Friday, 28 August 2015

My Current Skincare Wishlist

Over the past fortnight, my skin has become very troublesome and hard to work with. My usually combination skin has become very dehydrated and I have had multiple breakouts. Not only this but when I apply my make-up, it just doesn't sit well on my skin! I have started to evaluate my current skincare routine and there are some products that I want to add to my collection in the near future. I have heard such great things about many of the items I am featuring in the post, therefore, I thought that it would be good to whip up a quick wishlist for all of you in case you feel like updating your current skincare routine too! So, here are the eight products that I am eyeing up at the moment;

The two items top of my wishlist that I think would really change the condition of my skin the most are the Serozinc Spray (£8.50) and the Glam Glow Supermud Mask (£44.00.) This is because I have heard that the toner is great for diminishing blemishes and under the skin bumps that I have gotten quite frequently lately. Plus, I can imagine the the Glam Glow mask would draw out all the impurities and 'gunk' out of my pores!

Which skincare items are you currently lusting over? Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned before? I would love to hear your opinion of them, so please do not hesitate to leave a comment down below and be sure to check back for my blog posts very soon. Until then, I hope that you have a wonderful and fun-filled weekend!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Fresh + Fruity Lush Haul

After hearing the great news that some of Lush's exclusive products from their flagship store in Oxford street have now filtered down into all Lush shops, I knew that I had to pay my nearest one a visit! Of course, there are hundreds of new and exclusive products in the multi-story London store but some of the most popular ones are now widely available online, as well as across the entire country! On Friday, I went in with a completely open mind and come out with three gorgeous products to try! Furthermore, today I thought I would do a little haul and show you all what I picked up. So, let's dive right in!

Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask - £6.50
Before taking a look at the section of new products, I knew that I wanted to pick up a fresh face mask. My skin has been rather troublesome in the past few weeks or so and I wanted something that would soothe it, as well as control my pesky breakouts! Mask wise, I have only ever tried the Mask of Magnaminty before - which I didn't like too much - but after using Catastrophe Cosmetic last night, I can say that I love it already! Not only does this mask smell like yummy blueberries but it also contains calamine, chamomile and rose to calm your skin down too. Plus, my spots have already down-sized just after one use. I cannot wait to carry on using this mask once or twice a week to see even better results!

Yoga Bath Bomb - £3.95
I also knew that I wanted to pick up another one of their new bath bombs after having recently tried Intergalactic (which was bought for me by a friend a few months back.) I had heard a lot of great things about the Yoga bomb online, so I popped it straight into my basket. I normally go for sweet or fruity scents but this bath bomb has a gorgeous, albeit subtle, earthy smell to it instead. I can imagine that this bath bomb would be a great one to use if you've had a really busy day and you just need to relax your muscles and take a little breather! Yoga also contains lots of golden lustre in it, which definitely makes this bath bomb feel all the more special and exciting to use!

Beautiful Shower Gel - £4.75
Last but not least is brand new shower gel that I was convinced to purchase by the helpful sales assistant that I was talking to about all of the new releases. I went in with the intention of picking up another bottle of The Comforter Shower Cream, which is another exclusive product that I had already tried. However, I was later convinced to try Beautiful instead, which contains peaches and apricots. As I lover of fruity and zingy scents, I was immediately sold! The scent isn't too strong but after using it once, I can vouch that it is a great product to wake you up in the mornings. It also contains glitter but it doesn't really stay on your skin once you lather it up, which is the possibly the only downside to it. I only bought a tiny bottle this time to test out but I will definitely buy a bigger bottle again in the future as I really do love it so far.

So guys, those are the three products that I picked up! I hope you enjoyed this mini Lush haul and be sure to let me know if there are any more new products that I need to try next. I am always open to suggestions, so please do not hesitate to leave a comment letting me know down below!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Rimmel's Kate Moss Nude Collection

Ever since I can remember, I have always been a bright lip kinda gal. However, this year, I have really found a love for nude hues on my lips too! I have discovered lots of great options from MAC's infamous 'Velvet Teddy to NARS' Audacious lipstick in 'Anita.' Now, I have yet another great shade to add to my ever-growing collection and that is one of the new Nude Collection lipsticks from Rimmel. The two Kate Moss collections previous to this latest release have been extremely popular due to their amazingly pigmented colours and gorgeously creamy formulas... and the new nude shades have definitely kept to these high standards!

There are six new products in the collection which all cost £5.49; five nude lipsticks and one clear lip conditioner. The idea is to apply the conditioner to your lips as a base coat for the shade that you follow up with, to keep them hydrated and to make for a smooth application. I decided that I wanted try one shade first to see how I liked it, so I opted for shade '45' which is a natural pinky-nude colour. It really suits my skin tone and colouring well as I am moderately fair (albeit, I do sometimes fake tan) with light blonde hair. 

I think that Rimmel have described this new collection perfectly, as they claim that there is a 'barely-there hue' for every skin tone. I without a doubt agree with that as this lipstick has just the right amount of pigmentation - it's neither too sheer nor too thick. It's definitely a wearable and natural daytime shade, although you can layer it up more if you would like to! Plus, I would also wear this shade in the evening too paired with a bold smokey eye. Just like the two Kate Moss collections in the past, the lipsticks are very creamy and comfortable to wear but that does mean that its not the most long-lasting formula ever. However, with that being said, it would probably be pretty easy to re-apply it on the go without any need for a mirror!

In terms of the performance of the clear conditioning lip balm, it does what it says on the tube really! It keeps your lips feeling nourished and it works as a good base for your nude shade to sit on top of. Still, one thing that I do like about this balm is that it contains an SPF of 15, which is great for the summer months and you could even wear it on its own if your going on holiday or are out in the sunshine a lot!

Overall, I think that this new collection is pretty great! It's affordable, the shades are extremely flattering and they are moisturising to boot. I would highly recommend that you go and pick one up for yourself but make sure that you figure out beforehand which of the 5 shades would work best for you! What is your favourite Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick? Have you tried this new collection yet? Please let know, as always, by leaving a comment down below!

Friday, 14 August 2015

My Sephora Wishlist: Gift Sets

Hi guys, I hope that you've all had a great week and welcome back to yet another installment of my Sephora Wishlist series! One of the main things that Sephora are renound for besides being a beauty lovers dream destination their gift & value sets. I always see various YouTubers, especially Glam Life Guru (Tati Westbrook,) reviewing these sets and raving about them as you get to try many high end products for a really amazing price - you even get the odd full-sized product too! So today, I thought that I would share with you the sets that have well and truly caught my eye! Furthermore, here are the six sets on my current wishlist; 

As you can see, these sets are not only full of amazing luxury products but they are also excellent value for money too. My favourite set out of the six is definitely 'Give Me Some Lip' because I am the biggest lip product addict going - I can never get enough! Which gift set has caught your eye? What is your favourite product from Sephora? Please let me know by leaving a comment down below and be sure to check back soon to see another edition of my Sephora series!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Post Inspired By Lily Pebbles

This morning whilst browsing through my Bloglovin' feed, I came across this post from the gorgeous Lily Pebbles and I loved the concept of it so much that I have decided to answer the questions myself! Lily's post, 'If You Had To Pick One...,' is all about having to choose your favourite beauty products and whittle them down one brand for each category. I thought this post was a really fun and unique idea and so without any further ado, here is what I could choose if I could only pick one item for each of the following...

Make-up brand to use:
Although I only own a few products from this brand at the moment, I would have to say MAC! Choosing to use only one brand is, of course, a very hard decision but my thoughts are that MAC have a huge range of products to choose from. There is a great variation of bases and eyeshadows for any occasion and the lipstick possibilities are never-ending!

Mascara to wear:
At the moment, the mascara that I reach for on a daily basis is Rimmel's Lash Accelerator Endless in Black. I have really short & straight lashes and I find that this formula is excellent at adding a lot of length too them. It never smudges on me either, not even on my lower lashes, so that's an added bonus too.

Skincare item to use: 
Lush's Ultrabland cleanser has been a staple in my routine for the last year or so. It really is the most amazing balm cleanser; not only does it remove my make-up quickly and efficiently but it makes my skin feel silky smooth too. Also, it feels really good to use a natural product as there are no nasty chemicals in it to strip or break out my skin!

High street store to shop from:
New Look! Forever 21 comes a close second but sometimes their sizing can be a little frustrating (S, M & L just do not cut it sometimes.) I feel that New Look have a great range of basics as well as on-trend items to choose from. I also love their shoes and accessories too, which means that I would easily be able to create an entire outfit in there!

Make-up brush brand: 
I am a loyal fan of Real Techniques brushes. Can you believe that I only have one make-up brush that isn't from them?! Crazy, right! The main reasons why I love these brushes are that they are affordable, great quality and they are very easy to clean! The buffing brush is my favourite of the bunch though.

Lipstick to wear everyday:
Definitely NARS' Audacious Lipstick in Anita! It's such a lovely pinky nude shade that goes with absolutely any make-up look. It's a really creamy formula that feels really comfortable on my lips. Plus, I feel like it suits my complexion really well too!

Eyeshadow palette:
Without a doubt my Naked 2 palette. It's the first higher end palette that I have ever owned and it really sparked my love for eyeshadow, as I was a little afraid of it before then! The cooler tones in the palette suit me perfectly and I love how versatile it is - I can create a number of looks for both daytime and nighttime. 

Hair care band to buy from:
It has to be L'Oréal. I exclusively use their Fibrology shampoo & conditioner to wash my hair and I love the results that it gives me. I naturally have very fine, lacklustre hair and these products give it the volume and thickness that it so desperately needs! Also, of course their Elnett hairspray is very popular too, so I couldn't go wrong with sticking to only this brand to be honest!

So, those are my answers in response to Lily's earlier blog post! What would your answers be? Please let me know by either leaving a comment below or completing the questions yourself in a blog post and sending me the link. I would love to know the items that you would ultimately choose!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Lush's Intergalactic Bath Bomb

Have you ever seen any Lush product as beautiful as the Intergalactic bath bomb..? I didn't think so! This gorgeous, glittering ball of goodness may just be one of my favourite Lush bath bombs of all time. I love everything from its appearance, its scent and the amazing colour that it turns my bath water. Up until recently this product was only available at Lush's new flagship store on Oxford Street, however, some of their most popular exclusive items are now being sold online (view here.) As I'm sure all of my fellow Lush fanatics will agree, this is extremely exciting news and I cannot wait to get my hands on even more new products such as the 'Frozen' bath bomb and the 'Pink Flamingo' bubble bar. Furthermore, today, I thought that I would give you all a mini review of 'Intergalactic' just in case you were interested in purchasing it. So, let's get started!

As you have probably already guessed, the Intergalactic Bath Bomb (£3.95) has a definite space theme to it. It's vivid blue exterior with yellow & bright pink ring around the middle almost looks like an actual planet! The main scents included in the product are peppermint, cedarwood and grapefruit, which you can imagine is incredibly refreshing and uplifting - and it is! Its smell fills the entire room without being too overpowering (to me its just right the right amount!) 

The bath bomb also contains tons and tons of glitter and popping candy, which of course makes the experience all the more exciting! As soon as you pop it into the water, you can see all of the different colours start to swirl around and hear the faint popping of candy in the background. It really is an experience for all of your senses! Once it has fully fizzed away, you are left with the most sparkly and beautiful dark blue coloured bath water ever! I usually use this bath bomb at night, even though the scent itself is quite minty and invigorating because it does leave your skin absolutely covered in glitter and I don't quite fancy looking like a human disco ball during the daytime!

Although, with that being said, I still love this bath bomb to pieces! It is unlike any other bath bomb in Lush's entire range aside from maybe 'Shoot For The Stars,' which only comes out at Christmas time. Overall, I would highly recommend you pick up Intergalactic if you enjoy super colourful and fun baths or if you love really fresh scents. It has quickly become one of my absolute faves and I'm sure that it will soon become one of yours too!

Monday, 3 August 2015

My Monthly Favourites - July 2015

Hi guys, I'm back again with another dose of monthly favourites for you all! July went by in the blink of an eye with me as I had lots of special occasions and events to attend this month. I have been loving a lot of new products lately, as well as a few old favourites too, so it was hard to whittle down which products made the cut this time! However, as always, I have chosen five wonderful items to share with all of you today. So, let's get going!

Even though I mentioned this product in last months favourites, I just had to mention it again - that's how much of a favourite it actually is! My gorgeous friend Chloe works for MAC and she bought me the cult 'Soft & Gentle' for my birthday back in May. Every time I wear this on the tops of cheekbones, I have the most amazing and dramatic glow ever. My highlight feels well and truly on fleek (insert Jaclyn Hills's #highlightonfleek hashtag here!) If you do not already have this product, it is definitely a must have!

If you've ever had a problem with the texture of your skin, these pads from Nip+Fab are a necessary step in your skincare routine! After using some kind of balm cleanser to remove any dirt and make-up on my skin, I follow up with one of these pads. The glycolic acid within these pads are a great exfoliant and its much better than using a harsh scrub on your skin! I have really noticed a difference after using this product for about three weeks now and those pesky little annoying bumps that I used to get on my forehead are almost gone. I will most certainly be repurchasing these pads again once I run out!

Next up is an old favourite of mine that I recently re-discovered in my stash of body lotions. This addition from Garnier has been a saviour for me this month! Lately, I have been struggling with a few super dry patched on the bottom halves of my legs and this product has really helped to hydrate them. Not only is this lotion specifically formulated for very dry skin but it contain shea butter, which we all know is a great moisturising agent! Plus, it sinks in so quickly and leaves a lovely sheen on my legs too - which is a great added bonus!

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know that a recently won a competition and received a £100 Feel Unique voucher! One of the items that I decided to pick up was this stunning single eyeshadow from Urban Decay. I had seen so many swatches online of the Moondust range and let's face it, I cannot resist anything glittery! So, I opted for the shade Moonspoon which is an amazing silver colour. This glitter really takes a smokey eye to the next level and adds that little extra glamour for a night out on the town!

Last but certainly not least is another product that I picked up using my Feel Unique voucher. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to own a Yves Saint Laurent lipstick as they just feel so luxurious and fancy! To ensure that I got a lot of use out of it, I went for 'Nude In Private,' which as you can imagine is an everyday nude colour. I absolutely love that it can be paired with any make-up look and as the name suggests, it adds a lovely shimmery shine to my lips too. The formulation is top-notch as well, as it glides onto my lips so effortlessly. As I knew I would be, I am very impressed with the quality of this lipstick and I'm hoping that I can start growing my YSL collection from now on!

So, those are my July favourites done and dusted! I have loved using all of these products so much and I'm sure that I will continue to love them throughout August too. Have you tried out any of these products before? What have your beauty favourites been this month? Let me know yours by leaving a comment down below!