Thursday, 28 August 2014

August Favourites: My Top Three

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer - this under eye concealer is my new favourite. I bought it in America and have been using it ever since (alternating with the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer which has now run out and I need to repurchase!). It's super easy to apply and the sponge applicator is strangely satisfying to use. It covers up under eye circles perfectly and I've also been using it as a general concealer too.

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Foundation - this foundation has had rave reviews and so I was very excited to find that their counters were giving away free 7-day samples. I went along to the Debenhams on Oxford Street, got colour matched (my shade was BR30- it looks far darker in the picture than it actually is) and walked out with my sample. In short, I am in love with this foundation. It glides on so smoothly and makes your skin look like velvet, without feeling like you are covered in foundation. It also lasts all day long- something I rarely find with foundations. I am definitely going to be buying the full size version.

 Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover - after using the CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara (full review here) I was in need of a oil-based eye make-up remover as Bioderma and Garnier's Miscellar Water just wasn't cutting it. This was a bargain buy from Boots (currently half price at £1.79) and is a two-strength formula with both oil and water that you shake up vigorously before using. It does the trick and removes my tough CoverGirl mascara with ease.

What are your favourites this August? 

Daisy x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Little Sunset Box

Yesterday I received my second 'My Little Box' (you can see the July box here) and love it just as much as the first.  'My Little Box'* is a monthly lifestyle box from France which is soon to launch in the UK. As with the first it is beautifully packaged and I will be definitely be finding a way to reuse the box. 

So what is inside? Firstly you get their magazine and although it's in French you can see that it has great content and the images are beautiful. You also receive three sunset themed postcards.

The two lifestyle products this month are a pack of cards and a lovely little bracelet. The beauty products are presented in a cotton drawstring bag (again, will totally be re-using) and you receive a lipbalm from My Little Beauty, Fresh Exfoliating Gel from Laino and a little pot of L'Occitane's Precious Cream. There is also a little book explaining what each product does.

I am very much looking forward to the UK launch of this box! You can view the My Little Box website here.

Daisy x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Things I would love to tell my 16 year old self...

This week was GCSE results week and I realised that it has been 11 years since I got my results - this is quite terrifying as it really doesn't feel like that long ago! So I thought to commemorate I would give my sixteen year old self a few pieces of life advice...

1) Don't wear pale blue eyeshadow - it really doesn't look great on you. Neither does the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Fuchsia.

2) Enjoy seeing your friends every day and not having to plan meetings weeks in advance because life is grown up and busy!

3) Buy a super gentle cleanser like Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish and stay away from those harsh face products (ahem, Clearasil and Clinique's facial soap) - they are not the answer for your bad skin.

4) Really really enjoy spending your weekly earnings from working at Topshop. There are not many times in your life when you can spend your cash exactly how you want to. 

5) All you need on your face is a good tinted moisturiser, a volumising mascara and a cream blush.

6) You are going to be so much happier once you get to sixth form college and leave school.

7) Keep loving and obsessing over celebrities - it will end up being part of your job!
8) And finally - start a blog before it grows into a huge phenomenon!

What would you tell your 16 year old self? I'd love to know!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chill* Ed Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

I am always up for trying a new 'purple' shampoo and conditioner set. I have highlighted blonde hair and so find that these kind of products are very useful for keeping my hair looking bright and not brassy!

The ed blonde shampoo and conditioner are new products from chill* (a brand I've not heard of before) and claim to transform dull, brassy shades of blonde into silky smooth locks. The products are made up of a blend of grape seed oil, proteins and violet pigments and these assist in the toning down of brassy or yellow tones in blonde hair.

Both products are a bright purple and so a little scary to use if you're not a regular purple shampoo user. The shampoo can just be used as normal, and the conditioner is left on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing which allows the violet pigments to release violet tones into the hair instantly giving it a fresher, toned blonde finish.

This duo have been just as good as other purple/silver products that I've tried and I'd definitely use them again. They brightened my hair, made it look like a fresh blonde and also made it feel really silky and nourished.

chill* is available in cool hair salons and the shampoo and conditioner cost £9.99 each. You can find out more on their website here.

Daisy x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Love Me Beauty - August 2014 Box

After receiving six products in the July Love Me Beauty box, the August box comes with a more modest four beauty products- however they are all full sized which is great. Here is what you get...

♥ Marsk Mineral Eye Shadow 'You're Toast' (RRP £14.49) - '100% natural, mineral based loose powder that are strictly cruelty free and available in a range of striking shades that offer endless colour possibilities for a professional makeup effect'. This is a golden-brown shade (like toast, shockingly) and can be used both wet or dry. I am yet to try but the shade looks beautiful!

♥ A La Carte Smudge Proof Eyebrow Definer in Blonde (RRP £23) - 'Precision, skinny tip pen for painting in individual hairs. Water-based, smudge-proof for eyebrows, eyeliner or semi-permanent body art.'

♥  Oriflame Ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream (£16.95) - 'Powerful, lightweight Ecollagen eye care, the first to be enriched with Plant Stem Cell extract to help stimulate collagen production and re-plump wrinkles from within.'

♥ Mirabella Lip Luster Liner 'Bashful' (£10.50) - 'Sheer, brilliant lip liner is easy to blend and layer. Aloe Vera keeps lips soft and application comfortable.'

So far I have only tried the A La Carte Eyebrow Definer and it was so easy to use. I usually use a powder on my brows so it did look a lot darker than I'm used to and so have actually preferred using it as an eyeliner as it's really subtle and glides on. Great for under my eyes. 

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

Daisy x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara

When I was in Florida earlier this year, I bought quite a few mascaras including CoverGirl's Bombshell Curvaceous. It caught my eye straightaway as was one of their new launches and was such a fat, chunky, pink tube. Love!

It was kept safely in its packaging until I saw my brother's girlfriend Georgina (hi G!) and noticed that her lashes were looking super long and lovely. She told me she was wearing the Bombshell mascara (we had both bought it) and so I had to give it a try.

As you can see, this mascara is a two step product and aims to give volume, curl and intense lashes.  Step 1 uses a curved 'push-up' brush and also has a volumising basecoat formula which gives your eyelashes a boost and curve. Step 2 is a dark, intensifying topcoat that seals the look and makes them look very black and glossy. Both brushes are huge.

This mascara has gone straight into my favourites list - I adore it. It gives my lashes volume but still keeps them looking long and seperated. You can also build it up for a more dramatic effect which is good for evenings out.

The main negative is that this mascara is an absolute pain to remove. I tried using Bioderma to take it off and it was just taking forever- I ended up pulling half my eyelashes out! I messaged Georgina to tell her my woes and she agreed that it is a nightmare but that waterproof eye make-up remover is the best thing to use. I went out and bought one and it has literally been an eyelash saver.

Sadly CoverGirl isn't available in the UK but MaxFactor are almost the same brand so hopefully they will launch a similar mascara as this is the Bombshell Curvaceous is ace.

Daisy x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Skin Chemists Instant Facelift

Today I am sharing another product from Skin Chemists which was actually sent to my Mum to review - the Skin Chemists Instant Facelift*.

So here's the science bit - the product uses an active ingredient called Eyeseryl® which 'works to inhibit collagen glycation to increase the firmness and elasticity of skin by reducing damaging developments that cause collagen and elastin to break down in ageing skin'. It also contains Vitamins A and E which are great for moistening and nourishing mature, dry and sensitive skins. 

To apply it you simply put a thin layer onto clean skin and allow to dry before applying make-up- a little goes a long way. 

So the verdict - my Mum has been trying it for the past few weeks and is impressed with the results - she is definitely going to continue using it which is quite novel for her as she usually stops using eye creams and other similar lotions and potions.

As a bit of a background to her skin type, she is in her early 50s and her skin is normal with an oily t-zone. She said that the cream makes your skin feel tighter straightaway and that it has really helped the fine lines around her eyes- but not so much the deeper lines around her mouth. She did notice that when you apply it, it leaves a slight white residue so if you don't wear foundation in the day it is best to use at night.

I also have some more thoughts from my Dad as he has also given this product a try (everyone wants to get into the blogging business!). He said that it worked well and 'got rid of all of his wrinkles' (slight exaggeration I believe) however he said you had to be careful with the pump as the product takes a while to pump out and then will suddenly shoot out in one go. He also felt that the packaging could be improved to make it more premium. 

This is another pricy product at £145 for 30ml but I've been given a discount code so you can buy it for £29.99. Simply use the code VITCC. You can buy it here.

Daisy x


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