Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Little Luxuries Collective Haul

Hi everyone,

I've managed to do a fair bit of shopping over the past couple of months, and while I was out shopping I picked up a few high end/ luxury items; and I wanted to share these with you.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I've been eyeing up either the original Naked palette and the Naked 2 palette for the past twelve months, and I couldn't make up my mind which one I wanted, as they looked very similar. In the end I settled for the original Naked palette, as the shades are more warm toned, and these are what I personally like.

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Serum
I decided to get this as I didn't have a serum that was suitable for giving my skin the extra hydration boost that my skin needs at the moment, due to the colder months. The serum contains hyaluronic acid, and its this that helps to give the skin an extra boost of hydration.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I've also been thinking of getting this for a while, as this doesn't contain hyaluronic acid. But the moisturiser which I'm going to be using along side it does, and I don't fancy overloading my skin with loads of hyaluronic acid.

Neal's Yard Witch Hazel Toner
I got this as my skin has mildly broken out, and I needed something that would help it. This is a gentle astrigent toner, which means that its quite a strong toner; but its very gentle on the skin. 

Rituals Under a Fig Tree Mini Fragrance Sticks
I've had one of these before I enjoyed the scent of this. These are ideal for scenting a small room, and the scent itself is very fresh and welcoming. I got this as I'm inbetween candles at the moment, and I just needed something to fragrance my room for a couple of weeks inbetween lighting candles.

Rituals White Lotus & Ginkgo Biloba Hand Balm
I brought this because I didn't have a hand cream for my other handbag, and I really liked the fragrance of this; and with it being a hand balm I thought it would be ideal for the winter months.

Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
This is first Ambiant Lighting Blush, and I'm really looking forward to using it. I chose Luminous Flush, and it looked like the most natural for my pale skin tone.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss in Fortune
I brought this as it was the shade that caught my eye, and I have nothing like this in my lipgloss collection. I'm really looking forward to using this alongside the Ambiant Lighting Blush; and as I'm looking at the photo they look as if they going to compliment each other really well.

What are your favourite high end/ luxury products?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Shadow Palette

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share with you the new Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Warn Eye Shadow palette, which has been created as part of their 2014 Christmas Collection. This is the only item from this years Christmas Collection that I own.

First of all the eyeshadows are in a faux tortoise shell case, with gold branding. Its also quite small and sleek. The design of the tortise shell shows up more when it hits the light.

Also within the eye shadow palette is a dual-sided brush. One side of the brush can be used for blending, and the other can be used as either a liner or packing colour onto the lid.

Now for the eyeshadows. I'm going to talk about the eyeshadows individually, and I'm going to go left to right.

Bone - This is a matte cream shade that can be all over the lid or to highlight underneath the brows.

Champagne Quartz - This is a satin finish, and this shade has a peachy pink hue. This could be used all over the lid or in the centre of the lid to add a bit of pinkish highlight.

Malted - This is another matte shade, and its a taupe. This could be used alongside Bone to create a nice simple day time look.

Gold - This is the only sparkle eyeshadow within the palette, and this could be used to add a bit of glam and sparkle to either a day time look, or a smokey eye look.

Sable - This is a mid-tone matte brown, and this could also be used all over the lid along with Bone, or along side Bone and Malted to create a day time smokey look.

Espresso - This is a dark brown matte shade, and this could be used to add more definition to a smokey eye look, or as eye liner; depending on what look you facied created with it.

The palette retails for £34.50 in the UK

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Bath & Body Shop Haul

Hi everyone,

I decided to have a bit of a stock up of my Bath & Body Works products, and I also fancied trying a couple of their hand soaps.


Pure Paradise
The Pure Paradise fragrance has a fresh, clean scent with a hint of fruitiness; and I've never had this fragrance before. So, I thought I would be a nice one to try when we get our warm weather back.

Golden Apricot
This has a mild sweet citrus scent which is right up my street. The only problem with the PocketBac is that when you smell it from the bottle itself, you actually can smell the alcohol; which is one thing I've never encountered with the B&BW PocketBacs before, and I've used quite a few of them in the past.

Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps

Black Cherry Merlot
I've never used any of the hand soaps from B&BW before, but I'm really looking forward to using them and seeing what all the fuss about. Black Cherry Merlot smells exactly like a Bakewell Tart, which is a sweet pastry made in the UK, and it comes from a little town called Bakewell. This one I'm definatly looking forward to using as its such a sweet smelling scent, but without the added calories.

Golden Apricot
This is a mild sweet citrus scent, which is lovely; and with this one you don't any scent of alcohol due to it being a hand soap. This is the hand wash that I'm using next, as my current one is nearly empty.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Product Empties - October 2014

Hi everyone,

It's product empties time again, and it doesn't seem that long ago since I last did one of these.

Dove Volume Boost Shampoo & Conditioner
As much as I love the Dove hair care I really didn't like these; mainly because I got no volume at all from this range of products. So I won't be repurchasing these again in the future.

Korres Vanilla, Freesia & Lychee Shower Gel
This is another product that I wasn't overly fond of, mainly due to the fact that I had to use a lot of product to get a decent lather. The scent was okay, but nothing special. But I won't be buying it again.

The Body Shop Coconut Creamy Body Scrub
Now this is one product I really enjoy using, and I've already started my second tub of this. This is a gentle, but creamy scrub; and it does what its supposed to do. The scent is heavenly, and I will repurchase it again.

The Body Shop satsuma Body Butter
I'm not going to lie, but when I first started using this it took me a while to get used to the scent, as it smells ever so slightly different to the rest of the satsuma range. But, once I was over that I really started to enjoy the product; and I have already repurchased it ready for next Spring/ Summer.

Impulse True Love Body Fragrance
The scent of this is lovely, and I've gone through a few of these over the past couple of months. But, once I've ran out of it I won't be repurchasing it again, as I've found something much better.

The Body Shop Blueberry Shower Gel
The blueberry range was part of the limited edition summer collection at The Body Shop, and as much as I love the showe gels I really didn't like this one as the scent was a little artificial. I do have more to use, but once thats gone I won't be buying it again.

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
This is really good stuff and I've already brought a fresh one. If you like sweet and girly scents you'll love this, as it has the Lush famous 'Snow Fairy' scent. I does a great job at getting rid of all the dry skin on the lips, and the best thing is you can lick it off afterwards; thats if you want too.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil
This is one of the little minatures from the sampler kit from Aromatherapy Associates. I think I got two baths out of this, as much as I like the scent and as much as fills the bathroom; I don't think I'm going to purchasing a full size bottle as they are expensive for what they are.

Alterna Bamboo Abundant Volume Shampoo & Conditioner Sample
I got this in my very first Sephora order, and I have to say that I really didn't like it; as I had to use a lot of product to give my hair good clean, but I also didn't get any volume from this. It also took a lot of product to lather up. So, this is another product that I won't be repurchasing.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner Sample
I actually went through two lots of sample sachets of this product just to see if I would like it, and sadly it just isn't for me. It does cleanse the hair and gives it a bit of volume, but its nothing special. So, again this is another product that I won't be buying.