Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July '13 Favourites

Another month, another monthly favourites post! Here is what I have been loving this month....

Sun Care  
The majority of July has actually been pretty hot and sunny so two of my favourites this month are products that have helped me cope in the heat. The first is the Piz Buin Allergy Face Cream SPF 50. I was using the Soltan Once Face 8 Hour Sun Protection Sun Care Cream SPF 30 which is meant to last 8 hours so is good for a pre-makeup application but I really didn't like the smell and it seemed to be causing a breakout so I switched back to my trusty Piz Buin which is much kinder to my skin and smells like holidays!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

e.l.f Haul

When researching some US cosmetics for my friend's trip to Vegas I came across lot of e.l.f products. I had heard of the brand as they often come up in American beauty blogs but not so much British ones. I have always been intrigued by them, they are very cheap and seem to have a great range of products but I assumed I wouldn't be able to get my hands on them. When compiling the US Wish List post I actually landed on the e.l.f's UK website. Who knew?! I'm pretty sure you can't buy e.l.f products in stores in the UK but you can get them on their UK website!

Being a beauty blogger and figuring out that I could indeed buy some e.l.f products inevitably led to a massive order being placed and a haul post of course!

Not only are the products really cheap with none of the above products being over £4 each, but they also had a special offer of 30% off and free delivery when you spend over £25! It would have been rude not to.

I ordered 8 products which totalled just over £25 and I got it for about £17!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The US Wish List

One of my loveliest friends is a very lucky lady indeed as she has just left for the bright lights of Sin City! I know that if it was me heading to Vegas I wouldn't be doing much gambling (my gambling technique is £5 on red and £5 on black  and you always win!) instead I would spend all my time and money beauty shopping.

So when this lovely friend and possibly my biggest blog supporter text me a week before she left asking for some US beauty recommendations I took it as a very serious request and an important time consuming project to put a little list together for her.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Travel Perfume Atomisers

Just a quick one today folks. I thought I would let you know about these really handy perfume atomisers that I bought on Ebay. My handbag is far too heavy as it is to carry around a big bottle of perfume as well, but it's nice to have the option to top up your perfume and spray your favourite scent while you're out and about.

These aren't the Travalo atomisers which have become very popular but are actually a copy and you get get them from about £2 (I think the Travalos are about £10 each). They are a bit smaller but I actually prefer that as I can put them in the little makeup bag in my handbag.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

MAC Espresso Eyeshadow For Eyebrows

Wow Mac eyeshadows are expensive! I wanted to create a quad palette but then realised that at £10 a pop and £6.50 for just the empty palette it would cost me almost £50 to do so. That is pretty ridiculous when you think that the Urban Decay Naked Palette costs £36 for 12 different shades!

But, unfortunately the beauty blogger in me just had to try a MAC eyeshadow. I thought if I bought one every couple of months I would eventually have my quad and hopefully wouldn't feel the pain in my purse quite so much. The only problem is that I don't have a MAC counter anywhere near me and I very rarely venture in to London.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Real Techniques Makeup Brush Dupes

This blog post, like it's subject matter, is somewhat of a dupe. I have seen a few blog posts on these products over the the last few weeks but I was so intrigued by them I just had to  buy some for myself and I thought I would share with you my own opinion on them....

It's no secret that I am a Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman fan. I own practically the whole collection and currently have my eye on the Limited Edition Duo Fiber Set. My most used brushes are the ones I use for foundation, both the Buffing Brush and the Expert Face Brush (which is a little bit denser than the Buffing Brush and allows slightly more coverage).

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

High-Street Concealers For Pale Skin - The Impossible Task

There are two things I just don't understand about makeup stands in the high-street...
1. That finding a mirror is ridiculously challenging
2. The unflattering and far from day-light-like lighting makes it, as the title of this post suggests, an impossible task to find the right shade.

Getting tired of having to mix two concealers together on a daily basis to make a better (but still not perfect) colour match for my skin, I thought it was time to take a trip to the high-street/drugstore to see if I could find a better match.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

What's My FOTD Worth? Part Two - High-Street

Part one of the 'What's My FOTD Worth?' posts was a completely high-end product makeup look which you can read about here. The total for that look came to around £250 - shocking I know! The base makeup was great but I was left a little disappointed with the eye makeup. It's only fair to do a second post based entirely on high-street products to compare. So here it is....

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush - Dollface

When one of my best friends said that she was off to America for 10 days I got just a little bit excited. I have never been to the US but as an avid reader of beauty blogs I know that they have an amazing plethora (great word!) of beauty products across the pond! Beauty products that we just can't get our hands on over here. Sadly I have never stepped foot in a Sephora and my friend had never heard of it, so a trip to this heavenly beauty store was my first piece of advice for her impending travels. 

When she said that she was happy to pick up some beauty products for me I could have kissed the girl! I spent the next week (...or two) doing some research on the American products that constantly evade my grasp. I already kind of knew what my first choice would be and so the item I asked for was the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. I have read amazing things about these blushers. The only problem was choosing a colour. A couple of days before she left I messaged her with my request, it went a little something like this....

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils

I have had my eyes on the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks over the last few weeks and when I finally got around to picking them up in Superdrug I saw that Collection has a very similar product but much cheaper, the Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils. On the Collection website they are £3.19 but in Superdrug they had an introductory offer of just £2.50 each!

Although some of the shades are similar, Collection's colour choices are actually a little more wearable in my opinion. I swatched the range on my hand, and I kid you not, I could not get them off again. These eye pencils have some serious staying-power. I purchased Chocolate Brown which is a gorgeous bronzey brown shade, and Vintage Blush which is a pinky champagne colour which would make a perfect eye highlight colour.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

What's My FOTD Worth? Part One - High-End

On a day to day basis I definitely wear more high-street (drugstore) makeup, occasionally with a high-end product thrown in such as eyeshadows or primers etc. I always wonder if high-end products are actually better and worth the money so I thought I would do a little 2-day experiment. On one day I would wear only high-end products and the on the other just high-street. Then I would compare overall appearance, longevity and cost. 

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Disappointing Products

I wanted to do a Disappointing Products post as I think they can be really useful if you are considering buying one of the items. Blog posts are mostly positive but it can be just as helpful to read a negative review. The following products were disappointing to me as they were not what I was personally expecting or they didn't work with my skin type so it doesn't mean that they will be disappointing for everyone else. These are the products I didn't like or wasn't entirely happy with....

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions
I bought the Clinique Anti-Blemish Foam Wash and Clarifying Lotion about two months before my wedding as my skin was pretty bad and I was desperate to clear it up before the big day. This stuff isn't cheap at around £17 per bottle! I have already done a post on these products which you can read here,  but to cut a long story short, my skin reacted badly and just got worse. I had to stop using them a few weeks before the wedding in the hope that my skin would recover in time but it didn't really. As mentioned in my previous post it is possible that my skin was purging before it would get better but I didn't leave enough time before the wedding before I started a new skincare routine.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Makeup Storage Haul - Staples' Martha Stewart Range

I have recently been looking for some new makeup storage as I currently have it all divided in to separate makeup bags under my bed and in my bedside table. The current system works okay but it doesn't look great. 

Martha Stewart Home Office Storage Solutions Range From Staples

I have of course been tempted by the Muji storage but I fancied something a bit different. I may still get some when my makeup collection expands a bit though. So anyway, on a random stationary window shopping trip to Staples, I found the perfect solution!