Saturday, 4 July 2015

Shop the Stash | July

Hands up, I know I missed the June edition of this, sorry.  Life just got in the way a bit, anyway enough of the excuses, lets see what I've picked for this month :)


These are mostly new to me, which is why I really want to use them to give them a good test for you lovely peeps.  There's 2 of the new Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque's*, an old Makeup Revolution Salvation lip gloss* (crazy intense pigmentation!), a GOSH Forever lip shine* (crazy pigmentation again), a Neve Yumtime lip balm* (also very pigmented) and finally one of the new L'Oreal lip glosses (from my £15 high street challenge for June).



For this I've picked the L'Oreal Infallible 24hr foundation (sadly, too dark for me - this was from my £15 high street challenge in April), I love the coverage and finish of this, I just need it in a lighter shade.  I've also picked the Claudia Louch mousse foundation*, this I had mixed feelings about, it's stunning when on perfect skin, so I've put this in there for the days in the month where I don't have any dry skin issues.  Finally, I'm trying to experiment and test my new YSL Fusion foundation - so far I've found this is best on well primed skin, applied with a brush and finished with a beauty blender (a nice combo I've discovered!) this is also the tiniest bit too dark for me (the YSL lady in Debenhams always insists on matching me too dark... ).



Some staples here and some new things.  My Smashbox 24hr eye shadow primer is amazing, I don't use anything else, so I had to include it.  Same goes for my GOSH Forever eye shadow stick in 01 silver rose, they're a great combo for long lasting eye shadow.  I'm yet to use the crayon that came in last month's My Little Box*, so I've included that to give it a whirl.  I'm also giving some attention to the new Maybelline The Nudes palette*, this I've been seriously impressed with (full review coming soon).  Also my YSL Babydoll mascara*, there'll also be a full review of this coming soon, I just need to take the photo's (it's seriously amazing).  And finally thanks to Beauty at Tesco and their free sample thing they did, I've also got a Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara to try (given the name, I have high hopes for this).



I'm not quite ready to take the Milani blushers out of my makeup box and into my collection, so I'm keeping this out for my shop the stash, I bought these for another £15 high street challenge and really love them (the rose blusher at the top of the pic more than the other one).  I've also picked my beloved Smashbox blusher in the shade chiffon (here's an old review of it with bad photography!), it's seriously beautiful with a soft gold shimmer.



I'm keeping my concealer choices simple, the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer* (I freakin' love this - review here), and my Claudia Louch Concealer* - I've included this as I need to use it more so I can build up a review of it for you :)



All of my favourite brow products.  Starting off with the Anastasia DipBrow pomade (my go-to brow product at the mo), the Anastasia Brow Wiz (good for when you have maintained brows), the Maybelline Brow satin* (really nice product, good for pretty natural brows), and the Essence Make Me Brow (amazing dupe for the Benefit Gimmie Brow).



For bold liner, the Essence Liquid Eyeliner (it's decent, but not exactly precise), for precise beautiful liner, the Dolly Wink eyeliner* (possibly my favourite liner ever, a definite repurchase).  And for kohl I've picked my Tara Tarantino one (very black and pretty soft, very nice) and my new L'Oreal Infallible liner (not as black but longer lasting).

Eye liner


Keeping it simple as I don't contour that much, so I've picked my Maybelline Master Sculpt contour kit* in Light/Medium (this is really lovely, full review here), and my Neve Contourmania contour pencil*.



I'm still testing these so had to include them really, there's the Laura Mercier Loose setting powder* in the lightest shade, and the Guerlian Meteorites compact* (seriously head over heels in love with this, SO BEAUTIFUL!)

Setting powders

I know there's quite a lot of PR samples in this month's shop the stash, but that's just how it worked out, I certainly didn't plan it like that :)  I hope you like my picks, and if there's anything you're desperate to see reviewed soon, let me know and I'll make sure I'll get the review up sooner rather than later.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Library of Fragrance

The Library of Fragrance

Going back about a year ago, an exciting new brand was gearing up for a big launch (which I'd been a little bit involved with), that brand is The Library of Fragrance.  It launched around the time I had Squidge, and as you can imagine, most things that happened in the world around that time passed me by.

They have a range of around 100 difference fragrances for you to pick from, each one being a single scent, so you can mix and match, layering scents to create your own unique and bespoke scent. 

There's a massive range of scent types, from floral ones like the cherry blossom one I have and honeysuckle (my favourite ever scent in anything!), to mint choc chip ice cream (food scents) & marshmallow and even scents like Playdoh!  I can imagine that'll be one you want to sniff before you buy it!  From the two scents I have, I can say that they both smell just like their name, which only makes me want the honeysuckle one more :)

They're not quite as long wearing as my normal perfume (Lacoste Touch of Pink), I tend to spritz twice a day and that'll give me a nice fragrance for the bulk of the day, so not bad at all.  Each bottle is 30ml and costs £15, so fairly priced. Each of the scents can happily be worn alone too, that's how I wear the cherry blossom one (which is such a beautiful scent). 

I think these would make a lovely collection, especially if you collect a range, so a few of the floral ones, or a few of the theme outdoors ones (i.e ocean, mountain air and salt air) and then layer them up for something really different.  I love the bottles too, they're really neat and angular which makes them really neat to organise.  All in all I've been really impressed with these and will definitely be expanding my collection!

You can find The Library of Fragrance for sale in Boots, and on their official website.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Little French Riviera Box

My Little French Rivera Box - June

My second ever My Little Box has now firmly landed on my lap, and once again, I'm totally besotted with this brand of beauty box.  They're just so different from any other one on the market and just so beautifully and thoughtfully put together.  I feel slightly more elegant and feminine for having this in my life.

This month (June) My Little Box have teamed up with Sarah Lavoine who is an esteemed Parisian interior architecture designer.

Lets take a closer look at what was inside this month's box.

1.  Nail Polish Loved by Sarah Lavoine - £6.50
This is an absolutely stunning colour, think blue lagoon, that deep bluey colour, that's this.  I haven't tested it yet so can't comment on how long it stays chip-free, but it does claim to be quick drying, which as a mummy is a good one in my books! 

2. Sea Salt Fresh Scrub - £8.50
I cannot tell you just how amazing and fresh this smells! It's also really heavy, packed full with a salty scrub. I really like heavy-weight scrubs, I always feel like they do a good job getting rid of those dead skin cells... and again, this smells amazing!

3. Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Care by Kerastase - £19.50
This is an intense heat protector - something I know my hair is crying out for. I have so many split ends and bits snapping off, I really need to get quite a bit cut off... as much as it's not going to repair my damaged hair, it should help protect the healthy bits of hair that are left.

4. Planters Duo - £6.50
These are SO cute! You can either use them for plants, or makeup storage, nail polish storage (there's an idea!), for pens and pencils - I'll probably use them for nail polish and maybe little samples :)

5. Sarah Lavoine Sunglasses - £18
I really love these! I really needed a new pair of sunglasses so these were really well timed. I've never owned a brown pair before, but these actually look really lovely on :)

Sea salt scrub

Blue lagoon nail polish

Inside there was also a box-sized post card saying 'This is my happy place', I've put this up in the kitchen for now, but I'd like to frame it and put it up in what will be my beauty room when we eventually move, they're such beautiful little pieces of art :)

You can pick up lots of the products featured from the My Little Corner site.  If you're interested in subscribing to My Little Box, it costs £11 plus P&P - if you're looking for a new beauty box to subscribe to, and like things that are a little different, I really can't recommend this enough, it's absolutely gorgeous! 

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