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28 February 2015

Bobbi Brown in Coral Pink | MAC in RubyWoo

Benefit Hoola as part of  'The Bronze of Champions' set

Benefit Majorette Blush
Batiste Dry Shampoo
But first, Lemme take a #selfie...

RubyWoo FOTD

Daily Commute Essentials
First up, let's talk lipsticks. I absolutely love MAC's Ruby Woo and it has to be my all time fave red lipstick, it suits all skin tones and helps your pearly whites look a little brighter. For work however, I like to go with a more natural look, which is when I reach for Bobbi Brown's Coral Pink, it contains shea butter to help combat harsh air con and helps keep my lips feeling nourished. Continuing with the make up theme, Benefit's hoola has been perfect for contouring, blend a few dabs of Benefit's Majorette on the cheeks and violĂ .. an easy peasy make up look.

My next fave has to be Batiste dry shampoo. Dry shampoo has got to be one of the best inventions in the beauty industry. It gives volume, combats grease and leaves hair smelling fresh. 

I don't have myself down as much of a fashionista, but I thought I'd would add some of the accessories I have been loving this month. I received a wonderful pair of ear cuffs as a Christmas gift from my other half and although most fashion experts would say the ear cuff is so 2013... well, I like 'em... and I'm wearing 'em! 

And... Finally, this book has to be one of the best reads I have bought recently. I do like the way that the authors don't take themselves to seriously and offer a fun and quirky read. Perfect for a holidays, or to pleasantly pass time during those hideous commutes to & from work.

Soo, now it's over to you... What things have you been loving this month? 
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25 February 2015

For the past week I've been feeling a little under the weather and needed a little pick me up. The main objective was to stop people commenting on my grey hue under the tan I have been fermenting in every night to resemble something remotely human, and how else was I going to do it than donning a beautiful statement lip... Works every time!
This weeks go to lip colour has been Impassioned by MAC. As you can see, it's a vibrant pink with coral undertones. It slides on, it has a creamy consistency and is easy to work with unlike Rubywoo (my usual go to lip colour) which is a completely matte lipstick and needs a perfect base. 

I'm not exactly looking picture perfect, but I think you'd agree, a pretty bright lipstick definitely helps improve things.

What have been your favourite 'pick me up' products this Winter?
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21 February 2015

Ceramide Premeire Intense Moisture & Renewal Activation Cream - £70

The cream leaves skin looking radiant and feeling soft

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules Refill - £46

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules x30 - £38

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cleanser  - Free

the cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and looking dewy

You could be forgiven for overlooking this range, but please don't be put of by the gold plastic packaging or you are sure to miss out on a good thing. The Ceramide Collection is designed for people who want to diminish/reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as deeply moisturise the skin. Although it's quite a splurge, I think it is definitely worth it.

First off, let me tell you a little bit about why ceramides are important in skin function. Ceramides are lipids that are generated by epidermal cells and basically assist the skin to lock in moisture and promote radiance by reflecting light away from the skin. Ceramides also assist in forming part of a healthy protective barrier against the elements and keep skin firm within the outer layer, known as the stratum corneum. Ageing causes a loss of ceramides and although there are some thoughts on it being more beneficial to take supplements in tablet form, I'm currently sticking to the topical versions.

I had previously used the ceramide capsules when I was in my mid twenties and even though I loved the way they left my skin feeling, I don't think that I saw the maximum effect of these capsules as I simply didn't have the fine lines that I have now... but alas, maybe this collection will eventually reverse time and take my skin back to how it used to be. One capsule gives me two treatments, I just dab it on the under eye area and let it get to work. You can also use one capsule for your whole face, I shall warn you though, these little blighters aren't the easiest thing to get into. I tend to use a nip and twist approach, being careful not to squeeze the whole thing over my fingers. The serum doesn't leave an oily finish, it absorbs quickly, is lightweight and leaves you with a wonderful natural glow.

The EA shop assistant advised that you can use the cream to lock in the serum to the skin and it feels fantastic either on its own or over the serum. I'm not sure this is required, but it was on offer, so it found its way into the shopping basket.

The cleanser was a free gift, I believe it retails for £25 and usually has different packaging. It feels deeply moisturising on the skin and you can either rinse or tissue off. I personally would rinse as I find it is slightly oily in texture and would encourage make up to slide off. It is good at breaking down make up, but not quite as good as my Garnier Micellar Water

Please note, these products were purchased with my own money. Boots did have a 3 for 2 offer on in store that day and the cleanser was given to me as a freebie.
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14 February 2015

£4.99 for 400ML (200 uses)

Hold on eyes for 10 seconds & sweep to remove eye make-up
Removes MACs Ruby Woo without smearing or staining lips

At the end of last year I purchased this micellar water on a whim. You know how it is, your living between two apartments and you never know what products are left where... Anyway, after reading many reviews on line for the Bioderma sensible H20 (I've yet to try it) I opted for a cheaper alternative and after seeing the marvels of this product, I have been sure to add Bioderma to my wishlist. This micellar water is literally like a magnet that attracts my make up to the cotton pad, I hold a soaked cotton pad on my eye for 10 seconds and then with one gentle sweep, the make up just comes off. 

This product promises to cleanse, remove make up and soothe & hydrate the skin (with 200 uses in each bottle). I haven't noticed any breakouts while using this product and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. This product even straight up removes red lipstick without leaving residue on the lip for when I'm switching colours (see pic above).

As you can see from the pics I have used just under half the bottle, a little seems to go along way, as I have been using this product since December. Occasionally, just for my eyes, but it serves just as well for my whole face before using my face wipes & Clarasonic Mia.

In a nutshell, I recommend this product to anyone that is yet to try it, but it has left me intrigued to see how much better the Bioderma version really is. This product does remove make up and for it's price tag, it has exceeded my expectations... 

NB. If you are in the UK and want to try this product, Boots has it on sale with a third off.

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NB. I paid for this product with my own money and have not been sponsored in anyway for this review... I just really liked the product and wanted to tell you all about it :)
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9 February 2015

£3.99 each / 4.5 ML

Cloudy Blue

Dazzling Blue


Apologies for being late with this post, for those of you that follow me on my Instagram you may have seen that I have been trekking around the Gulf of Mexico and I'm currently on the Riveria Maya as one of my best friends is getting married.

With that in mind, let me introduce you to the Max Factor Max Effects Nail Polish, the colours were perfect for the turquoise & blue theme of the wedding and will be fab for any upcoming summer vacations that I have planned later in the year.

I love the fact that these bottles only hold a small amount, It's such a fab way to pack a few different colours for travelling and they take up less space and I mean lets face it, how often do you use a full size nail polish before it turns gloopy and you have to throw it away.

The Ivory is more of a gold sparkly polish and on application, I felt that the consistency was rather watery, however 3-4 coats later on all 3 polishes, the colour payoff was amazing. If you want more wow factor, then keep layering to get the desired effect. To help the polish last a little longer I used a base coat and managed 2 days before I started to see signs of tip wear. I also found that layering the duo chrome polish over various coloured bases gave different effects. Dazzling blue over Cloudy blue gave a wonderful sea green (little finger) and is more of a blueish tone on it's own (index finger).

All in all, I really like the colours and although the Ivory polish was quite watery, Dazzling blue was slightly thicker and Cloudy blue was thicker still. I tried to demonstrate this in one of the pics above, each bottle was laid down for the same amount of time yet hardly any of the cloudy blue polish left the bottle in comparison to Ivory.

All in all, a lovely range of colours and the brush is a great size, the product dries to an even finish. I am currently on the lookout for fantasy fire as the purple blueish duo chrome looks fantastic.

Has anyone else got recommendations for other colours from this range?

The Wedding Aisle

NB. I purchased these nail polishes with my own money and I'm not affiliated with Max Factor in anyway.
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1 February 2015

Tisty Tosty £3.35

Unicorn Horn - £3.25

Heart Throb - £3.65

Dissolved Heart Throb 

Love Locket - £6.95

Lonely Heart - £3.50

A French Kiss - £4.25

Well, it's now February and my Lush Christmas selection has began to dwindle, so it's time to stock up once again. This year has to be one of the most impressive Valentines ranges I have seen Lush do, so much so, I found myself grabbing more than expected... standard for me I know!  

The heartthrob bubble bars caught my eye instantly because A) they're glittery, B) they look like a macaroon C) they contain shea butter and as you can see I've already popped one in a bath and it did help my skin feel softer as well as turning the bath water to a bright shimmery red with oodles of bubbles (the photo really doesn't do it justice).

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that Titsy Totsy is one of my all time favourite bath bombs which I usually pair with the Amandopondo for it's wonderful bubbles. Titsy Totsy is made with rose absolute, lemon & jasmine and releases seven rosebuds into the water as it dissolves, this combo will leave you and your bathroom smelling divine.

I also snapped up two unicorn horns, a french kiss, a lonely heart and a love locket which I'm yet to try. You can tap the love locket to break it in half to reveal another solid heart inside then the bath bomb fizzes in the water leaving you with pretty pink bath filled with little floating hearts.

Have you tried any of the Valentines range yet?

Please note: I bought these lovely products with my own money and I'm not affiliated with Lush in any way, I just quite often like their products, hence I keep going back to buy more :)
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