Urban Decay has to be one of my favourite make up brands! We all love a naked palette right? When I first heard that Urban Decay were collaborating with Gwen Stefani, I knew it would be a good palette, then I saw it, then it landed on my doorstep! When I first realised what had been sent to me, I was like a kid at Christmas. I was so happy and super excited!
There are 15 beautiful shades, all of which I would use, and it’s not often you find that with a palette! Most of the shades I would wear day to night, Punk, Baby, Stark and Serious (pretty much them all), but I love the fact I can get adventurous with Harajuku, Danger and 1987 (Danger is just stunning). I created a smoky eye at the weekend using Blackout and Pop, (It took me ages to decide on the look), and as per standard Urban Decay the colours were pigmented, had serious staying power and blendability! You can definitely see Gwens influence on this palette, from the names, to the colours, to the err packaging!! (Even the case is great!)
They’ve also teamed up to make some lippys too, and I’ve swatched a few of them below, (Including all the shadows obviously). The limited edition collection launches in 5 days on the 22nd November, with the palette costing £40. I predict a fast sell out!
Left to right – Lipsticks – Rock Steady, 714, Ex Girlfriend, Firebird
Left to right – Eyeshadows – Blonde, Bathwater, Skimp, Steady, Punk
Recently I was challenged by *Mira Showers, who have collaborated with The Midas Touch Crafts on the beauty campaign #Miramessmakers to get creative and make myself a DIY beauty product. Using nothing but ingredients I would find in the kitchen, and the water in my taps.
I love the idea of making skincare products from scratch, I don’t know why I have never done it before! Having decided I need to up my bodycare game, plus the fact I am a little fussy with what I slap on my face, it was quickly decided that my DIY beauty product would be a body scrub. Getting in to the festive spirit along with my love of ginger bread men and ginger biscuits, I had to go for a ginger scrub. And wow it smells amazing!
What’s in it?
Brown sugar, and soft brown sugar
Ginger (1 teaspoon)
Nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon)
Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
Coconut oil (1 heaped tablespoon)
I decided to go for two different types of sugar, so that when creating the scrub I could change the level of exfoliation, the soft sugar is more gentle on the skin, but I like a hard scrub too, to really get rid of that dry skin. Not only does it smell so good you want to eat it, (And literally could) but it feels great on the skin, leaves it soft, and you know exactly what is in it.
What DIY beauty product would you make?
Lots of love,
P.S It would make a great gift for someone at Christmas.
I had never heard of Exuviance skincare until the #Bloggersfestival. As soon as I spotted their microdermabrasion polish, I knew that I needed to try it. My skin is full of congestion at the moment, (I blame lack of exfoliating and London life).
The Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish is made up of professional grade crystals, Glycolic Acid and Papaya Enzyme, (The papaya making it smell almost edible). And although it sounds pretty hardcore on the skin, it is actaully surprisingly gentle. I’ve been using mine about 2 – 3 times per week, since the event, and have seen and improvement in my blackheads and open pores. I just love the smell and feel on my skin.
Have you tried Exuviance skincare? How often do you exfoliate?
So I think it is safe to say, that pretty much every girl uses the Batiste dry shampoo, right? And I am one of those girls! It was only a matter of time before we were seeing new launches from the hair brand!
I won’t lie, although I swear by the dry shampoo, I didn’t hold high expectations for the stylist range. However I have been pleasantly surprised by two out of the three products.
The Texturizing spray really impressed me, it gives even my hair a bit more oomph! And without that caked product feeling. I can definitely see more movement in my hair, making it look a bit fuller, but effortless at the same time. As per the directions, I applied the spray from root to tip, jzzsh-ing with my finger tips. P.S It doesn’t feel sticky.
OK, so the XXL Volume Spray did give me some volume at the roots, (What you would expect with XXL at the front) but I actually prefer the look I get from the texturizing spray. It feels a lot like dry shampoo, but even heavier in the hair, if I was to use it again it would only be for a night out, but I can imagine most back combers to love this product.
And finally the Heat & Shine Spray, now I don’t overly straighten my hair, or tong it. I like to keep it natural (for everyday), unless I wake up with crazy bed hair. So I haven’t really felt the need to use heat defence products, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. If it will help prevent damage to my hair, I am all up for that. Unlike some products this can just be misted over the hair before straightening, so it doesn’t leave build up in the hair, and it does seem to leave a nice shine.
P.S All the Batiste Stylist range (Above) contain Keratin and Inca Inchi oil, so they are meant to help the condition of your hair too.
Every year I buy a new jacket or coat, and convince myself its OK, as it will last me another couple of years, but by the following October I am lusting after another one, justifying my purchase with the same old reasons. I can be quite picky too, I know exactly what I want in my head, it’s just a case of whether the high street do too. Here are my top 5 most lusted after jackets and coats this AW.
I first met Bee Good at the first Soton meet up, I was given a lip balm to try, but have been desperate to try their cleanser, which seems so raved about! A year later and I’ve ended up with three to try, all at once, (Lucky me)!
I love the story behind Bee Good Skincare, the couple who launched the British Brand in 2008 are local to Hampshire, and are Bee Keepers turned skincare know it alls. Using natural, British beeswax and honey in their products.
The cleanser smells amazing, and feels so lovely on my skin, (I can see why everyone is a fan), I can even use it over my eyes, (Sensitive skin users take note). I do always opt for a separate eye make up remover but this cleanser has helped me out more than once in the shower with my stubborn mascara. It is very rich and creamy in consistency, so feels very luxurious on the skin. It is full of British wild flower honey, British propolis and British crambe oil, all known for being antibacterial and rich in your Vitamin B, C and E.
I was going to give one of the cleansers to my mum to try, but I think I will just keep it for myself now. Its too nice!
I think we all know I am a fan of Merumaya. They were in my Best Beauty Finds of 2014, and I am still loving their products now. I’m just hooked on that Merumaya signature scent, (have you smelt it?)
When I heard they were going to launch a beauty oil, I was one happy girl. You know how much I like my face products, especially all the oils and serums I can chuck on. And this oil has ticked all the boxes for me.
I like to apply it directly, before my night cream, (although you can mix it in with your night cream, or mask if you prefer). It really nourishes my skin, leaving it very hydrated, it works like a dream with my night cream. And this is coming from someone with combination to oily skin!
I haven’t tried it on my hair or body yet, even though Merumaya recommend too, they even suggest your brows and cuticles! (I do love a multitasker).
What is your favourite face oil? Have you tried Merumaya yet?
Ok, so it’s not like we have some crazy hot summers over here in the UK, I mean people don’t come to Britain for a beach holiday, they are packing an anorak and umbrella, (Maybe wellies too)! Don’t get me wrong, I do love my summers (Even living in England), but Autumn has got to be one of my favourite seasons, and here’s a few reasons why!
1. I no longer need to starve myself to try get that bikini body…
The pressure comes off! Now I get to layer up, and eat.
2. The short shorts get put away for another year…
That’s right, the bums are safely hidden in jeans now!
3. The countdown to Christmas begins…
The shops are already getting kitted out and its not even October.
(I’m not sure if its 15 to be exact)
4. Knitted jumpers, and boots!
Autumn is my kinda fashion, layers, knits, comfort and cover ups.
5. It becomes compulsory to drink hot chocolate, (Probably in an Autumn Starbucks cup)!
6. Cosy nights in…
Or in other words, we now have an excuse for when we cba to socialise!
7. Less of the bright summery colours!
Finally it’s all about black, grey and berry tones, maybe even a little camel and khaki!
8. I can go on Facebook, and not see a timeline full of holiday and bikini pictures…
Not jealous one bit…
9. Less of the wardrobe ‘I have nothing to wear tantrums’.
No one knows if you wear the same outfit twice, (Just chuck a different scarf on).
On Saturday 5th September, I attended the #Bloggersfestival organised by the lovely Scarlett. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was such a great turn out. It was held at The Conrad Hotel St James, which was the perfect location, (Especially for those coming from a far).
I attended the event with two of my blogger friends, Alice and Tanya, we thought we would make a weekend of it, (Now that I live in London) so we did some site seeing, (Tour guide being Alice), before hitting the #Bloggersfestival and finishing the day off with another blog event and drinks, (Of course). Being some of the first to arrive, I did manage to get a few sneaky photo shots before the room filled up, (250 bloggers kind of full), but as I didn’t manage to get every stall or shot I wanted, and (Because his are so much better) I am using the on site photographers Marcus Summers.
The festival catered for all kind of bloggers, having fashion and beauty, to food, stationary and lifestyle brands. The ones that stuck out most to me, and I managed to get a nice chat in with were, Nanshy (Make up brushes), Cloud9 (Amazing hair tools), The Perfume Shop (With some of my favourite fragrances), Yoogaia (Online yoga), Jewellery Box (Who have the cutest jewellery), Bee Good (Honey based skincare), Yours Truly Organics, (More skincare), and Exuviance (Another skincare brand)… You can tell I love Beauty! I was really interested in the concept behind Yoogaia, an online live yoga class, and as soon as my Wifi is up and running, I will be giving it a go myself.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it around every brand, or every blogger. There was just so many of us, and it was pretty tiring, (I don’t think the drinks the night before helped me). I do love going to blog events, as I get to meet and chat to other bloggers, see familiar faces again and meet brands, I can’t wait for the next one…
Which brand would you of liked to of chatted to most? Have you been to a blog event before?
These last two weeks I have been feeling a little stressed and just not really myself, (Not sure why), obviously nothing a good night sleep at mums, and a home cooked meal couldn’t fix. And now that I have some access to wi-fi again, (Perks of being home) I thought I would get this post up for you beauts.
I’ve been wanting to write this one up for a while, if its anything us girls want, its flawless looking skin right? Constantly looking out for that perfect foundation, that ticks all the boxes! And now we are just as fussy with our primers, but rightly so! We have so much to choose from. It has become as difficult to pick a primer as it has a foundation. We have formula, consistancy, benefits! Do we want long lasting, matte, glow, colour correcting, plus the rest!
I would love my foundation to last all day, but being a Spa Therapist, even Double Wear probably wouldn’t make it through the day with me. So for me, I like a primer that evens my skin tone, not so much cements my foundation on, (Although I do have ‘Stay Flawless‘ for that).
Today I am talking two primers! Clinique and Glo&Ray, both of which aim to colour correct your skin, so I put them to the test.
Cliniques Superprimer comes in five different colour correcting fighting shades, mine being for discolouration and blemishes, (Damn these spots). The formula reminds me of most blur perfection primers you can get, those ones that fill those open pores, like Porefessional. I haven’t been overly impressed by Cliniques skincare in the past, it just has not suited my skin, but so many people rave about their make up, I was happy to take this primer of the hands of one of my friends, (Who kindly gave it to me). It is peachy in colour, and you almost feel it change the tone of your skin as you apply it. It is quite lightweight on the skin, and for me it definitely mattifies my look, and just like porefessional does, it blurs my imperfections. My only negative about this primer, is my foundation doesn’t sit too well with it, particularly on my nose area, so on the days I opt for the Superprimer, I find myself reapplying it earlier on that day.
Glo&Ray CC Primer is almost the complete opposite in regards to its formula and look on my skin. Their CC primer is a light, white cream formula, which acts as a tinted base to even skin tone. When I apply Glo&Ray’s primer, I feel like I am putting suncream on my face, it has that same feeling and look.What I love about Glo&Ray’s CC primer, is that it gives my skin a lovely finish, and glow. It is really hydrating, and does help perfect any uneven skin tone. Out of the two, it just about comes out on top.
I suppose in this case, it just depends if you prefer a more hydrating, dewy finish, or more of a mattifying, blur perfecting look from your primer.
What is your ‘go to’ primer? What do you look to get from your primers?