Empties #14

 

I thought I would space out my empties and ended up with way too much crap building up, hopefully I will eventually find a balance some day

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in 001 Flush of Pearl: Finally finished this, and the lack of use was simply down to the fact I’m useless at remembering to use it on at the right time. This was great to adding a little bit of dimension to the skin and a subtle highlight, adding a lot to a simple makeup look. In future though I may pick one with slightly more colour to it. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: I feel as though this has been in more than enough empties now, I think it is my most repurchased concealer it’s amazing. Would I repurchase: I already have.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: This has been featured in a previous empties, and I have enjoyed match perfection as a foundation as it offers a good level of coverage. However I have since found foundations I prefer so I may not repurchase it again.

BareMinerals Prime Time Original Primer: I love this primer, I used it sparingly the past few months as I didn’t want it to be finished. It just leaves my face so smooth and ready for makeup, as well as helping it last all day. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Toner: I’ve paired these together as it doesn’t make sense not to, I’ve already repurchased these as I love it and it’s really helped me stick to a routine as well as improve my skin. I use them both every morning and evening, leaving my skin clean and clear. Would I repurchase: yes!

Boots Botantics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution All Bright: I love to try out different cleansing waters and this was no exception. If you want to know more about it, check out my full review here. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Boots Essentials Refreshing Cucumber Cleansing Wipes: I’m not a huge makeup wipe user but they are great for using as a pre-cleanse or as a last resort. These are really nice wipes they smell and feel really refreshing and I feel like they go a good job at removing makeup. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash: This has been mentioned several times on my body, it was an essential part of my morning skincare routine. Deeply cleansing and clearing, but it doesn’t strip your face of moisture, well worth trying if you have dry or sensitive skin. Would I repurchase: yes

 

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter: I’ve mentioned many times how much I love the scent of the Green Tea range so I won’t go on about the amazing scent. This was thinner than some of the other body butters I have tried, so not as deeply hydrating but it definitely soaked into the skin quicker so it really depends what you are after. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub: I love a good body scrub and this one was lovely, a deep but gentle scrub. It isn’t as gritty as some of the others so feels great on wherever you use it. Would I repurchase: definitely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash: I feel as though there is not a huge amount to say about a body wash, but this was lovely and refreshing in the morning. Would I repurchase: yes.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Sachet: Sometimes I just love a hair mask and I really enjoyed this Aussie one, opposed to leaving it for 3 minutes I left it longer. I like massage the mask into the ends of my hair clip it up and use a face mask or chill for 10/20 minutes and my hair feels so nice. Would I repurchase: yes.

TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo: I rarely use dry shampoo, so it’s taken me forever to use this one up but you can read my review of it here (LINK). Would I repurchase: yes.

V05 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner: I used these as my post swim shampoo and conditioner at the gym, so although they haven’t left my hair silky smooth and I use a hair oil too, But it really cleans out the chlorine. The V05 range smells nice too, which is always a plus with shampoo and conditioner. Would I repurchase: meh, maybe.

Superdrug My Little Star Baby Shampoo: I use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes, and I’ve found the superdrug one is identical to J&J only cheaper. It is gentle on the brushes but leaves them nice and clean again cleaning off all the crap. Would I repurchase: yes.


 

 

I hope you enjoyed this round of empties, I have a whole section dedicate them so if you are just nosy or want to read some mini reviews look in the tabs above or click the link here to see the previous 13 empties. What products are you loving at the moment? What do you always repurchase?

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March Favourites

march faves ft nivea

So I missed my favourites month due to work load ect. so I skipped it, so this is a slightly combined monthly favourites as I am writing this slightly earlier than usual, as today I have just got back from an Easter Break. Hopefully I’ve had a good time and you’ve followed my adventure on Instagram, but it’s been a good month tons of seeing friends, my birthday and time away.

No 7 Pop & Glow Cream blushL'Oreal paris volume million lashes

Two of my biggest makeup favourites this month have already been mentioned on my blog but I still really love them first up is the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes. I reviewed this initially in January and you can find the full review here , but I cannot get over how good my lashes look every day. If you have not tried this out yet I highly recommend you head straight to an L’Oréal Counter. My second I featured in my previous post which was my ‘Go To Makeup Look’, the No 7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Classic Rose, which just keeps me looking fresh faced and dare I say flawless.

A big love this month has been hand creams, I have a small body lotion in my purse and the pretty Ted Baker one on my desk and work. My favourite hand cream however has been the Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream, a subtle smell and it smells similar to a lot of other Nivea products probably closest in smell to the night creams etc. but most of all they are highly moisturising.

I’m finally back on the oval cotton pads and have been loving the ASDA Skin Systems Oval Cosmetic Cotton Wool Pads, these are really well made and don’t end up tearing apart. Also no more using loads and loads of cotton pads, if you haven’t tried these yet highly recommend trying out oval pads. I’ve also been loving the Boots Essentials Cucumber Creamy Cleanser and Toner I have been using them every morning and evening and my skin looks and feels so much better because of this. They are super affordable too which is great.

So that’s a little insight as to what I have been loving this month, hope you all had a great March and a lovely Easter weekend. I will be back on Friday with a peak into what I got up to on my Easter break.

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Empties #13

I’m trying to work out if my empties are often too long as I wait until I feel as though I have enough and then I ramble. So what do you think is best my current method or switching to monthly empties? Let me know in the comments as I am still a little torn about monthly empties.

Mark Hill De-Frizz Shine and Protect Spray: I’ve had this for ages and only just got round to using it, a heat protecting shine spray which smells great although I just love the Mark Hill products smell. Unfortunately they’ve discontinued this product but it doesn’t compare to my TRESemme heat defence spray also they spray went half way through and I had to move it to a different bottle. Would I repurchase: discontinued.

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray: On the topic of the TRESemme heat defence spay I have finished another one, I love this spray it last forever and helps keep my hair healthy and happy. Highly recommended. Would I Repurchase: always.

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Butter: I love the body shop body butters and the blueberry is no exception, it’s appeared in a few favourites and I am obsessed with this scent. Would I repurchase: yes.

Bath and Body Works Coconut and Lime Verbena (Body Lotion): My dad picked this up in the hotel when in American, and this has linked in my work desk draw since to keep my hands hydrated. Also I am so in love with the smell coconut and citrus is amazing and I’ve had loads of people asking what I’ve been using. Sadly we can’t get bath and body works stuff in the UK and my dad is only in America every 2/3 years with work.

Dove Go Fresh Revive Body Wash in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena: I adore the Dove Deodorant with this scent and I couldn’t resist getting the shower gel, its sweet and fruity and so good. I also think its great combined with the deodorant as you’re not overpowered with multiple scents that don’t mix. Would I repurchase: yes.

Dolly Mixture Shower Crème in Rhubarb and Custard: It’s the month of shower gels or something, only because I don’t usually end up with two. Although it’s because I got two excited and used this and the Dove one simultaneously. As you know this appeared in my December Favourites and I could not get enough of it. Would I repurchase: yes for sure.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: I have really enjoyed this foundation, lovely medium coverage and Rimmel London Formulas and tone tend to suit my skin. I also love have Rimmel do the super pale shades so I don’t have to worry about miss matching or it oxidising too much. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer: I’m not going to bother much with this, it turns up in most empties. Love it end of. Would I repurchase: always.

No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water: I reviewed this back in January and absolutely loved it, you can read the full review here. It smells amazing but is on the slightly pricer size of high street cleansing waters. I love the pump packaging so I think I’m going to refil it after cleansing it with a different cleansing water. Would I repurchase: maybe.

Cuticura clean and fresh and cherry blossom hand gel (empties #14)

Cuticura Crisp and Fresh Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel: I pretty much have hand gel everywhere and this bigger one is from my work desk, I buy the bigger ones for work so I don’t have to buy as often and the convenient size matters less. Would I repurchase: yes.

Cuticura Cherry Blossom Hand Gel (Primark Exclusive): I love the Primark exclusive scents for the hand gels and they are inexpensive too, this was sweet and floral. Plus the packaging is so pretty, highly recommend. Would I repurchase: definitely.

So that’s all my junk for this time, actually some nice variation. If you enjoy empties, then check out my previous empties here, or look in the bar up the top.

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Collective Haul February 2016

Just thought I would do a nice little collective haul of all the bits and pieces I have picked up recently, some as and when and others actually on shopping trips although there hasn’t been enough yet to do individual hauls so I just thought I would combine everything together.

ASDA:  If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time you’ll know that the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Normal Skin  is pretty much essential to me, I use it daily either as a moisturiser or a moisturising primer. Perfect under makeup or on its one. Small bonus I picked it up on offer at half price (£2.50). The other thing I picked up from Asda were Cotton Wool Pads (£0.99), not that this needs much explanation I was running very low and it’s so easy to pick some up on the way to work. There’s not much to say other that I love the generous pack size.

Lush Bath Bombs

Lush: I’m not normally a lush person, with often incompetent staff and my allergies I tend not to find it worth the effort but with a crowded shop and armed with my phone for  the ingredients list so I know what I can have. I finally picked up the Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (£3.50) which I have wanted to try for ages and finally decided to go for it, it’s meant to be super pretty and I cannot wait to use it. The other one I picked up was one of the Valentines bath bombs and its super cute the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (£3.95), I’ve seen its super cute so I will use it shortly.

paperchase postcards

Paperchase: I’ve tried to motivate myself to drink more and work out more so I those the Get Fit Stickers (£1.50) would be perfect to stick in my planner and tick them off. Although in fact they are super disappointing, I’m using them and there are loads of 5 a day which is great but only two water intake ones and all of the others. I love the little postcards to and I thought these would look perfect in the clear plastic wallet that is in the front of my planner, so picked up the two which were 70p each.

Tiger Toothbrush Cover

Tiger: I love shopping in Tiger and it takes a lot not to buy loads of stuff I don’t need but I managed to show restraint and only pick up a 4 Pack of Tooth Brush covers (£1.00). Not exciting I Know but these are perfect for travel, the little plastic tubes are not always best depending on the toothbrush these are great as they are universal.

Body Care Footpacks

Bodycare: Finally two small repurchases from body care. Both things I have mentioned many times which are the Argan Oil Foot Pack and the Botantical Choice Eye Puffiness Minimising patches.

So have you picked up anything good recently, let me know in the comments below.

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Products Mentioned: Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (ASDA, although widely available), Cotton Wool Pads (ASDA), Lover Lamp Bath Bomb (LUSH), Dragons Egg Bath Bomb (LUSH), Get Fit Stickers (Paperchase), Run Wild Postcard (Paperchase), Dream it, Believe it, Achieve it Postcard (Paperchase)

 

Whats in My Swim Bag?

Slight variation on the “What’s in my Bag?” thing, this time with a focus on keeping fit and exercise. Early every Sunday morning, I go swimming at the local pool and just swim lengths non-stop for at least an hour, it’s a highly enjoyable form of exercise and I find it so refreshing. So I thought I’d show you what I take in my bag to the gym, I always find gym kit type stuff interesting because it allows you to see if there is something you’re missing or you can better packing ideas. I cannot use a lot of gym equipment due to a malformed muscles, requiring a personal trainer ideally if I wish to use such equipment which is not in my budget at present so I enjoy jogging and swimming.

 

Anyway onto my swimming bag, I use this large Drop Dead Tote which has a cute Egyptian theme to it and I received it as an 18th Birthday present using it daily for sixth form and university. Heavy books and too much stuff is usually loaded up and doesn’t look to bad, I still occasionally use it for shopping due to the size but my day to day bag is slightly more business professional appropriate. It has several pockets and its large size is ideal for swimming as it can hold so everything I need.

First up I have the Large Bath Sheet, this is a really old large towel as I rather have something which doesn’t matter as much for swimming due to chlorine. Also it is large enough to keep you covered, and dry your body and hair without becoming saturated. Although I take a plastic bag to put my wet towel and tankini in afterwards, just so the bag doesn’t get wet although it doesn’t usually get past the towel let alone into the bag. I usually wear my Tankini Freya under my normal clothes when I go, and pack underwear for afterwards but I’m not going to show that in this post. I’m aware Tanikis might not be the best option but they work for not I need and this have proper underwired built in bras which provides the support and hold I need as being busty although next time Bravissimo etc. have a sale I may invest in a costume.

Obviously after a swim you need to shower and get off all of the chlorine etc. Sometimes I refill my travel sized TRESemme shampoo and conditioner bottles which I am using at the time but I thought I’d try something different picking up some bigger bottles to keep in the bag (promoting my laziness). So I have Vo5 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, which although aren’t as good as my usual TRESemme so won’t switch these strip the hair but unfortunately don’t add the moisture back ideal for stripping the chlorine but you have to ensure you use a leave in conditioner or hair oil too. There a good size bottle though and a good price as I brought them at pound land. I often find what body wash I use irrelevant as long as they clean so I have Nivea Crème Coconut Shower Cream at present, it’s rich and creamy and smells just sweet and sublte. Two more hair bits in the bag, one is hair bobbles to keep my hair mostly up while swimming and to help my tie it up and brush it out afterwards I have my trusty Tangle Teazer. For afterwards I have 3 pretty self-explanatory items first and foremost my Sanex Sensitive Deodorant, got to keep B.O. at bay after all. Then to re-add moisturise into my face I always have a trusty The Body Shop Mango Lip Butter although this always switches as well as the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser (Travel Sized).

Finally I just have a Primark Purse from Summer 2014 which has held up amazingly well still looking pretty much brand new, jammed packed with slots and places to put everything it’s so damn handy although the back section only holds receipts. There’s also my mass of keys and keyrings which despite seeing somewhat ridiculous they are so simple to find in a bag.

Yeah so that is what is in my swim bag, what is in your swim bag/gym kit let me know in the comments below? Also let me know if you know any good products for dealing with chlorine.

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Current Skincare Routine

So New Year and I want to create a new and improved skincare routine but I have no idea where to start. So logically I thought I would share my current routine and then I can take on any suggestions. January seems to be a month of skincare on Tuesday with the next two weeks having detailed reviews of items which appear in this routine.

It has taken me forever to make a skincare routine and the most important things for me is that it works and it’s simple. Before I started blogging and exploring skincare properly, my routine was nothing more than splashing water on my face in the morning and removing my makeup with a wipe. Over time my routine has semi evolved to what it is now, definitely manageable but there is definitely room for improvement.

So my skincare can really be split into 4 times of the day, although they obviously sometimes pair up depending on what I am doing all four parts are done daily. So I’ve split my routine into what I do when I wake up, before I put makeup on, when I get in and before bed which I think is the most appropriate way to split it up.

waking up

This used to be the part where I used to splash my face with water and that was it but I’ve finally stuck to washing my face daily in the morning, a step I’d skip due to sheer laziness. I used to swap between a normal face wash and an exfoliating one but I’d often end up skipping the exfoliating one out of sheer forgetfulness or sometimes find them too harsh. The Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Face Wash is a dream come true as it cleanses but still leaves your face feeling clean and hydrated, and I often use this alongside the P.S. Love Facial Pad. It’s the perfect combination although I will refrain from saying too much about the pad as I am posting the review of it in two weeks’ time (ooo the suspense). Once I’m done in the shower I apply my Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel and then sometime moisturise it depends what else I am doing that day, if I’m not applying makeup or my skin feels especially dry.

before makeup

On a work morning (a.k.a weekdays) the time between my wake up section and before makeup is the time to make a cup of coffee and starting a youtube video on my phone. I don’t know if it is just me but I love having a ‘beauty guru’ video going while I do my makeup even if it’s completely irrelevant or I’m not following it. The most important step of doing makeup is to have a completely clean face, and hands for that matter. So in order to prep my face for makeup I use a cleansing water or a face wipe depending what is to hand, its more to freshen up and make sure I have a good base. At the moment I have either been using the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water with a cotton wool pad or Pure Deep Cleanse Wipes, depends on either mood or what is to hand. Also as part of my skincare I always use a hand gel before makeup application especially as you may use your hands for products, better safe than sorry.

Getting in

I can never be bothered to do a full cleanse when I get in, but so I don’t sit all night in my makeup especially if I’m not doing anything seems pointless. The most important thing here is quick and effective removal, and I always reach for a micellar water so once again I reach for the No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water. Cleansing and Micellar water have transformed my routine as I know that they completely remove every scrap of makeup I’m wearing and I’m good to go. If I’m feeling super lazy, or I get in super late I will whip out a face wipe, it’s not ideal but it’s better than sleeping in making or rubbing it all around your face.

bed time

Before bed is where make sure I have a more ordered routine and it’s still a refreshing change for me as it used to be as long as my makeup was off I thought I was fine. Depending on how my skin is doing (most my skin issues are time of the month related) I will wash my face again with the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Face Wash or sometimes just water just to freshen up but it depends what I truly feel like. Then the proper cleanser and toner using the Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Facial Toner with a cotton pad more which 1) makes my skin smell fresh and amazing and 2) makes sure my skin is thoroughly clean. Finally I use a night cream to keep my skin hydrated and ready for morning and I love using nivea products, in this case the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream. As this is a relatively heavy product sometimes I put it on focus areas and other times I put it all over. Finishing off with a little eye cream once again from the Boots Essential Cucumber range, it’s the Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel.

 

Other Bits

Eye Patches: Botanical Choice Dark Circle Reducer Sunflower Eye Patches

Current Face Mask: Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Mask and Peel Review Here.

 

So that’s my current skin care routine, super simple and straight forward with a limited amount of products. I do want to improve it though so I would be grateful for any suggestions be it products or steps as I feel as though I would like a better routine. I have normal to dry skin and prefer to use sensitive product, so if you have anything let me know what you think are really good skin care products.

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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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Empties #11

empties #11

Straying away a bit from the blogmas and Christmas themed posts today, it’s time for some mini reviews and some empties.

empties # 11 ft rimmel london & the body shop

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation in Light Porcelain: I wanted to try a full coverage foundation and considering my previous positive experience with a number of Rimmel London picking up the lasting finish foundation was a no brainer. I love this for having a high coverage without looking cakey although make sure you moisturise and primer beforehand as it can sit slightly funny on dry skin. Would I repurchase: maybe.

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation in 102 Natural Ivory: This is pretty much done and the texture has gone semi odd. It’s a terribly dry foundation, which may be good for oily skin but it doesn’t work for me and no matter how much I sheer it out or very little I put on it looks cakey and awful. So I’m getting rid of it as I tried so many different way to make it work for me but it wasn’t going to. As it’s on the pricer side and I didn’t have anyone to give it too I tried damn hard to use it up. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer: This is more of a moisturising primer and I’ve enjoyed trying it, I’ve liked a lot of the Rimmel primers. This moisturises the face and just leaves it a really smooth and helps my makeup last all day, good primer but with the blogger bug I know I’ll end up trying some more primers before coming back to this. Would I repurchase: yes.

empties #11 ft nivea and yves rocher

Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer: I have gone through countless pots of this over the last few years, and I always repurchase this. A bargain at the rrp of £4.99, it is often on offer at one shop or another between £2.49-£3.00 so I always stock up then because I know I will use it, its smart buying rather than buying because it’s on offer. I use it sometimes as a primer or sometimes as a moisturiser, it’s just a great base, light and hydrating which means it is a perfect base with my combination/dry skin. Would I repurchase: Always.

Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Wipes: These face wipes are a bit of a dud for removing makeup as they really do not take it all up, which sucks and these cannot be a lazy makeup day option. I’ve used them as a quick face refresher if I’m not wearing makeup and they are alright for correcting makeup application mistakes or wiping foundation of the back of your hand. Really you are just better getting something more these are fairly dry and pretty useless. Would I repurchase: No.

Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal 24 Hr Intense Hydrating Gel-Crème: I had this in a 3 pack as a ten day treatment, but this lasted longer, it got a bit rejected for a  bit but this does wonders for my skin deeply hydrating and repairing. Would I repurchase: yes.

Yves Rocher Pink Grapefruit Vitamin Face Mist: I got this from the lovely Danielle in a beauty swap back in January and I have finally used it up. I mainly used this over the summer to either freshen up my face during the day, to cool me down or a light way to put back in some moisture and it worked a treat. I didn’t want to wait until next summer to use it with that little voice in my head telling me I’d end up losing it and ended up using it for makeup application, spraying in onto my egg shaped sponge to wet it before makeup application and it worked a treat I feel as though it just added a touch of extra moisture and helped my skin feel fresher, no idea if it did though. I’ve since refilled with water which spritz a low better and its super handy. Would I repurchase: if I could get it over here yes.

empties #11 ft lush and the body shop

The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream: This sat for ages with a tiny bit left as I moved to a repurchased tube and forgot about this one. Smelling like Cherry Bakewells and deeply hydrating what more do you want from a hand cream, also I find that it doesn’t leave hands feeling greasy. I’m not a fan of the non-traditional body shop, body shop hand creams if that makes sense like the strawberry or satsuma ones are nowhere near as nice. Would I repurchase: yes.

Superdrug Sensitive Bikini Hair Removal: I know hair removal, especially intimate hair removal is rarely talked about but due to this being a complete dud of a product I thought I’d share it. I wanted to try something other than shaving that didn’t hurt like waxing, but due to the nature of the area you need something that is made for it. This however was a dud, I left it on for the maximum time and it did nothing at all and with hair removal creams I don’t like to leave them on any longer than the maximum as they can burn the skin. The aftercare cream was really nice but the cream is not worth trying. Would I repurchase: definitely not.

Ted Baker Body Wash: The last bit of this has been sitting there for ages and I’ve finally used it. I love the Ted Baker scent and always get some around Christmas time, so I’ve finished this just in time. Would I repurchase: definitely.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Crème: I got this super cheap from the body shop last January and as I brought so much stuff. I feel as though this is slightly more toffee, sweet sort of smell but unlike some fragrances it is not too sickly sweet. Would I repurchase: yes.

Lush Butterball Bath Ballistic: This is the only bath bomb I can use from lush, leaves my skin feeling amazing. Also it’s so gentle and inoffensive, sure your bath isn’t sure pretty and colourful but these will definitely benefit your skin. Would I repurchase: yes.
empties #11 ft dovd
 

Dove Anti-Frizz Serum: This year has been all about hair oils but this has been the first one I have finished as I like to mix and match. This smells delightful and leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth, keeping it repaired and strong. Would I repurchase: yes.

 empties #11 ft ted baker and primark

Ted Baker London Body Spray: A mix of rose, sandalwood and raspberry a delicate mix of sweet and spicy, perfect for all times of year with its warms and depth. The thing I love with body sprays are that they last all day never loosing much scent, it’s also handy that it comes in a plastic bottle so you know that it is safe and won’t break. This scent is great and there is a whole range to complement this which is a great set to pick up over Christmas. Would I repurchase: Yes.

Primark Blackcurrant and Plum Scented Candle: Some of the Primark candles smell amazing but don’t kick out that much scent when burnt but this one was absolutely amazing. It is probably more of Autumnal scent as it is so warming and blackcurrant is definitely more of a winter thing. Would I repurchase: yes.


Phew! another empties over a done with just in time for Christmas.

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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?