Friday, 22 August 2014

The Body Shop Vitamin C Range.

It's quite rare that I go into The Body Shop anymore as I don't have a store close by. As a teen I was a massive fan of their makeup line and their delicious smelling products. Plus the cruelty free aspect is a great bonus in a market where it's getting harder to find products that aren't tested on animals.

The Vitamin C range is completely new to me but I was offered the chance to try a couple items from the lineup. Today I have three mini reviews on each of the products I received.

Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz*
As with the entire Vitamin C range, this spritz smells UH-MAZING. There are honestly no words. It's fresh, citrusy and reminds me of sunshiny days.
The Body Shop say this provides instant hydration and revives the look of dull looking skin.
I love a spritz of this to cool me down, over or under makeup it doesn't ruin the application.

Vitamin C Daily Moisturiser SPF 30*
For a little while now I've been battling SPF in face cream. The ones I've tried make my combination skin far too oily, by the end of the day I find my base has worn off completely in places.
I was most excited about this to see how it held up. This is perfect. It gives good hydration without making my skin overly slippery. As with the spritz, it has the wonderful orange scent.

Vitamin C Microdermabrasion*
It's been well over a year since I used an exfoliator on my face, instead opting for acid exfoliating toners in my daily routine. I find them to be less harsh especially on dry skin.
Whilst I did try this, it's not something I'd use on a regular basis. This would be great if you use 'gritty' exfoliators. The texture is extremely fine so would gently get rid of any dead skin and again, comes with the signature citrus scent.

I've been using the moisturiser and spray on a daily basis. If you're looking for a SPF coverage with combination skin, I think the moisturiser is the perfect addition. Whilst I'm still using the exfoliator, I'm only using it once a week.

I was quite surprised with how much I enjoyed these products, it's not often I get excited about skincare. But these really are lovely on the skin and smell absolutely wonderful. If you're passing by a Body Shop, pop in and give this a sniff because they smell utterly divine, along with working really well on the skin.

Energising Face Spritz £10 / 100ml

Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 £13 / 50ml

Microdermabrasion £14 / 75ml

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Life Of Late.

Do you ever have those moments where you sit down to write with a subject in mind. But when your hands are hovering over the keyboard, you can't quite find the words to convey what it is you want to write about.
I've felt a little like that, actually a lot. Numerous times over the past couple of weeks I've sat down with good intentions to write a bunch of posts, all the while struggling to put it into words. I can only apologise for the lack of posting, as usual.

Then of course you may take a break for a day or two, which in turn ends up being a week, then a fortnight and so on. Before you know it, quite some time has passed since you posted last and since so much time has passed, it feels even harder to get that 'first' post out.

I feel like I've been running myself into the ground recently. I haven't had any annual leave since January. But since I currently have a week off, I'm finding things to inspire me into writing again.

Watch this space.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Catseye London Kitty Makeup Bag.

For the longest time I've been looking for the perfect makeup bag to keep in my handbag. Generally I just carry my lip colour of choice but I was looking for something so I could carry a few more essentials.

Lately I've seen a few bloggers post about Catseye London makeup and wash bags. On a whim I decided to check out their website and I'm so glad I did. It's full of more than just bags, they're products range from eye masks to note pads and so many things in between.

These products also come in a massive range of prints. Vintage ladies, retro prints, cute animals and city prints, just to name a few.

It wasn't long before I'd found one that grabbed my attention and I knew I had to have it.

What says:
It’s official: cats are good for your wellbeing. OK, so that means the kind you can stroke, but the Kitten on Hot Pink Make-Up Bag makes us rather happy too.

With its adorable mascot and bright, lively colours, it’s hard to resist this handy little bag. Comes with an inner pocket, for your kitty-tempting catnip!

I'm sure it'll come as no surprise that I opted for one of the kitten prints, this one to be precise.

First thing I noticed upon opening this little parcel was the dustbag it comes in. I think it's a great addition for when you're not using it, to keep it in tip top condition.

Second was the size. It's on the larger side, which isn't a complaint but if you're looking for a bag for just a few pieces, this won't be for you. You can pack a whole lot of goodies into this. Perhaps even enough to take away for an overnight stay. It means I don't have to struggle at trying to play a game of Tetris with trying to fit everything in. Or deciding which items I can live without.

This makeup bag features no lining, the outside of the bag is exactly the same material used in the inside. This is perfect if something leaks, heaven forbid! A quick wipe over and your bag will be just as good as new.

Lastly, the print is just perfect. High quality and full of detail. Perfect for a cat lady like me!

Overall I'm really pleased with this little makeup bag. It's really good quality and the print really stands out compared to other brands. I really recommend checking Catseye out, they have something for everyone I'm sure.


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

eBay Find: 10 Piece Brush Set.

Something I've been lusting after since forever is the Sigmax 10 brush kit set. But the price $168 (not including shipping) was putting me off ordering.

A couple months ago I started seeing an identical looking set of brushes cropping up on blogs. The best bit being they're a complete eBay steal!

Flat angled kabuki - This is a great brush for applying and blending liquid on the cheeks and for contouring the face.

Angled kabuki - Again, great for contouring the face and blending out bronzer and blush.

Flat kabuki - This was the first brush I tried and it's perfect for stippling on foundation. It gives a wonderful, even coverage and just makes foundation look flawless.

Round kabuki - A great powder foundation. For either setting the face or bringing a touch of colour to the cheeks.

Tapered kabuki - This is the only brush I don't really like. It's just not something I can get on with, perhaps that's just me though.

Precision flat - This is one of my favourite brushes for stippling on liquid concealer, it makes blending effortless.

 Precision flat angled - I quite like this brush for adding a subtle highlight to the tops of the cheekbones.

Precision tapered - This is more of a pencil brush so it's great for smudging out liner, or applying colour to the inner corners of the eyes.

Precision round - This is a great brush for smudging liquid products such as M.A.C Paint Pots and Maybelline Color Tattoos all over the eyelid.

Precision angled - This is a great brush for blending all your eyeshadows together to give a flawless finish.

I was really rather surprised at the quality of these brushes. For just shy of £10, I didn't expect much and told myself if the quality wasn't great at least it wasn't too much money wasted.

These brushes are super soft. They apply both liquid and powder products like a dream. The majority of the face brushes have worked their way into my daily routine. Along with the eye brushes but I like to have numerous different ones on rotation for different things.

I think these brushes are perfect if you're just starting out or you have a low budget. I also find them great for just 'filling' out the rest of my brush collection, so I have extra brushes for when I don't get round to cleaning up my regulars. Lastly, I think they're perfect for having in my makeup bag as I'm not super worried about damaging or losing them.

Prices vary depending on the seller but they're around £9-£12. Definitely worth checking out and I can't recommend them highly enough.

From £9.95

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