August Favourites | 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A photograph of my August Favourites | 2014

Favourites have been few and far between for me this month, which is hardly surprising considering I've barely had a minute to myself since July. It's been work, work and more work - needless to say, I've been having a great time. But as September rolls around I'm heading back to Brighton, back to university and a brand new house! Endless free time is on the horizon and it can't come quick enough. Students are without a doubt the only people who are always glad to see the back of summer. That being said, these are the few things that I've been loving this month and will definitely be using throughout Autumn too.

I mentioned these gorgeous products in my latest Drugstore Beauty Haul, L'Oreal's Perfection Color Riche in 856 Peach Neglige is everything I've ever wanted in a nude polish. It's the perfect combination of Essie's Fiji and Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine in Coconut. The wear time is fantastic with barely a chip after a full week on the nails and I'll definitely be reapplying soon.Unfortunately the bottle is only 5ml, half the size of a Barry M polish. For £4.99 I'd probably prefer to save up for something from Essie but the range of colours in this collection is definitely worth a look.

Another recent purchase is this lipstick from Revlon, it's one of their Super Lustrous lipsticks in 750 Kiss Me Coral. It's so easy to wear! This colour is just as lovely worn lightly over lip balm for a pop of colour in the daytime as it is in the evening. I love a bold lip and this gorgeous orange-red is a great twist on that.

A photograph of my August Favourites | 2014

Speaking of day-to-night, that's what this monochrome crop is all about. New to New Look, (see what I did there?) it's a great, versatile piece that would give any outfit a sophisticated vibe. This is exactly what I've been looking for to take back to Brighton with me and together this is a killer combination.

Other non-beauty favourites include quite a few movies this month, I was lucky enough to get my hands on Divergent after missing the cinema release a couple of months ago. It's SO, SO good. I've already seen it several times and can't get enough of it. Unfortunately it was slightly ruined for me after a friend pointed out that Theo James otherwise known as Four is also in The Inbetweeners - if you get this reference let me know! I've also been to see What If?, Daniel Radcliffe's new movie. Would definitely recommend it, I laughed from beginning to end.

And that was August - stay tuned to see what September brings. I don't know about you but I'm hoping for a little more sunshine and failing that a lot of layers! Let me know what you thought of this month's favourites and what you've been loving recently. 

Drugstore Beauty Haul | August 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A photograph of my Drugstore Beauty Haul | August 2014

So, this happened. How do you introduce a haul? This is my secret shame? I can't pay my rent? My boyfriend hates me now? All of the above are wildly appropriate (or is it inappropriate?) but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I couldn't resist taking advantage of the sales and adding a couple more Real Techniques brushes to my ever expanding collection. Both the stippling brush and the blush brush come really highly recommended so I can't wait to give them a go. The eyeshadow palettes were £3.50 each from Technic, a budget brand stocked in Peacocks (a high street outlet). I also grabbed a pretty pink nail varnish that surprisingly didn't even have a name but looks great.

A photograph of my Drugstore Beauty Haul | August 2014

A photograph of my Drugstore Beauty Haul | August 2014

Lipsticks are something that I've always loved, of course I couldn't resist getting some gorgeous new ones. They're both from Revlon's Super Lustrous collection with a creme finish. This collection looks so much more high end than anything else on the high street, either that or I'm just obsessed with gold details. Pink In The Afternoon is the perfect day time shade whereas Kiss Me Coral is a lovely orange tinted red, my favourite colour for a night out at the moment. Speaking of lips, I've also picked up Maybelline's Color Sensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose and the matching lip liner in Sweet Pink.

I've been using Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum for a while now and whilst I've been loving it I thought I should give the foundation a try, I'll keep you posted on how it compares! The Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer is another one of Bourjois' fabulous ideas that I'm really excited about. I'm so into highlighters at the moment, especially when they're incorporated into a product. When there's a 3 for 2 on, it would be rude not to take advantage of it - hence the Volume 1 Seconde Mascara.

A photograph of my Drugstore Beauty Haul | August 2014

Again, my magpie tendencies can be held responsible. I've had one of these Color Riche polishes from L'Oreal before and absolutely loved it. Now I've picked up the shades Sari Parisien and Peach Neglige, both gorgeous colours which are right on trend at the moment. And because I have no self control I also picked up Maybelline's Color Show varnish in Latte. I think neutral colours are really lovely at the moment, particularly going into the winter months (I know right).

And with that - it's all over. What do you think of my purchases? I would love to hear any of your suggestions for must have products at the moment. Let me know in the comments below.

Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint | Review

Monday, 18 August 2014

A photograph of Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint | Review
Coconut, Rose Hip, Prickly Pear, Blueberry, Huckleberry and Sugar Apple 

When it comes to nail varnish, there is only Barry M - or at least, that's what I used to think. With a huge selection of gorgeous colours, it's definitely the most popular brand on the high street and by far the cheapest. I've sworn by them for years but that was before the Gelly Hi-Shine collection. Being a keen blogger/hoarder, of course, I had to have them all. The colours are perfect, even the pretty pastels are opaque after just one coat. The application is a different matter. Barry M polishes come with a very thin brush designed with precision in mind, unfortunately this brush is incompatible with the thicker formula of the Gelly Hi-Shine colours. It's very difficult to achieve a smooth and even application with these varnishes which is such a shame considering how gorgeous the colours are!

I recently purchased Barry M's Coconut after seeing its popularity amongst beauty bloggers. The colour is absolutely gorgeous but I've found that it really doesn't last very long. Bearing in mind that I'm using the varnish alongside an Essie base coat and a Seche Vite top coat - my manicure only lasts a day or two before beginning to chip. So far, no good.

What do you think of Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints?

July Favourites | 2014

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A photograph of July Favourites

July has been such a busy month for me - between two holidays, being a bridesmaid and becoming a godmother I've had a lot to do. Not that I'm complaining, of course. Needless to say I've been loving the sun, both here and abroad, and definitely don't want to see the summer end. As we go into August to enjoy our last month of sunshine I'm sharing the things I've been loving recently.

When it comes to beauty, it's all about Soap & Glory's Glow All Out for me. It's a gorgeous, rose gold highlighter that compliments a tan perfectly, creating definition whilst still being subtle. Their packaging is notoriously lavish and this product certainly disappoint. I've been loving a smokey eye recently, a great statement look for a night out. The Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio is ideal for a fair complexion and comes with a base, contour and defining shade. Not to mention that the compact palette is perfect for traveling. Whilst out and about I've been wearing this worn leather satchel with a vintage pleated skirt for a casual, summer look.

With the warmer weather comes the need for a great moisturiser, for me it's The Daily Smooth, again from Soap & Glory. Not only does it leave my skin really soft but it also has that scent that can only be described as 'S&G' - femininity in a bottle. I've also recently discovered Essie's Grow Stronger Base Coat. My nails have been really brittle recently, of course I looked to Essie for a solution (the brand, not Button!) I've been using this base coat with every manicure since I bought it and my nails are already so much stronger - I can't recommend it more. I've always loved using a leave-in conditioners, Aussie's are a favourite of mine but recently I've been using John Frieda's Blonde Hydration. The scent is gorgeous and it comes with the added bonus of built-in heat protection.

A photograph of a diamond necklace included in July Favourites

For the first time since I was a little girl, I got to be a bridesmaid! My sister married the love of her life and I got to be a part of it. It was such a great experience and I loved every minute of it. This gorgeous diamond necklace was my bridesmaid's gift, it's easily the most beautiful thing I've ever owned! These navy sandals from Primark are the footwear that went with my dress, I thought they were going to be really uncomfortable but I couldn't have been more wrong. I've barely taken them off since!

What have you been loving this month?

French Pharmacy Haul | Effaclar Duo and Reve de Miel

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A photograph of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo + and Nuxe's Reve de Miel

A photograph of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo + and Nuxe's Reve de Miel

When most people think of France, they think of croissants, red wine and the Eiffel Tower. Maybe the Louvre and a little escargot if you're feeling particularly cultured. Well, bloggers aren't most people and for us, it's all about the pharmacy. From La Roche-Posay to Nuxe and the infamous Bioderma, it's a dream come true.

If you haven't heard of La Roche-Posay, they're a pharmaceutical brand that deals primarily with sensitive skin. The Effaclar Duo +, their most popular product, is marketed as an anti-blemish cream. I don't know about you but that didn't exactly make a lot of sense to me at first. Essentially it works to minimize the appearance of pores and leave you with super smooth skin. I've been using this cream as part of my everyday skincare routine for the past couple of weeks and have already noticed a real difference. I've also been trying out the Hydreane Riche Moisturizing Cream from La Roche-Posay, it goes so perfectly with the Effaclar Duo +, I can't recommend it enough!

Now, the lip balm to end all lip balms. Reve de Miel is a seriously nourishing balm with great, natural ingredients like honey, shea butter and grapefruit extract. I use it every night and can honestly say it's the best lip product I've ever used. The texture is so smooth and creamy, it's just gorgeous!

What are your favourite pharmacy products?
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