18 October 2015

Autumnal Lipstick Picks

Usually when you hear lipstick and autumn in the same sentence, dark purples and burgundy's spring to mind (Rimmel Kate Moss 107 anyone?). That's usually the case for me too but for some reason lately I've been all about the neutral shades. Not quite nudes because I just don't suit the typical nude lipsticks on the market, they tend to create what looks like the dreaded 'foundation lips' on me, and you never want that. What I have been going for is a few lipsticks which appear quite effortless and have a 'my lips but better' look to them. I've been loving three in particular, and they all happen to be matte! I know they all look quite similar, and some people who aren't as crazy about makeup as we are will  wonder why on earth you need more than one - I'll try to convince you by the end of this post!

First up is Mac Mehr which I received a while back as a present and it really kicked off my love for this kind of lipstick, I honestly wonder what on earth I wore day to day before these. I had no idea this shade existed because at the time everyone had got caught up in the Kylie Jenner Whirl/Soar craze, so when I tried it on I fell in love with the colour, how pigmented it was and how true to colour it was to the actual bullet when applied (nothing worse than a lipstick that looks completely different on compared to the packaging). Of the three, I'd say this is definitely the most moisturising, while still keeping a matte-natural texture, however the only downside I'd say is that it is probably the least long-lasting of the three - it's more of a throw on if you're not going out for dinner kind of lipstick.
Next up is the Inglot Matte Lipstick in 410. This one has to be my favourite of the bunch (and probably one of my all time favourite lipsticks) - it's the one that I always panic about if I can't find it, and one that not many people have heard of at all. I'd say it shows up as the darkest on the lips, and has a completely matte finish. My favourite thing about this one is that it feels super lightweight with a completely opaque finish, and it lasts absolutely ages (even when food is involved, which if you know me, is always). I would say to make sure your lips are in good condition because of course matte/long-lasting lipsticks do usually enhance any sign of dryness and this one is suuuper matte. It doesn't have the typical lipstick smell either, it actually reminds me of a sweet that I used to have when I was younger, but can't put my finger on it for the life of me! 
Finally in the pretty gold packaging is the L'oreal Color Riche Lipstick Erotique 640, in a creamy matte finish. This one is pretty much in the middle of the other two, it's a touch darker and a bit more long lasting than the Mac, and a bit lighter in shade and slightly less long lasting than the Inglot. In terms of how moisturising and matte it is, this one is probably the perfect middle ground for those of you who don't want it to be completely matte, but don't want it to be too moisturising either. It glides on like a dream and I find it's really good for creating your ideal shape around your lips because it goes on in one even swipe.
So you see, they may all look the same, but they're really all quite different! Have I convinced you yet that I do actually need all three? haha. Let me know what you think of these picks, and if you've tried any. I'd also really love some recommendations from you guys because I'm always looking for more to add to the collection. 

Hope you've had a great weekend so far and speak to you soon! 
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8 March 2014

Review | Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defence


Although I wear SPF all year round, I think now that spring is approaching everyone becomes much more aware of protecting their skin, so I thought I'd share my all time favourite with you; the Ultra Light Daily UV Defence. Kiehl's state that it's Oil-FreeFragrance-FreeColorant-Free, protects skin against the appearance of dark spotsfreckleswrinklesskin darkeningprotects skin against premature skin ageing, non-comedogenic and is suitable for sensitive skin. What more could you want?
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1 February 2014

Bourjois | 123 Perfect Foundation


I am a complete junkie when it comes to trying out new foundations, I find a few I love, then new ones get released and the process starts all over again because I just have to try them. I can never resist checking out the Bourjois counter, and I've tried a few of their foundations now so I thought I would do a review of them, starting with 123 Perfect as I have been using it for a long while now.
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26 January 2014

Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick | Guest Post by Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

I have such an amazing guest post for you guys today from  Charlotte of Makeup By Candlelight.  If you haven't been over to her blog, then you are seriously missing out on some amazing posts, Charlotte has reviewed so many beauty treasures I can't even count! As well as this, she throws in some lovely lifestyle and fashion bits too which I know you would all love. It is genuinely one of my favourite blogs that I check out every day, because there is always something new. Over to you Charlotte! 

If there's one product that can dramatically change your look from casual to elegant or from girly to vampy - it's a lipstick! Every time I browse the beauty counters, it's without fail a lipstick that draws me in since I'm always on the hunt for that perfect peach or pink, and I'm always happy to make room for a new addition to my lipstick collection. When The Body Shop launched their The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick* range (£10) last autumn with an amazing 26 different shades to choose from, I was in lipstick heaven and after a severe attack of shopping catatonia I did eventually manage to decide which shade to get and I ended up with the delicious 205 Passionate Pink.


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14 January 2014

Indeed Labs | Pepta-bright

I'm sure you guys will have heard about this product a million times, amongst the infamous Hydraluron and Eyesilix raves, but I think now that the hype has calmed down a little, I wanted to do my own series of reviews for them, starting with Pepta-Bright. I spotted this in Boots in November when I was looking for skincare products and their lovely bright packaging is pretty hard to miss amongst the shelves at Boots, which never helps the situation because going into Boots and only leaving with one item you came in for is a bloody difficult thing to do as it is, am I right?
In this case though, I was glad to have ended up buying the little tube which promised to ' Improve skin clarity whilst diminishing the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation'.


Pepta-bright is a brightening treatment in the form of a lightweight cream which you apply to your face after you've cleansed and before you apply moisturiser - it's not something which you can use as a moisturiser so ensure your skin has something to drink up afterwards. I've found that a little really goes a long way and using too much of the product doesn't speed up any of the effects which it may have, and if you're planning to apply makeup afterwards, the last thing you need is a thick layer of this followed by moisturiser. I take a tiny bit and add more if needed, that way you don't end up wasting anything either. It leaves a lovely non-shiny glow to your skin and almost gives the appearance of a unified complexion, so if you're worried it might look too weird to wear out in the day, worry not. 

This is not a miracle product that you can apply in the evening and expect to wake up with brightened skin the next day, it is gradual but it does work. I have seen some great progress in the marks left over by the oh so lovely skin issues I had during my teenage years. I have been using it for over almost two months now and it did take a while to be able to see a genuine difference. You have to remind yourself that because you see yourself in the mirror every single day, it is a lot harder to see a difference because you're gradually improving, so I would take a clear photo of your skin the day you start using it and keep comparing your progress. 

The only thing that I can pick up on that you may not like much about this product is that on application there is quite a strong smell which I can only describe as 'chemical-like', but it fades instantly and definitely doesn't linger all day like some products can. I guess this can be seen as a good thing in a way, as they haven't added any unnecessary nasties to try and make it smell amazing, after all it doesn't last and doesn't bother me in the slightest, but it's only fair to let you guys know. 

The packaging is lovely, no fuss and has all of the details which you need clearly stated on it. For 30ml of product, I guess everyone and their neighbour knows that £29.99 is a little steep, but as I said before a little goes a long way, and you won't run out of this product in a hurry. If you really don't want to stretch to that price then keep your eyes peeled because Boots sometimes have some great offers on Indeed Labs products. 

Does it improve skin clarity? Yes. Does it help the appearance of dark spots? Yes. 
Does it do it overnight? No - even prescription products can't work magic that fast, so I never expected this to. Stick with it and you'll see the results, and as I've experienced, other people will be able to tell the difference too!

Stay tuned for the next Indeed Labs review with hydraluron and hydraluron masks! 
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11 January 2014

Pretty in Pink Makeup


I think this is such a pretty, youthful look using just six or seven products, and it's pretty much a go-to for daytime. Full on eyeliner and contouring everyday isn't always necessary, so I try to keep it minimal on days when I'm just popping out somewhere. You would think these would be enough to fit the criteria of 'what I need in my makeup bag' but is it heck, let's just say I had trouble zipping up my makeup bag this morning. It really makes me wonder what on earth I do with it all.

Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser is oil free and provides a beautiful even look with a hint of coverage as to give a natural finish rather than a full face - gotta let your skin breathe a little gals. I follow this with Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer which is lovely, non creasing and provides enough coverage to hide anything that may resemble a panda eye - don't really need to opt for my beloved full coverage Collection Concealer with this look. Next up brush the unruly brows into shape and give them some definition, I love the L'oreal Brow Artiste for this as it has everything you need in one clever little product - a must if your makeup bag isn't very...roomy, let's say. Coat the lashes with your favourite mascara and I skip the eyeliner for this look, its all about the cheeks and lips. To get the rosy posy cheeks I grab the trusty Contour Brush by Real Techniques, I know you know how much I love it, and the entire core collection for that matter, but lets not get me started on that right now because I'm sure you don't have all day. I use the brush to sweep the Body Shop All in One Blusher in Flushed just over the apples of the cheeks. I searched for absolutely ages trying to find the right colour that was also inexpensive, as the high end blushers I own are all a bit more bold so I wanted a purse friendly, lighter alternative as well. Another product that won't break the bank and an alternative to the Clinique chubby stick is the Bourjois Colourboost Lip Crayon in Fuschia Libre (I love that name, or anything french for that matter), which is such a beautiful pink and makes lips stand out perfectly for this look. Finally finish off with a bit of powder, and again I've chosen a drugstore alternative to the Chanel which I also like - No7 Perfect Light Powder, just to touch up any areas that can get a lil' shiny. Voila! Pretty in Pink. 

P.S. - Thank you so much to those of you who followed me as I'm now up to 250 on Bloglovin' and it honestly makes me so happy to know you like reading my posts. Keep tuned for a giveaway in the next week my lovelies - it's a good'un. 

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10 January 2014

Estée Lauder - Eye Makeup Remover

I've never really known what to think of eye makeup removers, they were always a bit of a 'meh' area for me. Last year I tried out a lot of skincare products, and in turn found the best facial cleanser for my skin which was the Clinique Balm Cleanser so I figured I may as well splash out and try a makeup remover for the eyes because I might love it just as much- always finding an excuse to head to the beauty counters. I browsed through quite a few but I thought this Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, seemed to fit the bill. 

On to the actual product - the consistency is like water and has a very mild scent to it, you pop it onto a cotton pad and just hold over the eyes for a few seconds and sweep off the makeup. I have tested it out with both regular and waterproof mascara and with the waterproof it does require a bit more product just to let it break down the makeup properly, and I have to hold the cotton pad against my eye for a little longer too. I thought this was quite a shame and quite possibly the only let down to this product as I expected it to be able to remove waterproof with ease, especially as it comes with a £19 price tag which I guess is pretty hefty for an eye makeup remover, but it does remove eyeliner and eyeshadows brilliantly considering just how lovely and gentle it is.

I have been using this for about 10 days, but because I have to use quite a lot for waterproof mascara,  I can already see that over a quarter of the product has been used up, but I think with regular mascara it would last you over a month. The packaging has Estée Lauder written all over it, really sleek blue and gold. I was so glad when I picked it up and realised it was a plastic rather than a glass bottle, because I tend to drop things. A lot. 

This product is very gentle like it promises, and the skin around my eyes loves it but I will be saving it for times when I'm not wearing waterproof mascara, because I don't want to keep wasting a lot of it. I'll be trying out a lot more eye makeup removers until I find the perfect one, and if you don't wear waterproof mascara then I think you would really like this product.

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6 January 2014

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra

Moisturisers. I don't know about you, but for me they have been the most difficult part of my skincare to work out. Countless brands promise nourishment, moisture, no irritation and a youthful glow, but when it comes down to it, only a few actually deliver. I have searched shelves upon shelves to find the right one for me, and I can finally say I think I have found it - round of applause to La Roche-Posay please. My skin used to be troublesome to say the least, the smallest thing would cause it to flare up in a red mess that would last days, and although the moisturisers I have used in the past left my skin feeling soft, they never actually aided the condition of my skin or prompted it to improve. That is, until I came across this little beautyToleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care, I can't even begin to describe how gentle it is on the skin, no fragrance, no nasty irritants, no nonsense. I've even accidentally poked myself in the eye with it before and there was no reaction from it, as opposed to most which would lead to streams of tears. As the name suggests, it was created to be tolerated by the most sensitive of sensitive skins, La Roche-Posay put this down to Neurosensine, which is an active ingredient that targets substances that could trigger irritation, and it even has the seal of approval from the British Allergy Foundation

You can imagine that a moisturiser which has been stripped of all the nasties wouldn't be able to actually leave your skin beautifully smooth, but it does. Even in the harshest cold weather and winds, my skin hasn't felt dry or flaky or dehydrated, and its all thanks to this. The consistency is quite thick but glides on beautifully, and is released from an airtight plastic seal inside the bottle, that stops it from becoming contaminated - they really went all out on the hygiene with this one and I love it. I have been using it for about 2 months now and it has soothed my skin like nothing else.

If you suffer from sensitive or irritable skin that needs some serious soothing and nourishment, what are you waiting for?! I've even searched through some deals for you and it's 20% off at Escentual
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30 December 2013

NYE | Prep, Makeup + Outfit

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28 December 2013

NYE | Nails


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16 December 2013

GUEST REVIEW | Mellor & Russell Hand Cream

Hello Everyone, I just wanted to quickly introduce you to the lovely Jess who will be writing todays guest review. You can head over and check out her regular lifestyle and beauty bits right here, but not until you've read the lovely post below!

Hi! I’m Jess, I blog over at Just Jess, and today the lovely Saida has kindly allowed me to write a guest post for her blog! I hope you enjoy reading my review, and do pop on over and say hi if you’d like to see more of my beauty and lifestyle posts. For now, though, I’ll get on with reviewing this Mellor & Russell Macadamia Oil Repairing Hand & Nail Cream!
I picked this little tube up in Poundland, believe it or not, drawn in by the Macadamia Oil. On closer inspection, it’s actually a pretty nice handcream as far as ingredients go, with none of the petroleum and paraben-based nasties which for me can actually result in even drier skin – and all for the bargain price of £1!


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12 December 2013

CHRISTMASSY FINISHING TOUCHES

1. Christmas pudding doorstop - £4.99  2Cherry blossom candle 6.98 
3Santa stop here sign £1.99     4Black shoe tree decoration £2.50    5. Gold glittery owl £2   

A few christmassy finishing touches to add some sparkle and cheer to your home!

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6 December 2013

ISABELLA - CHRISTMAS POST

Hello all you lovely readers of Saida's blog! I'm Isabella from Pinkie Promise, nice to meet you. As you all know Christmas is in the very near horizon (If you didn't know... Where have you been?! Also go listen to some Christmas music pronto! Preferably Bublé.)  We all know how stressful and time consuming present shopping can be, but do not fear! Help is at hand. I'm here to tell you all about some Christmas gifts and goodies I have discovered to possibly lend a christmassy helping hand at this hectic festive time.

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25 October 2013

Liz Earle Review


 Liz Earle cleanse and polish, Instant boost tonic and Skin repair moisturiser. I ordered the sample sizes from the Liz Earle website, and opted for the sample sizes because I didn't want to dive into full size prices without knowing if it was suitable for my extremely sensitive skin. 

30ml Cleanse and Polish + Muslin cloth - £5.50
The first thing I noticed about this cleanser is that it smells amazing due to the combination of chamomile, rosemary, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil - this has yet to aggravate my sensitive skin. It is extremely creamy and non-drying and breaks down makeup amazingly. Followed by the muslin cloth (or any gentle face cloth - Primark has very inexpensive 100% cotton face cloths) dampened in hand-warm water, it removes everything so well. On no-makeup days I'd only do this once, but on makeup days I would remove with the muslin cloth and then cleanse again, just to make sure there's nothing left on the skin. The 30ml sample lasted me about a week, but because I got one for free, I had enough for just over 2 weeks! It would last even longer if you don't really wear makeup that often. Overall I really like this cleanser, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin at all, but If I could improve one thing, it would be the ability to remove waterproof mascara with more ease.

50ml Instant boost skin tonic - £5.50
This alcohol-free tonic was extremely soothing, and did not leave any stinging sensations like most toners tend to, so it is definitely one that is suitable for sensitive skin. I noticed that it made my skin feel quite plump and more radiant than before I put it on. Although quite floral, the scent is much less distinct than the cleanser, due to the ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber having quite neutral scents. As nice as this was, I feel like I need something with a bit more oomph, which will improve my skin in the long term, so I will be looking into some exfoliating toners instead. (Will update you on these soon!). Overall, if your skin is in pretty good condition I think this may be all you need, but if like me your skin needs a little more support, then I think it might be a little too subtle for you. 

15ml Skin repair moisturiser - £7.50
I got this moisturiser in the normal/combination formula ( Light and Dry/Sensitive are also available). I found that it was quite rich in texture, but did not feel rich once applied to the skin in the sense that it was not at all greasy, and a little goes a long way - do not go overboard with the amount you apply! It smells amazing and sleeping with this on your face is very relaxing. It's gentle enough to be applied to the under-eye area as well, although I use a separate eye cream by Manuka Doctor. I do think this works well for combination skin, however if you are more on the oilier side and don't have as many dry areas, then I would suggest that you maybe opt for the light version. 


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