Wonderful Advertisers | October

Friday, 31 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and are having an amazing Halloween whatever your plans are. I was supposed to go out this Wednesday to celebrate Halloween but unfortunately my plans had to be cancelled due to illness so I'm just going to have a quiet one this year, which is probably best considering how much Uni work I have going on at the moment. Anyway, let me introduce you to this months Wonderful Advertisers...

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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The Vivabox 2014 | Review

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all doing well and are enjoying what is left of Autumn before the Christmas madness sets in, honestly I can't wait! Now I know we've only just entered November, however I know a lot of you, like me, like to start their Christmas shopping early. That way you can spread the cost and there's no last minute dashes to the shops on Christmas Eve (I've been there, trust me you don't want to be doing that!). So to kick off the festive season I thought I would introduce the Vivabox* to you, exclusively available from The Perfume Shop. 

The Vivabox is available for both men and women and I think it would make the perfect Christmas gift for any difficult relatives out there! The box comes with seven carefully picked perfume samples which you can test out (there's enough in there to test each one for about a week) to see how they wear on your skin, which ones you like best, etc and a voucher so that you can pick up the full size bottle of your favourite. 

I did receive one of these last year and I loved it, however I really think they've stepped it up a notch this year. The boxes are beautifully presented with the little bows and the cute little envelopes inside and the perfume samples are all quite large (for a sample). I also think the selection of brands has improved with brands such as Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture and Jimmy Choo included. 

I think that this would make a great Christmas present for anybody really. I think perfume is a really lovely gift but it's also really hard to get right unless you know a specific fragrance that people want as everyones tastes are different. So offering someone the choice but still giving them something they can unwrap is a great idea. I still haven't decided which one I am going to go for yet but I think its between Jimmy Choo and Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy at the moment. My Dad was also really pleased with his Vivabox as he loves having the samples to take away with him on work trips...I think he was a bit more excited about the samples than the prospect of getting the full size haha!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Infinity | Review & Swatches

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Say hello to my new partner in crime, the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner*. Now, anyone who knows me will know that me and eyeliner really don't get on. I can never apply it properly and it just ends up like a big ol' mess on my face every morning, so I tend to skip this step and just use a dark eyeshadow to line my eyes...until I met this beauty. 

Despite not being the biggest eyeliner fan, I've tried a fair few different types from various brands, but this one has got to be my favourite so far. Infinity is a deep black colour and it really is the darkest  of blacks and so pigmented. I only use the tinniest smidge to get a defined black line so I can see that this pot will be lasting me months with everyday use as you do get quite a lot of product for your money. 

The formula of this liner is really what got me. Its so unbelievably creamy and easy to work with. I use an angled brush with this and it's just perfect. It glides on effortlessly and creates a super defined line which is perfect if you want an understated look, or you can easily build it up and flick it out. I thought that the Benefit Push Up Liner was the easiest to use, but this offering from Illamasqua has knocked it right out of the park, because if I can master eyeliner using it, then anyone can! 

This eyeliner also has some serious staying power. If you just leave it for a few seconds after you've applied it and wait for it to dry, it literally will not budge until you want it to. I have to get up very early for Uni this year as I am commuting in, and this eyeliner will look just as perfect when I apply it at 6am as it does when I take my make up off late at night, so if you work long days or you're just tired of your eyeliner smudging up your eyelids, then I really recommend you go take a look at this one. 

The only downside I could find for this would be the price (£18.50), but Illamasqua is a high end brand so you do have to expect high end prices. I don't mind paying high end prices if the product really works better than ones I've tried from the drugstore, and this is definitely the case with the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner. It's better than any other liner I've tried and it's now an essential in my make up bag. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

OOTD | Cosy Autumn Style

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Hello Beauties! First of all, let me just apologise for my little disappearing act this week. I've really been struggling to keep up with my Uni work as I have four major deadlines all on the same day (and I don't have a clue what I'm doing for each of my essays!) so blogging has had to take a back seat. I haven't had any time to take blog photos yet (I plan on getting up super early to do this tomorrow) but I just thought I would share a quick and rare OOTD with you. Sorry for the terrible quality mirror pics, fashion blogging isn't my forte.

Now that the weather has taken a colder turn with all this horrible wind and rain we've been having, It's about time I made use of all of the Autumn clothes I've been buying over the past few months. I decided to wear this black jumper dress that I got from Primark today as its cosy but not too thick as it wasn't all that cold today. I spent ages looking for a black jumper dress this year and I never expected that I would find my perfect one in Primark! It's the perfect length for me, not too short to wear in the day with some thick black tights but not too long that I look like a granny either. They also do this in grey and pink and it only cost me £10, if anyone is interested it. I paired it with thick black tights and some black chunky ankle boots which I picked up in Next last year. To finish the outfit off, I paired my jumper dress with this beautiful faux fur vest from Zara. I love anything fluffy and this vest is just so snuggly and the extra length makes it look so chic. I think Zara also do this in other colours, but the link to the one I have is here

I hope you liked this quick OOTD and please let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more! I promise to get some of my normal posts back up soon!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

Lush Christmas 2014 | So White Showergel

Monday, 20 October 2014

Hello Beauties! It seems like it's been ages since I actually sat down to write a blog post. Before I went back to Uni I sorted out my blog and scheduled all of my posts up until Saturday as I knew I would be busy with Freshers and getting back into the swing of things. I thought that by this point I would have gotten myself into a routine and would be able to keep up with posting every other day (and keep the quality the same) but realistically, I just don't think that is going to happen. Everyone tells you how difficult your final year of University is, but I don't think that anyone can really prepare you for the reality of being a fourth year student. Finding time during the day to take photos is now quite difficult for me and actually finding the time to sit down and write up the post is even worse (without feeling guilty because I really should be working) so please bear with me while I try and get myself into a routine and for the time being, my posts will be a little all over the place! 

Anyway, ramble over. Recently, I've been a bit down about going back to Uni as it was really something I didn't want to do, so I decided to treat myself to a few little bits from the Lush Christmas Range to cheer myself up. The first thing I picked up was the So White shower gel, which is what I thought I would tell you all about today. The So White shower gel has the same scent as the So White bath bomb which they usually release around this time of year, except it's in shower gel form, obvs. So White is based on the famous Disney film, Snow White which I just think is so cute and it definitely influenced my decision to pop this little wonder in my basket. Lush say that So White is 'a crisp apple shower gel to leave you feeling the fairest of them all. This creamy, shimmering wash is made with cleansing fresh apple and cyder vinegar as well as soothing rose water to leave you feeling fresh and soft. So White also contains organic rose absolute and bergamot essential oil to help clear the mind and peace you feeling as pure as driven snow'. 

I just think that description is so cute, especially with the 'fairest of them all' reference (I'm a sucker for anything Disney) and it's also spot on. This shower gel has a refreshing apple scent which is perfect to perk you up first thing in the morning, but is also lovely and relaxing as a bedtime treat. It also contains little flecks of shimmer running throughout the shower gel which makes it look so pretty and snowy. This glitter does wash off in the shower though, so no need to worry about stepping out of the shower looking a bit like a 70s disco ball. I would say that the scent of this isn't as strong as the bath bomb though, which I kind of like as I don't find this to be overpowering. 

I only bought the littlest bottle of this as a little treat to myself, and it cost me £4.50 which I do think is pretty steep for only 100ml so it would have definitely worked out as more value for money if I'd have bought the bigger £10 bottle, but as I still have loads of Snow Fairy left after I went a little cray cray and bulk bought last year, I didn't want to do the same with this one as I would never reach the end of my stash! I really like Lush at this time of year and they have some brilliant products in stock at the moment. There's nothing better than coming home from Uni on a cold wintery day and getting straight in the bath, so I'd definitely recommend picking up a little treat for yourself as the nights draw in! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Benefit Rockateur Blusher | Review & Swatches

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all doing well and are having a lovely week. A little while back I finally popped my Cohorted cherry and snapped up the Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blusher for the bargain price of £11.50! It really was a no brainer for me when I saw the price as I've almost paid £23.50 for this in the past as I wanted it so bad, so I was a very happy girly when the postman turned up with my parcel. 

Firstly, lets talk about the packaging, this really wouldn't be a Benefit Costmetics review if I didn't, right? Rockateur is the latest Boxed Blush from Benefit, so it comes in the standard cardboard box with the hinged top and a tiny little mirror (who really uses them?!) and a little brush which I also don't use - I just find them way too small to work with. The box has a pretty gold, pink and black lace pattern and while its not my favourite boxed blush design (I just love Hervana way too much), it's still pretty and looks so cute sitting in my draws alongside my other boxed blushes. 

When I first looked at Rockateur it looked like a shimmery rose gold powder which I was slightly worried about as some shimmery products can highlight my enlarged pores, however after the first use, the shimmery top layer of the blush disappeared to leave a soft pinky peach blusher behind. I really love the colour of this blush and think it's perfect for any pale girls out there like me. It's quite a delicate colour which I think looks quite sophisticated, and it really isn't that pigmented. I don't find any of the Benefit Boxed Blushes to be that pigmented which makes me question why I spend so much on them, but they were my first real make up love and I think they will always have a place in my heart! Although it's not super pigmented (I'm comparing it to my MAC blushers) it's still really pretty and creates a subtle pink glow which, while it's understated, is super pretty. 

Overall, I'm really pleased with my purchase and I think this blusher works well as an everyday blusher when you don't want too much colour on your cheeks. It blends well into my skin and works well with my bronzer, so I really have no complaints! What's your favourite Benefit Blusher? Mine's definitely Hervana, closely followed by Rockateur! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Simplifying My Skincare

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Being a Beauty Blogger, I've managed to accumulate a fair few lotions and potions over the year, and as a result my bathroom cabinet is probably better stocked than the isles of Boots. However, recently I noticed that my skin has been breaking out a lot more frequently than before, now this could be down to a number of reasons...over exfoliation, changes in climate, etc. But one thing I've noticed is that my skincare routine has gotten out of hand and is way too complex for my young skin. I recently read a blog post (I'm sorry I can't remember where!) about skincare tips said blogger shouldn't have listened to, and one of them was all about using loads of products on your face. This got me thinking, maybe I'm using too many products?

Before I decided to simplify my skincare, my routine consisted of a micellar water, two cleansers, a serum, an eye cream, a pore minimiser, spot treatment and a moisturiser...basically, way too many products. Now, I'm no expert and this post will be based on what I've found works for my skin, but recently I've found that cutting down my regime has really benefited my skin. When my break out was at its worst (I'm talking really bad) I decided to cut back to just using a make up remover (although I didn't need this as I stopped wearing make up it got so bad), a cleanser and a moisturiser and the occasional scrub and face mask and I found that this worked wonders for my skin. Within two days my spots had gone back down to normal levels (my skin is never completely clear) and with that, I gained my confidence and happiness back. 

My skin is one of my major insecurities. I suffered with terrible acne when growing up, some of which has still not disappeared, and this has left me with large pores and a bit of scarring/redness - generally not a pretty picture. All of this left me with a desire to pile as much product on as possible to fight my many skin concerns, when it turns out, my skin was crying for a break from the product abuse. With this in mind, I decided it was time for a complete skincare shape up. 

As I also wanted to cut back on the harsh ingredients, I headed straight for the Simple isle in my local Boots. I live in a very tiny village, so they didn't have the complete skincare range for me to look though (probably a good thing, I'd have been there for hours!) so I ended up choosing the Simple Foaming Cleanser. I chose this mainly due to its lack of fuss. It's just a simple foaming cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of all it's goodness, but instead leaves your skin feeling fresh as a daisy and completely calm. I've really been loving this and the simplicity of this product has been doing me wonders. Following on from this, I chose the Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser. One problem I have with my skin is that it gets very oily, and I often find moisturisers to be too heavy for my skin and cause breakouts. The Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser has a lovely light weight formula which helps to keep my skin looking matte for longer, without breaking me out. Now, these products don't come with any fancy packaging or frills, but I think clean, fresh feeling skin is a much better result. 

Now, of course I haven't thrown away all of my skincare, I've still kept a few bits for when my skin is having an off day and needs a little something extra. Once a week, or every other week, I try to use the REN Invisible Pores face mask, this really helps to keep my skin calm and tighten my pores, and honestly my skin feel so smooth after using this. I really can't sing it's praises enough and if you struggle with break outs, I recommend you purchase this now, it instantly calms my break outs and reduces them as soon as they appear. Also, as my skin sometimes has the tendacy to get a little dry, I've kept some of my Tarte Maracuja Oil to sooth my dry skin. This little bottle is full of wonderful natural goodness that instantly soothes dry skin and helps keep your skin glowing, even when it's having a dull moment. 

I've found that cutting back on my skincare has done my skin wonders, and I know there will be people who swear by their complex routines, but everyone's skin is different. I know there will be critics out there who are nauseous at the fact I don't use an eye cream too, but I just haven't found one that works for me - a lot of them are way too heavy for my young sensitive skin. 

Please let me know in the comments if you suffer from bad skin, or any tips you have to solve the problem!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

What's In My Bag? | Michael Kors Bedford Bag

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week whatever you're up to! The other day I was looking through some of my posts from when I first started blogging for a little inspiration and hoping to see some improvement and I stumbled across my 'Whats In My Bag?' post. I love reading Whats In My Bag? posts and it's been almost two years since my last one so I thought it was about time that I did an updated one seeing as I have a new bag with new contents!

The bag which I am using at the moment is the Michael Kors Bedford Bag. I bought it while I was in America this Summer and I love it to bits. I wanted a good quality structured bag for a while now (I had something like the Zara City Bag in mind) and when I saw this I knew it was what I'd been looking for. Although its pretty small it can fit a surprisingly large amount of stuff inside but it's not really big enough for me to take to Uni as there's no way I could fit all of my books inside and I wouldn't want to ruin it by overstuffing it. I am currently on the hunt for a bigger bag for Uni at the moment so if you see any nice ones please link me up! 

Firstly, I have all of my 'essentials'...purse, keys, etc. I also have my Oyster Card in a cute floral Jack Wills card holder from when I lived in London. I really don't need to be carrying this around with me anymore, but I found it in an inside pocket and I guess its always handy to have incase I ever travel back through London. I also have this cupcake note pad in my bag for when I'm only going into Uni for one lecture. This isn't my usual note pad for Uni but I plan on going into town after my lecture today so I thought a little note pad would be easier to carry around rather than lugging all of my laptop, notepad and text books around the shops. 

I also have what I would call as more 'essentials'. I always have my iPhone in my bag, I have the white iPhone 5S and it's currently wearing a cute baby pink case (if you can't tell, I love all things pastel!) and these pink headphones which I was sent by Benefit a couple of months ago. My headphones are permanently glued to my ears and I hate walking anywhere without music and they also come in handy when I want to do some work in the library, so for me they're an essential. I also found this random Pug Mini Speaker from Kitsound in my bag...not sure why it's in there but I guess it might come in handy one day! Although I usually use this in my room, so I'm not sure how it ended up in there. 

Next I have a little pink Birchbox pouch full of handy bits and bobs that I may need when I'm on the go. Firstly I have one of the Vaseline Compact Deodorant Sprays because you never know when this may come in handy, and the small size makes it perfect for my handbag! I also have some Migraleave for my migraines which I get quite a lot, if I don't take my tablets when one comes on I'll have collapsed within minutes so it's essential that I have these with me at all times. I also have some Strepsils as I'm fighting off a sore throat at the moment. I also keep a Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer in my bag for obvious reasons, a YSL mirror which was a gift with purchase for touch ups on the go, some perfume samples in case I ever forget to put perfume on in the morning (more often than not!) and this cute little Birchbox Lipstick Pen for taking notes in lectures or jotting post codes down (I get lost pretty much every time I get into my car). 

And lastly, I have my little make up bag for touch ups on the go. At the moment I'm carrying around the L'Oreal Eau De Tient foundation as it's one I'm testing out, the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder as I'm always having to touch up my powder throughout the day. I also carry a mini Benefit Porefessional and Posie Tint as the mini sizes are perfect for putting in your handbag. I also have their Boing Concealer as I swear by it and the Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara. I put one of the Trish McEvoy mini eyeshadow palettes inside too as it has around 8 different shadows and is super thin, so I thought it would be good to have incase I decided to go out after Uni or to meet my friends...a girl can never be too prepared! And of course, way more lip products than one person could ever use. At the moment I have the Pixi Shea Butter Tinted Lip Balm, Elf Glossy Gloss, Kiko Kiss Balm, Clinique Long Lasting Gloss, and the L'Oreal Collection Privee in Cheryls Nude. 

So there you have it, this is everything thats in my bag at the moment! I usually also have an umbrella and sunglasses but at the moment I have these in my car so I could fit other things in my bag. I hope you liked this post, and if you'd like to see any more posts like this then please let me know!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation | Review

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you've all had a brilliant weekend, whatever you've been up to! If you read my last blog post (here) then you'll know that recently I've been on a bit of a mission to find a good matte foundation that will help to control my shine throughout the day, and I think I've finally found it! 

A while ago while I was browsing the Clarins counter with my Mum on a shopping trip I saw that they had two foundations which would be suitable for my skin - the Ever Matte Foundation and the Everlasting Foundation - and the lady at the counter kindly gave me a couple of samples of each so that I could properly test them out and make sure the shade selection was right for me, as I always worry about foundations oxidising and turning orange on my skin. After testing both of the foundations out, I decided that the Ever Matte Foundation was the one for me and I ended up buying the full size bottle. This usually costs £27, however I managed to get it for £24 as John Lewis were having a special discount on all of their beauty products. I'm not sure if this is still running as I bought it over a week ago now, however I do know that Escentual are also selling this for £24 here

The Clarins Ever Matte foundation is a balancing foundation which helps to provide a natural finish for oily skin types, without compromising on longevity. It contains a complex of minerals and plant extracts which help to absorb excess sebum and oil throughout the day to keep your skin looking fresh all day. I really like that this foundation helps to keep my skin oil free all day, but also doesn't dry out my skin. I have fairly sensitive skin, so anything that dries it out can cause redness and irritation. However, this foundation contains brown algae and acacia gum, which help to seal moisture into the skin all day long. 

The formula of this foundation was really what sucked me in and tempted me to part with nearly £30, it has a beautiful ultra lightweight formula which you can barely feel on the skin. It also has a lovely matte finish which takes away any shine, without leaving your skin looking flat. It's a very natural matte finish. I hate heavy foundations which feel stick on my skin, so this one was perfect for me. The coverage that this foundation offers isn't brilliant, it's definitely a medium coverage however you can build it up to cover up any areas you may want to which is what I've been doing, or just use a little concealer to cover any blemishes. I'm usually a full coverage girl, but I actually really like the lighter coverage as it feel so much better on my skin and leaves my make up looking a lot more natural. The Clarins Ever Matte foundation also contains SPF 15 making this perfect for everyday wear if you are concerned by the damaging effects of the sun (which I am). 

Overall, I am completely in love with this foundation. It is expensive, and it is only a little bottle, but you only need a tiny bit to cover your whole face and it actually works. I don't mind paying the extra for high end products when they actually work, so I have no buyers remorse with this one! If you are interested in this product, or any of the Clarins foundations I's really recommend popping down to your local counter and asking for a sample as the ladies there are ever so lovely and helpful. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin | Review

Friday, 10 October 2014

Hello Lovelies, I hope you're all well and are enjoying the new week! After spending most of my weekend relaxing and catching up on all things blog related, I'm definitely ready for all of the challenges that the new week brings! Recently, I've been on a bit of a quest to find the perfect matte foundation which will keep shine at bay, as I have quite oily skin and am fed up of constantly having to powder. 

After asking on twitter which drugstore foundations were best for oily skin, pretty much everyone said the Revlon Colourstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin was the best so off I popped to Boots (where I still managed to spend like £50 on make up, despite only going in for one thing!). I thought that the colour range for this foundation was actually pretty decent for a drugstore foundation range. It seemed to cater for the paler and darker skin tones, with a range of warm and cool toned shades, so I'm sure that you would be able to find a good match if you were interested in this range. 

First things first, the packaging. The Revlon Colourstay Foundation comes in a glass bottle with a plastic screw cap, its pretty standard and nothing fancy but it does the job nicely. The one thing that does bother me though is the lack of a pump on the bottle. My god, this foundation is hard to get out! I really don't see why foundations wouldn't come with a pump, it just makes life easier. I literally have to tip this bottle upside down and bash it on the back of my hand to get any out, then it all comes out at once - so annoying! Anyway, rant over. 

The first thing I noticed about this foundation (apart from the lack of pump) is how thick it is. If you don't like heavy or thick foundations then I would seriously recommend that you avoid this one. I'm not the biggest fan of heavy foundations, so I decided to apply this with a Beauty Blender as it thins it out a bit when you apply it. I found that I liked it when I applied it with the beauty blender, but when I tried it with a brush is was just too thick for me, no matter how much buffing I did. I'd also say that the coverage is medium to full and it can definitely be built up, this foundation covered everything I needed it to, and it meant that I could go easy on the concealer. 

But did it last? I am happy to say that it did a pretty goof job of lasting on my skin. I found that on the areas where I have very large pores, it didn't last too long, however everywhere else it didn't budge. This isn't to say that it stayed matte all day though. When I first applied this foundation, it went on very matte which I liked as I'm getting quite fed up with my oily skin but this didn't last all day and I found that I did need to powder after a couple of hours. It did however, last slightly longer than any other foundations I have which I was impressed with, as it only costs £12. 

Overall, I do like this foundation as it does what I needed to, but ideally I would like it to be a little thinner and light weight on my skin. What do you think of the Revlon Colourstay Range? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer | Review

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week. Yesterday I finally managed to find an hour with some decent lighting to take blog photos, I hate all this gloomy weather we've been having and it's making it so difficult to fit blogging in around Uni work, god knows what we're all going to do when we get further into winter time #BloggerProblems! Anyway, primer has to be my most neglected beauty product, I just completely forget about it every morning when I'm applying my make up, but I'm trying to change this. After being lectured by several bloggers/youtubers/makeup artists about the importance of primer, I've been trying to incorporate it into my beauty routine more and more. To start off with, I thought I would delve into the world of drugstore primers to see if there were any that made a difference to my make up without making too much of a difference to my bank balance. 

I have to say, the amount of primers available at drugstore prices is a little disappointing. Either brands just don't have them, or they aren't readily available on the beauty stands like they are with some of the more higher end brands. However, I did manage to find this Stay Matte Primer from Rimmel for just £5. I have quite oily skin and large pores, so I wanted something that would smooth out my skin, but also help control my oiliness and therefore make my foundation last longer. Rimmel claim that this primer controls shine for up to 8 hours, and that the ultra lightweight formula minimises pores - sounds perfect, right? 

The formula however, is not 'ultra lightweight'. Instead it is quite a thick white cream formula which does take a minute or two to sink into the skin and it didn't really do anything for my pores, I found the Maybelline Baby Skin and Benefit Porefessional did a much better job at minimising pores. On application my skin did feel smooth though, and it was visibly mattified so I thought that me and the Stay Matte Primer were going to get on brilliantly. 

However, as the day wore on, my foundation started to go very patchy over the areas on my face where I had large pores, which actually emphasised them - not a good look! It also didn't do much in the way of controlling shine, and the '8 hour' claim made by Rimmel was nowhere close to how long my skin stayed looking matte. It did control my shine a tiny bit, and did prolong my foundation wear across my forehead and over my cheeks, but the patchiness it left on around my nose and parts of my cheeks just isn't worth it for me, I think there must be something better out there! 

At only £5, I'm not too annoyed that this didn't work however I would love to know of any good drugstore primers that you know of - I'm on the hunt for the perfect one!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Hi Impact Brows Eye & Brows Palette | Review & Swatches

Monday, 6 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and enjoyed the weekend! This weekend my parents were away so I was left in charge of two very naught cats, but while I wasn't trying to keep them out of trouble I did manage to get all of my reading done for Uni and fit in a little pamper night which was nice. Anyway, anyone who knows me, knows I love brow products. I have a whole section in one of my make up draws dedicated entirely to brow products and anything you could possibly need to keep them under control can be found in there, so I was so excited to receive this Hi Imact Brows Palette*. 

The Palette contains four matte shades which can be mixed and matched to suit your individual brow colours, which is what I like to do to achieve the right colour for me. The palette contains an ashy blonde colours, a reddish medium brown colour, a cool toned brunette colour and a black, I find that a mixture of the cool toned brunette shade and the ashy blonde shade are perfect for my brows. The palette also comes with a handy angled brush which makes applying the brow powders effortless. I'm not normally a powder kind of girl, as I usually opt for a skinny brow pencil, however, this palette made it so easy to define my brows and create small hair like strokes using the brush, that I may just be converted to powder. 

The colours in the palette are also supposed to be smudge and run proof which I tested in the below swatches. Compared to normal eyeshadows or brow powders that I own, these managed to keep their colour surprisingly well after being rubbed really hard and having water run over them. I'm always touching my face, so it's great to know that I won't literally rub my brows off half way through the day with this powder! 

The great thing about this palette is that it can also be used on your eyes. As it's unlikely that you are going to change the colour of your brows, unless you undergo a major hair transformation, you probably wouldnt be able to make full use of the palette, however these matte neutral shades all make the perfect crease colour, and a matte black eyeshadow is always handy to have in your collection. 

Overall, I really like this palette and have been reaching for it more and more frequently. All of the shadows are pigmented and creamy and I can tell I will be getting a lot of use out of it as it's such a versatile palette. If your interested in finding out more, you can see a couple of video reviews and information from the company here

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

The October Birchbox | What's Inside?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I know I say this pretty much every month, despite not having time to publish monthly favourites for quite some time now (I promise to sort this out soon!), but I honestly can't believe its October already! I've just started my Fourth Year of University here in Bournemouth and I've already got looming deadlines and tonnes of reading to do, it's honestly all a bit overwhelming, so coming home to this months Birchbox after a particularly complex lecture was a lovely little surprise. This months box is called 'Work It!' and is in association with CoppaFeel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I realise that I am very lucky to say that Cancer is not something that has affected me or any of my loved ones, however it can affect anyone, so I think it is a really good idea that brands such as Birchbox are supporting these charities and including information on how to check for the signs of Cancer and what to look out for. This months box also contains a little pink beauty purse/bag which is perfect for your handbag, and much more useful than their regular drawstring bags, and of course I love the pink theme! 

Shaveworks The Cool Fix 

Shaveworks The Cool Fix is a cooling gel lotion that treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness after shaving or waxing. It's not necessarily a product I would have bought myself as I don't suffer with any of these things but it's a handy product to have in my box of samples incase any of these issues ever arise. 

Pixi By Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm

I love that I got this in my box, I'm a bit of a lip balm junkie and you can really never have too many. This lip balm also has a raspberry colour tint to it, making it perfect for when you want a hint of colour, and its gone straight in my handbag. Also, this would have normally set me back £8 making this box so worth it. 

Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum

The Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum is a radiance enhancing, anti-ageing serum from Dr. Sebagh and Cindy Crawford. This isn't something I probably would have bought myself as my skin is usually quite oily and being 21, I'm not massively into anti-ageing products just yet but I'm sure this will come in useful during the winter months when my skin is looking a little more dull than usual. 

Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm

Balance Me is a brand I've heard a lot about, but haven't really tried. I'm not sure why but so far I haven't seen anything that has wowed me enough to purchase, saying that I haven't really looked that much though. The Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm is a natural nourishing cleanser with exfoliating oatmeal powder. This is perfect for normal to dry skin, and apparently helps to balance oily skin too and claims to be perfect for oily skin. I can't wait to try this, I'm thinking of having a little pamper night tonight so I will have to let you all know how I get on! 

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Creme

I love the little hair styling samples that you get in Birchboxes, so far I've made use of and loved every one I've received and I'm sure this will be no different. It claims to smooth curls, waves and frizz which is perfect for me as I have naturally curly (frizzy) hair and am always looking for something to help tame it. 

Birchbox Lipstick Pen

This months lifestyle gift was this super cute pen in the shape of a lipstick. I really do love this, I'm always looking for a pen when I'm out to jot things down (mainly post codes for my sat nav, I get lost...a lot.) and this one will look super cute in my handbag. 

Overall, I really love this months box. There are some really great products on offer and I love the pink theme. If you'd like to pick up one for yourself, you can do so here. Each box costs £10 a month which I don't think is a bad deal considering everything I received this month. 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel | Review

Friday, 3 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well! I've just gone back to Uni to start my fourth and final year and I'm already finding it stressful with the amount of work required, especially after taking a year off - I feel so out of practice! I also had to re-learn how to drive as I am commuting from home this year which was another worry. Everyone says that driving is like riding a bike and it will come back really quickly, however, it took me a month to remember! I hadn't driven in four years but I can finally drive on my own now, and it may be a small accomplishment to many but it's one I'm proud of! Anyway, with the Lush Christmas Range coming out in a matter of days (yay!) I thought I would pop up a quick review of one of my Lush all time favourites - Snow Fairy. 

As I'm sure many of you are aware, Snow Fairy is a limited edition shower gel which Lush only sell once a year, at Christmas. The first time I tried Snow Fairy, I only bought a tiny little bottle as I was unsure of how much I would like it, turns out I loved the stuff, so last year I made sure I stocked up on a big bottle! Snow Fairy is an extremely creamy shower gel which I find to be super moisturising on the skin and it lathers up amazingly, it's just what you need to make you feel all cosy on a winters morning. 

And of course I couldn't talk about Snow Fairy without at least mentioning the famous smell. Snow Fairy smells of candy floss and sweets, which I adore. It also contains tiny little specks of pink glitter which all seem to sink to the bottom of my bottle, no matter how much I shake it up but that doesn't really bother me. Snow Fairy is a very sweet smelling shower gel though, and the smell is quite strong so if you aren't a fan of things which are quite sickly sweet, then this probably won't suit you. 

What do you think of Snow Fairy? I can't wait to pick another bottle up when the Christmas range comes out this year! I'm also really excited that Lush are launching their famous So White scent in a shower gel form, I think I will definitely be picking that up! 

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

Kiehls Creme De Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish | Review

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well! I know I say this every month but I really can't believe it's October already, soon it will be Halloween and Fireworks Night then it's pretty much Christmas. It's safe to say that this year really is flying by. I've just started my fourth and final year at Bournemouth Univeristy, and I'm actually terrified. After completing my placement I never really wanted to go back to Uni because I know I prefer working but I can't let myself throw away 3 years of work over my fear of writing a dissertation. I know I'll be very busy this year with University, so if my posts are a little sparse I'm sorry, I am going to try and write them in bulk and am trying to get ahead with my posts, but sometimes life just gets in the way!

Anyway, I was recently given this Kiehls Creme De Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish by my Mum to test out, and I thought I'd let you all know what I thought of it. Firstly, I'll start with the smell. I could hardly review this without mentioning it, because it smells amazing. It's sweet and almond scented and smells slightly tropical. For some reason it reminds me of the smell of Malibu, but not quite as strong. If you love sweet, tropical scents then this will be right up your street. 

The Kiehls Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish contains shea, Jojoba Butters and Sweet Almond Oil to give the scrub a really rich and creamy formula which feels ultra luxurious. Along with Pure Honey and Soy Milk Protein to really nourish the skin and ground Luffa Fruit to gently exfoliate, leaving your skin smooth and polished, without drying it out. 

I have quite sensitive skin which can get quite dry, especially on my legs, so it's important for me to get the balance right between a great exfoliator and something that won't dry my skin out (Soap & Glory's The Breakfast Scrub is a favourite of mine) and this offering from Kiehls is exactly what I've been looking for. I'm terrible at remembering to exfoliate and look after the skin on my body as most of the time I don't see a noticeable difference, but after using this my skin looked visibly smoother and my skin tone was evened out. All of my dry patches had disappeared and my skin felt so smooth and soft, and as the formula is so rich and creamy, I didn't need to use a lot to get the desired results so I know this bottle will last me a lot longer than my usual Soap and Glory scrubs. 

I'd really recommend this to anyone who likes to look after their skin and body, as you can really see a noticeable difference from the first use. I no longer have dry, tight and itchy skin and I found that my fake tan applied so much better after using this. This costs £22.50 from most large retailers, so it is a little pricey, however I know this will last me a lot longer than the S&G ones I usually buy (which I go through at lightening speed) and they are £10 each, so if you compare, it's not really all that pricey...at least thats what I'm telling myself as I know I will definitely be repurchasing this!

Lots of Love, 

Becky x x 

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