Friday, 30 January 2015

My January Favourites

January Favourites

Hi guys,

I can’t believe that the first month of 2015 is almost at an end! It seems to have zoomed by. I realised that I haven’t done much this month in the way of going out with friends and family as I have been putting in the time with college. I have to submit my final exam on the 2nd February for marking and I really want an A, knowing my lecturer and the fact she has only ever given out two A`s in her time at my college I think it’s safe to say that it will probably be a B but I would be more than happy with that if I can just perfect my theory work as I am confident with the numbers. Anyway enough of my boring life, let’s get on with my January favourites eh?

UPDATE: I got an A! It was the most stressful part of my HND but it goes to show, hard work and being boring for a while pays off.

Nivea Lip Butter in Blueberry Crush

I have been using this non-stop ever since I bought it. I had the raspberry rose one but I wanted a different flavour. I love the blueberry scent to this, it is quite strong but beautiful. I love how my lips feel when I use this. They feel hydrated and smooth. Perfect product for the winter months.

Caudalie Divine Oil

This is such an amazing product. I use this for my face, body and nails to give them a little love and attention throughout these cold months. I will be purchasing a full sized bottle of this as soon as my sample runs out.

Urban Decay Perversion

As you know, I got a deluxe sample in my Urban Decay Naked on the RunPalette and was so impressed that I bought another one as soon as it ran out. This mascara is all kinds of amazing, it makes my lashes so voluminous, gives them length and makes them look like false lashes without the hassle of trying to apply them. The colour payoff is great as it is so dark and it doesn’t smudge underneath my eyes at all.

Maybelline Colour Elixir

This lip elixir is all kinds of amazing, it feels like butter and the wand dispenses the product perfectly onto my lips.

Lush Lonely Heart Bubble Bar

I absolutely adore the scent of bergamot oil so it’s no surprise that this has been included in my favourites this month. All of the Lush Valentine’s Day Range is pretty phenomenal but this has been a favourite this month. 

Elizabeth Is Missing

I bought this book in my mini haul recently and I haven’t been able to put it down. So far it has been such a gorgeous story and I really feel for the main character Maud as she is a 70+ year old woman who is losing her memory and can’t understand why her family are rolling their eyes or huffing and puffing when she keeps repeating that her friend Elizabeth is missing. It makes you see it from a Dementia/Alzheimer’s patient’s way of thinking and I think it will be one of my favourite books when I finish it.

Tv Shows

I have found myself popping these shows on in the background when I have been studying away and I have become addicted to them. Fringe is a sci-fi show about weird and wacky things including an alternate universe which crosses over with ours and some weird diseases or afflictions on people. it all centres around Walter (the best character on tv) his son Peter (the babe of the show) and an FBI agent Olivia (typical strong woman). I don’t usually enjoy sci-fi shows but this one has me gripped with great story lines and a pretty dreamy main cast member i.e. Joshua Jackson.

Scandal is a political drama focusing on the President of America and Olivia Pope (one of the best female characters on TV) who have a complicated relationship. It’s another Shonda Rhimes creation and if you don’t know who she is, she is the mind behind Grey’s Anatomy so I knew this would be just as good. If you are a GA fan then you will be pleased to see Ellis Grey and Thatcher Grey appear as the Vice President and Presidents right hand man. Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn (Patrick Swayze`s brother in Ghost) are the main stars and their relationship keeps you hooked along with some pretty great storylines.

That’s all I have been loving this month, I know there isn’t a lot but I haven’t had time this month due to studying and report writing. Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a great day.

What are your favourites this months?
Do you have any recommendations for me to try?

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A Lush Rival? | Bomb Cosmetics

Bomb Cosmetics

Butter Blizzard
Butter Blizzard (Bergamot Oil, Ginger and Apple)

The Glitterati
The Glitterati (Ylang Ylang, Rose Oil and Cocoa Butter)

Ginger Bath Blaster
Ginger Bath Blaster (Ginger, Clove, Cardamom, Jasmine and Musk)

Stocking Fizzer
Stocking Fizzer (Strawberries, Champagne, Bergamot and Neroli oils)

Chilly Millie
Chilly Millie (fruity cupcake fragrance, pure geranium and ylang ylang essential oils)

Hi guys,

I heard about Bomb Cosmetics through Twitter and was keen to try some of their products. They have everything from Candles, Home Fragrances, Soaps and Bath Products, what a selection. I stuck to bath products as I wanted to sample something other than Lush. Since I am still in the Christmas mood, I picked up a lot of Christmas products in their sale. The ones I picked up were Chilly Millie Bath Blaster (£1.15) Ginger Bath Blaster (£1.15) Stocking Fizzer Blaster (£1.15) The Glitterati Bath Creamer (£1.05) and the Butter Blizzard Creamer (£1.05)

When the box arrived I could smell the products through all of the packaging and I honestly nearly ripped the box apart to get in there pronto. Once I was in, it was like Santas Grotto. I was keep to run a bath and try them out immediately. I threw in Chilly Millie first. This was like walking into a winter wonderland when it finally dissolved. The smell was very pungent. The only issue I had was the fact the nose, mouth and eyes didn’t dissolve, so I scooped them back out of the bath water. As you can imagine, I had a relaxing time but when I was trying to get myself out I ended up crying with laughter as I kept sliding all over the place ha-ha so be careful if you buy this as the water is very soft and you may fall.

I've also used up the Butter Blizzard Creamer which smells exactly like Christmas due to the bergamot ginger and apple scent. It is spicy but refreshing at the same time. It dissolved very quickly but I felt like a waxy coat on my skin when I dried myself. I didn’t like that at all. I suppose it was meant to leave your skin feeling moisturised but it felt horrible, so much so that I had to have a shower to remove it from my body. The same thing happened with Glitterati. I also hated the fact that I had red glitter all over my bathroom, every product in my bathroom, my whole body, hair, towels and bed! It was not pleasant at all.

Stocking Filler and Ginger Bath Blaster were nice. The scent from each of them were very strong but they fizzled out pretty quickly. My skin felt really soft when I came out of the bath so I can’t complain too much about these ones.

Hated the creamers, liked the blasters and loved Chilly Millie the best.

Have you heard of this brand?
Have you tried any of their products?

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Maybelline Color Elixir | Petal Plush

Maybelline Color Elixir Petal Plush

Maybelline Color Elixir

Maybelline Petal Plush Swatch

Hey guys,

I picked up this Maybelline Color Elixir (£6.99) in my recent haul and have been wearing it every day since. The colour I picked was Petal Plush which is a light pink colour, making it perfect for everyday use when I pair it with my Mac Honeylove Lipstick (£15)

Maybelline have promised a moisturising formula with the feel of a lip balm that gives a gorgeous sheen to the lips whilst keeping them nourished. I can wholeheartedly agree with this. The gloss itself feels like nothing I have tried before, it is so soft and velvety that it feels like a lip butter but it has great pigmentation and doesn't feel sticky on the lips when applied. The doe foot applicator wand is also a winner as it disperses the perfect amount of product. There is a certain smell from this elixir, I can’t say I’m mad about it, it smells horrible and chemical. It doesn’t put me off using the gloss but I could do without it to be honest. I will 100% be picking up more of these in the near future as the colour selection looks fab and  Boots have a Buy 1 get 1 half price offer so it would be rude not to.

Have you tried these Lip Elixirs?
What did you think of them?
Can you recommend something similar?

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Lets Talk Brows, Shall We?

Brows - Beauty Talk With Lauren

Hi guys,

Brows have been a major talking point for the last couple of years and I am no stranger to trying out the numerous brow products out there at the moment. Anastasia Beverly Hills has really took the beauty world by storm with her Brow Wiz (£16) and Dipbrow Pomade (£15). I have yet to try the brow wiz but I wasn’t overly impressed with the Dipbrow Pomade as it felt it dispersed too much product and made my brows look a little worse for wear. 

Urban Decay Naked 2

Brow Products

This post isn’t about ABH but rather about how I fill my brows and keep them looking perfect all day. The first thing I do is remove any stray hairs with my tweezers. I normally have my brows threaded and that keeps them in check for about three weeks but I normally have one or two hairs come back so I pluck them out. I then take the pencil side of my Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil (£10) and put a firm line along the bottom of my brows. I blend this upwards using a spoolie so diffuse the product and to take away the harsh line while keeping the underneath look crisp. This is a great dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz if you can’t justify spending £15 on a brow product. I then take the shade tease from my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£37). This looks very light but it does on a lot darker and helps to fill in the middle of my brows without looking harsh. I then take my spoolie again and diffuse the product. I don’t like my brows to be too dark, even though I have dark hair, I stick to the rule of going two shades lighter than my hair colour. If my arch looks a little meh, I go back in with the S & G pencil and carve that out and then blend it downwards. To set everything in place I run the Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel in Light Brown (£3.89) through them and hey presto I have perfect brows.

If I am going on a night out, I will run some concealer round my eyebrows to carve out the shape a little more and to make them look cleaner. I then add a little highlighter on the brow bone to make my eyes stand out. I normally use Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlighter (£24) or Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£23) and that's them finished! I am pretty happy with my brows at the moment but I am sure I will find another perfect way when I get bored ha!

Brow Products

If you wanted to try out any other products I would suggest Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil (£2.99) which has a little comb on it to comb out the product or the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (£22.50) which also has a comb and an angled edge to really get in there and sculpt out the perfect brow. I also love the Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel (£3.99) in Mid Brown to keep my brows in place. This disperses a good amount of colour on the brow and I find this is great when I am in a rush.

What products are you using at the moment?
Do you have any recommendations?
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Friday, 23 January 2015

A Naughty Little Haul

A Naughty Little Haul

Hello guys, 

I was a little naughty again. Oops. I was going through the Debenhams website and a few things caught my eye so I bought them. This then escalated onto Boots and Burberry. Again, Oops. I have to say, I am very pleased with these purchases and I cannot wait to try them out and give my thought on these products.

MAC Honeylove

I wanted a new lipstick and where better to go than MAC, they have every colour known to man and they are a tried and tested brand for me. The colour I chose was Honeylove which is a gorgeous light honey beige tone with a hint of rose through it. As it’s a matte shade it will last a while on my lips before I need to reapply again.

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter

After hearing my favourite YouTuber, Nicole Guerriero drone on about this, I decided I needed it. I picked it up in the shade Light Boost which will highlight the high points of my face. 

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

After finishing my deluxe sample from the Naked on the Run Palette, I decided to buy a full sized one. This is one of the best high end mascaras I have ever used. It creates the look of false lashes without the hassle of applying those slippery little buggers.

Burberry Effortless Liquid Eyeliner

After I done the rounds in Debenhams I decided to pick up this eyeliner in Jet Black. I have been lusting after it for months now so I am glad I have it in my collection.  

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I am a huge Maybelline mascara lover so when I found this new release, I needed it immediately. This is supposed to give the look of fuller, longer lashes so I am keen to see if that’s true and if it can rival the UD Perversion Mascara. 

Maybelline Color Elixir

The last thing I picked up was the Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush which is a lovely pink shade. The formula of this is to die for! It is so creamy and glides on my lips like butter. I will put together a full review of this and will let you know my thoughts on it in more detail.

That’s all I picked up. I have been really bad this month but now I have to start saving for upcoming birthdays including Liam’s 30th so I need to put a spending ban on myself. I hope you all have a fab day guys and I will speak to you soon.

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