Mini Makeup Revolution Haul!

Yes, I finally jumped on that band wagon before it completely passed me by.  I had actually tried to order from Makeup Revolution about a month ago, but finally gave up after having issues trying to use PayPal.  Because I registered with PayPal when I lived in the states, the site refused to ship to me because it thought I was not inside the UK.  Then for some reason it wasn’t letting me just sign in as a guest and use my bank card.  Really annoying, I did tweet Makeup Revolution about it and they did state they are looking into other payment options.  In the end I used the mister’s PayPal account and finally got my order in.

So what did I get?

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I was debating between the many gorgeous palettes and in the end just decided to go for the 32 piece Flawless palette.  Didn’t think I could go wrong there.  I love pretty much all the colours, this will be perfect with my limited bathroom makeup storage space.  Rather than having a few palettes and singles, this baby should do it all.  I did notice that it does have that very powdery cheap makeup smell going on, but that’s definitely not a deal breaker.  Can’t wait to play around with this!

2014-07-19 14.44.57I also knew I really wanted one of the blush and contour palettes, I can’t get enough of blush at the moment and the Hot Spice palette looked perfect!  There’s a very shimmery colour that would be a good highlight on a night out and a shimmery blush reminiscent of the MAC baked blushes.

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And the last item I didn’t actually order.  I was sent the Cover and Conceal kit in error instead of an eyebrow kit and to be honest I can’t be bothered with the faff of trying to send it back and get what I actually ordered.  So not really sure about this one, I don’t really use anything besides my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer and this looks like it might be something that requires a concealer brush which I don’t have.  It is also in Light Medium, some of the darker shades are too dark for me, but I might try them out as a contour?

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And there’s my first foray into Makeup Revolution!  In general, I am really impressed by the packaging.  It feels very sturdy and I think the solid packaging looks a lot more professional than clear lids.  Also no useless dinky applicators included!

Have you tried anything from Makeup Revolution yet?  What are your favorite products?


Kelly Brook Nail Polish at New Look

I had some New Look vouchers and needed to pick up some work essentials (namely a black cardigan and black flats, does anyone else go through flats like water?).  After I had picked out what I wanted, I needed to spend a few more pounds to make it up to my voucher amount so I picked up a Kelly Brook nail polish in Unique, a very hot and vibrant neon pink.  I don’t have anything like this in my collection and I thought it would be a fun summer colour.

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One thing I noticed right off the bat using this nail polish is it is STREAKY!  I don’t know if it’s just the colour I got because I have read rave reviews, people saying that they only needed to use one coat.  Well, after the second coat went on and it was still going on streaky, I gave up and left it at that.  It looks alright from afar.  I’m on the second day and I have a few chips which is annoying (I used a Nails Inc topcoat as well).

However, I do really like the packaging, it is a bit reminiscent of the Top Shop makeup.  But I won’t be repurchasing this formula.

Have you tried any of the Kelly Brook nail polishes?  What’s your favorite summer colour for your nails?


Review: Dove Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant

Ok, so maybe not the most thrilling of products, but we all use it so there ya go! I’m not the most sweaty of people, but with the hot weather we’ve been having and wearing tank tops and such, it is nice to have extra protection.

I had heard of this product before and picked it up on a whim while buying house bits in Wilko’s. I already use Dove solid deodorant normally so I had quite high hopes for the Dove Maximum Protection.

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It’s a cream deodorant, the instruction suggest using two clicks for each underarm. It goes on very creamy and absorbs into the skin. I will say it is very moisturising so if you want nice, soft arm pits, then this is an option.

As for extra sweat protection, I wasn’t that impressed. This didn’t work any better than my normal Dove deodorant so I feel it doesn’t really warrant the price tag. I think it was better at moisturising that actually working as a deodorant/antiperspirans.

So this won’t be a repurchase for me and I’ll be going back to my old standby!


Buying Our First Home!

In case you have been wondering why I have been missing in action as of late it’s because the mister and I have just been moving into our new house.  It’s been quite the ordeal actually moving, and the house isn’t going to be a home for a while.  But we were quite lucky in that after we actually found a house and had the offer accepted that the process went very smoothly.  So here are a few tips for when you decide to start saving/looking for your first home!

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1) Find a smart way to save.  Decide how quickly you’d like to save up your deposit and how much of your social life you are willing to sacrifice.  Will you be happy eating beans on toast and living like hermit if it means getting onto the property ladder a bit quicker?  Or do you want to budget so that you can still have the cheeky takeaway and hit town on the weekends, but maybe adding a year or two onto your renting years.  Find an amount that you can afford and save it every month, if you have extra, great.

As for the account that you use for your deposit, check out Save to Buy accounts.  We had one through Nationwide, it gave us better rates, less fees and £1000 cash back after we completed.  It also wasn’t accessible which means we saved the money and didn’t touch it.  If you are saving into an inaccessible account, make sure you have another account that you can use for emergencies.

2) Now you have the deposit and can start looking for a house.  Look at houses below and above your budget so you get a feel of what you can get for your money. This will also help you decide if you want to save a bit more or if you are happy with what you can afford at the moment.

One problem, the mister and I encountered a lot initially is that we’d book in to see a house for the weekend when we weren’t working and by the time our appointment rolled around, the house was already sold.  So if you see something you like, book in as soon as possible, go on your lunch hour if necessary.  We ended up getting our house by booking in to view it hours after it was put on Rightmove, we were the first people to see it, knew we loved it and put an offer in then and there.

3) Make sure you get the best rate mortgage rate.  Mister and I saw a couple different banks/building societies to see what each one would lend us/at what rate.  We also saw an independent financial advisor (we ended up going to Nationwide in the end as the even the IFA couldn’t do better for us than them).  Make sure you shop around as this is going to probably be the biggest purchase you make.

4)  In addition to paying a mortgage, you need to think about other expenses you will incur and if you can afford this.  Things like the fees for actually setting up the mortgage, surveys, a new council tax band, buildings insurance, life insurance, higher utilities bills are all things to consider when moving from a flat to a house so make sure you can afford the house you buy.

In regards to  buildings insurance and life insurance, your mortgage provider will most likely try to get your use their services, but make sure you go online on a comparison site such as MoneySuperMarket to make sure you are getting the best deal.  And don’t forget the solicitors fees and stamp duty, these costs average around £3500 depending on the price of the property so you will need this in addition to your deposit.

5) Enjoy the process as much as you can!  I loved looking at houses and trawling Rightmove for new additions everyday (I still have the app on my phone and check it occasionally even though we have our house!).  It can be really stressful saving/finding/buying a house so try to have as much fun with it as possible, it’s a huge step to take and something you can be proud of for achieving!



Old School Herbal Essences

These just make me so happy.  I can’t even explain.  When I heard Herbal Essences was bringing back their old formula, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a set.  But then we bought a house, and had to pack, repaint, unpack, clean, try to furnish our new house with essentials after living in a furnished flat for the past 5 years, and so on.  So I am a bit late on the band wagon, but finally managed to pick up a pair on our weekly shop!

2014-06-09 12.43.43I had to go for the Moisture Balance formula, this IS Herbal Essences for me.  As soon as I popped open the bottle for sniff, I immediately had flashbacks of swimming lessons at the local YMCA when I was a youngin’.  The smell is beautiful and they make my hair feel and smell great as well, can’t really go wrong.  I do have to say that I much prefer these, from the packaging, scent, and effectiveness to the new Herbal Essences lines.

What do you think, new line or original collection Herbal Essences?  Any fond memories associated with these little babies?


Sunburn Savior: LUSH’s Dream Cream

Having just come back from a lovely week-long holiday in Fuerteventura (read about it here if you like), my skin is in dire need of hydration.  My complexion does not lend itself to tanning well at all.

I don’t tan, I burn and get freckly.  Despite my best efforts of slathering in SPF 50 sun cream, I still managed to get some weird patches of sun burn.  I gave up laying out halfway through the holiday and enjoyed the heat from the shade of a parasol for the remainder of the trip.

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To ease the pain and prevent myself from shedding like a snake, I have been slathering on copious amounts of LUSH’s Dream Cream.  This is a lovely, cooling cream that is suitable for sensitive skin and feels great to soothe sunburns.

It’s thicker than a lotion, but not quite as thick as a body butter.  It does have a slightly greasy texture.  It does have a very strong herbal scent, mostly like lavender, so if that’s not your thing you might want to steer clear.  Beside lavender oil, it also contains skin softening oat milk, rose absolute, and fair trade cocoa butter.

dreamcreamThis will definitely be part of my daily routine until my sunburn has healed and gone.

Do you turn into a bronze goddess in the sun or are you a pale gal that can’t take the heat?  What’s your favorite after sun product?



Pre-Holiday Pamper!

With my holiday looming nearer in sight to Fuerteventura, I’ve started feeling the pressure to start getting hot weather ready.  You know those scaly bits of skin that may have not seen the light of day in months.  So here are 3 products I’ve used to start exfoliating/hydrating!

2014-04-27 13.07.20First off, start out with some LUSH Rub Rub Rub in the shower on your elbows, knees, and feet.  This is one of my all time favorite LUSH products.  It’s a blue fresh scented shower scrub packed with sea salt.  This will give you some serious exfoliation on those dry patches.

Then smother on some Soap & Glory Heel Genius and pull on the fuzzy socks to get those feet sandal ready.  I like doing this at night when I’m chilling out in front of the tv so the lotion can really soak in for a while.

And with my winter dry skin, my face has needed a bit of TLC and this Montagne Jeunesse Hot Spring Sauna mask* was just the thing.  It is self heating and actually feels quite hot when first applied.  It has quite a gritty texture that might be too harsh for some skin, but I just massaged it in the areas I knew needed the exfoliation, mostly around my nose.  Leave it on for 10-15 and wash off with a face cloth.  I think this would actually make a really nice foot mask and think I will be trying that out next time I pick one these masks up!

So there you have it, phase one of my holiday prep!

What are your favorite pampering products to get your skin summer ready?



*Product received for review purposes.  Opinions 100% my own.