Five Fabulous Beauty Finds for Spring

As it’s the beginning of March, I thought I’d tell you about my favourite (and fabulous) beauty finds for spring. Some have been in my make-up arsenal for a while, whilst others are complete newbies, but I’m seriously loving all five…

1.  Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contouring Kit

I bought this from Boots yesterday and at £6.99 I thought it was a great budget introduction to the art of contouring. I had a little play this morning but am going to watch some YouTube tutorials in the hope of really getting to grips with this beauty phenomenon. Any advice will be most welcome!

2.  Vaseline  Lip Therapy Queen Bee

I got this for Christmas inside my Zoella guinea pig make up bag (guinea pig themed blog on the way very soon). It smells great and is the perfect solution for chapped lips. I’ve also been dabbing a little over the top of my red lippy for a glossy finish.

 

3.  Barry M Brow Kit Shape & Define

Another Barry M bargain – I love the price and quality of Barry M products, not to mention the wide range. This brow kit is a fab alternative to the pricey HD Brows kit. I can’t quite remember how much this kit cost as I’ve had it a while – you can probably tell from how battered the box is – but it was around £5. It contains a gel, a dark brown powder, a light highlighter, brush and mini tweezers!!

 

4.  Revlon Professional Uniq One

I’ve been using this for about 4 years now and I buy it directly from my hairdresser. I used to have very bleached white hair and this stuff is just fantastic for conditioning and detangling. It’s a fantastic all in one spray and a little goes a long way. All you need is a few sprays on wet hair and then comb it through to distribute.  Easy peasy!

 

5. London Butterflies Body Butter Soufflé

This came as part of my February Birchbox and I included it in my list because it smells utterly divine. I’ve been smothering it on my elbows so that when I start fake tanning, I won’t get any dodgy patchy bits! It absorbs really well and the scent lasts for ages.

What are your favourite beauty buys for spring?

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My week in nails

This week, I’ve been experimenting with a series of different festive-themed manicures.

Look 1: Traditional Festive

Base: Barry M Gelly in Blood Orange Top Coat: Barry M Gold Glitter

Base Colour: Barry M Gelly in Blood Orange
Top Coat: Barry M Starlight

Look 2: Christmas Bauble

Base: Barry M Silk in Orchid Top Coat: Barry M Gold Glitter (Superdrug Ltd Edition)

Base Colour: Barry M Silk in Orchid
Top Coat: Barry M Gold Glitter (Superdrug Ltd Edition)

Look 3: Crushed Candy

Base: Barry M Gelly in Grapefruit Top Coat: Barry M Sequin in White

Base Colour: Barry M Gelly in Grapefruit
Top Coat: Barry M Sequin in White

All these looks are really easy to create and just rely on choosing a base colour and a complimentary glitter top coat.  Don’t forget to use a coating of clear polish to seal the manicure as glitter coats can chip easily.

What are your favourite glitter mani combinations for the festive season?

Clothes Show Live 2014 Beauty Haul – Part 2

Apologies for not getting this posted sooner but I’m busy essay writing and I just don’t seem to have enough hours in my day to get everything done at the moment!

Last week, I blogged about the lovely Barry M goodies I picked up at the Clothes Show Live event.  In addition to these, I also got a goody bag from W7 Cosmetics and a rather nifty little set of hair removal pads from a company called Melody-Claire.

Here’s the W7 goody bag:

The W7 Cosmetics goody bag

The W7 Cosmetics goody bag

This bag was great value as it was part of a two for £10 deal (I had one and my friend the other) so it literally only cost us a fiver each…bargain!  I’ve bought W7 mascaras before but hadn’t previous tried any of the other products.  I’ve seen quite a few people blogging about the nude shade W7 eye palette at the moment, which seems to be getting a lot of positive feedback.

My goody bag contained:

  • 3 x fruity Lip Bombs (lip balms)
  • black eyeliner pencil
  • City Slicker eye make up remover
  • Space Debris blue glitter
  • Wild Lash mascara in black
  • Flutter Eyes false eyelashes
  • Celebrity Secrets eye palette in Smokin
  • Magic Beads nail beads in Pick and Mix
  • Playboy Nail Polish
  • A handbag-style cosmetic bag

I’ve used the strawberry Lip Bomb and the eyeliner pencil so far and have been happy with both.  I think some of the other products may well find themselves part of Christmas presents as they would make cute little stocking fillers.

My final beauty buy from the Clothes Show was this hair remover set from Melody-Claire:

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Melody-Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System

As you can see, the set comprises of two different sized backing pads, to which you attach the micro-crystal hair removal pads.  In order to remove the hair, you rub the pads in clockwise and anti-clockwise movements.  Now I was pretty skeptical about this working until the lady demonstrating them removed a patch of my arm hair…it was completely painless!

I tried the pads out on my legs at the start of the week and it took me about the same time as it would to shave them.  I’d really recommend this product as I seem to keep nicking the skin round my ankle bones when I shave at the moment, and these pads eliminate that completely.  Again, I bought this as a buy one get one free offer with my friend.  The £20 price tag seemed a bit hefty for one set, but for two sets it was much more reasonable.  Plus, I think there are enough pads to last for the entire year so it probably works out cheaper than buying disposable razors.

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and loved, liked or hated them!

Clothes Show Live 2014 Beauty Haul – Part 1

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be aware of how I excited I was to be visiting the Clothes Show Live this year.  I’d never been before so I decided that this was the year to treat myself to a ticket.

There was so much to see I highly doubt I saw it all.  In fact, I keep seeing posts on social media from the stalls I missed…nevermind, there’s always next year!

The highlight of the day for me – besides the shopping – was the Fashion Show.  The staging was incredible and the choreography of the dancers/models fitted perfectly with the clothing, styling and music.  I loved every minute of it and could have quite happily sat through it all again.  I was really lucky as my seat was only a few rows back from the catwalk, meaning I was close to the action.

Over the next few days, I thought I’d blog a few of the things I bought.  As I’m a MASSIVE Barry M fan, I decided to start with my lovely goody bag from their stall.  These goody bags cost £10, which I thought was reasonable based upon the number of items in them  (I often pick up three nail varnishes for £5 from Superdrug and the goody bag contained six).

I wouldn’t have chosen some of the items or colours in the bag but it’ll encourage me to try new shades and products to see if they suit me.

The goody bag itself was one of those brightly coloured cardboard bags you can sling over your shoulder and it will make a great present bag for Christmas!

Inside the goody bag, the cosmetics were packaged in a nice quality pink faux-leather case with stud detailing on the zip pull.

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Barry M goody bag

I liked the fact that, despite being heavily weighted in favour of nail products (which Barry M do so well), there was a range of eye and lip products too.

barry m 2The nail varnishes are (from l to r):

  • Atlantic Road Textured Effect
  • Pink Sequin Effect
  • Black Sequin Effect
  • Silver Multi Glitter
  • Limited Edition Gold Glitter
  • Magnetic Burgundy (front, top photo)

For the eyes, there is a Trio Eyeshadow palate in metallic browns, glittery white Dazzle Dust (no. 8), glittery grey Dazzle Dust (no. 91) and a Matt Supersoft Eye Crayon in green (no. 6).

The lip products consist of a Glossy Tube in pink and a Lip Lacquer Crayon in an orangey-red shade (no. 3).

I’m going to be trying out the different products over the festive season (what better time for all that glitter?), so if you would like see updates I’ll be posting them on Twitter.  I’d also love to hear from any of you who have tried and liked or disliked any of them.