Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My MAC Blush Palette | MAC Blush Collection

For years I refused to wear blush, worrying that it would bring out my naturally flushed skin with pink undertones, as well as show up my blemishes. How silly I was. Blush can really make a make-up look, stopping the face from being unnaturally one tone, and is such an interested product. I've finally filled my MAC blush palette with six shades, and other than possibly NARS, MAC is my favourite brand for blush. The colour range is of course massive and the formulas tend to be creamy and long-lasting. I chose to get my blushes in pro-pan form as its cheaper, more easily stored, and to be honest, having my blushes in a palette just brings out the wanna-be make-up artist in me!

My first shade was Well-Dressed, a super-popular shade of course, a lovely light pink, which I love for S/S. It's incredibly easy to just throw on your cheeks and looks good on paler skins. Prism is almost a contour shade on my skin-tone, and is good for no-make-up make up looks. Fleur Power is a dusty pink with a bit of coral, and looks better with a slight tan for me. Peachykeen is obviously a lot more peachy and has a fine gold shimmer running through it, a little similar to NARS Orgasm. Dollymix is another really popular one - a glowy bright pink which pulls a little berry coloured on my skin. Frankly Scarlet is my most recent addition, since Tanya Burr used it in so many of her tutorials. It is super bright and incredibly pigmented, but if you use a very light hand it gives the most natural flush, as if you've been out on a chilly winter's walk.

Do leave your MAC Blush posts below - I love reading them!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The BEST Facemask Ever | Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask Review

In case you didn't already know, facemasks are my number one favourite skincare product. Potentially even my favourite beauty product in general(!) and I'm constantly trying new masks out. I've been loving Claudia Louch products recently, so when I was sent the Claudia Louch Mineral Mud Mask, with its rather hefty price tag, I had similarly hefty expectations. And boy oh boy, it did not disappoint.

The large tube of face-mask contains a mix of pure arctic mineral mud, and just a handful of other natural oils. No chemicals, no fillers. It's a green, grey, very thick textured gloopy-paste, that smells, in my opinion, just how a good facemask should. You can feel the goodness as soon as you spread the stuff on your face, and after about ten minutes you can visibly see the nasties being pulled from your skin. It's very easy to wash off (I find this to be a problem with some of my other favourite mud masks), and doesn't dry the skin out at all. After use my skin is so soft and feels incredibly fresh. Make-up goes on like a dream and blemishes that were threatening are calmed. This has got to be the best facemask I've ever used, but for the price, I would have been shocked if it wasn't really!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

August Degustabox Review | Food Hamper Subscription

August Degustabox| £12.99 including delivery

Another box of foody treats through my door, and another great month for Degustabox! There was such a great selection in this month's box - drinks, breakfast snacks, baking equipment, crisps, chocolates and recipe bases. Like last month, I've got to try items from both boxes, so your box might have one or two less products, but even so, it's a great value box. The products I loved the most from this month's box were the Brioches - pains au lait and pains au chocolat - these were so good as a little mid morning snack, and I'm missing having them now I've finished the packets! I'm really excited to try making cupcakes with the edible wafer cupcake cases (how crazy!) and the super cute heart shaped tin of Lindt chocolates was munched up in less than a day. This month Degustabox also included a 'Degustabox Fridge' token, which means you can pick up a free refridgerated product from your local supermarket (as they obviously can't transport it to you in your box). I got to try some Wild Berry Muesli, which again are great for morning snacks, and I'm really liking this addition to Degustabox. Here's everything I got in this month's box:

MEXICAN DAVE'S Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips
BERRY WHITE Organic Drink
SCHWARTZ Flavour Shots
FEVER TREE Ginger Beer
FEVER TREE Tonic Water
LINDT Heart Chocolate Tin
CAWSTON PRESS Apple and Pear Juice
PASQUIER Pain au Chocolats
DR.OETKER Edible Wafer Cupcake Cases
CARIBBEAN TWIST Strawberry Daiquiri

As always, I've got a coupon for you to get £3 off your first Degustabox!: T6BUK

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Love Me Beauty Box Review | August

Love Me Beauty Box * | £12.95 including P&P

All of August's Love Me Beauty box options (you get to pick from three different menus) each had a total of four beauty products, rather than the usual five or six. However, I would class every product as high-end - the total RRP of my box this month came to almost £65, so this really is still incredible value for money. I love that every product came in its own little box; higher end products seem to all be doing that these days. First up was a Mineral Eyeshadow (RRP £14.49) from the brand Marsk in the shade 'You're Toast'. It's a beautiful colour, incredibly pigmented and a really nice introduction to a brand I'd never heard of before. A La Carte, another brand I've never tried, included their Smudge-Proof Eyebrow Definer in Blonde (RRP £23.00) which allows you to make tiny strokes which really look like genuine hairs. It's a very different experience to using a powder or a pencil to fill in your brows, and when you've got a bit of extra time to spend on your makeup, it's great. From Mirabella there was a Lip Lustre Liner in 'Bashful' (RRP £10.50) which was probably the least impressive product in the box. However, it's still a nice enough lip liner, in a versatile shade of pink. Finally, there was a Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eyecream from Oriflame (RRP £16.95) which is one of those really amazing eyecreams with a rollerboll that feels just amazing to put on under your eyes.

I was rather chuffed with this month's box, AND I've just heard some really exciting news about Love Me Beauty - they're changing the service so that you can pick exactly what goes into your box. I'm really looking forward to trying out the the new Love Me Beauty boxes!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Portsmouth Day Trip

On Saturday, myself, my parents and my fiance had a lovey little day trip to Portsmouth. We wandered around the historic dockyards, ate a picnic lunch by the sea, and took a little boat trip around the harbour. There were also some really nice photo opportunities, so I thought I'd post some of mine up for you to see. I'd definitely recommend Portsmouth for a day trip; there's also a really lovely shopping centre there with lots of high end stores.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Crown Professional Contouring Palette | Review

Until recently, I thought Crown only made brushes. Very good brushes, but just brushes none the less. I don't know quite how I missed it, but they've got a great range of affordable makeup palettes on their website now. The brand new 26 Shade Professional Contouring Palette contains a vast range of neutral powders for various types of 'contouring' (the term is used fairly lightly). The fact that it has a huge 26 different pans means it's a super-versatile palette which can be used for both eyeshadow looks and on the cheeks as blush and bronzer shades. For the cheeks you've got choices from dusky pink, to tan, to plum, and for the eyes you've got a great range of both cool and warm toned browns and taupes to play around with. Some shades are subtle and some give quite a pop of colour (there's a great dupe for MAC's Cranberry in there) but all of them have a nice formula which doesn't crease when applied on top of an eyeshadow primer. The matte black packaging is slim and portable, and looks very professional. I've swatched a few of my favourite shades from the palette for you to see the great pigmentation and colour selection. You can purchase this palette for £19.99 from Crown.