Sunday, 12 February 2017

Valentines Day Get Ready With Me

With the 14th February swiftly knocking on the door I thought it only right that I do a Valentine’s get ready with me. Whether you’re going out with someone special, having a mates date or you want to look good sitting at home with a pizza and ice-cream for one, here’s a look for you. 
Prior to getting ready for an event or trip out I like to prep my skin and hair so before going for a shower I used a face mask from Mudmasky to minimise my pores and smooth out my skin. I also cleansed my skin using a coconut face scrub from Treacle Moon and toned my skin using the daily cleansing wipes from Nip and Fab. I don’t like to use too many products in my hair but when I curl my hair I do like to treat my tresses with a leave in conditioner, this time opting for a Keratin Protein mask from Hask to ensure my hair was nice and healthy.

Products Used For this Look:
YSL Touche Èclat Blur Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in shade 1N1
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1
Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Nars Orgasm
Makeup Revolution Highlighting Trio in the Rose shade
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Makeup Revolution Highlighting Trio in the golden shade
Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse
Soap and Glory Arch De Triumph
Lime Crime Perlees Lipstick in the shade Gemma
NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil in Nude

With naturally curly hair I opted for tight curls with lot’s of volume, a quicker hairstyle for me than straightening my lengths. 

Your outfit really depends on your plans on the day but I have opted for a nude longline blouse with pleated detail at the back paired with a pair of leather look trousers and nude flats. My ideal casual outfit. With the dark eye and metallic lip I wanted to keep my outfit quite simple. I chose not to pair my look with a bag and instead just took my burgundy Michael Kors purse.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat Blur Primer Product Review

Over Christmas I picked up a few pieces in the Feel Unique sale, one of my most wanted products included. Yves Saint Laurent is a brand whose products I love, their eyeshadow palettes are incredibly pigmented and their highlighters are out of this world and I am always eager to get my hands on more of their products. One of their ranges that I have been lusting after from afar is the Touche Èclat collection so while on sale I picked up the blur primer which I thought I’d share with you today.

As always I like to start with the packaging (I’m a sucker for nice packaging), YSL package all of their products in a beautiful, shiny gold box with black matte writing which draws you immediately to the product. The product bottle is also alluring with its gold lid and glass, cylindrical  bottle that allows you to see the product inside and it looks great on my dressing table. I really love that the bottle is glass rather than plastic, I love good quality packaging, it makes the product that little bit more special. The last comment I’d like to make about the packaging is the pump dispenser. I love having a pump on a liquid product, it stops you pouring out too much product and saves things from getting messy.

YSL Touche Èclat Blur Primer is a gel primer flecked with gold glitter, who doesn’t love glitterm the more the better right? Like I said this is a gel product so when you first pump some onto the back of your hand it does feel kind of gloopy but as soon as you start to apply it to your skin, the formula becomes velvety smooth and leaves your face feeling amazing. As the name suggests, the product blurs imperfections, minimising the appearance of pores thus giving you the perfect base to apply the rest of your makeup. The little flecks of glitter in the product blend in with the skin and make your face radiant when the light catches it.

I’m not a big makeup wearer during the week, I enjoy that extra half hour in bed too much to get up and apply a full face of makeup but this primer has changed that. With the pore minimising and the lovely glow you get from this product, I find that applying this on its own is enough to stop my morning face from scaring my colleagues. It also applies beautifully under foundation. I tested this under a full face of makeup on a busy, winter day in Scotland battling the wind and rain and I’m pleased to report that my makeup didn’t budge after a good 8-10 hours wear.

The Touche Èclat Blur Primer is definitely an amazing primer and I can’t wait to try other products from the Touche Èclat collection starting with the foundation so look out for an update here when I do.  Have you tried the primer? What are your thoughts on it? Be sure to share your thoughts.



Sunday, 5 February 2017

January Favourites

Wow, it’s February already. It feels like Christmas was only a few days ago, this year is shaping up to be pretty fast already and hopefully full of lot’s of new and exciting opportunities. With us already almost through with the first week in February it is of course time for my monthly favourites for January. This months list is shorter than usual as a lot of things I have been loving recently appeared in my 2016 favourites which you can check out via the link on the right of this page under the popular posts but without further ado here are my January favourites:

Mermaid Blanket: Oh my wow. This has been my most used item since getting it for Christmas. With the temperatures dropping to -9 degrees, a warm blanket is an everyday essential. What I love about this blanket is that due to the style, it is sewn up at the back as far as the knees meaning the underside of your legs aren’t in for a cold surprise when they come into contact with a leather couch, instead they stay nice and warm and snug. If that wasn’t enough, the fact that it is in the style of a mermaid tail makes it a winner. Who doesn’t fantasise about being a mermaid and having a tail? Well now you can dream away while chilling in your mermaid tail.

Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate: When you think of winter and cold nights you immediately think of snuggling up (mermaid blankets are optional) with a hot drink. Traditionally hot chocolate is made with good quality drinking chocolate and milk, carefully heated on the stove but unfortunately this is too rich for me and makes me ill. The alternative, instant chocolate. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s made with water or if it’s to do with the richness of the chocolate powder but I am loving it. Hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and scooshy scream, yum!

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer: This primer is amazing. It blurs pores and brightens your skin and just generally provides the perfect base for your foundation. It’s not a primer I’d use for everyday wear but for days/nights out, it is perfect and prolongs my makeup.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask: With the winter weather this mask has been a life saver. During the year I have very oily skin but with the cold temperatures this winter, I have been getting dry patches on my face. This mask, like the name says, hydrates and moisturises your skin to combat any dry areas. This is a mask I have gone back to time and time again. I have previously done a full review on this favourite which you can check out here.

HP Sprocket: If you have been following my recent posts you’ll have seen a review of my new love, my HP Sprocket. It’s a portable, instant printer which is perfect for printing instant pictures anywhere and at any time and is something I will definitely get a lot of use from this year.

What have been your January favourites? If you have a youtube video or blog post on your favourites for this month then make sure you leave a link below so I can check it out.



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