Sunday, 15 February 2015

Valentines Weekend

Happy Valentines Weekend! I know Valentines day was yesterday, but as it has fallen on a Saturday i've decided to embrace the Valentines spirit throughout the weekend. Whether you're single or taken, I think Valentines is the perfect occasion to treat yourself and those around you. 

For Richard and I, this weekend has mainly been about spending time with each other and eating a lot of very good food. After a lovely lunch yesterday, we came home to pizza and a movie (The Notebook, obviously, because you can never have too much Gosling). Today we've just polished off an extra large Sunday dinner and are looking forward to indulging in some Chocolate and more films tonight. Healthy eating resumes tomorrow *sigh*

For Valentines day, Richard treated me to some beautiful flowers (pictured above) and this adorable cat balloon. I've named him Chester. As we are currently only renting, we unfortunately can't have pets, but at least I can have a pet balloon! I've been missing my cat Mischa a lot recently. She lives with my mum so I can visit whenever I like, but hopefully someday soon i'll be able to bring home a kitten of my own.

 Relaxing bubble baths are one of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday evening, and this Unicorn horn from Lush's Valentines collection is the perfect ingredient. Not only does it look amazing, but it  smells pretty yummy too. The lavender essence also makes the whole experience that extra bit relaxing.

Have you been celebrating Valentines day? I hope you've had a lovely weekend regardless :)

Sunday, 8 February 2015

January Favourites

Even though Christmas and New Year feel like a faint and distant memory, January seems to have flown by. The first month of 2015 has been a good one - it might have been cold and snowy, but my new fitness and healthy eating resolutions are going well. That's right, not only are they still actually being adhered to *insert shocked sounds here*, but they're actually going really well and i've found myself enjoying it more than I ever thought I could. Perhaps i'll go into more detail in another post soon. Anyway, sticking to the point of this post, lets delve into my January 2015 favourites...

I ran out of my Nuxe lip balm just before Christmas and luckily managed to find a little gift set with both the balm and this cream for just a few pounds more than the cost of one. From the very first use, I knew this cream was a good'un. It nourishes dry hands without leaving behind that annoying greasy film; and the smell... oh my gosh. I have on several occasions just sat and sniffed the stuff it is that good. 

This is perhaps my favourite glitter polish ever - I have such a soft spot for rose gold. I basically wore this all December as it's just so festive, but I couldn't quite bring myself to give it up in January!  I'm okay with that though, after all, I did stop eating a mince pie a day and wearing my Christmas jumper in January so putting away the glitter would just be too much to give up - Life's a balance and all that!

I've actually been wearing this daily since November but apart from my 2014 favourites, I haven't really had much of a chance to talk about just how down right awesome this stuff is. A layer or two of this does it all - lengthens, curls, adds volume and separates lashes. As it's water-resistant it won't budge either, even if you decide to do a hard core work-out, there won't be a smudge or flake in sight. It is quite tricky to get hold of in the UK but it's definitely worth persisting. I picked mine up from Beauty Mart on a quick trip to London but i'm stalking the website for a backup. There is also a waterproof version that I'd happily give a whirl too as I imagine it's most likely just as dreamy. 

I'm a huge fan of the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, but it is a rather pricey addiction. In a bid to save a few pennies I opted to give the Rimmel version a go after hearing rumours that it was similar. They were right. It might take a few seconds longer, but this stuff gets rid of eye make-up with ease and without any irritation. For under £4, I'm not scared to finish a bottle either!

You may not be surprised that i'm still wittering on about how much I love this palette. Everything about it is just so beautiful. It is marketed as limited edition but often these things have a way of reappearing permanently (i'm certainly hoping so). if you can't get your hands on this though, i'd recommend buying the individual blushes. Im currently loving the muted plum shade Mood Exposure.  Despite looking quite brown in the pan, it translates beautifully on the cheek and brightens up my increasingly pale winter complexion instantly. I'd probably be mistaken as a ghost without it.

I have an ever growing obsession with Rifle Paper - I would own their whole shop if I could. This clear phone case with a white floral pattern on the back has been on my wishlist for a while. I finally found it in stock online from a British company called Papermash (here) and ordered it immediately. Two days later (thank's to Papermash's super speedy delivery) it was on my iPhone and I don't think i'm ever going to take it off! I love how it lets the gold colour of the phone show but also adds a little something extra to make it a bit more personalised. 

Monday, 2 February 2015

The Skincare Line Up

 When it comes to skincare, I don't like to experiment too much. If there is something that works well with my skin, I tend to remain loyal, otherwise I can find myself in a spotty situation (get it?!). Over the past year or so i've found a few products that I know I can reply on to keep my skin in check, and even when I do decide to go wild and experiment with other products, these seem to be the ones that I always come back to.

This is by far the best cleanser i've ever used. The peachy-pink gel removes make-up and dirt with ease and leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Since using this my skin has looked clearer and healthier than it did pre-Oskia. It really is a life changer. Full review here

For days when I have the occasional breakout, I like to treat my skin to a layer of this mask. It might be a little uncomfortable as its sets, but once rinsed off, my skin has never felt smoother. It really helps to banish dirt, tighten pores and hydrate any dry patches. Priced at a mere £8.99, you really can't go wrong if you looking to try something new. The quality is by far higher than the price tag. 

Moisturiser is something that I like to test out more than other skincare. I have dry/combination skin so I'm always searching for that perfect balance that hydrates my skin without leaving it looking greasy. This Origins Moisturiser is the one I keep coming back to. It banishes that 'tight' feeling associated with dry skin and leaves a nice base for foundation. The smell is also pretty dreamy. 

The skin around my eyes always seems dehydrated but since using a blob of this morning and night, i've seen a huge improvement. It refreshes and hydrates the delicate skin without any sign of irritation. Full review here.

A pricey yet worthwhile investment. This serum does wonders for hydrating and refining your skins texture. I use a tiny amount before moisturiser every night and it really helps to stop pesky dry patches. If i've had any blemishes, i've found this also helps to fade the scar quicker than normal. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The 2014 Beauty Favourites

Hello 2015. 

I'm not sure how i've managed to get so far behind in blogging this year already, but at least i've managed to make an appearance whilst it's still January (right?!). I took a bit of an unplanned break from all things internet in December, but to say i've missed it is an understatement!

Many of my favourites from 2014 probably don't come as a surprise. When it comes to something I like, I tend to stick with it. Luckily for me that made choosing the products to feature in my 2014 favourites a rather easy and speedy process.

Please note that all products have been linked in the titles (notice the large amount of Space NK links!) and where possible, I have also linked blog posts where the product has been mentioned. Grab  yourself a drink, get comfy and prepare yourself for a rather long post with a heck of a lot of repetition when it comes to the words 'perfect' and 'amazing'...

So lets start with the most obvious as this stuff has featured on my blog more times that I can count. This has been my favourite foundation now for over a year and nothing has even come close. One blob of this blended into skin delivers a natural veil of long lasting coverage that perfects rather than conceals your skin. Full review here

I've had this since last Christmas and probably used it at least once every week since. The colours are beautiful and the quality of the eyeshadow is amazing. Full review here.

If you're in need of an eye primer that's seriously heavy duty, then this is your guy. My eyeshadow has a tendency to disappear, but a few dabs of this keep it in place pretty much all day. 

Charlotte Tilbury makeup was a new discovery for me in 2014, and boy do I love it. Everything from the packaging to the texture of these shadows is swoon worthy. Full review here.

Just like the eyeshadows, this eyeliner is also something pretty spectacular. It's the creamiest and most pigmented kohl i've ever tried. And in terms of longevity, this seriously has it mastered - I promise you that once dry, this will not budge. Full review here

This one is a relatively new discovery as I picked it up in Beauty Mart during a short trip to London in November. For the majority of 2014 I'd been using and loving L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara. As amazing as the L'Oreal offering is, the Fairydrops mascara is without a doubt the best mascara I have ever used, EVER. Long, dark and voluptuous lashes with absolutely no smudging or flaking in sight. 

I've been using this pretty much everyday since March. The shade dark brunette is the perfect match for my brows and the slightly waxy texture ensures things are kept in place. The spoolie also rocks. 

You can just see this going into the picture at the bottom right and you might be able to tell that it's pretty much all gone. I keep this in my bag for quick touch ups during the day. It eliminates shine but also adds a natural glow that leaves skin looking healthy. Full review here

From the moment these blushes were released at the beginning of the year, I fell in love. Not only are they visibly stunning but the blush itself looks flawlessly natural on the skin. The combination of three of the shades together is almost too dreamy. If you can't get your hands on the palette then I would recommend giving the individual blushes a go instead. Full review here

Another beautifully packaged blush that also delivers on formula, though what I love most about this is how well the peachy hue instantly brightens up my ghostly complexion. Full review here

The perfect, 'my lips but better shade. It's so good I can just about get away with applying this without a mirror. 

It was a tough choice between this and By Terry's Balme de Rose, but after taking into account the price differences, this was a clear winner. Nuxe's lip balm soothes and nourishes dry and chapped lips like no other. This is my second tub and I'm already a good way through. Full Review here

This makes blush application easy peasy. The quality of Bobbi Brown Brushes is also amazing - hopefully i'll be adding a few more to my collection this year. Full review here

I'm not sure how this brush has escaped being mentioned on the blog so far. It's the perfect brush for flawlessly blending foundation into the skin. It also makes the whole ordeal rather speedy too. 

After discovering this cleanser, no other cleanser has even come close. It's safe to say that after using this morning and night for several months, my skin has never looked better. Full review here

When it comes to nail polish, i'm a huge fan of pale and pastel hues. As unexciting as this muted sheer pink is, it's definitely been my most worn shade in 2014. 

After purchasing a small can at the beginning of the year, i've now become addicted to this stuff and am now quickly spritzing my way through the (rather pricey) full sized bottle. Full review here

I bought this in the sale last year and have worn it almost every day since. It's definitely worth a sniff if your into fresh and fig scented fragrances.  Full review here

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Pai Skincare

Pai skincare has been one of those brands that i've been wanting to try for such a long time but never quite got round to. Well, when my eye cream finally ran out, I decided to replace it with the Pai Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream and also threw in their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, because why not?! 

Pai Skincare is particularly good for those with sensitive and allergy prone skin as they use a lot of natural ingredients and avoid irritating chemicals and alcohol. Being part of the sensitive skin club, the brand has always seemed that little bit more appealing to me (anything that claims not to make my skin turn into Belisha Beacon is a winner in my eyes).

The Echium and Argan Gentle Eye Cream pretty much does what it says on the tin. It hydrates and soothes the delicate skin around my eyes with absolutely no irritation whatsoever. As it is quite soothing it's great to use to calm any puffiness in the morning and acts as a great base for makeup. After using it for the past two months, it's safe to say i'm a fan.

So, the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is where things get a little tricky - you could say that so far i'm undecided! Rosehip is a great ingredient for the skin - it firms, nourishes and aids the skins natural repair process. I've been applying a small blob of this under my moisturiser before I go to bed and when I wake up my skin feels and looks smooth and plumped. The only problem is that recently i've been having a bit of a skin nightmare. I'm usually quite lucky and only suffer from the occasional spot, however, over the last month or so i've had clusters of breakouts and flakey skin around my mouth and jawline. I can't be sure of the culprit (or whether it's just stress) but it does appear to flare up when I use this oil. For now, i've put it to the side to see if my skin gets better, and perhaps when things are back to normal i'll give it another whirl. Think of this as a 'to be continued...'

Have you tried anything from Pai?