Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Favourites

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and it only seems appropriate to post my 2013 favourites today! 2013 was a really good year for me in terms of beauty so I'm really excited to show you 13 of my favourites products! This is going to a long one, sorry in advance!

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution
I've really gotten into skincare this year and this L'Oreal Micellar water has been my favourite for removing my eye makeup. It dissolves makeup like a dream, it's really lightweight and refreshing to use in the morning or night! I did a review about it already, so you can read that here if you like!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boost
Out of all my skincare products this one has been my absolute favourites! It has really transform my skin, it's helped reduce the dry patches I get and helps my base products sit nicer on my skin. It has a nice gel consistency so it feels really lightweight on the skin and sinks in really quickly. Although it's pricey I will continue to purchase this because it's so goddamn good! It's by far one of my best finds this year!

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser
I've tried a few cleansers out this year and this one has come out on top. I'm on my second bottle of this, it lasts for a good while and you only need the tiniest amount, I can get away with half a pump and still get all my make up off! It's really creamy, hydrating and doesn't leave you skin feeling tight or dried out. It's the only cleanser I've been using for the most part of the year!

Una Brennan Superfacialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask
I love trying out new face masks and this one by Una Brennan is the one that really caught my attention this year! It's an amazing, high street, clay mask that deep cleanses your pores amazingly. I think it's quite comparable to some expensive clay masks! It really helps prevent spots coming through and removes all the dirt from your clog pores. A skin savoir in my eyes!

Clinque High Impact Mascara
As I've said before, I'm too bothered about high end mascaras but this one is incredible! It adds length, volume, it separates to create really beautiful fluttery lashes and lasts all day without smudging.  I also spoke about it here.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
I'm not lying when I say I've probably worn this foundation 96% of the year! It's so easy to wear, satin finish, nice light coverage enough to cover redness and actually matches my ghostly complexion. It's not drying, it feels light weight on skin perfect just for an everyday/lazy day foundation. I've just been reaching for this foundation pretty much all year!

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
Needless to say that the Colour Tattoo's are incredible and most people love them! They are amazing to use on it's own or as a base under your eyeshadow! It's easy to wear, pigmented and mine hasn't dried out yet! During Spring and Summer I wore On and On Bronze all the time so it seems wrong not to include it in my 2013 favourites!

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey
My tube is a bit battered up but that is only because it is so well loved! Honey is a beautiful neutral pink perfect all year round (I think) and I've been using it pretty much all year too! It leaves a slight glossy finish but then sets as a stain and then lasts pretty much all day. It's been amazing for college and just general long days!

Sleek Face Form Palette in Light
This is the only Sleek product I own but I adore it. I've always hear so much hype about sleek blushes and their contour kit so this little palette is perfect. It really lives up to the hype! I've got so much use out of this and I haven't even made a dent because the pigmentation is amazing! The contour powder is amazing and really suits my pale complexion, I've been so happy with this product over the past year.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I love all the RT brushes but the Expert Face brush is by far my favourite! It blends in base products amazingly, it's great quality and easy to clean. I don't think I could live without this brush and it's the only one I use to blend in foundation!

Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo
Most shampoos I use build up in my hair leaving it flaky and itchy (gross I know) but this one has a gel formula so it has no build up! I never thought think of Soap and Glory when it comes to hair products but I really love this stuff, It smells amazing, cleans the hair really well and lasts for ages! Perfect!

L'Oreal EverRiche Nourishing & Taming Conditioner
I picked this up when I saw Estée rave about how good this range was and I've fallen in love with the conditioner! It has done amazing things for my hair, my hair has become so soft and it isn't as dry as it used to be! I found that it takes less time to blow dry since using this. I will continue to repurchase this into 2014!

Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Infuser Leave-in Conditioner
I love Aussie hair products and this one stood out to me this year! My hair gets dry very easily especially after straightening/curling my hair so I like to spray this in after I've used heat on my hair just to give it back some moisture. It also helps de-tangle and soften my hair for 2nd or 3rd day hair!

If you made it to the end, congratulations! That's all 13 of my favourite products of 2013!
I hope you all have a good New Years!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Christmas Day

I might be a little late on the Christmas posts but I still going to show you what I got for Christmas and what I wore etc, on the day. I also just want throw in a little disclaimer that I'm not showing off and that I'm very aware how lucky I am!

I'm going to start with what I wore on the day which is this beautiful black dress (click here for a better picture!) that I got sent from a new online clothing store called Henri Castro*! The dress has a mesh top that leads down to a skater skirt dress, it has a collar too, with a button at the top to connect it (sorry I'm not very good at describing things, props to fashion bloggers). I paired it up with a statement necklace and few rings which aren't photoed above. I love this dress, perfect for Christmas day! They have a lovely little collection on Henri Castro right now, all the clothes are fantastic quality and good prices too.

On my nails I wore OPI Got The Blues For Red which is a lovely oxblood colour, which I love for this time of year, although you do need about 3 coats to get that colour! I'm not going to talk about it too much because I have a nail post coming out shortly. For my make up I just wore some eyeliner, mascara and the Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107!

Finally, what I got for Christmas! My main present was a Nikon CoolPix L820 from my parents - it isn't photographed as I used it to take a picture of all my presents - it's an amazing camera and so far I'm loving it! I also got some much raved about Muji Acrylic drawers, I got a 2 drawers and a 3 drawer and it fits all my make up in beautifully. I got a Cath Kidston Camberwell Rose Washbag which will perfect for when I travel, I think it's beautiful as Cath Kidston stuff always is! I got some Soap & Glory products too which made me very excited! I got two of the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks in Plum Jam and Bashful, the Supercat Eyeliner Pen and one of my favourites The Breakfast Scrub (if you haven't given it a wiff I highly suggest you do!). My other presents where just little bits, like the Body Shop mini Strawberry set, a 2014 planner, lip balm, a fox cushion, chocolate and money!

I hope you enjoyed this little Christmas post! I'm sorry for the lack of photos and how long it was!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything you wanted!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter

I'm a huge fan of having dewy skin more so in the colder months because my skin gets so dry and dull. I heard Kate talking about this highlighter in some of her youtube vidoes and I thought I'd give it a try since it was 3 for 2 in Boots. You can purchase the Seventeen Skin Wow Highlighter at Boots for £5.99! 

This product is a 3  way highlighter (as it says), you can use it as a primer, a liquid highlighter or you can mix it in with your foundation. I've tried using it all these ways and my favourite way to use this highlighter is to use it as a primer, but not all over the face as I found it to be a bit shiny. I just put this on my cheekbones, down my nose and my brow bone!

I found the highlighter really nice, it's not shimmery, it just has a pearlescent glow to it which I really love. It gives an almost inner glow look to your skin. It's really easy to blend in, doesn't have a weird texture to it and it doesn't really have a smell to it either! Also it has a pump which is lovely!

The only problems I have with this product is that if you apply it all over the face, it can make you really shiny especially around the nose and chin area, so using as an all over primer and mixing it in with foundation is a no go for me! But just putting a bit of powder on top solves this but it's not something I like to do because of my dry skin.

It also noticed that since using this my skin has been getting pretty spotty around my cheek area, not really bad but just a few for me to notice! Something in it obviously doesn't agree with my skin which is a shame! I'm still going to use it now my spots have cleared up just to see if it was really this product! I really like this product and I'm hoping it wasn't the one that gave me spots!

Have you tried this product? What's your favourite highlighter?

Thursday, 5 December 2013

November Favourites

It's the time for another favourites, and I can't believe it's December! 20 days till Christmas, I'm really excited! Anyway, on with the November favourites.

1. Soap & Glory Hand Food (£5.00)
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this in another favourites post but I feel like I need to include again! I don't really venture when it comes to hand creams because this one just does the job. It's hydrating, none greasy and smells lovely! You can also get a little travel size so it's easy to travel with.

2. The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Body Wash (£6.50)
I got this in a haul and I'm in love with this stuff! I think The Body Shop make some of the best bath/shower products. This particular one smells amazing, I think it's the perfect autumnal/winter scent. I'm not good at describing scents but it's a non overpowering floral musk with some sweet notes mixed in. I find it quite hydrating on the skin and easy to lather which I like. Also, the ombre pink bottle is really pretty.

3. Rimmel Last Finish Soft Colour Blush in Santa Rose (£3.99)
I think Rimmel make really good blushes and this one I've been wearing pretty much everyday! Santa Rose is a gorgeous peachy pink which really suits my paler compexion, it gives a really nice healthy glow to the cheeks. It has a little shimmer going through not chunky, the perfect blush!

4. Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107 Wine (£5.49)
I think everyone knows about this lipstick as everyone has been talking about it on their blogs and youtube. I love this is colour, it's a gorgeous dark red lip that lasts ages on the lips. Again it's suits my pale complexion and is the perfect winter shade! My only problem with it, is that it is a little drying but nothing a little lip balm can't fix!

5. Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub (£5.25)
Going back to my lips being dry, if they are dry, this product has been a saint! This is actually my first Lush product and I'm really impressed. It's really nice to just pop (no pun intended) on before your lipstick or before bed, it's also really yummy to lick off your lips! Although I don't do too much of that because of the dry skin but still!

November favourites - done! What have been enjoying and are you excited for Christmas?
© Lucy Sprowell

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