beautyofhistory

A lover of history and beauty searching to link the two together

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Surprise Loccitane Gift

There is nothing quite like being gifted a beauty product. My best friend turned up to my door today to hand back a DVD (Friends with Kids, great film) and also gave me this L’occitane Verbena Discovery Kit ! Totally what I need after a stressful few weeks of non stop revising and panicking over this exam! The Verbena line at L’occitane is definitely a fragrance for some people. As soon as your lift the top off a bottle you are hit with a wonderful sherbet and lemon scent. Perfect for summer and I will be using this the morning of my exam to kick start my day. Thank you to my wonderful friend for always being there and remembering my absolute love affair with L’occitane!

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Weekend Away Travel Packing

Now I don’t know about you but packing your bags to go away for a few days can either be super easy or the most difficult thing. Picking between make up products, skin care products is like trying to chose your favourite child- well not that bad but you get my drift. But here are my choices and I think I’ve chosen wisely, let me know if I’ve missed anything major!

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Bluewater Haul

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So a few weeks ago I took a trip to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent and picked up a few things.

Recently, I have been so impressed with my skills of not falling to impulse purchases and so all of these products I fully planned to buy before hand.

I also had my first experience in a Space. NK store which I loved! My new favourite beauty store hands down! The staff were super friendly and I felt really at ease. It sounds silly but I often feel out of my depth in some big department stores where the counters almost appear to laugh at your inexperience with their brand. But I loved Space N.K for being open and inviting! Big thumbs up!

Anyway, I picked up my cult favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish with the skin tonic along with a travel kit for summer! I took out the two mini sizes of the moisturiser and the brightening mask for myself as I probably wont be using them as much when I travel. However, I will be purchasing the full size of the mask as I love it. After a few uses I can see a difference in the clarity and tone of my skin. I picked these beauties up from John Lewis.

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My first NARS purchase also happened on this trip in Space N.K and I am so happy it was a bronzer. I have been meaning to purchase my first bronzer for so long but never had the guts too. I have very pale skin so I always thought bronzers weren’t for me. Anyway, this beauty did set me back £26 but it is great for really warming up my skin tone without being muddy or orange. If you are in the market for your first or a new bronzer I would definitely consider it. There are some great drugstore alternatives which I will write a blog post on as soon as I get my hands on them.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation was also on my list to purchase. At £9.99 I think it is a great buy for anyone who loves a dewy, healthy finish to their skin. My only problem with this product is that it is a tad too dark for my skin. I love the consistency and how it looks and the coverage is great and lasts a good amount of time. I will definitely be repurchasing this but in the lightest shade.

New Years Eve Beauty Must Haves

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It’s that time of year again where we all want to look our best whether going out or seeing family and friends. So here are my must have beauty products to ensure you look your best!

Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation

This foundation is incredible at transforming your complexion and making your skin glow whilst also including great moisuturisation which for the winter months is essential. Wear with your favourite primer and you will have a lasting complexion which wont look shiny in photo graphs.

John Frieda Liquid Shine Perfecting Gloss

I received this as part of a gift for Christmas and have been really impressed by it. Unlike other glosses which are sticky and can weigh your hair down this is incredibly light and has a fantastic coconut scent. I use it when my hair is still wet and when I curl my hair it keeps it looking soft yet shiny. Perfect for new years eve when you want your hair to look its best.

Real Techniques Brushes

I cannot emphasise enough how great these brushes are. They are make-up artist quality with a normal price tag. I have here the expert face brush which has the orange/bronze middle and is great for foundation or setting powder and I have the stippling brush which is also great for foundation but probably more appropriate for a tinted moisturiser. Get these from Boots and these will make your foundation look flawless.

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!

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.

Boi-ing Concealer Review

I have been wanting to purchase a good concealer for a while now and after doing my research I had decided that Benefit’s boi-ing concealer was the one for me. I swatched, debated and then bought this pricey concealer for £16.50. I thought that it was worth the money since I was looking for a full and lasting coverage concealer to get me through the summer to the winter months.

As you can see Benefit have continued their quirky individualistic packaging style with an equally unique name of Boi-ing. Connotations of life and vitality and I’m guessing something along the line of making a somewhat springy complexion is what Benefit have aimed for in this product.

I like how Benefit have chosen not to go down the route of pairing each shade with a cliche name, it makes it simple to pick your colour and feel confident in it. I chose the lightest colour and it is perfect, it completely blends in with the rest of my make-up and is suitable for use under foundation and as a touch up. It has a nice light texture but is a little oily for me so I use it sparingly. It has real staying power and gives my complexion a boost when I need it. Overall I am pleased with this concealer and will definitely be up on my repurchase list.

TAG! What’s in my make-up bag?

I love tag’s and was inspired to do this one by a blog I follow Cleane, Tone and Weigh In ( http://insertsuitabletitle.wordpress.com/)
whereby we take a peek into each others make up bags to see what secrets are kept inside. I love the idea of this as I am always curious to see what products people adore or swear by on a daily basis. So here we go:
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Take A Break?

As it is now the summer and for those with families the children have broken up from school for the year and it is now the summer holidays. Deciding what to do in these months of (fingers crossed) sun we can chose to do many different things. For me personally it is a time to let go of stress and focus on myself. As a history student I have been opened up to a whole new world of studying and one of these new studies has been social history. I have been fascinated with how holidays and time off began and what people of the first ‘summer holiday’ thought to do in this time off. For England, the nineteenth century was one of change and development of the Industrial Revolution beginning in the late eighteenth century. Working hours increased but there was a general understanding that an emphasis on the nuclear family was necessary for England and therefore more children went to school and the weekend, bank holidays took on a new meaning.

So what does this all have to do with beauty? Well by the early 20th Century the world saw the rise of fashion brands such as Chanel (1909)  and Dior (1946). Now these brands were and still are high end brands, names which probably never left the lips of an average family in Industrial Britain. Women of the eighteenth to nineteenth century would rely on natural products and home made beauty recipes. Some interesting ones I have found including face whitening creams including milk, lemon juice and white brandy!!

I love how the women of England and indeed throughout Europe had their own ways of re-creating a cheaper version of the expensive lotions and potions sold to the upper classes. It makes it all very real when walking into a department store now and be able to think of the journey these amazing high fashion brands have gone and how they have inspired others to join in the world of beauty!

Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag

I’ve seen this tag everywhere on YouTube and on blogs and so I am so excited to finally be able to do the Seven Deadly Sins of Beauty Tag.

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