Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Often-Neglected Beauty Products ♡

It seems to be a frequent occurance that I will buy the beauty products from my wishlist, use them a few times, put them away, they will go to the back of my drawers and I won't use them till I have a romage through my collection. I think I can vouch for most beauty bloggers/gurus that sometimes the packaging of a makeup item can draw you plus that the product looked great on someone else but not on you. I'm a neutral gal at heart and will only venture out to the occasional smokey eye but thats it.
After reading Anna's (from ViviannaDoesMakeup) blog post on the Oft-Neglected makeup bits, I thought I would do some digging out and find my re-love? for products I bought ages ago. The main reason for not using them is that I probably think I'll wear the colour to an 'event' or party but to be honest, I'm never usually that confident and happens once in a blue moon.
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel - £30 - House of Fraser. This creamy textured bronzer was on my wishlist for forever and as you can see I haven't even touched it! I actually feel ashamed. I don't know whether the fact it is a cream consistency has put me off or whether my skills of contouring has but I've been recently using a powder bronzer which I have been loving so I'm finally going to give this a go. I will keep you updated!
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque - £18 - Bobbi Brown Online or John Lewis. Last year some time, I saw Ingrid from MissGlamorazzi and a host of other beauty people raving about this under eye corrector with salmon undertones and got straight on that band wagon! Unfortunately I used it a couple times, really liked it but for some reason stopped using it and converted back to my Collection 2000 or is it Collection haha Lasting Perfection Concealer which didn't only do the job on concealing under my eyes but also blemishes etc. I have to say though, I definitely have got into taking more time on my makeup which means I have room for giving this another go.
YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in 22 Exquisite Plum - £24.50 - Boots. I had been watching Elle from AllThatGlitters on Youtube and she kept going on about YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks but in pinky shades. I knew that I had enough highstreet/drugstore plus Mac nude lipsticks to last me a life time so thought just because I wanted to try this YSL formula I would choose a colour I hadn't heard about and be bold. Yes, great choice Ash. I tried it on at home, it completely washed my white complexion out and got thrown to the back of my lipstick drawer. If I fake tanned a bit or caught the sun (which never happens hence the fake tan comment) I think it would go really well with a simple eye and face look. So you may be seeing me wearing it this summer!

Topshop Blush in Crushed Berry - no longer available, (may be able to find on Ebay). This was a whim purchase last summer in the Topshop sale. I was getting into trying blushes and decided to go for THE craziest darkest blush colour there was plus to go for a cream consistency. But I have to say blended well into the cheeks really looks nice on my complexion so along with my YSL lipstick I think I will give them another go this summer with a tan. I have to say though I love the packaging and the Topshop makeup has really upped it's game. I have my eye on their eye crayons.

Mac Powder Blush in Prism - £17.50 - Mac Cosmetics. This is one of the first Mac blushes I bought as at the time, I was in the market for a blush colour which I could use which was basically as natural as I could get it. I had read and watched countless reviews on the Prism blush so was rather excited to get. It gives a lovely natural flush to the cheeks and goes well with my skin colour and freckles. Plus at the time, I was building up my Mac collection which I still am! To be honest, I don't know why I ever stopped using it.

I'm looking forward to using all of these neglected beauty products and I will keep you updated! Have you tried any of these products? Please leave a comment down below!

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Real Techniques Buffing Brush ♡

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Around last year sometime, I came across a beauty video where they were hauling or using the Real Techniques brushes. When I found out they were actually from Samantha Chapman from Pixiwoo I couldn't believe it and just for the novelty I went out and bought their Core Collection! The foundation brush, tapered brush and small concealer brush didn't overly impress me as I have brushes very similar BUT the buffing brush is amazing. I only had to use it once to apply my foundation and I was sold.
The Core Collection is £20.99 and even just for the buffing brush I would have paid that. If I hadn't of had similar brushes to the other ones, I probably would of used them more regularly too.

The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is a staple tool in my makeup bag and since having this brush, no other brush comes close. The top of the brush is almost completely flat but has soft edges which means you can really 'buff' in your foundation and it makes my foundation and skin look flawless. Its a kabuki style brush with a longer handle basically.
The brush hairs never shed and compared to some of my Mac face brushes, the buffing brush is better for price and quality. They look really sleek too and you can tell the difference with the pink, purple and orange colours. I haven't purchased any single brushes from Real Techniques but the sets of brushes come with a nice black structured case which fits quite a few brushes in and I use that whenever I travel :)
I don't think I could say anything bad about this brush but that it only comes as a set of 4 which means you can't buy it individually. The next brush on my list to try is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Bioderma Crealine H20 ♡

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In January, I went to France for a skiing holiday (which was amazing btw) and I checked out a few of the French pharmacies to see if they stocked Bioderma, which they did! I think there are places in the UK or online that do them now but a while back they seemed to only be for the people who went to France or who spent loads on shipping etc, so I thought I would pick one up! I have to say, I was rather excited at just the sight of Bioderma up on the shelf, which I don't think the French shop assistant really understood but for all us beauty lovers, we know why.
I have been using Bioderma now for a couple weeks and I definitely love it but I can't say yet whether it has replaced the Dior Cleansing Water, I will do a blog post on that too. One of the things I love about it is the residue or texture after you have used it. It seems to dry really quickly and doesn't feel oily on my skin.
I use normal cotton pads with my Bioderma and I find my makeup comes off easily, it doesn't irritate my eyes when trying to take off stubborn mascara and leaves my face feeling refreshed and squeaky clean! To be honest, before I had tried it, I wasn't sure whether it would pull off how much it was hyped up but in actual fact, its pretty amazing.
I think I paid around £15 ish for it but I checked a site where you can purchase from the UK and that costs around £10 (per 250ml) so its a great price still and it last for ages.
Have you tried it? I would love to hear whether you liked it!
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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Lipz Lip Balm and Gloss Review | Beauty ♡

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Today I am going to be reviewing a new brand called Lipz Lip Balm and Gloss. The lovely Lee from Lipz sent me some samples of all the lip balms her company has to offer and I am very impressed! I haven't seen anything like these as they clip onto bags, watches, bracelets, basically anything that you can attach them to, they're great!

Lipz comes in 6 different flavours: Strawberry, Cool Mint, Vanilla, Xtreme Sun Block, Tangy Apple and Blushing Pink. All flavours except the blushing pink are a lip balm opposed to blushing pink being a shimmer lip gloss. They all include active ingredients Aloe and Vitamin E to moisturise, soothe and protect dry chapped lips. When buying a lip balm that fulfills all of those areas, you aren't usually expecting anything that looks cool but with these you get everything!
 One of things that I like about these lip balms is that they have SPF 15 in them which when in the sun you can forget but with the handy attachable feature, you will never be caught short! Another great thing is that they even do an 'Xtreme Sun Block' which has SPF 30. I love to ski, so this will be great to attach to my bag.

Packaging:  Lipz attaches easily to watches, bags, belts, caps etc as it has an 'O-Ring' that slips under the strap, connecting the lip balm container to the item you choose to wear it on. This also means that because it attachs to well, you can use it at the gym, whilst playing sport and anything active that would usually mean leaving the lip gloss at home :)


 After using them for a few days, my favourites are definitely the Tangy Apple and Strawberry, they smeel good, they make my lips feel nourished and aren't sticky like most lip balms/glosses. The only negative thing about them is that they can catch on things which means the lid opens but this doesn't seem to happen very often as is quite sturdy :)

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