Friday, 27 March 2015

March Favourites '15

March Beauty Favourites 2015
Here we are at the end of March, where did the month go? I can't believe it is under a week until my due date now!!
I have quite a few things I have been loving this month, it was hard to narrow it down to 5 items. I think being at home has made me dig around in my beauty drawers a bit more than normal.

First up isn't actually a beauty item but it is beauty related. I have re read Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes this month and I have to say it is the best beauty book I have ever read. It is jam packed full of beauty information and I think even for someone who is clued up on beauty you will still learn something.
It is easy to read and entertaining, it is one of those books that I think every woman should own, beauty obsessed or not.

The one lipsticks I have been gravitating towards a lot is the Kiko Frosted Lipstick in Rossetto. I have mentioned this a few times on here recently and for good reason. Despite the name the formula is actually matte, it glides on the lips smoothly and isn't overly drying. The shade Rossetto is the perfect my lips but better and I just love it.

Each month I treat myself to the Look Fantastic Beauty Box and I have discovered some great products through the boxes that I probably wouldn't of tried otherwise.
The Nudestix Magnetic Eye Pencil in Gilt is one of those items. This is a soft but long wearing eyeshadow pencil in a gorgeous gold colour. This gives a really subtle gold sheen to the eyes that is wearable in the day and I just love the ease of it. If you are fan of eyeshadow pencils these are ones to check out.

You are probably sick of hearing me talk about the Magic Minerals Correcting Mineral Powder* but it is a become a real firm favourite of mine for setting my tinted moisturiser. It gives a light coverage and helps keep things in place and matte without looking cakey or powdery. It is a great powder.

The fifth item I want to mention is the Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate which is an oil/serum type product perfect for very sensitive skin. I blogged about it here if you want to learn more but this has saved my skin this month when it had a mad very sensitive/dry/dehydrated moment. I don't think I will ever be without this for those times in need now.

Like I said it was hard to narrow it down to just 5 items so a few honorable mentions go to the Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette, the Nuxe Creme Fraiche Moisture Mask and the Weleda Stretch Mark Oil*. All three have become products I use nearly daily.

What products have you been loving this month?

*PR Sample. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

What's In My Handbag?

What's In My Handbag?
What's In My Handbag?
What is it about us woman that like to nose into other peoples handbags? It probably sounds a bit weird to some people but I love reading and watching 'What's in my handbag' posts like this so thought I would do one myself. I'm pretty sure I have done one of these a few years back but that was a long time ago.

I am currently using this black bag from Primark that I got for my birthday in February. It was a bargain at £10 but I think it looks like a much more higher end bag.
It is very structured and has two compartments, the main larger part does up with a zip and the front pocket is secured with poppers.
This for me is the perfect size to fit everything I need in without being too big and bulky.

I was surprised when I pulled everything out that I only had two lip products in there. I always have a Blistex medi plus lip balm hanging around and the current lipstick I have is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil Descanso.

A pair of sunglasses is always essential, mainly for when I am driving as this time of year the sun drives me crazy. The ones I have are just a cheap pair from H&M that I got this time last year. I am currently eyeing up a new pair from Boots at the moment.

I of course have my car keys in there and my purse. This is also a new item that I got for my birthday, its from Accessorize and its the perfect size to fit everything in.

There is also the essentials like an umbrella, this one is from Primark, a pen which is from Paperchase and some tissues.
I have a pot of chewable gaviscon because as any pregnant woman will know you can't go far without it just in case. Pregnancy heart burn is the worst.

In case I need to top up my perfume at anytime I currently have Ralph Perfume from Ralph Lauren. This is a gorgeous citrus but sweet spring/summer scent. It is perfect for freshening up during the day.

Lastly I have a magazine in there, this one is a freebie wedding magazine I picked up in Morrisons. I always like to carry around something to read just in case I get stuck somewhere and need entertaining.

Do link below if you have done a What's In My Handbag post, I love to be nosey.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Review - Nuxe Creme Fraiche De Beaute 24hr Moisturising Mask.

Review - Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask.
The Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturising Mask is a soothing mask that contains plant milks and white blossom to help hydrate even the driest skins. It also contains Aloe Vera to help calm the skin and makes it great for more sensitive skin types.

I received this moisture mask in a Look Fantastic Beauty Box a few months ago and the first time I tried it I was quite underwhelmed. I found it didn't do much for me at all and unfortunately it got chucked in a drawer and forgotten about for a while. That was until a couple of weeks ago when I decided to give it a second chance.

If you read my post about my Skincare Saviours you will know I have been suffering from very sensitive, inflamed skin recently and once I got it more under control I decided to give the Nuxe Creme Fraiche Moisture Mask another go and it has done wonders to my skin.

The instructions say to use the products twice a week, only leave it on for 10 minutes each time and tissue any excess product off. Well of course I don't do that and I applied a generous amount before going to bed and slept with it on overnight.
The next morning I woke up with my skin feeling a lot smoother, it looked a lot less inflamed, even the blemishes I had looked less angry. My skin wasn't feeling tight anymore and it just generally looked more radiant. I was very pleasantly surprised.

What is also great about this, is the texture the cream sinks into the skin quickly and doesn't feel thick. Those of you with combination/oily skin that are looking for something to hydrate and soothe your skin this is one to check out, you are left with no residue but it still does a great job at moisturising.

I will admit I haven't been using this long, usually I like to test skincare products out for a good month or so before recommending them but this has made such a difference to my skin I had to share.
I have been applying it every couple of nights and my skin hasn't looked better. It is a product that can be added to the skincare saviour list for sure.

You pick the Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24hr Moisturizing Mask up from Look Fantastic for £19.50.

Have you tried this before?

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March Make Up Wishlist.

March Make Up Wishlist.
Let's face it, for us beauty addicts our wishlists are never ending but I thought I would share with you some items that I currently can't stop lusting after. It is payday Friday and I am hoping I might be able to treat myself to one or two items.

First up is the Urban Decay Naked Concealer (£17.50) which I have been drooling over for a while. I have heard this is as good as the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I love. I have swatched these a few times in store and love the consistency and colour range, I just haven't taken the plunge to buy it yet.

The Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer (£11) is another hyped up product that I just need to get my hands on. I have enough boots points to treat myself to this one so once my Elf bronzer runs out I will probably pick this up.

Another bronzer type product is the Barry M Contouring Kit (£6.49) which comes with two bronze/contour shades and a highlight. I am still a complete novice at contouring but want to have a play around with it so thought this palette would be a great product to start with. The powders seem so soft too.

Like a lot of us beauty bloggers I am a huge fan of Neutral eyeshadow palettes, I can never have enough so when I heard about the L'Oreal La Palette in beige (£14.99) it was love at first site. It contains 10 gorgeous neutral eyeshadows some matte, some with shimmer, it just seems like a great all round palette.

I have heard some mixed things about the Real Techniques Bold Metal brushes (from £10) and after my initial excitement of their release I decided I didn't want them.
Well that has seemed to change again and even though I don't need them and I do think they are a little pricey they just look so damn pretty that I just want to own them. (Yes, I will buy a makeup brush just because it is pretty, call me shallow)

Lastly is the YSL Volupte Lip Oils (£23.50) which I have been hearing great things about. I have quite dry lips so the fact these give a bit of colour as well as being super nourishing on the lips is a win win for me.

Are any of these items on your wishlist?

Monday, 23 March 2015

Pencil/Stick Eyeshadows.

Pencil/Stick Eyeshadows.
I am having a real love/hate relationship with eyeshadow stick/pencil type products at the moment. I love the effect of more cream eyeshadows and the pencil form makes it so quick and easy to apply. The only thing is I have such oily eyelids that I find it hard to find ones that don't crease on me.

Everyone is raving about the Bourjois 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liners at the moment (review here) and when I first swatched them I thought they were going to be amazing as they did not budge from my hand. Once applied on my lids though even with primer I found just after a couple of hours they had creased, I feel like I am the only person these don't work for.

Saying that I do have a few eyeshadow pencils that I do really like. The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeshadow Sticks are great, there is quite a few different shades, they are pigmented and blend out well.
A new discovery is the No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define which are a twist up eyeshadow stick and remind me a lot of the Laura Mercier ones.
Lastly the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour is not something I would of purchased myself but I received one in a Look Fantastic Beauty Box and really glad I did. I have the shade Gilt which a lovely light gold shade that gives a wash of colour to the eye.
I will say these don't last all day on me without creasing but they last longer than a few hours. for the ease of using them at the colour and effect I can live with a bit of creasing but I wish I could find a formula that lasted.

Does anyone else have this trouble? What is your tips and tricks for making cream shadow last?

Sunday, 22 March 2015

This Week... #2

This week - Life update - brightowngirl
Life - It has been quite a busy week, I have been lucky enough to be treated to lunch a few times and have tried to get out and about walking as I was starting to get a little bit of cabin fever now I am in my 4th week of maternity leave.
I am 38 weeks pregnant and had my midwife appointment on friday where they informed me that they think baby is back to back. I had a bit of a melt down about it as have heard such horror stories about giving birth to a baby that is back to back but trying to stay positive.
I am getting on the birthing ball and trying to get little walks in everyday to see if that will help try turning her. Fingers Crossed.

Food - It has been about comfort food this week, the weather has got a bit cooler again. I went out for lunch on thursday and had the best Cream Scone from Debenhams of all places. Definitely somewhere I will be stopping off again for a bite to eat.

Beauty - I have been loving a combination of two base products this week. The Espa Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser* is a new discovery after I got sent a sample last week. It is a gorgeous light weight base that just gives a lovely glow to the skin and evens it all out.
To set that in place I have been using the Magic Minerals Mineral Powder* which I recently spoke about here. This just helps set things in place but isn't cakey and still looks natural on the skin. The combination of this and the tinted moisturiser gives a great light natural base that I can't get enough of.

On The Nails - I haven't actually worn nail polish this week, I just been a bit lazy to be honest but one thing I have been trying to do is rub cuticle oil into them in the evenings to keep them healthy. I have been loving the Micro Cell Nail Rescue Oil*, it is lightweight but still nourishing and has a lovely subtle orange scent to it.

What have you been up to this week?

*PR Sample. 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Top 5 Nude Lipsticks - High End Edition.

Top 5 Nude Lipsticks - High End Edition
Last week I wrote a post all about my Top 5 Nude High Street Nude Lipsticks and I thought I would follow that up with my top 5 high end ones.

My all time favourite and probably oldest lipstick I own is Mac Creme Cup. (£15) This is a light blue toned pink that suits my fair skin, it is a cremesheen formula so feels comfortable on the lips whilst still being pigmented. I am not sure what I love so much about this lipstick but it is one I urge you to check out.

A close second in the favourite lipsticks has to be Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. (£15.50) This is the perfect my lips but better shade for me, it isn't too pink or peach and the formula is perfect. It is well pigmented but creamy and just feels like it hugs the lips.

A newer lipstick I own is Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Desirable. (£24) I only have a little sample size of this which I purchased on eBay but I am really impressed with it. This is a pink nude which is slightly warmer than Mac Creme Cup for those of you who find that too cool toned. I adore the formula of this lipstick, it is so creamy and pigmented and stays put for a long while.

Going towards the very high end of the scale is Tom Ford Lip Colour in Pink Dusk. (£37) Everything about Tom Ford shouts luxury and this lipstick is no different. This is a similar shade to Urban Decay Naked, a slightly warm pink shade but this is a lot creamier in texture. I should wear this more but it is one of those make up items I like to stare at more than use....

I am cheating here and the last lipstick is actually two! I couldn't decide between Mac Hue (£15) and Mac Modesty. (£15)
Hue is what I call a true nude lip colour, it is a warm peach colour that is lighter than you lips. This isn't the easiest to wear but with effort it does give you a gorgeous pale lip that looks amazing with a smokey eye.
Modesty is a brown toned lipstick but still with a bit of pink in it. It sits in the more my lips but better family and is just a bit different to the normal pink nudes I wear. I don't think it is a shade that gets enough credit.

Do let me know what your favourite high end nude lipstick is?
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