Tuesday, 6 October 2015

MUA Hyrdo Range

Every brand and it's mother seems to be bringing out new products/ranges/formulations at the moment and like most of us I am a bit of a sucker for new products and this is especially true when they're under a fiver! MUA have done it again and along with all their new lip products they've released recently they have also gone and bought a new trio of primer, foundation & powder in what they are calling their hydro range.

The range of products are lightweight infused with Vitamin E and Jojoba which is supposed to give a natural finish on the skin which for me is perfect as I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup so if I'm putting a foundation on I do like it to look as natural as possible. The only one I've properly tried so far is the foundation in the shade natural ivory and it was ridiculously lightweight on my skin to the point that I might as well not wear it because there is no difference which was disappointing. However for others of you it might be fantastic but for me it just didn't work but if you're thinking of maybe trying there are six different shades and it's £4.00 so it's not really a huge loss.

The powder comes in only 1 shade and it's quite light to the point that on the skin it will probably be translucent but I've not tried this one out yet so no verdict at the moment. And then finally the product I am most excited about is the primer because I have a primer obsession. Every time a new highstreet/drugstore/budget primer gets released I am there like a shot and this one is the main reason I decided to give the range a go. 

As the picture above is supposed to show you but I couldn't quite capture it is that this primer is a lightweight gel now this is again one I haven't used yet so there verdict is out on this but I will say this does have an odd smell to it so it might not be for everyone. This is the most expensive product in the range coming in at £5.00. 

This range is available both from Superdrug & MUA plus available in your local Superdrug store!


Saturday, 5 September 2015

New Make Up Releases That Actually Interest Me

It's not often that new make up releases genuinely catch my eye at first, it normally takes me a couple of months to catch up but over the last couple of weeks there has actually been some brand new products out there that have hooked me in and made me put my card in the dreaded chip and 

Side note to self that I MUST STOP spending on a whim.

Anyway I thought I'd share the following products with you that I have purchased and I have been quite good as there's only 4 - I was restraining myself - however there could have been more if I allowed myself to purchase a multiple of shades but I was GOOD. I haven't yet properly used any of these products but will in the future let you know of  my first impressions/how I find them!

Contour kits have been released by pretty much every other brand so it was only a matter of time before Collection go in on the action! Currently on offer for £2.79 at Superdrug which is an absolute steal and even the full price of £4.19 is really good value so definitely worth checking out.

Collection have had their 'Speedy Blushes' out for a few months now but the latest addition to the family is this beautiful highlighter which I love. It's great for when you are in a rush and it's lovely and small to be able to pop into your make up bag without taking up loads of room! This little thing is also currently on special offer for the fab price of £2.66 at Superdrug and full price will be the the rather purse friendly price of £3.99! Oh Collection! - I just don't think I'll ever outgrow you!

Sleek have just  released a range of Barekissed Illuminators in range of different shades - Monaco, Cuba, Casablanca and Pompeii priced at £9.99 available from Boots. Out of the range Monaco appealed the most because it's more a natural Illuminator whereas the others aren't really and being so pale I think this will be the best one for me! This is the new release I am most excited about so will be sure to report back.

So Sleek had another new release in the shape of this lipstick/balm product. There were 6 different shades all named after sweets and because they had no testers I randomly picked Bon Bon as it looked the most natural. Although when I got it home I wasn't that sure and I'm still undecided how I feel about the colour. Priced at £6.49 I'm undecided if it was worth or not but I'll wait and see before making a concrete decision. 


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Ted Baker Bargain

John Lewis recently had a big clearance sale on and as I like to often do I just had a little peak in the handbag section to see if there was anything worth having a proper look at and this Ted Baker shopper bag caught my eye once again. I say once again as I have previously looked and looked at this bag but always resisted the temptation for the following reasons -

1- I don't need anymore bags.
2- I have no where to store it.
3- Would I use if for £150?

However the price was reduced to a more purse friendly (for me anyway) price of £89.50 and instantly in my head I was like 'Bargain, Bargain, Bargain' so I whipped out my card and ran to the till and I have to say I am so glad I did. Plus it comes with a mini clutch bag attached so essentially it's 2 bags for the price of 1 right?!


Monday, 6 July 2015

Palmer's Daily Calming Facial Lotion

Palmer's products have always been a bit hit and miss with me - I like their lip balms, the price and the quality of them are really unbeatable but I'm not a fan of their hand cream all that much. I also had to give away one of their body lotions because the smell of the coca butter was too overpowering for me and I just couldn't use it.

However I have found one of their products that I use on a daily basis and cannot rave enough about - Daily Calming Facial Lotion. Simply it's a moisturizer. The thing about this moisturizer is that it actually for once does what it says on the packaging -

 'Reduces redness and irritation
   Calms stressed skin'

And it really does do all that. I know when I have wake up with redness that this will help with that. It absorbs into the skin quickly so is great when you are in a rush or if you are planning on putting your make up straight after applying. It's lightweight so it can be used in summer as well as winter as it's not heavy on the skin and it generally makes my skin on my face feel a lot fresher - I can feel and see the difference when I've used a different cream on my face. 

I will say as much as I really do like this moisturizer, it one thing missing - it has no SPF in it. Which means for me I either have to double up on a moisturizer or go without as I don't wear anything but primer and powder on top and neither of those contain an SPF. That is for me my only moan about an otherwise really great product and the coca butter smell doesn't for some reason smell as strong in this like the other products which is a bonus as well.

If you want to try it out for yourself then it's available from Superdrug is currently on offer for £3.95 normal price £5.99.



Thursday, 18 June 2015

Daisy & Delilah London @ Superdrug

Superdrug have always had a jewellery stand or two (depending on the size of the store) lurking around and looking generally a little bit out of place that I've always felt was a bit overpriced and a little bit tackyto to be honest. I've always kind of bypassed it apart from when there's been red stickers to say it's in the sale as I am unable to resist any type of sale - just ask my mum! 

However in the past couple of months I've been finding myself looking at the jewellery stand more and more each time I go in and that's mainly to do with the new brand they seem to be stocking - Daisy & Delilah London range. This week however the earrings from the Daisy & Delilah Range particularly caught my eye. A pack of three pairs of earrings for a £2.00 which I of course had to get both the stars and hearts - it would be rude not to!

So next time you're in Superdrug don't bypass the jewellery stand as you might just find some hidden gems! 



Monday, 8 June 2015

Empties 2015 #2

I seem to be using up more and more products these days which is great because not only does it mean that the amount of products that I am having to store goes down it also means that I can finally get round to doing Empties posts.

So as you can see from photo above I have a lovely basket of empties which has a range of different products all used up! I will give a brief overview as well as the links to the products but I will try and not ramble and bore you all as there are quite a few for me to get through.

The first empties I have is Hair Products which is unusual for me to have so many as I normally get half way through a hair product, get bored and buy something new but lately I've been sticking it out and trying the product till the end to make sure I test it out properly and to stop wasting product.

So from the picture above the following empties are from left to right -

Urban Fudge De Gunk Deep Clean Shampoo (no link online) - This shampoo was absolutely amazing and did really deeply clean my hair and I also rarely used conditioner alongside this product as I felt my hair was better with just the use of the shampoo and it also has the most amazing citrus/mint smell! This is not online but is available in Superdrug.

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Shampoo £3.89 - This shampoo was for me personally a letdown, it just did nothing for my hair and because it was such a large bottle felt like it lasted forever which is good if you like a shampoo but when it doesn't make too much of a difference is a bit annoying. The only thing I felt this shampoo has going for it is that it smells like coconut which I found absolutely divine!

Dove 2 in 1 Nutritive Solutions Daily Care Shampoo and Conditioner £3.99 currently £1.97 for 400ml - Not too much I can say about this apart from another great hair care product from Dove and this is perfect for my lazy days when I can't be bothered to shampoo and condition my hair separately.

Ultime Essence Omega Repair Mask £5.99 currently £1.99 - At first I hated this hair mask, I felt as though my hair was horribly greasy and just felt unclean once styled but the more I used this mask the better it got and actually made my hair incredibly soft. However my favourite hair mask that I repeatedly buy is Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Repair Mask £4.59. You can leave this mask on for 2 minutes or 10 minutes, depending how much repair you want to give your hair and afterwards my hair just feels so weightless, soft and refreshed which is everything I want my hair to be.

Boots Skin Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion which I've mentioned time and time before, it's one of my trusty holy grail products that I always have a spare or 2 in the cupboard waiting and then a new face product - Nivea Pure and Natural Cleansing Toner £3.49.
Now Nivea is for skin care like Dove is to me for hair care but I was so unimpressed with this product and I don't really know why if I'm being honest. It wasn't a truly terrible toner or anything but I just feel as someone who really loves Nivea products that this was just not good enough for the money so won't be repurchasing this in the future.

So my 2 final empties are Primers and the first one is Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer for Sensitive Skin £4.99 which is a primer I've been using for years. I just love the hydrating factor of it and in the mornings when sometimes I wake up and don't moisturise I find that if I use this it acts unofficially as a 2 in 1 primer/moisturiser.

My final empty is Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer which I find just amazing BUT suddenly it's DISAPPEARED from the shelves of Superdrug, Boots, Savers etc etc plus it's no longer on their websites. I am assuming this has meant that it's been discontinued which makes me sad face because I love this product. Much like the Nivea primer this also moisturises although this isn't as heavy which always made me reach for this when I was in a rush and needed to apply my make up straight on top instead of waiting for it to sink in. 

It was also great when my skin wasn't being particularly co-operative and so could therefore apply as I knew the primer would act as a barrier to the make up and clear my skin. Unfortunately I won't be using this again as this was my last bottle but never mind I'll have to find something just as good to replace it!

So that is my empties for now, as it's taken me so long to write this up I have managed to accumulate for empties for another post very soon! But let me know if you've tried any of the products I've mentioned and your thoughts on them!

Thanks for reading!



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Superdrug Haul

Recently Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on all across their make up and there were a few bits I've been wanting to try so I made the mistake of picking up a basket and I ended up putting a few bits in there!

The first thing were the Make Up Revolution Radiance and Highlighter Palettes - £8.00 each.

Both of these palettes contain either of each powder i.e 3 Radiance and 3 Highlighter powders whereby each Radiance powder separately is £6 each and each Highlighter Powder is £3 each so it works out as really good value to get the palettes.

Top: Radiance Powder Palette Bottom: Highlighter Powder Palette

Another Make Up Revolution purchase in my haul were 2 of their baked blushes in All I Think About Is You and Hard Day both £2.50 each.

Left:All I Think About Is You Right: Hard Day

I then decided to add some more primers to my already rather large collection with a known and trusted favourite of mine - Bourjois Happy Light Primer in Matte which is £10.99. This is a little bit more pricey for drugstore brands but this is one of my favourite primers and my third bottle in under a year!

And then from the more affordable end of drugstore make-up is the MakeUp Academy or MUA Pro-Base Primer at a bargain £4.00 (not currently available on the Superdrug website).

Then to complete the haul was another MakeUp Academy product in the form of MUA Matte Perfect Shine Control Loose Powder for £2.50 and then finally the Collection Naturally Matt Foundation in Shade 2 Ivory for £2.99. 

I just need to avoid going into Superdrug now to stop me spending any more money especially when there are 3 for 2 offers on!