31 August 2015

August Beauty Favourites

August Beauty Favourites

It has been exactly one week since I last posted which is somewhat of a rarity for me. Whilst I do not post every single day I do like to have roughly three posts up a week, yet I have to say that since starting my new job I have barely had time to get dinner of an evening, let alone put together a blog post. For the time being I think my posting will be slightly sporadic, that's not something I wanted to admit yet it is the harsh reality of just physically running out of time; I sure hope you understand.

Nevertheless, whilst the posts have been somewhat absent on here that is not to say that there hasn't been a whole lot of beauty throughout August. I will admit that most of the products I have being using are old favourites which I have mentioned countless times before; therefore I thought that I would share with you some of the more recent products that I have being using of late.

It isn't very often that I reach outside my fail safes when it comes to foundation however I was recently offered the opportunity to try out the Oxygenetix Foundation* which is a product that is aimed at those who suffer with acne. Now it is worth mentioning that I myself do not suffer with acne, however like most people I do suffer with the odd break out here and there. I will admit that I was sceptical about this product as I had never heard of it before, however after reading more about it online I decided to give it a try. 

I was matched to the shade Opal which is the lightest shade on offer and is in my opinion a relatively good match for my skin tone. If I was to be slightly picky it is perhaps slightly too pale, yet this is nothing that a spot of bronzer cannot solve. The formula consists of ceravitae which is a super charged oxygen complex which helps to ensure the skin can breathe. It also has salicylic acid which helps to prevent break outs by controlling spot causing bacteria. At the moment I am not ready to provide a fully detailed review on this yet so far I have to say that I have been very impressed. Skin care benefits aside this is a very nice foundation indeed, it stays put on my skin all day long yet it does not dry it out in the slightest; the only down side that I can see so far is the price as it retails at £55.

The NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette was something I hunted down at the beginning of the year after missing out on it at Christmas. I had never been a huge fan of multi-purpose palettes yet since I started using this more this month I have reached for nothing else when it comes to brightening up my complexion with a spot of blusher. As I mentioned before the Oxygentix Foundation* is a little too pale so I have being using the NARS Laguna Bronzer in order to warm my complexion up just a bit. It is safe to say that I can see why so many people rave about Laguna; it really is very pretty and can be built up naturally.

August Beauty Favourites

I wanted to share with you my thoughts very briefly on the new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks. From an impressive range of fourteen shades I think there will be an option here for everyone. Naturally as I have come to expect from Revlon the formula is pretty spot on, it's creamy, not sticky and is well pigmented. I wouldn't say that they are sheer in terms of application, I know for a fact that the shade rose is not, however I haven't tried any of the others out for myself. Rose is a really pretty pink however if I am honest it is more pink than I had anticipated, this wouldn't have been so bad had I not at the time also picked up one of the matte balm stains in elusive; the colours are almost identical which was somewhat of a mistake on my part. These new lipsticks from Revlon are also quite heavily fragranced which personally does not bother me; however it is something worth noting.

Moving from beauty products for the moment I also wanted to mention this gorgeous bangle I recently received courtesy of House of Fraser. They have some amazing jewellery as one would naturally expect so whilst having a browse I stumbled across the Karen Millen Pyramid Stud Bangle* which stood out to me as being so incredibly unique and visually very interesting. I have always had a soft spot for jewellery that can look slightly more edgy and I think paired up with jeans, a t-shirt and simple black bag I think that this could really set off an outfit. Whilst unfortunately this is now out of stock on the House of Fraser website it is worth checking out their other bracelets; I'm already considering purchasing something to go alongside this one to create somewhat of a stacking feature.

What have been your beauty favourites this month?


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.


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.

20 August 2015

Summer Succulents

Debenhams Flowers Debenhams Flowers Debenhams Flowers

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.

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?

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.
Food Market Food Market Food Market

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.

10 August 2015

Natural Skincare from Amie

Amie Skincare

Amie skincare has been on my radar for a little while now, as it was one of the first brands that I discovered in the year I started blogging. Putting it more simply, it was a brand that was different to the ones I was coming across amongst the aisles of Boots and Superdrug. Starting off this blog opened up a whole new world of cosmetics and skincare brands to me, Amie being one of them.

A little while ago I received the Amie Morning Light Hydrating Moisturiser* within the Latest in Beauty Heart Essentials Box to review. Since then I have being using this on relatively free make up days as it is nice and light and allows my skin to breathe. Due to the fact my skin type is a mixture of oily and combination as well as dehydrated I often find it difficult to find products that work for me without one aspect being neglected or exacerbated. Having said that I have been pleasantly surprised by this offering by Amie so far, my skin has been left feeling and looking balanced and youthful. A few weeks ago I stopped using this in order to try some new products and in that time I noticed my skin becoming dehydrated once again, therefore I think it's safe to say that this was working very nicely for me.

More recently I was given the opportunity to try out the Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask* which I must say has been an absolute delight to use. Sometimes I find that clay masks can be quite harsh on my skin yet this offering from Amie is nothing but gentle and soothing. Upon use I find this to be really refreshing and I definitely pick up the presence of peppermint which I think is a really nice addition to this mask. The clay itself is white although this has a touch of mint green to it which again is something I like; it is refreshing to use something a bit different once in a while.

Whilst these are relatively mini reviews of two really nice products from Amie which are not just friendly to your skin but also super affordable, I thought it would be nice to offer the chance for someone to win something to try for themselves. Amie have kindly provided the prize for this giveaway therefore all you have to do to enter is fill out the rafflecopter form below in a bid to win the Morning Light Hydrating Moisturiser from Amie. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will run for two weeks ending on the 24h August. 

Good luck if you enter and of course, let me know what you think of Amie Skincare if you have tried it, if not, what would you like to try?

Amie skincare is available at Waitrose, John Lewis, Look Fantasic and more.

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5 August 2015

Recently Recycled #6

Recently Recycled #6
This post has been long overdue as I have being hanging onto these empty products for longer than I care to admit. I know to people who do not blog about beauty that the concept of keeping empty products to then photograph and write about at a later date seems odd, yet if I'm honest they do tend to be one of my favourite types of posts to read. For me these types of posts provide an overall summary of how the product worked for that person, meaning that there is a chance that any original opinions may have ultimately changed come end of the product. I find that quite interesting and more often than not a true representation of how that person overall felt about it.

Starting off with skincare, I have sadly finished off my Origins Gin Zing Energy Boosting Moisturiser which incidentally happened to be my very first Origins purchase. I picked this up not long after its initial release last year when everybody seemed to be reaching for it left right and centre. I have to say that as we have hit the warmer weather (well as warm as it ever gets here) that I have missed this a little within my routine, although due to my surplus of moisturisers at the moment I have refrained from repurchasing. Next year I definitely would consider picking this up again because I really did get along with this quite well.

I have also finished off yet another sample of the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment* which is already a product I have claimed to love. This time around I can still confirm that I absolutely adore this product as it leaves my skin looking so clean, to date this is the most impressive in terms of removing those pesky blackheads. Having said that what I do notice with this product is that the effects are only short term, meaning that I feel as though I want to use is very regularly which when I think about the price isn't exactly a good thing.

Back in June last year I attended my very first blogging event where on that occasion as a group we all got to go to LUSH and hear about the various products that they produce. I was kindly given a few items to try with the Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub* being one of them. I had being rationing this product in all honestly as whilst I do really like LUSH I do find that their products can be expensive, and that is only because they're the type of product which generally don't tend to last that long. Despite that negative element I did quite like this as it provided a rather nice exfoliation, especially for the knees and elbows.

It was finally time to say goodbye to the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara* because it was a year old...cringe! I actually didn't realise it had been in my possession that long, last July only seemed like yesterday; honest. I liked this however I didn't love it therefore this wouldn't be something that I would go out and buy myself in the future. When it comes to high street mascaras I think it is very hard to beat Max Factor.

One of my favourite fragrances for a very long time now has been Givenchy Very Irresistable. I have got through a couple of those in my time which is why this is the only fragrance that I have ever had in a small purse friendly size; I truly do like it that much. I never thought I would be one for little purse sprays like this yet since I first started using it I have found it to be so handy, it sure was nice to have a little spray of this on my lunch hour as it made me feel a little refreshed for the rest of the afternoon.

1 August 2015

July Beauty Favourites

July Beauty Favourites

Every year I find the passing of July to be somewhat of a sad one, it is for me the month which optimises summer here in the UK and of course what with it also being my birthday month I find it sad to say goodbye. Nevertheless time is waiting for no man therefore it is time to get straight into my monthly beauty favourites as before I know it I will be writing the same for August.

Starting off with make up I have rarely strayed away from my Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in nude mauve since I purchased it back in March. This shade has been a firm favourite of mine because it looks so natural and incredibly pretty on the skin; in fact I do keep meaning to pick up a couple of the other shades because I have been so impressed with this one. If you haven't yet tried these blushes then I really do highly recommend them as they're long lasting, affordable and easy to use.

Over the last month I have being growing my nails and have once again being wearing various nail polishes. Without a doubt my most worn of all time let alone throughout July has been Barry M Raspberry. I absolutely adore this shade and always get complements on it when I wear it. Like all Barry M polishes this is cheap as chips and lasts really well on me; again this shade in particular will be a repurchase in the future. I would also like to make a note that this particular polish is almost three years old now and the consistency is just as good as the day when I first purchased it; well done Barry M! 

My last make up item comes from the soon to be released Clarins Autumn Collection whereby the Rouge Éclat Lipstick* in the shade Tawny Rose will be truly perfect for autumn. I have being wearing this a lot since it first landed on my doorstep as I have been super impressed with the texture and indeed the shade. I really do like my nude shades at the moment so I can see this being a firm favourite long into the next season.

In terms of skincare there is a product here which I have being using for a while yet find myself only now mentioning it. The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel was a product I was sceptical of, purely because of the hype around it yet I have to say I do like it. Whilst I don't think it is a revolutionary product I do think it is a very good one. It is essentially a balm/gel cleanser which at first behaves much like a runny balm texture yet once it comes into contact with water it turns to a gel like texture which foams up. I actually don't like to use the word foam there as it is not typical of that reaction however I couldn't think of a more appropriate word. Whilst I really do like using this I don't know if I would repurchase it, it is after all a little bit expensive. Having said that, if I did have a little bit of cash to spare at the end of the month then I would be tempted to treat myself to this again.

Over the last few weeks my skin has become quite dehydrated and no matter what I did or used it didn't seem to improve things long term. Since then I have being trying out the Jurlique Advanced Serum Herbal Recovery Serum* which I have to say has made quite the improvement to my skin. I feel like it is too soon to rave about this because I haven't being using it that long yet I really did want to mention this now as so far I have been very happy to use this within my skincare routine.

My final beauty favourite this month is a fragrance and happens to be one which I had wanted to purchase for a very long time. As it happens I was kindly given the opportunity to try this for myself, although I already knew it was one that I liked a lot after countless sprays of it in the aisles of Boots and various other stores. Thierry Mugler Alien* is quite a distinct fragrance and isn't one that I would typically associate with summer, having said that I have never been one to conform to seasonal appropriate make up or clothing. This is a floral woody amber scent which is quite warm; I think if you like Stella by Stella McCartney then chance is you may like this too.
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