have bought this little sponge but I am excited to try it. I have been sticking to concealer only of  late but once I reach for a proper base again this will definitely be getting a test run. The set also includes a Blender Cleanser which is a dinky little soap to be used to clean the Beauty Blender. 
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid - This multitasking product claims to be radiance in a bottle and also a great makeup primer. Really looking forward to trying this.
  • Birchbox Brazil Inspired Keyring Lifestyle Extra - As this months box is titled Global Strikers to coincide with the World Cup this cute little key ring is a nice touch but I think I will give it away...
What do you think of these contents?


Monday, 9 June 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush in Blissful

Blusher is my favourite makeup item and Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Blush was without a doubt my most lusted after product, ever. So earlier in the year when a colleague took a trip to America I asked (very) nicely and promptly cashed the dollars. I wrote a little list and was so happy when Blissful, my first choice, landed back. Tarte say Blissful is a warm shimmering peach and I would describe it as a peachy pink that has very subtle shimmer, almost undetectable. I use the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply all my blushers and on first swipe it didn't pick up as much product as I expected and I had to build it up to the desired colour. Blissful is not as pigmented as I thought it would be but this is definitely not a problem. The texture is smooth, velvety and not at all chalky. I absolutely adore this wearable shade and as the name suggest it is certainly a long wearer. Blusher tends to be the first thing that disappears on me but this little treat lasts all day at work without the need to touch up on my lunch break. I'm all about products that stand the test of time these days so Blissful is definitely an all round winner and I will hopefully get to try some more of Tarte's offerings in the future.

Have you tried any Tarte products? What are your favourites?


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