Thursday, 11 February 2016

TOP 5: Lip products

In no particular order, drum roll please....

hah, these are my current top 5 lip products. considering it's been pretty cold I am loving red and orange, I think it is because I have my arms fully open wide for spring and brighter weather!

Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Iberico. I never thought oranges would suit me but I love this one. It came in a Christmas set not the year just gone, year before (don't tell the sell by date police), it is such a nice formula, matte but totally comfy to wear, application is even and easy because of the pencil design and it looks great. The Nars velvet lip pencils in general get a thumbs up from me!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 47 L'Amoureuse. It is the most beautiful brown toned berry, It's matte but it kinda has like a super faint golden shimmer to it, you can't feel it and when it's on it isn't overly apparent at all, it just adds a beautiful depth to the colour, it is a really unique. I think will transition well into spring and summer because of its brown tone and slight golden shimmer, it is so hard to describe this colour!! The formulation is spot on, smooth even application, it lasts well and looks stunning.

Sephora cream lip stain in always red. This red is like bam! It is beautifully bright and eye catching but also works well with a brown toned lip liner under neath to make it more of a classic darker red which also looks beautiful! The staying power of this is incredible, you can eat a messy dinner and it is still intact so for a night out or dinner out it is the perfect choice.

Dior Addict extreme in 536 lucky. Perfectly peachy pink in shade this lipstick epitomises spring. I was swatching and then I saw the name of it was Lucky and I had to have it and it has been a favourite ever since. It is balmy in formula and although sheer it still packs a colour punch. Not sure why it is called extreme because it is a sheer formula but I love it none the less!

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #11 (Beige Instinct). I've already rambled on about this lipstick many times so I won't go on and on but this is the perfect brown toned sheer lipstick you need in your lives!!

So those are my top 5 lip products which just so happen to be high end, oops, but hey you gotta treat yourself sometimes. Have you got any recommendations? What are your top 5? Amy x

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January favourites

It's monthly favourites time! I haven't been loving lots this month as I've been busy with work but these five products have been used on a daily basis!

First up is Escentric Molecules 01, a beautiful woody fragrance perfect for winter. What is interesting about this fragrance is that it is only made with one ingredient so it can smell completely different on each wearer. It's said that you cannot smell it on yourself, but I can, not strongly mind and I get so many compliments every time I wear it so it's doing something right hah. I don't think I have ever used so much of one fragrance, I'm a bit of a perfume floozy.

Next up is Priming Water from the newest budget beauty brand Freedom London. This is clearly a dupe for the Smashbox offering, which I haven't tried but I really like this so I can't see any need to. It feels super freshing to apply and I do think my foundation applies nicely, there's definitely a difference compared to if I didn't use it. It also works great over the top of make-up to give you a healthy glow.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation has been gracing my face every single day this month and pretty much every day I've worn makeup since I got it at the end of October, I LOVE it. It has the perfect coverage for me, it makes my skin look even, flawless, I'm really happy with the shade I picked, it isn't too heavy and REALLY lasts on my skin, even without primer it lasts really well. I will definitely repurchase this when I go to New York, although I believe it is available from Debenhams now but hey I wanna save some money!

Next up is the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #11 (Beige Instinct). I love this shade! It is brown toned but as it is sheer it isn't too much, works well with your natural lip colour and is a perfect everyday shade to match with a neutral subtle smokey eye which is what I tend to go for on a daily basis. If I am not sure on what lipstick will go with my eye look I will always reach for this one because it just goes. It doesn't look the most attractive colour in the tube but give it a go! It also smells really nice, bonus.

Finally I have fallen back in love with Benefit's They're Real mascara. I'm not really sure why I stopped using this, I'm thinking it was because it is so hard to get off but really that is just laziness. The mascara lengthens and gives my lashes volume and the more you layer the better it looks in my opinion but I do kinda dig the spider lash look but this mascara does it in a nice way! Like I said it is a pain to get off, just micellar water won't do it but it is worth the hassle!

Monthly favourites is my favourite time of the month, the end, hah. Technically it is now the beginning of a month, to be honest I have just wished January and I'm now wishing February and most of March away as finally on the 21st of March I go to New York for 8 days, something I have wanted to do for a VERY long time and have had booked since May last year! It's the first time I'll be going outside of Europe, my first long haul flight and only the second time I would of traveled on my own so I'm nervous but so excited! If you have any suggestions on what I should check out or buy please let me know! I literally have pages and pages written of subway stops and what's near by but it never hurts to add to the list! - Amy x

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

High end haulin'

I have a few haul posts coming from when I visited Paris but today's installment is all about high-end. I could of spent a fortune so I think I was quite reserved, I only went over budget by £60, she says only haha.

I just happened to walk past Aesop and remembered how much Estée Lalonde raved about their parsley seed mask so I decided to go in. This was a huge mistake for my bank balance haha but I'm really happy with what I picked up. Combined these two costs 82 euros, I think they were basically the same price each but don't quote me on that. I asked the sales assistant for advice because I just didn't have a clue. I knew I wanted a mask and I explained that my skin can be dry, normal, oily and when I get spots I really get whoppers haha so she suggested these two products. First up is the chamomile concentrate anti-blemish mask. The smell isn't offensive in fact it's quite calming, it has lots of lovely ingredients in, it's clay like in consistency which is my favourite kind and it actually really works to calm down my skin. The second thing she suggested was the purifying facial scrub. This product is really nice, the smell is pleasant, it's a really fine scrub but still does the job and my skin feels lovely, soft and refreshed after use. The sales assistant was SO helpful and gave me a ton of samples including pretty much everything from the parsley seed range and samples of a moisturiser suitable for the summer so it was a very good first experience of Aesop.

As I was on holiday I obviously had spending money and I'd saved a fair bit so I wanted to get lots of things I had been lusting after for a while. Near the top of my list was the Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate as so many people rave about it. I have mixed feelings about this. It makes my skin feels as soft as a baby's bottom BUT I find it takes a long time to sink into my skin so I have to put up with that oily feeling which isn't so enjoyable, however I do think I am using far too much as I think you are meant to use a few drops but I have been using maybe 5 times that amount so logic says that is why it is taking it's sweet time to sink in haha. This was 39 euro's, no idea how that compared to the UK but I had money to spend and that I did.

I picked up a Chanel lipstick from duty free as I wanted to try their matte formula. I was instantly drawn to this one as the colour is simply stunning. It is an everyday shade, kind of a brown toned berry, but the colour just has a depth to it that I really love. The shade is 47 L'Amoureuse and I believe it was £22, my memory fails me so don't quote me on it. It has the amazing press and the lipstick pops up packaging which is just so satisfying, it is just pure luxury. I love chanel make-up 'cause it just makes me feel special. Lastly, It isn't really high-end but I got it from a Caudalie boutique just outside the Lourve museum, is the Caudalie beauty elixir. I tried searching for this in city pharma but couldn't see it so I am glad I stumbled upon a stand alone Caudalie shop by chance. I got the 30ml size and it was 10 euros which is £11.50 on feelunique so it is cheaper. It has a REALLY intense mint peppermint kinda smell which I like but others may find it too much cause you just have to open the lid and it's like bam. It feels really refreshing, light and is just a nice thing to spritz first thing in the morning to wake you up.

So those are the high end things I brought from Paris that weren't from Sephora. Paris has the most amazing places to shop, the Champs-Elysées is something else but every area you go to has something to offer, it really is a shoppers dream! - Amy x

Saturday, 12 December 2015

First ever Sephora haul

When I first set eyes on Sephora on the Champs-Élysées I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It was on the day I arrived in Paris, I say day it was very much the evening when I finally got to my hotel after a travel sickness filled journey there! The UK has nothing like it, even the beauty halls in department stores do not compare! Needless to say I picked up a few things. As I went at the end of October I've had some time to try these things out so I can give you guys a little review. I've tried to give you prices if I remembered how much they cost so apologies for some being missing. The till assistant was the nicest ever, they asked me something in French and I had no idea so I just said Pardon, Je suis anglaise, Je ne comprend pas, (Sorry, I am English, I do not understand) and they started talking fluently in English and we had a nice chat about what I was buying and my plans for the rest of my trip, not the stereotypical grumpy french at all. In fact every french person I attempted to talk to was very pleasant, I think if you try and start off in french, even if it is to say sorry you don't understand, they appreciate it.

These were the two main things I wanted to pick up. I wanted to try as much of the formula x nail varnish range as I could so I decided on the system to go pack so I could try the primer, base and top coat as well as a colour. They are as good as all the reviews, the polish lasted on my nails longer than other ones I have tried that aren't gel and the colour is a super pretty nude that would be suitable all year round. I believe this set was just under 16 euros so not a bad price at all considering it was Paris and not the states. The other thing I REALLY wanted was the cream lip stain in always red ever since I read/watched numerous reviews on how amazing it is and it really is! I ate a steak dinner and it was still perfectly on my lips, the colour really stands out it is stunning and it smells nice to boot! There's a picture of me wearing it on Instagram here.

I'd also heard good things about the Sephora cleansing water and I have to say it is nice to use, not better or worse than others I've tried so I don't know if I would buy it again when I go to New York but it is a nice cleansing water all the same and cute in travel size! Whilst perusing the Sephora skincare offerings I saw their softening facial mist. I am such a sucker for facial mists so I had to try this and it really is lovely and I did actually notice that my skin felt soft and refreshed after use. It's a really fine mist so feels nice to use.

This was a tiny bit of an impulse buy that I was going to save for New York as it probably would of been a lot cheaper and at 39 euros it was a splurge but I am so glad I brought it. This is the Make up for ever Ultra HD foundation, I know the original HD foundation is probably the most popular but I was worried it would feel far too heavy for me as that's how I feel about the Estée Lauder double wear foundation. This foundation however is an absolute dream, It is the perfect coverage, medium, to wear day to day and doesn't feel heavy. It can easily be built up to wear on a night out, doesn't look at all cakey and it doesn't leave you looking like a hot mess! I will definitely be repurchasing this in bulk when I go to New York!

Last but my no means least I had to buy an infamous Sephora face mask. I haven't let myself use this yet as I have a feeling it is going to be amazing and I'm not going to New York until March wahh. It was 3.50 euros which isn't a bad price at all to be honest for a good mask. I picked this one specifically because it has Ginseng which is really good for awakening your skin and I love the Origins ginseng range so I thought why not try this one.
So that is my first ever Sephora haul and experience. The Sephora on the Champs-Élysées is definitely the best one to go to if you visit Paris as it is the biggest but they are dotted around in several places so are easy to find. However I don't think you can beat Sephora on the Champs-Élysées at night and then standing in the middle of the road on a crossing Island taking in how beautiful the Arc de Triomphe looks lit up *heart eyes emoji*.

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Festive decorations have taken over my house!

It's that time of year again guys! The most wonderful time of the year hehe. As I did last year here, on the 10th of December as well funnily enough, not planned! I thought I would share with you my festive decorations. I'm the only one in my family that is arsed enough about decorations so I literally decorate everywhere so I'm gunna share my family decorations as well as my bedroom ones with you.  

At the top is my mantle piece which I love, I brought the garland in the sale at the beginning of the year and I think it is perfect with the initials of all the family members. The garland is from Wilko and the letters are from M&S (£1) and they are on a 3for2. The little tree on the left is in the conservatory and as the decor is grey in there I went for copper, the baubles were from Longacres (£2.49) and the other decorations were from a shop in Paris. The noel sign is from Wilko again that I got in the sale, I love the natural wood look and also have a tree in the same style. To the right is a picture of my lights in my room in the dark so ya'll can see how pretty they are! Finally I have my bauble garlands that are in the living room that I made using twine (£2 in a set with gift tags) and two packs of 35 baubles (£2.50) from Wilko. Also pictured is a wooden tree I made with some doweling from B&Q, string and decorated with baubles on some twine. Super easy and cheap to make if you just don't have any floor space for a tree.

On the left is our main tree in the living room, I took multiple pictures and roughly put them together so the decorations are clearer to see but it looks a bit odd so apologies. After 3 odd years of buying decorations here and there I have finally collected enough to not have any matching decorations, bar one I think and the tree chocolates obviously which is the look I was going for. There is a loose theme in that they are mainly traditional in style which include red, gold, silver, white and more natural colours as my living room is decorated with cream and green wallpaper so I want the tree to fit in and not be an eyesore! Above is the front door decoration, the bright white lights match the ones on my bedroom window and I of course had to add fake snow hah, you can see both together in the bottom image. Finally the top right image is of my Christmas bedding (£6 double) purely picked because it was half price from Asda. However I do like that it is black and white because the rest of my room is pretty busy!

You can see what I mean by the rest of my room being busy haha. Top left is my tree which was a display tree from next in the sale, only £10! You can also see my merry Christmas banner and lights on my window. I can't remember where the banner is from but the lights are from Littlewoods. For cheap wall decorations I used cards I had left over from last year and just stuck them to my wall with washi tape and used some to make a banner with left over string. The angel lights to the left are from Poundland, the little star lights on copper wire below are from Primark (£2.50) and the purple/pink star lights are from Tesco (£2.50 half price). I also made bauble garlands for my room with twine and sets of red and gold baubles from Tesco (£1). I also popped left over decorations around my room that didn't fit on my tree. It's completely mix matched but I love it.

A closer look at my tree! None of the decorations match, they don't even belong to the same colour families if you will but I still think it looks right and super pretty. The decorations are from a variety of places including Wilko, Poundland, Asda, The Range, B&Q and Tesco. The little beaded baubles are something my brother brought back from South Africa, handmade and they are the perfect size for fillers on my tree. If I had to pick a few favourites it would be the deer with the bauble wreath round it's neck (£2 Tesco) as it is unique and the deer looks grumpy haha, the traditional coloured santa (£2 Asda) and the purple, blue and green reflector bauble (49p The Range). Thinking about it I love all the decorations haha.

On the top you can see three candle holders, the pudding, tree and snowman all from Poundland which I brought last year but they still have them this year. For a pound I think they are really lovely. You can also see my window lights clearer and I also have fake snow and icicles on there. Last but by no means least I have a Merry Christmas sign (£1.50 Tesco), a white house (sale Wilko), a white fawn on the other side of the TV and a Christmas Yankee Candle holder as I have sooooo many Christmas votives and tea lights to burn, you can also see some small Christmas scented jars at the back, I also have large candy cane lane and Christmas garland jars too. Last year candy cane lane was my favourite but I'm definitely more into fresher scents this time around so Christmas garland is usually what I have burning.

Turns out you can say the word Christmas MANY times in one post haha. All of these decorations are really cheap or things you can make yourself so if you are trying to do decorations on a budget I hope this was helpful. If you have done a post on your festive decorations, actually a post on Christmas in general 'cause I am obsessed, leave me a link! Next post will be my first ever Sephora haul so follow me on bloglovin' so you don't miss it! - Amy x

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Haul: Christmas Decs

So I've gone bat shit Christmas crazy since it is November (that is when the Christmas excitement starts for me haha) and have brought a lot of new decorations, whoops, so I thought I'd share some of my faves and let you in on what shops I think have the best deals. My tree in my bedroom kinda doesn't have a theme or it's theme is that it is just single baubles I really like so that's what I've got to show you below. I have also brought more general christmassy home ware which I will show you soon including the best Christmas mug I have ever owned hah. 

In terms of packs of baubles, Sainsburys sells packs of 9 for £1, they are medium in size and they are the only supermarket I've seen to sell cheap copper decorations like this, they also have the usual red, gold and silver too and other bits and bobs for only £1. Tesco do some really nice tubes of mini baubles for £1 in packs of red or gold with shiny and matte variations that I am going to use with some red and white twine to make some bauble bunting to go around my room which I will show you when I have the energy to make it as it will take me hours! They also have other decorations, including star tree toppers for only £1. My favourite shop for star tree toppers I have seen so far has been Asda though because theirs are smaller than others and because the tree in my room isn't huge the size is perfect. Oh also card factory have some really nice chalk board inspired Christmas wrapping, 3 for £1, which I really rate as it is super pretty and ridiculously cheap at the same time. 

This beautiful pink heart decoration is from the Poundland would you believe. It is larger than the picture portrays it to be, definitely a statement bauble if you will, It is glass and considering it is only £1 is cracking value.

This tear drop opalescent bauble is also from Poundland and again larger in size than it appears to be, real glass and is so pretty. I wanted one like this for a while but they are normally £3/4 each so this is a bargain.

These beaut angel wings are from Asda for only £2. These were exactly the type of thing I wanted to symbolise my cousin on my tree.

This Santa is also from Asda for only £2, compared to Tesco's similar offering priced at £3.50 this one is a good price and I love the retro vibe.

This was from Tesco and was only £1. Great value compared to what other shops charge for a nut cracker decoration and again I like the retro vibe, it reminds me of my grandma's tree and memories from some of the best Christmas' I've ever had.

Finally a typically British decoration in the form of a red telephone box from Asda for £2. I like the kitsch kinds vibe and it links in the red with the nut cracker and Santa nicely and the snow ties in with the lighter colours of the other decorations. I'll have to upload a picture of my tree once it's done as I got loads of decorations in the sales in January too ready for this Christmas. It is also a new tree that I got in the next sale for only £12 as it was a display model, it is one of those pre-lit twiggy ones with snow on, it is very pretty!

I know it is my birthday in November and I shouldn't be wishing the month away but will December hurry up already! I am already driving my room crazy as I keep bringing more and more decorations in and bargaining with her as to when we can put our main tree up haha. I've sneaked a Robin on wood with some berries and fairy lights in our conservatory already hah. I've got a Sephora haul, high end and 'low end' make up hauls coming your way soon and then eventually posts on my five days in Paris when I can bring myself to sort through all the pictures I took. I had such an amazing time their it breaks my heart even more to know the pain France must be feeling now.

I hope you all have a bright weekend and if you are working, I feel your pain! - Amy x

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We need to pray for the world

I am heart broken for this beautiful city. I cannot comprehend the terrible events that unfolded in Paris this evening and to think I was there only two weeks ago. My thoughts are with all the families of the victims, every single person affected by these terrible acts of barbaric violence and the hearts of Frances' people as they are surely broken. I cannot comprehend such disgusting, needless acts of savage violence against innocent beings. My heart is heavy. There is so much violence in this world, it breaks my heart. We should pray for the whole world and pray for peace, this simply cannot carry on, we shouldn't stand for this, we all need to rise up with love and light to fight this darkness.