Monday, 29 October 2012

Beauty Favourites • October

It's nearly the end of October as you all know, and so I thought I'd share with you what beauty products I've been loving this month and that I would recommend that you go out and buy! 

FIVE: At number 5 on my list is the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in the beautiful colour of 'Turquoise Forever'. I purchased this after seeing it on a make up tutorial on Youtube and totally falling in love with the colour. It cost me £4.99 which in  my opinion is a very reasonable price for how substantial the pot size is. I love this because it is so easy to apply, with a brush or with your finger - it goes on really easily and the pigment is gorgeous and looks fantastic on your eyelid. The models wearing this product in the promotional photographs to advertise it achieve an extremely bright colour from this, however in reality, to get that colour on your own eyes, it would require quite a few layers of application to get the pigment looking that turquoise. That is the only fault I can find with this product, I think it's perfect for going out, and I have also bought a golder, more neutral colour which is perfect for day to day use!

FOUR: At number four, is another Maybelline product; it's the Fit Me! Liquid Foundation (mine is in shade 125). It cost me £7.99 which I think is a decent price for the size of the bottle that it's contained in. I've been needing a new foundation for ages, and all of the best brands' foundations are quite pricey for a student like myself. So when I saw this on the Maybelline stand of Boots I didn't hesitate in buying it (obviously after I'd tried it on etc...). I don't tend to wear foundation every day because my skin doesn't really need it, however I do wear it when I go out on a weekend and it's really great. The coverage, I find, is really good and you don't need much on your brush to apply it all over your face. I find that my face can still breathe when I wear it, and it does't feel like it's clogging up all the pores on my face when I'm wearing it. I definitely recommend this for anyone searching for a new foundation. 
THREE: Coming into my top 3 now. I have my Barry M Kohl Eyeliner Pencil (in White) which only cost me £2.99! I love Barry M, they have such a fun and bright range of cosmetics. I just fancied a white eyeliner pencil after seeing a girl wearing it (I don't remember where) and I suddenly remembered when I was browsing the Barry M stand and saw this. It's really easy to apply and the colour really shows up well on my eyes and makes them look striking and bright. There's not really much more I can say about this product other than that obviously I love it, and it makes a change to my usual black liquid eyeliner to add some piercing white on there as well!

TWO: Down to my second favourite product this month, which has been Benefit's Bad Gal Lash Mascara. Now, I got this smaller (40g) bottle for free because my mum gave me a coupon from a magazine she had been reading, however I believe the full sized version costs £16.50, which in all honesty I might not be prepared to spend on a mascara when there are plenty of other brilliant ones out there. Nevertheless, I do love this, not only because it's the perfect size to keep in my handbag for when I go out and might need a top up when I've been out all day, but also because it's a really good quality mascara. It doesn't make the eyelashes clump together and become sticky or rock solid - like some mascaras our there - but it gives them a great covering and lengthening whilst also remaining quite soft. If you're looking for a good investment, maybe it's worth saving up for this mascara because you'll certainly get a good quality product in my opinion! 

ONE: Here we are, this is my top and favourite product of this October. I only bought it recently, but it is my favourite thing of the moment. And it's from the Rimmel, Kate Moss  matte lipstick collection in the shade 101, which cost me just over £5. Normally, I'm not one for lipstick, it scares me a bit. However I decided to start off with a safe, light pink. And now I'm absolutely in love with it! It smells lovely, and keeps your lips nice and moisturised (it doesn't make them feel dry or anything like that), plus it looks gorgeous on the lips. I was worried I wouldn't be able to carry off this colour, but even I think it looks pretty on my lips, and that's saying something. It's given me a newly found love of lipstick, especially from the Kate Moss collection with Rimmel; I will definitely be going back there to buy another, maybe darker and more daring colour next time I'm in town. I really recommend these lipsticks, they're fab! Full marks from me. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading about my favourite beauty products of this month, and maybe made you want to go out and buy some for yourself! If you want any more opinions from me on any of these, leave me a comment and I'll do what I can. Thanks for reading, as always x 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Addicted To Candles

Hi everyone, today I thought I'd mention one of my absolute favourite things - in fact I think I would class it as more of an obsession/addiction. And that thing, is candles. I absolutely adore them; they're relaxing and perfect for when you've had a stressful day and just need to chill out with a cup of tea, especially in the frosty Winter and Autumn months. At the moment you can get some gorgeous candles that smell like Christmas (which is something I plan on investing a lot of money into the next time I get paid!). Recently, I discovered a candle shop where I live, which for some unknown reason, I had never visited before, which is extremely hard to believe! It was like I'd stepped into heaven, it was wall-to-wall Yankee candles of all different sizes, scents and colours. To my delight there was both Halloween and Christmas scented ones on display, and also Christmassy candle holders screaming out festivity with glitter and teeny figurines glued onto a frosted glass pot. Needless to say, I used what change I had to purchase a Halloween themed and a Christmas themed candle of a small size (for starters) . 

'Candy Corn' Yankee Candle
Before you ask, no, I haven't edited the life out of this picture, it really is emitting that bright orange glow. Sadly I didn't think to take a photograph pre-lighting of the candle, so this is it on its last legs, as I have burnt it nearly all the way down. It used to be a Yankee Candle called Candy Corn as a special Halloween treat, it smelt gorgeous (as most candles do!) and I think it was only £1.80 which was great! 

 Although I may be criticised for purchasing anything with Christmas themes, I do not care - for this candle smells like what I imagine paradise smells like. It's not great if you don't like sweet smells, as it really does smell of a cupcake (well, as much as wax can do). I have lit it once, but then decided to savour it for the beginning of December when I go Christmas mad. Just like Candy Corn, this was £1.80 so it didn't cost very much for what I get out of it. Here it is, in my star candle holder, looking very festive (I know, I know, it's too soon).

Christmas Cupcake - Yankee Candle
Candles might not be everyone's thing, but they're something that I love and so I wanted to share that with you guys. Everyone needs a bit of a relax every now and then - go on, buy yourself a candle, and you'll sink into relaxation and get rid of all that stress x 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review • Lush 'Ponche' Shower Gel

I'm apologising for my lack of originality today, but I've been after this product for absolutely ages, and this weekend I finally went out and bought it after I got paid! It's from the Lush Christmas selection, and it's the shower gel 'Ponche'. It cost me £8.50 for this bottle (250g) however you can also pick up a smaller bottle (100g) for £4.25 or if you love it even more than I do, there's a super large bottle (500g) for £14.95. I first heard of this through watching a haul video on Youtube and thought it sounded gorgeous because I'm a sucker for tangerine scented products. It's marketed to be inspired by a Mexican Christmas punch, to be refreshing, uplifting and 'boozy' due to the shot of tequila it has in it. It smells absolutely beautiful, a really fruity yet Christmassy scent; some people say they can smell the tequila in it? I can't personally but, hey everyone's noses are different. 
I was slightly worried about using this as I've got terribly sensitive skin and after using a Lush bath bomb a few years ago when I developed red blotches all over my body, I've steered clear of using fancy bath products. However, I've been using this every morning this week and my skin is absolutely fine, which I'm thrilled about because it really wakes me up in a morning when I have my shower, and prepares me for the day. 
I would really recommend this shower gel, it does everything it says on the tin (well, bottle) and more - full marks for Lush! x 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Review • Liz Earle Products

Happy Friday everyone! It's really been a long, hard week hasn't it?! Luckily for me a pleasant surprise was awaiting me (and my mum) when I got home today, the products my mum had ordered from Liz Earle had arrived, so I thought I'd show you all what lovely lotions and potions that we purchased. 

Skin Repair Moisturiser, Normal/Combination - £18.75

The first product we have, is the Skin Repair Moisturiser (with naturally active ingredients: borage and avocado oil, echinacea, beta-carotene & natural vitamin E) This is to be used every morning and night to keep your face looking fresh and moisturised! I personally love this, it's great on my skin (I have fairly sensitive skin as well) and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and glowing afterwards!

Cleane & Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser - £14.25

Next up, we have the Cleanse and Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser (with naturally active ingredients: rosemary, chamomile, coca butter and eucalyptus essential oil). Firstly, it smells absolutely fab and it really does smell lovely and natural. I tend to use this in the evenings more than the morning as it's super good at removing my make-up from the day as well as refreshing my face. The muslin cloth that is included with the products is used to wipe off the cleanser which really polishes off your face, and I find that after using it, my skin just breathes a sigh of relief. I really recommend this, it's such a great cleanser, and again, it's great on my (sensitive) skin. 

Instant Boost Skin Tonic - £12.50

Third in my box of goodies, is the Instant Boost Skin Tonic (with naturally active ingredients: organic aloe vera, calendula, rose-scented geranium, cucumber and natural vitamin E). This toner is marketed to be strongly floral scented, and they're not wrong! It smells absolutely gorgeous, and leaves your face smelling just as lovely once you've used it. I also use this just on an evening, after using the cleanser (above), this toner adds that extra blast of refreshment to your face and really brightens it up! I recommend buying this alongside the cleanser because as a duo they're perfect for keeping your skin super healthy and radiant. 

Superskin Concentrate - £19.75


Finally, we have the Superskin Concentrate (with naturally active ingredients: organic rose hip oil, argan oil, neroli oil and natural vitamin E). I hadn't used this product before, but I can safely say that for me, it was just as good as the other three products. This is to be used after the cleansing and toning, but before that final process of moisturising. It's 100% plant oils, and just as I expected, smells wonderful. It's perfect for balancing oily skin (for all you teens out there) and also softening dry/mature skin. It's not a necessity for me like the other products, however I do recommend it as it's a great product and really works for me. 

And there we have it, that's my mini haul of Liz Earle products. Anyone who hasn't tried out Liz Earle products before, I really suggest you do - I know they could be seen as slightly pricey, but take my word for it (and also my mum's) they are worth the price and will leave your face feeling as clean as it could possibly get! Leave a comment if you've tried out any of these products and had the same/different experiences. Thanks for reading x 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

About Me

My name is Harriet, I'm 18 years old, currently studying at university and am a lover of all "Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle" blogging. 

After being a keen reader of other blogs I decided that I would like to begin writing my own. I started my blog in 2012 and although my following is small, I thoroughly enjoy writing on my blog even if it only reaches a small audience. I write about anything that I enjoy talking about whether that be my own personal life experiences, reviews, my top products I rate or about things I've bought whilst shopping. 

Thank you anyone who has stumbled across my blog and I hope you enjoy what you read.