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

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Sleek Lip 4 Palette - Showgirl

I've always been a little bit wary of trying lip palettes... they remind me of those make-up sets that you got as a child which had gloopy lip glosses pressed into a pan. Am I the only one?

But when I saw this Lip 4 palette by Sleek in Boots I couldn't help putting in my basket (along with another little treat which will feature here shortly!)

Sleek do a few of these palettes, all of which contain different shades. I picked up 'Showgirl' which has 4 beautiful shades of pink.
The packaging is really lovely; it's sturdy and quite chunky and I think it makes the palette look more expensive than it is.
Each palette contains matte, gloss and satin finish lipsticks so you get some variety which I think is great!


Top row: Lola - A bright, fuschia pink with a satin finish.
Vegas - A deep plummy pink with a glossy finish.

Bottom Row: Jewel: Very light, barbie pink with a glossy finish.
Dancer - A bright mid pink with a matte finish.

The formulation of the lipsticks are interesting.
The glossy ones are very, very soft and you have to be really gentle when you touch them - I didn't realise this and touched Jewel a little bit too hard and stuck my finger right into it... oops!
But the matte and satin lipsticks are a little harder and you have to work them a little bit more to get the product onto your finger or a brush.

The colours aren't incredibly long lasting on the lips, but they do stay for a good few hours. Even the glossy shades stayed on my lips for around 2 hours which is unheard of for me.
Even if they don't last as long as I might like, touching up is easy as the palette is small enough to fit into a handbag and there is a really nice sized mirror inside which is brilliant.

I really like the idea of these little palettes, even if I was a little apprehensive at first!
I'm someone who can go out wearing a lipstick and half way through the day, get bored of the colour and want to put something else on so I can see this getting a lot of use from me!
And at £8.99 for 4 shades, I think it's a really good product!
I'm definitely going to have to get my hands on some more of these.

Have you tried the Lip 4 palettes?
Which is your favourite?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Lush haul!

So, I went to Lush.
And most of you will understand that one simply cannot go into Lush and not leave with at least one thing.

I haven't been into Lush for a really long time, so this was exciting like Christmas or my birthday and then when my boyfriend told me that I could pick £20 worth of stuff, well it got 100 times better obviously! 

I took this opportunity to stock up on bath products because I'm moving out of my uni room and into a proper flat over the summer and that means...I will have a BATH.
I'll also have to pay for gas and electric but forget about that... I'LL HAVE A BATH.
I thought I'd better start preparing...

Wanna see what I got? I thought so!

Space Girl Bath Bomb - £2.35

The Space Girl bath bombs are my second favourite product from Lush.
They're shaped like UFO's and have red dust and glitter all over them and they smell like Parma Violets, which is exactly why I love them because I flippin' love Parma Violets.
There is supposedly popping candy inside these but I've never heard any popping when I've used them before.
I love these so much that I got 2!

Honey Bee Bath Bomb - £3.25

I've never tried this before but it has a really lovely, subtle, sweet honey scent which I fell in love with and I love the yellow and grey colours in it.
I've heard that this is really moisturising which is why I chose it so I'm looking forward to giving this a go!

Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb - £3.25

My boyfriend chose this one because he liked the scent and again, I've never tried this one either!
I've watched so many videos on Youtube of people dropping them into the bath though and I'm so excited to use this.
It's white but it has coloured polka dot confetti inside which you can just see at the top of mine.
It smells quite citrus-y which I don't usually go for but I actually really like this!

Butter Ball Bath Bomb - £2.50

On their website, Lush say that this is the best bath bomb to use for dry, sensitive or irritated skin so I picked it up.
It smells absolutely delicious
It smells like chocolate and vanilla and is a lot smaller than the other bath bombs which is cute.
It's just plain white so I don't think it will leave the bath water with any spectacular colour but that's fine by me if it's doing good for my skin.

Creamy Candy Bubble Bar - £2.60

The scent of Space Girl comes second to the scent of this.
It has the same scent as Snowfairy which is by far my favourite scent ever! I wish I'd bought more of these actually.
I love the bubble bars because you only need to crumble a little bit under the water to get loads of bubbles so you can use them more than once!
This one feels a little bit more oily and soft than the other bubble bars so I think it will be quite moisturising on the skin, as well as smelling incredible!
Also, it's so cute isn't it?!
I am so excited to use this. I cannot even tell you how excited I am. 

If you've done the maths, you'll know that all of this came to £16.30 which I don't think is too bad at all!
I'll definitely be spending many an evening in a big bubble bath this summer!

What's your favourite Lush product?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x