Tuesday, 30 July 2013

ELF ~ Warm Bronzer

It’s funny how some products you are convinced you hate them, then from out of no where it seems to grow on you and you love them.

ELF Warm Bronzer is one of those products i bought a while back and initially there wasn’t much love between us.  Bright Town Girl kept mentioning this was an excellent bronzer on her blog, so i dug mine out once again and the rest is history...  I may have been a slow starter when it came to loving this but I’m making up for it now as i wear this almost daily.

Comprised of four different shades of bronze, this gives the perfect glow to the skin.  Not too dark, not too light, not too shimmery, not too chalky, not too orange, not too matte... it’s just right for my skin tone.  You get the best of all worlds with the difference shades of bronze, but you can just use one shade if you prefer.

I apply mine with a large kabuki brush and it adds to perfect glow.  You can see you are wearing bronzer but once blended in it is very natural and gorgeous.

This bargain costs a mere £3.75 and is available on ELF’s website.  They also sell different shades (Golden and Cool) too!

What is your favourite bronzer?

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Body Shop ~ Vineyard Peach Body Butter

It feels like forever since I had a spurge in The Body Shop, but the other day I thought it was time to change that!  One of the goodies I came away with was their Special Edition Vineyard Peach Body Butter.

Cue the hmmmm’s and ahhhh’s...

If there are any Bath and Body Works fans out there who love their candle Market Peach, well you might want to stop what you’re doing and check this out.  The scent is remarkably similar.  Unfortunately like the Market Peach candle, this Body Butter is not edible... so you have to put your away spoon.

As soon as I got a whiff of this in store I just knew I’d be handing over my hard earned pounds for a tub.  Out of the sample pot I placed a little on the back of my hand and rubbed it in to my skin...then I carried on checking out the store. However every 30 seconds I was sniffing my hand... the more and more I smelt it – the more I knew I loved it.  It left my skin soft and silky but the scent sealed the deal. 

Takes money out of purse... 

A delicate light scent of fresh peaches, perfect for the summer months.  Even the hubby said ‘hmmmm that smells good’ and what do boys usually know about yummy scents???  Not much.

When it comes to application the saying ‘less it more’ is the way to go.  This is a thick Body Butter, so you do not need loads of it, just a little goes a long way and works well.  I think if you went too OTT with the amount you apply it will be too heavy on the skin and will take a while to be absorbed into the skin.  This works well with dry skin and can make you feel hydrated for 24 hours!

A 200ml pot will set you back £13, however when I picked mine up in store (Convent Garden) they had ‘buy one pot get the over half price’.  Now looking online they have a half price offer.  So you might want to hot foot it down to your nearest Body Shop.  If you’re not a fan of Body Butters they also sell a lotion, body wash and a scrub. Click here for the online link.


Friday, 19 July 2013

Barry M Confetti Polish in Marshmallow

When I spotted the Barry M's Confetti line on a recent trip to the shops, I knew I wouldn't leave empty handed.  Remarkably similar to Nails Inc Feather range, Barry M's version is on the cheaper side which is great if you don't feel like spending over £10 on the Nails Inc version.  Marshmallow is a baby pink shade with a few added white shards thrown in for good measure.  It's very girly and cute.

To be honest I'm not sure if I love or hate this.  It's good as a top coat to add a bit of jazz to a manicure but alone to get a good looking application you need 3-4 coats or perhaps even more.  It is very sheer on the application side which is disappointing...  major thumbs down for me I'm afraid.  If you have the time and patients to wait for each coat to dry then maybe give this ago.

Now I've experienced the Confetti line, I wouldn't be buying any more from it. But they are cheap at £3.99, so if you fancy something different give it a go.


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Maybelline Mastershape Brow Pencil

For some time now I have been on the look out for a nice eyebrow pencil.  Don’t get me wrong I love my HD Brow set, but when it comes to travelling around it can become a pain as it’s big and bulky plus I only use one out of the four shades in the set.  Plus it’s on the expensive side.

So a nice brow pencil has been on my list of requirements and I recently picked up the Maybelline Mastershape Brow Pencil in the shade soft brown.  Inexpensive, small and comes with it’s own spooly, I think i have found a winner here.

After a little research, I read on the grape vine from various bloggers and youtubers that this was an item worth investing in.  Usually pencils can look harsh when you apply them but this looks natural.  The pencil is soft and easy to apply and the spooly is a reasonable quality.

This is certainly making me spend a little more TLC on my furry little friends.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Soap and Glory | Pulp Friction

I think body exfoliation is very important. Removing the dead skin cells lets our skin breath, you also look more fresh and radiant rather than dull and boring.  One of my favourite exfoliators is this one from Soap and Glory called Pulp Friction.

Good enough to eat with it's fig, lemonade, peppermint and orange water juice flavours.  This creamy body scrub gets to work straight away with great results due to it's added pumice.

This is great to use prior to self tanning to make your skin silky smooth.  All you do is on your damp skin, apply this in a circular and you will feel the pink beads and pumice get to work.  A little bit goes a long way.  When you're finish just rise off and ta-daa sexy smooth skin.

Everyone needs this in their life!  £8 for 250 ml...bargain!


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Cheap and Cheerful #1

Sometimes it can be the simplest and most inexpensive beauty items which make us keep coming back again and again.  This can be said for quite a few items I love, especially this one from Superdrug.

I could not tell you how many tubes of this Anti-Bacterial Daily Exfoliating Wash I have purchased in my life time.  It is a cheap and cheerful staple in my life, especially at times when my skin is problematic!

This gel product contains small exfoliating blue beads which cleanse, remove dead skin cells and gets deep in your pores.  This dos not contain Salicylic Acid like most acne and spot treatments.  None of the ingredients make the skin feel stripped and dry.  It is gentle enough for  daily use and it doesn’t strip your skin at all.

For less than £3 for 150ml (£2.59 to be exact)...there is no need to spend a whole lot of cash on other expensive brands!  Just nip down to your local high street!



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