Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Everyone loves a Mini Haul!

I was going to wait until I had a few more bits to do a haul post but figured I might end up having too much to write about in one post so instead I've gone for the preferred mini haul! Mini hauls are like those express lines in supermarkets, they have to be 5 (well, in this case 6) items or less otherwise they just dont work! Right, moving on, these are a few things I've picked up over the last couple of weeks!

We'll start with the Sleek Makeup One Finishing Powder. I've wanted a finishing powder for ages, as I normally just use a compact powder to set my foundation/make up but think sometimes this ends up adding extra coverage & colour that you might not need. The powder includes a really light shimmer that gives your skin that luminous finish. It's also translucent & therefore suitable for all skin tones. 

For £7.30, this is a good product & will help your make up stay in place, although it's perhaps not as long wearing as it could be but as for giving skin a radiant finish & as a substitute to setting my make up with a heavier compact powder, this is definitely a winner. It also has an amazing cooling sensation so when you apply it to your skin, for a couple of seconds it feels like someone has sprayed a mist of cool water over your face, it's a really weird (but nice) sensation! If anyone has any finishing powders that they'd recommend, let me know!

I've been hunting for the perfect false eyelashes for ages now. I just wanted to find some that were long & voluminous without looking obviously fake! I finally realised that I'd spent far too long trying various styles from the popular Eyelure range & ignoring other brands, so I decided to try "Luckies" in black from Ardell (a popular American company) & they're perfect. The first night I wore them I got loads of compliments about how nice my eyes looked but no one mentioned fake lashes & that's exactly what anyone wants! If you're careful with these you can reuse them, but probably only once more (they might look a bit grotty in this photo because I'd worn them the night before & hadn't got round to removing the glue)! Find these at Boots for £5.11.

Moving on to Mac, I popped into my local Mac store the other day looking for another lipstick. I had planned to buy Hue as a nude 'your lips but better' shade but after I swatched it I wasn't sold & thought it seemed a bit too dark! I instead went for Creme D'Nude and love it. It's another gorgeous muted peachy pale beige colour & I can't have enough nude/beige/light pink lipsticks in my life! Have you got any similar favourite shades? Pick up any Mac lipstick from your local counter for £13.50.

I've always used YSL Touche Eclat for under my eyes but never really invested in a concealer to cover blemishes as my skin generally seems to behave itself, that's not to say I dont get the occasional spot & I figured I needed to invest in a decent concealer for when I do. I tested out a few in Boots & eventually decided on Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer. It's such an amazing product considering the price (£3.99 from Boots)! I love the creamy consistany as it makes it so easy to blend & it's sufficently high coverage which means you only need the tiniest amount and it will conceal any redness! It leaves your skin looking flawless, doesn't dry out & lasts all day. I have a feeling this is going to be a regular staple in my make up bag! The only downside for me is that I bought this in the lightest shade - 'Fair 01' which is too light for my skin!

The next purchase that I'm loving at the moment is a nail polish (I'm a bit of a fiend) - Revlons Tropical Temptation 093 (£6.29)! I'm absolutely in love with this colour. It's the perfect peachy/coral shade & is super chip resistant. I wish I could remember whos blog I saw this on because if it wasn't for their amazing review I wouldnt have found my new favourite nail polish so I'm very grateful (if it was you, let me know)!?

Last but not least, the Sleek Makeup Storm Palette. To be honest I felt this was a bit of an unnecessary purchase seeing as I already own the much coverted Urban Decay Naked Paletter & pretty much swear by it so much so that I haven't actually had a chance to try out the Storm Palette too much! However, you can never have enough eye shadows & palettes are so handy. As a substitute for the Naked palette this is perfect - it has an array of earthy/nude tones as well as darker shades to help create a smokey eye! All the shades are really pigmented & stay on fairly well & for the price (around £6.49), you really can't complain! My resolution for this month is to use this palette a lot more.

All of the above are available at your friendly neighbourhood Mac/Boots or Superdrug! Hope you've enjoyed this haul & let me know if you'd like to see more or have any recommendations for me!


Friday, 6 May 2011

25 Followers Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Some of you may remember a while back I promised that when I reached 25 followers I would do my first ever giveaway & this week I hit my target - exciting times! Seeing as we're getting closer to the summer months & holidays are on everyone minds, I thought I'd theme this giveaway to be travel orientated!

I'm a big Soap & Glory fan (who isn't!?) so I'm giving away a tube of their Hair Supply - Gloss Giving Radiance & Repair Mask. This is perfect for restoring your hair to its natural beauty after the sun, sand & sea water has done its worst. In addition to this I'm giving away another Soap & Glory product, the Clean Mary - Cleansing Milk. This product is perfect when holidaying in hot countries, as when you're trying to build up a tan I often find I dont want to be using an abrasive facial scrub as it's just taking away the tan I was working so hard to get, either that or hurting my sunburn! Therefore a cleansing milk will rid your face of any dirt while soothing your skin at the same time! Last but not least, you lucky lot, I'm giving away 1 of the Max Factor Mini Nail Polishes! I reviewed the collection earlier this year (see here) & after buying nearly every colour I decided that my summer favourite was the orange/coral colour so have thrown in a bottle of that too!

Please feel free to publicise this giveaway as much as possible. Follow me on Twitter & tweet a link to this giveaway for 1 extra entry!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to all of my lovely followers & good luck!

To be in with a chance of winning you must:

1) Be a follower of my blog
2) Leave a comment below
3) Include an email address or Twitter name so I can get in touch if you win!

This giveaway will be open from midnight GMT time on Thursday 5th May til midnight GMT time on Thursday 12th May. Please note this giveaway is open internationally. 

This giveaway is now CLOSED.


**** ELIZABETH ****



Monday, 2 May 2011

Elizabeth Arden makes a "Visable Difference"

My pet hate with all beauty products from conditioners & primers to sunscreen & moisturisers is anything that leaves my skin (or hair) feeling remotely sticky or greasy! I am therefore on a constant quest to find that perfect moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling like there is nothing on it & along the way I have found only a couple of moisturiser that fit the bill. My most recent discovery is the Elizabeth Arden Visable Difference Cream! I love the packaging - it comes in a heavy glass pot with a white lid & the product has a light fragrance which smells like fresh cut flowers (probably due to the freesia & heliotrope notes). I'm indifferent about the scent, I don't love it but it definitely doesn't put me off the product. The consistancy is quite thick so you only need a small amount to moisturise your whole face which is great as it means the 70g pot of cream lasts for ages!

I've always prefer to use moisturisers in the evening rather than during the day as I dont like to put make up on top of moisturisers (instead I use a primer in the day). I apply this before bed & enjoy waking up to fabulously radiant skin! I also love how quickly & easily it's absorbed into the skin (within about 20 seconds). The product claims to smoothe and refine the skin's surface texture - if that means reduced pores, softer skin & no spots then this product is definately doing its job. This cream really does work wonders for me but I wouldnt recommend it for people with particularly oily skin. I should mention that prior to my new discovery I was using the Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion which I also love for similar reasons! If you do have oily skin then I would recommend the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel (instead of the lotion).

The Elizabeth Arden Visable difference Cream retails for £45 from Elizabeth Arden counters, however you can find it on Amazon for nearly half that price (around £25) - either way though, its worth the money especially as a little goes a long way!