Friday, 6 March 2015

The Setting Powders.

Review - Setting Powders
This might be a bit of a boring topic but setting powders is something my combination skin can not live without. I know a lot of people can find them cakey but for me they are perfect for keeping my foundation in place especially on my oily t-zone.
I currently have three on rotation which are all slightly different and I use them on different days depending how my skin is.

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder Foundation (£6.99) is for days when I want more coverage. This can be worn alone or over liquid foundation as it does give some coverage but still feels light.
This does a great job at keeping my skin matte and giving me a really full coverage finish. This is great for when I need my base to last a good 12 hours plus.

The newest addition is the Magic Minerals Self Correcting Mineral Makeup*. (£9.99) Not only does it help to keep my skin matte the colour correctors in it help to camouflage any discolouration.
I think this is meant to be used as a mineral foundation but I don't find it gives enough coverage for my liking so I use it over a light foundation when my skin is red and generally acting up. This just helps to even it all out. It is also a great one to take in your handbag as it comes with a small brush that is surprisingly good and a decent size mirror in the compact.

The third powder is one I recently mentioned in my February favourites. The Gosh Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder (£9.99) does exactly what it says on the tin. You can use it as either a primer which is what I mainly use it for but on those extra oily days or if I want to use something translucent I use this as a setting powder.
It is a loose powder so can be a bit messy but it is very light the tiniest amount does the job of setting foundation into place.

I probably don't need all three powders but I am a make up junkie so what do you expect? All three do a great job.
Do you use a setting powder? What is your favourite?

*PR Sample.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Look Fantastic Beauty Box - March.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box - March.
Look Fantastic Beauty Box - March.
I wasn't going to buy this months Look Fantastix Beauty box but everyone starting saying how good it was and I gave into the hype. I am pleased I did as March's box is a really good one.

There is 6 products to try in this months box, some full size some deluxe samples. The first product to catch my eye was the mini Wet Brush. I already own the full size and a mini version of this but fully welcomed another as I can now have one in my handbag as well as my bedroom and bathroom. The brush is that good.

The second item and another one I am very excited about testing out is the Nuxe Nuxellence Detox which I have heard lots about. It is suitable for all skin types and helps recharge your skin overnight.
The other item you could of received instead of this is the Caudalie Polyphenol Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum, which I was a little gutted about not getting as I have wanted to try it for a while but I am happy to try the Nuxe cream instead.

Sticking with the skincare there is the Cowshed Lippy Cow Lip Balm, a natural lip balm to help soothe and hydrate your lips. It is full of essential oils and has a slight lemon scent to it.

The last product for the skin is the Bliss Fat Girl Slim which is a firming moisturiser. I personally don't think a body moisturiser can help much with firming the skin but I am going to give this a try once baby has arrived and I start losing weight again. I will report back if I get results.

Lastly there is two make up items. One is the Lord & Berry Eye Pencil in black, I think this has appeared in a past box and it is the product I am the least excited about. I don't really use black pencil liners so probably will pass this onto a friend. For those of you who do, I can imagine this being a handy size to throw in your handbag.

The other make up is the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour in Gilt which is a gorgeous gold eyeshadow pencil. I have only swatched this but once set it stayed put on my hand for sometime so I am looking forward to giving this a test run.
This alone costs £24 so more than makes up for the £15 you paid for the box.

I think this months Look Fantastic Box is a great one and I am looking forward to testing all the products out.

Have you ordered this box? What would you be excited about to try?

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Red Lips.

red lipstick

red lipstick swatch
I used to be terrified of wearing a red lip thinking it would draw too much attention but as I have got older and care less about what other people think I have grown confidence in wearing a red lip.

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite red lipsticks/glosses that I always rely on.

For those of you who like I was a little weary of a red lip the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Poppy is a great product to try. It is quite a pigmented gloss but isn't too bold and the fact that it is a gloss makes it more sheer and easy to wear. The tone of the red isn't too warm or cool so would suit most skin tones too.

A recent discovery of mine and probably my new favourite is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella. This is a slight cool toned red that is completely matte, once applied it takes a lot for it to wear off though the only downside to that is it can be quite drying. That aside I adore this lip pencil, it easy to apply and I think the tone is perfect for me. Dare I say it that I think this is 'my red'.

A more budget friendly option is Seventeens Stay Pout Lipstick in Infared. This is more of a warm red with a satin finish. This is such a good quality lipstick for the price, I have a full review of it here.

Last but not least is the Micro Bubble Lipstick by Daniel Sandler which is probably one of the first red lipsticks I fell in love with. This is the brightest red out of the four mentioned and again is a satin finish. It feels really comfortable on the lips and stays put most of the day. This is more of red for when you are feeling a bit braver though as it is bright.

I would love to know what your favourite red lip is? Do you find red lips a bit daunting?

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Introducing - Vital Touch Natalia.

Introducing - Vital Touch Natalia.

Introducing - Vital Touch Natalia.

Introducing - Vital Touch Natalia.
I was recently introduced to the brand Vital Touch and their Natalia Skincare products which are for pregnant women and mums.
Their products are based on the work of Katie Whitehouse who has specialised in massaging pregnant woman for years and is full of knowledge when it comes to aromatherapy and reflexology.

Vital Touch have kindly sent me some of their products to try and I thought I would give them a little introduction before fully testing them out and reporting back.

The first thing that has really intrigued me is that they provide a lot of products that you wouldn't normally come across, they also do great gift sets perfect for new mums.

I have two of the gift boxes to try, the Labour & Birth box which I am very excited to try also the New Parent Survival Box.

The Natalia Labour & Birth Box* contains 3 products, the Labour Bath Ease which you can add to your bath during established labour, Labour Massage oil and a Labour Instant Energiser.
The box also contains a lovely soft flannel and a booklet to give you a step by step guide on pregnancy and labour massage. (This has been placed on the other halfs bedside table)
The products in this box have gone into my hospital bag, I am hopefully having a water birth and want to try and stay as relaxed as possible so I am excited to have these products on hand to help.

The New Parent Survival Box* has a New Mother Bath Soak, Baby Massage Oil, Baby Special Skin Balm and a New Parent Instant Revitaliser. (Which I think will be coming in very handy) Like the other box this contains a flannel and a booklet but this one is all about baby massage which I am very keen to learn about.

Lastly I have two other items that I am currently testing out now. The Prenatal Leg Refresher* which is fantastic for those days when you have been on your feet a little too long. This really does cool and soothe tired feet and legs a must have for us mums to be.
The other product is the Perineal Massage Oil* which is to be used 'down there' to help everything stretch. This is probably something I won't be going into too much detail about but I will let you know if it helps.

I think all these products sound fantastic and I have high hopes for them helping. I of course will be reporting back on them all to let you know what worked for me.
I also think the boxes are a brilliant gift if you are looking for something for a pregnant friend or family member. I am sure they will thank you for it.

To learn more about the products check out the Vital Touch Website. There is so many products to choose from.

Have you tried any of the Vital Touch Natalia range? I would love to hear your thoughts on labour massage and baby massage.

*PR Sample.

Monday, 2 March 2015

What Is It About Luxury Beauty Items?

what is it about luxury beauty items?
I was trying to work out yesterday, what is it about luxury beauty items that get's us excited?
To be honest all makeup and skincare gets my heart pounding but there is something special about buying something from a high end brand.
I think the packaging has a lot to do with it, more expensive items always have sturdy eye catching packaging that just screams good quality.  I also think a lot of the time you do get what you pay for so products often perform better. (Though not always the case)

My favourite items to buy or receive as gifts from luxury brands are lipsticks or eyeshadow palettes. I love the feel of applying an expensive lipstick when out, it just makes you feel special.
When it comes to eyeshadow palettes I am like a magpie, especially if it is a neutral palette. I'm actually not sure what it is that makes me feel so giddy about them but I do.

It is a funny thing and to someone who doesn't love or obsess over make up it is probably very strange but I know most of you reading will understand.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this? What is it about high end beauty items that gets you excited and is there a particular item that really makes your heart pound?

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites 2015

February Favourites 2015
I wanted to post this up yesterday but it has been a bit of chaotic couple of days, so only just getting round to writing this today.
I can't believe it is the 1st march but I am so happy it is as it means spring is nearly here. Also there is a chance my little girl could arrive this month, I am not due until the 2nd April but everyone seems convinced she will arrive early. Only time will tell.

Onto my favourites and February brought lots of new exciting launches that I have enjoyed testing out.

Firstly and probably my top favourite from the month has to go to the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes. I reviewed these here and I am still loving them as much as I did when I first got them. The shade I have been wearing constantly is Seductive Pink and my other blushes just haven't had a look in. These are pigmented and give a slight sheen to the cheek, they are just so pretty.

Gosh has been a brand I have discovered more in February and their new spring launches are fantastic. I was luckily enough to be invited to their spring launch event and discovered the wonderful new Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners*. They come in various shades and do not budge once dry. They have become my new go to eyeliners, I have even been rocking blue eyeliner which is right out of my comfort zone.

A second item from Gosh is the Prime & Set - Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder. The lovely Rebecca from Be Beautiful told me about this as it is a great primer for more combination/oily skins, so I decided to pick one up after she raved about it.
You can use this either as a primer underneath foundation or over the top and for you really oily girls this is what you need to keep your skin matte all day. Just a dusting of this under your foundation and it will not budge, no longer will you get any of that midday shine. I will do a full review of this soon.

I am quite fuss free when it comes to my hair, I am not good at styling it and its just not something that gets me excited. These last couple of months though my hair has been so frizzy I have been on the hunt for some products to help with that.
The OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner have been a welcomed discovery, they help tame my hair without making my roots oily which is a huge bonus. These are both worth checking out if you are having trouble managing your hair.

Lastly a surprising favourite for me as I am not a massive lipgloss fan but I have been favouring the Laura Mercier Lip Glace this month. Especially the shade in Poppy a gorgeous red shade. These are so smooth and glossy without being sticky, they last on the lips so well.

Do let me know what your favourite products have been during February?

*PR Sample

Friday, 27 February 2015

Review - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.

Review - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.

Review and swatch - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.
I am probably a little late to the party with this one but I have been lusting after the Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette since it first came out so I decided to finally get it when I got some money for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Well I can tell you this was love at first site and I am so glad that I got it. The palette contains 3 face powders, two lighter 'skin tone' shades and one more gold/bronze shade. They all have a slight sheen to them but are not glittery in the slightest. As the name suggests they just add radiance to the skin.
The first shade I use as a setting powder for my foundation especially on those days when my skin is looking dull. This just helps to set things in place and give the skin a healthy glow.
The second shade I use as a highlighter as it comes up slightly lighter than my skin, it is also great for setting under eye concealer.
The third shade I haven't really used much but can see this being perfect for the summer when I have a bit of a tan. (Even if it is fake tan)

As most of you are aware Make Up Revolution is known for their dupes and even though I haven't tried the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette I have swatched it a few times and this is definitely a close match for the fraction of the price.
As much as I like high end products there really isn't the need to spend a fortune on something you can get for less than £10.

You can pick the Make Up Revolution Radiance Lights Palette up for £8 on their website. Each shade also comes individually too.

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?
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