Nivea In Shower Moisturiser

Welcome to my bathroom, where we’ll be spending the next two days.

I cant decide whether or not photographing a wet product is disgusting. Nevertheless it shows the product and that’s all I ask of a picture. Today’s post is all about this fab moisturiser, for gals on the go or lazy folk like myself.

Nivea In Shower Moisturiser is by no means a new product, but one that I always thought was probably a bit of a gimick. I picked this up in Wilko on a toiletry shop (how glam) as it was on offer and my skin is so needy I thought it might be worth giving a go.

If you don’t like the shivering, boring, sticky act off applying a body moisturiser when you get out of the shower each morning then you will love this. During the winter months (and all of the others) my skin, particularly on my legs, gets flaky, scaly, sore and feels tight meaning I usually have to smother it in emolient before putting on skinny jeans and having them literally stick to me. With the Nivea In Shower Moisturiser, I apply a generous amount it and try to leave it on for a minute or two before rinsing it off – like I would a hair conditioner. I then pat myself dry (I feel rubbing ruins the process) and am left able to dress immediately, with a happy medium of skin texture. It’s made the getting ready process so much quicker and helped my limbs out a lot in the bitter chill. If only everything was so easy…

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I think I might love minatures. They’re so tiny and cute as well as being very practical for gals on the go like myself. This time around I’m talking about this nifty little pouch of goodies which came free when the boyfriends dad shopped at L’Occitane. He gave it to me straight away, but you could give this sort of thing out as a Christmas gift and I’m certain the person on the receiving end would be thrilled. This particular one doesn’t seem to be available anymore, but the brand are always doing some sort of gift with purchase deal, and it’s a great way to try a whole host of their best selling products.

It all came in a super cute branded makeup bag, in a pink shade with a gold zip. Inside were miniatures of the Creme Divine, Neroli and Orchid Body Milk, Delightful Rose Hand Cream, Essential Water spray and the Almond Shower Oil; which I’ve spoken about before here.

I love a floral toning water and so one of the stand out products for me is the Essential Water. This claims to remove traces of makeup and help to soothe skin thanks to its fresh and enveloping texture. Enriched with Imortelle floral water, it helps to hydrate and smooth, revealing skin that feels better tones and more plump. Apparently. For me this works in a similar way as something like the La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray, in that I spritz it on after cleansing thoroughly to soothe the skin and to create a layer for following skincare steps to sink into. Like a starter if you will.

I’m also beyond thrilled to have a teeny tiny version of my much loved Almond Shower Oil, as the larger one isn’t too easy to travel with and a dinky hand cream is great for in my handbag, especially in these chilly temperatures.

It’s definitely worth buying more than you need in L’Occitane to reach the spend needed to grab a freebie like this. I’m delighted with mine and trying out new products is always a joy.

Have you taken advantage of a gift with purchase?

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My search for the perfect foundation continues, and the current contender comes in the form of this little luxury from Mrs Glamour herself, Joan Collins. For those who don’t know, Joan Collins created a capsule collection of products which she herself uses and loves and this is the base offering. The packaging is sleek and chic as you’d expect and comes complete with gold look accents. The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a gold pump and gold text.

First Base foundation* claims to be skincare in a foundation, offering a smooth, flawless complexion with a radiant, natural finish. It contains Re-Age Complex which charges the skin with youthful energy to help increase collagen levels as well as Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and UV filters.

This is a medium coverage foundation which could be built up easily. The formula glides onto my dry skin with ease and leaves a youthful glow on the skin which smoothes over pores and fine lines whilst still feeling and looking lightweight. It lasts for around 8 hours before it begins to wear off.

Perfection in a bottle? Quite possibly, and definitely one to try if you’re on the lookout for the one. Joan Collins Timeless Beauty is available at QVC.

*I was gifted this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased feedback. 

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At the Stylist Live event which I mentioned last week, Birchbox had a stand where you could create a unique beauty box, including five products of various size to give a go. The walls were adorned with different products and to fill the box was £15; slightly more than a box with the subscription service but you did have the luxury of hand selceting products rather than having them chosen for you. Here’s the lowdown of what came home with me…

WHEN Travel Mate Sheet Face Mask (£25 for four): You can see from that oh so flattering image that I’ve given this a go. This as my first time using a sheet mask and I loved the no fuss application and removal. It felt very strange on but when removed the packet suggests that you massage the remaining oils into the skin. Following this my skin did feel soft and well nourished and didn’t scream out for moisturiser like it usually does.

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel (£8.50 full size, £4 for mini): I haven’t yet tried this because I have a million and one shower gels on the go. I picked this up because I’ve always wanted to try something from rituals and the idea of a foaming shower gel floats my boat. It smells divine and i’m quite looking forward to slathering it all over my body when the time comes.

Percy & Reed No Oil Oil (£14 full size): This no oil oil is a product designed for application on dry hair. This isn’t something I’m used to doing as I usually apply a nourishing oil or serum to wet hair before going in with my blow dry but this is more of a styling product. It promises to provide volume while keeping the hair sleek and frizz free. I’m interested to give this a go when I remember to, it can’t just be me who’s always in a rush with the hair styling process?

Eyeko Fat Stick (£16 for a trio): Eye crayons are my favourite product of this year, and this offering by Eyeko is a goodie. It feels a little bit more plasticy (good word) than my Charlotte Tilbury and By Terry ones but applies colour in a similar way and is just as long lasting. My shade is a sort of Khaki which is lovely against my green eyes and looks great with bronzed up skin. I also think that for the price the quality of this is exceptional and definitely one to try if you’re on more of a budget.

Stila Lip Glaze (£15): I’m not really a lip gloss girl and I’m not sure what made me pick this up but it is a full size product and retails for the same price as I got all of the products for. Girl loves a bargain! This applies in a similar way to concealer highlighter pens in that its a clicky stick with a brush at the end. I do like the brush as opposed to a doe foot applicator and the colour is nice however I’m not sure I’d be in a rush to buy another one of these.

Overall the build your own Birchbox experience was a great one and i’m really happy that I got to try a few things from brands I wouldn’t usually go for. I think that the Birchbox is a great beauty box and a subscription is one lot of post which I wouldn’t dread getting every month…

 

graphic linerRecently I’ve been thinking (never ends well) about beauty trends which are on the catwalk every season, and the one which always stays in my mind is Graphic Liner. Models pull off over extended lines and zig zags while strutting up and down looking ab fab, but can the real woman pull it off?

Being the kind little lady that I am, I decided to give it a go to save you making a monkey of yourself. And the result? I actually really like it…

It’s not one for nipping to ASDA, and it might make the postie do a double take but for a night out, dinner or drinks this look gives a modern take on the fifties cut crease. It’s sharp edges are on trend whilst still working to define the eye.

To create the easiest graphic liner look ever I used my trusty Maybelline Gel Liner in Black and a Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. I did the usual cat eye flick with a slightly finer line than usual and then extended the flick upwards, tipped my head back slightly and followed the natural shadow of my eye back in about half way. I can imagine this would look great if you used an electric blue liner or added some glitter for the festive season.

Would you try this?

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It may be the 15th day of November, but the Christmas excitement is real in my life and I am more than looking forward to the jolly season. Now, I know Christmas isn’t just about giving and getting the best presents, and this post is in no way me saying that I want/expect to receive extravagant gifts, it’s more just me showing my excitement for the most wonderful time of the year and sharing with you the most exciting new releases so that if you want to treat a beauty lover (or yourself) you get an idea of what’s about.

I am a self confessed beauty addict and I love to try new things so one of my favourite things at Christmas time is brands launching sets of little bits for us to try. Mini’s are something I gravitate towards because not only do I never finish anything, it also means you can try a wider range of shades or formulas before going out and buying the biggie. Bauble beauties which have caught my eye this year include the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Morniga Cleansing Balm and Cloth and the By Terry Baume de Rose GOLD. I’ve also noticed on my travels that Soap and Glory and Boots No7 have some super cute trinkets for hanging on the tree or shoving in a stocking.

Sticking with Mini’s Charlotte Tilbury has brought back by popular demand last years Mini Lipstick Charms, three of her best selling K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick shades in teeny tiny size and the NARS Steven Klein Holiday range has something similar in the form of the Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set. NARS are also offering up a Liquid Gold Face Set comprising their Hot Sand Illuminator, a Mini South Beach Multiple and a Mini Larger than Life Lipgloss in Gold Digger. In a similar vein Becca Cosmetics have launched their Glow on the Go kit featuring a Mini Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and Mini Liquid Illuminator both in the shade Opal.

Now, can we just take a moment for the Chanel Holiday Collection… The brand have taken one of the best selling nail colours and made Rouge Noir babies in the form of Eyeshadows, Lippies and Glitter. After seeing these IRL my top picks are the Illusion D’Ombre Cream Eyeshadow in Rouge Noir, the Rouge Allure Lipstick in 109 Rouge Noir and the Le Lame Top Coat. Its pretty much all sold out on line but worth sharpening elbows for if you’re passing a counter.

Finally with Christmas comes beautifully scented candles and this year I’ve been drawn to the Sapin offering by Dipytique. I’m also keen on the Space NK Shimmering Spice Christmas Candle and of course Yankee Candles seasonal offerings.

Still stuck for present ideas for the beauty lover in your life? I surrender…

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetCreated by a Japanese MUA, Fairydrops Mascaras have taken the UK beauty market by storm, being stocked exclusively at Cult Beauty and in the Topshop BeautyMart.

Fairydrops Quattro claims to offer length, volume and curl by coating lashes in a film of carbon black formula, creating stand out false effect lashes. The wand is made up of four individual balls (?) which are designed to catch and grip onto each lash for an even coating spanning the whole lash line. I love this mascara, it’s a bitch to get hold of but is so worth the search. The formula is very wet and coats the lashes thoroughly providing a full look and a waterproof finish. I don’t feel as though it gives a false lash effect, more an enhanced real lash look offering a lot of length and volume with a subtle, eye opening curl.

Since purchasing this tube of goodness I haven’t layered up my lashes with anything else. It provides a pretty, fluttering lash look for day time and can be built up to create enough drama for an evening out. If you simply can’t find the perfect mascara, or just like to try out new ones I’d 100% recommend giving this one a whirl. If you can get your hands on it that is…

MAC face and body foundationOn a completely unnecessary trip to the new(ish) MAC Store in Brighton, I picked up the Face and Body Foundation. This is a product which I usually associate with Make Up Artists as I know that despite it being a light coverage, dewy finish base offering it can be built up and even cover scarring and tattoos.

I had the woman match me up to a shade and put the foundation on me, I usually buy NC20 at MAC and in this foundation I matched to N2. It’s a light, watery formula which I actually like best applied with fingers (although it makes my skin crawl), this gives an even base and enables me to get the most coverage out of one thin layer and really work it into the skin, I then go over it with a BeautyBlender.

This foundation lasts really well on me, and works just as well for an everyday and an evening base. It’s perfecting while being virtually undetectable on the skin and blending in like an absolute dream. The colour is great for me too.

I’m currently obsessed with trying new foundations in the hope of finding my perfect base, this one is fab but hasn’t stopped my search… do you have any recomendations?

hm beauty hm beauty hm beautyH&M have always had a few beauty bits and bobs by the tills, however have never at all been a brand associated with beauty. That’s all about to change. H&M have recently launched an extensive collection of beauty products, spanning makeup, hair, skin and body care. The makeup range comprises lipsticks and glosses, base products, nail polish, single eyeshadows, eye palettes, liners, blush, bronzer and glitter, as well as a collection of makeup bags to store it all in and a streamlined stash of brushes. All of the cosmetics are packaged beautifully and are available in both neutral and on trend shades.

I decided to test the water and go easy with two cream blushes and two nail polish shades, though I would’ve loved to have picked up one of everything. For blush I opted for Cameo Brown and Peachy Rose, the first being a natural browny pink and the latter a perky peach shade. Both are very wearable and offer a cream to powder finish which is a little less chalky than similar offerings from, for example, Topshop. These don’t dry matte on the cheeks and instead offer a glowing flush with a little extra staying power. A definite thumbs up from me.

The nail polishes, however, did not impress. I picked up Bordeaux (Wine) and Volcanic (Grey) and these need 2-3 coats for full opacity. Once applied, they do dry to a pleasing glossy finish and are lovely colours for the season, however the colour chipped almost immediately on my usually hard-wearing nails. It may be an unfortunate batch, but I did have a similar result with both shades and so personally i’ll be sticking to the non-nail offerings at my local beauty stand.

What should I pick up next? Have you tried anything from H&M’s new beauty range?

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In case you haven’t got the point yet, I really am quite fond of Autumn. Burgundy, camel and copper are my favourite colours but unfortunately when I attempt to rock a plummy lip in the spring months people look at me like maybe I am mad. For beauty this season I’m coveting sparkly eyes and deep lip shades, and I’ve scoured the web for all of the things which would make my wish come true… a girl can dream.

My internet scouring consisted predominantly of me drooling all over the Charlotte Tilbury website with a quick divert to MAC and NARS. CT nails it with autumnal shades and her slap dash approach to eyeshadow application gets me excited. For the coming months i’m lusting after her Luxury Eyeshadow Quad in Dolce Vita, with a scribbling of the Colour Chameleon Shadow Stick for Green Eyes in Bronzed Garnet and a swish of the Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Bette. For supermodel like sculpting i’m desperate for the Film Star Bronze and Glow in light/medium and to perk up my pout the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria which I believe is named after a certain Ms Beckham.

My sparkly eyes obsession stretches across to MAC Pigment in Copper Sparkle and for lips with more depth I want the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. aw15 styleI’m not quite as adventurous when it comes to style and can usually be found in a pair of black skinny jeans and a cosy knit, but that absolutely does not stop me from wanting/needing more cosy knits in different shapes and shades. Zara do autumn brilliantly and an embarrassing amount of window shopping has left me wanting their Hand Made Coat, Colour Block Jumper and Cropped Turtleneck Sweater. H&M has become my new favourite shop and I’ve been eyeing up another turtleneck knit in the form of this lightweight red one, I’ve also spotted this dotty scarf which I think looks like it’s vintage and I loooove that. Finally with every season comes me wanting a slogan t-shirt from Whistles and this one is no different. I actually wanted the one which said ‘Beaute’ but it sold out and I was too slow and too poor (Student Life) and so I’ve now fallen in love with this one printed with a Parisian street name, how chic?! I also really really want this Burgundy Lizard Card Holder which is only £25 and next time I have £25 spare will definitely be coming home with me.

What do you want this Autumn? Are any of my picks on your shopping list?