Monday, 31 December 2012

The Monday MakeUp Mix-Up! #12

Apologies for the lack of Monday mix-up last week, I was away from home for Christmas and didn't have my stash to lucky dip from! Besides, blogging was a little on the lighter side for Christmas anyway! Anyway I'm back on form now with this horrible combination of make-up! If you don't know the gist of this feature, basically each week I randomly pick out 5 products from my stash and then later in the week I have to come up with a FOTD using them. The aim is to basically use some lesser used products, whilst challenging myself creatively!

Sleek Paraguaya Palette 
(Discontinued, try Ebay!)
In theory this palette is an alright thing to have picked out. However I'm not quite sure how well it's going to fit in with the other products I've picked out - there's some very vampy products this week! But that's all part of the fun, and gets me using this palette. As you can see I've loved using the highlight shade in this palette, but I promise I'll use something else and not use the cheats way out! 

Venomous Cosmetics Loose Shadow - Wilted Roses
(Discontinued, Venomous Cosmetics)
I really like this colour, it's a deeper, slightly pink toned matte red with aqua microglitter. However the thought of putting it on my eyes is a little daunting! Especially seeing as my lips are going to be anything but subtle! I'm thinking I may use it foiled as a winged liner, but we shall see! 

MUA Intense Colour Lip Liner - Brooding Plum 
(£1, Superdrug)
My favourite lip liner - ever! When I delved into my liners mug I was expecting to pick out an eyeliner and thats what about 90% of my liners are. But no, I got my favourite lipliner! This is a slightly deepend red shade, with a touch of pink in it. Infact pretty similar to the Venomous Cosmetics eyeshadow! 

17 Lasting Fix Lipstick - New Black 
(£4.29, Boots)
So you're probably thinking that this lipstick looks a little scary - I thought that too. But then I manned up, took the plunge and put it on. It is definitely a niche taste, but I have to say, I actually quite like it! I've actually used it in this previous FOTD (link) and got hooked on it for a short period over the summer. My only worry is how to wear it with the other products! 

Maybelline Mineral Powder Blush - Quartz Peach
(Discontinued, but widely available online)
My one and only Maybelline product, which unfortunately is discontinued. And actually I haven't used it in quite a while. But it seems to be reasonably pigmented although has some shimmer in it. I'm more of a fan of the matte blushes, but it won't hurt me to use this a little this week! 

So this week we have a peach and vampy inspired look to look forward to. Could be interesting, but hopefully I'll be able to come up with something not too scary by the end of the week! As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you in the new year, have a good night! Hannah 

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NOTD: ELF Nail Polish - Dark Glitter Purple

I'll have to be honest here, I'm a little behind on the make-up testing front thanks to Christmas, my dissertation and 5 (yes 5!) other assignments I have due in during the last two weeks of January! Uni sure does like to make us work hard! You may have noticed the lack of make-up posts, but I promise, everything will be back to normal tomorrow. Luckily for todays post I had some nail photos kicking around my memory card, just waiting to be shared!

The Basics 
ELF has a huge line of nail polishes, but I hadn't tried them until only a few months ago, what a mistake that was! These come in nice rectangular shaped bottles, with a perfectly usable brush. Inside each one is a very reasonable 10ml of product, enough to last you ages! These are also Toluene and Formaldehyde free, which is never a bad thing! These retail for £2.50 each. 

What did I think? 

I actually quite liked this polish, it wasn't super quick drying, but didn't take too long either. The colour is a really deep blue toned purple, cream finish. Infact on the nails it looks pretty much black, but the sunlight shows of the beautiful colour. Inside there is some very subtle blue and purple glitter in there. It's rather pretty actually, but perhaps not to everyones tastes! The photographs show 2 coats. 

I took these pictures before cutting my nails really short. I got a bit fed up with long nails, however nice they look, they really do get in the way! Especially with those pesky lip balms pots! Anyway as always thanks very much for stopping by and I'll speak to you again soon, Hannah 

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Review: NSpa Hot Cloth Polish

Earlier in the year I was a massive fan of hot cloth cleansers, they just did the job for me and left my skin feeling lovely. My personal favourite was Superdrugs own one, both for it's quality and value. But I was recommended to try the NSpa one, available from Asda. Since my hot cloth cleanser obsession I've actually discovered the oil cleansers, but I ran out for around a month recently and have been back to this one, unfortunately! 

The Basics 
The packaging for this product is pretty swanky, coming in a pump bottle, complete with lid! I do have to say that the first one I bought didn't actually work, so I had to buy a replacement. Inside the box, you also get a muslin cloth, which is always appreciated! The bottle contains a very reasonable 150ml of product, claiming to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive - incase you were wondering, my skins pretty normal. This is available from Asda for £7.

The Ingredients
This product does seem to have some good ingredients in it including Ginseng, Vitamin E, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Neroli Essential Oil. And not all right at the bottom of the ingredients list as we sometimes see! Judging from the ingredients and my experience with the product, I would say this might be more suited to drier skin than my own. 

What did I think? 
I'm not gonna lie, I'm not a fan of this and I am finding myself trying to use it up somehow - I hate wasting things! I find that once applied and massaged into the skin it is a nightmare to remove. I've been using hot water and the muslin cloth but it seems to leave a thick residue on my skin. Which only seems to be removed with another cleanser. I also didn't find that it removed make-up particularly well (which it claims it does). But my skin did feel soft afterwards! 

It wasn't a particularly positive review today was it? But I can't help but to be honest. It might be worth noting that there are a lot of really good reviews floating around, so you may want to have a quick google and check out some other reviews before taking my word to seriously, but this is my honest opinion of the product! Thanks for stopping by, Hannah 

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The Post Christmas Pamper!

I think we are safe in saying that Christmas is well and truely over for 2012, but that doesn't mean that we have to go straight back to reality. A relaxing inbetween step is definitely a must, especially after all the rubbish food I ate over the last few days! I feel like I ought to give my body a little pampering! And seeing as I tend to get caught up in make-up reviews and looks a lot I thought I'd share with you the products I used and love! 

Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask*
(£25 for 6 Sachets, Murads Website)
So you're probably thinking that's pretty pricey for 6 uses, but actually to use a whole sachet is just a waste, you really don't need the whole thing. I tend to get around 3 uses from a sachet, so actually the values not so bad! The product's a clear gel product that dries on the skin and is easily washed off. The mask exfoliates with fruit enzymes and AHA's, leaving me with soft, fresh looking skin! 

Palmer Cocoa Butter Body Scrub
(£4.99, Superdrug)
Currenly on offer for just £2.99 actually - and I highly recommend picking one up! This is one of those really luxurious, super scrubby scrubs that leaves you feeling like you've really made a difference to that wintery skin. The best bit about this one is that all the exfoliating particles are held in a luxurious creamy, moisturizing base. Oh my, this is good! And it gets better, it smells amazing too, just like the rest of the Palmers range! This is definitely a staple for me, that will be repurchased over and over!

Dirty Works Sole Sister Foot Scrub
(£4.99, Sainsbury's)
Yes it is totally alright to have a separate scrub for your feet! This is much rougher on the skin, helping to get rid of the pesky hard skin that many of us have been blessed with! It does that using pumice, but still has a lovely fresh mint scent. I've been using this for a while now, every other day, and have noticed the benefits!

Lush Sympathy for the Skin Moisturizing Body Lotion
(£10.75, Lush)
I found it hard to pick a body lotion to feature in this post as I'm literally bursting to the seams with them! Infact I have a bit of a challenge concerning my body products to get stuck into in the new year - more on that soon! But this one got the chance to appear as it's one I've been loving lately as it's really thick and moisturzing, whilst having a beautiful natural vanilla scent to it. Also being Lush it's made from natural products and leaves my skin lovely and soft! 

Hopefully in the new year I can do more posts like this, showcasing my favourite body products and perhaps even some reviews on some! I'd love to hear what your favourite pamper products are (not that I need to buy anymore for about 5 years!) and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

*This product was provided for review however that has no effect on my opinions. My loyalty is to you guys and I aim to keep that with my honesty! 

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Friday, 28 December 2012

My Gingerbread Obsession!

For me rainy nights and cold winter days need something cosey and warming to perk up my spirits. And for me that's the spicey sent of ginger. It has just the right mixture of  warming, happy thought provoking wonderfulness! There's a few products I've really been loving recently and thought they were best off shared, I hope you enjoy!

NSpa Gingerbread Latte Bath Syrup
This is actually a product I bought last year from Asda just after Christmas, but having a quick look at their website, it still seems to be available - at least I hope it is! I payed around £1 for this, so a super bargain! The scent is really strong as well, so perfect for diluting in a luxurious bubble bath, or using straight from the bottle for a shower. I've been loving using this over the festive season!

The Body Shop Ginger Body Butter 

Ok so the packaging is last years version, but as far as I'm aware the product inside is pretty similar if not the same! As we've come to expect from these body butter, this is a rich and moisturising product. This time around the scent is less sweet and more straight ginger, but still a match made in heaven! 

Whicks N Whacks Wax Tarts - Gingerbread 

After having a quick pamper it's nice to sit in bed with a good book and a great scent wafting around the room. My current favourite thing to do is have a loveloy wax tart burning in my burner and recently I've found a a new favourite brand, Whicks N Whacks! They're available on Ebay, but also have a stand alone site (link). I'm getting into a lot of their scents, but the Gingerbread scent is definitely a favourite! 

I'm a very scent orientated person, I love a good smelling body product or candle burning in my room. It's not all about the gingerbread though, I love fruity berry scents and a bit of vanilla too! I hope you enjoyed this little post today, I'd love to hear what scents you're loving this winter! Hannah 

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Review + Swatches: Barry M Ultra Moisturizing Lip Paint - Shade 162

Barry M are generally a brand known for their Dazzle Dusts and Nail Paints, but also somewhat for their original Lip Paints. The original Lip Paints, which are loved for the huge range in colour offered, have always had comments about how they are drying on the lips. But Barry M listened (Don't you love it when brands do that!) and came out with a brand new lipstick formula aimed at being lovely and moisturizing on the lips. I couldn't just sit by and watch it release so decided to pick up this beautiful red shade.

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics

So I've already given a lot of way in the beginning telling you that it's similar to the regular Barry M Lip Paints, but much more moisturizing for the lips. It does this with Cocoa Butter, but actually manages to smell rather fruity! The range is on the smaller side at the moment, but as I love them so much (gave that away didn't I!) I'm hoping they'll bring out some more beautiful shades for us to enjoy!

The Formula

So as we've already discussed this has the addition of Cocoa Butter, which is in there to keep our lips baby soft. And that it does, I've had no problems with dry lips using this product! The texture is also beautifully smooth, applying like a dream. On it's own it tends to last around 3 hours on the lips, but over a lip liner (I've been using the MUA Brooding Plum one) it tends to last pretty much all day - actually the pictures on the lips are over that lip liner. One thing worth noting though is that it can tend to sweat when left in a warm place - eg your pocket!

Colour & Pigmentation 

I haven't had the opportunity to swatch the whole line (that would be amazing!) yet, but this particular shade at least has a beautiful glossy finish to it - although this does reduce the wear time! The pigmentation is also pretty intense with these, the swatch you see above is with just one swipe from the bullet! As for colour, it is of course beautiful shade, so much so that it's actually the product I'm wearing in my blogger profile picture in the bar on the right! But essentially it's a slightly deeper pretty neutral toned red.

This shows a touch pinker with the lip liner underneath, the swatch is true to colour!

The Good - pigmented, not drying, cheap, stunning colour, cute packaging, Barry M listened to their customers!

The Not so Good - could be longer lasting on the lips. 

Would I repurchase? Definitely, I'm loving the formula and the colour!

Price & Availability - £4.49, Boots & Superdrug

Can you believe I've never ever reviewed one of the regular Barry M Lip Paints - although I have tried one! That's something at least! Anyway I hope you all have a fab day yesterday and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Christmas (Or 25th December)!!

Today is the 25th of December, which here and in many other areas is Christmas. However judging by my views and the comments I get, I have readers from quite a few parts of the world. Which of course means that you won't all be celebrating Christmas, but regardless I hope you have a really great day and enjoy some good company. 

For those of you that do celebrate Christmas I hope you have a really great time with your families. I know in my family Christmas is one of the only times everyone gets together during the year, so we really try to just have fun and enjoy eachothers company! I really hope you do the same and just make the most of the time together. 

My Christmas Make-Up Tutorial

Whatever you're doing today I hope you have a really great time and I'll be back very soon with some proper make-up and beauty posts!

 Happy Christmas! Love Hannah x 

Monday, 24 December 2012

Review & Swatches: Glossybox December 2012

This month marks my six month anniversary with Glossybox, I'm still liking the box - especially the excitement I get each month to open my box! I am finding that there's quite a lot of skincare appearing, but on the flipside I've had some gems that have become favourites! I am actually considering starting a subscription with Joliebox too as I hear they're being taken over my Birchbox in the new year. We'll have to see!

Inside this months box...
Seche Nail Lacquer - Iconic
Sleek True Colour Lipstick - O.M.G!
Mary Greenwell Eau de Parfum - Lemon 
Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Whipped Body Cream 
Sebamed Anti-dry Night Intensive Cream 
Kryolan for Glossybox Blusher - Glossy Rosewood 

A full price breakdown and product information can be found in my original post for this months box - link 

Seche Nail Lacquer - Iconic
Seche have always been famous for their top/base coats, but only recently have they brought out coloured nail polishes! The shade I got it a pretty metallic red, which applied with one coat and dried pretty quickly! I didn't have a chance to test the wear though as I went to an event at the weekend where I had my nails done, but it lasts at least 24 hours!

Sleek True Colour Lipstick - O.M.G!
I was pretty excited to see this in my box as Sleek is one of my favourite brands - but I only have a couple of their lipsticks. In the tube this is a slightly orange toned red, but actually swatches a bit more orange toned. So perhaps not quite my colour, but it's lovely and opaque with that lovely glossy finish. All in all a good lipstick - but not really my colour!

Mary Greenwell Eau de Parfum - Lemon 
I hate to be so negative about a product, but I'm not sure I've seen anybody say that they particularly liked this fragrance sample. Correct me if I'm wrong! It's a very mature and strong scent. It's probably quite marmite - love it or hate it!

Rituals Magic Touch Cherry Blossom & Rice Milk Whipped Body Cream 
Without sounding really weird this did actually have an airy whipped texture, which sunk into the skin really nicely! The scent wasn't overly strong, but in a way, that can be good as it doesn't interfere with the scent of your perfume. As for moisturization I think it actually did a pretty darn good job!

Sebamed Anti-dry Night Intensive Cream 
I don't actually have particularly dry skin skin so couldn't really do much testing with this. I have done the next best thing and insisted my dry skinned boyfriend be my test bunny for a few days. He tells me it feels horrible (A bit like Bepanthen) when you first put it on, but it does sink in nicely and seem to make somewhat of a difference! And that's about as helpful as I can be I'm afraid.

Kryolan for Glossybox Blusher - Glossy Rosewood 
This product isn't actually available to buy as far as I'm aware. Nor have I ever tried a Kryolan Blusher, so can't really tell you if the quality is comparable. That being said I do actually quite like this as it's a pigmented matte blush! The colour is also pretty interesting being a slightly purple toned candy pink.

Overall this box was pretty impressive with a few fullsize products in there too! For the moment I'm definitely going to be sticking with Glossybox - lets hope they keep upto this standard, as for £10 this was rather good value! Thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Review + Swatches: NYC Appleicious Glossy Lip Balm - Big Apple Red

A few weeks ago I posted on these new tinted lipbalms from NYC and expressed my love for the one I had. Well as you can tell I couldn't resist but to pick up another one, this time a red shade. I do keep thinking it should be called 'Big Red Apple' though, but I assure you the name in the title is correct! 

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
This product is a new release from NYC, costing just £2.49, for a reasonable 3.5g of product. The packaging is on the cheaper side, but that doesn't really bother me to be honest as the product inside is what counts, especially at such a value price. As far as I know there's at least 4 shades available, possibly more!

The Formula
These have quite a light texture to them, definitely not waxy and not really what I'd call greasy either - but maybe a touch. Being called Appleicious it wouldn't be complete without a lovely apple scent, which for those interested, you can't taste! I wouldn't say it's the most moisturizing product, but it's reasonable. However since it's in an easy format and gives some colour too the lips too it's great to pop into your bag. 

Colour & Finish
These do have quite a glossy finish to them, but not as intense as a lipgloss is going to give you! The colour is a pinky red, which on first swipe it pretty sheer, but it's a very buildable product and can be built up to have a reasonably strong colour. The colour is also non-shimmery! 

The Good - smells nice, buildable colour, can apply direct from the tube, smells good!

The Not so Good - cheap looking packaging.

Would I repurchase? I already have!

Price & Availability - £2.49, Superdrug

NYC tends to be one of the brands that I've overlooked in the past. But gradually I've been trying a few products from them and actually I'm generally liking what I see! I hope you liked the review! Hannah 

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Friday, 21 December 2012

FOTD: The MakeUp Mix-Up #11 Arabic Style!

As I promised on Monday, this week I've done an arabic inspired look with the 5 random products I lucky dipped on Monday. The look could probably do with being a little smokier, but I actually quite like it - perhaps I need to play with colour a bit more! I seem to have got in a neutrals rut recently, which is very unlike me! Anyway I hope you enjoyed the look! 

'Primer' - Etat Pur Radiant Complexion Care*
Base -  Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream 
Foundation - Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - 51 
Concealer - Sleek Corrector & Concealer Palette - shade 1 
Powder -  ELF Mineral Concealer - Fair
Blush - Accessorize Bronzing Block - Shade 4 
Contour - MUA Blusher - Shade 6

Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
Lid - MUA Eyeshadow - Shade 27
Crease - MUA Eye Dust - Shade 6 & Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette - Blackout 
Upper Lashline -  BeautyUK Pearl Eyeliner - Sorceress
Lower Lashline -  GOSH Velvet Touch Eyeliner - Black Ink & No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil - Smoky Purple
Inner Corner & Waterline - No7 Metallic Eye Pencil - Gold 
Browbone -  Marks & Spencers Eye Palette - Safari 
Mascara - Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash Mascara 
Brows - MUA Eyebrow Pencil - Blonde 

Lipstick -  ELF Matte Lip Colour - Coral
Lipgloss -  ELF Shimmer Gloss - New York City 

The Products I had to use! 

I might have to remember the purple and gold combo, it might make a reappearance! I'm also loving my new lipstick that I'm wearing here, it's not a colour I'd usually go for, but with the pink gloss over the top it's really made it wearable! Anyway thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

* This product has been provided for review.

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

My Massive £6 Make-Up Haul!

I'm serious, everything in the picture below came to the grand sum of £6! I wasn't going to buy anymore make-up for a bit, but this offer was just far too good to pass up! Unfortunately the offer has finished now, but MUA had a 40% off and 5 free nail quakes to celebrate reaching 40,000 likes on facebook (I did tweet about it!) - they'll be having another offer when they reach 50,000 so get liking! And they best part of the offer was that it only had a minimum spend of £10! 

All prices given all the full prices - not discounted ones! 

MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Glamour Nights
I'd been wanting to try some more of these palettes as the ones I've tried were pretty darn good quality and value. I did have trouble chosing which one I wanted to try, but in the end went for this one as it looks like it could be a lot of fun for smokey eyes! I will of course have a review coming, but if you wanted to see a FOTD let me know! 

MUA Eyeshadow - Shade 12 Pearl
I couldn't help but add another one of these singles to my collection as well, if you haven't tried them before, definitely go have a look! This particular one is very unusual, I thought it was a shimmery gunmetal shade looking at the picture online, infact it looks that in the pan at a glance too. But once swatched it has a deep red colour with a silvery green duochrome to it, very exciting! 

MUA Gel Eyeliner - On the Move 
I hadn't tried these yet, so wanted to have a go, and with the discount I wasn't losing much if I didn't like it! So far I'm not convinced, it doesn't seem too wonderful, but the colours nice! I've yet to try this on my eye yet though, so that'll be the true test! 

MUA Lipsticks - Shades 2 & 3 
(£1, each)
I'm growing quite a collection of the MUA lipsticks now, you could literally buy the whole collection for the price of a higher end lipstick! And even better is that they actually have an amazing formula - perhaps even my favourite! I decided to pick up a couple of pink shades as at the moment I only have reds and nudes from MUA - we all love a pink lip! 

MUA Nail Quakes - Quiver, Shattered Ice, Broken Arrow, Jailbreak, Shiver
(£2.99 each)
Wow didn't realise these are worth £2.99 each, that's about £15 worth of free polish for spending £6. Not half bad! I haven't tried these yet, but I've tried some of the glitter ones before, which are pretty darn kool! I think I have a lot of fun ahead here trying different colour combos! 

If I do say so myself, that's a pretty good deal! I do actually have a proper haul sat waiting to be edited for a Youtube video - coming soon hopefully! Did you order from this amazing sale, what did you pick up? As always thanks for stopping by and I'll speak to you soon, Hannah 

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