Thursday, 30 July 2015

MUA BonBon Blusher



Up until around a year ago, I had always been very brand loyal to 17 (boots own brand make up like no 7 if you're not familiar) blusher in the shade damson wine, (which was a perfect dupe for Nars Douceur) I loved it, or at least I loved it until boots discontinued it in late 2014 just as I was ready to re-purchase it for the millionth time, so you can imagine how frustrating that was! I then had to start looking for an alternative blusher as I didn't really want to pay £23 for the Nars blusher (sadly, Nars Douceur was also discontinued in April 2015).  

 I hunted the high street low and high to find something similar to the damson wine blusher but couldn't find anything! So just on a whim one day when looking at the MUA stand in Superdrug I decided to pick up one of their blushers as it was only £1 and I thought if I didn't like it, it wouldn't matter as it was cheap! To my surprise, I actually really liked MUA's Bon Bon blusher, and have now been using it for around 10 months.
Bon Bon is described as warm apricot shade and from the packaging that it what it looks like. However when it is applied to the face, it has this coral pink colour that I am obsessed with!
 

The packaging of the product is fairly cheap however the blusher only cost one pound so you can't really expect great packaging. However it does make it harder to apply with a brush because it is a rectangle like shape and I would prefer if they made them in a circle packaging. The pigmentation of the blusher is amazing and it actually shocked me because I wasn't expecting the blush to be so good! Another reason why I love these blushers so much is that they are small and thin and therefore very travel friendly!

Have you tried any MUA blushers? What brand of blusher is your favourite?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation

For many years I have been using Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation and not so long ago they changed the formula of the foundation and added a few things; comfort serum, spf 20 and vitamin E. The major thing I was glad about was the fact that they had finally added SPF into the foundation!
 
 
If you haven't used Rimmel's Lasting finish foundation, then here's what Rimmel have to say about their foundation;  'Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum is a full coverage foundation formulated to last for up to 25 hours. The transfer-proof formula features a skin-friendly comfort serum designed to instantly hydrate the skin and leave a lightweight finish that still provides full coverage. It also contains vitamin E and SPF 20 for added skin protection.'

Now first things first, I have been using this foundation for a long time, but I have never EVER kept my makeup on for 25 hours straight to test out the claims that the foundation can last that long, however what I can say it, is definitely has more staying power than a lot of other high street make up brands.

A little of this foundation goes a long way so you can either blend it out or build it up. I love applying this foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or Buffing Brush, which makes the foundation flawless. The coverage is medium to full and sets beautifully (not too fast) without budging. At the end of my 8-9 hour day, I come home looking like I just applied it, with barely any oil (maybe the slightest dewiness, but I don’t mind) and  if you suffer from sensitive skin, then this foundation is definitely worth a try! I have sensitive skin and this foundation doesn't break me out at all.

I would describe the foundation as having a semi-matte finish, but if like me you prefer a matt finish to your make up then team the foundation with the matching powder and you will not look back!
 
 

 I know everyone is different and prefers different foundations and finishes, but I definitely think it's worth trying out if you're looking for a new foundation but you're not sure what to get!

Have you tried any of Rimmel's Foundations? Which one do you recommend?


Thursday, 23 July 2015

How To Style A Little White Dress

    A white dress is such a great alternative to a LBD because you can really see the details. Remember to look for intricate fabric and embellishment as this is what will really “lift” the dress.
image courtesy of www.asda.com

Hair needs to look modern, preferably down either straight or loose beach curls
Think carefully about your footwear: closed toes can look too heavy so go for sandals or kitten heels perhaps with rope detail or with a silvery hue.
Don’t be afraid to go heavy on the eyes and lips - a strong red or a coral lipstick works well.
When it comes to length - I think midi length (just above the knee) is the most stylish length to wear.
Don’t be afraid to reveal flesh if most of the dress is quite sheer.
Keep your accessories soft and very simple. Ideally you would wear the bare minimum!
A bit of belting (black velvet, ribbon or a piece of rope) can really transform a tent-like white dress creating structure which also looks more modern.
Always look for white lace which is crisper, not yellow, which can look grubby.
 It’s also a good idea to keep away from too much lace otherwise you can end up looking a bit bridal.
 
How do you style your LWD?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Summer Fashion Staples

 
image courtesy of www.H&M.co.uk
 
A spring-to-summer staple in my opinion is a good denim jacket, let's face it they go with practically anything and they are the perfect throw on for when the sun goes behind the clouds and it gets a bit chilly!
image courtesy of www.tkmaxx.com
 


The Most important summer staple is a good pair of sunglasses, that will most importantly, protect your eyes from the UV-rays!

Image courtesy of www.topshop.com
 
White jeans are also a good summer stable to throw on, on a chilly summer evening, as they can be easily dressed up
 
 
images courtesy of www.asda.com
 
 
Floral, plain, aztec or denim shorts are always in fashion in the summer, so make sure you have some in your wardrobe for the summer heat waves!


image courtesy of www.riverisland.com
Bright costume jewellery , such as this statement necklace add an element of fun to any outfit. mix and match bright and bold jewellery in the summer to add interest to simple outfits!




image courtesy of www.schuh.com
Flat wear anywhere sandals - perfect for when your on the go, comfort and fashion combined!

image courtesy of www.newlook.com
7. Maxi Dress - This summer staple flatters every figure, and therefore a must have in ever bodies wardrobe!

image courtesy of www.riverisland.com

Big tote bag - perfect for throwing in all your essentials for a day out in the sunshine!

image courtesy of www.asda.com

LWD (little white dress) - opposite to LBD (little black dress)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Asda George Clothing Haul


So this week whilst I was wondering around Asda doing my weekly food shop, Asda made an announcement saying that all the ladies clothes in the 50% off sale had been reduced to £2 an item, yes that's right! £2 I couldn't believe my ears! As expected people went a bit crazy and by the time I'd managed to get a look in, there wasn't a lot left! However I did manage to come away with 4 items of clothing and some basic vest tops they weren't in the sale, but just an everyday essential and they were £4 for two, so if you want to be pedantic, I guess they were £2 each too! So without any further a due here's my mini Gorge Asda Clothing Haul


White dress was £25 - got it for £2!


 Sadly, this dress is two dress sizes too big for me it's a size 12 and I'm only a sixe 8 but I absolutely LOVE it and it's a perfect summer dress so I just had to have it! Luckily I have studied Fashion Design and have made my own clothing before so it should be pretty simple to alter! If you would like to know how to alter a dress and you would be interested in reading a step by step blog post about it let me know in the comments!! 

 

Black floral top dress was £25 got it for £2!

This dress is a bit more formal, for example it could be warn for a wedding or any other formal event. Don't really know when I'm going to wear this but for £2 it's just nice to have it in the back of my wardrobe for whenever an occasion pops up unexpectedly, I'll have an outfit!

Black laser cut skirt was £14 got it for £2


I absolutely love this skirt and it can either be dressed up for an evening outfit or dressed down for a casual day time outfit.
 

Sleeveless button backed detail top


I love the button detail on the back of this top and it's just another great summer time casual top.


basic vest tops

I picked these tops up just for wearing under thinner tops and blouses.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Moisturiser


If you a regular reader, you will knew in pervious blogs I have spoken quite a bit about facial skincare and I'm still trying to find a good skincare routine, however I felt that I was neglecting the rest of my body.

 A couple of years ago I always used to use baby oil after a shower and then but moisturiser on all over my body before bed... well I guess I got a bit lazy and just got out of the habit of doing it and with the recent heat wave we've had in the UK, I've noticed that the skin on my leg's is starting to look a bit dry.

So I decided to get my body skin care back in full swing and picked up some moisturiser whilst doing my weekly shop. I always used to use Nivia moisturiser, but the Gariner Body Intensive 7 Days moisturiser caught my eye as it contains shea butter, which I know make your skin feel lovely and it was on offer at £2.50 for 400ml, so I thought why not give it a whirl!
 


I have now been using this product, everyday for 11 days, and I have already notice a difference in my skin, my skin no longer has a dry appearance and my skin feels a lot more nourished than it did prior to using the Intensive 7 Days moisturiser.

On the bottle it recommends that you use it very day for a month, then you should be able to stop using it for a week, and your skin should still feel the same without the moisturiser, obviously I have only been using the Intensive 7 Days moisturiser for 11 days, so I cannot comment on this yet, but I will do an update and let you know if their claims are really true!

Have you tried the Garnier Intensive 7 day moisturiser? What's your favourite everyday moisturiser? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

 
 
I always like to keep a hand cream with me, usually lurking in the bottom of my bag and for quite a few months now, I have been using the Nutragena Norwegian Formula hand cream and I absolutely love it!

My hands tend to get extremely dry, no matter what the weather and it's made worse every time I wash them, so I always carry a heavy duty hand cream with me.


Since using this cream I have defiantly noticed a HUGE difference in my skin, my hands have been far less dry and cracked. I usually use the cream 3-4 times a day. It feels a lot more nourishing than other hand creams I have used before.

The consistency is a thick white translucent gel, with kind of a Vaseline texture, which turns into a cream as you rub it into your skin. A small amount, goes a long way and it absorbs into the skin very quickly which is perfect - no waiting around with greasy hands!

I have re-purchased this product a couple of times and it still continues to be my favourite hand cream!

Do you like using hand creams? Which cream is your favourite?

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Garnier Pure Active Intensive Charcol Scrub

I was recently on the hut for a new face scrub, specifically one which would help prevent me from getting pesky spots and clear away blackheads! After browsing the shelves, I decided on Gariner Pure Active Intensive Charcoal Face Scrub. The scrub claims to help fight spots, blackheads and fade marks. So it sounded like just the type of product I was looking for!


The scrub has the consistency of a thick gel where the micro-beads and charcoal particles are clearly visible. The product should be applied to wet skin (I normally like to wet my face with warm water as this opens the pores) and should be massaged gently around the face, paying special attention to the forehead, nose and chin, as these areas are highly prone to imperfections. When foamy, rinse off with water (I prefer to rinse off with luke-warm water and then cold water, because cold water closes the pores and avoids bacteria re-entering). These instructions are provided on the back of the tube.

The scrub smells very refreshing and gives off quite a manly scent. In fact, Garnier is trying to encourage more men, as well as women, to use skin care products and this scrub is also aimed at men. Skin care has always been associated with women as they tend to wear make-up. However, I believe that it's just as important for men to look after their skin as it is for women and men shouldn't be embarrassed to use products like this one in particular!

To begin with I was really enjoying using this product, my skin looked clearer and the scrub made my face feel baby soft and the only real downside for me was the manly scent of it. However after two weeks or regular use of the product, it had given me lots of very dry and sore patches on my face so if you have spot prone but sensitive skin like me, then this product isn't for you!

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Collection 'No Clumps' Mascara


If like your anything like me then your makeup never feels complete without good mascara. However finding a 'Holy Grail' mascara can mean a lot swopping and changing between different mascaras. I have recently been trying out Collection's 'No Clumps' mascara.

The Collection No Clump mascara claims to give you defined lashes without all the clumps, with the help of a cleverly designed plastic wand and retails at £2.99, so I figured it was a bargain and I would give it a go and see if it really is as good as it claims

The mascara went on really well despite the mascara's dry, flaky formulation. The plastic applicator (which is my preferred type of mascara wand) was brilliant for separating my lashes and it left my lashes' pretty much clump free.

However the major problem with the mascara arose after wearing it for a few hours, which leaves me to say that unfortunately this mascara hasn't been as good as I thought it would be!

The formulation of the mascara is very dry, flaky and has SERIOUS downfall issues, which was noticeable after only a couple of hours of wearing.  Sadly this only got worse as the day went on; the mascara had flaked and fallen down from my lashes so badly, that by the end of the day I had serious panda eyes! This really isn't a good look!

Over the years I have tried many different collection products and I have always been impressed, however this is my first collection mascara purchase and I'm left feeling rather disappointed!


Have you tried any of their other mascaras? If so I would love to hear your thoughts!