Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites

Hello everyone!

Yet another month has whizzed by, so it's time for me to share my favourites! For this month's favourites post, as well as sharing my most reached for beauty products, I will also be sharing a few music, book and fashion favourites. So, here they are! ~

Beauty ~

Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in "Peach on the Beach" - This is my current favourite summer lip shade and I've been wearing it quite a bit this month. It's a bright, peachy pink that is very flattering and wearable. It's also super easy to apply and I love its gorgeous, glossy finish.

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara* - This product gives my lashes amazing length and volume and is my favourite highstreet mascara at the moment. You can read my full review here.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Recently, I've been loving the True Match foundation. It gives medium coverage that is also buildable. It's very easy to blend and is long lasting too - very impressive! I love the natural looking satin finish it gives. This stuff is amazing!

MUA nail polish  in "Frozen Yoghurt" - I picked this up on a whim when I was in Superdrug recently. It's a lovely lavender purple shade that looks really pretty on the nails. The formula is great; it's really easy to apply and is completely opaque after two coats. It also lasts long on the nails too.

Fashion ~

I've been wearing these jewellery pieces a lot this month. The triangle necklace is from Primark and I've found that it's great at jazzing up a plain outfit. The shamballa bracelet was bought from an independent shop and was only £1 - bargain!

Books ~

As soon as I started reading The Fault in Our Stars, I was hooked and read it all in a few days! The book follows the life of Hazel, a teenage girl with terminal cancer. Her life completely changes when she meets and subsequently falls in love with Augustus Waters.

This book is an amazing read and has a wonderful message - I'd recommend it to everyone. Make sure you have your tissues ready though, it's a real tear jerker!

Music ~

Music wise, this month I've enjoyed listening to:

~ Ed Sheeran's album "X" - I can't get the song "Sing" out of my head!
~ Sam Smith - I especially like the songs "Stay with me" and "Money on my Mind."
~ Ella Eyre's music - her voice is truly amazing! I love this song of hers.

So those are my favourites for this month! What are yours?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Liquid Liner Love

When it comes to liquid eyeliner, there's a few key features I look for. For me, a good liner has to be waterproof, smudge-proof, long lasting, highly pigmented and easy to apply. Today, I'll be sharing three liquid eyeliners that tick all of these boxes!

First up is the L'Oreal Superliner in the shade "Black Lacquer". It has a long, tapered tip, which allows you to create both thick and thin lines. It's also really good at creating the perfect cat flick. What impressed me the most about this liner is its staying power; it lasts the whole day without smudging or fading. What's more, at the end of the day, it looks nearly as good as when you first applied it - amazing!

If the thick nib on the original superliner isn't for you then the L'Oreal Perfect Slim liner may be worth a try. This liner has a very thin tip, which makes it easier to create thinner and more accurate lines. You can achieve a subtle look with this but it can easily be built up for a more dramatic look. The formula of this is also great - it's waterproof, smudge proof and long lasting.

I got my hands on the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner when it came free with Glamour magazine last month. I decided to get the eyeliner in the shade "navy" as I thought it would make a nice change from the classic black eyeliner look I usually go for. I also thought it would be nice to experiment with colours a bit more! I found that the subtle pop of colour really makes your eyes stand out. The formula of this is really good and application is easy, but due to the thick nib, you do end up with a thicker line.

(Top to Bottom) L'Oreal Superliner in Black Lacquer // L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Intense Black // Eyeko Navy Skinny Liquid Eyeliner.

Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite liquid eyeliner at the moment?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Born Pretty Store Review + 10% Off Discount Code

Hi guys! Today I'll be sharing a few products that I was sent from the Born Pretty Store. If you haven't checked them out already, then I'd recommend that you do! Born Pretty sell a huge range of makeup products for very affordable prices and also offer free delivery worldwide.

The first product I'm sharing today is the white handled makeup brush set.* This set contains eight brushes that come in a beautiful pink case, which is very handy as it means that you can easily travel with these brushes. I love the design of this set; I think the girly white and pink colour scheme is very cute! Inside the case you get a blush brush, two eyeshadow brushes, an eyebrow brush, an eyeliner brush, a lip brush, an eyelash comb and a sponge applicator. All of the brushes are soft and easy to work with. They also wash well with minimal shedding. If you're looking for a makeup brush kit on a tight budget, then you should definitely have a look at this one - it would make a great starter set as it's very inexpensive. It's also good quality, especially considering it only costs just under £5!

Next, I recieved a Natural Lip Plumper Cream Moisture Gloss* in the shade 09. I love the colour of this lipstick; it's a nice rose pink that is fab for summer! It's also very affordable yet good quality as it feels moisturising on the lips and applies very nicely too. I also love the glossy finish it gives the lips - I'l be wearing this shade a lot this season!

The Born Pretty Store are offering my readers 10% off! Just make sure to add the code "LOVEH10" at the checkout.

What do you think of these products? Have you tried anything from the Born Pretty Store? :)

*PR Sample

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara | Review

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Review
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara Review
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara*

I'm a big fan of Bourjois products; it's definitely one of my favourite high street makeup brands. However, I haven't tried many of their mascaras, so I was happy to get the chance to review the newly released Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara.*

This mascara is designed to give you maximum volume from every angle. I love the unique brush, which has wraparound spherical bristles. The innovative brush helps coat and define each lash and creates instant volume. As you can see from the pictures above, it really does make a big difference to my lashes. You only need a few coats of this and it adds an amazing amount of volume and length, so I'm very impressed with this mascara! It also leaves your lashes clump free, curled and gives a false eyelash effect. Another great thing about this mascara is the fact that it lasts all day without flaking. When you do need to remove this at the end of the day, it comes off very easily and quickly with a makeup remover - so that's another bonus!

Overall, I think I'll be repurchasing this when it runs out - it's one of the best highstreet mascaras I've tried. It gives amazing volume and length, so I couldn't ask for more! I'd recommend giving this a go if you're looking for an affordable but great quality mascara.  It's available to buy from Boots for just £9.99.

Have you tried this Bourjois mascara? What did you think of it?

*PR Sample

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Micellar Waters | Garnier vs L'Oreal

L'Oreal Micellar Water (Boots, Superdrug)  // Garnier Micellar Water (Boots, Superdrug)

I'm sure you've all heard of micellar waters by now. They are extremely popular in the beauty community! These ultra gentle water solutions easily dissolve makeup and cleanse the skin. I find that I use these to remove the bulk of my makeup before I go on to thoroughly cleanse the skin with a cleansing balm.

Today, I will be comparing the Garnier and L'Oreal micellar waters. I've already reviewed the L'Oreal version on my blog here, which was the first one I tried out of the two. I found that it was amazing at removing my makeup and I loved how soothed it left my skin feeling. The only downside to the product was the packaging. Its rectangle lid and large nozzle make it way too easy to waste the product! It's very hard to control the amount of product that comes out, so I tend to have to be very careful when using this and often waste quite a bit.

On a recent shopping trip to Superdrug, I spotted the Garnier micellar water. The first thing I noticed was the fact that it's twice the size of the L'Oreal version and the same price! Both of the products are £4.99 but are often sold at half price. Much like the L'Oreal version, the Garnier micellar water is effective at removing makeup and does so without irritating the skin or stinging the eyes. Once I've used this, my skin is left feeling and looking refreshed, soothed and toned. I also love the packaging on this; it has a cute pink lid and it reminds me of the popular Bioderma micellar water. It's designed a lot better than L'Oreal's offering as it has a small nozzle that you can easily control by squeezing the bottle.

Although the two solutions are very similar, for me, the winner has to be the Garnier version. It's simply because you get twice the amount of product and you don't have to worry about any product wastage. The huge bottle will definitely last a long time so it's much better value for money.

What's your favourite Micellar Water? Have you tried any of these ones?

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