Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray Quick Review

I'm not an insomniac, but sometimes I do find my tendency to overthink leaves me rather anxious, resulting in a bad nights sleep. I picked up the This Works Deep Sleep Spray in the hope that it may help soothe me and help me drift off to the land of nod.

At £16 per bottle (75ml) this stuff isn't on the cheap side, so here's why I think it is worth splashing your cash on.
This Works Deep Sleep Spray Review
Often the problem with not getting enough sleep is not being able to clear your mind in order to relax. Once you've sprayed a couple of squirts of Deep Sleep onto your pillow, the lavender scent really helps to soothe you. I find the scent is comforting and I feel my thoughts becoming 'softer' as I give into the relaxation and I fall quickly into a deep sleep.
I can honestly say this product and it's scent help rid my mind of thoughts and provides me with a good nights sleep.
I give this product a 4.5/5. If you struggle with sleep it's worth the investment!
Thursday, 16 October 2014

October Wishlist featuring Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Benefit and GHD

I've been uploaded quite a few hefty posts lately so I thought I'd keep this one light and give you an overview of my current wishlist.
I've had my GHD’s for a few years now, they still work but I feel they just aren't as good as they used to be. I’ll be handing my old pair to my sister and treating myself to a brand new pair.
Ever since I laid my eyes on the press release for Hourglass’ Ambient Light Blush palette, I knew it had to be mine. I was sold on the rose gold packaging, never mind the blush shades. I wasn’t overly bothered by the original powder palette, I stay away from luminising setting powders due to my oily skin. I do enjoy a rosey glowy cheek though, so I've justified the high price point by saying I won’t have to buy any new blusher shades for a while. These variations will have me set for every make-up look.

I’m often dubious about Benefit products, I feel they push their latest release in front of a select group of bloggers, who write rave reviews without any qualms. I thought this about the Gimme Brow release, I couldn’t believe that a little brow gel could be so amazing. After doing plenty of research and looking at before and after shots, I really am sold. Now it’s made its way to my wishlist!
Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong according to the beauty blogging community. I agree from first impressions, impressive packaging and a beautiful range of colours and products has really got me lusting. As an eyeshadow fanatic, I've set my heart on a new palette. I love the rusty shimmer shade, it would amazing paired with the burgundy for an Autumnal look.
Another Tilbury product has been added to my lust list after a number of my favourite bloggers, including Kat at Sugar Fixx, described this lip liner as you’re lips but better and more plumped up. I think this will look great with my MAC Please Me lipstick.
What’s on your wishlist? 
Sunday, 12 October 2014

Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours featuring. MAC, Topshop, Nails Inc & Max Factor

Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours featuring. MAC, Topshop, Nails Inc & Max Factor
I've spent my week clearing out my wardrobe and make-up drawers. I started a new job as a Marketing Coordinator this week, so decided that it would be the ideal opportunity to de-clutter and have a fresh start for the Autumn season.
I refreshed my Muji drawers, binning anything that I hadn't used in the last month or two and bringing forward my favourite Autumn hues.
Purple, red and brown tones are always on trend for both fashion and make-up in the Autumn, here's my favourite transitional colours and products.
Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours MAC
My favourite MAC eyeshadows for this time of year are Nocturnelle, which is a bright purple shade, Twinks, which is a beautiful mix of purple and brown and Club, which is duo-chrome shade that looks green in some lights and brown in others. I usually pair these shades with a lighter lid colour as I'm not overly adventurous with colour.

Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours MAC, Topshop
Another eyeshadow pick is Topshop's Eye Crayon in Mystical. It's a lovely wearable brown shade. I've never tried the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eyeshadows but I imagine that this Topshop stick is an affordable dupe.
MAC lipsticks have to feature in an Autumn make-up post. They have a wonderful range of darker hues, which give any make-up look an Autumnal feel. Two of my favourites are Girl About Town, which is a pinky purple, I love how vibrant it is and the second is Russian Red, which is perfect for a pin-up pout.
Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours MAC, Topshop
We can't forget nails! I tend to paint my nails more in the winter, I enjoy reds and purples much more than bright corals and pinks, which feature on most blogs during the summer months.
My favourite shades for Autumn are Max Factor's Fantasy Fire, Nails Inc's Saville Row and Seche's Rogue.
Fantasy Fire is a unique duo-chrome shade, which like it's name suggests has a fiery amber shade, which runs through the purple base. This does take a few coats to become opaque but it's so worth the effort.
I believe I picked up the Nails Inc shade when it was a magazine freebie. I love the quality of the Nails Inc polishes and this purple hue is always on my nails in the Autumn.
If you love the original Seche top coat, you'll love this rogue shade. It has a high gloss finish and teamed with the brand's top coat, it last forever.

Autumn Make-up - Transitional Colours Nails
I'm very much looking forward to Autumn, it's my favourite time of year, I can't wait to try out a few Autumnal looks with these products.
What are your favourite Autumn transitional make-up shades?
Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pamper Products featuring Estee Lauder, Lush, Avene and Una Brennan

Pamper Products Estee Lauder, Lush, Avene and Una Brennan
I forget to make time for myself, anyone else guilty of this? I mean I always have an hour or two in the evening to watch television or read but I couldn't remember the last time I pampered myself. So I pulled out some of my favourite products to show you how I have a relaxing evening.
The best way to start a pamper evening is in the bath. I picked up the latest ASOS and Topshop magazines to flick through, along with my favourite Yankee Candle called Soft Blanket, it's the most comforting smell, to light at the side of the bath.
I normally apply a face mask in the bath as the steam from the bath opens up your pores. I currently use the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Face Mask. It really gives you a deep clean, it has a slight tingling sensation which lets you know it's working miracles!
After a long soak, I reach for my Dream Cream moisturiser from Lush, this is divine! It's a thin cream that performs like a thick body butter without the weight.
A serum is added to the routine when I have a pamper. I normally use my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo treatment but adding a serum really does help to repair my skin and heal any scarring. If my skin is sore from acne, I'll apply the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum, which does what it says on the tin. It helps take the 'angry' edge off my acne and skin.
If I'm at the end of a breakout, I'll apply Estee Lauder's famous Advanced Night Repair. This product gives me a noticeable difference in reducing the redness of my scarring but with a hefty price tag, I do use this sparingly even on pamper evenings.
After all these lotions and potions, I find myself feeling refreshed and relaxed, just in time for bed.
What are you pamper evening go-to products?
Pamper Products Estee Lauder, Lush, Avene and Una Brennan

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Holy Grail Products featuring Estee Lauder, Urban Decay, MAC, Soap and Glory

Beauty products and I have trust issues. Their claims of ’24 hour wear’ and ‘transfer resistant’ build my hopes, only for them to claim at the first hurdle.

In life you gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince, as is the same with beauty products. You have to trial a number of formulas and brands to find the right fit for you and when you do find your Holy Grail items, buy 10 because we all know brands like to discontinue products for the fun of it, or so it feels.

So what products do I feel meet the Holy Grail title?

Holy Grail Blogger Urban Decay Sleek Estee Lauder Burts Bees MUFE Max Factor

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t think anyone in the beauty community dislikes this palette. I do have the other two versions but I can honestly say this is the most loved of the trio. The eyeshadows are super easy to blend and the shades are perfect for creating a smoky eye.

Holy Grail Blogger Soap and Glory Burts Bees Estee Lauder MUFE Max Factor

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Oily skinned gals, this is the prince charming of foundations. It’s a very fluid texture, with a buildable medium coverage. I apply mine with a damp Real Techniques sponge and give it time to ‘set’ before applying powder for a long lasting finish. It doesn’t last 24 hours like some foundations claim but it really does have that added coverage and longevity over its rivals such as Studio Fix and Revlon Colour Stay.

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

This was a recommendation from Essie Button, as she described, this powder is finely milled making it a perfect setting powder and for touch ups. I thought Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder was the one, but boy was I wrong. If I use the Rimmel powder instead of the Soap and Glory version, I find my make-up looks and feel so heavy. The One Heck of a Blot powder is so fine and silky to apply in comparison.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

I’ve never been a fan of Vaseline, sticking my finger in the gloop is just not pleasant, so I always opt for a stick lip balm. I’ve tried ones from Nivea, Blistec and Chapstick but Burt’s Bees beats them all hands down. It has a lovely fresh menthol scent and it’s thicker than its cheaper counter parts. It really does nourish your lips and leave them feeling kissably soft.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara

I couldn't pick just one Holy Grail mascara, I currently have two favourites, one for day and one for night. I use the False Lash Effect in the day as it separates my lashes and it's smudge proof. Then if I want a more dramatic look, I pick up my Smoky Lash mascara, this product is amazing for volume!

Holy Grail Blogger La Roche Posay Sleek 17

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

Another perfect product for oily skins. This miracle worker helps combat my existing blemishes and prevents any others from flaring up. It’s also a great base for make-up.

17 Wet Look Liquid Eyeliner

The naught people at L'Oreal changed the formula of the Carbon Gloss liner, which used to be my Holy Grail, so I had to find an alternative. I love the glossy effect of the 17 liner, it isn't for everyone but I think it just makes my cat eye flicks look super black.

Sleek Contour Kit in Light

This discovery is thanks to Beauty Crush, she often mentioned this as her go to contour product. It's amazingly pigmented and easy to blend. As you can see I've hit pan, I would recommend this for anyone who wants an affordable way of contouring their face.

Holy Grail Blogger MAC Russian Red Lipstick

MAC Lipsticks

You’ll either love or hate the vanilla scent that all MAC lipsticks carry, I personally like it. You cannot fault MAC when it comes to colour range in their lipstick line. I personally love their Matte, Amplified and Cremesheen formulas. My favourite shades are Russian Red, Please Me and Patisserie.

I asked my followers on Twitter to tweet me their Holy Grail products. I thought I could create a shopping list of new Holy Grail products to try out.


Leave me a comment of your Holy Grail items and I'll add them to my 'to buy' list!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette to be Launched

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Christmas Launch

I can honestly say that the news of Hourglass releasing the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette this Christmas made my face light up. Make-up release like this get me over-excited, an excitement that the outside world wouldn’t quite understand, only the blogging community.

Christmas in July is one of the strange occurrences in the PR world. Around this time of year beauty and fashion brands are gearing up for the festive season, releasing previews of their Christmas ranges.

Diary Directory brought news of the Ambient Lighting Blush Palette via Twitter this morning.

They detailed that the limited edition palette is to feature three shades, Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure and a brand new shade called Incandescent Electra. Luminous Flush is described as a champagne rose, a soft plum hue is the description of Mood Exposure and the latter, and Incandescent Flush is noted as a cool peach.

This launch is undoubtedly influenced by the highly covetable original Ambient Lighting Palette, which featured their illuminating face powders. I’m sure the blush edition of this palette will have just as much hype surrounding it as the original.

Its launch date is October and will be priced at £56. Stockists will be Liberty, Space NK and John Lewis counters.
I know it’s early to start a Christmas list but this is on the top of it already!

Will you be picking this palette up when launched?
*Photo credit - Diary Directory
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum (Hydrance Optimale) & How I Use It For Acne Burns

Avene Hydrating Soothing Serum (Hydrance Optimale) Review

(Now called Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum)

This review has been on my review list for a while. It was gifted to me by Escentual.com. After a few months of trialling this product, I have finalised my review and opinions on the product.

Texture and Application

The Soothing Hydrating Serum has a strange hybrid texture. It's very fluid, thin and gel-like, once applied to the skin it instantly dries, which is a strong plus point. As you may know serums are intended to be applied before a moisturiser to really help the product work it's way in, this instant drying effect cuts time out from your skincare routine.

One thing I will note is the smell, it has a chemical scent, I don't mind it but could be a problem for others.

How I Use It For Acne Burns

I use these as a soothing serum for acne burns. I use a lot of products with salicylic acid, known for it's effectiveness in reducing spots. I often go overboard with these products, I just want that mountain of a spot to be gone, this results in acne burn. I would describe this as extreme dryness and soreness. I apply this serum to the area and then use my Clinique Moisture Surge sample, which came in Cosmo I believe. These two combined really helps soothe the burn and also slightly reduce the scarring as it hydrates and nourishes.
Final Thoughts
Putting the smell aside, I think the product works well. You must use a second moisturising product to really see improvement in skin hydration. It sinks in quickly and leaves the skin ready for moisture. I would recommend this to girls with dehydrated skin, it's not for those with oily skin!
I give it a 3.5/5.
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