Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites 2015

February Favourites 2015
I wanted to post this up yesterday but it has been a bit of chaotic couple of days, so only just getting round to writing this today.
I can't believe it is the 1st march but I am so happy it is as it means spring is nearly here. Also there is a chance my little girl could arrive this month, I am not due until the 2nd April but everyone seems convinced she will arrive early. Only time will tell.

Onto my favourites and February brought lots of new exciting launches that I have enjoyed testing out.

Firstly and probably my top favourite from the month has to go to the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes. I reviewed these here and I am still loving them as much as I did when I first got them. The shade I have been wearing constantly is Seductive Pink and my other blushes just haven't had a look in. These are pigmented and give a slight sheen to the cheek, they are just so pretty.

Gosh has been a brand I have discovered more in February and their new spring launches are fantastic. I was luckily enough to be invited to their spring launch event and discovered the wonderful new Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners*. They come in various shades and do not budge once dry. They have become my new go to eyeliners, I have even been rocking blue eyeliner which is right out of my comfort zone.

A second item from Gosh is the Prime & Set - Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder. The lovely Rebecca from Be Beautiful told me about this as it is a great primer for more combination/oily skins, so I decided to pick one up after she raved about it.
You can use this either as a primer underneath foundation or over the top and for you really oily girls this is what you need to keep your skin matte all day. Just a dusting of this under your foundation and it will not budge, no longer will you get any of that midday shine. I will do a full review of this soon.

I am quite fuss free when it comes to my hair, I am not good at styling it and its just not something that gets me excited. These last couple of months though my hair has been so frizzy I have been on the hunt for some products to help with that.
The OGX Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner have been a welcomed discovery, they help tame my hair without making my roots oily which is a huge bonus. These are both worth checking out if you are having trouble managing your hair.

Lastly a surprising favourite for me as I am not a massive lipgloss fan but I have been favouring the Laura Mercier Lip Glace this month. Especially the shade in Poppy a gorgeous red shade. These are so smooth and glossy without being sticky, they last on the lips so well.

Do let me know what your favourite products have been during February?

*PR Sample

Friday, 27 February 2015

Review - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.

Review - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.

Review and swatch - Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette.
I am probably a little late to the party with this one but I have been lusting after the Make Up Revolution Radiance Palette since it first came out so I decided to finally get it when I got some money for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Well I can tell you this was love at first site and I am so glad that I got it. The palette contains 3 face powders, two lighter 'skin tone' shades and one more gold/bronze shade. They all have a slight sheen to them but are not glittery in the slightest. As the name suggests they just add radiance to the skin.
The first shade I use as a setting powder for my foundation especially on those days when my skin is looking dull. This just helps to set things in place and give the skin a healthy glow.
The second shade I use as a highlighter as it comes up slightly lighter than my skin, it is also great for setting under eye concealer.
The third shade I haven't really used much but can see this being perfect for the summer when I have a bit of a tan. (Even if it is fake tan)

As most of you are aware Make Up Revolution is known for their dupes and even though I haven't tried the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette I have swatched it a few times and this is definitely a close match for the fraction of the price.
As much as I like high end products there really isn't the need to spend a fortune on something you can get for less than £10.

You can pick the Make Up Revolution Radiance Lights Palette up for £8 on their website. Each shade also comes individually too.

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe.

Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe
I had a little craving for Cheesecake yesterday so decided to treat myself and make a chocolate cheesecake as they really are simple and far more tasty that the shop bought ones.
I thought I would share with you the quick and easy recipe in case you fancied making it yourself.

You will need -
150g Digestive Biscuits
45g Butter, melted
110g Caster Sugar
120ml Whipping Cream
150g Dark Chocolate
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
200g Cream Cheese.
Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe

1. Crush the Digestive Biscuits. I do this by putting them into a clear freezer/sandwich bag and bang it with a rolling pin. (It is quite a good stress relief)
2. Mix the biscuits with the melted butter and a tbsp of the Caster Sugar.
3. Once mixed press into a 6/8 inch springform cake tin and place in the fridge. (Make sure your tin is springform as you will never get the cheesecake out otherwise.)
4. Melt the chocolate and set to cool.
5. Whip the cream until soft peaks form
6. Add the cooled chocolate and cocoa powder to the cream and blend well together.
7. In a separate bowl beat the cream cheese and remaining sugar together.
8. Once mixed fold in the cream chocolate mixture and make sure it is all mixed thoroughly together.
9. Spread the mixture on top of the crushed biscuits you put in the fridge earlier.
10. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour to set.

Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe
Chocolate Cheese Cake Recipe

This took me about half an hour to make and then I left it to set whilst we ate dinner. It certainly has gone down well with everyone as there is only half of it left already.

Are you a fan of Chocolate Cheesecake? Do let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What's In My Hospital Bag?

Whats in my hospital bag?

Whats in my hospital bag? beauty
I know I have a few expectant mums reading so I thought I would share with you what I am taking with me in my hospital bag. This is just my bag, I have a separate bag for baby which I will do another post on.
I am mainly showing off the beauty items but will briefly tell what else I am taking but didn't think you would want to see a picture of my big maternity knickers. ;)

I plan to have a water birth as long as everything goes smoothly, so to actually give birth I will probably be in the nude but I am taking two nighties, one in case I feel like covering up or decide that the water isn't for me and another that buttons up for after as I thought this would be best for breast feeding.

I obviously have things like knickers, socks, slippers and a maternity bra packed. As well as a loose pair of joggers to travel home in. Also the necessities like breast pads and maternity pads. (Lovely)
I am taking a towel as I know the hospital ones are tiny, plus a dressing gown in case I get cold after.

When it comes to the beauty items I am not taking any make up, if I can't get away looking like crap after giving birth when can I?
I have mainly packed things to get me clean and for hydrating my skin as I think I will need it. I have main essentials like my toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, (it was the excuse I needed to buy my beloved Wet Brush in miniature version) hairbands, deodorant, flannel and shower gel which is a mini So White from Lush.
I packed two lip balms as everyone says your lips dry out like mad, I have one from Dr Paw Paw which is a multi use balm and my beloved Blistex.
I also treated myself to some Elemental Herbology travel skincare as I know it works well with my skin and it will feel like a little treat. I have the Purify & Soothe Cleansing Balm and the Facial Souffle Overnight Repair Cream.
I plan to take my makeup off (if I have any on) and get lots of moisturiser on my skin as soon as I get settled into hospital just so I know its done. I am so particular when it comes to my skin.
I also have a simple hydrating moisturiser if I want something lighter as well as simple wipes as they may come in handy.
I have packed a body lotion but probably won't use it but its there just in case, I know how tight my skin can feel after being in water for a long time.
Lastly I have a mini This Works Deep Sleep Spray again just in case, I may want something to help me relax and this is full of Lavender and Chamomile.

I think that's everything, oh I need to get a shampoo and conditioner. Again I might treat myself to a nice brand for this. (Any recommendations?) There is also a pack of tissues in there, mainly for my mum as she will probably be crying more than anyone.

I wanted to take as little as possible, I am hoping to be in and out but if I do end up staying overnight I know my partner will bring me things from home if needed.

Do let me know if there is anything you think I should add?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Review - Oriflame The One Eyes Wide Open Mascara.

Review - Oriflame The One Eyes Wide Open Mascara.
Review and swatch - Oriflame The One Eyes Wide Open Mascara.

Review and swatch - Oriflame The One Eyes Wide Open Mascara.
Oriflame is a new brand to me and The One Eyes Wide Open Mascara* is the first product I have tried from them. I don't know too much about the brand but it has been around since 1967 and is sold all around the world. It seems a similar concept to Avon where there is consultants selling the products.

I have said before that I love trialling new mascara, its the one makeup item I could never be without and the new mascara from Oriflame intrigued me.

The wand is designed to give your eyes a more opening effect. It is a cone shape, so you use the more tapered end on the lower and inner lashes whilst the fatter end helps add volume to the longer lashes.
I found that this shaped wand really did help coat every lash and I was left with fluttery lashes but didn't quite get the length that I usually like.
I didn't get any clumps with The One mascara and you can apply several coats without getting that spider lash effect. For me this is more of a day time mascara as even though it cover all your lashes it doesn't give a full on dramatic effect.

The Oriflame Mascara comes in two shades, black and black plum and is on offer at the moment £5.45. (Usually £9)
I think this is a nice mascara and I would say if you like more natural lashes give this a try but for me I don't think it is something I would repurchase as I have others I like more.

Have you tried Oriflame before? Is there anything I should check out from the brand?

*PR Sample.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Essie Nail Polish Collection.

Essie Nail Polish Collection
I was having a sort out of my nail polishes last week and realised that Essie is still a firm favourite polish of mine, along with Barry M.
Essie I think isn't expensive but is on the higher side of what I would happily pay for a polish. I personally don't think spending anything more than £10 on a regular polish is worth it when you can get just as good for less. (I will admit though, I have paid out for a few Chanel polishes in my time mainly because of hype)

I thought I would share with you today the Essie Polishes I own. These are definitely my most worn nail varnishes in my collection.

Starting with the more nude shades I have Fiji, a baby pink colour that is a little bit of pain to apply but well worth the effort if you love milky pink nails.
A more pinky/purple nude is Lady Like, a great colour for sleek nails for the workplace.
Sticking to the greige nude tones I also have Chinchilly which is a bit darker and more grey than Lady Like.
Lastly is Sand Tropez the perfect beige nude shade which gives you a polished and clean manicure.

The last three shades are more 'colourful' but still in the safe colour zone. I think this next shade is called Cocktail Bling but for some reason it isn't written on the bottle so I am going by memory. It is a muted lilac/blue shade with a bit of grey, a hard one to explain but a lovely unique shade.
One of the most popular Essie Shades is Mint Candy Apple, a pastel blue/green shade. I love wearing this in the summer.
Last but not least is the shade Wicked, a deep red that can look nearly black in some lights. This along side Sand Tropez is probably my most worn nail polishes.

Do let me know what your favourite Essie polish, I am always up for adding to my collection.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Update & Haul.

It been a bit of a rollercoaster of a week for me, after a lovely few days away last weekend I went back to work realising that its all getting a bit too much.
Bump has grown a lot in the last week or so, I am starting to feel quite uncomfortable and my sleep patterns are all over the place.
So after a little sleep deprived, hormonal meltdown at work on Thursday I decided that Friday would be my last day and I have taken my Maternity leave two weeks early.
It does feel like a huge weight has been lifted knowing I don't have to struggle through the next two weeks, so I know I have made the right decision.
I plan to get lots of rest, sort the house out in preparation of her arrival and want to get lots of blogging done. So hopefully you will be seeing lots more posts from me.

Onto the haul, I have done a little bit of shopping over the last week with some birthday money I have had so thought I would share with you what I bought.
superdrug and makeup revolution haul

I made a little pit stop into Superdrug yesterday as I wanted to pick up the B.Revealed Glycolic Cleansing Peel as I had read some good things about it and I am on the hunt for good budget skincare. I also grabbed the Simply Pure Face Cream SPF15 to see how it compared to my other simply pure moisturiser, that I can only find online now. The ingredients list seem similar so lets see.

Last weekend I made a small Makeup Revolution order which arrived yesterday. Does anyone else find that the stands in superdrug don't have any of the products they want to try on them? I wish they stocked all the new exciting products.
I picked up the Radiant Lights Palette as it seems such a good dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette which I have wanted to try for ages.

As everyone and their dog is talking about contouring at the moment I thought I'd give The One Blush Stick in Matte Malibu a try and experiment a bit with it.

Lastly I picked up the I Heart Makeup Lip Lava in Tremor which again I had read is a good dupe for the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. I do love a good dupe.

I also received a little sample of the I Heart Makeup The Wow Gloss in You Go Girl which I am excited to try.

I am yet to test any of these but can not wait to do my make up today. I will report back on what I think of them.

Have you been doing any shopping recently?
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