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15 Apr 2014

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick



A little while ago I was extremely lucky and won give away held by the lovely Julie over at Raining Cake, thank you so much Julie! One of the items I received was a MAC Lipstick in the shade 'All Fired Up' which at the time was one that I hadn't really heard much about. Being still quite a novice to MAC I was extremely excited and couldn't wait to try it out, particularly because it was a matte finish which was one of the finishes by MAC that I was really quite keen on trying having only ever really delved into lustre finishes.

All Fired Up is a retro matte finish and is described as a bright fuchsia which I think fits it perfectly. In the image above the exact brightness of this shade has failed to come across a bit which is a shame however there is nothing to stop you swatching this in store to see just how bright and indeed beautiful it is. I would say that All Fired Up leans towards a more red tone fuchsia rather than a blue tone which adds some overall warmth to my complexion. For me because this is a matte lipstick I had to exfoliate my lips and prep them with a bit of lip balm beforehand because my lips are always a bit on the dry side. In terms of longevity I found that this lipstick remained in place for a good number of hours, I'd say roughly four or so and even then there was a stain left behind which seemed to wear relatively evenly.

This lipstick is slightly drying but it's something that I can more than cope with and like I said before with a bit of lip balm beforehand you're pretty much covered. I'll be honest and say that deep down this would not have been a shade I would have picked for myself (because I'm a complete wuss and pick safe shades) however I'm super glad that I was able to try it as I'm so incredibly fond of it and now find myself wanting to try a few more matte shades from MAC; any recommendations?

Once again thank you so much to Julie for this lipstick! If you haven't checked out her blog before then do so, it is lovely!

MAC is not a cruelty free brand.

12 Apr 2014

Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins



For the best part of two years one moisturiser in particular had been on my list to try, that being Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. For a rather long time I had read numerous good things about this particular night cream therefore just after Christmas I decided to purchase it within the Origins 24 Hour Glow Set with some money that I had received as a gift. Ever since the beginning of January I have being using this of an evening therefore felt it was the perfect time to share with you my thoughts.

First of all the packaging as I have previously mentioned when sharing my thoughts on Origins GinZing isn't one that I'm particularly fond of. Visually I really do like it however my main gripe purely boils down to hygiene; it isn't the most hygienic packaging for a moisturiser that you're using every evening on freshly cleansed skin therefore try to ensure that you're hands are clean before using it.

The texture of this moisturiser is really nice, I find it thicker than my daytime one which is to be expected however it isn't too heavy or greasy at all, in fact it is a pure delight to use and smells wonderful. For £34 I'm the first to admit that it is quite expensive, this is the main reason why it took me so long to buy it and when I think back I only purchased it because of how good the offer was with the set at the time in which it was included. Having now used this product I can say that I wouldn't want to be without it, it's lasting me such a long time as nearly three and a half months in I've not made much a dent into it; a little goes quite a long way in my opinion.

I generally use this on top of Hydraluron or most recently Effaclar Duo + which has being working sheer magic on my skin as of late. In the mornings I can tell when I have used this because my skin really does look more refreshed and brighter; it also feels incredibly soft and supple. I have to admit that the claims from Origins do ring true with this particular product because I really can see a visible difference when I don't use it of an evening.

Personally I cannot recommend this enough, for reference my skin is oily/combination where this is recommended for those with combination to dry however this has not been a hindrance to me at all; in fact it has worked so incredibly well that I know I will be repurchasing this in the future. I'm aware that when it comes to Origins there is a bit of concern over the ingredients and indeed the brand name which I do feel can be a bit misleading. Having said that so far everything that I have tried from the brand has worked really well for me and has left me feeling quite positive about the products and indeed the results; for me they have worked so why fix something if it isn't broke? I'd really like to hear your views on Origins below if you have something to share or if indeed you've maybe found something even better.

Have you tried High-Potency Night-A-Mins? 
Origins is not a cruelty free brand.

8 Apr 2014

April Wish List

Quite a few things have being creeping up into my virtual wish list over the last month or so with four of the items having been on there for quite a long time; self restraint can be hard but I'm doing pretty well. I'll start off with this gorgeous Whistles Geometric Necklace which at the moment is reduced down from its original price. I've had my eye on this for such a long time however because it isn't real gold/silver etc I worry that it will tarnish after a short while which is why I have so far refrained from purchasing it.

The Bourjois little pots of blushers/eye shadows are not new to the beauty community however I'm quite the sucker for a limited edition product, especially when it makes me think of blossom trees. This Bourjois Little Round Pot is quite simply a white eye shadow that is nothing particularly special, I just think it looks really pretty and quite unique.

The This Works Deep Pillow Spray is something that I'm edging ever close to buying these days due to my incredibly poor sleeping routine. Over the last year I have seen this crop up a fair few times whereby overall it has generally received positive feedback. If you're a fan of this already you may be interested to know that there is a limited edition of this floating around on ASOS.

Not one but two pairs of shoes tip toed onto my wish list this month, of which one pair I've already tried on in store and cannot wait to own them. The Hamble Oak Brogues are divine in every single way where of course being from Clarks they are also super comfortable and come in a few other colours too, notably tan and patent black. On the opposite side of the spectrum hopping from something quite classic to more modern I have being eyeing up the ASOS Hat Trick Leather Heeled Sandals. These types of sandals seem to be very popular already and have had me rather intrigued; I can't lie that I don't want to miss out on this trend this year.

Since I have being using a chemical exfoliating toner I have being meaning to pick up a nice light SPF for under my make up. I'm fully aware that I should have being using one of these anyway *slap on the wrist* however I'm trying to change and have being considering buying the Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser. I'm aware that it is quite expensive so I'm still a bit hesitant however it really does have some glowing reviews online.

Lastly I have discovered a new brand on ASOS whilst browsing watches...again. The Zadig & Voltaire Light Butterfly Watch is really rather unique and unusual just like the brand name. This watch immediately caught my eye as it is just a little bit different to so many out there at the moment; check out the butterfly/skull in the middle.



6 Apr 2014

Morning Skincare Routine



Most mornings I find that I'm looking for something that is relatively fuss free, quick and simple when it comes down to my morning skincare routine as nine times out of ten I'm blurry eyed, groggy and just want to hop back into bed.

At the moment I've managed to get myself into a nice routine that is working well for my combination to oily skin type. First of all in the mornings I start with simply washing my face where I use the Korres White Tea Gel Cleanser which I reviewed not so long back here. This has been a real pleasure to use because it has left my skin feeling refreshed and awake in the mornings without it feeling stripped of moisture. Once I have dried my face I move onto my eye cream which is actually one that I'm trying to use up at the moment. The Good Things Bright Eyes Eye Cream was a purchase in autumn last year whereby I have being using it on and off ever since. I have to say that overall I've found that it has done nothing to help with dark circles however it has helped to reduce slight puffy eyes in the morning; it also has a slight cooling effect which I appreciate. Once this has been used up though I'm afraid I will be moving onto something else and will not be repurchasing it.

My real staple of a product within my skincare routine over the last month and a half has been the newly reformulated La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +. Over time I do decide to use a different cleanser in the morning or to maybe try a different moisturiser before my make up just to mix things up a little bit yet the only product I haven't strayed away from at all has been Effaclar Duo +. For me I have noticed a huge difference in my skin where breakouts have been pretty much none existent. My skin has looked so much clearer since using this and has continued to do so leaving me feeling quite reliant upon this little product already; I have a feeling it will be a long affair.

Last but certainly not least is my Origins GinZing Moisturiser which I did a full review upon here. This tends to be my moisturiser of choice in the mornings as I find that it absorbs into my skin quite quickly leaving my skin feeling prepared for make up. Out of all of the daily moisturisers I own this is the lightest so it is ideal for days when I'm getting ready for work in the morning. I'd love for you all to believe that I'm up two hours before work getting ready however in all honesty I'm lucky if I'm up an hour before so sometimes I have to be ready quite quickly. The thought of putting make up onto moisturiser that hasn't fully absorbed into my skin makes me feel uncomfortable. On  days when I don't have to be out as early or if I'm planning a day at home I tend to opt for the REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream* reviewd here as this leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturised. My only minor issue with this is that it takes a little longer to full absorb into my skin which is why I tend to pick something else on days when I'm in work.

So, there we have it, my morning skincare routine. What do you use in the mornings?
*PR Sample.

4 Apr 2014

Win Vans with Explora Morocco

Have you ever been on an active holiday? I don't just mean jumping around in the swimming pool, I'm referring to activities such as windsurfing, quad biking and horse riding to name just a few. Explora Morocco offers just this type of holiday at their two centres in Morocco; Dahkla and Essaouira. I'd love to try a holiday like this, something that would push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to be a bit more adventurous. If that sounds like something you would like to do then it's certainly worth exploring this type of holiday.

Tuition is offered by the company for all of the activities on offer as well as there being the opportunity to hire the necessary equipment; you can also purchase it if you discover that your holiday has inspired you to take up a new found hobby. Bespoke holidays specific for you are available so that you can tailor your time away to things that you are most interested in whilst staying in a hotel, triad, private apartment or even a tent; the choice really is down to you.

Explora Morocco work with and stock many brands, particularly those that are tailored to the outdoors; one of those brands is Vans. To me Vans is such a fun and exciting brand, particularly when it comes down to their shoes as I personally love what they do with the designs. Speaking of shoes I'm really excited to share with you that one of you will be able to win a pair of your choice from the Vans website courtesy of Explora Morrocco.

This competition is open for UK entries only and will run for two weeks in total ending on Sunday 20th April. All you have to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter form below and leave a comment stating which pair of shoes you would like to win along with a form of contact. Entries will be checked before the winner is announced.

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The shoes need to be chosen from the UK Vans website and are subject to their sizes and stock levels; a limit of £70 is imposed.

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