Just thought I'd stop by and let you know I haven't abandoned my blog. I'm having a bit of a break as I have so much going on at the moment. I am in the last semester of my degree, so I have finals to prepare for and also a dissertation which is requiring my urgent, undivided attention. I also got engaged on Valentine's Day and should hopefully be getting married on the 11th of April. Oh..and in the middle of all this I am moving house too - I certainly don't do things by halves! So, unfortunately this does mean I just don't have the time to blog as often as I'd like at the moment; I'll be doing the odd post here and there, but once the wedding, house move and degree are all taken care of I shall be back =D
Friday, 7 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Well my nail-painting techniques may leave a lot still to be desired, but I love this gorgeous berry coloured nail varnish by Barry M (Berry Cosmo). I thought I'd give the nail sequins I bought from Clare's recently a spin too and I can't get over how sparkly they are, I've struggled to capture just how blingy the effect is, but believe me, it is stunning. Although I wasn't very impressed with a lot of the stuff I bought at Clare's (the glitter nail varnishes being the main culprit) these sequins are amazing. I got a huge pot in the sale and it also includes a brush for dusting off the excess sequins (presumably) and a plastic tray which is handy for capturing loose sequins so they can be recycled back into the pot.
Monday, 3 February 2014
Sunday, 2 February 2014
It seems to have taken manufacturers years to get this kind of thing right. I remember the original Aapri facial scrubs in the 1980s (showing my age there!) they were made of ground up apricot stones. It felt like rubbing your face on Chesil Beach and could quite easily have been used to sandblast the town hall. We bought them though because we didn't know any better, oh, and they smelled good enough to eat! After that came a generation of scrubs which were just too gentle to be of any benefit whatsoever. There were far fewer granules in these and it often felt like I was chasing just one bit of "grit" around my face. After that, I gave up on facial scrubs for a while, but I recently gave St Ives Microdermabrasion Scrub a go and it's brill! It seems to have the right balance between being effective yet gentle. The "grains" are plentiful yet feel gentler than anything else I've tried, I feel like I've sloughed off all the dead skin cells without leaving my skin red-raw. As I have quite sensitive skin I certainly won't be using this product daily, but I'll certainly be using it once or twice a week just to give my complexion a really good boost.
Saturday, 1 February 2014
So, without further ado, my top product of January 2014 is *drum roll*... Garnier Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Replenishing Lotion for Very Dry Skin.
So why did I choose this? Well, I've always had a love-hate relationship with body lotions. I really need to use them as my skin is quite dry, but I hate the fact that lotions are usually either too runny to offer any effective level of moisturisation, or they're so thick and gooey that you just end up feeling sticky all day. This lotion gets the balance just right. It's a light lotion which sinks into my skin in a flash, yet leaves my dry skin feeling....well, normal is the word I'm probably looking for! Somehow, I just feel comfortable in my own skin using this lotion and the effect really does last a long, long time. It's so fantastic that it's changed me from the kind of person who only used a body lotion when I felt I really had to, into one that uses a lotion every day now. It has such a wonderful scent and makes me feel so good, I want to use this product, rather than just having to - big difference!
Thursday, 30 January 2014
It has to be said that, by my normal standards, I went a bit bonkers in Superdrug on Tuesday. Well, I'd had a bit of good news you see, so I thought I would have a little treat. I know the idea is to buy yourself treats when you're feeling down rather than up, but any excuse will do! Fortunately - or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it - Superdrug had a fab "buy one, get one half price" offer on loads of different stuff, so I'm afraid I was almost powerless to resist.
I knew before I even set foot in the door that at least one MUA product would be going straight into my basket, I've only recently discovered this brand and I can't get enough of it. I'd intended to buy the "Undress Your Skin" foundation and highlighting powder, as both of these products have had many rave reviews, but when I tested the powder on my skin I'm afraid it was just too shimmery by far for me, so I decided to give the All in One BB Cream a go instead (£3.00). At £1 each, a couple of MUA eyeshadows weren't going to break the bank either. The only trouble with MUA is that Superdrug don't seem to be able to keep up with the demand for it, the display stand often looks half empty; there were a few testers I tried and liked but then couldn't buy the product because it was out of stock.
Never mind, I soon moved onto the other stands and noticed this Collection 2000 eyeshadow palette reduced from £3.99 to £2.99. I haven't tried this out yet, but I'll do a full review when I do. I like the look of the colours, they're a really nice mix of pinks and purples, so I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with those. Also from the Collection 2000 stand I found an eyeshadow pencil in a really nice shimmery pearl colour, I think this was £3.99 and well worth it, I really like the colour and the consistency of this.
You may recall me raving about the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser a few posts back, well this time I bought a moisturiser (£2.99)* and skin oil (£2.99)* from the same range. I've only been using these for a couple of days but I reckon they're going to be firm favourites of mine, along with the hot cloth cleanser.
I'm really short on make up brushes at the moment so picked up a couple of basics: a blusher brush (£2.99) and a blending brush (£1.99)* which were bargains to begin with, but even more so seeing as how I got the blending brush half price.
My biggest splurge though was on a couple of make up brushes from the Real Techniques range. Just about every beauty blogger I follow uses a Real Techniques brush to apply their foundation and although I'd had my eye on this for a while, I felt that £8.99* was a bit much to spend on just one brush whilst I am seriously tying to watch the pennies. However, when I noticed that this range were also included in the offer I couldn't have been more excited and somehow, getting the shading brush for £3.50 instead of £6.99* seemed to make it an offer I couldn't refuse!
* These were the products included in the "buy one get one half price" offer.