Friday, 29 June 2012

Empties June #1

Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Whats not to love about this cleanser? It has such a fresh clean natural scent, it feels and leaves my skin feeling incredible,and my skin always glows after using this! So much so that I have a quite a few back ups as I am paranoid about running out. I use it in morning and sometimes at night alternating with my other love the Ren creamy cleanser. 

Liz Earle - Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination
Like all Liz Earle products this contained naturally active ingredients, including borage oil, antioxidants and vitamin E. The product is as high quality as every other product I've tried from the brand. The formula is light yet has the perfect balance of moisture adding properties. There's no nasty smell and is gentle enough for sensitive skins. The 50ml pot lasted me quite a while, I wasn't sure if it contained an SPF so I used this moisturiser at night to be on the safe side. The only negative bit I have to say about this product like many other moisturisers on the market is that it comes in a pot, which isn't the most hygienic way of packaging this product. 

Olay Complete Care - Daily UV Moisturiser Spf 15
As I said previously I used the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser at night due to my confusion over spf, so in the day I used Olay's Daily UV Moisturiser with an spf of 15. Again like the Liz Earle the formula was light however it was a little bit more oily and less moisturising than its natural counterpart. There was no obnoxious scent and it did all that it said on the tin. It worked but as it was nothing special I'll be buying a different moisturiser next. 

Charles Worthington - Takeaway On The Go Dry Shampoo
This is my quick fix handbag hair must have, and something I repurchase again and again. Its handbag size friendly and has a refreshing scent making it perfect for a quick hair revitalisation. 

Clinique - Air Brush Concealer
I brought this concealer with a boots voucher I was given as a treat, I usually wouldn't spend £16 on a concealer with my student budget. I was really impressed with the coverage and it didn't leave a nasty cakey finish. Having quite pale skin with pinky undertones finding the perfect concealer can be quite a challenge, so going to a more high end counter and getting matched to a shade can definitely save you money in the long run. My favourite quality of this concealer is how light it is whilst giving a good coverage, I was using Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer which my skin hated as it was far too heavy on my skin (I broke out so badly!). I will be repurchasing this soon...when I can justify the price :) 

Collection 2000 - Illuminating Touch Concealer
After using lasting perfection I wanted to find something that was as light as the Clinique AirBrush concealer but not as expensive. I liked the Illuminating Touch but it ran out so quickly and the shade was a little too orange for my skin tone. The coverage was average and wasn't cakey yet it required a lot of work. I don't think I will repurchase this. So any recommendations for a light good coverage concealer would be great :) ?

No.7 - Lash Adapt Mascara
I adore this mascara and everytime I get a No.7 £5 voucher I stock up on these. I love how natural my lashes look after using this yet how full and lengthening the formula is. I don't get any smudging or transfer and its super easy to remove. This was the last one in my stock up a few months ago, so hopefully boots have a £5 No.7 voucher promotion soon!

CoverGirl - Last Blast Volume
If only we had CoverGirl in the UK! This is another mascara love of mine, the perfect combination of length, definition and volume without unwanted clumps. Am I wrong in thinking that MaxFactor are under the same umbrella company as CoverGirl, are their mascara's similar?! I think i'll give Maxfactor mascaras ago soon. 

Blistex - Moisturising Lip Balm
With this weird English summer? Weather we've been having lately my lips have been getting very dry, so dry in fact that I finished a whole tube of lip balm! The formulation is very moisturising and gives a lovely healthy sheen to the lips without feeling sticky. I have far to many lip balms to buy any more so I wont be buying this again any time soon. 

I hope you enjoyed my first empties instalment, I love watching youtube videos on empties videos and decided it was about time I blogged about some of my used up products too :) .  

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

NOTD - Orly Preamp

Preamp nail polish is one of the brand new shades from the Orly Electronica Collection. It's a beautifully dynamic blue toned pink shade packed with golden shimmer, adding the perfect touch of dimension.

The formula is very easy to work with and it dries very fast, without streaks or rough texture. The polish is quite sheer which is great as you can use it as a top coat to brighten up any old polish, or if you want more of an opaque finish like I've gone for all you need is two coats! Once dry the polish has great staying power, I didn't get a single chip all week whilst I was wearing it! 

The Electronica collection is a range of four shades capturing the essence of the electro 80's. The four shades include 'Preamp' (the shade I am wearing) described as a 'cool pink shimmer',

'Decoded' (far left) described as 'edgy slate grey', 'Shockwave' described as a 'stunning royal blue' and 'Synchro' described as a 'dusky pink hue shifting from pink to blue to lilac' . This collection takes you all the way through from summer, to autumn, to winter nails in just four fab shades!

The Electronica collection is available online from beautybay for £7.50 per bottle or if you fancy trying them all the mini-4 pack is £12.50, alternatively you can purchase from selected Orly stockists for £10.25.

Monday, 25 June 2012

GlossyBox Sexy Summer June 2012

This months GlossyBox theme was all about getting ready for the summer, including products which could cover your every summer need, to ensure that you are beach beautiful. With the English weather being a bit of a let down at the moment this box definitely added a little ray of sunshine to my day. The box this month also included a special item, a natural GlossyBox makeup brush, perfect for powders. And so now 
down to business....

What I got in this months Sexy Summer box.......

HD Brows - Precision Tweezers
Perfect for maintaining the sharpest of brows at home or on the go. Who doesn't love a good pair of tweezers! I was really happy to find these in this months box as I am forever misplacing my Tweezermans!  

BM Beauty - Summer Warmth Bronzer
A multi-purpose pure mineral bronzer, perfect for adding a hint of summer warmth to your face. It looks like a little will go a long way with this baby!  

Caudalie - Eaux Fraiches
I love receiving new perfume samples, they're ideal to pop in your handbag for an on the go refresh and pick me up. The scent is gorgeously light and floral, a great summer fragrance. 

Vichy - Dermablend Ultra Corrective Foundation Sample 
The sample pack contains 6 different small sample shades all with SPF 30, fragrance free and offering a higher than the normal coverage. Its nice to be able to try out and find the perfect shade before committing to purchase as Vichy testers aren't that widely available. I like that we were given a few shades as oppose to a foundation stick that might have been in the wrong shade :) 

What did you think of this months GlossyBox, did you get a different set of samples? Do you feel these were great summer ready samples? 


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Kardashian Makeup Line

The Kardashian sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kim, as empowering Savvy business women are launching their first makeup line, Khroma Beauty. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians beauties have teamed up with Boldface Licensing+Branding to create their first cosmetics line. If the line makes me as gorgeous as them.....i'm all in!! 

The line will feature all kinds of makeup products, from eyelashes to compacts and everything in between! It will all be launching next year but they'll be starting off with a special holiday collection this winter featuring eyelashes, mascaras and Kardazzle compacts.
Makeup plays such a a huge role in all of their lives, whether they’re on camera, at a shoot glammed up or just keeping it natural day to day, so they've had lots of experience to know what women want. 
Are you excited about this new news? I can't wait to get my Kardashian on ;P


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is a special day for everyone, the world over! A day to give thanks for all the support, laughter and love they've given us. Fathers day isn't just about gift giving but about letting your father know how thankful for everything you are. Here are a few gift ideas that might be useful if you're stuck on what to buy :) 

Ever wanted to find out more about your dad but weren't sure where to start? Well, the Dear Dad - From You to Me Book answers all the questions you always wanted to know the answers to but that you have never asked.The questions are designed to get your dad to reflect on his life so far, to explore memories of times with you and times before he was a dad. When your dad has finished the book he can then give it back to you! The book is made up of questions for your dad to answer. Each turn of the page brings a new question and the facing page is left blank for your dad to include photographs if he wants to.

Ideal for the Dad with sensitive skin and lots of places to be!

Receive a free Yves Saint Laurent Weekend Bag when you spend £30 or more on any Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance products at Treat your Dad this Father's Day to his favourite Yves Saint Laurent fragrance and surprise him with this stylish, masculine weekend bag.Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Eau De Toilette Coffret . A perfect balance between unrefined and precious, ultra-masculine and elegance, off-the-shelf and luxury. 

Airline Approved Grooming. Travel size products that fit into a one quart size clear zip top plastic bag. Perfect for the jet set Dad . It contains a Glycolic Facial Cleanse, facial scrub, shave cream, lip balm, coconut shampoo and cleansing gel. 

For the car obsessed dad! Who has everything! 

 Searching for that perfect gift for your cycling crazed Dad can be tough work. This kit is Ideal for fitness savvy Dads as you can never be too prepared! 

And if all else fails you could always go for 


Friday, 8 June 2012

Mini Purchase - Essie Polishes

Yesterday I managed to pick 3 Essie nail polishes from TKMaxx for just £10! Bargain!
The 3 shades I got were Fiji a chalky baby pink, Fifth Avenue a orangey red and Big Spender a blue toned purpley pink ( In the order of the image above) 

From the swatches I can already tell that Big Spender is my favourite out of the 3. As for the formula of the polish I was quite surprised by Fiji, it was extremely difficult to work with and quite streaky, i'll save it for a day when i'm feeling very patient! 

Have you ever brought any beauty items from TKMaxx? What's your favourite Essie polish? Or nail polish brand? 


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System on BUYAPOWA

Buyapowa is any beauty obsessive enthusiasts dream, the more people that sign up to buy the product the lower the price falls!! Not only can you get the product for a bargain price but if you manage to bring the highest number of buyers you get the product for free! Currently live for purchase on BuyaPowa is the Clarisonic Mia which I have been eyeing up for absolutely ages, trying to work up the courage to take the plunge and enter the world of Clarisonic. So when the Clarisonic came up on BuyaPowa and with the lowest price being £90 instead of £120 I was sold. The product is shipped within 7 days with a shipping price of £3.50 (RECORDED DELIVERY) Eeek im so excited I can't wait to test it out! 

Join me

Let me know if you join the co-buy :) 

Monday, 4 June 2012

My Lip Must Have! CoverFX Mint Glaze

Lipstick is something I find pretty difficult to wear; I have quite pigmented and dry lips, so I used to shy away from wearing it. However, recently after discovering this lip beauty, wearing lipstick has become so much more enjoyable and easy!

The CoverFX mint glaze is a moisturizing lip treat-mint, a protector and a primer all rolled into one.  When applied on to lips its clear and just a tad tingly and tacky (perfect for prepping your lips for lipstick!). The doe foot applicator makes applying it easy, I simply pop it on whilst I’m doing my foundation and by the time I’ve finished my makeup my lips feel really moisturised and conditioned. The lip fill technology – a blend of peptides and hyaluronic acid helps improve collagen synthesis and hydration. I can easily wear it as a lipgloss just on its own as it leaves a beautiful sheen, however if I apply lipstick over it my lipstick lasts so much longer. What is probably one of the best benefits this product has is that it has an SPF of 15, ideal for sun protection in the summer!

I honestly don’t know what I did before using this, it’s an essential in my makeup bag!

Have you ever tried this? Or any other CoverFX products? This was my first and boy was I impressed!!


Saturday, 2 June 2012

Jubilee Nails - Limited Edition QUEENIE ROCKS from Elegant Touch

This weekend is all about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! Marking 60 years of the Queen's reign since she came to the throne. 
(The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 but her Coronation took place on 2nd June 1953.)


To get into the celebratory mode I shall be sporting these babies! The limited edition 'Queenie Rocks' Union jack nails from Elegant Touch. I've decided to tone it down just a little by painting the majority of my nails a Royal blue (Orly Luna Eclipse), and having a Union Jack accent nail! 

Available at boots here for £6.49

How will you be celebrating the occasion? I hope you have a lovely 4 day weekend! :)



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