Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September Favourites

Can you believe that we have reached the end of September because I can't! So much has happened this month that I don't know where to start. For starters I moved out to university for the first time and therefore also moved to a new city which was both nerve wreaking and exciting all at the same time. Anyway enough about me and more about the products and things I have been loving this month!

Shower Smoothies - Exfoliating Body Scub
I thought I would start with my only skincare favourite and its a body scub. I'm not 100% sure where you buy this stuff but I got mine from a place called home bargains and its amazing. This body scub is a rich blend of coconut, almond and vanilla and it smells heavenly. I love using this stuff once a week to get rid of any dead skin and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and I just generally love it! If you would like to get your hands on this product, I found a link to it here

Soap & Glory Supercar Liner 
What would a favourites post be without a Soap & Glory product?! I'm sure I have talked about this product before but it is amazing and therefore has been featured in this month's favourites. I have really been into a thicker black line and this liquid liner is perfect for that and doesn't move or transfer. However I will say to be careful with it because there have been times when I have ended up with this liner all over my hands. 

Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Stick 
Because I have gone off to university, it means there are some early morning and that's when this eyeshadow stick comes in handy. When I oversleep my alarm and I'm trying to rush my make up, I love using this eyeshadow stick because it is so easy. I just apply my eye primer and just basically colour my lid with this eyeshadow stick in the colour 'hot chocolate' which is a dark brown with a hint of shimmer in it. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick '16'
My 'go to' lip product of choice has been the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in number 16 which is the perfect everyday pink colour. I am being honest when I say I have been using this lipstick everyday during this month because it is so wearable and goes with every outfit and has great lasting powder. If you find yourself wondering around boots, I would seriously recommend checking out these lipsticks. 

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder 
I know you will have heard me talking about this powder before but I checked my August favourites and I didn't include it so its been included in this one! I'm not going to lie when I say that I use this everyday and I don't have any powder that does the same thing. It controls my oily skin, gets rid of shine and doesn't cause me to break out. What more could you ask for?! I may just need to say that it smells like fruit heaven!

 Elf Powder Blush 'Candid Coral'
The blusher of the month comes from Elf and is called 'Candid Coral'. I am going to be honest and say that I hated this blush when it arrived on my doorstep because when I tested it, it didn't have great pigmentation and had a lot of glitter in it. However when I was deciding what make up to take with me to university (what a job that was!) I decided to take this blusher and give it go. I love it now and I think its because the glitter top layer has disappeared and I like the fact that it isn't bright or very pigmented because I can go in heavy-handed and build it up. 

Barry M Hi-Shine 'Coconut'
The nail polish of the month goes to Barry M Hi-Shine in the shade 'Coconut' which is lovely light white colour and looks amazing on the nails. I would recommend that you do two coats of this to get the perfect white nails but I love this nail polish because the formula is great. The formula makes the nail polish last longer and look shiny which is what I look for in a nail polish. 

TV show of the month
Being at university there isn't that much time for TV but I have made time for the return of 'Dancing With The Stars which is one of my all time favourite shows. I also can't wait for 'Strictly Come Dancing' to return either! I know you might think that these shows are for old people but I love it and thats because I was a dancing when I was younger and there are some seriously hot dancers on these shows. 

Music of the Month
My favourite song of the month has been 'The Story' by Brandi Carlile because you can hear the emotion in her voice and it just gets me everytime.  I first heard this song on grey's anatomy and since then, I haven't stopped listening to it because it is that good! Other songs I have enjoyed recently include 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Lorde and 'You Don't Think I Don't Care' by Jack McManus which is a great song.

That's a wrap on everything I have been loving this month and I'm sorry I didn't include a movie favourite or a book favourite but honestly I haven't had the time to read or watch a movie due to amount of work university has piled on me however of course I will be continuing to blog as much as possible! I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful.

What were you September Favourites?

Emily <3  

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Budget Eyeshadows // Fashionista

I have really been into eyeshadows and I own more than I really need however there is one particular brand that caught my eye because of the quality and price. This brand is called Fashionista and can be found on the Superdrug website. It is a budget brand and if I am honest I had never heard about them before but I saw their eyeshadows online and I thought I would give it a go. I am being honest when I say that these eyeshadows are some of the best I have ever tried from the drugstore and highstreet. 

First off the actual size of each eyeshadow is crazy. Each one contains 2.5g which is more than other single eyeshadows not to mention the pigmentation. These eyeshadows have the best pigmentation ever and gives such a good colour payoff. I have four eyeshadows and in clockwise from the top; Honey, Chocolate Dream, Embellished and Earth Star. 

When you buy them, they come in cute black packaging however they can come out which is personally my favourite bit and was what really drew me towards them. Because you can take them out, you can create your own palette but if you only want to take one colour on holiday you can still pop it out and put it into the individual packaging it came in. What is great idea!

One thing I love about these eyeshadows is how easy it is to just pop out the eyeshadows. It doesn't require any special equipment and doesn't create any mess or break the eyeshadows. The palette I picked up was the Fashionista Custom Palette in Red which holds four single eyeshadows and includes a massive mirror which is great for travelling. This palette cost £3.79 and the individual eyeshadows cost £2.79 which is a brilliant price for the quality. 

I would seriously recommend trying out these eyeshadows if your looking for good quality budget eyeshadows because they are worth it. These are just my personal thoughts towards the eyeshadows and they may work different for you. 

Have you tried these eyeshadows? What did you think? 

Emily <3 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation // First Impressions

I recently did a Summer Beauty Haul and within that haul was the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and I recently tried it and I thought why not do a first impressions post so here we are. I brought this foundation because I had heard so many people talking about it and raving about it and I thought if it is that good I will have to try it. I don't normally wear foundation but I needed one for times when I do need a bit more coverage but I had also heard that this foundation was a fairly light coverage which was what I wanted. If you want to know what I thought of this foundation when I first used it than this is the post for you...

First off this foundation has no pump which for me isn't a deal breaker but makes it harder to apply and can create a mess if your like me and just spill everything you touch. Other than the no pump issue, I love the packaging and that also drew me towards it because it is in a glass bottle and the white cap just makes it look more expensive than it is. Another thing I would say about this foundation is not to over pour the foundation because I poured way too much onto my hand and then made a mess trying to pour it back into the bottle. 

When I opened up the foundation, I noticed that it smelt rather strange and I don't know if I like it or not. However the smell went away after a couple of minutes when I applied it to my face so that isn't so bad. However one thing I will say is that it can take a while to blend in and really requires a lot of work to make it look flawless. Another thing I noticed was that it didn't dry straight away so if your like me and put foundation all over the face before blending than you are fine. One thing to note is that I picked up mine in the shade '110 ivory' which was the lightest shade they had and surprisingly it was too light and made me look pale. The other thing I noticed was it stuck to drier areas of my face which made it look a bit powdery. 

I have to say that this foundation wore very well indeed. It didn't change colour or fade. However it didn't control my oil or shine as well because I had a powder a couple times through out the day. The only others things I would say about this foundation is that it was heavier than expected and this could be because I don't wear foundation often and I would say it is a more medium coverage rather than a light coverage foundation. 

Overall I would say that this is a fairly standard foundation and does the work well. I will still be using this foundation and trying different ways to make it work. These are just my thoughts on the product after the first use and this foundation may work differently on your skin compared to mine. I hope that this first impression was interesting and useful. 

Have you tried this foundation before? What did you think? 

Emily <3

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Top Blushers Under £3

I felt like talking about blushers today so I thought why not and that's what this post is about. I love searching drugstores for blushers and I feel that they are one thing that you can buy fairly cheaply but still get good pigmentation from. I decided to share with you my three favourite blushers for under three pounds and so enjoy. 

Make Up Revolution - Hot
The first blush comes from Make Up Revolution and is there powder blush in Hot. I brought this a while back but only started using it recently because it is more of a autumn and winter tone. It is a bright pink colour which gives a rosy cheeks like of look which I love during the colder months. I would say that it is very pigmented so be careful not to go overboard. This blush cost £1 and I mean what more can you ask for.  

Natural Collection - Peach Melba 
This blush is talked about alot in the beauty world and with good reason because it is amazing. I love using this blush during the spring and summer months as it is a more peachy toned blush. I like using this blush because it isn't that pigmented which means that you totally build it up and go in heavy handed if you need to. However the packaging is cheap but it is small and fits into a handbag perfectly. This blush cost £1.99 which is a great bargain. 

Makeup Academy Blusher - Bon Bon
The last blush is from MUA and is a mix between peach and hot pink tones. I love using blush all year round and is actually my most used blush because it is so easy to use and a dream to blend. This blush is very pigmented and isn't too powdery either. However the packaging isn't great because the lid often comes off if your not careful and therefore it isn't great for traveling with. This blush cost £1 and is worth a try. 

I hope that this post was interesting and gave you some ideas of the blushers you could buy if you are on a budget but still want a good quality blush. These are my choice of budget blushers and you don't have to use these because they are just ideas and these blush work great for me. 

What your favourite drugstore blusher? 

Emily <3 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Products For Oily Skin

As someone who struggles with oily skin I know how hard it can be to find products that actually help to combat the oil and shine rather than making your face more shiny. There are so many products in the drugstore that claim to help or stop shin but they don't always work. An example of this would be the famous Rimmel Stay Matte Powder which doesn't keep me matte at all. However over the last couple of months, I have picked up a few products that would be great for oily skin and I thought I would share them with you. I picked a foundation, BB cream and two matte powders which helped me and my oily skin. 

The BB cream that I picked is the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. This BB cream is designed for oily skin and contains 2% salicylic acid which helps to fight spots. However I really like this BB cream because it isn't greasy or oily which means that when it is applied, it doesn't make you look like a shiny disco ball. Although this BB cream is designed for oily skin I still powder over the top just to get that fully matte look. 

One of the best foundations I have found for oily skin is the Miss Sporty So Matte Perfect Stay Foundation. The name of the product should give it away but it is amazing because there is no shine or oil and it doesn't move once it is on your face. It claims to keep you matte for 14 hours which is about right to me and even better, it doesn't require powder over the top. Because it is so matte, the foundation does set quickly so you have to be fast with your blending. 

Trying to find the best matte powder in the drugstore can be hard but I came up with two and the first one is from Bourjois and is the Health Balance powder. It claims to create a 10 hour matte finish however I don't think it lasts 10 hours but rather 7 or 8 which is just as good. This powder also creates a healthy glow while not making you look shiny and this powder smells amazing! It smells like fruit and I love it!

However if you want a fully matte finish then the Seventeen Miracle Matte Powder is the one for you. This powder claims to keep your face matte for up to 16 hours and if I am honest I think that it does because I never have to touch up with this powder and it doesn't look too powdery. If you suffer from very oily skin I would recommend trying this powder because it is very good and stays matte for a long time and is very cheap too!

And that's all the products that I am going to be talking about for this post. Everyone has different skin and even if you have oily skin, these products may not work for you but these are the products that work best for me. I hope you found this post helpful and useful. 

What are your favourite base products?

Emily <3 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

September Wishlist

As a person who is living on a fairly tight budget, wishlists are the only thing to keep me from going out the spending all my money and I thought I would create a wishlist for the month of sepetember which features a range of products that I have been thinking about buying. I love reading wishlists and I thought I would give it a go and create my own one. This months wishlist include make up and skincare products. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
I have been thinking about getting this foundation for the longest time and I was so close to getting it the other day but ended up leaving it. Because of this, it is in my wishlist. I really would like to buy this serum because I have heard so many people raving about this product and I am looking for a base with a bit more coverage. 

Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner 'Eastend Snob'
I have never brought or used a lipliner before however I have started wearing lipsticks more recently and therefore I have been thinking about getting a lipliner. I have heard a quite a few good things about this lipliner so it is on my wishlist as well, 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 'Eternal Gold' 
Next up is a very hyped up product and I do own three of these cream eyeshadows already however I have got my eye on the colour 'Eternal Gold' as I am really loving wearing gold eyeshadows a lot during the past couple of weeks. I don't know what it is about gold but I may have to pick this one up soon!

The Body Shop Body Butter 'Pink Grapefruit'
If there is one thing I love trying out its new body butters and The Body Shop Body Butters are some of the best around and I recently took a look around the shop and the Pink Grapefruit Body Butter caught my eye. First off, it smells so good and when I tried the tester in the shop it felt smooth, soft and light and I might have to take a sneaky trip!

Soap & Glory 'Sugar Crush' Body Wash 
I am that person who stands at the Soap & Glory stand in Boots and just smells every product and if your like me, you will know that the Sugar Crush Body Wash smells amazing and I have heard so many bloggers and youtubers raving about this product so I may have to get some the next time I am in Boots!

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream 
The last product in my wishlist has been the The Body Shop's Vitamin E Eye Cream which again has had a lot of good reviews from bloggers. I am in need of a new eye cream and this one looks very good so I may have to pick this one up as well. 

And that's everything in my wishlist. These are just the products that I am interested in at the moment and these are just based on my thoughts. I hope that you found this post fun and interesting because I love seeing what people are wishing for.

What products are on your wishlist? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Rocking The Nude Lip

One beauty trend that I have seen going around the blogs and channels recently has been nude lips and that's thanks to Kylie Jenner who loves to rock a nude lip so I thought why not share with you a few of my nude lipsticks and lip crayons that I have been rocking recently.

Sally Hansen Colourfast Tint & Moisture Balm 'Nude N Natural'
First up is a product from Sally Hansen and this is a lip crayon in the colour 'Nude N Natural'. I love using this product because it gives my lips a very light colour almost like you have put concealer on your lips. It also moistures my lips and smells like vanilla!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 'Nude Delight' 
If you haven't heard about this product, where have you been living because this is a cult favourite in the beauty world. I love wearing this lipstick daily because it gives a light wash of colour and makes you lips look healthy and puts back colour into your lips. 

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick 'Nudist' 
I have talked so much about this gloss stick but it is so good and smells amazing. I love wearing this lip crayon when I want a more glossy finish and if my lips are feeling dry this is perfect for making them feel moisturised. This product gives more of a pink toned nude colour as well. 

MUA Lipstick 'Bare'
At only £1, this has to be the cheapest nude lipstick ever but it is still very good. This lipstick has a slightly thicker coverage to it but give a lovely light pink tone to it. I would say that this lipstick is rather similar to the Sally Hansen Lip Crayon in colour but is a great cheap nude lipstick. 

MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm 'Rendezvous
Another product from MUA but this time it's a Lip Crayon. When I first brought this product, I couldn't stop wearing it because it was so nice. I still love it now because it gives a more darker shade of nude and gives a more pinky tone and also has a glossy finish to it. 

L'oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash 'Lolita'
I thought I would throw in a lipgloss at the end because it is great product and is from L'oreal. One thing I love about this product is that it applies like a gloss and then drys to a matte lipstick finish. However it gives off a darker pink nude colour but I still count it as a nude lip colour to me!

That's a lot of nude lip products and hopefully you have enjoyed this post and found it interesting. These are just my choice of products and they may work differently for you but these work great for me. 

(Left to right: Nude N' Natural, Nude Delight, Nudist, Bare, Redezvous, Lolita)

What are you favourite nude lipsticks or lip crayons? 

Emily <3