Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wet n' Wild Megalast Nail Polish - "Under Your Spell"

I stumbled upon a Wet n' Wild stand, after hearing so much about the brand it was quite exciting! I picked up just a few things, an eyeliner, lip balm and 2 nail polishes. The first of which being this one -  the Megalast nail polish "Under Your Spell".

What attracted me to it was that I do not have anything like this already! It's like a blackened cranberry shade. I love the sheen of it! It's so glossy too.

Wear time was very good for me, I have it on me now since Saturday and it shows just the usual wear around the tips, no chipping despite me being at work. The wear time seems to be a lot better than some of the expensive polishes I own!

If you have any other Wet n' Wild recommendations for me, please let me know! I'm dying to try out more of their things!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Neglected eyeshadow #2 - MAC Coppering

 After recently resurrecting my Cranberry eyeshadow, I thought I would dig out another strong eyeshadow which has been languishing in my collection - MAC Coppering. I am very very new to MAC products, it was only at the beginning of this year that I decided to start collecting them and build up a palette. I was researching what the best shades for me would be, and Coppering kept coming up as being a good shadow for blue eyes. I do love anything Copper, so onto my shopping list it went!

As you can see it is an exceptionally strong, bold eyeshadow. It's almost a burnt orange with a hint of bronze. When I first set eyes on this shadow, I really felt quite intimidated and not really sure how I was going to wear it. I think I tried it once or twice but I never really went back to it. Here is a look which I have tried with it today.

I really think it is best worn alone all over the eyelid. It really speaks for itself! I tried using a darker shade in the crease but I think Coppering is so loud it doesn't need any other shades. I did use a tiny bit of MAC Nylon as my blending shade and also in the tear duct. I used plenty of black eyeliner but I didn't put anything on the lower lash line because I think the overall look is quite intense it doesn't need anything else!

So really it is an easy enough eyeshadow to wear! I know it seems like quite a scary shadow to wear but I think once it is on, you feel more confident with it. I think it is especially nice for the Autumn and Winter!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour 02 Soft Peach

I bought this blush a few weeks ago now. I had my makeup done at the Clarins counter and I fell in love with this blush instantly! I usually go for a deeper shade of blush, but the soft touch of colour felt so elegant to me, I thought I would buy it in a bid to change up my makeup.

What I do now is contour a little bit (I am not really a fan of contouring but I am getting the hang of it!) and sweeping this beautiful peach blush on the apples of my cheeks.

Clarins never fail with their glam packaging. I adore the fancy velvet pouch and gold casing, the only problem is mine is now covered with fingerprints!

It is a fabulous little compact with a big mirror and cute little brush. Dead handy for if you are taking this with you on your travels!

The blush itself has 2 shades of peach, both with a very soft hint of shimmer however I find this is barely detectable once I have actually applied it. I swirl my brush around the powder to pick up both shades. For me, it is the most natural flush of colour to the cheeks. Sometimes if I want to intensify the colour I will dab a little cream blush on beforehand.

Clarins Blush Prodige will set you back £26.00. It's more of a luxury item really, I wouldn't say it is a must have blush but if you fancy something a little more luxurious this is perfect. It comes in 6 shades too so there is something to suit everyone!

Something to add to the Christmas list perhaps?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

MAC Cool Neutral Palette! A quick look at my new purchase

This is the palette I have been lusting after for months and months. I finally saved up enough money so that I could order this one, and since it arrived I cannot stop staring at it!

For £65 it really isn't bad value for 15 MAC eyeshadows. I did attempt to fill up my own MAC palette but it is crazy expensive! I love the variety of shades here and honestly I probably would have picked these (well most of them) myself.

Here are a few close ups of the shadows…

Top row L-R - Flounce- Sweet Allure - Sun Tweaked - After Dusk - Blackberry
Middle Row L-R - Pick Me Up - Cozy Grey -Crushed Clove- Deception - Brun
Bottom Row L-R- Silver Fog - French Clay - Cumulus - Pearled Earth - Black Tied

And here are a couple of "looks" I have created with the palette!

Inner half of lid - French Clay
Outer half - Cumulus
Crease and bottom lash line - Pearled Earth
Tear duct - Silver Fog

All over lid - After Dusk
Crease and lower lash line - Blackberry
Blending shade - Flounce

I am having so much fun with this palette. I do not think these are all strictly cool toned shades however. I think all the shadows are extremely versatile for all skin tones. I have not had any problems with any of these shadows, in fact they are all absolutely fantastic and I can't believe how great this palette is! Well worth the money in my opinion! 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Bin Hoking…. Empties post #1

Here is my very first empties post. Now, I have been collecting these empty packages for a few months now. It actually is quite rare for me to finish something! Most of these are "consumables" anyway, or things I have had for a very long time.

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Nuit - I absolutely loved this as a moisturiser although I think I prefer the Creme Fraiche which I got last Christmas. I love the smell of the Prodigieuse though.

Clarins Eye Contour Balm - This was also a Christmas gift from last year, it certainly has served me well! It is a lovely eye cream although to be honest I don't think I would buy it again. I think I will try the Origins GinZing next.

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara - This is the mascara I have been wearing all summer! The lid doesn't even close properly on it now, I made sure that I used every last drop of it! Absolutely loved this, would definitely get it again! It's the best waterproof mascara I've ever used, it can survive anything!

Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Thermo-Protect Cream - I thought this tube was going to last me forever! I bought it from Feelunique I think over a year and a half ago! It smelled fantastic and worked really well for me. I think I might try the Mythic Oil heat protection the next time but I would definitely buy the Schwarzkopf again in the future.

Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover - This is probably my most repurchased beauty product! I have just purchased my fifth bottle. I adore this and I cannot go without it!

Lancome Visionnaire Cream - I was genuinely devastated when I used up all of this! Near the end I tried my best to ration it out but now the jar is completely empty. This cream is absolutely fantastic, it really brightens up your complexion, and I loved the elegant jar.

L'Occitane Body Cream Zesty Lime - I got this when I was on holiday in Paris and honestly, it only lasted me at the most 3 weeks. I didn't even use huge amounts of it, just the regular amount every night! It just seemed to run out very quickly. Unfortunately it's a tad on the expensive side to order here so I don't think I can afford to purchase this again any time soon. I will say though that it is the best body cream I have ever used, nothing has ever come close to this!

Mane n'Tail Color Protect Shampoo - This is my 2nd bottle of this, I have already repurchased by 3rd. It's a great shampoo, my hair feels great and it is far more reasonably priced than the Kerastase shampoos i had been using before I discovered Mane n'Tail!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Time to wrap up warm! New clothes from Joe Browns, House of Fraser and more

Over the last couple of weeks I have been collecting some new bits and pieces for the winter season coming in. It's no secret that winter is my favourite time of year, I just love all the clothes and the shops have some great bits right now.

 These boots were a bit of an impulse buy to be honest! I have never owned a pair of boots like this, I don't usually go for boots higher than mid-calf length, and definitely not with a bit of a heel! But I did fall in love with these, they are great and are so versatile (suddenly I am reminded of Monica's boots!). The brand of them is called Odgi-Trends.

Ahhh I completely fell in love with this coat the moment I saw it in Miss Selfridge! I feel like I am back in the Sixties. I adore the fur collar and the pale blue colour. Can't wait to get wearing this!

This is the Orla Kiely / Papertree dress I got from House of Fraser (it's on sale too!). I love the neckline of it and the little sleeves, also the mustard colour! It's very comfortable too.

I got this lovely tunic top from Joe Browns, I am obsessed with this! It's a nice charcoal colour, and I adore the style of it. The back of it features a criss-cross design too. It's so nice to wear, it's one of those things that you can wear casually but it looks kind of dressy at the same time!

And another newbie from Joe Browns! Chunky knits are my absolute favourite and I could not pass this one up. It has gorgeous designs, I love the different textures and of course the faux fur collar. It has been great wearing this while it has been cold but not quite cold enough to wear a winter coat. I think it's probably my favourite thing to wear at the moment!

Hope you liked my little clothing haul! Do check out Joe Browns if you can, it has a fantastic selection of unusual clothes. I especially love their tunic tops to wear over leggings.
What winter clothes have you had your eye on lately?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Products that I don't "get"

Here is a small selection of items which I know some people rave about, but I just don't get on with them at all. Don't you hate that?

1. MAC Face and Body - When I first got this I really liked it actually. But as I have used it more and more, I'm not liking it so much. It is a water based foundation and is incredibly runny. When you first apply it on your face it just feels so wet! Obvious I know. It also has a horrible smell. I'm using this as my every day foundation for going to work purely to use up the bottle. But it's my least favourite foundation that I own. It's not that bad, I just don't think it's that good.

2. Maybelline Brow Drama - I got this because I had heard some people say it was similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, which I do really want to try but refuse to pay the hefty price tag! Maybelline seemed like  safe, cheap bet for me. I really don't know what to do with this thing. The wand is like a giant bulb, there is no way to get it precisely on your brows. Also it makes your brows really crispy. Maybe I just haven't figured out the proper way to use this stuff but for now I am not happy with it.

3. Clinique Chubby Stick - I got this free in a magazine actually. It's not a bad lip balm crayon but it totally is not the best. It is a bit more waxy than I would like, and also the colour is so sheer. It is not a patch on the Clarins lip balm crayon!

4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - this is a little sample size but enough for me to try it out numerous times. I just don't know what to do with this thing. I put it on and it does nothing for me. I want that glow that folks talk about! I would hate to have paid for the full sized product. Also it kind of has a weird smell.

5. Maybelline Colour Tattoos - These are decent enough, but they crease like crazy on me. What I love about cream shadows is how they stay put all day and even make a great base under eyeshadows. But the Maybelline Colour Tattoos aren't working for me! I thought they would be good for mornings when I'm heading to work as something quick and handy to put on my eyes, but they are currently neglected at the back of my drawer. Why do these work for lots of people but not me?

I don't know if I am using any of these products wrong or if they just don't agree with my skin type - which would be weird as I have a normal skin. If you have any tips on how best to use these please do let me know!

Are there any hyped up products which you don't get on with?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The nicest Yankee Candle ever?

Bit of a random post today. Last week I spotted this in the Yankee Candle shop. I was quite intrigued, and when I opened the lid to have a sniff, I actually swooned! Yes, it smells exactly like chocolate! The scent is so realistic, do you know those horrible artificial chocolate scents. This one actually smells good enough to eat. I light this and instantly the room smells like a beautiful chocolate fudge cake. Perfect for any chocoholics out there!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Neglected eyeshadow - MAC Cranberry

MAC Cranberry is one of those eyeshadows that everyone talks about. It's not your typical colour though is it? Personally I would never have thought of choosing a red eyeshadow. Around last year I bought this colour amongst other eyeshadows, and I was so taken with it. It's nothing like any other eyeshadow I have seen. But, I am a little intimidated by it. I wore it a few times last Winter but since then it has been neglected in my growing collection of eyeshadows. Since the change in the weather I really feel like this is an appropriate colour!

I used Cranberry with good old Satin Taupe in the crease. I think they go really well together!

Do you like this eye look? I am no make up artist, so I don't really know how to incorporate such an unusual eyeshadow into other looks. If anyone has any tips please do let me know! I'm quite happy with how this looks though, it's easy enough to do and certainly is different to what I usually wear.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub and Body Buttercream

I don't know if I ever mentioned it here, but I must admit I am not the biggest fan of Soap and Glory (although I have barely tried any of their products). When they first came out I used to think that they were trying to imitate Benefit in their packaging and product names. I do think that all of their products are quite expensive for what they are, though. Despite that, I have been quite eager to try the Sugar Crush range as I was told (if I can recall by Makeup Monster) that this scent is similar to my all time favourite Yankee Candle, Vanilla Lime! And it sure is!

The scent is absolutely amazing, it is so sweet and fresh at the same time. Sometimes I can't resist just opening the tubs and smelling them, it's just so nice!

The scrub is really good. It's not too gentle yet it's not too harsh either. It is one of those scrubs which starts to dissolve upon contact with water. Now, it is not as bad as that terrible ridiculously overpriced Sampar scrub that I reviewed some time ago. It actually does give you plenty of time to scrub away at yourself, and it rinses off really well without leaving any residue at all.
I don't think I would like to use this scrub on dry skin as I feel that it might "drag" on your skin, but I really have been enjoying using it in the shower. And the scent fills the entire bathroom, it's wonderful!

The Body Buttercream is really quite nice too. It is not a heavy cream, it's quite light and soft but a little firm in texture. It smooths onto the skin beautifully and absorbs fairly quickly too. I have really been enjoying just smothering myself in this. The scent fades a little too quickly for me though, or else i am just getting used to it!

I think I am enjoying the Body Buttercream a lot more than the Body Shop Body Butter, which I do love but it's very thick and the Soap and Glory one is a lot lighter. However, the Soap and Glory one is not nearly as good as the L'Occitane Lime Body Butter which I used up over the summer, I am still mourning that one! I need to replace it ASAP but it's kinda expensive.

Maybe I was wrong about  Soap and Glory. I have been enjoying these products a lot. I do think that their products are a tad expensive though, I got these two in a buy one get one half price deal which wasn't bad. I don't think I would try any Soap and Glory makeup though, unless there is a holy grail must have item that I don't know about! If there is please let me know and I would consider giving it a try.