Monday, 14 April 2014

My new favourite face...

I have recently had a bit of change up when its to my makeup (re. previous post) and I have to say I am loving it!

After discovering the NARS Sheer Glow/Matte I never thought I'd use another foundation again, but whilst in Vegas I found the Estee Launder Double Wear foundation to be really cheap so obviously I had to give it a try. I got the shade 1CO Shell and it is a perfect match for my skin tone, I think I will go a shade darker in the Summer though.

The staying power of the Double Wear is absolutely amazing, it stays put well into the evening even after being applied at 6.30am! The coverage is really good too, I don't need to worry about any blemishes or spots being on show and it evens out my skin tone perfectly. Since using the Estee Launder Double Wear my skin has been really good, I've had no breakouts, which sometimes happens when I use a long wear foundation. It doesn't feel too cakey either which is something I find with the MAC long wear foundations, they can feel really waxy but the Double Wear is nothing like that. It still feels like a natural finish and I don't need to use too much of it to get the coverage I need. 

Nice white teeth courtesy of BlanX White Shock
I then add the Sephora setting powder over the top and it just gives my face a little lift as I'm so fair, and then the Sephora highlighter/blush/bronzer to my cheeks. Mascara wise I'm opting for the YSL Babydoll in black these days, I did try the YSL Shocking but found it was shocking for all the wrong reasons but that's a whole other post...

My brows are always something I battle with, no matter how often I pluck them I always find little stays, I also have have an odd little bald patch in one where I had a bit of a DIY fringe cutting disaster when I was a kid. In Vegas I picked up a fab Sephora brow pencil that has more of a gel texture to it, similar to the gel liners, it also has a little brush on the end of it which helps me tame them and sort out a little brow comb over for my baldy patch.

I will definitely be repurchasing the Estee Launder Double Wear Foundation and I would encourage anyone who hasn't already jumped on the bandwagon to do so immediately! Sometimes it pays to shake things up a little and not get too stuck in our ways, I'm glad I did as I could not be happier with my new favourite face.

Which new products have you tried and loved?

Monday, 7 April 2014

The one you've all been waiting for...Vegas haul!

In my last post about my recent trip to Las Vegas I mentioned I did a lot of shopping, and I mean a lot! Now I am going to show you just what I bought...

As you can see I hit Sephora hard! What I love the most about Sephora is that there's a dupe for just about every product ever made by any of the high end brands and the quality is amazing. Because I found that the price of most of the branded stuff was the same as the UK and there didn't seem to be anything that I couldn't get over here I opted mostly for the Sephora own stuff. Although I did splash out and get myself another YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick, then I got a bloody cold sore and couldn't wear it, typical!

I also treated myself to a Carisonic Mia, I have wanted one of these for a while now but could never bring myself to part with that much money, however when I saw this in Sephora for $125 and I think it is around £125 in the UK I thought I'd snap it up as it worked out quite a saving. I also got the Calrisonic cleansing lotion for acne prone skin. I've not had chance to try this out yet as I've had some pretty big spots recently and I didn't want to aggravate them, but I'm itching to give it a go and who knows maybe this will mean the end of those horrible big spots?

My favourite purchase has to be this beautiful Sephora It Palette...

As you can see it is a fairly neutral toned palette and it includes a base, 2 highlighters, 2 eyebrow colours and 7 'ombre' colours. As well as a dual ended brush for the lid and eyebrows/liner and a brown eyeliner pencil. 

Excuse the swatches, I ran out of arm!
As you can see the colours are so pigmented, there is a nice mix of shimmers and matte shades, I just think it is one of the most beautiful and more importantly wearable eye shadow palettes I own (and yes I do have the Naked 3 palette). I find with so many eye shadow palettes the colours look beautiful in the pan but on the eye they just look awful, such as the Naked 3, hence why I haven't published my review for fear of the backlash from the Naked lovers out there.

I couldn't wait to wear this as soon as I got it, which then resulted in 3 of the girls I went with rushing out to get their hands on it too.

A couple of other lovely products I bought and have worn everyday since are this setting powder and blusher/bronzer/highlighter...

I bought the setting powder in medium and it sits perfectly on top of my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation, it just takes any shine away from my oily areas and it lifts my face. As I am quite fair foundation alone can make me look a bit ghostly, but by adding a setting powder that is a slightly darker tone it helps brighten up my face.

The blusher/bronzer/highlighter product then gives my cheeks a lovely summer glow, which is perfect as with this weather I've got no chance of getting one of those naturally! It's fantastic for contouring the cheekbones too.

As you can see form the first image there was just too much to mention in one post so I have picked out my faves for you. Don't worry though there will be more reviews of the other products I bought coming very soon.

If you spot something in particular you like the look of in my haul and want to see a review of just let me know. 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Viva Las Vegas...

Ironic that we did our 'Welcome to Las Vegas' photo on our way to the airport going home

Well it's been a whirl wind of a couple of weeks lots of lovely and exciting things have happened, not only have I just got back from Las Vegas but I came back to the fantastic news that I have been promoted at work! 

I'll start with the super exciting stuff, the trip to Vegas...

I was so excited about going that I didn't quite believe it was happening until I got to Manchester airport at 7am last Friday morning. It was a girls holiday (plus one husband) so it meant a week away from my little loves but I think we all coped quite well and Lylah only went to nursery in one questionable outfit! 

After the 14 hour flight I thought all I would want to do when we arrived was go to sleep but I think I felt more awake after being up for 24 hours than I do now after a weeks worth of sleep! We had hired cars so we could road trip it to the Grand Canyon and it was amazing driving down the strip to our hotel as all the lights were coming on and spotting all of things I'd only seen in films. 

After a hectic and a little bit scary drive to our hotel we finally arrived (after driving the wrong way down a street) and it was beautiful! We stayed in the Vdara Hotel and Spa, which is great if you're like us and didn't want to have temptation constantly thrust in your face. It is one of the only hotels on the strip not to have a casino or night club, which meant it was a lovely retreat after a crazy night. The suite we were in was lovely and had an amazing view of the strip, for a girl who has never been to America before or stayed in many luxury hotels it was quite a treat! 

We did all the things a person should do in Vegas, gambelled and won, saw a show, eat giant slices of pizza, drank margaritas in giant plastic glasses as we walked down the street in broad daylight, ate some more, went to Sephora, went to the top of the Stratosphere (but chickened out of the rides), drank free drinks in the da cluurb, went to Sephora again, went on the New York New York rollercoaster, had a pancake breakfast, had my picture taken with a half naked cowboy, went to Sephora again, saw a bride and groom on a Harley, and laughed a LOT! Phew!

The Grand Canyon was amazing but absolutely freezing! I didn't realise how vast it was until we flew over it on our flight into Vegas, it looked the size of a whole country on it owns. I have to say these sorts of things don't exactly float my boat, it was the same with the Hoover Dam, yes it was impressive but without knowing the history of it and it's significance I don't think you can really appreciate it. 

It might not have been your typical 'Hangover' style Vegas trip but it was amazing! Vegas isn't somewhere I had really wanted to go, I'm much too desperate to go to New York to have even considered anywhere else but I'm glad that I got the chance. One thing that I was super disappointed about was Britney, the one month I'm there is the one month she wasn't doing any shows I was gutted! However we did go to see Rock of Ages, which was amazing. I've seen it in London and I think I preferred it because the theater was a lot smaller and you really got the sense of being part of the show, saying that you did get an LED lighter at the Vegas show to sway in the air so it was worth it just for that! 

Whilst we were on our road trip to the Grand Canyon we came across a Walmart so we stopped off to get some supplies. The first thing we saw as we walked through the doors was this giant tub of cheesy puffs, this picture does not do it's giantness any justice, this thing was so big it needed it's own seat belt and it kept us entertained for not just hours but days! I think this may be more of an inside joke :-) 

Drunken cheesy puff challenge (I managed 13)
In Vegas unless you're young and skinny with no body hang ups at all and want to hang around the pool parties there isn't a lot to do during the day other than gamble and shop, so I shopped! Whilst the girls I was with took advantage of the sunshine around the pool I took full advantage of the four Sephora's Vegas had to offer and I have a rather big haul post coming your way. 

If you've not been to Las Vegas before I would definitely recommend it, however not if you are planning on taking children or any age. There is nothing child friendly about Vegas, there isn't even a child's toy shop and not many clothes shops so finding presents for the girls was tricky. It is somewhere I would go back to but because of the long flight I would make it part of a bigger trip. I'd love to do LA, Vegas and San Francisco. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Packing for Vegas...

Wowza can you believe it, it's only 17 more sleeps until I go to Vegas baby! I've been looking around for the perfect outfits to take with me, I don't want to take too much so I have plenty of room in my case for all the goodies I'm planning on bringing back. 

As I have been busy saving my spending money I've not had chance to go out and buy any clothes for my trip yet but I have done plenty of browsing and one shop that I think is excelling itself at the moment is Primark. I know Primark always have amazing key pieces but I don't think there has ever been so many things that have caught my eye all at the same time as there has recently.

All images from
As I am currently packing a few extra pounds I have been looking particularly at things that hide my tummy as this is my trouble area. Lucky for me there are plenty of high waisted skirts around at the moment, and these two on my list I think are just so cute and girly. Both are only £12 and would look great with a pair of flats during the day and I can switch it up for a night time look with a pair of heels. High waisted means I can give the cropped T a go too, my waist is actually quite small in comparison to the rest of my body so if I can cover up my tum I don't have to worry about anything being on show. 

As I'm going in March and apparently all of the pools are closed I'm not sure how much need I'll have for a swimsuit but you always have to take one just in case. Primark have got some lovely nautical style swimwear and I find that these two styles are most flattering for my figure. 

When it comes to evening wear I know Vegas is famed for it's sequins and glamour and I just thought this black sequined body con dress would be understated but still quite glitzy, and a steal at only £15. I'll have to make sure I pack my spanks though! 

My absolute favourite is the pink floral dress at only £8 this is a complete bargain! The image online really doesn't do it justice as in really life it is such a bright and vibrant pink. I really love this style of dresses that Primark do, I own a lot of them as they are so comfortable and cheap. There is another smock style dress I have seen but I couldn't find it on the website, damn you Primark when will you add an online shop to your site?!

So I know where I'll be heading this weekend, how about you? 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Mani Monday - kids edition

As many of you will know I have two little loves that are as girly and nail polish obsessed as me! It has got to the point now where I can't do my nails in front of them as they always want theirs doing too, it's not that I mind them wearing it I just don't think it's great for their nails to wear it all the time and definitely not for school.

So I was delighted when I was contacted by a company called Safe-Nails to try their child friendly, non-toxic nail polishes. Their products are completely chemical free, they're water based so they wash off easily and great news for mums with little girls who like to do their own nails they're stain free too!

I received two nail colours (both my girls favourites), a soft nail file, nail wipes and a pretty little gift bag. I thought the bottles were really cute and girly and my girls liked them because they looked like my Ciate polishes with the little bows. Although I get why they've called the brand 'Snails' (Safe-Nails) and the little snail on the pack is cute, I do think it is an odd choice for a little girls nail product. I don't really know any little girls who think snails are cute, the word that most comes to mind when they think of snail is 'yucky'. 

Glitter Bomb
Purple Comet
The Glitter Bomb has a pretty shimmer to it and Purple Comet was really pigmented and only needed one coat to get a great colour pay off.

The great thing about these nail polishes is that because they are chemical free there are no nasty smells when applying them, they also dry really quickly so you don't have to worry about them getting it everywhere. I love the idea that they're washable too and it comes off really easily with the wet wipes that came with the set, although it came off just as easily with a little bit of soap and water. In fact maybe too easily, as shortly after we had applied the polish my little girl went to the loo and like the good girl she is washed her hands and the polish came off. I can't say she was too happy about this and I had to reapply the polish. The information I was sent does say to use the top coat for a longer lasting finish but it wasn't included in my pack, I would recommend getting the top coat when buying any of these products. 

As you can see Snails come in lots of lovely bright colours and you can also get nail art markers which are available in 10 different colours. Snails don't currently have distribution in the UK but you can buy online at their website, the set I received is €16 and the individual polishes are €8 which I think is great value and would make the ideal gift for any little girl. 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Bourjois Erasable Liner review...

Like a lot of girls I have never been able to master the art of the perfect cat flick eyeliner, liquid liners are my nemesis! I was about to give up on them altogether when I read about the Bourjois Erasable Liner in Pure Beauty magazine, I immediately ran to Tesco on my lunch break and snapped it up and man am I glad I did.

This little guy doesn't like much but I promise you if you are as liner challenged as I am you will love this product. My problem was I would always end up with one eye that looked passable but not perfect and the other eye would be a complete dogs dinner. This meant starting over A LOT, which then left me with red puffy eyes and ruined eye make up. 

The brush itself is much like any other liquid liner. I will say one thing, the formula of the product is quite gloopy so I have to run the brush around the edge of the bottle a few times to remove the excess. It glides on nicely though and you can get a good solid line in one straight run, there's no need for multiple coats unless you want a really thick line.

The best thing about the actual product is that it stays put, I have hooded lids and until now every liquid or felt eyeliner I have tried has transferred all over my eye within about an hour. The Boujois Erasable Liner says it lasts 16 hours and I would say it probably lasts even longer than that without any movement or transfer.

The genius thing about this product is this little eraser on the end of the brush, it's made of rubber and when you make a mistake you just rub it out. It's so small that it makes removing the smallest mistake easy peasy. The eyeliner comes off instantly and doesn't leave any smudge marks or eyeliner across your face and it leaves all other eye make up in tact. It's as though the eyeliner is being lifted off the skin, you can even peal off the liner once you've been over the edge of the eye with it if you wanted to remove the whole thing. I usually just need to do the edges where the flick is supposed to be, and with this I can do it as many times as I need to before it looks perfect. 

It makes doing my eye make up much less stressful and I can now do my eyeliner in seconds rather than hours!

What do you think? I'm pretty chuffed after so long trying and failing. I would recommend the Bourjois Erasable Liner to anyone, whether you're an expert or a complete no hoper. For £7.99 you can't afford not to have this in your life!

Friday, 7 February 2014

Revlon Colurburst Review

Today's post is a review of the highly anticipated Revlon Colorburst Balms, I  picked up two of the Lacquer Balms and one Matte Balm in the Boots 3 for 2 this week.

I was a bit dubious about getting them at first as I have tried the Kissable Balm Stains and I really didn't like them. However as usual it never takes me too long to jump on the bandwagon of a new beauty release, and I'd read only good things about these lip products so far. 

Firstly I was really impressed with the colour choice of the Lacquer Balms, I went for Demure, Whimsical and Elusive from the Matte Balm collection. 

Secondly the formulation of these is much better than the Kissable range, they're a lot more silky and moisturising, they don't cling to any dry patches and they feel a lot lighter on the lips. Another thing is that the colour pay off is really good, with the Kissable Balms the colour on the stick was not necessarily the colour you got when applied, with the Colorburst Balms it's pretty bob on. 

The two Lacquer Balms have really pretty flecks of sparkle in them, not so much so that it looks like you're off to the school disco but just enough to give your lips a subtle light reflective shine. Demure is a lovely nude shade, my images really don't do it justice I haven't quite mastered the art of lip shots. Whereas Whimsical is a beautiful berry shade.

Elusive is the Matte shade, a cute pink. I'm not really one for the matte lips as I find they are usually quite drying and I have very dry lips, this however was surprisingly moisturising and felt lovely when on. I was a little disappointed with the colour selection of the Matte Balms as they all looked a bit garish for me, but if you have a warmer skin tone you could probably get away with them better then I could. 

The only downside to the Revlon Colorburst Balms is that they don't last very long, I found I had to reapply after about an hour or so. I think I probably still prefer the Rimmel Lasting Colour Rush Balms as they last forever on the lips and I'm not one for remembering to reapply. 

All in all I was pleased with the new Revlon Colorbust Blams, they're a vast improvement in the Kissable Balm Stains. When I go to Vegas in March I'll be interested to see if they have any colours not yet released in the UK. 

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