Friday, 27 March 2015

March Favourites

It's nearly the end of the month, need I even tell you what today's post is going to be? March Favourites of course!

Primark Nectarine and Lemon Blossom Jar Candle - £2.50
Although I normally detest Primark's square jar candles cause they always leave wax in the corners (fire burns in a circle, don't put a candle in a square container!) I couldn't not buy this scent. It's very citrusy and Spring-like but it's one of those candles you can smell even when it's not lit which I love. Plus, for a citrus candle, you'd imagine it'd be in a yellow or lime container, right? No no, this one is a really sleek slate grey which I much prefer. I think I'm going to stock up on tea lights before this scent is gone, and hopefully they'll be less wasteful!

Primark PS Love Your Skin 8 Hour Deep Hydration Face Mask - £1.50

If you say Monday's post, you'll know I'm all about this face mask at the moment. I won't ramble but you can read all about it here if you so wish.

Patesserie De Bain Sweet as Chery Pie Hand Cream - £3.99
I've featured this already this month too (here and on Instagram @fp_sd) but I feel like I need to mention it again cause I've been using it constantly. I'm not normally a fan of cherry scented things but this isn't too sweet. It's really rich and cream and I've been putting it on about 5 times a day!

L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in 'Flashing Lilac' - £4.99
Can we just take a moment to discuss this nail polish? I'm not a fan of super girly pinks but I love a bright pink nail and this is my currently favourite. I wore it on my toes on a night out recently and got so many compliments, and I can't wait for this to be my staple nail colour through the Summer. I love the tiny little bottles too, they're really handy for travelling or just tossing in your bag.

Bourjois Bronzing Primer - £7.99
I recently rediscovered this in my makeup collection having only been used a few times and I wonder why I ever decided to toss it into a drawer without a second thought. It's somewhere between a mousse and a cream in texture that is really lightweight on your skin and blends in beautifully. I've been using it with a beauty blender for contouring or mixed with foundation if I've got fake tan on, it really is a great all rounder and I feel bad for neglecting it for so long. Oh, and it smells like chocolate so what's not to love?

Tesco's Custard Cream Spread - £1.99
Weird favourite of the month - don't judge me. Why I love this so much I'm not entirely sure. I don't like custard cream biscuits and I don't really like spreads either but this stuff is so addictive. I've been eating it with toasted waffles and it's my new, albeit not very healthy, favourite breakfast.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
If you follow me on Twitter, you will already know if this obsession, Netflix newest original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Written by Tina Fey and starting Ellie Kemper, John Hamm (*heart eyes emoji*) and the amazing Carol Kane, it really is a TV gem. If you like sharp comedy, bang up to date pop culture references and the odd bit of satirical dark humour satire, get it added to your 'Must Watch' list now - you won't regret it. Oh and it's got the world's catchiest theme tune too!

Until next time...

Monday, 23 March 2015

Primark's PS Love Your Skin 8 Hour Deep Hydration Face Mask

When it comes to beauty, I believe there are certain products that are worth a splurge. Foundation, skincare, lipstick) while there are others that can be just as good whether they cost £2 or £20 - nail polish, mascara, eyeshadow. Skincare in particular is an area I try not to scrimp on as I know you usually get what you pay for. 

However, when I was away for the weekend in Liverpool last month (more about that here!) my skin was left extremely dry after a long, hot train journey and the very limited skincare products that I had with me just didn't cut it, so I wanted to pick up something to give my skin a little boost without spending a fortune - come on down, Primark's PS Love Your Skin 8 Hour Deep Hydration Face Mask at the complete bargain price of just £1.50!

I've had quite a few of Primark's makeup products and for the super affordable prices, have been pretty impressed so I thought I'd give their skincare a try - what's to loose for £1.50, right?

First off, the packaging. It's cute and simple, which is what's to be expected from a budget line and for a hydrating product, I think the clean white and blue is great. It comes in a 100ml squeezy tube - yep, £1.50 for 100ml, you read correctly!

The product itself is a thick opaque white cream which is expected to be really heavy on the skin but it isn't at all. Although to comes out as a thick cream, it melts quickly with the heat of your fingers as you apply it to your face leaving a light layer. It recommends leaving on it for 5-10 minutes but I always ere on the generous side when it comes to skincare so I'd say 15 minutes is best. It smells really fresh and clean, which although I like, I understand it could border on 'clinical' for some people. 

Unlike any face mask I've ever used before, this pretty much disappears on the skin. From thick opaque cream at first application to near enough invisible by the end. Once sunk in, I've been using Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water to remove it. 

For the price I am so impressed at how much I can feel and see a proper different to my skin - feels plumper, fuller, more awakened and rejuvenated. Admittedly, the effects aren't super long lasting, I've been using it every 3 days but for a budget product, I think it does exactly what it says on the tube and certainly does hydrate my skin. Personally I'd say this is more of a morning mask, before applying makeup to waken up your skin, but depending on your skincare routine and preferences, I see no reason why you couldn't use it at night instead or even as well.

Have you tried any of Primark's Hydration Skin Care range? 

Monday, 16 March 2015

My Hand Luggage Essentials

Happy Monday all!
Tomorrow, I'm up while the moons still out to catch an early morning flight to London for the day. I'm going to my work's head office to see the preview S/S15 collection and hear all about it from the design team and the creative director - I'm super duper excited! In preparation for that, today's post is all about airport flight essentials - enjoy!

Hand sanitiser
Planes, airport, trains and the London Underground. It's going to be a day of germs I'd imagine so hand sanitiser is a must. Right now, I'm loving the Soap & Glory Hand Maid.

Anxiety Medication
As someone who's terrified of flying, my anxiety medication needs to be near by. The only thing worse than a panic attack is a panic attack at 10,000 ft. so it's always good to be ready.

Lip Balm - Burt's Bee's
Hand Cream - Patisserie De Bain
I've said it before and I'll saw it again, nobody should ever leave home without these two items in their handbag, I personally consider them daily essentials. Flights are especially drying for lips and hands, so all the more important for tomorrow.

Power Bank Portable Phone Charger
I think we all know an iPhone battery simply does not last all day, especially when that day starts at 4:30am! This little device is a stroke of genius - Finding a table near an electrical socket in Starbucks is all well and good, but this allows you to charger your phone while on the go, from within your pocket or handbag. All you do it charge it up beforehand using your iPhone chargers and it holds enough power for another 4 chargers - a long day essential.

Since I got my iPad from Santa, it's barely left my side. I'm flying with Ryan Air so I'm not hugely confident that our flight will have Wifi but it's still handy to have to keep me busy - writing blog perhaps!

Notebook - M&S
Pen - Tiger
Always useful to have on hand, especially for a works' thing, who knows what I'll want to jot down?

Well duh - you can't take a flight without it! My case is from eBay (here) if you're interested.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Debenhams S/S 2015 Preview Event*

So last night, I went to my first blogger event in ages - the Debenhams S/S 2015 press and bloggers preview & fashion show in the stunning Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. I love Debenhams, it's a great one-stop-shop for high street favourites like Oasis, Miss Selfridge and Warehouse, all the best high end beauty brands and designer ranges at purse friendly prices from the likes of Henry Holland, Preen, Julien McDonald, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn and Patrick Grant. What's not to love? 

The event consisted of capsule looks at the designer collaborations for S/S 2015, from womenswear to lingerie, swimwear and menswear, the biggest upcoming launches from the beauty, skincare and fragrance world as well as champagne and nibbles. Once everyone has had a browse, we were treated to a fill blown fashion show with all the the Spring Summer trends.

And for a fashion event, why not toss in an outfit of the night? Big thanks to the lovely Diane from the blog 'Living In A Dream' who I met for the first time last night for photographing my outfit!

Coat - H&M
Shirt - Pop Boutique 
Jeans - Primark
Brogues - Kurt Geiger
Handbag - Vivienne Westwood
Necklace - Forever 21
Watch - New Look

And to round of a fantastic evening, the extremely generous folks at Debenhams treated us to a fantastic load of beauty treats, everything from Elizabeth Arden skincare and Burts Bees lip balm to Armani perfume and Korres shower gel (all full sized!) as well as an amazing voucher to treat ourselves for something special for the season ahead! 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Beauty Haul ft. L'Oreal, Max Factor, Illamasqua and Real Techniques

After a trip to Boots the other day followed by the tweet 'Goes to Boots for a sandwich, spends £43 #bbloggerproblems' - 19 favourites suggest you fellow beauty bloggers can relate, am I right? 

On that note, do you want to see what I bought? Of course you do! 

L'Oreal Color Riche La Palette in '01 Rose' - £14.99
I need another neutral eyeshadow palette like a hole in the head, but I've been using the pinker tones in my Make Up Revolution I Heart Chocolate palette a lot recently as a Spring version of a neutral eye. The tones in this palette are lovely, mostly matte but a few shimmers too so I'm looking forward to having a play around with this!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow in 'Copper' - £7.99
I saw these on the MaxFactor stand and I think they must be fairly new. The packaging is very similar to the Maybelline Color Tattoos (which I love) but the consistency is lighter and more of a mousse than a cream. I thought this shade (which is more of a silvery champagne than a copper) would be a really nice base for eyeshadow or even as an under brow highlight is used sparingly. There's a few other colours I might go back for - 'Pink Opal' and 'Pearl'.

L'Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Nudes Lipstick in 'Barely Greige' by Jennifer Lopez - £6.99

Another day, another pinky-nude lip product! I love this concept by L'oreal, using celebrities and their colouring and skin tone etc. to produce a range of shades to suit a wide variety of customers. While I don't have the same skin tone as J.Lo (I wish!) I liked her shade best. It's a very sheer (but not overly glossy) cool-toned pale pink. I love the gold and matte black packaging, my only downfall is that it has a bit of an unpleasant synthetic smell whilst in the bullet, but it doesn't transfer into your lips so I can live with it!

Real Techniques 1406 Starter Kit - £21.99
This was a bit of a splurge but I'm in desperate need of some new eye brushes and this set seemed like a good price for a full set. I've only got 1 of the Real Techniques, the expet face brush and I really like it so thought I'd try out their eye brushes too. It contains 5 brushes in total...

  • The Base Shadow Brush
  • The Deluxe Crease Brush
  • The Accent Brush
  • The Pixel Point Brush
  • The Brow Brush

I'm thinking of doing a review of the whole set, so please do let me know if you'd be interested in that.

Illamasqua Nail Polishes 
Finally, I struck gold in TKMaxx with 3 Illamasqua nail polishes. They usually retail for £14.50 each but these were only £3.99 so I bought all three for less than the RRP of just one. I bought 'Royal' (cobalt blue), 'Devotee' (a salmony pink) and 'Prosperity' (A deep vibrant violet). 

As these are the first high end polishes I've ever purchased myself, I'm thinking of doing a 'high end nail polishes - worth the price tag?' comparison post. They had a huge variety of shades so if you fancy yourself a beauty bargain, good old TKMaxx is the place for you!

Have you tried any of these products? Please do let me know your thoughts on them!

Friday, 6 March 2015

New Shoe Picks

Ahh new shoes! Isn't there something just so great about them that puts an instant spring in our step and lifts out mood? Paolo Nutini sure does think so! Having worked in a shoe shop for the past 6 years, my shoe collection is probably larger than it should be, but I'm a sucker for a new edition to my vast array of footwear. Today's post is just a little snippet of my latest additions to my wardrobe. Arguably all quite a similar androgynous look but you can't go wrong with black flats - am I right? 

[These are recent additions as in since the beginning of the years, to that I need to justify my purchases but you know, hater gonna hate!]

Zip slippers - £19.99, New Look
I first saw these on the lovely Melissa's blog, Stylish Kids last year and loved them. I saw them a few time in store before I found my size but when I finally did, they were might. They're a really nice soft faux leather which is slightly matte and they're really comfortable.

Studded - KG by Kurt Geiger, £110 reduced to £29
These were a little treat to myself for my birthday. I've been eying this up since they were full price and for whatever reason, always put of getting them. For £29, it was hard to say no! I've only worn them once and they're quite hard but the sorest ones to break in are always the most comfortable in the end, right? Or so I tell my customers anyway!

Loafers - Forever 21, £19
My mum calls these my Pulp Fiction shoes cause she thinks I look like Uma Thurman in the twist contest scene when I wear them. That's no bad thing though, its an iconic look. They're the same slightly matte finish at the zip ones and I love how high up my feet they come, none of this low-cut ballet pump nonsense!

What shoes are you loving this season?

Monday, 2 March 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Morning all! Mascara is one of the few products I rarely gush over, as long as it makes me lashes black, a little more full but not too spider leggy, I'm a happy camper. I'm also a firm believer that the all mascara itself is the same, its just the brush that differentiates them. Well, since discovering this mascara, I have been reconsidering all my essentialist mascara beliefs, say hello to Maybelines's Lash Sensational!

I first saw this on a YouTube tutorial a month or so ago and thought it looked really incredible at lifting and separating the lashes without having to apply a thousand coats. Minimal work but maximum effect - just my kind of mascara I thought. Since then, it seems to have blown up and it if wasn't for the recent release of Benefits's Roller Lash, it'd be the mascara of the moment. 

The packaging is a pretty shimmery lilac colour with a pointed lid which it easy to hold when applying. The brush though, oh let me tell you about the brush! It's a plastic comb (as opposed to bristles) but it's curved so it fits right into all the nooks and crannies and helps reach every tiny last little invisible inner eye lash. Although the brush appears quite fat, it's tapered so the narrower end works a treat for the bottom lashes too. I don't know about you, but I think it's rare to find a mascara that works well for both the top and bottom.

Just like I thought when I saw it on YouTube, it appears apply easily without having to go in for a second or third coat. It lenghtens and separates but the formula isn't clumpy so it doesn't leave your lashes feeling heavy. The formula itself is quite wet but which I like as its much easier for when applying multiple coats. My favourite part though is just how amazing the brush is at combing through the lashes when applying which really helps with separating and creating that enviable fan look. 

As it's fairly new, I got mine in Boots for the introductory price of £5.99 but its £7.99 normally. While it's not an absolute bargain, it's the average price of a drugstore mascara and I definitely think this one is worth it. I'm wasn't loyal to any particular mascara's before I tried out this one, but I think it just might be my new favourite!

Have you tried Maybelline's Lash Sensational mascara? Do you love it as much as me?