August Collective Haul

It’s that time again, let see some of the junk I spent my money on in August. No hesitation let’s get into this.

Bells Shoes: If you haven’t heard of Bell Shoes I seriously recommend checking them out, they offer a great range of name brand shoes at great discounts and offers. I’ve been looking at them for a while and finally brought myself of the Joules Rockingham Wellies in Black Bau Bloom (£34.95 £19.95), cute and 100% practical I think these will get some serious use in the autumn months.

Home Sense 'Skys the Limit' Notebook

Home Sense: I don’t always buy a lot from Home Sense but it is a shop I love to go to, but don’t always buy anything. I love the stationary section, which is where I found the most beautiful “THE SKIES THE LIMIT” Notebook (£4.99), I already know what I want to use if for and its going to look beautiful on my desk.

Boots Part One: I have no idea why I decided to pick up the Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask (£4.00), but I did. I think I wanted to try out some new masks, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I am looking to create a review shortly.

Superdrug: Another collective haul and another appearance of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£4.99 £2.39), I’ll never do my makeup without it as such a core item and I made sure to pick it up on offer.

Boots Part Two: Although we all know the benefits of a proper skin care routine, if we are honest sometimes we just cannot be bothered with the effort and want a quick and easy option. With a voucher in hand I picked up the No 7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes (£5.00 £2.00), normally I find £7 a bit steep for wipes but one of the women from work gave me a voucher and £2.00 for a pack brings it in line with other wipes I may potentially purchase. Let’s see if these are worth the price tag.

What did you pick up this month? Let me know in the comments and I start to finally get around to unpacking the shopping bags and putting all of these items in their place. If you want more hauls, a Primark August Haul will be up next Friday, keep your eyes peeled.

Gwen

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Review: Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Bourjois Paris 24 hr Aqua Blush in Beryr Nice

Time to dig back into my Latest in Beauty goodies, and pull out something to review. This time it’s the turn of the Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice, a cream blush perfect for long lasting makeup or the summer months. Every summer I go through a phrase of only wearing cream blush, and I’m never quite sure why I never wear it the rest of the year. Although I do not feel as though I would have picked out the colour myself, as it is a little on the darker and deeper side for my skin tone, but I thought I could make it work and I wanted to test the formula out.

The blush comes in a small pump bottle, which is new for blush for me but I love the control it gives me. I managed to find a good balance in getting the right amount of blush out for application, especially as a darker/deeper shade a little goes a long way. The blush is a light liquid formula that with the use of fingers or a stippling blush, delicately blends into your foundation creating a subtle flushed look with nothing overly heavy.

Boujois Aqua Blush on Face

I was apprehensive at first on if I could make the colour work for me, as it isn’t a shade I would have picked up in the shop and it isn’t one you’d tend to pick for a fair skin tone. Yet I found myself loving the colour and look although I feel as though it may be best in autumn as I much prefer a coral shade at this time of year, it will get me to mix up my winter products and it’s a fun addition to my makeup collection.

Overall I think it’s a light workable formula and I am definitely tempted to try out a different shade, one more suited for my complection soon. What are your favourite cream blushes let me know in the comments.

Gwen

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Barry M Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint in Lemonade and Aloha

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paints

It feels a bit weird to post a review, almost 3 weeks after one of the items appeared in July favourites. However I promised a review, so here it is where I focus on the numerous aspects of these nail polishes opposed to the love of a yellow polish for the Tour De France.

Over the year I have owed many Barry M Nail Polishes from a variety of ranges and finishes, and it is my number one affordable brand as I have found it reliable and good quality over the years. The Coconut Infusion range launched last year, but no colours took my fancy at the time. The Barry M Coconut Infusion range is described on the Barry M website as: “Its unique, caring blend of Coconut Water and Coconut Oil gently hydrates and nourishes nails while delivering a beautifully smooth, gel-like glossy manicure. Enriched with anti-oxidizing properties, the strengthening benefits of patented Hexanal and Vitamins B & C, nails will be repaired and replenished, resulting in a brighter, healthier looking, long lasting finish. Its exclusive High Reflective Resin System offers lustrous shine, fluid coverage and amazing depth of colour.”

The two colours I picked up were the beautiful pastel yellow shade, Lemonade, as well as the fun vibrant pink of Aloha, capturing once again the fun and lovely names that often come with Barry M (I’m a sucker for a polish with a good name). So how did these colours shape up:

Lemonade: Can we take a second to appreciate how bright and summery this shade feels? I never used to be sold on a yellow polish, but I am now convinced it is the ultimate summer shade. The shade is lovely to apply, although I found the first layer can look a touch streaky, after coat two or three the colour and application is seamless and has a high gloss even finish. I was also so impressed with the lasting power of this polish, often lasting 4-5 days without touch ups which is long lasting for me.

Aloha: Contrasting to Lemonade, Aloha is a vibrant pink which although is summery I feel it is a shade which can be pulled off all year round. The Aloha has a slightly more pigmented, which is often the case with the darker/richer shades and you can get away with wearing one coat if you required. For the best results, I found two coats worked best for a high gloss and pristine condition. Unfortunately, I found the lasting power with this, only lasting 1-2 days before having to reapply which is a shame especially after such good experiences with the lemonade.

Overall, I’m generally impressed by the two nail polishes I have, and would definitely recommend trying out the range if there is something you want. The formulas are slightly variable in terms of longevity but the finish is high quality, the colours are beautiful and it’s nice to apply so weigh up what you want out of a product.

Gwen

Review: Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube

Anne Semonin Dark Circle Reducer

On Tuesday I shared with you the contents of the Latest in Beauty French Box, and I promised some reviews for the items inside. I must say out of all of the products the Anna Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube has to be the one that instantly peaked my interest and without hesitation was the first item I tried out of all the amazing goodies.

According to the packaging the Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Eye Cube is described as: “For an instantly brilliant eye contour area! Formulated with marine spring water rich in trace elements and mineral salts with a proven action on skin firmness and hydration. Specifically developed for the delicate eye area, the Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes contain Ginkgo biloba for stimulating micro-circulation, gourd extract for instantly soothing tired, stressed eyes, hyaluronic acid for plumping up fine lines and wrinkles and bioflavonoid for visibly improving under eye circles. Plus the extract of Tephrosia purpurea, an innovative botanical neurocosmetic ingredient, stimulates the release of beta-endorphins, generating a sensation of skin relaxation and wellbeing.

It is recommend to use the ice cube in the morning, to brighten and lift your under eyes before the day starts. Which although is a perfect idea in principle, remember to fish out the radiance ice cube from the freezer first thing in the morning is not necessarily the easiest thing to remember. Eventually yesterday morning while I was waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning cup of coffee, I actually remembered to get it out and that I had planned for this review to go up today. Perfect timing really, so I rescued the little pod out of the freezer and from a life amongst garlic bread and salmon fillets to wake my face up that morning.

I have to say the little bag is perfect size wise, and its delicate and soft meaning you don’t mind rubbing over your face especially the more delicate area around your eyes. I felt a little bit silly at first rubbing this ice cube in a bag under and around each eye and down the side of my nose, as directed. After a while I felt like I could see my eyes looked less sunken and tired but as it was 6am I forgot to take photos so I have no idea. The actual treatment is cooling and refreshing, really waking you up first thing and it feels like such an indulgent treat really.

I doubt I’d use it regularly but it felt nice as a treatment every so often, it also didn’t change makeup application and I used the same amount of product so it’s not a miracle worker but it does feel nice. It feels a little bit wasteful after 5 minutes of rubbing it all over my face, half of it was still left in the bag and unfortunately, I had to throw it as it cannot be hygienic or practical to refreeze it. So, if I’d have paid for it I would definitely would have found it to be very wasteful.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube can be purchased from retailers such as Cult Beauty and retails for £45 for 6 pods, approximately £7.50 per pod. Personally, I feel like it is overpriced but it is luxurious and even if I’m not convinced by it I loved trying it out.

Gwen

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Latest in Beauty – The French Box

Latest in Beauty - The French Box

It feels like 12/18 months ago beauty boxes were everywhere, but I feel like they have disappeared a little bit. I never bit the bullet, I’m aware you could cancel at any time the spending money monthly with no guarantee of liking the products made me unsure although I loved the idea of trying out new products. Over the past 12 months I have kept checking back at the Latest in Beauty, as well as a monthly service where you pick samples they also over collections, which can order on a one-off basis. I have been curious over a few but with a 50% off sale as well as an enticing French Box I couldn’t resist. Without hesitation, I whipped out my card paid the £12.50, (plus p&p) and the box landed on my desk in the next couple of days

I will look to review some of these items in more detail, but for now here is a rundown what is in the box and the general idea of the item.

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - L'Occitane & Melvita

L’Occitane Shower Gel in Jasmine & Bergamot: Melvita L’Or Bio Huille Extrordinaire

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - La Roche-Posay & Embryolisse

Embroyolisse Lait-Crème Concentre La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Anne Semonin & Bourjois Paris

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Cube ● Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Roger & Gallet & Nuxe

Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil ● Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Replenishing Body Lotion

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Lebon & Institue Esthederm

Institut Esthederm Eau Celluair Celluar Spray ● Lebon Cap Ferrat Mood Toothpaste (in Fresh Mint)

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Kusmi Tea BB Detox

Kusmi Tea BB Detox

The box is valued at £50, whether it is or isnt worth that, there’s is a lot of samples that I cannot wait to try. The only downside is there isn’t an information card, as I’d love to have some sort of information in the box about the products but I just refereed back to the website and read the packaging so its neither here nor there. As my first experience of latest in beauty and of a beauty box im pleased and excited to try them out, also with the collections on the website its good if you want a beauty box every so often without the commitment of a subscription. Currently available on the Latest in Beauty website, price is reduced from £25 to £12.50, p&p charges apply and while stocks last

Don’t forget to let me know which items you want to know more about, I’m excited to dig in and see what these little French beauties can do.

Gwen

Review: Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish

Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray Matte Finish

We all want our makeup to last, whether is for a night out, long day or ensuring it withstands the heat/weather we all want to stay looking perfect all day. I am always on the hunt for a budget friendly setting spray and with an offer on a Boots a bit back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. The Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray comes with two finishes either Matte or Dewy, personally I prefer a matte finish which is the one I will be reviewing here today. So, what’s the verdict on the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix, Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish?

First and foremost, the packaging a topic I usually start with as its always the first thing that attracts you to a product and really makes a huge difference to what you think of it. I must say I find the packaging for the setting spray a little lack lustre, the spray bottle itself is what you’d expect so it’s not where I am disappointed. Within a few days, the label started to peel off, a thick tacky label which is unattractive and makes me want to hide the bottle away. I am aware the aesthetic is very much Barry M but it’s made me realise that other brands such as Primark make a much more sophisticated and more aesthetically pleasing item for the same price point.

There’s no hidden tricks, with these products just a simple mist on the face and your makeup should stay all day. This product has a nice light mist which isn’t too wet or too big droplets which will affect the integrity of your perfectly applied makeup. What I will say is the spray does not spread too far so you need to make the effort to spray round your face opposed to two pumps and your gone. For the budget end through I rather make the effort to ensure coverage rather than have a non-light mist so I can deal with the compromise for such a low price point.

Now the most important thing, did it keep my face matte and my makeup last all day? The result, well kind of. I don’t tend to have an issue with oiliness so the fact my face was still matte at the end of the day wasn’t a huge surprise but I am currently preferring a matte finish to a dewy one, which influenced my decision process. As for the long-lasting effect? It was somewhat there, I did put it properly to the test trailing it on a hot day, and one of those days at work where I never seemed to sit down at my desk for any longer than 5 minutes. Both occasions my makeup held reasonably well, staying reasonably well but it was clear that my makeup had started to wear away on my forehead and some other spots. A full-on day or heat, just isn’t in this products capability and I think I maybe expected a little too much of it. Where I am really finding a love for this setting spray though is when wetting by brush before applying powder based products it just adds something extra to the colours and the staying power of what I wear so it will be put to good use.

Unfortunately, the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Let me know in the comments which setting spray I should try next, I’m looking for that holy grail item so I cannot wait to hear your opinions.

Gwen

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