Thursday, 20 September 2012

Benefit Watts Up highlighter

I seem to have become obsessed with highlighters recently. To be honest, highlighting like primer was just another step in my make-up routine that I rarely did out of pure laziness. But after digging out my mini bottle of Benefit High Beam, it has become a vital step in my routine to the point that my face doesn't look 'right' or 'done' without it. Highlighter just leaves such a natural glow and can completely change your make-up look- that's if you find the right one of course.

I picked this little beauty up off a blog sale, so it was quite heavily discounted. I really do recommend checking out blog sales for high end make-up before you take the plunge because you can find some amazing bargains! I always have a scan of the #bbloggers hashtag on twitter to see if anyone has tweeted about one, as this is usually how people broadcast them.

The love I have for this highlighter is indescribable. I wanted it ever since I spotted it in one of Tanya Burr's make-up tutorials- which are gorgeous by the way. It's the most gorgeous champagne colour that leaves a subtle glow to my face which I love.

Here's a swatch- (I swatched it quite heavily so the colour showed up properly on camera)
 The highlighter has a sponge smudger/blender whatever you want to call it on the other side, which to be honest, I don't like. I think it picks up product rather than blending it. I much prefer blending it in gently with my fingers. If I want it to look a lot more natural, I dab my Mac 130 stippling brush into the highlighter and buff onto my cheek bones for a more subtle look. I also think the packaging to this is gorgeous.
I think most people's gripe with this will be that it cannot be mixed with your foundation or moisturiser but for me this isn't really a problem as I have other highlighters that I like doing that with.

Sorry for the awful quality of pictures, it was dark but I really wanted to post :( 

Have you tried Benefit Watts Up? What is your favourite highlighter? Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Just a little haul...

Here's just a few things that I picked up in the past few weeks. First off I did a little Avon order.. I wanted to get my nails into good condition as to be honest, I neglect them terribly. My nails are never unpainted which has taken a toll on my nails big time! My nails are so brittle and flaky so I decided to try and look after them a lot more. I bought gold strengthener and peeling and brittleness solver in hope for healthier nails.
As a lover of Avon's Moroccan argon oil and the matching shampoo and conditioner, I decided to buy  the hair mask of this set as I love a good hair mask! I also bought the planet spa hot oil hair treatment, I can't wait to give this a go on the weekend. The Bourjois nail polish remover has been on everyone's lips for quite a while now and I thought it's time for me to have a go, I can't say I'm all that impressed though.

What have you bought recently?

Saturday, 15 September 2012

September wishlist

1. Too Faced Natural Eye palette: After loving the Too Faced Naked eye palette recently, I'm after this one. The colours look really nice and I think the quality of the eye shadows are really impressive. I would definitely repurchase these rather than getting Urban Decay's Naked Palette.

2. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer: I'm interested to see how Too Faced's face products compare to their eye make-up. I've heard quite a lot about this primer and after being unimpressed by Benefit Porefessional as it made my face oily, I'm hoping to give this a go.

3. Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia: I'm yet to try a cream blush and as this can be used on cheeks and lips, I thought it's quite a convenient product. I've heard so much about these products, they have quite the hype surrounding them.

4. Essie nail polish in Fishnet Stockings: I love this deep red wine shade. I think it will be perfect for Autumn/Winter.

5. Bourjois Healthy Balance powder: I'm in need of a new powder and I've heard this is quite similar to mac's msf natural.

6. Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Iced Gold: I can't even explain how long I've lusted after this for. I have been so so close to buying it on numerous occasions. I will buy this, this month even if it kills me.

7. Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation: As I'm still on the on-going search for the perfect foundation, I would really like to give this a go as I've heard amazing things.

8. YSL Glossy Stains: I've wanted one of these ever since Fleur from Fleur De Force wrote a rave review. As they aren't really summer appropriate in my opinion, I decided to ask for one for my birthday which is in October. I'm after a deep berry shade which will be perfect for this Autumn/Winter.

What is on your September wishlist? Let me know in the comments :-)

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

N-spa Hot Cloth Polish cleanser

N-spa Beauty Rituals is a range of luxurious facial products that let you have the Nirvana Spa experience from the comfort of your own home. The range is available at Asda stores nationwide and the prices range from £2.50 to £6.00. 

On my trip to Asda a few months back, I picked up this hot cloth cleanser as it is a similar concept to the infamous Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish hot cloth cleanser. I also picked up N-spa Melting Cleansing Gel, which I also reviewed here

I absolutely love using this cleanser. I feel like it makes my skin so nourished and moisturised but also keeps it clear and blemish free at the same time. Two of the main ingredients are cocoa butter and essential oil of Neroli which I think most probably influences how moisturising and nourishing this feels on the skin.

To me, using a creamy hot cloth cleanser feels much more luxurious than washing your face with a standard facial cleanser. The muslin cloth that comes with this is perfect for buffing away all the dead skin cells whilst not being too harsh on my sensitive skin. 

If you're a fan of Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish or the No7 hot cloth cleanser, I definitely recommend you give this little gem a go. It is ridiculously cheap compared to it's competitors and to be honest, I really cannot see much difference apart from the scent. N-spa's take on the much loved hot cloth cleansers has a lovely clean scent, not as strong as the scent of Liz Earle's but I for once prefer a slightly less powerful scent in a cleanser.

I personally am in love with this range, I think the products feel so luxurious with amazing prices. Next on my shopping list is their 5 Minute Magic Mask, Deep Hydrating Facial Oil and Replenishing Moisture Mask Treat. I think it's amazing that a 'drugstore' is being so adventurous if you will, with their facial products. It's not often that you see facial oils and deep treatment face masks for reasonable prices in high street shops as they tend to be only in higher-end brands.

I will definitely be repurchasing this cleanser rather than the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish as it is such good value for money. N-spa Hot Cloth Polish cleanser is available from Asda stores and retails for £6.00

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 16

Almost a year ago, Rimmel London released a collection of lipsticks inspired by their top model, Kate Moss. I noticed recently that they have added a few more shades- these shades have pink writing on the packaging rather than the original red. Quite a few of the shades caught my eye but I decided to go for number 16.

This isn't going to be a rave review as I'm not really loving these lipsticks, but for some reason I can't really put my finger on what it is I don't like about them. The lipsticks are quite heavily scented as most drugstore/high street lipsticks tend to be, but that doesn't really bother me. But the scent leaves quite an odd taste in your mouth even if you don't lick your lips, which I found quite strange.

I absolutely love the shade of this lipstick, it's in between the pale pinks and bright pinks that I own. It is quite vibrant but it isn't too 'in your face' to pull off. I think this shade will look pretty on most skin tones. I don't really own many lipsticks similar to this shade which I like. As it's a high street lipstick, I didn't really expect it to be very long lasting as the more expensive alternatives. However, this did last on my lips quite a while, as I found it kind of stained them.

At first application, I felt that they kind of slide off your lips, and rub off onto things quite easily. Such as my hand knocked my lips and it transferred quite a lot. As I said these kind of stain your lips, which makes the brighter shades in this range quite long lasting. I'm not sure how long the lighter shades will last. Also this does settle into lines and dry patches so if you're going to use this lipstick, exfoliation and lip balm before hand is a must!

Have you tried any of the lipsticks in the Kate collection? What did you think?

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Shopping my stash

I really like the idea of these posts, oh so often do I buy things and completely forget about them within a few months. I found these little beauties collecting dust in my drawers, so I thought I'd grab them again and have another go.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 days Nourishing Lotion- Softening Cocoa Butter- I'm so so bad with moisturising my skin *slaps wrist*. I really need to up my game with my after-shower routine. I used to be really good with moisturising, back in the days when I used to constantly fake tan. I also have this in the mango scent,which I also like. I prefer the cocoa butter scent as I love sweet smells. I think this scent is a less intense version of Palmer's cocoa butter, it is also less thick so it absorbs into your skin so quickly which means you can get dressed quicker, rather than just sitting there waiting for it to sink in- bonus.

Umberto Gianni Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm- I had this in a gift set at Christmas time and I haven't yet had chance to try it. From what I can gather from the tube is that you apply it to dry hair and leave it in overnight. I will give this a go soon and report back with a review soon.

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask- Whenever I re-discover this face mask I always ask myself why I ever forgot about it. This mask does wonders for my skin. It makes my skin so soft and really clears it up if it's starting to get too oily.

VO5 Miracle Concentrate hair oil- I use this oil on the lengths and ends on my hair when it's damp. I find this makes my hair feel so healthy and stops the ends looking so damaged. I feel like this repairs and reduces split ends. I believe that I bought this from Superdrug but you can buy it anywhere really, I seem to remember it being super cheap- around the £2-£3 mark!

Soap & Glory blusher in Love at First Blush- I bought this with my birthday money back in October, I think this was around the time that the make-up line launched. This blush has segments of different pearlescent shades that when mixed together create a pale pink shade- in my opinion it is very similar to Benefit's Sugarbomb box blusher. The formula of this is really nice, not chalky in the slightest and also seems that it will last a long time.

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff eye shadow palette in 'What's Nude?'- This palette is perfect for an every day neutral eye look. These eye shadows are really nice quality and I'm really going to try and use this everyday instead of using random eye shadows from different palettes.

Have you found anything you forgot about recently? Let me know in the comments :-)

Saturday, 1 September 2012

How I managed to survive Reading Festival

I've been completely out of touch with blogging recently.. because last Wednesday I went to Reading Festival for five days and I left with a rather annoying cold. Aside from making me ill, Reading was amazing! Being a lover of all things beauty related, I wasn't sure how well I would cope with the whole camping situation. Thankfully for me, these products helped me out a lot:

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical- The first item that almost everyone will scream is an essential for a festival, (aside from baby wipes of course) is dry shampoo. This little miracle in a can is able to fight oily hair whilst add an ounce of volume to your bounce all in one spray. The talcum powder-like spray absorbs oil which is essential for when you cannot wash your hair in a festival. P.S- I know many of you will think that you will just wash your hair in the showers, but trust me I doubt you will bother as the conditions are just as bad as the toilets- VILE. Everyone ends up looking a little less than perfect after day two anyway so you won't even care.

Sure Maximum Protection deodorant- Another must have is deodorant. I don't really feel the need to explain why this is necessary but I've read quite a lot about this particular deodorant, it's quite different to a normal deodorant but it works amazingly as far as a deodorant review goes.

Berocca- Perfect for waking you up and giving you vitamins when you're hungover- works a treat!

Garnier BB Cream- This gives me light coverage and does not require a moisturiser which is ideal for when you're trying to pack light. Aside from all the other benefits BB creams hold for your skin, this just feels really nice on the skin and wears well.

Sleek contour kit- Two-in-one products are ideal for festivals. The bronzer and highlighter compact is perfect for travelling and also has a generous sized mirror to use when applying make-up or doing your hair.

L'oreal Studio Matt & Messy salt spray- My hair didn't look greasy due to the dry shampoo, but after a day or two my curls dropped and my hair looked limp and boring. A few sprays of this throughout the ends of my hair whilst twirling a few pieces around my fingers and scrunching a little did the trick nicely.

Bright lipsticks- Having a bright lip colour makes your whole face look so much better when you haven't got the time to do full eye make-up. Also a bright, vibrant colour is fun to wear in the festival atmosphere.

Benefit Coralista- I adore this blusher. It is the most gorgeous shade ever and is so incredibly easy to work with. The colour instantly brightens the face and it is a virtually fuss free product.

Did you go to a festival? What were your essentials?