August Empties

Technically, I didn’t use up all these products in August, I’ve actually been saving them up for a few months.  Due to the fact that I just seem to use up products quite slowly or the mister chucks out something when its finished (he still can’t grasp the fact why I want to keep a bag of “trash” in the corner of our room).  But anyway, here’s what empties I’ve managed to save and my thoughts!  Reviews will be linked under the product name if I have reviewed the product on my blog.

Herbal Essences Smooth and Soft Shampoo:  I love Herbal Essences and will definitely be repurchasing this shampoo again.

Burts Bees Naturally Nourishing Mild and Honey Body Lotion:  This hand lotion that was included in a Glossybox replaced Soap and Glory’s Hand Food as my holy grail hand moisturizer.

Noble Isle Summer Rising Bath and Shower Gel:  I loved the scent of this shower gel, very luxurious, but because of the price I can’t see myself repurchasing.

Superdrug Cranberry and Pomegranate Shower Gel:  I will not be repurchasing this as the scent came off a little bit medicinal, it kind of reminded me of berry cough syrup 😛

Primark Gentle Face Wipes:  At £1 for two packs of these babies, you can’t go wrong, a staple of mine.

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion:  This is my absolutely favorite mascara (I purchased this while still living in the states), I still want to give the Max Factor version a go here in the UK.

ELF Eyelid Primer:  A great eyelid primer that gets the job done for a good price.

Natural Being Manuka Cleanser:  This was a lovely, gentle, creamy cleanser that was free from all nasty chemicals, would repurchase.

Superdrug Dry Shampoo in Head in the Clouds:  This is a great dry shampoo with a nice citrusy scent, will definitely repurchase.
And there you have it folks!  Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought!

xx

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FOTD: Featuring MUA Undressed

Hello folks!  Hope you all are enjoying the sunshine today(total blogger moment this morning, first thought was, it’s sunny, better take photos!)!  I am lucky enough to have the day off and spent a good majority of the afternoon sipping lemonade in the garden with a book!  Of course, I got all dolled up to do so, here’s my face of the day:

This is pretty much my everyday makeup look now that I have bought/been using my MUA Undressed Palette, which I absolutely love by the way.  And if you don’t have it yet, why not?  It’s £4 and it’s amazing!

And the makeup I used:

Face:

Vichy Dermablend Sample in Porcelain (I used this instead of concealer, not really a fan, didn’t blend very easily)

17 BB Cream (Love!)

MUA Mosaic Bronzer in Shade 1

17 Blusher First Flush

Eyes:

ELF Eyelid Primer

MUA Clear Mascara (for my brows)

MUA Undressed Palette (Shade 2 over the lid, Shade 4 in crease and outer third, Shade 10 in crease and under eye, Shade 1 on brow bone)

Rimmel Max Volume Lash Flash

Lips:

Burberry Beauty Lip Mist in Copper (from Glossybox)

And there you have it!  My new everyday makeup look!

What is your go to makeup look?  Do you think England will have an actual summer now that this jet stream business has shifted?

xx

Eyelid Primers: MUA vs ELF

I have been using ELF’s Eyelid Primer for ages and have always been quite happy with it.  It keeps my eyeshadow in place and for a £1.50, you can’t really go wrong.  But in my last MUA order, I decided to give their new eyelid primer a go, a pound more expensive at £2.50.

Superficially, I prefer the MUA packaging, the MUA formula is a bit thicker than the ELF, but besides that they are pretty much the same.

ELF on the left and MUA on the right.  I decided to test the two products out to see if one outperformed the other by wearing ELF primer on one eye and MUA on the other for a full day.

There wasn’t any real difference in how the pigmentation showed up for the eyeshadow.  But here’s how my makeup looked after a full day of wear. *Sidenote: My eye makeup usually holds up much better than this in general, but I did take a bath(while doing my best to keep my face dry and makeup intact) in the evening which I normally wouldn’t do wearing eye makeup anyway, but for the experiment’s sake I left it on so I could go a full day.

Here’s the MUA eye, as you can see there is a fair amount of eyeshadow that has gone from the lid (again, under extreme bathing circumstances, normally, my eyeshadow would last all day with this primer).

And the ELF eye, which in my opinion, held up quite a bit better.  It’s definitely not as patchy/creased as the MUA eye.

And the verdict?  Both of these eyelid primers are excellent for everyday wear, but for extremely hot weather/rain/beach, I would say that ELF works best.

Have you tried either of these primers?  Do you wear a full face of makeup while bathing(:P)?

xx

Immaculate Collection Looks: Pink and Grey

Here’s a new series for you, folks.  Having recently received the Immaculate Collection Palette from MUA, I’ve been playing around with it to create different looks.  I wore this look on my wonderful Wednesday off that I spent mooching around town and soaking up the sun in the gardens.

I am more of a neutral girl when it comes to eyeshadows.  When I do wear colours, I like to mix in a neutral colour to make it more wearable for myself.

Eyes:

MUA Clear Mascara on Brows

ELF Eyelid Primer

Immaculate Collection: Shade 12 over the lid up to brow bone, Shade 3 on lid, and Shade 16 through crease

Rimmel Max Volume Lash Flash

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Midnight Blue (I hated this when I first tried it, but it is starting to grow on me)

Face:

17 Cosmetics BB Cream

17 Blusher First Flush

MUA Mosaic Bronzer Shade 1

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow as Highlighter

Lips:

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Rose Pearl

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

xx

 

 

 

FOTD: Into Town

Met a friend in town for some shopping and lunch on Saturday.  We were meant to be going for bagels, but found the bagel shop had been replaced by a little sushi place.  It turned out to be a pleasant surprise because their sushi was lovely, fresh, and reasonably priced so if you are in Bournemouth, you need to check out Sushi and Roll.  It’s right next to Prezzo down from the cinema.

For my makeup, I got some use out of my Heaven and Earth palette with a nice neutral look.

Face:

ELF All Over Cover Stick in Apricot Beige

Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in Berry

Eyes:

ELF Eyelid Primer

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette (photo to show which colours I used on the lid, crease and highlight)

ELF Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil in Gunmetal

Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara

ELF Wet Gloss Brow and Lash Gel

Lips:

Duwop Venom Gloss (from February Glossybox)

Hope you like the look!

Any readers from the Bournemouth area?  What’s your favorite place for a weekend lunch in town?

xx

Beauty Bargain Alert: ELF Favorites

I’m sure all of you have heard of or purchased products from ELF Cosmetics before.  And if you’re like me you love having a nice big ELF haul when they have one of their 40% or 50% off sales.  ELF can be very hit or miss though and its good to know which products are actually worth purchasing because there’s no point in buying something just because its cheap.

So here is a rundown of my favorite products from ELF, these are things that I use on a daily basis and have repurchased.

First off brushes, some ELF brushes are crap, I bought the Studio Stipple brush because I thought it had really good reviews (now I’m thinking I got it confused with the Studio powder brush) and it is pretty much worthless and sheds all over the place, but some brushes are worth having in your collection.

On the left is the Blending Eye Brush, this is a densely packed blending brush and I like to use it for highlighting and blending (duh).  On the right is the Eyeshadow Brush, this brush again is densely packed and just a good brush to have in your collection.  It picks up shadow well and I pretty much use this brush everytime I put on eyeshadow.  These brushes are also good quality, I’ve had no problems with shedding at all.

The ELF Kabuki Face Brush is another ELF brush I use on a daily basis.  This brush is lovely for using with my Maybelline Dream Matte face powder and also for blending out blushes and bronzers.  Again, I’ve never had any issues with shedding.

Pardon my terrible week old manicure, this little gem is the All Over Cover Stick.  I use this as a concealer and it does an amazing job at covering the dark circles under my eyes and also getting rid of any redness on my face.  Some people don’t like using scented products on their faces, but I love the Orange Sugar scent that ELF uses in this product.

I just started using the ELF eyelid primer and this stuff is great.  I had never used eyelid primer before I purchased this about 6 months ago and it makes such a difference with the vibrancy of my eyeshadows and making them last all day.

On the right is the Wet Gloss Brow and Lash gel.  I only use this for my eyebrows and it is definitely a staple in my beauty routine.  I might have to swap it out for the MUA clear mascara though because it’s 50p cheaper and brow gel is brow gel as far as I’m concerned.

And there you have it lovely readers, these are the products that are included in ELF order I make.

What are your favorite ELF products?  Do you let your nail polish get to such a shameful state?

xx

Favorite Products of 2011!

2011 was a pretty decent year for me, started a new job, had my wedding in the states, moved into a lovely new flat, can’t really complain.  But I am excited for 2012 and already have some exciting things to look forward to (Barbados in February being the main event, yay delayed honeymoon!).  2011 was also a good year for me as I discovered quite a few new cosmetics brands as I began familiarizing myself with UK beauty brands, so here are my top picks for 2011:

1.  ELF Eyelid Primer-This stuff is amazing, I picked it up on a whim during a 40% off ELF ordering spree.  I never had used an eyelid primer before this and the difference was incredible.  This primer makes my eyeshadow stay put all day and at only a £1.50 you can’t go wrong.

2.  MUA Heaven and Earth Palette-A steal at £4, this palette was rampantly featured when it came out this year on beauty blogs across the web and with good reason.  I use this gorgeous neutral toned palette almost every day.  The pigmentation is amazing and the range of colours can be used to create a ton of looks.

3.  Soap and Glory Hand Food-I started using this hand cream after seeing it featured in youtube videos on missglamorazzi and FleurdeForce’s channels.  It’s not too greasy, the smaller size is perfect hand bag size and it smells delicious.  This is definitely a staple that I will be purchasing again and again.

4.  Monu Revitalising Moisturizer-I received this moisturizer in my November Glossybox and after using Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for years, I was converted.  This moisturizer smells lovely, leaves your face perfectly matte, while leaving your skin soft and supple.  Love.

5.  Maybelline Dream Matte Powder-I started using this face powder in Rose Ivory earlier this year and have repurchased it a few times since then.  It is my perfect face powder and it takes the shine off of your face and keeps it matte practically all day long.  When my skin is behaving, I just dot on a bit of concealer and brush this powder over my face and there’s no need for foundation!  The packaging is also really cool with a swing out mirror.

6.  Cover Girl Lashblast Fusion Mascara-I have tried mascara after mascara, but this is the one for me.  I love that is lengthens and defines my lashes without making them look clumpy or spidery.

7.  Rituals Foaming Shower Gel-Another item from Glossybox (the December box).  I love this foaming shower gel, it smells amazing, lightly scents your skin, leaves your skin soft, and can also double up as a shaving cream.  It is also fun to use, which is a plus 🙂

8.  17 Fast Finish Nail Polish-I picked up this brand on a whim when I was looking for a red Barry M nail polish to do Christmas nails and Boots was completely sold out of that particular Barry M colour.  I am so glad I gave this brand a go though because for bargain nail polishes (Barry M and ELF), it lasts a lot longer, dries a lot faster, and is just a better formula in my opinion.

9.  Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant Deodorant-I know, I know, deodorant, how  exciting!  But we all use it (I hope) so it’s going on the list.  I love Dove products anyway, but was a bit skeptical when this product came out with its claims of “beauty minerals”.  Not sure what beauty minerals are supposed to do to your armpits, but this deodorant smells lovely (nicer than my standard cucumber) , is moisturizing and does the job and its pink.

 

So there are my top picks for 2011!  What are your favorite products that went strong this year?  What new products did you try that have become staples?

xx