Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Review: Benefit The POREfessional Primer

I'd been meaning to try this primer for a long time, better late than never ey? I've heard so many people talk about this product but never came to read a full-blown review or even pick it up. I've looked at it over and over again but could never bring myself to spend nearly £25.00 in case my skin didn't like it.  Fortunately for me, my gorgeous friend donated it to me, she bought it and found it too drying for her skin. 

I risked it on a night out, and have no regrets! My skin looked flawless and it kept my make up exactly where it was supposed to be. I wasn't sure how the primer was going to work, I had used the Benefit That Gal Primer before which has a fluid consistency whereas this applies as a tinted balm. yet it's translucent, which makes your skin look even and smooth making the perfect base for make up over the top. 

Although my friend found this drying, I actually really like the way it feels. As an oily-skinned gal, this is oil-free meaning that your make up will stay put. I tend to let my moisturiser sink in, apply this over the top and then my make up. It feels really lightweight on your skin and actually doesn't feel like you're slapping on another layer.

I really like this product and I've switched up my regular primer using this in place. It doesn't clog my skin and my make up generally looks smoother and more flawless using this as a base. 

Benefit The POREfessional Primer 22ml is available from Boots for £24.50. I do think it's on the slightly higher end on what I would be willing to pay but as long as it keeps working for me, I'll be purchasing a tube myself, I just wish it was slightly bigger. 

Have you used Benefit's POREfessional? Have you used anything similar?

Monday, 30 November 2015

Cyber Monday: Beauty Bargains

I couldn't not post today considering the number of bargains flying around. I've never seen so many discounts by retailers pre- Christmas, adding more new deals per the hour. And I know it's only going to get crazier as more brands start to reveal their deals and we head towards December, so buckle your seatbelts!

I've wanted this kit for years but could never bring myself to pay the full price. Last year, I missed out as it sold out within minutes but this year, I grabbed it off the shelf. I've already tried it out, I've never had my nails done professionally or had gel nails before but, I love it. It's so easy to use and quick. I'm already eyeing up a few more colours to add to the collection. 

I have an eagle eye when it comes to packaging and these are so lovely. I picked up a couple for presents as they look and smell a lot more expensive than what they actually are.

I am yet to try the infamous Elasticizer for myself but every single review I've read has raved about its benefits. I picked up one of the M&S Beauty Advent Calendars this year and I have a feeling there's a tube of this miracle worker in there. I'm hoping that it'll bring back my brittle hair from the brink. Bargain. 

Every beauty blogger and their cat must have tried Bioderma. Whilst there are plenty of Micellar Solutions on the market, nothing comes close to Bioderma's super makeup removal powers. As you all know, I'm a sucker for a bargain and I hate paying double the price in the UK than in France, so I'll be stocking up my cupboard. 

I don't think I've ever tried any Smashbox products but this mini palette will have you covered for the party season with a great range of colours. I can see myself grabbing for this on a weekend away and just throwing it in my makeup bag.

Did you pick up any bargains over the Black Friday weekend?

Monday, 31 August 2015

Empties #3

Ah, the end of August is upon us and with it the end of all hope of summer... it has been a particularly poor show this year England. The only bit of sunshine I've seen was back in June over in Bulgaria. This morning I woke up to grey skies and that annoying drizzle, either chuck it down or stop. August hasn't been too bad and I even managed to finish a few beauty products that are now destined for the bin!

A bunch of rubbish is never going to photograph beautifully!

Ingredients Sicilian Lime & Bergamot Body Butter 
I really enjoyed using this body butter; it had a lovely refreshing fresh scent, absorbed nicely and left my skin feeling soft. 
Verdict - Unfortunately this is really old and M&S don't even make the line anymore. I tend to use The Body Shop's butters these days, if it were still available and I was in need of a new body butter, I wouldn't bypass it. 

I used to love this foundation and reached for it on a daily basis. But you know the blogging world is fickle and when new products came out, this got cast aside. This foundation has great coverage, a matte finish and I found that I only needed to powder a couple of times a day when using this. 
Verdict - I might buy again, at the moment I'm in love with my Maybelline foundation and can't see anything replacing it for a long time. It's a reasonably priced product and ideal for anyone who is just venturing into makeup, 

As they say the proof is in the pudding and I did a full review across here. This illuminates my eye bags and makes me look vaguely alive first thing in the morning.
Verdict - This is a regular in my makeup bag, I would buy it again. Although when it runs out, there's a couple of other concealers I want to try out.

Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner - normally £3.29, currently on offer for £1.64
I'm not fussy when it comes to toners, I tend to pick a toner that's alcohol free otherwise they can dry out my skin. This does exactly what it says on the bottle; it freshens, cleanses and soothes without being harsh.
Verdict - I have bought again and have a couple of back up bottles in my stash.

For anyone who has ever struggled with liquid eyeliner, this is really easy to apply. It's an intense black and lasts all day without fading or smudging. It dries instantly but is equally easy to remove at the end of the day.
Verdict - Whilst I do really like this product and it's very affordable, the L'Oreal eyeliners are currently finding their way into my makeup bag. If you're looking for an affordable good quality eyeliner then I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up. 

What products did you use up this summer? Anything that wowed you? 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Top 3 Blushes

A good blush gives a healthy-looking glow from-within, whereas a bad blush gives a streaky sparkly clown face. Blush is one of my favourite make-up items and if I don't pop some on my cheeks in the morning I get asked if I'm ill. These following three are the shades I tend to gravitate toward...

Poppy is such a gorgeous red toned blush, which really suits pale skin tones. It adds the warmth necessary without being too bright. Cream blushes are something I used to really struggle to work with, I use Poppy with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, blending out any sharp colour. You can find a more in-depth review here

I reach for this on a daily basis, it is genuinely one of the best blushes I have found and such great value. This blush is fab, it gives a great flush of colour and lasts all day. I use the EcoTools Blush Brush to apply it which a good smooth coverage. 

I absolutely hated this when I first tested it out, I couldn't get to grips with the application and found that I just ended up with a clown-like appearance. Whilst travelling I threw it in my bag to give it another go and it proved a hit. Rose Blossom is a bright matte Barbie pink colour and very pigmented. To apply, I draw an X on each cheek and then blend out with my fingers, whichcreates a lovely flushed glow.

What are your favourite blushes?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Boots Haul

On my way back from the gym this morning I nipped into Boots. Not that I needed anything, just out of lust for every single product in there. Not one to miss a bargain I headed to the reduced shelf and found myself a few bargains, the whole bag full came to £7!

I've heard so much about this moisturiser, when I lived in France I planned on trying it but never got round to picking up a tube. The price point has put me off up until now, it's not a product that I'll start using now. I plan on putting it away and whipping it out in the Winter when my skin is in need of a bit of TLC.

I'm not that fussy when it comes to hairspray, as long as it does the job and holds my hair in place without that crispiness then I'll be happy. Ojon is a brand that I've wanted to try for a while and if this is any good, I'll probably look into a few more of their products.

Soap & Glory Peaches & Cream Deep Cleansing Milk - £8.00
My beloved Body Shop Cucumber Cleanser has come to an end and I've started using a Ren cleanser which is just a bit too heavy for my skin currently. Back in't day, Khila from MissBudgetBeauty used to rave about this cleanser and I don't know why I've never picked up a bottle before now.

Soap & Glory Face Soap & Clarity Facial Wash - £8.00
I prefer a facial wash in the shower rather than a creamy cleanser and as this is advertised as being suitable for all skin types, I thought I would pick it up. Its got good reviews so I'm looking forward to using it.

Have you picked up any Boots bargains recently? 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Sample Testing #1

Having a tidy up, I discovered a box full of samples. You know all those ones that you get free in magazines or the ones in hotels that you just can't bear to leave behind. Some are products that I just wouldn't have bothered to even look at but have been pleasantly surprised.

This is something that I would never have bought myself, I tend to pick up whatever shampoo is on offer in Boots for a couple of quid. Whilst on a birthday break in Liverpool, the hotel supplied all Ren products and as a lover of the Ren facemasks, I was pleased to try out some of their other products. This shampoo is very gentle and has a lovely fragrance, for me it's perfect for fine hair. It gently cleanses your hair and if I was looking to splash out on a shampoo, this would be on the list. 

Now I know I haven't pictured this but I threw it in a bag and can't find the little vial but it's definitely worth a mention, I really struggled to find a UK stockist for this, there are a few floating around on Amazon but with very little stock. I love receiving little vials of perfume, I hate lugging round a bottle with the risk of breaking it. This just reminds me of summer days, it has quite a heavy coconut scent but with undertones of fig which strengthen the longer it lingers. I used it whilst on holiday in Bulgaria and it just reminds me of all the lovely days I had. 

As much as I wanted to love this I just couldn't. I love the ethics of Balance Me as a company and this does a perfectly good job as a face wash but for me, it was the fragrance, Now I know that it is pretty much a natural product but it smells chemically. For something that I'm putting on my face daily, I want it to smell pleasant. I thought it was just me being overly fussy but I offered this sample to a friend to try when we were away and she said exactly the same thing. 

What samples have you been trying out lately?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Feel Unique Sale Picks

Feel Unique is a go-to for any beauty addict, they've recently launched their 50% off sale and I found myself adding some incredible deals to my basket. A lot of the products/sets in this post are at 50% off or better which is such a fab deal!

Feel Unique Sale Picks

You must think I'm crazy buying a Christmas gift in the middle of summer but this is such a bargain! I'm buying a few and putting them away for Christmas (yes, I just mentioned the C word), they'll make great little stocking fillers. I really think Mavala are underrated as a brand, they're really good value and great quality. 

I usually sway away from anything celebrity endorsed but I own a couple of the matte lipsticks and they're just as good as MAC. I reach for shade 111 on a night out, a gorgeous orange toned red and have received nothing but compliments. I might add a couple of these to my basket, I'd be interested to see the colour payoff from some of the lighter shades. 

I'm a strong cucumber fan. I never thought I'd be saying that but I am. Both food wise and beauty wise. I've never tried anything from the Yes to... range before but these would be really handy to throw into my gym bag or for holidays. I tend to stray away from face wipes opting for a full cleanse but I would use this after a workout to freshen up. 

I read about this collection when it first came out and decided then and there that I needed something from it but unfortunately my budget doesn't quite stretch to YSL prices. The Corail Incandes shade is such a pretty colour for both cheeks and lips, and I suppose for the price, you are getting two products in one,

Like I've already said, I'm not the greatest fan of 'celebrity' endorsed products but I'm intrigued. Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg deserve so much credit for the brands that they've built up but is all the hype for their brands just because of who they are or are their products actually any good?

I've never known a product to have such a long name! I always want a lighter base during the summer months but something that offers equally a great coverage and lasts all day. I've read a few reviews of this and think it could be the perfect product. Sparkling in the name does scare me slightly, I want to look natural and radiant, not like a glitter ball.

Pureology Highlight Stylist Luminator: £7.54
WHH tends to shy away from haircare. Normally I slap on a bit of heat protectant and that's about as far as I go. Its got be thinking though that I should be trying out more haircare products and not just those you find on the shelf in Boots.

Have you bought anything in the Feel Unique sale? 

Monday, 13 July 2015

ASOS Sale Picks

I was having a little browse the other night and had never realised that ASOS had a sale on. It's very rare that I don't find something I like on ASOS, there's such a wide range and there delivery and returns policy makes online shopping so much easier.

ASOS Sale Picks

Urbancode are not a brand I had heard of before but this bag really caught my eye. I love a suede bag and this looks so much more expensive. It's the perfect size for a couple of nights away, where taking a little suitcase is just too much. I've had this sitting in my basket for the last couple of days and I'm deliberating. I know for the size and quality, a hundred pounds is not a lot to pay but I'm meant to be saving. 

I bought this once before and sent it back. And that's a regret. I saw someone wearing this on Instagram and instantly knew I had to have it but it comes up quite big, I'd suggest sizing down 1-2 sizes depending on the fit you want. The back is cut out and it's perfect to throw on on holiday to wander round in or over the top of a bikini. 

I haven't tried any of the Nails Inc polishes since they changed the packaging and I'm on a no more nail polish ban until I actually use some up... has anyone else never ever finished a bottle? It's one of my friend's birthdays next month and this is right up her street, the box makes wrapping nightmares a thing of the past.

I never used to like Converse, for me they were too generic. That's until I picked up a copy of their classic white plimsolls and fell in love, they go with everything. I love the printed converses, they liven up a dull outfit.

I graduate next week and I still haven't picked the dress. I just don't know what I want to wear so I'm literally in a last minute ordering frenzy. I like the look of this dress, it's demure, long enough and I really like the V neckline detail at the back.

Have you picked anything up in the ASOS sale?

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Magazine Freebies / August 2015

Everybody loves a freebie and there's nothing better than picking up your favourite magazine and getting a new product to try out with it!

Marie Claire: £3.99 - Choice from 6 Ciaté Nail Polish Sets including a colour and a top coat (Worth £10.00). 
Instyle: £3.99 - St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion (50ml worth £3.62)
Red Magazine: £4.00 - A Jessica Nail Polish in either Coral, Nude, Hot Pink or Red (Worth £10.50) 
Cosmopolitan: £4.99 - Choice of a New CID Black Mascara or Lipgloss
Elle: £4.00 - A Organic Pharmacy Skincare Set (Worth £13.00) containing Rose Facial Cleansing Balm, Antioxidant Lip Balm and Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream

I think I'll end up picking up Instyle as I've been wanting to try the St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion without splashing out the cash, if I like it I can go on to buy the full size version. Although I'm very tempted by Marie Claire, I'm on a mission to use up some of my nail polishes before buying anymore.... mind you, technically I'm not buying it. 

Which magazines will you be picking up this month?

Friday, 3 July 2015

Monthly Favourites / June

As if we're already in July! Where has the time gone? I started June by finishing my uni exams, and then followed that up with a trip to Bulgaria, coming back and finding out that I got the results I wanted! I'm now filling my time by working, volunteering at the local animal sanctuary (I want to take all the dogs home with me!) and I'm going through ice-cream like it's going out of style! Anyway down to business, here's my monthly roundup....

Soap & Glory Girlingo Body Moisturising Mist - £6.50
With the heatwave that has swept Britain, the last thing I want to do when stepping out of the shower is to slap on a thick body butter, I prefer something light that's going to sink in quickly. Girlingo has a lovely summery scent, that isn't overly sweet. Whilst I would look for a heavier more-intensive moisturiser in the winter, this is exactly the ticket during the summer months.

Fake Bake Amplify Daily Gradual Tan - £18.00
I'm slightly apprehensive when it comes to gradual tans, I find that they can go wrong pretty easily and I can end up looking like a streaky zebra. This product surprised me and I really love it. Besides giving you a natural glow, it works alongside your bodies own production of melanin helping to produce a natural tan, it also acts as a skin primer and helps to reduce the sight of all those bumps and lumps. The fragrance hit me the most, usually with fake tans, they have a particular biscuity aroma, this smells exactly like all the other Fake Bake products, a gorgeous fresh coconut scent.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Coconut - £3.99
This was my nail colour of last summer and I've brought it out again this year. Coconut is a creamy off-white. I've made my love known for Barry M Gelly Hi Shine's known in the past and this one is no different.

Ultrasun Anti-Ageing Sun Cream for Sensitive Skin SPF30 - £20.00
Now I'm only 23 and hardly in need of anti-ageing skincare but I received a sample of this and loved it. I prefer to use a specific suncream rather than a body one for my face and this was the perfect size to pop into my hand luggage. I would put this on in the morning and one application was enough to last the day, I never burnt and was able to develop a bit of colour. An added bonus is it's skin friendly and doesn't give the white cast effect in photos.

What were your favourites during June?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Review: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

Hello my lovelies,

Summer is well underway, although the weather may say something different, I'm obsessed with that summer glow look. I've been after the perfect cheekbone highlighter and tried too many that make me look like a disco ball, not the look I was aiming for. Every time I would step foot near a MAC counter, I would try out the much hyped MSF in Soft & Gentle and add it to my lust list. Whilst waiting in duty free for 4 hours a couple of weeks ago, I made an impulsive holiday purchase and I don't regret it!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinsh in Soft & Gentle is a 'luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish', MAC describe it a 'gilded peach bronze' colour which I agree with but I spot a gorgeous summery champagne glow there. 

Although I would class it as a warm-toned highlighter suiting medium to dark skin tones, this is a universal highlighter. I initially used it at the beginning of my holiday where some would say I resembled Casper the ghost and it looked amazing. My friend used it on the same night and she has more olive-toned skin and it just added that perfect golden glow. 

MAC MSF Soft & Gentle definitely deserves the hype in my books, it is such a gorgeous highlighter. It's so easy to apply, one quick swirl over my cheekbones using the Real Techniques Contour Brush and I'm left with the perfect amount of dewy glow. I'm constantly reaching for it and popping it on as part of my daily routine. 

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle is available from MAC for £23.00.

Have you tried MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle? Are there any other products that rival it?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Where Have I Been?

Hello my lovelies,

Image Credit: Pinterest

Good question? I fell off the blogging bandwagon and then proceeded to lose it. I'm not going to bore you with excuses and reasons why I haven't blogged but it got to the point where I was struggling to balance everything and something had to give. Unfortunately that was WHH, but now I'm back and able to commit time to my little space, instead of churning out posts for the sake of it.

I plan on blogging every other day, at the moment I'm still trying to lay down a schedule and will be sure to let you know the plan as and when. Whilst I enjoy beauty and fashion posts, I want to incorporate more lifestyle posts and hope those will be welcomed, if there's anything you would like to see, just holla!

It's lovely to be back!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The Style Edit/ Topshop

Hello lovelies,

Style Edit/ Topshop

1. Elastic Cut-Out Crop Top - £36.00, 2. Jacquard Pelmet Skirt - £35.00, 3. Seam Front V-Neck Jumper - £38.00, 4. Multi-Stripe Overlay Dress - £34.00, 5. Cutwork Embroided Frill Top - £48.00

As you can see, I tend to stick to plain pieces that I can mix and match. The crop top is great for dressing up or down, I can see it with the skirt in the evening or matching them with a cardigan, some knitted tights and a pair of chunky boots. Yellow is bang on trend and I'm not one of those fortunate people who can get away with it, next to my face I look washed out and the skirt is a perfect way of incorporating a bit of sunshine into my wardrobe. I have a cardigan similar to the jumper and I get so much wear out of it, you can't go wrong with a transitional light knit. Stripes are my go to, I love the fact that this comes in the petite and tall range as well. I have a slight white top obsession going on, it started last summer and I've been on a ban, but this is just soooo gorgeous, I love the intricate detail.

What's on your Topshop wishlist?


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