15 September 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh

I received this fragrance as a gift and was rather happy as it had been on my wish list for quite some time now, but never actually splashed out to purchase it myself. 

Top notes: Raspberry, Grapefruit, Pear
Heart notes: Wild Rose, Violet, Apple Blossom
Base notes: Plum, Cedarwood, Musk

This fragrance has a lovely mixture of fruity and floral notes, which give off a nice fresh scent, making it especially perfect to wear during the spring and summer seasons. However, it's quite light, so it can also be wearable during other seasons as well.

The packaging is amazing, the perfume is housed in a simple glass bottle with the signature Marc Jacobs cap that has the very cute 3D floral decor all over it. I also quite like how the actual perfume has a hint of light pink in it, adding a very nice touch to the whole aesthetic of it. 

This product is available in 75ml & 125ml, and can be purchased from The Perfume Shop and Boots for £55.50 - £71.50.

What is your current favourite fragrance? x

8 September 2014

New At The Drugstore #2

Since we are now entering into a new season, many brands are beginning to release new products, so in this post i'll be showing a few new products that I personally seem to find pretty interesting and appealing. 

Lets start with the product I am most excited about, the Maybelline Colour Elixirs! These have been out over in the US for quite some time now, i've heard so many good things about these, so i've been really anticipating for these to come over to the UK. Although the shade range in the US is much broader, we do have 10 shades, which is pretty good. They are available in Boots and Superdrug for £6.99 each, but be sure to look out for any special offers since they are new!

Since we're on the topic of lip products, Rimmel has just released their new Apocalips Matte Lip Velvets, which are, as the name suggests, similar to their original lip lacquers, but with a matte finish, they seem like they're going to be amazing for the upcoming Autumn and Winter! They are available in 5 different shades, in Boots and Superdrug for £6.49.

Carrying on with Rimmel, it seems like they've reformulated their Lasting Finish Foundation, have claimed to have added in "comfort serum" into it. They've also released the Lasting Finish Nude Foundation, which has slightly less coverage than the former and is more hydrating on the skin. I actually haven't tried any Rimmel foundations, but i've generally heard good things about them, so I might pick up one of these for myself to test. They can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug for £7.99 with quite a wide range of shades.

Maxfactor has also released a new base product, which is their Skin Luminizer Foundation, it claims to use "light-reflecting particles to create a gorgeous healthy-looking glow" and also a "hydrator that helps improve skin’s condition". This seems to be perfect for the colder seasons as most people's skin would tend to become a little more dry due to the cold weather. It can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug for £11.99, with 6 shades available. 

Cream blush sticks have been quite popular recently, and Soap & Glory has recently released their own ones, the Sexy Mother Blushers, which are available in 3 fun and bright colours. I've heard good things about these, and the colours simply look so gorgeous! These would be so quick and easy to apply, and they would also give a nice sheen to the cheeks, they can be purchased for £9 in Boots. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this, i'm pretty excited about all these products, what new releases are you excited for? x

3 September 2014

Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss

I was never really a lip gloss wearer, but I've heard so many great things about these, so I really wanted to try them out for myself, they were on offer in Superdrug so I had to pick one up. 

The product is packaged in a typical tube, I like how it's very simple and minimal. Also, the tube is clear, therefore making it easy to identify what colour you are choosing. I really like the doe foot applicator, it is small and stiff, which makes applying the product onto the lips easier due to the fact that it is so precise. Furthermore, it has a light sweet and fruity scent, which smells so good, which isn't too overpowering or strong either. 

The colour #420 Glorious Grapefruit really caught my eye, it's a really pretty pink with a slight hint of coral in it, it also have a very small amount of shimmer running through it, but it isn't really visible when applied to the lips. There are also quite a few other colours that look amazing, so i'll definitely be going back for more!

The formula of this product is really great, the lip gloss is so creamy and moisturising, meaning that it glides on nice and smoothly, leaving a natural looking gloss onto the lips. In addition, it isn't sticky at all, yet still lasts for quite a while, although it wouldn't be as long wearing as a lipstick, but don't expect it to last through food & drink. 

Overall, this product is made me become slightly addicted to lip glosses, although they don't last as long as lipsticks, they give such a natural glossy look to the lips, and i've been using them every time I put on makeup. You can purchase these at Boots and Superdrug for £6.19.

What is your favourite lip gloss? x

16 August 2014

MAC Blot Powder

Purchasing a high-end(ish) product is always something that excites me, this is my second ever MAC product, and I have been wanting to try this for quite a while now, i've heard many good things about it. 

Like most MAC products, the product is packaged in a sturdy black compact with silver detailing. There is a button that would need to be pressed in order to open up the compact, therefore ensuring that there wouldn't be any chances of it accidentally opening, keeping the product inside safe from any damage. A good sized mirror and powder puff is included inside, making it great to travel with, although I personally wouldn't use the puff as I prefer using brushes. 

I have the colour #Medium Dark, which is actually quite light, but the powder doesn't have any coverage at all, so you could probably get away with having a lighter or darker colour on, because it doesn't have any coverage, it doesn't look cakey at all and feels very lightweight on the skin, as if you're not wearing it, the powder is very finely milled and blends seamlessly onto the skin. 

It's oil control properties are amazing, the best out of any other powders i've tried out or I used to love (e.g. innisfree), it kept my very oily skin at bay for 4 hours, where my nose became ever so slightly oily, then after 2 more hours my forehead showed very little signs of oiliness, but this was easily fixed by blotting sheets. During the time of wearing the product for a total of 10 hours, I only had to blot once, otherwise, I stayed matte for most of the day, which also meant that my makeup stayed on all day without wearing off. 

I definitely recommend this product, it actually exceeded my expectations, I like it so much that I want to purchase another one to keep in my bag to travel around with just in case I might want to touch up. If you want a product that will keep your oily skin at bay and ensure your makeup lasts all day, you should definitely try out this product!

What is your favourite powder? x

5 August 2014

Daily Travel Essentials

I have a little pouch that I carry around with me whenever I leave the house which holds all the beauty products that I think are essential when travelling. So today, I will be showing you what is inside this pouch, and hopefully it would be somewhat helpful or interesting to see. 

The pouch I have is from YSL, it is plain black with gold hardware, which I find is quite chic and sophisticated looking. Peeking from the pouch are a few sanitary pads, of course, although this is not always a very lovely topic to talk about, it is important to carry these around with you as you never know when the day would be. Next I have Paracetamol and some Hayfever tablets, which are handy if I forget to take them in the morning. Then I have a mirror that was gifted to me, and is used when I touch up my makeup. 

Swiftly moving onto some hygiene items, from the left is an anti-perspirant from Nivea...rather self-explanatory, there are germs everywhere you go, therefore an anti-bacterial hand gel is vital, I have Carex Moisture Plus. Then in the little yellow pouch, I keep a few plasters, I tend to be quite clumsy sometimes, so they are always useful to prevent cuts from being infected, they're also great for blisters as well. 

As I have very oily skin, it is necessary for me to blot my face throughout the day, and there are three products that I use to do so. First up is the Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, this removes the excess oil from my skin without disturbing my makeup underneath, then I use the Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact, it's my favourite powder as it instantly mattifies my skin, and prevents excess oil for a longer time than any others, furthermore, it is translucent, therefore meaning that it won't look cakey if you layer it on during the day. And to apply the powder to my skin, I like to use The Body Shop Retractable Blusher Brush, it's too much to take around a full sized brush, so I love how this one is small and retractable, and it means that the actual hairs of the brush are safe from any damage. 

In my opinion, lip products don't tend to last as long as any other product I have on my face due to the fact that i'm constantly talking, eating and drinking throughout the day, therefore I like to bring a few with me to touch up. I do change and rotate them quite a lot depending on what I apply before I leave the house, however, one lip product that is always in my pouch is the Maybelline Baby Lips #Cherry Me, it's a natural red colour that goes with anything you're wearing and is quick and easy to apply, therefore I like to use it when i'm too lazy to touch up on what i'm wearing on that day. Next is the lip combo that i've been wearing almost everyday, so every time i've used it before I leave the house, I just chuck it into my pouch, the combo includes Maybelline Vivids Lipstick #Shocking Coral and the Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar #9, I love the pretty pinky coral colour these products give to my lips, which I think is perfect for summer. 

What are your daily travel essential beauty products? x

1 August 2014

H&M Blushers

I have never tried H&M cosmetics, but as soon as my eyes lay upon these blushes, I knew I had to have them, and I think you probably know the reason why, yes, it is because of the beautiful flowers embossed into the product, it simply looks so pretty!

The blushes are packaged in a white compact with a clear lid, which is useful to see the product inside easily. There is a button that would need to be pressed to open the compact, which is great to ensure that the product inside is completely secure and protected. Underneath the blush itself, there is a mirror and brush included, which is great for travel, I personally wouldn't use the brush, however, it can be useful when travelling. 

I am not too sure on what other colours are available in the range, but I have Spring Flower and Autumn Flower. Spring Flower is a mixture of both oranges and pinks, resulting to a pretty coral flush when swirled together, and Autumn Flower is a mixture of pinks and plums, which gives a nice deep pink, berry colour to the cheeks. In the centre of both blushes, there is a small light pink flower that is shimmery, however it isn't very noticeable on the skin, as the other parts of the blushes have a matte finish. 

I wasn't too sure how the actual formula would perform as H&M does not excel in cosmetics, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. Despite being powders, they're not too powdery or chalky at all, furthermore, they blend into the skin very well. They have good pigmentation, not too pigmented so you'll look like a clown, but not too sheer that there is no visible colour, giving a natural flushed look to the cheeks. 

If you are looking for a cute affordable blush, I would definitely recommend this, you can purchase it from H&M for only £2.99 each, an absolute bargain! 

29 July 2014

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

I have heard many good things about these eyeshadows, and apparently they are quite similar to the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill - which I do not own. But I spotted these in Poundland and thought i'd pick them up since they were so affordable, so here are my thoughts on these eyeshadows!

The product is packaged in clear pots with a twist cap, once opened, there is a black stopper in order to press down the eyeshadow inside and prevent them from coming out and becoming loose. The colour of the sticker on the cap corresponds with the actual colour of the eyeshadow, which would make it easier to locate amongst the other colours within the range.

There are quite a few different colours in the range, I have #012 Endless Chocolat which is a dark chocolate brown colour with small golden shimmer running through it, I also have #013 Burning Black, which is a purple black colour with burgungy/plum shimmer. 

As you can see the eyeshadows are very pigmented, they have extremely good colour payoff, they feel really smooth and creamy to the touch, they also blend in on the skin very nicely. However, because these are sort of like pressed pigments, they can be quite a lot of fall down, therefore, be careful not too apply too much at once. 

I really like these eyeshadows, the colours I have aren't the ones I would usually go for, but I would definitely want to try out the more wearable colours in the range, I purchased these from Poundland for £1 which is a great bargain! These can also be purchased at Boots and Superdrug £6.99, which is rather affordable compared to the Armani ones. 

What are your favourite colours from the range? x