30 September 2014

The sleep balms

A picture of this works Sleep Balm and Badger Balms Sleep Balm
I've always been a bit of a night owl, but the older I get, the more I really wish I had a proper sleep pattern in place. Years of staying up all hours, not having a regular time pattern or needing to get up at a certain time, it's left my body clock all over the place. I'm pretty good at getting up early, but when I stay up all night that can soon mean I'm wanting a nap by afternoon. Yes, I'm a 26 year old adult who naps (and loves it). Every now and then when I'm trying to sort my sleeping pattern out, I use 'sleeping aids' to help me drop off to sleep quickly, something which usually takes me hours. One type of product I've now tried from a couple of brands, one a high-street version, the other high-end, is sleep balms. Let me tell you, I was sceptical at first, but now? I am a complete convert.  

this works Sleep Balm (10g, £12) was the first one I tried, quite a cult blogger favourite and one I wanted to try on the back of rave reviews. For the price, you don't get much - but that said balms are really long-lasting products, so you'd be surprised by how long this little pot can stick around. With a combination of French Lavender oil to calm, Tahitian Monoi oil to hydrate and anti-oxidant Rose oil to strengthen and purify dry skin, it works to relieve tension and insomnia when applied to pulse points. I can genuinely say that whenever I use this sleep balm, it doesn't take me long at all to fall asleep and it's pretty effective, even for someone like me who can usually take up to 2 hours to fall asleep. 

The Badger Balm Sleep Balm (56g, £7.99) is one I picked up in a recent beauty haul (see here), and by both price and size, it's a much better alternative if you're on a budget. I wanted to give this one a try to see how it compared to the current favourite this works, as well as being cheaper to repurchase if I ended up preferring it. With Rosemary, Bergamot, Ginger, Balsam Fir and Lavender, it works to strengthen, refresh and relax, helping you clear your mind and fall into a peaceful sleep. As a sleeping aid, it does work - after every use I've got a good, deep nights sleep and felt refreshed and better for it by morning. But I find the this works Sleep Balm is quicker and more effective.

Despite this works having a more effective product, Badger Balm is just as good and for the price and size, I think it'll be my first choice to repurchase. I also love the little tin it comes with, I'm really starting to get into Badger Balms, so if you have any favourite products and recommendations, let me know! What's your take on sleep balms, have you tried one before?

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29 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Collection

A picture of the Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Collection

A picture of the Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Eye Palette

A picture of the Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick
A picture of the Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Soft Nude and Warm Nude
I've shared quite a few autumn themed collections through September, but there's one which stands out as my favourite, ticking every box with amazing quality and formulas throughout the entire collection. The Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Collection* encompasses everything I love about makeup. Like all Bobbi Brown collections, the shades within the range cover every aspect you'd want, with shades that enhance your natural features, but can also work well to add a touch more oomph and vamp to a look, perfect for day and night looks. 

The palette in this collection really stands out and it's a palette definitely worth swooning over. Bobbi Brown palettes always stand out for me in collections, because they're effortlessly beautiful with very wearable shades that transition well from day to night. The Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes Eye Palette (£48) contains 8 shades with soft matte, sparkle and metallic finishes. Including gorgeous neutrals; soft pinks, pale bone, a light taupe and a white silver nude, alongside warmer, deeper shades; a gorgeous smokey grey bronze and a dark grey brown, as well as stunning shades for pops of colour and sparkle; an iridescent pink and a stunning silver brown. The shadows themselves are very easy to work with, with high-quality formulas and no worry of fallout. They apply and blend effortlessly, and the longevity is fabulous, with no fading, smudging or budging throughout the day.

The Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick (£32.50) includes 5 shades; a pale yellow gold, a soft pink gold, a coppery bronze, a warm, brightening pink and the perfect pink bronze, each has a shimmer finish, very fine and very flattering. The shades themselves would actually make lovely shadows used individually - but lightly blended together they create a stunning highlight which is perfect for this time of year. It has the playful pinks and warming bronzes of summer, with the shimmer and finish akin to winter, wind-blushed skin. It can be used to highlight, to create a soft natural-looking glow, or above your favourite blush to enhance and add a touch of sophisticated shimmer. The formula is very soft, a high-quality powder which applies easily, no worry of fallout, and effortless to blend. I do think less is more with products of this nature, but once you find the perfect application for you, I guarantee you'll be absolutely smitten. 

The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour (£19.50) lipsticks have a really lovely creamy formula, that feels light-weight when on, presented in chic and sophisticated smooth round bullets. They promise 8 hour wear, and just one application provides an opaque and pigmented colour. I've been trying 2 shades - there's 4 shades in the collection -, both of which I see working perfectly with autumn eyes over the coming months. Soft Nude is deep nude with hints of raisin, whilst Warm Nude is much softer and more natural in tone. The wear is really impressive, lasting most of the day through eating and drinking before needing to reapply, and I find the formula feels quite moisturising, too, despite having a matte finish.

Will you be snapping anything up from the Smokey Nudes collection?

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28 September 2014

The Stand-Outs #9

A picture of The Stand-Outs #9

A picture of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder
A picture of Gone Girl by Gillian Glynn

A picture of SkinLikes Deodorant
This month I'm mixing things up a little and including a little lifestyle extra in with my monthly beauty favourites. For the first time in a long while, all the products which have stood out for me the most this month, are completely new to me. They're all products that I have started trying this September, got absolutely hooked on and couldn't put down.

But first, let's start with a book I definitely can't put down, because wow, Gone Girl (£5.99)?! I don't know what I expected when I started reading one of the most talked about books in recent years, but Gone Girl has gripped me and left me guessing from page one. I've laughed, I've felt awkward, I've raised eyebrows of suspicion, and when I got half way? I was so shocked at the huge twist! I won't say much more, for anyone who hasn't read it yet, plus I haven't finished it myself yet - a few chapters to go, but I am completely 100% hooked and I already feel like I won't know what to do after I've finished reading it. I've even been avoiding all the movie adverts, so as not to spoil any of the book! Have you read Gone Girl, do you love it as much as me?!

Burt's Bees lip balms are my favourite, and I recently raved about some of my favourites, but this one has definitely taken the top spot! Burt's Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate (£3.69) is 100% natural, with Blueberry Seed Oil and Cocoa Powder, both known for their antioxidant properties, alongside Cocoa Seed Butter which conditions. The scent is delicious, it really does smell good enough to eat. It's been a balm I've turned to morning, noon and night, completely addicted! 

A couple more lip products I can't get enough of are the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99) which I picked up in a recent beauty haul (see here) and pretty much instantly falling in love, with an instant rave review (see here). These are the best high-street lip pencils I've ever tried, the formula is the right side of creamy, but firm enough for a precise application (and despite the pencils being a little chubby), providing pigmented velvet colour. I currently have In With Coral and Fuchsia Desire, I need to add Berry Much to my stash! 

Another product I picked up in my recent beauty haul that I am really impressed with and turning to everyday, is the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder (£12), which is I seem to like more each time I use it, and I use it a lot. It's perfect for keeping the oil at bay, and I'm just a sucker for Soap & Glory packaging! Check out my full review here.

I've been trying a new serum which is formulated to target pigmentation and brown spots, which has actually surprised me with just how much difference I can see. The Skinbreeze Brightening Serum* (14ml, £40) is a product I've actually been using more than just this month, but the past couple of months on a daily basis, and after continued use I've noticed a clear complexion, the areas of pigmentation I am conscious about are less visible and my overall complexion is much brighter. 

As we're coming into autumn, I'm changing up my shadows a lot more and going for more autumn-typical looks. Some shadows which have easily been my most reached for the past couple of weeks, have been perfect for teaming together or with other shadows in my stash. Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow (£19) range has one of the loveliest cream-to-power formulas I've tried, and I particularly love Nude Pink and Earth. You can read my full review here.

Last but not least, a product I know I'll be repurchasing and the only beauty product featured inside the September The Vegan Kind box (see here), the SkinLikes Deodorant (£4.95) is pretty darn good! It's 100% natural, but whereas other natural deodorants I've tried have had an unusual or unpleasant scent, SkinLikes deodorant actually smells really nice. It's nicer than any other deodorants I've tried, and also doesn't irritate my eczema (sorry for the tmi) which I've actually noticed has gotten better since using this! I think I'll be stocking up!

What stood out for you this month? Do you have any book recommendations for what I should read after I've finished Gone Girl? 

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26 September 2014

MAC lipsticks, worth the hype?

A picture of MAC lipsticks including Lady Danger, Honey Love, Saigon Summer, Pink Plaid and Up the Amp.
I think MAC is one of those brands that you either love or hate, like Marmite. A lot of people think their products are overpriced, others think it's worth paying for the quality of a MAC product, I kind of sit on the fence; there's a few products I think are a overpriced, but are worth splashing out on, whilst some I think are really overpriced for what they are, that I stay away from them even if it's something I'd actually really like. I can be a little silly with money sometimes (easily done if you're a makeup addict), but I generally know where to draw the spending-line. 

It actually took me a while to get into MAC, the first product I tried was a foundation and I really didn't get along with it. After that it took quite a while for me to even consider splashing out on another MAC product, but after reading lots of rave reviews, I decided their lipsticks sounded to good to be true. Of all of the products MAC create. their lipsticks are probably the products I hear people talking about the most, the first thing you gravitate towards is the lipstick stand when you go to a MAC store or counter. I remember buying my very first MAC lipstick two years ago, when I was still nervous of approaching makeup counters, sheepishly asking for help in picking the perfect red.  

That perfect red was Lady Danger, a vivid bright true red with a splash of coral that I still turn to now, and one I'd repurchase in a heat beat. Since then I've built up quite the collection, trying a few different finishes (my favourite are  amplified, matte and satin) and a vibrant shade selection. It's no secret I love MAC lipsticks, there's few things I love more than buying a brand new shade and wearing it for the first time; but I also remember when MAC lipsticks were £13.50 - they're now £15.50. 

The lipsticks themselves are quite easily my very favourite lipsticks. If I had to pick one brand as my favourite for lip products, it would be MAC because they're lipsticks tick all the boxes, and their lip liners compliment the range well. I've never bought a MAC lipstick and been disappointed. Sure there's a few finishes I avoid, because I'm generally not a sheer/gloss tint/shimmery finish kinda girl, but there's such a huge variety of shades for each finish that it's easy to find more than a few favourites. They come in the perfect black and silver lipstick bullet and have that oh so satisfying 'click' when you take off or put on the top. I find MAC products to be really pigmented and that's true in their lipsticks, particularly their matte range. The longevity can differ depending on finish, but generally they last a fair while and through eating and drinking, before needing to reapply. They don't bleed, feel comfortable ont he lip and have a delicious vanilla scent - the perfect lipstick package. 

So I'm pretty smitten with MAC lipsticks, but I also don't know how much longer I'll continue to add new shades to my stash. I wouldn't want to pay much more for a MAC lipstick than the current price, but I wouldn't be surprised if the price goes up again. I really love MAC lipsticks, but I went through a stage of only buying MAC lipsticks, which not only is a silly way to spend money, but means I really haven't tried that many brands for lip products. I want to branch out. If you hadn't already gathered, I definitely think MAC lipsticks are worth the hype! If you can afford them, then yeah, go for it, but if you can't don't worry. Just because they're my favourite doesn't mean they will be yours, and there's always some budget-friendly alternatives! I love the Maybeline ColorSensational Lipsticks (read here), which I think are massive dupes for a lot of my favourite MAC lipsticks, and at half the price! What do you think, are you a fan of MAC lipsticks? 

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25 September 2014

HOME SWEET HOME | THE DRESSING TABLE DRAWER

A picture of a dressing table drawer

A picture of Muji PP Basket 2

A picture of Muji PP Basket 2

A picture of eyeshadow palettes
Last month I shared my makeup collection storage with you all (read here), and I wanted to delve into some of it in separate posts, to give you a better idea of how I organise everything. This isn't a 'makeup collection' post, just a 'how I store and organise my makeup' kinda post. Whenever my makeup stash is in photos or over on Instagram, I get a lot of questions, so I thought it would be easier to example in individual posts! I'm started things off with my dressing table drawer, because I always get asked questions about my dressing table and whether it's worth investing in, as well as what I have inside the drawers in way of storage boxes.

It's only since February that I've actually had a dressing table, before that I had never had one and mostly used to do my makeup in the bathroom, or sat on my bed. The way I used to store my makeup was in the top drawer in a chest of drawers, with overspill on top of the drawers to store makeup bags, boxes, carry cases, pots and tubs. It wasn't ideal! I've always wanted a really nice dressing table, and I think for anyone into their makeup, it's something most people lust after. 

I used to dream of French shabby chic, a beautiful ornate, genuine and timeless dressing table, but that's not all realistic for the space we have or my budget. I know the IKEA Malm Dressing Table (£95) is a bit of a blogger cliché, but it really did work out perfectly for what I wanted. A huge white dressing table with glass top and a full length drawer along the bottom. I shopped around before deciding, seeing what other brands and stores had white dressing tables, but for the price it was the best I could get and I'm glad I did because I love it! There is one downside, but only one; the drawer doesn't fully extend out, and that means rummaging around with your hand in the back of the drawer. Other than that, it's perfect!

I've tried a few different ways of storing my makeup in the drawer itself, which is huge and you can really get a lot in there. I've finally found my own perfect way of keeping everything organised, and that's by using the Muji PP Basket 2 (£1.95), of which I have 10. A lot of people like to use the Muji containers for dividing makeup, and there's quite a few shapes and sizes to pick from, all fairly decent in price. I opted for the longer rectangle ones, because I'm a little over organised with my makeup and like everything in neat little sections. That's just the way I like to store my makeup, but you can use any kind of tub or container and be able to do the same thing - or even using old beauty boxes or NEOM 3-wick candles, which is what I did before!

With all 10 baskets in the drawer, there's space along the back and down the furthest end of the dressing table. I don't have anything at the back of the drawer - it always involves rummaging around, plus I've been slowly trying to downsize my stash. The space at the end of the dressing table is used to store my current most-reached for eyeshadow palettes, as well as anything that won't fit in the baskets or my Muji Acrylic Drawers, like my Chanel Bronze Universal or chunkier eyeshadow quads. The baskets themselves hold a lot, I've included photos of 7, to show the variation of products and just how many you can get in there, the other 3 baskets have my illuminators, blushes and bronzes. The baskets are really sturdy and the perfect width to fit most products, it's just the height of the dressing table that stops you having anything to big standing up in there. 

I'm pretty set and happy with my dressing table drawer now, it makes things a lot easier to reach for and I like having the majority of my stash all in one place. The baskets made the perfect finishing touch, 

How do you store your makeup stash?

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24 September 2014

CLARINS OMBRE MATTE CREAM-TO-POWDER EYESHADOW

A picture of Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in Nude Pink, Rosewood and Earth

A picture of Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in Nude Pink, Rosewood and Earth

A picture of Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow in Nude Pink, Rosewood and Earth


There's a new product from Clarins, released as part of the beautiful Autumn Make-up Collection, and I am completely besotted. I've tried a lot of cream to powder products before and they are some of my favourite to use in a look, but Clarins have created such a beautiful and easy to work with formula, that they have quickly taken the top spot as my favourites yet. 

The Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow* (£19) range contains six gorgeous, autumn-perfect shades presented in light-weight little round pots with the classic gold Clarins casing and petite Clarins 'C' logo. Each has been created with an innovative cream-to-powder formula, that looks like powder in the pot, has a heavenly velvet soft cream formula and applies like the most dreamiest powder shadow. They effortlessly combine the quality and hold of a powder shadow, but with the comfort and smoothing effect of a cream shadow. Using Bamboo Powder to create an even and matte finish, they boast fantastic longevity, creating looks from day to night with ease.

02 Nude Pink is perfect for neutralising colour, creating an even base for a simple nude look, or to be teamed with other shadows as the perfect base. A pale pinky nude, it's a very flattering shade and I love teaming it with 04 Rosewood, a gorgeous rich taupe that also works really well as a wash of colour over the lid. 06 Earth is my favourite, an incredibly beautiful chocolate bronze that I just know is going to be one of my most reached for shades this Autumn.

I've always been a big fan of Clarins, whether it's their beautiful skincare range or truly stunning makeup and limited edition collections, they're one of the top brands for me. Cream shadows are a product I use every single day, and Clarins offerings are genuinely the nicest I have ever used. They've got the formula down perfectly, the shades are beautiful, they apply and blend with ease, the longevity is fantastic. Can you tell I'm impressed?

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23 September 2014

TOP BUDGET-FRIENDLY BLUSHES

A picture of high-street cream blushes including Bourjois and Makeup Revolution

A picture of high-street powder blushes including The Body Shop, Makeup Revolution and Sleek
Over the past couple of weeks, I've turned continuously to some of my favourite drugstore finds to complete a look. I'm really into drugstore blushes right now, having a few stand-out shades in my stash that are perfect from an everyday neutral look, to complimenting a look with a bit more oomph. Of course I have some high-end blushes in my stash that I absolutely adore, but I really do think there's an amazing variety of brands, shades and formulas on the high-street that are just as good as any high-end offerings. These are my top budget-friendly blushes.

If you're looking for the most perfect high-street cream blush formula, then look no further than the velvety soft cream to powder Bourjois Cream Blush (£8) range which features 6 shades. My favourite is 01 Nude Velvet, which is one of the most everyday wearable shades in my stash, a pale pinky nude. 02 Healthy Glow has a bit more oomph to it, a lovely summer perfect orange with softening peachy tones, whilst 03 Rose Tender is a pretty perfect pink with very fine shimmer finish. I love the little round pots they come in, and they last forever too as a little goes a long way. I love using my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply. 

A brand which has got both cream and powder blushes spot on, is Makeup Revolution, and there's two of their individual blushes which I turn to a lot. The most surprising things about these blushes, is the price. The definition of budget-friendly, the cream blush is just £1.50, whilst the powder blush is even cheaper at just £1. Makeup Revolution Peach Cream Cream Blush* (£1.50) is slightly firmer to the touch than the Bourjois offerings, but blends incredibly easy with a demi-matte finish, and a lovely everyday peach in shade. The Makeup Revolution Treat Powder Blusher* (£1) is easily one of my most used blushers of summer, and one I'll probably use all through winter too. A very soft powder formula, I do experience fall out with this one, so the gentler you are with your brush the better. Slightly warmer than Peach Cream and with fantastic longevity, this is one of my most reached for products of 2014.

Sleek is a brand I absolutely adore for their cheek products, particularly their blushes, and there's one of their blushes which stands out from the crowd as a blogger favourite and quite the cult product with customers. Sleek Rose Gold Blush (£4.49) is a shade I spent months hunting down, and when I finally got my hands on it I became as smitten as everyone else. Often described as the high-street dupe to NARS Orgasm, I actually prefer the deeper, more intense shade of Rose Gold to NARS Orgasm, a beautiful shade which would flatter absolutely any skintone. 

How could I mention budget-friendly blushes without including The Body Shop? I've raved a lot about the All-In-One Cheek Colour (£8) range and I really do think more people should give The Body Shop makeup a go. I'm smitten with one shade in particular at the moment; Macaron, a beautiful soft pink.  

What's your favourite budget-friendly blush?

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22 September 2014

ILLAMASQUA ONCE COLLECTION REVIEW

A picture of Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss
A picture of Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish

A picture of Illamasqua Vintage Metallix in Courtier, Bibelot and Embellish
The Illamasqua Once Collection is a unique yet modest Autumn collection, featuring 7 gorgeous products including two sheer lipglosses, a powder blusher, a nail varnish and three cream-gel shadows. With absolutely beautiful packaging, the shades are all stunning and a touch more daring than other Autumn collections, but subtle enough that makes each product completely wearable. 

The Illamasqua Vintage Metallix* (£16.50) range consists of three stunning shades, presented in gorgeous rose-gold topped glass pots and has completely left me smitten. Long-lasting, metallic cream-gel texture shadows, they have a smudge resistant finish and create a beautiful intense metallic look with impressive longevity. You can apply either with a brush (due to the formula, I recommend a brush with synthetic bristles), or your fingers. Courtier is a lovely vintage nude, Bibelot a stunning vintage green, and Embellish is a super pretty vintage brown. The formula is absolutely beautiful; soft, creamy, light-weight and very easy to blend. Building up the shades for more intensity is a breeze, although I love teaming Courtier and Embellish together, applied lightly, for a subtle wash of colour. 

The Illamasqua Exquisite Sheer Lipgloss* (£16.50) is probably one of the prettiest pink glosses I ever did see. An enchanting pink oyster, it provides a sheer wash of colour with a gorgeous gloss effect, whilst feeling light-weight on the lip and with no unwanted stickiness. I love Illamasqua lipglosses; the formula is always spot on and some of my favourite to reach for. Exquisite can be worn alone, providing a stunning sheer yet eye-catching lip, or teamed with your favourite Illamasqua lipstick for an intense gloss finish. 

I'm always raving about Illamasqua polishes; they're my favourite of all polish brands, loving the bold design, stunning colours, streak-free formulas and perfect finishes. The Illamasqua Melange Nail Varnish* (£14.50) is one of my favourite Illamasqua polish shades yet, a truly beautiful golden teal with a matte finish (that looks even better with a nice glossy topcoat!). 

What do you think to the Illamasqua Once Collection?

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21 September 2014

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder Review

A picture of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder
A picture of Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder
Soap & Glory isn't a brand I use regularly. When they first became popular, I used to hoard their body care range like there was no tomorrow, pretty much exclusively using Soap & Glory for baths and showers. Over the years I became a little bit bored of the scent (although I still think it's lovely), and I stopped turning to Soap & Glory as much as I used to. Their makeup range is hugely popular, but it's not a range I've dabbled in much only trying concealers, mascaras and lipgloss so far. Soap & Glory is definitely a brand I want to explore more, makeup wise, forever seeing rave reviews of the range with some cult blogger favourites too. 

I recently picked up the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder (£12) which I shared in a haul quite recently (see here), and it's been the only powder I've turned to over the past week or so. The partner product to a favourite Soap & Glory product of mine, the Kick Ass Concealer Three Piece Camouflage Kit (£10), it's received a lot of praise since it's release and it's a product I'd had my eye on for a while. 

I really adore the packaging for this one, which is pretty much spot on to the concealer, with a very slim design and compact mirror. The powder itself is yellow, with a lovely embossing of the Instant Retouch name on the product (which yes, does disappear quite quickly once you start using it). With vision-boggling SUPERBLUR™ technology and CAMOUFLAWGE 3DTM, it promises to perfect your face and leave your skin looking impossibly smooth, a translucent powder which can be used anywhere on the face, but works particularly well for setting under the eye concealer. The formula is dreamy - it's extremely lightweight on the skin, with a velvety soft powder formula, and looks invisible on the skin. This for me is a massive positive, because no matter how lightly I apply powders, there are a few in my stash that leave tell-tale signs. 

Using my Real Techniques Setting Brush (£8.99), I apply to my under eye to set and keep concealers in place, as well as my t-zone and chin; the areas I struggle with excess oil. The size of the Real Techniques Setting Brush works perfectly, because it's big enough to cover the areas you want, without having to over-powder. For my under-eye concealers its heavenly; my concealers stay put all day long, with no visible fine lines and without that over-powdered under the eye look. For my t-zone and chin I find it does work really, really well - but it it's an out-all-day kind of thing, then I do need to powder again later in the day.  

I'm really, really glad I picked this up, and I think it could ever be a new favourite. It's fairly similar to the coveted Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder (£9.95), so let me know if you'd like to see a comparison post! Have you tried the Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder before? What are your thoughts on it?

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19 September 2014

REN SATIN PERFECTION BB CREAM REVIEW

A picture of REN Satin Perfection BB Cream
If you have naturally oily skin, finding a dewy base to work with your skin can be a real challenge. I've tried countless bases which promise dewy skin, but just don't work with my oily skin type. That was until the REN Satin Perfection BB Cream* (50ml, £26) came into my life. Finally, I can achieve the dewy base I've always wanted, without worrying about my oily skin playing up and turning me into a melted mess throughout the day. But what's so special about Satin Perfection?

Using adaptive colour technology, Satin Perfection is silicone free and is only available in one shade as it stands; Light - Medium. The colour adjusting technology does mean that this will work for most complexions, however I wouldn't advise it for anyone with a much darker complexion than my own. It contains Bio Extracts of Flurophores, from Noni Extract which works to boost elastin, tone and firm skin, Antileukine, from Ochroleuca Seaweed which protects against UV damage, Tocotrienols. from Arctic Cranberry Seed Oil which is a wonderful anti-oxidant, and Magnesium from Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycogen from Marine Glucose and Vitamin C, which work to revitalise and boost radiance. If that wasn't enough, it also offers photo-rejuvenation technology which works to help tone, firm and provides an anti-ageing effect.

The formula itself is fairly thick for a base, particularly a BB cream, but it's super creamy, light-weight and easy to blend. It works well with both foundation brushes or fingers, effortlessly creating a flawless base, evening skintone and providing a natural looking luminosity with a non-oily, satin finish. For me, it leaves my skin looking naturally flawless - my uneven complexion is sorted within seconds, the finish is exceptionally flattering and the dewy finish is just subtle enough to look natural. When I were the Satin Perfection BB Cream, my skin looks and feels happy, I very rarely need to powder and it has fab longevity, even managing to keep my oily skin at bay. We all lust after flawless skin, and this is the perfect everyday base for achieving just that.

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KIKO DARING GAME FALL COLLECTION

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection
A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Face Brush

A picture of the KIKO Radiant Honey Golden Game Sculpting Powder

Although I love the bright shades we all turn to in summer, I'm always more confident with the shades akin to winter and the fall collections are really pulling out all the stops this year! One collection in particular that I am really enjoying, is the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection*. Inspired by beautiful Bond Girls, it's a sophisticated collection with stand-out packaging and shades to suit any complexion or preference. 

My favourite piece from the collection is the Radiant Honey Golden Game Sculpting Powder (£15.90) which also happens to be my favourite packaging of the collection - the casing is white and silver, designed to look like a pack of playing cards with an detailed club design on both outer casing, as well as embossed onto the product. It contains three shades; a stunning pearly golden highlighter with a flattering shimmer finish, alongside two contour shades, both red toned and both fairly sutble for contour shades, so should work well with a variety of complexions. With a buttery soft powder formula, they're super easy to apply and blend and alongside the handy compact mirror inside, it makes contouring and highlighting on the go a breeze! 

KIKO have definitely got lips covered with this collection, which includes 6 lipsticks with 6 accompanying lip pencils that match each lipstick shade. I've been trying out the Piquant Fire Red Demi Mat Ace of Diamond Lipstick (£7.90), alongside the accompanying Piquant Fire Ace of Diamond Red Lip Pencil (£5.90). First of all I have to say, I love that the lipsticks and lip pencils match. How many times have you had the perfect lipstick, but struggled to find a lip liner to match? Love that KIKO have made perfect lips so easy! The liner comes in super slim twist-up packaging, and with a creamy formula and precise design, it effortlessly lines and blends. Presented in gorgeous gold casing, the lipstick is light-weight with a creamy formula that glides on in a flash. A stunning true, deep red, both products have intense pigmentation and impressive longevity.

I am seriously into liners right now and I love the Mystery Smoky Eye Pencil (£6.90) in Powerful Burgundy and Seductive Emerald. A really deep burgundy with the finest opalescent shimmer and the most perfect autumn shade, I'll definitely be getting my use out of Powerful Burgundy. Seductive Emerald is actually one of the most gorgeous liners I've ever tried, as well as one of the most beautiful shades I've probably ever seen. A bright sparkling emerald with just the right amount of fine glitter, I am smitten. 

If classic black is more your thing, then the All-In Maker and Kajal (£9.90) might be just the product you're looking for. A dual-ended liner which features an eyeliner pen alongside a tapered tip kajal, both products are jet black with fantastic formulas that make application super easy. The eyeliner pen is my favourite of the two, it effortlessly creates a precise line.

If you love quick and easy eyes, you'll love the Colour-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadow Pencil (£7.90) range which includes 10 autumn-perfect shades. I've been trying out Sinuous Shell and Mysterious Acai. Both are beautiful, and with the right application can really create a truly stand-out look. Creamy in formula, they apply with intense pigmentation and the shades are stunning; a beautiful neutral nude with pale pink undertones and a seriously stunning deep violet purple. Both have gorgeous fine iridescent glitter, with pretty good lasting-power. 

Keeping nails hot this fall, KIKO have the Gloss Effect Poker Nail Lacquer (£6.90) range with six super pretty shades that have a lovely demi-gloss finish. Exclusive Blue is a true electric blue, whilst Irresistible Orchid is a bright dolly pink. The formula is lovely, streak-free and just two coats provides an intense, opaque finish. 

Last but not least, the only product from the collection that I wanted to love, but didn't quite get along with, The Daring Game Face Brush (£15.90) is possibly one of the softest brushes I've ever come across, designed for face powder products such as blush, bronze and highlight. I love the design and shape of the brush - it really stands out from the normal brushes in my stash, but I just find it impossible to blend products and I really can't get the hang of this one! 

The Daring Game collection is perfect for anyone who loves autumn shades, whilst still loving a pop of bright, daring colour and finishes which stand-out. The packaging is so fun and funky, I love the formula of the products, super easy to work with, and at budget-friendly prices, you really can't go wrong! Will you be daring enough to try anything from the new collection? 

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18 September 2014

MAYBELLINE COLOR DRAMA INTENSE VELVET LIP PENCILS REVIEW

A picture of Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in In With Coral and Fuchsia Desire

The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99) are seriously one of the most exciting drugstore releases I have seen for a long time. I find the variety of products available in the drugstore is always pretty limited, so I've always opted for high-end NARS Lip Pencils (£17.50) to fix my lip pencil urges. I've grown quite the collection of NARS Lip Pencils (see here) and I have never found a drugstore alternative that matches or even beats the NARS offerings. The new Color Drama Lipsticks promise to make lips pop with on trend colours and a creamy texture, but are they anywhere near as good as my beloved NARS lip pencils? 

The packaging is a lot different in person than I expected. They're around half the size of the NARS lip pencils, around 3" in length and although described by Maybelline as slim, I think they're quite chunky for lip pencils. I love the sleek black and white design, with the end of each lip pencil the corresponding colour to their shade, which is something I really like as it makes the shade you want quicker to find in your makeup stash! 

The formula is absolutely beautiful, a stunning creamy texture that glides on effortlessly providing intense colour pay-off and longevity that beats any of my favourite high-end lipsticks. These beauties last all day, even through eating and drinking. In With Coral is a mix between a peachy coral and flamingo pink, whilst Fuchsia Desire is a blue-toned almost fluorescent pink. There is a gorgeous subtle gloss finish to each and they feel comfortable and light-weight on the lip.

I am absolutely smitten. Although I think the formula is vastly different to the NARS lip pencils, I adore the formula, design and shade range and think I could see myself sticking to these more budget-friendly lip colours for quite a while. If you're on a budget and have been lusting after the NARS lip pencils, give these a try, because honestly? They could quite easily be my favourite drugstore launch of 2014. 

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17 September 2014

THE GLAMOUR BEAUTY POWER LIST 2014 BEAUTY BOX

A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box

A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box
A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box

It's a day of beauty boxes here on Tattooed Tealady and earlier today I shared the 'Happy Days!' September Birchbox (see here) - now it's time to share my thoughts on a limited edition beauty box, which is available for a super limited time whilst stocks last. And trust me, it's one box you don't want to miss out on!

The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box* (£15.99) is the latest collaboration between Latest in Beauty and Glamour, with a total worth of £83.47 with seven high-street and high-end products, as well as an amazing offer for 62% off of a one year subscription to Glamour digital edition, for iPhone and iPad users. Each of the products inside the box have been selected personally by the Glamour Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, products that stand out from the crowd as best-sellers and products which meet all of their claims and more.

First up and the most exciting product for me by far, is a huge 30ml Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (50ml, £29) which I thought was a full size, but I can't seem to find a 30ml of the standard primer online (correct me if I'm wrong!). It promises to create the perfect base for a flawless finish with all-day staying power. I've been trying a sample of the  Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (30ml, £19) and was planning to buy the full size, but now I don't have to! I just hope this one works just as well with my oily skin as the oil-free version.

I'm a huge fan of the coveted Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml, £14.75) and I received a 30ml travel size including a Liz Earle Muslin Cloth, which is perfect for travelling and weekends away. It's a cleanser I always return to, and deserves all the rave reviews it gets. Really recommend giving this hero product a try! 

I was really excited to see the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray (250ml, £22) as I've loved all the Philip Kingsley products I've tried so far. I received a fairly decent 60ml travel size, a leave-in protective conditioning spray that works to defend your hair against the damage caused by heat, styling and breakage. Smells lovely, too! Can't wait to give it a try.

I already own a couple of the Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipsticks (£6.99) (see here) and the Color Sensational range in general is my top choice for drugstore lipsticks (see here). They have the most perfect creamy soft formula with opaque colours and incredible longevity, with a formula that sits well and feels comfortable on the lips. The shade I received is 710 Sultry Sand, which is a touch too pale for me so I'll be passing it onto a friend. I really couldn't recommend these Maybelline lipsticks enough though - they're amazing! 

I'm personally not a makeup-wipe user, and reserve them just for cleaning makeup packaging. My skin just doesn't work well with them, so I'll also be passing on the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes (10 wipes, £6) to a friend, too. They promise to easily remove even the most elaborate of eye makeup, with 100% cotton pads which contain Olive Oil and Aloe Extract to soothe and condition. 

I have been wanting to try the newest mascara launches from Bourjois for a while now, so I'm chuffed that the Power List includes the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99). Promising to instantaneously provide 360' volume with a unique brush for clump free, definited, va-va-voom lashes. Expect a review very soon!

The final product inside The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014, is from a brand I have wanted to try for at least a year now. With a generously sized 25ml sample, I can't wait to try the James Read Sleep Mask Tan (200ml, £40) which I've seen countless rave reviews of. Designed to combine the hydrating effects of a facial with a healthy dose of self-tan, you pop it on before bed and wake up with beautiful sun-kissed skin (or that's the plan, anyway). I will be giving this a try over the weekend, cannot wait!

The products included are amazing and except for a couple which are better suited to friends and family, I am so happy with every product and can't wait to give everything a try. If you'd like to see a specific review of any of the products featured, let me know! The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 is limited edition, and I wouldn't be surprised if it sells out quick, so make sure to order yours soon. Let me know what you think to the selection of products, and whether you've tried and love any of the products included!

*This post contains a PR sample, for more info please check out my Disclaimer.
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HAPPY DAYS! SEPTEMBER BIRCHBOX REVIEW

A picture of the September Birchbox UK

A picture of the September Birchbox UK
A picture of the September Birchbox UK

A picture of the September Birchbox UK
I have two beauty box reviews to share with you all today, and I'm starting things off with Birchbox. I always love when the newest Birchbox lands on my doorstep, and this month there's seven products featured inside the September box*, with a fantastic 'Happy Days!' theme. I have to admit, I am absolutely smitten with the beautiful designed box this month, and it goes perfectly with the theme; bright, cheerful, cute little designs and lots of things we all associate with good luck and happy occasions. There's some fab suggestions in the regular monthly postcards featured, on what to do with the bright and cheerful box, and I think I'll definitely be using mine as a lovely keepsakes box. Isn't it just so pretty?

The first products to catch my eye were this month's lifestyle extras; a bag of Urban Fruit Smashing Strawberry (£13.20 for 6) and a Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip. I'd spied teasers of the photo clip over on the Birchbox Instagram, so I was really happy to see one in my box. I used to have loads of these in the 90's, all different colours and ones which held more than one photo. Does anyone else remember them? The Urban Fruit was a delicious treat - I love Urban Fruit but nowhere nearby sells it, so I was happy to snack on these from the September box! I've only ever tried Smashing Strawberry, but I'd love to try the other flavours of Magnificent Mango and Perfect Pineapple.

Products wise we have four sample sizes and one full sized product this month. I have to admit, I am a big fan of Birchbox and I always love the contents - I really like the products I received this month - but this definitely isn't my favourite box. I think even one more full sized product would have been lovely. Let's delve in shall we?

One product I'm excited to try is the ModelCo Power Lash Mascara (£24) as I'm a big fan of the ModelCo products I've tried so far. The Power Lash Mascara promises to capture every tiny last lash for maximum impact with minimal effort, using a uniquely shaped wand. Looking forward to giving this a go, especially as I usually stick to high-street for mascaras.

I'm a huge fan of the Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream (£25.50) and I only recently gave it a rave review (see here). I received a 3g sample pot, which is going to come in handy when we're next travelling. Such a good product, I'd really recommend giving this one a try if you are on the lookout for a new eye cream!

There's a 20ml sample of Premae Mild Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub (£25) which recommends twice-weekly uses if using as a facial exfoliator, or perfect for after tanning and hair removal for the body. It contains Olive granules which work to smooth skin, and I'll be giving this a try as a facial exfoliator. It has a light-weight creamy formula, so I'm looking forward to giving this one a try.

I love hair oils. They are the perfect, fuss-free, quick and easy way to keep your hair happy. I received a 4ml sample of the Agave Healing Oil Treatment (£16-£27), a light-weight oil which works to smooth hair, build resiliency and boost shine and colour. Very excited to try this, and I know this adorable 4ml sample will last forever, as you only need a tiny amount!

The final product inside the box is from a brand I really want to explore more. I received a teeny tiny cute sample size of the Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper (£22) in Rio. The sample size reminds me of all the samples my mum used to get with Avon that I'd find in her makeup drawers and try and hide them to play with later. I haven't seen a lipstick sample like this in years! The perfect size for popping in your handbag though. With Cool Mint, Ginger and special Peptides, it works to provide visible plumping with a warm nude colour.

Birchbox costs £10 a month plus £2.95 post & packaging. You can subscribe to Birchbox here.

*This post contains a PR sample, for more info please check out my Disclaimer.
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