Glossier

While everyone was going wild for Glossier when it launched in the UK at the end of last year, I sat back and waited. That’s me all over, I don’t mind being late to the party and would rather read a hundred reviews, then part with my cash and not jump straight in on what could be just a fad.

However, there was something about Glossier that really caught my attention and I couldn’t wait any longer. Maybe it was the simple pink and white packaging, or maybe because I’d read more favourable reviews than not, or quite simply because I felt left out of the beauty chatter on social media. I found myself saying “I really must try that” far too often, so I hit the Buy Now button at the Glossier check out and very soon I was the proud owner of two beautiful new beauty products. One very happy lady.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

After everything I’d read, I still wasn’t sure what to expect from the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, I’m used to a thick creamy one. The bottle looks simple and clean, and has a easy to use pump, with a lockable cap. It’s one of those products that works on everything, and yes I do mean stubborn eye makeup, it’s extremely gentle, so you can use it to take every last scrap of makeup off. It has a jelly like texture, which I found a bit strange at first, at the end of the day I’ve been massaging it into dry skin and it simply melts off any makeup, removing every bit of dirt and grime. I was pretty amazed that it even lifted away my waterproof mascara. Most non-creamy cleansers leave my skin feeling extremely dry, but the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser didn’t in the slightest. I’ve also been using it on wet skin while I’m in the shower before putting any makeup on and my skin feels squeaky clean. I just apply my daily serum and moisturiser and I’m good to go. If there’s only one product you try from Glossier, let it be this one.

Glossier Balm Dotcom

The Glossier Balm Dotcom had been on my wish list for so long, so naturally it was going to end up in my basket when I was making my Glossier order. It’s an all purpose balm that can be used on dry lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs some TLC. It comes in 6 different flavours, from Original to Coconut. Naturally I went for the Rose flavour, which has a translucent pink tint to it. The balm has quite a thick consistency, so I’ve been applying it to my lips every evening as part of my night time skincare routine and it’s really nourished my dry lips, they feel super soft the following day. I’ll also be using this on a minimal makeup day, when I want a hint of colour on my lips but can’t be bothered with lipstick. The tube is also a handy little size to carry in your bag through the day. I’ll be honest, it’s probably a more expensive version of Vaseline, however I really love the Balm Dotcom and I’d definitely recommend that you try it.

Have you bought anything from Glossier? How did you get on using it?

 

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Review

This little tube of concealer has caused quite a lot of excitement in the beauty world over the last few months. Every trip I made to my local Superdrug store I found there was a mass of people huddled round the small Makeup Revolution counter, pushing and shoving to get their shade in the Conceal & Define Concealer. When I I eventually got to the front there would only be few manky looking testers left. The internet wasn’t any better. When everyone’s talking about a product and you really want to get you hands on it, the words “Out Of Stock – Email me when back in stock” are the most frustrating words ever.

When I did get hold of the Conceal and Define, I was ever so slightly disappointed.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define

First things first, it’s an absolute bargain, costing only £4 and it comes in 18 different shades, which is excellent for a budget brand. The rose gold packaging makes it look really pretty and it would look at home sitting next to any high end products on my dressing table.

Sadly, I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I thought I would. This concealer is a heavy formula with amazing coverage, any blemishes I had were completely hidden and you couldn’t see the tiniest hint of a dark circle. The short wand and sponge applicator made it easy to apply but it took a while for it to blend in. I found it to be extremely drying on my skin, with an almost powdery consistency and it felt slightly uncomfortable to wear. It wasn’t long before it had started to crease around my eye area. Imagine the disappointment.

I decided to give it another go, this time wearing it on it’s own and not over foundation. I thought I could use it on days where I only want very minimal makeup. Unfortunate the same thing happened. If you have any fine lines this will accentuate them even more. It’s a shame because Conceal & Define is excellent for covering up those blemishes, it was just the consistency I didn’t get on with.

I’ve seen a lot of people saying how wonderful this is, so it may work better for you. It’s also meant to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, and £4 is an absolute bargain compared to £22. It’s got to be worth a try, who knows, you may think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Unfortunately, the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define wasn’t for me.

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too Faced, Urban Decay, W7

Most beauty lovers have a selection of eyeshadow palettes that they absolutely love. I’m no exception and had a drawer full. When I actually thought about it, there were eyeshadow palettes in my collection that I just didn’t use, or I’d just pick out one shade. So a bag of stuff has gone to a couple of my friends, who can give everything some much needed love.

These are the 5 eyeshadow palettes that I reach for time and time again, whatever my mood, no matter what season it is and whatever the occasion.

W7 Delicious Eyeshadow Palette

W7 Eyeshadow palette in Delicious

It took me ages to get my hands on this beauty and I’ve been absolutely obsessed with it ever since! It’s a dupe for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but much more affordable at only £12.95. There are 14 different eyeshadows with a mix of berry and neutral shades, including matte and shimmer, some of which were once totally out of my comfort zone. I’ve mainly been using the darker, berry tones, which are highly pigmented and look absolutely stunning.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Took me a while to dig this out from my drawer and start using it, by the time I had, everyone and their Auntie had posted about it. The shades are absolutely stunning, I’ve been able to create so many different looks as it’s one of those eyeshadow palettes that’s not only for a summer bronzed look, these colours look amazing all year round. I flippin love this eyeshadow palette, especially the shades Lumbre, Layenne and En Fuego.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

This has been one of my go-to eyeshadow palettes for as long as I can remember. It comes with 12 beautiful golden, neutral toned shades, including matte, satin and  shimmer. Each eyeshadow has a silky texture which blends in effortlessly, the shades are super pigmented and have amazing staying power. I apply Naked all over my lid, Smog in the crease, I’ll add Darkhorse in the outer corners, blending it up into the crease and along my lower lash line. Finishing with Sidecar on the inner part of my eyelid and Virgin right in the inner corner. If I’m in a rush, Ill go for a more natural look and sweep the shade Toasted across the whole of my lid.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow palette

Yes, I was drawn to it because it had Chocolate in the name, but honestly, just look at those shades. They are gorgeous! It’s another one of those palettes that will see me from day to night, I’ve been able to create loads of different looks, whatever the occasion and the eyehadows blend in beautifully. Believe me when I tell you it smells amazing too, just like the perfect hot chocolate.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom palate.

This palette is probably my absolute favourite. I mean, isn’t it stunning? A dream came true when a friend of mine travelled to America and bought this beauty back for me. I’ve used just about every single shade. There are 12 soft creamy powders in a mix of gorgeous matte and shimmer shades. They blend in beautifully without any fall out. The darker shades are perfect to add a smokey eye to any evening makeup look.

All of these eyeshadow palettes work really well with anyone of my favourite lip colours.

What’s your most loved eyeshadow palette?

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Touch In Sol

I’ll often choose a fresh, natural makeup look if I’m meeting friends for coffee or busy running errands in town. So today I thought I’d let you get ready with me, right down to the finished look and my simple everyday fragrance.

To prep my skin I’ll start off by cleansing and moisturising using some of my skincare essentials. Then I’ll apply a small amount of Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum*, I have mentioned this a few times already, but it honestly feels beautiful on my skin. I’ll leave the link to my full review here if you want to find out more.

Kathleen Skincare

 

Touch In Sol is a new brand I’ve recently discovered, I’d literally seen it everywhere and decided to make a few cheeky purchases. I’ll apply the Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base which is super hydrating and illuminating, I love the glow it gives to my skin then I’ll apply a few drops of Touch In Sol Flawless Skin Top Coat and blend it in with my fingers, as it reacts better to the warmth of my skin and I’ll get a more natural finish. The great thing about the Skin Top Coat is you don’t need separate products, it’s a three in one base: BB Cream, foundation and powder. It’s a lightweight liquid which you can build up to get the coverage you want and it doesn’t look cakey or too heavy.

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder

To add colour and warmth to my complexion I’ll sweep The Body Shop Bronzing Powder (shade 3) all over for a sunkissed look. It looks incredibly natural, as though I’ve spent all day out in the sun.

Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter

 

As I’m using a 3 in 1 base product, I don’t need to use a powder to set my makeup but I’ll apply a light dusting of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in the shade Dim Light to make my skin look even more luminous, instead of mattifying my complexion. I’ll apply a couple of tiny drops of Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter for a dewy glow, I absolutely love the pearly colour and creamy consistency.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

I’ll apply a light dusting of blusher from the NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette, which is such a gorgeous palette. Today, I’m using the dusky pink shade (bottom row, second from the right) on the apple of my cheeks. The soft, creamy powders are extremely pigmented, blend in beautifully and aren’t drying in the slightest.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Keeping my eye look really simple I’ll apply the shade Toasted (fourth from the right) from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I’ll sweep it all over my lid, going in a little heavier on the outer lid and along the crease. To add definition I’ll take a thin eyeshadow brush and run the shade Darkhorse close to my upper and lower lash line. A few coats of brown mascara and my eyes are done. I’m currently using one from Ted Baker which came in a makeup set, but another one I use lot for a super natural eye look is My Favourite Mascara by GOSH.

Joan Collins Beauty Glorious Gloss

I simply adore these two lip products from  Joan Collins Beauty. The one I’m wearing today is the Glorious Gloss* in the shade Piper, which is a stunning soft, rosey pink colour and just perfect for the look I’ve chosen. It applies lovely and feels comfortable to wear without being sticky like some lip glosses. I could easily adapt this to an evening look just by changing the lip colour. The Joan Collins Beauty Divine Lips* in the shade Lady Joan is a gorgeous deep pink shade and would look amazing if you wanted to feel slightly more glamorous on a date night.

Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour

Some days I’ll have gone all out natural, right down to my nails. I have found the perfect blush pink nail polish from Essence Cosmetics Nail Colour in the shade Rosewood Forest. Guess what, it cost’s a grand total of £1.60! I’ve not had much luck with some budget nail polishes but this one is an absolute dream. It’s easy to apply, one coat and it’s done, plus it last a good 4 days before showing any signs that it’s time to re-do my nails.

Ted Baker Blush Pink Body Spray

To finish off I’ll spray a spritz with a light fragrance to make me smell nice, such as this Ted Baker Body Spray in Blush Pink. It has a really pretty feminine smell, with soft florals and notes of jasmine, sandalwood and musk. The nail polish in this photo is by Sally Hansen Color Therapy in the shade Powder Room, which is a beautiful pearly pink shade and another favourite of mine.

GRWM: Everyday Makeup Look

It’s a super, simple makeup look, I feel dressed and ready for the day ahead. No fancy background, just me in my bedroom doing my makeup. Do you know what? I’m feeling good, and that’s what matters.

What one beauty product do you reach for everyday?

Items marked with an * have been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Hempz Beauty Shower Gel and Lip Balm

Hemp seed oil has been around for a number of years and although I’ve heard of quite a few brands that use it in their products, I’ve never tried any. Imagine my excitement when I managed to get my hands on a couple of items from Hempz Beauty, a US brand that is now selling in the UK. Hemp seed oil is rich in vitamins, including Omega 3 and 6, I loved the thought of having all these health benefits in my beauty routine.

I thoroughly enjoy spending time getting ready in the morning, almost as much as a full on evening pamper session. What better place to start than with a gorgeous smelling body wash to make me feel energized and ready for the day ahead.

Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash

Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash is packed full of fresh pomegranates and, oh wow, it smells absolutely incredible. When I first picked up the bottle all I wanted to do was keep opening and closing the cap just to have a sniff. It’s moments like this I wish there was such a thing as smelly-vision.

It costs £16.99 for a 250ml bottle, however you do only need to use the tiniest amount, don’t do what I did and merrily squeeze away at the tube, resulting in a mass of frothy white bubbles on your shower scrunchy and all over your body. My bathroom sure smelt wonderful for the rest of the day.

I’ve used so many shower gels that have left my skin feeling like crumpled old newspaper, which is no good when I already suffer from dry skin. I want any product I use in the shower to moisturise my skin as well as leave me feeling clean. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

Well, Hempz Beauty Pomegranate Body Wash did just that.

It leaves my skin feeling super soft and silky smooth, as though I had slapped on a handful of body butter whilst under the shower. I know this probably sounds daft when I’m talking about a body wash, but after about a week I even noticed a difference in the appearance of my skin. It looked super healthy and slightly more radiant that normal, my skin also felt really nourished and hydrated. This body wash is extra gentle but still leaves me feeling clean and refreshed, so it’s perfect for anyone who suffers from sensitive skin like I do.

Hempz Beauty Herbal Lip Balm

For me, a lip balm is one of those all year round beauty essentials, so finding one that softens the skin but doesn’t feel like a blob of glue stuck to my lips can be tricky. Hempz Beauty Herbal Lip Balm is really nourishing and leaves my lips feeling really soft, hydrated and flake free. This lip balm conditions and revitalises dry lips, I’ve been applying it on it’s own or under matte lip products, a couple of my liquid lipsticks can make my lips feel extra dry so I’ll add a light layer of lip balm to make them more comfortable to wear. This one is quite thick but again, you don’t need too much. It costs £7.99 for a 14g tube but I think this is going to last me ages.

Have you tried Hempz Beauty before? What’s you favourite body wash or lip balm?

 

*These items were sent for a review, all opinions and images are my own

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