Monday, 31 October 2016

Recent Favourites

Not sure I’ve ever done a current favourites post before! It’s definitely something I always intend to do but never seem to get around to. But there are a few items recently that I am just in LOVE with, so I had to tell you all about them and, of course, why I love them so much!

Yet again I am late to the party with another cult product. I think I hadn’t tried it before now because I snobbishly assumed because it was a high street product that it would be as amazing as it is! But having been using this stuff daily for the last few months, I am totally converted. I have fairly pale skin most of the time and I feel like this is perfect for me because there isn’t too strong a colour to the highlighter, just a beautifully finely-milled ‘sheen’. The colour that is there is very neutral-pearl, and I think it would actually suit most skin colours. This is going to be a staple make-up bag must have for a while to come I think!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Paint – 01 Chained
I’m not sure if it’s my age (30 next year, eek!), buy my eyelids are starting to become more dry in the morning/evening and more oily throughout the day. Before this started happening I’d never really explored the world of cream eyeshadows, but since I started using them I have seen a huge difference in the way my eyeshadow wears throughout the day. This one in particular from Estee Lauder is a gorgeous bronze metallic that has AMAZING wear throughout the day! I do still love a good quality powder shadow, but feel like if I want an eye look that is quick, easy and will last the day, then cream shadows are the first thing I reach for!

I decided to try these as an alternative to exfoliating beads after reading some horrible reports on how they aren’t degradable and are killing off a lot of our sea life. I saw Caroline Hirons talking about them earlier this year as one of her go-to high street favourite exfoliators and I must admit I’m not the least bit disappointed with them! They’re a little on the pricey side for high street skincare @ £12.95, but they are worth every penny in my opinion!
I’ve been using them daily for the last 5 weeks and I can see a very obvious difference in my skin. I’ve been making sure to use an SPF afterwards when using them in the morning though, as they do leave your skin sensitive to the elements!

I tried this for the first time this summer as I was looking for an alternative to the all-night, sticky, uncomfortable feeling that I was getting from the St. Moritz mouse. Although there is still a bit of a weird feeling on the skin after being washed off, it’s a LOT more comfortable for anyone like me who likes to sleep in developer tans! The idea of this product is that you apply it 10 minutes before you have a shower, wash it off when you’re in there, and 8 hours later you look like a bronzed goddess…
A few things I’d add to this process; be sure to thoroughly moisturise before application, wash your hands really thoroughly afterwards, leave it on for 30-40 minutes for a more noticeable (but not orange) tan! It does leave you with a beautiful colour that last quite well between 4-6 days.

I bought this after it was recommended by a few of my friends to help me repair my hair a little (bleached highlights took their toll on my locks eventually). I’d been using a lot of leave-in or deep conditioning masques on my hair, but they were all starting to leave my roots rather greasy, despite me only attempting to apply them to then ends of my hair. Bed Head in general is a great brand used in a lot of salons worldwide. I’ve used they’re styling products for quite a few years now, but hadn’t given the shampoo and conditioner a shot, for some reason. 
But they have worked wonders for balancing out my oily-roots-dry-ends hair!
They have a 1, 2 or 3 ‘repairing’ scale, with mine sitting at level 2. I’ve actually started to condition my hair first, followed my shampooing and that seems to making a huge difference as well!

I hope you enjoyed reading that roundup of my most recent faves! Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of them, and what you thought!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016


After watching American beauty gurus for SO long with an envious gaze, I finally got my hands on the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette! I've had it for about 2 weeks now and I have used it every. single. day! I am a massive fan using of eyeshadow as I think my eyes are probably my favourite facial feature, so it's so exciting when I find an eyeshadow palette I love so much!

Before I go any further, I can confirm that yes, it does smell like peaches! I don't have a sense of smell, so this is a second-hand opinion from my hubby, but he was VERY impressed with how fruity it was!

I've decided to break my review down into categories to make it a little easier to read/follow - let me know what you think of this format!

The pigment is mostly AMAZING, apart from (unfortunately) the peachy pink colours (Just Peachy & Candied Peach). Don't get me wrong, they're beautifully 'light', but they aren't as strong as they appear in the pan.
Obviously the lightest colours are, well, lighter! You can see in the swatches above that some of my favourite lighter, the shimmers  (White Peach, Luscious & Cobbler), are so finely milled that the glitter doesn't look too chunky & cheap at all! The darker colours are so deep and true to the colours you see in the pans - I love them! The darkest shade, Tempting, is a shimmery deep dark brown. It's great that it isn't black, as I find back is so harsh and hard to blend! This is a little softer with all the drama of a black!

Like I mentioned before, the shadows are not at ALL chalky and dry, instead they are so, SO smooth and feel so buttery! This isn't the case with all with all eyeshadows, but all Too Faced eyeshadows that I've tried to date have this same beautiful silky texture!

Application & Blending
With all eyeshadows I use I've found that the colour pay-off is much better applied wet. I normally dampen my brush by spraying with fixing or priming spray a little before dipping into the eyeshadow. I always find that this make the colour last longer too! I especially love to do this with the shimmer shades of this palette. For the purposes of this review I tried it with and without dampening the brush, and they all applied evenly and smoothly in both instances.
They also blend really well with one another, which is a huge selling point for me when I'm looking for new shadows. Because the colours are so pigmented (in the most part), I'd highly recommend using separate brushes for application & blending, otherwise you have a perfect drag-queen look coming your way!

Colour / Variety
The colours, as you can see, are just gorgeous. There's such a great variety of colours but they ALL work so well together! I love that I can have a million different looks from one palette! I think my favourite everyday colour combination I've worn so far is Cobbler as a base lid colour, with Caramalized as the crease transition and Summer Yum in the outer V!

This is such a playful, but really practical palette that has soooo many look possibilities and colour varieties. Every single shade is wearable, and the smoothness of the application makes it a pleasure to apply. Apart from the two shades I mentioned, the colour is so well represented in the pans. And it smells delicious! 

I hope found this review useful, and that it helps you decided if you'd like to give the Sweet Peach palette a try! It's one of my favourites at the moment - I'd love to know what you guys think if you've tried it too!


Monday, 10 October 2016


I wanted to write a quick review for my new obsession - the Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit in Gleam! After umm-ing & ahh-ing about which kit to try first (there are 4) I decided to try this one as it seemed the most suitable for my pale skin....and I wasn't disappointed!

Firstly, the thing I was most impressed with was the consistency of the highlighters; the milling is really, really fine, and it makes the product feel almost like a dry cream, and all four shades are consistent with this. This means the shimmer is fine and appears more like a 'glow', rather than a sprinkle of glitter on your cheeks. This is definitely a palette for those who want a natural yet emphasised glow!

The pans are a generous size and are also removable, for anyone who likes to put everything together in one magnetic palette. The packaging doesn't have a mirror, which I guess is no big deal, but it does make thing a lot easier when you're carrying out your daily routine to just use the mirror from the product you're using at the time. Although the packaging is quite big, it is really thin and light. This makes it easy to fit it in a makeup bag or kit.

I've been applying in two different ways; brush and beauty blender. I use a fan brush whenever I'm wearing the highlighter for work, or on a light makeup day. It gives a lighter, more subtle affect but still gives you a beautiful glow. I use a damp beauty blender to get a more pronounced affect if I'm wearing it for a night out, or if I'm feeling particularly sassy! When I wear a full face, I always use powder to set my foundation, which does unfortunately does dull my dewiness. Using this over the top put back in the 'natural glow' look, and looks amazing in photos!

I definitely think this product is worth all the hype it's been getting. I'm going to try another one of the 4 palettes soon, and I'll report back to let you know if it's as good as this little corker!

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