Boots Skincare and Primark Beauty Haul

So todays post is a mixed, predominately beauty related haul featuring skincare from Boots, and makeup from Primark and Superdrug. I’m trying to be controlled in spending and I love trying out budget items, so expect reviews shortly.

 

First up is Boots, I like to test out different budget and own brand items as I believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune on skincare to have great skin, it is all about a good routine. I often experience breakouts at my time of the month but I wondered if there was a way to reduce this so I thought I would try out Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Range , so I am starting off with the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash and Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask, for nothing other than I am in need of these two products. I also picked up the Boots Simply Sensitive Gentle Micellar Water, as I’m a lazy girl who loves trying loads of micellar water.

Finally a bit random to haul but it’s essential for me as I had allergic reactions to a lot of bug bites, this cream works wonders the Boots Bite and Sting Antihistamine Cream. I buy a new cream every year as these things are definitely always best fresh.

I seemed to of managed to be extremely controlled in Primark, saying that I did buy the P.S Love 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette. However with such beautiful shades which could easily work together, I cannot wait to try it out and swatch them I feel like for £2.50 that I couldn’t go wrong. The other thing I picked up in Primark was the P.S Love Round Cotton Wool Pads, I highly recommend buying your cotton wool pads at Primark great quality and only 50p for 120 pads.

Primark Cotton Pads, Ps Love Eyeshadow Palette & Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Finally just the one item from Superdrug, I was in need of a new concealer and instead of repurchasing the Wake Me Up! Concealer I thought I would make a long overdue return to the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I fancied a change and cannot wait to use this cult favourite again.

Have you picked up any beauty bargain recently, let me know what I’m missing down in the comments.

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Whats In My Makeup Bag?

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I don’t know if I’ve ever done a “What’s in my Makeup Bag” post for general day to day, although I have done them for travel which you can check out here. So I thought I would show you what is currently in my makeup bag and what I have been wearing day to day as well as a quick look at my everyday makeup as we start to get into summer. Or look see my previous makeup looks here.

So let’s start with my makeup bag, I picked this up from Primark the end of last year. It’s such a good size for travel and every day and I prefer the envelope style as its way easier to pack or take with me places. Although I have my makeup all stored near to where I do my makeup, the bag provides focus and the ability to take everything with me easily.

So let’s start with the base, as the weather gets warmer I have been going for a lighter makeup routine and the pieces in my makeup bag reflect this fact. So these are the key products I have been building my light, natural fresh looking summer look from.

whats in my makeup bag ft bareminerals, nivea and maybelline

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer ● Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer ● bareMinerals Original Foundation in N10 Fairly Light ● Maybellene New York Color Show Blush Em!

whats in my makeup bag ft no 7, kiko and urban decay

Urban Decay Primer Potion  ● No 7 Mini Eyshadow Palette  ● Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 201  ● Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  ● Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 118  ● L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner  ● L’Oreal Paris So Couture Volume Million Lashes

whats in my makeup bag ft rimmel, ysl

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut  ● Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 102 Nova  ● purminerals lip gloss in flirt

So this is everything I have been reaching for the past month or so, what have you been loving? Are you going lighter for summer or are you embracing colour and bright?

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Top 5 Palettes

top 5 palettes

Another top 5 post, today I am summing up my top favourite palettes, 4 eyeshadow and 1 face from a variety of price points. So lets get started . . .

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

First up is my favourite eyeshadow palette of all time the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, I did an extensive review back in October as to if it was worth the price. If you want to read more, see swatches and all the pros and cons you can read my review here, but to cut a long story short I love it!

no 7 mini eye palette

I never normally look at number 7 but the other Christmas my sister brought me the No 7 Mini Eye Palette, which is sort of a best of palette. It has a good range of shades to help you create a wide range of looks from light and neutral to dark and smoky. Great for travel due to its huge mirror and variety or every day.

mua heaven and earth palette

You can definitely tell which eyeshadows are well loved within the MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette. At only £4.00 if offers amazing value with a wide variety of tones and shades which can all easily mix and match everything within the palette to create the perfect look. I definitely want to play a little more with the darker shades and have a little play.

MUA pretty edgy palette

One of the first products I reviewed on my blog (which you can read here cringe) was the MUA Luxe Pretty Edgy Eyeshadow Palette, a beautiful mix of shimmery satins and mattes which all have a beautiful colour bay of and blend into each other so easily. I get compliments on it every time I wear this and I adore the pinky purple tones with my blue eyes.

sleek face form palette

The final palette on this list is a face palette, and one I have reviewed and mentioned a few times one of the reviews you can ready here Sleek Face Form Palette. It’s the perfect do it all palette for contouring and the blush is absolutely beautiful. Its travel/makeup bag friendly and really does it all. You can read my review of it here.

So those are my top 5 palettes, let me know yours in the comments as well as any recommendations for palettes.

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May Favourites

Where the hell has this year gone? It’s the end of May already and its almost summer, I just cannot get over it but I have been getting into the summer spirit and cannot wait to try to make the most of those long days.

May Favouritrs ft body shop, kiko, l'oreal paris

So this month I will start with quite a few makeup favourite as I have been mixing it up a little, not in the look but with the products I’ve been using. As its started to warm up I’ve ditched my blush and went for a bronzer with the BareMinerals Warmth, I didn’t get on with it at first but now I absolutely love it. It just adds definition and colour back into my face and is so simple to use.may favourites ft kiko, ysl, l'oreal paris & bareminerals

On to eye and this first product I won’t go on about is much as it was featured in a review earlier in the month but day after day I have been reaching for the Kiko Milano Eyeshadow in 130  Satin Beige Cream, I love it. Whether as a blending shade, brow highlight or all over the lid it’s so versatile it’s a new makeup staple. Keeping it simple I’m still loving just simple makeup with black eyeliner, and my go to of May has been the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. It’s a felt tip eyeliner which is a deep black, and easy to control to create the desired look.

The final makeup item is a constant favourite but I feel like I should mention it again, the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut. It may not add much in terms of colour but it adds a beautiful gloss/shine to the lips without being glossy and sticky, perfect on its own or layered with other products. I’m back on my pastel nail kick from last year and with another Barry M polish as well Barry M Hi-Shine Polish in Sugar Apple. It’s somewhat of a mint shade but not, it’s hard to explain yet I just love how fun and fresh it looks.

may favourites ft body shop & barry m

My last two products are to help combat dry skin, I get horrible dry cracked skin on my elbows etc. so to treat this I use the unsung hero of Sudocream. It heals dry skin and put it on any hormonal breakouts it really brings them down almost immediately, highly recommend you keep this in the cupboard. Finally to then soften and moisture the treated skin I whip out The Body Shop Mango Body Butter, super summery and it feels great on the skin but what else were you expecting all body shop body butters rock.

So what have your being loving this month? And what exciting things are you doing this summer?

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Kiko Milano Single Eyeshadows: Review and Swatches

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I’ve decided to start doing these for any makeup hauls I do, I think it’s good to see how people found products but I don’t not necessarily think there is enough to review each thing individually. I did a wear test back in April for the nail varnishes so this is purely about the eye shadow. You can read the original haul here, or check out the Nail Lacquer wear test here.


I’ll start with the lightest shade the Eye Shadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, which as you can tell I’ve used a lot. It’s a perfect all over the lid shade, very similar to my natural skin tone. It’s great for having something which you can blend eyeshadow out into, such a smooth blending transitional shade I highly recommend checking it out.

The other normal eyeshadow I have is in 118 Pearly Beige Silk, a beautiful light brown. It wasn’t quite as dark as I hoped but its a great base or all over the lid shade. It’s so natural and like the other one it blends so easily, I will definitely get some use out of this shade.


I also had a infinity eyeshadow in 290, its a charcoal grey and I love it. If you use it went or pack it on you can get a beautiful dark smoky colour, perfect for an evening eye. Alternatively apply it lightly with a blending brush and it adds a lovely level of definition in the crease. The grey is slightly out of my comfort zone and my brown warm tones, but I’m so glad I tried it. Highly recommend checking out the infinity range.

The final eyeshadow is from Kiko’s wet/dry eyeshadow range and its in a fairly neutral base colour 201 Rosy Taupe. It’s beautiful, use it dry and you get a nice wash of the shimmery colour. Then by simply using a damp brush it can foil or really pack a punch, looking stunning on the lid. My favourite way to wear this is to apply wet all over the lid, and then pair with liquid eyeliner and you have a simple look for every occasion. The wet dry shadow, although much more expensive, if definitely my pick of the bunch and I’m definitely going to buy some more soon.

Have you tried any Kiko Milano products, if so let me know what you thought of them in the comments? I cannot wait for my next trip to Kiko to see what I can find.

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Kiko Milano Haul

kiko milano haul

So I finally bit the bullet and picked up some Kiko products, I am so glad the shops are now popping up everywhere as I always prefer so see makeup in person before taking the plunge. So over Easter I took advantage of the buy 3 get 3 free offer and got some great goodies. At the time of writing I haven’t given these a proper testing yet so this is literally a first impressions post.

kiko water eyeshadow in 201

The first thing I picked up which was the top of my list the Water Eyeshadow in 201 Rosy Taupe,  I love this colour as it is a perfect base colour or an all over colour. It seems pretty good wet or dry and should be nice to incorporate into my makeup.

kiko eyeshadows in 118 & 113

Although I love the range of colours offered I thought I would pick two colours that I would get a lot of use out of. The Eyeshadow in 118 Pearly Beige Silk a perfect lid and shimmery colour which I feel as though I will get a lot of uses out of it. I’ve been looking for the perfect inner corner/eyebrow highlight Eyeshadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, despite been described as a satin it is definitely matte.

kiko infinity eyeshadow in 290

The final eyeshadow I picked up was from the infinity range the Infinity Eyeshadow in 290. Unfortunately I cannot find the name of the colour at the moment but it’s dark grey with a beautiful glitter/shimmer running through it.

kiko nail lacquer in 497 & 521

Finally I picked up two nail varnishes, Nail Lacquer in 497 Pearly Indian Violet and Nail Lacquer in 521 Pearly Ocean. Both are beautiful colours with the metallic/pearly sheen to them which I have been loving recently.

So that’s all for now and I will update you as and when I have tried the products. Have you tried Kiko Milano? What do you think of the products and what would you recommend.

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January Favouries

january faves ft No 7, wet n wild, benefit

Wow the first month of 2016 is almost over already, where did January go? Luckily I’m slowly getting back into the working spirit and planning bits for the rest of 2016, trips away etc. It’s been a great month, and I did some amazing things some of which you will see a small post about in the next week or so when I get round to compiling it. Anyway on to the favourites.

This month has all being about lashes, using two samples which I got with magazines in November but only just got round to using when I went away for new year. Although very so-so on their own combining the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Eyelash Primer and Clinique High Impact Mascara has helped me create a few full and flutter lash looks which are perfect for the day to day. Also they are so diddy so they can easily fit in your bag etc. I loved these when I was away and I slip one in my bag for at work or when I’m on the go.

jan faves ft wet n wild comfort zone palette, benefit they're real primer, clinique mascara

 

It’s all about the eyes with me as always and since starting back at work on the 4th Jan I’ve found myself reaching for the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette almost daily, the palette provides two distinct looks and I don’t tend to mix. I’ve been keeping my eyes super simple for work and simply use the right hand side highlight colour all over my lid, and the corresponding crease colour for an outer v. It creates a super subtle but pretty eye look for work,

I reviewed this next favourite earlier in the month, so I won’t say too much as its best just to read the review but I have loved using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water since December. Perfectly kind to skin, but great for makeup removal I just wanted to wait until the review was out to put in it my favourites. You can read the full review here.

As you will of seen in my ‘What I go For Christmas’ post I received a Body Shop Green Tea Gift set (I also received a mango one later on as well) and I normally never give the soaps a second glance but I am so glad I did. Unlike the other kits the green tea set contained an exfoliating soap and I thought I would give it a shot so I could save the little exfoliating tubs for a later date. I’m so glad I decided to bother with The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, it is amazing!

So what have you loved in the first month of 2016, let me know in the comments below.

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2015 Favourites

Wow 2015 went bloody quick, I cannot believe it is January already. So I thought I would take one more look back on 2015 with a look at all the products which I have loved the most over 2015, most of these have appeared in a favourites or two and these are the ultimate favourites of the year.

Starting off is with a concealer I have repurchased twice this year the Rimmel London Wake Me Up! Concealer in Ivory, this is a great under eye concealer like the wake me up foundation really brightens and wakes up the face. You’ll never be able to tell you have huge dark circles from lack of sleep and long days of work.

Although mentioned at various points I don’t feel as though I’ve shared my love of this enough over the year, the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is a beautiful Kylie Jenner type lip colour. On its own or under something else, I have used two of these and have two more currently in my makeup stash its often sold out so I stock up when I manage to find it in stores. You can read the review here.

2015 eye ft urban decay, maybelline & bareminerals

For more than a year now I have being loving pinky neutral eyes, it complements a fair skin tone and contrasts my blue eyes. I’ve been loving the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette ever since I first got it and I’ve written and extensive review of the palette which you can read here. It’s just highly versatile and I reach for it day after day, for work, for nights out its endlessly versatile and so damn pretty. Along with this is something I brought the second half of the year, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Gel-Crème Eyeshadow in Pink Gold perfect on its own or as a base for any look I create with the Naked 3. I just love how pretty and how long lasting it is, I think I may try more of the range but due to its ease to fit my makeup it slips perfectly into my collection.Just a brief mention of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, I mention it all the time with any routine and it several favourites. The travel size is all you need as this has lasted me forever despite only being the travel size you don’t need anything more.

Most of the time, high end mascaras including the Benefit Roller lash end up disappointing me as I find better budget counter parts the Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara is worth the money. Its narrow brush allows you to get right to the root in which helps add volume and definition to your lashes. It layers up without clumping and just leaves your lashes looking volumous and fluttery.

2015 hair ft tangle teezer

Although a pastel blue shade is not suitable for this time of year, the Barry M Speed Dry in Eat My Dust has seen so much use this work. This was my favourite shade of the speed dry collection and I would endlessly repaint my nails with it. My other go to choice this year was the Illimasqua Nail Polish in Viridian, a beautiful deep forest green which oddly reminded me of Christmas a lot. It was the perfect shade for winter still dark and metallic but slightly different due to the green hue.

Miceller Waters have really transformed my skincare and makeup removal, so easy to use perfect for if you are a little bit lazy bit they throughly clean and cleanse your skin. My favourite out the ones I’ve tried was the Ganier Miceller Cleansing Water, it’s a huge bottle and lasts ages. I’ve also brought the travel size which was great for travel, I highly recommend giving it ago if you haven’t already.

Another brief mention here of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, I’ve mentioned it loads over the 18months I’ve been blogging and I’ve been using it for three or four years now. It’s such a deeply moisturising primer that really leaves your skin feeling fresh.

For years I always struggled to find a brush that went through my hair, so for years I used one of my mums old brushes from the 80s which was really good but I wanted to find something better. I don’t know why I put of using the Tangle Teezer for so long but they are worth the investment as they brush through so well and so easily. I’ve also fallen in love with Hair Oils although there is no particular oil I’ve loved more than any other but they’ve left my hair feeling soft and silky, I also find the smell delightfully. I have the Umberto Giannini Miracle Worker with Argan Oil which is my favourite and and I’ve used sparingly throughout using the others, you can read my first impressions review of it from this time last year here.

So that’s what I’ve loved throughout 2015, what have you loved using or trying throughout 2015? Also what are you looking forward in 2016?

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Christmas Day Makeup

Christmas Day Makeup

Christmas is fast approaching so I thought I would do a quick post of what makeup I will probably be wearing on Christmas Day, this year it is just the three of us just me and my parents so it is a quiet low key kind of day. Due to this I will just do a light and fresh makeup look really with a small dash of sparkle, so it’s not really an inspiration for your looks but it’s a very different Christmas Day look to most others and I thought it would be nice to include it.

xmas makeup ft bareminerals and nivea

First up as always I will moisturise and prep my skin with the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, one of my favourite products and I rarely start my makeup routine without it. Then to extend the life of my makeup I apply the bareMinerals Prime Time Primer in the areas where it seems to disappear first. I adore this primer although it is on its last legs as I use it sparingly, best primer ever although it’s on the pricer side. I decided in order to keep the look fresh that I would opt for my bareminerals foundation and concealer therefore the concealer goes first. Using a combination of concealers with Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory to brighten my under eyes and the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain to hide any blemishes etc. Finishing off with my bareMinerals Original Foundation in Light applying it with my bareMinerals Flawless Face Brush which just creates a light and airbrushed look to your face while feeling like you are wearing nothing at all. I finished up with the beautiful MUA Blush in Cupcake, which is more of a dusty pink and a definite dupe for the likes of NARS Sin and it is perfect for this time of year, applying this with The Body Shop Blush Brush.

xmas makeup ft bareminerals and rimmel

As always whenever I do anything with my eyes I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion, you need this in your life for crease free long lasting eye makeup. I created a subtle and natural eye look using the Avon Eyeshadow Duo in Warm Cashmere using the lighter colour all over the lid and adding definition with the darker shade. I then added a very thin delicate addition of the P.S. Love Liquid Eyeliner in black just finish it off. I wanted big but non-false lashes so I brought back the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Punky Mascara in Black, which I reviewed earlier in the year. When you get it right into the lash line and combine that with the formula and brush you get full thick and slightly clumped lashes.

xmas make ft avon, loreal, ps love & urban decay

I am going super simple on the lips with my favourite lip combination not only of the moment but of the year using Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob and the PurMinerals Lipgloss. Which creates a beautiful lip look which I cannot get enough of really.

xmas makeup ft rimmel and purminerals

So it’s not exactly an exciting makeup look but this is what I will be wearing on Christmas Day, comfortable and simple and sort of reflects the kind of day I will be having. In fact after doing this look for the blog post I went to work as it is a really diverse look (and I needed to multitask to complete the post). What type of makeup look do you tend to do for Christmas Day?

xmas makeup

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GRWM: Christmas Work Do

Work PArty MAkeup

So I had my work do last week, although it wasn’t much more than an evening meal fairly tame but pleasant all the same and I thought I would do a little bit of a GRWM for it.

grwm ft no7, nivea, superdrug & botanical choice

First up I cleanse my face with the Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Cream Wash, just in order to make sure my face was fully clean and hopefully clear. Then for a little bit of TLC while I straightened and sort my hair out, using the Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Eye Patches in Sunflower which just are super refreshing and then to bring down my current spots and breakouts I have been using the Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel. I couldn’t be bothered to do much with my hair fancy wise and simply straightened it which my straighteners and the TRESemme Heat Defence Spray. So once that’s all done I whip out the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water (review coming January 2016) just to make sure my skin was ready for makeup, I just like this step before makeup application so I know my skin is ready.

grwm ft remmington & tresemme

On this day I decided to use my Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer to create my base and then creating my base with the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain. Keeping in with my complete Rimmel London base I use a combination of concealers using the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory for my under eyes and the Rimmel London London Lasting Finish Concealer in Porcelain on my blemishes. I set my makeup with the bareMinerals Mineral Veil just a beautifully light translucent powder, before adding a few finishing touches to my face.

grwm makeup ft urban decay and maybelling

Very unlike me I decided not to use a blush, instead opting for the bareMinerals Warmth as a blush/bronzer I really do not give this product enough love or attention as it’s a great product to create dimension and life to your face. To add a highlight I used the Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights, this is so pretty in the packaging but as the first time I used it I found myself disappointed and it took a lot of work to get something from it.

Slightly different eye base this time opting for the Maybelline New York Colour Tattoo 24 HR in Pink Gold, which was a perfect base and I just applied and blended it out with my finger. Unfortunately I cannot remember exactly how I created the look but I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to create a pretty pink eye look, with sparkle and depth. To define and separate my bottom lashes I used the bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara with such a thin, narrow brush it is perfect for lower lashes and allows you to get in there, yet I used the L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Punk Mascara to my top lashes which gave big lashes. Finishing off with a touch of Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 08, my all time favourite lipstick.

Like I said we went for a meal out so I wore Primark Chiffon Shirt tucked into a New Look Skater Skirt, I always love this look as it is super cute and works for a variety of functions. It is comfy to wear, yet cute and stylish as well as fitting for the occasion. I opted for the slightly more causal some buttons undone and rolled up sleeves although it would have been super easy to dress it up if I felt as though it would be more appropriate to dress up more. As I drove I opted for flats opposed to changing shoes when I got there, so I wore the Asda Black Ballet Pumps super comfy and practical, finishing the look off with H&M Faux Leather Jacket from last winter and a New Look Snake Skin Detailed Clutch from way back in 2012. The clutch is a great size able to hold my phone, purse, keys and lip products basically holding everything I need for going out for the evening.

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So that’s what I wore for my works Christmas do, what are you doing for your works Christmas thing?