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Blogmas Day 18: The Festive Lip Line-Up

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We’re officially in party season, which means a lot of sparkle and glamming up! I love getting ready for parties over Christmas, and like to spend a bit more time on my make-up for them.  One thing that instantly makes a look feel more festive for me is lipstick in a red, or plum shade; they can add a touch of glamour to any look. So I’ve delved into my make-up drawer to find my favourite shades that I love using over Christmas time!

Clinique Cherry Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I love that this is a combination of a primer and a lipstick, which you can tell once applied, it’s very moisturising! This shade looks like a deep red from the packaging, but once applied is more of a red-pink colour. I suffer quite a bit with chapped lips but this lipstick does not cling to any dry patches whatsoever, which is down to one of its main ingredients being Shea Butter. My lips feel lovely and soft after using this lippie, as opposed to others which can add to the dryness of lips. You may want to apply between sips of prosecco FYI.

MAC La Vie En Rouge Matte

Aka The Life in Red, and what a gorgeous shade it is! La Vie En Rouge was part of MAC’s matte shades collection, but has sadly been discontinued since *sob*, although it still available on some sites and Amazon.  Once applied this matte lipstick looks more of a coral than a red, and also more muted when you actually apply it. This is one of my go-to’s around Christmas time!

MAC Crosswires Creamsheen

Now this shade is neither red nor plum, but it one of my most worn day-to-night lipsticks, so I had to include it! Crosswires is a coral-pink shade and is a strong vibrant tone once applied. The texture, as you may have guessed from the name, is creamy and feels lovely. Like most MAC lipsticks, I find this shade stays on really well, although I haven’t attempted to eat a Christmas dinner with it on yet! It is a firm favourite which I will definitely be repurchasing.

Clinique Plum Pop Lip Colour and Primer

I can never resist a plum shade once the autumn months draw in! I love Plum Pop because it is a lighter, softer plum shade, which really suits my pale complexion. As with Cherry Pop, the formula is nourishing and feels lovely on your lips long after you have applied it. I alternate between this and Berry Pop as they are both perfect colours for this time of year. If you haven’t tried Clinique’s Colour Pop lipsticks, make sure to pick one up!

Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers

Last year my mum bought me Glitter Lips Ruby Slippers as a Christmas present, and ever since it has been my favourite party lip product.  Glitterlips is waterproof and smudgeproof, so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content, as this lip colour has some serious staying power. With this product you receive the Glitter Lips Gloss Bond, your chosen Glitter shade, and an applicator brush. To apply you simply paint on the Gloss Bond – this is the base for your glitter to stick to- you then dip your brush in the glitter, I find using the glitter in the lid a bit easier, and dab the glitter across your lips. The great thing about this product is that you can layer it up to make it bolder, or just add a little glitter to your lips. There are so many gorgeous shades, but Ruby Slippers is perfect for the festive season, it is a gorgeous deep red tone, and requires minimal  reapplication!

Other festive shades I would love to try are, Too Faced Melted in Candy Cane and Gingerbread, MAC Snowball Rouge En Snow, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red,  and Buxom Holiday Kiss , to name a few!

What are your go-to lip shades for the festive season? Let me know your favourites!

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Blogmas Day 12: Have a Lush Christmas!

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One of my favourite things about Christmas is the festive ranges brands release, the limited edition gift sets, but most of all, Lush’s Christmas range! Lush have really brought their A game this year, with so many new products to try! I could have taken home the whole store, but its Christmas and I have presents to buy, and not for myself! So here’s what I picked up from my local Lush store;

Shoot For the Stars Bath Bomb

I have used this bath bomb a couple of times and can’t resist picking one up when they return. Shoot For The Stars smells of delicious honey, not overpowering, but extremely soothing. Once in the bath it turns the water a gorgeous turquoise colour, and as with many Lush products, it has a surprise in store for your bath. As Shoot For The Stars does its job, it releases small gold stars which are bath melts filled with essential oils. If you haven’t tried this bath bomb yet, I would recommend adding it to your to-buy list, you won’t look back!

Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt

This was a completely new buy for me, so I couldn’t wait to try it out! On appearances, I thought this bath melt would give my bath a little shimmer at best, but I was wrong. Star Light Star Bright melts into a beautiful mix of pastel colours, before settling on a lavender colour. I love the bath melts from Lush, they are always so moisturising and your skin always feels so silky for hours afterwards! Be warned, this bath melt is super glittery, which I absolutely loved as it just screams Christmas!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel & Body Conditioner

This shower gel doesn’t need much of an introduction as it’s a firm favourite with most Lushies, me included! For those of you that haven’t tried any of the Snow Fairy products yet, put it on your to-do list. The Snow Fairy range smells of candyfloss, a scent which stays on your skin way after your shower, and it is divine! I picked up the shower gel, which has a slight shimmer to it, and the body conditioner.

I’m still fairly new to the world of Lush’s Body Conditioners, but I am definitely converted. If, like me, you can be super lazy sometimes most of the time and really cannot be bothered moisturising after your bath/shower, this product has got you covered. You can apply the body conditioners to damp skin and rinse it off, and that is it, you are moisturised and can slither into your Pj’s!

Rockstar Soap

I’m not big on using blocks of soap, but when they look and smell this good, how can I say no? To me, Rock Star smells of a sweet shop, with its light but sweet vanilla scent. I always find Lush soaps to lather really well, and again I find the scent stays on my skin long after I’ve showered. I think I’m going to pair this with the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner for a super sweet bath!

Snow Angel Bath Melt

I am all about the glittery products; the more glitter the better for me and that is why I pick this bath melt every year. The Snow Angel dissolves into a creamy, white ‘snow’, whilst also releasing the gold shimmer on the bottom of the melt. The bath looks so Christmassy once is has fully melted, and leaves the water smelling sweet. If you don’t mind a little glitter in your tub, you will love this product.

The Snowman Bubbleroon

This bubbleroon is so adorable I almost don’t want to use it! I couldn’t resist picking one up after reading the description on the Lush website, he is a little Lush Olaf. This bubbleroon is a combination of lemon, cocoa, and shea butter, which sounds like an absolute dream already. I cannot wait to use it!

 

Products I wished I’d picked up but didn’t and may be going back to get include the Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly,  and Santa’s Christmas Shower Gel, to name a few!

What have you picked up from Lush’s Christmas Range? Let me know below!

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Blogmas Day 1: My Festive Beauty Wishlist

Happy first of December everyone! But more importantly, happy first day of Blogmas! This is my first year of Blogmas, and I couldn’t be more excited to share all of my festive posts with you all! So to start off my Blogmas series, I wanted to share a little wishlist of products that I am seriously tempted by…just have to finish the Christmas shopping first! Warning: this post may make you want to go on a splurge, and that is completely fine.

One thing I really love about Christmas is when brands release their festive collections!
Everything is glitter, shimmer, sparkle and is just begging to be added to your beauty collection! There are so many beauty products I have my eye on at the moment, especially after reading reviews from other bloggers!

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I have been lusting after Urban Decay’s latest mascara for a couple of months now, just look at that rainbow packaging! I’d heard mixed reviews after it was first released, so didn’t want to invest straight away, plus I have quite a few mascaras that I need to use up first (who am I? Just buy the goddamn mascara). Packaging aside, I really like the look of the brush on this mascara, I have used small plastic bristle brushes in the past and think that they work better on my lashes.

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How gorgeous are the shades in this Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette- Smoky, I am in love. This just screams party season to me! I have never tried Huda’s eyeshadows before, but have read some really great reviews, so now I need to see what all the fuss is about. It was super hard to pick as all of the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes look beautiful, but I feel like this one would work the best for me.

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So I realise that I’m starting to look like a bit of a glitter obsessive, but hey, it’s nearly Christmas! I spotted Stila’s Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows on Instagram, an MUA had uploaded a post and had used this product, and it looks like it certainly brings the party. From the picture the shade used looked highly pigmented, and looking at other reviews it is very simple to apply. I may have to invest in one (who am I kidding?) or two before all the Christmas parties so I have it ready!

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Let’s be honest, I could put the whole Fenty Beauty range on this wishlist because she definitely was not playing around with these products. What caught my attention were the rave reviews of her highlighters (I’m looking at you Trophy Wife). After doing some research it turns out that the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Lightening Dust/Fire Crystal is best for fairer skin tones. The colours are beautiful in this dual palette, and after swatching in a store on my hand, they certainly do the job.

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MAC’s Snowball mini kits are just adorable aren’t they? I really love the shades in the ‘warm’ kit, which are, left to right: Just Beaming, Tenor Voice, and Candy Cane. Again, it is a difficult choice as the other lip kits are equally as tempting, but I think the shades in this one will suit me best! As if the lipsticks weren’t enough it also comes with a mini statement sequin bag, complete with a mirrored ball tassel, perfect for the party season!

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I love the brand Philosophy, their body washes and skincare always smell so good and feel lovely. What makes these bottles even better is that they are not only a body wash, but a shampoo and bubble bath also! Perfect for popping in your overnight bags, you’ve got everything in one. I also love anything mint scented, it is the most refreshing scent, so this would be perfect for me.

I’m sure I could go on forever adding to this list, but you would be here for hours and would most likely end up clearing my bank account, so it’s probably best I end it here!

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Have you tried any of these products, what did you think?

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First Impressions: PS…Spell on You Eye & Cheek Palette

 

So I am still relatively new to the Primark make-up world, but since trying their Peach Blush and Highlight palette, I have been super impressed and curious for more. So earlier in the week I went back to have another look at what other beauty gems they had, and they did not disappoint. I could have happily scooped up both of their new lip scrubs, their dupes of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, or some of the lip kits, but something else caught my attention. Sat with Primark’s Halloween range was the PS…Spell on You: Love Potion Eye & Cheek palette and I just couldn’t leave it there could I?

I absolutely LOVE the packaging of this product; I mean it’s designed to look like a book of spells, what is not to love?  As with other Primark palettes it has a magnetic fastening, and once opened, reveals nine eye shadows, a blush, and a highlighter set in metal pans. All of the products inside are of course influenced in name by the world of magic.

So let’s start with the eye shadows.  In the palette, starting at the top is ‘Abracadabra’, a very dark, glittery purple shade (it looks almost black on my swatches!). As you can see it is heavily pigmented, and would be perfect for Halloween make-up or even a night out. Secondly, we have ‘Bewitched’ a pale rose matte shade; this took a few attempts to make it pigmented enough to swatch, but once layered it looks beautiful with an added shimmer. Next up we have ‘Dream’, a deep purple matte shade.

On the second row we start off with ‘Fairytale’, another one of the lighter shimmer shades of the palette, which I found again needed a couple of attempts to make it visible on my skin. Next is ‘Mystic’, a glittery copper shade which is well pigmented, and could double up as a highlighter. Then Oracle, which I was convinced was going to be my favourite shade, sadly it wasn’t to be. It is a beautiful shade, a glittery blue, I had just hoped the colour would have come up as strongly as ‘Abracadabra’ did, but unfortunately it just didn’t do it for me.

Finally, on the third row we have ‘Lightning’, the lightest purple shade in the palette; it is matte with no shimmer. Next, we have ‘Kingdom’ and this colour, along with ‘Abracadabra’ had the best pigment for me, it went on like a dream and strong pigment from the first application. Lastly, we have ‘Illusion’, this shade pleasantly surprised me. Again, it is quite a pale shade, but actually once applied, shows up pretty well. This shade would be perfect for a daytime look, it’s soft but has a lovely shimmer.

Once you’ve had a taste of magic, the palette then invites you to ‘choose your elixir’, which is the blush and highlighter of the palette. The highlighter ‘Sorcery’ is a bronze/coppery tone, not dissimilar to the eye shadow shade ‘Mystic’, minus the glitter. Then we have ‘Spell’ the blush, a soft, rose pink, which once applied turns into a lovely pearly pink shade. If like me, you’re on the pale side and are worried ‘Sorcery’ may be too dark for you, don’t be! Once shaded out it looks lovely and blends nicely. ‘Spell’ is going to be my go-to blush once I have finished my Peach palette shades!

Overall, this palette is such good value at £6 (Off you go now…). The palette has a great range of colours which are well pigmented, aside from the paler shades which will need to be built upon. I personally don’t use purple eye shadow, but may try to blend it in with other colours to see how it works. However, I think the paler shades in this palette could also make beautiful highlighters if you wanted to double up their use!

This quirky palette would make a fab stocking filler or even just a hump-day treat for you. It’s certainly not one to be missed!

Have you tried the PS…Spell on You palette? What did you think of it? Let me know below!

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First Impressions: The PS…Peach Blush & Highlight Palette

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Primark have always sold make up, but is it just me or have they really upped their game in the past couple of months? My local Primark’s beauty section seems to be bigger and better than ever, however I will admit, up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never purchased anything from Primark’s make-up range. During a visit to the Liverpool store, I spotted a lovely display of peach coloured products and HAD to investigate.

Primark’s new PS…Peachy-Keen range consists of an eye shadow palette, a blush & highlight palette, lipglosses, nail varnishes, tweezers, and the cutest beauty blender. I picked up the blush and highlight palette, as it’s probably something I have the least of in my beauty drawer. So let’s get down to my first impressions of the product…

I really like the packaging on this product, it’s minimal and cute, and makes the product look more expensive than it actually is (£4 by the way…I’ll wait while you nip out). The cover is magnetic as with many of Primark’s other palettes, and opens to reveal a highlighter and two shades of blush set in metal pans.

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The shades in this palette are beautiful, and my particular favourite is the highlighter called ‘Peach Twist’, which is a shimmering pale gold tone (My swatch doesn’t do it justice!). The two blushes featured in the palette are ‘Peachin’, which is a deeper coral-pink tone, whilst ‘Sweet Peach’ is a softer, more romantic pink shade. As I am quite fair I wasn’t sure if all of the colours would suit my skin tone, but I was surprised by how flattering they were.

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The packaging also invites you to smell the shades as they are ‘Soooo Peachy’, and they certainly are. As soon as you open the palette you are greeted by a light, sweet, peach scent, nothing too over powering.

Peach is a big trend in the beauty world right now – and Primark have obviously taken inspiration from Too Faced and their successful peach range, but for a fraction of the price. The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette comes in at around £32.

I was really impressed with this palette; it has made me want to try the other PS…Peachy Keen products (I’ve got my eye on you, eye shadow palette. No pun intended). This range is great if you are on a budget, or if you’re a little bit of a make-up hoarder like me and have to rein it in sometimes! All jokes aside, this palette would make a cute stocking filler, Secret Santa gift or even just a little treat for you!

Have you tried anything from the PS…Peachy-Keen Range?

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Secret Arts Jelly Bomb Review

Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom. No cursing allowed.

Ever since Lush announced their new jelly bomb collection I couldn’t wait to try them, but when there was talk of one based around Harry Potter? You bet I was trawling Lush stores until I found it. I, like many of you, was curious as to what made this different from Lush’s regular bath bombs and where the jelly concept came in.  Lush have added the active ingredient Sodium Alginate to their jelly bombs, meaning that unlike bath bombs, they produce foam that turns into a creamy jelly that floats to the surface.

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Secret Arts (formerly known as Dark Arts) has a sweet, musky and warm scent consisting of cinnamon leaf oil, almond oil, and Brazilian orange oil, making it the perfect comforting treat! Secret Arts certainly lives up to its name, as soon as it hits the water it begins to spin and release foam and black jelly into the water. Once Secret Arts has finished putting on a show, you are left with a real life cauldron bath filled with a glittery purple/black potion (inner child starts humming the HP theme song whilst climbing in).  Be forewarned, due to all of the lovely essential oils used in this product, it does make your bath a little slippery!

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The jelly aspect means that Secret Arts is very moisturising, however I did have to wash a few dark marks left from it off of my skin, but this was easily done. However, as fun as this bath bomb is to use, be warned that you will be giving your bath a clean afterwards, as some of the jelly residue sticks to the bath. This does take way from the relaxation aspect a little, as you find yourself cleaning as soon as you’re out of the bath.

Nonetheless, Secret Arts does have its good surprises with a lovely pink ‘love potion’ themed centre, which helps to create the spell biding colour of the water. Aside from the messiness, I really enjoyed using the Secret Arts jelly bomb – it is a completely different experience from your regular bath bombs. My skin felt super soft and moisturised and, as always after using Lush products, smelt lovely! I will definitely be repurchasing and trying out the other jelly bombs (I’ve got my eye on the The Big Sleep next!)

Have you tried Secret Arts or any of the other jelly bombs? What did you think of it?

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An Acne Update

So a few weeks ago I wrote a post about my acne journey so far (if you missed it you can read it here: https://beautyandthescribbles.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/me-my-skin-and-my-acne/). When I wrote this post I had recently started using a new skincare range, and wanted to really put it to the test before I wrote a post on it. I’m pleased to say that a month later, I am starting to see improvements with my skin (and believe me, I never say that!). So without further ado, the skincare range I have been using is from the brand Environ. It’s a very simple routine and one that you must stick to in order for it to work.  You can find out more about Environ and the science behind the products on their site here: http://www.environskincare.com/about-us/

Here is my skin since the last blog post, again completely unedited:

And it’s fair to say, I’m super impressed with the results. I’m not saying that my spots have disappeared completely by any means, but that something is finally starting to make a difference. So much so, that I went out completely make up free the other day, and for me, that was a pretty big deal.

So here is a breakdown of the products I have been using so far:

Environ Professional: Cleansing Gel

This is the face wash aspect of the routine. It’s a clear gel which lathers and foams once mixed with water. The aim is to remove any excess oil from the skins surface, allowing the rest of the products in the routine to work their magic. I like this product because after each use my skin feels clean, and plus it’s a face wash my skin actually gets along with! Bonus points for this product because it can also be used on the body.

Environ Professional Alpha Toner Forte

You know those days where make-up just doesn’t want to come off? This product is all for helping you out with that. After using the cleansing gel, I follow up with the toner, which I apply to cotton wool pads and use one for each section of my face. This ensures that any make-up residue is removed and my skin is fully prepped to heal at its best. Environ claim that this product is made to enhance the workings of the other products by supporting the skins natural PH, and shedding of dead skin cells.

Environ Intensive Antioxidant Gel

Environ describe this product as ‘a special cocktail of high antioxidant vitamins’, which just makes me want to slather it all over my face so it can give me goddess skin (a girl can dream right?).  I like to think of this as the moisturiser part of the routine, which I apply morning and night after washing my face. The Antioxidant Gel is orange, which on first appearances looks like it’s going to be sticky, but it goes on like a dream.  I feel like I’m giving my skin a treat with this product, with it having so much goodness in it, I can’t help but love it.

Environ Hydroxy Gel

This little tubes aim is skin renewal, containing fruit acids to help heal any damage to the skin, and delicate exfoliation for a clear complexion. Environ recommend this product for all skin types, as it claims to even skin texture, and works with moisturises containing Vitamin A to enhance the anti-aging effects of the vitamin. I currently use this product three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the very end of my skin routine before bed. It is a gentle product and after using it for a little while now, I notice a difference from using it the night before. Initially when I read the words ‘hydroxy acids’, I thought, surely I cannot put such a strong product on my face?! But it is extremely gentle and aims to reach below the skins surface.

When I first started using these products my skin flared up, because the range is designed to bring any impurities to the surface before the skin can start to heal.  The products are a little pricey when totalled up, but once I add up the amount I (and others) have spent on my skin over the past twelve years, it doesn’t seem too bad. I’ve finally found something that I believe is working for me, and I can’t tell you what I relief that is!

What products do you guys use for your skin problems? Have you ever tried any Environ products, if so what did you think?

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