Top Products of 2013!

Jumping on the bandwagon with a round-up of my top products of 2013!  You’ve probably seen a lot of these mentioned on here before, obviously, as these are products I’ve used and abused throughout the year. (Product names will be linked to their full reviews if I’ve done them.)

2014-01-11 11.37.07Skincare

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean-Having received this Christmas 2012 in my Soap and Glory giftset, this has become a firm favorite.  I like to apply this as a mask as it contains chemical exfoliants to brighten up my skin.

Soap and Glory Clean on Me-Another product from Christmas 2012 that I had loved throughout the year.  This shower gel is creamy and moisturising and it smells absolutely delicious!

L’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution-This is my 3rd or 4th bottle of the stuff, it dissolves aways all traces of makeup, doesn’t dry out the skin, and with a £3 price tag, can’t be beat!

Boots Botanics Skin Calming Day Cream SPF 15-I finally found my ultimate face moisturiser this year and this is it.  It’s rich enough for my dry skin and the SPF is an added bonus, another product I have repurchased and will continue to do so.

2014-01-11 11.38.19Haircare

V05 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray-This spray is amazing for adding body to fine, limp hair.  It’s perfect to add a bit of grit and texture to freshly washed hair as well.  The poor man’s Oribe Texturising spray 🙂

got2be 2 Sexy Volumizing Hairspray-My HG hairspray, it smells delicious, can be brushed out, gives a good amount of volume.

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Collection Illuminating Touch Concealer-I believe this concealer is way better than the old Collection concealer that is raved about by everyone and their dog.  It’s not as cakey and the salmon-y colour is perfect for covering up dark circles.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains-I love these balm stains, they are long-lasting and don’t dry out your lips.  Rendezvous was a favorite for summer and Honey is just a good all-rounder, perfect for work.

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara-Again, another Soap and Glory product, but this mascara is awesome.  It volumizes and lengthens, my new go to.

MUA Undress Me Too Palette-As you can see by its sorry state, this is a well-loved palette, perfect for everyday neutral looks.

Milani Baked Blushes-I have acquired two of these now, in Luminoso and Rose D’Oro.  These blushes are perfection as far as lasting power and pigmentation.

eos Lip Balms-I am never without one of these little babies, I apply in the morning before putting on lipstick.  And I also keep one in my handbag for dry lip emergencies.

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows-I’ve managed to acquire this product in Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe.  They are perfect single sweep eyeshadows and they last all day without creasing.  The quality is amazing for drugstore eyeshadows.

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Confetti Topcoat-It took me ages to get my hands on this and it was so worth it.  This can make any nail colour just look that much more interesting with minimal effort. Love.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her-I got a sample of this perfume in a Glossybox ages ago and fell in love.  It’s sophisticated and musky, very unique, an all time favorite, but one that is saved for special occasions.

Have you tried any of these products?  What items made it on your favorites list for 2013?

xx

The Deal of the Festive Season!

Have you heard?  The Soap and Glory lover’s dream deal is on Friday!  This year it features the gorgeous Yule Monty Gift Set will be reduced from £60 to £27 starting this Friday for one week!

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I bought the Soap and Glory Gift Set last year, the Best of Them All Gift and I intend on purchasing the Yule Monty Gift Set this year if I can get my hands on it.  I remember last year that it wasn’t at all difficult to get a gift set and my Boots seemed to have a surplus and they were sitting on the shelves for quite some time.  But the year before, the gift set was nowhere to be found after the first few days.  So I’m wondering if Soap and Glory will make it a bit more exclusive after last year?

The Yule Monty Gift Set contains:

-Sugarcrush Body Wash

The Righteous Butter

Heel Genius Foot Mask

Hand Food

Peaches and Clean

Thick and Fast Mascara

-Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer

-Butter Yourself Body Lotion

-Sexy Mother Pucker in Pink Out Loud

I am really excited for all the products in the gift set, except for maybe Heel Genius as I am still working my way through my tube from last year.  Some stand outs are the Sugarcrush Body Wash (delicious scent and lasts ages!), Peaches and Clean (an amazing cleanser), and the Thick and Fast Mascara (one of my holy grail mascaras).  Also I always need Hand Food, can’t get enough of that stuff!

Will you be snapping up this giftset?  Are you going to be first in line Friday or just see if there’s some hanging around when you can find the time?

xx

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!

Lips:

eos Lip Balm in Raspberry Pomegranate

ELF Lipstick in Voodoo

Eyes:

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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?

xx

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: 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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Face:

Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

MUA Bronzed Perfection-to contour

17 Blusher First Flush

Eyes:

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

Lips:

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?

xx

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:

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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?

Lips:

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

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Eyes:

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?

xx

Product Review: Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast Mascara

I had never tried Soap and Glory cosmetics before, but received the Thick and Fast mascara along with the Sexy Motherpucker lipgloss in my Best of All set.  I was a little worried after reading reviews of this mascara online because it seemed that most people weren’t that fond of the formula.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually love this mascara and it has become a new staple in my everyday routine!

2013-01-07 12.31.02Some things to note:

-This is a very dry formula, which I like, but isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  There is nothing more I hate than a wet formula that leaves smudges if you blink your eyes too soon after application.

-The brush is massive!  I did have some trouble getting used to this as I prefer smaller brushes.

-It can go clumpy if you apply a few coats.  I am not a fan of the clumpy lashes look so I stick with one coat.

thickandfastAnd the before and after shot, I know this is advertised as a volumizing mascara, but look at the length it adds!

2013-01-07 12.31.24So although it may not be popular opinion, I am in love with this mascara!

Have you tried any of the Soap and Glory cosmetics?

xx