September favourites

Micellar water wipes – Bodycare 99p pack of 25

I have been loving these recently.  I started using them in a morning to freshen my face removing all creams from the night before if I was in a rush or to remove any excess make up before my night time routine, and I have now started using them to remove my make up.  They are really fresh and not drying at all on your face and easily remove all make up.  I find they even remove all of my mascara and eyeliner.  They are really affordable at 99p for 25 wipes, and I find I only use one a day before washing my face.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – £39.50

http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/naked/naked-palettes/naked-heat/ud854.html

This is the 6th Naked Palette from Urban Decay and when I saw that they were releasing another palette I knew I had to have it.  I tried to get it on pre release but they sold out instantly.  I managed to get it a day earlier than the actual release from an email I got from Urban Decay and I love it.

The shades are so pigmented as all of their other palettes and they come off as they do in the pan.

I find they really make my blue eyes pop.  They are great for wearing from day to night and a subtle or dramatic look can be created depending on your preference.  This will be my go to palette through autumn I am sure as they are really nice colours.  I have been looking at so many different tutorials on you tube to get some more ideas of looks I can re create.  A must have for anyone wanting some lovely warm shades.

The glitter/shimmer shades are lovely but if you use your brush with some fix plus (or any other primer spray) they really do have a great colour pay off.  100% worth the money as the palettes that they create do last a long time.

I also feel the packaging on this palette is the best so far as it is sturdy and great to travel with.

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Soap and Glory – De Clog Mask – £4.00

http://www.boots.com/soap-and-glory-what-a-peeling-de-clog-mask-10231458

Soap & Glory are one of my all-time favs for face and body products.  I always get the gift sets at Christmas and love all of the products, so when I boots and saw that Soap & Glory had some face masks on offer for 3 for 2 I had to try them and I was not disappointed.  There are 2 masks in the packet and they come in their own little tub.  And the best thing about them (for me anyway) is that they are bright pink J I LOVED IT.  It is a peel off mask which I love and comes with a little spatula which you can use to remove from the pot and apply to your face (although I did use my fingers to evenly spread the product)  I left if for about 15 mins for it to set and when it was time to remove it peeled off all at once.  A lot of face masks come off in bits so I was surprised by this one.  It left my skin feeling refreshed and smooth.  I used this before I went to bed after removing all my make up.  In the morning my skin still felt amazing and my make up applied really well.   I use a face mask at least once a week to keep my face feeling fresh and soft.

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Victor & Rolf – Flowerbomb Perfume – 50ml £58

http://www.boots.com/viktor-rolf/viktor-rolf-flowerbomb

Airport shopping – who doesn’t love it, and what better treat to buy (apart from make up) than a new perfume before flying out to a sunny country.

I treated myself to this perfume for my hol and it was perfect.  It has a nice floral scent which is perfect for summer (or any other time of the year).  The scent is really refreshing and light perfect for a summers evening.

I have been looking at their perfume range for a while so I knew what I had to buy in the airport.  It is in quite a slim bottle so perfect for slipping into your handbag in an evening too for a little refresh throughout the night, although I never really felt I needed to but you can never smell too nice can you

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – shade Dawn – £32.50

http://www.boots.com/estee-lauder-double-wear-stay-in-place-makeup-spf-10-30ml-10197947

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/631/36639/product-catalog/makeup/double-wear/stay-in-place-makeup-pump

I do have a couple of holy grail foundations that I always find myself going back to no matter what I try, and I had tried this foundation before but hated it.  I was in Boots one day and the lady on the counter asked if I had tried a sample of this foundation.  I told her I had purchased it before and didn’t like it.  This was a few years ago so she talked me into trying it again and I was pleasantly surprised.  She matched my colour perfectly from the 29 shades they have available.  I always have a range of shades of foundation to match me in winter and summer and whether or not I have tanned skin.  I found this shade is a good all round one for me.  It matches really well if I am not tanned but still blends nicely and doesn’t make me look pale when I am tanned as I just add some more bronzer to my skin and it works well.  I have been using this as my every day foundation at the moment and find it really easy to apply with a flat top kabuki brush from Zoeva.  It is a medium coverage but buildable for a more full coverage look.  I find if I want more coverage on a night out for example I apply with a beauty blender as this covers my skin better.  It doesn’t wear off during the day and has a slight mate finish to it without leaving your face looking flat.  It is long lasting as I often find my foundation comes off around my mouth and chin area and on my nose but this has been lasting really well so far.

I would recommend popping into your local boots and asking for a sample of this.  Although the samples look small it did last me around a week as a small amount of product does go a long way.  It is quick drying which I know some people don’t like but it works well for me and I think that might be why it doesn’t lose coverage as I am not moving the product when I apply powder over the top

The packing for this is really good but it doesn’t come with a pump.  I do believe you can buy these separately though. (link above £5)

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LA Girl Pro Conceal HD High Definition Concealer – Shade Creamy Beige & Medium Bisque – £5

http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/lagirl/proconcealhdhighdefinitionconcealer/

I had heard a lot of good reviews on this product on your tube so I had to try it.  I ordered mine from beauty bay for only £5.  They have a large range of colours which I did have to take a bit of a risk on ordering due to it being online but I didn’t do too badly.  I wanted a light shade to conceal / high light and a darker one for contour.  The shades I picked work really well.  The contour shade is a cool tone so perfect for a natural contour.

I really like how it comes with a brush on the end and in a squeeze tube for application.  If I want a more precise application I put some of the product on the back of my hand and apply with a brush but for the contour the brush on the end of it works well.  It is really creamy so blends out really well.  I usually use a beauty blender with mine.  This product is really affordable too and has a great range of shades to choose from.

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Kat Von D – Lock It Powder

https://www.katvondbeauty.com/face/setting-powder/lock-it-setting-powder/20015.html

I saw mixed reviews on this product but I had run out of my Laura Mercier setting powder when this was released so thought I would give it a try.  I really love the packaging on this it feels good quality.  I purchased from Debenhams for £22 which is cheaper than Laura Mercier (although I can’t find the link to it there any more)  I do feel you get a lot of products for your money.  I have been using this daily to set my face with and I really like it.  It is long wearing and controls shine / oil.  I haven’t used it to bake as I haven’t really been doing that much lately (on a daily basis) but with a large powder brush for setting my foundation it works well.  I would recommend trying this as it is a translucent powder so doesn’t add any extra colour, and teamed with my double wear foundation my make up has been lasting the day.

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Holiday Diaries

 

Holiday Diaries July 2017

Protur Roquetas De Mar

Almeria, Spain

For our summer holiday this year we booked an 11 night stay in Southern Spain. We booked it through Thomson as we like to go all-inclusive so that all our drinks and food are included.  We don’t eat in the hotel in the evening as we like to venture out into the area and see what bars and restaurants are on offer.  We pay for all-inclusive so that we can enjoy a nice breakfast, lunch and snacks and can have drinks all day round the pool whether they are soft drinks, alcohol or a nice refreshing bottle of water to cool down. Continue reading “Holiday Diaries”