Sunday, 17 November 2013

Blog Sale


I've launched my new blog sale here, featuring Origins, Illamasqua, Revlon and many more!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Philosophy Purity 3 in 1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes Review

I just wanted to give you a bit of an update about why I have been a bit absent... I have a lot of things going on right now, I'm currently in the process of buying a house, saving for and organising the wedding, and both me and my partner have had uncertainty about our jobs which has lead to a whole lot of stress, we are literally the only idiots to think its a good idea to buy a house right now with everything happening! Thankfully everything is sorting itself out and after 6 months we finally have a completion date for the house, so hopefully business as usual (sort of) from now on... so back to blogging.


I received the Philosophy Purity cleanser 90ml in the British Beauty Blogger beauty box in June, it's not a brand I had tried before and I hadn't really heard much about them, but as soon as I saw that it was a 3 in 1 cleanser for face and eyes I thought I would give it a go, for ages I had wanted a cleanser that can take off eye makeup that isn't a balm and doesn't need a muslin cloth or flannel, although you can use one with it if you want. 

I fell in love with this cleanser from the first time I used it, the cleanser took all of my make up and eye makeup off in one go, my skin felt thoroughly cleansed but still felt soft and not stripped. I still double cleanse with this to make sure that all of my makeup has gone and my skin is clean but I do this with every cleanser that I own. I haven't had any reactions on my skin since I started using it and it has worked well with my oily skin, I think that this cleanser would work for any skin type although very dry skin might need something more hydrating.

I have really enjoyed using this cleanser, and as soon as my smaller bottle ran out I asked for the 480ml bottle for my birthday, the only criticism is the packaging, the small bottle is a screw top which isn't the best with wet hands and I tend to loose the lids of bottles like this, and the 480ml bottle is massive I've nearly dropped this on my toes a few times in the shower! But I can over look the packaging and will definitely be repurchasing this when I finally finish the giant bottle. I love that you can buy the smaller bottle for £8 so that you can test out whether you like the cleanser without committing to a huge bottle, there are a range of sizes and prices which you can find here

Elaine

Psst - why not check out my blogsale here

Thursday, 17 October 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee Cheryl's Nude Lipstick

I have had an obsession with finding a pinky nude lipstick for a long time, I found that some pinky-nudes were that bit too much of a blue pink tone or a pastel shade and just really didn't suit me. I had found the perfect shade in 17's mirror shine lipstick in Beehive but mine (in the original blue tube) was broken by my niece who enjoys raiding my bag to find my 'lipdip' to put all over her face, it was too cute to be mad, so when I went to buy a new one I bought the new packaged lipsticks and it wasn't the same at all, the colour and formula was completely different, I was soo disappointed. 


So I was very excited when I heard that L'Oreal were releasing a range of nude lipsticks, surely I would find the perfect shade?? I hunted nearly every Boots and Superdrug in town and in every shop the new Collection Privee lipsticks and testers had been ransacked, it took me ages to actually swatch the range, and then I found my perfect nude lipstick and it was by my fellow Geordie Cheryl! The Collection Privee lipsticks are £8.19, and you can find them here.

The Cheryl nude is a perfect pinky-nude shade for my complexion.


The lipstick feels lovely and moisturising and the colour lasts for about 2-3 hours, the balmy feeling disappears after about half an hour though which makes you think you need to keep reapplying but the colour lasts quite well. I really like the packaging of the lipstick but I do find black matte packaging annoying when it gets messy.


I really love this lipstick, I have worn it constantly since I bought it, it's perfect for everyday and for an evening look paired with a smokey eye. I'm definitely tempted to try more of the L'Oreal Colour Riche range.

Elaine

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What's Nude Review


I have a few items of make up from Soap and Glory, I really love their kick ass concealer (post here), but they aren't really a brand that I think to check out when I'm wandering around Boots, mainly as I think some of the items are a bit pricey. Quite a while ago Boots had an offer where if you bought 2 items of Soap and Glory make up you could pick up a Lid Stuff palette for free, so I picked up the neutral palette in 'What's Nude'.


The palette is mainly made up of matte shadows and one shimmer shadow, the shadows feel soft and creamy so are easy to blend, the shimmer shadow contains chunks of silver to create the shimmer but it's not obvious when you wear it and there isn't any fall out.

(L-R) Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney & Aubersheen
I really love this palette, I often wear Pink T as an everyday natural eyeshadow and Aubersheen for evening looks as neutral shadow when I want to wear a bright lipstick, I don't really wear vanilla as I would prefer it to be a bit more luminous.
Soap & Glory claim that the shadows won't crease and will last 8 hours, and I would agree I haven't noticed the shadows creasing and the colour is still there at the end of the day.
The Lid Stuff palette normally costs £10 which I think is a bit pricey especially as a lot of other brands are bringing out neutral palettes but I would definitely buy this again or try other shades as the quality really is great but I might wait for another offer.

Elaine

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipsticks Review Shades 21 & 25


Bourjois is a brand that I really struggle to get on with, especially their foundations as I have pale oily/combination skin, when I hear everyone raving about their products I always want to run out and buy it but my experience with their foundations always puts me off. That was until I tried their Rouge Edition lipsticks, which I absolutely adore (you can see my post here, I have gone on to buy a few more since then) so when I heard they were releasing a sheer range called shine edition I knew I would end up buying a couple and I did... 
It was pure will power and an unhealthy bank balance which has stopped my buying more!

The lipsticks cost £7.99, but they are currently on offer in Boots buy one get one half price. 


The shades in the tube look quite dark especially shade 25 but they are actually really vibrant colours, especially the red shade which is bright with a hint of orange to it. Shade 25 is more of a purple berry shade and definitely not at dark as it looks in the picture or tube, the colour can be built up nicely but not to the dark plum colour it shows at the bottom.

The swatches below show the colour pay off after one application and after
building up the colour.

L- R Shade 25 - Shade 21

I really love these lipsticks, I would say that the red shade is a lot less sheer than I expected and is in between the Revlon Lip Butters and L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks (comparative swatches here) for colour pay off. Now the weather has turned a bit cooler I have been enjoying wearing the berry shade as an everyday colour, for an evening look I will also be wearing it on top of my Revlon Balm lipstain in Crush (post here) which I can sometimes find a bit drying, and I think they are a good colour match.

They tend to last about 2 hours and the glossy feeling tends to go within an hour but that is the same for nearly every sheer lipstick I have ever tried, although the red shade as it's more vibrant last the longest and even left a bit of a stain on my arm from the swatch.

If I didn't already have every lipstick shade I could ever need I would be straight out to get more of these, if you are a fan of sheer lipsticks I would definitely recommend giving these a go.

Elaine

Sunday, 15 September 2013

GOSH CC Cream Review


Gosh are a brand that I have never taken much notice of before and I have often walked past the stand in Superdrug without even looking at it, but recently I have read more and more posts about how good the shade range at Gosh was for pale skintones, and when they released their CC cream I thought it was time to give them a try, it also helped that the CC cream was on offer too! The current price is £8.99.

I don't really get the whole BB or CC cream thing, I very much doubt the high street versions stick to the original versions from the Asian market, but I don't mind as long as they are good!

The Gosh CC cream is an illuminating foundation, which is oil free and contains SPF 10.



The CC cream has light coverage but you can easily build it up for a light to medium coverage but I don't think you could build it higher, the shade Ivory is a perfect match for my skintone and it's not the lightest (yay) and doesn't have any hint of orange (I'm looking at you Rimmel!). The CC cream gives a lovely natural radiance to my skin that doesn't look artificial and it leaves my skintone looking really even, I can hardly notice any red patches that I have. 
I do have oily skin so I find that after a few hours I do have shiny areas but for an illuminating foundation I think it copes pretty well with oily/combination skin, although I always use my Rimmel Stay Matte powder on top and when I remember I will use a primer too.

I have really enjoyed using this foundation and it is definitely my go to for the weekend or when I can get away with a light coverage, the only negative I have is the scent, I can't put my finger on what it is but it reminds me of burnt wood although when I asked my boyfriend what he thought it was he said it smelled like crayons, anyway if you are sensitive to fragrance I would just be aware of it I don't notice it after I have finished my makeup but I always notice it when I'm applying it.

I will definitely be paying more attention to Gosh products from now on.

Elaine

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

My obsession with statement necklaces


I'm not normally a person that gravitates towards bold clothes or really bold make up but I love a statement necklace! I love adding statement necklaces to outfits to make them look a bit more fashionable, I tend to wear plain t-shirt dresses so just adding one of these necklaces adds a lot to my outfit. I have added a few to my collection recently and noticed I obviously have a style that I stick with as they are all a shade of gold!

Quite a few of them I've had for a long time but others are recent additions!

1 - Primark
2 - New Look
3 - Birthday pressy so I don't know
4 - H&M
5 - H&M
6 - Primark (it's quite old but I have seen the style repeated everywhere!)
7 - Accessorize
8 - Primark (I've had this for a couple of years)

I think H&M and Primark are great for statement necklaces that you can wear everyday to update an outfit or for a night out, they tend to be the cheapest places too!

Elaine

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Mavala Chili and Spice Collection - Trinidad & Samarkand


I know the summer is nearly over (boo!) but I still wanted to share two new additions to my gigantic nail polish collection, Samarkand and Trinidad are part of the Mavala chili and spice collection which is a great collection of shades that are a perfect match for me, you can see the full collection here.


I have really enjoyed wearing both of these shades, however just to warn you I found that the purple shade stained my nails pink (better than yellow though) and I don't know why but the blue shade didn't have a great longevity and chipped/peeled after one day, I have no idea why there was a difference between the two. I also thought that Trinidad was a more denim blue shade than the vibrant colour it appears in the bottle.

I really love these colours and will definitely be still wearing them in the autumn, I think they will be great with a matte top coat.

Elaine

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Kiehl's Goodies & Giveaway!



Kiehl's are a brand that I have always wanted to try, I have heard great things about the brand especially their skincare products and BB cream, but they are a bit out of my everyday price range. So when I was lucky enough to receive Kiehls Superbly Smoothing Argan Shampoo and Conditioner and Lip Balm* I can't even tell you how excited I was!


I normally don't gravitate towards smoothing shampoo's as I have quite flat hair and I worry that they will make it even worse or make my hair greasy, but I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed using this shampoo and conditioner it makes my hair gorgeously soft and sleek, even when I have used other brands my hair still feels noticeably softer. 
I struggle with my hair and how quickly greasy it gets, I HAVE to use dry shampoo every other day or I would look a greasy mess, so I was a bit concerned about how my hair would cope this, but it didn't make any difference my hair didn't feel any greasier at all, which was a relief, if anything on days I used dry shampoo the ends of my hair felt much softer and healthier.

I have a bit of an obsession with all things mango, so I was thrilled to receive this lip balm, it smells gorgeous and feels lovely on my lips, a little bit goes a long way so I can imagine that this tube will last me a long time!

I am really pleased to say that I have a set of the Kiehl's goodies to giveaway to one of my readers! I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my posts and make comments, I still get really excited with every new follower and comment on a post.

The giveaway runs until 12th August and don't forget to leave a comment with your email address and let me know what your favourite blog posts are to read.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!
Elaine

*PR Sample

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Empties #1

I'm ashamed to say I very rarely use up products, I am pretty makeup obsessed so tend to buy more than I could ever use up. I have wanted to do an empties post for a long time but apart from my essentials I haven't used much up, until recently I actually felt quite proud when I hit the pan on a couple of things!


Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical - I go through cans and cans of this stuff it's an absolute 
essential for my hair, and I very rarely stray from the Tropical fragrance!

Bioderma - I bought quite a few bottles of this when I went to Paris last year and I am pretty pleased how long a bottle lasts, I had been using this one since September. French Pharmacie Haul post here.

The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel & Shea Butter Shower Cream - I LOVE the mango shower gel but I only seem to get it at Christmas, not sure why I don't buy it myself! I could take or leave the shower creams...

L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara - This is my absolute favourite mascara, I always have a few mascara's on the go but I will always have this in my collection and will end up back to it as I am yet to find another one I love as much.

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer - This is an amazing concealer and it lasted me exactly one year of using it everyday, I am really impressed. Review here.

Clarins Hydraquench Cream Gel (for normal to combination skin) -  I really enjoyed using this over the winter months it saved my skin, the pot lasted me 6 months of using it daily. Review here.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream - Love Love this, I got this tiny sample in a set I got at Christmas I think it is 5ml, it has lasted me around 3 months of using it nearly every day, I have already bought the full size.

Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara - I wasn't sure on this at first, but I actually enjoyed using this as an everyday/work mascara, I don't think it can give enough of a wow factor to use other than as an everyday mascara.

I am determined to start using up products before I buy more, it is a bit ridiculous how much I can spend in Boots on a weekly basis! I'm not going on a spending ban but I will definitely try to think more before I buy, so hopefully more empties posts to come!

Elaine

Sunday, 30 June 2013

June Favourites

I've been in a bit of a blogging slump recently, I really enjoy blogging but I've struggled to find motivation to write new posts. I want to redesign the blog and change the name but I haven't got a clue what to do yet, so to get my head back into everything I thought I would start with one of the posts I really enjoy reading on other blogs, a monthly favourites! Although I have no idea where my camera is so please excuse my iphone photos!


Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner, Dry Skin - I really love this product! I hate putting on body moisturiser so I often just wouldn't, with this product you apply it in the shower after you have used shower gel, then you just rinse it off. My skin feels soo much better and I have been using it constantly, it's a decent price too at around £4 for the large bottle.

The Body Shop Mango Eau de Toilette - I absolutely love this perfume, Mango is my favourite scent from The Body Shop.

Hydraluron & Clinique Moisture Surge Intense - I bought Hydraluron when it first appeared on Caroline Hirons blog and I never really understood the hype, but when I paired Hydraluron with Clinique's Moisture Surge moisturiser it makes such a huge difference to my skin, I use this combination every week but also when my skin is feeling dry or unhappy.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream - I got a little 5ml sample at christmas but only started using it a couple of months ago, I really think it brightens my eye area really well, you only need a small amount so it lasts a really long time!

Benefit Coralista Blusher - This blusher is my all time favourite blusher I have been wearing it constantly. 

L'Oreal Chrome Shine Eyeshadow in Rose Gold -  This eyeshadow is really pretty, it is very shimmery but at the same time is quite subtle.

Mavala Nail Varnish in Samarkand 305 - I love this nail varnish, I literally gravitate to any purple colour!

Elaine

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Diorskin Nude BB Cream Review




I must have missed the buzz about the Dior BB Cream after it had been featured in a video by Lisa Elderidge, not sure which rock I was hiding under, but when I went for a mooch around the shops with Laura from Laura Bella she was raving about it so we went to the counter for me to get a sample to try it out. 

Dior have a range of BB Creams available but I got a sample of the Diorskin Nude BB Cream, there isn't a huge selection of shades available but the lighter shades really were a perfect match for my skin tone, which has to be a first for me when it comes to BB creams as I'm pale!

I really like the packaging of the cream, it appears to come in a squeezy tube but it actually has a pump applicator which is a definite plus for me, I did make a bit of a fool of myself when I was trying to get the tester lid off as I assumed it was a screw top, you would think after a minute of trying to unscrew it I would get the hint to just pull the top off but no, I'm not that clever!

The consisentcy of the cream is very much similar to foundation, but it's not too thick and doesn't have a watery or gel like feel. I found that it gave a light to medium coverage, but it definitely wasn't a heavy medium coverage it let the right amount of your natural skin show through. When I applied the BB cream it felt like I had to use a lot of my sample to get the coverage I wanted (which was light/medium) but I think it felt like I was using more as I had a sample jar with one of those little spatulars, I couldn't comment on how many pumps of the product I would need to use. 

I'm not sure the shade of the sample, but I think it's more than likely the lightest!
I absolutely loved the way this BB cream made my skin look, it made my skin look lovely and even with a natural luminous glow, if I could go by how my skin looked within the first hour I would buy it in bulk straightaway, but by the end of the day I found that the coverage had gone. My skin didn't look shiny when I wore this so that is a huge plus, but for a high brand BB cream I would want the product to wear a little better on my skin, I know I could always wear a primer with it but for a BB cream costing £25-£30 I don't want to.

I really want to love this BB cream the way everyone else does, but I can't justify spending that much money on something that isn't going to last 6 hours on my skin. I think I am going to get another sample to give it another chance but unless I find a miracle (cheap cheap) product to make it last I can't see my buying the full size product. 

I would really recommend going to a Dior counter to get it tested on your skin or to get a sample. Also the price of this BB cream varies online the cheapest place I have found it is at Escentual for £25.50.


Friday, 7 June 2013

Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Primer Review


I did exactly what I have been telling myself off for when this product launched, I read reviews from other bloggers raving about it after sampling it before it's launch, so I instantly got it in my head that it must be marvelous and I have to have it, nobody's fault but my own!
So when it was launched I headed to Boots and bought it straightaway, it wasn't on offer which products sometimes are when they are first launched and at £12.99 it was a bit steep, but that only convinced me that it must be good, that was my strange beauty products obsessed logic talking!!

I got this home and hated it instantly, it was very disappointing! 


The primer has a very silicone feel to it, which normally I don't mind but when I applied my foundation over the top of it, my foundation felt a bit greasy and even though I always apply powder the greasy feeling stayed all day. I didn't notice any change in the appearance of my makeup at all it looked the same as when I apply foundation without it. When I got home I even tried it over the top of my foundation as a mid-day fixer but it still did nothing. 

I think this is one of those products that you are either going to love or hate, for me and my skin it didn't mix well but for others it obviously works well.

This has taught me a lesson not to get hyped up in a product launch!

Elaine

Don't forget to have a look at our blog sale, here.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Body Shop Haul

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with The Body Shop they have such lovely products but they are a tad bit on the pricey side for me, but when you time it right they have some amazing offers online and in store. There have been a couple of things I've had my eye on, and I have been holding out on getting them in case there some discount codes! Recently they had an offer of 40% off and free delivery online, so I jumped at the chance to buy a few goodies at nearly half price!

So here is what I bought...


Mango Eau de Toilette - I love the Mango range! When I heard that they were releasing it as a fragrance I knew I had to have it, it's a small bottle than I thought so I can see me going through it pretty quickly!

Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream - I have just run out of my Clarins Hydraquench moisturiser so I wanted to try a cheaper alternative.

Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask - I have wanted to try this for a while, I've heard really great things about it.

Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo - This is for my other half who suffers from a sensitive scalp, so I might get him to do a boy review.

I also got a free sample of hair butter from The Body Shop's Rainforest collection which I'm looking forward to trying out.

Did you get any bargains in the offer?

Elaine

Monday, 3 June 2013

Paper Themes Vintage Invitations

Now that our wedding is finally booked, including our (and family) hotel and flights, I thought it was time to relax and have a bit of a break from wedding planning, but no, I was politely reminded that I needed to send out invitations and quickly so that guests had enough notice to get booked up.

I have no idea what I want our invitations to look like, I asked the other half and he just said whatever I wanted, which to some people would be music to their ears but to me it made me feel worse, I'm not creative I have no idea about design, the only ideas I had were that it had some sort of link to getting married in Greece without being too obvious. Surely I could type that into Google and hundreds of options would come up... nope!

So when I had the opportunity to have a look at some sample invitations* from Paper Themes I jumped at the chance. I received a sample batch of their vintage designs, which included a variety of invitation styles.

Truly, Madly, Deeply, Almond Eat, Drink & Be Married & Teal Vintage Damask
These invitations are really cute, I love the wallet design, it's not something I have come across often when I have been looking at invitations.

Ticket of Love Letterpress & I'm not sure the design name, I couldn't find it on the website
 These invitations are simple but effective, I really like the vintage ticket inspired font.

Vintage Rose & Beige Spots & Stripes
These invitations are more traditional in that they are like a card design, but they have a little wallet inside so that you can add as many or few cards of information that you require.

Wedding Lace Wedding Invitation
This style and design was my favourite, I love the luggage tag inspired invitation, I think this is a great way of getting all the information you need to get across in one go without the invitation looking too cluttered, and I am a bit addicted to lace at the minute so this caught my eye instantly.

I think the vintage styles have really helped me narrow down ideas for my wedding invitations, I really like the lace and teal damask invitations as they remind me of Greece without being really obvious.

Feel free to send me any links to wedding inspired posts!

Elaine

Don't forget to have a look at our blog sale, here.

*PR Sample


Sunday, 2 June 2013

NE Lush Event and Wear Your Sunday Best - Part Two

After a great event at Lush in the Metrocentre (part one here), I had to rush to get back to town to meet my friend Sophie to head to the Newcastle Fashion week fringe event Wear Your Sunday Best.


The event was a brilliant vintage lingerie show, showcasing underwear from The House Of Seduction, it was a burlesque inspired fashion show/photo shoot.


Some of the lingerie was absolutely gorgeous, I'm not normally one to spend a lot of money on undies but they had some really lovely pieces, especially their 40's style swimwear! I've just noticed on their website they currently have an offer of 15% off when you enter the code NFW2013.


We were then treated to a performance from Scarlet Street, who are a vocal harmony group based in the north east, they were really amazing singing Sandman and their spin on Olly mur's hit troublemaker!


The venue was amazing, it had been decorated in the cutest lace bunting, and loads of vintage inspired bits and pieces, we all were given a complimentary teapot of pear cider and tea cups.


I had such a fun day!! It was great to meet some other bloggers and catch up with Laura, to learn about lush and get the opportunity to make some of their products, and then to have the opportunity to attend such a great Newcastle Fashion Week event! 

Elaine

Don't forget to have a look at our blog sale, here.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

NE Lush Event and Wear Your Sunday Best - Part One

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to have a very busy Sunday, as I had a few blogger events to go to, which was very exciting as this never happens to me!

Firstly I met up with the lovely Laura from Laura Bella, to have a mooch around the shops, which mainly involved us heading to all the beauty departments in the Metrocentre, we managed to get a sample of Dior's BB Cream too so I will be doing a review soon.
We then went to meet up for lunch with other 'up North' bloggers, which was really nice, it was kindly organised by theNEbloggers.

We all then headed to the NE Lush event which had been organised by Danny from Adventures after Hours, who is the manager of the shop.


When we arrived at the shop we were introduced to the other staff members, they all explained to us why they had wanted to work for Lush and why they really enjoy their jobs, it was really great to see how enthusiastic everyone was about Lush as a company.

If I'm honest I did think I already knew what Lush was about, I knew it was against animal testing and focused on natural ingredients, surely that's all Lush is? But I was really surprised to learn how innovative the brand really was, Danny explained that the company really encourage their staff to come up with ideas for new products and get them involved in the creation process, I think a lot of companies could learn so much from this way of working, and their head office in Poole sounds soo much fun!
I was also surprised to learn that Lush has a large market in Japan, so when the Tsunami happened in 2011 they not only wanted to create a product to help raise money for the relief effort but also to help stimulate the economy in Japan by using ingredients they can source there, the end product was the Yuzu and Cocoa BubbleroonI think it's such an amazing thing for a company to do, I get really effected when you hear about tragedies on the news so it's great to hear of a company with sounds ethics to actually think about what can they do to help.

So as well as getting to hear about Lush as a company we had an opportunity to make a bath bomb and a facial cleanser!!
We all watched as the pro's showed us how to make a Space Girl bath bomb, we all then queued up to get all the powder ingredients and give them a good shake in our paper bags. When all the ingredients were mixed together, we had the messy job of putting them in their moulds, I thinks I was probably a bit more messy then other people. It was really fun making the bath bomb, and I can't wait to try it out!

We all then went to make the Angels on Bare Skin facial cleanser, everyone got involved in adding all the ingredients and mixing it all together, when it had reached a dough like consistency Danny rolled it up and cut it into slices to make the cleanser, and we all got a slice to take home. I have tried this at home, it is a strange solid texture but when you add water it turns into a milky formula with exfoliating properties, and it is lovely on my skin.

I really enjoyed the Lush event, and I will definitely consider Lush in the future when I want to buy new skincare, we were all given a gift bag with sample goodies of different skin care and other Lush products so I'm looking forward to trying them out.

After the Lush event I then had to run to get to Wear Your Sunday Best which was a Newcastle Fashion Week Fringe event. Part 2 will be posted soon!

Elaine

Don't forget to have a look at our blog sale, here.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Massive Blog Sale Now Launched!




We have just launched a massive blog sale page which you can view here, featuring brands such as Alpha H, Garnier, Vichy, L'Oreal, The Body Shop, Essie and many many more!

Friday, 10 May 2013

NOTD: Island Coral


Sinful Colors nail polishes have recently been launched in Boots, for a bargain price of £1.99 per nail polish, it's taken me a long time to get this colour as it's been sold out every time I have been in Boots.

It's such a pretty coral colour, as you can tell my addiction to coral isn't restricted to lipstick, the colour is brighter than I expected, and as you can tell my nail ridges are noticeable but I have pretty bad ridges and even my Essie Ridge-filler base coat can't cope with them.

I wore this polish for 4 days without even a hint of a chip or the polish wearing away at the end of my nails, which I think is pretty impressive for a £1.99 nail polish!

I will definitely be trying out more polishes from this range.

Elaine

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Opa!


We have finally managed to book our wedding for June 2014!! In Rhodes, Greece!! Yay!

Haha yes this will be me!!

It took us a while to decide on a wedding abroad, it's something my boyfriend really wanted (due to his family politics) and I wanted a big party at home so we had to compromise, and we decided to get married in Greece as it's somewhere that we love and it's in a price range that means more of our family and friends can make it too.

We are getting married at Kalithea Springs, which is an old Italian spa, a lot of venues that are in the brochures are hotel or beach weddings although they are lovely they just aren't us, so I was really pleased to find this spa!




I'm very excited I wish it was this year!

Elaine

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Lipstick Addict: Orange & Coral


I seem to gravitate towards any sort of coral or orange lipstick, it started when I first tried a Revlon Lipbutter in Tutti Frutti and I was hooked. When I first thought of writing this post I thought I only had 5 at most coral/orange lipsticks... hmm I was wrong! 

Every time I go into Boots I really have to stop myself buying more! 

(L-R) Maxfactor Colour Elixir Subtle Coral, Revlon Lip Butter Tutti Frutti, Revlon Lip Butter Juicy Papaya, L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Dating Coral, Kate Rimmel 16, Kate Rimmel 12, Collection Cream Puff Fairy Cake, Revlon Just Bitten Rendezvous & Benefit Cha Cha Tint

My favourites are most definitely Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti and L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Dating Coral, they both really flatter my complexion and I wear them all year round! In the swatch juicy papaya and dating coral look similar but dating coral is more of a pink shade whereas juicy papaya is more of an orange shade.

Realistically you don't really need both tutti frutti and rendezvous, as the just bitten pens do oxidise to a darker shade, so they end up pretty much the same colour. I also think that they last the same amount of time on your lips, I personally prefer the lip butters formula.

For me the Kate lipsticks and fairy cakes are more spring/summer as they are more opaque and I'm most used to wearing sheer shades, so they are my sunny going out lipsticks.
If I'm honest out of all my coral lipsticks, I regret buying the maxfactor giant pen stick, it's similar to juicy papaya but is much less pigmented and I feel I have to put as much as possible on to get a colour pay off. 

I don't think I will ever stop wearing coral lipsticks, I quite like the idea of being a little old lady who always has her coral lipstick on!

Elaine

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Wish List #1

I'm really trying to cut down on my spending and save money, which is proving to be quite difficult when you are an obsessive reader of beauty blogs, there is always a new product that catches my eye! I'm not going to restrict myself to an all out spending ban as I know I wouldn't stick to it, Boots is far too tempting for that, but I am going to be a bit more thoughtful about what I buy, give it a while before I buy it so I can be sure I definitely want it and hopefully it won't be added to the products I regret buying list! 

So here are a few pretty products that are on my mind!

- Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, Sarah mentioned that she liked this at the Fabb event in Newcastle and I've noticed since it's got some pretty good reviews, yes it does just take that for me to become obsessed with a new product.
- Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, I've been interested in this for a while but haven't bought it as I was never convinced that I would use it, but I recently had a tester Liz Earle facial and they raved about it and suggested it would be useful nearer the wedding.
- L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash, I really really want one of these stains, but I just can't justify buying another lip product :(
- Origins Clear Improvement Mask, I had a sample of this mask and I really liked it, but £20 for a mask...eeek!
- Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer, I'm such a girl and already thinking about wedding makeup, this seems to get a lot of love in the blogosphere.
- Bobbi Brown Under eye Corrector, I really want to try this, I probably should bite the bullet and buy it as I have already wasted £9 on Soap and Glory's under eye brightener, review soon!

'I don't need to go to Boot's, I don't need to go to Boots...' 

Elaine
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