Thursday, 29 January 2015

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Valentines Gift Guide Ideas brightowngirl
I am not a massive fan of Valentines day to be honest, mainly because it is my birthday the day after and I enjoy that day much more. ;)
I do however love some of the gifts that come out for Valentines day so thought I would share a few gift ideas with you. Whether you are someone looking for inspiration or just fancy treating yourself, these are some of my top picks for Valentines Day Gifts.

I have never been a huge jewellery girl but all the jewellery I do own is from Pandora, there is just something about the brand I love.
They bring out collections for all the holidays and their valentines collection is as beautiful as always.
Two things that have caught my eye this year is the Message Of Love Charm (£65) and the Entwined Hearts Ring (£70) which are both mixed gold and silver pieces which I think are really pretty.

Another brand that does amazing Valentines collections is Lush. Their Unicorn Horn Bubble Bath (£3.25) looks incredible, who doesn't love anything brightly coloured and completely girly? Also their Soft Coeur Massage Bar (£4.95) is perfect for those couples who like a cosy night in. This is part of their permanent range but I thought it was worth a mention. This massage bar smells good enough to eat and works well as a body moisturiser too.

I think perfume is always a popular choice as a gift and the recently launched Love Story Perfume Chloe (£47) would be perfect as a gift for someone. I am no good at describing scents but if you like original chloe I think you will like this.
Another fragrance and I to be honest I think the brand in general is perfect for valentines presents is from Jo Malone. The Peony & Blush Suede Cologne (£40) is one I have wanted I have wanted for ages and I haven't even smelt it before! The rave reviews it gets makes it sound amazing.

It wouldn't be a post about Valentines if I didn't mention a lip product and the new Clarins Instant Light Lip Oils (£18) look like the perfect thing to make your lips kissable. These look like a gloss on the lips but feel like a balm and are full of nourishing oils to keep your lips smooth.

Lastly is the Diptyque RosaFolia Candle (£44) a rose scented candle by the best candle brand out there in my opinion. I think candles make great gifts and roses go hand in hand with valentines day.

Will you be treating someone or yourself to any of these gifts?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Review & Swatch - Bourjois Colorband 2in1 Eyeshadow & Liner.

Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liner review and swatch
Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liner
Bourjois Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liner review swatch
Rose Fauviste & Brun Dadaiste.
This last week or so has seen some amazing high street makeup launches, I still have a long list of items I want to pick up.
Bourjois seem to have some great products for us to try for spring 2015 which include the Colorband 2in1 Eyeshadow & Liners. (Also some fab lip products that I reviewed here)
These are a twist up pencil type product that can be used as a liner or all over the lid as an eyeshadow. They are highly pigmented and apply effortlessly without tugging the skin.

They claim to last 24 hours (who wears eyeshadow for 24 hours?) and when first swatched on my hand I could see these living up to the claim. Once set they didn't budge and took quite a lot of rubbing with a wet wipe to remove them.
From this first impression I decided to pick up two of the shades to give a try and see how they lasted on my oily eyelids.
Well I can tell you that unfortunately the Colorband Eyeshadows didn't do so well when applied and blended out. They only lasted a few hours before they started to crease on me which I was so disappointed about.

I think those of you who don't have problems with shadows creasing you are going to love these. You have to work quick with them to blend them out as like I said when I tested them on my hand they don't move once set, only when you have super oily lids it seems.

I am going to keep having a play around with these, they seem to work well if I just apply them to the lash line, so I think on me they are better used as a liner.

The Colorband 2in1 Eyeshadow & Liners are available in Boots and Superdrug for £5.99.

Let me know if you have tried these and had better luck then me?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

January Favourites 2015

Finally the end of January, always the longest month of the year and I am so happy to see payday. Anyone else?
I have discovered some amazing products this month and here are my top 5 favourites from the past month.

january favourites 2015 brightowngirl
After seeing the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel in so many peoples 2014 favourites I thought I'd finally take the plunge and try it for myself and I can tell you now, I see why everyone loves this.
It is more a light balm texture than a gel, it massages onto the skin beautifully and smells incredible. Not only that it has made my skin so soft and smooth it is one amazing cleanser. Also its pink, which I didn't expect. You all need this now!

I have already raved about the Maybelline Sensational Mascara a few times on here already but boy do I love it. I am considering picking up a second one whilst its on offer even though I have so many mascaras to use.

The weather has definitely turned a lot colder this month and my skin has had a few dry patches appear from the harsh weather.
The Weleda Skin Food has come to the rescue though and I have been applying this to me knees, elbows and any other parts of me that have dry patches of skin. It helps to hydrate and keep the skin smooth even after one application. A pretty impressive product for not a bad price tag either.

I couldn't do this months favourites post without mentioning my Sensationail Gel Manicure Kit which I did a review on last week. I haven't worn normal nail varnish since having this, I absolutely love it.

Lastly is the Real Techniques Cheek Brush from the Nic's Picks collection that I recieved for Christmas. This has been such a multi tasking brush and it is so soft. Like the name suggests its perfect for things like blush but also its great for face powder and foundation too. A perfect all rounder.

What have been your favourites this month?

Monday, 26 January 2015

Review & Swatches - Max Factor Creme Puff Blush

Review & Swatch - Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. Brightowngirl
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush.
Review & Swatch - Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. Brightowngirl
Mac Factor Creme Puff Blush.
Review & Swatch - Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. Brightowngirl
Seductive Pink, Gorgeous Berries, Lovely Pink.
Blush lovers listen up, you are going to love these new blushers from Max Factor. I think my heart stopped for a second when I first laid eyes on them.

The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush is actually not a creme but powder blush and remind me, to look at of the Hourglass Ambient Lightning Blushes.
They are a multi toned blush that are well pigmented to give a pop of colour the cheek. The texture of the Puff Blushes are so smooth and they have a lovely sheen finish without being shiny. There is also no chunky glitter insight, these are very finely milled.

The blushes come in 6 shades and I currently have 3 with my favourite being Seductive Pink. This is a pink coral shade that I think would suit most people and I can see myself getting the most use out of.
A close second favourite which is perfect for this time of year is Gorgeous Berries, a purple pink shade that gives you that 'just come in from the cold' flush to your cheeks.
Then lastly and the least pigmented out of the three I own is Lovely Pink which I think could be used more as a pink toned highlighter.

I am so impressed with these Creme Puff Blushes, they apply to the cheeks so effortlessly. You can use them with a light hand or if like me you love a flushed cheek you can really build up the intensity of them.
I never know which one to wear each day and I will be checking out the other 3 shades come payday. They are so beautiful.

You can pick the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes up in Boots or Superdrug for £8.99.

Have you seen or swatched these yet? Will you being picking any of them up?

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Quick Morning Makeup

quick morning make up using drugstore products brightowngirl

quick morning make up using drugstore make up. brightowngirl

I am 30 weeks pregnant now which means mornings are getting tougher as the third trimester tiredness kicks in. When I have work I try and keep my make up simple and the application quick so I can have that extra 5 minutes sleep. I thought I would share with you some of the products I have been using this week to make me look more alive in the mornings.

Firstly for the base I have been reaching for the L'Oreal True Match Foundation which is an old favourite of mine. Its one of the few low end foundations that matches my winter pale skin perfectly, it gives a semi matte finish but still feels very light on the skin. I love it.

To help with the dark circles there is two products I have been relying on recently. The Max Factor Colour Corrector which is a yellow toned pencil, concealer type product that helps to cancel out any darkness under the eyes and just brighten the area.
Over the top of that I use the Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer to add some more coverage and brightness.

On the lids I used one of the new Colorband 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Liners in 02 Brun Dadaiste. Eyeshadow pencils are perfect for a quick and easy eye look, I am still testing these out at the moment and will be doing a review on them soon. Lets just say after being very excited about them initially I am now a little on fence about them.

To finish the eyes I applied many layers of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which is a new favourite of mine. It coats every lash and lasts all day without smudging. It is great if you like full on lashes.

I powdered my t-zone with the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Powder which I am liking a lot and then dusted the Makeup Revolution Bronzer all over to give my very pale skin some colour.
For the cheeks I wanted a winter pink flush and used one of the new Puff Blushes from Max Factor in Gorgeous Berries. To look at these they remind me of the Hourglass Ambient Blushes but I have not tried those so can't compare. These Max Factor ones are amazing though.

Lastly on the lips I used Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. This is a great everyday shade that can be paired with any look. One of my favourite lipsticks.

Looking at it all written down it seems like a lot of makeup but this look literally only takes me 5-10 minutes max.
Have you tried any of these products? What is your go to quick makeup look?




Thursday, 22 January 2015

Review - Sensationail Gel Nail Starter Kit.

Sensationail Gel Nail Kit Review, swatches, manicure
review sensationail gel nail kit, pink chiffon swatch
I was on the fence about gel nails for such a long time. I loved the way they looked but I am a fickle soul and the fact that I like to change up my nail polish so regular made me think a gel nail kit would be a waste of time.
Well I ended up changing my mine and asked for the Sensationail Deluxe Gel Starter Kit for Christmas. I think the thing that swayed me was that in April, baby will be here and lets face it I will not have time to be painting my nails every few days like I often have in the past so getting this means (hopefully) I can still have well manicured nails whilst looking after my little one.

The Sensationail Deluxe Starter Kit comes with,
- 2 Colour Gel Polishes
- Gel Base & Top Coat
- Gel Primer
- Gel Cleanser
- 2 Glitters
- Nail file/buffer
- Manicure Stick
- Removal Tool
- Lint Free Wipes
- LED Lamp

Basically everything you need for an at home gel manicure. The only thing you need to buy extra is acetone for when you need to remove the gels.

There is simple step by step instructions included which I found really easy to follow and having the two colours and glitters you have a range of shades and effects to practise with before you need to buy more colours.
My first application I used the gorgeous shade Raspberry Wine which unfortunately only lasted just over a week. I think this is due to the fact I applied the layers too thickly and got some of the base and top coat on my skin which meant the gel lifted after a while. Learning from my mistakes I tried the shade Pink Chiffon next and with a more steady hand applied the coats more accurately and thinner. This proved much more effective and the polish lasted about 11 days before it started to look a bit worn and one of the nails started to lift at the edge.

When it comes to removing the gel polish I will admit, it is a bit of a faff and quite time consuming. I use the foil technique and soak a cotton pad in acetone and wrap it round my nail with tin foil. They say to leave it on for 15-20 minutes then use the removal tool to lift the gel away. I found I need to leave the acetone on for a good half an hour and I still had to scrape some areas with the tool to remove all the gel.
Unfortunately this does mean the nails do get a little damaged so maybe invest in some good almond oil to keep your nails healthy.

Even though it is a bit of a faff to remove I love this kit from Sensationail. I love having a perfect manicure for nearly two weeks without worrying about chips. I can see this being something I get a lot of use out of and I already have a long list of new shades I want to pick up.

You can pick a Sensationail Nail Kit up from Boots for £69.99.

Have you tried an at home Gel Manicure set? Is there any colours you recommend I pick up?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Lip Products From Bourjois For Spring 2015

new lip products from Bourjois for spring 2015

new lip products from Bourjois for spring 2015 swatch
One of the many pro's of working in Boots is that I get a little sneaky peak of the new products that are launching. Being the make up addict that I am you can imagine how excited I am on delivery days.
There is some gorgeous make up items being launched for Spring 2015 and a lot of them are out from today.

Bourjois has always been a firm favourite drugstore/high street brand of mine and I was so excited when I heard that they were adding to their already amazing lipstick range.
The Rouge Edition Lipsticks are great lipsticks, they are well pigmented whilst still feeling light on the lips and having a slight sheen finish.
There is two new shades being added to the Bourjois Rouge Edition line, both are wearable shades and perfect for spring.
Firstly is Pretty In Nude (No39) which is a brown/peach nude, though I would say it had some pink in there too. (Wow I am good at describing things) On me this comes up slightly lighter than my lip colour and gives me the perfect nude lip without washing me out.
The second shade is Rose Incognito (No40) which is a gorgeous rose pink shade. This gives your lips just enough colour to brighten up your look and give it a fresh spring feel. If you are into your pink shades you are going to love this.

The other lip products that are being added are in the Colour Boost range which is Bourjois take on the lip balm/pencils that everyone seems to bring out these day.
I have never been a huge fan of these but out of three shades being added the colour Bare Lip Sensation really caught my eye.
This is a sheer pink, nude shade that looks quite pale when swatched on the hand but when applied to the lips its gives a subtle my lips but better look.
The Colour Boost Lipsticks are super glossy but manage to stay in place well, perfect for everyday wear.

As you can probably tell, I am excited about these new lip product launches. Nude lip fans you are going to love them too.
Bourjois also have some new eye shadow pencils out too which I haven't got my hands on yet but I have played with the testers and they are amazing!!

Which new spring lip products have caught your eye? Are you more of a Rouge Edition lover or a Colour Boost girl?

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