Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Favourites

April has been such a lovely month, the weathers mostly been great and I've seen loads of my family which is always nice. On the blog front I've been pretty naughty and haven't posted much this month which has been a mixture of me being busy and being super lazy but I'm kicking my butt back into action so hopefully, the posts will keep rolling out!

Beauty-wise this month I've been loving quite a few products but I've narrowed it down to three that have particularly shone for me. First of all, there's the Tom Ford cream colour for eyes in the shade 02 Guilt. Guilt is a gorgeous light shimmery gold which is so effortlessly easy to apply. I've been loving just wearing this with some mascara during the day as it really looks so pretty. I've also been loving the MAC Prep + Prime transparent finishing powder, as I have quite dull, dry skin I always stick to using a very fine powder that won't cake my skin and accentuate any dry patches. This powder works so well for me so I definitely think I'll be repurchasing this once it runs out! The last of the three is my beloved MAC Soft + Gentle Skin Mineralize finish, this is really an all time favourite but I can say that I've worn it every day this month so I thought I would squeeze it in.  I've also been using it as an eyeshadow and to illuminate my brow bone which I don't normally do but it looks really good.

My favourite fashion piece of the month would have to be my new Dorothy Perkins Orange heels. Now I'm mainly a monochrome girl but one colour I also allow in my wardrobe would have to be orange. I'm so in love with these shoes, they're so comfy and are the perfect height! I also think they were quite a bargain, I brought them instore for £25 but they're now online for £22.50, which I personally feel is a really great price.

Book-wise I started reading the vampire academy books this month and I've got to say I think they're great. I hate to admit it but I love fantasy books with a love story, I can't help it they're just so easy to read and become immersed in. I've read all six books in the series this month, so I've got through them pretty quickly! If you know of any other good books/series to read let me know cause I need to start a new one soon!

Hope you've had a lovely April!

Faith x

Monday, 28 April 2014

REVIEW: MAC Lipstick in 'Angel'

Angel is a soft cool toned light pink which is perfect for a quick wash of pink on the lips. The coverage is certainly buildable and you can develop a great nude pink colour. This is the first frost finish lipstick I've purchased from MAC, I found it lasted for around three hours which isn't great but I didn't expect it to last for hours on end. It's not exactly moisturising but it doesn't dry out the lips too much either. I do however like to apply lip balm afterwards just because I like my lips to look and feel soft and smooth. Out of all of the formulas I've tried I definitely prefer the other MAC finishes more, I think it because it's slightly pearlised which I'm not a huge fan of. I'm a bit on the edge whether I like this lipstick or not. I don't think it suits me extremely well but sometimes it can look so beautiful on. However, it is a really pretty lipstick so if you like nude/light pink lipsticks and don't mind pearl finishes then I would go check out Angel!

Faith x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Top 3 Cleansing Balms

 My favourite way to cleanse is without a doubt with a good old cleansing balm. I've rounded up three of my favourites to share with you all. If you are looking for a new cleansing balm then I would definitely check out the ones below, as they are some of the best cleansing balms I've tried. I personally have quite dry skin and suffer from breakouts now and then and find these three all work equally well for me.

Clinique Take The Day Off

This cleansing balm definitely wins the title for being the most effective cleanser. It removes all makeup including those pesky clumps of mascara and does it all so easily and quickly. Only the smallest amount is needed to ensure your skin cleansed and makeup-free, leaving no residue on the skin. This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin types as it is fragrance-free and so is unlikely to irritate the skin. Whenever my skin is going through a rough time, normally hormonal I tend to only stick to this balm as it is sure to not cause any further inflammation. If you prefer to have a more invigorating cleansing process then I would defiantly opt for the other two balms in this post as they are much more luxurious. However, if you just want to get the job done and remove every inch of makeup on your face then look no further than this wonder of a balm! At £21 for 125ml, this is definitely the most pocket-friendly out of the three!

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

This is the perfect luxurious cleansing balm for skin that really needs a pick me up. Whenever I use Elemis products I always feel like I'm having a spa treatment, everything from the invigorating scent and texture of this balm sends your skin into heaven. You can't actually use this balm over your eyes so I often tend to remove my makeup with a millicillar solution (either Bioderma or L'Oreal) and then cleanse the skin afterwards. I don't tend to use this balm too often as it's more of a weekly treat for my skin but it softens, nourishes and removes face makeup and daily grime really well. What's also nice is that it can be used as a mask on the skin for 10 minutes to really give the skin a deep cleanse and treat. At £39.50 for 105g this definitely climbs up the price ladder from the Clinique balm so it is certainly more of an indulgent buy.

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser

This cleanser is described as 'beautiful skin in a jar' which isn't far from the truth. Unlike the other two, I only started using this balm around three months ago. Last year I read a rave review of this cleanser on Caroline Hirrons blog so I knew that I had to try it. This cleanser is for any skin type but I feel its works extremely well with my dry skin. It leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturised and really softens some of my dry patches. This cleanser is a combination of balancing, elastin and collagen promoting Organic Jojoba Oil, with beeswax and essential oils. What I particularly like about this product is that I recognise every single one of the ingredients which is always a great sign as its nice to know I'm not putting any unknown chemicals on my skin. Scent wise it smells very lush like, it has a very natural beautiful smell that makes the cleansing process so much more enjoyable. Out of the three, it is the most expensive at £43 for 100ml which I must say is extremely pricey but it is a awesome cleansing balm. I'm hoping the jar will last me a while!

I rotate between the three with the main one being the Clinique Take the Day off as it does the job so easily and after a long day all I really want to do is take my makeup off as quickly as possible and jump into bed. I hope this post has been useful for anyone who is looking for a new balm!

Faith x   

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in 'Honeysuckle'

Last week I finally got around to adding this beautiful Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour to my growing lipstick collection.
I always find a fault in a lipstick whether its too drying or doesn't last long enough but I really can't seem to discredit this one in any way. Bobbi Brown describes it perfectly as an innovative lipstick that combines rich colour, comfortable wear, and a soft, creamy shine. I love the creamy shine aspect as it makes the lips look so smooth and plump with the slight gloss but doesn't feel sticky whatsoever. Honeysuckle is my perfect kind of nude, it's described as a yellow beige shade but I would say its more of warm light honey toned nude.

 Not only does the lipstick look beautiful on but it's also beneficial for your lips. Formulated with emollient Shea Butter and skin conditioners, it leaves lips soft and moisturised. It's extremely balmy and just feels like a moisturising lip balm on the lips which is quite surprising considering the great colour pay off and the considerable amount of time it stays on the lips. I love the sleek black metalised case it's so simple yet so slick. I must admit although I swear by my beloved MAC lipsticks I think this is the best lipstick I have ever owned.

I will undoubtedly continue to purchase this lipstick and I'm already eying up a couple of the other shades. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour lipsticks retail at £19.00 and I rarely say this but they are worth the price. So if you are looking to invest in a nude lipstick then I would definitely consider this one!

Faith x

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