Wednesday, 31 October 2012

My Autumn Make Up Essentials .....

When Autumn comes round I find myself reaching for certain make up products on a daily basis without even thinking about it and now I've grown to love these products especially the Lipstick which I wouldn't normally dare to wear on a day to day basis but I find come Autumn it is the perfect shade... well for me anyway........

Benefit 'Do Tell',NYX 'Gypsy'Elizabeth Arden'Soft Radiance'Lord&Berry Blush '8132'

Daniel Sandler Primer  is hands down the best primer I have ever used it is so silky smooth,smooths my skin out evenly and works as the perfect canvas for applying my make up, I'm quite sad as it is near the end so I've been using it sparingly at the moment, YSL Touche Eclat  is my most reached for product at the moment especially with such early starts I could not cope without it I am shade 01 and will continue to repurchase this time and time again.YSL Shocking Mascara just love this product it is the most incredible mascara if you like big voluminous lashes then this is the one for you,yes its a bit on the steep side especially for a mascara but having used it for a while not I do not regret buying this product one bit. I was never really a bronze kinda girl give me a highlighter or blush any day but then I stumbled across this beauty of a gem and now I adore it and that is the Elizabeth Arden ' Soft Radiance Finish' Bronzer and it just gives the right amount for me and is nice and subtle,applies like a dream and I just love it.Lord And Berry Blush  now I really like Lord&Berry products but it really bugs me that they don't have any names and just numbers instead I find it a little off putting if I'm honest but all my blushes I have are mainly coral shades or light pinks so basically for the spring and summer but then I came across this beautiful matte shade and I love it, I will only wear this in the Autumn/Winter months but I do really like it, a stunning deep terracotta shade I see it as,the eyeshadow I have reached for most is my NYX 'Gypsy' a deep brown which has a little hint of shimmer in it,so not to offensive and my god these shadows feel like velvet and are so pigmented I will be buying more of these for sure, and now when it comes to lip products I always play it safe so pinks/nudes are my safety blanket I don't like going to far out my comfort zone but this  Benefit lipstick in Do Tell is such a beautiful plum toned shade and is without doubt fully pigmented I only need to apply very lightly acorss my lips to get full colour and is a nice deep shade but not too dark so I love it.

What make up products do you find yourself reaching for come Autumn/Winter?
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lush,Essie,Models Own Haul


So on Friday on my lunch I popped into town to pick a few pieces up, Mainly some new candles as come the Autumn months there is nothing nicer than candles lit around the house and first of all I picked up the Yankee Candles in  Honey And Spice which is from their new Autumn collection and is not one I would normally go for but oh my gosh it smells amazing with hints of cinnamon,musk and just an all round warm smell for the colder months and the next one I picked up was the Blissful Autumn which is such a stunning fresh/fruity scent and I seriously can not stop sniffing it.

I then hopped on over to Lush  and for once was very self controlled and just picked for bath bombs up and I think they are my four favourites  Twilight,Butterball,Enchanter and Dragons Egg and I love them all another of my fave is Fizz banger, you can't beat a nice long soak in the bath with a Lush Bath bomb.

 Then popped into Boots as picked something up for Nath and decided I had to try the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash as their scrub is prob my all time favourite scrub from them it smells amazing and the was is just as amazing. And then I grabbed a Models Own Snowflake as with all the festive parties coming up I think it will look pretty amazing over a dark shade, also picked up one of the Models Own Mirror Balls in Freak Out which is so damn beautiful I can not wait to use it, and last but never least was my standard Essie purchase in Mezmerised which is just a stunning deep blue shade.

Been on any sprees recently? what have you bought ?


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Skin Care Faves

As much as I love shopping for make up sometimes you just can not beat a good skin care haul, especially in Autumn/Winter I tend to spend more on skincare products than I do make up as really like to look after my skin and you can't beat that feeling of cleansing,toning and feeling how smooth and refreshed your skin feels.

Here are a few skin care products I am loving at the moment and using a lot

Clarins Lotion Tonique -  I've been using this for the past 3 weeks now and I have to say firstly I'm impressed with the size of the bottle it's bloody huge. I use at night when I'm removing my make make up I find it so gentle on my eyes and as I use a lot of eye make up I have found in the past can be quite a chore to remove it all but with this it removes like a dream and really leaves me skin feeling all refreshed

Elizabeth Arden Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser - I use this on a daily basis either in the bath or shower and on my face,and after using this for about two weeks now I can really tell a difference I have not had a break out at all *touch wood* and my skin just feels so much better for using it.

No7 Melting Gel Cleanser - When I don't use my Elizabeth Arden Cleanser I use this and I have to say I love most of the No7 skin care range smells amazing and my skin seems to love it, works really well and I will be re purchasing this for sure.

No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water -  Ahh this is my 3rd bottle of this water I just love it it smells bloody amazing I could sniff it all day long :), and when I'm not wearing a full face of make up i use this in the evening s and just sweep it all over my face, and afterwards my skin is so silky smooth .

So those are the skin care products I am using at the moment. What skincare products are you using or swear by? Have you used these before? Let me know 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Two New Loves..........

 Recently when I was on a mad shopping spree a couple of things I picked up on a whim as such were the Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer In Soft Radiance and Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Face Primer. I had asked  on twitter if anybody had used the primer and Daniel tweeted me himself and RT my tweet so I got a LOT of feedback and every single person said the same ... It's amazing,the best I've ever used' So I was very excited to purchase it.......

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Bronzer In Soft Radiance


Now I will be the first to admit I am not a bronzer kind of gal never have been, give me a good highlighter any old day.... that was until I cam across this stunning package and was swatching like mad in store and before I had time to doubt myself I was walking away a bronzer lover :) I think what I love most about this other than the stunning packaging which feels SO luxurious is the fact as the name suggests Soft Radiance it is a very light bronzer which buffs so well in to my skin and doesn't look orange or anything like that, I use my Real Techinques Bronzing brush and it applies like a dream for some one who was never really bothered about bronzer I now wearing this every day :). It cost  £25  personally I think it is well worth the money and You can purchase it here

Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Face Primer

I love a good primer always have done and for a loong time Benefit Professional was my holy grail I didn't think anything would ever beat it,well it has. This primer by Daniel Sandler is out of this world as soon as i squeezed a little amount on to my fingers and started applying it over my face I kid you not it feels like velvet!!! seriously it left my skin feeling silky smooth and filled in any pores I may of had and just gave me an amazing canvas to apply my foundation to. When I did start applying my foundation I found it took less than half the time it normally did and stays on so much longer than if I was using my Porefessional as well. It is safe to say I won't be buying another primer again other than stocking up on this. Just incredible. It retails for £20.50 and you get 28g in the tube and can be purchased here

So they are two of my new loves at the moment. Have you tried any of these before?
What are you loving?


Monday, 15 October 2012

In My Bag.....................

I was recently looking for a new handbag something big enough to chuck all my stuff in and something that will withstand the test of time especially with the travelling back down to Kent I do, took me ages to decide but finally I got the Fiorelli Lucy Evelyne Medium Hobo Bag and I have to say it is love at first sight I mean just look how lovely it is. I purchased it in our local Fiorelli store for £55 which personally I think is pretty good plus I know I will get loads of use out of it, you can also purchase it online here
So I then decided now was the time to do the ' Whats In My Bag' post......

 Loving the buckle detailing on the strap

The Stranger~ I always have to have a book in my bag, as being such a book worm you never know when you have spare half hour or so to have a read, I've had this book for few months now and just started it.

Finsbury Filofax~ Now this is an essential to me, I've had a Filofax ever since I was a teenager, I used to have a pink one but then decided to get a plain black one. I feel so much more organised when I have it on me hence the pen in my bag as well.

Nivea Milk & Honey Lip Balm ~ Always handy and a bag essential especially during the winter, chewing gum a must have .

L'Occatine Date Bouqet Hand Cream~ I love their hand creams and this scent is amazing,works wonders on my hands especially when they get dry in this bitter cold weather.

Butter London 'Toff'~ For some reason I always have a nail polish or 4 in my bag at one point, I try not to have too many ha so now I just carry around one and this is one I'm loving at the moment it is the most perfect shade for Autumn and seriously the quality of Butter London is amazing, on the Nail theme I always make sure i keep my Stylfile in my bag when I'm out and about as my nails have a tendency to snap in the most annoying places.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizer For Face~  I have recently found that with travelling on a train for 3 hours down to Kent over ten times in a short space of time was playing havoc on my skin and really drying it out, so now I make sure I get an early train wear no make up and whack this on my face and neck and wow I have been so impressed it leaves my skin so hydrated and smooth afterwards.

DKNY Be Delicious Perfume~ This is my 30ml bottle which is literally my day to day go to perfume it's so fresh I love it and nice and light.

YSL Shocking Mascara~  I always always carry a mascara around with me, just applying a coat of mascara can give you that real pick me up and plus works wonders if feeling tired and want to look more awake, and this is without doubt the best mascara I have ever owned,I just don't like the price tag of it.

Dior Ultra Gloss 'Rose Trench'~ I recently purchased this lip gloss and it's just beautiful, the same way with mascara when I step of a train or plane and just want to quickly apply a little make up I just whack some lip gloss and mascara on and I'm all set.

And then Of course a purse :) I use this little one for during the week as it takes up less room during the week. The purse I use mainly is my Suzy Smith Draycott which I just love and you can purchase them here

What handbag do you use and carry around with you? Have you done this post before? Leave me your links. 


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Would You Like Sprinkles On That?

Nails Inc Pudding Lane, OPI My Very First Knockwurst

Two recent nail polish purchases I got are the Nails Inc Sprinkles 'Pudding Lane'  which is a beautiful teal shade with gold and black glitter particles in it, which you could wear just on it's own which will be amazing over the festive period.

The other shade I got was OPI My Very First Knockwurst which is from their Germany collection and to be honest there was not many shades from their collection which took my fancy apart from this one and also Berlin There Done That come Autumn time I am all for the nudes and dark shades.

My Very First Knockwurst is such a pretty pink-beige creme shade which applies like a dream and only needs two coats, I've been wearing it on it's own for past few days, then I thought I would spice it up and add the Nails Inc polish on my ring finger which I think they go well together.

Did you get anything from OPI's recent collections? What shades do you like?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Haul Time......

So I've been trying to be good recently and have a min spending ban, for nearly a month and then I was browsing on line on Sunday and before I knew it I'd just done quite a big shop , thing I find with online shopping is.... doesn't seem like real money haha.

NYX Eyeshadows in Gypsy and Sahara - I've heard such good things about Nyx shadows so decided to try a couple out and this was a NYX Duo and I've only been using them for a couple of days and so far I really like them,really pigmented and feel like velvet.

Daniel Sandler Retexturizing Primer-  I had asked on twitter what this was like, and so many people replied saying it was amazing, I had been using the Benefit Porefessional for so long and thought nothing would beat this WOW how wrong could I be? This is incredible feels like i'm applying silk to my face and the difference it makes when I'm applying my foundation is amazing.

Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara- Needed a new one and have used this before, I love big jumbo brushes as I love the look it gives.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush -  Never ever tried this before, but thought I'd give it a go, the jury is still out at the moment need to use it a bit more before I can give my real views on it.

YSL Touche Eclat-  Everyone and anyone knows this, I had one a couple of years ago and had never got round to re purchasing it so this time I did in shade 01.

Nails INC Polishes in Sweets Way Sprinkes and Paint your Pinkie-  Love both of these shades and can't wait to do NOTD posts on them, especially love the Paint Your Pinkie as it's for charity.

OPI My Very First Knockwurst - I wasn't blown away with this collection from OPI  if i'm honest but I do love a beautiful nude in the Autumn months and this is so pretty.

Thierry Mugler Womanity- This is will be in my top 5 perfumes ever, I love it, love the design of the bottle and how quirky the lid is and the smell is out of this world and last all day I swear to god it's wonderful I am no good at describing  scents at all so this is what they say 
Engaging, mysterious and unique, Womanity is full of contrast. It's built around the theme of the fig fruit, a powerful symbol of femininity, with an exceptional fig and caviar accord

 I also picked up got a lot of Elizabeth Arden skin care products but I think I will have to do a seperate post on them.
If you want anything done in more reviews just let me know.

Have you been on a shopping spree recently? what did you buy?

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Travel Bag - Skin Care Edition

Living In Manchester now for last 5 years and all my family in Kent means I travel down to Kent  a LOT and I have now finally mastered the art of light packing only when it comes to my skincare and make up, everything else I still tend to over pack and I'm guessing I always will, but don't we all? The art of light packing with skin care? Minis of everything are AMAZING!!

This is actually a pencil ase from Paperchase haha I fell in love with it, and has 3 compartments which is amazing.

Sanctuary Spa Body Wash-I love all of the Sanctuary products and I have this in a full sized bottle which I obviously keep at home and straight away I got the travel size to take with me, the smell is incredible.

Sanctuary Brightening Facial Moisture Lotion -  Anyone will tell you that travelling a lot really takes it's toll on your skin and I really do not like wearing make up when I travel, but I always find I need a pick me up once I get of the train so this is amazing gives my skin a nice Brightening glow and I love how it has SPF15 in it.

St Ives Apricot Scrub -  One of my all time fave body scrubs, I swear by this and could smell it all day long, but there is no way I would carry the huge tub around in my suitcase so I love how they do the travel size.

S&G The Daily Smooth Body Butter- I think everyone loves Soap and Glory products and their body butters are no different I can not decide which is my favourite but I love The Daily Smooth and always make sure I have two of these one in my handbag at all times and one in my travel bag at all times.

Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo-  I tried this on the off chance and basically just because I love Coconut and got it in boots for £1.99 for a travel size with the full size being £5.99 and within using this three times I rushed out and got the full size one as well, a- it smells out of this world and leaves my hair smelling incredible and b- since using this my hair has been in amazing condition.

Nivea Lip Balm - An essential especially as my lips get very dry and chapped during the winter and this has such a subtle smell to it which is so nice.

What do you keep in your travel bags?