Sunday, 1 December 2013

Boots Dream Pillow Mist in Geranium

When I've had a long day, and I'm feeling not only physically, but mentally tired as well, I reach for this bad boy. Boots' Re-Balance Dream Pillow Mist in Geranium is a wonderful, soothing, floral scent, that is right up my street, as for me, a gentle floral perfume is somewhat comforting, and relaxing. For me, I may as tired as possible, but if I'm not relaxed, then I'm going to have a horrible night's sleep, and wake up in a bad mood. This is something I spray on the opposite side of my pillow and above the bed, only one or two sprays, as the scent can be too strong for some people.

This combined with a slumber mask, is a perfect recipe for a good night's sleep. Another step before this, would be a super relaxing bubble bath (gotta have those bubbles) filled with Soap & Glory goodies, like Calm one, Calm all which has such a soothing scent, it immediately makes you feel chilled. Another saviour after a long, busy day, would be indulging in a good cup of tea or glass of wine (I know, how British is the first one? Haha), I know it sounds simple, but for me, those little indulgences are what winds me down for the night, and if I've got a busy day ahead the next day. I am always an advocate for taking time to yourself, and treating yourself, so why not? Take care of yourself and everything else will follow. I'm about to go spray this little mist, and curl up in bed after a long day.

What are your bedtime must haves? Any little products that help you unwind?


This has been post No. 1 in my #bigblogmasproject. More information can be found on it here.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Repurchases - October/November 2013

Who doesn't repurchase? If you're one of those lucky people that everything works for... (jealous!) then you may not need to stick to those 'go-to' products, but for me, and my stuck in my way...ways, I like what I like and to prove it, i've repurchased them. Let's start with the amazing John Frieda shampoo and conditioner from the Full Repair ranger, and ohhh, how I love them! I don't find them to be too heavy in weighing down my hair, and my hair just seems to be so good recently thanks to these little darlings. It says that it 'reverses damage with every wash' which I think is wonderful, as I do feel that it has quite an impact on my hair, making the ends feel less dry and brittle. I have also noticed that my split ends are a great deal less noticeable, and on darker hair, I always thought that it was easier to see, so if you have dark hair with split ends, then this is a range of hair products that you should definitely check out. 

One of the products that I always recommend to blogger would be Una Brennan's 'Neroil Firming, Illuminating eye cream' as it's a wonderful cream that isn't greasy or too heavy, which is a main concern for me, as I use this under makeup, as well as at night with the rest of my skincare routine. It sinks in really well to the skin, and is a really good base under eye makeup, although for oilier lids, a primer would need to be used. Because i'm only 22, I haven't really formed an opinion upon whether it's good at firming the skin around my eyes, so if anyone uses it, and has any thoughts, please let me know. Garnier's 'Moisture Match Mattifying Moisturiser' is a lovely, simple day moisturiser, that provides a good, workable base for makeup and helps to control the shine on my face, which does get veeeeeery shiny. It feels like a primer when I apply it to my skin, as it's slightly thick, but it goes on really well, and sinks into the skin easily. I leave it to sink in for a minute or two before applying foundation. 

Last but not least is my old faithful Pond's 'Essential Care Hydronourishing Moisturiser' which I slather on my face and neck after my serum and eye cream. I find that it hydrates very well and my skin drinks this up, as even though my skin is oily, it does get very dry at this time of year, so in my opinion, my face can never have too much moisture come time to go to sleep. 

What are the products that you repurchase? Or are you an 'I'll give that new product a try' person?


Friday, 22 November 2013

Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude Eau de Parfum

Hello there my lovelies, this is my first perfume post…(I think) so let's get right on it! I'm a huuuuge huge huge fan of Estee Lauder perfumes, and I think the Sensuous  range has to be my favourite. Sensuous Noir is one of my all time favourites, and according to the Estee Lauder page, it's an 'intensely rich and seductive' perfume, which is me to a tee… hahahahaha no, it's really not, I just adore the way it smells. But, onto my newest addition, Sensuous Nude, which is described as 'modern, intimate and feminine' which I think, in a way describes the whole Sensuous line, it's very feminine, and whether it's intense or lighter and fresh, it's all about women, and celebrating the femininity of women, which I think is wonderful.

The scent is split into three seperate categories, 'Intimate' in which Sicilian Bergamot, Baie Rose, Mandarin and Black Pepper are noted. 'Feminine' notes are Jasmine, Muguet (I googled, and it's a fancy name for Lily of the Valley, apparently), Coconut Water, Honey and Musk. 'Warm' includes Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Heliotrope and Vanilla. Now, i'm no perfume expert, and I did not get all of these scents in the perfume, but the ones that I have picked out, are Rose, Musk, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Bergamot, but not necessarily at the same time. I seem to get different notes of scent on different days, and I think different notes would be picked out if someone else wore it. So I'd definitely recommend giving it a spray if you get the chance, as I always say that what smells good on someone else will not always smell the same, or better on you. It's all about sampling and seeing how it wears throughout the day before committing to a purchase (you can tell I don't have that many perfumes, haha). I have the 30ml bottle which retails at £36 and can be purchased as Boots, Debenhams etc. 

This is a perfume, that for me, always gets people saying 'You smell really good, what perfume are you wearing?' or 'You smell nice' from people who don't actually care about perfume, haha. 

Do you like the sound of this perfume? Have you tried any by Estee Lauder?


The little extra bits this week

Who doesn't like a few random bits and pieces at the middle of the week? I for one, certainly like to clear out my handbag and discover what lurks at the bottom of it, and these little things can be accused of just that; lurking. The No7 beauty cards were joyfully picked up when I was in Boots, and hastily placed in my handbag (is it just me, or does anyone else love these little 'look' cards you can get at the No7 counter?) as I love the whole berry/purple theme going on, as it's very autumnal (who else just likes saying autumnal?). The silver nail polish, was a freebie with this months Glamour magazine, and who can say no to a free full sized Nails Inc polish? Especially in such a gorgeous colour! It's very very very similar to one I have from Calvin Klein, and I haven't worn it yet, so i'm not sure about the texture (maybe i'll do a silver vs silver blog post? I'll have to think of a pun (; ) but I'm a fan of other Nails Inc polishes, so i'm sure i'll get on well with it.

My third little lovely this week is The Body Shop's honey soap, which I purchased under the influence of my best friend (she knows who she is) after she said that it smelt divine and made her skin feel wonderful and soft, so I thought, why not? And made my only Body Shop purchase that day. It does smell amazing, and I can't wait to use it. The fourth and final addition is a little freebie from L'Occitane which I love (who can resist going into that shop and not smell everything? Seriously. I want everything Verbena… everything) and my bff gave it to me when she bought the Shea Butter hand cream (working wonders on her eczema by the way) and it's sitting in my sachet pile ready for when I have a weekend/faw days away (that's when I tend to use all my samples) and it sounds like such a gorgeous conditioner. So, excited for that.

This has been a little round up of some lovely things that's been lurking, yepp, still sticking with lurking, around my handbag. Are there any little lovely surprises lurking around in your handbag? 


Monday, 18 November 2013

Soap & Glory Bodycare and Sanctuary Skincare

I know it may sound a bit odd to lump these two product groups together, but they fell under my 'skin' group, so I thought 'why not?'. Three of these are repurchases (Facial Cleansing oil, Body Scrub and Bubble Bath) whilst the body wash is a completely new product for me to try, which I find very exciting, as who doesn't like to try something new?

Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Wash is the new body wash of choice, and seeing as I loved my other two body washes from S&G, I figured that I can't go much wrong with it (have you smelt how amazing it is? Ugh!). The main selling point for this Body Wash, was the Body Scrub, which I picked up first, and smells all citrusy and limey. The smell of sweet lime is glorious and I cannot wait to start using it (and hopefully smelling like lime for the rest of the day, because who doesn't want to smell like that?) especially with the Sugar Crush Body Scrub which is the scrub for me at the moment (sorry to the Body Shop's Brazil Nut scrub). With nourishing Almond Oil to moisturise the skin, whilst Brown Sugar and Macadamia Grains buff away all the dead skin cells, this is a scrub that feels far more luxurious than you actually pay for (£8) and leaves me feeling fresh and awakened after I use it, which is always a plus on those dark, early Winter mornings.

Next up is Soap & Glory's Calm One, Calm all Bubble Bath, and I love love love this. It's so calming, and it creates some of the loveliest bubbles, and it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry, but soft and moisturised. Which I'm sure is down to the built in Body Lotion, and whilst the smell is slightly floral but not too overpowering, this is without a doubt, my go to Bubble Bath, and makes every bath feel like a little luxury, which I think we girlies deserve for being so fabulous.

Last but certainly not least, is Sanctuary's Ultimate Facial Cleansing oil, which if you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I love. This is one of the best products for me and my oily/combination skin, and has worked hand in hand to help clear it, and now, I only get the occasional blemish, as opposed to a face full of spots like I used to have. It has an easy pump dispenser, like the S&G Body Wash, and is massaged onto dry skin, before gradually wetting your hands with warm water, and continuing to rub the product in. Then, you splash your face with warm water and rub at your skin with the palms of your hands, repeat this process until all of the product is gone, and then splash your face several times with cold water to remove any left over product and to close pores. I adore this product so much. It is without a doubt, one that I cannot do without. I use is morning and night, and it's perfect. I cannot recommend enough.

Do you use any Soap & Glory body care products? Would you use these ones? Is Sanctuary a brand that you'd try?


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Blogging Supplies

If you're anything like me, you need organisation (even if it's organised chaos) and when it comes to blogging, it's no different. I need somewhere to write all my blogging ideas down, and a folder in which to keep all my correspondence from bloggers and brands alike. I am a huge stationary fan, and you can always find me looking at pens, journals, paper… where ever I go, so you can imagine that Paperchase keeps me occupied for hours. The journal is a purchase from Paperchase, and it caught my eye almost immediately, although my best friend will be testament to the fact that I did have a good wander around for a good half an hour before going back to the first journal that I saw (typical, right?). It's wide ruled, which isn't what I originally wanted (I'm a narrow rules girl, usually) but this works for me now. My journal is full of scribbles, ideas, swatches and plans for upcoming blog posts, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It has lists of products, websites, prices and reviews, some fully or half written. 

Aforementioned folder, if you recognise the print, is Orla Kiely, which I bought from TK Maxx solely for the reason of keeping myself and my blogging organised, and it does the job very well. It has several slots for paper and other such things, like pages torn from magazines and cards with beauty ideas on them from Boots, Debenhams etc. The Print clashes in a wonderful way with my journal, but since they both contain organ in their colour schemes, I think it works. Another little purchase from Paperchase were paper bookmarks, which I think are always handy when browsing a magazine, or just to jot something down very quickly, and can be slotted very easily into my journal, and can be moved numerous time, but can also be stuck in with the one ended tacky bottom on the bookmark. It's been printed with butterflies and flowers on it, and it makes a wonderful addition to my little blogging supply. 

The last additions to my blogging supplies post will be the pens and pencils, which were impulse purchases from The Works (I blame the wonderful jewels at the end of them) but I'm so glad that I did buy them, as they're lovely and look quite darling when they're in a little pencil pot on my desk (I say pencil pot, it's just a glass from Ikea) and I find that these, all together, form quite a lovely little basic supply, which I'm sure I will add to over time. After all, who doesn't need more stationary?


Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose

Hello my newest Winter lip saviour! This was an instant purchase as soon as I saw it online on Beauty Chamber and it'd been recommended to me on Twitter, and so the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose made its way into my basket (along with a Butter London nail polish, but i'll get to that in another post). It's been saving my lips from terrible dryness in this weather, and also providing them with a subtle stain of red, which is always a good thing in my opinion. If it's good for my lips, and makes them look good, I'm going to readily recommend it, which I have, and I do. 

I love the packaging, as it just seems so sleek, but you do have to apply it with your finger, which I suppose is quite unhygienic when it's cold and if someone else wants to use it… so, I'd keep it to yourself, or maybe your best friend, at a push. It does have a a little lid that separates the lip butter from the actual lid of the product, which is quite handy and alleviates a lot of messy situations if it were to melt (but let's face it, it's far too cold for that to happen). You can find it on the Beauty Chamber website here for £6. Have you tried this wonderful product? Let me know xx


Friday, 8 November 2013

The Repurchased Mascara - L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof

For me, this is the mascara. No other has achieved what this one has, and until I find another one that does, I will quite happily not let another mascara into my heart (yes, it's really that good, and i'm really that dramatic). It's not one for volume, so if you want thicker lashes, this isn't the one for you, but if you are a fan of length, then keep reading. My eyelashes do not hold curl well. They'll put their hands up (you know, if they had hands) and admit that they do not hold curl well at all. Whilst everyone else has amazing eyelashes that are perfectly curled without mascara... and for those who can wear any mascara and have their eyelashes looking full and perfect (i'm looking at you, bff of mine) for me, this mascara is the bee's knees. The one way in which my eyelashes will curl, is with the assistance of my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers (which have their own dedicated post coming up) and with a waterproof mascara. If it's not waterproof, I will not waste my time, or my money. This mascara was introduced to me by Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup, and after discovering that she has relatively the same eyelash problems as me, and since she raved about this mascara, I decided to go get it; and goodness me, am I glad that I did!

This mascara, in waterproof black, has a plastic bristled wand, and it's not bushy, or too big to handle (ergo not getting any on my eyelid) and it's quite a flexible top, so you can get right in there to get those pesky little smaller lashes that tend to evade regular mascara. So, once I use my Shu Uemura's (and I don't just curl them once, I have to pump them a few times around the roots of the lashes to get a longer lasting, better curl) I apply the mascara, and use a technique that my best friend uses, which is not only to rock the brush in a zig zag motion, but to curl the wand, at the base of your lashes, away from your eye, as it pushes the lashes up, up, up (I know it sounds weird, but give it a try!) and then I work on the outer and inner corners of my eye, making sure all of my lashes are covered in order to have the most wide awake look possible. Once that's dry, I apply it on my bottom lashes, and bam! My mascara look is done, and I never tend to fret or feel the need to check on my lashes if this is on, as I can apply it, and it'll be as perfect at night, as it was when I first applied it in the morning. L'Oreal, you are wonderful for bringing out this mascara... but I have heard that the formula has been changed... so who knows, maybe I'll hate the new formula and have to take back this entire post. Oh well.

What mascara is your go-to, never let you down, mascara? Is this something that you'd try? Let me know (:


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Soap & Glory 'One Heck of a Blot' Translucent Mattifying Powder

I don't remember why I bought this, or what made me browse the Soap & Glory stand, but i'm very, very glad that I did. This mattifying powder is amazing. Stand back Rimmel, this is my mattifying powder of choice. Seriously, it's so good; I use it everyday, and carry it around with me for a quick touch up, should there be any shine on my face. I was unfamiliar with the concept of a mattifying powder, as beforehand, I would have just used a translucent powder to 'set' my foundation, but with the introduction of this into my life, I cannot see myself using anything else. Not long after I bought it, I noticed it creeping up upon the blogs of some wonderful bloggers, and I thought, 'Yay, this product is getting the press it deserves'. 

To use this product, I apply it with a Real Techniques Powder Brush and push it onto the skin, as opposed to swirling it, as i've found that pushing the product onto the skin is more likely to set the foundation and leave it in place, as opposed to swirling it, and moving the product. And can we talk about the name? 'One Heck of a Blot' pretty much says it all, as it mattifies so well, is is a complete go to for a reduction in shine and the appearance of oil on my face (ahhh, the drawbacks of having oily/combination skin). This compact comes with a large circular mirror, and a circular puff in order to apply the product, if you're out and about with no powder brush. I've used it many a time for a 't-zone' touch up, and find that it works wonderfully well. I would totally recommend this product (and I have done, several times) as it does exactly what it says 'on the tin'. This is a winner of a product for me, and I think that it can be worn on any skintone, as the colour is translucent. So, a winner for all? I like to think so.

What do you think of this powder, or mattifying powders in general? Are you a fan? Let me know (:



Friday, 1 November 2013

October Favourites 2013

Is it just me, or are monthly favourites some of your favourite posts to read? Maybe it's just me being really nosy, but I adore seeing what people are using and loving! A few of my favourites will probably be no surprise to a few of you, because I have spoken about them so many times, and by damn, I just adore them! Some of them are new, and have immediately jumped into being some of my go to products, others, are old faithfuls that are just making me smile every time I use them (oh yes, they're just that good), so let's get this show on the road.

Soap & Glory's Hand Food. It's a classic hand cream for me, especially around this time of year, when it's getting cold, but it's not really cold, and the really, really cold weather calls for my The Body Shop Hemp hand cream. But this is a light, but nourishing with a lovely floral scent, that I can use out and about, and before bed, just to give the skin on my hands a bit of a moisture session whilst I sleep. 

Next is Liz Earle's Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion, which I reviewed here, so full the full thoughts and the many reasons as to why I love it, check it out. But I will say, this is wonderful and makes me look alive in the morning, which is easier said than done... Now, we have a little bottle of wonder, and it's Origins Super Spot Remover which I also reviewed here and my goodness, I cannot do without this little genius product. It reduces the size of my spots by half in one night. Ugh. It's so good, it is a permanent addition to my skincare routine. The last of my recently reviewed products is La Roche-Posay's Serozinc which is the toner to end all toners, as far as i'm concerned. It's been reviewed here and this is another bottle of wonder; made for oily skin, it controls how much oil is produced by the skin and has really helped in clearing up my skin.

Up next, is Indeed Labs Hydraluron which is a firm blogger favourite, and I totally agree why. With ingredients that boost the amount of moisture the skin can take it, this is an essential step in my skincare routine. It takes pride of place after my toner and eye cream, but before my serum, night moisturiser, and super spot remover. Adore this. Speaking of my eye cream, here is my beloved Una Brenna Neroli Eye Cream which is my only eye cream, and it just works for me. It's not too thick, or too thin, and it does what it's supposed to do. It's a good base for eye makeup, and also firms the skin around my eyes.

Now, let's move onto the makeup. Two cream eyeshadows and the foundation i'm loving so much at the moment. The cream eyeshadows are at two oppisite ends of the spectrum. One is Mac Paint pot in Vintage Selection, and the other is 17 Metallic in Wild Nude. They both have a shimmer through them, but I would say that Wild Nude is darker than Vintage selection, and easier to put on, as it spreads very, very easily. Vintage Selection was love at first sight. It's the longest lasting cream eyeshadow i've ever had, and it's a light nude with a gold/silver shimmer running through it, that makes your eyelids look so good. 17's cream eye shadow is something I pop on when I don't have a lot of time, and it gives a wonderful definition to the lids, whereas I use Mac when I have more time, and then layer on a darker colour through the crease.

Last, but not least, is Maxfactor's Whipped Foundation in Light Ivory. The first time I tried it, I was like, 'No, this is not for me', but the second time, I said 'Yes', and bam! I've been using it everyday since. It's creamy, easy to blend, covers very well, and just makes my skin look mattified, but still allows the glow from my skin to shine through. Which is always a plus. I put this on using an Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and it goes on like a dream. Well done Maxfactor, well done.

What products are you loving this month? Have your tried any of these, or are you tempted by them? Let me know. 



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar - 24 Days of Beauty Treats

I don't know if you know how excited I am about this... I AM SO EXCITED... I HAVE NO WORDS! Me... with no words, hard to believe, right? Haha, well, just look at it! 24 days of beauty treats! (did you really think that the lack of words would really last? (; ) The first mention of a beauty advent calendar was this one, and there have been many since (see Benefit, Ciate etc) but this is the one that made me bounce in my seat at the mere thought of ordering... and order I did! This is going to replace my traditional chocolate advent calendar (I'm saying this now... how long will it last? Will I cave and get a Galaxy one... probably...) and i'm very excited about it. I'm not going to mention what's in it... as I kind of know... but for those who just want to know right now! There is a list of products on the post that ReallyRee did about this calendar, and the one that ignited my desire to own it, and that can be found here

So this is just a quick little post about the excitement I get whenever I look at this little (not really) beauty, and I cannot wait to start opening it, come December 1st <3 For those interested parties, the calendar retails at £30 and is available from Boots. I've not seen it in store, so I ordered mine from online, but you never know, maybe it'll appear in store closer to December. 

Do you have a beauty calendar this year? Or are you tempted by any? Let me know (:


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Empty Products - October 2013

Isn't it always a sad moment when you use up a good product? The four products above are wonderful, but I've done some repurchasing, so I feel no remorse over finishing them. Luckily for me, I ordered three of La Roche-Posay's Serozinc when I first discovered them, so I'll be good for a while, and I do find that when used twice a day, they do last for a good few weeks (or maybe that's just me?) Serozinc is a wonderful product, so much so that it's had it's own review, which can be found here and it is a staple product in my skincare routine. I spray after cleansing, and it tones my face very well, and also reduces the amount of oil produced by my skin, which is a big plus for me with my oily/combination skin. 

Una Brennan's Neroli Eye Cream is amazing. It's not greasy and absorbs really well, and is a lovely base for foundation and concealer; I find that it doesn't cause creases or anything like that, which is wonderful. I use Maybelline's Eraser Eye concealer under the eyes and I find that it doesn't crease at all, it just sits well. 

Garnier's Moisture Match Moisturiser for oily/combination skin provides a really good base for my makeup, as it's not greasy or oily, and I find that it mattifies my skin, almost acting like a primer before I  apply my makeup. Setting my makeup with a pressed powder means that my makeup lasts for the entire day, but does need some touching up around the nose and t-zone area. 

Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Scrub is a citrusy, sugar scrub that makes my skin so soft and moisturised after usage. It comes in a lovely big pot, and lasted my for quite a while, as I only use it twice a week or so. There's something about it that makes me wakeup and feel alive in the morning (i'm sure you know what I mean) especially with the days getting shorter, and the morning getting darker and darker. This has been one of my favourite scrubs that i've ever used, but now i've moved on to trying The Body Shop's Brazil Nut scrub, which smells amazing.

What products have you used up this month? Would you try any of these?


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion Review

This is my first Liz Earle product. Are you shocked? Well, it's true. This is my first dip into the large world that is Liz Earle skincare, and when I bought it, I was very excited. The Liz Earle counter in John Lewis looked so clean, and almost like the inside of a chemist... in a good way, like an expensive chemist with glass shelves... anyway, I bought this after reading review after review, and the response was good. I have very sensitive skin, but since reading about Liz Earle and taking a look at the list of ingredients, which include Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Witch hazel Water and Cornflower extract, I decided that this was a product for me. The natural ingredients really appealed to me, especially when my eyes are concerned, and the product has not disappointed.

The top of the product is a twist top, so you twist it, and a little spout protrudes from the top, allowing you to dispense the product in an easy and effective way without it getting messy (usually, i'm so messy, stuff goes everywhere). I dispense the product into two cotton wool pads and then hold the pads over my eyes for about five minutes, although you can leave them on for up to ten if you have more time. What struck me about using this approach, is that I can sit down with a cup of tea in the morning, and have the cotton wool over my eyes as my tea cools, so it's a very relaxing start to the day, which is always good by me. The product soothes tired eyes, but also, because it's a cool liquid, it also wakes them up, and in my experience, de-puffs them, which is brilliant because if you suffer from puffy eyes, this is a product for you to try. This product retails at £10.75 from Liz Earle, or John Lewis, which is where I purchased mine from, and more information can be found on the Liz Earle site here. This product is a lovely thing, and really makes me look awake in the morning (which seems to be getting harder and harder as the mornings get darker) but I feel that this could be used as a pick me up for eyes at any time of day, though I would only do it on bare skin, because it would strip all of the eye makeup off.

What do you think of this soothing eye lotion? Is this something that you'd try? 


Thursday, 24 October 2013

Origins Super Spot Remover Review

Ever since I bought this little wonder, I've been in love. I've never known my spots to go down so quickly! It was a blogger favourite, but I'd never really taken much notice of it, that was until I saw it on  Tattooed Tealady, and she gave it a glowing review, so I admit, I was taken in, and I'm very glad that I was. This has become a staple for me, especially when I had very bad breakouts, and angry red blemishes (the worst kind of blemishes really). If you very rarely get blemishes, maybe £15 for a 10ml product may be too much money, but for someone who has oily/combination skin like me, and is prone to the occasional spot or two (or five) then this may be your saviour. I've found that it reduces the size of the spot drastically overnight, and wearing it during the day isn't something i'd suggest, unless you were going makeup free. The gel uses Salicylic Acid to help speed up the 'healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post blemish darkening', whilst Caffeine and Red Algae help to visibly reduce redness of the blemish, and I totally agree with these statements, which can be found here on the Origins website

The gel is very soothing when it first goes on, and I don't know if it's just me, but it does sting a little bit on the blemish, which i'm not sure whether this is because of my sensitive skin, or because i've put too much on? I'll have to double check and write back about this... although I do suspect that it's just me being a little heavy handed (or heavy fingered, if that's a thing). I bought this from Boots (yay for points!) when I went to Cardiff with my best friends, and have used it quite a bit since then, I think it's a wonder product, and would definitely be in my monthly favourites (which i'll post at the end of the month). I love this product and cannot recommend it enough. 

Is this something that you'd try? Or have you tried it before? Let me know what you think (: 


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Review

I love this product. What more is there to say? It was held as a blogger must have, and as soon as I saw on of my favourite ladies on Instagram, Rougeout, had purchased these bad boys, I knew I had to have them. I ordered La Roche-Posay's Serozinc from a French/British website called LeGuideSante where they were only £5 or so, per spray can (150ml), which I think is really good for the amount of product that the spray holds. But, let's get into the nitty gritty. I have very oily/combination skin, that is prone to breakouts and imperfections, and this products claims to be made especially for oily skin, with Zinc Sulfate which helps to 'fight against bacterial proliferation', or in english, to stop the increase in oil produced by the skin. It also claims to calm irritations on the skin, which is why it can also be used on babies skin, if it's been irritated by nappy rash.

The spray, is cooling and very soothing, and I use it twice a day when I do my skincare routines, and now that I have a finite skincare routine, I find that this product has really helped clear my skin. Yes, I still have the odd blemish, but this product as well as my other skincare products (which I will talk about in an all about my skincare routine post) have really made a big difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. You don't need a lot of product, just a quick spritz, enough to cover your entire face, I leave it for a few seconds, and then removed with a cotton pad. Even if I think my face is super clean and cleansed, this will always take off that extra extra layer of dirt, which makes a big difference to my skin. This is a holy grail product for me, and I cannot do without it. So much so, I'm going to order more, so that I never run out. I definitely recommend this to those suffering from oily/combination, as not only can it be used as a toner, but can be used to refresh the skin during the day. I think it's a wonder product and it will always be a favourite.

What do you think of Serozinc? Is this something that you'd try? Are spray toners your cup of tea? 


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Autumn/Winter lipstick #3 - Calvin Klein - Sinful

Hello my lovelies, here is just a little cheeky A/W lipstick post for you, and what better way to continue on, that to introduce a little Calvin Klein wonder. I purchased this wonderful product from Fragrance Direct (ugh, love that site) after stumbling across them, and loving the colour choices. This colour (of the three I chose) is called sinful, and it is a glorious pinky red. As you can see from the above swatch, it does appear to be quite pink, but I'd say it was a pinch more red than that - although  think it would all depend on the lighting in which you find yourself. In natural light, it does appear slightly pinker on me, whereas with the waning light and the artificial lights now on, it does look more red. All, in all, I would say that it's a very wearable shade, that's very comfortable on the lip, and it's full name, 'Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick' is exactly what it says it is. It's creamy and definitely feels more expensive that it is, and at £1.99, if you're anything like me, you'll end up buying one or two (or three). 

What do you think of the colour? Is this what you'd call an Autumn/Winter shade? Let me know what you think (:



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Urban Decay Lipstick Giveaway

Urban Decay
Well, it's happened! I've hit 100 Bloglovin follows and I'm just so excited and happy about it! So I thought i'd give back to my wonderful followers (: and what better to give away than an amazing Urban Decay lipstick? I swatched these up a storm when I was in Debenhams, and I love the texture, so why not celebrate hitting 100 followers with this fabulous lipstick!? The winner will have the wonderful decision of choosing whatever shade he/she wants, so enter away, and fingers crossed for you (: and here's a little link to the colour swatches. Have fun everyone (:

P.S. I'll ship internationally as well, so no need to worry about that (: xx

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Body Shop Online Haul Edition

Hellooooo honey goodness! I may have gotten a bit excited when the Body Shop was offering a voucher for 40% off online... as you can clearly see. Now, I will say this, the honeymania isn't necessarily honey esc (as in honey from a jar) but more honeysuckle, which was a surprise for me when they first arrived, but not an unpleasant one. It's still a wonderful scent, but for those who might think it to be proper honey, you might be in for a disappointment. I think it's a sweet scent, quite floral, and for those a bit unsure, I'd recommend smelling it in the shop before hand, so you know whether it'd be a good choice for you. Anywho! On with the chat.

The Shea Body Butter is a firm favourite of mine, and even though it's not as heavily scented as other butters, it's still wonderfully moisturising and is a complete go to moisturiser for me, especially in the colder months as my skin tends to dry out very easily. The Camomile cleansing butter was something that I was very excited about, as I'd read numerous reviews on it, and was determined to try it out (and with 40% off, I thought, why not?!) I do plan on doing a proper review of this, so all I will say for now is, for oily/combination skin, it can be quite heavy on the skin, so I'd recommend using a very good toner afterwards to take away all of the product, as although it is moisturising, you don't want it to clog your pores (it was an issue for me) Up next is the Honeymania shower gel which much like the other Body Shop shower gels, is very good on my skin. The scent is floral and clean, and lasts almost all day, which is a strong selling point for me, and the life of it is prolonged when worn with the Honeymania perfume. It's not for everyone (i'd recommend smelling it first) but for me, it really works. I think it's a lovely scent ( i fancy a little perfume review on the blog soon, so watch this space (; ) and last but not least, is this gorgeous lipstick. Raspberry in love is amazing. It's smooth, creamy and such a good colour for a/w, so much so, that I'm thinking of extending my a/w lipstick list to include this one (and my most recent MAC and NARS purchases, of course) I just love it and think it's gorgeous. Once again, watch this space for some upcoming Body Shop reviews.

Thank you so much for reading, my lovelies. Are there any Body Shop products that have caught your eye?



Friday, 11 October 2013

Stargazer Makeup Review

When the lovely Patricia asked me if I wanted to try some Stargazer products, I jumped at the chance! I've always loved the look of Stargazer's products, as it's always been reviewed by other bloggers as having such good pigmentation and long lasting wear, which I am all about! I was sent a small variety of products to try, and I will admit, I am really, really liking them. I love trying out new products, and being introduced to different brands, so this is a review I love love love writing, and I hope that you'll enjoy reading it.

Let's start with the lipsticks. They're very pigmented, which is a very big thing that I look for in a lipstick, as no one wants to layer, layer, layer with lipsticks, as in my experience, they tend to look quite cakey around the lip line, and aren't all that comfortable to wear. But these lipsticks, which I find to be quite moisturising on the lips, are very true to colour from the bullet and last for a good two to three hours before another application is needed, which I think is standard for lipsticks. I was sent two lipsticks, one matte and one regular. The Matte one, is called 208*, and is woody brown, and does not look good on me. Maybe it's the pale skin, dark hair and dark eyebrows, but brown doesn't suit me. It's lovely for those of you who suit brown shades (lucky you!) and is very creamy, and doesn't drag when applying on the lips. The second lipstick in 118*, is gorgeous. It's a dark raspberry colour and I can see it becoming one of my go to a/w lip colours. It's seriously gorgeous, to the point where the swatch doesn't do it enough justice. I'll have to take a picture of it on the lips. Gorgeous!

From top to bottom: Quick Silver Star Pearl eyeshadow*, Pinky is Perki Baked Duo eye shadow*,  Metallic eye shadow pen in Brown*, Lip stick in 118*, Matte lipstick in 208* and Eye Dust in 1*. 

Now onto the eyeshadows! I do like a good eyeshadow, especially if it's in a fun colour with good pigmentation pay off, and these four eyeshadows do the job so well! First is the Star Pearl eyeshadow in Quick Silver* which is pigmented, and gives the dense colour in two applications, so it's not something that's 'bam! silver eyes' in one swoop. I think this is wonderful as it can be built up to give a more intense appearance, or used subtly for a more highlighted approach. My favourite is using it in the inner corners of my eyes to make them appear more awake, and bright eyed. Next is the Baked duo eyeshadow in Pinky is Perki* which is a very fun name for an eyeshadow in my opinion. It's got a lovely shimmer to it, and very good colour pay off, but like most eyeshadows, the fall down under the eye is something to look out for. It's an almost pearly pink, with a shot of shimmer running through it, and it's so soft and weightless on the eye, so I'd say it was perfect for a soft romantic, english rose pink eye. Now we have the Eye Dust*, and by gosh is this pigmented! I've never really been one for eye dusts, as they seem so messy, but the colour pay off is so good, I might be a convert! The closest relative to this product, is perhaps the Barry M Dazzle Dusts, and sometimes I've found the Barry M ones to not be as pigmented as they look, this colour (in 1*) has proved to me that a little goes a long way, and is perhaps just the right product for someone not entirely taken in by the Barry M dusts. The last eye product is the Metallic Eye Shadow stick in Brown*  and I have to admit, I love this. The bronze coppery colour is just my kind of shade, and applies like a dream. It's soft, creamy and well pigmented with a soft shot of shimmer running through it. It's easy to blend and doesn't budge very much over the course of the day. This is a winner from me, and can give more expensive eye products a run for their money. 

Nail Polish in 110* and 512*. 

Last, but not least, are the two nail polishes. The Blue (110*) is a pearlescent polish, in a lovely, dreamy soft blue. I was looking at this the other day and thinking it's the kind of colour a mermaid would have on her toenails... if she had toes... or feet, or legs for that matter. But anyway, it's a very sea foam related colour for me, but I also have the feeling that something like this can be worn in the dead of winter, to contrast red noses, chilled fingers and dark lips. It seems like such a go to winter colour for me, and teamed with the fact that it'll last for a good few days before any noticeable chipping. It took three coats to get the above look, but I found that the formula dried quickly, so it was not much of a wait. The second colour (512*) is a gorgeous pinky red that reminds me of summer (Oh, summer) and looks gorgeous on my toenails (which are currently covered in very thick, wooly socks) It took two coats for a completely opaque appearance, and much like the other colour, it lasts very well.

I've been very impressed with the quality of these products, especially for the price, as they seem to produce products that go above and beyond what you pay. These products have had a very large thumbs up from me (i'm determined to find another use for the matte brown lipstick!) and I hope that you've liked reading my thoughts on Stargazer. Are there any products that have caught your eye? Let me know (:



Thursday, 10 October 2013

Cardiff Haul featuring Mac, Nars, Liz Earle, Origins, Maxfactor, Body Shop.

I don't know if it's just me, but whenever I see a haul post on a blog, in my head I always start singing 'They see me haulin', they hatin'... I have no idea why. Seroiusly. No Idea. But who doesn't love a good haul? I certainly adore them, and they're some of my favourite posts to read (notebook and pen in hand) as I love seeing what people are buying (I'm nosy like that), so I couldn't wait to get this post up for you guys to have a good ol' nose at what I bought in Cardiff when I went with my two Bff's (it was all over my twitter, so you probably know how excited I was). Now, these purchases have been long thought out, and researched, but some haven't and were just bought on a whim (and what a fun whim it was!) So i'll go through them all with you (:

First thing's first; Liz Earle's Eyebright, which I bought from John Lewis as well as the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella (Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, if she doesn't scare you... no evil thing will!) ... it's seriously been in my head since I bought it, haha. Eyebright was a blog found inspiration (can't remember whose blog it was on :( ) and I instantly jotted it down in my notebook for me to check out, as I'd never had anything from her range before, but i've read very good things about her line, as they always seem very natural and soothing, so that was me sold! Now, Nars was a twitter recommendation (once again, I cannot remember who... should really write these things down) and I was perusing the Nars counter for a good fifteen minutes before deciding on Cruella which is a gorgeous colour, a creamy texture even though it has a matte finish, and it seems to be a slightly less purpley Rimmel 107. I'll have to give it a good few wears to fully have an opinion on it. Watch this space (; 

Next, we'll do the Maxfactor goodies! There was an offer on in Boots (from which I also bought the Origins Super Spot Remover and Limited Edition Vaseline) and I had been very intrigued by the False Lash Effect Mascara in Waterproof (it has to be waterproof for me!) as I'd seen in on numerous blogs, and since Vivianna first introduced me to L'Oreal's Telescopic, I though I would follow her lead, and try this one out. I'll report back with what I find. The Whipped Creme foundation (in Light Ivory 40) was something I'd been looking forward to since it was announced, but decided to use up all my other Maxfactor foundation before springing out for a new one. The coverage is light, and would be perfect for a 'this is my natural skin' kind of look, but since i'm having a bit of a bad skin moment, it's been resigned for the day when my skin get's better (should be any day now). The Origins Super Spot Remover was a Tattooed Tea Lady find, and anything that can reduce my blemishes is a win for me! I've been using it for a few days now, and I think it's amazing. Truly a miracle product! It reduces blemishes overnight, and are gone much quicker than if left naturally. Loving this! The Vaseline was something I stumbled upon whilst wandering around Boots (as you do) and it immediately went in my basket. Vaseline is always an essential for me, for cold weather, as it acts as a barrier between my lips and the certain chilliness which was most certainly chap them. For an outing, I would slick on some lip balm, and put this on top, just so my lips don't lose that essential moisture during Autumn/Winter. 

Now onto the Mac (you've been waiting for this, haven't you?) I bought Diva lipstick, Burgandy lipliner and Vintage Selection paint pot. The paint pot was under the recommendation of Gemma, who was dealing with my Mac noobness (never been there before... shame on me!) as she gave me numerous paint pot recommendations, and under some perusing I decided that Vintage Selection was the one for me! It's gorgeous, and it doesn't move. Seriously. I swatched it on my hand in Debenhams (Thank you Ms Lucy for the Mac in Debenhams recommendation, as they were so lovely and so helpful!) and it didn't come off for ages. It's a champagne, rose gold glittery perfection of a colour, and i'm so glad that I was told about it! There's something very familiar about Diva, as it's a burgundy red, and it's so nice to wear on the lips, especially when combined with the Burgandy lipliner. It's a match made in heaven. I will report back with more knowledge on these Mac purchases (:

Now it's all about the Body Shop and Paperchase! In the Body Shop, I went a bit Chocomania mad (it just smells so good!) because as soon as I smelt it, I was actually salivating, and knew that I had to have it! So I purchased the Body Butter and the Shower Gel, and I can't stop smelling them both. So good! And who doesn't want to smell like a mango? I ask you, who honestly doesn't? So I bought the shower gel in Mango as well. I'm going to be smelling so good, I may be tempted into self cannibalism... only joking! Hahahaha. Paperchase is a fabulous place. It's all notebooks and stationary, and I do love stationary. So I bought a blogging notebook, one exclusively for my blogging, so I wanted something bright and cheerful, bound and with narrow lines. This one wasn't narrow ruled, but it ticked all of the other boxes, and that's good for me. I also purchased some Sticky Note bookmarks, as if you're anything like me, you have dozens of bookmarks but can never find any when you start a new book, so this was a genius purchase (:

So this was my Cardiff Haul! I hope that you liked it, and maybe even spotted a few products that you'd like to see more on (: Just let me know, though expect some in depth makeup reviews once they're all road tested. Thank you for reading.



Monday, 7 October 2013

Autumn/Winter lipstick #2 - Collection - Queen of Hearts

Now this is red. Bright, bright red. Bright, in your face, try not to look at my lips kind of red. I would never have dreamed of rocking this look a year ago, but i'm really glad that I am now. Although, i'm still a bit hesitant about wearing it in the day... maybe i'll work up the courage and do it (:

Anywho, let's talk about this lipstick. It's gorgeous. It's creamy and I find that with most Collection lipsticks, they tend to go on very well, and don't dry out the lips, which is always a good thing by me. It kind of reminds me of the bright red a person would wear if they wanted to add an instant pop of colour to an outfit, as yes, other reds would do the same, but this would, in my opinion give a wow factor, as a deeper red may give off a more classic look. I suppose this is an almost pinky red, in a way, as opposed to the deeper, darker more blue reds which I usually fancy, and tend to suit me better. But this against my pale skin is really lovely, and I can imagine it looking rather gorgeous on all skin tones, as no doubt it would brighten up anyones features. For a longer lasting finish,iI'd use a lipliner as well, and maybe as well to get the shape of your lips before applying this, as it's so creamy, it went everywhere when I first applied it (far too excited) but since then, with a steadier hand and a bit of lipliner, it's all red-lips-a-go-go around here (which is actually really nice. who knew a red lip could make my day brighter?) It's the brightest lipstick of my chosen bunch, but by damn is it lovely.

What do you think of Collection lipsticks? Are you a fan? Would you consider a red as bright as this one? 


Friday, 4 October 2013

Autumn/Winter lipstick #1 - Kate Moss for Rimmel - 107

This is such a blogger staple, and I've read numerous reviews upon it, so I thought, why not throw in my thoughts? Kate Moss' line of lipsticks for Rimmel is gorgeous. End of discussion. 

.. Haha, I've got a lot more to say than that (; 107 is an essential A/W shade for me. I think it's wearable, day or night, and can be taken from day to night with very minimal changes to my makeup, which is always a plus for me if I want to go out for a drink with the girls after work. It's been a heavy hitter in September for me, even earning a spot in my monthly favourites and boy do I love it! It's a gorgeous burgundy colour that's so pigmented and soft on the lips, and maybe it's just me, but it smells so darn amazing that whenever I put it on, and I make everyone around me smell it (yes it is weird, but I love the smell that much!) I'm a very big fan of Rimmel lipsticks, especially the Kate Moss range, as I might just own every single of hers -  but who can blame me? I'm a sucker for a good colour and a long lasting finish, and this is a definite combination of both.

For Autumn/Winter make up in the day, I would usually pare this with a subtle flick of eyeliner and maybe some contouring in the crease of my eye with a soft taupe colour (MUA's Undress me too palette is really good) and a pinch of soft rosey pink on the apples of my cheeks (i'm so pale, I am always in need of blusher, as otherwise I just look ill) but for night, I'll add some contouring to my cheekbones, and darken the eye makeup, making the crease heavier and the eyeliner thicker and more dramatic. If i'm going for a proper night out, then i'll vamp up my eyelashes using some individual fake eyelashes (which are very hard to apply until you get the hang of it... still not sure if I have...) and voila!  The lips don't need to be touched, unless you're topping up the coverage.

What do you think of 107? Is it a go to colour for your a/w?


Thursday, 3 October 2013

A bit of something personal: Grief

I contemplated adding a picture to this post, as, it's about grief and heartbreak... who wants to see a soppy inspirational picture that is trying to make you feel better? I thought and thought about it, and it turns out... I do. I want to see soppy, inspirational pictures, because by damn, I want to feel better. So *raises hand* I, Rebecca, want to feel better. (turns out I couldn't find the one that I wanted, so I'm using something from a visit to the National Botanical Gardens, isn't that ironic? haha) I don't want the numbness, loneliness and darkness to last. I don't want those things anymore (does anyone really want them? I think they're just assigned to you when something terrible happens) So... on with the show, then?

I'll start with my grandparents. My grandmother died last September. She was in and out of hospital, but nonetheless, it was a shock. She'd broken her hip after visiting my grandfather in hospital, and then a few months later, she died. Last month (August) my grandfather died. He'd been in and out of hospital, but once again, it was a shock. He'd developed pneumonia for the third time, but there was that hope that he'd be well again, that he'd pull through it. He hadn't long celebrated his 81st birthday, and looking back on it now, it makes you realise how much you regret. How I wish I had been there more. How I wish I done more, so maybe, maybe, he would have gotten better. But grief is a slippery slope. Once you start blaming yourself... it's hard to come back from it. My friends helped me through it, and I suppose it still hasn't sunk in properly. I still read things that he would want to know about, and I hear jokes that would make him laugh. Grief... grief hits you when you least expect it.

My boyfriend and I, or ex-boyfriend, had been together for almost four years. We met in University, and we spent almost everyday of term time together, so I could say, he was University for me. He introduced me to my best friend, and friendships that I have held so dearly over the past few years. But we broke up. Every holiday from University was spent apart, and it was almost as if we'd become accustomed to a long distance relationship (three hours apart, which may not sound like much, but it certainly feels it) We lived together in our third year of Uni, and when time came for it to end, so did we. We broke up, and parted ways, and I have never felt so much pain and upset in my life. I cried for weeks and weeks.

With me, I would look fine. I would smile and laugh, and go about, day to day, as I would have done before. But at night... which I think is the loneliest i've ever felt, the grief and the pain, and everything I ever concealed just erupted. I can't tell you how many nights I cried myself to sleep, or sent blurry eyed text messages to my best friend, detailed how heartbroken I was (she also lives three hours away. ironically, she lives about ten minutes away from my ex) I suppose it's a cliche to say that there are plenty more fish in the sea, or you'll survive - but it's true, even though it definitely didn't feel like it at the time, and still doesn't. 

A few weeks after we'd broken up the first time, he phoned me, saying that he missed me and wanted me back. After crying on the phone to my best friend for an hour or so, I talked to my ex and we decided to get back together. I was happy again, even though I still felt so hurt about what had happened. So, we celebrated our three year anniversary and things went back to how they were, except now, we both had jobs, which was a step in the right direction. So, we talked and talked, I'd go and visit him once a month (all I could afford with my part time retail work) and we planned that I would look for a job up with him and we'd live together. This went on for months, and it turns out, looking for a job is easy, getting one is the tricky part. Suffice it to say, I didn't get one. 

We celebrated his birthday and mine, and he helped me (through the phone) when my grandfather died.  But when I went to see him, the weekend before the funeral, even though he was comforting, I would cry and get hugs from my best friend, he would just sit there, tapping away on his laptop, to the point where I was getting more affection from my best friend's boyfriend than from my own. I was so upset when my grandfather died, because even though I was having a very hard time with it, my Dad, was broken by it. My grandmother and grandfather, were both his parents, and to lose them both in a space of 18 months took a very harsh toll on him. 

I look back now and I wonder what made me more upset, being apart from my best friend and boyfriend, or seeing my dad, his face so full of pain. I'd never seen my dad cry before my grandmother died, and to see it again, so soon, broke my heart all over again. Grief is something that I was not accustomed to, and I suppose I was very fortunate to have both grandparents for so long, but losing them, especially my grandfather, who I cherished so so much, is so heart wrenching. I told my boyfriend, that in my grief, I had stopped looking for a job up with him, it was something that he did not take well to, and from then on, was quite distant. My family was so broken by this sudden death, that we didn't know what to do with ourselves, especially my dad, who would spend his evenings before work (he works night shifts) with my grandfather, keeping him company. Filling those evenings with something that my dad wanted to do was difficult, so I tried to remain as happy and positive as I could. But there comes a time when being so positive and upbeat for everyone else, comes crashing down. I didn't cry when my boyfriend and I broke up, it was only the day after, in work that I broke down on the shop floor.

I'm not generally someone who cries in front of other people, and I'm usually the happy, positive one in work, so to see me crying was I think, quite a shock for the people I worked with. Like I said, grief hits you in unexpected times, and it hits you hard if you don't deal with it. I obviously didn't. I wanted to write something about how to deal with grief... as if I had all the answers, and to help others going through the same thing. But I don't have all the answers, and I don't know how to make others feel better, other than saying, you are not alone in your grief. There is always someone that you can talk to. I will be here (only an email, tweet or a comment away) if you need to talk. Grief is one of the things that even though I've written all of this, I can't fully explain it. It just feels like something is missing. So, don't be afraid to cry, or talk to someone. I will always be here if you need to talk about your grief. 

I felt very nervous about writing this post, and it has been a work in progress for quite some weeks. I think talking about something so personal is quite tricky, but I thought, if I help one person attempt to deal with their grief, then i've done the right thing. So here we are. Thank you so much for reading.

Rebecca xx

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

September Favourites

Hello you fabulous people, here are my September favourites and a new photograph composition, I hope that you like both! So, here we go (:

First we have The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach body butter. Now i'm all for smelling like a peach (a like I didn't realise that I had before I tried this) but this body butter is exactly like all the others, and by that, I mean amazing. They're so moisturising and soft on my skin, but the smell (did I mention that it's peach? PEACH!) is gorgeous, and it smells like a peach tree. Ugh, so good.

Stila's convertible colour dual lip and cheek cream in Lillium is lovely. It's a gorgeous colour, and you only need a little dab onto your cheeks, before blending it out (I use a stippling brush to do so) and it gives such a gorgeous flush of colour that lasts all day with very minimal wear (I would give it about 30 seconds to set before applying a loose powder on top) This is the only Stila colour that I own, but it's so beautiful, and the consistency is so good, I'm definitely considering buying another. 

Now this is a product i've mentioned many times before (you're probably sick of me talking about it) but it's Soap & Glory's 'One heck of a blot'. Oh my goodness, I am in love. I take it everywhere with me. I'm serious. If i'm going out, it's in every bag and usually whipped out to check out my shine situation (it's something i've learnt to do over the years) and usually, I only need a slightly dab of the mattifying powder to make my skin look ready for anything. 

107 by Kate Moss' range for Rimmel is something of a holy grail product for Beauty Bloggers come Autumn/Winter and i've only worn this a handful of times during the month, but I love it. I've worn it in the day for coffee with friends (teamed with a simple flick of eyeliner and flushed cheeks), and then for a night out (with a smoked out eye, a thick cat eye eyeliner and contoured cheeks) and it's been tried and tested, this is a winner of a lipstick. 

The eyeliner in question is Rimmel's Scandaleyes precision micro eyeliner with the thinnest nib, as I find that it can get right in the corner of my eye, and give the most defined look. With creamy eyeshadows, this will not last and it will transfer (and if you have oily eyelids like myself, a little bit of transfer is inevitable) but I find that with powder eyeshadows, this last all day, or all night. It's very black and although it does sometimes drag across the eyelid, I find that it does the job.

The only mascara that ever works, and I mean ever, is L'Oreal's telescopic waterproof mascara, and that combined with my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, is a winning team. I do actually need a new tube of this mascara, but can I find it anywhere? Nope. I am determined though. Bring it on Cardiff Boots, I will find this mascara. 

Maybelline's Eraser eye is glorious. It is YSL's Touche Eclat but without the price tag. It illuminates, conceals and just brightens my life. It's not a heavy duty concealer, as I use my Barbara Daly one for that, but this is for under eye usage and wherever I need a bit of illumination. It's gorgeous, and a permanent edition to my makeup bag. 

Now for my only haircare love this month, as as much as I love the John Frieda Shampoo and Conditioner (which I love so so much, did you see my rave review?) but for me, it's the Full Repair oil elixir that is the star of the shower. It's amazing, so much so, you only need one of two pumps, and it just makes my hair feel so good. It makes it soft, smooth and it actually dries a lot quicker than without anything on it. 

My only non makeup/skincare item, and that's a room spray. It's gorgeous. It's citrus, sweet, floral and fruity, it makes my room smell gorgeous, regardless of the time of year, but I find that this is especially good in Spring/Summer, as for Autumn/Winter I prefer something a bit spicier, and more musky (any recommendations?)

So this has been my September Favourites post, and I'd love to know what you think. What products are you loving this month? Anything in my list that has caught your eye?

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