Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Winter Splurge

It's finally 2014! Hooray! I hope you had a fantastic new years eve and day, and didn't suffer too badly from a hangover! My first post this year is going to be a haul, I got quite a lot of Christmas money and these are things I decided to spend it on!

Mac is the first place I went as I've been itching to be some things from there! The first thing I picked was Mac Bronze eyeshadow (thanks to this post by Sarah!). Bronze is exactly as it implies, a bronze shade, that doesn't lean too red or orange. I'm really excited to use this! The other eyeshadow I got was Charcoal Brown, which is a very hyped about matte brown shade. I picked up this eyeshadow solely to just fill in my eyebrows but it would make a really nice crease colour too!

I then picked up a Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as I've heard good things about their Paint Pots. Painterly matches my skin tone perfectly and cancels out any blue tones, which is perfect because I have quite veiny eyelids (TMI?).

Lastly from Mac, I picked up a lipstick in Plumful. This lipstick has been quite raved about so I wanted to give it ago. It is a Lustre finish, it's a pinke-y, plum colour and seems perfect for winter!

I got two things in The Body Shop, the first was a Brown & Lash brush, which was just because my old one broke and was getting a little gross! It was half price too so why not! I also got the Honey Bronzing powder as it's been on my wishlist for a while. The packaging is gorgeous and it's the perfect colour for my pale complexion!

Lastly I went to Boot (of course), I went in originally to get cotton pads but of course that's never the case! I'll get the less interesting stuff out the way first which is the L'Oreal Micellar Solution, I won't say any more about it as I talk about a lot! The other none interesting is the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray. I love this stuff and it's the only heat defence I use because I think it really helps protect my hair, plus it lasts for ever and I'm pretty liberal with it!

The more interesting products I got from Boots were the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Collection which again I've heard a lot of hype from bloggers and youtubers! I love Real Techniques brushes and I like to contour and powder my face so I think these will really come in handy and help me be a bit more light handed with powder products! The last product I got was a Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Eye Cream, now I know I'm not exactly getting wrinkles at 17 but I've heard this stuff is brilliant for dark circles and just for added hydration under the eye!

That's everything I brought with my Christmas money! What have you brought recently?

Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Favourites!

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and it only seems appropriate to post my 2013 favourites today! 2013 was a really good year for me in terms of beauty so I'm really excited to show you 13 of my favourites products! This is going to a long one, sorry in advance!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
I've really gotten into skincare this year and this L'Oreal Micellar water has been my favourite for removing my eye makeup. It dissolves makeup like a dream, it's really lightweight and refreshing to use in the morning or night! I did a review about it already, so you can read that here if you like!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boost
Out of all my skincare products this one has been my absolute favourites! It has really transform my skin, it's helped reduce the dry patches I get and helps my base products sit nicer on my skin. It has a nice gel consistency so it feels really lightweight on the skin and sinks in really quickly. Although it's pricey I will continue to purchase this because it's so goddamn good! It's by far one of my best finds this year!

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser
I've tried a few cleansers out this year and this one has come out on top. I'm on my second bottle of this, it lasts for a good while and you only need the tiniest amount, I can get away with half a pump and still get all my make up off! It's really creamy, hydrating and doesn't leave you skin feeling tight or dried out. It's the only cleanser I've been using for the most part of the year!

Una Brennan Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask
I love trying out new face masks and this one by Una Brennan is the one that really caught my attention this year! It's an amazing, high street, clay mask that deep cleanses your pores amazingly. I think it's quite comparable to some expensive clay masks! It really helps prevent spots coming through and removes all the dirt from your clog pores. A skin savoir in my eyes!

Clinque High Impact Mascara
As I've said before, I'm too bothered about high end mascaras but this one is incredible! It adds length, volume, it separates to create really beautiful fluttery lashes and lasts all day without smudging.  I also spoke about it here.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
I'm not lying when I say I've probably worn this foundation 96% of the year! It's so easy to wear, satin finish, nice light coverage enough to cover redness and actually matches my ghostly complexion. It's not drying, it feels light weight on skin perfect just for an everyday/lazy day foundation. I've just been reaching for this foundation pretty much all year!

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
Needless to say that the Colour Tattoo's are incredible and most people love them! They are amazing to use on it's own or as a base under your eyeshadow! It's easy to wear, pigmented and mine hasn't dried out yet! During Spring and Summer I wore On and On Bronze all the time so it seems wrong not to include it in my 2013 favourites!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
My tube is a bit battered up but that is only because it is so well loved! Honey is a beautiful neutral pink perfect all year round (I think) and I've been using it pretty much all year too! It leaves a slight glossy finish but then sets as a stain and then lasts pretty much all day. It's been amazing for college and just general long days!

Sleek Face Form Palette in Light
This is the only Sleek product I own but I adore it. I've always hear so much hype about sleek blushes and their contour kit so this little palette is perfect. It really lives up to the hype! I've got so much use out of this and I haven't even made a dent because the pigmentation is amazing! The contour powder is amazing and really suits my pale complexion, I've been so happy with this product over the past year.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I love all the RT brushes but the Expert Face brush is by far my favourite! It blends in base products amazingly, it's great quality and easy to clean. I don't think I could live without this brush and it's the only one I use to blend in foundation!

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo
Most shampoos I use build up in my hair leaving it flaky and itchy (gross I know) but this one has a gel formula so it has no build up! I never thought think of Soap and Glory when it comes to hair products but I really love this stuff, It smells amazing, cleans the hair really well and lasts for ages! Perfect!

L'Oreal EverRiche Nourishing & Taming Conditioner
I picked this up when I saw Estée rave about how good this range was and I've fallen in love with the conditioner! It has done amazing things for my hair, my hair has become so soft and it isn't as dry as it used to be! I found that it takes less time to blow dry since using this. I will continue to repurchase this into 2014!

Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Infuser Leave-in Conditioner
I love Aussie hair products and this one stood out to me this year! My hair gets dry very easily especially after straightening/curling my hair so I like to spray this in after I've used heat on my hair just to give it back some moisture. It also helps de-tangle and soften my hair for 2nd or 3rd day hair!

If you made it to the end, congratulations! That's all 13 of my favourite products of 2013!
I hope you all have a good New Years!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas Day!

I might be a little late on the Christmas posts but I still going to show you what I got for Christmas and what I wore etc, on the day. I also just want throw in a little disclaimer that I'm not showing off and that I'm very aware how lucky I am!

I'm going to start with what I wore on the day which is this beautiful black dress (click here for a better picture!) that I got sent from a new online clothing store called Henri Castro! The dress has a mesh top that leads down to a skater skirt dress, it has a collar too, with a button at the top to connect it (sorry I'm not very good at describing things, props to fashion bloggers). I paired it up with a statement necklace and few rings which aren't photoed above. I love this dress, perfect for Christmas day! They have a lovely little collection on Henri Castro right now, all the clothes are fantastic quality and good prices too.

On my nails I wore OPI Got The Blues For Red which is a lovely oxblood colour, which I love for this time of year, although you do need about 3 coats to get that colour! I'm not going to talk about it too much because I have a nail post coming out shortly. For my make up I just wore some eyeliner, mascara and the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107!

Finally, what I got for Christmas! My main present was a Nikon CoolPix L820 from my parents - it isn't photographed as I used it to take a picture of all my presents - it's an amazing camera and so far I'm loving it! I also got some much raved about Muji Acrylic drawers, I got a 2 drawers and a 3 drawer and it fits all my make up in beautifully. I got a Cath Kidston Camberwell Rose Washbag which will perfect for when I travel, I think it's beautiful as Cath Kidston stuff always is! I got some Soap & Glory products too which made me very excited! I got two of the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks in Plum Jam and Bashful, the Supercat Eyeliner Pen and one of my favourites The Breakfast Scrub (if you haven't given it a wiff I highly suggest you do!). My other presents where just little bits, like the Body Shop mini Strawberry set, a 2014 planner, lip balm, a fox cushion, chocolate and money!

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas post! I'm sorry for the lack of photos and how long it was!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything you wanted!