Saturday, 30 June 2012

June Favourites!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you're all having a great weekend. As it is the last day of June I thought I would share with you products I have been loving throughout the month.
First product is quite a recent purchase. It is the Johnson's baby shampoo which I picked up whilst in Waitrose for £1.69 as I had heard amazing things about it for a make-up brush cleaner. I only used to wash my foundation brush after every use with water. However, I have now started to wash all of my brushes once a week with this as well. It made my brushes incredibly soft - especially my blush brush, powder brush and concealer brush and also cleaned them amazingly well. My Sigma F40 brush which I use for blush was pink, but after one wash with this it turned back to its original colour - amazing! I highly recommend this stuff for a cheap and cheerful brush cleaner!
 Next are two particular Real Technique brushes from the Core Collection (Click HERE for a review!). They are the Buffing brush and Contour brush. If you have seen my review on this collection you will know how much I LOVE these brushes, so I will not bore you guys again with why I love them. All i'll say is that the Buffing brush is amazing for foundation and gives you a flawless finish, and the Contour brush I love for highlighter as it is so soft and it the perfect size!
 The next two products are two nail polishes from Essie. I love Essie nail polishes are they are so easy to apply and last a while without chipping. I got 'Bahama Mama' (Left hand side pictures) from New York recently for only $8! It is a gorgeous plum/cherry colour which would compliment so many skin tones. 'Mint Candy Apple' (Right hand side pictures) is a very popular pastel turquoise colour. It is so pretty for summer and looks really clean and fresh.
 Last but by no means least is a sample of the Chanel Chance 'Eau Fraiche' Eau De Toilette. I got this when I bought my Chanel lipshine in 'Boy' and the lovely lady at the counter gave me this as well. I absolutely love this fragrance - it is fresh and feminine and just a gorgeous scent. I would love to own a full sized bottle of one of their Chance perfumes but I guess I will have to wait until christmas! 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed my first monthly favourites post - I will do one every month if you guys like them!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Claire xx

Friday, 29 June 2012

NARS Blush Deep Throat!

Hi Everyone!
Hope you are all well today. I am going to do a review for you today on my NARS blush in Deep Throat. I got this recently when I went to New York and payed $28 (about £18) for it, which I think is quite good considering the brand and quality of the product. 
To start off with, the packaging. I love the packaging of NARS products. Simple, sleek and sophisticated. The blushes in particular are very slim and compact so perfect for travelling. My only complaint is that they do get dirty quite quickly with finger prints etc.
On the inside you get a mirror which is really handy if you're out and about and want to touch up your make-up. You also get a cellophane protecter saying 'NARS' which goes over the blush.

 The colour itself is gorgeous and would complement many skin tones. I would describe it as a pink with coral tones to it, so lovely for summer. However, I did think it would be more pigmented as the swatch on the top left is with several swipes of the blush. It also has a slight shimmer which gives a nice look to the cheeks.
The colour is easy to apply and quite buildable, which I like. It also lasts a long time on my combination skin
This is my first NARS blush, but definitely not my last. I think if you were starting out in blushes, this is a really nice shade to go for as it isn't far too pigmented so you don't need to worry about being too over done. It is also a really pretty everyday shade which I think many people would suit.

If you have any recommendations to which NARS blush you think is nice, bearing in mind I have fair skin (NC15 in Mac), then I would love to hear what you think as I will definitely be purchasing more NARS blushes in the future. Please leave any ideas in the comment box below!

I hope you enjoyed this review today, and thank you as always for reading!
Claire xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Real Techniques Stippling Brush Review!

Hi Everyone!
Today I want to do I review on my much used Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I purchased this about 2 months ago and have used it most days for my liquid foundation. I love it! I got this from Boots for £11.99 which at first I was a bit put off by, but I knew I really wanted a stippling brush and I had heard amazing things about the Real Techniques brushes that I thought 'oh well' I'll just go for it!

The brush itself is really soft, however with heavy use this softness fades over time sadly, and is the perfect size for applying foundation or blush/bronzer to your cheeks. I personally love using this for my liquid foundation (I currently use Mac's pro-longwear) as it blends it effortlessly and flawlessly. I like to dot my foundation over my face, stipple it over all over my face using the brush and then in circular motions, blend all the foundation in. I have never tried using it for my blush, however I think it would work particularly well with cream/liquid blushes.
L to R: Real Techniques Stippling brush, Real Techniques Buffing brush and Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki.
 Like I said the brush head is the perfect size for applying foundation and is also a medium density which I like for liquid foundations - for reference it is more dense than the Real Techniques buffing brush but not as dense as the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki brush and is smaller than both of these brushes. The brush has also never shed which is what helps make an amazing brush for me.
On the Real Techniques website, it describes this brush as:

"This dual-fiber brush is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup:
look pixel-perfect even in harsh light
ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free
self-standing for easy storage
extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use" 
    If you already have good skin, this brush will definitely make your foundation look flawless, it is worth the money as you can tell it is really good quality. 
    I love the fact this brush never makes my foundation look streaky or patchy, which I regularly found with traditional foundation brushes.
    I love Real Technique brushes and will be doing a review on the powder brush soon.

    Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the review. 
    Please comment down below if you have any questions or requests or if you just want to make a nice comment and follow if you haven't already followed.

    Claire xx

    Tuesday, 26 June 2012

    Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Exposed!

    Hi Everyone!
    Hope you are all well today. 
    I want to do a review on my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in 'Exposed'. I got this on a trip to New York earlier in June from Sephora for $25 as I had heard so much hype about these blushes. I was very excited when I went to look at them, however I was torn between 'Exposed' or 'Glisten'. In the end I went with 'Exposed' as I haven't got a colour like it!
     The packaging is plastic and comes with a mirror which I think is really handy if you are travelling and want to re-touch your make-up. I love how the colour of the packaging represents the colour of the blush as it means you can quickly distinguish which colour is which. It is also very compact so perfect for travelling.

    The colour itself I find quite hard to describe. In some light it looks like a dusky pink, in others it looks almost like a bronzer. However, I find it is a perfect "everyday" colour and really suits my fair skintone - but I do think it would suit a range of skin tones and as it is a very wearable colour!
    On the Sephora website, it describes the blushes as:

    "Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish for an amazing 12 hours. Inspired by Tarte's bestselling shades of cheek stains and lip tints, the colors range from soft to vivid to suit a wide variety of skintones. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. Those with dry skin will benefit from the clay's nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin's moisture."

    I am not sure about the claim to 'minimise oil in and around pores' for oily skin or the claim to 'nourish and hydrate' dry skin. However, I definitely think as there is such a good range of colours, you will find a colour to suit your skintone.
    Tarte say that the blush will last 12 hours on the skin. I personally am not sure about 12 hours as it will vary depending your skin type. However, I have combination skin type and from putting my make-up on at 7.30am for school to 5.30p.m when I'm sat at home, it definitely is still noticeable on the skin and still looks really nice on the skin. I don't think you need to re-touch the blush either as it doesn't fade throughout the day.

    Overall I love this blush and for $25 (about £16) I think it is worth it. 'Exposed' is a lovely colour but I would also love to try out many of the other colours as they are all so beautiful. On my skin it lasts a whole day and really complements my skin tone (NC15 in Mac).
    Money very well spent!

    I hope you enjoyed this review, any questions or requests please leave them down below. Thank you for reading and have a good week!
    Claire xx

    Monday, 25 June 2012

    Mac Lipsticks - Creme Cup and Shy Girl!

    Hi Everyone!

    Today I just wanted to show you my two Mac lipsticks; Shy Girl and Creme Cup. I know I only have two Mac lipsticks but I thought I would show you anyway seeing as they are both very popular shades.

    Shy Girl.

     So this is Shy Girl and it is a cremesheen which I like as they are quite glossy and moisturising. Shy Girl was my first Mac lipstick and I do like it, however I did think, when I first bought it, it would be more pink in colour. That said, it is a coral/peach colour so good for summer and would suit many skin tones. I love Mac lipsticks as they last quite a while without having to re-apply them, also they smell really nice - a sort of vanilla smell.
    I probably won't re-purchase this colour as I'm personally not a big fan of peachy colours on my NC15 skintone, however I think it would suit darker skin tones really well.

    Creme Cup
    This is Creme Cup, again a cremesheen, and I have to say I absolutely love this lipstick. I am shade NC15 in Mac and I think this suits my skin tone quite well. I also think this colour would suit many other skin tones as it isn't a really pale pink. It is a good everyday colour and just looks really pretty on the lips. Like Shy Girl you don't have to re-apply this too often and it is quite moisturising on the lips. 
    I would definitely purchase this again, however I would like to try quite a few other shades of the Mac lipsticks as I just love them.

    Mac lipsticks cost £13.50, which I think is really good considering how good they are and you can get them in a range of finishes; Cremesheen, Frost, Matte, Satin, Glaze and a new finish called Amplified Creme. They also have a huge range of colours to suit every skintone.

    I hope you enjoyed this quick review (I guess it was a review!), I just really wanted to show you these two colours as I do really like both of them. Thank you for reading and don't forget to follow ;)
    Claire xx

    Sunday, 24 June 2012

    No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara Review!

    Hi Guys!
    Today I want to do another review for you - It is the No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara which retails for £13. My Mum gave this to me as she spent £25 or more on No7 in Boots recently and so got a free gift (the offer is still on so I would check out your local Boots if you can!). The gift itself contained a mini tinted moisturiser, a lipgloss, a serum, a body wash and this mascara and she was kind enough to give me the mascara - Thank you Mum!
    First of all the packaging is quite a sleek design - a metallic purple colour with gold writing along the side. I personally really like it as I think it looks quite classy and high end. 

    The brush is quite an interesting design - like most of the No7 mascaras! It is dipped in the middle so when you apply it, it coats all your lashes. This is what the Boots website say about this product:

    "The aptly named Exquisite Curl Mascara has a curved brush, tailored to enhance curl and volume. The unique formula with curl-setting polymer helps keep lashes lifted throughout the day. The result? It curls lashes by up to 90 degrees. Eyes look more open and lashes extended from root to tip – get ready to va va voom!"

    Ok, so these are my poor lashes with no mascara. They are sparse, short and seem to go straight out with no natural curl in them. They are brown in colour so I usually go for mascaras in the colour brown but as this was in a gift set, I could only have it in black!

     However, with just one coat of the mascara my lashes look instantly better and my eyes look bigger and brighter. Although it is not the most high impact mascara, I like a natural look to the lashes - The mascara gives them a bit more length and a slight curl. 
    I was though a bit disappointed with the product. I don't think it claimed to do as well as I thought it would as I thought it would give a much better curl to my lashes. 
    However, it does last throughout the day without flaking and isn't too clumpy.
    For £13 I would say give it a whirl (luckily mine was free thanks to my Mum), but I won't be purchasing it myself. I prefer my Natural Collection LashLength mascara for only £1.99. (Click HERE for the review on it)
    If you have tried it, what do you think about it?

    Thats is for my quick review, I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any questions or requests, please leave them down below! Oh and don't forget to follow :)
    Thank you, 
    Claire xx

    Lea Stafford Hair Growth Treatment Review!

    Hi Everyone!
    Today I am going to be doing a review on the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. I mentioned this product in my last post - "The 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag!"and promised you guys I would do a full review on it!
    So I purchased this product from Boots for £7.99, which I don't think is too bad considering the brand and the quantity of the product (a good 200ml per tube). On the Boots website, it describes this product as:

    "If the earth's not nourished, you'll never grow beautiful flowers" is the philosophy behind Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment.  Its vital hair and scalp complex helps to reduce hair loss.  It improves follicle health which in turn increases the ability of the hair to anchor to the scalp. 
    The soothing formulation reduces irritation and moisturises the scalp.  It addresses hair and scalp ageing at a cellular level whilst providing an improvement in tensile strength to give body and texture by penetrating the hair reaching the inner cortex.  Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment also improves the volume and feel of the hair. 
    Firstly, the reason why I bought this product was because I felt that my hair was thinning out, so I stopped using heat on it and purchased this in the hope it would stimulate the growth of my hair. At first I was very skeptical but after using it for several weeks I did begin to notice a difference.

    First of all I have to say I love the packaging of this product - a gorgeous vibrant pink! When I first used this, the first thing I noticed was the smell. It smells really nice like a salon, almost quite floral.

    The actual product itself is slightly pink (to match the packaging) and has a thick, smooth consistency.  To use it says to: 
    "After shampooing simply scoop out the equivalent of an egg into the palms of your hands, massage into hair from roots to ends and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse out and then condition as normal."

    I personally don't think you need to condition after using this product as it conditions your hair itself. 
    I like to get an egg sized amount like it suggests and run it through my hair and leave it for several minutes. I try to do this once a week, however I find it quite a hassle to put it in, wait for 5 minutes and then give it a good rinse out for 5 minutes or so - If you don't rinse all of it out, your hair will dry looking oily and greasy!
    However, if I do do it properly, when my hair has dried it feels much softer and looks silkier. After using it for several weeks 2 - 3 times a week, I did notice my hair was thinning out much less! This may have also been because I was no longer using heat on it, but I still do think it made a difference. I also noticed that my hair was growing slightly faster which I was impressed with as normally my hair grows slowly, reaches a certain point and then stops growing - which I find highly annoying! I will continue to use this product and may be re-purchase it - I just find it such a big commitment (I know I am lazy!).
    I do recommend it if you are finding your hair to be thinning out or want to grow it longer or just want a really good leave-in hair conditioner. It may not work for everyone as everyone's hair is different, but luckily it worked for me!
    I hope you found this review helpful and thank you for reading.
    Claire xx

    Saturday, 23 June 2012

    My Make-Up Collection!

    Hi Everyone!

    Hope you're all well today! I want to share with you my make-up collection as I always find it interesting to see how other people store their make-up. I am not trying to show off about my make-up, all I hope is that you guys find it interesting and maybe get some inspiration if you are looking for a new way to store your make-up. With that said, lets crack on!
     Ok so this is where I keep my make-up. I got this drawer set from WHSmith for £16.99 and just love it. It has 2 large drawers on the top and bottom, then 2 smaller drawers in the middle. I also love the pattern and elegance of this drawer set. 
    On the top I have a mirror and a mini plastic drawer set for keeping my hair bobbles and bobby pins etc.
    So in the first top drawer I keep my powders and concealers. I have powders from Rimmel, Maybelline and Essential Therapy, my Extra Dimension highlighter from Mac (Click HERE for the review) and concealers from Mac, Collection 2000 and Essential Therapy.   
    In the left hand side, middle drawer I keep all my eye products. I'm not big on eye products but do have a couple of mascaras from Natural Collection and No7, an eyeshadow palette from Collection 2000 and eyeliners etc.
    In the middle drawer on the right, I keep all my lip products. I have my lip balms from Mac and Korres, lipsticks from Mac, Chanel and Revlon and lip glosses from Sephora and Maybelline all in here.
    Finally in the large bottom drawer, I keep my foundations from Mac and Clinique and a range of blushes from NARS, Tarte, Clinique, Essential Therapy, No7, Maybelline and finally NYC - as you can tell I love my blushes!
    I keep my make-up brushes in a pot which I think is from Selfridges. I mainly have the Real Techniques brushes because I LOVE them. I also have the Sigma Large Angled Contour Brush F40 and the Mac 217 brush.

    Ok guys that was just a brief tour of my make-up collection. I hope you found it interesting and maybe gave you some ideas for your own! I do highly recommend these drawer sets from WHSmiths as they hold quite a few things, look nice and are just generally really practical. Leave me the link to your make-up collection down below as I would love to see it!
    Thank you for reading.
    Claire x

    Friday, 22 June 2012

    The 7 Deadly Sins Of Beauty Tag!

    Hi Everyone!
    Hope you are all well, today I thought I would do the 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty tag! I love this tag and have seen it on many blogs and youtube channels, so I thought I would do it for you guys today. 

    1. Greed: What is your most inexpensive beauty item and what is your most expensive?

    My most expensive beauty item is my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 'Boy'. I purchased this for £23 and have to say, love it! The colour is gorgeous and looks really natural so great for work or school. I also love the packaging Chanel do for all their products. The only let down to this is that it doesn't last very long on the lips, meaning you have to reapply it quite often.
    However, my most inexpensive beauty item is my Natural Collection Lashlength mascara in Brown/Black. I have already done a review on this mascara (Click HERE to see it). I got this for only £1.99 from Boots and often the Natural Collection line in Boots have the promotion: 3 for £5, which is a great deal!

    2. Wrath: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
     The product I have a love/hate relationship with is my Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 'Apricot'. I love the colour of this, it is a gorgeous peach/coral so great for summer. However, I find this really hard to apply; I have tried using my fingers and various brushes but is still difficult. It may be that I am too used to using powder blushes and have not got that much experience in cream blushes, but please let me know if you have the same problem or any tips in the comment box down below!
    The product that was hardest to get hold of was the Revlon Lip Butter in '045 Cotton Candy'. I had to look in various Boots before I found a colour that I liked, I guess it was because they were so popular at the time! I will let you know what I think of this product in am upcoming review, so stay tuned for that!

    3. Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products?
                                                                         From bottom right, going clockwise: 
                                                                                                  Mac Tinted Lip Conditioner in 'Petting Pink', 
                                                                                                  Mac lipstick in 'Shy Girl' and Mac lipstick in 'Creme Cup'
    My most delicious beauty items are probably my Mac lip products. I have two lipsticks in 'Shy Girl' `and 'Creme Cup' and a tinted lip conditioner in 'Petting Pink'. They have a lovely vanilla smell which I just love.

    4. Sloth: What beauty product do you neglect due to laziness?
    Ok, now this product I definitely neglect due to laziness! It is the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment. Earlier in the year I felt that my hair was thinning out, so I stopped using heat on it (i.e hair dryer, curler, straightener etc) and bought this treatment. After you have shampooed your hair, you get about an egg sized amount and spread it through your hair and leave for about 5 minutes. The only reason why I neglect this is because it is a pain to wash out of your hair, because if you don't get it completely out, your hair will look oily and greasy. Not good! However, I will do a full review on it to let you know what I think of it.

    5. Pride: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
    The product which gives me the most self confidence would actually have to be my Mac Pro longwear concealer in NC15. I love this concealer, despite the uncontrollable pump, as it covers my dark circles really well and doesn't crease or look cakey - It is a really natural looking concealer. Also, if I do have a really angry, red spot, it helps conceal the redness very well too. If you would like to find out more about this product, please stay tuned as I will be doing a full review on the Pro Longwear foundation and concealer!

    6. Lust: What attributes to you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
    Errrmm.... a kind-hearted gentleman....good sense of humour... and trustworthy.

    7. Envy: What would you most like to receive as a gift?
    This is quite a hard question.... probably some beauty items from Chanel or NARS. Or an expensive perfume that I could have as my signature scent!

    Okay guys that is the 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty. I hope you enjoyed it and found it interesting. I tag ALL of you to do this and if you do please leave the link in the comment box below as I would love to see it!
    Thank you for reading and have a good weekend!
    Claire xx