Top 5 Repurchases!

There are some items in my beauty arsenal that I will repurchase over and over again.  I guess in the beauty world, these would be my holy grail products, they do the job and they do the job well!  I’ve noticed most things that I repurchase fall into the hair care and skin care category, rather than makeup.  I think this is because with makeup, I like to be a bit more experimental, where when it comes to my hair and skin, I just want something that does what it’s supposed to do.  So here are my top 5 repurchases!

2013-11-03 10.32.57got2b 2 Sexy Big Volume-I raved about the Collagen Lift version of this, but when I went to repurchase, the Collagen Lift was nowhere to be found so I ended up with Big Volume.  I actually prefer this to the Collagen Lift because that gives you more of a “freeze” hold, where this is a nice light hold that you can brush through to get volume and it still smells amazing.  Hairspray that doesn’t reek?  Yes please.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder-Yes, you’ve heard Tanya Burr rave on about this product, but with good reason!  Its cheap and cheerful and keeps you shine free all day!  I love this stuff and I also like that they have embossed the powder with the Rimmel logo now!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer-I always have a back up hanging around of this product (you can tell this is the backup because it doesn’t look like crap with all the writing smudged off).  Even though, I have been enjoying the Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer, I always come back to this guy to cover up those blemishes and dark circles.

L’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution-Apparently, a dupe for Bioderma, this micellar solution dissolves away makeup and is the lazy girl’s dream product.  It takes off the toughest eye makeup without stinging your eyes or drying out your skin.  This is my 3rd bottle and it won’t be my last.

V05 GIve Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray-I am forever battling with fine limp hair and this texturising spray does amazing things for me.  You need this in your life if you struggle to get volume in your hair.  Check out my review if you need proof that this stuff works!  It volumizes or if you just need some texture in your freshly washed hair to hold a style better, this stuff is perfect.  I guess this it what I imagine that horrendously expense Oribe spray does, if I could afford it.

What products do you repurchase without fail or have a cheeky backup waiting in the ranks?  Do you tend to repurchase makeup, skin care, or hair items?




FOTD: Golden Cat Eye

I don’t think I’ve ever worn winged liner/cat eye liner before.  I think I may have attempted it once, but given up after not being able to match up both sides (is that even possible?).  After seeing Lisa Eldridge wearing smudgy winged liner with gold eyeshadow, I was inspired to give it another go.  My look didn’t turn out anything like her’s, but I’m still happy with it!

2013-10-29 11I paired it with an ELF lipstick in Voodoo, been loving this berry lipstick for the fall.  And the ELF lipsticks are such a good bargain as well!

2013-10-29 14.53.22Face:

Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream-My go to base right now, gives more coverage that my Olay Fresh Effects, but still looks natural.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-Would I use anything else?

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer

Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro-Definitely picking up a few more of these when I visit the states for Christmas!


eos Lip Balm in Raspberry Pomegranate

ELF Lipstick in Voodoo


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MUA Professional Eye Primer

MUA Undressed Palette-Light matte brown in crease and sparkly gold over the lid.  I used the black eyeshadow on the ELF angled eye liner brush to create a wing (used a business card to get it straight!).

Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer-Used this in the waterline and to go over the black eyeshadow

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara-Been loving this mascara lately!

So there is my first attempt at cat eye/winged liner!

Do you rock the winged liner or are you like me and prefer to just smudge on some shadow?


P.S.  Just a sidenote because I think the links are kind of hard to see with this format, but I link the individual products if I’ve reviewed them previously so click on a product to get some more info!

FOTD: Two Tone

Here’s a nice simple look using just two eye shadows.  Today I have been busy doing adult things, registering with a new gp (should have done that 2 years ago when we moved, but nevermind), making an appointment with a mortgage advisor, running errands, etc.  And I needed a quick look that I could throw on without being too over the top, but still looking polished.

PicMonkey CollageOoo, moody downcast blogger photo, just gave this a try because of my hooded eyes you can’t really see any of my eyeshadow with open eyes.  It’s a bit annoying, you spend all that work carefully blending your eyeshadow, making it look nice, and then you can’t even really see it.  Poo.

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Rimmel 9 In 1 BB Cream-This has a bit more coverage than my Olay Fresh Effects, but still gives a natural finish.

Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer-I just bought this (although you can’t really tell by the state of it) and absolutely love it for concealing under the eyes, nose, and chin.   Better than the Collection Long Lasting Concealer!

Rimmel Stay Matte Face Powder-Just repurchased this today, mine is looking a bit sad.

MUA Mosaic Bronzer-Used this to contour, great for pale gals as it is not super dark.

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter-Gorgeous, love this!

17 Blusher in China Pink-Great blush, suits most skin tones!


2013-10-02 12.49.08Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette-The easy bit to this look, run the dark brown crease colour through the crease with a fluffy brush.  Then place the taupe browbone colour over the lid.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara-Plenty on the upper lashes!


eos Raspberry Pomegranate Lip Balm-I’ve been applying this at the beginning of my makeup routine so my lips are moisturised by the time the lipstick goes on.

Glossy Box Lipstick in Glossy Pink-A new fall favorite!

What’s your go to eye look on lazy days?  Anyone else getting extremely frustrated by the lack of natural light for blog photos?  Oh English winter time…


FOTD: Just Peachy Green

Oh man, see what I did there?  Technically today is the start of my weekend, I started a new job where I work 4 ten-hour days a week so I get a day off during the week.  Which is really awesome.  During the weekends, I like to experiment a bit more with my eyeshadow, don’t want to look too over the top in the work place.  I’ve been really wanting to try out the green shadow in my Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette, but let’s be honest, green eyeshadow is a bit iffy sometimes.  So I gave it a go, paired with a nice peachy lip and it actually looks quite toned down and subtle I think.

2013-08-09 12.02.51Excuse the wet hair, I like to give it a break from the blow dryer during the weekend.

Here’s what’s on my face:


Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream-I’ve been reaching for my Olay Fresh Effect BB cream over this one for a while, but my skin hasn’t been as good and I need a bit more coverage.

MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Dolly- Love this cream blusher, it’s a nice peachy colour, applies really nicely.

Rimmel Stay Matte Poweder-A staple.


Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette-I used the shimmery beige (top right) over my lid, the green over the outer half and lining the lower lid, and the cream champagne colour (top left) as a highlight.2013-08-09 12.03.25

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara-Top and lower lashes.


MUA Lipstick in Nectar-Nice summery colour.

2013-08-09 13.32.44So there’s a nice simple and fresh look using minimal products!

Any plans for the weekend?  What are the most daring eyeshadow shades you’ve worn?


April Empties

I have a ton of empties this month, and if you’ve read previous empties post, no, I did not use these in the month of April.  Basically, I have a bag that I store my empties in and when it gets suitably full, I do an empties post.  I do this because I don’t really use up enough products in a month to merit a blog post.  But I had been neglecting the empties bag so there are quite a few this time!

2013-04-07 10.35.56Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover-Already repurchased, a much cheaper dupe of the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.

Skin Therapy Fragrance Free Facial Wipes-Think these were 2 for £1 at Wilkinsons, they do the job.

John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner-Wasn’t really a fan of this, it is really thin for a hair masque, I actually found the regular John Frieda Full Repair Condition to be thicker and more moisturizing.

Dove Roll On and Dove GoFresh-I love Dove and will repurchase, I use the roll on in the mornings as I find it more effective during the day and the spray to freshen up.

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture-This was the first proper moisturizer I ever used, I actually gave this to my mister to finish because I have been using the different moisturizers I’ve received in Glossyboxes, the one negative is that it leave your face quite greasy and shiny.  The SPF is a godsend in the summer though, I’ve worn this on days I’ve been out and gotten sunburned everywhere except my face so it really works!  I believe the packaging has been redone recently.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-Cheap and cheerful, already repurchased.

Sanctuary Spa Thermal Tranformation-Nice warming masque from a Glossybox, would repurchase though.

Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Body Butter-I really liked this body butter, kept it on my coffee table to use on my hands, sinks in really well so I could put this on and use my laptop without getting it greasy.

Caudalie Vinotherapie Fleur de Vigne Fresh Fragrance-Nice, light citrus fragrance, would repurchase.

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth-I actually left the lid off a bit and this went thick and gloopy before I used it up.  It didn’t really do much for my nails and I have found better clear polishes so would not repurchase.

Whew! So there you have it! (Did you notice I have a new duvet cover?  The old one wore out and I was so happy to get something a bit more feminine this time round!)

What products have you used up recently?


FOTD: Undress Me Too Palette

Hey everyone!  Hope you’re enjoying your weekend, I am meeting a friend for lunch/drinks and then we are going out later to watch a friend’s band so here is a look that can go from day to night featuring the new MUA Undress Me Too palette.

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Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

MUA Bronzed Perfection-to contour

17 Blusher First Flush


2013-03-09 13.03.41MUA Undress Me Too Palette-Reveal over Lid, Wink in Crease, Obsessed in Outer Corner, and Shy as  Highlight

MUA Professional Eye Primer

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara


MUA Lipgloss Shade 4

2013-03-09 13.08.50I will probably add a bit of black eyeliner and smoke up the shadow a bit more before we go out for the evening!

What are you plans for the weekend?  How do you go from day to night?


FOTD: Pints and Pool

Not a very glamourous sounding Face of the Day, but since the mister and I seldom go out, I take any chance I get to do my makeup up a bit.  I am also proud to say I had a very good game of pool this weekend (and apparently the only girl there who didn’t need coaching on how to hold a pool cue, haha!).  I apologize for the red-eye, as it was in the evening was forced to use the dreaded flash.

2013-01-26 19.39.26I was actually really happy with my hair, you may know I have the world’s flattest hair, this is the result of an upside down blow dry and a bit of hairspray!

And the products, a few favorites I haven’t talked about and my Sleek Storm palette had been neglected in favor of MUA palettes recently:

2013-01-27 11.55.02Face:

Mix of Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish (will be reviewing this, BB creams were giving me shiny face by the end of the day absolutely love this more mattifying foundation) and 17 BB Cream

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-Still a firm favorite!

MUA Mosaic Bronzer Shade 1-No shimmer so great for contouring.

17 Blusher China Pink-Picked this up after seeing Lisa Eldridge use it in her Audrey Hepburn tutorial, great universal colour that you can be quite heavy-handed with.

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer-What else is there to say about this cult favorite?


Revlone Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey-Perfect everyday colour!

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MUA Professional Eye Primer

Sleek Storm I-Divine-light Brown in crease, Gold over the lid and underneath the eye

Barry M Intense Eyeliner

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius-I’ve been using this over the Thick and Fast mascara to keep it from flaking since the mascara isn’t waterproof, works wonders!

And there you have it!

How are your pool skills?   English, American, or is it Snooker all the way?