Thursday, 29 October 2015

A/W Hydration Essentials

It’s the time for year where your skin and hair needs a little loving. A/W makes my skin feel dried out and sore and leaves my hair lack lustre and brittle. As a dry skin gal myself, I’ve got my fair share of hydrating products so I thought I’d share some of my favourites for keeping dry skin at bay this A/W.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her

As I've said in my previous nail post, I've just been getting back into wearing nail polish again and I've been rebuilding my small collection of polishes. One colour I realised I lacked in my collection is a green. Trust me a green is the last colour I'd think of but when I saw this colour in the Essie stand, I had to pick it up

Maximillian Strasse Her (worlds longest polish name?) is a gorgeous cool toned grey green shade but don't let that put you off this polish! Why I love this colour so much is because it has a subtle nod of blue in the mix just to make a more wearable and flattering!

As usual the formula is amazing. With two coats you can get the perfect amount of opaqueness and chipping is at a minimum which is a huge thumbs up from me! As always, I used my OPI Natural Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Have you tried out Essie Maximillian Strasse Her? What polishes do you recommend?


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in Fiery

The Revlon Matte Balms are some of my favourite lipsticks from the high street and while browsing the Revlon stand, I came across a shade of the Matte Balms I hadn’t seen before. I have a feeling that it might be a new shade, it’s called Fiery.

The burgundy coloured tube attracted me to it in the first place but when I swatched it on the back of my hand, I loved it even more. It’s more a deep cherry red – a little different then the packaging would suggest but it’s not far off a burgundy. It’s a perfect shade for A/W and I’ve been wearing pretty much every day!

As usual the formula is great. It glides onto the lips like a dream – smoothbalmycomfortable and not patchy. Just like all the other Matte Balms, it’s really pigmented so it makes it easy to just throw on and go. It also has the minty scent but once it’s applied you can’t notice it.

The wear time isn’t amazing because of how balmy and creamy it is, but I find that blotting it with a tissue or putting some translucent powder on top can help the increase the wear time.

Have you seen this shade before?  I haven't!


Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Winter is rolling around quickly here in the UK so it’s time for me to brace my dry skin for the colder weather. I’ve decided to push aside my Clinque Take The Day Off balm and opt for something more hydrating. So, while doing a little online shopping on The Body Shop, I thought I would pick up ever so popular Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11).

I’ve been using this oil for a few weeks now and I can officially say I’m obsessed with it. It removes all my makeup (especially waterproof make up. No need to use a separate product or go back in) effortlessly and efficiently - it has saved me quite a lot time when it comes to removing my makeup and cleansing.

I apply one or two pumps into my hand, then I massage it onto dry skin, using little circular motions to really dissolve the makeup and grime. I like to use a warm flannel to remove and buff away. I expected the oil to leave some sort of greasy film on my skin, but to my surprised it didn’t. Instead it left my skin feeling soft and squeaky clean.

Don’t be thrown off by the camomile scent because I find that it is barely noticeable when I’m massaging it into my skin. Also because of the camomile it’s a gem for those who suffer with sensitive skin.

The only thing that bugs about this product is that even if the lid is screwed on properly and even if the pump is locked a little bit of oil will always leak out. It is very picky and won’t matter if you don’t travel often but I do flit between my house and my boyfriend’s house, and nothing is worse than picking up something that is oily and slippery. 

I would definitely recommend this for those with normal/dry skin to add a easy and hydrating step in their routine. I will be repurchasing this when it runs out!

What cleansers do you like using in A/W?


Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Beauty Ban

It was a struggle to think of the right title for this post because ‘The Beauty Ban’ sounds a little harsh and could mean a variety of things. But in this case it means I, Lucy, will not be buying beauty produts like a crazy lady. (Shout out to Iqra for the inspiration!)

Over the past few months I’ve become exactly what I hate, a spender *gasp*. I’m 100% a saver and I’m super stingy with my money but, over the past few months I’ve let myself go and just spend 80% of my money on all things beauty. I’m not complaining too much because my make-up collection is looking bomb right now but my bank balance is sobbing.

I get extremely anxious when I have no money. My brain just freaks out a little and over thinks everything that involves money. How are you going to pay the rent? How are you going buy food? How are you going pay for netflix? How are you going to live? Obviously I just have to wait till payday but in the moment it's not that simple.  When I checked my bank statement most of money came out at Boots, Feel Unique and Cult Beauty. So I’ve decided to ‘ban’ myself from buying so many beauty products.

To make it easier on myself I've decided that I'm allowed to buy two new products every month. Whether it be skincare, make up, tools or body care it can only be two things overall. I'm allowed to repurchase anything I already have. But the idea is that I use something up before buying something new or repurchasing it. I hope I haven't contradicted myself.

I'm going to try and stick to this. The only exceptions are Christmas (I'm not missing them beauty sales) and my birthday. As much as I do think it is nice to treat yo'self every once in a while, I do also think it's important to appreciate what you have and more importantly, use what you have. Expect a lot less hauls, and a lot more reviews, empties and favourites! Wish me luck on my way to becoming a responsible adult *sobs and throws away wishlist*. I'll keep you updated on twitter on how I cope. 

Have you ever had a spending ban? If yes, what was it on and how long did you last?

P.S. sorry for the rambley(is that a word?) post!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Top 3 Mascaras

If you asked what my favourite make up product is, I'd most likely say mascara - concealer would a very close second. Mascara can make a whole look and just make you look more put together and awake. As I've said before, I've been blessed with naturally long lashes so most mascaras work for me but, I've found a few mascaras stand out from the rest and make my lashes look fluttery and defined.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I briefly spoke about the Lash Sensational mascara in my September favourites so I won't go into too much detail on this one. Out of all my mascara picks, this one is definitely my most used and probably my favourite one out of the bunch. I think it's the brush that really makes this mascara better than rest. It has a curved, plastic comb brush which is perfect for grabbing every lash, separating them and lifting them up. This mascara lasts on me all day and holds a curl amazingly. Overall it leaves my lashes looking very natural and fluttery.

I adore Maybelline  mascaras (as you can see) so I couldn't just include one. I picked up the The Rocket after all the hype that buzzed around the blogging world a year or two ago. I wasn't disappointed! While it's not one I reach for everyday, I still love what this does for my lashes. I prefer the waterproof version compared to the non-waterproof version as I think it holds a curl better. The brush is a chubby plastic comb brush which is great for adding volume without clumping them all together. It also gives a good length. Side note: you will definitely need an eye make up remover to get this stuff off.  

Clinique High Impact Mascara (Waterproof)
I think I've spoken about this this mascara way back in 2013 and back then it was the best mascara I'd ever tried. I'm still loving just as much. Compared to the Maybelline mascaras this one has a bit more of a classic shaped bristle brush. This is my favourite all round mascara for length, volume and a natural look. It's really 'soft' on the lashes, what I mean by that is that doesn't make them all brittle and hard. It's very easy to remove and does require you to pull it off your lashes. You can build this mascara up but I find that it goes a little clumpy. The only other issue I have with this is that it dries out so quickly! Other than that I love the effect it gives my lashes and definitely worth a try if you are in the market for a high-end mascara.

They are my current favourite mascaras! What are you favourite mascaras? I'd love some recommendations.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Essie Sand Tropez

I've been getting back into nail polishes after about half a year of not wearing it. As you can imagine leaving my collection tucked away for so long means a lot of my polishes were dried out and I had to throw them away. So for the past month I've been picking up a few new polishes and one of my favourites is Essie Sand Tropez.

Sand Tropez is a very interesting neutral shade, the only word I can describe it as is 'griege'. It's a little bit of nude, a little bit of beige and a little bit of taupe - like I said, interesting. What I love the most about this shade is that it just goes with almost anything I wear. It makes it perfect for work, going out or just a causal look.

As always the formula is great. The first layer is a little streaky but once you've applied your second coat it evens out with no problems. I use the OPI Natural Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (I highly rate both of those) and I find I can wear this colour for about three days straight before its start chipping.

Definitely a good shade to add to your collection for easy, polished nails! What are your go-to nail colours?

Sunday, 4 October 2015

bareMinerals SPF15 Original Foundation Review

I've been going on a bit of a foundation buying and testing spree to find my perfect one and while browsing Feel Unique a few months ago, I had a look at the bareMineral foundations. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on mineral make up generally and I wanted to see what side I fell into. Before buying did my usual google of '(insert foundation name here) foundation shade swatches" before getting the bareMinerals SPF15 Original foundation in the shade in "Fair (C1)".

I was quite hesitant to try out this foundation at first because of three reasons: 1. I have dry skin 2. I'm clumsy and 3. The whole 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method of applying. bareMinerals did give me some relief though when I discovered that it had a nifty 'Click & Go Sifter'. Which just helps keeping things tidy and make sure you only dispense as much as you want/need.

The coverage is very light - when I first applied I almost didn't thing it was doing anything - but once you get buffing it really evens out your skin nicely. If you aren't a fan of light coverage then you can definitely build this up to a medium coverage, it won't make your face look cakey in the slightest. I find that regardless of the what coverage I want, I still need to use a concealer on blemishes etc. It feels very lightweight like you aren't wearing anything and it glided over my dry patches like a dream. It looks very natural on the skin and gives a lovely glow to the skin - perfect for us drier skin girls/boys.

However, I do a have a few cons about this foundation. My first being that I still find it very messy to use even with the 'Click & Go Sifter'. When using the 'Swirl, Tap and Buff' method, I find that when I tap it the powder goes everywhere and whatever surface it lands on it's pretty hard to remove - especially clothes! Another con for some would be the more you apply the more glow you get and sometimes I find that it can be a bit much/you get glow in places where you don't want it.


  • Good for drier skin types
  • Has an SPF of 15
  • Amazing shade range
  • Weightless feel
  • Natural/non cakey look
  • Doesn't clog pores
  • Blends effortlessly


  • Messy
  • Light - medium coverage
  • Not good for travel

The foundation costs £26, but I usually find it on offer on Feel Unique. I've had this foundation for about two months now and I've just got over half way left. You only need a small amount - about a 5p/20p size amount. I like to use the bareMineral Handy Buki brush (£18) which is dense enough to pick up and buff it in effortlessly. I also love using the RT Buffing brush (£20.99 - part of collection) for a more airbrushed look and it's a great budget option. If you have oilier skin I'd recommend trying the matte version of this foundation or getting a tester size before buying a full size.
Overall, I like this foundation and I love it for a natural look or to put on top of BB creams but I'm still on the fence. So I'm not sure if I'd purchase again. Definitely one to try out!

Have you tried this foundation out? What do you think of mineral make up? Let me know!


Thursday, 1 October 2015

September Favourites

September has come to an end. It has gone so quickly but I'm really excited now that it is October! September felt like a really good month for beauty for me, as I've tried a lot of new products but these are the ones I've been using and loving the most!

I'll start with my ultimate favourite this month which is the Reve de Miel lip balm from Nuxe. I don't even know what dry lips look like anymore since I've using this product - I'm serious. Dare I say it's holy grail status? Yeah I do. No other lip balm can compare to me! It's lovely and thick but not greasy or slippy feeling, it just leaves a nice matte look to the lips. I also love the packaging and the scent is gorgeous!

I've been really trying to keep my hands moisturised recently and the product that has been helping me achieve that is the Wild Rose Hand Cream (30ml) from The Body Shop. I'm not a huge fan of rose scents but this one is lovely and not too overpowering. The cream itself is really light and sinks in really quickly without any greasiness. It's still very hydrating though, it leaves my hands feeling supple!

The only nail polish I've been wearing in September is Tanya Burrs polish in Duvet Day. I adore the formula of these polishes, they dry really quickly, they aren't streaky and they are just very easy to apply. The main reason I love this is the colour, it's a pale grey-ish blue which I find really easy to wear. I have a picture on my Instagram if you would like to it on my on my nails! Also I love the new packaging.

A brush that I've been loving this month is the RT Contour brush. I picked up it in a haul I did recently. I was so late on the bandwagon on the RT Core Collection but I'm glad that I finally picked up because I love all the brushes in the collection but the contour brush has been my favourite. I don't really contour but I love using it for blush and highlighter. It applies and blends all my powder products beautifully and it's so soft. The kind of soft where you ask everyone to feel it just because you want everyone to know about it.

Mascaras are probably my favourite make up product ever. My current mascara love is the Lash Sensational from Maybelline. I've been blessed with long eyelashes so most mascaras look okay on me but this one just does something else to my lashes! I love the curved plastic brush as it's just lifts my lashes, lengthens them and separates them making look all fluttery and natural. I'll definitely be repurchasing this when I've finished it!

My last favourite is something I use everyday and it's needs a little shout out. It is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Powder. I was always a Rimmel Stay Matte girl but last year I just put it on my skin and thought 'no'. I changed to the S&G powder and never looked back. This powder not cakey or powdery at all but still mattes down my skin and keeps my make up in place. I love it and would highly recommend if you are in the market for a new powder!

Also shout out the H&M Marble Plate. It makes me happy and makes everything on it look pretty.

Geez that was long. Thank you for reading! What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!
© Lucy Sprowell

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