Saturday, 29 November 2014

Christmas Wish List

Im sat here watching ELF and its got me feeling all Christmassy so i thought it would share with you my Christmas list......So i'm aiming high this year, this is most definitely a I WISH list but any way this is what i've been eyeing up! 

1.  Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 

2. Jo Malone cologne - Pomegranate Noir scent.

3.  Top Shop - Lipstick & Blush Set

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.

6. Neom Candle. 

7. Apple MacBook Pro

8. Final thing on my list is a YSL lipstick

I know there is a lot of things on my list and i absolutely don't expect to get anything on it but this is what i would love!

What would you love Santa to bring you this year?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Aussie Winter Miracle

Is your hair in need of a miracle? I know mine gets that way when its none stop cold and rain and then getting warm with the central heating! 

I stumbled across this in my local Boots whilst picking up a few bits, its the Aussie Winter Miracle. This is the same formula they use for their Miracle Shine range but  just in a limited edition packaging, which to be honest i didn't read that part until i got home and so was a little disappointed it wasn't something new but hey ho Aussie shampoos and conditions are always fab!

It is made with the same Australian Ginseng extract - an exotic ingredient that is known for power boosting antioxidant and Pearl Powder which give a perfect shine to hair. Like all Aussie products they smell divine and my hair just loves them.

One of my favourite things about the Aussie ranges is the little bits of comedy writing, if you've owned Aussie you'll know what i mean!

I am never disappointed with Aussie and their hair care, they always leave my hair super soft and shiny and smelling incredible. 

Have you tried Aussie? What did you think?

Monday, 24 November 2014

Top Coats - Super Shine vs Matt

Nail polish can really finish an outfit and for me there are two top  ermmm top coats. 

My favourite super shine top coat is the Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Top Coat. It is super thick and dries with a gel look finish. I adore a shine finish which makes nails look like they were done in a salon. No7 Stay Perfect Top Coat gives long lasting peel and chip resistance. Touch dry in 60 seconds and its only £6.  I really want to try the Seche Vita Top Coat but i love this one too much to change?

Then there is matte. I think a matte finish on nails gives a super elegant finish to a look. I love the nails inc Matte Top Coat, what make this one my favourite is that it only takes one coat to get the desired finish. It is a little pricier then most top coats at £12.

Whats your favourite top coat? would you recommend changing to the Seche Vita Top Coat?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil

During one of one too many visits to Boots I picked up a new lip product that is good enough to rival those from Nars, it is the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil, i chose Minimalist, which i would compare the colour to Nars' "Sex Machine" it is a perfect pinky nude with a subtle pink shimmer. It is a perfect everyday shade, it has just the right amount of warm and cool tones that would flatter any skin tone.

I must admit it isn't as smooth to apply as the Nars pencils but once its on it is a lovely colour which is very pigmented (especially the darker shades!) with a perfect velvet matt finish that is super long wearing.

These little pencils are packaged lovely, they look high end with the black pencil and the shade of the pencil at the end.

I must admit i have tried a quite a few lips pencils and often find myself disappointed with them but this little beauty was a great surprise, i know i will get a lot of use out of this little bad boy and have already got my eyes on a ton more colours!

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils yet?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

My New Brow Pow!!

I had been using the Models Co More Brows and absolutely loved it until my pesky puppy got his paws on it then it was no more!

So i decided to pick up the Maybelline Browdrama - Sculpting Brow Mascara and the Maybelline Browsatin - Smoothing Duo-Brow Pencil and Filling Powder, i have been really impressed with the Maybelline releases lately so couldn't wait to give these a try. 

Since i have darkened my hair slightly on top i have been more comfortable going for a darker brow, so i picked these two up in dark blonde.

The Brow Satin is super easy to use, it has a retractable pencil on one end which is super thin which make it really easy to create small hair like lines to make the brows look more natural and on the other end it has when i can only describe as a smudger brush. The smudger end is actually really clever how they have put it all together. The brush twists into the cap which holds an ashy coloured packed powder that when the lid is twisting on applies to the brush which is used to set the pencil in place.

Then there is the Brow Drama which is a whole other ball game! This is a brow mascara that adds fullness to the brows and a hit more colour. I use this after i have used the Browsatin to finish off the brows and make sure the colour stays in place all day. The only part of this product i am not the keenest on is the wand. It starts of like an ordinary brush but has a huge sphere on the end, which if it was a little smaller would have been great but for my brows it is just too big an i have to pay extra attention not to get the product all over my face!

What are your current favourite eyebrow products?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Kissing You Softly...

Lip exfoliate

Since it has started getting colder i have tried to take more care of my hand and lips because they are the part of me that seem to get hit worst by the cold weather. I stumbled across this little beauty in one of my Glossybox's.

It is the Stre Belle Liplift Peel. I have always been a massive fan of Lush's Lip Scrub but it is sometimes a little too abrasive but this is the right kind of rough (if you know what i mean?!). It has tiny little beads in it that scrub away dead skin set in a rich cream. 

This is a great product because the beads gently exfoliate the dead skin and the creaminess of the product soothes and moisturises the lips, plus i find this so much easier to apply then the Lush lip scrub you can just apply straight from the tube instead of having to dig your finger into the jar and make a big mess!

What have you been using to keep your lips kissing softly?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

New Hair - New Hair Care

If you follow me on Instagram - link :) you may have seen i have recently changed my hair. I wanted something darker but i didn't want to fully convert to a brunet - im just not that daring yet! So i decided on this...

I dyed the top of my hair a really dark blonde and lightened the ends, so yeah i went blonde ombré. Its not exactly how i wanted it but i did it myself and i think its the best i could have done!

For colouring i used L'Oreal Colour Préférence in Rimini for the top and Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultime 12-0 xtra light natural blonde for the ends.

I use the same shampoo and conditioner which is the Gariner Ultimate Blends in The Sleek Restorer and The Silky Smoother which you can read about here - Link. The little editions that have found there way into my hair care routine are The L'Oréal Elvive ExtraOrdinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm. Quite a mouth full i will admit but this has worked wondered for my hair since colouring it. The masque is super thick and clings to the hair. I apply this after shampooing and conditioning my hair from root to tip and leave it on a good five minutes whilst i wash and once rinsed it left my hair super silky and detangled it is fast becoming one of my favorites! A very similar product my hair has loved is the L'Oréal Professional Mythic Oil Masque. I use it in the exact same way i do the ExtraOrdinary Oil masque and the results are more or less exact so i would recommend either of those two.

I said in a previous post that i am a bit lazy when i comes to using a heat protector but because i have coloured my hair more than i usually do i ave been on top of my hair game and started using the  VO5 Smoothly Does It Tame and Shine Spray. For me this has worked the best for my hair at keeping those dreaded fly aways to a minimum and it smells incredible. 

The final addition to my hair care bunch my Tangle Teezer i wrote about this already here, but since using it more and more i have noticed that my hair has had less breakage which for me any brush that does whats its supposed to and more is a winner in my books.

What are your hair care staples?

Monday, 10 November 2014

MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NW15

I recently featured this in my October favorites post - link, but i realised i hadn't ever done a full review post on the MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NW15. 

What i love most about this foundation is the coverage. I use hardly any and it covers my full face and high coverage. All i do is turn the bottle upside down until the product starts to show and then dab my foundation brush over the opening and usually the amount of product on the brush is enough to cover my whole face.

When i purchased the foundation i went into House of Fraser to the MAC counter and i was matched up to NW15, i would highly recommend getting matched up before buying because i was looking at buying this online for a while and i thought from the photographs that NW20 would be my colour. Phew saved myself from an orange face there! 

Sometimes when changing to a full coverage foundation it can break some people out depending on your skin type but with this i had zero break outs and actually found i have had less blemishes since using, i don't know whether it is just a coincidence that the weather has changed and so has my skin or whether it is using a higher end foundation that has stopped the spots? Any thoughts?

The price may be a little more than what some want to pay for a foundation at £21.50 but if your due a little treat i would definitely treat yourself to this, for me it has lasted longer than my drug store ones and it stays put for longer throughout the day.

My only qualm with this foundation is the smell, i really can't put my finger on what the scent is but its just really odd!

Have you tried the MAC Studio Fix Fluid?

5. Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb - My all time favorite fragrance. This has been my signature scent for years now and as you can see from the photograph above it is running dangerously low. Anyone who hasn't smelt this perfume i urge to go to your nearest perfume counter and give it a whiff, you will not be disappointed.

What has been on your favorites list last month and what are you looking forward to this month?

Saturday, 8 November 2014

October Favorites

October Favorites

I think its about time i started to share with you my monthly favorites. For me October was pretty mild - weather wise so many of my clothing items stayed the same, but i always like to switch and try new beauty items so if something pops up more than once in my favorites you know its a real good un'.

1. MAC Studio Fix Foundation - I was umming and erring whether or not to get this foundation or the Estee Lauder Double Wear, in the end i got the Studio Fix and boy do i love it. The coverage is high so it only take a really small amount to cover the full face. The only disadvantage for me is the smell, i don't even know how to describe it.... its just odd.

2. Babyliss Pro Curl Secret - I got this for Christmas last year and i really only used it for an evening out but now i have changed my hair i am using it more on a daily basis on the lowest setting to create beautiful waves!

3. Soap & Glory Super Cat Eyeliner - You may have read my post about this item here. My everyday makeup is a winged liner so naturally i have been using this every day and the colour is still super black and the nib is still just as easy to draw with as it was new.

4. Soap & Glory Hand Food - I'm sure some sort of hand moisturiser will be popping up on bloggers favorites allover in the next few months. For me it is a necessity for the colder months, my hands get super cold which then dries them out leaving them dry and sore so to be able to pop one of these in my handbag is a little life saver. 

5. Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb - My all time favorite fragrance. This has been my signature scent for years now and as you can see from the photograph above it is running dangerously low. Anyone who hasn't smelt this perfume i urge to go to your nearest perfume counter and give it a whiff, you will not be disappointed.

What has been on your favorites list last month and what are you looking forward to this month?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Christmas Jumper Picks

1. New Look - Stone Christmas Cracking Jumper - £14.99 2. ASOS - Christmas Jumper with Rudolph Winter Scene £32.00 3.George- Bling Christmas Pudding Jumper £14.00  4.boohoo- Sara Snowflake Fairilse Cardigan £18.99 5. Marks & Spencer - Fun Percy Pig Christmas Jumper £19.50

Now Halloween has passed it time to get super excited for Christmas! Here are a few picks of my favorite Christmas Jumpers for this year.. how cute is the Percy Pig one? Have you got your eyes your Christmas jumper?

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