June 24, 2014

A Little Pandora Haul

I'm pretty sure this is the first time that I am mentioning jewellery on ADB. My 'finer' jewellery obsession started four years ago with a piece from Tiffany and since then there has been a continuous love affair. Pandora is one of my favourite places to shop, not only for their infamous bracelet and bead selection but also for all other jewellery wants needs. It didn't take me long to locate a Pandora whilst on holiday and I couldn't resist picking a few bits up...

Since seeing the Princess Tiara Ring a few months back I knew I had to have it. Despite it being a little more fun and girly than my usual taste, I couldn't get it out of my mind. This was the last one in the store, so being my size it was obviously meant to be. I think this a really cute bit of jewellery and I have had so many compliments on it. I also picked up these Daisy Flower Stud Earrings. I find these to be the perfect size for an understated look as there are not over-sized nor are they too small so that you cannot see the design. I can see these being my every day pair over the summer months. 

My charm bracelet is one of my favourite things. It was a present for my seventeenth birthday and I have been adding to it ever since. I chose to get the Princess Tiara Charm to match the ring as I thought it was really sweet and would look perfect among my other charms. I love how dainty and sweet this pendant looks. I also ended up getting the Sparkling Openwork Heart Charm as a gift from my very lovely boyfriend. He picked this out himself and I absolutely love this charm, which fits in nicely with the pink theme of my bracelet. 

What is your favourite piece of jewellery?

June 22, 2014

Holiday Beauty Heroes

You may have noticed my absence over the past few weeks. My holiday came around sooner than I expected and I hadn't planned any posts in advance (bad blogger, I know), so you can consider this my 'Weekly Loves' #21 through to #25. Now it is fair to say that my beauty stash which traveled with me was a little extensive, the handful of products shown above were the ones that I reached for most days and couldn't have been with out.

As for skin care, I really took it down to the bare minimum. It may have included two cleansers, but it was still the minimum. The Liz Earle C&P is no stranger to A Day in Beauty and it is the longest remaining staple product to my skincare line up. I used this as my AM and PM cleanser as it is a great all rounder. I could have easily used this to remove my barely-there makeup as well, but I did have my beloved Clinique balm for that. I also narrowed down my moisturizers and brought Origins GinZing along for the ride. Usually just for the mornings, I found this hydrating and light enough to use for the evenings as well, plus the citrus scent just screams summer holiday. Also, the fact that it comes in a plastic tub makes it weight-allowance friendly. 

I mentioned my makeup was barely-there. I meant this literally. I wore makeup three times throughout the whole of the two weeks and even then it was only for a few hours in the evening - that is what holidays are for... right?  The Bourjois CC Cream was the perfect match for the hot weather. Light and dewy but still with a good amount of build-able coverage. This applies and blends easily for a natrual looking base. My love for the Dior Creme De Rose Balm has been well documented over the months and it was at the top of my list of products to bring. Where ever I went, this went - hand luggage, pool, beach, day trips, shopping, water park... every where. My lips stayed perfectly hydrated and plump, with a beautiful soft pink tint that this gives.

My hair was my main area of concern. Having spent the past three years growing it and getting to a healthy state, I didn't want it to get damaged by the heat or chlorine. I purchased the Redken After-Sun Mask specifically for this purpose. I used this whenever I washed my hair in place of a normal conditioner. I definitely think that this made a huge difference as my hair was, for the most part, in good condition. I can't really say that this worked differently to any other mask but it conditioned my hair, stopping it from becoming too dry and unmanageable so it is a winner in my eyes. I also brought along a sample of the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - the product that wowed me the most. After a couple of days in and out of the pool, tied up on the top of my head with out being brushed, my hair was in a bit of a mess (yep, that's an understatement). I slathered this on, tied my hair up and slept it in over night and some sort of miracle happened. I washed my hair the next day to find there wasn't any knots or tangles and my hair felt nicer than it ever had before. This is a product I now, never want to be with out and I plan on buying a huge tub of it when payday rolls around. 

As for the most important staples for a holiday - perfume and nail polish... One is an old favourite and one is a new favourite. Essie Fiji adorned my nails on both my fingers and toes and made for the perfect holiday shade. A milky-pink nude that looks fabulous with a tan. This is a universally flattering shade that every one will love, as I have done for years. I wanted a new fragrance for my holiday, something fitting that would always remind of mine and my boyfriends first holiday together. With my ever growing Jo Malone obsession, I opted for their Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne. A very fruity scent, with sweet yet almost warm notes running through. This is the perfect summer perfume, weather you're going abroad or staying at home. 

What are your holiday beauty heroes? 

May 23, 2014

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Charity Candle

I spoke last week about my love for the limited edition Silk Blossom fragrance from Jo Malone. A gorgeous, floral scent with a hint of musk that just screams femininity. While I was doing my usual round of the Jo Malone boutique and trying all of their fragrances my boyfriend wondered off to buy me this beautifully packaged candle.

Being a lover of anything pink, the ombre design of this jar is right up my street. It makes for a girly, yet luxurious addition to my candle obsession. The scent itself is exactly the same as the cologne - a powdery floral, full of notes of jasmine, roses and apricot whilst muted down with an earthy tone of moss. To quote my dad 'it smells really perfumery'. Personally, floral scents are my favourite and the ones that I find to be most calming and relaxing. This fits the bill perfectly and I adore how peaceful this scent is. My favourite thing about Jo Malone candles is how strong the fragrance comes across. This instantly filled my room with the scent of Silk Blossom, even with the lid still on. 

For every Limited Edition Silk Blossom Candle that Jo Malone sell, they will donate the full amount of the candle (£42) to a variety of garden charities all over the UK. 

Have tried this scent yet?

May 19, 2014

Weekly Loves #20

The excitement for my up coming holiday combined with the hot weather have got everything looking very summery on the beauty front. I find myself opting for brighter colours, lighter bases and a lot more radiance. This weeks favourites are combination of new discoveries and old re-discoveries but either way, they have been getting a lot of love lately...

After years of constantly having polish on my nails, my nails are looking a little damaged. Peeling and flaking are my main woes, so I decided it was time to give them a little TLC and purchased the OPI Sensitive and Peeling Nail Envy. I have been using this for a couple of weeks and already my nails are looking much healthier. A simple, clear nail strengthener that you apply every other night for a week, remove and then start again - this can also be used as a base coat.
With out realising, I started applying my makeup with my once much loved Sigma F80 Brush. I continued and finished my makeup to find that I was absolutely in love with the finish it gave. Since then, I have been using this everyday for my foundation. Easily, the most base-perfecting brush that instantly makes your complexion look airbrushed. 

I picked up the OGX Keratin Oil on a whim to complete a three for two offer. My hair loves keratin and now my hair loves this product. I use this dry oil by applying it to my damp hair as my last step before blow-drying. Fizz is reduced, my hair is left soft and my ends become shiny. I am undecided on whether I prefer that it sprays out rather than pumps, but either way I love the product inside.
After a month or two, I have finally been reunited with Origins Ginzing Moisturizer. My all time favourite for the AM. Lightweight, yet moisturizing with a refreshing citrus scent. If you haven't tried this, you need to. Plus, it cannot be beaten on price. 

What has been top of your love list this week? 

May 16, 2014

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream

Being a bit of a product junkie, my hair can get overloaded with various serums, oils and products to create volume - I'm looking at you Batiste XXL. After doing a bit of research I decided a clarifying shampoo needed to be added into my routine, and being a huge lover of this brand the Redken Hair Cleansing Cream was my first choice. 

White in colour and lemon in scent, this product comes in before your usual shampoo and conditioner. Using only a small amount, I like to massage this into the roots of my hair for a few minuets so that any excess minerals or product build-up is gentle removed. Filled with fruit acids, this cleansing cream not only gives lots of shine to your hair and helps in strengthening your hair cuticles, it also adds moisture to your locks. 

After using this shampoo, my hair is left feeling unbeatably clean and lightweight yet silky smooth at the same time. I can go about three days before the next wash - bonus! Despite being a 'cleansing' product I haven't found this to be at all stripping to my hair, but if you follow this up with a deep conditioning treatment your hair will probably be the nicest it has ever felt and you won't be able to stop stroking yourself - you have been warned! I tend to save this for a pampering session and only use it once a week, however I will use it more often if I have had a product-heavy day. I have been using this 300ml bottle for three months now and I am only half way down but I will be repurchasing it the salon size when I run out.

Do you use a cleansing shampoo? 

May 12, 2014

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Cologne

Ok, so my love affair with Jo Malone is still going strong. My wishlist is pretty extensive but there is just something about the luxurious nature of this brand and their ever enticing scents that always have me coming back for more. As soon as I heard about the limited edition Jo Malone Silk Blossom Cologne I knew I would like it but once I saw the design of the bottle, I knew I had to have it...

The bottle is designed with silk blossom in mind. Pink and white in colour, perfect for an appearance on your dressing table, with an added tassel falling down the side of the bottle so when you turn it upside down it will actually look like silk blossom. The scent would be described as a soft powdery floral one due to heart notes of silk blossom, rose petals and jasmine. There are hints of sweet fruit notes from apricot and white pepper but there is also a noticeable earthiness to this cologne from base notes of moss. At first spray the scent comes across as quite sweet and fruity but once it has settled on the skin it becomes more green and floral. As with all Jo Malone products, the scent very strong meaning that only three to five spritzes of this feminine perfume will stay for the whole day.

In comparison to Peony & Blush Suede, I would say Silk Blossom is a more 'grown up' take on my favourite scent. Less floral, more musky, this scent is one that you need to try while you can. If you don't love Peony & Blush Suede then you might like this. If you love Peony & Blush Suede then you will love this too.

Have you tried this perfume?

May 11, 2014

Weekly Loves #19

This week I have been battling a serious breakout. What caused it? I have no idea. But I do know that I wasn't very happy about it (obviously). So this weeks favourites are all blemish-fighting/hiding products that have helped me through the past few days...

I'll start with the treatments. I have been using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator most evenings as I find the fruit acids really help to clear my skin and generally brighten up my complexion. Despite being acidic, this product is not in any way harsh on your skin and it is step that I think should be in everyone's skincare routine. 
I have spoke about the Origins Out of Trouble Mask countless times now, but this stuff is seriously amazing for spots. The scent is a bit funny, so it the texture however, once you have tried this you can get over all of that. Use it every other day to clear up a break out and once a week to maintain clear skin.

Now for covering those pesky blemishes. The Estee Lauder Double Wear High Cover Concealer is one that I only use in times of need. I apply this after primer, but before my foundation to any areas that have any extra pigmentation - dark circles and red spots. This helps to mask the redness of blemishes in aid to hide them completely. 
The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer has always been a favourite of mine and it is a staple in my daily routine, however when I breakout comes along this product really shines. Full coverage, not cakey and non-drying? It is pretty perfect! Especially when you consider it cost less than five pounds. I use this post-foundation and build it up until I am satisfied with the coverage.  

What are your favourite products for a spotty week? 

May 07, 2014

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

For years now, I have been searching for the perfect makeup remover. Something kind to my skin but still powerful enough to remove every little bit of makeup. Something that wouldn't require any scrubbing or multiple applications to work. Something quick, simple and effective...

The Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is everything I have been looking for. More on the wax side of the balm spectrum, this product is quite hard to the touch but once rubbed between your fingers turns into an oil. By simply massaging this product on to your dry, made up face you can literally feel your makeup melting away. With a swipe of a hot flannel, every bit of makeup and remaining product is removed from your skin. No tugging, no pulling and no funny oily film left behind on your face. 

This has become a must-have in my skin care collection and I always look forward to using it. Never before has something removed my makeup as well as this does and with such little effort. I haven't had any breakouts from this but at the same I wouldn't say it has made any difference to my skin either. I simply use this to remove my makeup, because that is what it does best. 

Scentless and quite minimal on the ingredients list, this cleanser would a good choice for anyone, no matter their skin type. I also think that this would make the perfect product for a cleansing balm-virgin. Oh and compared to other good cleansing balms out there, this one can't be beaten on price! 

Have you tried this cleanser? 

May 05, 2014

Weekly Loves #18

After having a little bit of trouble uploading my pictures yesterday, I am finally bringing you my weekly favourites. Better late, than never. This week the products that most had my attention were ones that I use regularly but I seemed to see them in a whole new light in recent days and I have fell in love all over again...

The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is a product that should be in everyone's makeup collection, whether it be big or small. This miracle product, there is no other way to describe it, can give you the features you've always wanted. For me it is Kim K cheek bones but I also love fuller lips and a slimmer nose. A little warning with this though - it is very pigmented, so go in with a light hand.
I am going through a bit of a none-blush phase. But with lack luster skin, I needed a bit of a pick-me-up. After quick swirl of my brush into NARS Gaiety, followed by a quick sweep onto my cheeks I was left with pretty flush that any English rose would be jealous of. However, if you prefer a darker hue this is the perfect product to build up to your desired effect.

The Dior Creme De Rose Balm (rumored soon to be discontinued) is a staple in my collection. I apply this before applying my makeup in the morning and every now and again throughout the day. This keeps my lips in top condition - soft and smooth, the perfect base for any lipstick. This has become my go to everyday lip product and I have found myself choosing this over colour. 
I have had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering. Sometimes it is too much, other times it is perfect and some times it doesn't leave my drawer for weeks. However, I have found a new use for it... After applying powder through my brows I like to quickly go over them with this to give them a bit of texture and to stop any fading through busy days. 

Have you found a new use for any unloved products lately?

May 02, 2014

Things To Do - Vol. 1

As much as I enjoy making lists and being able to tick things off as they are completed, sometimes there are things that need doing that need more than a list to motivate me and are more of a long-term task. Now, I do have a ton of things that could be included in this post but I am keeping it short and sweet and have narrowed down the ones that I want to focus on the most...

1. Use Older Perfumes.
Over the past few years I seem to have collected many bottles of perfumes that were once well loved but have now been replaced by new favourites, mainly since my tastes have changed (and since discovering Jo Malone). With a collection of fragrances that are almost empty and taking up a lot of room, I have put away my current favourites with an aim to use up unloved perfumes to make way for a whole new selection. 

2. Sort Out My Skincare Game.
In the recent months I have become a bit of a floozie when it comes to my skin care. With an array of different products I either find myself using everything I can possibly put on my face, or just taking my makeup off and being done with it. I am hoping to stick to a set skin care routine so that my skin will start looking a lot better, because at the minuet it seems to be having a bit of a tantrum. 

3. A New Nail Polish Line-up.
I have mentioned before my lack of enthusiasm when it comes to my current nail polish stash. I have picked up a few new colours that are now more to my taste but I still need to rid myself of the ones that are going unloved and/or have started to go off. Why do I have a gold nail polish?!  Of course there are shades that I have and love but I am looking forward to having a more condensed and new collection to choose from. 

What is on your 'Things To Do' list? 

April 30, 2014

April 2014 Favourites

This past month, it has really started to fell like spring. The nights are getting lighter, the days longer and not to the mention to ever so slight warmth in the air. Today a bring you my select few products that have really stood out to me over the recent weeks...

I love my Clarisonic month in, month out, but this month I switched the basic head for the Deep Pore Brush Head and that is when things changed. I did go through a mini 'purging' phase but it only lasted a week or two, however since then my skin looks much clearer and brighter and I have noticed a difference in the size of my pores. This is a pricey investment, but I wouldn't want to be without it.
Every month a new Essie polish steals my heart. April's Essie Polish Award goes to Lilacism - the perfect spring shade. Soft, feminine and oh so cute.

Illuminating powders are now my thing. Once upon a time I wouldn't give them the time of day but they are now a firm fixture in my makeup routine. I go through stages of which I love the most, and this month the crown definitely goes to the Bourjois Java Rice Powder. A translucent powder that gives your skin a photo-shopped effect.
Newest to the skin care line up is the infamous Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. I have been using this most evenings lately and although it is too early to say about any definite results, I love how it makes my skin feel. I wake up with clear, plump and just generally happy skin. 

Not technically a beauty product, but it is a beautiful product in my eyes is the Jo Malone Sweet Almond & Macaroon Candle. Easily the most delicious, 'good enough to eat', candle I have ever come across. If you like cherry bakewell and all things sweet, then you will like this.

What have you been loving this month?

April 27, 2014

Weekly Loves #16 & #17

I hold my hands up. I've been a bad blogger. Lack of motivation had me a little down about most things including my little old blog, but I'm back and hopefully in full swing. After a week off work, I have discovered a few new favourite products and one of which I am very surprised about...

I'll start with the oldest of the bunch, the Clarins Graphic Expression Face & Blush Powder. The perfect hue for that natural peachy flush which goes with every single makeup look from natural to the most extreme. I have been wearing this every day for the past couple of weeks for that spring-time glow, despite the wet weather.
Essie Peach Daiquiri just screams summer. A vibrant pink/orange/red, it's a bit hard to describe but it is beautiful and it looks just as great on your fingers as it does your toes. 

Clarins Daily Energizer Cream is my current moisturizer of choice for the AM. A thick textured cream with a zesty orange scent. This provides just the right amount of hydration for my normal/combination skin, leaving it smooth and plump for the day ahead. 
Now for the one that surprised me... the Bourjois CC Cream. Originally purchased for my up and coming holiday, I have completely fallen for this product to the point where I now pick it above my beloved Double Wear and Silk Creme foundations for everyday wear. Usually an avid full-coverage kind of girl this evens out my complexion perfectly whilst adding a glow to my complexion. 

What products have surprised you lately? 

April 13, 2014

Weekly Loves #15

The weeks are just flying by at the minute. There still aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, but the lighter evenings are putting me in better spirits. This week, I bring you mostly new favourites, with one staple product for good measure...

After having a quick peep through my stash earlier in the week a discovered an unused tube of Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion and thought I had better test it out. This is a super nourishing and hydrating cream, not too thick in consistency so a little can go a long way but thick enough that you really notice a difference. It is so lightly scented that it is almost non-existent which is a nice change to my usual sweet and fruity taste. 
A recent shopping trip saw the purchase of the REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask. A clay mask, my favourite,  that aims to purify and deep clean the skin whilst promoting cell renewal and decreasing the size of pores. Now, it is far too early to say for sure... but I'm pretty sure this is going to be a winner. 

On said shopping trip I also picked up the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, something which I have been meaning to buy for a while now. I have only used this a handful of times, but the difference in my nails and cuticles already is amazing. Subtly scented and easy to use, this has become a firm fixture in my beauty regime. 
As for the old favourite... This week I have really fallen in love with my MAC brow palette. Although this holds Omega, I always reach for Charcoal Brown to fill in, define and shape my brows. I would really recommend these eyeshadows, in particular these shades, if you have light - medium brown hair. It is so easy to apply using an angled brush as you have full control, a mix of both shades also looks great.

What new products are you loving this week?

April 08, 2014

March 2014 Favourites

Yep, I'm a little late to this last months favourites party. March was a bit hectic and all over the place, hence the quick but effective products that make up this months round-up. I always found myself looking for the simpler option that would cut down the time it took to do my routine so that I could have that extra five minutes of sleep.

The Clinique Take The Day Off Balm has to be my number one product from March. A miracle product that makes taking makeup off a dream, even stubborn mascara. Scentless and hard it texture, this balm melts into an oil which it turn melts off your makeup. 
Talking of stubborn mascara, Benefit They're Real has become a holy grail product of mine. No other mascara gives me lashes like this does. Long, full and blacker than black this mascara has compliments pouring in. I have been popping on a couple coats of this stuff most days and just leaving my eyes at that. This stays all day long, but it can be a pain to remove - unless you have the Clinique balm in your stash that is.

Another no-faff product comes in the form of the Jemma Kidd All Over Radiance Creme. Simply patted onto the tops of my cheeks using my ring finger, this makes for the perfect dewy glow to see in spring. Unfortunately this is no longer available, but I would love to know if there is any dupes out there?
Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub has been my favourite shower companion this month, not only does this smell delicious, even good enough to eat,  it works amazingly to buff away dead skin, leaving a soft and silk-like feel to your skin.

Anytime that my skin has started to play up over the past year, it has been due to the fact that I have ran out of the REN Clear Calm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. A clay based cleanser that I use only in the morning to help keep oil at bay during the day. I find that this really helps to purify my skin and keep it clear, it also works wonders for maintaining good skin. 
Another product that I always reach for when my skin is misbehaving is the Origins Out of Trouble Mask. A 10 minute solution to spots and blemishes, I use this every other night whilst having a breakout or once to twice a week when I'm not. 

Better late than never, eh? What products did you love last month?

April 06, 2014

Weekly Loves #13 & #14

Life has taken over the past couple of weeks, hence the lack posts (and by 'lack' I mean zero). I haven't had much time to do anything, falling asleep at 7pm most nights hasn't helped either. But with my YouTube subscriptions brimming with new videos to watch and a countless amount of posts to read on Bloglovin', I have finally set aside some down time - just me and my laptop. Oh and a little doggy. 

Vera Wang Princess has been my go to perfume for the past couple of weeks. Vanilla based, this scent also has sweet and fruity notes to it. With quite a distinctive, powerful smell, I find that this lasts for up to eight hours on the skin but it will need topping up if you are going from day to night. This is definitely an everyday scent rather than a evening one but it is perfect if, like me, you like your perfumes sweet and fruity. 
Up until a couple of days ago I didn't really get along with the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, it just never lived up to the hype. In a bid to get my moneys worth I tried using it with out a cotton pad and applied with my fingers. Now, I'm still not amazed by it but it definitely worked a lot better at breaking down my eye makeup so that it was easier to remove with a cleanser. 

A product that I amazed by though is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I have had this sample for a few months now and on a whim decided to give it a go, I fell in love instantly. It gave the most perfect, satin-like base to apply my makeup, my skin was glowing, my pores were reduced and my makeup looked flawless. I cannot get over what a miracle worker this product is and after seeing the price of the full sized bottle, I just wish I didn't like it as much. 

An old favourite of mine is the Batiste XXL Dry Shampoo. I may have mentioned this before, but I have really been loving this for the volume it gives to my hair. Not to mention the fact I can go two days between washing my hair, because it is becoming quite a chore. 
I found the BECCA Mineral Blush in Flowerchild in the depths of my stash a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing it ever since. Highly pigmented, yet lightweight this blush has been giving my complexion a spring like glow. A coral based pink with a hint of shimmer that immediately brightens up your look whilst still looking natural and lasting throughout the day. 

What have you been loving over the past couple of weeks? 

March 23, 2014

Weekly Loves #12

My makeup seems to be naturally transitioning into a more spring-like look. A bit more glowing, a bit more colourful. I have been loving switching up my lips my blush to create new looks and discovering new favourites...

Urban Decay Naked Palette, probably the most famous palette of all time has been a real winner in my eyes. I am a huge fan of two-colour-smokey-eyes and have been using Naked across the lid with Hustle through the crease and beneath my lower lashes every single day this week. Ok, so this may not be the most colourful concoction but I think it is one that would be universally pleasing to everyone. Simple, yet effective.  
Benefit Hoola is a relatively recent addition to my collection. This week it came out to play, giving me more defined cheek bones and just generally bronzing up my look. If like me - you're a pale girl, this shade is perfect for you. An ashy toned, with no red undertones. The formula of this blends beautifully to create a natural looking glow. 

My skin seems to be going through a dry phase again but have no fear, Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is here! Easily one of my favourite products, this helps to hydrate and refresh my skin. I have been using this almost every night to put some life back into my skin and I am happy to say it is looking brighter and more plump again. I adore the apricot scent of this, so does my dog - she is always trying to lick kiss it off.
A new favourite in my collection and one that I think will be getting a lot of love in the coming months is the Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Audacious. A bright orange shade that it perfect for when the sun is shining. This applies so easily, although the finish is matte the formula is really hydrating and nourishing. 

How is your makeup changing for spring?

March 20, 2014

The Not-So Impulsive Haul

Last week I shared with you my quick, 'grab as much as I possibly can in a short amount of time' haul. I did as said and took another shopping trip, this time with a specific list of products that I needed. Ok, not so much needed but products that I didn't want to be without...

As usual, Boots was where most of the damage took place. Having used up multiple minis of Benefit They're Real mascara, I thought it was about time to bite the bullet and purchase a full-sized one. This is the most I have ever spent on a mascara, but after going without it for two weeks and regretting not having one every morning when doing my makeup I think this is money well spent. 
The only thing that I really need from this haul was the Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub. My previous exfoliator had run out a month or so ago and my leg-shaving routine just wasn't the same with out one. I chose this as it was one of the only S&G scrubs that I haven't had before. I am still yet to use this but I have to mention how incredible this smells - I can't even begin to describe it.

With my holiday coming up and some stretch marks that I would like less visible, I picked up the Palmers Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. I am also using Bio-Oil in rotation with this. I'm not expecting miracles but a little difference would be nice. 
I am not really loving my nail polish collection at the moment, which may seem a strange to non-beauty obsessives, but if you're like me you will get it. My tastes have changed quite dramatically over the past year or so and I feel that I need to adapt my nail colours to suit. I picked up the Mama Knows Best Duo by Essie to give a little re-vamp to my stash. The colours Lilacism and Peach Daiquiri are perfect for spring.

When a MAC collection comes out, MSFs are my weakness. Perfect Topping from the current Fantasy of Flowers collection, wasn't one that I wanted to miss out on. The soft peach shade with veins of champagne and lilac running through makes for one of the prettiest products I have seen. The high volume of shimmer, makes this just that bit more mesmerizing. 

What have you been buying lately?

March 17, 2014

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne

I have previously mentioned my recent love for Jo Malone - a brand that oozes luxury. From the products to the packaging, Jo Malone has truly got me hook, line and sinker. The newest addition to my line up, was a very well hinted for Valentines Day present last month...

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne falls into the 'fruity' category. Not your typical sweet, fruity scent this perfume has more of a green base which comes from the mixed notes of bay leaves and cedar wood. Combined with the top note of blackberry, this makes for what I like to call my 'grown up' scent as it is much more sophisticated then anything else I own. Although this would make a great evening perfume, I love to wear this during the day as it has a crisp and fresh edge to it making it perfect for spring.

This is very powerful scent, meaning that a little goes a very long way. I have come up with an application routine; two spritzes on my wrist which I then press against the other one, three sprays onto the front of the neck/chest area (one from each side and then one in the middle), followed by one spritz to the nape of my neck. I find that by doing this my perfume lasts all day, ensures that the scent is not too strong and it makes the bottle last longer. 

What is your favourite Jo Malone product?

March 16, 2014

Weekly Loves #11

Now that the sun is shining and the temperature is rising I have been sorting through my stash for some more spring appropriate shades. This week saw me switch my berry and plum hues for peaches and pinks in the form of some old favourites, it also saw a couple of new favourites too...

When it comes to summer, I like to have a glowing base. I have been using the Origins VitaZing Moisturizer most days this week to create a healthy looking glow, with out being over the top. With a sheer tint, this product helps to even out my skin tone whilst giving my the effect of a few hours sunbathing. I mostly use this under my foundation but I can also get away with just using this for coverage. A full-sized purchase will need to made soon. 
As much as I love a dewy and illuminated look, my large pores are always an issue. Benefit POREfessional Primer has been getting a lot of love lately, as always , to help disguise the look of my pores and create a silky base on which to apply my foundation.

The old favourite that I mentioned earlier is Benefit CORALista Blush. This is easily the most perfect coral shade out there, I mean it is right there in the name after all. As with all of the boxed blushes by Benefit, the packaging is also worth a mention - colourful and vibrant, this is one that will stand out in your Muji drawers. It also has an amazing scent. 
To apply this I have been loving the Real Techniques Multitask Brush. This brush is true to its name and can be used for practically anything, however my favourite use for it is blush. Perfectly shaped to apply product to the apples of your cheeks and blend. If you haven't got this in your collection, then you need it. 

I won't be going into too much detail as I will be doing a full review soon but I couldn't do my weekly loves with out including the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. I cannot get over how amazing this stuff is and I always look forward to using it each evening. 

What have you been loving this month?

March 12, 2014

The Impulsive Haul

After what seemed like a life time between paydays, I knew I needed a little bit of a splurge. My mental list of things that I needed to buy disappeared and I was faced with endless amounts of makeup and beauty products *dream* and a time limit of twenty-five minuets, this is what I ended up with...

Every beauty blogger goes a little crazy when Boots have 3for2, I am no different. Although my local store seemed to be a little bare, I was finally able to purchase the Revlon Colour Burst Matte Balms. Possibly the most spoke about product of 2014, I picked up the shade Audacious; a bright orange and Elusive; a muted pink. Although I am still yet to give them a proper run for their money, they already have a thumbs up from me. 
With a craving for a pale pink polish and a 'love at first sight' moment, I added the Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate Nail Polish in New Romantic to my collection. Not only is the name sweet as can be, the shade is beautifully feminine and chic and the same time. 

Having seen the the Clarins Daily Energizer Cream pop up on a few blogs lately, I knew that it would be right up my street. A radiance boosting cream, targeted at younger skin and filled with Vitamin C... this has become my new AM  moisturizer and so far, I am loving it. 
With my fingers secretly crossed, I asked whether they happened to have the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm in stock and done a little hop, skip and a jump when I was handed one. I have been trying to get my hands on this for months now after hearing such amazing things, I don't want to say too much just yet but this stuff is ah-mazing.

Does anyone else find themselves unable to walk past a MAC counter? I have to walk through them. I also have to stop at the lipstick stand, every single time. This passing saw the purchase of Peach Blossom. An unbeatable natural pink shade with hues of peach, perfect for spring. 
I also picked up the MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering. I was recommended this after saying 'I want to try a brow pencil, I don't have one, nor have I ever used one', so far I like it but I don't love it. I think I need a little more practice...

I think another shopping trip is in order, to get the things that I 'need' of course.

March 09, 2014

Weekly Loves #10

With the sun now shining and my spring clean very much under way, I am feeling like a new person. Motivation to actually get things done has finally hit me. Funny how nice weather can change your mood so much, isn't it? There has been so many products that I have loved this week that it was hard to narrow it down to just these five...

When I have a long day ahead of me, whether it be at work or just getting my to-do list done I always reach for the Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum. Light weight and green in colour, this  product helps to disguise my over-sized pores and help to reduce the redness in my cheeks. I also find that my makeup lasts so much longer when using this serum in the morning to the point where I don't need any touch ups throughout the day.
My MAC palette has also been getting a lot of love this week. Naked Lunch across the lid with a little bit of Phloof! patted in the center, Nylon in the tear duct area paired with winged eyeliner has been giving me the perfect bright-eyed, summery look. I have been doing this most days as it is quick and simple, yet effective. I can see this being my go-to look for most of spring. 
The Real Techniques Buffing Brush has always been a winner in my eyes but this week I have really noticed just how amazing it is. My foundation looks perfectly blended into my skin, as does my concealer - no brush lines or patches, just a perfectly applied base which I put down to this magic brush. This is also the perfect brush for cream blushes. 

After a mini breakout this week I having been hitting my tube Origins Out of Trouble Mask pretty hard. Having applied this every other night my breakout is finally on it's way out. I absolutely love this stuff for clearing up blemishes, I use this every other day when trying to clear a breakout or once a week to maintain clear skin. If your skin has a tendency to misbehave, you need this.
To conceal my spots this week I have been loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer. Used under foundation, this has been giving that extra bit of coverage that I need to hid my blemishes the best I can. I do find this to be a little too drying to use on top of my foundation but works perfectly when used underneath.

Has the nice weather given you a little extra happiness this week?

March 05, 2014

February 2014 Favourites

I know it is a bit cliche to say but seriously, how is it March all ready? After a bit of a whirl-wind month with lots of things going on I have discovered some amazing new and old products, even some life changing ones. Now that may be a tad dramatic, but it is true...

This month saw the return of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in my collection. After living with out it for a couple of months, it was greatly missed. I have been using this every single day this month, the smallest amount gives me the perfected, natural looking base I strive for - along with a bit of concealer of course. 
Another old favourite that has made a return to my daily-makeup rota has been the Le Blush Creme De Chanel, in the shade Inspiration to be exact. A soft pale pink, that accompanies my pale skin perfectly and is super easy to blend. This also works great with any makeup look, just to add a flush of colour to your cheeks.
With February seeing in Valentines Day, it was only right that the best shade of red, in my opinion, made it into this months favourites. Essie A-List polish is a true red shade, not too bright nor too dark, just red. 

Speaking of Valentines Day... I was lucky enough to receive Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Cologne. A deep fruity scent with fresh, almost crisp notes makes this perfume one that I cannot stay away from. Possibly a new contender for my favourite scent, I am having to ration myself so I don't use it up too quickly.
The Pai Rosehip Oil is the newest addition into my skin care routine, and something I was definitely missing. Applied after serum, I have found this to brighten up my skin whilst adding some much needed hydration. It is still early days yet but so far I very impressed with this little bottle of goodness.
If you have quite fine hair like I do, you know how much of a struggle it is to add some volume to it. The Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray has been welcomed with open arms into my styling routine, especially where curls are involved. A few sprays throughout my hair and it has almost doubled in size, with a slight hairspray-like hold my hair has the volume I have always wanted and it lasts throughout the day. 

Now onto that life saving product I was talking about... the Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner. A leave in conditioning spray that works wonders for knotty hair. In only a few spritzes this stuff makes combing through unmanageable hair a breeze, how? I'm not quite sure, but this stuff is a hero product in my eyes and don't ever want to be without it. 

What have been your favourite products from the past month? 

March 03, 2014

Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner

I have spoke about my quest for nicer, healthier hair many times before and I finally feel as though I am getting somewhere with it. With a slightly excessive hair care stash that is taking over my bathroom and dressing table I thought I would share with you probably my favourite product of them all...

The Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner is a leave in conditioning treatment that works wonders on tangled hair. Once washed and towel-tried, my hair has a big issue with knots so much so that my Tangle Teezer usually ends up full of my hair - gross, but true. Having always been doubtful of 'detangling sprays' I wasn't expecting much from this well-hyped product. With only a few spritzes of this subtly, sweet scented product throughout the lengths of my hair and then left for a few seconds, or 7 if you like,  my hair put up much less of a fuss to being brushed. I was able to comb through my hair with such ease that a huge smile came across my face - I had found the answers to all my hair woes. Obviously not every single knot and tangle had gone but I was still completely wowed by the results.

Now onto all added extras... This product is Paraben free, a UV and thermal protector, helps colour treated hair by locking in the colour and works to build up the hair's strength as it is filled with protein and moisturizers. There isn't anything that it doesn't do. I now look forward to washing my hair and being able to use this miracle product as it has completely changed the way my hair feels and behaves, I really couldn't recommend this any more.

What is your favourite hair product? 

March 02, 2014

Weekly Loves #9

After a crazy busy week at work combined with a lack of sleeping meant I went a little under the radar on the blogging front, however I am back in full force and armed with a plan (let's hope I can stick to this one) to bring you the products that have stood out to me the most this week...

I have to admit that my Revlon Lip Butters do go a little unloved in my stash however, with a craving for peachy-nude lip I popped on the shade Juicy Papaya and then fell in love. A true peach shade with a nude base, this makes for the perfect everyday lip - especially with spring approaching. The formula of these are also super nourishing and hydrating so are great if your lips are a little on the drier side of things. 
Another makeup product that I have been loving this week is MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish. I have been using this as an all over, setting powder to bring a natural glow to my complexion. I always make sure to use a light hand when applying this other wise you can end up looking like a Cullen. 

This week I have really been seeing the effects of using a more hydrating toner, mine is in the form of the Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner. A lightly scented product that can either be spray directly on to the skin or applied via a cotton pad - my preferred method. This has been helping me battle my dry skin, while adding a refreshing step to my skin care routine. 
Along side this, I have been loving the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, a chemical exfoliator that has been a part of my collection for almost a year now. I like to use this every other night as part of my double-toning step to help brighten up my skin and prevent any breakouts. 

How did your week shape up product-wise? 

February 23, 2014

Weekly Loves #8

After a pretty hectic week and an even more hectic week approaching I am having a relaxing weekend. All-day pajama sessions, blankets and Friends on my TV means I can get on with some well overdue blogging so today I bring you a round of my favourite products from the past week...

An oldie, but a goodie is the Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. A staple in my collection for quite a few months now, this has made it's way back into my everyday routine. Long, full lashes that stay put all day without 'printing' on to my brow bone - always a winner in my book. The tapered shape to this brush makes it super easy to reach the smaller lashes in to corner of your eyes and helps to coat your bottom lashes.
Another staple in my stash that has received a lot of love this week is the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. Perfect for creating a glowing base, this bronze coloured product helps to illuminate the skin whilst making the staying power of your makeup an all-day affair. This works perfectly paired with the foundation from last week's post.

With my quest for nice hair continuing, I have been trialing out lots of new products. Over the past few days I have fallen in love with the effects of the Redken All Soft Supple Touch Spray. With a delicate coconut scent, this product gives you incredibly soft hair in only a few spritzes. I have also found this to help tame my frizzy ends, making my hair generally in much nicer condition. 
As I have mentioned in the past, this year I am trying to switch up my makeup looks and products. My NARS One Night Stand has gone a little unloved recently, however this week I rediscovered the shade Goulue (bottom right). A plum shade, that works great with a simple makeup look. I have been using this most days to add a bit of warmth to my complexion, while looking like I have a natural flush to my cheeks. I have also been loving using Laguna again from this palette as well.

What have you rediscovered in your collection lately? 

February 19, 2014

New Hair Care Additions

I have mentioned before about my hair disasters in my younger years and how I now try to keep it in the best condition possible. With that in mind, and the fact that I was running low on a couple of products, I decided to give my hair a treat...

TIGI S Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum is the only product from this line-up that I actually 'needed'. With my previous post-styling serum running out and my love for TIGI as a brand, this was next on my list to try. A large salon-sized bottle filled with a subtle scented, frizz fighting product makes this great for us girls with fly away hair. A little goes more than a long way when it comes to this so this should last a life time.
In recent months my hair has become unimaginably knotted when it is wet, making getting a brush through it an impossible mission. The Unite 7 Seconds Conditioner is now my hero. A few spritzes throughout the hair and you are good to go with out having to play tug-of-war with your hair. This also has a heat protector in which is always a bonus!

Another leave in product which has been added to my routine is the REDKEN All Soft Supple Touch Spray. A light weight product with soft coconut scent that leaves your hair feeling soft, silky and much more manageable. I have also found this to make my hair a lot stronger, so it is less prone to breaking. 
I picked up the REDKEN Cleansing Cream with only one purpose in mind - the first shampooing. This works to remove product build up and purify the hair, this product also contains fruit acids to add shine and refresh the hair. Again, you only need a small amount to work into the scalp, giving yourself a little massage as you go. 

As my mission for nicest hair continues, I would love to know your favourite hair care products!