April Favourites

April Favourites

Favourites time! Insert quick month typical monthly favourite beauty blogger introduction here, okay is that done it is time to talk about the products.

April Favourites Ft The Body Shop

Let’s start this month with a fragrance, and this time I have been loving the The Body Shop Vanilla Eau De Toilette, with a simple warm vanilla scent I have been loving the simplicity this month and it’s nice to change things up. I just thoroughly enjoyed stripping back the scents I use and this is perfect, plus I have always been obsessed with vanilla in every single way. Carrying on with the Body Shop trend after birthday goodies and my haul earlier this month I have been going Body Shop crazy. I have been really loving the The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Sorbet, is my first time using a body sorbet and I love the gel like texture it’s so hydrating and doesn’t feel thick or heavy on the skin. I feel as though this would be refreshing in summer when you are burnt or hot and sticky.

April Favourites Ft NXY & Collection

As for makeup this month I haven’t really mixed things up that much, after doing my product testing I just kept on using the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes which you can find the full review for here. Although I do find the lasting power disappointing compared to other NXY Lip Creams I have owned I am obsessed with the colour so I am just putting up with the reapplication for now. Once again keeping this month short and sweet with only 4 products but I promise these will start to get longer again from next week. This finally favourite I feel is a little underappreciated but I’ve used it daily the past couple of months and I cannot do my makeup now without the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder. I’m definitely more of a pressed powder girl and this one is translucent so just sets rather than impacting my colour or balance I have set up, I also love that this has tea tree in it (not that is smells tea tree heavy), so I feel as though it is better for my skin.

What have you been loving this month, let me know in the comments below.

Gwen

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What’s in My Bag: Kate Spade Leighann Laurel Way Bag

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Woohoo it’s time to show off my favourite Birthday present my Kate Spade Leighann Laurel Way bag. I’ve wanted a nice bag and especially a Kate Spade bag for years but it took me 3-4 years to make a commitment. Just before my birthday me and my mum went to Bicester Outlet Village and I fell in love with the Kate Spade Laurel Way bag. Its smart, great for everyday and business, robust leather that won’t mark and has plenty of compartments and space basically everything I wanted in a bag.

I’m not great at describing bags, but hey why not just enjoy the pretty pictures.

So enough of my bag what did I decide to stuff it with? As well as internal pockets, the bag has two big zipped pockets at the front and back of the bag, these are great for keeping items secure and dry. I fit my Personal Planner with a pen in my front pocket, so I can make lists, keep on top of plans and just generally feeling organised I take my planner absolutely everywhere. In the mirror pocket of this at the bag of my bag, I store a large reusable tote which is now essential with having to pay for any plastic bag in the UK plus it can hold loads so it’s ideal if I need to pick up a few things after work or a few things unexpectedly.

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What's in My Bag - Lipsticks

Continuing with pockets, there are 3 internal pocks two which are just open very large phone pocks and one zip pocket for those items that you need to be more secure. In my open pockets I stock easy to grab essentials usually my phone, a packet of tissues and the rather none essential items are my 3 lip products. At the moment I am love a slightly more natural toned lip colour so I am switching between the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in 03 Boudoir Pink, the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes and George Tint N Pout Lip Oil in 01. At present the zip up pocket only has headphones in it maybe one day I will have something important to carry around.

Finally at present there isn’t too much in the main compartment of my bag, I’m trying not to fill it with junk really. I suppose 6 months down the line it will be filled with trash but I always carry my little bag of essentials which I have covered in previous What’s in My Bag posts (https://gwenblogseverything.wordpress.com/category/life-2/whats-in-my-bag-life-3/) , and it doesn’t really change so I always have everything on hand and easy to grab. Finally I have the essentials such as my keys, purse and of course a bar of Dairy Milk Hazelnut which I picked up that day as a much needed chocolate fix.

Let me know in the comments what’s your in bag essentials in the comments.

Gwen

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Review: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

From 12 months ago never really using a NXY product to becoming pretty certain that at some point my entire lip collection may become NXY products, is insane. The big part of this is the fact NXY launched in Boots during the summer of 2016 before making it a much more accessible brand in the UK. I am yet to try any other products in the NXY line but this is my third NXY Soft Matter Lip Cream.

This time I selected a more natural colour, the others I have are very different you can see my reviews for the other two on my blog. I’ve previously tried the deep red/ vampy shade Copenhagen as well as a bright-ish pink called San Paulo. This time I picked up a natural but deep-ish shade, so carry on if you wish to find out how I got on with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

I have to say until now I never understood why people complained about the Soft Matte Lip Creams the previous two I have had are absolutely amazing this one left me wanting more really. Although more comfortable on the lips than Copenhagen and San Paulo, the staying power really isn’t there. Within hours the colour is patchy and faded and this occurs even when I am not eating or drinking, where the others last with minimal wear on the lips. I found myself reapplying every two hours and it is simply a pain compared to the others. Fortunately with these been a more natural colour, and the staining properties I have found that it probably doesn’t look quite as bad as some of the others when it fades.

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The lesson learnt here is to simply that this line is clearly hit or miss, I’ve had two excellent ones, while Cannes has proved to be so-so. The product is not necessarily bad but compared to what I know this line can be I am disappointed. This is simply a case of checking out reviews and reading about before had to check how these once compares.

Gwen

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March Collective Haul

It’s that time again, monthly haul time. With gifts for my birthday I haven’t actually done a huge amount of buying this month just the 6 products included so not much of a haul. Still a little sneak peek coming up and amazingly despite my no buy rule I have purchased two lip products.

Primark: I’m not feeling the Primark clothing this season but I fell head over heels in love with this Winne the Pooh Travel Mug (£3.50), it’s so cute and not too childish. Perfect for morning when I need that second cup of coffee on the way to work, I cannot get enough of this mug. Although right now I have tended to prefer using a brush to apply my foundation at the moment I still love sponges for concealer plus it’s good to have some on hand therefore I picked up the PS 2pk Blender Sponge (£1.50).

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ASDA: I am the queen of failing my new year’s resolutions, or Beauty Resolutions for that matter. I definitely did not need another lip product, but I’ve never tried a lip oil before so maybe I can justify it in my head. You may have already see the review though, but this month I brought and tried the George Asda Tint and Pout Tinted Lip Oil (£4.00).

Boots Haul ft NXY and Collection

Boots: Seeing as it was my birthday I decided to treat myself to another NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream I love my other two shades with the vampy Copenhagen and bright San Paulo, I decided I wanted a more natural every day shade. I ended up picking up the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, I’m testing it out now and if everything goes to plan the full review will be up in the next week or so. I also repurchased again the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 Fair, simply a staple in my makeup collection that I would never be without.

Let me know in the comments what you have picked up recently and what should be on my shopping list.

Gwen xx

Review: Primark PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink

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For someone that a few months ago rarely wore lipstick I have gone completely lip product mad with posts recently, I think it’s just a new-found freedom of actually enjoying lipstick for once. I have been embracing the bold lip recently with the likes of the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copehagen and San Paulo, but I really wanted another everyday colour and while looking at Primark’s beauty section I stumbled across this beauty the PS Pro Rich Colour Lipstick in Boudoir Pink.

The foiled box makes in scream luxury or at least not budget beauty, but unfortunately this is where it stops. If done well the lipstick packaging would be amazing but its cheapness can make it seem more like it belongs at this sort of price point. The tube is design in such a way that you press the bottom and it pops out for you to use it, once you’ve applied it you simply click it back in and your lipstick is safe and secure with the lid not coming off in your back. Unfortunately most of the time I have to try a few times to get it to stay in, which is nothing more than a pain in the arse if I’m honest. This could of worked so well but unfortunately it feel short.

The actually product however is a completely different story, it’s a perfect every day pink that really can work with any makeup look with a little bit more to it than your standard nudey pink. This shade of pink is by no way ground breaking there is loads similar on the market it’s a case of finding a formula you love at a price point you are comfortable with at the end. The lipstick itself glides on easily, with a good level of pigment making a simple sweep over the lips all you need to look great. Its also surprising comfortable, the previous primark lipstick I’ve tried was a matte lipstick and although super pretty was very drying. With vitamin e in the formula, this lipstick is moisturising and comfortable meaning you can reapply to your heart content or wear day after day without sacrificing your lips.

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How does it last you ask? With my current stint into the matte lip creams, my heart sank slightly when it had somewhat faded after 3 hours but realistically this is how long I expect a standard lipstick to last especially at work where you are drinking or snacking ect. However transfer is minimal and it fades opposed to cracking off, leaving a pretty pink stain so you don’t necessarily have to put up with obvious wear. This means you do not need to worry about always reapplying, and you could even do a quick and simple no mirror application if you were worried. It layers well, athough you don’t need this for colour in initial application it layers up just was as application on clear lips so you don’t have to worry about patchiness.

I’ve actually fallen in love with this lipstick, its just a shame about the packaging. I’m in two minds to recommend it as it’s a beautiful, affordable and comfortable lipstick but the packaging is a bad finish. It just depends if you can deal with the bad design as it is only £3.00 after all, so maybe there is nothing to lose.

If your curious about other Primark Beauty items or the PS Pro range itself I’ve recently written a review of the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect which you can check out here. Well worth a quick read if you are into affordable beauty or Primark.

Gwen xx

 

 

Current Makeup Routine: Autumn Edition

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As the seasons change, we all like to mix up our makeup, so I thought I would share how I’ve mixed it up for the current season and what I am currently loving.

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Before I do any makeup I always cleanse my face again, as I’ve usually done a fully skincare routine by this point I just simply use a little bit of the Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Water on a cotton pad. To create a good base for my makeup I always moisturise and my current favourite is the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super Hydrating Antioxidant Moisturiser, especially as the weather is getting cooler and the dry air of heating and temperature changes moisturiser is a must.

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I’d like to say I am using a primer but half the time I never remember it, so I am usually straight onto my foundation which I feel like it is included in every single one of the L’oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory. This is by far my favourite foundation, it’s one of the best matches I have ever found and it’s a nice medium but buildable coverage. Any blemishes I simply cover up with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, it’s just one of those concealers that is good for anything. Then to add a little touch of definition and colour with the Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light bronzer and a touch of the MUA Blush in Cupcake, not adding anything dramatic just a touch of something.

Next up the brows, I don’t do anything fancy, I lightly build up and fill in the gaps with the Natural Collection Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brow. I cannot believe how good this is, it’s so affordable the product is great and it even has a spoolie the colours are limited but if it is in your shade, definitely check it out. Then if I’m feeling it I finish up my brows with a touch of Benefit Gimmie Brow, I am still debating of forking out for the full price item.

I’m also enjoying keeping my eyes simple, just some liquid eyeliner something to simply define but with no blending or effort. At present I am loving the L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner. Then finish it off with lashings of mascara which I grab which ever one I feel like wearing I am fairly non-committal with mascaras at the moment.

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Finally it is all about the lips, a mad thing for me to say really considering I have such a love hate relationship  with lipstick but I am trying to push the boundaries. So to complete the look for this post, I’ve finished off with the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (see the review here). I don’t always commit to it but it does make me feel autumnal and feel like I am embracing this time of year.

What are your favourite makeup items this time of year, let me know in the comments below I’d love to know.

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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been pushing myself to wear lipstick and push myself to wear stuff outside my makeup comfort zone, you can check out my journey so far in my Lipstick diaries (find the first part “A Love Hate Relationship”, and the follow up “Pushing the Boundaries”), and thank you for all the support on this journey. At some point, I decided to push myself in at the deep end and buy the NXY Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, so how did I find it.

I’ve heard mixed review about the lip cremes more for a hit and miss formula, but the colour was so beautiful I couldn’t resist. With NXY been a recent launch in the UK I ordered this from Feel Unique  (check out my haul here), but had never actually swatched it as the NXY counters in Boots are only just starting to stretch across the country. So, I went in a bit blind but was so happy to give it a go.

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I must say I love the packaging, although its simple and there is nothing special I love the velvety matte sort of finish of the lid its nothing much but it makes the product feels like a little touch of luxury even though it isn’t really. I’m also so glad this is a doe foot applicator; it is easy to use and apply an even coat all over the lips, As soon as I got it I had to swatch and play, it’s such a deep rich colour that you could wear a thin layer and make it more red or apply a slightly thicker coat and get a darker more vampy shade. Which I found to be a pleasant surprise, I never expected diversity with a product like this although how thick you apply it obviously makes a difference to the drying time. A thin coat with dry in about a minute, drying matte and dry while a thick coat with take two/three minutes to dry and leaves a slight tacky feeling that you won’t generally feel just mainly when you press you lips together.

So, the first day I wore it I went in at the deep end and wore it to work, if I didn’t I might never have done it and it was the best way to get some honest opinions. I work with a lovey group of girls, but they are also honest and will just bluntly let you know if something looks good or not. I was so please to get loads of complements on it. Wearing it to work also provided a good wear test, as you drink coffee, chat and eat lunch as well as the length of time you can wear as well as reapplication it is the perfect wear test as you must commit to the full work day.

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I must say it wears well, there is minimal transfer onto a mug when it dries and is definitely long lasting. The main place it wears off first is in the middle, this is mainly due to eating and drinking which is not unexpected if I used a straw and didn’t eat it could last hours. It also doesn’t crack so you’ve got no patchiness of unpleasant wear on the lips. I will say as the day wears long it starts to feel drying, I definitely couldn’t commit to matte everyday.

Overall this is a beautiful long lasting lipstick which I have fallen head over heels in love with, so much so that I now regret not going bold longer ago. Are there any other colours in the range you think I should try? Also let me know your favourite lip cremes or liquid lipsticks in the comments below.

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Feel Unique Sales Haul

 

feel-unique-sales-haul-ft-fluer-de-force-elegant-touch-rimmelSeptember is when you can pick up some of the best sale items and I couldn’t help myself pick up a few things from Feel Unique, I managed to stay away from pricier items to save my money for other items.

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So let’s start with the lips, if you saw my lipstick diaries post from Tuesday you’ll know I like to stay in my comfort zone and my first purchase is me trying to break out with a bold, dark colour and trying NYX at the same time. So I got the NXY Soft Lip Cream in 20 Copenhagen (£5.50), this is perfect for Autumn and I cannot wait to give it a go and see if I can embrace the bold lips. I kept wondering about getting an all-purpose lip liner and the Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner (£3.99 £2.99) seemed perfect, cannot wait to see if it works wonders.

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I need another pallet like I need a whole in the head but I have always been curious to try Fluer’s Makeup and the offer was too good to pass up. Only the Fluer De Force Eyeshadow Quad in 020 Lunar Rose (£7.99 £2.40), was reduced but it is such a wearable pallet and i cannot wait to put it to the test.

In the summer I was obsessed with Primarks Nails and sometimes I missed wearing my own polishes but some would look better on a longer nail so I thought I would try the Elegant Touch Totally Bare Short Stiletto (£4.65 £3.45). You never know I might even try nail art . . Finally was an essential purchase as I am all out of body scrub, and I’m loving cocoa butter products at the moment so I couldn’t resist the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Cocoa Body Scrub (£4.99 £3.74). Also if I like it it’s such an affordable and easily affordable product.

Overall I don’t think that I did too bad and I picked up a lot of savings, on top of the £9.04 made on picking sales items I also got a random £0.55 discount and used my Pick n Mix Voucher the final order came to £13.58! Insane isn’t it? and I’m so pleased with all of my purchases I cannot wait to try them out. Let me know what you would like to see reviewed in the comments.

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