June Collective Haul

Another month another haul, I feel like compared to other months I have brought more than previous months. So, let’s skip the introduction and get straight into all the lovely goodies I purchased in June.

Forever 21: Every so often I look at Forever 21 but don’t always buy, something made me think I’ll go for it and I thought I would try something a little bit different. Unfortunately, however much I loved it I have had to return the Contemporary Collared Shirt in Ivory (£15.00 £9.99), I just didn’t have the boob room but the material and quality of the embroidery was amazing so it ended up been such a shame. The other two items the Plus Size Super Skinny Jeans (£16.00) and Surplice Top in Peach (£11.99 £3.99), fit perfectly and in fact create a super cute casual outfit, comfortable and well made so I may be back to order more.

June Collective Haul - Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Body Care: I don’t think Body Care is a nationwide store but there’s two local to me and offers everything bath and body with a large amount of affordable skincare and makeup. I’ve run out of my Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), which was half its normal price right up my straight.

June Collective Haul - B&M - L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

B&M: I love B&M, I know most people know about and rate food or homeware products but I think the beauty section is often highly underrated. Although you cannot guarantee the colours on offer there is often a large range of Rimmel, L’Oreal and Revlon foundations as well as mascaras for at least 50% off. All are sealed in their own packets so if you want to save on amazing product check it out. I’d been curious about the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundation in 10 Porcelain, for a while and it was marked down to £4.99, near enough half price. I won’t open it now but it was too good to miss and I will post a review down the road for sure.

June Collective Haul - Superdrug - Freedom Brow Duo

Superdrug: I’ve been doing better this year of not buying makeup I do not necessarily need, but I felt like it was finally time to buy some proper brow powder opposed to a brow pencil or some suitable eyeshadow. I was amazed by the shade range and low price point offered by freedom so thought I would give them a go and brought the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown (£3.00) for myself and the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Blonde (£3.00) for my mum.

June Collective Haul - Primark - PJs & Flipflops

Primark: I’ve not felt overall inspired by summer fashion this month, however I simply could not resist these Pusheen PJ Leggings (£8.00) as they are so cute. I was less sure on the top for this set, and I have plenty of PJ tops but these leggings I just couldn’t resist and I love these types of Primark PJ’s I have owned several in the past. I also picked up some summer essentials these Black Flipflops (£0.90), are so affordable and are such a great option for the summer you don’t need to worry about if they don’t last.

In addition to those pictured above, I also brought a new straightener the Remington S5525 Pro-Ceramic Extra Hair Straightener from Argos (£34.99). My last pair of straighteners gave up after something close to 5/6 years so it’s a good run. I love Remington straighteners and with longish, very thick hair I prefer a wider straightener to save time and have a better finish.

So that’s a slightly bigger pile of goodies than usual for June but I’m so happy with everything I’ve picked up. What did you buy in June?

Gwen

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Makeup Empties #2

Makeup Empties #2

It’s that time again for another Makeup Empties, slightly more spread out than the empties that I used to do but I hated the build-up of rubbish and makeup empties are more manageable just dumping the used items in a spare makeup bag in my draw when there done. I was getting sick of looking at it so decided to have another clear out and it was about time for another makeup empties post.

This time there is a number of eye makeup empties, something that usually takes a while to get through. Finally my L’Oreal Paris So Couture Volume Million Lashes Mascara and L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner, dried up unsurprisingly as I brought them at a similar time. The Volume million lashes mascara, I’d really rate appearing in several favourites and makeup routines along the way and maybe if I wasn’t on the quest of always trying a new mascara I would purchase again. The liner on the other hand, although it got me back into liquid eyeliner its not a true deep black, nice to apply but there are better out there. I also finished up my Kiko Milano Single Eyeshadow in 130 Satin Beige Cream, I brought this single last April and I’ve finished it, which seems like an accomplishment as I never seem to finish eyeshadow, this single I use pretty much daily as a base or a blending colour it does everything and I will pick up another.

The next group I’ve finished is face products, one of the products I tend to finish and use most consistently. As usual I have finished another Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, and one more on the way out as I’m writing this so it seems like it might become an empties post staple. That and the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer, two products that have consistently appeared in empties posts over the past 3 years that I always repurchase and keep in my collection. I also finished the PS Pro Long Wear Mineralised Foundation in Porcelain, which I reviewed a few months back.

Makeup Empties #2 - Rimmel Exaggerate LipLiner

Final empties this time is a long forgotten favourite I used to obsess over the Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob, but I got more experimental with lip colours and it took a back step. I finally finished it recently but I absolutely love this shade so it’s on my shopping list and I will pick up another one soon.

What have you been loving and using recently let me know in the comments.

Gwen

Makeup Empties #1

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As part of my one in, one out resolution for new year I’ve got rid of my traditional empties and I’m focusing souly on makeup ones. So what have I used up in the past two month in terms of cosmetics.

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I find face products are definitely the ones I go through quickest and I cannot believe I have finished another L’oreal Paris True Match Foundation, it is definitely the best foundation I have ever used. I’ve also finished the PS Pro Primer, and you can check out my review here if you wish. All in all not a bad primer but the squeezy tube really helps maximise what you get out of it. I feel as though I finally finished this before Christmas and it has taken until now to include it in an empties post, still the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer has made it into a lot of empties over the past few years. This is a product I never want to do without in my makeup collection.

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Everyone has their favourite basic brands and Collection is one of my favourites for face essentials for years I have used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Collection Pressed Powder. So the cycle continues as these two have been used up, they have been replaced by themselves within my makeup routine.

Does anyone else keep holding on to out of date and dried up products just because you hate throwing them away? It’s taken over six months but I am finally parting ways with my BareMinreals Flawless Definition Mascara, this was an amazing mascara creating beautiful fluttery lashes with that bit of ompff. I will consider repurchasing in the future but the Revlon All-In-One Ultimate mascara is proving to be an approximate dupe and its cheaper so I will see how it goes.

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Finally, I have finished my Benefit Gimmie Brow sample, initially I was madly in love with this product I’d had my brows done at a Benefit Brow Bar and I used this daily afterword’s thinking wow my brows looked amazing. I then switch to a brow pencil and realised it wasn’t the Gimmie Brow that was good, it was my new brow shape I tend to have thick brows so the fibres are pretty much redundant for me. I think I’ll save my money and leave this for everyone else.

Let me know if you prefer this style empties just focusing on makeup, I feel like the reviews might be more valuable than endless shower gel ect with only the occasional makeup item. I’d appreciate the feedback so be sure to let me know.

Gwen

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Everyday Work Makeup

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When you wake up early every morning, when it is cold and dark sometimes it’s hard to feel inspired to mix things up. I mixed up my makeup bag, and I am loving my current makeup routine so I thought I would take a few minutes to share it with you guys here.

I have to say my morning makeup is one of the most all over thing’s ever, but it works perfect for a work morning where I drink my coffee, watch youtube and get ready. I’m just on the last little bit of the PS Pro Miracle Primer , but I’ve enjoyed using it as a strong base for my makeup. I’m still on my L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rose Ivory kick, the best colour match and every occasion foundation I have ever tried. Don’t ever change, L’Oreal True Match.

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So, once I’ve got my strong base I start on my eyes, and I’m so into my pinks at the moment creating a basic pink neutral shades I use the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in 1010 Touch of Rose as an all over the lid colour. I then build up the look to various amounts depending on my mood with the Fleur De Force Quad Eyeshadow in 020 Luna Rose . Finally, I finish up my eyes with the L’Oréal Paris So Couture Super Liner, I so need a new one soon but it does the job.

The next step is to finish off my face, as I like to wait to finish my eyes off first so any corrections are easier. I’m still in love with the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and I’ve been setting it with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Power both of which are strong basics for anyone’s makeup routine. I feel like these last two are in a lot of routines but I just always tend to gravitate to my Sleek Face Form Pallet in Light still for light sculpting after well over a year now it’s still a daily go to, and currently I love pairing it with the MUA Blusher in Cupcake which is perfect for just everyday.

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So, what’s missing? Well brows and Mascara of course, I told you I do these in a weird order but its just how I like to do it. Maybe the weird order is what happens when you haven’t finished your coffee. Sometimes I feel as though Natural Collection is a serious under rated range they offer great products, I am in love with my Natural Collection Brow Pencil the colour is great, it’s easy to use and the spoolie on the other end is endlessly useful. I’m currently trying out the Revlon All-In-One Ultimate Mascara, so keep your eyes peeled as I will post a review shortly.

So that’s it my easy makeup, what are your go to and daily staples.

Gwen

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Review: P.S Pro Illuminating Primer

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I feel as though I am slowly getting back into the swing of things but it’s taken a while to just sit down and make myself write when there are so many other things that need doing. Still one of the best ways to get back into it is reviews, straight forward with a clear plan.

In 2016 I reviewed another Primark Primer, which I really enjoyed but once again I always have to be on the look our for another Primer. To mix things up in 2017 I felt like going for brightening my skin with an illuminating primer, so here is how I got on with the PS Pro Illuminating Primer which is a “Sheer illuminating base gives skin a natural glow”.

The box promises that the Illuminating Primer:

“Gives skin a natural glow without looking greasy. Creates a soft-focus appearance to veil the look of fine lines and pores. Preps the skin for a luminous flawless makeup application. Can also be applied over makeup as a liquid highlighter for normal/combination skin”

I have to say I love the look of the PS Pro range packaging the matte primer had a matte black squeeze tube while this one has a lovely white satin packaging, it’s just that thought into the outside looking smart and reflecting the packaging. In this case the packaging directly matches the product when you squeeze this onto the back of your hand the white cream has this sort of radiance to it, it is not quite glitter but you can see the illuminating products. This is not an instant wow my face is beautiful and illuminated but this adds a radiant glow to your face and looks great in the right light.

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Depending on the foundation you put over the top, you can see the illuminating properties underneath. Yet if you use a heavier coverage you cannot really tell and the primer offers minimal effect. If you want a true illuminating effect is beautiful over the top of foundation using a small amount just adds a glow to the skin, it’s a great long lasting highlight. So actually, if you want a lovely budget liquid highlighter I would totally recommend it.

So as a primer purely as a base, makeup does sit nicely on top of it but I did not feel as though it added longevity and in dry patches my makeup still broke up. This may be the time of year I have chosen to test this as my skin is dry at the moment. I feel as though other primers offer more with smooth skin finishes or a moisturising base.

Overall if you want a primer I’d say maybe look elsewhere but if you want a liquid highlight this is actually a great product and I would definitely pick it up. The PS Pro Illumination Primer is available from Primark for an affordable £5.00.

 

Gwen

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Review: Primark PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect

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I am a self-confessed primer junkie, even when I find one that I love I always seem to always want to try the next time. The only exception is the Nivea Daily Express Hydration Primer which I repurchase on a regular basis as its an affordable moisturising primer. So as usual I was in Primark and check out the newish PS Pro makeup range, and when I saw a primer I found it hard to resist.

I’ve tried several items from Primarks Beauty Range in the past, which I have linked past posts at the end in case your interesting in knowing what else they offer and how it shapes up. Overall I have tended to have a number of successes, only one complete miss and a few that are just okay. So I had no hesitations in picking this up, they offer a number of primers in the new PS Pro range and I picked up the PS Pro Miracle Primer Prep and Perfect.

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The packaging is really stepped up on the pro range compared to the “standard” beauty items, the little cardboard boxes everything comes in and the attention to detail makes it feel more luxurious even though it’s all very affordable. The only thing that is slightly odd is the pristine white box with silver foiling to then have a black tube inside, I feel as though a black foiled box would of look a little more cohesive but it still looks attractive. Tube design

Initially I was apprehensive when I squeezed it out for the first time and it’s a nude colour, unsure if it would just look orange but as it worked into the skin it seemed to disappear not leaving any trace on the skin. It works into the skin easily making it feel smoother, half way between a silicon primer and a cream primer it leaves the skin feeling smoother although it doesn’t look a huge amount smoother or poreless.

Makeup sits well on top of it, laying smooth and flat making your face look smooth and perfect. I haven’t done a thorough longevity test unfortunately but the makeup lasts from getting ready for work in the morning, to after dinner in the evening looking almost as perfect as when you put it on so around 11/12 hours which I feel is more than enough time. I don’t know how it would shape up in a serious test but I’m genuinely impressed with how well it stands up.

Would I buy it again? Maybe but it’s not a stand out primer for me, sure it stands up well but so do a number of Primers out there on the high street these days. I recommend you check out Primark’s beauty range when you are in store as there are some real gems. If you are curious where to start you can see some more of my Primark PS Reviews on my blog whether you want a general overview of a range of products here (LINK), see an amazing matte lip colour here  or one of my favourite affordable eye shadow pallets here.

Gwen xx

Review: PS Love Primer Water

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Another day, another budget beauty item for when I want to dip my toes in the water but don’t want to part with my money, it’s also another opportunity to try out another Primark P.S product, which I haven’t found one product I haven’t liked yet Primark’s beauty range is well worth checking out there are some amazing products which are all affordable. You can check out some of my previous look at Primark’s beauty ranges by clicking the following links (P.S Love First Impression and Swatches, OTHER)

So today it’s time to take a at the P.S Love Primer Water, in the past I have always loved quick solutions when applying my makeup especially for day to day so a spray primer that is moisturising and extends the life of my makeup (or at least that’s the plan) has huge appeal.

The bottle itself is nothing special, simple and practical I feel like it could be prettier but for only £2.00 I can’t really complain it serves it purpose. The sprayer although it does not emit a super fine mist, like those that are higher end its not spotty and is a fairly decent mist spray too much though and it’ll your face will just feel wet. The one thing I wish is if the mist spready further as you do have to use a couple of sprays and it will cover your entire face. Then you wait a few minutes and it will dry fairly quickly and then you can get on with your makeup, it’s not as hydrating as a traditional moisturiser or moisturising primer but what do you expect it offers that little bit of moisturise but gives back speed and time. I am not convinced it extended the longevity of my makeup but it didn’t make it disappear any quicker, so all in all it probably works at least a bit. I’m not sold on this as a primer, I think it will be great it summer to freshen up, but it terms of priming there are much better products on the market.

Well at least priming in the traditional sense, I have found two great uses for the primer water. First is to use it to use on my blending sponge with foundation, without the real wetness of water itself it doesn’t sheer out or breakup the makeup too much. It’s so easy to use and keep with my makeup and use it when I need it, so it brings a huge amount of ease to my makeup routine. It’s also great for use with eyeshadows, a damp makeup brush can really pack a punch. As you can see from the swatches it provides a real ompf to some colours and making colours more vibrant or custom eyeliners. So, although I might not continue to use it for all the face there are many other uses for the primer water.

So is the PS Love Primer Water worth buying? If you are curious about primer waters, or fancy using it opposed to water with makeup application go ahead. Realistically at only £2.00 from Primark its not a lot of money. What have you got to lose.

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Whats In My Travel Makeup Bag

Travel Makeup August 2016

As I am currently away for a relaxing week away in Cornwall, and it only seems fitting to share what products I have taken away with me. I feel as though travel makeup posts tells you an individuals tried and tested products, as you never waste precious space on products you are just trying out.

Travel Makeup ft L'oreal Paris, bareminerals, collection

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (Decanted) ♥ L’Oréal Paris True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory ♥ Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair ♥ nudebynature Perfecting Concealer in Ivory ♥ Bare Minerals Mineral Veil

travel makeup ft sleek and illamasqua

Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo in Duo 2 ♥ Sleek Face Form Palette

Travel makeup ft no 7, l'oreal & ps love

Urban Decay Primer Potion ♥ PS Love 9 Shade Eyeshadow Pallet ♥ No 7 Mini Eyeshadow Pallet ♥  L’Oréal Paris So Couture Volume Million Lashes ♥ Benefit Gimme Brow in 5

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Rimmel London Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob ♥ P.S Love Matte Long Lasting Lipstick in Whisper ♥ YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Lush Coconut

So that’s what I am taking with me a mixture of my favourites and perfect travel friendly makeup, I have every base covered. What are your go to makeup products for when your away let me know in the comments?

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Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer Review

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer.

You know those days when you are perusing the aisles of Superdrug looking for nothing in particular when all of a sudden a purple primer jumps out at you, well that’s what happened to me and I couldn’t resist. So pas the novelty of a such a strong purple primer how does the Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer actually shape up.

I personally think that the purple colour makes for such a unique selling point, whether it actually does anything or not it’s different to anything else I have seen on the market. Often lilac is used to cancel out yellow tones, but this is definitely not lilac so I am unsure how or if this is colour correcting this is but I think this takes some further research.

Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer Swatches

Despite looking like a cream product, mainly due to the colour probably, the product feels and acts like a silicon based primer. As you work it into the skin in upward motions you can feel your skin getting smoother and your skin tends to look that bit smoother, essentially a better version of your skin at present. It’s amazing that no colour residue is left, not even at hint and it is something you kind of have to see to believe. I cannot say I have noticed a brightening effect due to the purple in the primer, which is a shame but as far a primer goes it feels great on the skin.

Makeup sits well on top of the primer, looking smooth and airbrushed and I love the final appearance it gives. The only thing I’m unsure about is how long it extends the like of my makeup as it lasts a work day, but I failed to do any heavy duty testing but in reality we all just need our makeup to last the day.

Overall I enjoy the novelty of this primer the fact its purple and finished like any other is amusing and it stands out when in my makeup collection which helps me ensure that I use it. Yet I feel like the gimmick with the colour is most of what this primer is about, sure it feels nice and works well but I think you can get better primers out there especially if you want a brightening effect. Let me know your favourite primers in the comments.

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Empties #15

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Two days after I photographed, edited and schedules Empties #14, I had three empties sat their again. How on earth did I manage this? I feel as though I need to plan my posts better.

 Empties #15 ft l'oreal paris and barry m

Barry M Cor Balmy in Adam and Eve: I love a good lip balm and this was one of them, its lovely sweet scent that takes me back to childhood and no tint means it’s a perfect to keep in my handbag and use throughout the day. Would I repurchase: probably.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory: I feel as though I’ve mentioned this a few times but this has to be my favourite foundation, I use it near enough daily. Buildable coverage, diverse range of colours and comfortable to wear. Would I repurchase: yes.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Kiss Me Quick: This nail polish has appeared in the odd favourite, a beautiful pastel pink which can be worn throughout the year. Another bonus for me is that it really does dry quickly, as I am so impatient. Would I repurchase: try and stop me.

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Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer: I feel like this appears in every other empties post, I love this and use it daily, I cannot get enough of it. Would I repurchase: yes

Soap and Glory The Fab Pore Peel and Face Mask: I did a full review of this way back when which you can see here. I’ve loved using this mask and my skin feels so good after using it, I just need to make sure I remember to use it more often. Would I repurchase: probably.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Facial Wash: I love cucumber scents and I love this the scent of this face wash, super fresh. Although I cannot say this face wash does much in terms of leaving clean or cleansing but paired with the P.S Love Facial Cleansing Pad (LINK) it works wonders. Would I repurchase: undetermined, there’s better out there.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cream Cleanser and Facial Toner: These have been in empties and skincare routines a few times, a really affordable way to add steps to your skincare routine and start to improve your skin condition. Would I like to repurchase: as always.

Empties #15 bath and body - body shop & treacle moon

Treacle Moon Marshmallow Hearts Bath and Shower Gel: THIS SMELLS AMAZING, super sweet and not too food scented. I loved using this on weekends away as well as at home, it isn’t great for the bath but perfect as a shower gel. Would I repurchase: yes.

The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel: I usually love the body shop shower gel but this one was slightly lack lustre. The scent just wasn’t there, and I feel as though that is most of the point. Would I repurchase: no.

The Body Shop Love Ect. Body Lotion: I’ve had this forever and finally got round to using the last little bit, the body shop have since discontinued this scent but it’s a lovely lotion. Would I repurchase: I wish I could.

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter: A small body butter which is left over from one of my Christmas presents, I love this scent sweet, fruity and summery. I love it and it’s not as thick as as some of the other body butters so works easily into the skin. Would I repurchase: yes.

The Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter: Every few empties I have a body shop body butter, this time it’s the turn of passion fruit again. A perfect summer scent and essential for tackling dry skin, what would I do without it. Would I repurchase: yes.

 

So that is another empties over and done with, let me know if you are still interested in seeing them or not. I like seeing empties and mini reviews but often it’s a pain keeping used up products so let me know what you think.

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