Thursday, 14 August 2014

July Favourties

Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 - £31 
It's certainly the most I've ever spent on a moisturiser, and reasoned with myself that if you're going splash out on skincare a good SPF is the way to go. I had been unhappy with the SPF I was using that made my face very shiny when worn alone, I kept coming back to this. I pondered over it for a long time and since I started using a chemical exfoliator then higher protection was needed. A little goes a long way which means that the tube will last me until the strong sun goes back into hibernation, possibly longer. It smooths over dry patches making the skin really soft and calms redness. Make up goes over it well (although I use a primer between) and when going barefaced it is not shiny in anyway. The only bad thing about it is that now I want to try more Kiehl's products.

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner - £4.49 These are the products that surprised me as years ago my sister used a blue shampoo from Aussie and I really hated the smell. When looking for something different to use I spotted Take The Heat probably cause it was on offer, I had a naughty snifff of the bottle and found that the smell was much more pleasant. I first used the duo on my hair that was in desperate need of a cut after blow drying it was much softer. I'm now using it on freshly cut hair and makes it even softer. I wouldn't pay full price for bottle just because they seem to be on offer so often that it would be daft to.

L'Oreal Color Riche eyeshadow in Gold Mania - £5.49
I picked this up on a whim when there was on offer on the L'Oreal stand and as I was picking up the Lumi Magique concealer then it was rude not to. A matte brown shade caught my eye first but the few left had all been opened and swatched. I settled for this gold shade which is really pigmented and has good staying power and doesn't crease on me. 

Eylure Nourishing Brow Oil - £8.25
I have sparse thin brows as I am trying to grow them in. I have seen various eyebrow growth treatments going about, more often than not they are rather on the pricey side. This seemed like a decent price, and thought it would last a while and was a handy roller ball. I've had going on two months now using it everyday and it still looks like it's never been used. While it does magically give you glorious full brows over night it does nourish the hair that is there and the skin underneath making both be in better condition. It is hard to tell with my slow growing brows but I think it has been stimulating healthier growth. 

Illamasqua Nail Polish in Prosperity - on sale £5
Every so often the Illamasqua counter puts there past season colours on sale. I had seen this colour before and had loved the colour, it was just slightly more than I was willing to pay for a polish. It was swiftly purchased after spotting it on sale. The colour is an almost florescent purple that takes two coats to be fully opaque and smooth which is not expected when the first coat is quite sheer and streaky. It really lasted a good 6 days on me which is a long time when my nails take a battering. It probably could have lasted longer without looking really badly chipped but I had been in the mood for nail painting as you do. A good quality formula and if nail polish is the area where you like to splash your cash then this is a good one offering. 

Have you ever tried any of these? 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cherry Lips

Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Asos 
Floral Crown - Crown and Glory

I've always loved vintage inspired cherry printed dresses with full skirts, sadly they are either very much out of my price range and truthfully I wouldn't really wear them unless I had a special occasion. To my annoyance I don't get many excuses to wear a fancy dresses. When I spotted this on the website I had it bookmarked immediately until DP dropped one of their promo codes that often appear in my inbox. It's casual enough to wear in daytime or dressed up with the heels. The neckline is flattering for us bigger busted ladies and this style is available in many colours and prints. Although it doesn't look like I have spent loads of time in the sun this summer with the factor 50 on of course, I still remain paler than pale on camera.

I added my Burgundy floral crown as I do love an opportunity to co-ordinate and my strawberry wedges from the Asos sale a few years ago to give me some height. The necklace was a present from the boyfriend. I didn't realise I had unconsciously went with a fruity theme! I want to add more fruit prints to my wardrobe as they are always colourful and fun.

What's your favourite fruit print

Archie Bronson Outfit - Cherry Lips 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Adventures to Arran

A few weeks ago I went across the sea on the Waverly Paddle Steamer for a day on the Isle of Arran. The Waverly is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world and sets off from harbours up and down the country during summer months but can still be enjoyed on the Thames through to the end of October. You can check out here if there is a harbour near you. If you get the chance then I would recommend a sailing on it, except if you get sea sick very easily as it doesn't take much for the boat to rock back and forth. The day I went the sea was almost perfectly still which made for a very pleasant sailing across.

As the Waverly leaves right from Ayr Harbour which is very convenient for me as it is about about a 5 minute car ride for me. The sailing took just under two hours which goes by pretty quickly when your boyfriend is overexcited about being on a boat and taking a million photos of everything! The weather had been undecided on what to do but the minute we arrived at Brodick harbour it was warm and sunny even if there were some dark clouds lurking on occasion.

 We took the a rather bumpy open top bus to Brodick castle, where we stopped for lunch before looking around the gardens and inside the castle itself. You could wander the gardens for hours but as dark clouds appeared we decided to take cover inside. It didn't even rain in the end. There are alot of interesting things in the castle and I really liked how there were guides in each rooms should you have questions. I always feel I should ask intellectual questions but usually just end up asking "what's that?".

We decided to walk back into the centre of Brodick which should only take about half an hour. However I thought we should take the much more scenic route along the beach but ended up of a flat rock covered and slippery beach instead of the sandy beach  I thought it was. Seeing as I pretty much can't go anywhere without hurting myself I slipped on seaweed and went flying backwards landing on my right arm. Despite being incredibly painful I knew it wasn't broken as I could move my fingers and arm. A few days later movement became unbearable so off to A+E I went where after 5 x-rays I was told I had a badly sprained wrist/arm, hence why this post is belated. I had a sling to wear for a few days and painkillers to ease the pain. It's much better now but still can't do certain movements yet such as throwing the dog's ball with the ball launcher.

After almost breaking my wrist and arm we stopped off at Arran Aromatics and the cheese Factory Shop. It was a quick visit as funnily enough I wasn't in the browsing mood. We walked back the rest of the way and got chips to eat at the beach while we waited for the Waverly. The sailing back was even better as it was still warm, if you stayed at the front or top of the boat. We had a very snap happy time on the way back but these are just a couple of my favourite shots.

Have you ever been to Arran or on the Waverly?

Monday, 7 July 2014

June Favourites

The sudden appearance of July seems to have taken everyone by surprise and I am no different, June went by in a flash! I am still new learning the best way techniques for taking product photos and who knew how time consuming it was, especially went you have been left to your own device with a camera you aren't familiar with and a dog that follows you everywhere shoving his face in the lens.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - £10.50 

I have always been lazy with moisturising my limbs but recently I discovered that not being lazy means that I have been not having itchy arms and it helps the skin look more even. Who knew?! My guess is most people probably did. I've been switching between the Korres Body Milk and The Righteous Butter depending on what I feel my skin needs. The body milk is light but very moisturising and smells so good, I also have the same scent in a shower gel, together they're a dream team. The Righteous Butter makes very dry sky incredibly soft with its thick consistency and is well worth picking up and it's often on offer in boots.

I've used many face scrubs in the past and most of them have been tea tree ones and The Body Shop offering is the best I've come across. When my skin has angry blemishes I can see a difference after using this, they look significantly less angry. Even though I used to prefer ones with larger beads but this one has smaller and works better than them. The Body Shop site description of it says it "combines micro-fine exfoliants with bursting beads" and i guess that's what makes all the difference. 

I apply these shadows with my finger and then blend out with a fluffy brush and I have just been really liking the outcome of it. It's simply quick and pretty much foolproof. These two shadows are from the Most Glamorous Nudes Ever palette and are mini sizes. I really like that they are in the little pots so they can be removed from the palette and don't get the powder shadows sticking to them. 

Doll Eyes is my favourite Mascara and has been repurchased several times. I normally stock up on those reduced twin packs of them in the sales. These Alber Elbaz designed versions came out some time last year, not gonna lie this was a case of being a serious sucker for the packaging and it promptly went to the top of my gift wishlist. I like the fluttery effect this mascara gives and its buildable so you can do one quick coat for a natural look or build it up for more of an impact. It doesn't flake and once it's on it doesn't budge until you want it to. 

I've been feeling the brighter pink lips. I wrote about the Rouge Velvet in my Payday Wishlist back in May. I am kinda annoyed at my self for not getting it sooner, it is just the right shade of bold pink for me. It lasts well and it does get fade into that odd ring around your lips if you're not strict about reapplication. It is as long as you use a good lip balm before applying it isn't drying for a matte lipstick. Only after removal with an oil cleanser do lips feel a bit dry, it takes some working to remove it. 

Another mini size this month, the Clinque Chubby stick and a sheer pink colour. It lasts well and fade evenly. I find it quite moisturising on the lips. I've been liking wearing it when I feel my skin needs brightening up when I'm looking tired. 

I've had the convertible colour for a while and used up some boots points to get it, I really liked the brightening colour on my skin but my amateur blush skills meant I easily over did it. I had been applying it with a stippling brush before, and now I've been using my fingers to dab it along my cheeks and then blend it out. 

Seems to be that this month I learned that blending is the key skill to have when it comes to colours. I did know this before and somehow it never worked for me. Have you learned any new make up skills this month?