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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
As the lovely Lauren is moving house this week, she offered me the opportunity to guest post on her blog. I hope all is going well with the move!
My name is Anne and you can usually find me at http://www.lindalibraloca.blogspot.com
Now that everybody seems to get into holiday mood I thought it would be a great time to round up my fall favourites. Quite a few of them will accompany me all through winter.
You can clearly spot a color theme in my picture, and it is true, oxblood has been my favorite color during this fall (and last, to be honest).
On my nails I have been wearing Essie´s "Sole Mate“"more than anything else.
I am a true Essie fan girl, and this pretty oxblood shade is everything I love: Opaque in one coat (although I always do two), long-lasting and stunning against pale winter skin.
When I want a really bold, dark lip, MAC „Dark Deed“ is my go-to color. Sadly it was limited edition, but Temptalia has a great Dupe List on her page if you are looking for a similar color. You will definitely need a lip liner with this one, and I usually color in my whole lip with the liner before applying the lipstick. That way the color lasts longer (about four hours when you aren't eating or drinking.)
The perfume I have been loving lately is DOLCE&GABBANA Intense Eau de Parfum, not only because of the pretty red and gold packaging.
It was a present from Mr. Loca, so I was apprehensive at first. In my opinion, gifting a perfume almost always goes wrong, but this is one of the rare occasions it worked perfectly well. There is a hint of citrus, flowers and sandalwood, smelling warm without being overpowering. The perfect everyday fall scent.
To protect my pout, Nuxe Rêve de Miel is used twice a day. This matte looking lip balm contains honey, known for its nourishing properties. The consistency is quite thick. If applied in the evening, I can still feel it on my lips come morning.
On my face I have been using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair II. The heating and the cold winds take their toll on my skin, but this serum, applied every night before my moisturizer, fights redness and fine lines at the same time. A winning combo!
Non-beauty favorites, receiving a honorable mention here, are Hot Chocolate (with marshmallows, hmmm), thick knitted scarfs (oxblood, obviously, with tiny specs of glitter) and scented candles. Shown here is a small Yankee Candle in the scent "Honey and Spice". Don't be fooled by the size though, burning it for half an hour scents my whole apartment.
Looking at all those beautiful things I think it is time to cozy all up and ignore the rain against my window.
What are your favorites this season? Tell me in the comments below!
Monday, 8 December 2014
Hey! I'm Sarah and I usually blog over at simplysarahlou.blogspot.com
. I am here guest posting for the lovely Lauren while she moves into her new home, so I thought I would share what's currently in my make up bag.
I switch up my make up all the time, but just recently I have found some bits that I have been keeping in my make up bag for longer than I usually would, which can only be a good thing since I'm less likely to buy any new products!
My go-to base for a few months now has been Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, which I never thought that I could like since I've never really got on with tinted moisturisers/light coverage. This, however, is light yet covers really well, and gives a flawless and natural glow - despite being 'matte'. Another good thing about it is that you only need the smallest little blob to cover your entire face, which means it will last a good long time. Next up is the infamous Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, and I'm sure you've heard more than enough times by now how this cult drugstore product works! I use it religiously to cover my dark circles and also any spots I have, the thick consistency is ideal for giving good coverage and it doesn't budge for hours. Then there is the Autograph highlighter - a brand that probably goes pretty unnoticed in the blogging world, but this is a pretty powder highlighter that is ideal for pale skin - it gives a soft rose gold toned glow to my cheekbones. Benefit Sugarbomb is my day to day choice for blush, the colour is a buildable coral, made up of four little shades in the box. This is my third repurchase of Sugarbomb, so I think it's safe to say that's it's my favourite!
For my eyebrows I use Anastasia DipBrow Pomade, a gel that is deeply pigmented and is an easy, quick way to create a strong shape. This is most definitely my hold grail brow product, if you haven't tried a gel formula yet then I highly recommend this. On my eyes right now I am loving the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette, a naughty treat that I could not resist! I have done a full review of this on my blog, but it is a eye shadow quad that has a highlight shade, a base, a crease shade and a gold glitter shade that all make it easy to create a variety of different but equally beautiful looks. The quality of the eye shadows is excellent, the pigmentation is fantastic and they are perfect for making your eyes really stand out. At the moment my mascara of choice is Maxfactor Masterpiece Max, which is brilliant at giving a good bit of volume to my lashes. I especially like to use this on my bottom lashes, and the wand is the ideal shape for coating them without splodging it all over my eye! Lastly, I am loving using this YSL Rouge Volute lipstick in shade 32 (I think!). This was another high end treat, but I have definitely being getting my money's worth out of it! It feels as moisturising as any good balm would, and the colour is beautiful and well pigmented.
So there is everything that I currently have in my make up bag! I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe even found some bits that you would like to try! xx
I hope you enjoyed that lovely read, I sure love to find out what fellow bloggers have in their makeup bag. Yes I'm a complete nosey parker! If you'd love to follow Sarah's blog then I highly suggest you check it out in the link above!
Saturday, 6 December 2014
I recently published a blog post about The Body Shop Christmas launch (have a read here) and after a week of using the products that I purchased, I decided it was time to let you know how I have got on with some of them.
I absolutely love the Vanilla Brûlée Christmas range and I was so excited to try out the body polish from this collection. I am completely in love with this product. Not only does it provide a gentle exfoliation, it cleanses and smoothes my body leaving it feeling soft and rid of dry and dead skin. I love the smell too, it is so creamy and indulgent. I am guilty of having applied it twice on one occasion just because I found the scent so luxuriously dreamy. I will have to work on my self control otherwise I will find myself getting through the bottle much too fast!
I love the shea sugar body scrub. I use fake tan on a regular basis and so I often need a strong body scrub to remove remnants of the tan when it begins to strip away leaving my skin streaky. This product was the perfect answer. I was told in the shop that this is the grittiest scrub in their range and I am impressed with the results. My skin was left feeling completely exfoliated and got rid of every last brown speck of tan yet wasn’t so intense that it left my skin feeling sore. I am lucky that my skin doesn’t tend to get dry, nor is it that sensitive so I don’t know whether others who do suffer with dry and sensitive skin might find the scrub too aggressive. This product also smells divine. It is very different to the vanilla brûlée, providing a much simpler and lighter smell. It is one of cleanliness and I just feel so fresh and natural after using it.
Great results from The Body Shop yet again! I definitely have my eye on the rest of the Vanilla Brûlée range. In particular I definitely want to buy lip balm because the flavour is one that I imagine would taste amazing and no one can have too many lip balms during the colder months!
Has anyone else tried these products?
Do you have any recommended favourites from The Body Shop?
Please check out my blog at http://whatsasssays.com/
Love Sass x
Friday, 28 November 2014
Hello lovelies! Another day, another blog post. This time by 'MyDogBlog09'. She doesn't just post about beauty though. You'll find lifestyle and beauty, with a little fashion thrown into the mix.
Hi everyone! I'm mydogblog09 from mylifethroughtheeyesoftheweb.wordpress.com, here for a little Christmasy Guest Post for y'all! Christmas is by far my favourite holiday, (I mean it can't be any worse than Halloween or Easter?) Now, I don't normally allow myself to get to excited so early on in the year, but a Christmas shopping trip later and I'm all festive, say with my Christmassy drink writing a Christmassy post, whilst seeing all the Christmassy adverts on TV (sorry, I know that's a little OTT, but it's true?) So without further ado, here's my ten reasons to get excited for Christmas... 1. It's less than six weeks away! It's going to come around much quicker than you think, six weeks is only 42 days, and it's less than that already! 2. Christmas Advent Calendars, think about it, whether you get chocolate, or makeup, it's a little something every single day. What other time in the year do you get that? 3. You can watch Elf again and again and nobody can say anything. Christmas movies are the perfect way to get you in the festive mood! 4. Christmas shopping it takes forever, but I really do love it. Finding the perfect present for everyone is one of my favourite things to do. 5. You can eat as much as you want for your Christmas dinner, and to be honest, in the buildup too- all those mince pies and ginger reads and hog roasts and macaroons. 6. Lush's Christmas collection is the perfect chance to grab your favourite Lush goodies before they vanish for another year, I end up spending way too much on the Christmas collection, but it does last me well into March? 7. Jumpers, jumpers and yes, more jumpers! I absolutely love wearing oversized sweaters in Winter, and Christmas is the perfect excuse to pull out your favourite, no matter how cheesy it is! 8. Christmas holidays, I mean who doesn't want a few days or even weeks off work/school? Need I say more? 9. Early nights, the days are shorter and nights are longer. So more time to sleep, right? 10. Presents! I've saved the best until last, opening presents on Christmas Day is the best. All the hard work, the sweat and tears is completely worth it to see the look on someone's face! I hope you agree that there's so many reasons to be excited to Christmas, but there are mine. What's yours? Don't forget to tweet me your top ten reasons that you're excited for Christmas!
I hope you enjoyed this post lovelies! Make sure you check out her lovely blog as located in the link above at the top.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – link
This is the most beautiful base product I own. Now don’t be put off by the name as this isn’t sheer at all in fact I would say this offers good medium coverage. Every time I wear this foundation I get so many compliments on my skin! It just gives me such a gorgeous glow and doesn’t ever look cakey or feel heavy on. It is such a ‘breathable’ foundation that makes it perfect for every day and it looks absolutely incredible in photographs. Like I have been airbrushed.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – link
This is seriously my favourite bronzing/contour product of all time. I really struggle to find powder bronzers that aren’t too warm for my skin so the neutral tone of this is absolutely perfect, and makes it a good option for paler skinned girls too. It is so pigmented that you actually have to be careful not to overdo it, and the longevity is just amazing. I probably use this mostly for contouring, but it’s just an amazing product all round.
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat – link
If you hate sitting around and waiting for your nails to dry then you need to invest in this bad boy. It might be £13 a pop, but it’s the best and most effective top coat I have ever owned. You can use it on wet nail polish and it is guaranteed to be dry in a matter of seconds. It leaves nails looking glossy and helps to prolong the wear of nail polish and minimise chipping! If you are hate gloopy, smudged nail varnish then this is the product for you!
Again, a big thankyou to Lisa for guest posting for me while I'm dealing with a house move. If you enjoyed this lovely post by Lisa, then definitely check out her blog as linked above in the beginning of the post.
Monday, 24 November 2014
Upon going through my makeup I found three products that achieved the effect I was going for, with only one high end which is rather a result if you ask me!
The first one I found was Soap&Glory Glow All Out powder, this is described as 'luminising face powder' but this wouldn't be something you'd use all over the face, it is way too shimmery and would make you look like a disco ball. However, dusted over the top of the cheekbones the light orangey pink powder suits my pale complexion and adds a gorgeous sheen. My preferred way to apply this powder is to use my RealTechniques Setting Brush, it's my favourite brush to use as it lets me highlight precisely where I want product to go.
Next up is the high end Benefit Highbeam highlighter. I personally love Highbeam for the simple fact that it is so easy to apply on the go, as all you need is three dots of this pink champagne highlighter and your fingers to blend it in et voila! Stunningly glowy skin using a highlighter suitable for so many different skintones.
My final highlighter is one that isn't readily available but I think Topshop Glow in Polished is pretty similar. This is a Glossybox exclusive collab with Kroylan which has created this gold champagne cream highlight. Another that is easy to use by dabbing it onto the skin and then blending it in with your fingers to add the finishing touches to an everyday or evening makeup look.
I hoped you liked my three products for getting your glow back, and maybe I might have persuaded you to try on or two of them if you haven't already!
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Hello lovelies! It's finally November which can only mean one thing, the countdown to Christmas Day and the beginning of our Christmas Shopping. My favourite time of the year. This year I'm not actually going to be christmas shopping for my siblings, only for the partner, my nephew and my soon to be born niece, purely as I have my little man due 2 weeks after Christmas and we're saving up. That doesn't mean I can't help you with a little Christmas shopping though.
Fragrance Direct is an incredibly popular fragrance and beauty website that always have astounding offers and discounts, especially during the festive season so what better way to help you than to put together my Top Picks for the lovely ladies this Christmas.
The Mini Bronzing Collection from the popular St Moriz is the way to go if your other half or sibling loves a little bit of a glowing tan. It contains cute mini sizes of the Dark Bronzing Mousse, Ultra Moisturising Body Lotion and Exfoliating Body Scrub for a measly £4.99. What's not to like? This Bronzing Collection will help on the way to produce the most beautiful bronzed glow, as if you've been on holiday for a few weeks.
finishes. They are extremely luxurious, have amazing pigmentation and most importantly feels beautiful on the lips once applied. Should I mention that they are discounted, down to £13.99 from the original £15.50 you'd normally have to pay via the MAC website. Not bad eh? You can't put a price on a great quality lipstick though. Any beauty addict would be astounded to find one of these in their stocking, I'm sure of it.
The Impulse Handbag Essentials Gift set contains all us ladies beauty essentials for the body, hair and lips, bar the odd makeup product we pop into our bag. It includes the Very Pink Impulse deodorant(which smells sooo good!), a Vaseline Rosy lip tin and 100ml of VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray for £3.99. Who wouldn't be happy to receive this for Christmas? It will definitely come in handy. A great stocking filler.
flashing light up duck. What more do you need to create a relaxing, fun atmosphere? Both of the Bath soaks smell really lovely and will make them feel relaxed within
seconds. And the light up duck? Well, surely you can't be too young nor old to have one of them. This Gift Set will sure make them 'quackers'. You can purchase this gift set for just £4.99. There is also another Radox Gift set with different bath soaks and ducky(see here) if you don't think this one will 'float their boat'.