Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review - Rimmel Eye Shadow Sticks.

Early mornings for work mean quick and easy make up and this is why I love the Rimmel Eye Shadow Sticks.
I have two, one from the Kate range which is called Rose Gold and isn't too far off that description in colour. It is a lovely warm colour that really compliments blue eyes.
The other is the Scandleyes in Bluffing which is a more cool taupe brown which I think would suit all skin tones.

Both pencils are very soft and glide on the skin and before they set they blend out very easily. You do have to be careful not to over blend them away though.
Once set though these eyeshadow sticks are not budging, I don't even use a primer under them and they stick around all day without creasing or fading. Pretty impressive for a high street product.
They pigmentation isn't overly intense but they can be built up and I think they would work great as a base for powder shadows too.

As you can probably tell I am thoroughly impressed with these shadows from Rimmel and will be checking out some more colours soon.

You can pick these up from Superdrug or Boots for £4.49.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Handbag Beauty Essentials

I am not very high maintenance when it comes to re-touching my make up during the day, I just like to add a bit of powder too my t-zone and dab a bit of concealer under my eyes.
Saying this there is a few items I always like to carry around with me for those 'just in case' moments.

Firstly, lip balm is essential. I get such dry lips and even if I am wearing lipstick I will dab some lip balm on before applying. My favourite balms are from Blistex and this MedPlus cherry berry one is perfect for on the go.

As I said before powder and concealer are a must and the two I carry around with me are the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in 51 and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 52. Both cover well and leave the skin looking flawless for hours.

The tools I use to apply any make up touch ups are these tiny mini brushes from Real Techniques. You really don't understand how tiny they are until you see them in person but they are fantastic. Just as soft as the full size version and perform just as well.

In case I am wearing lashes I like to have mini tweezers and eyelash glue with me plus the Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Eyeliner Pen. For me these are all I need in case there is an eyelash slip emergency.

Lastly there is always at least one lipstick in my bag, (usually more like 5-10) but my go to one of the moment is the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. This is my perfect your lips but better shade and I really can not get enough. I plan to do a full review of this soon but I definitely want to try more shades from the line.

Let me know what your handbag essentials are and if I need to add anything?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Poundland Nail Polish?!

I was quite surprised when I walked into Poundland the other day and discovered they had a make up stand in there. Now don't get me wrong I wasn't expecting much from it but the make up obsessive inside me wanted to check what they had out.
I decided to pick up a nail polish as a safe bet and went for a festive colour, Scarlett Sparkle which is a burgundy red with flecks of shimmer/tiny glitter in it.

I was pleasantly surprised when applying this nail polish, it definitely needed a good two coats to be opaque but it went on smooth and the glitter really stood out. I did find it chipped after two days but that something that doesn't bother me too much as I like to change up my nail colour regularly

Overall I think this was a great find. For £1 these would make great stocking fillers and for young girls who are just starting out in make up I think this range would be perfect. I am interested to see what other products are like.

Have you check out the Make Up Gallery range in Poundland?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Review - Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser.

I do love a good cleansing balm, especially to take off my make up and this one from Jane Scrivner is gorgeous.

I have been trying the Nourishing Cleanser from Jane Scrivner out for just over 3 weeks now and I am really impressed. It has a base of Jojoba oil and beeswax and is packed with essential oils.
It is quite a thick balm that melts onto the skin and helps give a great massage. It dissolves away make up even waterproof products which is a tough job. I use this on my eyes too (Not sure if you are supposed too) and it removed all my mascara, though I will say that if you do have very sensitive eyes just be a bit weary and maybe avoid the eye area.

The nourishing cleanser is suitable for all skin types and leaves the skin feeling clean without drying it out. It is a lovely luxurious cleanser and is a real treat for the skin.
To make if feel even more special it comes with a gorgeous face mitt which is like a flannel but shaped like a mitt. Its quite big and super soft. I am a huge flannel fan and this is amazing at removing every last trace of cleanser.
I am really impressed and can see myself repurchasing this once I have used it up, I am also intrigued by the rest of the range Jane Scrivner does now.

You can pick this up for £43 for 100ml here. A little goes a long way and I can see this tub lasting me a while.

Have you tried any Jane Scrivner products before?

*This product was a pr sample.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Review - Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes

Up until recently I wasn't a false eyelash girl, I never could apply them and just decided that they weren't for me.
Last week for Children In Need I dressed up as cat woman and decided to give fake lashes a try again as I thought it would really finish the look off. I picked up the Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes (£5.49 Boots) as I had heard some great things about them and wow have I changed my mind about lashes.

The Demi Wispies are quite a natural lash but still add volume and length to your look. They are so easy to apply and once on they feel so light I actually forgot I had them on.
 This is second time use of the lashes. 
I am still a little shaky with my application of them, I have to make sure I have liner on with them to hide the band and I use tweezers to put them on and stick them in place. I used the glue that came with them which was great but the packaging was rubbish and leaked everywhere so bought some duo glue so I can reuse them. I have worn them three times now and they still look great.
I am really impressed with the Ardell Demi Wispies lashes and it had opened my eyes to trying more fake lashes. Any you recommend?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Current Favourite Skincare - Nov 14

My skin is a bit crazy at the moment due to the pregnancy hormones so I have been on the hunt for a basic yet effective routine to help with the sensitivity, spots and dryness. (Yes, I have it all)
I wanted to share with you 3 products that really have stood out to me and I try not to go a day without using.

First up is the Botanics Skin Relief Serum Ultra Calm (£7.99 Boots) which is a lightweight serum that contains marshmallow, liquorice and linden flower to help with skin sensitivity.
My skin gets very red now and sometimes a little rash can appear in areas when I have used a product my skin doesn't agree with and this seems to just calms everything down. I use this every morning underneath moisturiser and my skin is left looking calm and feeling very smooth.
I can't see me straying from this anytime soon, I am about to purchase my third tube of it whilst its on offer.

The daily moisturiser I have been using after the botanics serum is the Sarah Chapman Skineses Dynamic Defence Anti-ageing Day Cream SPF15 (£43 Space Nk) I have been testing a few products from Sarah Chapman and to begin with I wasn't sold but over time I have really fallen in love with the range.
This is a fairly light-weight but nourishing moisturiser, that literally does it all. Brightening and protecting it is full of some great ingredients and I have found on my crazy combination skin it balances it all out and leaves my skin looking alive. I only have the sample size but as soon as payday is here the full size will be mine.

The last product I wanted to share with you is the Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial 45 Space NK) which is a rather raved about product and for good reason.
This is an overnight serum that has antioxidants, vitamins and omega oils along with a whole host of other amazing things in it to help firm, smooth and protect the skin whilst giving it a healthy glow. It sounds like a miracle in a bottle and to me it is. The morning after use my skin is glowing without being greasy, feels smooth and any redness or blemishes I have are reduced dramatically. I really notice the difference in my skin when I don't use this for a few days. Like the day cream I am counting down the days until payday so I can buy the full size so I don't have to ration this out.

I can't see me straying from these products for sometime, even though the beauty obsessive in me sometimes thinks I want to try something new. I have to remind myself of how much these have improved my skin and there really is no need to try anything else....for now.

On that note, what are your go to skin care items? Any other Sarah Chapman products I should try?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Pregnancy update - 20 Weeks.

It hasn't been the best week for me, last Wednesday evening I ended up in hospital for 5 hours with pains in my stomach which turned out to be nothing but I think I completely freaked out and made it worse. I am so glad the hospital took the time with me though to check everything was ok and didn't make me feel like I was wasting their time.
Unfortunately this did mean I had to miss my day in London with Kat (Tales Of A Pale Face) and Grace (All That Slap) which I was completely gutted about but I still wasn't feeling great and was still getting pains if I walked about too much.
A lot of people told me they have had this mid pregnancy, especially with your first as its everything stretching and growing but I never thought it would be that painful. If you did have a similar thing do let me know, peoples stories put my mind at ease.

Then Friday evening I came down with a sickness bug and haven't moved from the bed or sofa very much since, still not 100% today but managing to keep a bit of food in me and liquids down. Just lack of energy now which isn't fun.

The huge positive in this week of feeling ill is that I had my 20 week scan Friday lunchtime and found out I am having a little girl!! I am so over the moon and emotional about it, I well up just thinking about meeting her. It really has made things very very real now.
The scan showed shes all fit, healthy and growing how she should be which is fantastic. She was also very nosey but when it came to trying to take the scan pic she wasn't having none of it. Camera shy like her daddy then, because we all know her mummy loves a selfie, haha!

My mum came to the scan as well as my partner and was more emotional than me I think, she insisted we take a trip to Mothercare and buy some pink bits as up until now I hadn't bought any clothes. It was hard not to buy everything.

So that has been my eventful week, I would love to hear some of your pregnancy stories, or if you have a pregnancy blog send me a link.