Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Update... I'm alive!

Remember me?
I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't because it's been over 2 months since I was last here.
You know sometimes you just have those days when 'life' gets in the way of everything?
I've had a couple of months worth of those.

The end of my summer was a little bit all over the place and I was travelling from Cornwall to London and then back and then to Norwich and then to Cornwall and then to London (phew!) and I'm sure I need to plant about a million trees to make up for all of the damage I helped do to the earth but every trip was for a very important or urgent reason so I hope the earth will forgive me.

My second year of university started last month and so I've had to force myself to get back into the routine of 9am lectures and spending all of my free time reading and making notes and going to other lectures. The novelty of the first week back has worn off now and it's all hard work from here on out!

Obviously, all of this 'life' stuff has somewhat gotten in the way of my blog! However, in the time that I've been away I have been so incredibly lucky to have been sent some amazing things to try out and this time has allowed me to test them out and I'm ready and waiting to tell you all about them!
So that will all be coming very soon, I promise.

As for now, I'm in a bit of a housing crisis until the weekend. I'm staying with my best friend here at uni until I can move into another room which will be mine and my boyfriend's for the rest of my second year.
So, once I'm all settled into there which should be around Sunday, I can crack on and get writing.

I want to say a huge thank you to those of you who have stuck around while I've been gone! And thank you also to all of my new followers who have joined me even while I've been away!
I hope you all enjoy what is coming to Just Kirsten in the very near future.

Thank you for reading,
Kirsten x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Aussie Dual Personality Anti Frizz + Conditioning Milk | Review

The scorching weather that we've had here and there over the past few months has really taken its toll on my hair and left it feeling really dry and frizzy and so I've been in desperate need of something to bring it back to life and tame it a little bit!

I've been using my Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Serum which I reviewed here but I can only use that on wet hair and sometimes I need a little something to revive it and crack down on frizz when it's dry!
This Aussie Conditioning Milk is just the ticket!
I'm a huge fan of Aussie products and this is no exception.

This contains Australian Sea Kelp Extract which is what Aussie claim helps to tame stressed hair and control the frizz.
On days when I'm not using the Organix Serum, I'll use this when my hair is wet and it really helps to untangle my long, unruly hair which really hates me washing it and shows this by tying itself in a million knots!
But this really works its magic on those days when I wake up looking a bit like Monica Geller(you all know what I mean). 

I'm a bit wary of putting serums and such into my dry hair because it can often make my hair feel heavier and full of product, but this is so light and as the name would suggest; milky that it's so easy to work into the hair and doesn't leave it feeling sticky or weighed down.
It immediately calms frizz and keeps it controlled for hours and my ends always look a lot healthier and more sleek when I use it.
I really love the scent of this, too.
It doesn't smell sweet like a lot of the other Aussie products I've tried in the past, instead it has a very fresh, clean smell which is brilliant especially for a product that's being used on dry hair maybe a day or two after it's been washed as it almost freshens it up a bit too.

It comes with a really handy pump so there's no fiddling around trying to squeeze products out of the bottle and spilling it or wasting anything (I'm looking at you, Organix serum) which is a definite plus.

This retails for £4.99 in Boots which is where I bought mine, and there are a whole bunch of other 'Dual Personality' products in the range, including hair spray and mousse, so if like me, you suffer from quite terrible frizzy hair I'd definitely recommend checking out this line from Aussie!

Have you tried anything from the Aussie Dual Personality range?
What's your favourite Aussie products?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sweet Cecily's Lipbalm* | Review

I am an absolute lip balm addict.
If I'm not carrying one with me in my bag or in my pocket then I genuinely freak out a little bit and feel the urge to buy one even though I know I've got more than enough waiting for me at home.
So when a little package arrived at my door containing 3 flavoured lip balms from Sweet Cecily's, well you can imagine my excitement!

Sweet Cecily's is a Yorkshire based brand which specialises in natural skincare products.
I really love the ethics of the brand. All of their products are handmade and free from any 'parabens, petrochemicals, harmful preservatives and SLS' and they use materials and packaging which is widely recyclable.
I love this, because I'll admit that I could do a lot more to help the environment and save the planet etc so it's good to know that the products I use go some way towards doing so, even if I'm a bad human and don't myself. 

They do all sorts of beautiful looking products but as I said, I was sent three of their flavoured lip balms.
I was sent Espresso Martini which is a new flavour being released soon and two of their best sellers; Pina Colada and Mojito.
As I'm at home for a few weeks for the summer I thought I'd give one to my Mum to try out and tell me her thoughts so that you have a better insight into just how good they are, even though it was really hard to let one go because they all look and smell amazing.
 She chose the Pina Colada one! 

Firstly, I love the cute little tin and the patterned stickers. I think they look really dainty and are the perfect size to throw in your make up bag or your handbag.
All three of the balms are set quite hard in the tin, but they are really easy to soften up with your finger.
What I really like is that they aren't so soft that you have to be careful that when you touch them your finger doesn't sink in and you end up with product all over your finger and under your nails (I'm looking at you, Vaseline).
But obviously, and probably more importantly, they smell incredible! 

Espresso Martini Lip Balm

I've never tried a coffee scented lip balm before so I was surprised to see this in the package.
 I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do, I'll admit.
Rather than being a sickly sweet coffee scent, this almost has a subtle bitterness to it which means it isn't too much for the lips.
It also has chocolately notes to it and let's be honest, who doesn't want that?!
On the lips this is really, really soft and buttery. I also like that once it's on the lips you can't really tell that it's there, until you rub them together and feel how soft it is again. I
t tastes amazing too.
I actually think this is my favourite of the three. 

Mojito Lip Balm

I am a huge lover of mint so I was excited to try this one.
It's really, really fresh with the hint of lime and the heavy mint going on which is lovely, especially while the weather is as hot as it is because this is really refreshing.
Again, it's not too sweet!
This one is a little softer than the Espresso one in my opinion but it's still the perfect consistency - nothing under your nails after using it! 

Pina Colada Lip Balm - My Mum's thoughts!

"I don't usually use lip balm because I hate the greasy feeling that it leaves on my lips so I just don't use it but this doesn't have that feeling at all!
As soon as you open the lid you can smell it which is amazing because it smells lovely."
I then asked her if she'd buy it again and her reply was simply "Oh God yeah, definitely!"

You can buy these on the Sweet Cecily's website - http://www.sweetcecilys.com and they retail at £2.95 each for a 10ml tin.
I think that's great considering the fact that they're hand made and completely free of any nasties!
There are a few other flavours too, like Strawberries and Cream, Banoffie and Earl Grey!
 Don't those sound incredible?!
I really recommend you go and check out the website because the products all look amazing and they're really affordable.

You can find Sweet Cecily's on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @sweetcecilys or using the hashtag #sweetcecilys.

I hope you enjoyed reading my Mum's thoughts in this post, as well as mine! Something a little different!

Go and check out the website and all that jazz!
 If you do, let me know which products you think look most exciting!

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Liebster Award!

So, the lovely Amy from Little Love Heart and Elizzibeth from Elizzibeth27 have both nominated me for the Liebster Award!

Like a lot of other bloggers, I wasn't too sure what this even was up until very recently when I saw blogs that I follow posting about it but I've really enjoyed reading their answers and I'm looking forward to doing it myself!

The rules are:
Thank the blogger who nominated you
Answer the questions set for you
Come up with your own set of questions for your nominees to answer
Nominate 11 other bloggers with under 200 followers each and let them know about the award

So, thank you for thinking of me girlies!
Let's go!
Sidenote: I was nominated twice so I have two sets of questions to answer! Eeeeeep.

Firstly, the questions set by Amy!

1. Top 3 drugstore make up brands?I love Rimmel, L'oreal and Soap and Glory.

2. Snow or sunshine?I'm going to have to cheat and say both?! I love the sun but after a while I'm so ready for snow and cold weather.

3. Do you prefer to go casual or dressed up when shopping?There is an ongoing joke between my boyfriend and I that I either look a bit scruffy or really formal; I have no inbetween so whenever I go out I always end up looking quite dressy and formal anyway without even meaning to!

4. If you won the lottery and you won millions, what would be the first thing you buy?Hmmm. I don't know. I have a little fear of spending money if I have any significant amount of it. BUT! Since I really wouldn't have to worry about it I'd buy a ticket to somewhere hot for a few weeks. And then obviously I'd spend some in duty free too! DUH!

5. If you had to choose ONE make up item to wear and only that one item everyday what would it be?I think either concealer or mascara because I have really dark circles under my eyes which need to be covered because noone wants to see that, but also I need mascara because without it I look like I have no eyelashes... I'll go mascara because it makes me feel a lot better about my whole look!

6. Favourite place to eat out?I love Nandos. Always Nandos.

7. Lipstick or lipgloss?Lipstick. Lipgloss and my long hair just don't get on when there's any kind of breeze.

8. Who is your favourite blogger?Just one?! I love Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter because her posts always inspire me to be a better person and make me really look at life in a different way.

9. What inspired you to start a blog?None of my friends were ever really into make up and beauty like I have become, but when I went to university and lived with a girl who loved to talk about it and I finally had someone to talk to about it, I realised that I wanted to talk about it more and talk to loads more people about something that I was really getting passionate about. I made a blog back in 2012 but I deleted it and started again with Just Kirsten!

10. Go to outfit?Black skirt, statement/bright top and a jacket.
Or a skater dress!

11. One thing you NEVER leave the house without?My phone.

Now onto Elizzibeth27's questions!

1. Where would you like to travel to and why?Obviously I'd like to go on holiday to somewhere exotic and sun myself etc. But lately I've been doing a lot of research into volunteering in Ghana with children so definitely Ghana. It's something I've always wanted to do.

2. What is your favourite beauty product?
Generally, it would be nail polish because I feel like that can really add to an outfit. But my favourite individual product of all time is Benefit They're Real mascara because... well I don't need to say why. You know.

3. What is the best achievement you've had since being a blogger?I think the best achievement for me is knowing that there are people who actually care about what I write in my little space on the internet. That's crazy to me.

4. Who is your favourite Youtuber?Grace from The Ugly Face of Beauty or The Saccone Joly family!
I can sit and watch them for hours and hours.

5. What is your inspiration for starting your blog?Like I said before, when I realised that talking to people about make up and beauty was something I really enjoyed doing, I decided that starting a blog would be a really good opportunity to do so. And so Just Kirsten was born.

6. What is your favorite blogger event that you've been to? If you haven't then which one would you like to go to?
I haven't attended any blogger events yet, but I'm going to the Bloggers Love Fashion Week which I'm SUPER excited for.
Are any of you going?

7. When did you decide to start your blog?
I originally started in around September 2012 but I started afresh in about February 2014 and I'm so glad I did.

8. What's the most difficult thing you've had to overcome whilst being a blogger?
I'd say initially, I felt like I constantly had to be buying new things to talk about which obviously wasn't going to work with a student's budget so definitely making myself understand that I can just work with what I've got and it will be fine for now.
Also timing and making time for blogging as well as being a student.
It's all worth it though.

9. If you had 24 hours to do all of your favourite things, what would be first?My favourite thing to do by far is spend time with all my family so I'd definitely just get them all together and spend some time with them first.

10. What is your favourite song of all time?Robbie Williams - Angels.

11. Who has been the most supportive whilst starting your blog?Definitely my boyfriend and my Mum.
My boyfriend is constantly giving me new ideas and asking how things are going which is lovely and my Mum told everyone she knows about my blog as soon as I told her about it because she thought it was a brilliant idea.
Love them!

Now it's my turn!
Here are my questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favourite thing about blogging so far?

2. If you could only wear make up from one brand for the rest of time, which would it be?

3. Bold eyes or a bold lip?

4. What is your favourite era for make up and fashion trends? (1990's, 1970's, 1920's etc?)

5. If you had to give up buying make up or clothes and accessories, which would it be?

6. What's your best beauty tip?

7. How long did you wait before telling your friends and family about your blog?

8. Where do you hope your blog will take you in the future?

9. What do you love most about yourself?

10. What do you do if you lack inspiration?

11. If you could get beauty advice from anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

I nominate:

(Sorry if any of you ladies have been nominated already!) 

Thank you again to Amy and Elizzibeth for nominating me!

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 21 July 2014

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes HD 5 Pan Eyeshadow | Review

Rimmel is one of my favourite brands of all time; they're always one that I can rely on when I need something that does what it says it's going to do and they're affordable.
BUT I've never tried any of their eye-shadows before which is crazy considering how much I love them as a brand! 

I saw one of these Glam'Eyes HD 5 Pan Eyeshadow palettes in Asda while I was wandering through the toiletries aisle and decided to give it a go! I liked it enough to pick up another one a few days later! 

HD 5 Pan Eyeshadow palette in 'Foggy Grey'

The first one I picked up was in the shade Foggy Grey which is a very neutral based palette. It contains a a shimmery white shade, a shimmery peachy champagne shade, a matte warm toned brown shade, a matte taupe brown shade and a matte black shade.
The shades themselves when swatched remind me of those in the naked basics palette (minus Foxy) only with different finishes and less pigmentation. I don't own the basics palette but I've swatched it and this immediately reminded me of it... you get the idea.

The pigmentation of these shadows isn't spectacular but you can definitely work them up to a stronger finish, but for everyday I think it's just enough although I would like some more pigmentation.
I've been using the taupe brown shade (the one in the middle of the palette) to fill in my eyebrows with on days when I haven't wanted to dig around in my make up bag for other things.
The peachy shade is a great highlighter for the brow-bone, inner corner and on the cheekbones if you're feeling lazy!
I was possibly most impressed with the black though, as it's really pigmented and a true black!
This is a whole neutral eye look in one little palette which is really handy.

HD 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 'Golden Eye'

The second one I picked up is this one, in the shade Golden Eye which is a metallic palette. There is a silver shade, a steel grey shade, a gunmetal shade, a gold shade and a matte black.
This palette on the whole is a lot more pigmented than the first, and the colour is a lot more intense.
Unlike with the first one, I probably wouldn't use all 5 of these shades together on one look but I think it's great that they're all in one 'metallic' palette. 

I really love the gunmetal shade and I think it would look beautiful in a smokey eye to bring a little more to the look!
The light silver would look amazing in the inner corner to give an almost wet look and really open up the eyes!
Again, the black is super pigmented and I just like that there is a black in both because it's always handy to have a black shadow.

I did a little research into these eye-shadows for this post and I noticed that on the Boots website it states that they can be used wet or dry. I really love eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry because I feel like you can get so much more out of them in terms of texture and so I thought that this was a great touch!
Unfortunately, when I tried using them wet I didn't really see any amazing difference in pigmentation or texture at all which was a little disappointing. The colours are a little bolder but nothing too extreme and you can see in the swatches below, the black seemed to have lost the strong pigmentation that I was so impressed with to begin with so I think I'll just stick to using these dry! 


I quite like the packaging. It's compact and actually quite sturdy considering it's made out of plastic, although the pan containing the shadows themselves has popped out of one of them but that's easy enough to pop back in.
What I also really love about them is that they have a diagram on the back which numbers the shadows and shows you where to use them on the lid to create a full look with the palette, which is really helpful especially if you're not confident with which shadows to place in where etc.

You can find these in Boots and Superdrug and in most supermarkets in the little cosmetics section - I got mine in Asda and they retail at around £6 or £7 which I don't think is too bad considering you're getting a complete eye look with 5 shadows in one palette and you can use them in two different ways!
There are a few other colours in the range which look really lovely and I think I might just have to pick those up sneakily too!
I can't believe I waited so long to try these.

Have you tried Rimmel eyeshadows?
What's your favourite Rimmel product?
Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Brand Focus | Avon

Avon has been a popular brand within my family for as long as I can remember.
I think most of the women in my family have been Avon reps at one point or another and Avon make-up was the first make-up I ever wore back when I was around 13 and really had no idea what I was even doing so it's always been familiar to me.

But I feel like Avon has somewhat of a stigma attached to it.
There's always that assumption of the little old Avon lady (I think about the one from Edward Scissor Hands when I think hard enough about it) and some people definitely see it as a brand for older women or just something that's not as 'good' as the rest.

I use and have tried a lot of Avon products and so I thought I'd share some of my favourites because I think they're just as good as the rest!

True Colour Eyeshadow Duo in 'Healthy Glow' - £6.00

I love Avon's eyeshadow palettes. They do quads as well as duos but the only one I have in my collection right now is this duo in the shade 'healthy glow' which contains a shimmery off-white shade and a shimmery taupe brown shade.
The shadows themselves are really pigmented and buttery soft which makes them super easy to blend.
I love the duos because it's a really simple eye look in one handy palette.
The packaging is really sturdy, compact and sleek, with a really nice sized mirror in the lid which is always useful.
For £6 I think they are really great products. 


Avon SuperShock Mascara - £8.50
This is one of my all time favourite mascaras. I used to wear this religiously when I was in secondary school and I still love it.
The wand is a huge plastic spikey thing which looks a bit scary but it's actually surprisingly easy to use and it really catches every lash.

This gives the lashes loads of length and volume which is something I sometimes struggle to find in one mascara. It separates the lashes and really defines them and makes them super duper black.
The packaging is a little bulky and big but other than that, this is brilliant.

Ultra Colour Lipstick in 'Red 2000' - £7.50

Avon's lipsticks are my second favourite products (coming second only to their base products which are amazing) because they have such a huge range of them in a huge variety of finishes and colours and they are all fairly affordable.

Red 2000 is a bright, classic, Hollywood red with a really moisturising, glossy finish.
I love a red lip so I fell in love with this immediately, not only for the colour but for the staying power too.
With such a glossy finish, I didn't expect much from the longevity but I can wear this out of an evening and only have to reapply it once which is brilliant.
I think the packaging looks quite sheek; I like that the top is clear so you can see the lipstick itself and I also really like the shade names(go and check out the website and have a look). 

Irresistibly Sexy Sultry Lip Pencil in 'Red Vixen' - £7.00

Sticking with lips, we have the newest edition to my collection. The Sultry Lip Pencils are almost like a liner/lipstick hybrid in that they have the staying power and a similar formulation, although they aren't drying at all.
The pigmentation of this is incredibly strong and you only need to apply the tiniest amount to get a really opaque finish.
Red Vixen is a very brown toned red, bordering on terracotta almost.
This stays on for hours and is really moisturising and doesn't cling to dry patches which is surprising given that it has a matte finish!
The only thing I don't like is that it isn't a twist up product which makes it a bit of a faff. 

Glimmerstick Eyeliner in 'Blackest Black' - £6.00

Remember I said I loved Avon's lip and base products? I LOVE their eyeliner's too. In fact, this is my all time favourite eyeliner which is really something considering the fact that I've been rocking bold liner since my early teens so I've tried a lot of eyeliner. 

I'm a fan of gel and liquid liners but this twist up pencil liner is great, not only for the waterline but for the upper lash-line too!
It's really easy to smudge if that's what you're going for, but it's just as good for creating bold, thick liner looks.
What I love best about this though, is that once it's on it will not move until you want it to. It stays put all day and still looks as black when you take it off as when you put it on.

The shade range is lovely; there are plums and greens and browns so there's something for every look and they're affordable.
I really love these and I'll use them forever and ever.
I always have a backup just in case I run out because I can't just run out and buy a new one!

Nail Experts Grow Potion

I have to apologise for this one because I didn't realise that they no longer stock this product when I planned this post, but they do sell similar things if you're at all interested in buying it! Sorry!

I have a lot of Avon polish (there is a special place in my heart for Avon's nail products)  but I'll save that for my nail polish collection posts which you should check out if you haven't already! I couldn't not share this with you though.

I used to be one of those kids who would bite their nails ALL THE TIME! I don't anymore, because the thought of it makes me feel sick (all those germs, ewwww) but all the years of biting definitely took it's toll on the condition of my nails.
They are brittle and they always snap if I can even get them to grow at all.
The only thing that I've found that actually helps them to grow quickly and improve the condition of them is Avon's Grow Potion. 

It's a pink gel which you apply using the doe-foot applicator onto the surface of the nail and then rub into the nail with your fingers.
I don't know what's in this that makes it work but my nails have never grown so quickly! I don't use this so often nowadays but it's always a nice thing to turn back to when my nails need a bit of TLC! 


Healthy Glow Eyeshadow Duo

From left to right:
Red 2000 Ultra Colour Lipstick; Red Vixen Sultry Lip Pencil; Blackest Black Glimmerstick Eyeliner.

As a brand, I can't recommend Avon enough. They have a huge range of products which cover all bases I think; there's something for everyone. They have select ranges for more mature women and teens so they really do cater for all needs.
They are affordable and the quality of the products is brilliant and I'd even say it tops many products which are similarly priced in the drugstore or high street.
It's also a lot more accessible now; you can skip the visits from the Avon Lady and order online instead which is great!
I'll always go back to Avon if I need something I can really rely on. 

What are your views on Avon as a brand?
Do you like their products?
Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sinful Colors | Nail Polish Collection

Sinful Colors were quite talked about in the 'blogging world' a while ago but I was clearly very late to the party when it came to trying them!

I stood and looked at the stand in Boots on many occasions over the Christmas period but until a few months ago I hadn't ever actually bought any. 

I've now added 3 to my collection however, so I thought I'd share them with you!

'Rise and Shine' shade 940 is a dark green/teal colour in the bottle, however on my nails it pulls a lot more green.
I don't know what it is about green nail polish but I absolutely love it! I have one from Avon which I wore to death a few years ago and so I'm so glad I found this to add to the group.
On the bottle it says that this is a matte shade... now I'm not sure if that's a mis-print or if it's the wrong label but this is absolutely not a matte.
In the bottle you can see a definite blue/silver shimmer; it's subtle but it's definitely there.
I'm not too fussed that it's not a matte though, because I always wear a topcoat which leaves it shiny anyway!
Despite that little error, this is a beautiful colour which is bright enough for Summer but dark enough for Winter so it's an all rounder for me!

'24/7' shade 920 is my favourite nail polish right now! I've been wearing it non-stop for ages.
I don't think any photo will ever do it justice, but it is an acid bright, neon pink and it is stunning.
This has a really, really matte finish which I find can make applying it really hard - I always find matte shades dry too quickly so I have no time to work with it... is that just me?
It can be a little bit streaky but after a couple of coats and a top coat that's not noticeable and even if it is, it's such a bright colour that you can't really tell anyway!

I flippin' love this.

'Let's Talk' shade 926 is a deep but bright purple with a metallic finish.
I really love how this looks in the bottle, it reminds me of the galaxy or something.. it just looks a bit spacey to me.
It's really pretty on the nails too. It's not so metallic that it looks too shiny and tacky but it does have a lovely sheen to it which I really like.
I think this is going to be really nice in Autumn/Winter time as that's when I bring out the shimmery/metallic polish!

For £1.99 I can't recommend these polishes enough! The staying power is really good, with a base and top coat I can get about 5 days without any chipping.
The only down side to them is that they stain like no other nail polish I've ever used before! Seriously, they stain my nails terribly if I don't use a base coat with them, which sometimes I forget to do when I paint my nails... something I can't do anymore! Oops!

I really recommend checking these out if you haven't already. They're £1.99 so they won't break the bank and when I got them they were on a 3for2 deal so I got 3 for less than £4. Bargain!

Have you tried the Sinful Colors polishes?
Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Thierry Mugler | #AngelCandy*

I was recently contacted by a lovely lady called Barbara from Thierry Mugler who asked if I would like to take part in a challenge as part of Thierry Mugler's #AngelCandy campaign.

I obviously said yes and so they sent me a little package containing two beautiful, delicious meringues (thank you for those!) and a tiny bottle of the Angel fragrance and set me the challenge of creating a mood-board which depicts what Angel makes me feel; what sensations or emotions it evokes or what it reminds me of etc.

I thought that this was a really lovely idea!
Perfume is a really personal thing and I'm so excited to see all of the memories and feelings that people get all from the same scent.

I've completed my mood-board which I've posted on Instagram so if you want to go and check that out then I'll leave my Instagram at the end of the post. It was actually a lot more challenging than I thought it would be, so I thought I'd just write a little bit about the fragrance itself while I have all of these thoughts floating around my head.

Firstly, the bottle is adorable! Shaped like a star I think it's really unique and would look beautiful standing on a dressing table. I'm a real sucker for a beautiful perfume bottle.

The Angel fragrance itself really matches the bottle - it's so unique. I can honestly say that I've never smelled anything quite like this. It's not something that I'd usually go for because I'm one for really fruity, girly scents which I wouldn't say this was.
But! It's beautiful. It's dark and sultry but at the same time it's light and sweet and fresh. I'm not even sure how that works but Angel pulls it off perfectly.

The big question! What DOES it make me think? What does it make me feel?
Well, you'll obviously have to go and check out my mood-board to find out exactly, but what I didn't show there is just how much this evokes in my mind. It's not like anything I've smelled before but it has familiar tones and for me, this brings back so many memories and thoughts which is amazing.
I never thought that a perfume could really make me 'feel' anything, I'll admit... but this actually does. It's really quite something.

If you want to know more about Thierry Mugler or #angecandy or anything else, then be sure to go and check out their social media pages -
Twitter: @Thierry_Mugler or https://twitter.com/Thierry_Mugler  

And of course, if you'd like to see my mood-board then pop over to my Instagram. My username is justkirstenn .
I haven't used my Instagram in years, but this has given me the kick up the bum I needed to get back into it!

If you do pop over, then let me know what you think!

I also really recommend that you go and have a sniff of Thierry Mugler Angel if you haven't already, because it's really, really lovely.

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 30 June 2014

Recent Favourites | #1

I feel like this is a big day for my blog... it's my first favourites post! Yay!
I've been thinking of doing some kind of favourites post for a while now, but I just don't 1) buy enough new products every month or 2) discover enough new products every month to justify doing a monthly favourites post every single month.
SO! I'e decided that when I do gather enough things that I can tell you about I'll save them all up and do 'recent favourites' every now and again and I hope that's not too confusing. If it is, just let me know! 

Okay, admin over with. Let's get on with it, shall we?
I've not been wearing a load of make-up recently because hay-fever leads to watery eyes and a sniffly nose and everything I do put on my face tends to just run anyway, so I've been sticking to the basics!

Soap and Glory 'Show Good Face 2 in 1 Skin Energizing Foundation & Primer'

If you saw my recent Soap and Glory haul (here) then you'll have seen that I picked this up and was really enjoying using it.
I was looking for a foundation with a lighter coverage for the summer because everything I was using was making my skin feel a little heavy and just looked a bit too much.
This claims to give a 'bright, dewy, flawless finish' which I have to agree with.
This doesn't offer much coverage at all, so if that's what you're looking for then this isn't for you, but it does just even out the skin tone and make your skin look fresh and dewy and I could happily leave the house wearing just this.
I have the shade 'Fairest of them all' which is the palest shade and it matches my skin perfectly. 

Rimmel 'Stay Matte Powder'

Everybody's favourite, so it's no doubt that it's in mine too!
There's not much I can say about this that you won't already know, other than it's amazing.
It's about £4 and it does what it says it's going to do!
I have dry skin but my nose tends to get a little bit shiny during the day and with hay-fever meaning I'm touching my face a lot throughout the day, I find it's better to be safe and set everything to ensure that it stays where it is for as long as possible!
This is in the shade 'transparent' and I just dust it over my face with a brush which you'll see later in the post!
I love this stuff. 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves

Again, I've written a full review of this here so I won't go on too much about it.
The wand for this is crazy and at first it scared me a little bit but I've found my way of using it and it's actually one of my favourite mascaras of all time!
I've been just wearing mascara recently and usually, I'd avoid this because my eyelashes aren't very long or thick and they just look bare, but this makes them beautifully long and thick and holds a curl really, really well so I'm confident just wearing this alone.
It doesn't flake off during the day which is something I battle with a lot. It's super black and it's not expensive either - I picked this up on offer for about £4.99.

Maybelline Baby Lips - Intense Care and Pink Punch

I am a lip balm addict, as many of you will understand I'm sure.
My lip balms of choice lately have been these two and nothing else, which for me is a big thing because I usually switch it up a lot!
I use Intense Care (in the yellow tube) when I'm putting my make up on in the morning, before I go to bed or if I need a little bit of moisture during the day.
I use Pink Punch instead of a lip-stick on most days, because it has a beautiful baby pink tint to it and it smells amazing too. It's not so pigmented that it looks too much but it's just enough that you can notice there's something there. Am I making any sense? No. Probably not
Either way, these are really hydrating and I'm really enjoying using them.

Clinique 'All About Eyes'

My friend gave me what was left of her sample of the All About Eyes cream and I have sadly fallen in love with it.
My eyes have been really, unattractively puffy and red because of, you guessed it, hay-fever and I've been naughty and have been rubbing them a little bit too much which has left them sore and red and dry.
I've been applying this in the morning and at night after cleansing and such, and it has been amazing.
It's cooling and soothes the soreness and the redness and feels amazing. But more importantly, it's made the skin around my eyes SO SOFT. You only need the tiniest amount of this for both eyes which means it has lasted me for quite a while!

Unfortunately though, I've now run out of this and I can't afford to buy a full size so my life is a little worse off for it, as are my eyes.

The Body Shop 'Face/Body Brush'

I received a set of brushes from The Body Shop for Christmas and this was one of them.
I have fallen head over heels in love with it. I really have.
It's so, so soft and fluffy (I actually sat and just rubbed it along my cheek for about half an hour when I got it...) and it's huge.
I've been using this to apply and blend out bronzer on my cheeks and I also use it to apply my powder which you've just seen.
If you'd like to see the other brushes that came in the set then let me know. They came in a tube like the Sigma brushes and they're really lovely.

Real Techniques 'Stippling Brush'

 I much prefer to use cream products when the weather warms up which means the powder blushes go away and out come the cream ones. I use this to stipple cream blush onto my cheeks and blend it out a little bit and I really love it.
It gives a really natural finish, the duo-fibre bristles pick up just the right amount of product and it's the perfect size for my cheeks.
It's really, really soft and I've washed this loads of times and it hasn't shed at all and it still feels brand new!

I don't know why I waited so long to get on the Real Techniques bandwagon but I'm on it and I'm not getting off! 

Have you tried any of my favourites?
What are your recent favourites?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Body Shop | Passionfruit

Passion fruit is one of my favourite flavours and scents so I've tried numerous passion fruit scented products... but none of them ever seem to live up to the real thing. They're either too sweet and sugary or just don't carry that intensity through.
But The Body Shop, being the clever bunch that they are manage to pull it off amazingly.
The scent is sweet, fruity and fresh but it also has a zingy, sour edge to it which makes it smell exactly like I'd imagine it to.

I picked up this gift set containing a shower gel and a body butter for £8. Both items together come to £17 so that's a huge saving and there are always offers like this in store so definitely have a look around.

Obviously both products have the same scent but I definitely think the shower gel has a stronger scent. What I love about it is that the fruity, zingy smell lingers on your skin for so long after you've washed it off and finished in the shower, so if you don't have the body butter or you just don't use it, you'll still smell amazing.
It's also blue! I don't know if it's just me but I always seem to love shower gel a little more if it's a pretty colour and looks pretty in my shower.

I do use the body butter however.
All of The Body Shop body butters are extremely moisturising and are my favourite body butters by far and this one really lives up to the standards of the others.
It doesn't take ages to sink into the skin - there's nothing worse than having to kind of awkwardly wait for your body lotions to sink in, naked and trying not to touch anything. Ugh!
And I'll tell you a little secret - this might even have taken pride of place as my favourite one, having taken over the raspberry scent! Ssssshhh!
The scent lasts for ages on the skin once it's dried and settled into the skin. I don't bother with perfume or anything if I've used this because this alone is more than enough!

I really love these. They smell amazing... fruity and tropical and they are the perfect fresh scent for summer.
They do brilliant things for your skin and with a set like this you've got your shower and post-shower skincare sorted for less than £10!

I'd definitely recommend going and giving these a smell if you can get to a store and if they still have these sets then I'd obviously more than recommend you give them a go!

What's your favourite scent from The Body Shop?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 23 June 2014

Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti Breakage Serum

After years of colouring and heat styling and not nearly enough visits to the hairdressers, my hair could use a little TLC.

I finished my bottle of Organix Dry Reviving Oil which I really loved and was going to repurchase, but I saw this and remembered my friend waxing lyrical about it for weeks before so I thought I'd give it a go!

This contains keratin proteins, coconut oil, avocado oil and cocoa butter... doesn't that immediately sound like it's going to do wonders for your hair?!

The consistency is less of a serum and more of an oil to me, but I do prefer that because I feel like it's easier to work into the hair and a little goes a long way.
As you might expect, it has an incredible sweet coconut/chocolate/vanilla scent which stays on the hair for a while after you've used it.

After I've washed my hair, I'll squeeze some of this onto the palm of my hands and rub them together to spread it out and then just run it through the lengths and the ends of my hair avoiding my roots - who wants oily roots?! Not me.
As I said before, I do have really long hair so there's quite a lot of it and I really don't need to use a lot of this to cover all of it!
Then I just either dry my hair with a hairdryer or leave it to dry on it's own if I've got time. If I use a hairdryer, I'll use a heat protection spray of course, as this has no heat protection properties.

Now, I'm going to try and put this as simply as I can.
This stuff, is flippin' brilliant.
I wish I could find everyone that reads this and let them feel my hair after using it because I think that might just be the only way to fully express how amazing the results of this are.

After using this, my hair feels softer than I can ever remember it being. It's smooth and sleek and soft and just so damn beautiful.
It seems to eliminate any traces of frizz which is one of the main reasons why I heat style my hair in the first place.
With this, I can just leave it as normal without a worry!

I just love it.
The single negative thing I can find about this is the packaging.
I would definitely prefer if it had a pump or something because squeezing it out of the hole at the top can be a bit messy when you're tipping the bottle up and then back down again.
It could potentially lead to some wastage which is always a bad thing, especially when the product itself is THIS good!

Other than that though, I would absolutely recommend this to all of you!
This is £6.99 but you can find it in Superdrug where it is usually on offer for about £4 something which is a complete steal!

Have you tried this?
What's your favourite hair treatment?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Soap and Glory Haul!

Soap and Glory is quickly becoming a popular name within my make up collection.
I was really impressed with their Kick Ass Concealer which I've done a full review on here and so when I saw that Boots had a 3 for 2 offer across various products in store, I ran for the Soap and Glory counter and my boyfriend (who is honestly the kindest guy ever - he buys so much of my make up... oops!) treated me to a few things!

Show Good Face 2 in 1 Energizing Foundation and Primer - £11

I've been looking for a new foundation for a while now. I just find that everything I've been using has looked too heavy on my skin and I think I just needed something a little lighter and a bit more fresh to make my skin look a little bit more alive.

I picked this up in the shade 'Fairest of them all' which I think is really sweet and is a perfect match for my skin which I was a little surprised about if I'm honest, as there weren't many shades which is usually a bad sign! But, I hold my hands up, I was wrong.

This is a 2 in 1 primer and foundation which is supposed to have 'long wearing lightscramble luminospheres'. I'll be honest, I have absolutely no idea what that means, but it sounds fancy doesn't it?!
It's supposed to give a 'bright, dewy, flawless finish' which is perfect.
The packaging is a black squeezy bottle which I'm getting on with so far.
I've been using this for about a week now and I love it!
If you're looking for a lot of coverage though, this isn't for you.

Solar Powder Multi-Shade Bronzer - £11

I'd heard a lot of really good things about the Solar Powder bronzer and I was actually on the hunt for a new bronzer in Boots when I was there - I nearly bought one from L'oreal which looks amazing... I'll probably still get that one because I'm out of control!

There are two shades in the pan - one is a dark matte brown shade and the other is a very pale shimmery brown shade.
While the colours aren't the best for my skin tone in terms of countouring or highlighting on their own, they are perfect for just warming up my pale skin and making me look a little bit sun-kissed and giving me a healthy glow.
I really like this and the colours are both wearable, even on my pale skin but there is only one shade and I might have preferred a lighter duo.
The packaging is cardboard which isn't the most sturdy of choices but it doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart in my make up bag at all... and it has a big mirror in so I can't complain really, can I?

Supercat Eyeliner Pen - £6

It's no surprise that I picked up this little gem!
Everybody loves the Supercat liner and I'm no exception.
I'm not too bad with a liquid eyeliner but having a felt tip is just honestly so much easier and I can create beautiful winged eyes in literally seconds, whack on some red lipstick and I'm good to go in no time! No fussing around or worrying that I'll make a mistake.

This really lives up to its 'carbon black' name as it's a really rich, glossy black which stays on all day and doesn't crack or smudge or just disappear like some other liners do on me.
I love trying out new liners and searching for 'the one' but I always turn back to this one at some point because it does what it says it will and it's just a brilliant product!
It's definitely a good one to try if you aren't confident using liquid or gel liner!

What's your favourite Soap and Glory make up product?

If you'd like to see a full review of any of these then let me know!

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sleek MakeUP Del Mar Vol 1 palette

I'm beginning to see a theme in my eyeshadow choices of late...

It seems that I've leaped out of the neutral zone and landed in the brights and I don't seem to have any plans to leave yet.
I just can't stop buying colours!
And when it comes to beauty on a budget (like mine tends to be) I think Sleek is one of the best places to go.

Today I'm bringing you the limited edition Sleek Del Mar palette in the hope that you'll fall in love with it just like I have.

According to Sleek themselves, this palette is "inspired by the tranquil, calm feel of Ibiza's chilled out atmosphere, with soft coral oranges of the sunset, deep aqua blues of the sea and sublime greens of the picturesque view" and while I usually read these descriptions and have a little giggle to myself about how ridiculous they seem, this one actually lodges itself somewhere in my mind and I can actually see where the inspiration lies. Do these colours not scream tropical island to you?

As with all of the Sleek i-Divine palettes, this contains 12 shades which are all beautifully soft and easy to blend and the shade range is lovely and varied which I really love about Sleek palettes. 

Lounge Lovers, Poolside, Sunset Strip
Opening Party, On The Rocks, Talamanca

Lounge Lovers is a beautiful, cool toned gold shade and is the only intense metallic in the palette. This makes a perfect base to go all over the lid with any of the other colours worked through the crease or it could be worn alone.

Poolside is a deep, sky blue which appears a lot darker than it does in the pan. This is a matte shade and has a little bit of fallout when used, but that's fine by me because the colour is so beautiful.

Sunset Strip is a peachy orange shade and is also a matte. When I first saw this I thought I'd never be able to get away with wearing it, but it works really beautifully with my pale skin. I've been blending this above the crease as a transition shade from one of the shades coming up and I love it.

Opening Party is possibly my favourite shade in the whole palette because it's quite an unusual one to find in a drugstore palette.
It has a duo-chrome finish which shines blue in some lights and purple in others which looks absolutely beautiful on the centre of the lid. 

On The Rocks is a bright coral shade with a pink undertone which has an almost satin finish... it has a very subtle shimmer to it which is barely noticeable. This is a really pigmented shade, with one swipe picking up loads of colour.
I've been wearing this through the crease, with Lounge Lovers all over the lid and Sunset Strip as a transition colour almost every day since buying this palette. The three work perfectly together.

Talamanca is a matte, very light brown, camel shade.
I haven't used this with the other colours in the palette yet, but I have used this in the crease when I'm wearing a dramatic winged liner just to give it a bit of depth as it's light enough to be 'barely there' but still look really pretty. A very understated beauty I think. It doesn't stand out amongst the other brighter colours but it is lovely.

Ambience, Chilled Out, Blue Marlin
Feel Euphoric, Balearic Beat, Paradise


Ambience is a matte, muted purple which again, is darker than it looks in the pan. I don't know what it is about this shade but I really love it and I think it would look beautiful smoked out along the lashline and through the crease for an alternative smokey eye! I think this would look lovely if you blue or green eyes, like mine!

Chilled out is the most disappointing shade for me. It's a matte white shade but the pigmentation isn't amazing (although I am very pale so that probably doesn't help) and it's the only shade in the palette which is really quite chalky. Nevertheless, it makes for a good highlight on the brow bone or inner corner so it's not all bad! 

Blue Marlin is stunning deep, matte teal shade. I love the name of this one and I absolutely adore the colour. Once you've put this on your lid, it won't budge. It is so long-lasting, probably because of the intense pigmentation which is amazing. I've really fallen in love with this one. Just look at it! Ugh.

Feel Euphoric is a light pink, almost a bright baby pink I'd say. This is another satin finish one with a subtle shimmer. I haven't used this on my eyes yet as I'm just a little bit nervous about pinks still, but it is a beautiful shade.

Balearic Beat is a very pale lime green which has a matte finish, again. The pigmentation isn't great with this shadow; I put that down to it being so light. I think it would look great with loads of the other colours from the palette, though.

Paradise is a bright, matte, lilac purple shade. Purples are something that this palette has done really well I think. The pigmentation is great with this one and it blends beautifully!

At £7.99 for 12 shades, I don't think you can really pass up the opportunity to try this palette. There is a range of colours which will suit any number of skin tones beautifully and you can create so many looks out of just the one palette! And it's small enough to fit in your make-up bag! Endless possibilities I'd say!

It is limited edition though, so if you like it then you'll have to be quick because it's only here for the summer!

Would you be interested in seeing any of the looks I've tried out with this palette?
Have you tried it?
Which is your favourite shade?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x