My MAC Lipstick virginity is broken!

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Hello everyone, I have an announcement for all of you that I’m proud to say – “my MAC Lipstick virginity has been broken”!

So I’ve never been a massive lipstick lover, and I’m pretty sure I’ve owned no more than 5 lipsticks in my lifetime! Well last year I started to delve into lipsticks, and by delve I mean I bought ONE lipstick! Seemingly, I fell in love and have bought the odd lipstick here and there to add to my collection for different seasons/occasions…

And then it happened…I was in Covent Garden in London a week ago and I went passed a MAC shop, I’d never been in an actual MAC shop before, had no intention of buying anything but wanted to have a browse. My make up collection that I have from MAC is very small and I had no intention of making my collection any bigger. That was until I saw all of the lipsticks lined up so beautifully, every colour you could think of! I saw a few that I liked, but one distinctively stood out as it matched my nails and it was a colour I loved for this time of year!

This colour was ‘CAPTIVE’ and it was part of the ‘Satin’ collection of the lipsticks. I tried it on with my finger to make sure it would suit me, and loved it. Now I’ve heard loads of people in the past saying “whats the point in buying a lipstick for £15 odd when I can buy the exact same colour for way cheaper from another brand”. Well to all of you that think that, which I can understand why you do because I once thought that too, it’s the quality of the lipstick you’re paying for. This lipstick does not budge from my lips, it doesn’t transfer onto glassed when I have a drink, it keeps it’s colour, doesn’t go patchy, it’s immaculate. And the packaging is b-e-a-utiful! Needless to say, I will definitely be buying another MAC lipstick the next time I want a different colour for whatever reason.

What are your favourite MAC lipstick colours? What are your thoughts? xx

P.S. Ignore the bad nail varnish in the photo, it was due to come off as it had chipped a lot.

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My Handbag Essentials – Ft. Ted Baker

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Afternoon my lovelies, today I wanted to share with you all my handbag essentials that I carry round with me on a day to dat basis. Half of these products I use on a daily basis and the other half or more emergency products/items but nevertheless they are still my handbag essentials.

I carry these items in the Ted Baker pouch in the photo inside my handbag. I use this pouch to make my handbag look more organised, as opposed to before where everything was just scattered at the bottom of my handbag lost for all eternity like some kind of Mary Poppins wander bag! This Ted Baker pouch came with my Ted Baker handbag which I’m sure I may show to you all at some point so I wouldn’t know if this pouch is purchasable by itself and if it is, how much it would be. So let’s begin!

  1. Hair Grips – this is a standard in many girls handbags I’m sure! I’m surprised I’m organised enough to have them still on the packaging rather than scattered about my bag. I actually put the hair grips back on the packaging as well when I’m not using them so I don’t risk losing as many as I normally would. I keep these in my handbag because for work I wear a bun and more often than not my hair tries escaping from my bun so these come in useful when I need to tidy up!
  2. Elemis Jasmine and Rose hand and nail cream – This is my holy grail hand cream. Smells absolutely gorgeous and your hands aren’t all sticky after applying them, they’re soft and moisturised. Now that it’s coming towards the colder seasons the hands are getting more and more dry so I’m already using this almost every day.
  3. Mineral Magic Pressed Powder – This is a powder that I use to touch up if I need to in the middle of the day depending on how my make up is looking. I keep this powder in my bag because it’s not the type of powder leaving you with a cakey look meaning it’s perfect for touch ups and you never know when you’re going to need to touch up!
  4. Nail clippers – For when I break a nail at work is when I usually need these. It’s rare that I do but they come in so handy at removing a half broken nail before it becomes any more damaged.
  5. Nail file – this kind of goes with the nail clippers. Sometimes when you break a nail, it becomes jagged and scratchy so a nail file is perfect to smooth the nail out on the go.
  6. EOS Lip balm – This is my go to lip balm, I’ve previously written a blog post on this already, absolutely love it! Again, with the colder seasons chapped lips are starting to show themselves so this I’m also using almost every single day.
  7. Tablets – I know what you’re thinking. You’re looking at the photo and saying to yourself ‘there’s no tablets in that photo!?’. Well actually, the little coin purse that you can see is actually carrying a variety of tablets that I have cut up in their packs. These are for emergency’s, aches, pains, stomach issues etc. The worst thing I can think of is going out and falling ill or getting a headache! Pulls the fun out of everything! So for this reason I always carry tablets around with me so I can try and get rid of any problems I have asap rather than waiting to get home and being in more pain as well as having your day ruined! These are the biggest MUST in my handbag essentials!
  8. Kleenex Blotting Papers – These are amazing! I have very oily skin and so sometimes I have to blot my skin to dab away the excess oils without needing to touch up to cover the oil. They’re amazing because you can use these to get rid of the excess oils and your make up is still intact! I struggle to find these in the shops nowadays, so I now order them online because I love them so much!

So that’s my day to day essentials that are a must in my handbag!

What are your handbag essentials? Do any of you use the same things as me? Let me know you’re thoughts!

Thanks for reading 🙂 x

My September Specific Favourite – Elemis Forever Frangipani Gift set

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I know it’s a little early to be claiming what my favourite product/set of September is as the month isn’t even over yet, but I am so confident with this set that I am 100% certain nothing can top this in a matter of a week or so.

So it was my birthday at the beginning of September and I was treated to a spa getaway for a weekend, at which I also had the luxury of two treatments: Full body massage and a facial, both of which I had the Elemis specific treatments.

The oil in the above gift set is what was used for my full body massage and I absolutely loved it so I decided to purchase the above gift set whilst I was there! The gift set cost £39, and I’m telling you this because I’ll be telling you the prices below as if buying the products separate so you can see what a bargain it is! This gift set is actually part of the christmas gift set range which has already started coming out! (I just wanted to point out, I am not sponsored to talk about Elemis products, these are products I have found and genuinely fell in love with – more of an obsession if I’m honest).

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Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream – So as it says, this is a shower cream and a luxurious feeling one at that. It is a lovely creamy consistency that is beautifully moisturising. I just put a little amount in the palm of my hand, lather it up in my hands a little and rub it all over my body. I absolutely love this and was pleasantly surprised as I’m not usually fussed what body washes I use. This product by itself would be £24 which for me is too expensive for a shower cream and so this is not something I would buy on its own but I will honestly be gutted once it has ran out.

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Frangipani Monoi Body Oil – As I said at the start of this post, this oil was the oil used in my full body massage. This is actually a hair, nail and body oil so it is multi purpose which I love. For me I only use it as a body oil and obviously I am unintentionally using it as a nail oil as it gets on my nails when I use it which I am not complaining about. I love how nourishing this body oil is, I use this once a week for a more deep moisturising treatment for my body but it can be used however often a person wishes. This body oil costs £34.

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Frangipani Monoi Body Cream – This body cream I use day and night and I can 100% say this is the best body cream I have ever tried in my life. I actually never used to like moisturisers all that much as a majority that I tried sat on top of my skin and was sticky rather soaked in. This body cream is definitely a re-purchase as it soaks in to the skin, so you feel silky smooth and soft to the touch rather than a sticky mess. Cost is £24.

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Frangipani Monoi Mist – This is actually a room mist, however I was told in the store it can also be used as a body mist, however I use it as a room mist. The only thing with this product is it comes out quite strong, which is a good thing because then you only need to use one squirt, but I still think this is too strong for a small room. This is however perfect for an open planned room when you want a nice scent, perhaps if you have visitors coming over or you want to get rid of the smell of a take away you’ve just had. Personally I don’t often use it but it does smell nice in small doses. I actually couldn’t find this product on the Elemis website at how much it would cost separate so I’m not sure on this one.

All of these products smell absolutely beautiful! Especially on the body! Personally I’d never heard of Frangipani so the first time I’d heard of it and smelt it was at the spa. The body cream and the oil are my favourite products in this gift set. As you can see, if you’re a person interested in these products, the gift set is the best way to go as the products separate amounts to quite a bit of money. I will definitely be re-purchasing a couple of these products and I would definitely recommend these products to everyone 🙂

Thank you for reading xx

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My Acne Saviour – S.O.S Emergency Cream

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Hello my lovelies! I wanted to share with you something is a saviour for in my eyes. For those of you who have read my first ever post, you will know I have oily combination, acne prone skin and have constantly suffered since the age of 13. I have tried what feels like literally every product under the sun to try and improve my skin but only ever received short term results.

However after starting to use products of the Elemis brand, I have had long term results and my skin is constantly improving. I’m no longer ashamed of the way I look and one of the products that has helped me greatly is the S.O.S Emergency cream.

This intensive daily moisturiser has been formulated to soothe sensitive, dry, blemish prone skin while replenishing skin’s hydration balance.

Originally, I was a little worried with it saying it is an intensive moisturiser as I didn’t want it make my oily skin worse. How wrong was I! It balances the oil within my skin, hydrates and moisturises perfectly meaning this cream is perfect for people with dry and oily skin..

Most importantly, this amazing cream is perfect for hormonal skin causing breakouts. I only use this on the blemished parts of my skin which are my T-zone and a little on my forehead and my blemishes rapidly reduced and looked calmer within 24 hours. I was amazed at how quickly and well this product worked. This is definitely a product worth trying for those of you willing to spend quite a bit of money as this is a pricey product. But for me, it was definitely worth it.

Have any of you tried this? Or suffer with hormonal acne as well?

Let me know you’re thoughts or experiences.

Thank you for reading 🙂

What’s in my make up bag? – Ted Baker

 

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Hello my lovelies, I wanted to share with you what is in my make up bag. These are my essential products that I use on a day to day basis, these products are the same products that I use every day and never change.

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I use these 2 products at separate times throughout my foundation routine. I use the B6 Vitamin-infused complexion prep spray as my 1st step, this helps to reduce redness, minimise pores and absorbs excess oil on the skin – basically prepping the skin ready for your routine. The de-slick make up setting spray is a setting spray specifically to help with oil control, I actually spray this product onto my foundation brush before applying my foundation, that way the setting spray is mixed in lightly with the foundation and in my opinion works better as a setting spray.

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This Urban Decay Naked Skin beauty balm is what I use as my primer. It helps to blur out imperfections, it’s oil free and primes the skin ready for foundation. Before I use this, I do use my EOS lip balm, which I haven’t taken a photo of as I already have written a blog on it.

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Next items I use are my Urban Decay naked skin foundation and I use it with the Urban Decay Optical Blurring brush. This brush is specifically best used with this foundation, both of which I am in absolute love with. I have already done a review on both of these so I won’t go in to detail, but one thing I will say is that a setting powder is not required with this foundation which is why you won’t see a setting powder in this post.

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Above is the 2 next things that I use, I use the Bare Minerals bronzer in the shade ‘The Skinny Dip’ (left) to contour my face, this is the perfect shade bronzer for my skin and blends in perfectly! I then use the Mosaic Bronze Glow in the shade ‘Sunkissed’ on the top of the cheek bones to give my skin that extra little bit of glow/shimmer. The brush I use with these is the Blush/Contour brush by B.

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This is the mascara I am currently using, this is not normally the mascara I would purchase, however I never stick to one mascara. This is the first one of this brand I’ve tried and I was pleasantly surprised with it being such a cheap mascara. It isn’t clumpy and it also dries quick which in my eyes is a good thing. The eyelash curler above is by Tweezerman, this is really good at curling the lashes which I use every day before using the mascara as you’d probably guess.

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Lastly, this is the Loreal Le blush in the shade ‘True Rose’. I have used this blush for almost a year and still haven’t hit base. It’s the perfect blush for me as like the bronzer suits my complexion and blends in perfectly. The brush I use with this is the Real Techniques contour brush.

All of these products like I said I use every single day, the only product that differs is my choice of lip gloss/lipstick. Therefore I have left out the lipsticks all together. I quite often go for a neutral look so eye shadows are very rarely a part of my collection.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, what’s in your make up bag? Do any of you use the same products as me? Let me know 🙂 x

Cosmetic Warrior – the perfect mask for acne prone skin?

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So i’ve never been a massive Lush fan, I’ve only ever owned about 2 products from Lush ever, maybe 3 and I thought maybe a ‘natural’ face mask was the next way to go as opposed to chemicals etc.

So I headed on down to my local Lush store and had a little gander round the store. I was specifically after a face mask more than anything so was specifically wondering around that little section. I then came across this bad boy, called ‘Cosmetic Warrior’.

This gentle face mask combats spots and soothes troubled skins. With antiseptic fresh garlic, tea tree essential oil, deep cleansing kaolin and antibacterial honey. Use it to banish breakouts.

So after reading this I thought perfection! That sounds exactly what I need to help aid my skin. So I made the purchase, took it home, put it in the fridge as advised until trying it a few days later.

Apparently you’re supposed to apply the mask, so that you’re covering you’re entire face with the mask just enough so that you’re skin isn’t showing through. That being said it aims to get about 6 uses out of it roughly, using this mask once a week would mean you get 6 weeks use out of it (according to the Lush staff member that helped me out).

So I applied the face mask, which to my dismay, smelt even worse to me when it was sat on my face. You’re supposed to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. For me I could only last 10 minutes as the smell was overpowering. I don’t normally have a sensitive nose but this had a big impact on my thoughts for this face mask. However, the actual face mask results I was pleasantly pleased with, my skin felt smooth, moisturised a refreshed, and after a few weeks of using it my blemishes had reduced.

The only problem I have is the smell and for this reason alone I won’t be re-purchasing the product. Out of all of the other face masks this is basically the best one for my skin, which is such a shame when some of them smell beautiful and I’m walking around smelling like a garlic.

If you don’t have a sensitive nose or you generally don’t mind the smell, then this face mask is worth it. Putting on natural products to help combat your skin is one of the best things you can do!

P.S I’m not trying to put anyone off with the garlic, I have friends that didn’t think it smelt that bad so it could just be me!

EOS Lip Balm – My thoughts?

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This is going to be a small post, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this lip balm.

EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balm has always been a well known lip balm in places such as America, however they were never sold in stores in the UK for a long while. I have seen these on reviews and youtube videos and always been curious at what the hype was about as so many people had them.

I eventually but accidentally came across this lip balm whilst purchasing some items in topshop, it was on the counter with many flavours and I just couldn’t resist. At £6.99 I purchased this lip balm in the Pomegranate Raspberry flavour as it was the one that smelt the best to me.

I’ve been using this lip balm for almost 2 months now and I still can’t see signs of any use. The flavour is subtle on the lips, it moisturises the lips for a long amount of time as the consistency is thick but not sticky. It also doesn’t rub off as soon as your lips touch something or as soon as you have a drink like some lip balms do and it also makes a perfect lip base for lip sticks and lip glosses. I was surprised at the quality if I’m honest as I normally always find something wrong with a lip balm and get to annoyed to continue using them. However this is a great lip balm for the price and I can tell is going to last a very long time!

I would recommend this lip balm to anyone looking for a good lip balm. There are even sets online that you can purchase so you can get a selection of flavours so you don’t have to wait for it to come to a store near you like I did!