MAC Liptensity launch event with SotonBloggers.

MAC liptensity event
At the end of September you may have seen a fair bit of hype surrounding a new launch by MAC - their Liptensity Lipsticks. I went along to an event held by the lovely SotonBloggers with the West Quay Southampton store to take a look. 

I'm back // An Update // Homeware Wishlist!

As you may have noticed I have disappeared from the world of blogging over the past few months, but I'm back, hopefully regularly again. I have also re-designed my blog, but in the process seem to have lost most of the comments I had on my blog for some reason, so feel free to have a commenting spree haha.

Now for a mini update, life has just generally been crazy busy, crazy good busy, but crazy busy.

I've been on holiday to Tenerife, been to a mini Spa weekend, oh and me and the other half are actually in the process or purchasing our first flat together with a garden, and all that goes with that. 

I've also worked a lot, I work six day weeks every other week and long hours.

So today I thought I would start off with a mini homeware wishlist as I seem to constantly find 
myself looking up all kinds of homeware wonders.

home wishlist 2016

My first Charlotte Tilbury purchase.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick review
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick Bitch Perfect
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

Last month we headed to London, and I visited the Charlotte Tilbury store for the first time (how pretty is the store?). After lusting after all of her products for the longest time I decided it was the day to make my first purchase from Charlotte Tilbury. The product I decided to pick up was one of her lipsticks from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. range in the shade Bitch perfect.

The shade of the lipstick is completely different to something I would usually go for, but after trying the browny-nude shade on my lips I just had to have it. It's the perfect neutral as far as I am concerned.

All of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks have a special unique ingredient in them, the lipstick tree, an anti-oxidant designed to protect your lips from the everyday environment resulting in soft, non-dried-out lips. I hands down agree with this, the Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick leaves my lips feeling incredibly moisturised.

The K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks are also said to be long-lasting, and they really are. I can easily put the lipstick on in the morning on a working day and only need to top up once. When the lipstick does start to fade it is incredibly natural too, meaning you don't have to worry about patchy lips.

I have wanted to try a few products from Charlotte Tilbury for what feels like forever now, and I am so glad this was my first purchase. I love the lipstick and the shade on my complexion. I can't wait to pick up some more shades, and try some of her other products. I have been eyeing up Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation.

Have you tried any products from Charlotte Tilbury? What is your favourite product?

Lush Oxford Street Haul.

lush oxford street haul

Walking into the Lush Oxford Street store was insane, I still can't quite get over how big and amazing the store was! Of course, visiting Lush meant a haul happened, so today I thought I would share with you all what I picked up.

lush oxford street haul

The first product I had to pick up was the Down the Rabbit Hole bubble bar, a gorgeous bright bubble bar with an awakening citrus scent. This one is a Oxford Street exclusive and one I really wanted!

I also picked up the Melting Marshmallow Moment bath melt, purely for the smell - it smells like a candy shop. Alongside this the Oxford Street exclusive Cherry Blossom bubble bar went into my basket with the Pearl massage bar. I have never tried any of their massage bars before so I can't wait to give this one a go.
lush oxford street haul
I couldn't resist stocking up whilst I was there so I also got two more of the current Lush Oxford Street exclusives and one I have wanted to try forever but for some reason I have never got round to actually purchasing.

I went for the Over the Rainbow bath bombSpring Bunny bath bomb, and the Yoga Bomb bath bomb.

My boyfriend also got me the large Rosie gift set for my birthday so I am extremely well stocked up on Lush bath products, but as usual I cannot wait to get trying them all!

Have you ever visited the Lush Oxford Street store? What is your favourite Lush product?

5 lipsticks I can't stop wearing.

best 5 lipsticks spring
best 5 lipsticks spring

Lipsticks are one of those products that can completely change a look in an instant, whether it's a neutral lip colour or a much brighter pink, red or even purple. Today I thought I would share with you the 5 lipsticks I can't stop wearing lately.

First up is The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in the shade 03. This is a lipstick completely different to what I usually go for, a glittery pink shade that completely brightens up any makeup look. I love wearing it in the Spring/Summer to add that extra bit of colour. As always from The Body Shop lipsticks, the formula is smooth ensuring it is easy to apply and lasts about 2-3 hours before needing a touch-up.

Next up is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in shade 03. This is a gorgeous deep pink shade with hints of red (see my full review here). The formula is incredibly long-lasting, but still very comfortable on the lips. Again this is a great one for injecting a bit of extra colour into your makeup.

The Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in the shade Cherry Pop is another one I can't stop wearing. This lipstick is an incredibly moisturising formula, and one that doesn't cling to any dry patches if you're like me and sometimes struggle with dry lips. The shade itself is a deep red with strong tones of dark pink mixed in. The lipstick also seems to last a bit longer than your average lipstick too, which I love. (See my review here.)

The H&M Lip Colour in the shade Powder Puff is another lipstick to make my top 5, but this time a shade more on the neutral side of things. It is a gorgeous light pink shade, the my lips but better shade. I love how moisturising the formula feels on my lips but unfortunately do find the formula doesn't last very long and wears off near enough as soon as I have a drink. 

The last lipstick I can't stop wearing is another one from the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer collection, this time in the shade Melon Pop. The shade of this one is another neutral one, one I can only describe as a peach pink. Again the formula is very moisturising and very comfortable on the lips. I would love to own every shade from this collection, that's how good they are!

best 5 lipsticks spring swatches
Swatches L-R (The Body Shop Colour Crush in 03, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 03, Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop, H&M Lip Colour in Powder Puff and Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Melon Pop)
What lipsticks have you been loving lately? Have you tried any of the ones I've mentioned?

P.s. There is actually a new lipstick that has been added to my collection which I can't stop wearing; one I will be sharing with you all very shortly, so keep an eye out.

A working day daily makeup routine.

daily working makeup routine

Lately I have been finding I reach for the same makeup products on a daily basis, so today I thought I would share with you my daily makeup routine on a working day.

daily work makeup routine

My go-to base is most definitely the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, a product I could rave about every single day it is that good. I love the light glowy look it provides whilst still providing coverage. I then go in with my concealer around my nose and under my eyes - at the moment I am using the Rimmel Match Perfect Skin Tone Adapting Concealer, a concealer which provides great coverage and lasts really well.

Next up is eyebrows; I always use the Benefit Brow Zings and follow by setting them with the Essence Lash and Brow Mascara - the perfect combination for natural and defined brows. 

daily makeup routine

As for eyeshadow there are two eyeshadows I tend to switch between; the Urban Decay in Sin or H&M High Impact Solo Eyeshadow in Papaya Ice. The Urban Decay shadow is a soft white/beige shimmer, whilst the H&M shadow is a peach/orange shimmer shade (see my review here). 

To finish off the look I always give my face a quick brush over with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light - the most amazing powder ever! (I wrote a mini review in my February favourites here). Lastly I pop the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara on my lashes to create a voluminous lengthening look (see my review here).

This creates the perfect everyday look for me. I also like to add some lipstick but this varies which is why I haven't included it above.

What makeup have you been using on an everyday basis? Is there a product I need to try?

Valentines // Our Two Year Anniversary.

two year anniversary

About a month ago me and the man, Luke, celebrated our two years together so today I wanted to share a few pictures from us celebrating our anniversary and a mini review of the three course meal we had.

turtle bay southampton

To start the celebrations we watched a burlesque cabaret and had some cocktails the night before. The cabaret we watched was in Southampton at the Stage Door; it was utterly hilarious and a lot of fun. For cocktails we of course headed to our favourite place, Turtle Bay, and had a couple of rounds. 

For our first round Luke had two Reggae Rum Punch's and I had two Passion Rum Punch's making the most of the 2-4-1. Both drinks have a distinct rum taste, but with a hint of something else; they are so, so good. If you haven't already and you are ever about in Southampton I definitely recommend checking out Turtle Bay. 

prezzo starter review

The next day we both dressed up smart and went out for a three course meal. After looking at set menu's everywhere and finding them very limited (because we're very fussy) we decided to head back to an old favourite - Prezzo, as this is where we went for one of our very first dates!

For our starters he had the Mozzarella in Carrozza, a cheese in breadcrumbs dish with a side of pomodoro sauce. This was unsurprisingly a cheesy dish, with the cheese being stretchy and blending well with the breadcrumbs.

I went for the Baked Mushrooms, essentially baby mushrooms stuffed with bella lodi, cheese, garlic and mushrooms, then sprinkled with breadcrumbs. These were absolutely amazing but disappeared off my plate within seconds. I would describe them as incredibly soft with a tang to the taste. 

prezzo main course dessert review

As for the main course the man went for Fusilli Alla Rusticana - the one we both normally always go for. This is a tomato and cream pasta dish with the addition of chicken, peppers, rosemary and pancetta. It has quite a sweet taste for pasta, with the peppers adding something extra.

I decided to go for something a bit different and went for the Roasted Pork Belly - a piece of pork in a marsala wine sauce with mushrooms, broad beans and mash potato on the side. The pork was amazing - so tender with the sauce complementing it really well. Unfortunately I found the mash potato very drying so only had a couple of spoonfuls.

For dessert we wanted our favourite, the Honeycomb Smash Cheesecake, but they were out of stock so we went for the Vanilla Cheesecake and Nutella Spread and Banana Mini Calzone. The Vanilla Cheesecake was very sweet, and had a caramel sauce to add something extra. The Mini Calzones were sweet, but not quite my cup of tea. The Honeycomb Smash Cheesecake is still number one for  now, and one I recommend you all try if you haven't already.

All in all, we both really enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere. They had heart balloons around the restaurant as it was Valentines weekend - I even snuck one home with me, and amazingly it is still up in our living room!

prezzo southampton valentines

It was an amazing night, and it was so nice to have a couple of days off together. 

Have you been to a Turtle Bay or Prezzo? What is your favourite drink or dish?

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blusher palette review.

urban decay gwen stefani blush palette review

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blusher palette is a product for any beauty lover to full in love with. It was the one thing I really really wanted from the entire Urban Decay Gwen Stefani range, and I was lucky enough to be surprised by my boyfriend purchasing it for me for our anniversary.

urban decay gwen stefani blush palette review
urban decay gwen stefani blush palette review

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani blusher palette contains six shades ranging from blushers to bronzers to highlighters using the same Afterglow formula as the Urban Decay regular Afterglow blushes. They are designed to be long-lasting and feel lightweight on the skin.

The shades themselves include two blushers, three highlighters and a matte bronzer. The two blushers, Cherry and Easy, are light pink and a deep rose pink respectively. The highlighters include Angel - a champagne toned nude, Hush - a pink toned shade with gold glitter and OC - a soft pink peach with a slight orange tone. The bronzer, Lo-fi, is a matte bronzer with no orange-ness in site.

urban decay gwen stefani blush palette review

Having always been able to trust their eyeshadows, and more recently their concealer I had high hopes for this product, and all I can say is Urban Decay have more than succeeded. Every single shade is amazing, I especially love Easy for its gorgeous dusky pink shade, and OC as it is a highlighter like nothing I own - it also works well as a blusher. The pigment is impressive, and the lasting time too.

If there is one thing you pick up from Urban Decay's collaboration with Gwen Stefani I recommend you pick up the blusher palette.

Have you got your eyes on this collection? What else do I n-e-e-d from the collaboration?

5 products to get you that glowy look!

how to glowy look

Now that it is starting to get ever so slightly warmer I am lusting after that glowy look. Today I thought I would share with you my 5 go-to products to get that glowy look. 

glow makeup look

First up is a relatively new product to me - the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dimlight. This is a setting powder that adds the most flawless natural glow to your skin, it adds light in all the right places without turning you into a disco ball. The shade I have is yellow toned too so is great for keeping any redness at bay. 

The Body Shop Lightning Touch is the next product I go to to get that glowy look. It is a concealer with light-diffusing particles within, that instantly make your skin look awake once applied. I love using it on top of my regular concealer in the corners of my eyes for a swift transformation. The Body Shops also now sells these in a universal radiance shade, perfect for using as a highlighter alongside the concealer shades.

The next product I always turn to is the Revolution One Blush Stick in Matte Dream. This is a blusher in a stick form with a cream formula. The shade may say matte, but this still provides the most natural glow to your cheeks - it really is a product you need to try if you like the glowy look. 

A firm favourite of mine since its launch is the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder. This highlighting powder is a pink toned shade with a shimmer throughout, I love using it on the tops of my cheeks and along my nose - I even pop some on my forehead if I am going all out.

Lastly is a product I like adding to my base to start off that glowy look - the MUA Undress Your Skin Illuminating Glow. It is the perfect product to add something extra to your base without being over the top. I love using this on its own and with all the other products I have mentioned if I am looking for a full-on glowy look.

What products do you like to use when creating 'that glowy look'?

Beauty Wishlist.

beauty wishlist

It's the beginning of the month, its just been payday, it is time to share with you all what's at the top of my wishlist lately.

1) Lancome Hydra Zen Beauty Essence - A product I can't seem to find online in a UK store but a product I really need in my life after seeing Estee Lalonde mention it in her February favourites. I love the fact that it is said to provide intense moisturisation whilst still being incredibly light in texture. It sounds amazing and perfect for my skin.

2) Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Ex Girlfriend £16 - The lipstick I wanted from the first moment I saw a swatch, it really looks like the perfect nude. It would also look very nice with the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blusher palette I already own.

3) SensatioNail Polish to Gel Starter Kit £34.99 - Having always wanted to try a gel kit but being reluctant due to needing the matching nail polishes, I love that this kit will work with my rather massive collection of nail polishes I already own. I love the idea of my manicures lasting longer too.

4) Morphe Brushes 35T eyeshadow palette £18.25 - Ever since seeing this palette first mentioned on Jasmine Talks Beauty I have lusted after it. From the warm browns to the plum colours this is a completely Kristy palette 100%. 

5) Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette £12.99 - Washing my brushes is never going to be my favourite task but this cleansing palette looks like it could make this tedious job a whole lot easier. It is definitely something I'd love to give a go.

5) Pixi Glow Mud Mask £18 - Mud masks have always been my favourite type of face masks, and I have wanted to try the brand Pixi for a while now so of course the Pixi Glow Mud Mask had to make the wishlist.

What have you been lusting after lately? What do I need to add to my next beauty wishlist?

That concealer that I miss way too much... Urban Decay Naked Concealer.

Concealer is an item of makeup that I am so fussy about and never seem to be able to find my perfect one, but you know what? I think I might have actually found one that is fairly close to being the one - the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.

urban decay naked concealer review
urban decay naked concealerThe Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is said to 'give you buildable, even coverage, with a luminous demi-matte finish' whilst being 'ultra lightweight.' The 'high-tech formula melds like a second skin effect' providing you 'full coverage in an instant.'

From using the product myself I definitely find the product to be lightweight, it is a product I literally can't feel on my skin, which is exactly what I want from my makeup. I also find it provides great coverage when used; I'm not sure about full coverage but then I do have really dark circles. It covers up redness and blemishes with ease. 

As to the formula, it is definitely buildable. It also doesn't become cakey in any way if you do decide to build the coverage up. 

As to the finish, I would also agree with this being demi-matte. It really lightens and brightens up my eye area whilst still working really well in other areas of my face, such as around my nose.

However, aside from the formula being amazing it is the brush applicator which has got me missing the product so much. The applicator is flatter than your average concealer brush which at first I thought I would hate, but it actually makes application so easy, two dips covers so so much, much more than with your average concealer brush. You can also get to the smaller areas of your face easier too.

urban decay naked concealer applicator

So, what do I think? The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is a concealer I didn't realise how much I loved until I ran out and didn't have it anymore. I love the brush, the way it brightens up my eyes and that it's a great concealer for all over too. It's a concealer I don't know how much longer I can live without.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer? What's your thoughts?

Empties from the last few months.

mixed beauty empties

Okay, I am just going to warn you now this is going to be a very long empties post. I have been building up a collection over the last few months for this post. It doesn't include things like shower gels, haircare and face creams as I tend to throw these away as I use them and didn't think they'd be as exciting to share. Anyway, let's get on with it.

foundation empties

First up is base products. The No 7 Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer is a much loved primer of mine, and the only primer from the drugstore to actually make a difference to my makeup stay time. Unfortunately as my skin got drier I found the product to be less effective and have now switched back to my other favourite; the Laura Mercier Primer. Would I repurchase? No, as my skins changed but I am sure I will eventually.

Next is a product you are probably bored of me talking about, the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I won't say too much as you've heard it all before if you read my blog regularly, but this is essentially an amazing tinted gel at providing a light coverage that actually conceals my redness, and is also incredible moisturising. Would I repurchase? I already have, it was featured alongside my current favourite foundations here.

I have also used up the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, another base I really enjoyed using. It provides a light to medium coverage and creates a gorgeous glowy effect. Would I repurchase? Happily, it's a great foundation - see my review here.

The last foundation I have finally used up is The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals foundation. This is a cream foundation that provides a full coverage finish. I didn't really like the finish of this when using a brush as I found it too full coverage for me, but when using a sponge I found it was much more manageable. Unfortunately the foundation has since been discontinued, but would I repurchase it if I could? Probably not.

beauty empties

I've also used up quite a few concealers recently, the first being three Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Crayon Concealer -  can you guess I love this product. It is a concealer with great coverage and staying power, weirdly it reminds me of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Would I repurchase? Definitely.

The Body Shop Lightening Touch Concealer is another much loved concealer, one I love using to brighten up my under eye area. It has an instant effect and the one I always go to when I want to quickly brighten up the eye area. Would I repurchase? I already have.

The last concealer to make the empties post is a product I didn't love to start with but I am really missing now I'm without it - the Urban Decay Naked Concealer. I love the consistency, the light product, the great coverage and the amazing doe applicator. A full review will be on the blog soon, so keep your eyes pealed. Would I repurchase? Of course.

mascara empties

Now it's time for the mascara section, I swear mascaras are one item of makeup I seem to go through far quicker than anything else. 

L'Oreal have to be my favourite brand for mascaras, I've never tried one I don't like. The first mascara from L'oreal I have used up is the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara - a mascara great for adding volume to your lashes. It has a funky brush that looks slightly scary but works great without clumping up my lashes. Would I repurchase? Yes. 

Next up is another number from L'Oreal - the L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara. I love the brush on this one as it is has a fine tooth but it is also slightly wider one end, which I find helps ensure I coat the whole length of my longer lashes with ease. Would I repurchase? Again, yes.

The L'Oreal Waterpoof False Lash Architect is another mascara from L'Oreal to make the empties pile; I told you I love L'Oreal's mascaras. I brought this one purely because it was waterproof and a member of the False Lash Mascara family. I again love the brush on this one but found it provided a far less obvious look, to me it wasn't a very false lash look at all, but still an awesome mascara. Would I repurchase? Probably not as there's others I know I love more. 

I've also used up a mascara from Essence, the Essence Maximum Definition Mascara. I won't say too much about this one as I have just written a full post on the mascara recently, which you can find here, but what I will say is this very much reminds me of my favourite ever mascara - the L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara. Would I repurchase? Definitely!

 The last mascara I have used up recently is actually a clear mascara I used to set my eyebrows - the Collection Colour Lash Mascara in Clear. I don't have much to say about this other than it did it's job, held my eyebrows in place and lasted me forever. Would I repurchase? Yes.

beauty empties

Another brow gel to make the empties pile is the Essence Lash and Brow Gel. Again this brow gel just works; I do love and prefer the smaller brush on this product as it helps ensure I don't waste too much product each use. The actual lid to the product can be a tad annoying though, it breaks so easily, I have another tube of this which has also broken, but would I repurchase? Yes, I already have.

A nail polish I love for it's awesome strengthening powers which I have used up is the Rimmel Double Duty Base Coat. I love how this strengthens my nails after a couple of uses - it has been my favourite strengthening for years now.  Would I repurchase? I already have.

I have also used up a mini Benefit Porefessional, a beauty product much loved by many. I do really enjoy using this but it is one I have never had the urge to buy a full size as I'm quite happy with other primers, that I believe do a slightly better job. Would I repurchase? Probably, if I couldn't get hold of my Laura Mercier Primer.

A brow product I used to use constantly has also made the empties box. The Collection Eyebrow Definer is a twistable eyebrow pencil with a fine tip great for defining your brows. It is a product that really impressed me, and considering the few shades  their blonde shade is perfect for my brows. Would I repurchase? Yes.

beauty empties

Ahh, and now we are on to the final group of products - random used up beauty products.

The Body Shop Indian Night Jasmine EDT is a perfume with a strong evening scent that unsuprisingly has hints of jasmine within it. I love the longevity in which the scent lingers on my skin for. Would I repurchase? This is another one where I already have.

I also used up the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly - a product I loved the idea of but never really fell in love with. I love the application method of pressing the lid down but found the gel formula just sat on my skin and struggled to sink in, I much prefer my usual The Body Shop Vitamin E range. Would I repurchase? No.

Lastly is a product I honestly don't think I could live without - the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I love how flawlessly this not only applies my makeup but leaves it looking. It really is a product well worth trying if you haven't already. Would I repurchase? I already have.

And there we have it, my empties from the last few months - if you managed to get through all that and are still with me then I think you may just deserve a medal.

Have you tried any of my empties? Do you tend to repurchase products when you do run out or buy different products?

Could the H&M solo eyeshadows be the best budget formula ever?

h&m solo eyeshadows review
h&m new eyeshadows review
h&m eyeshadow swatches

When H&M re-released their own branded makeup brand towards the end of last year I never expected to fall in love with a lot of the products, let alone be so impressed with the H&M solo eyeshadow formulas to believe they could be the best budget formula ever.

The H&M solo eyeshadows are said to provide a 'silky eye colour that blends easily for a vivid, velvety finish that applies easily and stays put.'

So, what do I think? A bold claim to describe the H&M shadows but the eyeshadows do live up to this claim. The eyeshadows are silky with my eyeshadow brush gliding across with ease, and even causing barely any fallout. 

As to blending easily, they really do - they work great individually or used together to create a subtle and bold smoky eye look. The two shades I have, Orange Ochre and Papaya Ice, blend so easily together leaving no bold lines considering the vast difference in colour.

After experiencing such an amazing initial impression from the eyeshadows I really didn't think they could live to the staying put claim, but I was wrong - these H&M solo eyeshadows last all day with ease. They don't seem to crease on the lids or start sliding off with wear either.

All in all, I am so glad I found and tried these little gems from H&M, I really do believe they are the best budget eyeshadow formula ever, or that I have discovered so far anyway.

Have you tried the H&M solo eyeshadows? What's your opinion?

If you would like to see my original H&M beauty haul click here.