Tuesday, 31 December 2013

NYE Travel Makeup Bag:

I won't be at home this NYE as i'll be celebrating in York so i've had to downsize my make up bag (is there anything worse?). These are what i'm considering my 'essentials' although when I told my mum she found it hilarious that I considered 3 mascaras "essential"! A lot of these products i've previously reviewed and the links are either my review or the product page. My stand out products this year have definitely been the MUA ones: I tried them for the first time this year and while the lipsticks are distinctly average, i've been blown away by the quality of the lip liner and the pressed powder. Most of these products though are classics I stick by. I'll just be creating my usual brown smokey eye look with a plum based lip and i'll hopefully try and get a look up at some point!

What's in your travel makeup bag? Will you be playing safe or trying something new this NYE?


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Groovy Kind-a Love | Benefit Cosmetics Review

Groovy Kind-a Love- Benefit Cosmetics:

Merry Christmas, world! I hope you all had amazing days full of eating and laughing- is there a better way to spend your time? I decided to do an individual review of this Benefit set I received after falling head over heels for it. 
The set was originally £26 and is currently £19 in the sale. Definitely a bargain considering all the goodies that are included: POREfessional mini, They're Real! mini, Benetint, Dandelion & Gimme Fever Cheek Powder Duo and the four eyeshadows (plus applicator) that are all included.

First of all, isn't the packaging just amazing? I love the festive purple and gold, the sturdy tin and the little details: the illustration and of course, the mini 'how to' guide that comes with these kits: they're so helpful and show you a range of different of uses for everything included in the kit. I've mostly been using the eyeshadows as the range of shades (golds and browns) are perfect for an everyday smoky eye and they don't crease at all. I adore the POREfessional so the mini will come in very handy and i've been pleasantly surprised by benetint which is a gorgeous dark pink shade on the lips. I've been wearing it topped with a lipgloss for a seasonal but not too high maintenance look. I'm not a huge fan of They're Real! but i'm sure for anyone new to Benefit it would be a great addition. Dandelion is one of Benefit's original blush's and although I don't really use blush, it makes a nice change from bronzer for contouring. From what I can make out, Gimme Fever was included in 'The Rich Is Back' (the Matthew Williamson/Benefit set) which was wildly popular so it's nice touch to add it. 

I love this set, especially since its full of Benefits best sellers, a limited edition and an array of wearable eyeshadows, all at an affordable price (especially for the quality of the products). I'd definitely recommend this set and can't wait until next Christmas to hopefully try out some more!

Did you get any Benefit sets this Christmas? Which is your favourite?


Lush Haul:

Warning: looong post ahead!

I took a trip to Lush after all of my facial cleansers, soap and bath bombs started to run out at the same time (is there anything worse?) and after Christmas decided to brave the hoards of people out shopping and get stocked up. 

This facial/ body cleanser was the first thing I ever bought from Lush and is definitely my favourite. It's a really thick, jet black sort of putty that once mixed with water goes on as a paste.  Although it's intended for people will oilier skin, I find it really exfoliates and brightens my dry skin. It's really hardworking so I only bought 100g as I use it once a week to just really cleanse my skin. 

Ocean Salt Scrub:
Isn't the colour of this scrub just amazing? I use this scrub at least twice a week and it's the only thing that's ever helped my Keratosis pilaris on my arms. Although it's main ingredient is salt, it isn't too harsh: the lime and grapefruit keep it fresh    and moisturizing. There's also vodka in it which i've heard is amazing for skin! It keeps my pores tight and really helps any redness so it's definitely a hard worker. 

The simplicity of this bubble bar was what really appealed to me: it's has the most wonderful smell- sort of rose/lemon/lavender. Very simple and relaxing. I think a lot of Lush's more basic goodies are over looked for the shinier and more colourful ones but sometimes you can beat a little bit of boring. I'm so excited to try this and have a really peaceful bath! 

This was actually a gift (hence the *) and I think we all know how much I lovee me a Comforter (see here) but I couldn't resist including it! A huge bar of sweet smelling, pink bubbly goodness, there really isn't anything quite like the Comforter. I find it best to quarter up the Comforter to optimize the amount of bubbles and ensure it lasts as long as possible.   

My favourite soap! The smell of Rock Star reminds me of the Comforter: it's a very similar sweet, vanilla scented soap that really lasts on my skin. As a soap, it's fairly average: it cleans me and smells amazing, plus it's so creamy and hydrating for soap, and since it doesn't aggravate or dry out my skin, it'll continue to be my favourite until I find anything that smells as good!

I picked this up on a total whim while I was in store; I don't know how else to describe the smell other than saying it smells like sweets: jelly beans, jelly babies, that sort of thing. I also get a hint of cinnamon and although Tangerine oil is one of the main ingredients, it doesn't smell citirussy. Although i'm not a huge fan of sweets for some reason this soap was irresistible. My only complaints are that when I used it, it's really drying (especially compared to Rockstar) and when I saw a picture of what it's meant to look like (here) compared to what I got I was a little disappointed... where's my sparkle!?

9 To 5 Cleansing Lotion:
I originally went into Lush seeking a new face wash/mask as I was using Angels On Bare Skin but felt it wasn't helping my skin at all. I somehow ended up being shown the cleansing lotions which wasn't quite what I wanted (i'm still looking for a face wash ideal for senstive skin, anyone?) but I was interested in the lotions so took a small bottle of 9 to 5 to try. It smells beautiful, really fresh, and removes all my make up while leaving my skin super smooth. I really like 9 to 5 but don't think i'll be repurchasing as it wasn't what I was expecting and i've found someone else....

Yes I finally tried Ultra Bland! After being directed to the cleansers, the lovely lady that worked there gave me a sample of Ultra Bland. I chose 9 to 5 over Ultra Bland because I preferred the smell but Ultra Bland definitely has more cleansing power: it took all of my make up and left my skin so smooth. I've never seen my skin look so clean! I think £11 for 100g is a little excessive, even though it works I had to use quite a lot on my sensitive skin and I think at the end of the day, it's just a makeup remover.

So there is is! My mammoth Lush post! Did you pick up any Lush goodies over Christmas in the sales? Any face masks that would suit me for every day use? Should I stick with 9 to 5 and UltraBland? Thanks for sticking with this post and thank you also to all the bloggers that sent their links over to me in the most recent twitter chat. My blog reading is sorted for the rest of the week! There are so many amazing, genuine, lovely bloggers out there and I adore socialising with you all! 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Matalan Christmas Goodies!

So it's almost that time of year.... We're all hunting down Christmas jumpers, scented candles and chocolate decorated as cute festive figures... Although pretty much every shop is doing all of the above, i'd definitely have to recommend Matalan. Affordable and with most of the Christmas goodies in the sale until Monday, they're the best place to go.

Baked Cookie Candle:
This candle smells so good. It's definitely an accurate smell and incredibly sweet. My mum hates it and thinks it's overly sweet but I think it's so festive and yummy. For £3 you get a lot of candle for your money and the smell is actually really strong. I was pleasantly surprised with how good it smells and how long lasting it is. There are a few different variety's in store so i'd definitely recommend going in and having a sniff to find your favourite!

Christmas Tree Decoration:
I bought this mini silver metal tree because I literally had no decorations. I had my tree and that was it which didn't feel very festive. So, I picked this tree up to just spruce up a corner of my room. It's very simple and a lovely silvery/white colour which matches my colour scheme perfectly. Although I can't find it online, it's still available in store!

Thorntons Chocolates and Lindt Santas:
I actually can't remember how much I paid for these because presents start to blur into each other eventually.. The chocolates are a gift for my boyfriends mum and dad and the santa's are for my boyfriend and maybe myself..! 

And finally, meet JimBob!
These adjustble figurines are just the epitome of Christmas tat. They're completely useless but so adorable. You can get them in Santa, Reindeer and Robin form and our Santa, Jimbob is so cute. Again, these aren't available online but are still in store! Although, as you can see, our dog is less than impressed with him...

Have you picked up any Christmas goodies yet? Do you think it's the season for festive tat or prefer a more classic look?

G xxx

Friday, 13 December 2013

eBay Wishlist:

G xxx

Mini Primark Haul

We love a Primark Haul, right?! 
I've been buying a lot of presents for other people recently but yesterday I just couldn't resist calling into Primark for myself and I wasn't disappointed! I was originally on the hunt for a new handbag but I just can't justify spending a lot when I know they'll end up half price in two weeks! 

Shirt- £2
This shirt is a sort of navy colour with tiny white polka dots on it... It's actually a size 14 but I loved it as it's so oversized and comfy! It's a gorgeous silky material and perfect for just throwing over a dress/leggings for a really casual look. Also, who can resist a £2 shirt? Such a bargain!

Black/Gold Knit- £4.60
This top is actually almost the same as the white knit you can find mentioned in my last Primark Haul but this one is a lovely black and gold light knit. I really love these knit's because they're not too thick but not too thin so they're perfect for layering up in the bad weather and will last all year round! These were originally £6 but were reduced to £4.60: the perfect guilt free treat for yourself!

Spotty Tights- £2.50
I picked up these tights just as an alternative to plain black; am I the only one that gets bored of thick black tights in the winter? Although they are sheer I don't plan to be outside much so shouldn't be effected too much!

And finally...
Leather Look Trousers- £13
My new favourite trousers! It's pieces like these that make me really love Primark sometimes.
I've been after a pair of leather look trousers for a while but having  short legs mean that unless I want to pay that extra for a Miss Selfridge/ Topshop petite pair or risk it on an eBay bargain, I was stuck. Luckily, I saw these in Primark yesterday and knew they were coming home with me. They are 31" leg but the material just gathers at the bottom of the leg quite nicely so it isn't a complete disaster. They're a sort of shiny pleather material and so flattering. I also managed to get the last size 8 in my store which left me with that smug happy glow only a meant-to-be bargain can!

Have you picked up any bargains recently? Any more Primark leather trouser owners out there?! 

G xxx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

December Wish List:

It's Chriiiistmas! 
Hi world, hope you're all ok and getting excited about the best time of year! I've put together a quick wish list because it's important to treat yourself over the festive period as well as your family and friends! Are there any bloggers out there doing Blogmas? I'd love to add some more blogs onto my reading list! There'll also be an eBay wishlist up in the next few days as i'm becoming obsessed with that site! There's just something very satisfying about getting a bargain... 

What are your picks for the winter months? Although mine might be made up of strappy dresses, there are some beautiful winter goodies out there and with most shops doing 30% etc off there's no excuse not to treat yourself! My next Wish List will probably be a sale one in January and i'll be sure to stick to my sale mantra's that I blogged about here

G xx