Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September Favourites



You know the drill, another month means another monthly favourites! Here's what I've been loving in September...

MAC Lipstick - Please Me

At the end of August, my boyfriend (Ricky) and myself decided to go on a Trip To Dublin for the weekend. While we were there, we went to Dublin Zoo, got loads of food and went on a little shopping trip. When I went into the MAC store, I knew I couldn't leave empty-handed, so I stood at the lipstick stand for ages until it was a choice between Please Me or Creme Cup. Ricky preferred Please Me and bought me it so that it would be a little reminder every time I wore it. Anyway, I really do love this lipstick and not just because of the story behind it. It's a matte finish, which is my absolute favourite and is described as a 'muted rosy toned pink' shade. In fact, it's hardly left my lips since I got it!

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

I bought this ages ago because it was 3 For 2 in Boots or Superdrug and I just picked it up to try it because I remembered hearing good reviews about it whenever it was released. I used it for a few days whenever I first got it, but it seemed like just an average mascara. However, whenever I was organising my make-up collection, I came across it and started using it again and for some reason I fell in love with it. It gives my lashes so much length and definition, there's no clumps and it separates them perfectly. I don't know why I didn't give it more of a chance in the first place!

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette - Rich Gold

The reason why I've been loving this palette so much is because it was the last thing I bought before I began my spending ban this month. Apart from that though, it really is a gorgeous little palette. I did a full review about it here if you want more details, but all you really need to know is that it's quite simply a six shade shimmer eyeshadow palette, ranging from a cream shade to a dark brown shade and it's absolutely gorgeous. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this during Autumn!

Laura Geller Baked Blush N' Brighten - Pink Grapefruit

I got this blush in the Laura Geller Baked With Love lip and cheek kit a while ago and I've been drawn to it ever since, so much so that it's what I've been reaching for it on a daily basis because it's just so lovely. It does look slightly darker in the packaging, but on application it's a gorgeous light pink shade with can be worn all year round. Plus, there's a touch of iridescence with it, so it brings so much life to my face on those dull skin days! 

Yves Saint Laurent - Black Opium Eau De Parfum

With the launch of Black Opium Eau De Toilette earlier this month, it reminded me that I had the Eau De Parfum version somewhere in my perfume stash that I got last Christmas. To be honest, up until now I didn't get a lot of use out of this perfume because I kept it strictly as a night time fragrance. However, ever since I rediscovered it, I've been wearing it throughout the day and I've had so many people say how lovely it is, so it doesn't matter to me when or where I wear it now. It has notes of black coffee, white florals and vanilla, so it's definitely something different!


Some other favourites...

Grey Wool Mix Textured Coat

One thing I love about the colder weather starting to creep in is bringing out all my Autumn and Winter clothes. However, every year I make a point of buying a new coat. I actually found one pretty early this year as I normally don't see anything I like until mid to late October, but I fell head over heels in love with this one from New Look. It's so cosy and can be paired with anything, I can't wait until it gets even colder so that I can layer it with chunky scarves. You can see it in one of my Weekly Snapshots.

Looking For Alaska

Since I've started to get the train again, I've had a lot more time for reading. It seemed like I was stuck on Looking For Alaska for the longest time because I never got the chance to finish it. I did find it a little difficult to get into, but once the story got rolling I was hooked. I didn't like it as much as some of John Green's other books, but I'd still definitely recommend giving it a read if you like his material.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story was something I always meant to watch but never had the time to. So, whenever Ricky and myself were trying to decide on a TV series to watch that we'd both enjoy, it was at the top of the list. In fact, I love it more than I thought I would, it's just so gripping and it's written incredibly well. I love how every series is different, first there was Murder House, then Asylum, then Coven and Freak Show. So far, Asylum has been my favourite, although I can't wait for Hotel to start in October!

My Cousin's Wedding

In case you didn't know, I was a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding at the start of September and I absolutely loved it. It was such a perfect day and everything went to plan. The weather even managed to stay nice for the photographs! I don't have that many pictures because I was so busy all day, but I did share a few of them on one of my Weekly Snapshots.

What do you think of my September favourites? Do you have any favourites this month? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • Trying out the Little Ondine nail polish in the shade True Love.
  • I've never tasted the Phizzy Pig Tails before.
  • Collared shirt and flamingo jumper.
  • White chocolate and raspberry crepe with vanilla and bubblegum ice-cream.
  • The Mask Of Magnaminty face mask from Lush is incredible.
  • I went to see Miss You Already with my best friend.
  • The berry lipsticks are starting to make an appearance.
  • Bubblegum bottles are my absolute favourite sweets.
  • Obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent - Black Opium all over again.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 25 September 2015

Empties & Products I've Thrown Away


Recently, in aid of my current spending ban, I've been trying to use up everything I already own instead of going out and buying new products, which has resulted in a massive bag of empty products. At this point, you may want to go and get a cup of tea as this is guaranteed to be a long post. 

Hair



I've went through so many bottles of these over the past year I've lost count. It goes without saying that this is my favourite budget shampoo and conditioner duo, as it gives my hair volume and bounce, maintains moisture and yet doesn't weigh my hair down.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Another incredible Dove product that I've repurchased again and again is the dry shampoo. It beats any other dry shampoo I've ever tried as it doesn't leave that tacky dry residue in my hair the way some other ones have.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


This wasn't a bad product, it did a decent job at being a dry shampoo but it smelt a bit weird and it lingered in my hair all day, so I wasn't really a fan.

Would I buy it again? No, simply because I prefer the Dove version.


This dry shampoo does smell lovely, although it did leave a slight white cast in my hair, but once it was massaged into my hair it gradually disappeared.

Would I buy it again? No, again because I prefer the Dove version.


I absolutely loved used this! It wasn't as sticky compared to the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, which made it much easier to brush out, so I'll definitely purchase it again in the future.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Another product I've repurchased so many times I've lost count is this hairspray, I just love it. Although, I have been using the Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Hairspray and I prefer just slightly more.

Would I buy it again? Yes, but only if they had none of the Iced Raspberry & Vanilla version.


My holy grail texturising spray, need I say more? I will always repurchase this.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


I bought the little 100ml size of this hairspray just to keep in my handbag because I'm currently trying to grow out my fringe (which has been an absolute nightmare) and it does the job and is perfect for those emergency touch-ups.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Skin



I've tried many micellar waters over the past year or two and I always gravitate towards this one because it doesn't dry my skin out and removes a good amount of my make-up before going on to use my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


One of my favourite beauty discoveries this year has been the Serozinc toner. Remember when this was so hard to get hold of and you could only order it off eBay or go to France to get it? Needless to say I'm very glad it's more available now.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


I used one of these before and I loved it. It is quite thick for a face moisturiser, but in a good way because it does sink in quickly. It's perfect for travelling as well because it can be used anywhere.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


It's guaranteed that there's always going to be at least one of these in my empties posts, I would hate to see the condition of my skin without it.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Technically, I didn't finish this product, I just threw it away because I never used it because it was so sticky and unpleasant to use, so I'll not be buying it again.

Would I buy it again? No.


Working on a computer all day wreaks havoc on my eyes, so it's nice to come home, take off my make-up and use this to soothe and relax my eyes before I go to sleep.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Another product I didn't finish but threw away was this because it was far too strong for my sensitive skin and burnt it, so I'll not be buying it again.

Would I buy it again? No.

Body



I threw this product away as well because I used it a few times and it always made my skin look streaky, so I'll stick to my St Tropez Instant Tan.

Would I buy it again? No.


I don't know anyone who doesn't like Soap & Glory products and this one has been no exception. Even though Foam Call wouldn't be my favourite range, it still smells lovely.

Would I buy it again? Yes, but I do prefer the Sugar Crush and Orangeasm range.


 I'm quite lazy when it comes to body moisturising, however this stuff has been my saviour in a bottle, I'll always repurchase this.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Throughout my teenage years, I always used the Aussie shampoo and conditioner, so I was intrigued whenever they brought out body washes this year, and they're lovely!

Would I buy it again? Yes, although I'd like to try out the different scents.


It took me ages to get through this bottle because I didn't use it that often. I don't know why though because it's a lovely, fresh scent and protected my sensitive skin in the shower.

Would I buy it again? No, simply because it took me too long to get through and I got bored of it.


treaclemoon is a brand that I wish branched out into Boots and Superdrug because I've loved everything I've tried from them, all their products smell incredible and this one just adds to the list.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Make-Up



I've went through a few of these before and I love using this on good skin days because it's such a light, natural foundation. It's so easy to use and looks lovely for minimal make-up days as well.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


As well as the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, this has been my best foundation discovery this year. It's a lightweight powder foundation, yet it packs a punch whenever it comes to coverage, as you can choose how much you want, it's incredible and I've already been through a few of them so far.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


I remember the first time I used the They're Real! mascara was whenever I was about 18 and I could not put it down, I absolutely loved it and that hasn't changed.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


However, before They're Real! came BADgal Lash and to be honest, it's a good mascara, but it has nothing compared to They're Real and Roller Lash.

Would I buy it again? No, just because I prefer They're Real! and Roller Lash.


I think it's safe to say that I love this concealer, saying as there's four of them in the picture, I'll always pick one up whenever they have my shade in it available.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


I remember trying this whenever I read about it on Kate's blog and I fell head over heels in love with it, it's the perfect full-coverage concealer and I need much less foundation whenever I use this.

Would I buy it again? Yes.


Unfortunately I wasn't too impressed with this concealer because it was too dark for my complexion and slipped around my face whenever I was applying it.

Would I buy it again? No.

Perfume



This perfume brings back so many memories for me because it was the first proper 'grown up' perfume I ever got. I kept the empty bottle for ages, but I decided to get rid of it because of my decluttering session lately. It would be a lovely scent if you like sweet scents.

Would I buy it again? No, simply because it's too young for me now.


I remember being absolutely obsessed with this because at the time I was watching Gossip Girl and Leighton Meester was the perfume ambassador for Lovestruck whenever it was released, so needless to say this was a major fan girl purchase.

Would I buy it again? No, again because it's too young for me now.


I absolutely love this perfume, there's something so different about it and I have another bottle of it on stand-by. I'm surprised I like it because it contains liquorice and I don't like the taste of it, but somehow it works in this perfume. 

Would I buy it again? Yes.

What do you think of my empty products? Have you used up any products recently? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Nicka K Eyeshadow Base - Pearl*





Today is officially the first day of Autumn, which has left me feeling extremely excited for cosy nights in, loads of blankets, Disney movies, hot chocolate, crunchy leaves, Halloween, my birthday, boots, jumpers, scarves, bobble hats, golden eyes and berry lips and nails.

So, as I start to bring out all my gold, glittery eyeshadows, I need a good eyeshadow primer to help keep them in place all day long. This brings me on to discuss the Nicka K Eyeshadow Base. I have the shade 'Pearl', which as you would imagine is a creamy, off white shade which gives the tiniest touch of iridescence. There is also two other shades, 'White' and 'Nude'. 

For ages I used the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion until I used it all up a couple of months ago. I never bothered replacing it because it was too expensive for all I used it for on my tiny student budget. However, I've been using the Nicka K Eyeshadow Base for more than a month now and I would say it's a perfect dupe.

The primer glides onto my eyes with silk-like ease and causes no irritation whatsoever, which I've found with some other eyeshadow primers. However, most importantly it extends the wear of my eyeshadow and prevents it from creasing. Also, due to the neutral base, it brightens my eyes, clings to the pigmentation of the eyeshadow and gives the true shade the eyeshadow is supposed to be.

I apply it just like an other eyeshadow primer, by simply dabbing my ring finger into the pot and patting it gently all over my eyelid before applying my eyeshadow of choice.

I'd really recommend trying out the Nicka K Eyeshadow Base if you're looking for a new eyeshadow primer or as an alternative to some of the more expensive eyeshadow primers out there, because at just £4.95 on the Beauty Crowd website, you can't really go wrong. Plus, how could you resist the pretty rose gold lid and glass jar!?

What do you think of eyeshadow primers? Would you try the Nicka K Eyeshadow Base? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • Free pot of tea.
  • New office cacti.
  • Love my new coat for Autumn/Winter.
  • Taking some blog photos.
  • Oversized, hilarious (to me) new jumper.
  • Finally finished Looking For Alaska accompanied by my Kermit mug.
  • I love it when Primark start bringing in their Autumn/Winter clothes.
  • Bridesmaid thank you present.
  • Ricky's birthday cake.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 18 September 2015

Topshop Lip Bullet - Heartbeat






Have you ever been going through your make-up collection and find a barely used product and wondered how it ever got there? That was exactly me whenever I found the Topshop Lip Bullet in Heartbeat tucked away at the bottom of my lipstick storage. 

If there's one thing I love about Topshop make-up, it's their lip products. I have a wish list as long as my arm of lipsticks that I still want from the collection. Not to mention the fact that they've now released their 'lip perfector' range as well, which are supposedly similar to the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.

But anyway, I really love the lip bullets from Topshop and have a few shades from the range. They have a moisturising, dewy formulation and glide onto the lips with ease. They're also very buildable, so you can alter the coverage and colour to how you like it.

The shade 'Heartbeat' is leaning towards a red, but with pinky coral undertones, which I think is perfect for all year round and not just during the warmer months. However, it does look slightly more orange in the applicator. 

I like to apply mine straight from the applicator, then pat it into my lips to ensure that it doesn't slip and slide around my lips. They do actually wear quite well, but I find that they do need topping up around the 3 hour mark. 

As with all Topshop make-up, the price is reasonable, coming to a mere £8 compared to some other similar products on the market. Even though it's not my favourite shade from the lip bullet range (Covet is my favourite), I'd still recommend checking it out.

What do you think of the Topshop lip products? Would you wear 'Heartbeat'? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette - Rich Gold






As you may or may not know, I've recently decided to go on a spending ban until my birthday (27th October) and Christmas. So, this is my last unnecessary purchase until those dates when I'm going to treat myself to one thing on each date. But anyway, onto the palette.

Pixi is a brand I really love and recommend, everything that I've tried from the brand I've really rated and been blown away with the quality. The Mesmerizing Mineral Palette is no different. The palette is composed of six stunning shimmer shades, ranging from a creamy shade to a dark brown shade.

The actual eyeshadows apply like a dream, they aren't loose enough that there's loads of fallout, yet they're pigmented enough that you get just the right amount of colour payoff each time you dip in and swirl your brush. They also blend and mix together nicely, so you can create quite a lot of nice looks using just six shades, from natural to smokey.

My favourite look so far is using the first shade all over the lid and the inner corner, the third shade in the centre of my lid and the fifth shade in the outer corner and ever so slightly as a crease colour. Although, there's not a bad shade in the palette and I've used them all as they're just so wearable.

Also, I would say that this palette is particularly good for anyone with brown or green eyes, as the shades would suit those eye types perfectly due to some green tones running through some of the middle brown shades.

The only thing I will about this palette is that the lid flips out quite awkwardly, but it's not as if it is a major design flaw. It also has one of the foam applicator brushes that I never use. However, the rest of the palette packaging is completely fine, as the hard plastic and slim design is good for travelling or slipping into your make-up bag.

The palette retails for £15, but it's usually reduced to £9 - £12 on some of the sites I've listed below. I even have my eye on the 'Copper Peach' palette next! 

Available from:


What do you think of the Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette? Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Weekly Snapshots


  • Bridesmaid gel nails.
  • Berocca was an absolute essential this week.
  • New mugs in work are pretty cool.
  • So many blueberries.
  • Major nearly sleeping in the car.
  • Wedding desserts.
  • My cousin and me in our bridesmaid dresses.
  • Bridesmaid bouquet. 
  • Ricky and me at the wedding after party.

How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 11 September 2015

3 Budget Friendly Face Masks



One thing I do love and try to include to my routine every week is a good face mask. Just like any other skincare, everyone has their own preferences and this is no different when it comes to face masks. Personally, I love a purifying, yet gentle face mask as my skin is sensitive, yet it can be blemish prone at times. I won't use anything that it's so harsh or abrasive on my skin and this can wreak havoc on my skin. So, I thought I'd do a little round-up of my top three budget friendly face masks, which are safe for even suitable sensitive skin.



Best for: Spots and blemishes

Price: £10.50

One that caused quite a stir in the beauty world last year, this mask packs quite the punch. It's a warming charcoal treatment, but it cools down whenever the 5 minutes is up, which is good for me because I always run way over time with face masks. The consistency is very thick and it's grey/blue in colour, however, whenever it begins to dry, it highlights any blemishes white so that you know where to focus your after care and it helps to dry them up, genius! 


Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed Super Self-Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask

Best for: Pore purifying

Price: £11.50

The best smelling mask out of the three, this self-heating mask smells sweet, much like bubblegum and mint combined. The consistency is quite gritty, yet not abrasive, but I do find that I have to shake it before I use it because it can be quite runny. There's a particular method in using this one, you have to apply the mask, then wet your hands and scrub the mask in until it turns blue, that's when it starts to heat up. I find that this one is great for pore purification. 



Vichy Normaderm 3-In-1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask

Best for: Congested skin

Price: £12.00

This one is what I call my 'quick fix' mask, as it dries so quickly and sorts out any problems pronto. Again, the consistency is quite gritty but not abrasive. It's green in colour and reduces those little under the skin bumps like they weren't even there to begin with. I would also recommend the Vichy Normaderm Night Detox as well, they are definitely a dream team when used together. I find that this one is fantastic for when my skin is feeling congested.

What do you think of my top three budget friendly face masks? What is your favourite face mask? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Milani Illuminating Face Powder - Beauty's Touch





One of my biggest beauty discoveries so far this year would have to be the Milani Illuminating Face Powder - Beauty's Touch. I am absolutely crazy about it, so much so that it's already featured in my July Favourites blog post.
 At first, I will admit, it was the packaging that drew me in, but just look at how beautiful it is! I thought it was going to be a 'just good' product, so, to my surprise I was blown away from the first time I used it. 
It has been my go to blush ever since I got it simply because it's so natural looking, yet gives my skin the 'lit from within, english rose glow' with just a sweep of it across my cheeks. The powder itself is completely weightless, silky smooth and blends perfectly into the skin. It also has no glitter or sparkly particles, which stops me from looking like a glitter ball. 
The only thing I will say about this powder is do not follow the instructions on how to use it. I use a blush brush and apply it just like I would a blush. I wouldn't use it as an entire face powder because it would be too pink all over and I'd look like an overheating mess. 
It comes in two other shades as well, 'Amber Nectar' and 'Hermosa Rose' Although Milani is still not easy to get a hold of in Northern Ireland and the UK, it's available on Beauty Crowd and sometimes Amazon.

What do you think of the Milani Illuminating Face Powder? Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Weekly Snapshots




How was your week? Is there anything that you're looking forward to in the week ahead? Let me know in the comments!

Sara

Friday, 4 September 2015

Drugstore Back To School/College/University Make-Up


The start of September will always remind me of going back to school, no matter how old I get. I loved being organised and ready well beforehand so that I could enjoy my last few weeks of Summer holidays without having to worry about forgetting something. Although I hated getting my school uniform because nothing fit me properly, my favourite part of doing the back to school shop was for stationary and new make-up items.
So, I thought I would share what make-up bits and pieces I would put in my make-up bag if I was going back to school, college or university.


First of all, if it was me, I'd like to use as few products as possible, not only to keep my make-up bag light, but because my make-up bag was stolen once whenever I was at school and contained some of my most beloved make-up items. Which brings me onto my second point, I'd gravitate towards drugstore products, not only because they're cheaper, but they're a lot easier to replace and have back-ups of. My third and final requirement from this make-up look is that it must be quick to do, yet stay in place all day, because who doesn't treasure those extra minutes in bed?

Face


To help keep my make-up in place all day, I would use the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Primer as it keeps me shine free all day and doesn't let my make-up slip around my face. For concealer, I would use the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer - Light because it has both a concealer for under eyes and face, which saves me from taking two separate concealers. It also has a powder which is good for little touch-ups if you don't want to take a separate powder either. For foundation, I would use the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation - Porcelain as it's a medium to high coverage, but it takes no time at all to blend out and looks flawless. For cheeks, I would use the Revlon Highlighting Palette - Rose Glow as a blush as the different tones in the palette gives the appearance of a blush and highlight without two separate products. To keep everything locked in place, I would finish off with a dusting of the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Translucent as it does the best job of keeping things matte where they need to be.

Eyes & Lips



For my eyes, I would use one of my ultimate '2 birds, 1 stone' products, an eye crayon, such as the Bourjois ColorBand 2-In-1 Eyeshadow/Eyeliner - Beige Minimaliste as it's such a simple shade, it can be used as both eyeliner and eyeshadow, which would mean not having to carry around a palette. For mascara, I would use my favourite one at the minute, which is the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara - Black as it gives unbelievable length and separation to my lashes.
For eyebrows, I would use my tried and trusted Soap & Glory Archery 2-In-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush - Blondeshell because lets be honest, it's the only thing I ever use of my brows and the best in the drugstore.
To finish everything off, I'd opt for a very nude/natural lipstick, which wasn't drying on the lips, something like the Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Nude Lipstick - 45 would be perfect.

Have you tried any of these products? What way would you do your make-up if you were going back to school/college/university? Let me know in the comments!

Sara