Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Makeup

Merry Christmas everyone! Want a sneak peek of what I am wearing on my face on this festive day?
I want to keep the look quite natural and duey, no concealer or anything. But I want a pop of colour so I have chosen L'Oreal Colour Riche in Feeric Fuschia, which is a bright red with a hint of shimmer.

For the eyes I'm trying out a reverse smokey eye. Using the Naked palette, Smog all over the lid and then Buck in the crease. This is because I want a simple glittery eye but I want to create the illusion of my crease being deeper set, as I have small hooded eyes.

List of all products:
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer
Maybelline Fit me Foundation
ELF eyebrow palette
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Blush Gilda
Naked Palette
L'Oreal Colour Riche Feeric Fuschia

What are you wearing on your face today?

Monday, 24 December 2012

Glossybox - December

I was so excited about receiving this box, as it is Christmas eve I guess we could call this my first Christmas present, to myself. This month I think Glossybox has really stepped up with the Bejewelled Christmas edition, firstly, by changing the packaging slightly and bringing a Winter theme to the box.  Also the information card is now a paper leaflet with a pyramid of diamonds on the front, which reminds me of Ferrero Rochers. As well as the normal information on the products, this month Glossybox has included some discounts for the subscribers to treat themselves after our rigorous shopping sprees. 

Also my lighting has been very weird so sorry if the pictures are a bit dark.

Rituals - Magic Touch
This moisturiser is one of Rituals bestselling products and is supposed to intensively nourish and strengthen the skin while stimulating your senses. I haven't tried this out yet but if you saw my last months favourites you would have seen I've been loving my Rituals hand cream, so I cannot wait to get this on me. It smells amazing as well.
Sleek Makeup i-Devine Palette - Oh So Special
This could not have come at a better time, I have wanted this palette for ages and have been toying with the idea of buying it.  What stopped me is because I already have so many palettes that I wanted to get good use out of them first. I really love the Sleek palettes, the 12 shades are always beautifully pigmented and good quality. They are so handy for travelling too as it contains a massive mirror and normally the shades are a mixture of matte and shimmery as well as being good for day or night makeup. 
Seche Nail Lacquer - Hypnotic
I love when Glossybox included highend nail varnishes, because though I love nail varnishes I very rarely buy highend ones at full price. So at £9.95 I think it's brilliant that it's included this month. The downside to this polish is I don't like the shade, I have just got into pastel blue nails, dark blue almost black is just one step too far for me I am afraid. I would have much preferred the burgundy shade that is in the information booklet, but you can't win them all I guess. I am glad I've tried the formula and seen the finish but this shade just is not for me. 
Anatomicals - Fruity Lip Gloss
Oh I wish I could skip this product, for me this lip gloss spoils this month's box. Firstly, I'm not a big fan of the brand itself, I think they try to copy Soap & Glory's chatty ways on their products and fails miserably, I don't find it cute or funny. I think the other brands this month are quite sophisticated and are brought down by this child-like product.  This particular product to me just seems like it should have Barbie written on it or something. I'm not a fan of squeezy tube lip glosses anyway because after 3 uses they end up as one messy gunk, but paired with the sweet scent I just really don't think it goes with the theme or the rest of the products this month.  I might be being snobby, I don't know.
Milk_Shake - Conditioning Whipped Cream
I know the name sounds a bit funny, but this is a leave in conditioner in the form of a mousse. You apply it to clean, damp hair, so after you've got out of the shower and it really looked like whipped cream. It smells amazing, like a really creamy milkshake. For the 200ml full size product this retails for around £15 so again a product that I would never have thought about picking up. I can't wait to try this out as well, especially as I had my hair cut the other day so it's nice to find products that will keep your hair in good condition.
Glossybox - Blusher
The shade of this blusher is called Glossy Rosewood and apart from the obvious, that it's a Glossybox product, I don't know why they've called it glossy as it's actually a matte finish. It is a dusty pink shade sort of boarding on the mauve undertones and I think it is very pretty. It's very pigmented and blends nicely, in the description it states they are supposed to be long lasting so hopefully this blush will be a hit with a lot of people. 

I have been really impressed with this box and has definitely improved from when I first joined Glossybox back in the summer. There were 4 full products this month so even though not all were to my personal taste I am not complaining. 


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Glossybox - November

This months theme is Stocking Fillers which is really nice to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.  This is probably my favourite box from Glossybox so I was really impressed this month.
Ayuuri - Sandalwood Face Cream
Firstly, the bottle is massive for a face cream, this is the full size at 200ml. This brand is dedicated to using natural products, and this might sound a bit silly but I think you can tell that it a natural scent and not perfumated. Therefore, I assume this would be good for sensitive skin as well as containing antiseptic ingredients. It also says paraben free which reflects all the natural goodness that they want in their products. The thing I know that would interest a lot of people is that it state 'no animal testing' this for me is important as I know it is for many other people too. I checked on their website and the brand seems to be sold mainly in pharmacies and chemists for around the £5 mark.
Burberry Body Eau de Parfum
This is possibly definitely the best perfume sample I have ever, and probably will ever receive. Basically this is not your everyday plastic, doesn't spray properly, sample. This is a beautiful, glass, mini-version of the actual bottle, which I am so impressed with. It is the same height as a nail varnish, which other brands may also do, but for me this is a first. It is just such a shame I don't like the scent, which is weird because I normally like musky scents, but I think this perfume is more suited towards an older woman.  Having said that, I do keep it in my handbag and whack it out so I can slyly show off my posh sample. 
Alison Claire Natural Beauty - Mango Body Butter
This is the best smell ever! It reminds me of a children's medicine that I used to have, but not a nasty one, the one you used to pretend to be ill for just so you could have a bit. Really nice and fruity without being overpowering. It has a lovely thick consistency as it should, being a body butter and also a pump bottle, which is unusual. The packaging reminds me of the Bourjois Health Mix foundation, due to the pump, the plastic bottle and the base inside moves upwards with the product so you know how much you have left. I have just noticed that the bottom of mine is smashed *sad face* this is really unhygienic as I can already see there is some black thing inside the bottle. I'll email Glossybox and see what their thoughts are, last time their customer service was good so hopefully it will be again.
Nails Inc - Kensington Caviar Topcoat
This is obviously a mini version, with 4ml there is enough to try the product out sufficiency. The first thing I noticed is that it doesn't really leave the nails that glossy I wasn't impressed with that side of it. But it does dry very quickly and makes your nail colour stay on longer than what it would without it. I do want to try this out a couple more times because at the moment I really am not seeing that all the fuss is about with Nails Inc. Also the second time I went to use this, I noticed that the silver on the lid has chipped quite badly, which is really ironic for a product that is meant to prolong chipping.  I really hope this is not the quality of their full sized products, I really wanted to love this.
Dermalogica - Daily Microfoliant
This part is going to be short and sweet because I am yet to try this product out as I have some other face products that I didn't want this to interfere with. Even though some other Dermologica products have broken me out in the past I am still so excited to try this. The full size retails for around £40, so in a way I hopefully won't get too attached when I do get round to trying this out.

Sorry for this being a bit late again, I promise a New Year's resolution is to get these up on time. Please tell me what you thought of this months box.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Life Through a Lens

These are some pictures taken by me on my phone going about my everyday life, I hope you find it as interesting as I find other people's.

Air Wick candle that changes colour while it's burning, technology in a candle, who would have thought? Relaxing while watching YouTube videos.

Yummy, I picked these up from a little shop when I was on my way home late at night. Needed a quick snack. I love chocolate icing it makes me very happy and fussy inside.

I went up London to see the Christmas lights. This year it's Marmite which I didn't think was in the festive spirit. However, I thought the lights were very amusing as there is one elf inside the Marmite jar, he can't get enough. While there is another elf next to it being sick.

I meet up with an old friend in soho to have coffee. Well I had hot chocolate and lots of cream. It was such a lovely day catching up and laughing about old times as I don't get to see him much.

I have been after this Geek tshirt in burgundy from Topshop since the summer. I have failed miserably, luckily I found this one in stock and I love it! I still want the burgundy one so if I see it I might have to purchase that one too.

This is actually my best friend's Christmas tree, that she put up so early. She always gets too excited, so I thought I would share this with you, as I thought you would make you as festive as it made me.

Swiss chocolate, need I say more? My friend lives in Geneva and went she came back to visit she was kind enough to bring me back some swiss chocolate, and with cow print over it. What a beaut!

I have been trying out Superdrug's face masks and I love them.  This was my fifth and final one so I had to include it.  At only 99p I really love these, so much I have a post on them.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

November Favourites

I cannot believe we are in December! It is craziness! I haven't posted about my favourites in a long time and that is basically because I have been trying out so many different products I use and abuse by replacing products all the time.  However I have some lovely bits that I would like to share with you all.
This is a bit random but I will start with the makeup and skincare items.
This is a really nice gel based foundation, I didn't even realised that it was gel based for about a week after using this so it definitely does not have a waxy consistency. The main selling point behind this foundation is that there are so many shades that you will not only find the correct shade, but tone as there are warm and yellow toned shades. I really like the coverage and that it is long lasting.
I actually did a review on this a couple of months ago and I still love it. Even in December we all need a good glow every now and again. I use this as a highlight on my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose. Not too shimmer which is lovely.
I also reviewed this as part of my under £3 series last month. I am so glad I found this, even though I personally would prefer a thicker consistency I really like this night cream and really believe it has worked wonders with my dry skin.
I am so in love with this hand cream. It smells amazing, literally makes me feel like I'm in a spa on a desert island. It is nice and thick without making your hands go greasy. I am going to do a review soon, so watch this space.
This was a catch 22 situation because these face masks come in sachet form, so when you use them, you've finished it and it never looks pretty afterwards, but obviously didn't know I liked it until I tried it. Therefore, these are not actually pictured but you can see the variety that I have been using over the past couple of months.
Yes I am well aware that you all now think I am 52, but I promise you I am not. But these are just too comfy to not shout about. Really good quality that I know won't fall apart in the rain, I have been wearing these none stop and they still look as good as new.
It is so cold at the moment and normally I drink hot chocolate or coffee but recently I have been on a tea hype. Rich tea in hand and everything. Having a nice cup of tea and snuggling up to catch up with the beauty world is perfect right now.

What have you been loving recently?
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