The Favourites #1

Hello lovely people!

I’m back with a bit of a roundup post.  I know that monthly favourites post are super popular in the beauty blogging world, but since my blogging is sporadic at best I thought it was best not to attempt to commit to a monthly post…  Instead, here’s the first instalment of my new ‘The Favourites’ series, where I’ll round up all the things I’ve been a bit obsessed with recently.  I’ll try and do them fairly regularly, but we’ll see how we go!

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You’ll probably recognise most of these favourites from the haul posts I did a while ago – there were some hits and misses, so let me know if you’d like reviews of the stuff I didn’t love.

I’ll start with the beauty bits, from left to right of the photo:

  • Soap and Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot CreamLike most of the rest of the blogging world, I love most things Soap and Glory.  I pull this pepperminty, bright blue, utterly marvellous foot cream out whenever my feet are getting a bit too hard and gross – it’s been doing it’s duty recently so that my feet can be flip-flop ready at a moment’s notice whenever the sun decides to show itself.  Slather a good amount on before bed, stick some socks on and feet are silky smooth by the morning.  Miracle worker, and it’s only a fiver.
  • L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil.  This stuff makes my hair gorgeous and soft.  It’s stopped me being tempted to shell out 30 quid on some Moroccan Oil.  And it seems like it’ll last me forever.  Enough said.
  • Barry M Gelly Polish in Prickly Pear.  Every blogger and their mother have been going on about these nail polishes lately and I’ve been loving this one.  I have to say, I’m not sure they quite live up to the hype (I have the orangey-coral Papaya shade as well, and just can’t get it to last more than a day without chipping or just peeling off!), but this is my perfect spring colour.  I’ve never really been a fan of blue nails, so this is a great shade for me to branch out from my usual pinks and corals to try a lovely lilac pastel shade.  I like.
  • L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution.  Apparently this is the high street’s best answer to Bioderma.  I’ve never tried Bioderma, but I do like this a lot – it gets off all my makeup really easily, without leaving any horrible residue.  It seems to work on eye makeup almost as well as my Clinique eye makeup remover, which I find pretty damn impressive.  This has been an absolute saviour for me over the last couple of months as I’ve been doing a couple of shows, so I’ve been using this to get my stage makeup off backstage – much better than face wipes!  From the looks of things, this and other L’Oreal skincare is currently on 2 for £6 at Boots and Superdrug, so get in there quick for a bargain.
  • MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette.  I’ve been pretty shimmery with the eye makeup recently, so this has replaced my lovely Urban Decay Naked Basics matte palette for everyday and nighttime wear.  I didn’t want to pay out for the original Urban Decay Naked Palette as I didn’t think I’d get enough wear out of it, and I think I was right as this seems to be suiting me fine.  I generally only wear the lighter shades, so I’m glad I didn’t go for the expensive option, but I find them nice and easy to wear, and I like having the darker options for eyeliner.  It’s also turned me into a big fan of the gold sparkly eye for nights out – I never thought I’d be that brave!
  • Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub and Blistex MedPlus Lip Balm.  My lip-saving duo.  I have pretty dry lips – not so much that they hurt or cause me problems, but I do need to take care of them. The Lush Lip Scrub tastes amazing (it’s made with salt as well as sugar) and I’m pretty sure it’s making a difference.  I know a lot of people think these are overpriced, but I’ve been using this every day and it still seems brand new.  I can’t see myself needing to buy a new one for at least a year, and I’m positive I couldn’t make a scrub that tastes this good in my kitchen.  The Blistex is a heavy duty lip balm that’s a bit tingly, but is completely wearable.  I’m not a fan of Vaseline or Carmex as I feel like they make my lips drier overall, so I’m thanking my lucky stars that I’ve finally found something that works!

You can all see something else in the photo – my book of the last few months has been the bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Blimey, that’s a good book.  I obviously don’t really want to give anything away about it, but I will say that everyone should PERSEVERE.  I was not into this book at all, then halfway through it clicks.  Trust me.  I promise.  I keep seeing people giving up before the halfway point and I just want to beg them to keep going!  If you’re one of these people, then consider this my plea to you.  I recommend this, and I’m really not a thriller girl in books or films.  Amazing characters, amazing twists, and brilliantly thought through – it kept me up reading until the small hours of the morning.

In the TV category, Mad Men is back!  This has excited me massively.  I love this show, it’s one of the few I watch.  I’m obsessed with the imperfect storylines, the unpredictable plots and, of course, how completely gorgeous the whole thing looks. This show is my weekly escape and I love that the creators have managed to keep the things we love about the show while still letting it move on – too many TV dramas end up going round in circles with the same love triangles and breakdowns.  SPOILER ALERT: If you’re watching, is anyone else a bit overexcited about Peggy being reunited with everyone?  God, I love this show…

I’ll leave you with some lovely music.  I went to see Matchbox Twenty in concert in Manchester the other week and it’s rekindled my obsessive love for them (Rob Thomas especially).  If you don’t know who they are, Matchbox Twenty are a rocky-pop band that have been massive over in the States for years.  They’re one of my mum’s favourite bands, so I’ve grown up listening to their music since I was about 3 years old.   The lyrics are ingrained on my brain!  I’ve had the latest album on repeat in my car lately, so here are a couple of my favourites from that, but you can expect some classics to pop up on this blog at some point.

Radio is a great upbeat song, guaranteed to cheer me up:

And Overjoyed is utterly lovely and chilled out.  And I’m kinda in love with the video…

If you want any more in depth reviews on anything I’ve mentioned in here, just let me know in the comments.  And of course I’d love to hear your recommendations – what have you been loving recently?

Beauty Love: Things I’ve Bought – Part 1

Hello lovely people,

I hadn’t really thought before about doing a haul post, but I just so happen to have bought lots of of lovely things over the last week or so.  I couldn’t wait for individual reviews to share them all, so here they are!  There’s a fair bit of beauty, a few new clothes and a couple of books, so a good mixture – and so much that I’ve decided to split it up.  This post will cover my beauty stuff, then I’ll do another for everything else.  Enjoy!

 

Haul picI’m going to kick off with the beauty stuff, just because there’s so flippin’ much of it!  And there are a couple of bits missing from this photo.  I definitely need to learn some self control in Boots…

 

Loreal CleansersFirst up are the new L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water and Cleansing Oil.  These have only recently launched and I grabbed them on a ‘buy one get one free’ offer in Tesco last week (I can’t find them on the Tesco website, but the offer may well still be on if you pop into store).  I believe they’re starting to be stocked in Superdrug as well.

I’ve been intrigued by micellar waters for a while after hearing so many rave reviews, but didn’t want to fork out for Bioderma when I wasn’t sure I’d use it and had heard people say that others were generally disappointing.  This L’Oreal version was only £4.99 and a quick Google brought up good reviews so I decided to grab it along with the cleansing oil.  I’ve only used the water so far and its early days, but so far I’m impressed and there’s even a chance I may have found a cheaper alternative to my beloved Clinique Take The Day Off eye makeup remover – I daren’t get my hopes up too soon though!

 

Good Things

Next is another couple of skincare products on a great value offer: Good Things Stay Clear Purifying Cleanser (£4.99) and Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser (£8.99).  I’ve heard good things (ha!) about this brand, which is supposed to be full of lovely ingredients, so when I saw it on a 2 for £6 offer (the RRP of the moisturiser alone is £7.99!) in Boots I couldn’t resist.  My skin can get a bit oily and spotty, so I’m hoping that this combination will sort me out on dodgy days.  If you fancy giving this brand a go, I’d recommend getting yourself down to Boots asap before the offer runs out.

 

 

Body ShopThe last bit of skincare is yet another offer from The Body Shop – they had all skincare, makeup and fragrance on 3 for 2 (another offer to check out soon!).  I picked up the Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion (£11) because I wanted a day cream with SPF and the Vitamin E range gets a lot of good reviews.  I also grabbed the Seaweed Ionic Clay Face Mask (£12) to (hopefully) clear up my skin, on the recommendation of my friend and a lovely shimmery Colour Crush Eyeshadow (£7, but free on the offer) in shade 201 Melt My Heart.  I recently used a friend’s Body Shop eyeshadow and found it surprisingly pigmented, so I have high hopes for this!

 

Makeup

Continuing with the makeup, I’ve gone a touch mental with that too…  I’ll work clockwise-ish.

I’ve heard marvellous things about MUA eyeshadow palettes, especially the Undressed palette (£4) that’s supposedly a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  I have the Naked Basics palette and love it, so I thought this would pretty much be a guaranteed success – looking forward to playing about with it.

Next is Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Vintage Rose.  I love the colour – it’s a really sophisticated muted pink that I really like for the not-quite-spring weather we’re having in England at the moment – but unfortunately I seem to have real issues with the formula as it chips on my nails almost straight away.  I’m hoping it’s just the top coat I’m using, so fingers crossed for future success.

Also from MUA I have the Pro-Base Eye Primer (£2.50).  I was planning to get the standard version that I’ve heard rave reviews of, but this was only one left and it was the same price, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I always have to use primer on my oily eyelids and am currently getting through quite a lot of Urban Decay Primer Potion, so hopefully this will be a good (and cheap) alternative.

Another cheap buy was the Natural Collection Lash Curl Mascara (£1.99) in brown-black.  I’m still on the hunt for a replacement for my beloved discontinued Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara and decided that, at this price, I have nothing to lose by trying this.

I picked up another Revlon Lip Butter (£7.99) in Juicy Papaya.  It’s an orangey shade that should be nice for summer, but not quite as scary an orange as Tutti Frutti, and is one of the new shades.  I already have a pinker Revlon Lip Butter and love it, so I’m sure this will be a success!

A slightly less interesting lip purchase was the Blistex MedPlus Balm (£2.59).  I get horrible dry and flaky lips if I don’t use lipbalms almost constantly and I heard that this one was intensive but wearable.  So far I love it – it’s tingly but not uncomfortable and is sorting out my lips.

Last but not least on the makeup front is a 3 for 2 buy in Superdrup of some cult blogging products – two Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks (£4.49) in Bulletproof Beige and Bad Bronze (I know, I have an obsession with neutral eyeshadows), and an Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial (£5.99).  I’m super excited to use these, but don’t think there’s really anything to say about them that hasn’t been said a hundred times already!

 

Just to round up my beauty haul, there are a few things I don’t have individual pictures of:

That’s all the beauty – it took a lot longer than I thought!  Congrats and thanks so much for reading if you made it this far, I’m impressed.  A shorter part 2, with books and clothes, will be coming up in the next couple of days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Love: Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara

Hello lovely people,

A bit of an experiment for my blog today – I’m going to have a go at a beauty post.  And a bit of an odd beauty post at that, because I’m lamenting the fact that my favourite mascara has been discontinued!  This post was triggered by me finding a tube in B&M today, which is brilliant for now as I managed to buy a backup, but further proof that I need to find a replacement soon…

Mascara is my desert island beauty product, the only thing I wear every day.  It was the only piece of makeup I took backpacking with me and was pretty much the only makeup I wore through the whole of my teenage years.  I’ve been using the Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara for years and am always disappointed when I try another.  It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what makes it so nice – it just seems to give a lovely overall effect and makes my eyes stand out without weighing down my lashes.

I have pretty average length eyelashes, not exactly short and stubby but not long either.  They don’t have much natural curl, so I really want my mascara to curl and lengthen.  I like a bit of volume, but not too much as I prefer them to look long and skinny than short and fat.  You can see how I wear this mascara in the picture below – with one coat my eyelashes are defined and stand out, while still looking natural.

The wand is a plastic one, which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but they seem to work better to create the effect I want.

Apologies for the picture quality by the way – my plan is to keep practising and eventually improve (fingers crossed!)

That’s my review over and done with – as you can probably tell, this is my ideal daytime mascara.  I do have a backup for myself of this mascara, which should hopefully last me a while, but I now have a plea for any suggestions that might be similar.  I really don’t think you can rely on cosmetics companies claims to judge the results of a product – the only way to tell is to try them out.  So any and all suggestions are most welcome – the hunt is on!

Just in case this has convinced you that you desperately need this mascara (poor timing, I know), it’s floating around the internet reduced to about £3 or £4 as Rimmel try to clear their stock.  There are a few at Cheap Smells here – I use shade 002 Brown Black, but the normal black one is just as nice.  I can’t vouch for the green!

Pretty please leave your recommendations below!  And let me know how you feel about beauty posts being mixed in with everything else.  I’ve become a little bit obsessed by beauty blogs and Youtube channels, but know I’d never manage to regularly update a separate beauty blog.  Hopefully this will work instead!