MAC Lipstick in Peach Blossom

Monday, 31 August 2015

mac peach blossom lipstick review

Hello Beauties! A little while ago I told myself I wouldn't buy any more MAC lipsticks as I didn't even use all of the ones I have, however I slipped and fell into the MAC store at World Duty Free one Friday after work and ended up with a lipstick in my hand...but when they're only £12 you really can't leave without at least one! 

After much deliberation, I decided to go with 'Peach Blossom' which is a lovely peachy-pink nude shade, perfect for everyday wear. MAC describes Peach Blossom as a 'frosted cool nude' which I wouldn't really agree with. It's definitely more peachy pink and I don't really see any frostiness in the lipstick, as it's more of a creamy colour. Peach Blossom is a cremesheen formula so it's lovely and moisturising, and I don't tend to have problems with it highlighting any dry areas of my lips. The colour is quite sheer though, it is buildable without looking heavy or cakey, however initially it's definitely a light wash of colour. I actually prefer sheer lipsticks for everyday wear so this is perfect for me, but I appreciate that a lot of people look for more opacity in their lipsticks. 

Overall, I love this shade. I never thought anything would replace Creme Cup or Lovelorn has my favourite everyday lipstick, but Peach Blossom is just the perfect nude pink/peach shade for everyday, almost a 'your lips but better' shade but with a bit more colour, which is exactly what I was looking for. 

What's your favourite shade?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

August Birchbox 2015

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Hello Beauties! Firstly, I apologise for the lateness of this review, I usually like to review my monthly Birchbox when I receive it at the beginning of the month, however this month it was delivered to my old address, so I was a little late receiving it..hence the late review. Anyway, August's box was all about being a beauty junkie, something I know a lot about. The packaging is just so cute, decorated in beauty emoji-style illustrations including lipsticks, brushes, compacts, etc...and it even came with a little sticker pack of the emojis to keep.

theBalm - Desert Bronze | Sample

theBalm is a brand I really like so I'm always happy when I find one of their samples included in my box, however this one is just so tiny, so I'll never be able to use it as a bronzer - i.e. it's intended use. I think I'll probably have to use this as an eyeshadow which isn't too bad as it makes for a nice neutral colour, plus the packaging is adorable. 

Illamasqua - Hydra Veil | Sample

I was really excited to see this product included in this month's box, as it's something I've been wanting to try for a while now. Unfortunately, I didn't love this product which was a shame, but at least it saved me from buying the full size and then finding out I didn't like it. It's also great to see that Birchbox are now stocking Illamasqua. 

Huygens - Exfoliating Cream | Sample

I'm not normally a fan of the exfoliators they include in Birchbox as normally react with my skin which is very sensitive to different exfoliators, however I actually really liked this one. The formula was really creamy and moisturising and it smelled of citrus which was lovely first thing in the morning.

Lord & Berry - Blush in 'Lotus' | Sample

Being a blush addict, I was excited when I saw this included. However, the blush was in pan form and also very small for a blusher, which was slightly annoying. Luckily I had some space in my MAC palette, as if not I don't know where I would have put it. The blush is a really nice muted rose colour though which I really like, although it definitely looks better with a tan. 

Rituals - Ayurveda Scrub | Deluxe Sample

This was actually one of my favourite products from the box which was surprising, as like I said, I'm not normally a fan of the exfoliators they include. However, this one contains multani clay and indian rose which help to draw out impurities and leave you feeling really refreshed, plus the smell is also lovely.

What did you think of August's box?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Seventeen Cosmetics Haul

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Hello Beauties! If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll probably know that when it comes to makeup, I'm a luxury girl through and through. I don't mean to be a makeup snob, but I much prefer to save up and get that one thing I've been lusting after instead of three things which I'll use for a little bit and then cast aside. That being said, I'm aware that there are some real gems on the high street and I do have a few pieces which I use on a daily basis, plus I'm always open to discovering new makeup, whether it be high street or high end. Today I thought I would share with you some products which I've been testing from Seventeen Cosmetics and let you know which ones were hits and which ones were misses. 

When I saw that Seventeen had their own brow kit, I couldn't wait to give it a go. I normally use Browzings by Benefit Cosmetics and was interested to see if this would turn out to be a dupe and end up saving me some pennies in the long run. The kit contains a brow wax, brow powder, brow highlight, brow pencil and a little brush for the powder - although I never use the little brushes. Essentially, this kit contains anything you may need to fill in your brows. The wax was the first thing I tried and I was pleasantly surprised. The wax looked pretty dark in the pan, however once applied it was the perfect shade and it also wasn't too pigmented. When it comes to filling in my brows, I don't like anything to be too full on colour-wise as I find that it looks pretty un-natural on me. I didn't think too much of the two powders in the kit as they were very pigmented and as I said, I prefer a weaker pigment for my brows, and slightly too powdery. The eyebrow pencil however, was brilliant. It's not too pigmented that it looks un-natural, but it's pigmented enough to properly fill in any gaps in your brows and create a more defined look. Overall, I did like this palette however I don't think it's enough to replace my beloved Browzings just yet. If you're looking for a high street brow palette though, I'd definitely recommend this one as it's the best budget one I've tried! 

Believe it or not, this is actually the first contouring kit/palette that I've tried. I'm big into contouring as without it my face looks like a football (curse you, chubby cheeks!) but I usually prefer to mix and match the products and brands I use to create a more custom finish/look. However, convenience-wise this product is brilliant. It's so handy having both in a neat little compact, especially if you're jetting off anywhere for a last minute break. Unfortunately, I didn't love the actual powders though. I found the contour colour to be slightly too warm and dark for my fair skin tone and also a little powdery for my liking. The highlight shade was okay, but if I'm honest I do prefer a more shimmery/glowy highlight than a matte one, which is what this palette contains. I don't think it's the worst product out there, but it just wasn't for me colour and finish-wise. If you're looking for a cheap contour palette though and your skin tone is warmer than mine (I wear MAC NW13) then you'd probably love this - just remember to tap the excess off your brush before applying! 

One of the real hits for me was the Falsifeye HD Mascara. I've tried a lot of mascaras in my time and I usually find that many of them end up clumping or making my lashes look too spidery. I have naturally long and curly lashes which may sound like a dream come true, however it's a nightmare when trying to find a good mascara. Most mascaras are targeted at short, straight lashes, meaning that they tend to make long lashes look clumpy and it's pretty much impossible to get a nice fluttery look. However, I absolutely love this mascara. It's quite a natural looking mascara, but it makes my lashes look so long and fluttery without giving me that horrible spidery look. I also found that I could wear it all day without it transferring onto my brow bone or under my eyes too, which is always a plus! 

If you're a fan of the Barry M Gelly polishes, then you'll love these even more. The thing I really love about these, apart from the formula, is the brush applicator. These polishes have a wider brush with a tapered end which I find makes applying the polish super easy and neat. The bottles do say that the mani will last for 8 days, I didn't really find this to be the case but they did last a couple of days on me which I think is quite impressive for me as normally my mani lasts around 3 hours! 

One of my all time favourite makeup products is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige, so I was excited to see how this compared. The Seventeen Instant Glow highlighter is slightly more bronze toned than the shimmer brick, so I do have to use this when I'm a little more tanned but overall I really love it. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are a little softer, but for a high street product, I'd say this is pretty great. 

Sticking with the highlighter theme, I've also been loving the Skin Wow Highlighter by Seventeen. For years I've used Benefit High Beam under my brow bone but since finding this it's completely replaced the more expensive Benefit option. I can't stress enough how similar the two products are, yet the Seventeen one is under half the price of the Benefit product, plus you get more product in the Seventeen option - it's a no brainer really! 

What are your favourite drugstore brands?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

nspa Skin Glow Mud Mask Review

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have an exciting week ahead of you! Face masks are one of my favourite beauty treats, I have a whole collection of them yet I'm always on the hunt for the next best thing...which is pretty much the same with any beauty product, I can never resist buying more! One I've wanted to get my mitts on for a while now is the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment, as I've heard it does extraordinary things for oily/spot prone skin like my own. However, due to the high price I've always hesitated, so when I heard that nspa had released a face mask which was said to be a dupe for the Glam Glow mask, I couldn't wait to try it. 

The nspa Skin Glow Mud Mask is a deep cleansing treatment mask which contains Kaolin Clay and Charcoal to draw out all of the impurities hiding in your pores. The mask also contains Cimicifyga Extract (10 points to whoever can actually pronounce that one!) which is said to help reduce the appearance of pores and generally improve your skins condition. Alongside all of this deep cleaning goodness, the mask also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (usually a good sign for me in terms of skincare) to help soothe the skin and provide antioxidant protection. 

Upon opening the mask, the first thing I noticed was the scent. The mask has that classic nspa scent, much like a lot of their other products, which I really love as I find it incredibly soothing and relaxing - exactly what you want from a face mask. The mask itself is grey in colour, probably from the charcoal and clay, and it of a medium consistency. It's not too runny but it's also not so thick that you have to really scoop it out of the pot, I'd say it was just right. I also found this mask to dry incredibly quickly and wash off like a dream, leaving no residue behind, which is always a bonus in my opinion - who wants to spend forever washing off their face mask when all you really want to do is crawl into bed and slip into a Netflix coma. 

Overall, I did find this mask to work well at clearing my pores. I have a terrible case of blackheads, excess oil and at the moment my face is breakout city, so this mask has been a real lifesaver. I wouldn't say it tops my REN Invisible Pores Mask, but if you're looking for a cheaper alternative then I'd say definitely give this one a try. The one problem I had with this mask though was the feeling of it on my skin. I often find that clay masks really sting my skin (apart from the REN mask) and unfortunately this one was no different. The mask did leave my skin feeling ultra clean and smooth, and almost like my skin could breathe after using it, if that makes any sense at all? 

I'd really recommend this mask to anyone who wants to really deep clean their skin and get deep into their pores as it's brilliant for that, however, if your skin is on the sensitive side like mine then either be prepared for it to sting a little, or find something a little more gentle. This mask came out on the 22nd so it's now available to buy in Tesco stores across the country - happy shopping! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Bournemouth's #HiddenGems

Monday, 24 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend! Today I have a bit of a different post for you all, but as my last post on Borough Market went down so well, I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce some more 'lifestyle' posts into the mix. I moved to Bournemouth for University around 4 years ago now, but since then I've never really spoken about the town on my blog. I guess with it being such a small town I didn't want to reveal too much about my whereabouts (you never know who may be reading), but now I've moved out I think it's time I shared some of my favourite things to do in Bournemouth, and some ideas for you if you're planning on visiting. 

Where to Eat & Drink

When you think of Bournemouth, I'm pretty sure you all think of Fish & Chips by the seaside, and while we do make a mean battered cod, there's also a lot more on offer in terms of eating out. 

West Beach - If you're into your seafood then you definitely want to check out West Beach. It's an award winning seafood restaurant right on the beach with amazing views (especially in the summer). It's a little more upscale so it would be great for a special meal out or an occasion, or even just a little treat. 

Aruba - If you're looking for somewhere to have a nice drink, then I'd definitely recommend Aruba as their cocktails are to die for. Aruba also serve food (pretty good food too) so if you're looking for dinner and drinks then I'd definitely recommend checking it out. Similarly to West Beach, Aruba is located right on the beach with a balcony view of the Pier. 

Sprinkles - If sweet treats are what you're into then you definitely don't want to leave without a visit to Sprinkles Gelato. Whether it's waffles, crepes or ice cream sundaes, Sprinkles has it covered with about 30 different toppings on offer and some seriously good flavour combinations. Sprinkles is the sort of place you go to consume your whole weekly calorie allowance in once sitting, so go hungry. 

What to See & Do 

The Beach - A trip to Bournemouth wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach. Bournemouth Beach is exactly how you'd imagine a traditional English beach to be. It's packed with fair ground rides, ice cream stalls, and of course plenty of fish & chip restaurants. It gets pretty busy at the weekends so you're best going during the week, but nevertheless, it's a definite Bournemouth must-see. 

Bournemouth Gardens - If you walk to the beach from the centre of town, then you're most likely going to have a wander through Bournemouth Gardens. It's full of pretty little walkways and flower displays, and some seriously hungry (and confident) squirrels. There's also a big balloon which you can go in if you're looking for arial views of the whole town and coast. I've never actually been in the balloon but I've heard it's worth a trip. 

Oceanarium - A trip to the seaside wouldn't be complete without looking at some cute sea-critters. Bournemouth Oceanarium is teaming with sea creatures, with some seriously cute penguins and turtles, it's definitely worth checking out. 

If you're planning on visiting Bournemouth, I hope these ideas have been helpful as the town really does have so much to offer. If you're looking for somewhere to stay while in Bournemouth, the Travelodge has some great deals, and also some more tips and ideas for what to do while you're there here.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Sponsored Post

Recent Favourites #3

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all having a great week :) This week has been pretty crazy at work so it's safe to say that I'm looking forward to a nice chilled weekend! Today I thought I would show you all some of the products I've been loving lately and some of my recent favourites, as it's been a while since I shared my favourites. 

My first love this month is the Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses set from their Holiday 2014 collection. I feel slightly bad for showing you this as it was limited edition and is no longer available (sob) but all of the products inside the kit are available separately so not all is lost, plus I've used it so much that I couldn't not include it. I'm sure most of you will know (god knows I've been blabbing on about it enough!) that I've started a new job recently and have had to adapt my makeup routine to fit in with my now rushed and busy mornings. Gone are the days that I had time to spend hours perfecting my makeup, now I have about 20 mins in the morning and that's where this handy little kit comes in. The one thing I love about this (apart from the fab quality of the products) is the convenience of it. The kit contains my favourite bronzer, To Faced Chocolate Soliel, a bronze highlight which has been perfect for those warmer days we've been having in London, the perfect neutral eyeshadow trio for everyday wear, and a lovely little light pink gloss, also perfect for everyday. I know I'll be purchasing this years little kits as soon as they come out, as I've got so much use out of this one...and the packaging is to die for! 

Another product I've been loving this month is Lady Million by Pacco Rabanne. This one was a little bit of a surprise for me, as it's definitely not a fragrance I'd usually go for, but I've been wearing it non stop. I'm rubbish at describing scents but this isn't my usual light and floral scent, it's more warm and cosy. Thats a terrible description but you should definitely go give it a sniff next time you're at the perfume counter. 

Another product I've been loving this month is the I Love...Raspberry & Blackberry body mist. I have to go through airport security around once a week with work, so I originally bought this as a handbag fragrance as it's cheap and only 100ml, meaning that I can take it through security and if there are any problems and it gets taken off me, it's no big loss. However, I've really grown quite attached to this. I'm a big fan of the raspberry & blackberry fragrance from I Love... and am always using the shower gel, so it's no surprise that I've been spritzing this daily. I Love... also do a wide range of fruity fragrances, and they're great for popping in your bag to freshen up on the go. 

As I'm sure you're all aware, I'm a big fan of lipgloss (if my blog name wasn't a giveaway enough!) and this month I've really been loving the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss. This little sample has been sitting in my makeup collection for a while now as I used to hate it due to the tackiness of the formula, but recently I've changed my mind and am quite a fan of the tacky formula. Normally, I hate sticky and tacky glosses, however I've found that this one is actually really moisturising and also quite long lasting, well as long lasting as a gloss can be. My lips have been quite dry this month and this gloss has been great as it doesn't highlight any of the dry patches , so I definitely think I'll be picking up a full size version of this as soon as payday rolls around. 

The last product I've been loving recently is this Essence blusher in the shade Summer Dreaming. I'm normally more of a pink blush girl, however this summer I've found myself reaching for peachy shades more often than not, and this one has been perfect. It's seriously cheap, however the quality is up there with some of the higher end brands, and the shade range available is brilliant. Summer Dreaming is a light peachy colour with a slight shimmer, just enough to brighten up your face but not so much that you look sparkly - the perfect balance. 

What products have you been loving lately?

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

July Love Me Beauty Box and Discount!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Hello Beauties! As I'm sure most of you know by now, I love a good beauty box, and the latest one I've been trying is the Love Me Beauty box. Love Me Beauty's subscription box is slightly different to the likes of Birchbox, Glossybox, etc as it allows subscribers to choose their own products. Love Me Beauty was founded n 2012 with the aim of bringing the beauty hall experience to all it's subscribers. When you sign up to Love Me Beauty you create a beauty profile which allows their in house beauticians to select the products most suited to you. However, if you're not keen on the products chosen for you, you can also select products from the Love Me Beauty Boutique, which stocks hundreds of well known products and brands, and also some up and coming ones too. I think this is a great idea as I often receive beauty subscription boxes and don't end up using anything I've received as they're just not for me. 

When July's Love Me Beauty box arrived, I have to say I was thoroughly impressed. The box came beautifully packaged in a grey and rose gold box, and contained not one, but four full size products, which I thought was just amazing for only £10 a month. 

The first product I pulled out was the Gentle Toning Lotion from Nuxe. Toner is usually a product I skip, therefore I have very few in my collection. However I'm trying to get myself into more of a skincare routine, so I was happy to receive a toner to add, as I really wouldn't know where to start with choosing a toner for myself. Nuxe is a brand I really like (especially their lip balms) so I was over the moon to receive a full size product from them. Since receiving the box I've been using this twice daily and I've noticed such a huge change in my's been so much clearer and calmer, so I'll definitely be using this product regularly. 

Secondly, I saw this cute little Huille Prodigieuse sample, also from Nuxe. I don't mind receiving two products from the same brand, as it's a fairly high end brand and they're both products which I know I'll get a lot of use from. This was the only sample I received in the box and it's still a pretty decent size sample which comes in a gorgeous little glass bottle, which I think is great compared to some of the other samples I've received in beauty boxes. I'll probably put this one in my sample drawer instead of using it straight away, as they're always useful to have on overnight stays! 

The second full size product I pulled out was one of the Shein Matte Lipsticks, which is an american brand. The packaging for the lipstick feels very luxurious and not plastic-y at all which I love, and the colour is stunning too. The shade I got was called Shanghai Rose which is a gorgeous peachy nude colour, a lot like Shy Girl from MAC but slightly darker and more pigmented. I love receiving makeup in subscription boxes as opposed to skincare, as I tend to use it more and find that often the skincare picked doesn't work for my skin. 

Lastly, I received two full size mineral pigments from BellĂ  Pierre in two gorgeous neutral colours. I love pigment eyeshadows so I was thrilled to see these two sitting pretty inside July's box. I also love that they picked two neutral colours. I hate it when beauty subscription boxes give you shades which the majority of people won't use (like neon pink or orange), so it's nice to see a beauty subscription box taking into consideration the types of looks that I would create on a regular basis. 

Overall, I'm seriously impressed with Love Me Beauty, and I think it's probably my favourite subscription service to date. You really can't beat the amount and quality of the full size products you receive for the price, and I'm really looking forward to receiving August's box. If you're interested in picking up one for yourself, then you can sign up and create your beauty profile here and receive 20% off your order with the code 'becky20'. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR sample

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Review

Monday, 17 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and your Mondays haven't been too terrible! I had quite a busy weekend so it's fair to say I'm more than a little tired today, but it's nothing a pamper evening and an early night can't sort out! Anyway, a few weeks ago I was picking out some beauty products to send to my friend Alyson in the States, and one of the things she really wanted to try was the Lasting Perfection Concealer by Collection (formerly Collection 2000). I was also in desperate need of a new concealer as Id spent the last few weeks scraping every last drop out of about 5 different concealers, so while I was picking one up for Alyson, I also picked one up for myself, and it occurred to me that whilst I have used this particular concealer before, I've never actually reviewed it here on my blog. 

The last time I used the Collection concealer I absolutely hated it, it was way too orange, cakey and generally just didn't work for me, as I also have a problem with concealer creasing under my eyes. However, since my last fling with the Collection concealer they've changed the packaging and I think they tweaked the formula slightly, so I thought I'd give it another go. 

I picked mine up in the shade number 1, which is the lightest in the range, and I have to say, I'm really impressed with how light the range is for a drugstore brand. I often struggle to find makeup that is pale enough for me on a budget, so it's really refreshing to see a high street brand catering for us pale ladies. In fact, shade 1 is probably a little too light for me. It works well under my eyes as the lightness of it really brightens the whole area, however I think if I were to use it to conceal spots and the like, I'd probably have to go a shade darker as to not highlight the spots. 

Now on to the formula, which unfortunately isn't my favourite. While the formula had improved since the last time I tried it, I still found it to be quite drying, particularly around my eye area. My eyes do get dry fairly easily though, so you might not have quite the same experience as I do with this concealer, however if you have dry eyes, I'd probably give this one a miss. As for it's 16 hour claims, I'm not sure it stands up to 16 hours of wear, but it certainly is long lasting. I found that when I used this, my dark circles were still well hidden by the end of the day, so if you're looking to make your makeup last, I'd definitely recommend this. 

Overall, I'm still left quite underwhelmed by the concealer, despite all of the hype it gets. I much prefer the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as I find the slightly more creamy formulas work better around my eye area, but if you're looking for something budget friendly then I'd say give this one a go, as it's under £5 so fits in with most people's budgets. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Things to do in London: Brunch at Borough Market

Sunday, 16 August 2015

 Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have had a fabulous weekend! Back in January, which I still cannot believe was over 6 months ago, I said I wanted to include a few more 'lifestyle' posts on my blog and like always, I posted about one and then went straight back to my old beauty-focussed ways. However, now I'm living in London, I want to make more of an effort to go out and explore at the weekends and really appreciate the city that I'm living in. So this weekend when I went for brunch at Borough Market I took my camera along and I'm so glad I did - everything was just so prepare yourself for one photo-heavy post. 

 I live and work in West London, so heading over to London Bridge is still a bit of a novelty for me. I love looking at all of the touristy things and peering up at the Shard, so Borough Market was really the perfect way to spend my Saturday. I headed over early (well, early for a Saturday) to meet my friend Katie, and we popped into The Breakfast Club for some brunch before tackling the crowds at Borough Market. I don't have any good photos of my food at The Breakfast Club as honestly, after an hour long queue I was starving and it was pretty dark in there. There is, however, a snap on my Instagram, so if you really want to take a look then you can head over there (@rderbyshire93). 

After brunch, we headed over to Borough Market, already feeling suitably stuffed. Borough Market is one of the oldest and largest food markets in London, stocking everything you could possibly want from a market from your standard fruit and veg, to all different types of breads and pastries, savoury snacks, seafood, drinks galore..and of course, cake. Wondering around the market is like taking a trip through a food-filled maze. There's something different on every corner and you really could spend hours there wandering through all of the different lanes and stalls. I loved looking at all of the delicious food on offer, and had I not been completely full from The Breakfast Club, I would have definitely bought about 10 burgers and salads as they all looked to die for. If you're a foodie, or even just appreciate a good donut (who doesn't?!), then I'd really recommend a trip to Borough Market. 

There's also loads of bars, pubs and restaurants dotted throughout the market, so if thats more you're thing then there's plenty on offer for you. It does get pretty busy on a Saturday, so if you can I'd try going on a weekday where you can really take your time appreciating the food on offer, or if like me, you work weekdays, then it's still pretty great on a Saturday...just prepare yourself for it to be busy. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

St Tropez In Shower Tan Review

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and have had a lovely week. Like I said yesterday, it's been a busy week for me so I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend! Last month the blogosphere was going crazy for the latest launch from St Tropez - the In Shower Tan. I'm not the biggest fan of gradual tans (I'm more of a 1 hour express tan kinda girl) so I didn't race to Boots straight away to pick it up, but recently one of my friends gave me this sample size to test out, so I thought I would share my thoughts on this so called 'wonder product'. 

The whole in shower thing really appeals to me, I'm extremely lazy when it comes to body creams, tans, exfoliators etc as they normally take ages to dry and sink in, anything that I can apply in the shower and then wash straight off sounds like a dream come true - if they work. The St Tropez In Shower Tan is a lightweight cream formula which contains sweet almond oil, giving the lotion a 'slippy', oily texture. The one thing I really did love about this product was that it was super easy to use. You literally just smother it all over your body and wait a couple of minutes before washing it off, it could not be easier to apply. 

However, I was left a little disappointed in the results. I know I'm not the worlds biggest gradual tan fan, but I like to be able to see a difference in my skin colour when I tan, which unfortunately wasn't the case with this tan. The change in colour was so slight that you really couldn't notice that I'd even tanned. If you're a little afraid of tanning, then you'd probably really like this product. It's almost impossible to get it wrong and the colour is super light and super natural...but if you like to see a real 'where have you been on holiday?' difference in your skin, then this probably isn't the tan for you. 

Overall, I love the concept of this product, but the colour just wasn't dark enough for me. If St Tropez could bring out a 'dark' version of this tan, I'd be first in line to buy it, but for now I doubt I'll be repurchasing. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

The £1.50 Nail Polish

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and having a great week! This week has been a pretty stressful one for me but I'm happy that I've managed to continue blogging throughout, as I've been letting things get in the way a bit too much recently. I'm hoping that as I continue to settle in to my new blog, I'll be able to get myself into more of a routine with blogging again! Anyway, last week me and my friend Amy headed to the Sky Lounge in Tower Hill for the launch of Ulta3, an Australian nail polish brand who are now being stocked in Primark! 

While we were there, we had the opportunity to chat to the team from Australia, find out a bit more about the brand, and of course pick up some goodies on our way out. We were lucky enough to choose some nail polish colours as we left, so today I thought I would pop up a little review of a few of the shades I chose. As you can see by the picture, I love pastel nail polish and took the opportunity to add a few more pastel shades to my collection. 

The first one which caught my eye was 'Corsican Rose' which is a lovely muted pastel green shade, perfect for any pastel lovers like myself. I don't currently have anything like this in my collection and what really attracted me to it was the 'dullness' of the green. I really like that it's not too bright and in your face, making it perfect for work and everyday wear. 

Similarly to 'Corsican Rose', I was also attracted to 'Soft Hydrandea' for it's understated appearance. Soft Hydrandea is a beautiful duck egg blue shade which I think really suits my pale skin tone, and it also looks lovely layered with a silver glitter top coat - which is how I've been wearing it this week. 

Lastly, I picked up 'Lily White'. There's not too much to say about this shade as it's just a white nail polish, but it was something that was missing from my collection, and a shade which I've wanted for a while now. Out of the three, I found that Lily White did apply a little streaky the first time I used it, however if you use two thin coats, this is completely avoidable. 

All of the Ulta3 nail polish shades are now available in Primark for £1.50 each, and at such a bargain I was surprised at just how high quality these were. My Ulta3 mani lasted just as long as when I use brands such as OPI and Essie which cost almost 10 times the price, so if you're looking for some cheap and cheerful nail polishes, then I'd head down to your local Primark before all of the good shades sell out! 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

*Post contains PR samples

Stila In The Garden Eyeshadow Palette: Review

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Eyeshadow palettes and foundations are my two major weaknesses, as soon as I spot a pretty palette or hear the unbelievable claims of a foundation, they're in my basket and on their way to me. It's something I really need to control, as honestly I rarely use them up and have loads of 'back ups' sitting in my dressing table drawer, however this certainly wasn't a thought that was running through my mind when I saw the Stila 'In The Garden' palette in my local TK Maxx for the bargain price of £9.99. 

Firstly, let's talk about the packaging. The packaging is pretty basic being a simple cardboard palette (don't worry - it's still very sturdy) with a magnetic close. The palette is also quite thin which I like as bulky palettes, as pretty as they are, are a complete nightmare to store. The palette also comes with a little booklet containing a couple of looks which you could create using the palette. I personally love it when brands do this as sometimes palettes contain the odd colour that I just do not know how to make work, and the little booklets always offer some inspiration. 

The palette contains ten shades, mostly with a green undertone, and also a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray. The eyeliner is a gorgeous khaki colour with green-gold flecks of glitter which is just so pretty if you're creating a more dramatic or 'night out' look. I'm not normally an eyeliner person, as I prefer just using a black eyeshadow and angled brush, however I tried this out on a night out at the weekend and I actually loved it. The eyeliner was super easy to use and glided across my lid without pulling, the pigmentation was great, plus it lasted all night, which is no mean feat in a sticky club. 

As the palette is called 'In The Garden', it's no surprise that all of the colours are earth toned and contain a lot of green/khaki colours. The palette contains Chinois which is a matte cream colour perfect for highlighting, Nectar which is a slightly darker cream/beige colour that I like to use as a base colour or to blend out my crease, Breeze which is a gorgeous khaki-golden colour and my personal favourite, Honey which is a deep gold, Bark which is a metallic brown with green undertones, Sage which is a gorgeous metallic sage green colour, Freesia which is a beautiful navy colour and extremely pigmented, Moss which is a dark khaki brown colour, Rosette which is a lovely metallic plum colour, and Juniper which is a dark green shade.

All of the shades are buttery smooth, extremely pigmented, and I think the khaki and green tones within the shades are extremely flattering, especially for the summer months when more of us are rocking a tan. My only gripe is that the shades do create a lot of fall out and kick up a lot of powder when you swirl your brush, so you do have to do your eye makeup first and make sure you tap off your brush. I find this quite annoying as I hate doing my eyes first, but it's definitely something I can put up with as the colours are just too beautiful. 

Lots of Love,

Becky xo

Party Lite Candles Review

Monday, 10 August 2015

Other than makeup, the one thing I tend to buy excessively is candles. I have more candles than I have rooms to light them in, and it's getting to be a real addiction. However, as I have no intention of curing myself of my candle and/or makeup obsessions, I just had to try out some of the offerings from PartyLite. 

PartyLite are an online store which specialises in home fragrance and decor, perfect for brightening up your home and have a huge range of different home fragrance options available such as candles, diffusers, wax melts, etc. Over the past few weeks I've been testing out a range of the different options and scents from PartyLite, so I thought I would pop up a review for you all, as I know there's some fellow candle enthusiasts out there! 

The Vanilla Citron Essential Jar is the first candle I tried from Party Lite and I really do love the scent. It's quite a classic scent and smells a lot like the Yankee Candle Vanilla Lime candle, which has a really cosy feel to it. Apart from making my room feel really cosy (which is no mean feat, as it's still quite sparse and un-decorated), the scent also filled the room very quickly, meaning that you don't have to burn the candle for hours to really appreciate the scent. 

Next up, I tried the Beach Fun Scented Mini Jar Candle Trio, as they looked so cute and summery. The three candle jars are all beach themed with little fish and beach balls painted on, and the colours of the wax just scream summer to me. Again, these filled the room with scent quickly prolonging the burn time, despite only being little jars.

The trio contains a lime green candle called 'Skinny Dipping' which smells really fruity and reminds me of the green Starburst sweets, a red-pink candle called 'Beach Baby' which has more of a coconut-tropical scent that reminds of suncream. It doesn't smell exactly like suncream but I get a little hint of it when I'm burning the candle. Lastly, the trip contains an orange candle called 'Poolside Passion' which again, smells a little coconutty but this one is less tropical and more of a cosy scent. I think this one would be a great one to burn on summer evenings as it reminds me so much of a warm tropical breeze. 

Overall, I really like these candles and they're definitely comparable to some of the higher end brands I've tried, however, the one gripe I have with these candles is that they have no lid. It may seem like a silly thing to complain about, but I really hate it when you spend ages filling your room with a lovely scent, just to have it smell like a child's birthday party straight after 'Happy Birthday' has finished. It may seem like I'm being a bit nitpicky, which I probably am, but I just wish more candle companies would follow in the footsteps of brands such as Yankee Candle or Jo Malone and include a little lid to distinguish the flame without creating a smoke screen in your bedroom.

Lots of Love,

Becky xo
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...