Monday, 24 August 2015

Beauty Packaging That Looks Awesome

Beauty Packaging That Looks Awesome

Having now written about beauty on here for over three years I have found myself coming across my fair share of beauty products. Whether they are budget friendly or more of a luxurious treat I can't quite help but judge them not solely on how the product performs, but also in the way in which they are packaged. Naturally, where more affordable options are discussed then I think that there is some leeway to be given so to speak, however I do still find the packaging to be an important thing about the product overall.

A few days ago I was rooting around my make up collection and picked out five products which I thought stood out to me the most. Prices were not an influence here as I simply reached for what are my current favourites in terms of packaging, I didn't aim to pick from just high end or budget beauty as I believe both do presentation very well on a whole.

Starting off with Tom Ford I chose the Eye Colour Quad in Cocoa Mirage as this for me has to be one of the most beautifully presented beauty products that I own. From the stunning, yet simple and sophisticated packaging this is a product that oozes luxury; of course the actual product itself is pretty special too. The Tom Ford Eye Shadow Quads arrive packaged within a little velvet pouch which is a really nice touch, however if I'm honest I don't keep mine in there any more as I use it a bit too frequently to keep taking it in and out of that. The presentation is beautiful and the product is housed safely inside, my only issue I have with this if I am super picky is that where those little brushes are concerned I would have happily not had those and either had a slightly smaller quad or bigger eye shadows.

It is funny that three of the items I chose are eye shadow based which was not my intention; although I think that goes to show that so much more can be done with those types of products in terms of presentation. The By Terry Ombre Blackstars are a prime example of yet another beautifully presented product; once again they have an air of sophistication and luxury of which I think you are beginning to see a theme developing here. The same goes for the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Quads and everything else Charlotte Tilbury come to think of it.

Of course more purse friendly brands offer some equally as beautiful products when it comes to their presentation. I have just a couple here as I didn't want to go overboard however the likes of Kiko and Revlon for me always offer really nicely presented products, particularly Kiko. The Kiko Modern Tribes Collection for me was one of my favourites that I have seen them launch, I loved the whole collection and how rustic and earth like it felt. The Modern Tribes Maxi Bronzer* has to have been my favourite from the launch, it is bulky but in a very good way and quite weighty too; it also has a magnetic closure which naturally gives the product extra bonus points. Whilst it wouldn't have been the most ideal for travel due to its size I can't help but feel as though I would have wanted to take it where ever I went, it visually looks great. The shade I had was a bit too orange for me sadly, although I have seriously regretted not ordering the blush within the collection as that was presented in the exact same way. 

For my final product I chose one of the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks in the shade Cherries in the Snow. This was a gift from my friend at Christmas and I absolutely adore it. Whilst in the past I had tried various lip products from Revlon I had never tried any from this particular range. What struck me most about this, aside from the beautiful cherry colour was the packaging. For me it looks timeless, it is a simple chic classic lipstick which easily looks more expensive than it is; good job Revlon.


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Currently Coveting #1

Currently Coveting
Looking back through my blog archives it would appear as though that the last time I posted a wish list was back in October last year. That's almost one year ago, therefore I thought I would take things right back to how they pretty much started on A Little Boat Sailing by putting together a current wish list of things that I have caught my eye in recent months. 

Starting off with the most out of place item is something which I have been contemplating for the best part of two years now. When I was in school I used to play the guitar, I wasn't great, in fact I was far from it however I did enjoy it and have regretted giving up ever since. I have grown up with guitars around me as my dad is a fantastic guitar player, my brother is also pretty good so I'm really temped to buy one again and try and pick it back up. Whilst I played electric before I know deep down that it is acoustic which I adore.

The Kate Spade 2016 Stripe Agenda had caught my eye from the moment Nikki shared it on her Instagram a few days ago. It visually looks beautiful; in fact I have already placed a cheeky order for this as I really like using planners like this throughout the year. Whilst initially it does seem expensive I find that I can justify it as it is something that I will be using for a whole year, in fact even more so given that it starts at the beginning of August. This isn't the easiest item to track down however after some fantastic customer service I was able to find one over at Magpie Decor.

For a long time I have heard countless rave reviews of the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist. In the past I have never been personally taken by products such as this yet I can't deny that I am not intrigued; it's about time I picked this up to settle my curiosity and maybe a few blemishes at that.

There has been a fair bit of hype surrounding the release of the Becca Jacqueline Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, however I personally have never tried any of the originals so I have thought about picking one of these up in order to see what they are like.

The Shu Uemura Stage performers BB Perfector has like the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist been on my mental beauty check list for a little while now. I have heard some great things about this base and seeing as I am yet to be totally sold on the whole BB cream thing I am more than curious to try this particular one out. I have also read that this is quite pale which I tend to like as despite not being as white as a milk bottle I am relatively fair, plus, it is a lot easier to warm up the complexion as opposed to having to solve the issue of a base which is too dark for you.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Summer Succulents

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At the moment I am in the process of decorating my bedroom, which I have to say seems to be taking a rather long time. I feel as though I have being saying this for a little while, yet you know how it is, things tend to get in the way of said plans and before you know it you're two months or more down the line. Having said that my plan has always been to incorporate plants into my bedroom; I am a firm believer in having plans in the home, yet I have often noticed that the bedroom is often left neglected in that department. 

Therefore when I was kindly offered the chance to feature some flowers from Debenhams on my blog I decided to take them up on the offer. Now as you can see what I have here today is a trio planter of succulents* which I decided to opt for instead. Despite flowers always being very beautiful to look at I did want something that would last longer, plus I have always admired how wild and interesting succulents look so found this the perfect opportunity to try looking after some of my own.

These will be going onto my bedroom window sill as somewhat of the main feature once my room is done but for now they're taking pride of place in the dining room. I have being meaning to find out exactly what succulents I have here but as of yet I haven't managed to decipher what they are, although once I do find out I will update this post.

Whilst I chose this rather lovely planter there are some beautiful flowers over at Debenhams to choose from which can be delivered super quick through their next day delivery service. You're able to order flowers by post so whether they are for a loved one, a last minute birthday gift or even just a treat to brighten up your living room then they are definitely worth taking a look; you can also get 25% off with the code DFBLOG25.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Thierry Mugler Alien

Thierry Mugler Alien Review
At over ten years old, I have only in the last two years discovered Thierry Mugler Alien. I have always been captivated by fragrances, even from a rather young age when I used to love looking at such a variety of the many differently designed glass bottles. Even now I still fall for beautifully designed fragrances and that is often before I have even tried them for myself.

Thierry Mugler Alien* had always been a fragrance that caught my eye. Not least because of the unusual style of packaging and indeed name but also because of the scent. Out of all of the fragrances that I have tried in store from Thierry Mugler Alien has always been my favourite by far. For me it is similar in ways to one of my all-time favourites which is Stella by Stella McCartney in that it is based around base notes of amber, albeit this does lean towards more of a woody scent combined with the soft floral scent of Jasmine. In a way I really do think they're quite similar which is why I adore Alien so much.

At the moment I seem to be going through this beautiful scent extremely quickly. I am having to remind myself to not spritz it on every passing occasion as it really is one that I would like to make last as long as possible. Since I started my new job this has been my go to scent, not least because I like it so much but also because of the amount of compliments I seem to get when I am wearing it. It is no word of a lie that at least four different members have staff have all asked me what it is I am wearing because they have liked it too.

I will be the first to admit that Alien isn't your typical summer scent, in fact it is quite the opposite, yet I personally have never been one to fall for typical seasonal scents. I truly believe that fragrances are incredibly personal and that tend to reflect your mood as well as your personal tastes. In fact, I would go out on a limb here and say that I think that they are probably, if not the most personal beauty product that there is. What one may find appealing and attractive may not be another's cup of tea and vica versa. For me I tend to associate certain perfumes for different times of the day, perhaps even seasons too, yet most of all I tend to associate them with the people who wear them. If in the future people associate me with Theirry Mugler Alien then I can honestly say I will feel quite happy about that.

Thierry Mugler fragrances can be purchased from Boots, Debenhams and more.

Have you tried any fragrances from Thierry Mugler?

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Sunday Script #2

Food Market Food Market
The weekends sure do seem to be flying by now that I am working full time, so much so that I'm already looking towards planning what I can do next weekend so that I feel as though I have made the most of it. Over this last week I'll be the first to admit that there has been a lack of blog posts, I want to apologise for this, although I do know that I don't have to; it is after all my blog and it is only a hobby after all. Having said that I really do enjoy writing and publishing new content, yet I had completely underestimated just how much both working and travelling throughout the week would take out of me.
Food Market Food Market
At the moment I am also trying to cram in revision again alongside work so there will be a lack of posts to come until my exams are over with. It sucks to put things quite bluntly but it's the situation I'm in; it also won't last forever so for now I am just trying to get on with things as best as I can.

In the mean time I did manage to pop out for a couple of hours with my mum yesterday. We decided to have a little browse around the local market as we had never been before. There were loads of nice food stalls and various bits and bobs so I decided to take a few pictures to share with you. They are not of the best quality I have to say but I did only have my phone on me. I hadn't even thought about using these pictures for a blog post as I'm still in the process of trying to plan more lifestyle based content. If you write about things other than beauty then I would absolutely love to hear about the types of things you like to read about.
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All the pictures were from my local food market which whilst relatively small it had some really nice things there. I treated me and mum to a rather yummy chocolate fudge cake! There were also various craft stalls present with handmade items, the image above featured various wood carvings which engravings on. I really liked those as they made me think of the countryside.

Naturally I can't stay away from beauty for too long so the products that I have being loving this week consist of the Oxygenetix Foundation* (blog post to come in early September) and the Clarins Melting Gel Cleanser which I purchased last week, it sure is lovely!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead and that you have a lovely relaxing end to your weekend.
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