Sunday, 23 November 2014

November Glossybox

Hello lovelies,

It's that time again when all of us beauty addicts receive our beauty boxes! Although I am not always 100% happy with the contents, I always can't wait to glance inside!
This month I'm very happy with my goodies. The box includes 2 full sized products, 3 sample sized products and a £20 gift card to spend at Best Secret, which is a members-only online fashion shop. Some subscribers received 3 full sized products so, in this instance, I'm a bit miffed.

Lollipops Make up Eye Pencil – Full Size RRP £11.14
This is a black retractable eye liner. The formula appears to be very creamy. Almost too creamy to last all day, so for me it works best when I set it with dark matte eyeshadow. On the waterline it does last a little while, but I have to reapply it throughout the day otherwise it looks patchy.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shine – Full Size 14g  RRP £6.99
Believe it or not, but I've never tried the Burt's Bees products until now. This lip gloss is 100% natural and is enriched with apricot wax. It is not sticky, and has a rather thin consistency, which means that you have to reapply it a few times through the day. The finish is very glossy, the smell is fruity and the taste is sweet. Overall, this gloss will keep your lips hydrated and healthy looking during the cold winter months.

H20+ Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment – Sample Size 8ml
I absolutely love the fact that the formula of this treatment is oil free. If your skin feels dry and dehydrated, then be sure to give this little guy a shot! It minimizes the appearance of fine lines and fills surface lines with moisture. It also contains Vitamins A and E. Unfortunately, the sample size is tiny, so from this amount alone is difficult to see true benefits of this product. However, in the future, I may consider purchasing the full size version.

Monu Skincare Refining Capri Facial Oil -  Sample Size 30ml
Monu skincare products are not new to me, I've already tried their SPA range and own a Monu body oil which I love. This facial oil is specifically designed for oily or spot-prone skin. If used on a regular basis, your skin will look refreshed and revitalised.

This product contains natural citrus oils which have an antibacterial action, grape seed oil which helps to repair broken capillaries, and Camphor which has antiseptic properties.

Until recently I wasn't enjoying very oily creams and oil based products, as they all seem to sit very heavily on my face. I absolutely hated touching my skin and having that greasy feeling. In the last few weeks, I have come across a few products that are considered to be oils, but are totally not oily when applied. Monu facial oil is one of them. It sinks into the skin very fast and provides tonnes of moisture! The fragrance of this oil is slightly citrussy and zingy which is great too.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner - Sample Size 88.7ml
This product is new to me, and my daughter has already set her sights on using this conditioner to match her shampoo from the same range. This conditioner contains precious blend of Argan Oil of Morocco which instantly penetrates the hair shaft, restoring shine and softness while strengthening your hair and making it silky smooth. This renewing formula is free of sulfates and parabens, and is safe for colour-treated hair which is great.

Overall, I'm very happy with this box. I can safely say that I will be using all of the products sent to me this month (unless my 11-year-old nicks that Burt's Bees lipgloss that she has been eyeing up for the last couple of days!!)

Did you like your Glossybox this month? Let me know!

Until next time,

Anna x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Clarisonic Aria - is it worth it?

Hey gorgeous,

Clarisonic is a brand that I heard a lot about, but always considered that the cleansing brushes are not for me. I've never had any major issues with my skin, and was pretty happy with my skin care regime.

A few months ago it suddenly dawned on me that in 2015 I will hit the dreaded "3-0" and my skincare routine (read: very lazy approach to skincare) hasn't changed in the last 10-15 years at all, and I've started noticing the odd "laughter line" and breakouts on my cheeks.

After careful consideration, checking out countless beauty blogs and watching video reviews from YouTube beauty gurus, I still wasn't quite sold that the Clarisonic was for me. Until one day, one of my regular clients said that what she was using it in preparation for her wedding! After physically seeing the Clarisonic Mia 2 model, I decided to do a little more research.

It was the Clarisonic Aria that seemed like something that I might want, and I was lucky enough to come across which specialises in beauty and skincare. They had an amazing offer on at the time, and I have finally purchased my very own Clarisonic Aria for only £116, as opposed to £155 which is the recommended retail price.

Two days later, the delivery courier was knocking on my door and I couldn't contain my excitement. Here it was - beautiful pink Clarisonic brush with a small sample of the Clarisonic cleanser.

The Aria has 3 different speeds. Depending on your skin type and your needs you can select the appropriate setting to achieve the perfect effect for you.

Another thing that I like about the Clarisonic Aria is that it comes with a drying/charging stand and a charge indicator so you know exactly when it's ready for use.

If you travel a lot, then the USB charging option will suit you just fine. You don't need to worry about having a travel adaptor, just plug your Aria into a USB slot on your laptop and it will be charging for you.

Battery life is quite good too - I get around 2 weeks' use, cleansing once or twice a day for 1 minute at a time.

Its handy timer will let you know exactly when you need to move over to the next area of your face. At first I wasn't sure if 20 seconds per area is enough, but over a few days use I realised that it's 20 seconds for a reason, and it's definitely enough for a good thorough clean.

I've looked at other similar devices which were a lot cheaper that the Clarisonic, but from my experience I knew that subconsciously I would always compare it to the Clarisonic.

Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, and recently lots of people have asked if I changed my skincare routine as my skin looks so much better, smoother and healthier.

Have you tried the Clarisonic? What do you think?

Until next time,
Anna x

Monday, 17 November 2014

Body Shop Vitamin E range

Hey gorgeous!

As the cold autumn months are being horrible to my skin, making it dry and patchy over the last few weeks, I've been on a mission to find something that would give me plenty of hydration without giving me a very greasy appearance. The Body Shop's Vitamin E range sounded like the perfect solution for my skin's cry for help.

I own a few products from this range, and so far I've been loving all of them. 

My absolute favourite of all is the new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (£13/28ml), a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight. I have been using it religiously for few weeks now, and love the effects so far! It's super hydrating and very lightweight. I noticed that the dry patches on my cheeks have gone, and my oily T-zone doesn't feel overly oily at all. 

The second product that I have been enjoying is the Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream (£11 / 50ml). This day-cream is super hydrating and contains illuminating particles that will instantly enhance your skin's radiance. This products is very similar to MAC's Strobe cream, but costs half the price for the same amount. It feels very light on the skin, and sits great under your makeup. Definitely a must-have!

Next is the Vitamin E Face mist (£8.50/100ml). This product has a lovely rose scent. It is instantly refreshing and seemingly helps your makeup stay in place for longer. I use this product multiple times a day in hot weather for instant refreshment and a healthy glow.

Lastly, I would like to mention the Vitamin E Sink In Moisture Masque (£13/100ml). This product is packed with antioxydants and will easily rehydrate your skin in minutes! The consistency is somewhat thin for a masque, but my skin is always left feeling supple, soft and silky-smooth.

This range has been a life-saver for my skin, which is not overly dry, but is more on the combination side with an oily T zone, sensitive cheeks and undereye area.

Overall I could recommend this range for everyone. Your skin will thank you for hydrating it on cold winter days.

Have you tried the Body Shop's Vitamin E range? What is your favourite product from the range?

Until next time,

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadows | Review

Hello lovelies,

October saw Urban Decay revealing their latest eyeshadow palette, one that's perfect for daily use as well as for more smoked-out evening looks. The Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette (£22) is cool-toned, and contains five matte eyeshadows plus one satin eyeshadow. 

The palette is the same size as the original Naked Basics, meaning it’s great for travel, being daintily small and sitting snugly in a sturdy case. Oh, and not forgetting the built-in mirror! 

Makeup look using the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette
 The shadow quality is really good, blending well and looking lovely on the eyes. If you are new to makeup, this palette is a great starting point. If you already own quite a few of the neutral palettes then you may want to reconsider getting your hands on this little guy, as there are plenty other palettes that contain similar shadows but are much better value for your money.

Personally, since I got it a month ago, I've used it quite a lot as this palette will easily compliment brighter shades by toning them down, adding depth to lighter shades and blending the shades in the crease.

Is Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 on your Christmas wish list?
Let me know in the comments below :)

Until next time,
Anna x 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

October Favourites

Hey lovelies,

It's that time again when I look back at the month that just gone and reflect on my favourites.

Firstly, I would like to apologise to my readers for the lack of posts in October. Unfortunately, a few weeks back I was in a car crash and due to my injuries, aches and pains I was taking a little time off. That absolutely doesn't mean that I've not been obsessing over certain items as per usual!

This month I have a whole lot of favourites so this blog post will be a long one!

1. Last month I fell in love with the new shimmer brick by Bobby Brown in the shade Copper Diamond (£35). This is a lovely soft golden highlight that instantly brightens up your face and adds a touch of sun to the high points of your cheeks. It can also double up as an eyeshadow as it is very pigmented. It looks lovely as an inner corner highlight.

Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond Swatch
Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick "Copper Diamond"

2. Benefit's Majorette Blush has also became a recent favourite of mine and I'm very surprised that I did, as I'm not actually a fan of cream blush! Amazing reviews on YouTube as well as superb packaging literally "made" me buy it, and I haven't regretted it at all. It is easily buildable for a darker shade; you can use it underneath your powder blush to intensify the colour pay off; or you can add just a tad to your cheeks on your "no-makeup" days for a healthy glow look. The staying power of this blush is great too, it didn't "slide" or fade, and therefore, in my opinion, is well worth the £23.50!

3. Over the last month, my MAC 263 synthetic eyeliner brush has become my all time favourite brush. This angle brush is so thin and so precise that if you buy it, it will be hard to believe how you managed without it until now. Create super sharp lines, flicks and cat eyes in the matter of minutes! Although a little pricey at £16.50, it is definitely worth it.

4. Stila Metallic Peach foil finish eyeshadow has been making an appearance in my own makeup as well is on my client's lids more often than before. I absolutely adore this shadow and wish I could wear it every single day. It adds a little twinkle to your eyes and beacomes the main feature of any look. When I wear it, I always get lots of compliments as well as a million questions "WHAT IS IT?" It truly is a gorgeous colour, but perhaps a little overpriced. I bought mine while I was on holiday in Florida for $32 and it also includes a small size all day eyelid primer which aids the adhesion of the shadow and makes them last for ages crease free. In the little box you also get small mixing tray which is quite handy for mixing other things like pigments, glitters etc.

5. Another recent favourite of mine is Joico Colour Endure Sulfate-free conditioner for blonde hair (£11.15 for 300ml). I've heard so many good things about this product from my fellow hairdressing friends that I decided to finally give it a go. I love my hair to have platinum shade of blonde and this conditioner is The THING! I use it once a week and leave it on my hair for about 10 minutes after shampooing. The results are brilliant! If you have blonde hair, and yellow tones is something you are worried about, then definitely check this conditioner out.

6. In the month of October I've been loving MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick (£15.50). It is a beautiful nude/taupe shade which is perfect when paired up with a dark smokey eye. Pair it up with the Spice lipliner by MAC and you will achieve Kylie Jenner's lip look which is so trendy at the moment.

MAC velvet Teddy lipstick swatch
7. My last favourite for the month of October has to be my absolute favourite book of the moment. Miles of Mac by Miles Aldridge (a photographer based in London) and James Gager (the Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director for MAC Cosmetics, La Mer and Jo Malone brands. This book comprises of 200 high quality images by the world famous makeup artists who worked with MAC over the years. At the moment I'm preparing for a very big photoshoot as a part of my Editorial makeup course that I'm working on at the celebrity makeup artist's Lauren Gollan's Academy of Makeup Artistry, so this book has been an amazing inspiration that let my imagination go wild!

So that's it for this month, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please leave a comment below if you have been loving any of my favourite products too!

Until next time,
Anna x

Saturday, 1 November 2014

LUSH Let the Good Times Roll Cleanser | Review

Hello lovelies, 

Today I would like to talk about a product that I have been obsessing about over the last few weeks.

From my previous posts you probably know that recently I've decided to reinvent my whole skincare routine. Therefore for the last wee while I've been on a hunt for all sorts of skincare products that I would love so much that they could help me stick to my skincare routine religiously. I'm very ashamed to admit that I'm rather lazy when it comes to the cleanse-tone-moisturise kind of thing..

Coincidentally, over the last few months, I kept wandering in to the Lush stores as natural products that help you care for your body sound very appealing to me. 

On one of these trips I discovered the "Let the good times roll" (£6.75 for 100g) gentle face and body cleanser and exfoliator. It smells so delicious, every time I use it I have to battle the urge to taste it as it actually contains POPCORN! I love the stuff so much! This face cleanser is also made of maize flour, glycerine, talc, water, corn oil, polenta, cinnamon powder (yum yum!!), a little perfume and some gardenia extract. It is also packed with minerals and vitamins. None of the ingredients have been tested on animals, which is also very important to me.

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It is also very easy to use with minimal mess. Just pop a little square of the stuff in your hand, add a little water and mix into a paste! Work this bad boy into the skin and rinse when you done! Easy peasy, yummy scrummy and a squeaky clean face guaranteed!

Check it out, and perhaps you'll kick yourself for not discovering it earlier!

Anna x