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Monday, 23 February 2015

Micro Mini Drugstore DASH!

I'm so good when I go shopping now, I think it may be because I've left University so no loans or grants kindly grace my bank account and I have to now work for my purchases or endeavours. WELCOME TO ADULTHOOD GUYS! But, real talk, I hate being an "adult", but that really is another post.

But, today's post is a 'micro mini haul', get it..micro..as in those micro 'bags' lol but yes, this is a very small haul of a few things I purchased from Superdrug, which is the UK's version of American drugstores for my US readers!

Firstly, I picked up the 'NYC' liquid eye liner (RRP £2.49) which I didn't necessarily need, but this is always frigging OUT OF STOCK, three words I dread to see! Literally, I've been wanting to get this because of 'Chrisspy', whose an amazing make up artist on Instagram and YouTube and she always raves about this eye liner, and her flicks are literally perfect. So I picked this up and I'm yet to try it out! (Went to use it, and didn't realise I picked up the 'pearl finish' NYC liquid liner as opposed to the regular black liner :'(


Secondly, I picked up a rose gold eye shadow from Maybelline because I'm really into rose gold shades, which I really wasn't into before, at all. I actually despised the Naked 3 palette because I thought it wasn't versatile blah blah but I secretly want it now :( but ain't nobody got £38 to spend on that lol!  So, I picked this shade 'Copper Fizz' and I love it! I originally looked over at L'Oreal to see if they had a rose gold shade in their infallible line but I think the shade I was after is only available in the US, 'Amber Rush' or something on those lines, I believe it's called. But, I love this shade and is great for an extra pop on your eyelids! One thing I will say about this eye shadow is it isn't as smooth on application and is a bit patchy, so make sure you use a good flat brush and a little fix +! 


The last item I picked up was a Nyx Blush called 'Summer Peach' and it is a lovely pink blush with a slight gold shimmer running throughout but it is barely noticeable, and I love it! It blends perfectly and is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way! 

That's all for today, and let me know what you've been purchasing lately!


Friday, 20 February 2015

"Effaclar: Not Just for Oily Skin"-

Guest Post by Malia, a lovely friend who blogs on "Malia Style & Life".

If you’ve been active in the beauty blogosphere, the name “Effaclar” or “La Roche-Posay” has probably made it into your vocabulary by now, if not or if slightly so you’ve probably heard it followed by “Duo”. Yes, Effaclar Duo, but I’m not here to talk about the currently most raved about anti-blemish cream for oily problem skin. I’m here to talk about its other family member 

So I shut out the raving voices of the skincare and beauty bloggers and went in for the Purifying Foaming Gel first. Since this was my first use and longest I decided that a thorough review was in order. 

My Skin Type 
I’m not one to pigeonhole myself into a skin type. For a long time I didn’t even know there was such as thing as skin type – shock horror – I know! And when I did, I remember immediately booking myself in for an appointment with a skin specialist to find out my skin type. She ran her fingers over my face and told me that I was combination. When I say that my skin is combination I mean combination in the most contrasting way. I can get slightly oily on my t-zone and very dry everywhere else. This line by La Roche-Posay is designed for oily sensitive skin so I was a bit wary at first.  

As stated, it’s gel based. This is common for products designed for oily-prone skin. It feels very weighted and concentrated to the touch, not sticky, too slippery or watery but yet very gel like. I run this over my wet face in circle motions and can almost feel the oiliness on my t-zone wiping itself off, before I’ve even washed the foamy loviness off! This is what is so effective about this face wash, most of the work is done for you. What’s more, there is no overpowering smell. It’s just so gentle. 

Squeaky Clean 
My face has that squeaky clean feel you get after you’ve used a toner. I’m not a regular toner user so this is ideal for me. You get that smooth toned feeling even without having exfoliated that week. 

Cleared out Skin? 
It’s still too early too tell, but the formula is so gentle and kind to my sensitive skin that it would give Simple skincare a run for their money. What I can say is that I am not breaking out as much as I used to. This product has just brought sheer calmness to my skin. 

Suitable for Combination Skin? 
The verdict. Yes. It probably depends on how much you use. I used a coin-sized amount and that suffices. I enjoy the toned feeling over my face and then follow through with my usual moisturiser 

Have you tried La Roche-Posay yet? Share your favourite skincare essentials in the comments below and check out my skin and hair care category  :)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Fave Highlighter of LIFE!!

Summer 2014. Last year. Was beautiful.

I'm currently lying in bed tucked in my duvet whilst listening to a little Maitre Gims (french guy- not a clue in hell what he's singing about!) this cold Winter evening reminiscing of last Summer, which was so lovely, so so lovely for an English Summer, if you will. (Now listening to Indila-Tourner Dans Le Vide (another Frenchie*) 

Now, the reason for such a trip down memory lane, the reason why many of us beauty junkies reminisce through the valleys of the exquisitely carved, jewel encrusted and marble ordained path of the past, is for no reason other than...MAKE UP! Sad, but true. Well, for me anyway.

Which brings us on to today's post. Marks & Spencer's highlighter in 'Golden Rose'. Not only is it incredibly soft and like butter to touch, it also has an exciting bounce to the product itself when you swipe the highlighter, strange yet oddly satisfying...

As you can see, I have been using it for quite some time, so the original embossing has sadly been dusted away, but you can see from the edges it has a beautiful double crossing pattern when you initially purchase the highlighter. But the most important factor about this product is the pay off, colour and longevity of the highlighter. It is incredibly opaque with a glittery finish and very much a 'in yer face' highlight, but you know the drill, a light hand allows for a natural, diffused finish and a heavier hand gives you a drag like finish! (Unless that's the finish you desire).

It is a rose gold colour, which would suit fairer skin shades as it would work as a blush for my porcelain skin toned gals and as a great highlight for my deeper or medium skin toned gals.

The packaging is black, sleek and fairly thin, which is great to pop in your make up bag when travelling as opposed to the annoying bulky packaging Mac has ever so kindly graced us with! LOL, and on that note, thank you for reading and get buying.

Link to purchase here

                                                  Have a lovely and positive day :)

Monday, 2 February 2015

January Favourites! MAKEUP & FASHION!

I know I'm a little late for my January Faves but better late than never! I thought I'd record this video as my videos on YouTube are just make up tutorials and I want my channel to be a bit more personal and to showcase my personality. I also have shown a few miscellaneous fashion bits in the vid just to show you that there are other things I like beside beauty. Saying that, there are a few makeupeyy products so get watching, and let me know what you think!

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