Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Favourites // 2015

As another month comes to an end and a new University year starts again, I am reflecting on the products which have seen me through. I always find September an odd month because there are joys of celebrating birthdays but also the bitter sweet goodbyes as I headed back to University. However I have rounded up the beauty products that have stuck with me which include a contouring kit, an eyeshadow quad, brushes and a primer. 

First up is a contour kit which I have basically used everyday during September. I am not really a fan of contouring mainly because I haven't any idea of how to contour but when I spotted the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit in Boots, I felt that this would be a good place to start. If I am being honest, I haven't been using the highlighter shade but rather the bronzer. This is because I prefer to use a bronzer without shimmer and this bronzer completely matte which is perfect as well as being fairly creamy and blend-able.

When it comes to Eye Primers, the Urban Decay Primer Potion was the only one I used but when it ran out, I could't afford the price tag so I researched alternatives and came across the Helen E Stage Eyeshadow Primer. This primer only cost £5 and is almost the same as the Urban Decay one. It is packaged in this plastic tube which is ideal for knowing how much product you have left. The actual product is amazing as it makes your eyeshadow more pigmented and long lasting. If your in the market for a newer cheaper primer, try this one!

In terms of eyeshadows, I have tried a fair few but one eyeshadow palette that I have constantly returned to is the Fleurdeforce Eyeshadow Quad in 'Cosmic Bronze'. I wasn't sure what to make of these quads when they were released but was impressed after using them and have a review about them here. I love using this palette for an everyday look as it contains two matte brown shades and a couple of shimmery shades to make a great daily bronze look. My personal favourite is the bronze shade on the bottom left.

The product I have used most throughout this month would have to be the Eco Tools Eye Enhancing Duo Set. I own loads of different eyeshadow brushes but these are the only ones that I have used. I find that fact they are double ended ideal for me because it means that I don't have to mess about trying to find a blending brush. I have been enjoying the shade, blend and define brush ends as they give you that effortless look. I can't recommend these enough!

I haven't been overly adventurous in terms of nail polish this month as I have just turned to my regularly pinks and mint greens shades but one new colour that made it onto my nails is the OPI Nail Lacquer in 'Just Beclus'. I brought this nail polish because the dark plum purple shade seemed very autumn appropriate. The colour is perfect for this time of year and the formula is long lasting and thick which means that clips don't occur very often.

What products have you been loving during September?

Emily <3

Sunday, 27 September 2015

No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define Pencils | Review

One product that I haven't had great success with is eyeshadow sticks. I have tried a fair few from a range of different brands but they all creased and rubbed off my eye lids. Because of this, I wasn't too bothered about trying these eyeshadow sticks. However when I was walking around Boots, I randomly tested these on the back of my hand and was very impressed.

The packaging of this item is very sleek and simple which includes the product inside a twisted push up manoeuvre. I find that this makes it easy to apply and use and has a little sharpener inside the bottom which is ideal for making the product more precise. These sticks can be used as an all over lid shade, as an eye liner or as a eye base.

The actual product feels very creamy and is so pigmented and doesn't need to be pressed too hard. I will mention that they dry rather quickly so a lot of fast blending is required. Saying this, the lasting power is unbelievable and even stays in place on my oily eyelids. I picked up the shade of 'Cool Mink' and 'Coffee Bean' and makes a perfect pairing for a natural everyday look.

The shade of 'Coffee Bean' is a warm brown chocolate colour and is ideal for the autumn months. I prefer to use this as a eye liner as it gives a more natural look rather than a black liquid liner. I also found this product slightly easier to apply to the lashline. 'Cool Mink' is a more wearable shade and is a shimmery taupe colour which is perfect as an all over lid colour and works well as a base for me. If you find yourself wondering around Boots, have a test of these eyeshadow sticks as they are well worth the £8 and may even be dupes for the By Terry Ombre Black Star Eyeshadows!

Have you tried these eyeshadow sticks? What are your thoughts on them?

Emily <3

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Products I Need To Use More

The other day I had the massive challenge of sorting out and packing up my make up collection. During this process I rediscovered some products which I hadn't used in a while because I am always trying out different products which means that unfortunately some items are left and forgotten about but for this post I thought I would give you a run down of products which I need to get more use out of.

Revlon Nearly Naked FoundationI am not a big foundation wearer as I am lucky enough to have fairly clear skin so I don't feel the need to cover it up. However a couple of months ago I purchased this foundation for a special event I was attending and I was quite impressed with the light coverage but then just got put in a draw and collected dust. I'm not sure why this happened because I actually really like this foundation and has been put into my daily make up bag for more use. 

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Cream Eyeshadow Pot 'Copper' When it comes to Max Factor, I haven't tried many products from them, but I do own a cream eyeshadow pot. I remember using this eyeshadow everyday when I first brought it as it gives a great bronze copper base on the lids. However over the last couple of months I haven't been using this as it is quite messy to apply and dries very quickly and doesn't work well for my slow blending skills but I am trying my best to make myself use it more as it is a lovely eye base. 

L'oreal Infallible Eyeshdoaw 'Endless Chocolate'Eyeshadows are my guilty pleasure and own many different types but one that I haven't used as much is the Eyeshadow pressed pigment from L'oreal. I love the shade of this eyeshadow as it is a great dark brown colour that is ideal for blending or using as a liner. The only problem I have is that it can go everywhere if your clumsy like me even through it is a pressed pigment. I find this eyeshadow very messy and hard to use in the morning when I'm in a rush but the product itself is amazing. 

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter 'Candy Apple' Another Revlon product that I haven't cracked out in a while is a lip product. When these lip butters first arrived in the UK, everyone raved about them and I ran out to buy a couple to try. Fast forward a couple of years later and I was shocked to find this sitting at the bottom of my make up draw. I love the texture and hydration of this lip product but it doesn't stay on my lips as well as other products so I don't reach for this as often as I should. 

What products do you need to use more? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Autumn Nail Polish Menu

One reason why I love the change in season is the change in the shades of nail polish. During the spring and summer months, I wear more bright pink and pastel shades as well as mint green colours but as it becomes autumn I turn towards darker and deeper purple and pink tones. I find that these types of colours suit autumn make up and fashion better and gives me a chance to crack out the darker toned shades.

Revlon Colourstay Gel Envy 'Up To Ante' 
I brought this nail polish last autumn and fell in love with this purple colour and is the same this year. I hadn't really tried many nail polishes from Revlon before but I was very impressed by formula as it is long lasting and looks like a gel nail polish. I always like wearing this purple shade during these months because it matches the other berry tones of autumn.

Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'
A colour that I always go back to during autumn is red and this Max Factor nail polish is no different. I find that red nails give a very classic look and can be worn all year but suits my autumn wardrobe more. Max Factor is another brand that I haven't tried for nail polish but this nail polish wears very well and looks very glossy as the name would suggest and applies very thick.

OPI Nail Lacquer 'Just Beclaus' 
This is my newest addition to my nail polish collection and is ideal for these upcoming months. I am a massive fan of OPI nail polish as the quality is amazing and doesn't clip off my nails until day seven which is great. This nail polish contains pink and purple berry tones and just shouts autumn to me and is a slightly darker shade which suits this type of weather more and is a great alternative for black nail polishes. This may even be perfect for the Christmas season.

Barry M Nail Paint ' Vintage Violet' 
Another purple toned nail polish from Barry M. If there is one brand that I always buy nail polish from it has to be Barry M as they do budget nail polish like no one else. This nail polish is a more muted pale purple colour and is perfect for the colder months as it matches my darker autumn coats and lipsticks. If there is one nail polish you should try I would suggest this one.

Essie Nail Lacquer 'Haute In The Heat' 
I don't really wear pink nail polishes as much during autumn as I like to save them for spring and summer but I do like to wear this darker pink colour from Essie. I find that this nail polish gives a girly touch and is great for a party. The formula and quality of Essie Nail Polishes is unbelievable as they are long lasting and apply on the nails very thick and opaque.

What are your favourite nail polishes?

Emily <3

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Fleurdeforce Eyeshadow Quads | First Impressions

When I heard that Fleurdeforce was launching her very own beauty line, I was so excited that I may have let out a slight squeal. I have been watching Fleur for years and years and is one of my inspirations when it comes to blogging and beauty and therefore the day that her range became available, I ordered two eyeshadow quads. I thought I would do a post about my first impressions on eyeshadows which look very promising and exciting.

The first eyeshadow is called 'Cosmic Bronze' and contains four bronze toned eyeshadows, There is a pale white shade with a hint of shimmer to it and is ideal for highlighting with. There is also a light brown matte shade as well as bronze shimmer shade which has a gold undertone to it. The last eyeshadow is a darker brown colour with little sprinkle of glitter included. All of these eyeshadows are very buttery and pigmented and don't crease throughout the day. However I did notice a bit of fall out when the eyeshadows were applied but nothing that a cotton bud couldn't fix.

The other eyeshadow quad is 'Lunar Rose' which is more rose toned. On the top left is a very light baby pink shade which is completely matte and is a great brow bone highlighter. Next to that, is a rose gold toned shade with a shimmer to it and is personally my favourite shade from this quad. This is ideal for putting all over the lid. The bottom right shade is a dark purple which contains a hint of glitter to it and is great to line with or blending into the crease for some definition. The last eyeshadow is very shimmery and is almost a sliver colour and is perfect for popping in the corner of the tearducks. I found that there wasn't as much fall out with this palette.

Overall I would highly rate these two eyeshadow quads as they are very pigmented and include great everyday shades as well as some more shimmery colours. The packaging of these quads is very cute and very Fleurdeforce appropriate and the stars give it that girly touch, not to mention the cute names. A small eyeshadow brush is included and isn't the best but is better than the form ones. If your looking for a great quality eyeshadow quads, I would  suggest trying these!

What are your thoughts on these new products from Fleurdeforce?

Emily <3

Friday, 18 September 2015

Dorm Essentials // University Must Haves

I am a couple of days away from moving back to University and am currently in the process of packaging my room into a number of cardboard boxes. As I am going into my second year of university, I have a bit more experience when it comes to university and dorm essentials and thought it would be fun to give you a run down of the items which I feel are necessary.

 Bedding & Sheets 
The number one thing that everyone moving to university needs to have is bedding and sheets. Last year, I brought some cheap bedding but this year I decided to invest in some new bed sheets, duvet covers and duvet. These are an essential as many universities don't provide them. I would recommend checking out what size bed you will be having and then picking up some fun and cute bedding and if your looking for some more luxurious bedding why not try Parachute Home.

Throw Pillows 
One thing that makes university life easier, is a room that feels like home away from home. I personally find that adding throw pillows to your bed is a great and fun way to add colour and decoration to the room and gives it more of a cosy feeling. I love to have throw pillows or cushions with little messages and pictures on them as well. I find that Primark has some great pillows that have a lower price tag with some funky designs. 

Fairy Lights 
Another essential for me would be fairy lights. I find that fairy lights help to make a room lighter but also cosy. During the winter and darker months, I love turning off my main light and just watching some tv under my fairy lights as it feels very relaxing and peaceful. There are many places that stock lights for a cheap price such as Primark, H&M and Next. I always lean towards copper and heart shaped fairy lights.

Laundry Basket/ Bin 
If there was one thing I regret not buying, it would have to be a Laundry Basket or Bin. I didn't think to buy one so when it came to dirty clothes, they ended up in a pile in the corner of the room. Not the best thing to do! I would highly suggest investing in a laundry basket even if it is just plastic as it makes it easier to organise and looks tidier. If your tight on money a plastic basket will do but I am thinking about buying a copper wire basket from H&M to use.  

Photo Frames 
A way to ensure that your room feels like a home is to add photo frames containing photos of your friends and family. This is a great way to keep home sickness away and adds more decoration and gives it a more personal touch. I always go for the slightly brighter coloured frames but I am thinking about getting some marble photo frames from H&M. 

What are your dorm essentials for University? 

Emily <3 

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Summer to Autumn | Transitional Make Up

I am so excited for the cooler weather and the autumn months to roll around but it's currently that in between time after summer but before autumn and which is ideal for transitional make up products. There has been so many autumn make up tutorials popping up on YouTube but I thought for this post I would crack out the products that help me to transition from summer to autumn.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder '52 Vanilla' 
During the summer months, I normally use a heavy oil controlling powder as I am oily skinned but when the temperature drops slightly, I turn to this Bourjois power. I find that this powder is lighter and gives a more natural finish which I prefer during autumn as I am less oily which doesn't require a heavy powder. The scent of this product is amazing and smells fruity and fresh and has great packaging.

Milani Baked Brush ' 05 Luminoso' 
I am blusher crazy and own almost every shade possible. In summer I wear liquid cheek tinits as well as cream blushers in coral and peachy tones because they look more natural. However when it comes to autumn I turn to darker and more shimmery powder blushers and one that transitions well is the Luminoso Baked Blush as it contains shimmer but is still a light peach shade.

Clarins Ombre Mineral  Eyeshadow '08 Taupe'
In terms of eyeshadow, I wear pink champagne shades during the sunny months as I feel they pair well with brighter pink lips but during the autumn months I turn to bronze tones and one shade that I use to transition with is taupe. I feel that this is an ideal in between shade and my favourite taupe eyeshadow comes from Clarins as it contains a slight hint of shimmer and the quality is unbelievable and feels very buttery.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal '001 Black' 
I'm a massive fan of bronze and brown pencil liners because it looks more natural and matches champagne eyeshadows. However during autumn, I normally wear black liquid liner as it makes bronze eyeshadows stand out more and a great transitional liner is a Rimmel Pencil Liner in Black. This pencil liner glides on without tugging on lid and is very long lasting and pigmented.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick Matte '110' 
If you know me well, you will know I wear nothing but bright pink lip products in the summer months as they add a great pop of colour. But when it comes to autumn I wear reds and berry toned lipsticks so a good in between colour is a red orange toned lipstick. Not everyone likes orange but this lip product suits me well and dries to a matte finish and doesn't move after that.

What are your transitional make up?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Budget Dupes & Drugstore Alternatives

Make up is something that I love to buy and can often spend hours lusting over high end beauty products which I wouldn't be able to afford. However since getting a summer job, I have had a bit more money to treat myself with so I have been able to purchase more expensive items. Believe me when I say that I know how it feels to not have the money to try out these much talked high end products so I have found a few budget dupes and drugstore alternatives.

First up is a dupe for a Mac Lipstick that I always wear. Earlier this summer, I brought a Mac Lipstick in 'Impassioned' which is of an amplified formula. I personally love this lipstick formula as it is long lasting, creamy and moisturising. A budget dupe is the Topshop Lipstick in 'Brighton Rock' of which has a very similar formula. These two lip items are almost the same as they are both long lasting, hydrating and very opaque. The only difference may be that the Mac Lipstick is slightly more glossy when compared to the Topshop Lipstick.

Another hyped product is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Lush'. Every blogger has talked about this pencil as it has great lasting power and claims to glide on the lashline. However I found this pencil to be rather chalky and created a lot of fall out. Because of this, I found a drugstore alternative which is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 'Bronzer'. Although the shades aren't identical, the formula is very comparable as they are both creamy, pigmented and waterproof but I surprising prefer the Rimmel Liner and use it more than the Urban Decay one and recommend trying the Rimmel one.

One eyeshadow that I picked up a few months back is the Mac Eyeshadow in 'Amber Lights'. I adore this gold, copper burned orange coloured eyeshadow and is ideal for the autumn months paired with a berry toned lip. The colour payoff is amazing and blends into the eye lids perfectly. But at £13 a pop, not everyone can afford to spend that much money so a dupe is the Make Up Academy Eyeshadow in 'Copper'. I brought this eyeshadow last year and used it almost everyday and I noticed a while back that they were similar. These two eyeshadows are almost the same in terms of texture, formula, colour as well as pigmentation. At £1, you can't find a better dupe at the drugstore.

The last drugstore alternative is probably my favourite and is the one that I'm most excited about. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a product that I use daily and keeps my eyeshadow in place all day. However the other day, I ran out of it but couldn't face paying £16 so decided to try a different primer instead. The Helen E Stage Eyeshadow Primer is a great alteravtive as it gives a great base for the eyeshadow and makes it last longer. The only difference I have found is that after six hours, creases can be seem, whereas the Ubran Decay Primer is slightly longer lasting.

What are your favourite budget dupes and alternative?

Emily <3

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Recently Recycled // Product Empties

The other day I was cleaning out my bathroom draws as I am currently in the process of packing up and moving back to university and I noticed that I had a load of products which were empty so I felt it was time for a product empties post. I personally love watching and reading product empties posts as it gives you a really good review about the products and whether it was worth buying.

Garner Micellar Cleansing Water - I have written about this product before but I can't help it because it is so good. This micellar water is my favourite as it doesn't sting my skin and removes the top layer of make up off my skin. I also have to mention that it lasts for such a long time and even removes the stubborn bits of mascara and lip stains and I have already repurchased it. High recommended!

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter - When I smelt this body butter in the shop, I fell in love with the sweet strawberry scent and is the main reason why I brought it. However saying this, it is an amazing moisturiser and saved my dry skin when I was on holiday. This body butter is very thick and can take a while to skin in but really leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth and I'm probably going to buy one in a different scent next time.

Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover - Not the most glamorous product in the world but is one that I finished up. I just find that this Cutex Remover works the best for me and doesn't upset my skin either and actually smells nice after the nail polish has been removed. Another bottle of this product has already been repurchased and is a must have for me.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream - I have raved about this product before because I love it so much. I have quite dry foot skin as I swim a lot so a foot cream is essential. This cream from Soap and Glory is the one that works best for me. I rub in the cream before I go to bed and then pop socks over the top and leave it to sink in and I'm left with smooth and soft skin. Definitely repurchased again.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner - I brought a mini size of this deep conditioner as I had very damaged hair and wanted to use it. After using up this product, I can't say that it did anything amazing. I personally didn't notice a difference to my hair and I wasn't overly impressed by it and may try some other products from this brand instead.

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser - Another classic product that I have used up is the Simple Moisturiser which I use everyday. I don't normally stick to just one product but since finding this moisturiser I haven't turned to anything else. This moisturiser is perfect for me as it doesn't upset my skin and hydrates without taking forever to sink into the skin. I can't recommend this product enough!

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub - If there is one thing that makes this product truly amazing, it has to be the sweet fresh scent that it has. I brought it because of the smell rather than the actual product but I was surprised at how fast I used it. I normally use a scrub twice a week so I was pretty proud that I finished this up. I enjoyed this scrub but found it rather sticky and thin in texture but still love it.

What products have you finished up recently?

Emily <3

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Bright Pink Lips On a Budget

I know that it is almost autumn but I felt like dedicating a post to the colour of which I have been wearing non stop throughout summer. That colour would be bright pink. I am generally quite reserved when it comes to lips and just swipe on a lip balm or nude lip gloss but this summer I have just been feeling more brave and have stepped outside of my comfort zone in terms of lip colours. Bright pink is one of those eye catching colours which looks amazing during the spring and summer months and can really bring an outfit together so here are my bright pink lips on a budget.

Topshop Lipstick 'Brighton Rock' 
Starting off with the lip product that I am currently rocking. This lipstick comes from Topshop and is my favourite bright pink lipstick to wear as it is very easy to rock and feels very comfortable on the lips. It requires minimal effort to apply and doesn't smudge either. I have to admit that the main reason I wear this lip product so often is because it doesn't need any maintenance as it doesn't move or transfer onto other surfaces and only really needs to be reapplied after four or fives hours. I would suggest trying this lipstick if your nervous about wearing bright colours as it is a more muted tone.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick '20'
I do love a good drugstore lipstick and the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks are no exception. The shade that I reach for most has to be number '20' which is a bright fuchsia pink colour. This bright shade of pink just screams summer to me. The formula and pigmentation of this lipstick is creamy and very intense and this shade almost has a blue undertone to it which I adore. The lasting power of this product is what really draws me to it and doesn't move even when I am drinking and eating and leaves my lips feeling moisturised.

Revlon Colour Burst Lacquer Balm ' Vivacious' 
Moving on from lipsticks and onto a lip crayon from Revlon. I brought this product a couple of years back and haven't stopped using it. When I first brought this crayon, I thought it was going to be glittery but it turned out to be shiny and glossy. This shade of lip product can be described as a dark pinky red colour which a coral undertone to it. I will admit that this product can be slightly sticky but the formula is creamy and moisturising and leaves a stain after a couple of hours. This balm is ideal for a dinner date or night out.

Tanya Burr Lipgloss 'Exotic Island' 
The last of the bright pinks comes in a lipgloss form. I am generally not a person who wears lipgloss because my long hair just gets caught and stuck in it. However I brought this lipgloss for a discounted price and decided to try it. I brought this bright pink shade which is very opaque and is fairly long lasting. I also have to mention that the smell of this lipgloss is incredible. This is a comfortable gloss and is perfect for a summer day out as it gives a more casual look.

What are your favourite bright pink lips? 

Emily <3 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mini Autumn Haul

I'm very excited that sweater weather isn't that far away as the days are beginning to feel cooler and the air crisper. I do love the summer months but there is something about layering up with scarves and coats while drinking hot chocolate that makes me very happy. One thing that changes with the season is the beauty and make up trends and therefore I felt the need to upgrade my make up sash for some more fall appropriate beauty pieces. 

As soon as the temperature drops, I love to change up the colours on my cuticles. The shades I normally turn towards at this time of year are more red, berry, purple and black colours and of course a bit of glitter during the holiday season. However one nail varnish that I picked up from Boots was the OPI Nail Lacquer in 'Just Beclaus' which is a berry toned colour. This nail varnish will be an essential during autumn because of the plum purple shade and will match many different outfits. 

Buying a mascara during autumn may seem slightly odd but hear me out. I am lucky enough to have fairly long lashes so I rarely ever wear mascara during the summer but in autumn, I prefer a big bold eye look. Because of this, I decided a new mascara would be a nice treat and the Maybelline Big Eyes Volume Express was my choice of mascara. The idea of two different mascara wands at either end is brilliant and makes it easier to apply product to the lower lashes without looking over dramatic. 

The most exciting part of the autumn season is the different lip trends which means berry toned products. I may have gone a bit crazy on the lips front as I suddenly felt the need to have plum berry shades within my lipstick collection. The first of the lip items is the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Product in 'Keep It Classy' which is a deep plum red tone. This is perfect for autumn and I'm very excited to try this! The Maybelline Colour Elixir in 'Glam 6' is a lipgloss of a dark purple tone and is very fall appropriate and gives you that almost vamp-y look which I am currently loving. The final lip product comes is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in '29' which looks very purple in the tube but actually applies a bright pink berry shade on the lips and I love it. I have worn this lipstick for the last couple of days non-stop. 

You may not think that contouring is something that is specific to autumn and your probably right but I really wanted to try contouring so I decided to pick up a kit. The Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit was the one that I picked up as I saw it popping up on blogs over the last couple of days and it went into my basket. I really adore the packaging of this product as it is very similar to Nars and looks very sleek. I will definitely be reporting back and reviewing this product so stayed tuned. 

Have you brought any new make up for fall? 

Emily <3 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer // Review

If there is one bronzer that everyone raves about in the blogging world, it has to be The Body Shop Honey Bronzer. I was lusting over this bronzer for months before I decided to give in to the hype and buy it. I have seen this bronzer featured in a number of different monthly favourites and I was intrigued by the stunning packaging. When I went to pick up this bronzer, I found out that they were sold out of the two lightest shades so I ended up buying the shade '03'. It turns out that this slightly darker shade is perfect for defining and contouring.

The packaging of this bronzer is the one thing that attracted me to it as the bronzer is housed in a cute honeycomb style compact which is sleek and looks very high end. I have never seen a bronzer that looked like this before and the actual product also has a honeycomb pattern which sticks to the honey theme. I also have to mention that this bronzer contains 11 grams of product which is huge amount.

The actual product itself contains a matte bronzer which is hard to come by in the drugstore. I love a matte bronzer as it makes it easier to contour with. The texture of this bronzer is soft and smooth and even a bit creamy. This type of texture makes it ideal for blending into the skin and gives a natural bronzed look. The honey bronzer is definitely a product that can be built up and is ideal for the girls who can be slightly heavy handed with the powder. I feel that this product is perfect for those of you who are slightly more pale skinned.

Overall, I would say that this is one of best the bronzers I have ever tried which is of reasonable price. This bronzer does cost £13 which isn't the cheapest price tag but The Body Shop often have deals and discount codes online. I would also recommend that you perhaps go a shade darker than you normally do as this bronzer is very light.

Have you tried this bronzer before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Thursday, 3 September 2015

An Ode To Soap & Glory

I never normally make a statement saying that I love a brand as a whole but recently I noticed that there was one brand in particular which had my heart as all the products I was using from them I loved and really enjoyed.

Soap and Glory was one of the first brands I ever tried when I first moved to England as I had heard so much about them online. I remember that the first product I picked up was the Hand Food Hand Cream which is no longer with me as it was left in a hotel room on holiday. However from that moment, I was addicted to the cute pink packaging that the products come in and have been using Soap and Glory products for longer than I have been blogging. Because of this, I felt the need to shout out about a brand that does affortable skincare and make up like no other.

The Breakfast Scrub is my favourite scrub of the moment and was featured in my august favourites. One thing I love about this brand is that they have some amazing smells and scents and this scrub is no different. This scrub smells like breakfast as the name would suggest and contains Organic Cupuacu Bio Scrubs, Bananas, Almond and Honey Extracts. Another scrub from Soap and Glory is the Sugar Crush Body Scrub which is very popular in the world of blogging. Out of all the products, the scent of this one is my favourite because of the sweet and fresh smell it has and is ideal for the summer time. I find that this scrub isn't as thick as the others and is more sticky.The final scrub I'm going to be talking about is the Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em Body Buff. This was the first scrub I tried from them and is still used to this day because it is one of the best scrubs in the drugstore. This is a salt scrub which makes it very effective at removing the dead cells and leaves you with soft and smooth skin. I have to mention the appearance of this scrub because it is pink and totally girly.

In terms of body lotions, there is one classic product which is The Righteous Butter. Everyone I know has tried this lotion and with good reason because it is thick and moisturising and is very affordable. This lotion has the classic Soap and Glory scent to it and is a must try product. The Organeasm Body Butter is another product which has an unreal scent to it. This body lotion is very thick and creamy and contains shea butter massage balls. However some people find this scent a bit overwhelming so that is something to keep in mind. The last of the body lotions is the Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion which was my go to body moisturiser back in January and February. This body lotion comes in a bottle with a pump which I personally prefer as it saves me from dipping my hand into a tub and smells amazing.

One of my most used products from this brand is the Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream. I never really bothered with caring for my feet but once I tried this foot cream, I was converted. This blue cream moisturisers the hard skin on the feet and makes it smooth and soft. I often leave this cream on over
night and gives great results in the morning.

The make up range from Soap and Glory is something that I am slowly experimenting with. The product I brought first from their range was the Solar Powder Bronzer which is a blogger favourite. I love this bronzer and use it almost every week as the two shade mixed together provide a natural bronze. The Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist' is the perfect nude lip product and doesn't dry out the lips either. The last product I'm talking about is the Supercat Liquid Liner which is my go to liquid liner as it applies evenly across the lid and give a sold black line.

What are your favourite products from Soap and Glory?

Emily <3

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