18 Oct 2014

The Muji Files | Part 1

Muji Files 1

When it comes to storing your beauty products there is no denying that the appeal of the much hyped about acrylic storage from Muji is one that is hard to avoid. For a while I held off but then one day I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase two draws of my own; the rest is quite simply history. Upon closer inspection of my content recently I have noticed that I have never really alluded to my beauty storage and indeed my collection on a whole therefore I thought that I would kill two birds with one stone as it were and combine both within a mini blog series therefore welcome to The Muji Files Part 1!

Kicking things off I'm starting off with my top draw because you know I'm all about the base, about the base...check me out with a current music reference there albeit the different spelling! Back to make up rather promptly I tend to store anything here that is a base product such as primers, concealers and of course foundations as they are the first things I use in the morning when I apply my make up after I have moisturised. Some of my favourite items within this draw consists of the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer which has to be one of my favourite high street concealers to date; paired up with the Seventeen Phwoaar Paint you have a pretty good combo here for helping to cover dark circles. The only thing I feel that I do need to mention is that before using Phwoaar Paint I really do have to ensure that I have used a hydrating eye cream beforehand as I do find it prone to sinking into any creases.

A big shout out goes out to the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation and NARS Sheer Glow which are two of my up-most favourite foundations that I have tried since I started my blog. Firstly I can't ignore the price tag of these as they're not cheap however I have been so impressed with these two and would without a doubt re-purchase them when they eventually run out. In comparison I have a much more affordable foundation option in the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation which I would go as far to say that it is my favourite from the high street that I have ever tried. For me I find that it provides a light to medium coverage that blends really well and feels light on my skin; it is an almost perfect match for my skin tone which makes it one of my favourite budget beauty buys.

I also like to store foundation samples here too as I'm a big believer in trying a sample of a product before buying them, that is of course if it is possible to do so. At the moment I have a few samples from Lancome and have also more recently picked up a little sample of the DiorSkin Star which is beautiful! Quickly rounding up this post I have a few primers that I tend to go between with no real loyalty to any if I'm honest, they're all pretty good however I think I'm still looking for the one that works for me. A worthy mention here does go out to Benefit Porefessional Primer which I think works better for me in comparison to the NARS Radiance Enhancing Primer.



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15 Oct 2014

Oh Olivia!

Olivia Burton Watches

Olivia Burton Watches are to me some of the most beautiful and affordable currently on the market. This year I finally purchased my very own for my birthday of which I couldn't have been happier with my first purchase; if you missed that you can head on over and read the whole post dedicated to the Moulded Bee Watch. My love for bumble bees and of course rose gold made that choice the perfect one at the time however since then I have being looking at more designs and have fell in love with the brand even more than before.

Since July there have been quite a few new releases that have caught my eye, whereby there still quite a few of the original designs which are still firmly in my mind. The Olivia Burton infatuation here will not end with just the one watch for me as there are so many different designs and colours which will work with an array of outfits. Seeing as I don't own a watch with a black strap I think that will be my next point of call as I believe that it would be a style that I could literally wear with anything. Above I've picked out just a few of my favourite designs of which the Winter Garden Watch is without a doubt my favourite; I simply adore the floral detail on the clock face. This is closely followed by the Rose Gold and Mock Croc which is an exclusive design to The Dressing Room.



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14 Oct 2014

Guest Post - Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution

Miss Makeup Magpie Guest Post

Hi my name is Gemma and I blog over at Miss Makeup Magpie, and I'm really excited to be guest posting for Amy as I love her blog so much. I really hope you like my post...

When Escentual had their French Pharmacy Skincare event back in June, I took advantage and ordered quite a few skincare products which I shared in my  Escentual Skincare Haul. I am a massive fan of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and have used it religiously for nearly two and half years to remove my makeup, and I just love how quick, easy and effective it is at makeup removal. When I saw that the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O was included in the offer, I decided it was the perfect time to give it a try as it's designed for those who suffer from dehydration, so I thought that it might be better suited for my dry skin than the original version.

I can't say that I find the original Bioderma to be particularly drying, but I was interested to see how the Hydrabio would compare. Just like the original, the Hydrabio H2O dissolves my makeup extremely quickly.. even the most stubborn of mascaras (especially Benefit's They're Real! mascara). However the biggest difference I've noticed, is that it leaves my skin so much softer and almost as if it's been moisturised by using it. It also feels a little more gentle, especially when used on my eyes as it doesn't sting whatsoever. I still love the Bioderma Sensibio but the Hydrabio really is better for my skin, and I've noticed that my skin is looking less dry than it used to, which I love. If you have dry and/or dehydrated skin, I'd really recommend trying this more moisturising formula as it helps the skin to retain moisture throughout the day, and leaves the skin a lot more supple which is ideal as we head into central heating season.



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10 Oct 2014

Bee Good Christmas Giveaway

Bee Good Christmas Gift Set

It's October therefore I think I can get away with having a post with the word 'Christmas' written in the title just about. A few days ago I was kindly sent a gorgeous little package from Bee Good that had some pampering treats along with some rather delicious looking biscuits too! 

At the moment I have already had the opportunity to try the Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm* which I think is really nice and helps to keep my lips in good condition, especially now that the cold weather is upon us. The Honey, Borage & Echium Intensive Hand Repair* is a new addition and is one that I'm really looking forward to trying as you can't beat a good hand cream. Of course not being just for your hands they are really beneficial for looking after your nails too; we all know the problems I have in that department.

Just yesterday I was offered the truly lovely opportunity to hold a giveaway on here for one of you to win your very own 'Bee-Pampered' Gift Set which retails at £20 and will be available to purchase on the 1st November. To win these lovely pampering treats and some yummy biscuits all you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter widget below and leave some form of contact detail in the comment section. This is open internationally and will run over the weekend ending Sunday. 

The winner will be chosen and notified once the competition ends; good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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8 Oct 2014

October Wish List

October Wish List

It has been a while since I popped up a wish list therefore today I thought I'd share with you just a few things that I have being looking at recently.

Starting off with the most gorgeous pyjamas to ever grace this earth we have the Hush Vintage Rose Pyjama set. These look super cosy and are so very beautiful, I honestly don't think I've ever fallen for a pair of pyjamas in all my life; I guess there is a first for everything though!

Being quite the fan of Charlotte Tilbury already it comes as no surprise to me to find another eye shadow quad cropping up on my wish list. The Sophisticate quad has four beautiful shades that look as though they would be simply perfect for day time this autumn. In contrast to summer where I tend to go for a simple winged liner and mascara I really like to up my game more at this time of year and pull out more of subtle smoky eye for both daytime and evening.

Whilst we're on the topic of eye shadow it would be rude of me to not include the new NARS Dual Intensity Eye Shadows as they have to be some of the nicest I have seen in a long time. In terms of quality, pigmentation and texture these are incredible whereby I have to say I have being looking at the shades Himalia and Callisto in particular although they all do look stunning.

Kikki K is the place to browse if you're a stationary addict like me. The designs are simply beautiful with plenty to fit your particular style and interests. Currently I have my eye on the Textured Leather Personal Planner in black as it looks incredible and really sophisticated too. I like the fact that it has gold rings inside compared to so many that have silver, it is for me a lot more unique than so many others that I have seen online. I'm quite the fan of planners such as these as they allow me to plan my days and weeks so I hopefully don't forget anything important. *hopefully*

Last but most certainly not least is this Red Tartan Blanket Scarf from River Island. Every year I seem to try and hunt down the perfect tartan scarf but never seem to find one; this year will be different.

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