Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Current Favourites / The High End Version

On Sunday I brought you the high street edition of my current favourites, and today it's time to show you the not so purse friendly favourites.

Let's start with the base. Now, I'm actually surprised to be showing you this as it was a complete spur of the moment purchase, never the less, the Dior Glow Maximiser was worth every penny of the splurge. Let me the set the scene here, I am often prone to an oily t zone, so I was surprised when I ended up buying something that promises to deliver a dewy complexion, a finish I tend to stay away from. I tend use it by applying a mattifying primer first, then mixing a pea sized amount of this with my foundation. This delivers an almost angelic glow to my face and what surprised me even more, was that I didn't look like I had dipped my head in a chip pan, win win!

Do you remember the first ever expensive foundation you bought? I do, it was MAC Studio Fix Fluid and ever since then, it's had a special place in my heart and recently I've not been able to get enough of it. I tend to reserve it for the days I need a little more help in the coverage department, and each time I apply it, I fall in love with all over again. Mixed with the Dior Glow Maximiser and I'm pretty sure I hear angels sing.

I have been using MAC Harmony every single day since I purchased it in January, and I can't imagine being without it, the perfect contour colour. Another impulse purchase (can anyone see a pattern here?) was the Benefit Rockateur blush, the perfect everyday colour that also delivers a hint of highlight.
To finish it all off, I've been loving the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray.

Have you tried any of these products? What's your ultimate favourite luxury purchase?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Current Favourites / The High Street Edition

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend, is to pop into the likes of Boots and Superdrug and swatch away until my heart is content. I never used to be one for "drugstores", but these days I need to be sensible and realise I can't splash the cash like I used to in my younger days. Lately, I have found some gems that are not only low in price, but accessible too.

When it comes to the base, I used to snob the drugstore in favour of my high end products. In particular, primers and foundations. I've found the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser and the Bourjois CC Cream to be pretty amazing finds. It might not dramatically reduce my pores, but I do find the Maybelline Baby Skin to be a pretty darn good silicone based primer, great for keeping the oily t-zone at bay and providing a velvety surface to apply foundation on.  Foundation can be such a personal choice and for me, high end foundations do tend to beat the drug store ones, but the Bourjois CC Cream has been on my face constantly for the last few weeks and I might be a little bit smitten. A lovely lightweight finish that is luminous yet not greasy and provides a fresh complexion for those days we don't want to pile on the heavy coverage stuff.

For concealer, I've ditched my Collection Lasting Perfection as I had been using that stuff daily for who knows how long and I really fancied a change, enter the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser. At 25, I can't really comment on it's ability to reverse the ageing process but this is stuff is pretty amazing at covering under eye bags. My favourite method of application, has to be the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge as it really provides an air brush finish.

A few long-term favourites have to be the Rimmel Accelerator Endless Mascara and the L'oreal Superliner Brow Artist pencil, both of which have long term residence in my make-up stash.

I'm always on the look out for new products to try so leave your favourites from the high street in the comments!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Daring To Go Bold Take Two

I recently blogged about stepping out my comfort zone and venturing imto the world of a bold lip, and it's happened again. I'm not sure what came over me, but after a boozy lunch in York I fell into MAC and made (quite a few) purchases, Ruby Woo being one of them.

MAC's Ruby Woo is a well-known lipsick and adored by many, you can now add my name to the list. MAC describe it as a matte vivid blue red, which is pretty accurate. If you're expecting a glossy red finish, this isn't for you. I don't mind the matte finish as it means I'm safe in the knowledge that it won't smear across my face which is a worry of mine because, who wants to look like coco the clown? 

As a pale skinned gal, I can't believe it's taken me this long to appreciate how stunning a red lip is against pale skin. Gone are the days where I sport an uber pink lip (i went through many MAC St Germaines), red is now my colour of choice. I feel a nee addiction coming on and I've already got my eye on the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, now the question is; Cruella or Dragon Girl?

Monday, 10 February 2014

Valentines Gift Guide Part Two

Valentines Gift Guide Part Two

Yesterday I showed you my Valentines Gift Guide and today is part two, for those wanting to spend a little bit more to treat their loved one this upcoming valentines day. I guess you could call it the "luxury gift guide". Even if you don't have plans this Valentines day, I'm sure you can appreciate the stunning pieces of lingerie from the brand Myla that I recently had a browse of. Their stunning new collection has a real Valentines feel to it. My particular favourite is the Isabella  range, the pink and white compliment each other perfectly making them an ideal and flirty choice for this Valentines day. Even if you don't have a date this coming Friday, I often find new lingerie is the perfect accessory for any outfit. As wonderful as spanx can be, a new set of lingerie can really make you feel great. 

From top:

I really think Myla have nailed it with their recent pieces. I'm sure we can all admire the beauty and imagine we're Victoria Secrets Models strutting our stuff. 

What's your favourite piece?

*This post contains a sponsored link, but all the words are my own

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Valentines Gift Guide

Valentines day is fast approaching, and while it is perhaps a commercial gimmick, we use it as an excuse to get each other a little something and go out for a delicious meal without feeling guilty for it. If you're thinking of spoiling your special someone, look no further than my Valentines gift guide for him and for her...

For Her...

For Her

Luxury Heart of Chocolates- Marks & Spencers £25
I think this is self-explanatory, who doesn't love a heart shaped box of luxury chocolates? Dim the lights, and kick back with a movie and feast on luxury chocolates...perfect night in or what?

Emma Bridgewater Heart Mug
Why not get her a beautiful heart print mug from the iconic British brand Emma Bridgewater? If she's a lover of hot beverages then you can't really go wrong with a heart print mug on Valentines day can you?

Lush Cosmetics
Now, in all my 25 years on this planet, I've only met a handful of girls who don't like Lush. I personally, would be thrilled to receive anything from Lush. Lush do a range of Valentines sets too, but if you fancy getting her a few things then may I suggest Tender is the night massage bar, butterball bath bomb, and Prince Charming shower gel. They all smell incredible and are sure to put a smile on her face.

Diptique Candle
Again, most girls love a candle and Diptique is a brand that makes a great gift as they're not something most of us can afford to buy on a weekly basis. One day I will own the entire range of Diptique candles but until then, I'll just recommend you to get one.

Tom Ford Lipstick
In my books, nothing says I love you like a beautiful Tom Ford lipstick. Let's just take a minute to admire the luxurious casing and the beautiful shade that is Cherry Lush (rather apt for Valentines day).

Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil
If you fancy treating her to something a little more upmarket than Lush, then Aromatherapy Associates is a great place to start. I have been after one of their luxurious bath oils since before Christmas, however my other half thinks it's crazy to spend £40 on a bath oil...

For Him...

For Him

Even though I am from a family of predominantly males, and have been with Andy for nearly 6 years, I still find shopping for men such a task it makes my head want to explode. Anyway, here is a rundown of a few little gifts you could get the man in your life..

Anything from Not On The Highstreet
Not on the Highstreet is one of my favourite places to shop online as they have so many unique things. I particularly love  "you belong with me, I belong with you" print. I used to hear this song all the time and sing it (Albeit badly) to Andy and we never knew what the song was until a while later as it was on an advert and they eventually released it. I also love the idea of the polaroid photos, you can print them out and get creative and pop them in a frame or dot them about your room. I'm going to sound like a granny, but I think we're a generation that forget to have hard copies of photos. Everything is on our hard drives and Facebook etc but if these were to go down, we'd be stuck. I love that my family have loads of albums full of photos and keep meaning to start my own.

Wooden Iphone Case
If he likes something a bit different, than these wooden iphone cases make a great gift. Something a bit different and you can get loads of colours and finishes. I know Andy has his eye on them.

Jeremiah Weed and Tumbler
I actually think this is the most vile drink ever, but Andy loves it and always orders it when we're out somewhere that serves it. If he's not into the Kentucky Style Cider Brew, why not treat him to a few bottles of beers from around the world, you know the ones in the Supermarket that are always on offer. Bit different and looks better than handing him a crate of stella...unless that's his tipple of course.

Ferrero Rocher
Because who doesn't love Ferrero Rocher?

Phew! What a mammoth post that was! I hope you enjoyed this post, if you're single use Friday as an excuse to spoil yourself by treating yourself. If you're wanting to maybe spend a little bit more, than keep your eyes peeled for tomorrows gift guide.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Want It Wednesday

Want It Wednesday

Today's post is a collection of a few things I'm currently lusting after.
The mint jacket has been on my radar for a few weeks. After seeing Kate post an instagram snap of her wearing this jacket from Topshop I began to realise there was a huge void in my life for a mint jacket. The Topshop one was a little more than I wanted to spend, so I found this one from New Look except it's virtually sold out and I can't find it in my local store. At this point I have two choices, get it in pink or shell out for the Topshop one, decisions, decisions!

The chequered skirt again came to my attention due to Kate (such a bad influence) and I can't stop thinking about it. It's not normally my style but as they say, a change is as good as a rest (i think that's the saying?)

Keeping inline with my pastel fascination, the pink jumper from New Look will most likely become mine, a perfect pastel shade which will see me through to the warmer months.

The dress is from Topshop and lime green isn't normally a colour I gravitate towards but there is something about it I love.

Lastly, I had to include a MAC lipstick as I'm always lusting after some new make-up item, whether I need it or not, while I certainly don't need MAC Pure Zen as it's totally not a colour I'd normally go for, Hannah Maggs has convinced me it is an item I need in my life.

I often think that if it wasn't for blogging I'd have such a healthy bank account, but where would the fun in that be?

Monday, 3 February 2014

New In This Week: Let's Talk Oils

This last week saw me splurge a little bit, but I can totally justify my purchases. Where I live, the wind is so bitter cold that my skin and hair really have been suffering. The cold weather and central heating have made my skin and hair dry as a bone so I thought it was time to invest in a few things that would help me beat the arctic weather.

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil £24
I've had my eye on this for ages, as I had run out of my Trilogy Rosehip Oil I figured now was as good as a time as any to try it. The Lotus oil is specifically formulated for oily/combination skin, while my skin is a bit of everything at the moment, I figured the other two oils might be a tad heavy for my skin. I've also had my eye on the Caudalie Divine Oil which being a multi-use oil, would of saved me buying three products but I'm not sure how I feel about putting the same product on my body, hair and face. I've only used this a few times on the top of my hydraluron (read my review here) but so far so good.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment £4.95 for 10ml  and Moroccanoil Treatment £13.45 for 25ml
When hair oils first hit the beauty scene, I was a devout user of L'oreals Mythic Oil, I then progressed to Redken's Anti-snap treatment which I've been using for well over a year now and I really fancied trying something different. Of course, I picked up two different brands all in the name of research! Both are really hyped up products and while I know they probably contain a heap of silicones,  but if they make my hair look amazing, then is that so bad? If you saw my January Favourites video you may have noticed my hair is a tad lighter than normal, I'm not going to be a proper blondie but I am loving having lighter hair, however that comes at a price so I'm really hoping these products help restore my hair and help those split ends. I've used both, and so far, I'm really impressed with these but of course, I'll keep you all updated.

Have you tried any of these products?

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