Monday, 25 May 2015

Topshop Nude Eyes in Stripped

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If you read my last post (here) you’ll recognise this little pot from my wishlist. I found the idea of a nude, blendable, longwearing cream eyeshadow too tempting so I bought Topshop’s Nude Eyes in Stripped. First off, as you can see the pot is tiny, much more tiny that I thought it’d be but you do only seem to need a little product so I’m hoping it’ll last a reasonably long time. It’s described as a pinky-nude on the site but I’d say it has more peachy/apricot undertones. One application of this gives a subtle wash of colour but it’s easily built for more colour on the lid. I’ve been applying this with my fingers. The heat from fingers make it easier to blend out. This doesn’t crease and I don’t find it patchy or drying. It’s surprisingly longwearing and is also waterproof. Nude eyes would make a great base product and I reckon they’re not a bad dupe for MAC’s Paint Pots. 

There’s another 4 colours available and should suit most skin tones. It’s a great non-fuss eyeshadow that works great on its own, blended with other shadows/ or eyeliner, or a base product. It’d be great for holidays/ festivals due to it’s longevity. A really nice little product, despite there only being a small amount of it.

Are you a fan of Topshop’s makeup?



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Weekly Wishlist #2 The Topshop Edit

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Topshop is definitely one of my favourite high street shops. Quality can sometimes be a little lacking though and for the price of some items I’d like some better materials but overall it’s one of my favourite places to shop. They have a wide range of styles and trends (groan, I hate that word). First up is a white crossover blouse. I have a similar top I bought from them absolutely ages ago and it’s still going strong, perfect for a more dressed up day look; easy to wear and comfortable. I love this black kimono jacket, I’m sorely tempted to purchase it but I have far too many jackets already! I really love the colour of this Mustard Silk Cami, another item perfect for dressing up or down. You can’t go wrong with a good Grey Sweater and the lace details just add a little something extra to this one. I practically live in my Nikes but I love these Adidas Superstars, you can’t have too many trainers right? I rarely wear earrings to be honest but I love these Art-Deco-esque drop earrings.

I love Topshop’s makeup. It’s incredibly reasonably priced and generally good quality. The Nude Eyes look like a good dupe for MAC’s paint pots. And rather brilliantly they come in a selection of shades suited to most skin tones rather than the default light-skin tone. The Glow Dome in Intergalactic looks incredibly pretty, there’s other shades available too. Finally, is the Lipstick in Beguiled. This is part of their range celebrating 5 years in beauty. They’ve pimped up their most popular makeup, another one I think I’m going to buy.

What’s been catching your eye this week?

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Monday, 18 May 2015

MyChelle Hello Beautiful - Age Defence Collection

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MyChelle Pharmaceuticals is a relatively new brand to me. I’ve been interested in trying their products after reading a review of their Fruit Enzyme Mist by Sali Hughes in the Guardian. MyChelle “Hello Beautiful” collections are an ideal and an inexpensive way to try out their products. I bought the Age Defence box but there are others available such as Sensitive Collection link , Dry Collection link, All/Combination Collection link , Oily/Blemish Control Collection link or Age Spot/ UV recovery Collection link, so there should be something for everyone. 

In the Age Defence kit you get:

MyChelle Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser  7.5ml- I really enjoyed using this rich, creamy cleanser. I used it in the morning or for a first cleanse in the evening. This has a very strong cinnamon/pumpkin smell though so beware if you don’t like full on products. It leaves the skin thoroughly cleansed, soft and comfortable.

MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel 7.5ml- This is my favourite product of the box.  The very fruity (it actually contains pieces of fruit) peel contains 7% lactic acid to help boost collagen production which results in a plumper appearance of the skin. After use my skin is always smooth and much brighter looking. You only have this on for 1-3 minutes and it does tingle on the skin. For those of you with very sensitive skin I’d recommend a patch test. Even though this is powerful I experienced no irritation after use. A really excellent face mask/peel.

MyChelle G2 Firming Serum 5ml- This is another favourite. Everytime I use this I feel like I’m giving my skin a little boost. It smooths, plumps and firms. This might be a good product to try if you have sensitive skin that can’t handle some other stronger serums.

MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Mist 5ml - Unfortunately my little pump’s broken so I’m not getting a mist effect but this antioxidant rich “mist” (or liquid) helps maintain moisture levels and Vit C helps boost collagen and firmness. It feels refreshing and stimulating on the skin. Perfect for a pick-me-up throughout the day.

MyChelle Revitalising Night Cream 7.5ml - This is another good product. A very rich night cream that works to improve skin’s radiance and firmness. Again this is quite a strong smelling product, kind of like frankincense but I find the smell fades. The cream sinks in easily and leaves little residue. This would be a great cream for dry skins.

MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented - SPF 28 7.5ml -This was my least favourite product. It just felt too heavy on my skin but I have combination/ oily. It’d definitely be better for dry to normal skin types. On the couple of days we had some sun in Scotland it seemed to do its job well. I just don’t think it’s suited to my skin type.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this sample box. The amount of product you get gives you a good idea if you like them and if they suit your skin type. There’s a few products I’d buy full size of, particularly the Fruit Fiesta Peel, Fruit Enzyme Mist and G2 Firming Serum. 

Mychelle products are:
• Free from harsh chemicals - Parabens, Phthalates, Urea, Petroleum-based chemicals and artificial colours
• Vegetarian and Vegan-friendly and Gluten free
• Delivered in award-winning eco-packaging
• Responsibly produced

Have you tried MyChelle products?

You can get MyChelle Age Defence box for £16.10 (which I think is a great price) from Look Fantastic


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Weekly Wishlist #1

Hello! I'm hoping this will be a regular series. It's been a while since I've shared a wishlist on here and hopefully every week I'll share some things with you that have caught my attention from fashion, beauty, books, films, food etc etc, you get the idea. Hope you enjoy some of these things!

My first (regular) wishlist:

Palladium Lunor Rock Flex Trainers ,I've had my eye on these for quite a while. I love the look and the history of this brand. Does anyone have these? Are they comfortable?

How cute is this bow belt from River Island? Would look brilliant on an assortment of outfits.

I love clothing with unusual details so I love these Rainbow Jeans from Ragged Priest

I live in flat shoes and I'm always on the look out for ones that are a bit different, these shoes from ASOS are particularly good for those inbetween Summer days.

I love the colour and shape of this Duffle Bag from Asos and an excellent size too

And finally this brilliant necklace that states quite eloquently how I feel most days "I hate everything" from Me and Zena .

What's been catching your eye this week?

Asos are offering the following deals from  Wed 13th 8am – Fri 15th 8am. 

Spend and Save Codes: 

£10 off £75. Code: WHOOP10

£20 off £125 Code: WHOOP20

£30 off £150 Code: WHOOP30

Just follow this*link to Asos

T&C’s: Enter promo codes WHOOP10, WHOOP20 or WHOOP30 at check out to redeem. All codes expire on May 15th, 2015 at 8am BST. One use per person. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with another promo code. Valid on both full price and marked down items with total minimum spends of £75, £125 or £150 and max spend of £500. Excludes certain brands, delivery charges, subscription to ASOS Premier and gift vouchers. Where items are returned from orders made with this promo code which results in the total value of the order falling below the minimum spend you needed to spend means that the items that are kept by you will revert to full price and the refund you receive will be adjusted accordingly.

See full T&C’s here

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

April Skin Care Favourites


Okay so I’m a wee bit late but better late than never, right? Life is just running away from me at the moment but when I can I’m taking a few moments out here and there to take some time for myself. And one of the best ways to have a mini pick-me-up is during the cleansing routine. All these products are fast acting apart from the Nuxe face mask, this is on for around 10 minutes- the longest taking product by far. Everything else works quick and incredibly efficiently. All are suited for sensitive skins, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix may cause slight irritation though initially so go easy with it.

So, firstly is the Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute This is a lovely mask and very soothing on sensitive skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated.

I love Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser I got the sample size tub in a British Beauty Blogger box. This has an unusual oil in gel texture that’s perfect for the morning cleanse. It has a slight citrus-y scent to it. A pleasure to use.

This is my third purchase of Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads they really brighten up my skin and give a good exfoliation without being irritable.

I actually forgot I had Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant  I found them while rummaging through my bathroom cupboard. This gives a gentle exfoliation and leaves the skin super soft and brighter. I do this every other morning. 

And again Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm I absolutely love this cleanser. It’s so gentle yet deeply cleanses, it removes everything easily. 

What are your current skin care favourites?

Shop the post:

Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute link

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser link

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads link

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant link

Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm link


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Maybeauty The Incredible Face Mask (with 30% Discount Offer)

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Face masks are one of my favourite beauty treatments. Good face masks offer a quick and easy way to perk up the skin with minimal effort. Brilliant. So when I was offered the chance to try Maybeauty The Incredible Face Mask I was excited to see what it could do. It claims to remove blackheads, acne, dead skin and oil, revealing cleansed smooth skin. The main ingredient is deep sea mud, a favourite of deep cleansing masks. What I like about this product is that it is a more holistic treatment for problem skin. With the package you receive a Skin Guide that offers ways to help improve skin including eating well. Skin care isn’t just a topical treatment, lifestyle choices also play a big role in how our skin looks and behaves. 

In the pack there’s a brush to apply the mask but I found it easier to apply with fingers. The mask itself is black with a viscose consistency and a light fragrance, nothing over powering or off putting. It disappears after application. The mask applies easily, it’s not runny and only a little bit messy. The recommended wear time is 30-45 minutes to let it dry fully. I had mine on roughly 40 mins. It’s comfortable to wear, no tingling or itchiness just a tightening as it nears the end time. Once it’s dried it peels off and warm water removes any excess product. This is where I ran into a bit of bother with the mask. I found removal to be a bit painful so I think this would be more suited to sturdier skin types. I have sensitive skin and my skin was slightly irritated after use. It's worth noting that in the instructions it does say avoid applying on eyebrows as the mask can remove facial hair. But having said this I like the effect of the mask. My skin definitely appears brighter and clearer. 

Maybeauty The Incredibly Face Mask is a good face mask but I don’t think it’s suited to my skin type. It deeply cleanses and leaves skin very smooth. I think more robust skin types would definitely benefit and enjoy this hardworking, intensive mask.

Oh and you can do your best Papa Lazarou impression.

Deep Sea Mud, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Glycerin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Alganite, Ethyl Alcohol, Liquid Germall Plus, Distilled Water.

If you’re interested in trying this mask I have 30% discount following this link here


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Bright Lips for Spring/Summer



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Bright lipsticks are definitely my favourite type of lip colour. I don’t have many nudes, probably 2-3, but I have loads of brights or reds. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve truly embraced bright lip colours and there’s good reasons for this : they brighten up your complexion and make you feel ace. I have chronic pain and take medication, both things really takes its toll on my skin. I think the kindest way to describe my complexion is sallow. I’m also naturally very pale and a bright lip really helps to brighten everything up. I love how such a simple thing such as an amazing coloured lipstick can have an effect on your overall well-being.

Beside this it’s also really lovely to start wearing brighter colours after Winter slowly retreats. If you’re too scared to wear a bright lip colour but really want to I recommend picking a colour you really like and start wearing it as a light stain or mixing it with a lip balm and slowly building the pigment up.

In the line up above I have from left- to right:

Boots Stay Perfect in Gay Geranium (75) - A bold orange-red. This has been part of Boots No7 range since the 1950s. 

Revlon Super Lustrous in Fire and Ice (720)- A red with coral undertones (almost orangey). A perfect red for the Summer.

Rimmel Kate 110- This is a really vibrant matte coral. 

Rimmel Moisture Renew As You Want Victoria (360) This is such an interesting colour, a bright deep pink but with a gold hue to it. It’s one of my favourite colours and would look absolutely amazing on darker skin tones.

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish in 22- And another Rimmel! This is a bright, deep pink again, fuchsia-red I would say. A great budget lip colour. The only thing I don’t like about these lipsticks is the smell.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Frambourjoise 02- A beautiful raspberry shade. One of my favourites and really comes off as more expensive than it is.

Paul and Joe Full Pigment Lipstick in La Vie en Rose (305)- Definitely one of my favourite lipstick formulas. Long-lasting without drying the lips and packed full of beautiful colour. A vibrant light-toned fuchsia, very pretty. 

Are you a fan of a bright lip?

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