Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Favourites




Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Perfume

As excited as I am for Autumn, I am sad that I'll have to put away my beloved bottle of Bronze Goddess for another year. So, this month I was using it as much as possible before then. It is my ultimate Summer scent, I did a full review (here) if you want to read it, but I really recommend trying it next year.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

The most underrated palette of the Naked collection, the Basics palette contains six gorgeous matte eyeshadows. I've been going for a more simple eye make-up look recently, so these matte eyeshadows are perfect for the job.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +

The original version of this has probably got to be a beauty bloggers favourite. I personally love them both, but I bought this a while back just to see what the difference was. Just like the original, it makes my skin so smooth and red marks and blemish marks are reduced, just much faster.

Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara

Like I mentioned above, I'm going for a much more simple, natural eye make-up look at the minute and this mascara is perfect at achieving a 'my lashes but better look'. I did a full review of this mascara recently (here) if you want to read why it made it's way into my August Favourites.

Burts Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm

Lip balms are something I have a lot of, but when something contains coconut, I'm instantly sucked in. I've been using this lip balm during the day and it does the most wonderful job at keeping my lips hydrated and soft throughout the entire day. It also smells and tastes incredible as well.


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

This month I finished reading 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky and I absolutely loved it. So much so, that when I finished it that night, I watched the film the next day. As usual, the film does not compare to the book. In the book, you get to know the characters, particularly Charlie, so much better. I really recommend it if you want something to curl up with come the Autumn months and I hope Stephen Chbosky writes some more books in the future.

Primark Bracelets

I've featured these dinky little bracelets on my Primark Haul, saying that I loved mixing little bracelets together recently. I've been loving wearing these three together, I've got so much wear out of them as they just look so cute and match with the majority of my outfits.

Chloe Howl

This month was the month that I discovered singer 'Chloe Howl'. I'd never heard of her before, but she came up as an advert before a Youtube video and I was instantly drawn to her unique styles and catchy songs. I've been particularly loving 'No Strings' and 'Disappointed'. 
Also, an honourable mention must be given to Ben Howard's new song ''I Forget Where We Were' and Taylor Swift's new song "Shake It Off", I can't wait for their new albums to be released!

What do you think of my August Favourites? Do you have any favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 29 August 2014

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask



You've probably heard a lot about this face mask in the blogging world recently, there has been a lot of hype around it with fans including Lily Pebbles, Vivianna Does Makeup and Amelia Liana, which made me even more determined to try it out. 
On a recent browse through Boots, I was determined to find the full size version of this, but then I saw the sachet size, which I didn't even know existed and I thought I'd be better off trying it first. If you've read a few of my blog posts this month you'll know that my skin has been on a weird temper tantrum, so I was excited to try this out because it had such good reviews. So that night I popped this face mask on, made myself a (very) large cup of tea and watched some Breaking Bad.
Upon application, it was love. I love using self-heating masks, even if it's doing absolutely nothing to my skin, it feels as if it's doing something because of the warmth on my skin. Does that make sense? I found this mask to warm a lot very quickly, so if you don't like self-heating masks then this probably won't be for you, but it gets two thumbs up from me.
Not only is the application lovely, but it actually does what it's supposed to. I found my skin to be much less congested, clearer and blemishes were reduced. My skin even appeared a little brighter in the morning. 
My skin is a lot better now, almost healed up completely and I think it's been a combination of this and The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash (review here) that has helped it come back to normality. All I did was cleanse my skin using the Cool & Creamy Wash, applied this for around 5 minutes and then removed it with warm water and a muslin cloth.
I've used the entire sachet now, however I did get around 5 generous uses out of it, so that's pretty good value for money considering it was only £3, perfect if you want to try it without committing to the full size just yet. But be warned, you'll be buying the full size in no time.

What do you think of the Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments!

Available from:
Boots

Sara

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara




Say hello to Rimmel's latest mascara, the 'Wonder'Full'! Apart from the fact that this is new, there was two other reasons why I was drawn to this on my last browse through Boots. 

1. The packaging is a pretty bronze/copper/rose gold colour, which actually made it quite hard to photograph, sorry! 
2. It contains argan oil, something I use frequently on my hair, but not on my eyelashes. Interesting!

So, I've been using this every day since I bought it because I really wanted to give it a proper testing and to be honest, it really has impressed me. The main feature of this mascara is that it contains argan oil, claiming that lashes will feel conditioned, soft and flexible with zero clumps and a feather-light volume. All of which I can agree on and more. 
The mascara is really lightweight which I love, you can't really feel it on your lashes compared to some other heavy duty mascaras. However, I think that the mascara is actually more lengthening than volumising, which gives lashes a more natural, separated look. Perfect for day time! Although if you want length, volume and separation, it's nothing that a pair of eyelash curlers and a few coats of this won't fix. However, if you're into big, spidery lashes, this won't be for you. 
Also, the wand is plastic and flexible, so the mascara applies clump-free and the thin, spikey bristles make it easy to catch even the smallest inner corner lashes, despite the actual wand being quite big. It also doesn't irritate my eyes and it comes off with no problems at the end of the day. 

So, the big question, do my lashes feel conditioned? Actually, yes. Obviously my lashes haven't magically grown (I don't think so anyway), but they do feel a lot softer and I have noticed that none of them have fallen out recently, so maybe with continued use they will become more healthy and grow a little, only time will tell! 
In my personal opinion, I think this is one of Rimmel's better mascaras that they have brought out this year, I don't have much to complain about and I can't really fault it, especially since it's only £7.99 (Currently £5.99 in Boots). I think it may even earn a place in my August Favourites! 

What do you think of Rimmel's Wonder'Full mascara? Have you tried it yet? Let me know in the comments!


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Sara

Monday, 25 August 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday





One thing I will miss about Summer is not being able to wear all my bright, pretty nail polishes. Although I am incredibly excited about the new Barry M Gelly shades (here) that will be released on the 27th of August in Superdrug, so not long to wait! I'm particularly drawn to the yellow shade 'Mustard', it looks interesting!
Anyway, I was recently tidying and organising my nail polish collection and I re-discovered Models Own 'Ibiza Mix', the perfect summery glitter to mark the end of Summer.
I hope everyone is having a good bank holiday Monday, yay for long weekends! 

On my nails:

Models Own - 5 In 1 Top & Base Coat

What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wardrobe Tidying & Organisation




If you know me, you'll know that I love to be organised, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. At least four times a year (seasonally) I like to clear out my wardrobe and give it a well needed clean and tidy. If you've already seen the video by VivannaDoesMakeup, I go through a similar process as she does. 
I don't have a lot of space in my bedroom to have a massive wardrobe, however in my wardrobe I have a hanging rail and four shelf spaces where I actually keep my clothes. Then down below that I have three pull-out drawers where I keep all my skincare, haircare that I'm not using at the minute. I also keep my shoes at the bottom of my wardrobe and my bags at the top of my wardrobe. 

Step 1: Take everything out

This step just requires you to remove absolutely everything that's in your wardrobe, clothes, hangers, shoes, accessories etc. Just take it all out and place it somewhere close by like on your bed or your floor so that you don't have to keep walking back and forth between rooms.


Step 2: Cleaning 

Whilst your wardrobe is empty, why not give it a good clean? I have quite a small wardrobe so it doesn't take me too long, but all I do is give it a good hoover (especially in the corners) and clean it with some anti-bacterial wipes, especially the floor of the wardrobe where I keep my shoes. 

Step 3: Getting sorted

This is when the real hard work begins, sorting out your clothes. I like to sort mine into three piles, a 'keep' pile, a 'keep but go into storage' pile and a 'charity' pile. The 'keep' pile are obviously clothes that I'm keeping and that I wear all the time, so they are definitely going back into my wardrobe. The 'keep but go into storage' pile are things that aren'y seasonal appropriate at the time. So right now it's beginning to creep toward Autumn, so I'm storing away my Summer dresses and bringing my jumpers etc. back in/ 


Step 4: Storage re-vamp

This part can be quite tricky, especially if you have limited space. Have a good look at all the clothes going back in and how you're going to store them. If you have limited hanging space like I do, I really recommend getting the thin, non-slip hanger from Primark, they come in a variety of lovely colours and I think they're only around £3 for a pack of 10. If you have lots of space where you can fold things, think about what you are going to store where. Also, bare in mind that it's best to place things here that don't wrinkle or crease easily, like jeans or vest tops. Anything you didn't mind if it's got a little fold in it really!


Step 5: Put it all back

About now I'd be feeling pretty tired and my arms would be feeling pretty dead, but I still like to take time to put things back into my wardrobe so that they can be found easily. Starting with the hanging rail, I put in my coats and any type of jacket (blazer, kimono) first, then all of my tops, t-shirts, shirts etc., then lastly, any dresses I have for that season. In my top shelf I have vest tops, normal t-shirts etc. and cardigans. In my second shelf I have jeans, leggings, skirts, shorts etc. In my third shelf I have put my jumpers and hoodies back in for Autumn. Then in my fourth drawer just has my bag that I'm currently using, my laptop, a notebook and a big box of nail polish.


Step 6: Treat yourself

After all that hard work and being good by throwing stuff away, I like to treat myself by making a big cup of tea and sitting down with my laptop, ready to browse through all my favourite clothing shops online to fill any gaps that I might have in my wardrobe. Any excuse to shop, am I right?


Top tips

- Ikea will be your best friend if you need more storage.
- Wooden hangers will take up a lot of space so try thin, non-slip hangers if necessary.
- You know those little white packets you sometimes get with new shoes (silica gel)? Keep them in the back of your wardrobe to prevent any damp or mould that could be trying to form.
- Buy scented drawer liners or sachets to keep your wardrobe smelling fresh. 
- Colour co-ordinating is another good way to keep your wardrobe organised.
- Anything that you don't need at the minute, put it in a storage box or vacuum bag and place it on top of your wardrobe, under your bed or in a spare room.

So, hopefully you're feeling inspired to get your own wardrobe organised and ready for Autumn! I'm so ready to wave goodbye to Summer and welcome hot chocolate, warm jumpers, scarves, crunchy leaves and berry shades into my life again. Do you have any tips for a tidy wardrobe or anything you like to do to prepare for Autumn? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash



As I've recently mentioned, quite a few times now actually, my skin has gone on a bit of a wild rampage this past few weeks. I don't exactly know why as I haven't been eating anything different or trying anything new skincare or make-up wise, so all I can think of is that it may be just from the stress of trying to get things sorted for starting uni again or the change in the weather, saying as autumn and winter comes early or either stays permanently in Northern Ireland. 
Anyways, I've been desperately searching through my skincare stash to find products that will help purify and cleanse my skin without completely stripping it and leaving it irritated and sore. This is when The Body Shop's Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash comes into play. Tea Tree is most commonly known as 'natures antiseptic' and because of this it is most likely to be used in a lot of anti-blemish products.
The Cool & Creamy wash is a gentle, yet effective creamy (obviously) cleanser that lifts away and reduces blemishes and impurities on the skin. At first I was a little worried to use this on daily basis incase it stripped my skin, leaving it red and irritated, but I've been using this daily for the majority of this month and I've had no problems with it so far. 
I must say that I have noticed a vast improvement in my skin since using this on a daily basis. It brings any potential blemishes to a halt and helps speed up the recovery time of any current blemishes. It also helps balance out my skin and get rid of any excess oil, so it would be suitable for anyone with oily or combination skin.
This has been a real hero product for me at the minute and I would really recommend it if you're having a tough time with your skin as it leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed. Plus, because there's that 'tingly' feeling on your skin because of the Tea Tree, it actually feels as if it's getting to work straight away! Plus, at only £5 and The Body Shop usually runs some sort of discount code, you can't really complain!

What do you think of The Body Shop's Tea Tree range? Have you tried anything from it? Let me know in the comments!


Available from:

Sara  

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Honeypie Minerals








Recently, I was sent a few goodies from all natural brand, Honeypie Minerals. Honeypie Minerals is a brand that I've only recently heard of, however due to their promotion of all natural mineral make-up, it is a brand that appeals to me greatly as a lover of natural ingredients and mineral make-up. They are also cruelty-free, vegan-friendly and not tested on animals, again this appeals greatly to me as huge animal lover.

I was sent a pot of their foundation in the shade "Fair", a pot of their blusher in "Coral", a sample size of their foundation in "Light", a sample size of their yellow corrector and a sample size of their eyeshadow in "Smokey Black".




First up, I tried the foundation and it was love at first swirl. I love a natural, light foundation for summer and tend to lean towards heavier coverage foundations when the weather gets colder. The foundation blends so seamlessly and has a surprisingly high coverage for such a light texture. All I did was apply my usual concealer (Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair) to cover any blemishes I had that day and use the bareMinerals Flawless Face brush to apply it. Even when the colder weather does appear, let's face it, it won't be long now, I'll still be able to use this on good skin days or as a high coverage powder over liquid foundation. Also, props to them for making a mineral foundation that is actually suitable for porcelain skin. 
I didn't actually use the sample size of the foundation in "Light" as "Fair" was the perfect colour match for me, however I did pass this sample onto my exceptionally fussy mother who only wears mineral foundation and she has given it the thumbs up!



After this, it was time for me to conceal my dark circles as I'm pretty sure I stayed up the night before watching Breaking Bad and one episode led to another, you know how these things go! I applied the concealer just under my eyes and I used my fingers as I found this gave the best, natural result without creasing or crumbling.




After concealing blemishes, dark circles and applying the foundation, I gave the apples of cheeks and my cheekbones a dusting with the blusher using a Real Techniques blush brush. Again, I was surprised by how pigmented the formula was and I did end up applying a little more than I was supposed to (whoops). However, again the formula is so light I was able to blend it away with a clean blush no problem. I actually really like this blusher as it comes out more red coral as opposed to orange coral on my pale skin, think like Snow White. I've been looking for a blusher that will give this sort of look for a while now, so my search is finally over.



I actually never wear black eyeshadow as an eyeshadow as I think it looks too heavy for my face, however I do sometimes use it as an alternative to liquid eyeliner. So, I used the eyeshadow on a Real Techniques fine liner brush and just applied this finely to my upper and lower lash line. It opened up my eyes instantly as I feel kind of bald without eyeliner on and there was very little fallout from the shadow itself. Also, it didn't irritate my eyes because of the natural ingredient, unlike some eyeshadows do.






All in all, I would recommend Honeypie Minerals to a friend, particularly the foundation and the blusher. I'm actually contemplating adding all of the blusher shades to my basket after I write this post, hmmm. At £11.99* for the foundation, £5.99* for the blusher and only 49p* for the sample sizes, you can't go wrong!

What do you think of Honeypie Minerals? Do they sound like a brand you would be interested in? Let me know in the comments!

Available from:

Sara

Monday, 18 August 2014

Nails Of The Week | Manicure Monday



This week I'm opting for a slightly different look by going for a matte nail! I don't usually go for a matte finish as I much prefer a high shine, gel finish. However, Barry M's summer matte range has been slowly converting me to being a matte nail lover. At first I did think it was a little strange to launch a matte range for summer, however I can see why people would love these as they would really enhance a tan, if I was lucky enough to have one!
The shade that stood out to me the most from the range was 'Copa Cobana', a lovely coral toned red, perfect for hands and feet.
P.S. This is two coats without a base and top coat!

On my nails:

Barry M Matte - Copa Cabana

What do you think of my NOTW? Would you wear it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Primark Haul


On a recent little trip to Boots (see my haul here), I accidentally tripped and fell into Primark afterwards and picked up a few things, most of them being Disney related. Gotta love Primark for their cute Disney bits and pieces. There actually wasn't much clothes wise that took my fancy as the stock was in that awkward stage in-between Summer and Autumn. However, the jewellery bit was actually tidy so I managed to get a few little bits and pieces there.



The only sort of fashion top I picked up was this white one with a mesh panel at the bottom and a bright statement necklace. I wasn't actually sure about this top at the start because I don't know how much wear I'll get out of it as it's quite summery. However the necklace can be removed and I can wear other necklaces with it or just leave it plain. Not like I need another white top! 


I love having comfortable tops to change into when I get home, so when I spotted this Lady & The Tramp t-shirt I just had to get it! So cute!


The same thing goes for this Marvel t-shirt, which was actually in the pyjama section but it doesn't really matter because I'll only be wearing it around my house anyway!


What Disney lover could resist these Bambi pyjamas!? They are the cutest pyjamas I've ever owned and they are sooo soft. I like that they are long trousers and long sleeves as well because I get cold so easily! 


The socks. Oh my goodness, I just can't handle the cuteness. You wouldn't believe me if I said I was turning 20 in October. But who could resist Finding Nemo and Winnie The Pooh!?



I don't actually own that many statement necklaces as the majority of the ones I've seen don't suit me, but when I saw this peachy pink one I just knew it was meant to be. I just know I'll get so much wear out of this.



A more subtle necklace I picked up was this cream and gold spike one. Again, I'll get so much wear out of this because I'll be able to wear it all year round!



The main reason why I picked up this pack of bracelets was because of the little Eiffel Tower one at the bottom. I'm really loving wearing mixed bracelets at the minute or just one on it's own.



I love these bracelets, they're gold but in certain light they look more rose gold (my favourite). I can see me wearing every single one of these bracelets, apart from the 'love' one. I think my favourite is the little infinity sign and the two hearts!

So that's everything from my Primark haul. I don't think I'll be in Primark again until Autumn officially arrives and I'll be able to stock up on fluffy socks, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves. But when I do go, I'm gonna splurge and you can be sure there will be a blog post about it. Can you tell I'm excited for Autumn already?

What do you think of my Primark Haul? Have you picked up anything from Primark recently? Let me know in the comments!

Sara