Friday, 29 December 2017

7 Beauty Lessons I Learnt in 2017

As we come to the end of the year, I wanted to share with you some discoveries I have made during 12 months of wearing makeup and being an active part of the online beauty community. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

December's Drugstore Empties

I have enjoyed using up these drugstore products during December. All of them have moisturising properties as it has been a cold month here and my skin has needed some extra hydration. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Festive Drugstore Lipsticks

I've dusted off my red lipstick collection for the month of December and have tried to wear a festive colour every day so far. Here are five of my drugstore favourites:

Friday, 8 December 2017

My Collection of Beauty Minis

Mini-sized beauty products are a great way to try out new formulas, handy to pop into your makeup or travel bag and always look so cute. At this time of year, small products are also great to give as secret Santa gifts and make great stocking fillers. Here are a few mini versions I have collected from subscription boxes, gift sets or purchased to travel with. 

Benefit "That Gal" Illuminating Primer
I love this little primer for adding a healthy and natural-looking glow to my skin. You don't need to use a lot of it to see results so this sample size will last me a long time. I apply this all over my face after moisturising to perk up the look of my skin. You can also add more of it to the areas of the face you want to lift, creating a base for a powder highlight. 

Benefit High Beam Highlighter
This is a satiny-pink shiny highlight which lasts well and again, a tiny dab of this goes a long way.
I never use a lot of highlighter on my face so a tiny bottle of this is all I need!

Benefit Total Moisture Cream
I bought a full set of Benefit skincare minis back in June, and this is my favourite product of the lot. My skin needs a lot of hydration, especially in cold weather, and this is a perfectly moisturising yet non-greasy cream. It sinks into my face really quickly and the feeling of comfort it leaves lasts an impressively long time.
I use this at night as it doesn't contain SPF but I also dab it onto dry patches during the day, over my day moisturiser and makeup. It reminds me of my favourite Nivea Soft cream, which I will go back to when I have finished this little pot.

Soap & Glory Hand Food
The classic hand cream from Soap & Glory! It is strongly scented so not suitable if the skin on your hands is sensitive, but I really like the non-greasy formula. It contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow and gives a really softening effect.

Buxom Lip Gloss
This is such a pretty, plumping gloss with a minty scent. It tingles on the lips but not uncomfortably so. You can wear glosses like this over any other lip product or just on their own and this one has a lovely shine to it for festive looks.

Buxom Mascara
This mascara gives really great lengthening results. The long wand coats every lash and the formula is neither too wet nor too dry. Mini mascaras are perfect to take away on your travels over the holiday season as the wands are always the size of the regular product, it's just a smaller tube.

St Ives Facial Scrub
I first used this facial scrub years ago and go back to it every so often in between trying new ones. I love the natural, apricot scent and the gentle exfoliation it gives.
It doesn't dry my skin out but leaves it feeling extremely fresh and cleansed. I always buy this little mini to take away on holiday and find it to be really good value for money. 

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
This Kat Von D translucent powder is beautifully soft and feels silky smooth on the skin. I use it mostly to set concealer under my eyes and find it helps to give a blurred effect over that area.
I have nearly finished this powder and when it is used up I will replace it with Primark's loose powder which does a very similar job for me, but it's fantastic to try mini samples of more expensive products from time to time.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick
I have saved my favourite for last! I am so impressed that this mini has the same beautiful and unique studded packaging as the full-size lipsticks.
The actual product is soft, creamy, long-wearing and all-round-delightful. I have a large lipstick collection and have never used a whole tube up in my life, so I am very happy to own smaller versions at a fraction of the cost of the full sizes.
The shade here is Cathedral and it is one of those magical colours which manages to look appropriate at any time of the year and with any outfit. 

Thanks for reading and see you soon,

Friday, 1 December 2017

November's Drugstore Empties 2017

As November is over it's time for another round-up of monthly empties. I bought all of these products myself and every one was a winner with nothing costing more than £7.

Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo
This is a really nice, lightweight shampoo which rinsed out very easily and left my hair feeling very soft. It costs £5.99 for 250ml and this lasted me around 5 months. I am still using up the matching conditioner which is also lovely. They both have a clean, salon scent and are paraben, silicone and sulphate free. This range is great if you like to wash your hair daily as they are so gentle. 

Wilko Tea Tree Face Wipes
These are great value at only 50p for 25 wipes. I don't use them every day so they last me quite a while. The Tea Tree wipes are fairly astringent so I imagine they might sting sensitive skin, but I like the feeling these give of a deep, intense clean. In general, Wilko's beauty and skin products are fantastic value and great quality.

Tesco Fruity & Juicy Shower Crème
These shower creams only cost 85p for 250ml and smell gorgeous. I have used up the Exotic Coconut & Vanilla scent and also the Pomegranate & Raspberry version. I didn't find them drying at all and will definitely be looking out for any other fragrances in this range to try.

Avon Active Moisture Hydration Overnight Gel Cream
As far as I am concerned, this Avon product is a perfect dupe for the more pricey Garnier Moisture Bomb Night Gel Cream. The regular price for this is £4.50 but it is often on offer for £3 or even less. 
It is a soothing, cooling gel which sinks into the skin easily without any stickiness.
A little of this product goes a long way and the gel formula makes it feel really hydrating. The day cream version of this is also exactly like the Garnier Moisture Bomb day cream at a fraction of the price. 
I also like the glass jar packaging which I will keep and use to de-pot other products into or to store earrings and other bits and bobs in.

Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream
This whole All Bright range from Boots Botanics is right up my street, with natural ingredients giving glowy resuts on the skin.
This day cream usually costs £6.99 but is often on offer at a third off in Boots. The ingredients in it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so I didn't use this during the Summer but have loved it during October and November. It has a hibiscus scent and illuminates my skin in a subtle way whilst giving really good hydration and softness.
I am currently using up the toner from this range which also works brilliantly. 

Wilko Relaxing Bath Soak
Good old Wilko again! This bath soak lasted me ages and only cost 90p for 750ml. I find bubble bath from some other brands causes my skin to dry out, but this one was lovely. It has an unusual chamomile and green tea scent and I will be buying this again.

Simple Kind To Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel
Finally, I bought this small face wash to travel with and it only cost £1.50 for 50ml. Simple skincare is always reliable and along with Olay was one of the first brands I ever used. It does its job without any fragrance and is very gentle on the skin.

Thanks for reading about this month's empties,

Friday, 24 November 2017

Revlon PR Unboxing and First Impressions

Revlon recently sent me this package containing two of their new Eye, Cheek & Lip palettes and an Ultimate All-in-One Mascara. Although the palettes are brand new, they are described on Revlon's website as "universally flattering shades of our best selling eyeshadow, blush and lipcolour" so I am not clear as to whether the actual shades included are new or not. The palettes cost £14.99 each and the mascara costs £9.99. I have tried and loved Revlon makeup in the past so was excited to get stuck into these...

Friday, 17 November 2017

Review: Makeup Revolution Life on the Dancefloor Guest List Lipstick

Makeup Revolution have recently released a collection called Life on the Dancefloor which is made up of four different eyeshadow palettes with twelve accompanying lipsticks. The whole collection is packaged in a festive, sparkly design, with three lipsticks to match each palette.
In terms of lip colour, the palest nude shades are in gold tubes, darker nudes are in the rose gold packaging pictured above, red shades are in silver packaging and dark, vampy colours are in black.

I bought this lipstick in the shade Stiletto from and it cost £3. Makeup Revolution is a cruelty-free brand.

Friday, 10 November 2017

My Nyx Lip Gloss Collection

These Nyx lip glosses are cruelty free and available in the UK at Boots as well as from Nyx's own website, and I bought all these shades myself and have been wearing them more and more lately.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

I Heart Makeup Death By Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

I Heart Makeup's Death By Chocolate Palette is perfect to use at this time of the year, with matte and shimmery browns and purple tones mirroring the effect of the Autumnal shrubs and leaves in my garden. It costs a very reasonable £7.99 for 16 extremely wearable shades and the whole palette has a sweet vanilla, cocoa powder scent. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Weekly Makeup Selection #1

In order to ensure I use up all the gorgeous beauty products I own, I have decided to choose a face-full of makeup items each week and stick to using those for 7 days. This should help me to review products thoroughly, to show some love to those items which sometimes get forgotten about, and to decide if any makeup needs to leave my collection. At the end of the week I will be able to share my thoughts with you...

Friday, 13 October 2017

Makeup Bag For A Weekend Away

Last weekend I went to stay at the beautiful, Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno. Here's a peek inside the makeup bag I took with me for a pampering evening and a day out at the seaside.

Friday, 6 October 2017

First Impressions: Revlon Youth FX Collection

Revlon recently sent me these new YouthFX products to try out, which will apparently "fill, blur and transform" my skin. I am always interested to try new drugstore base makeup and am intrigued by the "age corrective technology" associated with this particular range.

Friday, 29 September 2017

September's Drugstore Empties 2017

The month of September seems to have flown by quickly, and I have used up all these lovely, affordable products.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Instagram Made Me Buy It!

Instagram has long been my favourite place to discover beautiful, new makeup products. In this post I'm going to share some drugstore items which I bought myself after being tempted by Instagram photos and reviews. Were they worth the hype? Did the products live up to the promises of their glamorous packaging? Let's find out...

Friday, 15 September 2017

My Soap & Glory Makeup Collection

Soap & Glory products are priced at the higher end of drugstore cosmetics, and a lot of people ask me whether or not they are worth trying out. I bought all of these items myself from Boots and really enjoy using them. Soap & Glory do not test their formulations on animals.