Thursday, 31 October 2013

October Favourites





This month has gone by so fast but I'm so excited that it's over as I can finally start watching Christmas films without feeling like an absolute idiot. I've been looking forward to writing this post to share with you the things I've been loving this month as I've really loved the following things. 

1. The Organic Surge super-intensive daily moisturiser for dry skin has been my go to moisturiser this month. Earlier in the month I had a horrible break out on my forehead and my t-zone was ridiculously oily so I used lots of intensive face masks and other products to dry out my skin but then I was left with peeling skin (not cool) This moisturiser works wonders on the skin and has nourished my skin, leaving it balanced and soft.

2. L'Oreal Waterproof Telescopic Mascara is "da bomb" I've used the normal not waterproof version of this mascara before and loved it so much I brought the waterproof version. I tend to wear waterproof mascara if I need my make-up to last a long time but it's a pain to get off however my other October favorite (make-up remover from Elemis) has definitely helped out with this. Also for some reason this month I've been far too over emotional, I literally cry at adverts and films or anything that moves me but this mascara has ensured I haven't been left panda eyed!

3. I've had Maybelline Dream Touch Blush for quite a while now and never really used it but I've worked into my daily routine now and I love it, I wash it across the cheeks and up the cheekbone and then apply a bit of my Bourjous blush in 'Rose' on the apples of my cheeks. It's not too much of a strong blush so it's not overpowering. I've found that the two actually work so nicely together, I might do a post on this combo next week!

4. As I said I've been wearing waterproof makeup a lot this month so I've turned to my Elemis Eye & Lips Make-up remover. This is oil based and makes the removal of eye makeup so much easier. I like to use this before I cleanse as it is rather oily and I hate the feeling of oily things on my face so I make sure I wash it off quickly. It's really gentle on the eyes which I love as other oil based makeup removers always irritate my eyes and leave them blurry. 

5.One of my favorite shows to watch is 'The Mindy Project', if you haven't seen it then go watch it, you won't be disappointed. My October favorite book 'Is everyone hanging out with me?' and is written by the fabulous Mindy Kaling, the creator and main star of the show. Mindy is hilarious and witty so this book has been a joy to read. I've still got a little bit left to go but am taking my time as I don't want it to end!

I hope you've all had a lovely month and are all getting into a festive mood! One month till we can start our advent calendars! :) 

Faith x
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

High End Beauty Wishlist


This high end beauty wish list isn't too pricey but it's definitely above high street prices.  As you can see it's mainly MAC stuff, what can I say I love MAC. Also thrown in are two products I've seen blogged about by beauty bloggers that I love so I really want to try them out.


1. MAC Paint pot in 'Bare Study' £15.00 - I've tried out 'Bare study' at the MAC counter before and loved it. It's my kind of eyeshadow colour which will work well with my other shades and also is great for just a wash of colour on the lids.

2. MAC Conceal & Correct Palette £35.00 - I've wanted this for so long its a joke. I've been having a slight obsession with concealers at the moment but I only own liquid ones so I feel that it's time I started trying out creme based concealers.  

3. Origins Gin Zing Moisturizer £23.00 - Everyone seems to love this moisturizer but I still haven't tried it so it's on the list. I've been trying to use up all my other moisturizers so I can justify buying this but as I have so many it isn't going so well...  

4. VICHY Idelia Life Serum £29.50 - After seeing Kayleigh from Couture Girl post about this a while back I've lusted after it. She always makes great recommendations on products so I can't wait to try this out!

5. MAC 217 Brush £18.00 - I'm trying to build up my smaller brush/eye brush collection so I thought this MAC brush would make a great addition. I've heard great things about it and feel it would fit into my brush family quite well.

Faith x
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Beauty Tool Tuesday: Bourjois False Eyelash Applicator




I brought this little tool around half a year ago on one of those days where I was let loose in Boots with money in my purse and just picked up random items thinking I need them. On big nights out I always wear false eyelashes, I love them and just feel they look so gorgeous on. However, I have a very un-steady hand and so I thought this contraption could really help me apply my lashes. 

These 'tweezers' have two ends the first end is the tweezer-end which has a wide and curved shape that clamps the eyelashes and allows you to apply them in the correct place. The other end is a angled tip that can be used to press down the lash ensuring it is stuck down properly. This end is extremely useful for the inner corner of the lashes as personally I always find that bit the trickiest with it always not sticking properly.

The verdict:

I really am undecided as to whether I like this product or not. The thing is it is slightly unnecessary, lets be honest we have fingers that can do pretty much the same job but leaving them covered in glue and sticky (in my case anyway) I thought that this product would enable me to not get eyelash glue all over my fingers but don't be fooled you still have to fiddle about with your hands to make sure the lash is perfectly on. Also regular tweezers do pretty much the same job they just aren't as easy to use. In my opinion this product is great for some one just starting to use false eyelashes as it would make it much easier for a first-timer but as a frequent eyelash wearer this isn't a must buy product.

Faith x


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Monday, 28 October 2013

Clinique Nail Varnish in 'Really Rio'





Yesterday I removed my gel nails *cries* so sorry for the shortness of my talons, I had to file them down as they had become weak under the gels. As Halloween is only 3 days away I thought I would paint my nails an appropriate pumpkin orange shade. Clinique's 'Really Rio' is a gorgeous orange with a slight coral undertone to it, perfect to brighten up your nails on a dreary autumn day. I'm not one of those people that saves the bright shades for summer, in fact I love to embrace the brightness in the winter as it adds a bit of colour and puts me in a really good mood. The nail varnish itself is extremely quick drying and leaves a lovely glossy finish. I applied two coats and my Sally Hanson topcoat and after two days wear they still look freshly painted wish is surprising as I'm an massive fidgeter and always play with my nails. So all in all its a pretty damn good nail varnish.

Faith x
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Sunday, 27 October 2013

MUA Shimmer Highlighter






After visiting various Superdrug's on numerous occasions I've finally got my hands on one of these bad boys! MUA is such a great brand, they're very affordable and have some great products on offer. This highlighter has been on my need to buy list for a while so I was so excited to try it out after hearing great things about it.

It's a gorgeous shimmery highlighter that you can easily build up to create what ever look your aiming for. It's a lovely, velvety powder that is so easy to apply. I love the packaging and the swirl design of the product itself as it looks so pretty. It's extremely pigmented with a lot of shimmer! Once it's blended in, it creates such a beautiful highlight on the face and adds a lovely gleam. I really love this highlighter and a little goes a long way meaning this product will last me a very long time. Considering the price tag of £3 this product is a must!

Faith x



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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Clinique CC Cream




Today I'm reviewing a new addition to my make-up collection, Clinique's moisture surge CC cream. When BB creams came out I jumped on the band waggon and tried out loads of different versions but when the CC cream entered the beauty universe I wasn't too fussed about it. However, when Clinique brought out a CC cream I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Now the verdict. The coverage is quite light but it evens out the skin tone and brightens the face. It's one of those products that leaves your skin looking like your skin but better so basically it enhances your natural complexion. I recently did a post on illuminating face products and I wish included this as it really adds radiance and brightness to the skin.

When first applied to the skin it feels slightly tacky but once blended in this disappears. I find it is much easier to apply with fingers as it spreads and blends easier this way. My favourite thing about this product? It's SPF 30! I can't preach any more about how important it is to wear SPF everyday even if it's not particularly sunny - prevention is better than the cure! Therefore I don't have to apply added sun block as well which means my skin has more room to breathe during the day.

Just as a side note - apply sparsely, as it has a pink undertone it can leave the face looking discolored if over-used. Basically its not the kind of product you can build up on your skin in order to get more coverage.

All in all my first experience with a CC cream has gone quite well, I now really want to try out some others so if you have any suggestions let me know!

Faith x
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

REVIEW: Queen Helene - Mint Julep Masque



 I love trying out products that have had rave reviews and seeing whether they've just been hyped up or if they really are beauty gems. So today I'm looking at the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque which is a clay mask that supposedly reduces breakouts and cleanses the pores.
Firstly, I don't like the packaging, it looks cheap and really lets down the product inside. Saying this it did only cost me £2.99 on Amazon plus postage so I wasn't expecting a whole lot of quality in the packaging design. Another thing is that I've read around that once the tube starts to run out it's extremely hard to get the product out so next time I might purchase the tub version instead.

Despite this I do use this product a lot. If I'm going through a breakout then I apply this on my T-zone almost everyday as it sucks out the excess oils and relieves the redness. When my skin is on its best behavior and I'm not working on a targeted area I apply a thin layer all over my face twice a week to give my pores a treat and relax my skin. I love the smell of this mask, its gorgeous and minty, leaving your face feeling refreshed and clean but the smell isn't too overpowering if your not keen on minty scents.

So, I actually do really like this mask and probably will re-purchase due to its affordable price and the effect it has on the skin. Is it a miracle? Maybe not but its a nice, affordable mask that leaves the skin refreshed and cleansed.
Faith x


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

ILLUMINATING BEAUTY PRODUCTS





Recently I've been loving the dewy fresh faced look. The majority of the products I used to use in my make up routine left a matte effect on my skin so I I've had to change it up my makeup routine a little bit. Therefore, I've introduced a combination of products that give me the desired glow and illumination I've been looking for.

The first product that I've been using for a while now is the Elemis pro radiance illuminating flash balm. I've blogged about this product before, it's a lovely cream that brightens the skin leaving it radiant and glowing. On make up free days I apply this to my skin just by itself as it makes the skin look and feel healthy.

Once I've applied the flash balm I like to use a primer, I'm currently trying out this illuminating primer by Monu which I'm still trying to figure out if I like or not but it definitely does what it says on the bottle. Sometimes when I apply a little to much of this stuff I feel like Edward Cullen in Twilight when his skin catches the sun and sparkles (cringe twilight reference but it's true) My issue with this primer is its very thick and feels like when you apply sun cream and you have to rub it in loads. However, used sparsely it is a really nice primer and leaves the skin very bright. 

Then after I've applied my foundation I use the two other products which are Benefit's High Beam and The Body Shop's lightening touch. Both of these products I use to highlight the skin. Lightening touch doubles up really well as a concealer for under the eyes. I like to add high beam on my cheekbones to make them stand out and add reflection.

So far this combination of products is working really well for me but I'm still not sure if I prefer this look to a matte finish...

Faith x
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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Beauty Tool Tuesday: Shu Umura Eyelash Curlers







So for this weeks beauty tool Tuesday I'm going to be sharing with you the crème de la crème
of eye lash curlers. My ultimate must have in my makeup bag has always been eyelash curlers. Sadly I was born with pretty much straight eyelashes that look limp so I rely on these to give my eye lashes life. I've had my fair share of eye lash curlers and I thought they were great until I purchased a pair of Shu Uemura curlers that MADE MY LIFE. Ok, slight exaggeration and no need for capitals but they are incredible.

These bad boys come in either silver or gold, as I've never owned a gold pair of eyelash curlers I picked them up in gold also I think they look rather cool and different. I brought these curlers around eight months ago from House of Fraser for £20. They may be on the pricy side for eye lash curlers but they are worth every penny. I love curling them and applying one coat of L'Oreal's Telescopic mascara to make my lashes look like they have a natural curl and are lush.

Handy Tip: If you want a even curly-er curl then warm your eyelash curlers up with a hair dryer before using them as the heat really effects the lashes. I like doing this on a night out as the curl always seems to last longer when I do so. Though I wouldn't recommend doing it very often as the heat surely isn't very good for the lashes!

Faith x

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Revlon Nail Varnish in 'Mischievous'




I've never really done nail varnish reviews on here so I thought I would start introducing them in as I'm a slight nail varnish hoarder. I picked up this gorgeous shade 'Mischievous' by Revlon which is almost like a slate grey colour from Poundland which is such a good place to go to find beauty bargains. This nail varnish retails at £4.49 in Boots so I've saved £3.49 which makes me very happy. I prefer the really thick brushes normally wheras this one has a thin brush, making application slightly harder but its still pretty easy to apply. It drys really quickly and only needs one coat on but i've put on two as I like to build up the colour and it looks more glossy that way. I love that the colour is dark yet still quite a warm shade due to the purpleish undertones.

Faith x
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

MAC Creme Colour Base in 'Pearl'






Sorry for the late post today lovelies I've spent most of the day getting ready for a 21st I'm going to tonight, so between getting my nails done and other various activities I've pulled this post together. I recently saw this creme colour base by MAC featured in a Carli Bybel tutorial on youtube and immediately lusted after it. Anytime I see any of her videos I always end up wanting all of the products she uses. This creme colour base in 'pearl' is absolutely gorgeous and is a multipurpose product, which I love!  This works so well when applied on the brow bone as it is such a good highlighter but also as its a creme it looks far more natural than a powder that I would normally use. It's also really nice as a eye shadow base and gives a lovely dewy, sheen effect. I've used it for my make up for tonight and it looks lovely. Definitely happy with this one. Hope everyone is having a good Saturday night :)

Faith x
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Friday, 18 October 2013

REVIEW: MAC Lipstick in 'Patisserie'





Yes I've brought another MAC lipstick. Quelle surprise. This is my first lustre Mac lipstick which I was sceptical about buying as I normally go for matte lipsticks. However, the lustre formula by Mac leaves the lips looking glossy and plump. Also they're so much more moisturising than the other MAC formulas which its great as I find some of them rather drying. 

The shade 'Patisserie' builds on the natural colour of your lips, as my lips are naturally quite pink the colour seems to of emphasized this. However, on the bullet it appears much darker which is why I brought it as I love dark nudes but I actually really like how it turned out. I would describe this shade as a sweet, everyday colour that looks natural and glossy on the lips. Did I need another nude everyday colour in my collection? Maybe not, but its gorgeous and I'm really happy I brought it. 

Faith x






 
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Updated Hand & Nail Care Routine


Most of the time our hands get overlooked during our beauty routine. If you think about all of the ways we nourish our faces through cleansing, masks, exfoliation etc it makes you think what about our other body parts? Our hands touch so much and the amount of dirt and dead skin cells that builds up on them can't be gotten rid of easily especially not by just washing them. In fact many soaps especially if used excessively are harsh on the hands and often do them more harm than good. Therefore, I like to nourish my hands ensuring that they are looked after and stay soft and supple. I've recently upped my game and introduced new things in to my hand and nail care routine and thought I would share them with you all.

1. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Recovery - This is sort of the equivalent to a exfoliator and moisturiser rolled into one. The formula is extremely liquid based and oily but also has grains that when massaged into the skin get rid of dry skin cells and unwanted dirt on the hands. It leaves the hands lovely and soft and moisturised so on some days I don't even have to apply hand lotion.

2. Elemis Wild Lavender Hand Lotion - One of my favourite scents for lotions to have is lavender as I find the smell so soothing and relaxing. When looking for new hand creams I always like a light cream that soaks into the skin easily and doesn't leave the hands leaving sticky or overly moisturised. That's what I love about this hand cream - 2 minutes after applying it has sunk into your skin leaving it soft and enabling you to continue with your day.

3. Sally Hanson Nail growth Miracle Serum - I love a good serum to me they always seem like goodness in a bottle. I like to massage this on my nails and cuticles at night time allowing them to nourish over night. Sally Hanson has been my go-to brand for nail care my whole life as my Mum who has lovely nails has always used it.

4. Sally Hanson Green Tea & Bamboo Nail Strengthener - Nail Strengtheners are a must for me as I have extremely weak and brittle nails that always break. I picked up this particular one in Tkmaxx in their beauty section which always has hidden gems. It applies nicely and works perfectly as a base coat to my other nail varnishes.

Faith x
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Lip Products I'm Loving



Today I thought I would share with you the current lip products I'm loving. Over the past month I've used these products so much as you can tell by how much of the MAC lipstick I have left! They always go so quickly :( Most are products I purchased over September and some are slightly older that I've been using for a while.

1. Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in 'Romantic' - Revlon Just Bitten are probably one of my Favourite balm stains as they have such a great colour and are lovely and moisturising! Plus they smell minty which at first I wasn't to keen on but the smells really growing on me. The colour is what I like to call a Hollywood red as its effortlessly glamorous and builds up really nicely.
 
2. EOS Lip Balm - Gosh I love this EOS Balm. I brought it on Amazon a couple of months ago and it's by far my favourite un-tinted lip balm. Firstly, it smells incredible! I love things that smell of strawberries so much they're just so girly and they remind me of summer. I also love the packaging of the EOS lip balms, they are so cute and they keep the lip balm in tact really well. With some of my other lip balms I find the lids fall of in my bag and then get all dirty but the packaging of this is really secure.

3. Figs & Rouge Lip Balm in 'Cherry Blossom' - I received this in one of my Glossy Boxes and I've been using it quite a bit recently. The thing I really like about this product is that it only adds a very sheer tint to the lips which is perfect when you want to give your lips a bit of colour but don't want full on colour.

4. MAC Lipstick in 'Faux' - Like most girls I love MAC lipsticks, they're my favourite brand for lipsticks hands down. This shade 'Faux' is a gorgeous every day pink/purple toned nude which is my go to shade for lipsticks. I'm so sad that I use it so much and its going so quickly, I'm definitely re-purchasing this!

5. Maybelline Baby Lips in 'Peach Kiss' - I've blogged about them before and pretty much every beauty enthusiast has a number of these in their collection. I didn't have peach kiss as every time I went into Boots or Superdrug they didn't have it, I'm guessing its quite popular. So, I ordered it online and after using it for a while I've decided its my favourite shade of them all, well I love them all a lot but this one is such a me colour as its nude. I love applying it under my nude lipsticks as its always a perfect base!

Hope your all having a lovely week so far!

Faith x
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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Beauty Tool Tuesday: Bliss Pore-Fector





  I thought I would start a weekly installment on the blog called 'Beauty Tool Tuesday' (quite catchy right) So, from cleansing gadgets to eye-lash curlers every Tuesday I will be reviewing a different beauty tool.

This week I'm going to be reviewing the Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget. If your like me and love the satisfaction that comes with seeing blackheads leave your pores (I can't help it) then you will find so much joy in this little gadget. The metal plate produces sonic vibrations that seem to make the dirt and excess oils crawl out from your pores, leaving them open and clean.

The Bliss Pore-fector gadget comes in part of a kit by Bliss that retails at £127.70, no you didn't read that wrong it really does cost that much. I received this as a gift and if I hadn't then I probably wouldn't of purchased it due to its high price tag! However, the kit does include a number of things, alongside the pore-fector gadget tool there is a daily detoxifying facial toner, two samples of steep clean 15-minute facial mask and a recharge base unit and power adapter.

THE VERDICT:

My nose which I once hated looking at up close as I hate blackheads is now remarkably clearer!  I've also used this when I get spots on my face and it gets the gunk out allowing them to heal easier and not leaving a mark which it would do if I had squeezed it. Applying the toner on the skin before using the gadget makes it much easier to use and glides across the skin using its vibrations to suck out all the bad stuff. Even after you run out of the toner which I nearly have you can use any other toner as long as you keep the face moist.

Now the technical stuff. The battery life is great I hardly have to charge it and when I do it charges redunkulously quickly. The vibrations can be altered to become stronger or weaker with a simple click of the button. The rhythm of the vibration can also be changed but to be honest I've never really bothered with changing it as I don't see the point.

If you suffer from bad blackheads and/or whiteheads I couldn't recommend this product more. Yes its pricey but it does wonders for the skin, I can honestly say it has changed my pores so much. I now use it 2-3 times a week but at first I was using it all the time and it got a bit addictive. It makes my skin feel and look so much cleaner and gunk free!

If you are unsure whether you want to buy this product or any other expensive beauty tool see if there's a return policy from where you are buying it from as if you don't get the desired result, whether it doesn't work well with your skin or whatever its not worth losing the money over!

Faith x
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Monday, 14 October 2013

Collection 2000 Lock N Hold Lipgloss in 'Body Pop'






Collection 2000 have some really surprising products that I end up loving, this lip gloss is one of them. Firstly, I love the packaging as its fun and pink - always a winner in my opinion.  It adds shine and gloss to the lips without being overly sticky and heavy on the lips. It leaves a really pretty pink tint on the lips, enhancing the lips natural colouring. So it says 6 hour wear on the bottle but that's a bit of a fib, I would say the glossiness lasts for about 2 hours max and that's if your not constantly licking your lips or chowing down lots of food - both of which I normally do. To be honest I'm not really bothered about how long lip gloss lasts for I just love applying it and feeling that lip gloss feeling on my lips (you know what I mean). I wouldn't expect it to be perfect either, it only costs £2.99 and for that price I think its pretty damn good. Oh and I did mess about doing the 1960's effect on Picasa on the photos which is why they look a bit dated, but I think it looks kinda cool. Anyway if you like lip gloss and haven't got this one in your collection give it a try.

Faith x
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