Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July Favourites: My Top Three

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder* - this seems to have become a bloggers favourite and I'm not surprised why. I have this in the lightest shade (01- Light Matte) and it's perfect for using in both summer and winter. It's a completely matte bronzer with none of those orange-y tones and so can be applied liberally and built up to the bronze look that you like. 

Collection Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner - this product was such a bargain at £2.99 (currently £2.50 on Superdrug's website) and I purchased it after seeing Suzie use it (her eyeliner always looks amazing). It takes a bit of practice to apply liquid liner but I find that drawing a line in pencil first and then going over it with the liquid liner really helps when you're learning. The Collection offering is a really black black and is so glossy - perfect for that dramatic liner look.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer* - I love all of the products from L'Oreal's Lumi Magique range and this one really stands out. It's really comparable (in my opinion) to the YSL Touche Eclat and is perfect for brightening under your eyes- it has a pink tone which really suits my skin tone. This has lasted me for ages and I will definitely be repurchasing.

What have you been loving this July?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Love Me Beauty - July 2014 Box

After being left slightly disappointed with the Love Me Beauty June Box, I was very happy to see that their July box* was bursting with great products. As with every Love Me Beauty Box, you can choose which menu you prefer to receive- I chose menu 2.

You definitely get your money's worth with this box. There are 6 full sized products inside, and 1 sample- one of which is a bonus product that wasn't mentioned on the menu. Always love a surprise! I also really like the inclusion of teabags as it's so fun to try new things and this is a great opportunity to do so. I am most looking forward to trying the Lashem Lash Serum, the So Susan mascara and the OFRA eyeshadow as it's so pretty.

Here is what is inside:

♥ Lashem Lash Enhancing Serum (RRP £40 for full size) - 'Give your natural lashes a chance to make an appearahce with this lash enhancing serum that nourishes and conditions. The fortifying formula continues working long after application while the potent ingredients take your lashes to the next level. Results have found longer looking lashes within 2 weeks'

♥ OFRA Pressed Eye Shadow in Bliss (RRP £8.80) - 'One of the colours from OFRA's 'Diamond are Forever' palette collection. It has a vibrant shimmer colour that makes eyes sparkle like diamonds!'

♥ OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Hollywood (RRP £11.60) - 'As well as being creamy and soft in texture, this liquid lipstick is moisturising on the lips and creates a long lasting lipstick effect.'

♥ So Susan Flutter Mascara (RRP £14.95) - 'New to the So Susan line, this intense carbon-black mascara is formulated with hyaluronic spheres to help you achieve the darkest, curviest lashes possible.'

♥ So Susan Dual Brow Powder (RRP £11.95) - 'Create perfectly-defined brows with this smudge proof dual-shade compact. The medium coverage enables you to glide the product on gently.'

♥ The Teashed 4am Tea-20 whole leaf white tea silky pyramid teabags (RRP £3.50) - 'A white tea which is naturally low in caffeine, meaning that if you drink it at 4am you will still be able to sleep.'

♥ Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenising Body Lotion (RRP £15.95) *bonus product - 'Great for those with dry skin, Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion penetrates deeply to give your body that much needed injection of moisture.'

You can subscribe to Love Me Beauty here for £10 a month (plus P&P).

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Welcome to New Look Neom Organics!

At the beginning of July, Neom launched a really exciting new look and feel for their brand. This was something that Neom Organics had been working on for the past 2 years following lots of conversations with their customers. Their findings (from these conversations) were that the products are loved for their beautiful scents but the brand weren't communicating how powerfully good for you the complex blends of essential oils actually are.

Neom have now introduced four new treatment categories so it's really simple to find the right scent for you - these are Energise, Relax, De-Stress and Happiness. They have also renamed a few of their blends to better highlight their therapeutic benefits.

There have been other changes too. You can buy their candles in a smaller, 1-wick form; their signature 3-wick candle has become even larger to pack more fragrance in; a whole new body collection has been introduced with some lovely new scents and their hand and body lotions now work as one. Read about all of the changes here.

You can also see that the packaging of their products have changed and I love the new look. Their candles and bottles are even more beautiful! I have been trying their Time to Unwind Bath & Shower Gel* which was formerly labelled as the Enchantment scent. This product falls under the De-Stress category and it lives up to its name! I am such a big fan of a bath oil and love to use a capsule of this in my bath in the evening. It relaxes me whilst also being really moisturising for my skin.

You can check out all of Neom's products on their website here. What do you think of the new look Neom?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash and Body Oil

Balance Me are a brand that I am hearing more and more good things about. I always know that a beauty brand has become well known when people at work (rather than just in the blogging community!) start talking about their products. I love their Wonder Eye Cream.

The Balance Me sulphate free body washes have been multi-award winning products since their launch in 2005 and new advances in natural skincare technology mean they have been able to reformulate and improve their three sulphate free washes: rose otto, super moisturising and super toning. Their packaging has also been jazzed up and the price has been reduced to £9 for 200ml. I have been giving the Super Toning Body Wash* a whirl which is one their best-selling body washes. It features a spa-inspired blend of ingredients which include juniper, lavender, geranium and bergamot essential oils. The body wash feels fantastic to use (as well as smelling divine)- it's a really thick formulation which makes it feel very luxe and moisturising.

Alongside the Super Toning Body Wash* is their best-selling Super Toning Body Oil. This was the very first Balance Me oil and is fused with the same ingredients as the body wash. It also includes lots of super moisturising oils such as jojoba, macadamia and wheat germ. You can use this product daily to improve skin tone, soften and smooth skin and Balance Me recommend drizzling oil into your hands and then massaging into your skin, concentrating on thighs, hips and bum. The oil is a bit more pricy at £20.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

ALDI Lacura BB Cream

My Mum is a big ALDI fan and is always showing me her latest purchase from there - whether it be some quiches or a beauty buy! 

The last time I was visiting she showed me the Lacura BB Cream and I gave it a try over the weekend - and subsequently ended up taking it home with me! I really love this stuff. It is described as a BB Cream with a touch of foundation and aims to conceal, smooth fine lines, moisturise, provide SPF15 protection - all whilst blending in with your skin tone. 

It provides a really light coverage which is why it's perfect for the warmer months, however the main draw for me is that it gives you a really lovely glow and blends perfectly with your skin colour. I don't know exactly how much this cost but from looking online it seems to be around the £5 mark. 

ALDI beauty products seem to only be on sale for a limited time, or only in certain stores but if you see this then I'd definitely recommend giving it a try!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tangle Teezer - My Latest Love

If I could recommend one thing for you to buy this year, it would be this little beauty. The Tangle Teezer. 

It has been around, and hyped about for a while but I decided to pick one up recently (The Original) and was amazed. This is just magic! It's quite tricky to explain how it works (I don't really know) but this brush detangles quickly and easily- unlike with a normal brush where you have to brush it slowly and carefully to get out all of the knots. 

I find it best to use after my hair is wet after washing it. I get quite a few tangles and this brush just glides through my hair with no pulling or yanking- it's just amazing. I actually look forward to using it which is a little bit sad but hey ho, the Tangle Teezer is my new love!

You can buy the Tangle Teezer for £10.99 from Boots and it is worth every penny - promise.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains

From L-R: Matte Balm in Mischievous, Matte Balm in Standout, Lacquer Balm in Coquette, Lacquer Balm in Demure, Balm Stain in Honey, Balm Stain in Crush

I had to write a post about my favourite lip products of the moment as I've added a few more to my collection. The Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains have been out for a while and are sold as a lightweight lipstain and moisturising balm, however more recently they have introduced their Matte Balm Stains and Lacquer Balm Stains. The Matte Balms have a velvety matte finish (shocker) and so you need to make sure your lips are nice and smooth otherwise it doesn't apply evenly. The Lacquer Balms have a glossy finish and so the colour isn't as pigmented.

I was really excited to try the new balm stains and so purchased four when I was in Florida- Mischievous, Standour, Coquette and Demure. They are so easy to apply and I love the creamy formulation. I don't wear lipstick a lot so these are very appealing to me!

I thought I would prefer the Matte Balm Stains but actually ended up liking the Lacquer finish more- the Demure shade is my absolute favourite as is a 'your lips but better type gloss'. I also enjoy how you can apply it without a mirror.

Do you have any of the Revlon Balm Stains?

You can buy the Revlon ColourBurst Balm Stains from Boots for £7.99.


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