Sunday, 25 August 2013

France & Rome Haul!

How could I go to France and Rome and not get skincare and makeup products? I had to! The french pharmacies are filled with amazing products with even better prices, and with Sephora on the cards, I was in heaven.

Bioderma Crealine H2O
Firstly, I had to get my hands on some Bioderma Craline H2O! It was around €13 for this bottle, which is great considering you can get the same one in the UK on amazon for £22! After hearing so many good things about it I had high hopes.  I'm already in love. It takes off my makeup so much better than my Simple makeup remover. I'm now left with the question of, why didn't I get more? Has anyone seen this available in the UK for cheaper than on amazon?

Embryolisse Labarotoires-Crème Concentre 
Next up was another french pharmacy purchase, Embryolisse Laboratoires Lait-Crème Concentre. This is a moisturiser that I had heard a lot about. I've used it a few times now and I think it sits really well under foundation.

OPI nailpolish in You're Such a Budapest

Make-up Forever HD powder

Sephora, Sephora, Sephora...I could honestly buy the whole shop. Why does Scotland not have one?! I went in with my french cousin, she waited patiently as I excited over everything! She had to retain me and I only bought one thing! That's an achievement. I thought I'd try something that is not available in the UK so I got the Makeup Forever HD powder. Sephora were doing 10% off that day too, so I think I got it for something along the lines of €24. I've used it a few times now and I'm impressed! It doesn't cake up, the powder is so fine yet it stops me from being all oily. Although I did only buy one thing myself in Sephora, my auntie went in with me one day and she got me a little treat as a part of my birthday present, an OPI nailpolish in You're Such a Budapest. I love this colour so much!

I had recently heard of an italian brand called KIKO, so when I went to Rome I searched for their shop. When I finally found it I was surprised. The prices are so good, yet the quality feels great! The shop itself was pretty tiny and there was a sale on so it was mobbed. I could hardly move and it was so warm and stuffy, so I quickly grabbed their Long Lasting Shadow Stick in shade 06 and ran for the till. I'm soooo glad I picked this up. It's so creamy and stays on the lids all day! It was so cheap as well, only €7 I think. KIKO now have a store in London I believe and you can buy their things online too. I'm definitely going to get more, I'm intrigued by this brand! 

If you want to see a post about my trip to Rome, click here! I loved it! Have you tried any of these products? If so, what do you think about them?


Sunday, 18 August 2013

When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do.

I've not written a post in so long. I've actually been gone most of summer and not really had time to write *please forgive me*. I thought I'd show you a few pictures of my holiday in Rome. I've been to Italy many times before but this was my first time in Rome. I couldn't have imagined it to be as beautiful as it was. Italy is by far my favourite country. I love the food, the people and the beautiful architecture!

This was the view from the plane as you entered Rome. Ahhh, having some holiday blues.

The is the view from the top of the spanish steps as the sun went down. The bottom of the spanish steps is famous for it's shopping. I must say I was in heaven.

The view looking down over the forum. As you can probably tell it was like 37 degrees, which is very warm for someone from Scotland.

This of course is the Colosseum. 

The walk through the Forum, which was like a marketplace for the Romans.

I thought I would insert a little picture of the best Gelato, this flavour was extra dark chocolate with italian lemon custard. Excuse the chipped nail polish.

I hope you all had a great summer. What did you all get up to? 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

June Wishlist

1.Mac Lipstick in Sweet and Sour 2.Topshop dress 3.Laura Mercier Candle 4. Mac Club Eyeshadow
It's time for my june wish list! I saw most of these items when I was shopping this weekend and I had to retain myself. 

1.Mac Lipstick in Sweet and Sour £14-This lipstick is from the All About Orange range in Mac. It's soooo pretty. I tried it on in the Mac shop this weekend and fell in love. It's a really natural orange colour and is really creamy. I definitely want to get this before it is out of stock, as it is limited edition.

2.Topshop MOTO Acid Denim Dress £36-I saw this dress in Topshop and was instantly drawn to it. There was only one in my size, so I quickly grabbed it and ran for the changing rooms. As I tried it on I noticed it had a massive rip down the back. It was a shame as it fitted me so well and was so flattering. I'm going to get this online and use my 10% student discount!

3.Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Candle £29(on sale in Frasers for £14.50)-For my mums christmas I got her the Laura Mercier Candle set as one of her presents. She's been burning them around the house and they smell so lovely. My favourite is the Fresh Fig, as I feel like it's an all year round scent. I've never been able to justify spending £29 on a candle, so as it's on sale for £14.50 I really want to pick it up.

4.Mac Eyeshadow in Club £10-I've been eyeing this eyeshadow up for a while. It's probably the prettiest colour I've ever seen, I could look at it forever! It's a brown colour, but when under light it has a petrol iridescence. I think this will be the next colour I add to my Mac palette. 

I hope you've enjoyed this post. Feel free to follow me on bloglovin. It makes me so happy seeing my followers. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Beauty Haul

Loreal telescopic mascara | Revlon lip butter | Mac palette with brule eye shadow | real techniques expert face brush | maybelline gel eyeliner | Collection lasting perfection concealer

Sorry I've not made an appearance on my blog for so long! I'm back with a haul. Boots were doing buy one get one free so I got a few bits and bobs!

Loreal Telescopic Mascara in Magnetic Black, £10.99-I've heard Vivianna Does Makeup rave about this and as I was running out of mascara I thought I'd try this. I love the brush, it's plastic with lots of small bristles.

Juicy Papya

Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya and Lollipop, £7.99-After hearing about these for ages and not getting any, as I saw them in boots I had to swatch them I was amazed. They're sooooo creamy and really pigmented. Since it's summer time, I thought I'd get out of my comfort zone and go for some bolder colours. I tried them as soon as I bought them and I'm already in love.

Mac pro palette, £6.50 & Mac eyeshadow in Brule, £10-I'm a massive fan of Mac eyeshadows and I've only ever had singles. I decided it was time to start an everyday quad as it would be so much more practical. I also decided to get Brule as I thought it would be a great start for a neutrals palette. It's a matt creamy colour and is a good all over lid colour. I'd quite like to de-pot my satin taupe eyeshadow and put it in my palette as it's my favourite. However, I've heard they're so hard to depot. If anyone has done it before, was it easy and does it ruin your eyeshadow?

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, £9.99-I finally got my hands on this! I've been looking for this brush for a while but it has always been out of stock when I've tried to get it. I already love this brush, I used it this morning to apply my foundation and it made my face look so flawless! It's so soft and buffs all your foundation into your skin to give you a natural finish.

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner, £7.99- I've never been that much of an eyeliner fan. My hands always get all shaky and wobbly when I try to apply it. I had kind of given up on liquid eyeliner, so I was wanting to try gel eyeliner. I heard people talk about this and how amazing it is. Since I'm probably not going to use gel eyeliner that often, I thought I'd get a cheaper one instead of buying something expensive that I might not want to use. The eyeliner came with a brush, so I'm going to try it with that brush and see how it goes. Wish me good luck haha!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, £4.19-This concealer is amazing. I know you've all probably heard about this somewhere. It's a concealer you can use to conceal everything. I use it for blemishes and under-eye circles. I can never find my colour in stores as it is always out of stock, however I asked in boots and someone who works there went to get it for me in the store room. So if you have the same problem as me, just ask someone if they have any.

P.S, sorry I've not done my monthly favourites yet. I think it's probably too late now so I might have to skip a month.


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Iced Tea!

The weather has been really nice in Scotland recently, so I tried making my favourite summer drink, ICED TEA! I'm obsessed with tea, especially iced tea. My iced tea actually went well, so I thought I would share it with you.

 So you'll need some Lady Grey Tea or English Breakfast Tea or Green Tea, whatever you like (I used Lady Grey Tea); agave syrup or caster sugar (choose whatever, it doesn't really make a difference); half a lemon; LOADS of ice.

Now to the preparation. Firstly, I half filled a jug with boiling water and three tea bags. I left the tea bags for around four minutes then removed them. After I squeezed the lemon into the jug. I then filled the jug 3/4 of the way with cold water to speed up the cooling process. Once that was done, I kept added heaps of ice into the jug to rise the water level to the top and to allow the tea to cool down.  Now I added some agave syrup until the tea was sweet enough for me. I then served up the tea in a glass filled with ice.

Let me know if you try this out. You always have to make the most of the sunny weather in Scotland, as it never lasts long!


Thursday, 9 May 2013

May Wishlist

1.Topshop Sandals 2.Longchamp Bag 3.Michael Todd Charcoal Cleanser 4.Clarins Liquid Bronze 5. Topshop Dress

I thought I would try a different type of post today, a monthly wishlist post. These are some of my favourite posts to read, so I thought I'd give it a bash!

1.Topshop Forward Vintage Sandals £36- These sandals are so cute! I always gravitate towards the Topshop sandals. It's almost a tradition now that I get a pair of topshop sandals every year around summer time. They're just so comfy and last ages. This style is just so classic and will go with all my summer clothes.

2.Longchamps Le Pilage Bag £72- I've been eyeing this beauty up for a while now. It's such a classic handbag. I love Longchamp, their bags are so timeless. This size of bag is perfect for me to take everything I need, but not carry too much. I think this will be a great bag to go shopping with. 

3. Michael Todd Detox Charcoal Cleanser $24- I've heard almost every beauty blogger rave about Michael Todd, which is an american organic skincare brand. I've never tried anything by them, so I'd love to try this cleanser as I've heard it's great for teenage skin.  

4.Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner £18- Since it's getting a little sunnier in Scotland, I feel its time that I get my tan on haha! I'm so pale, so fake tan is hard to get right on me. I'm always looking for new solutions to make my skin look nice and bronzed for summer. Recently I saw that Vivianna, from viviannadoesmakeup, did a review on this. She said it was good, and I always go by her word!

5.Topshop Petite 60s Lace Panel Dress £46- As soon as I saw this I knew I had to have it. This is actually so pretty. I love the 60s look to it, and the little cut out details. This will be perfect for summer! I buy a lot from the Topshop petite range, as I'm quite slim and they have sizes which fit me well. I can't get over how cute this will look in summer!

I'm almost done my exams, yipeeeeee. I only have two to go. As soon as my exams are over, I'm going to go on a massive shop to celebrate. Nothing like a little bitta shopping therapy!


Thursday, 2 May 2013

April Favourites

So this month has been pretty hectic. Schoolwork has basically taken over my life! I'm midway through my exams at the moment, I finish on the 15th of May, can't wait! Anyway, I've not been putting on too much makeup this month as I've either been studying at home in sweats or in school doing an exam. However, I do still have a few things I've been loving.

MAC eyeshadow in Satin Taupe
MAC eyeshadow in Satin Taupe

MAC eyeshadow in Satin Taupe £12- This eyeshadow is fantastic. Definitely my favourite Mac eyeshadow at the moment. It's a cool toned brown with some mauve undertones (aka taupe), and it has a little bit of silvery shimmer. Not too shimmery though, it's more of a shine. It looks great on its own or as a lid colour, or even a crease colour. This has a lovely velvety texture which blends so well! I think it's a must have for any neutral fanatic like me!

Rimmel Stay Matt Powder in Transparent £3.99- So, I finally jumped on the band-waggon and bought this early in April. It's really good for the price! Not the best powder, but amazing for £3.99. It does the job for me, keeping me shine-free all day long. I just press a little bit of this of with a Bareminerals brush along the t-zone to stop me from being an oily mess! The packaging does feel cheap but for the price that is understandable. But for the price, why not!?

Sephora's Express Nail Polish Remover €7.90- This is the best nail polish remover I've ever used! I started using this ages ago, but this month I've been loving it even more as it's so quick and easy to use. On the inside of this little tub there is a sponge which you wipe your finger against and it instantly removes all your nailpolish. It also smells so good, it leaves you with fruity smelling nails. For anyone else in britain, you can't get a hold of this. I stock up on mine every year when I'm in France. There are a few dupes for these that are available in britain. Bourjois have one that is available in boots for £4.99, Nails Inc also have one that you can buy on their website for £7.00.

Maybeline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 35 On and On Bronze
Maybeline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 35 On and On Bronze

Maybeline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 35 On and On Bronze £4.99- These are amazing! They are an exact dupe for the MAC paint pots. This colour is so pretty and looks great as a base for a dramatic eye, or on its own for a whop of colour. It's a lovely brown toned bronze with a metalic shine to it. I love the texture of these, they're so creamy but dry almost powdery. This also has staying power, so it lasts all day!

 Thanks for reading. What have your favourites been this month?