Friday, 27 December 2013

The Yule Monty Soap and Glory Gift Set

Well Christmas is gone once again, so everyone is getting ready for new year which is less than a week away. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas or a good holiday for those who don't celebrate and got lots of the things you wanted. I was really lucky to receive many presents and vouchers this year and amongst them I received the Yule Monty gift set from Soap and Glory. I had my eye on this before Christmas as I had noticed the set was reduced from £60 to £27 which a ridiculously good deal and of course went out of stock very quickly however luckily my mum was able to grab one, little did I know as I hadn't asked for the set. So I thought I would tell you what is included within the set- not a review as such- and everyone loves a little nosy. I do warn you though this post is very picture heavy. The gifts come packaged within a beautiful pink and silver bag which could be appropriate for travelling or to hold beauty, skincare and body items. I will definitely be keeping the box as I am sure I will find a way in which I can use this around my bedroom or for going on holiday next year.
Within the set you receive Hand Food, Sugar Crush Body Wash, The Righteous Body Butter, Peaches and Clean Cleanser, Heel Genius Foot Cream, Butter Yourself Lotion, Scrub of your life, Thick and Fast Mascara and Sexy Mother Pucker in Pink out Loud.  
 Around this time last year I picked up the Sugar Crush Body Wash and have only literally just come to the end of the bottle. The product lasts a ridiculously long time due to the consistency and of course as the product contains 500ml. The scent Sugar Crush is my favourite due to the lime and freshness of the scent, very appropriate for the Summer and Spring for a pick me up to keep you wide awake and fresh. The only negative about this is the price which is £6.50, now this is quite a lot for a body wash however in the long run the product is worth the money and would outlast four or five £1 body washes.
The other bottle is the Butter Yourself Body Lotion which is something I have never tried before. The scent is described as 'super smoothing Shea butter, orange water juice, fig pulp extract and almond, mango and moringa oils'  Although I am not particularly great at describing scents I would agree there is a scent of oranges which isn't overpowering so if you aren't a fan of the Sugar Crush scent you would probably prefer this. Although I wasn't particularly keen at first I have grown to like the scent and find it to be very different from the other scents Soap and Glory offer.
 I have used hand food before and posted it within my soap and glory favourites post which you can find here. This is such a great product which is perfect to smooth and hydrate your hands without leaving them feeling sticky. I love the traditional Soap and Glory scent which the Hand Food has and will always be a firm favourite of mine. If you have never tried this before I would definitely recommend this, they even offer a smaller size for those who don't want to spend £5.
Although I can't comment on the other two products I am really intrigued to try them as I haven't before.
The product I am most intrigued to try is the Peaches and Clean Cleanser as I have never tried a Cleanser before- shocking I know- and of course this product smells of delicious Peaches. I can't wait to give this a go and see if it makes a difference to my skin. Although I have never used a big tub of the Righteous Butter before I have used smaller containers which have produced how good this product is due to its soft texture which sinks into the skin and the smell which is identical to hand food.
I have never tried any of the Soap and Glory make up and I wish they had included more within the set as I am only really interested in trying the thick and fast mascara due to the fact the lip gloss reminds me of something which I would have got in a set when I was younger however I would still like to try it as I am sure it will be better than I expect it to be. I feel extremely fortunate to receive this set and happy with everything within the gift box as they are either products I haven't tried or I already love. Anyways if you would be interested in a what I got for Christmas comment below as I am not sure whether to post one or not.
Thank you for reading,
Livs x


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Christmas Tag

I can't believe Christmas is literally 15 days away now, in order to try and get everyone and myself in the festive mood I thought I would do the Christmas tag. I wasn't particularly tagged by anyone however after seeing Chloe from do this tag. I really wanted to do this as I love the questions and feel as if I haven't done a tag in the longest time.
1) What is your favourite holiday movie?
Can I cheat and say two, because I equally love The Holiday and Love Actually. I don't even care what time of year it is I will watch them whenever however they help to get into the festive mood especially as they are romantic comedy style films. I like Elf but sorry to say I'm not keen on it along with the home alone films which I really dislike.
2) What's your favourite Christmas colour?
I'm going to be boring and say red and green, if I saw them together I would immediately associate the colours with Christmas.
3) Do you like to stay in your pj's or dress up for Christmas?
I usually stay in my pyjamas whilst unwrapping my presents and then change once we have done this. I always plan to wear something really nice and dress up for the occasion but I usually just keep it simple and comfy.
4) If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?
I would one hundred per cent say my mum and dad, they are both my rocks and are so supportive through everything. I literally couldn't do anything without them and I really wish I could give as much back.
5) Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning, I like the idea of opening one present on Christmas Eve though it gets you excited for the next day.
6) Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
No I hate gingerbread so much, likewise cinnamon. However I do believe they look very Christmassy and idyllic.
7) What do you like to do on Christmas break?
I feel like I should say something interesting like go Ice Skating, but all I literally do is see family and watch Christmas films and eat cheese and crackers.
8) Any Christmas Wishes?
To those children who aren't fortunate enough to able to receive presents from friends or family or children who don't have any family at all. I know Christmas isn't about the presents however to see those go with so little and then to be fortunate myself is heart-breaking. I would love to volunteer or something along those lines when I'm older.
9) Favourite Christmas tree?
I don't have a clue what types of Christmas trees there are, I mean I have never smelt a Christmas tree before I really want to.
10) Christmas meal or treat?
I am not keen on desserts or roast dinners however I like the chocolate through the day especially the boxes of chocolates like Quality Street, Celebrations and Heroes. I can't leave out pigs wrapped in blankets they are one of the best things about Christmas.
Anyways I tag everyone to do this!
Thank you for reading!
Livs x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sleek Face Contour Kit Review

On a recent trip to Boots I noticed a Sleek stand in amongst the other make up brands. I'm only used to seeing Sleek in Superdrug so I guess its moved over to Boots, which I am not surprised about. I was actually really happy to see it especially as in Superdrug they no longer sell the Face Contour Kit, however instead the Face Form kit which comes with a blusher as well luckily Boots had the Face Contour Kit in Light and Dark shades. I had wanted to get this for a long time, so it was a combination of the 3 for 2 deal being on and seeing Sleek in Boots for the first time that made me want to grab it before they discontinued it or something along those lines. Especially as I have found out they have discontinued the Estee Lauder Eye shadows Duos, I regret not picking up Raisins when I could have.

The Sleek Contour Kit retails for £6.49 and comes in the shades: 'Light', 'Medium' and 'Dark' which essentially covers all skin tones. The palette is compacted within Sleek's typical black matte packaging, which always looks 'Sleek' and professional. Unfortunately it will not stay like this for long, the product starts to become messy and dirty straight away - its not really avoidable. You receive 14g of product which is a large amount, especially considering the Mac Mineralize Skin finishes usually have around 10g of product. I would always recommend Sleek for eyeshadows, blushers and bronzers, not only are they extremely pigmented however they are also relatively cheap and compare to the likes of Mac and Nars.
The palette comes with a large bronzing powder - this can be used for contouring and bronzing. There is also a smaller highlighter which can be applied to the cupids bow, temples and cheekbones. I'm not particularly a big fan of this highlighter as I just find I have others which I prefer, however due to convenience I usually apply it when using the bronzer. I have heard many people comment on how the bronzer is far too dark, however I believe this may be down to the pigmentation. The product is so pigmented, if you over apply you are bound to resemble something which has rolled around in the mud. A light hand or Duo Fibre brush always works perfectly with Sleek products. The product also comes with a small handy mirror, which means you can use it to apply at home and on the go. Essentially you will not need to pack a separate mirror as you already have one- giving you more space in your handbag for other useless things which we know we don't need. 
 'A duo compact with a contour powder perfect for contouring cheekbones and a shimmer highlighter perfect for illuminating your face giving you that perfect flawless finish. .'
I would agree the product is perfect as a contour instead of a bronzer. As the product is more matte, it works perfectly to make the cheekbones appear more defined and slimmer. I originally applied bronzer with the Expert face Brush from Real Techniques however I did not feel as if it gave the precise application I wanted. Therefore I swapped over to the Contour Brush from Real Techniques and BOOM - magic. I feel as if this brush applies bronzer perfectly to my cheekbones. I wouldn't exactly say the same goes for the highlighter. Have you noticed in palettes how they put lots of effort and precision into some of the products while the others are there just to fill the gaps? Yes the highlighter does give the cheekbones an illuminated effect, but not in a way you would always want it to. I would say this product would work well in the corner of the eyes or on the brow bone to give the appearance your eyes are bigger. 

I would repurchase this however I don't feel as if I would need to repurchase this for a very long time, the product has longevity so you don't even need to reapply throughout the day. A perfect little compact to carry around when travelling, a definite happy purchase go grab this little kit you won't regret it.

Thank you for reading:),
Livs x

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Sunshine Award

So luckily I was nominated for the sunshine award by Sopha Lou who is really lovely and you should go check out her blog. Thank you for nominating me! The award goes to those bloggers who are 'positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere' which is a very hearting warming statement if I say so myself. So to be nominating for such a positive award, especially as I haven't been feeling quite negative about how my blog looks and feels at the moment feels lovely and sweet thank you again.I would just like to say a big thank as I have just hit 100 Bloglovin followers which is really lovely and thank you to everyone who reads my blog to reach this milestone after only five months or so feels so welcoming, so I may possibly do a giveaway in conjunction with Christmas but I will see how things go.

The rules are very simple:
1) Share 11 facts about yourself
2) Answer the 11 question set by your nomination blogger
3) Nominate 11 bloggers
4)Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer
11 Facts about me-
1) I'm in my last year of high school so Year 11
2) My favourite food of all time is Reece's Cups but I would say Dominoes Pizza and Chinese was up there to.
3) I'm currently obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, I started watching them in August and finished watching them in August, you don't know how much of a pain it is to wait till January.
4) I love reading book series, and then watching and waiting for the films to come out however its really sad when they are all finished (Harry Potter then Twilight now the Hunger Games)
5) I really hate Jeans, I find them so uncomfortable and baggy occasionally.
6) I absolutely love English and would love to be a Journalist.
7) I'm such a fussy eater, however its a food I like I won't complain about how hot or cold it may be etc.
8) I find it very hard to trust people and my trust in someone can break in literally a second.
9) I'm in love with make up products and I think I have a weakness
10) Topshop and Primark are my favourite clothing stores
11) For my A Levels I want to take English Literature, Photography, Fine Art and Media Studies.

Questions from Sopha Lou:


1) Do you have any siblings?
I do indeed, I have three half brothers and one half sister.

2) What type of make up product is your favourite?
I think this would either be Blusher or Highlighter, I'm quite pale so these can make all the difference to my complexion.

3)What made you start a blog?
Not only are blogs intoxicating to read and you want to buy all the products a person has, you start to want to have a blog. Well that was my motivation, watching other do so well and have so much fun writing about the same sort of things which I love and I am interested to read about seems like a perfect opportunity to join in. I really give credit to those with amazing blog layouts and fancy html codes because I really am still confused by it all.

4) What is your favourite type of post others bloggers blog about?
I enjoy reading pretty much everything especially Monthly Favourites, Hauls and My Favourite... Blusher, Bronzer etc.

5) Which high end brand would you recommend to a friend?
To start off with as Cliché as it sounds Mac, but if they didn't mind paying a little more I would say Nars. Mac just do a good variety of products, particularly the lipsticks and eye shadows which aren't too expensive.

6) Favourite Nail Colour?
This is a really tough question, I love burgundy's and pastel colours  but specifically I love 'Raspberry' by Barry M, 'Mint Candy Apple' by Essie and 'Utopia' by Models Own.

7) Is there something about you which makes you unusual or different?
I don't like Nutella personally I think its seriously overrated and I play the piano that's pretty the things which make me stand out- so nothing really.

8)Bags, Jewellery or Shoes?
I would probably go with Jewellery, I love Bags and Shoes but I feel like a statement necklace or a watch can really add or make an outfit- just a personal preference.

9) What would your dream job be?
My absolute dream job would either be to be a You tuber or work at Pixar creating the drawings for films like Monsters Inc. and Toy story.

10) Go to Shoes?
Either my Doc Martens which I love as they flowery which makes them unique and quite girly  or my converses as they easy to chuck on and are comfortable.

11) Something you have your eye on which you really want to treat yourself to?
Oooooh I'm not sure, I'm dying to get my hands on a YSL Lipstick, they are the most beautifully packaging make up item I have ever seen.

My Nominees are:

My questions for my nominees?
1) What's your favourite colour lipstick to wear?
2) What is your favourite high end and drugstore brand?
3) What do you find an absolute chore where beauty regimes are concerned?
4) Would you rather buy lots of drugstore items or just a couple of high end items?
5) Clothes or Make up?
6) What's the meaning behind your blog name?
7) Why do you enjoy blogging?
8) What's your favourite season?
9) What seasonal drink do you order from Costa Coffee/ Starbucks?
10) Do you have any pets?
11) Whats your favourite make up product that you own?

Thank you for reading:) Please check to see whether your nominated above thank you all!:),
Livs x

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Autumn Fashion Haul

Sorry I have been a little MIA, a week feels like a long time to not post for. I would give you some sort of excuse but I don't particularly have one, I got a new computer? Anyways as Autumn is well and truly here I thought it was time to get some fashion bits and bobs. I actually bought a coat however I took these photographs before, and I'm really lacking effort today. Anyways as I was saying I have been spending a lot lately- which is bad I know- but you know everything all pretty and cosy at the moment you know you just can't help yourself. Plus I think I am practically in love with the Tartan trend. I have found so many clothes and scarfs I have loved with this pattern. 
Tartan Scarf Primark £5
I originally really wanted the scarf which was red based but with a variety of different colours in-which I will still get my hands on- however when looking in Primark I literally grabbed this when I saw it. I knew I really wanted a tartan scarf and do plan to add more to my collection, besides the obvious- they keep you warm- they really go with anything: dresses, jumpers, tops. skirts whatever works for you. I always like a scarf to be super long so I can tie and loop it, which this scarf gives the ability to do. It also has tassels at the end and is lovely and a warm. A new staple in my wardrobe.

Tartan Pyjama Bottoms Primark £6
I swear they put up the price every year. Of course when Winter comes around- cliché but- I have to go to Primark to grab some new PJ's, I still want to grab some woolly ones but these will do till then. I actually saw a shorts version which someone had posted on their blog, however I literally couldn't find them anywhere so I went for the long version instead. They are very comfy and cosy the only negative is, they aren't cuffed at the bottom but it really isn't too much of a big deal. I love getting Primark bottoms are they won't last a very long time so can be replaced when you fancy a new warm pair. Can you notice a theme in this haul- Tartan. If they did a scarf of this, I don't think I would be able to help myself.
Cable Knit Primark Jumper £14
I actually bought this in October however I know they still do this jumper. At first sight it looks like a typical cable knit jumper, however its literally the baggiest and comfiest jumper I own. I did opt for the size up, but I would say you could easily have your size or down if you like jumpers to be tighter. Its such a thick warm material, you would think it would come from Top shop and should cost A LOT more. I really would check out Primark's jumpers this year, as they really look lovely. I think I may go check out some more-they do more shades. I am not a snob when it comes to Primark, I love love love it and think there is nothing wrong paying half the price for a jumper which you would pay double for somewhere else- however I can't resist Top shop either. Great with leggings and boots, sorted and ready to go. 

Top shop Coral Jumper £38
I do realise above I did say I like finding jumpers for cheap prices however I can't resist Top shop either. I actually love Zoellas videos and have been watching them for a long time- so I kind of of fell in love with her jumper and kind of bought it. It's so warm and would look perfect paired with a blouse and high waisted jeans or leggings. I really adore Top shop, and it will always be my favourite shop- not only do they do good clothes but also make up too. I would suggest if you wanted to get this jumper, get this in the size up so its lovely and baggy. Also beware as the bottom of the jumper has a weird cut, however I like the way its different compared to other jumpers I own, its also a batwing too. I think it should be a trend bring Spring colours into Autumn- making a difference. 
Top shop Tartan Leggings £28
3 out of 5 items in this haul are Tartan, and I am not sorry. I originally wanted some tartan shorts however after seeing these alone in my size I literally grabbed them, tried them on and then bought them. Although they are very striking, its nice to have something a little bit daring in your wardrobe. Its nice to have a change from black leggings and skirts. I do love these, and they have little cuff turn ups at the end. These are great to pair with a plain top and a pair of converses and brogues with a pair of frilly socks. They are tight, I'm just a little worried they will become baggy which I find happens with most leggings. Is anybody else obsessed with tartan, because I think I am. Sorry these photos aren't the greatest however I didn't want to stick things on hangers, I may have a possible look book coming soon.
So anyways thank you for reading:), and comment below I'm excited for Christmas!
Livs x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Haul Time

I was actually having a little spur of online shopping, and decided with the help of Ems that I really needed to grab this mineralize skin finish. During July/August Mac brought out their Tropical Taboo collection and when seen the collection in August after leaving the store and not buying anything from it, I regretted not buying 'Adored' straight away. As Mac tend to switch collections quite frequently, I thought I would never really get my hands on this however after still seeing this on the website I decided to grab it before it well and truly went out of stock. It is such a beautiful blush colour matched with soft and gentle as a highlight, this definitely being my favourite combo at the moment. 

You can buy this here

I can't really remember where I heard this from however I read from another blog post how Fragrance Direct had restocked their Essie nail polishes. Although Fragrance Direct do charge postage and packaging, the Essie nail polishes are still ridiculously cheap compared to their usually £8 price tag. Fragrance Direct sell old collections of Essie polishes for £1.99, so I had to grab some before they went again. I picked up the shades 'Bikini so Teeny' which is actually a repurchase and 'Tour de Finance' which is a metallic hot pink shade. You can actually see the glitter in Bikini so Teeny however it is a far more subtle blue on the nails. 

You can buy these here
After watching countless American Beauty Vloggers and seeing the vast amount of hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works, I really wanted most of the scents from the collection. However one thing that stops us, we don't have Bath and Body Works in the UK so the only way to grab them is through either Ebay or Amazon. After deciphering for a while I choose 'Vanilla Cupcake' as I love love love sweet scents. I only really buy them when they are £1.99, however they can range in price depending on where you buy them from. I have actually ordered two more scents as I really was impressed the only really scented hand gels you can buy is the Soap and Glory version and then cucumber and strawberry scented smells. 
So as many of you know Lush has brought in their Christmas stock. Which is by far their best stock, I only really venture into Lush this time of year to grab some bits and bobs which are new and old favourites. After deciding not to pick up Snow Fairy last year, I really wanted to get my hands on it this year. I'm a massive fan of sweet scents so this is so perfect for my liking. The only thing I would say is that they are overpriced however they are a nice little treat once in a while. Look at this little pumpkin. This is actually a bubble bar, so you can crumble this under running hot water and I'm sure it will leave your bath, amazing shades of orange and yellow. I couldn't leave him there, he is so cute and wasn't really too bad in price for £2.75 as you could probably have more than one bath from this lickle bubble bar. Have you had a chance to look at the Christmas selection recently? 

Thank you for reading,
Livs x

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

I was actually deciphering for a while what to post, as I'm lacking inspiration at the moment. You know when you don't feel like doing a tag, or perhaps you may have just done a haul or a review and you don't really want to do another. So I'm having a bit of writers block at the moment, so after my birthday (which is in two days if your wondering) I should have some reviews and bits and bobs up. I'm a massive fan of Lush and have probably been using their products on and off for around three years. In that time you would think I had tried a lot, however the majority of things I buy from Lush are from the bath bomb/ballistic section, so I never really get round to trying the face masks or shower gels. 

After seeing countless reviews and mentions of the Lush Lip Scrubs, I popped this on my wish list pretty quickly.  They retail for a high £5.50 which for a lip scrub comes across as absolutely ridiculous , however I have had this since the end of last year/ beginning of this year and I have literally just hit the bottom (a perfect opportunity to go buy the Christmas cola flavour.) So I can definitely tell you now they are such a great investment, what can be cuter than small glass jars which contain different coloured flavoured sugars. 

The point of a lip scrub is to 'clear away the dead skin and flakiness from lips, leaving them moisturised and smooth.' So essentially a lip scrub works hand in hand with a lip balm in order for the lipstick to apply creamy and smooth. The Lush lip scrubs just tick all the boxes, not only does the scent smell delicious and is also edible however it all removes all the disgusting dry skin which always suddenly appears at the start of Autumn/Winter. At first applying sugar to your lips can be a little strange, however you will eventually come round to the idea, and will not be able to stop your self from applying it just for the taste (like me.) Lush offer three permanent flavours: 'Mint Julips', 'Popcorn' and 'Bubblegum' however I wasn't keen at all on the other two flavours as the Mint flavour tasted like after eights and the popcorn flavour tasted like butter so Bubblegum was the best bet for me. I do warn you however that it is super sweet, and has the same scent as Snow Fairy which I actually worked out the other day, after wondering what Snow Fairy reminded me of. They also offer one limited edition scent called 'Santa's lip scrub' which actually tastes like Cola, Lush's idea was the scrub would be something Mrs Clause would use.  

You receive 25g of product which a perfect amount, which is bound to last you a long period of time. As soon as I run out, I will be repurchasing as I find its really become part of some sort of routine. I know this is a hit or miss product for a lot of people, however its really worth a try perhaps pop it on your Christmas list. 

You can buy this here

Thank you for reading,
Livs x

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Current Foundation: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Foundation

There are about a hundred and one foundations I would like to try and its especially difficult taking into account how some people can love a foundation whilst others can absolutely hate it. Now I have Normal to Combination skin and my skin isn't particularly dry or oily however these problems can occur in the t zone around the winter period. I'm not a big fan of heavy coverage, so if your a big fan of high coverage I would probably suggest you stay away from this foundation. Sorry these pictures are not great; when the Winter comes around I struggle to take a good picture. 

YSL offer four foundations ranging in price from £29 to £37. with the YSL Touché Éclat being the cheapest at £29. YSL isn't exactly a cheaper brand compared to the drug stores and even Mac, so I see the brand as more of an indulge rather than a fairly often shop. I find that with YSL your not only paying for the product itself but the beautiful gold packaging which looks very luxurious and expensive. The product which is only offered as a 30ml, which I find is a perfectly typical size for a foundation and of course the product is in cased in a glass tube which is far more luxurious compared to a plastic container. 

Twenty Years after the launch of the Touché Éclat, Yves Saint Laurent has brought out a foundation which is supposedly meant to achieve a illuminating result for the entire face. 'A bold, unique formula to target shadowy areas and define contours. Infused within a weightless fluid, the light of Touché Éclat foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face

When I originally bought this foundation, I was impressed to say the least. The product was definitely lightweight and was easy to apply with the Expert face brush from Real Techniques. The colour in which I use is Br20 which isn't the lightest shade, however fits my skin perfectly, the product does give a very dewy finish so therefore I would probably say if you had oily skin I probably wouldn't suggest this. However I usually apply a matte blush and it gives the skin a lovely radiance without the need of highlighting the cheekbones and other areas of the face. The product is very light coverage so would probably be more appropriate for those Summer days when your either hitting the beach or perhaps having a great skin day. Overall I would probably say, I do love this foundation however I don't think its particularly life changing or makes me feel like I have the found the 'one', so I feel like I won't be repurchasing this as I intend to try out other foundations however I feel like I will eventually come back this as I know it gets along with my skin perfectly fine and gives a beautiful finish.

Thank you for reading,
Livs x

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Collective Beauty Haul

I don't realise how much I spend, until I actually put it all together. I really need to get some new clothes but everytime I see make up I just put off buying it and buy that instead. I love reading hauls and watching them, so I thought I would do another as everyone likes to be nosey. I didn't actually purchase all of this together, I bought bits and bobs in stages which is what I tend to do rather than splash out all in one go. I should probably go on a spending ban, however I don't think I could stick to it.

The Bourjois 'Delice de Poudre' is one of the most famous Bourjois products alongside the healthy mix and little round pots.  I have actually been putting off buying this product for so long, either because I really don't need four bronzers or there are things I wanted more. However during a 20% sale at Asos, I just grabbed this for £4.50 as it was a lot cheaper. So far I'm impressed, I must admit I do prefer my Nars 'Laguna' however as a cheaper alternative this works just perfectly fine. I wouldn't perhaps suggest this , if you are super pale as it may look a tag strange, this product does work better as a bronzer instead of a contour. I would also like to comment on the smell; I would say it was an artificial chocolate smell instead of a chocolate fragrance however either way it smells beautiful.
You can buy this here
'Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, with flecks of gold and infused with a sweet chocolate fragrance'
Mac's Vanilla Pigment. Do you ever find that white eyeshadows are just not pigmented enough, or not shimmery enough? Most of the time I have this problem, so when seeing so many people rave about the pigments and the lady in mac saying its one of her all time favourite products I just had to buy it.  I know that this product use to be sold in a bigger pot with a lot more product, however after using this I realise its a perfect size. I'm sure this will last me a very long time with 4.5 grams of product. 
You can buy this here
'A Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder. A pigmented can be applied in multi places including the eyes and as a highlight'
1) Nars Turkish Delight. I'm really not a lipgloss person, however I absolutely adore this lipgloss. Its a perfect everyday colour which sits nicely on the lips its not at all sticky which I find is so important in a lip gloss. I can really see why its one of Nars best sellers. The colour is a pinky sorbet and the product comes a doe foot applicator which makes it super easy to apply. I really am so glad I made the jump and just bought this. 
You can buy this here
2) Collection Cream Puff in 'Cotton Candy' All I can say is wow wow wow. I wasn't in a hurry to try the soft matte lip creams from Nyx but after trying this I really want to get my hands on some. This shade is such a beautiful colour its almost a my lips but better however just a little bit more. I can't believe they are only three pounds and I really wish they had more shades as they only offer four. I can really tell this will be loved over the next couple of months for sure. Again this product comes with a doe foot applicator which makes it really easy to apply, again not sticky and overall lovely jubbly. 
You can buy this here
I actually bought this a very very long time ago, I think towards the end of August/ Beginning of September time. Now I'm a big big fan of the Real Techniques brushes, I plan to eventually collect them all however I like to pick one up here and there. So I decided to go for the 'shading brush' I really wanted a brush I could use to apply shadow all over the lid and to blend shades together which this brush is perfect for. Its exactly the right size and would be a good alternative for anyone dying to get their hands on the Mac 217. 
You can buy this here

And last but not least is the L'Oreal True Match, which is loved by the likes of Tanya Burr. I must admit I don't love it as much as my Ysl touche eclat foundation however its still amazing. I have the shade 'Ivory' which is a little light for me, however if I mix this with a darker foundation it works fine and gives off a lovely matte finish.  The one great thing about this foundation is the variety of shades, there is a shade to match everybody essentially why its called 'true match'. The coverage is light however buildable, which is always a plus as I'm not one for a heavy coverage.
You can buy this here

Thank you for reading,
Olivia x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Stila in the Light Palette

Sorry I have been a little MIA recently- I give myself a little slap on the wrist- I literally have not had time, with school and I'm currently in the middle of redecorating my room, things are becoming hectic and a little bit stressed. So I find it can be super calming to take a couple of minutes hours to sit down read blogs and watch youtube. Unfortunately sometimes these 'breaks' turn into hours and I can find myself looking at make up collections and repeats of videos I have already watched. Longest intro ever,ok I'm done now, on with the post. 

So like I had mentioned in a haul I had written in August, I spoke about how I originally planned to get the Naked palette sadly it wasn't it stock. However with much convincing from Ems, I chose to buy the Stila in the light Palette, my reasoning is 1) I wanted it anyway 2)It was cheaper than the Naked palette and 3)This would be the only opportunity, for a while before I would be near a Stila counter again. I would say personally these were great reasons excuses. 

The first thing I adore about this palette is the choice of colours. I am a massive fan of neutrals and this palette pretty much ticks all the boxes, the only shade- similar to the Naked palette- which I don't think I will particularly be using a lot is 'Night Sky' as I have blue eyes and I think this may a clash. The palette comes with four matte shades and six shimmer shades. I think the shimmery shades are very creamy and pigmented whereas I just felt as if the matte shades lacked the same sort of quality. However I have noticed the more I have been using them, the more pigmented they have become.  Essentially even if there are shades in the palette which aren't exactly the greatest quality compared to others, you're still getting your moneys worth. The palette is priced at £25 however to buy a single shade it costs £13. So in the palette you're making a £10.50 profit on EACH shade, now I say that is definitely worth the money. 

Also with the palette comes a Stila Smudge Stick in 'Damsel' which is a muddy brown colour, which I find is a lot more of a complementing colours compared to harsh blacks. The quality of the smudge stick is amazing. The liners are super pigmented, and really do not SMUDGE or rub off after application. I would even say if you were interested in picking up the smudge stick just buy the palette, you're paying an extra £11 for the smudge stick and ten beautiful eyeshadow colours. You can create such beautiful looks if this palette, especially using Bare, Bliss and Kitten which work particularly well together. I should also mention that the palette comes with a little booklet which tells you some of the eyelooks you can create with a step by step guide, which I find can be so helpful especially if I am lacking inspiration. 

I adore this palette so please please go pick this up, you will not regret it. I certainly don't:)

Thank you for reading:),
Olivia x