Urban Decay: Naked2

After being offered a new job this week, I promised to treat myself to a little something.. Now I know I’m a tad late on this, but I chose to purchase the incredibly popular Urban Decay Naked2 palette. I read a review that the Naked2 palette is suited for blue eyes and they were spot on! It contains plenty of golds, taupes, and shimmery greys all ideal for enhancing anyone with baby blues eyes!

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Naked2 Urban Decay: Boxed Up

Contained within this rather attractive box is also a weeks worth of sample eyeshadow primer, a little extra given by Urban Decay….nice!
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Colours (as pictured above, listed from top to bottom)

  1.  Foxy
  2. Half Baked
  3. Bootycall
  4. Chopper
  5. Tease
  6. Snakebite
  7. Suspect
  8. Pistol
  9. Verve
  10. YDK
  11. Busted
  12. Blackout

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At £38 its one of the pricier palette’s on the market however the quality is right up there and comes with an amazing Urban Decay eyeshadow Brush!

Get yours here http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/naked/naked-palettes/naked2

 

SIMPLY THE BEST Concealer Ever: Benefit Boi-ing

IMG_0126Ok so saying that this is the best concealer is definitely a BOLD statement to make… (as I am the first one to admit that I haven’t tried EVERY concealer out there)! However I still stand by this little gem! It truly does exactly what it says on the box…. its industrial strength properties really do give you a great coverage and will cover any blemish with a natural but professional finish.  I tend to apply this under my eyes and around the nose and chin area. This makes for an excellent base to then apply your foundation for a flawless look. I have tried many other concealers in my time but this is trusty one I always go back to and although it may be a little more pricier compared to other products on the market it will last you a good while!

Boi-ing is priced at £17.50.   To buy your Boi-ing Concealer click here to visit Benefit’s UK website

Have you yourself tried this product, I would love to hear your thoughts & comments

Thanks for reading & happy concealing!

Carrie x X x

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Storage Ideas

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I love creative ways of storing makeup – probably because I own far too much of the stuff….. So I love it when I find a clever creation to store my makeup brushes, eyeliner pencils/pens and lip-glosses. This ingenious idea is not only cheap to recreate but it is also is a more organised approach to storing such items. I love the fact that you can experiment with any shape, size or colour container/vase/pot and you can use all manner of glass beads, crystals, sand to stack any makeup item or brush – simple & effective!!

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Benefit: The POREfessional

IMG_0103If you are anything like me by lunch time my makeup needs a little care & attention. So I was delighted when I was told that Benefit’s POREfessional doubles up as a pore-minimising balm and can help touch up any areas during the day! What a bonus! A little dab really does go a long way.

I use a small dot on my t-zone, chin and across my nose. As far as I am aware there is only one shade created by Benefit but it blends nicely into any liquid foundation or powder and can be worn alone if preferred.

Definitely a must have handbag essential!

Check it out on Benefit’s website

My First GlossyBox – one happy girly!

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My GlossyBox review

I have only recently heard about the new craze that is the ‘GlossyBox’. But the idea is simple… you create an online beauty profile whereby you are asked questions about your hair and skin type and the beauty items that you could not live without! With this information GlossyBox UK packs 5 products that will suit to your beauty profile! The cost of this fabulous little box is only £10 + postage you can cancel your subscription at any time, but if you are anything like me you will be hooked on this very clever concept of unique and even unusual beauty products arriving to your door on a monthly basis!

In my first box I received……

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MONU Skincare – Firming Facial Oil

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Burt Bees Lip Shine

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LOLLIPOPS MAKE UP – Eye Pencil

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H2O+ Face Oasis – Hydrating Treatment

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Natural World – Coconut Water Hydration & Shine Weightless Hair

 

1) Burt’s Bees Lip Shine (£6.99)

This 100% natural lip shine is enriched with Apricot Wax and easily glides onto your lips giving you a super glossy shiny finish – it tastes and smells lovely!

2) MONU Skincare – Firming Fiji Facial Oil (£26 for 100ml)

This facial oil is applied after cleansing and toning and should be massaged into the face and neck in upward movements. I used this treatment before bed and my skin did feel tighter and firmer the next morning!

3) LOLLIPOPS – Eye Pencil (€14)

This retractable eye pencil contains Vitamin E with anti-ageing and anti-radical action. It made for a smooth and easy application but I did find that it smudged quite easily! I normally use liquid eyeliner to avoid smudges but overall this eye pencil easily did the job!

4) H2O+ Face Oasis – Hydrating Treatment (£27.50 for 50 ml)

Out of the two facial treatments in my GlossyBox this product by H2O+ was by far my favourite of the two. The gel claims to deliver deep hydration and in turn will minimise fine lines. When I applied this to my face before bed it reminded me of something you would experience in a luxury Spa and I definitely felt that my skin had improved after one use! The other great thing about this product is that you can place the gel in the fridge for up to 2 hours and use the product as a cooling mask. Marks & Spencer currently have this item on offer for £19.25 – so I will be putting this little gem on my christmas list!

5) Natural World – Coconut Water Hydration & Shine Weightless Hair Oil (£9.99 for 100ml)

I have quite fine hair so I avoid using oils or shine sprays to prevent my hair getting greasy too quickly. So I was surprised to see that GlossyBox had included this product in my box, when I had stated this in my beauty profile when registering. However having now tried this clever coconut water hair oil, I can see why. It doesn’t leave a oily or greasy residue like some hair products do and the shine it created on my hair was really impressive! I don’t have to describe to you its scent, as Im sure you can see from the name what it smells of! I used this product after styling and straightening my hair but you can also use this on damp hair or use it in the shower to replace your usual conditioner!

Overall Verdict:

I was really pleased with my first GlossyBox and will continue with my subscription 100%. I can’t wait to receive my next box! I hope you found this review helpful, please feel free to ask me any questions or leave a comment if you wish.

Thank you

Carrie xxx

 

Micellar Cleansing Water – Tried & Tested

You may or may not have heard of the new craze for taking off  your make up using Micellar Water… Just the name itself sounds like its not going to do the job ….but if you think like that you would be wrong……and trust me its worth a try! I have tried and tested Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water…..

Before I always used face wipes and the end of a long day at work  and would then use a separate cleanser and toner to remove my make up and the days impurities from my skin….however this handy all in one ‘magic water’ (that I like to call it) is perfect for removing make up, even stubborn eye mascara! Surprisingly when taking eye make up off, it does not sting or irritate the eye area like some face wipes can do. Face wipes are renowned for being harsh on your skin and can even cause spots and blemishes to spread. I am the first one to pick up the‘cheap’ face wipe option and we all know that the cheaper you go with these wipes the harsher they are on your face and skin!IMG_6263So it was a welcome change to only have one bottle to gently wipe away my makeup. Whilst not only removing my stubborn waterproof mascara it also cleansed and toned my skin without the greasy, oily feel that some cleansers or toners can leave behind. The 400ml bottle claims to provide up to 200 uses, and if you compare this to an average pack of 30-40 face wipes you can see that this bottle that really does it all ultimately it is going to save you money in the long run! I would say that one bottle lasts me around 4 weeks, and I don’t use the water sparingly as I like to ensure all my make up is off before bedtime! I buy cotton pads and saturate the cotton pad and sweep over my face using a circular motion to ensure I have removed all make up. I love the fact that the Micellar Water does not sting when taking off eye makeup and because it has no perfume or scent to cause irritation, it is even suitable to even the most sensitive of faces – amazing!

My Overall Verdict:

  • Cheaper compared to face wipes
  • 3 in 1 (Makeup remover, Cleanses & Tones skin)
  • Can be used on sensitive skin
  • Removes stubborn waterproof makeup
  • Less likely to cause spots/blemishes
  • Gentle on your skin
  • No oily or greasy feel left on your skin
  • Some brands are pricey – but will last longer than face wipes

For me I won’t be switching back to face wipes – I am officially a true “Micellar Water” convert….!!

You can buy Garnier Micellar Cleaning Water from your local Boots (priced at £4.99 for a 400ml bottle)

Happy Cleansing  xxx

November Make-Up Must Haves…

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When asked what make up I couldn’t be without, I struggle every time! Having looked in my Make-Up bag I managed to narrow it down (the best I could) to my absolute fave items for this month of November! However I chose the following three items to review and share with you;

1) Benefit Lemon Aid

I cannot live without Benefit’s ‘Lemon Aid’ eyeshadow primer. Don’t let the yellow tone put you off, its ideal for reducing redness and helps create a perfect base shade whilst priming the eyelid.

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2) L’ORÉAL Skin Perfection Moisturiser

With the colder weather arriving and the heating now on, our skin is in more need than ever to take extra care in the mornings and I love using L’ORÉAL Skin Perfection moisturiser (pictured top right). It acts as a great primer too due to its rich texture and doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. Priced at £9.99 in boots.com

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3) Benefit Erase Paste (No 2)

Another Benefit item I couldn’t live without is their ‘Erase Paste’ Concealer in shade number 2.  This concealer is a thick paste like consistency with its brightening formula it really does erase any blemishes and create an illuminating effect. Whether you want this to brightening your under eye area, hide dark circles or cover up blemishes this little pot will do it all! I use this daily and apply using a small concealer brush as the paste can get a bit mucky if you use your fingers. Priced at £20.50 in my opinion it really is worth the spend.

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Autumn has arrived..!

OPI 'Sleigh Parking only' (Left) and 'Black Cherry Chutney'

OPI ‘Sleigh Parking only’ (Left) and ‘Black Cherry Chutney’

Autumn is officially here and I used this excuse to recently purchase these two ‘deep purple’ OPI shades from my local beauty supplier. Both shades are ideal for the Autumn/Winter season and OPI never fails to deliver a long lasting glossy polish for your nails. ‘Sleigh Parking Only’ (pictured above; left) is a more matt aubergine/deep plum shade and this is perfect if you have shorter nails like me. ‘Black Cherry Chutney’ has a deep purple shimmery tone to it with an almost gold two-tone effect.  Be aware that applying more than two coats with either shades can create a dark almost black shade and you can lose the deep purple shade if ‘over-applied’.

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Shade used: OPI ‘Black Cherry Chutney’

5 ***** Hair Product – TRESemmé Platinum Strength

It’s not often that I rave about hair products …. but TRESemmé Platinum Strength is something that I now cannot live without. I picked this up in Superdrug when I was looking for a heat protection spray and this was on offer (2 for £7 on all TRESemmé products) .

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The PROMISE…

TRESemmé Platinum Strength claims to “visibly repair up to 2 years of damage within 5 uses” with its revolutionary Renewing Complex it supposedly reinforces the hairs natural protective layer.

The VERDICT…

I am my hairs worst enemy …running straighteners through my hair on a daily basis so after just 2 uses I was shocked to notice that my hair felt softer and looked tonnes healthier! I am the first one to be sceptical about products that claim to promise unimaginable results, but so far this little bottle can’t fail for me! It smells delicious and is easy to apply to wet or damp hair. Even when not on offer I will still be buying this little hair saver regardless (RRP £5.99)

It definitely earns 5 stars from me!

You can purchase from Supredrug Online – CLICK HERE

L’ORÉAL – Volume Million Lashes – So Couture Mascara

If you are looking for a clump-free mascara that creates a ‘false lash’ effect without the dramatic spider eyes look, then this is the mascara for you! L’Oréal have used their famous bendy pliable mascara brush to allow you to coat every lash to create a soft smoky eye look or to build up your lashes with several coats.  It’s an ideal night or day mascara that lasts without making your lashes hard or thick! I picked up this little nugget for £7.99 in Boots on an introductory offer (link below).Mascara1

Pro’s

  • Easy & quick application
  • No clumps, no mess
  • Great introductory Price
  • Available in most retailers

Con’s

  • Price, once introductory offer ends now £10.99

The Verdict: 8/10

TIP!

I am convinced that the secret to a good mascara is all in the brush…….. if you find a good mascara brush ladies keep hold of it…. you can always re-use these brushes and they make for excellent lash separators!