FOTD: Drugstore Autumn Make Up

Monday, 29 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well. Now, I've made it no secret here on Lipgloss & Lashes that Autumn make up really isn't my thing. No matter what the season, I tend to go for a shimmery neutral eye and a pink lip, however this year I really want to make more of an effort to try out some more autumnal looks. So today I thought I would show you an everyday Autumn look which I created using drugstore products. Clearly, this isn't a full on vampy autumn look (it really wouldn't suit me) but it's something that you could create quickly and wear on an everyday basis this Autumn. 

To start off with, I primed my face using the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer. I'm not too sure what I think of this product yet as I'm still testing it, however it does seem to make my make up last a little longer. Next, I applied the Revlon Colourstay Foundation using a Beauty Blender to thin it out a little as I find it just too thick for me personally. To finish off my base, I applied a little of the Healthy Balance Powder from Bourjois. After I'd finished my base, I moved onto to my brows and used the Rimmel Brow Pencil in Brown and brushed them through using the little brush with comes with the pencil. This is an excellent drugstore option and I think it only costs something like £2.99! I also applied a little of Pixie Pink Blush by Sleek. 

I decided to keep my eyes simple for this look and only used a matte brown mineral eyeshadow by e.l.f and a black liner, also by e.l.f. I then of course added mascara, this time I opted for the Volume Glamour Curl by Bourjois which is amazing. I then finished off this look with my lips. Autumn is the time for berry lips so I could hardly just finish with a neutral lip. For this lip look I used the e.l.f lip balm (looks like a lipstick though) in Plum which is a gorgeous berry colour and perfect for Autumn, and also so so cheap! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Beauty: To Spend or Save?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well, a while ago I posted on the Cohorted Blog and I thought I would share my post with you all incase you missed it. I’m sure we’re all guilty of spending a little too much on products claiming to perform miracles on our complexion, just because they’ve got a swanky brand name, only to be left a little disappointed. So I thought I would share my tips with you all, so you know when to save and when to splurge. I’ve also added in some money saving tips, so if you do want to splurge, your money will stretch a little further!

Foundation – Splurge

For me, foundation is definitely a splurge product. I grew up with very bad skin, and still suffer today, and I found that higher end foundations worked best on my problem skin. A lot of drugstore foundations (trust me I’ve tried plenty!) broke me out or irritated my sensitive skin, so I always found it best to splurge on a foundation with skincare benefits such as Nars Sheer Glow. Also, being a little on the pale side, I find that If I want a good match for my skin that doesn’t oxidise and go a nice shade of orange, I have to splurge. I find that most drugstore foundations leave me with a tide line, no matter how much I blend.

Blusher – Save/Splurge

Blusher is a bit of a tricky one for me, as about 80% of my blushers are high end. Personally, I prefer to save up and splurge on a MAC blusher as I find the shade range and longevity so much better than anything available in the drugstore. However, the isles of Boots and Superdrug do have some absolute gems when it comes to blusher. Sleek in particular is great if you want a good blusher at a measly £5 price tag, and their rose gold blusher is to die for. Also, brands such a Make Up Revolution and MUA offer cheap alternatives to higher end blushers. For me, I’d probably go middle of the range with MAC or go cheap with drugstore, but there’s no way I’d spend a fortune on a blusher as the likelihood is that it wont last on my skin anyway.

Bronzer – Splurge

I find bronzer such a hard product to get right, which is why I’ve gone for splurge with this product. I can’t be without either my Nars Laguna, Benefit Hoola or Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer, so it would be wrong of me to say that this is a save product.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried my fair share of drugstore bronzers, but on the whole they’ve come out a bit too dark or muddy or even orange for my liking. If you have slightly darker skin than my porcelain complexion then you may be able to go for the cheaper options, but if you’re a pale girl like me, I’d always go high end.

Highlighter – Save

Highlighter is one of my favourite products, I just love how it can add a lovely glow to your skin and any excuse to add a bit of shimmer and I’m there! I’ve tried every type of highlighter you can get from cream to liquid to powder, and on the whole I think you can save on this product, the drugstore has some absolute gems. Seventeen do a liquid highlighter which is an exact dupe for Benefit’s High Beam at a fraction of the price, and the MUA powder highlighter is just so pretty, so If I were you, I’d really see what the drugstore has to offer before you spend all of your pennies on an expensive product.

Eyeshadow – Splurge

For me, eyeshadow is a definite splurge product. I love MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows and they just can’t be beaten by the drugstore alternatives. I have my fair share of drugstore eyeshadows (elf’s are pretty good if you’re looking to save) but they just aren’t as buttery, easy to blend, and they don’t have the same kind of shade range as the higher end brands. I would say though, if you’re looking to go high end, I’d go for a palette – it may be an investment at the time, but it’s so much cheaper in the long run.

Eyeliner – Save

Some of the higher end brands charge ridiculous amounts for eyeliner, and no matter how brilliant they are, I’m pretty sure you’d find one just as good in the drugstore. I’m not much of an eyeliner wearer (I usually just use a black eyeshadow and angled brush) but if I do want to dabble, I’d go for either the Elf liquid liners or one by Soap & Glory.

Mascara – Save

The only time I’ve ever tried a high end mascara was when I was given a couple of MAC ones as a gift, or if I’ve been given samples, and while I’ve liked most of them, I think you can get just as good in the drugstore. Bourjois and Maybelline do brilliant mascaras and mostly, I’ve liked every one of them that I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a new mascara I suggest you hit the isles of your local Boots, they’re bound to have just what your looking for at a much better price.

Lipstick – Save/Splurge

Most of the lipsticks I reach for everyday are from higher end brands. This is because I find their shade range to be much better than anything offered at the drugstore, and their pink shades are much more wearable (I always find drugstore pink lipsticks to be a bit ‘Barbie’) however, you can find some great lipsticks in the drugstore too. My favorites are the Nude Privee range from L’Oreal for a great nude, and the Revlon lipsticks.

My Money Saving Tips

TK Maxx – TK Maxx is a great place to shop for make up and hair care products. Mostly, I just go for hair care from here because in my local branch, the make up all looks like it’s been opened or used, but they have some serious bargains. It’s also great if you’re looking for acrylic makeup storage too.
Cohorted – Cohorted is a great site for saving a little bit of money on high end brands, and they always have something I’m interested in available. Basically, the more people who buy the product, the cheaper it gets and once the cohort is finished, everyone who purchased the product pays the same, low price. They have brands such as Nars, MAC, Too Faced and Sigma available so it’s definitely worth a look!

Boots Advantage Card – If you’re a make up lover, I’m sure you all know about this scheme. Basically, for every £1 you spend, you earn 4 points which can be exchanged for the price of a product. I love to save up my points then treat myself to something high end that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.

I hope you found this post useful and if you would like to see more 'advice' posts like this one, then please let me know in the comments below!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x

Wonderful Advertisers | September

Friday, 26 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and are looking forward to the weekend! I've spent most of the week trying to remember how to drive. I got my first car about a week ago now, and despite what you may think, learning to drive again after four years is definitely not like learning to ride a bike. I've completely forgotten everything I knew when I passed my test and it's like going straight back to my first driving lesson! Hopefully, I'll get my confidence back soon and it will just come back to me! Anyway, enough whittering on from me, I'm going to hand you over to this months advertisers here on Lipgloss & Lashes so they can introduce themselves. 

Hi everyone! I’m Jordan, a 22 year old beauty blogger, currently on medical leave from university with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My blog focuses mainly on beauty reviews and hauls, although in the future I’d like to try some lifestyle posts. I set up my blog mainly because I’m sure my friends and family were getting fed up of me constantly telling them about my new favourite blushes or the new products I was looking forward to trying! It has also helped me to deal with my illness a lot, being bed-bound for days on end can get very boring & lonely! Although I haven’t been blogging for long, I absolutely love it! I hope if you pop by you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them! x

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L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil | Review

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Hello Beauties! Back in June when I left work at Disney, my lovely Boss surprised me with a few beauty goodies to say thank you for everything and good bye, and one of them was this L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. I've been using this a fair bit since then, but I completely forgot to blog about it which is a shame, as it's brilliant. 

At first I was slightly unsure about this product as I'd never used a shower oil before, neither had I tried anything from L'Occitane but I was pleasantly surprised. Firstly, lets talk about the scent. I'm not usually one to go for almond scents, as I'm usually drawn to the more fruity scents, however, this stuff smells heavenly. It smells like sweet almonds and vanilla and is just perfect without being too sweet and sickly. 

When used in the shower, this oil turns into a bubbly, milky formula which leaves your skin really hydrated and feeling amazing. After using this shower oil I don't feel like I need to moisturise too, which is always great as I find moisturising my body quite boring and time consuming. 

I would honestly recommend this to anyone, and think it would make a lovely gift. It is quite pricey at £17 a pop but worth every penny in my opinion. If you're looking for something a bit more luxurious to brighten up your mornings (or evenings depending on when you shower) I'd seriously consider this shower oil. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

The Original Beauty Blender | Review

Monday, 22 September 2014

Hello Lovelies! A while ago I received the Original Beauty Blender in a Birchbox (I think it was in June or something) and although I was excited to own it as I've heard so many beauty bloggers rave about it, it somehow ended up just sitting in my drawer of things to try and I kind of forgot about it. However, I recently bought a thicker foundation which just didn't sit right on my skin when buffed in with my usual go to brush, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, so I decided to give this little one a go and I'm so glad it did. 

After reading a few reviews of the Beauty Blender I decided it was best to wet it first and use it damp.  This means that the sponge can't soak up as much of the foundation and waste it like a traditional blending sponge would. It took a bit of getting used to at first, but I found that applying a few dots of foundation to my skin, then dabbing away and spreading the foundation across my skin worked best. Rather than applying the foundation directly to the sponge. 

The Beauty Blender is an egg shape which makes blending in foundation effortless. The larger end can be used for areas such as the cheeks and forehead where you don't need as much precision, and the smaller pointy end can be used around the eyes and nose to really get into all of the corners and angles of your face. The finished effect is a light airbrushed finish which I love. It makes my thicker feeling foundations sit lightly on my skin, making them much more comfortable to wear on a daily basis. 

It does have a tendency to sheer out foundations though, so I like to use it will fuller coverage foundations to make them more of a medium coverage product, however it's so easy to build up foundation using the beauty blender, without it looking cakey - everything just blends in seamlessly. 

Overall, I love the Beauty Blender and I can see what all of the fuss is about. I find myself reaching for this on a daily basis now to use with a variety of different foundations, and I would really recommend picking it up to anyone who wants a flawless airbrushed base. It is a little expensive, however it's so worth it. I've tried cheaper alternatives, and they just don't compare. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

September Birchbox Review & Discount Code

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have had a great weekend. I've spent mine relaxing and sorting out all of my make up, washing brushes, etc after being away at my Universitys Freshers all week, so it's been nice to just chill out and catch up on sleep for a few days! Anyway, today I thought I would share with you what I got in my September Birchbox. 

Benefit 'It's Potent' Eye Cream Sample

The first product I saw was this little Benefit sample and it was the one I was most excited about. I received another one of these in a Christmas set a couple of years ago and loved it, so I was happy to receive another and hopefully it will sort out my dark circles from all my recent late nights. Last time I had this sample it lasted me ages too, so it allows you to get a good idea of weather the product is for you. I also know that Benefit don't give out this size sample for free, so I was pleased that Birchbox had included it. 

Plush Therapy Face and Body Scrub Sample

I also received this Plush Therapy scrub in this months Birchbox. I've said this before and I'll say it again...I hate receiving face scrubs in these kind of boxes as I know I'll never use them. My face is very sensitive to scrubs so I like to stick with what I know and not risk aggravating it. However, I will use this on my body, it's quite a small pot though so I'm not sure how far it'll go...maybe I'll just scrub one arm haha!

Agave Hair Oil Sample

This is another sample which I think is particularly small in this months box. I love hair oil and am willing to try them all, as you never know what will work on your hair, however I'd normally use more oil than what is included in this little sample because my hair is quite long and dry. It will be good to take away though I guess. 

Model Co Powerlash Black Mascara

A girl can never have too many mascaras and I seem to be collecting a fair few from subscription boxes like these. The Model Co Powerlash is pretty good though and has earned a place in my handbag as I love the big chunky brush and the jet black colour, and it's a pretty decent sized sample. I also noticed that some other boxes contained some Model Co lip glosses - I would have loved to get them instead of some of the other bits I received! 

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Rio Sample

At first I was really excited when I saw this lipstick sample, as a self confessed lipstick hoarder...then I saw the shade. Rio is a dark brown-red shade and is just not my colour. I think it will suit darker skin tones, but it just washes my pale skin out. 

Urban Fruit Baked Pineapple

This isn't pictured because basically, I'm a bit of a piggy. I couldn't resist opening the bag and trying them before I had the chance to picture them and one is never sure enough the whole bag had gone, oops. I liked these, but it's not something I would like from a Birchbox if you know what I mean. I am subscribed to Birchbox to receive beauty samples, so getting food, although tasty, isn't what I would prefer from my box. 

Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip

At the moment I'm really unsure what to do with this. I obviously know what a photo clip is, but it doesn't really go with my room so it's just sitting in my 'moving out' box for when I finish Uni and hopefully get a job - maybe it will look good on my desk?

So there you have it, everything I received this month. I am happy with this months box despite it being full of only samples - mainly because I received the Benefit sample. However, after seeing what others received (beauty blenders, Korres samples, Lipglosses...) I see that there are definitely some better products I would have preferred to received. If you would like to try Birchbox for yourself, I am offering £5 off your first Birchbox to all of my readers. All you need to do is use the code BBX5LASHES and that's almost half off your first box! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

The Bathroy Custom Bath Salts | Review

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I'm sure I'm not the only one when I say there's nothing I love more than a good bath. A bath always makes me feel better and instantly more relaxed, and I love having a bit of a pamper evening, usually on a Sunday to get me ready for the new week. I have a whole shelf in my bathroom cupboard dedicated to bath products and shower gels, etc, and the latest addition to my collection is this beauty from The Bathroy*. 

The Bathroy is an American company which has recently come over to the UK, which allows you to create your own custom bath salts from a long list of ingredients. Firstly, you choose which kind of bath you want from three options. I went for the 'Soothe' option which contains Oatmeal and Honey because I usually have a bath to relax and take a load off, and because the description reminded me of the TIGI Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo which I love the smell of. 

You then choose three essential oils to add to the mix from a varied list. The website also tells you what the oil will do, as in it will say 'The Uplifting One' and so on, so you can choose your oils based on what kind of bath you want. I chose Lemon, Grapefruit and Sandalwood as I love fruity scents and thought that the Sandalwood would balance it out. 

The bath salts come in a beautiful black jar which can be re-used once you've done with the bath salts, which I think is a great idea. I'm always recycling glass jars to store make up items and cotton wool pads, but I think I'll use this one as a pen pot. It also comes with instructions on how much to use in your bath depending on whether you want a quick soak or the best bath or your life, or somewhere in-between. I attempted to go somewhere in-between, but being me, I accidentally poured about 75% of the bottle into one bath, oops. The salts dissolved instantly which I liked, there's nothing worse than the bottom of your bath being all gritty! The smell was also quite strong, but nothing like I expected. The oatmeal was the main scent and I couldn't really smell any of the fruity smells I'd picked which I was a bit disappointed about as I love fruity smelling bath and shower products. 

The Bathroy Bath Salts retail for £18 which in the grand scheme of things isn't that expensive when you compare it to brands such as Elemis, however the bottle won't last you long at all, if you only put the 25% they recommend for a quick soak in you can still only get 4 uses from the bottle, making it a quite expensive bath. I don't think I would repurchase this for myself due to the price and the fact that the smells I had chosen didn't come through, but I think this would make a great gift for a friend, or maybe a get well gift. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

The Body Shop Seaweed Cleanser | Review

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have had a great weekend! Today I thought I would share a product with you that's really been helping my oily skin out over the past couple of weeks. Having oily skin is such a nightmare, I can never get make up to stay on my skin, no matter how much primer I use or how long they claim to stay matte for, and my skin is too sensitive for a lot of skincare targeted at oily skin. So when The Body Shop asked if I would like to try their Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash* I jumped at the chance, hoping that it would be the answer to my oily skin prayers. 

First off, I'll start with the packaging. I'm a sucker for packaging when it comes to make up, but with skincare I usually prefer things to be a bit more plain and simple. I usually stay away from skincare with tonnes of ingredients and add ons as I find it doesn't work well for my skin, and usually results in break outs and somehow for me, that also translates to the packaging (silly, I know). The Seaweed Cleanser comes in a clear tube with a simple blue label, which I like as it lets you easily see how much is left. 

The cleanser has a gel like consistency which laters up when massaged onto wet skin, which I really like. Having oily skin, I hate cleansing balms and milky cleansers because they just don't feel like they are really deep cleaning my skin and getting rid of all the excess oil, so I was pleased with the consistency of this cleanser. It also doesn't have a strong, perfumed smell which is another plus for me, as strongly perfumed skincare usually doesn't react well with my sensitive skin. Like most products from the Body Shop, it contains natural ingredients which is something I now look for in all of my skincare, as I find it less drying and irritating to my skin. 

But did it help my oiliness? The answer is definitely yes. This cleanser gives a really deep clean which rid my skin of all the excess oils and really did make my skin feel refreshed. If you have combination skin, I would stay away from this cleanser though. It can be quite drying, which for someone who has very oily skin is a good thing, but I think on slightly less oily skin it may be too much and dry your skin out a little. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

FOTD: Subtle Cranberry

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hello Beauties! Now that we're properly into September, I feel like I can properly start experimenting with Autumn make up looks as I've finally gotten over the fact that Summer is over. Last Winter there was a lot of hype surrounding the MAC Cranberry Eyeshadow, and like the sucker I am I caved and bought it, knowing full well that I would hardly ever use it. And I was right, I don't think I used it at all last year because I was pretty terrified of the colour, why I decided to buy it I will never know. Anyway, seeing as I spent like £10 on one eyeshadow colour, I decided that this year I had to get some use out of it and create some make up looks. So, I thought I would share one with you today. It's a really subtle look, which is exactly how I intend on using the eyeshadow - subtly. Also, lets just excuse my brows in these pictures, they were feeling a little bit wild when I took them. 

To start off with, I applied the Trish McEvoy Eye Base Primer all over my eyelids, this just helps to keep your eyeshadow in place all day and as I have quite hooded eyes, primer is a must. Next I applied Woodwinked by MAC all over my lids as a base colour (the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze is a great drugstore alternative) and then used a fluffy brush to apply Cranberry by MAC through my crease and outer corners. I also took Cranberry along my lower lash line, just in the corners. To give the look a little more dimension and because I just can't resist a bit of shimmer, I applied Half Baked by Urban Decay down the centre of my lid. I finished the look off by lining my eyes with an angled brush and Creep eyeshadow by Urban Decay, but any black eyeshadow will do. 

It really was that easy to create this subtle Autumn look, and I think it's one I will be getting a lot of wear out of when it comes to the colder months. If you'd like to see more make up looks and FOTD posts, then please let me know in the comments below as I can't tell if you find them boring or not!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Flamingo Candles | Pink Lemonade

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hello Lovelies! How are you all? I hope you've all had a great week, and are enjoying School/Work if you've gone back this week! Anyone who has ever lived with me, or even knows me well, will know that I have a bit of an addiction to buying scented candles. I currently have 8 (I have about another 10 on my wish list) all sitting in a drawer in my bedroom, because well, you can't burn 8 at a time. So it surprises me that I don't talk about candles much on my blog. My latest candle obsession is Pink Lemonade by Flamingo Candles*. 

When I heard the name of this candle I just couldn't resist. I love Pink Lemonade and it's my drink of choice whenever I'm in the States, so really it was meant to be, or at least thats how I'm justifying adding yet another candle to my growing collection. The candle comes in a little glass jar with a scew on lid, which I love. Whenever I'm buying a new candle, I try to make sure that it has a lid of some sort to put the flame out, as there's nothing worse than filling a room with a lovely candle scent, only to have it masked by the smell of smoke from blowing the candle out. The jar also has a cute little flamingo on the front (hence the name) which I love, I think it adds a little something to the candle and makes it a little quirky. 

Pink Lemonade smells just as I would expect it to. It's fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. To me, it smells like raspberries with a hint of lemon which is perfect for me as I love anything fruity. Also, it's pink, and who doesn't love pink? 

I definitely want to add some more Flamingo Candles to my collection, but maybe I should be waiting until I get my own house again so that I can fill more than just one room! Also, I've just discovered that Flamingo Candles can be bought on ASOS...hello student discount! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

FOTD: My Everyday Make Up

Friday, 12 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have having a lovely week. I'm spending this week enjoying the last few days of freedom before Uni starts at the end of the month. I'm going into my fourth and final year which I am so nervous about, I've just taken a year off to get some experience working in my chosen field, and I know it's going to be difficult enough getting back into the swing of things, let alone with a dissertation and fourth year stresses to think about! Anyway, it's been a while since I've done an FOTD and while I have loads of make up looks I'd like to share with you all (I just need to get a half decent photograph of them!), I thought it would be easiest to start off by showing you my every day make up. I have a lot of make up, so you'd think that I would be constantly caked in make up and experimenting with my eyeshadow collection way more than I actually do. But the reality is, on an every day basis I pretty much go for the same look. Some of the products, such as foundation, may change as I test out new things, but the look itself stays pretty much the same. 

For my base I start off by using the Porefessional Primer by Benefit, I have huge pores and very oily skin so this step is a must for me, and I find this primer to conceal my pores doesn't so much in the way of shine but not much does on me! At the moment I'm using the Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily/Combination skin as I find this gives a fairly matte finish and stays pretty well on my skin, better than anything else I've tried. I do find this foundation a little thick though, so I usually apply it with a wet beauty blender, as this sheers out the foundation a little more, making it easier to work with. The Revlon Colourstay Foundation doesn't really do much in the way of hiding my dark circles and spots though, so I find I have to use my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to go over any blemishes (I have a lot at the moment) and use the Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift to conceal any dark circles, it has salmon undertones making it great for fighting dark circles. I also powder my T-Zone with MAC's Studio Fix Powder in NW20. This step isn't necessary with this foundation as it's pretty matte anyway, but I think it makes it last that little bit longer and also gives me a little more coverage. 

To add a bit of colour to my face, I use Nars Laguna Bronzer in my cheek bones and across the top of my forehead, then I add a little bit of the MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish across the tops of my cheek bones just to add a bit of dimension to my face, as the foundation I use is quite matte. To finish off my face make up I add a bit of either 'Fearless' blusher by Tarte or 'Pink Swoon' by MAC, which are both gorgeous pink shades. 

Next I move onto my brows. Eyebrows are so important and my face just does not look the same without them, and I often get asked what I use on my brows and honestly, I'm a little bit lazy. I have not been blessed with the words most perfectly full brows, far from it, so to make them look a little more full and shapely I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in fine hair like strokes to fill them out, then just dust a little of the powder from Benefit Brow Zings in Light along them to set it all and make them less harsh and thats it. For my eyes, I constantly find myself using the same two shades from the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. Firstly I apply Half Baked all over my lid, then sweep a little Sidecar in my crease to define my eyes, then finish off by using an angled brush and Creep from the same palette to line my eyes. I then finish this off with either the Make Up Forever Smokey Mascara or the Bourjois Volume Glamour Curl Mascara and that's my eyes done! To finish off the look, I just sweep Lovelorn by MAC across my lips and away I go!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

The Body Shop Moringa Body Sorbet | Review

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week and are enjoying being back to school/work, I used to love the first week back at School. I always used to think of it as a fresh start, and I loved going back to spending every day with my best friends...the work, not so much! Anyway, today I thought I would tell you about my new favourite body product. 

A while ago I decided to try The Body Shop Body Butters and really didn't get on with them, I found them way too thick and they just didn't sink into my skin at all. Generally, I'm not a fan of heavy moisturisers (mainly due to me being too lazy to apply them and let them sink in) so I'm not sure why I thought I'd love the body butters. Anyway, when The Body Shop contacted me asking if I would like to try one of their body sorbets I was thrilled, as I had been looking at them since they came out this year. 

The Moringa Body Sorbet* is a lovely light weight body moisturiser and is perfect for anyone, who like me, hates the feeling of thick moisturisers. It does have a bit of an odd texture, I expected it to be a bit like a moisturising gel, however it's a little thicker and not as slippy as a gel would be, it's really hard to explain! I do like the texture though, I find it easy to apply and it sinks in really quickly, which is perfect for me as I'm so impatient! 

The Moringa Body Sorbet has a light floral smell, which is lovely for this time of year when it's not quite Autumn but you're ready to leave Summer behind. Light floral smells and fruity smells are two of my favourites, so I'm pretty sure that I will love the whole range. I definitely have my eye on some of the other, more fruity scents! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | Review

Monday, 8 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoying your week! Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is a product thats been on my wish list for well over a year now. After reading loads of positive reviews of the foundation, I knew I needed to try it out for myself. 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is described as a 'glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage' which is suitable for normal to dry skin types. At first I was a little put off buying this foundation as I have typically oily skin with acne scarring which I like to be fully covered. However, after trying the foundation at my local Nars counter, I realised that this wasn't something I needed to be concerned about. 

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is a liquid foundation with a lovely silky texture, its a dream to apply and blends in effortlessly, making this perfect for any days when my skin isn't at its best. Although the name would suggest that this is a dewey foundation, I was surprised to find that it left me with more of a satin finish with only a slight glow. This was a pro for me as I do have oily skin and find that anything too dewey just slides straight off my skin. Instead, the slight glow looked perfectly natural and made me look like I'd had a good nights sleep. It also feels really light on your skin when you apply it, making it perfect for me and anyone else who hates the feeling of foundation on their skin. 

The foundation also contains no SPF making it perfect for any flash photography and nights out when everyone has their cameras out. However, if your looking for use this for an everyday foundation, then I would suggest investing in a decent SPF as you don't want your skin to suffer. With this in mind, this will definitely be my go to foundation for any events and nights out, as it photographs beautifully. 

I was matched to Mont Blanc which is 'Light 2' and is an extremely pale shade with pink undertones. The range also has one more shade, Siberia, which is slightly lighter than Mont Blanc, making the range perfect for any of my fellow pale skinned girls. 

Despite Nars claiming that this is a sheer foundation, I would say that this foundation has medium to full, buildable coverage. I have some quite bad acne scarring and a few pesky spots still grace my face, so I was a little concerned with the sheer claims, however, this foundation covered anything I needed it to in just one layer, and resulted in me using way less concealer than I normally would which is always a result! 

I have quite oily skin, so normally this foundation wouldn't be suggested to me, however I found that it lasted a couple of hours on my skin which is similar to most foundations for me (even ones targeted at oily skin). I always need to powder my face throughout the day, so having to powder when I wear this foundation isn't really a complaint for me, as it's just something I've come to expect. 

Overall, I love this foundation. It applies perfectly to my skin and has the most beautiful finish, it's everything I expected from the foundation and more. If your looking for a lovely, lightweight foundation that offers amazing coverage and a lovely finish, I'd really recommend this foundation. I know its pricey at £31 a pop, but it really is worth it for the finish you achieve. My only complaint is that for the price, it doesn't come with a pump. When drugstore brands can offer a pump for a third of the price, I really think that Nars should offer a pump with their foundations. 

Have you tried Nars Sheer Glow Foundation? I'd love to know what you thought of it!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

NARS Orgasm Lipgloss | Review

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a lovely weekend and have lots of fun planned! I've been busy this week trying to get ahead on blog posts before I go back to University, as I know I won't have as much time then! Anyway, while I was in America last month I popped into Sephora one too many times, and I was given a Beauty Insider card which allowed me to pick a sample size product of my choice. I decided to go for the mini Nars lipgloss in Orgasm as I had never tried a Nars lip product before, and it started a love obsession with Nars. 

Orgasm is described by Nars as a "peachy pink with shimmer." On me, it's more of a coral colour with just the right amount of gold shimmer. It's not usually a colour I would pick out while at the Nars counter but I'm so glad that this is now in my collection. It's the perfect colour for Summer or for a more natural look and it's so easy to wear. 

Nars have recently changed the formula of their lip glosses, and although I've never tried one of the old ones for myself, I've heard that they were quite sticky. However, the new formula's are definitely a change for the better. This gloss isn't sticky at all and is a pleasure to wear, and it also lasted for hours on my lips, which is pretty impressive for a gloss. 

Have you tried any of the new Nars lip glosses? I'd love recommendations for which one to add to my collection next!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Sephora Icy Fuchsia Blusher | Review

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Hello Lovelies! I hope you're all doing well and enjoying you're week! While I was browsing the isles of Sephora in July, I decided that I wanted to pick up some of the Sephora own brand make up to test out. I originally wanted one of their bronzers as they looked really nice, however with two bronzers already in my basked I decided that it probably wasn't the best idea and picked a blusher instead. 

I decided to go with Icy Fuchsia which is a bright pink with a hint of shimmer. When I bought it, I didn't actually realise that it had shimmer so I was slightly disappointed to find out that it did, but I can hardly complain as that's completely my own fault. The pink colour is very similar to Pink Swoon, a favourite of mine by MAC. 

The blusher is a gorgeous bright pink colour with silver sparkle. It's more of a glitter than a shimmer which I was quite worried about at first, but once applied you actually can't see the glitter which for me was a good thing as I didn't want it there in the first place! The blusher itself is smooth and blendable and isn't too bright once applied. The blush is pigmented just enough, meaning that you don't have to apply loads, but not so pigmented that you end up with bright pink cheeks. 

Much like MAC, the blush comes in a small black compact with a flip top and clear lid, making it easy to identify the colour of the blush which comes in handy when you have as many as I do! The packaging isn't anything special, but it does the job and looks quite sleek in my make up bag. 

Overall, this is a really nice blush, especially as it only costs $12. The Sephora blushers come in a range of 16 colours meaning that there is definitely a colour for everyone. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

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