Monday, 1 August 2016

Life: Motivational Monday

So the first day of August this year happens to have fallen on a Monday & to kick start this month I thought I'd do a Motivational Monday post seeing as it's been a while. So July has been quite rubbish in all honesty so I'm wanting to go into August feeling positive & I want to end it positive - I'll end it half positive if I have to! 

So to get me on the road for August & so the rest of the year I purchased a new diary to get myself all set & organised finally. I keep trying to get myself motivated to actually do and things but lately it's all been very blah, blah, blah for me! But I've decided to make no more excuses to slowly but surely get everything in order!

'Don't Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle' for me is really motivational & positive for me to look at and think about for those days when people & things are really getting you down it's always handy to have something to give you a little kick of inspiration. Plus the diary is the perfect size to carry about & be on the go with & to make sure that I am actually getting stuff done in my life! The best thing is that it was only a £1 from Poundland!

So go on everyone and make sure you keep your Sparkle shining bright!

Cheers & Loves

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Beauty: Barry M Super Satin Lip Paints

I have been meaning to settle down and write this post for so long but it's never actually happened. So today I am going to sit here and write about the Barry M Super Satin Lip Paints - wow that is a long name!

So first of all THE PACKAGING - The packaging is this mirrored silver bullet which is like the other Barry M lipsticks smalller than your average lipstick size. However this proves brilliant when you are going on a night out or using a small bag as they literally take up no room at all. 

THE PRICE - They are priced at £4.99 from Superdrug which is a fairly reasonable price and generally you are able to get them on some offer for example buy one get one free or a 3 for 2 offer. I have however seen them in some places priced at £5.99 so it might be worth keeping an eye on that. 

THE COLOURS - I don't know exactly how many colours are in this range but I currently have 5 and I love every shade although some are more daytime wearable for me and some are definitely more for the night.

Swatches of the shades I have are below -

Top to Bottom - 174, 172, 171, 169, 168

OVERVIEW OF THE LIPSTICK - These lipsticks are really wearable and creamy on the lips and are highly pigmented. Some of the darker shades I need to apply a lip liner for before applying as they tend to bleed into the lips.

They last for a fair amount of time on my lips which is no mean feat considering normally within an hour lipstick has to be reapplied. Overall I really rate and like these lipsticks and there are a enough shades to choose from without being overwhelmed by choice!

Cheers & Loves


Thursday, 28 July 2016

New Products: Lips - Rimmel, Sleek & Soap and Glory

So another new products post and this time it's new lip products that I have bought that are new in that they may have been out for a few weeks but they are still fairly newly released.

Anyway I have three products - One from Rimmel, One from Sleek and One from Soap & Glory. 

So Rimmel have bought out a brand new selection of lipsticks and nail varnishes to celebrate 15 years of Rimmel & Kate Moss. And being a huge Kate Moss fan and also fully falling in love with the rose gold packaging I decided I had to pick one up. 

The shade I went for was 56 in Boho Nude - in the collection there are 6 lipsticks altogether with 3 nudes and 3 reds. Basically the signature shades that Kate herself is known for wearing. 

These new lipsticks are priced at £6.49 and available from Boots and Superdrug!

Sleek is well know for their great pigmented blushers but they do have some great lip products as well and the latest edition is the Sleek Lip Power Plump Pencils. These are really pigmented and once applied within about a minute  actually make your lips tingle hence the plump in the name. The colour I got was Berry Burst and as of yet I haven't actually used it but definitely feel this is a great one for a night out. These are priced at £5.49.

And the final product - 

Soap & Glory relaunched their entire lipstick collection into three colour ranges - Pinks, Reds and Nudes. I will be honest there were not many of the colours that really appealed to me, the new packaging is great but the colours for me were more miss than hit.

One shade that I thought I'd give a go was a nude shade called Cinnamon Beige in Matte effect. This is a dark nude so it's not something I would wear everyday as I'm someone who does the 'barely there' in the day but for nights out this really is a great lipstick. 

All Soap & Glory lipsticks are £9.00 and available from Boots.


Top to Bottom - Sleek Power Plump Pencil in Berry Burst,
Soap & Glory Mother Pucker in Cinnamon Beige & Rimmel Kate Moss
15 Years in Boho Nude.

Cheers & Loves


Monday, 25 July 2016

Beauty: Mini Kiko Haul

Kiko is a brand that I haven't tried a lot of products from but the ones that I have used have been of a really good quality. Over the weekend I went to visit my sister in London and we ended up spending most of the day in Covent Garden where there is a Kiko store so I felt as though I should have a little browse......and this lot ended up in my basket!

So first up the nail polishes were £1.00 each, placed right near the tills and so I literally just put the colours that caught my eye in. Originally I bought 11 however I stockpiled because I knew my sister wanted some new polishes and we ended up sharing them out between us. 

I also picked up - Natural Concealer in 01, Super Colour Mascara in 03 (Green) and Nourishing Night Lip Balm.

If anyone has any recommendations for any Kiko products that I should try then please let me know!

Cheers & Loves


Sunday, 24 July 2016

New Products: L'oreal, Batiste, Benefit & Coke

L'oreal have launched a brand new trio of Pure Clay Face Masks - Detox Mask, Purity Mask & Glow Mask. The one I picked up was the Pure Clay Detox Mask that detoxifies and clarifies your skin. 

You apply a thin layer all over a clean face and then wait between 5 and 10 minutes. The mask tightens on the skin and starts to expose your pores as time goes on and then once the time is up, you simply remove the mask with warm water. They do say that this should be used between 2-3 times a week and with continued use your skin will be 'transformed'.

All three of the masks in the collection are currently £5.00 in Boots - will normally be £7.99.

Batiste have been branching out and expanding their product range in the past year with the Batiste Stylist range. The newest edition I found sitting on the shelves was the Hydrating Oil Mist

This weightless, non-greasy oil mist hydrates the hair and also protects against any breakages. I haven't really used this yet but it's definitely something I will be now it's so hot outside as my hair is definitely in need of some hydration. 

This is priced at £4.49.

Benefit are known for their cult products that everyone raves about and everyone loves but until now there's never been a product that I've actually felt like 'Yes it's worth the money!' And it's all down to the Gimme Brow Volumising Brow Gel.

So I got this generous sized sample in with the August Glamour Magazine as a free gift and I am so glad that I did. I am the laziest person with my eye brows to the point my mum and sister nag me about I need to sort them out. Also I tend to over pluck and so it sometimes looks as though I don't even have a pair however this stuff instantly makes them appear - it instantly volumises them. It does it without faff or hassle and I thank you Benefit! 

This is £18.50 - pricey I know - but I really love this a lot!

And finally Coke have done 2 special bottles for the Ab Fab movie and I adore them.

I just really like these so thought I'd give them a little mention. These can be bought in Boots for £2.50 but I got mine on buy one get one free!

Cheers & Loves


Friday, 15 July 2016

Book Chat: Oxfam Book Haul

I buy so many books that my bookcase is currently overflowing & try as I might I just can't get rid of any the books even after I've read them but that doesn't stop me from buying more & more.

So the a few weeks ago I popped into my local Oxfam books and picked a few more to add to my oversized collection & I found some brilliant finds in there. I've never been in an Oxfam shop that is purely dedicated to books but I was really impressed.

So the books I picked up were:

- At First Sight - Nicholas Sparks
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger
- Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky
- The Confidence Code - Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

The grand total I paid for these 5 books was £12.00 so if you have an Oxfam books near you then definitely pop in because you don't know what you'll find & you are also giving to charity!

I definitely think this will now be my go to shop when in need of a new book & I will be having a real look at my overflowing shelves to see if there's any that I could donate to them also. 

Cheers & Loves


Friday, 8 July 2016

Fashion & Beauty: A Few Primark Purchases

Before yesterday I couldn't tell you the last time I 'popped' into Primark so my visit was well overdue in my opinion. As I was on my lunch break it was a little bit of a rushed look around but none the less I did end up picking up a few purchases and a few bargains!

The first thing I found on my rummage through the sales stands was this amazing playsuit that is going to be perfect for my holiday. It was priced at £5.00 but when it scanned through it was actually £2.00 = Day Made!

And then the next thing I picked up was this pack of six earrings for £1.00. I absolutely adore black and gold earrings so these again will be something I'll no doubt take on holiday with me.

And everything else I picked up was beauty related! So here's all of that -

Nail Varnish £0.80. Nail Polish Twist Pot £1.00. Beauty Drawers £4.00
Nail Polish in Ice Queen
Eyeliner 2 Pack with Sharpener £1.00

High Shine Lip Gloss in True Nude & Skin Deep £1.50 each
PS Pro Lip Primer £3.00 & PS Pro Longwear CC Concealer £2.50

The main bulk of my purchases were beauty related as I really wanted to get my hands on some of the new PS Pro make up unfortunately they didn't have that much in store so only picked up the two items. Still I'm excited to try all the make up as I've never tried much else in terms of Primark makeup and the beauty drawers at £4.00 were an absolute steal!

If you have any beauty recommendations from Primark then please let me know so I can whizz down and purchase some more goodies.

Cheers & Loves


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

New Products: Simple Skincare

As soon as I see a new product I immediately have a little buzz of excitement and generally it doesn't matter what brand it's from or what is it - if it's new I'm in! So last week I spotted that not only was Simple Skincare half price in Superdrug but there were also a couple of products that were new!

So the new new Simple products I picked were the Dual Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Hydrating Cleansing Oil.

I am always looking for a new eye make-up remover and I particularly liked the look of this one because it was a dual effect -with oil and water infused combination- that you shake to activate.

My first impressions of this product is that it really does works and as promised it dissolves my waterproof mascara! There's no strong scent to it and doesn't cause me any irritation at all around the eye area which is fantastic. 

The second product is the hydrating cleansing oil which is unlike any other product within the Simple Skincare range. This is like most other cleansing oils in that the purpose is to dissolve any make-up whilst hydrating your skin.

My first impressions of this product is that it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on my face like other oils and once it's washed off it's completely gone, my face doesn't feel sticky like the effect some products have. I haven't used this as much as the eye make-up remover so as I use it more I will let you know if my opinion changes.

I have tried to get links for these products online but can't actually find a link for them at the moment I'm afraid. I did get mine from Superdrug though and currently all of their Simple Skincare is half price so might be worth checking out!

Let me know if you try these and what your opinion is!

Cheers and Loves