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Month: September, 2012

Back to University Haul, MAC, Liz Earle, Nivea

So I took a shopping trip to Westfield in Stratford a little while back with two of my best friends and we had a blast. I took full advantage of the fact that Westfield has a MAC store and a Forever 21 and many other stores which just are not near where I live in Suffolk or indeed East Anglia as a whole! So I decided to make my first ever MAC  purchase and went for a product I have heard fantastic things about which is their Cleanse Off Oil and oh my goodness do I LOVE IT! To be honest when I had my first try of it at home I was worried I made a bad purchase as I applied it with a cotton pad directly to my eye and it made my vision blurry! But the next time I used it I applied it with my fingers and massaged it gently around my eyes and I had no problem. I literally melts away my make-up and has a really light scent to it which I love. Overall I am really happy with this product as I want to cut down the amount of Liz Earle I am using purely to remove make up. I want to max out the use of that cleanser so I thought by buying MAC Cleanse Off Oil I would be able to switch between the two, and so far so good!

I made a repurchase at John Lewis of the Liz Earle skin tonic, it is a firm favourite of mine and whenever I get the chance to stock up I do! This toner will be great for Autumn/Winter as stress from another year at university will probably take its toll on my skin as well as changing weather and central heating in the house!

Before me and my besto’s left the mall we got a tonne of free Nivea samples from their new range of products. We got a picture taken too from their pod cameras and were handed goodie bags-  WIN! Inside I got three samples of their firming body oil which is AMAZING! I love the idea of an oil for my skin as I have used oils of my face before and reaped the benefits!


Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner and Lipstick Review

I have always been a fan of the Max Factor Masterpiece Glide & Define Liquid Eye Liner because of how easy it was to use and that it was an all in one product. However, I thought I would try a gel eyeliner for  a change and try Maybelline’s as I have heard great things about it. Firstly, I was really happy with the way it was packaged in a box and that the product itself comes in a durable opaque glass bottle. It gives it quite a high end look even though it only costs around £7.99. The brush is perfect and with a little practice I was able to achieve the same winged look I got from the Max Factor eye liner. It has great staying power which is a must for me as I have oily eye lids.

As Boots were having a deal on where you can buy any 2 products for £10 I decided to get a lipstick for Autumn and I chose the most aptly named one they do- Autumn Rose. Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Rose, in both colour and scent form! This has a really nice moisturising property to it and lasts a good amount of time.

August Favourites

So, August has officially ended and it is now September- where has the time gone? Soon Autumn will be settling in and it will be time to say goodbyes to my summer favourite products.  So here are my favourite products of August:

Bare Minerals foundation- when going out during the day this is a super light foundation which stays put but also has great coverage. I also use this when my skin is acting up and want to prevent any heavy foundation from settling in.

As you can tell, I’ve used this eye shadow A LOT!

17 Yeah Baby Eye Shadow (Vintage) – I got this years ago from Boots and have kept it ever since because it is the most gorgeous Champagne Gold colour and is pretty pigmented too. It gives a beautiful glow over the eyes and literally makes them ‘pop’. It’s a colour I only really use in summer but now I think of it, it totally could transfer to Autumn/Winter too. I team this with another eye shadow trio I got from Boots.  I use the darkest colour on this mini pallet and blend it into the crease of my eye with a fluffy brush.

This has a really nice thick consistency but absorbs into the skin surprisingly well

Heathcote and Ivory Vintage Hand Cream- this smells amazing! I bought this from a small shop in Monks Eleigh which is a small village in Suffolk. I also bought one for a friend too as I couldn’t resit! It has a wonderful Rose sent but unlike a lot of Rose scented creams it also has a real nourishing aspect to it. As it contains Shea Butter (my hero ingredient) it teams together both scent and practicality. I love the bottle and will be taking this all the way through to Autumn/Winter 2012 because of the fact it has Shea Butter. Although I love my L’occitane Shea Butter cream I find that it is definitely more of an Autumn/Winter hand cream whereas this one totally works for Summer.