Saturday, 30 November 2013

Essie Aruba Blue!

 Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to share with you Essie Aruba Blue nail polish. 
After seeing Kate from Ghostparties wear this nail polish in one of her videos, I knew I had to have it. I instantly fell in love with the vibrant blue colour as it is a colour that is completely different to my other nail polishes.
It is a gorgeous vibrant royal blue which when in direct sunlight has a blue shimmer running through it. I personally think it is a colour you can wear all year round as it has that summer brightness but festive shimmer.
The application was super easy and the longevity of the nail polish was really good. 
And I actually got quite a lot of compliments from people saying that they loved the colour, which is always a good sign!
Overall I think Essie Aruba Blue is a great addition to add to my nail polishes as it is so gorgeous and really different to any of my nail polishes I currently own.
Let me know if you have tried Essie Aruba Blue!

Thank you for reading,

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Dove Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo!

  Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to talk about the new Dove Refresh and Care Dry shampoo.
I personally love dry shampoos because they instantly liven up your hair and add volume, and they can give you an extra day before having to wash your hair again.
So when I saw the new release from Dove I was really intrigued to try it out, especially as I had heard really good reviews.

I really love the scent of this dry shampoo as it smells like normal shampoo so is quite sweet and floral. It is also really easy to massage into your hair without getting any white/grey patches which I find some dry shampoos can leave no matter how much you massage it in. Obviously with all dry shampoos you want it to do a good job of absorbing the oil and making your hair look fresh, and I personally think it does the job really well. 
Not only does it absorb any oil, but it adds quite a lot of volume and texture to my hair which I actually think looks really nice.
I have only one gripe with this product and that is if you spray on too much, it can leave your hair feeling quite heavy and tacky as if it is being weighed down by the dry shampoo. It really isn't pleasant so I do suggest going lightly with this product.

Overall though I really do like this as a dry shampoo. It smells amazing, makes my hair look and feel fresh and adds volume to it. 

Let me know if you have tried the Dove Refresh and Care Dry Shampoo!

Thank you,

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Autumn Makeup #2 | Mac Rebel

 Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to share with you an Autumn/Fall makeup look I wear most days, and I also really wanted to show you some products I have really been loving and using a lot lately.
 I have been using the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation most days since I bought it. I love it for everyday because the medium coverage and satin finish looks really natural, and I find during the Autumn and Winter when my skin feels more dehydrated the more moisturising formula really helps my skin. 
I have reverted back to my old, trusty combo for underneath my eyes - Bobbi Brown corrector and NARS Radiant Creamy concealer. The Bobbi Brown corrector corrects any blue/purple tones and the NARS concealer conceals any other darkness and is amazing for concealing any angry blemishes. Both together they work like a dream!
Blusher I used NARS Deep Throat which provides the most natural yet gorgeous blush to my cheeks, and I have been loving the Mac Extra Dimension Skin Finish Highlighter in 'Whisper of Gilt' for that extra glow. I then simply dust the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot over my t-zone.
For the eyes I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' which gives a super pretty bronzed look to the eyes. I pat this on with my finger to my lid and blend it out in the crease using my Mac 217 brush, which I find helps to really define my crease. I then used the Max Factor Clump Defy mascara which is a perfect everyday mascara.
The finishing touch is of course a dark lip which I have been obsessed with this Autumn. I am so in love with Mac Rebel lipstick which I have been wearing a lot recently. It is the perfect pinky plum shade that suits any skintone as it can be patted on sheerly or built up to an opaque colour.

So that is my super easy everyday Autumn/Fall makeup look.
As I said all of these products I have been really loving recently, and have been working really well for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you for reading,

Friday, 22 November 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel!

Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to talk about the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel.
I was after a new cleanser to try out, and especially now that we are in the colder months I find although my skin is still oily, it also feels and looks dehydrated.
I was really attracted to the La Roche-Posay cleanser because it is designed for oily sensitive skin and so is soap-free, which I was hoping would be less drying but still suited for more oily skin types.

This cleanser is a gel cleanser and so is particularly good if you have more oily skin as it is very refreshing and leaves your skin feeling really clean.
It hasn't completely cleared up my skin as I still do have breakouts, however what I love is that after I use this cleanser my skin never feels stripped or too dry.
However, I do always need to moisturise after I use this as my skin is still left feeling tight, but it hasn't dried out my skin which may be because it is soap free. 
It does have a slightly fragrance, similar to the Effaclar Duo moisturiser, that I am not that keen on but I get used to it really quickly and I find that it doesn't irritate my skin.

So far I really do like this cleanser. Although it hasn't cleared up my skin, it still does leave my skin feeling refreshed and clean which I find to be really nice in the morning and in the evening.

Let me know if you have tried the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel!

Thank you for reading,

Thursday, 14 November 2013

MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette!

Hello everyone,
As someone who has very little time to get ready in the morning, I am always on the look out for products that are easy and quick to apply.
I really love wearing a simple eyeshadow look for the daytime, but needed some 'one-wash' wonders that mean I can swipe on a colour and be good to go.
After hearing amazing reviews about the MUA eyeshadow palettes, I decided to give the Heaven and Earth palette a whirl as all of the colours looked super wearable and natural.

The Heaven and Earth palette has 12 eyeshadows, all of which are shimmer.
They are all super natural and wearable shades that make this palette so versatile. 
Unfortunately the eyeshadows don't have names, but as you can there are a few really pretty, shimmery champagne highlight colours, several shimmery warm toned browns and golds, and several cooler, taupe coloured browns.
You can mix and match to create beautiful smokey eyes, or what I like to do, take any one of the eyeshadows and wash it all over the lid, particularly focusing the colour in the crease. I find this creates a really pretty look for daytime and it is so easy and quick to do.
Pigmentation wise, all of the eyeshadows are nicely pigmented, and I find none of them to be powdery or chalky. The texture of the eyeshadows are smooth and almost creamy.
There is no fall out with these and they apply really easily. 
The eyeshadows also last all day on me and only begin to fade and crease after about 8 hours, which I think is really impressive.
And the best part? This palette will only set you back £4, bargain! 

Overall I am really impressed with the Heaven and Earth palette.
Despite being only £4, the eyeshadows have a lovely texture, last all day and are super pretty wearable shades. 

Let me know if you have tried any of the MUA eyeshadow palettes and what you think of them!

Thank you,
Claire x

Monday, 11 November 2013

L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Foundation!

Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to talk about a new foundation I have been loving recently - the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation.
I picked this up recently after hearing really good reviews about it, with quite a few people saying it was similar to the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, a foundation I am dying to try!
After using the product quite a bit, I am very happy to report back I am super impressed with this foundation.
The shade I got was 'Rose Pearl', the lightest shade they had on offer in Boots. This has more neutral/pink undertones but overall is a good colour match for me.
 The texture is a nice creamy texture that isn't too thick or too thin, and application wise it applies really easily and quickly. It provides really good medium coverage which is buildable, and so covers redness and evens out skintone without feeling or looking heavy. It doesn't completely cover blemishes, and so if I have a particularly angry blemish then extra concealer may be needed.
The finish is a beautiful glowy finish that doesn't feel oily, it just leaves your skin with a healthy glow. As I do have combination skin I like to powder my skin to help keep shine at bay and to prolong the longevity of the foundation.
Speaking of longevity, I find the foundation lasts 6-7 hours before I begin to look shiny, and by the end of the day I do find it has worn off slightly around my nose and chin. However, on the whole I think it lasts pretty well.

Overall I do love this foundation. It provides really good coverage without feeling heavy, it leaves your skin with a gorgeous glowy finish, and it lasts well throughout the day.
For a drugstore foundation I am super impressed and cannot recommend it enough!

Let me know if you have tried the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation!

Thank you for reading,

Sunday, 3 November 2013

October Favourites!

Hello everyone,
Happy Sunday!
Today I wanted to share with you my October favourites.
There have been quite a few splurges throughout October which I have been obsessed with, and also a couple of rediscoveries that I cannot get enough of.

NARS Ride Up To the Moon Palette
When NARS released their two eyeshadow palettes for this Autumn and Winter, I was really impressed with the shade range and beautiful colours they had on offer. After much deliberation I got the Ride Up To the Moon palette, and although this was a splurge, I have definitely got my moneys worth as I use this palette so much. All of the colours are wearable and versatile, and the quality is excellent. The eyeshadows are pigmented, easy to apply and long wearing. I spoke more about the palette here, but all I can say is grab it whilst you can!

OPI Black Cherry Chutney
This OPI nail polish is rapidly becoming one of my favourite Autumn colours. It is a beautiful deep purple/plum shade which when in direct sunlight, has a gorgeous deep burgundy shimmer running through it. The quality is also amazing as it applies really well and lasts a good few days, but if you want to know more about it, I did a post here.

Mac Rebel Lipstick
I was very happy when I was able to do 'Back to Mac' as it meant I was able to choose a free lipstick. As Autumn was in full swing, I decided to give into the hype and choose Mac's Rebel lipstick. So far I am loving this lipstick as the beautiful deep pink/plum shade is perfect for this time of year. The satin finish also means it stains your lips, and so it lasts really well throughout the day. I spoke about the lipstick more here, but I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a new Autumn lipstick.

Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Whisper of Gilt
I purchased this highlighter quite a while ago, and although I have always loved it, I always thought it was just a bit too much for everyday. However, this past month I have been wearing it pretty much everyday, as I have found that applying it using the Real Techniques foundation brush that comes in the Core Collection, applies the highlighter really well. Together, the highlighter gives a beautiful shimmery golden glow that is not too much for everyday.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Extra Light Bisque
I recently talked about this corrector here, as I have been loving the new shade that Bobbi Brown released earlier this year. Extra light Bisque is the perfect shade for me, as I find that now the corrector not only corrects my dark circles, but also brightens the under eye area as well. The quality of the product is still really amazing, and I now find myself reaching for this corrector most days as I love the effect and finish it gives my under the eyes.

So they are my October favourites. 
There have been some splurges here and there and some rediscoveries as well, but overall there have been some pretty amazing products throughout the month.

Let me know what products you have been loving throughout October! 

Thank you for reading,