29/09/2015

The Hydrating Face Mask You NEED To Try


For as long as I remember the only type of face mask I've ever seen, bought and used has been the liquid type either in a sachet or tub so when I saw sheet masks making their way into the Western beauty world I was itching to pick one up.
Although they're still not the easiest to get hold of, I managed to find this Deep Hydrating Facial Mask in Urban Outfitters. At £4 for a single use, it's certainly not the cheapest mask I've ever bought but as a once in a while treat, I'd say it's worth it.

If you haven't given a sheet mask a try before, it's literally a cellulose mask that is applied to the face as one sheet with a somewhat slimy consistency. It's drenched in skin loving ingredients, in this case aloe vera, trehalose & hyaluronic acid, to help moisturise & hydrate the skin.

Once applied it should be left for 20 minutes so longer than most masks I've used before and after a while it does start to feel a bit tingly. After the 20 minutes is up, you simply remove the mask and massage any of the left over product into the skin.

Afterwards my skin felt refreshed, plump & incredibly soft and it brought my usually dull complexion to life. Normally my skin is very rough, so for it to feel soft to the touch is no easy feat and the softness lasted for a good few days. The Skin Lounge recommend using this 2-3 times a week which in an ideal world I definitely would but sadly, my bank balance can't take that kind of spending.
If you're having a pamper night and want to make it special or just want a luxurious product to try, hands down you should try this. You can thank me later.

24/09/2015

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - Worth The Hype?

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If you've been a long time follower of my blog, you may have noticed I'm a bit of a sucker for a cult product. Whether it's Nars' Laguna or Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer, I can't seem to resist trying out products everyone raves about. I guess when you're on a budget it's less risky to try something if you know the majority of people have loved it! With that in mind, I'm surprised it took me so long to try the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser but it's finally in my possession and I couldn't be happier.

This starter pack comes with two muslin cloths, a 100ml bottle of the cleanser & a handy how-to guide all for a reasonable price of £15.50. It's a pump dispenser which makes for an easy application as one pump is all you need, plus it keeps mess to a minimum which is always a bonus with me.
It comes out as a white, thick cream which is then massaged into the face and wiped off with the muslin cloth & warm water. It seems like a lot of effort at first but once into the routine of it, I actually started to find it quite relaxing. It's like a mini facial every time I use it!

Packed with skin loving ingredients, this cleanser makes taking off my makeup a dream. It's gentle on my skin and doesn't leave it feeling irritated like most products do, especially round my eye area. It removes all my makeup easily, including my mascara, and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean without stripping it completely. It has a subtle fresh, slightly herbal scent to it and I really can't fault it.

Obviously it's not the cheapest product on the shelves but at £14 for the cleanser alone, it's not extortionate either. As you only need one pump and I only wear makeup a couple of times a week, it's going to last me a fair while but you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to the quality of the cleanser.

So final verdict - is it worth the hype it receives? 
I'd have to say a resounding yes on this one. Definitely one everyone should try at some point, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Have you guys tried this before? What were your thoughts on it?

18/09/2015

Makeup Masterclass with Nars

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Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a beauty event held by Nars at the Manchester Selfridges store. After being a long time admirer of Nars Cosmetics, I finally took the plunge last year and treated myself to a few of their well known products and have been in love with them ever since. As you can imagine, I was over the moon to be going to a makeup masterclass with two of their makeup artists from the Selfridges counter - Stephanie & Paige.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with drinks & cakes and Stephanie started to apply one of their Autumn looks on a fellow blogger whilst Paige talked through the products she was using. They'd chosen to do a bold look with a smokey eye and a dark lip and kept the makeup tones warm throughout to keep the look polished and stick with the Autumn theme.




As a beauty blogger & self confessed makeup addict, I'm surprisingly bad at beating my face so it was really helpful to hear from an MUA on the techniques they use and I'll definitely be trying out some of their tips & tricks on my next night out.
Although this look is a little heavy for me to pull off, I'll be taking inspiration from the warm vibes & recreating something similar this season that's a little more wearable.

After they finished the look, we all chatted about the products & tried a few for ourselves. I have a list as long as my arm of products I'm coveting but as I'm going to the US soon, I resisted buying them as they'll be cheaper across the pond! They shade matched me to the infamous Sheer Glow and of course, I was the lightest shade. Ghost girl for life.

All in all, it was a wonderful evening and very informative. I made some lovely blogger friends who hopefully I'll see again soon and picked up some helpful tips and some new products to add to my wish list. I also received a lovely goody bag including their cult classic 'Orgasm' blush (which I annoyingly already own) and a beautiful, bright pink lipgloss in the shade 'Priscilla' which I can't wait to try.

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13/09/2015

A Timeless Classic | The LBD

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luxemme dress lbd outfit



Jacket - Miss Selfridge (similar here)
Lace Up Heels - Out From Under (similar here)
Rings - Primark
Earrings - New Look

Recently I've been feeling a tad poopy about my body due to gaining some weight as I haven't been able to exercise (boo to health issues) so when the lovely Lisa from Luxemme got in contact and asked if I'd like to style one of their pieces I wasn't too sure. I've not exactly been filled with confidence lately but after browsing through their site, I came across the Macey dress and immediately fell in love. 
Definitely not one for the faint hearted with a deep plunge neckline and a very high side split, I thought bugger it. If anything is going to make me feel fab again, it's this dress. You can never go wrong with a little black dress. Especially not this one - it hugs me in all the right places and skims over my problem areas. It's a timeless classic with a bit of a twist to make it more on trend.

As the dress is rather daring, I thought I'd keep the rest of the outfit quite simple, pairing it with my trusty Miss Selfridge biker jacket and my current favourite heels. As these heels cost me £65, I was rather annoyed to see that Primark had brought out an identical pair for only £16 recently - if you like the look of these then definitely pop into your nearest Primark store for a bargain dupe! 

Outfit posts are certainly new to me but let me know what you think? I'd love to do more in the future! Also massive thank you to my wonderful friend Maria for taking these photos and putting up with me being a demanding diva. Just call me Mariah *insert sassy hand emoji here*