Friday, 31 October 2014

Review - Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick In Infared.

I do love a good red lip and I can't believe how good the Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Infared (Boots £4.49) is, it ticks all the boxes.
It has a matte finish that lasts all day on the lips, I only had to slightly touch it up after lunch. I found it didn't dry my lips out like a lot of lipsticks can, most of the day I forgot I had it on.
Infared applies smooth and doesn't smudge or get on your teeth, it really is a fab formula for a dark lipstick.

For a budget brand the Stay Pout lipsticks are fantastic, the packaging is sleek and isn't too cheap looking either. It really is everything you could want for a lipstick, I am truly impressed.

Now the question is, what colour to try next? Have you tried the Seventeen Stay Pout Lipsticks?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lush Haul

(Excuse the bad quality photo, I am currently using my phone as I can't find my camera)

As I have mentioned in a previous post I have a slight obsession with lush at the moment and on Sunday on a little shopping trip in Ipswich I popped in there to pick a few things up. I thought I would share with you what I got as I know some of you are obsessed as I am. 

Firstly I grabbed two shower gels, Rose Jam (£4.75) which smells just like a bottle of roses, its gorgeous and So White (£4.50) which smells of fresh crisp apples. I have not yet used either of these but they smell amazing and I can not wait to give them a try. 

My skin is all over the place due to pregnancy hormones and I am little unsure what I can and can't use on it. So I decided to pick up Grease Lightening (£6.40) to tackle some large blemishes that have popped up on my chin. I am avoiding using things like salicylic acid like I normally would and decided to try this as a more natural, gentle approach. After just one use my blemishes don't seem as angry and red, so I am impressed so far. 
(Quick side note, if anyone has any advice on pregnancy skincare I would really appreciate it) 

Now onto the bath products and Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt (£4.35) has been on the top of my wish list for a while. This is perfect for dryer, sensitive skins and sounds so nourishing. I really hope this is as good as I imagine. 

I wanted to try some more of the Christmas bubble bars so I got The Christmas Penguin (£3.25) and Candy Mountain (£2.75) which both smell amazing. Even though I prefer bath bombs to bubble bars I fell you get more money with the bars as I usually get a good 2/3 uses out of each one.

Lastly is the 3 bath bombs, two are So White (£3.50) which I can not explain to you how much I love. It just smells incredible and makes your bath pink, what more could you ask for?
Lastly is Father Christmas (£3.50) and I mainly just picked this up because his little face just makes me chuckle, the bonus is it smells great too.

I can't wait to have a bath later and give one of the bombs or bubble bars a try, just which one to pick first.....?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Two Hair Products I Can't Live Without Now.

I may have only had these hair products a week but I just don't know what I did without them before. I have very thick hair which means washing and styling it is a bit of a chore, I will always try and put it off as long as possible.
I had heard quite a few people rave about The Wet Brush (£11.99 Cult Beauty) and finally decided to pick one up myself to see if it really was worth the hype. I have been a long time user of the Tangle Teezer but even that was becoming a struggle to get through my hair.
As soon as the wet brush arrived I brushed it through my hair and was completely amazed and how it glided through my very tangled hair. Barely any hair ended up in the brush and it didn't tug or pull it. It is fantastic on wet or dry hair and I am even convinced its made it more shiny and healthier. (That might also be down to the fact I am brushing it more than twice a week now too....oops!)
I think everyone should try this brush and I have just seen they do a mini version which I will be getting for my handbag.

The second product I wanted to mention is the COLAB Dry Shampoo (£3.49 Superdrug) which I am sure most of you have heard about as its the new product created by Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends. I love reading Ruths blog so I knew I wanted to pick this up but I had also heard some great things about it.
Out of the 5 scents I picked up London which is quite a classic fragrance I think but I can see myself wanting them all. Not only does this dry shampoo smell nice it is completely invisible which is unheard of from a dry shampoo. It performs amazingly, leaving my hair looking refreshed and with some added body to the roots.
This comes in small and large bottles so great for travel or handbags, it also a great price. This is for sure my go to dry shampoo from now on.

Have you tried either of these products?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Autumn/Winter Nail Favourites

Just one coat applied. 

Autumn and winter is my favourite time for beauty, I love the colours that come out and the cold dark nights just make you want to stay in and give yourself a pamper.
I thought I would share with you some of my nail favourites for this time of year and I will admit that some of the shades are very similar. (guilty face)

(Starting from left to right on the colour wheel)

Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour in Midnight Red - This is the perfect deep red shade and the formula of these Maybelline polishes are the best. They have a thick brush for easy application and last a week without chipping. One of my top favourites.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Wicked - This is very similar to the Maybelline one but with a slightly more purple undertone than red. Essie is one of my favourite brands of nail polish and this a fab autumn shade.

Sleek Loves Nails Nail Lacquer in Vinto Tinto - I know I have spoken about this more than once before and it was my go to shade last year. This is more of a sheer deep red but can be built up. The formula is great, I really must try more sleek polishes.

Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Crush - Sometimes it is nice to go for a matte shade on the nails for something a bit different and the Barry M Matte polishes are great and affordable. This is a deep wine shade thats opaque in one swipe, the only down side is I do find it chips quite easily.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blood Orange - Another Barry M polish but in the Hi Shine formula. This is true classic red that you can't go wrong with. Like all Barry M it is easy to apply and is super glossy.

Ciate Nail Polish in Boudoir - Another firm favourite, I got this polish in the Ciate Advent calender last Christmas and this has been my favourite one out all 25 I got. Applies like a dream and doesn't chip for days. Another gorgeous classic red everyone should own.

Rimmel Salon Pro Polish in Rhythm & Blues - Finally stepping away from the reds this is a gorgeous navy polish. It is quite sheer with one coat but add a second or third and you are left with a true deep navy shade. Rimmel polishes are fab and their pro polishes have great staying power.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Chinchilly - Lastly another Essie polish and this is a purple/greige type colour. Great for if you want a more neutral look

Do let me know what your favourite polishes are for autumn/winter?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Back Again + Current Favourites

Yes I know I said I was going to start blogging regularly and then didn't but there is an explanation. For those of you who don't know I am 17 weeks pregnant and soon after deciding I wanted to blog again morning sickness hit and I can tell you I have never felt so ill in all my life. I was signed off work for about 5 weeks and I just spent most of my time either in bed or the bathroom feeling completely sorry for myself and I actually became a bit of a hermit. (I know the sickness will be well worth it when I get my gorgeous baby in April) Luckily now I am past the 12 week part I feel back to the old me and now feel its time to get back doing what I love.
I think I might write up some pregnancy blog posts, more as a diary for me but hopefully some of you will enjoy reading too.

So thats where I have been and now on to the usual topic of all things beauty. I thought I would share some of the things I have been loving with you all.
First up is this foundation from No7, I am not usually a huge fan of No7 make up but I have always got on with their base products. The Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation is exactly what it says, a light foundation that looks very natural on the skin with a satin type finish. It evens all the skin out and can be built up to a light/medium coverage but you will need concealer on any blemishes. I have the shade Calico and is perfect for my pale skin. I definitely can see this being a repurchase.
To set my foundation in place and to touch up any shine during the day I have been using the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. I have the lightest shade 52 Vanilla and it is such a lovely finally milled powder that looks completely natural on the skin. It is perfect at keeping things matte throughout the day.

Another Bourjois product I have been impressed by is the Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara. This is one of Bourjois newest releases I believe and its fab at adding lots of length and drama to the lashes. It has quite a thin, plastic brush that makes it easy to get right to the root of the lashes.

The last item of make up is the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Starlit Black. This is a black liner with a slight silver glitter running through it which adds just something extra to your eyes. Not only is the shade gorgeous but I am so impressed with the staying power of this liner, it really doesn't budge once set. I am eyeing up new shades already.

I am not the best at describing fragrances so I won't linger on the Ralph Lauren perfume I can't get enough of. Its quite a fresh, citrus scent that lasts all day and a complete bargain at boots at the moment. (The reason I treated myself)

I have always been a huge fan of The Body Shop Body Butters and the Cocoa Butter version has been slathered onto my belly day and night for the last couple of months. I know I can't avoid stretch marks but I like to know I'm doing something that helps, plus this smells amazing and makes your skin feel so soft.

Lastly I wanted to talk about Lush. I have had an on/off relationship with Lush products for years and have recently fallen back in love. Two I have been loving is The Comforter which is a bubble bar that just smells incredible. Its quite a sweet fruity scent but it isn't sickly, I literally have to sniff it every time I walk into my room. The other product is the Butterbear Bath Bomb which is filled with cocoa butter to make your skin feel incredibly soft. Its not a strong scent this one and has more of a soothing effect.

So there is a few beauty favourites, I would love to know yours? Also if you have any recommendations on Lush products as I am little obsessed at the moment..... I am off to sniff The Comforter bubble bar now!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Are You On Depop?

If you have been a long time follower of mine you know I used to be one for having regular blog sales to help keep my make up stash from getting out of control. Well the last few months I have been using the app Depop which is selling site that is a mix between ebay and instagram.

It is such a quick and easy way to sell things and I haven't had any problems so far with selling items. There is a fee if you pay directly through depop from your paypal account and some people ask if you can pay directly from paypal to avoid that. I use both methods depending on what the buyer wants. Through august at the moment though they are not charging fees so I am going to be putting loads of things up including clothes to have a big clear out.

To follow me, my username is @brightowngirl. I have loads of high-end make up for sale as well as some clothes and accessories. If you are on there do let me know your user names in the comments below as I would love to follow some more accounts.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Handbag Shopping - Wishlist.

So I am on the hunt for a handbag but I am kind of fussy and I have what I want in mind that I can't quite find exactly. Above is a selection of handbags I have found that I really like but still am not sure.

The first bag (top right) is the Beige Frame Bag from River Island. (£40) I love everything about this bag except the colour, even if it was a slightly darker brown I think I would prefer it. It has three compartments which is the main criteria I want from a bag. It is a decent size and has a long and short strap so I can wear it in the crook of my arm or slung over my shoulder. I also like that its quite structured and smart looking.

The other tan bag (top left) is from Accssesorize, its the Double Pocket Core bag in tan (£37) and comes in a metallic and red colour too. This is the biggest out of the bags and probably my least favourite. Again it has three compartments and long and short strap.

Lastly the bag at the bottom which I have pictures of both colours is the Zara Mini City Bag with Zips. (£39.99) I didn't jump on the band wagon when the original Zara City Bag came out last year but now I want in. I love this bag in both colours, it has loads of compartments and I just love the general look of it. The only thing is, I wish it was slightly bigger. It does come in a larger size but I found this just too big. (I told you I was fussy)

All three bags I like and I think the Zara bag is the firm favourite but I am just not sure. If any of you have seen any bags similar to this then do let me know as I am still on the hunt. What is your favourite handbag?