Boots and Superdrug Haul.

 
 So after behaving all month and not really purchasing anything I randomly received an extra £30, and what better way to spend it than treat myself... or that's what I'm telling myself anyway.
 
 
First up I decided I would make the most of the Soap & Glory 342 offer going on. I picked up two of my all time favourites; the Clean, Girls Body Wash and Flake Away. 
 
I love the scent of this particular body wash, I think it has to be my favourite from Soap & Glory - it is scented with their famous Mist You Madly's. I also find this particular body wash leaves my skin fairly moisturised after showering, before I've even applied any moisturiser. As to Flake Away this is a body scrub that is just so effective at getting rid of any dead skin cells, and is always a savior if my eczema decides to play up. It is a salt-based scrub, and the one I always go back to.
 
The last Soap & Glory product I picked up was their The Daily Soothe Bath Float in the same scent as the body wash. I have never used this before, but I can see this being a favourite quite quickly.
 
 
 Next on my little haul I decided to pick up the MUA Hall of Fame eyeshadow palette. Weirdly I have never purchased one of MUA's palettes, so I thought it was about time when I spotted this one. It includes 12 of the most popular shades featured across all of MUA's palettes. I love the look of the shades and can't wait to get trying them, especially Rose Ash, the first shade in the top row.
 
I also decided to pick up a couple of Collection's eyeshadow pencils after wanting a pinky coloured eyeshadow pencil for a while now, and seeing them featured by quite a few bloggers. From simply swatching these I have already discovered how long lasting they are. They didn't seem to disappear, and stayed on my hand for a good 7-8 hours before I removed them with makeup remover. I picked up the shades Vintage Blush and Hot Chocolate.
 
 
 
Okay, this is a naughty one... I have been trying to work my way through some of my current bases before I was allowed to purchase another foundation. Oops, however to be fair I have used up one and I had a £2 off voucher with my Boots card. 
 
This is the Max Factor Skin Luminizer foundation - I picked this up due to the word "luminizer." I'm always looking for products that brighten up my face so this sounds perfect. I love the swirly design, and remember loving a Max Foundation years a go. I can't wait to give it ago.
 
Next up are my final two products; two I don't know about you but I feel like I have been waiting forever for them to hit the UK: the Maybelline Color Elixir's. They are described as being non-sticky lipglosses with a stronger colour than you're average lipgloss. I believe they are also supposed to be longer lasting. I found them on 2 for £10 in Superdrug so of course I picked up two. The colours I went for are Petal Blush and Blush Essence. So far, I am really enjoying them but I am sure I will be writing a review shortly.
 
From L-R: Collection eyeshadow pencil in Hot Chocolate, Collection eyeshadow pencil in Vintage Blush, Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Blush and Maybelline Color Elixir in Blush Essence
 
So this is my haul of the month, what do you think? Have you tried any of these products I've picked up?
 
 
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Bleach London hair crayon review.

 
Bleach London's hair crayon is a form of hair chalk designed to add a bit of colour to the hair in one quick easy step. The colour is semi-permanent, and one which washes out. All you have to do is simply colour your hair in!
I found the process so easy to do, even if it's not perfectly straight it isn't really noticeable. I loved how easy this was to apply, but I did find I needed to sharpen the pencil a fair few times to cover the amount of hair I wanted.
As to the colour I purchased the shade 'bruised violet' and found it to be a vibrant fuschia-purple. When it is first applied the colour is intense, and sets instantly. I didn't happen to have hairspray on me at the time but the colour stuck to my hair with ease. It also didn't stain any of my clothes or bed sheets, so defintely a winner there.
The picture below shows my initial result from using the hair crayon; please excuse the photography (I didn't have my camera to hand, so used my iPhone front camera for this one).
As to lasting time, the colour doesn't fade until you wash your hair. After one wash I found the colour to stay but fade into a pale pinky colour. I actually quite liked the effect it left. After washing a second time, the colour was completely gone leaving me with my natural hair colour.
So, what do I think? I love how quick and easy these Bleach London hair crayons are to use, but wasn't so impressed with how quick the pencil weared down and needed sharpening again. I would definitely consider picking up a few more colours though, they are only £4.00 after all.
Have you tried any hair chalks before? How did you find them?
 
 
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Bank holiday happenings.

Cheesy garlic bread.
The best spaghetti meatballs I've ever tasted.
Turtle Bay cocktails, Southampton.
The two beauty purchases.
  Seen as a lot of change is happening in my life currently, I have decided to start adding a few more lifestyle posts, rather than the random one every now and then. Rest ashore, it is still going to remain mainly a beauty blog, just with a bit extra on occasion.
 
These photos are from my bank holiday weekend and I just had to share the amazing restaurant we visited in celebration of my new job.
 
La Tavernetta is an Italian restaurant, and my god was the food amazing. This was our first visit so we didn't know what to expect. I went for a cheesy garlic bread, but how amazing does it look for simply garlic bread? We also weirdly went for the same main meal; Spaghetti and Meatballs. It was lush, and massive ... if you're ever in Southampton it is definitely worth checking out.
 
After we headed to Turtle Bay for their 241 cocktails. I had two Passion Rum Punchs, and my boyfriend had two Beachcomber Zombies (which contains Absinthe).
 
I also needed a new toner so picked up the M&S instant radiance skin tonic after reading an amazing review. Spontaneously I picked up one of Bleach London's hair crayons in the shade Bruised Violet. I'll be reviewing the crayon for you all on Thursday.
 
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend? What do you think of hair chalk/crayons?
 
 
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My top five must-have brushes.


Every day I reach into my brush collection when I'm applying makeup, but there are some brushes I just couldn't live without. Today I am going to tell you about my five must-have brushes.
 
 
First up is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. A cult favourite, but one that is definitely worth it's status. This is the brush that persuaded me to start using a brush to apply my foundation again. It makes foundation so easy to apply. It blends it in seamlessly leaving a perfect flawless finish.
Next is another from the Real Techniques brand, it's the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This is a brush I wasn't expecting to love, and thought I was doing just fine without, but now it's one I don't think I could live without. It is the perfect size to get under them cheekbones and create that defining shadow. It also works well all over the face, and is great to blend out if anything ends up too harsh.
Another face Brush is one from NARS; I'm not sure on the exact name of it but it is a mini blusher brush. It came with my Narsissist cheek palette. This one I love due to how easily it picks up product, yet it never seems to be too much. It is soo easy to apply the right amount of colour to my cheeks with this. On the go it also works well at being a multi-purpose brush for contouring, blusher, highlighter, and even powder.
The last two brushes are eye ones; the two essentials to my eye brush collection. First up is your basic eyebrow/mascara brush. I actually purchased this one off of eBay for just under £2 as I didn't see the point in spending much more for basically a mascara wand. This one does the job perfectly. It instantly brushes out my brows into the shape I desire, and is one I use without fail every day.
Lastly is the MAC 227 large fluff brush. This is one I hadn't heard of until I spotted it on the MAC website and decided I needed to have it. It is rather large, but that makes it perfect for applying your base shadow to all over your eyelid. It makes it such a quick task, with minimum blending needed. It really does create a flawless finish. It also works great at adding a second colour by using half the brush, and blending out any eyeshadow if needed.
So, these are my top five must-have brushes... I'd love to hear what your favourites are? Do they include any of mine?
 
 
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Reverse Washing? - with a difference

 
The big debate of reverse washing? Does it really make a difference? Read on to find out my opinion on the topic.
To start with I'll describe to you my hair, it is very thin but there is lots of it. This means it knots really easily, but it also lacks volume. Lately the knotting problem has been getting worse, with new knots forming all the time, and to be honest driving me insane.
I had been using a conditioning hair mask of some kind roughly once a week, but was finding that this made a difference initially, but not on the long term. I have been hearing of reverse washing, using a conditioner before your shampoo, more and more regularly. I decided I would try this but in a slightly different way to the basic reverse washing. I have been using a deep conditioner every time I wash my hair instead of a basic conditioner, and wow have I noticed an improvement.
I tend to pop the hair mask on as soon as I get in the shower, wash myself then rinse it out, and follow with my shampoo. I have been doing this for two to three weeks now and the result is just amazing. My hair is not constantly knotting, but not only that it isn't getting greasy so quickly! What more could a girl want?
So, what I think? I love washing my hair backwards. I have definitely noticed a difference, and I was getting to the stage that I didn't think this was possible.
Have you tried the whole reverse washing thing? What's your opinion?
 
 
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Clinique Superprimer Colour Corrects Redness.

 
Clinique are a brand that I hadn't delved into much until this past year, and boy do they keep impressing. The latest product to catch my eyes is the Clinique Superprimer in Colour Corrects Redness.
This colour corrects redness superprimer is part of a larger superprimer range which caters for different skin concerns, from redness to dullness to discolourations, Clinique have you covered. There is even your basic universal primer within the range.
Clinique say the Superprimers are a "lightweight, oil-free primer" which "creates an ideal makeup canvas." I defintely agree with this claim. When you first squeeze the primer out you are greeted with a rather thick product, but don't let this scare you. It sinks in rather quickly and you are left with the lightweight base Clinique claim. The fact it's oil-free is something which would probably overjoy those with oilier skin types. As to the ideal canvas, I'll move on to that in a moment.
The offering of the Clinique Superprimer I went for is the yellow one, specifically designed to colour correct redness. It really does, and it does this instantly - see the picture above for the amazing proof. With all of my redness covered, this really does create the perfect base for makeup. 
So, what do I think? I love how this product does exactly what it says on the tin. I also love how it doesn't just cover up my redness for the first hour after applying, but all day. When wearing this primer I really don't notice any redness popping through.
It is definitely a product I am sure I will repurchase at some stage having completely used up this one, but for now I am loving a No 7 one.
Have you tried any of Clinique's Superprimers before?
 
 
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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Review.

 
The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, a cult product, but is it worth the hype?
 
Nars state the concealer "evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage." It contains "light-diffusing technology" and "creates a softer, smoother complexion whilst instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue." They also say "it is long-wearing and crease proof."
 
When you first open the lid of the concealer, you find your typical doe applicator - perfect for applying the concealer exactly where you want to. As to the concealer itself, the consistency is pretty thick and creamy. The creaminess of the texture makes it very easy to blend with either a makeup brush or fingers. I tend to apply two layers of concealer to my under-eyes, but one layer does immediately cover up my dark circles. One layer is also sufficient for covering any blemishes. My complexion does appear softer and smoother after using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
 
I also agree with the light-diffusing technology; when I use this concealer my under-eyes immediately look brightened. I believe this alongside the great coverage is the perfect product for concealing and brightening my dark circles. The other thing to note is, yes the concealer uses light-diffusing technology but this doesn't stop it from working perfectly on any blemishes or redness without highlighting them. This is the one concealer I am happy to use for all my concealer-needs.
 
As to the lasting power of the concealer this impressed me majorly from day one. I do find it lasts all-day without really needing a touch-up. Additionally, it doesn't crease! Not even when building up coverage.
 
 So, what do I think? I absolutely love this concealer, and if you read my empties post I have just finished it up :(. I love how easy it is to work with, it really does blend with ease. But, I think my favourite thing about this concealer is how multi-purpose it is, isn't this what we all want from a concealer? Alongside light, but good coverage?
 
If you are yet to try this product, I suggest you give it a go - it is one product that is well worth the money, and hype it gets.
 
What is your favourite concealer?
 
 
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July Empties

 
 Ahh, and as I always seem to start these posts; it's time for another empties post. I seem to have gathered quite a collection this month, but I am trying to use things up in preperation for moving out again, but more on that later. PS, be warned; this is going to be a long one.
The first empty is the Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Toner. A simple toner that does it's job; I wouldn't say it has impressed me or unimpressed me if I'm honest. The cucumber scent is nice and cooling to the skin, but quite harsh around my sensitive eyes so I probably wouldn't repurchase this.
Next up is the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Radiance Revealing Gentle Exfoliator. I definitely have enjoyed using this, and found it did seem to make my skin brighter. It was also gentle on my skin, and hasn't caused any reaction. My skin was left smooth after use, and definitely not tight. Would I repurchase? Yes I would, but I am currently enjoying the St Ives Scrub which I think I prefer. I have written a review on the St Ives one if that's something you're interested in.
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream is a moisturiser I have been using as my evening moisturiser, that I can't rave about enough. I wake up in the mornings, and my skin looks brighter, and feels lovely and soft. I have written a review on this, and mentioned it a fair bit so won't say too much, but it is a product I would definitely consider repurchasing.
 
 
 Ahh, another toner; The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner, one I wanted to love but it just didn't work with my skin. I found it too strong for my sensitive skin, similarly to the Boots Essential one, it was particularly bad around my eyes. If your skin isn't sensitive this could work for you, but would I personally repurchase? No, sadly.
The Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body Wash is another love from me. I genuinely love Soap & Glory body washes anyway so purchased this as soon as I spotted the new scent. It foams easy creating a nice lather, and does it's job whilst smelling gorgeous. The scent is a zingy orange, but it isn't too overpowering. Would I repuchase? Definitely.
The Wilkinson Citrus Instant Hand Sanitiser is a lovely hand sanitiser that cleans my hands, without leaving any residue. It is also a bargain product costing only 50p. Sadly I think it might have been discontinued as I can't seem to find it anywhere, but if I could this is another product I would repurchase.
The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Scrub is an amazing sugar based scrub. It easily gets rid of any dead skin and leaves my skin lovely and soft. It also smells amazing. Would I repurchase? If they hadn't discontinued the Sweet Lemon range then it would be a definite yes. I tracked this down in a sale if you were wondering.
A product I haven't photgraphed as I always seem to forget to keep them for this post is The Body Shop Shower Gels. Alongside the Soap & Glory Body Washes these are my favourite shower gels. I find they foam easily, smell gorgeous and leave my skin lovely and soft. I have recently gone through the Almond, Sweet Lemon, and Blueberry ones. Would I repurchase them? Yes.
 
 
Next up is the Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion. I mentioned this in my recent sample testing post, but in a sentence this is a luxurious toner that is thicker than most and gets rid of any leftover residue. I have been loving this product; would I repuchase? If I can get over the full size price then yes I would.
Aww, this one I am gutted about finishing. The Nars Radiant Concealer is a thick and creamy concealer that is multi-purpose. It works well at both concealing under-eye bags and any blemishes, and lasts all day. I absolutely love this, and think this is definitely my favourite concealer to date. Would I repurchase? Yes, of course.
The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub is another sugar based scrub from The Body Shop that is very effective at it's job. I love the texture, but the Shea is one scent that I can't seem to love, even though it's neutral. Would I repurchase? I can't decide.
The Clinique Super-primer Colour Corrects Redness is a primer I have finally used up. It helps cover any redness whilst ensuring your makeup lasts all day. It is quite an odd texture I think, but it does sink in easily and do it's job amazingly. Would I repurchase? Another yes.
Lastly is the Clairol CC Colourseal Conditioner. I actually got this with my hairdye, but it can be purchased seperately for only 99p. I am going to go as far to say this is my favourite conditioning mask I have ever used. You leave it in for a few minutes and then rinse it out. This leaves my hair so so soft, and silky. I love it. Would I repuchase? Definitely.
And that's the end of my July Empties. If you managed to get to the end of this post I am impressed haha. There were a lot of empties this month for me. What have you been using up lately?
 
 
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Piz Buin Tan Accelerating Oil Spray Review.

 
 The Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Accelerating Oil Spray, (what a moutful), was featured in my June Favourites and I have to say it is still a favourite of mine, and I think my favourite sun protector I've used so far.
The Piz Buin Tan Accelerating Oil Spray is said to "enhance natural tanning" as it contains Melitan - a peptide that has been proven to actually enhance natural tanning. Piz Buin also say it is supposed to be "fast absorbing and non-greasy."
I picked this product up after seeing the words 'tan accelerating.' I am a pale girl who struggles to get a tan, but guess what, this year I actually did get a decent tan whilst I was on holiday the end of June! And, I swear it is all down to this product.
On first use I noticed the fact the bottle was a spray bottle, so definitely quick and easy. I love this form of application, and did find the product to be relatively fast absorbing, but not instant. I'd say it takes about five minutes to sink in after application. As to being non-greasy it is greasy to apply, albeit it is an oil, but as soon as it has sunk it the greasy feeling is gone. The only thing I will say is do not put it on your face, nightmare haha.
So, what do I think? I love this product, I love how easy it is to use, and how it pretty much does what it says it will do. I even purchased the one with SPF 30, and stupidly I worried it wouldn't work. It clearly did, and also kept my skin protected. I didn't burn once on my body when using this spray. It also smells gorgeous, I can't describe it but in a nutshell it definitely smells like summer to me.
If you haven't given this a try, and struggle to get a tan I definitely recommend giving this a try. I love the product so much I even picked up the Piz Buin Ultra-light Face Fluid the other week.
What is your favourite sun protection? Have you ever used a product from the Piz Buin range?
 
 
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August Wishlist.


1. Louise Young Super Foundation Brush (LY34)
2. Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation
3. My own personal Mac palette
4.  Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm
5. NARS Matte Multiple in Altai
6. Revlon Colorstay Lip Moisture Stain
 
 I thought I would do something a little bit different for today's post; as my beauty wishlist is becoming never-ending I thought it was about time to share some of the things I'm most craving after.
 
First up is the Louise Young LY34 foundation brush - I have seen this on quite a few blogs recently. I never got on with the original basic style foundation brush, but this one has a lot more bristles, and I love how large it is. It looks as if it could be the perfect foundation brush.
 
Second is a more recent discovery. I received the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation as a mini sample with my recent Sephora order. I have been so impressed with the finish, and lasting time, and really want to purchase the full size.
 
Ahh, a Mac palette is my next wishlist item. I don't know how I have never owned one, or created one but I definitely want/need one to add to my collection. I am interested in different variations of purple shades for a palette, as this would be something completely different to add to my collection.
 
The forth item is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I love my The Body Shop Camomile one, and really want to try a different one. I have read a fair bit about this, and it seems like a great one to choose.
 
Fifth is the NARS Matte Multiple in Altai - an item I have wanted since it's release, but so far I have been good. I like the idea of being able to draw exactly where I want to contour, and seem to love every single NARS purchase I've made so far, so surely it's got to be a gooden'.
Lastly is the new Revlon Moisture Stains. Ever since these came out in America I have wanted to get my hands on one, and now they are finally here in the UK - YEY.
What's on your wishlist currently? Have you tried any of these items from mine?
 
 
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Duty Free Purchases

Swatches L-R: Chanel Rouge Coco hydrating creme lip colour in shade 17, and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in shade B12
Today's post is one I've been meaning to post for a while now; my purchases from the tempting Duty Free.

I was actually impressed with myself and how much I resisted, even though I'm sure the boyfriend disagrees haha. The first product I just had to get was the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - a foundation I have wanted to try for quite some time now. It is described by Chanel as "ultra-light skin perfecting makeup". I would actually say that is exactly what the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is. The foundation feels like just your normal skin once it's on and blended in. It does provide a light coverage, working quite well to conceal my dark circles, and it really brightens up my face. I have been really enjoying this product, and I am glad I finally decided to take the plunge. This is one product worth the hype it gets. For reference I have the shade 12 Beige Rose.

My second purchase was more of an impulse, but again from Chanel. It was one of their hydrating creme lip colours from the Rouge Coco range in shade 17 Orchidee (I think that might be the Italian colour name). I loved how moisturising these felt went swatching, and the packaging is so gorgeous I couldn't resist. As to the shade itself, it is a dark pinky-red colour if that makes sense, and definitely the colour that stood out to me. It's kind of a brighter version of my natural lip colour and really brightens up my face in an instant. Chanel say that it is a "creamy satin lipstick," and again I would say they have got it pretty much spot on. The formula is extremely creamy, and easily adheres to my lips. The finish is glossy and satin. I also was surprised by the wear-time, I have found it lasts 4-5 hours before needing a touch-up. However, if you're planning to eat the lipstick does transfer quite easily unfortunately.

So, what do I think overall? I absolutely love these products, and I am glad I ventured into Chanel makeup. I would love to try some more of their lipsticks, but as I am attempting to save this probably won't be for a while.

Have you tried any Chanel products? If you have what is your favourite product, and if you haven't what would be your first purchase if you got the chance?



July Favourites.

 
Time for another month's favourites, and this time I'm not going to leave it until half way through the month haha. These are one of my favourite posts to both create and read, so without further a-do let's get started. 
 
First up is The Body Shop Moringa Body Milk. I've actually had this for a while now, but have only just started to get into using it. I'm in love with the easiness of application, you just squirt it all over and rub it in and that's it you're bodies all moisturised. Amazing. It reminds me of the Vaseline Spray & Go's I've been meaning to try for months now. Not only is The Body Shop's Moringa Body Milk quick and easy to apply, it also applies a decent amount of moisturisation. My skin is left lovely and soft. It's definitely one to pick up if you're after a quick and easy way to moisturise - it is also available in the coconut flavour. 
 
Next up is a surprise for me, the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. When I first brought this I really wasn't sure, but I tried it on a whim the beginning of the month and I haven't stopped wearing it since. I love how light-weight it is on the skin but still provides some coverage. You can't feel it once it's applied, and it just adds a radiant glow to my skin. A definite love for me.
 
The Boots Vitamin E night cream is another surprise. I usually go for the Body Shop's version, or recently the Benefit Total Moisture Cream but saw this on offer for just over £2 and had to pick it up. Turns out it was worth it and is just as good as more expensive vitamin E options. I love how it instantly seems to make my skin look brighter, and the result in the morning is even better. I tend to apply a second layer around my eyes and nose as these are the drier areas of my skin, but it definitely does the job and I can see myself repurchasing this once I've used this one up. 
 
The Rimmel Stronger Try Harder Double Duty base coat is my next favourite of the month. I've used this for years and still love the product, which for me is saying something. I have been trying not to wear nail polish for the last couple of weeks, except this, and have already noticed results. My nails are stronger, and seem to be growing without chipping at the top of the nail. It is my second bottle, and I will be most definitely picking up a third one shortly. 
 
Ahh, the Urban Decay Naked Palette - true love in a palette. It is full of warm tones that work great with my skin-tone. I used this everyday after receiving it for Christmas last year but for some reason stopped using it. I'm so glad to have picked it up and reminded myself how good it is. I have been particularly loving the shade "Buck", a matte brown colour that looks lovely as an all over eyeshadow colour. If you still haven't tried an Urban Decay Naked palette it is definitely worth picking one up, they are well worth the money. 
 
Lastly is the Clinique High Impact Mascara. I mentioned this recently in my sample testings post and I just wish I had discovered it sooner. I am currently fighting the urge to purchase the full size (I have so many others to use up first). I love how it literally does add impact, volume and length are instantly created with this mascara. And, it doesn't clump, one thing I can't stand in a mascara. 
 
So that's the end of my favourites for this month, have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving lately? 
 
 
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