Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Monthly Favourites | April


April beauty favourites

I never know what to write sometimes at the start of a new blog post,anyone else get that? Or weirdly could just be me. Anyway moving along,today is going to be my April favourites,basically products that I have been reaching for a lot this month. Its not a great amount but after my collective haul at the end of this month I have a feeling May's favourites is going to be on a larger scale.

 

MUA blusher shade two
If you seen my beauty haul from march you would have seen this little fellow. MUA blushers are £1. This is a gorgeous dusky pink shade, great pigmentation and really complements my skin tone. Its been my go too these last few weeks,great for spring/summer also. 

Collection lasting perfection pressed powder 002 medium
Yes as you can see I have hit pan with this product,I really love it and must get on the hunt for re-purchasing soon. This is definitely a contender for Rimmel's stay matte powder which I also have. Between the two of them I would say I have been reaching for this one more. Nice lightweight powder and doesn't look cakey on the skin.

Simple kind to skin cleansing wipes
I only have six words to say for this product - "buy them you won't regret it"

Revlon lip butter
I've had these lip butters since they first came out and I wasn't that fussed about them. They were very hyped up in the beauty world and maybe I had very high expectations. When rummaging through my lip products at the beginning of this month I've decided to give it another go,and now I really like it. My favourite thing is the moisture that this product gives your lips,way more than your average lipstick. This shade is strawberry shortcake.

Lady Gaga fame
I was given this as a gift at Christmas. Firstly I love the packaging so unique and eye catching. This is definitely more suited to evening wear. I wouldn't usually lean towards celebrity perfumes but found an absolute gem here.

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain
I have the shades honey and darling. These are two pink shades honey being the subtle one and darling the more brighter.These apply really easily,moisturising,don't dry out like a lot of other products similar to this,and have been rummaging around the bottom of my handbag for most of the month.

What's been your go to products for the month of April?=)


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Beauty Haul

Collective Haul/Recent beauty buys





  Another few weeks gone by another bunch of beauty products bought,whoops!

MUA Power Pouts
I have just recently wrote a post on these lip crayons/balm stains.Overall really impressed but after wearing for a few days now have noticed you have to be careful when applying these as they can easily smudge around the lip line.

MUA Undress Me Too Palette.
Having previously bought the undressed palette when this undress me too palette was released I was excited to try it out. The undress me palette has been my go-to palette for months now,and having tried out a few new looks with the newer palette,I think it will be joining it. Great quality pigmented shadows,and twelve for £4.00 who could complain?

MUA Pro Brow Kit
I have to say this was a bit of a random buy. I did not need a new brow kit as I have one from Calvin Klein that is very good. Saying that what drew me to this MUA pro brow kit was the wax and the dinky little brush and tweezers that came with it. I have been using the wax a while now and seems to be taming my brows down and gives a nice,clean slick look.
Perfect for on the go and travel friendly.

Barry M Nail Paints
There was and possibly still could be a 3 for 2 on all Barry M nail polishes in super drug at the moment,so what better excuse to pick up three new shades. I bought the shades peach melba,cobalt blue and matte white. I got the peach Melba for fingers, cobalt blue for toes and matte white for experimenting with some nail art.

OPI Nail Envy
I had been eyeing up this polish for a few months now,I have read great reviews about it on many a blog. As my hands are in water for long periods off time nearly every other day,my nails have become very weak and began splitting. So on a bid to save some of them I bought this,it says it strengthens and repairs natural nails,fingers crossed. I got this for ten euro relatively cheap I thought,or does that sound about right to you?

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express
One of my all time favourite mascaras. Easy to apply,easy to remove, gives great volume and reasonable length. I go through quite a few off these in a year.

Dainty Doll Blusher and Lipstick
This cream blusher from dainty doll has been my most impressive find in these last few weeks and get this, it was only €2. I got it in shade 002 orange county girl. It looks very pigmented in the picture up above,but when applied this is a gorgeous sheer orange toned blush with a hint of shimmer. Just perfect. The lipstick is also in shade 002 but this is called saucy sailor,a lovely classic red.

Glad Hair Day Intensive Conditioner
What can I say? I think I am slightly obsessed with soap and glory products. I had the miniature version of this and found it did wonders for my hair. After application this leaves my hair smooth and shiny, I usually leave it for long periods of time to really penetrate into the hair,and as always smells divine. 

Thanks for reading=)




Tuesday, 23 April 2013

MUA

MUA Power Pout 

Hi everyone,hope you all had a nice weekend. Today am going to tell you about mua's new power pout. I placed a sneaky order on the website on Thursday and along with purchasing this product I also got a brow kit and the new undressed two palette,which I will b reviewing soon. There are six different shades in this colour
collection which are called irreplaceable,crazy in love,broken hearted,justify,and the two I decided to buy rendezvous and runway.



Runway is a red with an orange tone and rendezvous a pink-nude.The packaging off these products are very similar to the chubby sticks and the Revlon kissable balm stains. I really like the twist up pen as its super easy to apply. For £3.00 each these lip crayons are great quality,they're quite pigmented and super moisturising.

Rendezvous top, runaway bottom colour.
Having used the kissable balm stains the only differences in my opinion are,the power pout is definitely more moisturising on the lips and the kissable balm stains have a heavier pigmentation. Oh and how could I forget the price difference,retailing at €11.25 euro each in Ireland the kissable balm stains are twice the price off the power pout. Overall I only have good things too say about this product,super moisturising,super shiny,super easy to use and most important super affordable. Next on my list - crazy in love and justify.
What's your favourite shade?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Jimmy Choo Fragrance

Jimmy choo perfume

OK so its quite safe to say that this perfume will be the only thing by jimmy choo that I will probably own,not out of choice but I definitely won't be shelling out on the extraordinary prices for their shoes(no matter how amazing they look). Unless I win the lotto someday,a girl can dream. Saying that I am pretty pleased to have jumped on their perfume bandwagon as I am really enjoying this perfume at the moment.


Now before I start describing this,perfume scents isn't one of my points of expertise,but all try do my best.  I would describe this perfume as a more mature fruity/floral scent. It is described online as "a modern fruity chrypre with warm,rich,woody depths". I really like the smell of this perfume when first sprayed on the skin,the only downside,in my opinion is the staying power which isn't great and only lingers on the skin after a few hours of application. The packaging of this product is really classy and simple.Overall I am happy with my purchase but feel it won't be a holy grail perfume for me. It retails at around €42.00 for 40ml.
Have you tried this perfume,what are your thoughts?



Monday, 15 April 2013

Skincare | daily products

Skincare routine

Now I have to admit I was never really into skincare that much,as I had relatively good skin and never really suffered from spots etc I just thought a quick swipe of a make up wipe would see me on my way,but after reading many a beauty blog I started to see the great range of products out there which cater to all skin types. The items in this post is my everyday products I am using on my skin at the minute(minus simple kind to skin cleansing wipes which I LOVE and need to be re-purchasing asap)



Here are the items,none of these are too expensive and can be got at most pharmacies/drugstores. Everybody's skin is different so these necessarily might  not work for you,I guess its just trial and error to see what works best.





Most nights I start off by using the simple kind to skin cleansing wipes to remove the bulk of my make up. These wipes are so moisturising and soft,I have tried many other types including Garnier,Johnston etc but all seem to break me out and tug on the skin.
Garnier soft essentials cleanser - After that I use the garnier soft essentials cleanser,I squeeze a small amount on to a  cotton pad just to make sure all make up is removed. This cleanser is nice and gentle on the skin.

Garnier soft essentials toner - I never really understood the purpose of a toner but after using it a few times I really noticed a difference. I find it is great for hydrating my skin,cools down my skin and gives my face a nice dewy look.

Simple kind to skin moisturiser - I usually use this moisturiser during the day and before I apply my make up. I definitely can't find fault in any product by Simple.

Nivea regenerating night cream - This has been more of a recent edition to my skincare routine. This cream has a thick consistency and sinks into the skin quite quickly. I can really feel the difference to my skin in the morning when using this the previous night.

Labello - I just whack this on my lips at night to moisturise them for the following day,not the most intense but does the job.

Soap and glory peaches and clean cleansing milk - I tend to use this product on alternative nights just to switch it up from using the garnier cleanser and toner too much. I apply this onto a cotton pad and spread the cleansing milk all over the skin. It melts into the skin great,and of course with all soap and glory products smells divine(peachy obviously;)). Once I feel it has worked its magic I use a warm face/muslin cloth to remove it and proceed to moisturise.

Overall  I'm pretty happy with the products I am using at the moment,but as always on the hunt for new products to try out..

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your favourite?




Wednesday, 10 April 2013

OPI Nails

NOTD - OPI baguette me not 

This is just a quick post of the colour I'm wearing on my nails today.This shade is a creme finish and is from opi's french collection.This is just a colour I chuck on when I don't want to go with anything to mad on my nails.


Yes it is quite boring,and a strange colour which varies from muted pink with coral,brown undertones.


Its quite opaque with 1/2 coats needed.I like this for now but I wouldn't be re-purchasing in a hurry...


What do you think of this colour?And what are your must haves from opi?

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Rimmel Foundations

Rimmel foundations empties/compare and contrast

So I have been going through a lot of foundation lately,as I finished these two bottles around the same time I though I would tell you guys what I thought.The two foundations are the Rimmel lasting finish 25 hour foundation (relatively old) and Rimmel wake me up foundation (newer release).Both shades are ivory,the lightest you can get I believe.

Empties

Firstly the rimmel lasting foundation 25 hour foundation.
  • Coverage - medium coverage
  • Price - €9.95
  • Feels heavy on the skin
  • Noticeable staying power
  • Matte finish

Rimmel wake me foundation
  • Coverage - light to medium coverage
  • Price - €10.95
  • Feels lightweight on the skin
  • Staying power of a few hours
  • Dewy/soft finish

There is quite a noticeable difference between the two foundations.The wake me up foundation is great for day time and gives a nice dewy finish,I feel like even though it doesn't last all day it wears off evenly and didn't leave me with any patches or blotches.Where as the Rimmel lasting finish has longer staying power I did find it quite cakey on my skin,especially the dry areas of it.Overall I would re purchase the wake me up foundation again for a quick-go-to-slap-it-on foundation,and after finding rimmels match perfection foundation I don't think I will revert back to the lasting finish....

What's your favourite high street/drugstore foundation at the mo?any recommendations?



Friday, 5 April 2013

                                                           April fashion and beauty wishlist 

I have seen a few off these wish list ideas floating around the blogosphere,as I have so many things I wanna get and try out I though I would show you what I've been yearning after.

The new ghd candy collection. As I am a hairdresser I'm always on the look out for new products and equipment,and boy have these ghds caught my eye,I am particularly in love with the mint colour.



Dress from missguided.I have been really loving the neon trend at the minute and I think this dress is perfect for experimenting with and can be dressed up or down for spring/summer.







Macs lipstick in velvet teddy.I feel I definitely have to jump on the Mac lipstick bandwagon sometime soon and I feel this pinked-beige colour would be great to start off with.









I have heard so must hype about this mascara,and I'm really intrigued to see if it is worth it.Quite expensive but definitely worth a try.







I need a new black bag and this one from river island is  the perfect size and shape for me.My must have for April.







Have you many things on your wish list this month?        Would love to hear your thoughts...


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

                                          Soap and Glory The Daily Smooth Body Butter.


I just had to write a post on this body butter from soap and glory as I think its frigging amazing.Firstly the packaging of all the soap and glory products are so eye catching and witty.(I really am a sucker for nice packaging)Also it comes in a tube instead of a tub which I prefer as its much easier to disperse the product.



My favourite thing about this product is the scent,its scented with rose hip seed oil and cocoa butter,with notes off bergamont,blackcurrant,magnolia,freesia vanilla and musk. This scent lingers on the skin for hours after application.


The consistency is thick and creamy and provides great moisture to the skin. It also sinks into the skin quickly,unlike some other body moisturisers which can leave a greasy type film on the skin. All in all this is my favourite body butter at the minute and will definitely be repurchasing again when I get through this tube...