Sunday, 30 June 2013

HD Brows Blusher 2



You already know my thoughts on the HD Bronzer that came out with this lovely Blusher*. I have fallen in love with it and use it every day. My love for this blush isn't quite the same but I still think it's amazing quality and would be perfect for a lot of other people.



As you can see, the packaging is pretty much the same as the HD Bronzer. I like that it's really simple, clean and classic. The only downside would be that I have a hell of a lot of plain black packaging in my makeup bag now. It's getting a little hard to tell what is what! Haha.



I think that the plastic cover for the powder is an amazing idea. This is one of the best parts of the product and is a real selling point for me (does that make me weird?). On the other hand I don't use the sponge, nor can I see myself using a sponge too touch up my blush during the day, so this feels a bit unnescessary. However I can use it for other products that I might want too touch up as it is a perfectly good sponge so I'm sure it'll come to good use.



The blush is a lovely burnt rose colour with a slight bit of shimmer too it. I definitely don't have another blush that is quite the same as this one, nor as pigmented! I think that might be one of the reason why I don't get on with it though. I apply this with my Real Techniques Blush Brush, but even when I dab my brush in the product to get the smallest amount, it always ends up being too much and I look like i've been slapped around the face rather than lightly flushed.

I would definitely recommend using a light hand when applying this too your cheeks, regardless what skin tone you are. However, I do feel that if you have a darker skin tone, you will be more likely to pull this off. After all it truly is a beautiful colour but it's just a little too much for me. I'm going to play around with using a few different brushes to see if there is another way to get around the heavy cheeked look.

One huge bonus to this product is that you barely need to use any to get some great colour. That means that it will last you a lot longer than you're other blushes. When you spend a lot of money on a high end product, you generally want that to be the case and this definitely lives up to expectations.

Have you tried this blush, or indeed my beloved HD Bronzer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Stay tuned to the blog because in the next couple of days I reveal my new favourite blush!

HD Brows Blusher 2 - £17.95 from Nouveau Beauty Group

Saturday, 29 June 2013

What's In My Bag?


I can't believe that I've been blogging for 2 years and have never done a 'What's in my bag?' post. It seems like the most classic, go-to post to do but I have just never got around to doing one. 

However I received an email in my inbox a few weeks ago, talking about a competition that MoneySupermarket.com were holding. They wanted to know what bloggers were carrying in their handbags, to see if we should be insuring our items. All they ask you to do is share what's in your handbag, count up how much everything costs and find a total. Taking part means that you get entered into a prize draw where you could win a Mulberry Bayswater handbag, purse and phone case. 6 runners up will also get £25 worth of vouchers for Asos.com, courtesy of FashionPerks.

I can't think of a better time to do this post, can you? So let's go have a nosey...

 

It's funny that my handbag is one of the cheapest things I carry around with me. I have makeup that cost me more than this little baby did, but I love it. It is such a bargain and is a brilliant dupe for the Zara Shopper Bag. I think that you can still get it so if you want one, I would definitely recommend checking out your local branch.

 

So I've broken my bag down into four sections.
Total of this section is: £618.99
EEK!


The total of section two is: £93.39

 

Total of section three is: £254.96


Total of section four is: £42.19

Complete total - £1,027.53

Say what?! I can't believe that I carry over £1000 worth of stuff in my handbag almost every day. That just seems crazy to me. I know that the average handbag costs around £850 but I still can't believe it.

For items such as house keys and car keys, I just used the recommended amount on Money Supermarket's post here

This has definitely been an eye opener for me. If you have done one of these posts, please let me know in the comments below so that I can check it out. I'd love to see what essentials that you carry around every day with you to see if I'm missing out on a trick :)

Friday, 28 June 2013

June Favourites!

Hey everyone! Want to check out what i've discovered this month and completely fallen in love with? Check out my Youtube video below :) Excuse the mid-expression sunglasses-face.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

2 Year Anniversary - Celebrated with Mulberry



I did a post last year where I shared with you the gifts that Eddie bought me for our 1 year anniversary. Therefore I thought it would be really nice to go ahead and share with you a similar post for our 2 year anniversary. I can not believe that it has been 2 years already! It has gone so quickly.

As you can probably tell, he bought me a Mulberry *swoons*. My first ever Mulberry and it is safe to say that I was completely gobsmacked when he bought it. I've had it for a couple of weeks now as we traded our presents a little earlier this year. I bought him a huge comic print in a frame which was far to big to just store away and hide. Therefore I ended up giving it too him and he gave me mine.

I can not believe how lucky I am and I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to you Eddie, for all that you are and all that you do for me. I love you.

Anyway! Lets reveal what I got!



Tada!!! Its the Dark Blush Continental Wallet and I'm absolutely in love. I have been drooling over this purse for so long, spending a lot of time thinking about if I really wanted this one or not. I went into Mulberry shops and outlets multiple times to look at all the different purses they had, but I simply couldn't get my mind off this particular one.

I was really concerned about the colour of it, as I didn't want it to get marked or dirty. Black certainly would have been more practical but it didn't give me the funny, excited feeling that I wanted from a designer purse. I'm sure the girls out there who love Mulberry will know what I'm talking about.

So here we have it - in all its glory. One real selling point for me was that it has 10 card slots. I'm a huge store card hoarder, so it was import for me to have plenty of card slots for them all to sit snugly. I also like that the plate on the front is shiny and not buffed to a matte finish. I just think it looks slightly nicer.

I hope you guys like it and let me know what purse you have, or which one you'd like to buy in the comments below.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Shopcade - The New Shopping App!


Hey guys and girls :) Today I wanted to share with you a new website that I came across through Etail PR called Shopcade. This website aims to help make your shopping life easier. It lets you build wish lists of items for payday, make folders of present ideas and even lets you know when your favourite items are discounted so that you don't miss a trick - sounds like everything I've been waiting for if I'm honest with you. I hate it when something I've pined for has gone in the sale and I've completely missed out! But that's not a worry when I use the Shopcade website.

Ever been on Weheartit.com? It's laid out a lot like that. Once you hover over a picture, you get three options - want it, tag it and shop now. If you want to add it to your wish list, you simply click the heart button. If you want to share an item with your friend, you can tag them. And if you're feeling like immediate retail therapy, you can click shop now.

The only issue I have with the website is browsing select stores. Without signing in, it looks like all you can view is the hottest stores from that day. Once you have clicked on a brand, you can click a drop-down bar at the top of your screen called 'Most Popular' where theoretically you can scroll through all the merchants. Unfortunately this didn't work for me when I tried to use it. It only came up with shops beginning with A and Z. Apart from that, everything worked perfectly.

They have an app which you can download onto your Iphone for access on the go. It's completely free and works just like the website does. You just have to sign in with your Facebook account and away you go.

So if you're thinking of giving Shopcade a go, why not enter Etail PR's competition where you can win £200 to spend on Asos and £200 to spend on Shopcade. It ends on Friday so you better be quick. Full details can be found here. Good luck if you enter and let me know what you think of Shopcade in the comments below.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Paul and Joe Hair and Body Perfume



The first time I spotted this was in my Company Magazine this month. As you all know, I am a perfume addict, so the thought of having perfume for my hair thrilled me a little. I know this may sound a little crazy, but who doesn't like to smell nice? And who doesn't want their hair to smell nice too, right? The last thing I want is for my boyfriend to lean in for a hug and get a face full of hair that smells like the pasta bake i've just been cooking. That's not going to be the most romantic moment ever!



So welcome to the perfume that can be used on hair and body. I've never tried any Paul & Joe products before but this seemed like the perfect time to start. The bottle is really simple which makes it really beautiful in my eyes. I love that it looks classic and feminine. The hair and body mist* has a really delicate, floral fragrance. I'm not the best at describing perfumes, which is pretty ironic if you ask me, but this is definitely a light one which isn't too overpowering. I know it is mean't to have citrus notes in it but I really can't smell them myself. However the herbal notes do come through. To help, I have listed all the scents below:

Top Notes: Peach, Apple Melon, Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Neroli
Base Notes: Amber, Mush

You could easily mist some of this in your hair, and wear it with your usual daytime perfume without them both fighting for attention. I don't personally tend to notice the scent in my hair. However when I ask other people if my hair smells nice, they always say yes so it must be doing something right.

One of my main concerns was that the liquid would dry out my locks or even make my hair look a little greasy if I sprayed to much. Having said that, I am happy to reveal that it does neither. It's simply a nice treat to use. Because I've never tried something like this before, it has that unique gimmick factor which makes me intrigued by it. For that reason, I reckon that it would make a really nice present. Over all, I definitely haven't been disappointed and feel that it's a cute little extra for these upcoming summer afternoons.

Have you ever tried a hair perfume? How do you get your hair smelling fresh on the second day? Let me know in the comments below.

Paul and Joe Hair and Body Mist - £24 for 50ml from Beautybay

Sunday, 23 June 2013

GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment



There has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the GlamGlow products recently and I must admit that I was completely sucked in. After reading that the Super-Mud Clearing Treatment* can help clear your pores, get rid of blemishes, breakouts and blackheads, I thought I was on to a real winner. However, I unfortunately can't say that it's worked in my favour so far.

I've only tried this twice as I had a couple of samples to test out, so I guess I can't be completely sure whether it works well for me or not. However, my reaction from what i've used so far hasn't been overly favourable.

Some people spoke about the mask visibly sucking the dirt from their pores but I experienced nothing of the sort. I applied the dark grey/green clay mask and let it dry to a light grey/green colour before removing it. Afterwards my skin didn't look overly different. During the following days, I started to get dry patches on my cheeks and the skin on my nose started to flake. That was about the only result I got.

I'm confused because I thought this mask was going to be amazing. It's quite pricey for a full-sized pot so I was expecting amazing things, but this personally didn't work for me. I would much rather spend £6 on the Cupcake Mask from Lush and get 3 glorious weeks worth of product out of it.

Have you tried this mask? How did it perform for you?

GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment - £39.99 for 30ml at Look Fantastic

Saturday, 22 June 2013

My D&G Sunnies!


The sunshine seems to have disappeared from Britain's skies again. I swear that we won't actually be getting any summer this year, which sucks because winter was so glum! Either way, I managed to dash out into the garden during the short spell of warmth so that I could share with you my new sunnies from ShadeStation.

These are the Dolce and Gabbana 4171P Havana* sunglasses which I have been drooling over for a while now. I've always struggled to find sunglasses that really suit me or ones I really like but these ones are perfect. Because I've been wearing glasses pretty much all my life, I was worried about a few key things like the frames being too wide for my face or the plastic rubbing behind my ears and making them sore. Neither of these problems were an issue though, which just makes me love these sunglasses even more. 


They come in two different shades - Havana, which is the brown mottled tortoise style version, or a Grey Marble, which is more of a mottled black and clear frame. I picked Havana because I thought it would go nicely with my hair colour.

The one trouble I have with picking sunglasses is that I have such a small face. I also have quite puffy cheeks, so sometimes if I'm wearing bigger frames and smile, my cheeks hit the bottom of the frames which can be uncomfortable. However, I have found that the shape of these are perfect. They are slightly wider and shorter which lifts them up, but they still keep a nice rounded shape.

The lens is graduated brown and is described as number 3 on the ShadeStation website. This means that they are suitable for really strong sunlight or even light that's reflected off water. I like their grading system as you can really understand how well protected you are.

These glasses are also covered by a 1 year guarantee which I believe comes standard with any D&G sunglasses. Winner.

What sunglasses do you like at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.
Oh and here are some cute pictures of the flowers in my garden, just because :)


D&G 4171P Havana Sunglasses - £112.05 from Shadestation

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

HD Brows Bronzer 2



Welcome to HD Brows - The Bronzer*. Didn't know they did bronzer? Neither did I until they sent me a press release a few weeks back now. They do a blush too, which is completely stunning and the perfect shade for every skin tone. But enough of that! You're here to read about this beautiful HD Bronzer and my word is it beautiful.



Released for Spring/Summer '13, this bronzer is encased in the classic HD Brows packaging. The glossy square box echos my HD Brows palette which I love so dearly. The only issue is that they both look exactly the same in my bulging makeup bag.

Mine came with some film and a white sheet on the front. As I peeled off this layer, which I assumed was to prevent scratches, I realised that the white sheet was stuck to the logo. This was rather bizarre but I'm sure you'll be relieved to know that I got removed it without completely destroying the front of my packaging. Phew!



On all accounts, it reminds me of my brows palette - bar one. When you open up the bronzer you reveal a pan of product which is protected by a clear plastic plate, that lifts up to reveal the most perfect bronzing powder.

You may have noticed that you also receive a sponge for application, though I tend to just lean for my Mac 168 Contour Brush.



I really appreciate the plastic cover as it prevents the mirror from getting dirty and separates the sponge from the pan. This is nice for hygiene reasons, if you are going to use the sponge to apply product. But it aids the general use of the product as I find that powder products always smother the mirror and end up impossible to look into.



I'm a blogger who always struggles to get a good picture of a blusher or bronzer, as I find it looks perfect on the cheek but never dark enough to show up in photos oddly enough. But I hope that you can see from the picture above that I use this product to contour my face. You might further notice that it blends beautifully with my reasonably fair complexion. I repeat, it is a lot darker in person but I assure you that the colour is absolutely perfect for paler girls like myself.

The shade is not too dark or too muddy or too orange. It's just perfect really, and that's the only way to describe it. It really is HD in my eyes. What I mean by that, is that the powder is so finely milled that it applies almost like a second skin. It blends flawlessly into your complexion so that you are left looking like you have no powder on at all and it's just your bronzed skin. Amazing right? It's not shimmery but it leaves your skin with a subtle lit-from-within glow that I'm absolutely loving right now.

As it is slightly more expensive, I would like to note that the pan of product you get is a reasonable size and it's a high quality product. Therefore I think that it's worth it as I find it hard to come across bronzers which I really get on with. If you are looking for a slightly cheaper version, Make Believe do a lovely bronzer for around £15 which also comes with a kabuki brush - win! But if you're looking for a splurge, this is the one to go for.

Have you tried out HD's Bronzer? What's the best bronzer you've discovered?

HD Brows Bronzer - £19.96 from Nouveau Beauty Group

Sunday, 16 June 2013

No7 BB Lips in Berry Rose



I picked this up a while back with a No7 voucher. I thought now would be the perfect time to review it as the vouchers are available again. I've heard a few things about these BB Lips products but I wouldn't say the blogging world have gone crazy about them. Personally I'm not too sure why more people haven't picked them up. They're a lovely little product, and with the voucher they are reasonably priced too.



No7 claim that the BB Lips range gives you three benefits - beautiful colour, soothing nourishment and UV protection. I agree with these statements to an extent. I do like the colour payoff when I first apply this product. However it shortly starts to dwindle and I end up with a far less vibrant colour after about 10 minutes. Having said this, it's extremely comfortable to wear and isn't sticky which is a huge bonus. It also does have SPF15 in it which is a nice touch and I find that it's a simple product to wear. It's fuss free colour for a fuss-free kind of gal like me. (My boyfriend is going to completely disagree with that fuss-free statement. I can feel it now!)



It comes out of this angled applicator which I thought I wouldn't mind but it turns out that I hate. It's impossible to apply this neatly without putting some serious effort it. I wish that they had put a sponge or brush on the end to make it slightly easier to apply. I tend to put a little on my baby finger (as I don't have a lip brush) and apply it that way. It works for me but I hate getting product all over my hands. No thanks!



This is the colour I get from Berry Rose - not as dark as you might imagine, but I absolutely love it. I love this product in general, though it may seem like I've had a bit of a moan about certain aspects. The truth of the matter is, No7 have a really nice lip balm/gloss here. It just needs a few application tweaks to make it perfect.

I'm not really a gloss girl at heart but this gives me shine and colour without any sticky residue. No, it doesn't last all day but would you really expect it too? If it wasn't so hard to apply, i'd be more than happy to whip this out of my bag at a moments notice. Even with my application complaints, I still adore this product and will be using it in the months to come. I might even treat myself to another colour since I have another voucher winking at me in my purse.

Have you tried the No7 BB Lips?! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

No7 BB Lips in Berry Rose - £8.50 from Boots without voucher

Friday, 14 June 2013

Empties #1

Welcome to my first ever empties video! It takes me forever to use up a product but when I do they all finish at once. Here's my first addition and there will be another following shortly. I hope you like it and find something new that you might like to try :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Cargo Powder Blush in Rome



After loving my Cargo Lip Gloss in Sahara so much, it really was my duty to try out some more of their products to find out if they matched up. Naturally I gravitated towards the blushers next. If I had to pick a product other than foundation and concealer, blush would be my absolute favourite beauty product to buy - followed swiftly by mascara. I just love the stuff!



So, with that being said, the first blush I'm trying from Cargo is one of their normal powder blushes called Rome*. I'm currently testing their water-proof formula as well but we shall save that for another day.

All of their blushes come in silver tins. I find this really unique and in turn makes the product stand out to me. I like it's simplicity. However I do feel that they could jazz up the simple silver/gold box that the blush comes in, as this would be the first thing that you see.



Rome (described as tangerine on Cargo's website) is a beautiful mix of peach and coral with some fine gold shimmer. It's quite a buildable colour which I really like. You can have sheer coverage for those days when you don't want to look too made up. Alternatively you can go all out for a gorgeous coral glow with your summer tan.

Generally you need to put on more blush than usual for it to show up in photos. However I still couldn't get any great swatches to show you. I assure you that the colour is a lot more vibrant in person than it is in the pictures!



Rome is really wearable and flattering. It looks amazing mixed in with some of my Make Believe Enhance Bronzer too, which confirms my belief that it would look beautiful with a tan.

Some corals can look too overpowering when you have very fair skin like mine. However this blush seems to be the perfect happy medium and a really nice colour to start my collection with.

The powder is really soft and finely milled. I noticed that if I swirled my brush too much in the pan, it would pick up a lot of product and leave a considerable amount of fall out in the pot. I don't notice this when I'm using other brands such as my Mac Powder Blushes so I feel that this is definitely a quality to note. I avoid this problem by dabbing my powder brush rather than swirling it around which still picks up ample amount of product.

I'm definitely interested in trying out some more of their blushes. However I do find that they are slightly overpriced. I know that you get a lot of product for your money but still... They're an extra £1.50 more than Mac Blushes! The quality of the product is undeniably brilliant but I'm still concerned by the steep price tag. But when pay day comes.... don't we all deserve a treat?!

What's your favourite Cargo product? What should I try next? Let me know in the comments below.

Cargo Blush in Rome - £19 from BeautyBay
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