Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Travel Sized

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Travel Sized Beauty Review Liz Earle The Body Shop Paul Mitchell Orly Eucerin Escentual

If you're lucky enough to be packing your suitcase or need some ideas on what travel sized products to pick up when you're next off on your travels then I have some recommendations above and beyond our normal travel check-list. When I say our normal travel check-list, I think we all pick up the necessities such as a toothpaste, shampoo, body wash etc. but there's always room for a few travel sized luxuries in your suitcase (even if your suitcase tends to be filled to the brim like mine does). As all of these products are travel sized, this ultimately leaves more room in your suitcase for bringing back lots of holiday goodies. 

Liz Earle Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion The Body Shop Raspberry EDT Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic Beauty Review

Liz Earle Eyebright™ Soothing Eye Lotion* £5.50
What I really adore about Liz Earle, amongst many other things, is the fact that they offer travel or sample sizes of so many of their wonderful products. This is obviously great when it comes to travelling but it's also fantastic that you can try out new products without having to commit to the full sizes. Make sure to look out for special deals and offers on the Liz Earle website as they often do promotions where you will get a free travel sized product with your order if you spend over a certain amount.
The Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion has quickly become one of my go to products of late. My eyes tend to get pretty itchy and tight feeling when the weather starts to get warmer, so this really is an essential product for me to take away with me on holiday (even though I'm not going on holiday until the end of the year, I'm already counting down the days! Hehe). It's great on sensitive skin and really cools and soothes the skin around the eyes.

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser (Sample Size)* Was £9 Now £6 (For Full Size)
When Escentual were looking for beauty bloggers to try out and review the DermoPURIFYER cleanser from Eucerin I was very excited to not only receive the full sized cleanser but an array of wonderful Eucerin samples as well. 
This is especially great for dealing with blemishes and break outs, in addition to working as a traditional cleanser and my skin now feels smoother, softer and fresher than it has in a long time. It doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all, which is pretty remarkable for a cleanser like this. As a little goes a long way with this product, I know the sample size will be more than enough to keep me going whilst on holiday.
You can currently find the full sized cleanser for £6 on Escentual (link here).

The Body Shop Raspberry EDT* £8.50
Okay, so I know my last Summer Sun-days post was all about fragrances (link here) but I just had to include this fantastic little bottle of Raspberry EDT from The Body Shop. It really is the perfect bottle of perfume to take with you on your holidays this summer. It's a great size and a fantastic price which means you don't need to lug one of your pricier or larger bottles of perfume along for the journey. 
This smells exactly like you would imagine. It's perfect for those who are fans of fruity fragrances. As I always say, I definitely recommend popping in to your local Body Shop store just to make sure this is the scent for you before purchasing. As it is an Eau De Toilette I would bare this in mind if you are looking for a fragrance that lasts the entire day. I do find I have to apply this a few times a day but I don't mind at all. I can't wait to spritz this in the morning, then around lunch time and then when I'm going out for dinner on my holidays.

Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic* £5.50
Much like the Eyebright™ lotion, this Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic is the ideal size to pack in your suitcase. This just leaves my skin feeling so clean and refreshed and I can definitely see a boost in the radiance and appearance of my skin too which is fantastic. I also feel like it's a pretty nice partner in crime to the Eyebright™ lotion and the Eucerin cleanser too.

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash® Express Dry Waterless Shampoo Beauty Review Paul Mitchell Stay Strong® Express Dry Strong Hold Hairspray

Paul Mitchell Dry Wash® Express Dry Waterless Shampoo* £9.95
When it comes to an essential beauty product to pack in your suitcase, dry shampoo is where it's at and this one from Paul Mitchell is one of the best I've ever tried. Say goodbye to any kind of white powder or residue when you're using this. In the past every other dry shampoo I've tried from the high street hasn't really performed that well for me at all but this is unlike any I've tried before. This means you don't have to wash your hair on a daily basis which is excellent if you're getting up to a lot of different activities on your holiday or even just lounging by the pool (I now really want to laze about beside a pool in the sunshine. Hehe).
And here's a little dry shampoo top tip while I'm at it; it's always better to apply dry shampoo the night before you would ordinarily apply it as it works so much better.

Paul Mitchell Stay Strong® Express Dry Strong Hold Hairspray* £7.50
This Hairspray from Paul Mitchell isn't your traditional hairspray but I mean that in a very good way. You don't get that trademark hairspray scent with this which is reason enough to grab a bottle of this but it also holds really well. I personally love using this hairspray to keep curls looking as curly as possible and it's great for making up do's look slick and held together too. It doesn't leave any kind of stickiness or residue behind and dries instantly. 
Again, these two products from Paul Mitchell really are great to take with you on your holidays as it saves you having to cram big bulky spray bottles into your suitcase.

Orly Mani Mini Lacquer Trio Neon Shades Swatches Beauty Review

Orly Mani Mini Lacquer Trio £1
Never one not to take advantage of the Topshop sale (although having said that, I've not bought a single item in their recent sale...yet) I was sure to snap up this amazing deal when I saw it online. Three mini Orly nail lacquers for £1; you certainly have my attention. I may have bought five sets/the maximum amount I could buy at the time (expect a little giveaway featuring one of the sets at some stage!) but at that price who wouldn't? Even though I bought this set in the Christmas sales, I knew these would be perfect for summer and the bottles are just the cutest too.
I can't pick which colour I love the most out of these as all three are just the truest neon shades I've ever tried when it comes to nail polishes. The formulation is excellent and I have a feeling I can get quite a few manicures out of these mini bottles. They are definitely perfect to throw in my travel make-up bag.

What are your must-have travel sized products? Have you tried any of the products included in today's Summer Sun-days post? If so, what do you think of them?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to luxury or high-end summer make-up buys, so if you have any products that are a little on the pricier side that you love to use in the summer then be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below.


Friday, 27 June 2014

This Has Been: June

Why have I not found my very own Seth Cohen yet? - Who do I speak to about getting a bottle of Viktor & Rolf's Bon Bon this size? - Having a bit of a Katy Perry night after watching her Radio 1's Big Weekend set - Bedtime essentials - Taking as many photographs as possible on a sunny day - After finishing season six of Sex and the City this was the only natural progression - Sunday night BBQ - Just another Lana Del Rey song for me to become obsessed with - I finally bought The Sims 3 - After three hospital appointments in two days I decided I needed a little treat to pick me up - Send help, I've started Sex and the City again from the very beginning for what must be the hundredth time - I'm such a big fan of this lotion from Garnier (expect a review soon) - A celebratory Father's Day shandy - It's ice cream weather! - One of the best beauty buys I've made in a long time - Physio #ootd - Ryan Gosling movie marathon - I managed to pick up these beauties in the Zara sale - I finished Breaking Bad and all I can say is, if you haven't seen it yet, you really need to! - Slightly obsessed with this flavour of Propercorn - Finally jumping aboard the Orange is the New Black bandwagon - It's so amazing to read about Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup (link here) in this week's Stylist magazine - Would you like to see a little Zara sale haul post? - It really makes me smile to receive a wonderful parcel with my blog's name on it like this one. Hehe.

So June hasn't been the best of months for me, health-wise anyway. I've spent most of this month attending different clinics and hospital appointments and having a variety of tests done. As a result I've been stuck at home most of the month but it's been really nice to spend time with my family (they might not see it the same way! Haha). We finished Breaking Bad after a month of watching two or three episodes a night and have enjoyed some of the uncharacteristically nice weather, here in Scotland, too.

I also started physiotherapy this month, to hopefully help alleviate some of the discomfort and pain that I've been experiencing recently and I have to admit, I'm really enjoying it. I'm definitely one of the most unfit people I know but it's been great to work on strengthening my core in particular. It's also nice to associate exercise with strength and wellbeing instead of just thinking of it as a way to lose weight. On recommendation from my physiotherapist I'm looking into attending some Pilates classes which I'm really excited about! Has anyone else tried Pilates before?

What was your June like? Please feel free to send me your instagram links and I'll be sure to check them out.


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

My Must-Have Trio From Makeup Revolution

My Must-Have Trio From Makeup Revolution Concealer Foundation Pressed Powder Beauty Review Swatches

Unless you've been living under a rock recently, when it comes to reading beauty blogs, I have a feeling that you will have probably seen quite a few reviews of the Makeup Revolution line. 
I've already shared my thoughts on their Iconic 3 Palette (review here) as well as their wonderful Vivid Blush Lacquer (review here), so when I found out that they would be releasing a plethora of brand new products I was incredibly excited, to say the least.

Now you might be aware that Makeup Revolution have released some incredible new palettes, which I will be reviewing in July. These palettes aren't just your typical eye shadow palettes as you will soon see. These have all been receiving a great buzz and a lot of exposure recently but I've decided to focus on some of the brand new base products which are welcome additions to the expansive Makeup Revolution range.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation in 02 Pink Tone Beauty Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation in 02 Pink Tone* £3
First up is this incredible foundation. Touted as a BB Cream Foundation, the Ultra Face Base Foundation is seriously impressive. What really impressed me the most was the fact that a shade matched me so well despite it being ordered online. Finding a colour to suit is often a bit of a dilemma even when you visit a store to be colour matched in person but you can easily see a swatch when you go to order this particular foundation on the Makeup Revolution site, which is great.
This foundation is also available in eleven shades which appear to cover a spectrum of skin tones. Can it get any better? It can indeed. These eleven shades are broken down into pink tones, yellow tones, dark tones and mid tones, which means you can get a truly unbelievable match when it comes to this foundation.
Not only that but it's really astounded me when it comes to coverage and longevity. It really is hard to believe that it only costs £3 when it blends as beautifully as it does and matches so well. This definitely is a must-have product from the Makeup Revolution range!

Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer in Fair Beauty Review

Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer in Fair* £2
Next up is the Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer. This is available in six shades and despite being as pale as I am, I went for fair which is the second lightest shade. I might need to pick up the lightest shade, fairest, for the colder months when I get even paler than I am at the moment but for the summer months the slightly darker fair shade will be perfect.
What I really like about this is how incredibly creamy the formula is on the skin. I've been using this to cover the few blemishes which have popped up from nowhere recently and as soon as I blend the concealer the blemishes disappear. It deals exceptionally well with redness too as this shade does have more of yellow tone than the foundation shade does. It's a concealer that leaves the skin looking dewy and fresh, so if you're looking for one which is particularly matte then maybe this might not be the concealer for you. Saying that, I do have a wonderful concealer palette from Makeup Revolution to share with you very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
I now really want to treat myself to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to see how the Focus & Fix concealer fares in comparison (even despite the £20 difference in prices - eek!)

Makeup Revolution Pressed Powder in Porcelain Beauty Review

Makeup Revolution Pressed Powder in Porcelain* £2
I'm not one to usually carry or use pressed powder on a daily basis but I'm so glad I gave this particular one a try. I personally chose the Porcelain shade but the pressed powders are also available in three other shades; natural, warm and translucent. 
First of all, I just have to say, how cool is the design of this product? Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but it also allows the sponge, which is so lovely and soft, to be carried alongside the powder without it having to touch the powder itself. In addition to this, it also has a mirror underneath as well. You only have to peel away the sticker below to reveal a mirror which covers the entire base of the product.

Makeup Revolution Pressed Powder in Porcelain Beauty Review Mirror

I cannot stress it enough but for only £2, look what you get for your money. It also means you don't need to carry an additional mirror around with you if you are short on space, which I always am when I carry any kind of clutch bag. Hehe.
The powder itself is such a great make-up bag staple and again feels lovely on the skin. This is truly great for those days, mostly during the summer, when you start to look a little shiny or oily throughout the day.

My Must-Have Trio From Makeup Revolution Concealer Foundation Pressed Powder Beauty Review Swatches

(From left to right: Pressed Powder swatched and blended, Concealer as dispensed from tube - swatched and blended, Foundation as dispensed from tube - swatched and blended)

So what do you think of these products? Have you tried any of the new products from Makeup Revolution or any of their base products? If so, what did you think of them? Will you be picking up any of their range soon? 


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Beauty Review Carven Paco Rabanne Prada Soap & Glory DKNY

When it comes to summer fragrances there are so many different brands to choose from, offering up a great selection of scents, that it's difficult to even know where to begin. So I've put together a few of my favourite fragrances which are available this summer. To get a feel for the kind of fragrances I gravitate towards, I adore floral and fruity scents equally and tend to avoid musky or woody scents. I've included a range of brand new scents that are waiting to be discovered, so if you're on the lookout for a new scent for summer, hopefully you'll find something to fall in love with in this post.

As with all fragrance and perfume reviews, I would always recommend taking a trip to your local department store or drugstore to make sure it's the right one for you.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Carven Le Parfum EDP Beauty Review

Carven Le Parfum EDP* £72
First up is Carven's Le Parfum EDP. As the only EDP, out of the five fragrances I have chosen to include in this Summer Sun-days post, it's definitely the scent that lasts the longest, as you might expect. I can spritz this a couple of times in the morning and I'll still be able to smell the wonderful fragrance later that day. It also leaves my bedroom smelling incredibly fragrant when I return home at night, which is something I really adore. This means a little really goes a long way so I have a feeling this 100ml bottle will probably last me a very long while.
Please don't let the £72 price tag put you off as the 30ml bottle is £38 and the 50ml bottle is £55 so it's actually on par with many other designer fragrances on the market.
This is definitely the most sophisticated and classic scent out of the fragrances featured in this post and on top of that the bottle truly is exquisite. The top notes are mandarin blossom and white hyacinth, which is why I think I love this fragrance as much as I do and the heart notes are jasmine, sweet pea and Ylang Ylang. The bottom notes also include sandalwood which just makes this is an incredibly beautiful fragrance to wear.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Prada Candy Florale Beauty Review

Prada Candy Florale EDT Spray* £46.50

I know appearance isn't everything but I have to admit, what really drew me to this particular fragrance in the first place was the stunningly beautiful and incredibly unique bottle.
Having never tried the original Prada Candy fragrance, I can't really comment on how it compares, although I can smell a hint of the original Prada scent; Prada Amber Eau De Parfum, in Prada Candy Florale. Peony is the heart note of this particular scent, which is beautifully complimented with top notes of sorbet Limoncello and base notes of caramel and musk. However, I wouldn't say it's an overly sweet fragrance even despite the inclusion of Limoncello and caramel, instead I would say it's a wonderfully fresh and floral fragrance which could be worn by a multitude of women, regardless of age. I also think it's more of a sophisticated fragrance than many of the other floral scents on the market at the moment. It's not too girly or immature which is something I find really attractive about Prada Candy Florale.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances DKNY Be Delicious Skin EDT Fresh Blossom Beauty Review

DKNY Be Delicious Skin EDT Fresh Blossom* £39
One of the very first perfumes I ever wore was part of the DKNY Be Delicious range. It was the DKNY Be Delicious Night Eau De Parfum to be precise. Despite it being a perfume best suited for night I remember wearing it on a daily basis to school. Hehe. I guess I was never one to follow traditional beauty rules even back then.
This EDT has really reaffirmed my love for all things Be Delicious. Unlike the classic Be Delicious apple shaped bottles, this is slightly elongated to create a taller and more slimline bottle which is something I find really appealing. The only issue I ever had with my original Be Delicious fragrance and the apple-like shape of the bottle was the fact it was a bit big and bulky for my school bag. I'm definitely taking a trip down memory lane here! Hehe. 
The scent itself is exactly what you would expect; fresh, floral and a little fruity, which basically makes it a dream fragrance for me. In addition to this, the Be Delicious Skin aspect of this, promises to make your skin feel softer and give it a natural and radiant glow. I'm not entirely sure if my skin is more glowing in the specific areas where I apply this scent but it definitely leaves the skin feeling smooth to the touch which can only be a good thing really. It definitely does feel lovely on the skin.
This is currently a fragrance exclusive to Boots so you can either find it online or in store.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for her EDT Beauty Review

Paco Rabanne Black XS Potion for Her EDT* £48.50

Don't let the dark packaging put you off selecting this fragrance for the summer. I do remember thinking, surely this must be a winter perfume or one that you can only really get away with wearing in the evenings but don't be fooled, like I was, when it comes to this limited edition scent.
As the top note of Black XS Potion is grapefruit it instantly reminds me of summer and the fruity fragrances that I typically reach for as the weather starts to get a little warmer. It's definitely the kind of scent that works equally well during the day and at night as it's one of those fragrances that's incredibly warm, if you get what I mean? I think it might have something to do with the base notes of amber and sandalwood which means it's not a particularly light and floaty fragrance (like some of the other scents in this post) but that's certainly not a bad thing.
As I mentioned above, the Black XS Potion for Her EDT is a limited edition scent so if this sounds like the ideal scent for you then be sure to pick it up sooner rather than later.

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Fragrances Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance Beauty Review

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Super Tonic Fragrance* £12
If you read my review of Soap & Glory's Orangeasm™ body wash (link here), then you will already know how much I adore this new citrus scent from one of my favourite brands. In addition to the body wash, the Orangeasm™ range also includes a luxurious body butter and something quite novel when it comes to Soap & Glory; a fragrance.
As soon as I found out that Soap & Glory were releasing a fragrance I was incredibly excited and then to hear it would be part of the Orangeasm™ range, well I couldn't believe my luck. I think it's a wonderful idea as it means you can wear your favourite Soap & Glory scent at any time instead of just getting to smell it whilst in the shower. It really compliments the range and means if you're an Orangeasm™ fan, like myself, then you can use the body wash, then the body butter whilst spritzing the Super Tonic Frangrance throughout the day too. I hope it's something they might consider doing for some of the other Soap & Glory scents (just imagine The Righteous Butter™ in spray form!) 
Onto the fragrance itself. The Orangeasm™ Super Tonic fragrance mixes fresh green mandarin, cool mint, Sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel oils to create a gorgeous citrus fresh scent.
The only aspect that slightly lets it down is the fact that it doesn't have the longest staying power. You do have to reapply throughout the day but for £12 (even less if you buy during the infamous Boots 3 for 2 deals) you can't really expect too much from such an affordable product.

So what scent will you be wearing this summer? Have you tried any of these fragrances? If so, what do you think of them? What's your all time favourite fragrance to wear in the warmer months?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to travel sized products (ie. products that don't take up too much space in your suitcase). If you have any essential travel sized products that you make sure to pack in your suitcase, please let me know by leaving a comment below.


Friday, 20 June 2014

What I've Been Watching In: June

Adventureland (2009)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr
If you saw March's 'What I've Been Watching' post (link here) then you will have seen that I absolutely adored The Way Way Back which instantly made me think of one of my favourite movies of all time; Adventureland. I have so much love for this movie! From the cast, to the story, to the 1980's setting, soundtrack and fashion, Adventureland will always be one of my favourite movies. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
This is also one of the only movies where Kristen Stewart's vibe and personality actually works for her character. Jesse Eisenberg is great as the recent graduate who ends up having to work at the Adventureland amusement park and Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are also brilliant, as always, in this. Ryan Reynolds is fantastic as the park's maintenance guy who's a pretty sleazy and slimy character yet for some reason or another it's the one time I've been very attracted to Ryan Reynolds in a movie. (For reference out of the two acting Ryan's; Reynolds and Gosling, I would normally always pick Gosling but not when it comes to this movie!) 
All I can say is, you need to watch Adventureland!

What To Expect When You're Expecting (2012)
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick
This is one of those ensemble cast movies where it feels like every A-list movie star you can think of appears at some point. Unlike some of the other, rather questionable, ensemble cast movies (I'm looking at you New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day), I really enjoyed this movie. What To Expect When You're Expecting revolves around the lives of women who are expecting children yet each under a different circumstance. One is a TV fitness guru (think Jillian Michaels), the other is hoping to adopt her first child and another has a one night stand with Chace Crawford (oh yeah!) and their lives are all intertwined in one way or another. If you're a fan of a certain Chace Crawford (aka. Nate Archibald from Gossip Girl) then it's even worth watching this just for his scenes to be honest. Hehe. Maybe I'm slightly biased since I'm a pretty big fan of his. Oh to be Anna Kendrick's character in this!

Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
Starring: Katy Perry, Johnny Wujek, Angela Hudson, Russell Brand
After watching Katy Perry's Radio 1 Big Weekend set and singing along to the entirety of it at the top of my lungs, I knew I needed to watch Part of Me again. I've been a big fan of Katy Perry since the very beginning so this was always going to be a movie I would love and what's great about this is the fact that it's basically a documentary and a concert in one. This means you get to feel like you're part of the crowd as some of Katy's biggest hits are played out in front of the live audience, yet you also get to see what's going on backstage. The backstage portions of this were definitely my favourite as you get to see Katy the person instead of just Katy the performer or Katy the singer. I did find myself tearing up when you saw how Katy reacted to her split and then divorce from then husband, Russell Brand. I think I got so emotional watching that particular scene as I really loved the two of them as a couple as I would say I'm equally as big a Katy Perry fan as I am a Russell Brand fan. In addition to this you also get to know how Katy got to where she is today as well. 
So if any of that sounds appealing to you in the slightest then I would say that Part of Me is the movie to watch. 

12 Years A Slave (2013)
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch
Every year I try my best to watch as many of the Oscar nominated movies as possible. Having won the Academy Award for Best Picture, 12 Years A Slave was certainly on that list. As I've seen both of Steve McQueen's previous movies, Hunger and Shame, I was really intrigued to see how 12 Years A Slave faired in comparison.
The true story of Solomon Northup, a freeman abducted and sold into slavery, is a difficult movie to watch at times, as you would expect but the acting is truly exceptional. Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o in particular are incredible and so is the entire cast to be honest. I can completely understand why it did as well as it did at the various award ceremonies and I do feel like it's a movie that you should watch at some stage as the true story and the acting/direction/production really is unbelievable.

Dark Water (2005)
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, Dougray Scott
I seem to watch quite a lot of rubbish on Netlfix despite there being so much to choose from and so many TV shows, in particular, that I've been meaning to start (Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, Scandal; the list is actually rather extensive). Yet I choose to watch movies that I have a feeling aren't going to be great. This was the case with Dark Water. I was looking for a horror movie to watch one night and saw this. After about twenty minutes I was ready to turn it off and I very rarely do that. I gave it a chance and I really regret doing that. Basically the premise for the movie is a mother and her young daughter move into a run-down apartment where 'dark water' starts leaking in from above. Even as I write that plot summary I think to myself, why did I watch this again?  I would definitely avoid this movie if you find yourself hovering over it on Netflix.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012-)
This has to be my guiltiest of guilty pleasure TV shows, by far. TLC show so many of those kind of shows to be honest and it's also home to one of my other guilty pleasures; Extreme CouponingWhat an eclectic mix of movies and TV shows I've watched this month! Hehe.
I was going to try and redeem myself by saying I've not been feeling well for the past couple of weeks but I actually really enjoy this show. That might be the kind of sentence that I shouldn't really admit as I'm aware it might not be to everyone's taste. But this show has definitely cheered me up and made me laugh when I've not been feeling 100% like my normal self. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo centres around Alana (Honey Boo Boo) who is one of those little girls that was on that Toddlers & Tiaras show. Expect some amazing one liners and words you will never have heard of before now such as redkneckognize, sketti and beautimous. You'll need to watch to find out what these all mean. Hehe. Is there anyone else who actually watches/likes this show? I'm certainly a much bigger fan of this reality TV family than I have ever been of the Kardashians.

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations? Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them? 


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Beauty Review Swatches

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours* £4.49

(From left to right: Uptown Blue, Pink in the Park, Lime Me Up and Orange Punch)

When it comes to replicating the look of traditional gel nail treatments there have been many releases on the high street which promise to give you the look of gel nails without the hassle it takes to remove the salon gel manicures. Whilst there are many different brands offering up their answer to the gel nail polish trend, the one that has impressed me the most has to be Maybellines New York's Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours range.

Already offering up an expansive selection of colours, Maybelline have just released some fabulous new shades which are perfect for the warmer months. First up are two beautiful pastels that really pack a punch which are also brand new for Spring/Summer 2014.

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Beauty Review Swatch Uptown Blue

Uptown Blue (20)

This is an incredibly vibrant blue, unlike any other shade of blue I've tried before. I think this might be the second time on Ellis Tuesday where I could basically recite every lyric from the Steps song "Deeper Shade of Blue." Maybe I need to stop reviewing blue nail polishes. Hehe.

I normally tend to apply at least two coats of nail polish, regardless of the brand, but every single bottle of the Super Stay 7 range that I've tried have only taken one coat to achieve an incredible finish.  I think this definitely has something to do with the fantastic brush used in these bottles.

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Beauty Review Swatch Uptown Blue Brush

I'm not the biggest fan of polishes which have rather thin brushes as they tend to make application a real nightmare. Either they make the polish streaky or it takes forever to make sure the entire nail is covered. So when I find a brand that offers a thicker brush I tend to end up staying pretty loyal to that particular brand. This is what I always use as an excuse for buying as many OPI polishes as I do. Hehe. Application is incredibly simple with the Maybelline Gel Nail Colours brush.

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Pink in the Park Beauty Review Swatch

Pink in the Park (21)

This really is the perfect bubblegum pink. Normally when you find a gorgeous pale pink colour it takes about ten coats for your nails to even start to resemble the colour in the bottle. This only took one coat. I feel like I can't stress this enough, this entire range only requires one coat of polish!

The next two polishes are part of the Mega Watt Super Stay range. It's all about the bold and bright shades in the Mega Watt range, which makes them perfect for the summer months. In addition to the two shades below there is also a fantastic fuchsia pink shade which is definitely at the top of my beauty wishlist at the moment.

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Beauty Review Lime me up Swatch

Lime Me Up (660)

This is a shade I wouldn't ordinarily pick up but it's the one I've been loving the most. It's vibrant yet it's not too acerbic. And just look how glossy it is!

For the entire range of Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours there is no need for a top coat at all. So essentially when it comes to these polishes all you need to do is apply one coat of polish and you're done. It dries quickly and really lives up to the 7 day claim too.

As this is the one I have been wearing the most it's the one I've been able to best put to the test. On the seventh day there is only very minimal chipping to the tips of the nail. Considering some of the pricier nail polish brands can often chip after a day or two these polishes are seriously impressive.

Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours Orange Punch Beauty Review Swatch

Orange Punch (470)

Now, if you're on the lookout for a coral nail polish this summer then this is the one to buy! I think it certainly earned it's place in the Mega Watt collection as it's just the brightest coral shade I've ever tried. And the great thing about this particular polish is you can even match your lips to your tips by wearing a fabulous coral lip at the same time. The you really would be on trend for Spring/Summer 2014!

So what do you think of the Maybelline New York Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Colours range? Have you ever tried any of these polishes before? If so, what did you think of them? Are you a fan of the gel nail polish trend in general?


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Body Shop All-In-One™ Instablur™ Universal

The Body Shop All-In-One™ Instablur™ Universal Beauty Review Swatch

This particular product has quickly become a firm favourite of mine and one that I find myself reaching for on a daily basis. I'm not the biggest fan of wearing a lot of heavy make-up during the day, especially as the weather starts to get warmer, so I'm always looking for ways to get away with wearing as little make-up as possible on my face in particular. The Body Shop have really answered those prayers by releasing a product that I can quickly apply which also dramatically alters the necessity for a plethora of products to be used.

I've personally been using Instablur™ on it's own to instantly blur (you see where they got the name from) away any imperfections or visible pores but you can also use the product as a primer under your traditional base products as well. It definitely gives me the confidence to abandon the base products that I usually wear.

You only need a tiny amount of product to see a real difference in the appearance of your skin. I would recommend using a small pea sized amount of the product, which should be more than enough to cover the entire face. Application is really easy too as you can easily apply Instablur™ with your fingers as it naturally melts into the skin.

The Body Shop All-In-One™ Instablur™ Universal Swatch Beauty Review

(From left to right: product as dispensed from tube - product swatched and blended)

The gel like formula goes on so lightly and as I said earlier, literally melts into the skin without leaving any residue at all. You genuinely don't feel like you are wearing any product on the skin at all, yet it works like a magical veil which mattifies the skin and erases visible pores. On top of all this, it's also incredibly soft which makes it a real pleasure to apply to the skin. Even though this is considerably thicker than any other primer that I have tried in the past don't let that worry you in the slightest as it disappears into the skin before your very eyes leaving you with a velvety soft visage.

As the product is a clear gel which blends into the skin, you don't have to worry about the product being too light or too dark for your skin tone (this is the one thing that often puts me off trying more BB and CC creams to be honest).

The only thing I was a little worried about was how it would work on someone, such as myself, who has pretty dry skin. The word mattify concerned me a little, before I had tried this out, as I thought it might go a little chalky (like many other priming products have on me) but I had nothing to worry about with Instablur™. The product itself is enriched with marula oil so it is incredibly moisturising and leaves skin feeling baby soft.

What do you think of Instablur™? Does it sound like a product that would work for you? Have you tried any of these kinds of priming products before? If so, what ones would you recommend?


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Self Tanning

Ellis Tuesday's Summer Sun-days: Self Tanning Beauty Review Fake Bake Cocoa Brown He-Shi

I'm going to start by saying, I do not tan naturally at all. And when I say at all I mean never! As an incredibly pale redhead I don't think it's much of a surprise that I only ever burn or freckle when I've spent any time in the sun. If you happen to be in the same predicament as me then it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to self tanners. I don't know about you but the thought of tanning often does scare me, mainly for the fact that I don't really want to turn out orange or incredibly tanned either. So I've tried to make it easy for those who are weary of tanning or those who are simply looking for a gradual tan this summer, to find the products that will work for them. Therefore I've included a range of different products that will work for even the palest of complexions which can also be built up to create a gorgeous summer glow. All of the tanning products mentioned (apart from Cocoa Brown's Gentle Bronze) are also unisex too.

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan Beauty Review Summer Self Tanning

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan* £5.99
As the most affordable self tanner of the bunch, Cocoa Brown's Gentle Bronze is ideal for those looking for a gradual tan which doesn't cost over the £20 mark (which is where the majority of the self tanning products tend to fall). You can find the entire Cocoa Brown range in Superdrug (as well as many other online retailers), so this means you can often get their products even cheaper than the RRP and who doesn't love a bargain? 3 for 2 deals and percentages off the range occur pretty often in Superdrug and I have a feeling they will become all the more frequent during the summer months. 
If you are as pale as I am then you only need the one application, despite this being a gradual tan, to achieve some beautiful summer colour. What I mean by this is you don't need to apply it multiple times before you start seeing results which is always helpful if you don't really have the time to apply it on multiple occasions before an event or before going on holiday. I'm definitely impressed with this offering from Cocoa Brown especially when you consider the fantastic price.

Fake Bake Fair Self Tanning Lotion Summer Self Tanning Beauty Review

Fake Bake Fair Self Tanning Lotion* £24.95

Despite this being a self tanning lotion aimed at those with fair skin, I have to admit, I was a little frightened that this would be too dark for me. I think the fact that it wasn't a gradual tanner might have put me off a little but fear not, this looks incredibly natural even on someone as ghostly pale as myself. I would certainly try this product out if you're someone who is looking for a light self tanner that really doesn't turn you orange in the slightest. You literally look sun-kissed which is such a lovely touch as it's a look I've never naturally achieved before. If you do want to build up the colour then all you have to do is reapply the lotion until you reach your desired level of colour. What's great about this is the lotion itself is a light brown, which means you can see exactly where you've applied it. This means you can avoid missing out areas and don't have to worry about your tan ending up patchy either. This also fades very naturally too which is something that doesn't always happen with self tanners.
This product comes with a pair of latex gloves as well which is really handy, especially if you've forgotten to buy gloves (which I always do!) 

He-Shi Gold Foaming Mousse Summer Self Tanning Beauty Review

He-Shi Gold Foaming Mousse* £25
Whilst the rest of the self tanners included in this post are aimed at those who are looking for more of a natural or gradual tan, this Gold Foaming Mousse from He-Shi is a Medium shade. You can also find this Foaming Mousse in dark as well, if that is the shade you would be looking for. As this is on the darker side when it comes to self tanning, my brother kindly offered to be the guinea pig when it came to trying out this particular product. The fact that this is a mousse makes application a real breeze and basically if my brother can apply it without making a mess than anyone can. Hehe. It really is pretty fool proof and if you use the He-Shi Tanning Mitt it becomes even easier to achieve an even application of product. This can also be used on the face as well as the body, which is fantastic. Out of the products that I've tested out for this blog post, He-Shi's is the one which definitely smelled the best. There was very minimal smell and no whiff of that trademark fake tanning, biscuit-like, scent at all.
After seeing how well it worked for my brother and also discovering that He-Shi do a lighter range where the tan is more gradual, I'm definitely tempted to try out some more of the He-Shi range the next time I'm in Space NK.

Fake Bake Sport Daily Tan Summer Self Tanning Beauty Review

Fake Bake Sport Daily Tan* £14.50

Now this product really is ideal for anyone who will be participating in any kind of exercise or sporting activities this summer. Normally I wouldn't think of a self tanner coping too well with sweat or any kind of water (if you're swimming for example) but this is designed specifically for both of those eventualities. This means you don't need to worry about your tan streaking or diminishing when you are out being active this summer.
On the other hand, if you're like me, not exactly the biggest fan of exercise but you're still looking for a gradual tanning product then this is one I would certainly recommend. As this product can be used on a daily basis to top up the tans of those out breaking a sweat, it also means it is light enough to be built up on a daily basis, if you choose to do so. 
On application this has an almost coconut-like fragrance, one that was a really nice surprise, however this eventually fades away before a hint of that traditional fake tan smell starts to appear. It's not too strong but it does start to grow a little as the tan begins to develop.

He-Shi Tanning Mitt Summer Self Tanning Beauty Review

He-Shi Tanning Mitt* £4.50

When it comes to tanning you really need to invest in a good mitt. Not only will it ensure that your hands remain stain and streak free but it also provides an easy way to achieve an even application. You can find tanning mitts in the drugstore or even in some of the high street stores but this particular tanning mitt from He-Shi performed much better than the mitts that I've bought in the past, which typically ended up in the bin after one application. The fact that He-Shi's tanning mitt is machine washable really is incredible. Even though it's a little pricier than some of the other tanning mitts available on the market it really is worth the extra couple of pounds.

So what products do you turn to when it comes to self tanning for summer? Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think of them?

The next blog post in this series will be dedicated to summer fragrances so if you have any suggestions of fragrances you love to wear in the summer or scents you might be treating yourself to soon, then please let me know below.


Friday, 6 June 2014

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: June

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: June Nails Inc Chester Feather Effect Polish Beauty Review

Nails Inc Chester Feather Effect Polish Was £11 Now £5

June's polish is this beautiful feather effect. I'm now officially half way through the Nail Polish Diary which is pretty unbelievable. How we are half way through 2014 already? Is it just me who feels like this year is flying by in an instant?

Back onto the polish itself. I remember when the feathers collection was first released and I instantly fell in love with the pretty pastel feather-like flecks. The one I was actually the most excited to try out was the one which ended up being included in the Nail Polish Diary, so that worked out pretty well for me. Hehe. What really caught my eye about this range of polishes, above and beyond the feathers effect itself, was the stunning bottle design. The font used to emblazon 'Feathers' across the front of the bottle is absolutely gorgeous and just look at that cap! The white sketched feathers and a funky tropical looking bird, on the trademark Nails Inc silver cap, is such a change from the norm for Nails Inc and I really like it.

Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary: June Nails Inc Chester Feather Effect Polish Beauty Review Swatch

I don't normally take a close up photograph for my Nail Polish Diary blog posts but I just had to show you what it looks like up close (plus the feathers themselves do kind of blend into the sparkly Nail Polish Diary above). 

I adore how intricate the strands of colours are. Saying that, this is definitely more of a top coat rather than a polish on it's own, so I would bear that in mind just in case you think you would easily achieve the feathers look to cover the entire nail. It looks amazing over neutral shades and even better over pastel shades to pick up the pastel colours of the feathers themselves. The polish also dries incredibly quickly. Now this is great, if like me, you are often put off by top coats which take quite a while to dry. You certainly don't have that problem here.

Whilst this was part of the Nails Inc Nail Polish Diary (which is currently on sale on the Nails Inc website) this polish is available to buy from the Nails Inc website for only £5. So if you want to get your hands on either the Nails Polish Diary or the feather effect polish then I would definitely head over to the Nails Inc website sooner rather than later.

What do you think of this polish? Have you tried any of the feathers collection? If so, what did you think of them? Are you a fan of top coats like this?


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Clinique Moisture Favourites Set

Clinique Moisture Favourites Set Beauty Review Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Woppin' Watermelon Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Clinique Moisture Favourites Set £32

After hearing such amazing things about the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief I knew I would have to try it out. I happened to be out shopping when I made a beeline for the Clinique counter in my local Debenhams store. I initially only stopped by to see if I could get a sample of the product to try out but as they didn't have one for me to take home and try they let me test it out on the back of my hand. 

I then went for a wander around Debenhams only to find myself stroking the back of my hand (I promise it isn't as strange as it sounds. Hehe). My skin felt so soft that I had to return to the Clinique counter to make a purchase. 
I was ready to part with £32 for the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief on it's own until I was informed that it was also part of a gift set, entitled the Moisture Favourites Set. And this set was £32 as well! Cue me doing a bit of a happy dance in the middle of Debenhams as this essentially meant that I was getting a couple of amazing freebies for the exact same price. I thought there would be a catch, like the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief being a smaller size or something like that but it's the exact same 50ml jar, that I was ready to spend £32 on alone, plus so much more.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Beauty Review

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
I personally have really dry skin and it's been getting even worse in the past couple of months. It's never a good look when you have dry flakes all over your face. So I've been searching for a facial moisturiser to really replenish some hydration and moisture into my skin. Nothing has really worked wonders, until now.
This isn't your typical moisturiser at all. It's a light pink gel. Yes, you heard me, a gel. It's just the loveliest texture and glides onto the skin, without leaving any oil or grease either. It's also fragrance free which is a big bonus for me and it hasn't irritated my sensitive skin in the slightest. I've been applying it every night before bed and the difference it has made to the flakes on my skin is unbelievable. There isn't a single flake and you would never know that I've struggled with dry skin before. I really have to urge you to go and try this out, especially if you have dry or very dry skin. I know it's on the pricey side, I'm not normally the type of person who would fork out over £30 on a moisturising product but this is just a whole different story. 

Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage Beauty Review

Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage

Now on to the first of three free products. This product couldn't have arrived in my life at a better time. I've recently had really puffy and irritated eyes (I'm hoping it's only as a result of the change in the weather and a bit of hayfever and not anything worse). This instantly soothes my eyes and removes any puffiness in no time at all. The roller-ball applicator is simply fantastic and as it's metallic it cools the area so quickly. I have a feeling this will be a real staple product for me. It's especially great on an early morning when you've not had much sleep the night before too. Just look at how cute this little tube is as well. 

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Woppin' Watermelon Beauty Review

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Woppin' Watermelon 
Whilst I've tried quite a few (maybe ten or so) lip crayons from the drugstore (I definitely need to hurry up and write a review of those ten or so drugstore lip crayons. Hehe), the one lip crayon that really started the craze and spawned so many different imitations was the Clinique Chubby Stick. I had planned on picking one up on my visit to the US later in the year but to find it was included in this set made me incredibly excited as I would finally be getting my hands on one of the illustrious Chubby Sticks. It is quite sheer, compared to the pigmentation of many of the other lip crayons I've tried, but I really like the look of this on the lips. It's incredibly moisturising too and I absolutely adore the size of this little mini Chubby Stick. (It's so cute!) I can't wait to try out more shades later in the year.

In addition to the three wonderful products shown above, you also get a gorgeous make-up bag to keep your new purchases in. One side is light pink (as you can see above) and the other side is fuschia pink.

What do you think of this set? Have you tried any of these products before? If so, what did you think of them? Do you think more companies should do sets such as this one? What do you think of the savings?

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