Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Review - Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer.

Review - Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer
Yes another blogger talking about the Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer (£11) but this is one blogger that isn't too keen on it.
That's right this isn't going to be another rave review about this infamous bronzer as for me there is just something about this that doesn't work for me.

I picked the Solar Powder Bronzer up after hearing my beloved ELF Warm Bronzer (which I first reviewed in 2012 and have loved it ever since) would no longer be available in the UK and I needed a new bronzer. As this had such rave reviews I decided to take the plunge and get this as I had been lusting after it for a while.

The Bronzer is made up of two shades a deeper matte shade and a lighter very slightly shimmery shade. You can use them individually or mixed together to add a natural glow to the skin.
Even with the lighter side this leans more towards the matte side of things without being too flat. I am quite pale and I tend to use the lighter side more with just dab of the deeper shade.
I think the mix of the two colours makes it great for a lot of skin tones as you can custom the colour.

The downside for me is I find it doesn't blend into the skin easily and I think the tone of the bronzer is little out for me, I think I prefer something a little warmer.
This isn't a bad bronzer but it just doesn't wow me, I think because of the hype I was expecting too much.
I will probably use this up but I won't be repurchasing it.
The search continues to find a replacement of the ELF Warm Bronzer, if anyone has any recommendations do let me know?

Have you tried the Soap & Glory Solar Powder bronzer? What do you think of it? Have you ever tried a beauty product that is hyped up and been disappointed?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

April Favourites '15

April Beauty Favourites 2015
So time really does fly by when you have a baby, we are nearly in May already! I thought life was going too quickly as it was. Molly is 4 weeks old on Friday and a part of me thinks it has gone so fast and the other part feels like she has always been in my life, I don't know what I would do without her now.

Onto talking about my favourite beauty items this month and I have found it really hard to pick 5 products. My makeup has been pretty much the same most of the month but I have to say the No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Eyeshadow Stick in Cool Mink has been a great discovery. The colour is perfect for a sweep of colour but it still looks very natural. It is the perfect eyeshadow for a quick, put together, out the door look.

I picked up the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set at the end of March and these are pretty much the only brushes I have been using. My favourite brushes so far are the Luxe Pettit Crease, Luxe Soft Definer, Silk Finish and Powder Brush.

I mentioned the Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter on here last week and it has been something I reach for most days to keep my skin feeling clean and soft. This is really great on those days when I just don't have time to moisturise my whole body but it still needs a bit of something.

I have been trailing some new haircare that has just launched on Escentuals from the french stylist Rene Furterer. The one product that has really stood out to me is the Lissea Smoothing Conditioner*.
When I first applied it onto my hair I didn't think it was going to do much but once it was rinsed off my hair felt so smooth and soft and it managed to stay frizz free even after blasting it with the hair dryer. Expect a full review soon.

I don't have a lot of time for things like False eyelashes these days but when I do get the chance to apply them I now only reach for the Esqido Lashes. I did a review last week of them here, and the Oh So Sweet Lashes* have to be my favourite. They give such a gorgeous fluttery effect that you can get away with for day or night and they just feel so comfortable on the eyes.

What have been your favourite beauty items this month?

*PR Sample. 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Review - Barry M Sunset Nail Paint & Topcoat.

Review - Barry M Sunset Nail Paint & Topcoat.
Review swatch- Barry M Sunset Nail Paint & Topcoat.
I first spotted the Barry M Sunset Nail Paints on Instagram, quite a few people were talking about them so I decided to pick up a shade and the top coat and give them a try.
I am big fan of the Barry M Nail range so had high hopes, even though I had heard very mixed reviews.

The Sunset Nail Paints and Topcoat are a quick and easy way to get salon gel nails without the UV lamp and price tag. The paints are formulated so they bond to the nail like gels so you do not need to use a base coat and then you apply the Sunset Topcoat to seal the polish.

I picked up the shade Do It Like A Nude which is your typical milky nude shade which I love.
The polish has a wide brush just like the Barry M Speedy Nail Paints which makes application quick and easy with just one or two swipes.
I found Do It Like A Nude to be very sheer when applied and I need a good 3 coats to build up the colour. It also was a little streaky but once the second the coat was on you couldn't tell.
You need to wait for each coat to dry before adding another and luckily the paints dry quickly. Once the colour is dry you then apply the Sunset Top Coat to seal it and let the sunlight cure it.
The top coat was dry within minutes so great if you are in a rush. It left the nails looking super shiney just like you would expect gel nails to look.

After about 4/5 days I started to notice the ends were wearing away so it unfortunately doesn't have the lasting power of gel nails but do last a little longer than the average Barry M Nail paints which usually chip in a couple of days on me.
I did find the hi-shine effect lasted well though and I really do love the colour Do It Like A Nude so I wasn't disappointed. I plan to pick up I Can't Get You Out Of My Red next as I do love a glossy red nail.

Overall I don't think the Sunset Nail Paints & Topcoat quite live up to a proper gel manicure but do give you a lovely glossy manicure cheaper than most nail polishes so I think they are worth checking out.

You can pick these up from the Barry M website as well as Boots and Superdrug for £4.99

Sunday, 26 April 2015

This Week...7

Life - It has been a mad week of visitors and getting out and about visiting people. Now Molly and I have got into a nice little routine it is nice to get out the house a bit.
My brother arrived from Portugal for a 3 week visit on Thursday and finally got to meet his niece in the flesh, he has completely fallen in love with her. I really do hope he moves back to England at some point as I can see Molly and him having a very special bond, my brother is basically a big kid.

Beauty - I have been trying lots of new products out this week and have even treated myself to a few. After reading so many reviews on the Clinique Lip Pop Lipsticks I decided to treat myself to one.
I picked up the shade Nude Pop which is a lovely pink nude shade. I've only had a chance to try it on quickly but it is really pigmented and feels buttery soft to apply, I have high hopes.

Food - I have had a whole week of using my Fitness Pal and getting back on the healthy eating band waggon and have managed to lose 6lbs!! I have never had such a big loss in one go before, I am surprised how easy it has been to be honest. It seems a distraction of a newborn is great way to stop you from snacking.
I have discovered a love for cous cous this week and have had it most days with every type of meal going. My favourite way has been with chicken and Mediterranean vegetables, very delicious.

What have you been up to this week?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Review - Tantastic Self Tanning Liquid.

Review - Tantastic Self Tanning Liquid.
Now the weather is warming up I am starting to think about tanning again. I am not a massive fake tanner, but I do like to add some colour to my legs, arms and chest as I am very pale.
I had never heard of Tantastic until they approached me and asked if I wanted to try their self tans and I have to say I have fallen in love with their Self Tanning Liquid*.

This is an easy to apply tan but with it being a liquid just be careful it doesn't run of the mitt. It has a visible colour so makes application a breeze which leads to a streak free finish.
The tanning liquid* dries almost instantly so your skin isn't left feeling sticky and you can apply in the morning and get dressed straight away, also if you apply at night you won't end up with tangoed sheets.

The tan is non-toxic, paraben free, alcohol free and suitable for sensitive skin, it also contains Glycerine so doesn't dry out the skin like some tans can.
One of the best things I think about the Tantastic Liquid Tan* is that it doesn't have a scent, not a single trace of that fake tan smell. This is another bonus if you want to apply it in the morning.

The Tantastic Liquid Tan* is one of the best self tans I have used in a while, it left my pale skin with a gorgeous, natural sun kissed glow. My skin felt hydrated after use and I didn't have a single streaky patch, even with my dodgy application.
I think this would be a great fake tan for tanning newbies and would suit all skin tones. You can apply a light layer for a natural look but you can also build it up for a deeper tan.

You can pick the Tantastic Self Tanning Liquid* up for £15. They also do a tanning mousse, gel and bronzer if liquid isn't your thing.

Have you tried Tantastic products before? What is your favourite self tanner?

*PR Sample. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review - ESQIDO Mink Lashes.

Review - ESQIDO Mink Lashes.
Top - Oh So Sweet.
Bottom - Unforgettable. 
Review - ESQIDO Mink Lashes.
I am wearing Oh So Sweet. 

I have only just developed a love for false lashes in the last few months but it has become a full on addiction now, they really do add something to your look.
I was recently asked if I wanted to review some Mink Lashes* from ESQIDO and I of course jumped at the chance.

If you haven't heard of ESQIDO before they make high quality mink lashes that are soft and lightweight. They are easy to apply and unlike standard false lashes they can be used up to 25 times.
The lashes are made from naturally shed mink hair so are cruelty free, super soft and because the hair is so fine it makes the lashes look more natural.

I have been trying out two pairs from ESQIDO and both are gorgeous. Oh So Sweet* is for a more volumized look, the hairs criss-cross along the band to give a natural flutter effect.
Unforgettable* is a more natural look, the lashes go up in length and thickness across the band to give a winged out effect.

Both sets were easy to apply, I did find I needed to trim the ends to fit my eye but it didn't affect the overall result. Once applied I actually forgot I had them on, they feel so lightweight and comfortable. I was really impressed.
I can't say whether these last 25 times just yet but I have applied them a couple of times now and they still look like new.

ESQIDO Lashes are definitely not cheap at $36/£25 but you can wear them up to 25 times so that works out just £1 a pair, a lot better value than synthetic ones which are usually about £5 and you only can get 1 or 2 uses out of them.
The website is an American website but they have a UK distributor so you do not have to worry about custom charges and delayed delivery.

There is so many different styles of ESQIDO False Eyelashes on the site so something to suit everyone. You can check them out on the website here.

*PR Sample. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My New Mum Beauty Essentials.

My New Mum Beauty Essentials.
There has been a few beauty products that I didn't realise I needed so much until the little one arrived. These are not going to be items every mum needs but they have become staples for me to save time and make me feel a little bit more preened.

Hand Cream - I mentioned in my weekly round up post on Sunday about the fact that my hands have become so dry from the constant washing. I am applying hand cream as may times a day as possible and they still feel dry. I am currently using the L'Occitane Delightful Rose Hand Cream that I found stashed away in the depths of my beauty draws, it is nice but I still don't think it's doing the job so my hunt continues to find a great hand cream.

Hand Sanitizer - Well this is probably an essential for a lot of you anyway but it only ever used to be a handbag staple for me. Now I have tube in every room (probably another reason my hands are dry) as sometimes you just need a quick fix if you can't get to the sink to wash your hands properly. I especially find this useful for the night time feeds when my brain isn't awake.

Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter - This is one of those moisturising shower wash type products and it has made showering in the mornings that little bit quicker for me.
Since being pregnant my skin has got drier and I find I need to moisturise my body more often. I don't use the Soap & Glory Shower Butter everyday but those days when I am pushed for time this just saves me a step once I am out the shower as it leaves the skin soft and moisturised. Perfect time saver.

Cream Makeup Products - I just feel better if I have a little bit of make up on and I have found that things like cream eyeshadows and blushes are they way forward. There is no brushes needed and one quick swipe and you look more put together. I am currently loving the No7 Eyeshadow Sticks.

Do you have any time saver recommendations?
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