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Monday, 22 December 2014

Lush Christmas

Its this time of the year when a Lush bath is essential. This year I've chosen the Christmas Penguin and Hedgehog and, and old favourite, the ButterBear

The Christmas Penguin and Hedgehog . The Hedgehog makes your bath shimmery and your skin super soft thanks to the ingredients of shea and coco butters. I think he might be my new favourite. If you're not looking for bubbles however, I would recommend butterbear for an intensely nourishing and sweet smelling bath! All of these products are vegan friendly - not that I'm a vegan but it's nice to know you haven't got anything nasty and unfriendly in your bath!

What are your favourite Lush items?

Friday, 19 December 2014

Essie Winter Collection

If you follow me on instagram then you will know that I was a rather happy girl the other week when I bought two Essie polishes and was treated to a free gift! Three small little nail polishes that make their Winter Collection. (Unfortunately the link isn't on the boots website anymore, but I know it's still in store.)

In the midst of writing essays I use my breaks to make the crucial decision of what am I going to have on my nails for Christmas Day. I know, a big decision in my world!

At the moment I am experimenting with a candy cane (sort-of) effect. The shades from the collection I have used are Jump in my Jumpsuit, a perfect Christmas red, with the gorgeous Christmas gold Jiggle hi Jiggle low. Aren't the names just fab!

Although I've enjoyed wearing this I think I've got a better idea for Christmas! Watch this space as I will reveal all next week! What are your favourite Christmas polishes?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The REN Facial

The Ren 1 Minute Facial has been on my wish list for a while.  After a month of trying and testing I'm ready to share my thoughts.

I had quiet a few pre-conceptions towards this product and after first use I really was quiet surprised at how wrong I was. The formula is rather unusual - it's thick, with a gritty texture yet it's also little oily. It's main ingredient is Vitamin C so you apply it to your dry face and then use a little bit of water to activate. Then, of course, leave for 1 minute. I'm a sad one here and I watch the second hand on my watch before washing off, I prefer to splash my skin rather than use a muslin cloth with this product.

I usually follow with a hydrating toner and then follow with my moisturiser. I've found that it really does rejuvenate my dull complexion. I've found that my skin looks much healthier and it's also helped to get rid of some pesky blackheads! I prefer to use this in the morning for an instant wake up call.

If you're looking for an instant product then I would seriously recommend this. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014

November Favourites

The majority of November has seen me hidden away in the library researching and writing essays. As a result my blog has had a bit of a neglect and my favourites this month are somewhat limited.

The skin savour of November has to be the Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Mist. As the cold weather has taken its drying tolls on my skin this has just become an everyday essential. It is a hydrating toner enriched with rather fancy (and expensive) minerals that really do help give my skin that extra moisture. Cleanse, spritz, serum, done.

The issue of "dryness" continues on with the lips. Who doesn't suffer with dry, chapped lips this time of the year?! Of course I have to reach for the number one lip balm: Nuxe Rieve de Miel. This stuff, I think, works as an exfoliator and a moisturiser. It works so quickly that using this multiple times a day has seriously solved the lip pains. A handbag hero.  

There's rarely a talk about hair on this blog. I have to admit when it comes to hair I am not a pro, but that's another story. After an embarrassing trip to the hair dressers in october I decided to take better care of my dry locks. The Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Balm has seriously left me noticing results. A hard balm in the tub, rub between your fingers to create an oil, smooth through the locks, leave for 20 minutes and then wash with shampoo and conditioner. My hair has looked shiner and felt so much healthier and stronger.

After a lovely care package from home I received a special request of MAC lipstick in Plumful. Desire after watching Lily Pebbles' vlogs this has been no disappointment. As a lustre formula it leaves a subtle amount of colour and sheen. I have loved wearing this when I've gone for a natural-barely there make up look with a splash of plum on the lips. Seriously recommend this if you're a brunette like me. 

Last on the list is a return to an old favourite: the Chanel Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 14 Mystic Eyes. The bottom right shade is my favourite kinda brown, shimmery and subtle and is such a dream to apply. I don't bother with anything complicated, just a swish of this all of the eye and job done.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

Whilst it may only be November, after a recent trip to Space NK and Instagram scrolling, I couldn't handle my excitement for beauty christmas sets any longer. So off I roll with my top Christmas Beauty presents…

1. Candles can never go a miss at Christmas. Every year I love to see what scents (and packaging) Diptyque will be introducing. My favourite out of the trio this year is Resin Scented Candle. However, if £45/£26 is a bit too much for a candle then Space NK's Shimmering Spice Candle is half the price, and the smell is wonderfully festive. And look at that Christmasy packaging!!

2. I'm always a sucker for a Christmas Edition eyeshadow palette and this year Bobbi Brown need a round of applause for their collection. The Warm Glow Eye Palette is rather darn beautiful. They also have a cute Mini Eyeshadow Palette which would be a great stocking filler. Both feature gold shimmery eyeshadow goodness which is a makeup essential at Christmas. Bravo indeed Bobbi.

3. Now this is what I would like under the Christmas tree . The Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret. Five of their famous lip pencils in one beautiful Christmas theamed box. Do I need to say anymore. Perfect.

4. If you're thinking of asking for something extra-luxurious this year then I think the Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflé Body Crème Collection  fits the bill perfectly! It's rather pricey but you do get all of the body creme's I'm miniature form. What a perfect way to end Christmas day with a bath and one of these moisturisers.

5. The Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms are up there this year in top Christmas beauty gifts. Three mini lipsticks in the beautiful rose gold packaging, what's not to love?! At £29 this is a lovely way to share the joy of Charlotte Tilbury…!

6. At £32 I'm not sure if everyone will be having one of these around the dinner table, but the Jo Malone Christmas Cracker is a great way to treat someone to some Jo Malone mini treats. Each features a moisturiser, a shower wash and a perfume. 

7. The perfect Christmas scent for me has to be Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. Its such an unusual scent in that it's almost "woody" yet with a vanilla, sweet undertone. You really do have to try a spray of this next time you're near, it's heavenly!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Cleansing Oils

It's time for a skincare talk: a cleansing oils 101. If you're not aware of the importance of double cleansing then perhaps I should direct you to this video here. Caroline Hirons, dermatologist skin expert will explain it all.

My biggest change in skincare routine, since watching that video has been to introduce a cleansing oil before my main cleanser. If you think about how much we layer on our skin, spf's included then a two step cleanse is essential to ensure all that dirt is removed.

I realise I've on many occasion raved about the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Oh my, this stuff is ahamazing. And it makes the process of removing making thoroughly enjoyable in my opinion. I would seriously recommend this if you've never used an oil before and want to dip your toes in the water at trying.

A second oil that I've met is the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. Whilst smelling like orange squash this stuff, obviously, removes all traces of makeup, but also provides a radiance enhancer which is always a bonus in my books. Whilst the formula isn't as silky to touch as the Body Shop, I would still rate it a 9/10, which is pretty impressive if I do say so myself. 

What are your favourite makeup-removing products?

Monday, 3 November 2014

AW Purple Polishes

Things have taken a serious turn around in my nail polish diaries. To the friends who know me as blue polish obsessed, you won't believe this post! October saw me turn over a fresh Autumnal leaf as I began to purchase and wear more purple toned polishes. 

I'll admit at first that BarryM Nail Paint in Vintage Violet is very similar, if not just a hint lighter, than Nails Inc in New Oxford Street. These have been my go to shades since October. Whilst the gel effects formula is pretty darn impressive, if your adamant to stick to budget BarryM is the perfect dupe. 

A formula I can never find a fault with is the Rimmel Salon Pro and in the shade Urban Purple I'm always set for the favourite Autumn Winter season. It brightens up those khaki brown uniforms that arise in my wardrobe this time of year. 

Essie Luxedo may trick you here. Whilst it may seem very dark, almost black at first, upon application and in certain lights all is revealed as a dark, deep set red. I find this shade rather sophisticated - a suitable shade for the darker nights. 

What are your favourite AW shades?

Friday, 31 October 2014

October Favourites

If you've been reading my blog closely this month then I suppose these favourites won't come as a surprise. Personally, I'm proud of the plum theme. Finally I'm moving away from the blues and braving the bold!

Anyway, I haven't stopped used Clinique Even Better Foundation. My face has been suffering with a serious case of the grey and dull at the moment, and this has been such an easy solution. Easy to blend, and excellent (but not too heavy) coverage. A little bit has gone a long way! I suppose I've had a Clinique loving month with also reaching for their eyeshadow in Black Honey. A rich brown colour with that slight hint of red, I've really enjoyed wearing this as an everyday all over shadow or accompanying my Charlotte Tilbury palette on an evening!

Perhaps you will be sick of me talking about the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil but WOW I love this. Despite taking me a while to get use to the art of graceful brow strokes this has been my favourite tool to create a naturally defined brow. 

In terms of them plum tones, I've found Nails Inc Gel Effects in New Oxford Street. I love the colour and the formula is seriously long lasting. This colour has geekily got me in the autumnal mood!

I don't need to talk too much about the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Glam Plum Fulham. It does what is says: moisturising and a whole lotta perfect plum. My favourite Autumn lipstick for sure. 

Happy Halloween everyone! What have been your favourites of the past month?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

What I Wore Autumn Evening Edition #6

For a girl who constantly tells you how much she loves staying in, you'll be surprised to hear that I've been socialising the past four Fridays. Crazy, I know. The best part of that for me has to have been the makeup procedure!!

For my birthday two of my beautiful friends got me my first Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Uptown Girl - I'm eternally grateful for that present. I have been loving using this. The little niche I have found though, with help from this HelloOctober video, is applying the primer shade with my finger all over the lid. For a little Autumnal change I have then gone in with Clinique Black Honey Eyeshadow to create a "reddy-browny"smokey look. 

I have also finally mastered how to use the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil. At first I found it so fiddly and felt like I had a water colour brush in my hand! Now, with adopting some graceful skills, I am loving this pencil to create a natural filled in brow look. Obviously a big coating of Maybelline The Falsies to widen out those eyelashes!

On the cheeks is Nars Blush in Sin. This is just such a perfect plum, shimmer blush. I even gave my mother it and she now uses it every day!

Finally the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Glam Plum Fulham (isn't the name so cool!) has been a monthly favourite. The formula is as it says, seriously moisturising and creamy, and the colour is the perfect bam of plum. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Nails Inc New Oxford Street

Whilst I may dislike the early dark nights when it comes to makeup Autumn is always my favourite season. The past two weeks I've put on a good effort with reaching for the browns and the berrys rather than my usual golds. 

So the other day when I was rummaging through my nail polished I reached for this new one Nails Inc Gel Effect in New Oxford Street. It's a lovely, deep burgundy/plum toned purple which I think is perfectly appropriate for this time of the year. I also have to praise the Nails Inc formula, the shine is seriously pressive and I'm yet to report of a chip! 

Next month though I think I'm going to have to purchase that dreamy Nails Inc Snowflake polish!

What are your favourite Autumnal polishes?

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Empties #1

I've wanted to film this video for a long time! Here are my thoughts on a collection of empty products. Apologise, I'm still new to the world of youtube and editing!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Brow Diaries

A large chunk of my life has been dedicated to maintaing my brows. Sad but true. I've had some waxing incidents and some mono-brow horrors, but most importantly, I've never over plucked. My brow obsession led me last year to having a picture of the ultimate Delevigne brow pinned on my uni bedroom wall...but perhaps I shouldn't have admitted that. Anyhow, the point I'm getting at is I've got quiet a few products in my makeup bag dedicated to getting these brows in grooming perfection.

A trusty boy, and the first member to begin the collection was Benefit Brow Zings. This is the ultimate handy brow tool, with wax one side a powder the other, and some mini brushes and tweezers so your brows can be looked after on the go. I now prefer to powder through (obviously with the brow brush of Mac 266) and then apply the wax just a little at the front.

My favourite, or everyday go to I should say, is the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. With a spooley one end and a lovely creamy wax pencil the other this one is so quick and easy to use. I always get a thick, bold brow with this one. Recently however, my friends bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Pencil and I have to say not only is the colour the perfect match to my brows but it creates an equal if not better brow than the Hourglass...expect big things from this!

The final pencil comes in the shame of Soap and Glory's 2-in-1 Archery Brown Pencil. This is a much smaller pencil and at the moment takes a bit more time for me to use this so I can my brows nice and even and not too scary. However, for the price this is seriously a firm contender with the luxury items of my collection.

And last, but not least, is my Benefit gimme Brow. I blooming love this and thing Benefit should be awarded a brow crown for its creating. Just a simple little mascara like wand that you sweep through the brows to shape and colour. I like to apply this on top on my Hourglass to keep the place nice in shape or on a more natural makeup day when I don't want too much colour in my brows. 

Its a long story when it comes to brows I'm afraid. What are your brow go to's?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Clinique Even Better Foundation

I know what you're thinking. What is a foundation review doing on here. It's true. The only bases that are on here are BB creams and the odd outing of the Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. However, after a seriously dodgy complexion recently, and by dodgy I mean grey and eurgh, I decided to look around the "high coverage" department.

After a lil' bit of research I decided to go for the Clinique Even Better Foundation. I'd heard it was medium coverage and was a bit of a pro in terms of giving an even, brighter coverage with a dewy sort of glow. Now we know I love the dewy glow over here.

So far I've been really impressed. I'm a pale faced gal with the shade Alabaster but golly does it sound stupid if I state the obvious?! This stuff is SOOO good at blending into the skin and evening out my skin tone. It gives a lovely glow that is just perfect for the dull Autumn months. The only negative I can say is I'm not enjoying applying it with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush...perhaps I need the buffing brush?

Besides that, I have a feeling me and this foundation are going to get on pretty well.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Intensely Moisturising

After a good month of using the Sarah Chapman Intense Hydrating Booster its fair to say I am more than ready to share my opinion. I'm not going to be dramatic or anything as I'm suuuure it wont come as a surprise when I say I have fallen in love with this little skin serum wonder. Not being dramatic, I promise. 

I have been using this every morning as my pre-moisturiser step. In the past I have tended to have some charming dry patches on my cheeks and thought investing in this may help to solve an embarrassing nuisance.   Adding two drops of the serum from a rather snazzy pipet I gently massage this all over my skin. The moisturing results of this have been so good that sometimes I've completely forgotten to put a moisturiser on and, haven't even noticed! I always notice that my BB cream/foundation blends better afterwards too. 

Whilst it's a rather pricey number (please remember I got this on discount) it seriously lives up to its value. I would thoroughly recommend this for dry skin gals or those who are looking for a boots of intense moisturisation for the up and coming winter months. 

Next on my wish list is the Sarah Chapman Overnight Serum...guess I better start saving my pennies!!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Finding Twinks

After a clean out and re-organisation of my makeup bag a few weeks ago (my favourite hobby) I cam across this little one. I purchased Mac Twinks a whileeee back. I do believe it was after watching all those back in the day youtube videos of 'my MAC eyeshadow collection.' After a few hours, and I mean a good 2 or 3 hours, spent watching those I think I was then compelled to purchase this brown/reddish tinge shadow. It doesn't take much to persuade me. 

However, this has not seen the wear as my Mac All That Glitters, I'm sorry Twinks. Feeling in the autumnal mood recently I've been more "experimental" in my everyday eyeshadow wardrobe and have been reaching for this one a lot more. 

I've never read any appreciation for this shadow but after loving its brown shimmery tones I'm surprised to not find more love.  Applied with a trusty Mac 217 its the perfect everyday brown staple and I seriously recommend it for green eyes.  

What are your MAC everyday favourites?

Monday, 13 October 2014

A Green Discovery

If you're a regular reader over here then you will be aware of my blue colour nail polish obsession.  Believe me, it's an unhealthy love. However at the weekend I decided to raid my mums stash of polishes. She's got quiet an impressive collection (I think over 70 polishes if I can remember) that I really will have to share with you one day - you'll have to see it to believe it!

Anyhow, during my rummage about I came across this little green gem known from Topshop titled Eclipse. I loved this metallic pigment shade and it certainly makes a change from my plain shades of blue. I will admit I forgot how much appreciate the Topshop nail polishes as so far I have no chips, and Im on day three which is a good record in my books! 

What are your favourite Topshop shades?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Handbag Heroes

In every girls handbag there have got to be those key makeup items we need throughout the day. In my case its four heroes that I need for that afternoon touch up.  

Nars Creamy Concealor if you haven't heard me rave of this the where have you been?! This is radiating, instantly banishing dark circles hero. I love it and seriously need a top up in the middle of my library cries. 

Bobbi Brown Face Touch up Stick because one can never know when a pesky blemish is going to appear. I find this a really easy product for those powder room necessities. 

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in bronze is my favourite eyeliner of all time. I will never leave the house without it. At the moment I can only seem to find this online boots and super drug don't seem to be stocking me and my bronze lovin' needs. 

Reve de Miel Baume Levres  is a rather fancy lip balm. Its ingredients of honey and soya make this a seriously nourishing balm. I find it solves my dry lips instantly. The packaging is rather heavy for my weak handbag carrying arms but its a wonder-lip product. 

What are your handbag essentials?

Also shout out to my mum for buying me this lovely makeup bag. I have a thing for Frenchies you see!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Gold Essentials

I realised that I haven't yet shared with you my everyday staple eyeshadows. If you're a regular reader then perhaps it won't come as a surprise that I do have a yearning for them golds. (I was trying to sound  Piratey there, hope it was appreciated!) I don't know if it's because I'm a brunette or because Im a neutral lover, but there's something about a gold eye shadow that makes me reach for that 217 blending brush and apply. In my makeup life so far there have only been three wonder shades that have stayed by my side. 

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Gold Trench. I will admit, when I first purchased this it was mainly for the packaging and the Burberry label. Even more horrific is the fact I did not use this shadow for a good four months after its purchase. It was just too pretty and expensive to use...Anyway, enough of that. I now LOVE this shadow.  It's a lovely, simple plain gold without any hint of shimmer. It's always my go to 'I  don't know what eyeshadow to use today' kinda-shade. 

Sometimes I wonder where would I be without my Mac in  All that Glitters - one of my many questions of life! It is the perfect champagne gold colour and, if I'm going to have favourites, will always be my number one. I think I wear this shade a good 4 days of the week. It always perks my eyes up which is a bonus for these final student days!

The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear cream shadow stick in Golden Pink is my oily lid saviour. This one does not budge at all. It is very shimmery but It also like to partner this up with Golden Trench and apply it over the top, inner corners and on the lash line. 

What are your go-to shades? 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Eye Hero

A weird fact about me is I have rather oily/sweaty eyelids. A lovely feature, I know. As a result of this I've always had a problem with getting eyeshadow to actually stay put on my eyelid or mascara to not smudge and stick to the top of my eye. (If anyone else has this annoyance please stick your hand up!)

Primer has to be an essential for me. I've tried a few over my oily-eyelid years but nothing has particularly wowed me...until I cam across a sample of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. There are no fingers crossed here. I promise I am telling the truth, but there was not one smudge of mascara and my eyeshadow stays on in perfect pigmentation for 8 hours. 8 hours people!!! I was so in love with this sample that of course I had to go and buy full size. 

Whether you share the same problems as me, or a looking for a primer for those sweaty party nights (something I can't say I'm too familiar with) then I seriously recommend trying this one! It now takes its role as a key player in my everyday makeup routine. 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Favourites

After adopting a rather unexpected irritated scalp I decide to use the Kérastase Sensidote Dermo-Calm Shampoo. Pretty much after the first use my week of itching (glamorous I know) my scalp felt so soothed. My hair felt light and soft whilst the smell was minty and cucumber, which was rather calming after so much irritation.

The polish that has had rather many compliments has been Essie Bikini So Teeny . This is one of my favourite summer polishes and really compliments tanned fingers!

It seems that I've had rather a brow lovin' month. With them seriously needing some TLC I've tried my best to keep them tamed. The Benefit Gimme Brow has been a firm favourite since it's purchase a while back. It is just so easy to comb this through and it gives such a natural finish. I really do blooming love this! The next brow product has only been a recent purchase but I have been using it every day since. The Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 brow pencil. This is seriously replacing the Hourglass brow pencil. The size of the pencil is quiet small and the wax consistency is rather creamy meaning you can really create a natural brow hair type of finish. And the fact it's £8 makes it even better.

Nars blush in the shade Deep Throat hasn't not graced the presence of my cheeks since June. It has been the perfect peachy-pink pick me up. I'm seriously going to miss this once during the winter months!

What have been your favourites?

Friday, 29 August 2014

What I wore #5

Nearly everyday now I have been reaching for the Diorskin Nude BB cream. Stupidly I forgot to include the base in the photo. This is has been my summer favourite. It's light texture makes it easy to blend into the skin and it gives my complexion that much needed oommph. It is the perfect companion to the application of Nars Deep Throat on my cheeks!

A new favourite is the new Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 pencil. It's a serious dupe for the Hourglass pencil with the spooley one end and a creamy wax stick the other. So far I think it may be better...

I'm guilty to say that I haven't shared my thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette on here yet, mainly cause every other bblog raves about it. However, I have been using it so much recently. My current go-to shades at the moment are Mooner, as a base, and then the shimmer of Liar over the top. Of course an application of the L'Oreal Telescopic mascara is never amiss. 

If you're a regular over here then you will know my love for the Barry M Blink liquid eyeliner. I wont say much as I feel like I talk about it every other post. But seriously, try it. Along with my hero product, the Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. I think I'd be lost without it. 

And finally a small pop of colour with Mac lipstick in Girl About Town

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Favourite Drugstore Mascaras

So from the left we have the L'Oreal Telescopic. I was drawn to this one after Vivianna Does Makeup's constant hype. When I first saw the wand I will admit I thought why the hell does she love it so much. As you can see from the photo, I thought it seemed a rather lack-luster wand that just wasn't going to do much. But as they say, never judge a mascara wand by looks...Out of the three I would have to vote this one as my favourite - apologies for favouritism. It separates, it lengthens, it glosses each lash, it really just does a fantastic everyday job.  

In the middle, the Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping.  I'm always surprised I don't hear more about this mascara.  I'll admit I bought this one as I thought it made your lashes longer the more you wore it...I think I was wrong. However, at the time when I was using this everyday I definitely noticed a difference with the condition of my lashes. They felt much thicker and conditioned and as a result applying mascara became an easier job. I reach for this one when I want some serious volume and thickening.  

Finally, Maybelline The Falsies, in the waterproof formula. This has been a favourite since school days.  The curved wand allows you to easily coat all your lashes, including those pesky inner corners, whilst creating some serious length and volume. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Night Time Moisturising

I think that part of my favourite time of the day is getting ready for bed. Verging on a little sad and boring I'm sure, but there really is nothing I love more than getting my 'night-time-skin-routine-ooooon'!  
So when I recently ran out of my Origins Night-a-mins there was nearly a breakdown in my bathroom.

After feeling rather spendy in the month of July (you can check that damage out here) I had to find a plan B to make myself not repurchase the rather pricey Origins tub of evening magic.  Seriously, it does wonders.

I've heard quiet a bit about the Super Facialist by Una Brennan range so I decided to choose the Rose Hydrate Peaceful Skin Night cream, mainly because it claimed to nourish, rejuvenate and protect. 

So far I've been quiet impressed. I definitely noticed a glow after application and it it provides a thorough moisturisation. It's quiet a thin texture which makes it very soothing and easy to apply and absorb into the skin. In the morning my skin still feels moisturised. The only thing is I seriously miss the smell of the Origins...Yes I know, I'm weird. I'm not a huge fan of the rose scent but I do suppose that is is 'calming'. For the price I'd definitely say this is worth it. However, I think Night-a-mins is my main love.

What are your favourite moisturisers? 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Summer Nail Polish Favourites

Now we all know I'm a lover of blue nail polish. But these past few months I've seen a new me in my nail polish grabbing actions. Step aside blues I've been needing pinks and some hot corals.

So, lets start from pinky to thumb. Rimmel's Salon Pro in Cocktail Passion (the nail always contributes to whether I should buy it or not!) 

I wore this Bourjouis 1 second formula in Turquoise in my last video and realised how much I love this shade and formula. The bright turquoise blue colour is the perfect shade to compliment the summer tans whilst the formula is chip proof. And trust me when I say that as my polish usually lasts 2 days whereas this lasts me nearly a week!

Chanel Holiday will forever be on the luxury nail polish wish list, but I suppose who really needs after finding Rimmel  60 Second Formula in Sun Downer.  The brush is fantastic and the colour is so similar to holiday. 

Now I have to have a blue in there somewhere. And who doesn't love Essie Bikini So Teeny. Pale blue with sparkly bits in...this is love in a bottle. Enough said.

Finally Clinique Happy Heart is just the perfect summer heat coral. I will admit that I find this formula a bit of frustrating in terms of chipping so I prefer to use it as my pedicure colour.

What are your favourite summer polishes?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

The silky cleanse

I think I owe you all an apology for not telling you about my love for this product sooner. 

When the knowledge of double cleansing first came about I couldn't get over the price of some of the oils bloggers were using. I know I can be known to spend a bit but I'm not going to spend £28 on a product just to take my makeup off! So when I heard about the wonders of the Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil I quickly set off to purchase.

I had previously used the Camomile Eye Makeup Remover, which does a blooming good job (see my post here), so I was no surprise that the silky cleansing oil was going to come out on top too. It really does what it says on the bottle. It feels so silky and comfortable to massage in to the skin and does a fantastic job of removing all my makeup and leaving my skin feeling soft and clean. I use this as stage number one before going in with a second cleanser.  The only negative thing I can say is it's not the easiest thing to travel with...if they ever make a portable version I will be very grateful. 

As you can see I have been loving using this oil and think I will have to go out soon and purchase another! Are there any other Body Shop skincare products you think I should try?

Monday, 28 July 2014

The First Video

I have wanted to expand to YouTube for a long time now. So, today is the day and I have decided to share with you my recent purchases from my new job that gave me a rather lovely discount. I hope you enjoy! P.S you will also enjoy if you want to hear the word luxury 50 gazillion times...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

It's a Sunday thing

When it comes to Sunday my routine for ultimate cleanliness is rather thorough. The bubble bath appears, candles are lit and pampering begins. In my opinion nothing says Sunday better than feeling squeaky, squeaky clean from your head to your toes.

In terms of my 'head' the weekly build up of product can leave my hair in a little bit of a tragic state. A weeks worth of moisturising and oil inducing products results in a 'bleurgh' effect on top of my head. A while ago I purchased the Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo. For some reason it has taken me some time to actually start using it. I have been known to do this occasionally with pretty and expensive things. They're just too nice to use...please say I'm not the only one who does this?!

However, at the beginning of the month I became more realistic, took the bottle to the shower and have never looked back. And why? Firstly, it gave a perfect lather - I really do love it when a shampoo gives you that perfect, even lather! Secondly, the smell was just clean in a bottle - a lil' minty, fresh sheets kinda' aroma. And thirdly my hair felt clean to the touch, so easy and frizz, fuss free to dry and style. I really good result for a girl untalented with a hair dryer.

My hair just feels really lovely after using this shampoo and has definitely tempted me to try more of the Bumble and bumble range. Any recommendations?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Chanel dreams

Regular readers here will understand my love for the BB cream. For the record, there has only ever been one foundation that has starred on here - the Revlon Nearly Naked to be precise! However, on my 'beauty wish list' (yes, this does exist in notepad form) for a while now has been the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. Are there any beauty bloggers out there who haven't raved about this one? With a student budget and being a pricey number, not that money has stopped me before, I have always been reluctant to hand over thirty three pounds for this one.

Until recently, I landed a job that gave me a rather lovely twenty five percent in the beauty hall. Yes people, this was my dream come true. The dream Chanel purchase was made. With a good shake of the bottle I applied this to the back of my hand before dabbing my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and applying all over. It is a very watery foundation but oh my goodness this blends unbelievably well into the skin. I'm quite lucky that the shade I have, B10, is the perfect shade for my skin tone. It leaves my skin looking rather radiant and hydrated. I can understand the praises of this little expensive number. 

Although BB creams will always be my everyday I really wanted a good foundation for those bad complexion-more coverage needed days! And special occasions of course.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Orange Is The New Black

If you're a regular reader of Folkes Thinks then you'll know that recently I've 
been slowly introducing a new colour into my makeup palette. Yup that's right, the blue toned polish is starting to be overtaken by  a collection of oranges. What's orange got that blue hasn't...the skill to double as a lipstick shade!

It all started off when the Revlon Colour Burst Matt and Just Bitten new shades were introduced. I went straight for the oranges after being inspired by numerous beauty bloggers recommendations. What can I say, the love for orange on the lips has grown since. The new one is the Rimmel Kate Matt Lipstick in the shade 101: a fab coral colour. I love the Matt range. They have a long lasting finish and the colours in the collection are a winner. I also have shade 110, a lovely nude-pink that I thoroughly recommend! 

In terms of the nail department Clinique Happy Heart was the first of the collection. A lovely feel good shade, but I do think it works best on the toes. The Essie in the shade 'Orange, it's obvious' (probably what I should have titled this post) is a tricky one to find these days. However, as you can see, it's the "pop-in-your-face" of them all. I got in an Asos beauty sale but an ebay search should definitely do the trick if you're keen. The Rimmel Salon Pro in Hip Hop (love the name) is a recent purchase after watching a Vivianna Does Makeup Vlog. It just had to be purchased okay. I love the Rimmel Lycra formulas. They are so easy to apply and have a lovely shiny finish. Rimmel Sun Downer is an absolute dupe for the famous Chanel Holiday shade. Who needs to spend £18 for a polish with this one?!

My Favourite has to be the Kate Moss Rimmel range. I had loved wearing the shade 101 recently. It gives the perfect pop to a natural look or the necessary finish to a smokey eye formula. What are your favourite oranges?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Moving to the dark side

Now my friends will most definitely back me up here when I say I am not one for fake tan. During the school days I was always the pasty one. Simply because I was pretty bad at applying it and I never really fancied the orange look...especially when my face never matched the colour of my legs!

This summer I am not going on holiday - insert sad emoji. And, with not being able to rely on an English summer to give me a lil' healthy glow, I could be the pasty one all year long. However, after hearing the hype of the St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronze Mousse I was rather intrigued by the thought of having some colour... So, in my efforts to not be the pale girl this summer I thought I'd give it a try.

After applying the mousse to a tanning kit and moisturising it in where you like you simply leave it for an hour or three, depending on how dark you want your tan to develop, and then wash off in the shower. I left mine for an hour and had a lovely, non streaky (amen) natural glow. It continues to develop within the next 8 hours. I am seriously impressed with this one. 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Another shade of blue.


We all know how I feel about my blue nail polishes - you can remind yourself here. But I do admit that when I went to the Essie counter the other day I was on the hunt for a summer pink, not a blue. I promise. However, this little beauty, Fashion Playground called out to me. A light, almost duck egg blue-pistachio shade with tiny glitter particles in. This is Essie's Bikini So Teeny but FolkesThinks style. The only frustrating thing is it does take a few coats to get this shade up to scratch, however the colour is worth the patience. 

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