April favourites.


Ooh, it's time for another favourites of the month. This month there has been quite a few products I have been enjoying, but I have been switching between products a far bit. The products I have chosen I am loving, and have stuck with throughout April.

1) Soap & Glory Flake Away- If you read my L'Oreal self-tanning elixir review you'll know I had a bit of an eczema reaction; this product has literally transformed my skin back to nearly completely smooth again. It has been a favourite exfoliator of mine for a few years now, and this just reminded me how good it is. I love the way it deep cleans my skin helping to rid it of any bumps and hidden dirt.

2) Nars Illuminator in Orgasm- I love the way this product just makes my skin glow, providing that lit from within look. I have been mixing it in with my base of choice, and been using it pretty much every day this month.

3) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water- This is actually my second bottle of the product now, and has been my cleanser of choice for the entire month. I love how easily this product removes makeup, even stubborn mascara. It's exactly what you need when you're being lazy and can't be bothered to do a cleanse involving water.

4) The Body Shop All in One Blusher in shade Macaroon- I have been using this constantly this month; it's a powder blusher that literally seems to last all day. As to the colour it is a coral shade that instantly brightens up your complexion, definitely one for your makeup wardrobe this season.

5) Sleek Brow Stylist in shade 716 light- Since I purchased this I have not stopped using it. I love the way it not only has the wax/powder pencil hybrid, but the other end of the product has a spoolie, perfect for shaping brows initially, and getting rid of any excess product. It is so easy to define my eyebrows in such a natural way using this brow stylist - I just love it.


Posts in relation to this blog post:
Sleek Brow Stylist review: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-hourglass-arch-brow-sculpting.html
March favourites: http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/march-favourites.html

The drugstore base collection.


Bases - where do you start? What's your holy grail?

Back 7-9 months ago the only foundation I would use was the Bourjois Healthy Mix serum gel foundation. You know when you're trying to find that holy grail foundation - well this has been mine pretty much since it's release date. I tried it and fell in love.

As to the formula of this gel foundation it is very light on the skin, something I look for in a foundation. I don't want to feel it on my skin too much, and this does just that. It provides light to medium coverage, but it is buildable if you want. It instantly revives the complexion, and boosts radiance leaving a slighly dewy, glowy finish. The other thing is the foundation lasts, something I think can be hard to find in the drugstore foundation ranges. This, alongside the light radiance-boosting coverage is what sold it, and has had me using it constantly for the last two years.

Then back just before Christmas I read a few reviews in a row comparing the L'oreal True Match foundation to the famous Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I have been wanting to buy the Nars foundation for some time, (it is currently on my beauty products to purchase list), so this foundation naturally had to be purchased. The foundation claims to blend in and match the skin tone and texture easily, and is said to leave a semi-matte finish with a slight glow. I have to admit at first I wasn't impressed and left the product to the side, but I have been using it a lot more recently. I really like the finish, and would say it lasts 6-8 hours before needing a slight powder touch up. The coverage is again light-medium.

The next base is a bit of a random one. I never planned on purchasing but I am so glad I did. It is the Rimmel London 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup BB cream. It is an oil free formula that claims to perfect your skin in 9 different ways including evening skin tone, minimising the appearance of pores and providing all day coverage. This was my first venture into the world of BB and CC creams and I really wasn't expecting much. However, I was actually surprised and found that this beauty balm does actually live up to most of its claims leaving my skin looking lovely and smooth. The only negative I have to say is that I find I need to use a primer alongside this in order for the product to last longer than a few hours. The coverage is again light to medium, but does conceal any blemishes pretty well. It also has an SPF, so would be perfect for everyday Spring/Summer wear.

Lastly is my most recent favourite that I have worn so much since purchasing. It is of course the Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream. I keep mentioning this one, and have written a full review so won't say too much and will link my review below. But, if you haven't heard of this CC cream already it is a colour correcting base that uses 3 pigments to help fight against fatigue, redness and dark spots. The product is again light to medium coverage, but saying this it conceals any redness and blemishes extremely well - sometimes leaving me with no need for concealer. The finish of the product is a gorgeous luminous complexion with a slight glow. It also contains the SPF, and I can see this being a constant favourite of mine throughout the Spring/Summer months.

So, what are your favourite drugstore foundations? Are they any you think I should try?


Posts in relation to this blog post:
http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/bourjois-123-perfect-cc-cream-re-review.html

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NOTW #2


This week's nail choice had to be the shade Lychee from the Barry M Hi-Shine gelly collection. The shade is a light beige. It is very easy to wear, and would match with pretty much anything. I also think it is a nice light shade perfect for the Spring season - though I'm definitely going to have to get my hands on a white nail polish shortly.

The Hi-Shine gelly collection present a you-guessed-it very shiny finish. They shine in the light and are generally very pretty to wear. As to lasting time, I would say they easily last 4-5 days when applied with a base and top coat, before any signs of chipping.

If you haven't checked out the Barry M Hi-Shine gelly collection I definitely suggest you give them a go, they have a great choice of bright Spring/Summer colours in the collection too.

LookFantastic Haul

LookFantastic is a great beauty online store that I think I'm addicted to. It not only consists of a wide selection of brands, but it also constantly has offers on that are oh, so tempting. I purchased all of this haul on a 20% off offer. This has ended, but they do have a new offer on currently; if you spend £55 you get a free New CID cosmetics goodies selection worth £32.50. They also have 12% off your order when you enter APRIL12.


As you can see I went a little bit crazy, from what was supposed to be a one item purchase but I'm quite happy and excited to get using everything I purchased. Be warned, I think it's going to be a hefty post but I hope you like it.

First up is Caudalie products. I have wanted to try their products for a fair while now, particularly the Caudalie Divine Legs. It is a tinted body lotion rather than a fake tan. I am pretty certain I'm a allergic to the DHA's in fake tan so this sounds amazing to me. The idea is the solution moisturises your legs whilst lightly tinting them with a luminous, golden glow. It is a natural alternative that "instantly tans legs" It is also said that it "blends perfectly with all skin tones and dries in an instant." I was originally going to buy the full size bottle but then saw this smaller size in a gift set, and thought it was the perfect chance to try the product before splurging on the full size. I can't wait to try it.

This leads me onto my next product from Caudalie; the Divine Oil. Another product I have heard being raved about literally a hundred times. This came alongside the Divine Legs, at the total cost of only £17.50 (before discount). The Divine Oil is a multi-purpose oil that can be used on the body, face and even on the ends of the hair. Being that it is actually starting to warm up I am finding I prefer to use an oil on my body on an everyday basis, over a solid moisturiser. I love the ease of being able to spray the product, and the fact they also sink in so quickly. I also always think oils feel a tad more luxurious on the skin so it's a nice change.

Lastly is the famous Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I had never actually heard of this or understood why anyone would want this until I got in to reading blogs on a regular basis. I have heard so much about it, and it seems like a constant favourite amongst beauty lovers so of course it had to make the basket. I won't go too much into detail as I am sure you already know the product. But for those of you who don't know, it is basically a blend of tonic and serum. You spray this over your face to help infuse the skin with radiance, reduce pore size and smooth your complexion. I can see it being a great pick me up during the Spring/Summer months. I can also say that it doesn't smudge makeup, just helps it set whilst brightening the skin. I had read this was the case, but I couldn't quite believe it til I tried it myself yesterday morning.


Next to make the basket was a couple of items from Real Techniques. First up is the Real Techniques Core Collection Kit. I have a couple of their brushes already and was immediately impressed with the quality, but somehow this collection never got purchased. In particular I had wanted the Buffing brush for some time. I wasn't really sure on the other brushes as I didn't really need them (yes, I really just said that), so think this could be why the purchase never happened. Why can't they be brought individually? However, LookFantastic had an amazing offer on of 15% off the collection, of which I got 20% off on top of that so I couldn't really say no, and in the basket the collection went. The core collection kit consists of four brushes for the face; a contour brush, a pointed foundation brush, a detailer brush, and of course the buffing brush. I can't wait to start using them, and I'm sure I will find uses for all the brushes. I am a beauty addict after all.

In case you were interested in the 15% off Real Techniques, I have just checked and sadly it's not on anymore. I'm sorry, but I couldn't not mention. It does show what I mean with how good LookFantastic are with regards to offers though.

On to my next purchase, this had to be the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I stopped using sponges to blend in my base/concealer a long time ago, but this intrigued me. It is said the sponge will "allow you apply liquid and cream foundations flawlessly, giving your skin a poreless, airbrushed appearance." What girl doesn't want a flawless natural looking complexion? I can't wait to try this.


Oooh, the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. Another product I have wanted to try for a very long time. The 20% off code didn't work on this but I still couldn't resist. I am really enjoying the light bases at the moment, and thought it was about time I dived in to see what all the fuss is about the Nars tinted moisturiser. I love the fact it is not only light, but it has SPF in it, perfect for the Spring/Summer months. I also love to use illuminating products and moisturisers in general as I love the radiance it adds to my skin, so as soon as I saw the word 'radiant' within the title I couldn't resist. It has an oil-free formula, and said to provide a "smoother, brighter, natural glow". I am so excited to get trying this, and will be posting a full review shortly.


Lastly, the final product to make my basket was the Nuxe Reve de Miel lip moisturising stick. I have been really excited to try this little product - any that aims to help with dry lips is definitely worth a try in my book. I was originally going to go for the balm but decided I would try the stick to start with purely for practicality on the go. This little lip moisturising stick still has the same light honey scent, so hopefully it works just as well as the balm. It is even shaped like a lip stick, a touch I really quite liked. As to the product itself, it is said to "protect and soothe dry or chapped lips" and also that the stick will help "restore suppleness". I can't wait to see if this famous product really does live up to its name.

Well that's the end of my haul, what do you think of the products I purchased? Is there any you would like to see a full review on?

Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner review


Boots Botanics is a range of products created using all natural ingredients. Each product is created using steps to reduce the impact on the planet in every step in the products journey. The All Bright range is one of five within the Boots Botanics skincare product ranges. The range has been created to help brighten the skin, with the natural ingredient of hibiscus flower, which contains natural acids known to help with brightening the skin.

The product I am reviewing from the All Bright range is the Boots Botanics Cleansing toner. The product states "this revitalising toner helps visibly tighten pores and instantly brighten skin. Skin is left feeling fresher and prepared for moisturising." This sounds like a typical toner but it then goes on: "Natural AHA's from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter." From what I can gather AHA's help speed up cell reproduction, which is what creates the smoother and brighter skin.

I brought this to replace my beloved Garnier toner, but as mentioned in a previous post the toner's formula has sadly been changed. On immediate application my skin did feel toned, and instantly fresh, but nothing different to other toners I have tried.

This was until a few days of using the product. This is when I started to notice the differences; my skin started to appear brighter and more awake, immediately after use.

Then, a couple of weeks ago I had an eczema flare up in reaction to self-tan (:(), this included eczema on my face, mainly my forehead. This was when the product was really put to test, and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. Within a few days of use, the eczema started to soften on my skin, enabling easier makeup application, and then it literally completely disappeared. This to me showed results of the AHA working, when I actually needed to them to.

So, what do I think? I am glad I had a chance to try this toner. I love the way it has helped keep my skin looking nice and bright. This is particularly nice for those mornings you really don't want to get up. As you can see, I have already purchased back-ups which I rarely do. If you're looking for a new toner I definitely suggest you give this one a look in, the mild exfoliation really does work. Just remember to use sunscreen or a product with sun protection in it, alongside this, as AHA's do increase the skin's sensitivity to sun.

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow, they'll be a post sharing my latest haul - have a nice day.

Zoeva brushes review

So I needed a couple of eye brushes and the Zoeva brushes caught my eye. I have read a fair few reviews on these brushes recently, and didn't want to spend too much. These seemed like the perfect in-between brushes, and cost me a mere £18.40 for the three brushes I purchased. I went for the 142 concealer buffer brush, 227 soft definer brush and the 316 classic liner brush.


316 Classic Liner Definer - I brought this brush to replace my eyeliner brush, that somehow magically disappeared. As I'm sure you can guess by the name of this brush, this brush is created to use with eyeliner. On first application I was beyond impressed. I used it with my MAC gel eyeliner, and it was literally so easy to draw a line along my eyelids. The line was lovely and close to my eyelashes, and looked great on first go. I can see myself loving this brush even more than my old MUA eyeliner brush.

142 Concealer Buffer Brush - I usually use my MAC small stippling brush to blend in my concealer before adding any eyeshadow, but was finding I needed a smaller brush to use alongside to cover any eyeshadow/mascara fallout, and for touch-ups. I chose this over a basic brush as I liked the sound of a buffing brush. Similarly to a face buffing brush this concealer brush blends in any concealer with ease creating a flawless finish. So far I am really enjoying this brush.

227 Soft Definer Brush - This one I brought to replace my old blending brush which I have had for a good few years now, and I wanted to replace. I had heard this was a dupe for MAC's 217 eye brush and at only £5.95 I went for it. I am again impressed by the brush; it is easy to use, and works very well at blending out any harsh lines. I have also been using it to help blend a darker smokey eye upwards.

So, what do I think? Having used a variety of makeup brushes, including some MAC ones I am very impressed. I would say the quality is just as good, and the Zoeva brushes are available at the fraction of the price. These three brushes ranged from £5.50 to £6.95 in price. If you're looking for some new brushes I would definitely check the Zoeva brushes out over at Love Makeup. Even the delivery was very impressive, with me ordering one evening, the products posted the following day and recieved the following day after that!

An Easter Lush visit

Seeing as it's Easter Monday today I thought I would make my post a little bit Easter themed. I headed to Lush in Southampton the other week to have a little look at their Easter goodies. I had in my mind to pick up one Easter goodie, and a bubble bar.

The Easter goodie I went for was the Golden Egg, a bath bomb and bubble bar hybrid. This caught my eye due to the glittery-ness, who can say no to a bit of glitter? It also smells gorgeous, kind of a mix of honey and toffee. It's said that the egg will fall to the bath before rising and bursting like a normal bath bomb would, with the extra addition of creating bubbles in it's path. I cannot wait to try this little special edition Easter product.

In addition to this egg they had a few other Easter Lush goodies. This included a Immaculate Eggception Pink Egg bath bomb, a Bunch of Carrots bubble bar and even a Carrot soap. If any of these Easter goodies sound like the perfect treat for you head down to your local Lush, or have a look online - they are still currently available to buy online.


I couldn't leave Lush without purchasing one of their bubble bars. Each of their bubble bars are designed to last for a few baths (dependent on size), with a chunk being broken off for each bath. You then run this chunk under a tap and watch the bubbles form. Oh, and they also provide you with coloured bath water.

The bubble bars have to be one of my favourite products from Lush. They instantly provide bubbles, whilst also scenting the entire bathroom, even leaving a lovely aroma after you get out.

I usually go for the Comforter, a pink bubble bar with a blackcurrant and bergamot scent, but thought I would opt for something a little bit different this time. I decided to go for the Brightside bubble bar. This one is citrus fragranced and leaves the bath a lovely bright orange colour. I thought this would be the perfect uplifting bubble bar for the Spring/Summer months.

Will you heading to Lush to make a purchase this Easter?

Liebster Award :O

Okay, I had never heard of this previously but love the idea of it. It helps give newer blogs you both enjoy reading and believe deserve to be noticed some recognition. They have to have 200 or less followers. I got nominated by the lovely Steph over at UrbanTherapy1 (http://urbantherapy1.blogspot.co.uk/). You basically share 11 facts about yourself, get 11 questions given to you to answer, then you have to nominate another 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and ask them 11 questions. You should definitely check out the followers I have nominated, but without further ado here's my eleven facts.

Facts
1) I can drive but my car thinks it's Herbie and switches its lights on by itself sometimes.
2) I have a degree in Journalism.
3) I can get upside down on a pole.
4) Everyone tells me I'm short, but I can't be that short, I'm about 5ft4/5ft5.
5) I have three piercings on the top of one of my ears.
6) My birthday is on St Patrick's day.
7) My favourite colour is purple.
8) I went to the last ever S Club concert show, and saw the first ever performance of Say Goodbye.
9) I met Mark Speight from SMart on holiday years ago, and have a picture on a flip camera phone (if it still works).
10) My first flight was to New York.
11) I travelled to Spain by coach (yes, really) which took 24 hours when I was 12.
 
Questions
1) Who is your style icon? I wouldn't say I have a style icon in particular, there's a lot of people whose styles I am inspired by. What I will say is I like people who are unique, and not afraid to be different in what they wear.
2) If you could only use 3 make-up products for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I think it would have to be foundation, mascara and lipstick simply because I like to have some kind of light base on as it helps enhance my skin, mascara as it really opens up my eyes, and lipstick as I'm addicted and it's a quick easy way to add a bit of colour to any look.
3) What are your handbag essentials? Lip balm of some kind, powder, purse, EDT/spray, lipstick, mini mirror, clips/bobble and now Spring has hit hayfever tablets have made their way back in.
4) What is your summer nail colour? Ahh, this is a tricky one - so much choice. I like to change my nails on a regular basis but I can see orange being a regularity this summer.
5) What is your favourite fashion era? Hmm, not really thought about it but I think I'd have to say the 80's down to the uniqueness of the era.
6) Who is your favourite celebrity? A couple of choices here for me, on the female side I think it would have to be Fearne Cotton. I love her uniqueness, and when I was younger I always wanted to be a presenter (still would love that job) and she was the one who stood out to me. Male wise I think it would have to be Russel Howard; I find him hilarious and love the variety in his comedy, oh and he looks pretty good too haha.
7) Who is your celebrity crush? Ummm, I think I'd have to say Chace Crawford. He is not only gorgeous, but was in one of my favourite TV shows and rocks the rugged look amazingly.
8) Who is your favourite blogger? At the moment I think it would have to be Estee from Essie Button.
9) Why did you start your blog? I have been reading blogs on a regular basis for a fair while now, and love beauty so thought creating a blog would be the perfect way to start sharing my thoughts with others on a wider scale. I also studied Journalism at university, so this probably had a slight impact as well.
10) If you could give any advice to someone wanting to start a blog, what would it be? Start it start it start it. Yes there's a lot of bloggers out there, but everyone has their own style and something different to share. Keep writing, make sure you're enjoying it and you will find you niche.
11) Sum yourself up in three words. Bubbly, fun, shoes-obesessed.

Nominations, you should definitely check these guys blogs out.
1) Becky from bckysklly
2) Rebecca from Lipstick Commitment
3) Sophie from Your Girl is Lovely
4) Claire from Shining Like Silver
5) Carly from Cee Jay Ell
6) Cass from Cassandra Myee
7) Carolina from Pretty and Messy
8) Kirsty from Cosmetics Beauty Rainbow
9) Xana from Wake Up Fashion
10) Alice from Alice in a Looking Glass
11) BTQ from The BTQ Blog

My questions to you guys
1) What made you start your blog?
2) How would you describe yourself in three words?
3) What's your can't live without makeup product?
4) What's your can't live without beauty product (anything bar makeup)?
5) What's your summer lip colour?
6) What's your favourite type of blush, cream or powder?
7) Whose your top 3 bloggers?
8) What's your favourite makeup brand?
9) What's your favourite animal?
10) What's your favourite thing to do besides blogging?
11) Lastly, what's your favourite TV show?

So, once again thanks for my award. It's nice to know people are actually reading my blog, and good luck to my nominees.


NOTW - Nails of the Week #1


As I love my nail polishes, and seem to change them on a weekly basis I thought I'd start doing a weekly nails of the week blog post to show you what I'm wearing.

This weeks choice is a Barry M choice in 295: Pure Turquoise. I wanted a light blue colour, but without purchasing. This meant searching through my massive stash of polishes. I came across this colour and thought it looked like the perfect colour.

Unfortunately it was a lot darker than I wanted. Weirdly, the colour looks light blue with my camera, but it is more of a turquoise colour. Still, a lovely summery colour that I can see being perfect throughout the Spring/Summer seasons.

Another point, this polish must have been one of my first nail purchases back a good 9-10 years ago from shopping with friends, so I didn't know what to expect being this old. Amazingly the polish was still okay, it hadn't dried out or anything so Barry M polishes definitely last well.

But, as you can see my nails are already starting to chip, and this was only a day after wear. I would have liked at least a few days, but one thing I do know is my more recent Barry M polishes do last a good 4-5 days before chipping. There formulas must have improved, so don't let this put you off Barry M polish purchases.

What are you currently wearing on your nails?

Nars Narsissist Cheek Palette - the naughty purchase.

I've wanted to try some Nars products for a while, namely their blushes and radiant concealer. I still haven't managed to get ahold of the concealer in my colour (Vanilla - I would be the shade that always sells out), but I did spot this product on the Nars website the other week, and thought it would be the perfect chance to try a few of Nars' products. I had seen it a little while back, but hadn't managed to get ahold of it until recently.


On to the product itself, the Nars Narsissist Cheek Palette, is one palette containing all the shades needed to perfect your cheeks. It includes the famous Orgasm blush shade,  also famous Laguna bronzer shade, and a special edition: Devotee highlighting shade. As a nice little additional extra they have also popped in a little travel blush brush. Just a quick extra note, this is a limited edition palette.


The first cheek colour you see in the palette is the special edition Devotee highlighting colour. As to the colour itself it is a perfect peachy-pink colour with a light shimmer to the shade. I have been using this alongside the other two colours on the tops of my cheeks, middle of my nose, just below my eyebrows and on my cupids bow. The shimmer in the product adds to the highlighting qualities by just adding that little glow to my face, without being too overpowering or obvious.

Next up is the blush shade - this was the product I was most excited about, I have heard so much about Nars blush powders and wanted to try one for a while. The one included is the Orgasm blush powder I am sure you have all heard of. Colour-wise it's a pink shade with gold flecks of sparkle/shimmer. I actually was surprised by this product, I was expecting the shade to appear far far brighter on my cheeks, but actually it is a gorgeous pink shade that shows off the centre of your cheeks.

Lastly is the bronzer shade, Laguna, another product I had heard so much about. The shade of this is a light chocolate brown colour with a slight bit of shimmer. But don't be scared by the shimmer, it doesn't actually show up on the face so obvious. I absolutely love this bronzer, and would have to say it's my favourite out of the three cheek products included. It is a relatively light brown colour, so perfect for my skin tone and those of you out there with a lighter skin tone as well.

(From L-R Devotee highlighter, Orgasm blush and Laguna Bronzer)
As you can see from the swatches all three products are relatively natural, and not too in-your-face.
Each cheek colour contains a generous 2.5g of product, a pretty decent size for a palette.

As to the brush that was included I was expecting not to be overly impressed by the product, but I actually have been. The brush itself is a minature version of the newly released blush brush. It is amazingly soft, but easily picks up just the right amount of product. I have been using it just for the blush at the moment, but due to its small size I can see it being a good multitasking brush when travelling.

So, what do I think? I love the idea of having everything you need to perfect and sculpt your face powder-wise in one palette. I also love the products within the palette, particularly the bronzing powder. Wear-wise I have found it to be about 6-8 hours for the blush and highlighter, with the bronzer being slightly longer. The brush is a nice litte edition as well. I am definitely impressed by my first venture into Nars products, and can't wait to get trying more.

If you're looking for an all-in-one palette this could be the one for you. Two of the powders are permanent so you don't have to worry about falling in love, and not being able to purchase again. It is currently exclusive to Space NK and sadly sold out, but it is still available over on the Nars website at £35 so head over there if this tickles your fancy.


OOTD - Outfit of the Day #2

Top - River Island, Skirt - New Look, Sandals - River Island
Top - River Island
Shoes - River Island
Yey, the sun has actually being staying out so time for the summery clothes to start appearing.

The top is from River Island priced at around £17.99, but it was from last season so it might be tricky to find unless you manage to track it down in the sale. I have seen similar about in New Look so it's worth popping there if you like this. It is quite thin in material, perfect for those summer days. I love wearing my crop tops with both high waisted and skater skirts.

The skirt is from New Look and I found it in the sale for around £7, bargain I think. It is a skater skirt and perfect for everyday wear, I have even been wearing it to work as it is black. They come in a range of colours, and if you can't snap one up in New Look's sale a simple black skater skirt is readily available from a range of clothes shops, such as Topshop. If it gets a bit chilly it also looks lovely paired with a pair of tights.

Now, my favourite part of this outfit. My shoes. I think I fell in love at first sight, and they just had to be mine. They are from River Island, and cost me £30. The shoes have a small wedege providing a bit of height, something I tend to look for in a fair few of my shoes. They are white, with a little gold buckle across the front. I like to wear them with everything, from dresses to some shorts to even jeans/leggings. I can see them being a staple in my wardrobe through the Spring and Summer seasons. 

Clinique All About Shadow palette - how to create a subtle smokey eye look?


Seeing as this has been my favourite palette since purchasing, I have started creating a variety of looks on my eyes. The one I wear the most, my favourite, has to be the the subtle smokey eye. And it all it takes to create this is four eye brushes and four simple steps that I thought I'd share with all of you guys.

No. 1: Lightly pat a basic eyeshadow brush on the second colour on your Clinique All About Shadow 8-pan palette. I like to use my Mac 227 brush, a brush slightly larger than your typical eyeshadow brush. Brush the eyeshadow colour all over the lids, and lightly up to the brow bone.

No. 2: Use either a pencil or an angular brush on shade 7. With this colour line your lid with the reddy-brown colour (black honey). This instantly opens up, and helps define my eye.

No. 3: Continue using your angular or pencil brush with shade 7, this time placing the colour in the crease of your eye. Also, shade in about a third of your lid, from the outer corner, with the eyeshadow as well. Next, pick up a blending brush and blend all the colours together.

No. 4: Go back to your basic eyeshadow brush, or use the brush end of the Clinique brush included with the palette. Grab some colour from the first eyeshadow (sugar cane), and apply this to the inner corner of your eye.

And, that's it the look is complete. You'll end up with a basic subtle eye look, that's quick and easy to create those mornings you're in a rush but want to do more than just swipe one colour across the lid.

There is an image above showing each of these stages; each number is parallel to the four steps I've just shared with you.

I hope you liked my tutorial, let me know what you think in the comments :).

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A mini Soap & Glory haul


I have loved Soap & Glory products for quite a few years now; it has definitely got to be one of, if not my favourite brand with regards to body care products. I just love love love them.

I was browsing Boots the other day as you do, and spotted they had a new range out: Orangeasm. The collection's name is catchy using a play on words, which immediately drew me in. Then I saw the words "zesty-fresh & revitalising" suggesting fruity and summer. This meant Soap & Glory purchase time.
 

First to make my basket was the Soap & Glory Orangeasm body wash. I have previously used a couple of their body washes and have loved the formulas, moisturising whilst leaving a lasting smell, so this was an obvious choice for me. A slightly different body wash from the one I usually go for, but the new Orangeasm for me to try. Ahh, excitement.

The product describes itself as containing "skin softening, moisture boosting properties" so hopefully it leaves my body just as moisturised as I'm used to. It also mentions the product contains "exclusive MSUDS technology, triple tea antioxidant complex, ginseng & pinkpepperberry." This suggests to me the this body wash not only cleans and moisturises, but it also helps get rid any excess dirt from deep within the pores. That's got to be a good thing. I can't wait to try this body wash.

Next up is the Soap & Glory super tonic fragrance, again from the new Orangeasm range. This isn't a product I expected myself to buy from Soap & Glory, but the packaging looked so nice. A simple glass bottle, with the bright orange fragrance inside. I sprayed this and instantly fell in love. The only way I can think of to describe the scent is fresh orange, kind of like an orange smell mixed in with other zesty fruit smells, such as lemon and lime. The fragrance obviously matches the body wash, so will be great to use after showering to layer the fragrance up. I can see it being a perfect fragrance for hot summer days, and holidays

There happens to be a three for two across all Soap & Glory body products going on currently meaning I of course had to choose a third product. I could have chosen the final product from the Orangeasm range, a body butter but seen as I already have a massive collection of moisturisers to use I decided to choose something else.


The product I chose was Soap & Glory whipped clean shower butter. I normally go for Clean Girls body wash, and this product is from the same group so was a perfect alternative. I went for this over the body wash as I was intrigued by the formula, since when can you get a body butter in a shower formula? This shower butter contains over 25% moisture oils and butters. This sounded amazing to me, especially since my skin reacted the other week, and is therefore quite dry at the moment.

As to the product itself I have already tried it, and I only purchased it today. On first thoughts the first thing I noticed was how much thicker the shower butter was in comparison to a body wash or shower gel. But don't let this put you off, the product easily lathers up and works perfectly well. You can instantly feel the moisture from the product moisturising your body as well as cleaning. On getting out the shower I was amazed at how smooth and moisturised my skin was, before even applying an actual moisturiser. I can see myself loving this product as a lush weekly treat.

So if you like or love Soap & Glory products like I do then head down and give the Orangeasm products a good whiff. As far as I'm concerned they are a brilliant new addition, and as I said perfect for the summer. If you haven't tried their shower butter yet either give it a go, whether you suffer from dry skin or not I definitely think it's worth a try. It has impressed me beyond expectations, and that's only from one use.

Clinique All About Shadow 8-pan palette review


Clinique All About Shadow 8-pan palette is a neutral eyeshadow palette consisting of eight shades. It is part of the 16 Shades of Beige Collection which also includes seven limited edition nail polishes. I believe the eyeshadow palette is also limited edition.

Each shade in this palette is well pigmented, especially the darker ones. I will be providing swatches at the bottom of my review; the lighter ones haven't shown up so well sadly due to them being similar to my skintone but don't let this put you off as they do show well in the lids. Each eyeshadow is also a lovely creamy texture so a dream to apply to the eyelids, and also blend together.



As to the shades of eyeshadow themselves, they are both extremely versatile and wearable. A day look can easily be created, but this can also easily be transformed into an evening look.

The first shade in the palette is Sugar Cane; a lovely white colour with a light shimmer within. I love using this in the corner of my eyes to help brighten up any look.

The second shade is from the Diamonds and Pearls duo and is the light shade within that duo palette. I'd describe this colour as a light beige shimmer with a slight yellow colour added in. This colour is perfect as a base eyeshadow colour, but also as a highlighting colour.

The third shade is from the Neutral Territory duo and is again the light shade within that palette. This is a beige colour again with a slight shimmer, and leaves an almost satin finish. The shade is perfect as an alternate choice of base colour.

The forth shade is from the Day into Date duo, and is also the light shade within that palette. I'd say this is a mix between a dark beige and a light red colour, perfect for adding depth to the lid. It's a lush colour to line the lid, and underneath the bottom lashes.


The fifth shade is from the Polar Blue quad, and is the brown shade from this quad. I'd describe the colour as a light brown shade with a bit of added shimmer. I've used it as a base colour, and as a contouring colour on the lid.

The sixth shade is Hazy, a darker brown of the sixth shade in the palette. It has an eeny bit of shimmer in it, and is perfect for contouring, especially along the crease.

The seventh shade is Black Honey, and my absolute favourite out of the entire bunch. It is a dark reddy-brown colour, I know I'm amazing at describing colours. It also has a light shimmer to it. I find it really brightens my eye up, and love to use it for contouring. I generally apply it to the crease, to line the bottom of the lid, and also in the outer corner.

The eight shade is from the Morning Java Quad, and is the dark brown shade. This shade is a brown-black shade, kind-of half way between the two. Like all the other shades in this palette it has a light shimmer to it. This is the one eyeshadow I have had the least use out of it, but that's mainly because its so dark and I am very pale toned. I can see it being another perfect colour for contouring, and me using it as an eyeliner to complete a look.


The All About Shadow 8-pan palette also comes with a handy little Clinique brush. Normally I dislike the brushes included within palettes but half of this one is actually really good. I wouldn't really use a sponge applicator on my eyelids, but I have been loving the eyeshadow brush. It is perfect to cover the lid, and highlight the corner of my eyes. So all in all, it's not a bad addition.

The packaging of the palette is like a large mirror so it does get handprints all over it very easily. However, it looks nice, and very upmarket. It's nice and sturdy, and the inside mirror is a great size, even still clean enough to actually use, and this little palette has been everywhere with me.

So, what do I think? I absolutely love this palette from Clinique. Yes it is another neutral palette, and there are so many around but this one is definitely worth it. The formula is amazing with little fallout. You can easily create a subtle daytime look, but also a more out-there evening look, such as a smokey eye. The colours are far less glittery than those in the Naked series, they aren't matte but I definitely think they would work for a range of ages. So, if you're looking for a new neutral palette, I definitely suggest you swatch this one for yourself as it could be the one for you.


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Audacious review

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm, a much raved about product on its launch. I would describe it as a lipstick that is shaped like a pencil but doesn't need sharpening, you twist it up. I won't go into too much detail as I'm sure you have all heard of the product I'm talking about.

The colour I purchased is Audacious. The best way I would describe this colour is burnt orange. It has tinges of red within but is generally a bright orange colour, perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons. 

So, what do I think? I love the colour and the formula. It applies easily and smoothly, without attaching itself to any dry patches. This impressed me as sometimes matte products do tend to cling to the dry patches. I like to use the product with Mac's Prep & Prime lip to prolong the stay power, but have used the product without and it applies the same way: easily and smoothly.

As to the staying power, I find the product is pretty amazing for a lip product. It lasts 5-6 hours easily before needing a touch up. The pointed twist up design makes it easy to touch up without a mirror as well, yet another positive.

I'm definitely glad I gave in and made the purchase. If you're looking for a lip crayon the Revlon Colorburst collection are definitely worth considering. I know I'm already considering making a purchase of a couple of other colours.



Just a heads up, tomorrows post will be a review on the Clinique All About Shadow 8-pan palette. Yes, I've finally gotten around to writing it.

Youbeauty Discovery Box April 2014


For those of you who don't know Youbeauty Discovery is a beauty box subscription you receive on a monthly basis at a mere cost of just £6.95 including postage. Each month, you get to choose two products from a specific theme. Alongside this you also receive two additional items; one normally a food/drink item, and the other being some form of a beauty product.

This month the theme was Organic & Natural. I chose Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball, and the Melvita Moisture-replenishing Night Nectar. Additionally I recieved a sample of The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Cream and a 9bar Fruit (a mixed seed energy bar).


This is the product I was most excited about, the Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball. The product claims to effectively reduce puffiness, tired eyes and dark circles. This instantly sold me on choosing this item, particularly the dark eyes part. Not only that, the formulation includes 20 essential mineral oils. It is also free from parabens, SLS, artificial colours, fragrances and harsh preservatives... so perfect for sensitive skin. I can't comment on its effectiveness as I have only used the product a couple of days, but what I can say the product is lovely to apply and has an instant soothing effect on the under-eye area. I can't wait to see if it shows the results it claims.

A closing quote from Dr O himself; "this highly targeted bioactive formulation is clearly mother natures personal attack on tired eyes." What more could a girl want?


Next up is the Melvita Moisture-replenishing Night Nectar. I chose this as I still haven't quite found my perfect night cream so thought another sample couldn't hurt. This little tube of night cream is described as a "velvety formula" which "bathes the skin in beneficial moisture all night long." The cream itself has a light floral smell to it. It is relatively light, actually a lot lighter than you would normally expect from a night cream, but sinks in quickly. However, once applied it does feel thicker enough to be a night cream.

 
As I mentioned above one of my additional products was a sample of The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Face Cream. I haven't used this sample yet but the product sounds like it could be a winner. It is formulated to both protect and rejuvenate all skin types. In short it is "an instantly absorbed face cream packed with our (The Organic Pharmacy) wrinkle fighting herbs and vitamins including Vitamins C and E." Now I'm not really looking for products aimed at wrinkles just yet, but a product claiming to awaken the skin and filled with vitamins is always worth a go.

So, another brilliant beauty box from Youbeauty Discovery. As to the product costs, the Dr Organic Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball is full size and worth £8.99, instantly more than the £6.95 cost. The Melvita Moisture-replenishing Night Nectar is a 15ml sample, and works out at being £10.50 worth of product. If you're looking for a beauty box to try this is definitely one I suggest trying. I love the fact you get a choice of products each month.

What's in my weekend makeup bag?

So seen as I told you all about the new makeup bag I brought, I thought I'd share with you what is actually regularly in it.


First off I'm going to start off with base products. I've been using the Bourjois 123 perfect CC cream on an every day basis so this was an obvious choice. Next up is my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer; a great light-weight concealer that's great at getting rid of those pesky black eyes, followed by the Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment concealer to help brighten the area. I also always like to have my trusty Seventeen Phwoarr Paint concealer on me as well. I know this is a third concealer, but its slightly heavier coverage so its perfect for any sudden spot emergencies. As to my final base product this would have to be The Body Shop's All in One Face base. I love the handy container it comes in, and use it to set my CC cream on the forehead, chin and nose areas. Another base product that I forgot to photograph before I realised and my camera went bananas, is the amazing Bourjois Paris Java rice - the product I use to help set my under-eye concealer.


Next up is eye products, I'll start off with the eyebrows. My current go-to has to be Sleek Makeup's Brow Stylist so this made my weekend makeup bag. To go alongside this I can't forget my ASDA clear mascara. I brought this as I didn't see the point in buying a specific brow gel so thought for the price this couldn't hurt. Turns out, it does the job amazingly well and keeps my brows set for the whole day. As to eyeshadows the palette that made the cut was the Clinique All About Shadow 8-pan palette, and for the lashes it's always the YSL Babydoll mascara currently.


As to cheeks I popped my current two most used blushes, both weirdly of a similar coral shade. One's Bourjois Paris' cream blush, and the other is The Body Shop All in One cheek colour (a powder blush). For highlighting in went my MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter, the perfect budget light pink highlighter. And for contouring it had to be my Bourjois Paris' bronzing powder.


Last up is lips, here for a change the choices were easy for me. My newly purchased Revlon Colorstay matte balm in Audacious had to be in the bag, a lovely orange colour that is so needed for this Spring season. I also added my Revlon lip butter in shade Peach Parfait as a less intense alternate.

What would make your weekend/travel makeup bag?

Previous Reviews:
Bourjois Paris 123 perfect CC cream http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/bourjois-123-perfect-cc-cream-re-review.html 
Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-hourglass-arch-brow-sculpting.html

The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil dupe... Meet Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist

This purchase came from me wanting the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil but not willing to pay the £26 it costs without seeing it in person. I have purchased so many brow products over the last 6-9 months that £26 is a lot. That's when I came across one of Sleek Makeup's latest release: the Brow Stylist, and this product only costs £5.99, bargain.


What is it? The best way I can describe it is half way between a powder and wax, basically the best of both worlds in one product. The brow product you apply comes in the format of a twistable pencil, with a brow brush the opposite end. It comes in three shades, I have light 716. There are lids on each end to protect the product when not in use, a handy but expected feature.


As to the actual product, it is amazing, and so easy to use. The angled pencil means it's easy to define my eyebrows according to their natural shape. I seem to be able to do almost anything I want, from outlining to filling, with both thick and thin strokes. I already use a pencil, so didn't think I would notice any difference, but I have. The design is an innovative way to help create the perfect eyebrows.

The formula is rich and creamy, so it is very easy to work with. It isn't too harsh to work with as you can find with some pencils.

As to the brow brush this is a nice little addition. Before styling, it enables a quick and easy shape. After styling, it helps firm everything into place, but also if you happen to have made your eyebrows too dark for your liking then you can use the brush to help soften the brows as well.


As you can see, the shade I have chosen is quite light which matches my light blonde hair perfectly. It helps define my eyebrows in a nice and natural manner. To finish them off I just use a clear mascara as a brow gel to set them in place for the day.

Overall? I am currently in love with this product. I can't quite compare it to the Hourglass version, but I believe it is a susceptible dupe. A similar product, from a drugstore brand. I'm a girl who has tried a fair amount of brow products from powders to pencils to cult Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade, and this one seems to have everything I want from a brow product. I'm not going to say it's my holy grail brow product yet, I haven't used it long enough, but I definitely think it could be.

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