Hair Care · Makeup · nails · skin care

Payday Purchaces (Drug Store)

Wow, I’m still shocked…I would like to say a massive thank you for helping me reach 300 followers. It means the world to me and i’m so greatful. I love the amazing connection I have gained with you all and I hope to continue to inspire people and make new friends across the Blogosphere.

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For today’s post I have the sequel to another post called Payday Purchaces. The post I made before was a list of high end beauty products that I have on a list to buy when I get paid from work. This post is a drugstore version. If you would like to see the high end version then please click here.

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NYX HD Finishing Powder £9.00
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Freedom #ProArtist Lipstick Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Eyeshadow Palette £10
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Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette £8
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B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes £1.49
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Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Gradual Tan £7.79
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Barry M Gelly Nail Paint – Pomegranate £3.99
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L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Semi-Permanent Hair Dye – Liquorice £6.79

 

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Makeup · skin care

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (A Double Review)

Today i have a bit of a different review for you. Everyone has different skin types and I want to show a variation of reviews that will suit everyone. As you know if you have been reading my posts from the start, that I have what is called a “normal” skin type. This means I don’t have any problems with dry or oily skin, I have a balanced skin type. However I have kindly asked my sister to try out a foundation for you. Now she has combination skin but she suffers more with oily than dryness. We have very different skin types as you can tell so hopefully this will give everyone an idea of what the foundation is like.

The foundation we have for you is the Maybelline Fit Me (Matte and Poreless). My sister had tested this twice and you will see why throughout.

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Day Number 1:

My sister explained that she had particularly dry skin on the first try. She had applied a thin layer of the foundation to her skin using a flat foundation brush from the brand Real Techniques. This foundation gave my sister a light/medium coverage but didn’t cover up redness very well. After applying the foundation she had patted a light layer of  a powder that she swears by. She let the foundation sit on her skin while she continued to get ready but her face began feeling more dry than it was before, tight and itchy. This resulted her having to remove the foundation completely.

Day Number 2:

On the second day my sister’s skin was combination but more on the oily side. So she decided to try the foundation on again using the same technique as she did the day before. It had applied better that day and mattified completely like it claimed to do on the bottle. However the bottle claims that it was a poreless foundation but pores could still be seen unfortunately. She was happier with the outcome of the application and wore it for the remainder of the day. Over the course of the day she noticed that the foundation began to separate around and above her nose, chin and around the cupid’s bow. Sadly the foundation didn’t meet the expectation that it said as her cheeks went oily/shiny by midday and we can conclude that this foundation did not work well for combination skin.

 

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So I gave this foundation a go too.  Now my skin is very hydrated and soft and I don’t generally suffer with dry or oiliness so I had high hopes for this foundation. For the purpose of this review I tested the foundation with the same style of brush that my sister used. The application was easy and it blended well into my skin. But again it didn’t cover all of my blemishes and redness and I love a full coverage finish. After finishing my concealer and powder over the top of the foundation, I noticed that my face started to feel dry. The foundation mattified so well but with the powder over the top it almost sucked some of the moisture from my skin. So I sprayed some setting spray over the top to see if that would bring back some of the moisture and I admit it did feel better. For me the foundation definitely lasted longer throughout the day however towards the end of the day it started to separate around my nose. For me this foundation would be for if I am running out of the house for a short time. I wouldn’t recommend it for a night out.

Lastly I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has come along on this journey with me, I am so greatful  for everyone.

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Payday Purchases (High End)

Today I have a bit of a different post for you all. You might have an idea from the title but if you don’t then let me explain…I have this list, it is a list for all the different products that I need to re-purchase and other products that I want. I’m constantly adding to it all the time, just like I did earlier today. While I was looking at my list I thought “why don’t you make a blog post and show everyone the things you have in your list because everyone might like to see different products that they might not have seen before?” So here it is. I’ve taken some of the high end products on my list and gathered their prices and pictures for you. I will do a drug store version of this too!

**I realised whilst writing this post that it looks like i’m buying all of these products in one go but I i’m just going to throw it out there that this is just an overall list of products and I just pick out a few things each month that I can afford because adulting means there are bills to pay as well as nice things**

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Benefit Badgal Lash £18.50
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Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash £16.50
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MAC Brow Setting Clear Gel £14.50
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MAC Burgundy X9 Eyeshadow Palette £25
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MAC Lip Duo – Ruby Woo £29.50
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Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter £24.50
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NYX Perfect Filter – Golden Hour Eyeshadow Palette £16
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Chanel – Gabrielle £79

 

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favorites · Hair Care · Makeup · skin care

My July Favorites

Hair care

TREsemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

TREsemme Moisture Rich Conditioner

Make up

Benefit Rockateur Blush

Burberry Warm Summer Glow Bronzer  No.4

Freedom Pro Brow Pomade

Skin Care

St. Ives Blemish Fighting Face Scrub

L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Face Mask

Scents

Jimmy Choo Flash
Impulse True Love
Impulse Tease

Candles

Yankee Candle: Baby Powder

Yankee Candle: Lemon Lavender

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Makeup · skin care

How I Remove My Makeup + Additional Steps

Step 1:

I take the Bioderma Micellar Water on a couple of cotton pads and I gently wipe away the product on my eyes and my eyebrows, as I find that if i just use water then I don’t get all of the product off and cleanser sting your eyes.

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Step 2:

I then rinse my face in warm water and apply the Sukin Cream Cleanser, lathering it into the skin to take up all of the base make up on my skin. Then I wash it off with warm water on a micro-fiber face cloth.

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Step 3:

I then rinse my face again with warm water to open up my pores and I use the Origins Frothy Face Wash to cleanse my face and make sure my skin is completely clean. I then rinse my skin one last time using cold water to close the pores.

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Step 4:

I moisturise my skin using the Alpha H Essential Hydration Cream.

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ADDITIONAL STEPS (IF I FALL ASLEEP WITH MAKE UP ON THE NIGHT BEFORE)

I think we are all pretty guilty of falling asleep with our make up on at least once, if you haven’t then good on you for being so efficient!

Step 3 changes:

The next day, instead of using the Origins face wash, I use the L’Oreal Purity Clay Mask to get right into my pores to dig out all of the residue from the make up that may have sunk into my skin. I wash the mask off also using a micro-fiber face cloth.

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Step 4 changes:

I change moisturiser for a few days to the Sukin Facial Moisturiser as it has natural ingrediants which wont be harsh on the skin and can really help correct the damage.

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Hair Care · Makeup · nails · skin care

Mini Superdrug and Boots Haul

Superdrug

Barry M Glitterati Nail Polish – Fashion Icon (£3.99)
Barry M Nail Polish – Diamond Glitter (£3.99)
Tanya Burr Mrs Claus Pink Glitter Nail Polish (£3.99)
Bondi Sands Everyday – Gradual Tanning Milk (£7.99)

Boots

Sukin Cream Cleanser (£5.30)
NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil (£8.00)
Ted Baker Opulent Petal Shower Cream (£8.00)
Ted Baker Pretty Pearl Body Wash (£8.00)
Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (£16.50)

Some of these products are re-purchaces as you may have seen some of them in previous posts. I spoke to a fellow blogger (Sea of Beauty – Rachel) about Origins products. I mentioned that I had the frothy face wash before and that it didn’t work for me. My skin is in a much better way so I thought I would re-purchase and see if it does anything for me this time around.

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fashion · Makeup · skin care

Sukin Skincare: Thoughts and Opinions

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I just want to have a little rave about this brand I found in Boots called Sukin. This is an Australian brand of skincare and the products are suitable for all skin types. Can I also mention they don’t cost the earth, which is their slogan at the bottom of each bottle.

I’ve tried so many products to help clear my skin but nothing seems to work quite like Sukin does. These products are all 100% vegan and carbon neutral. They are made with natural, organic ingredients. They 100% DO NOT contain fragrances and other chemicals which some skin care products that I have tried in the past have had in.

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I have been using their cream cleanser in the morning and at night. It applies so smooth onto the skin and it washes off so easily as well. It leaves my skin feeling so soft. It really reduces any bumps and spot scars, making my skin appear more even and clear.

After using the cream cleanser I apply their moisturiser. It glides on as smooth as the cleanser does and sinks in so quickly to my skin, leaving my face feeling even more soft and smooth like a cloud. It doesn’t feel greasy at all.

I know this may be biased but I feel like my skin has really improved since using this natural brand and I hope that it could help some of you as well.

Gabby xo

Makeup · skin care

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion: Thoughts and Opinions

If you are like me and you don’t seem to get a very good tan in the sun, you just burn and go red, then you may want to find something to give your skin that sun kissed glow. I’m not a massive fan of fake tan as it is not the nicest smelling product in the world so I’ve been using tinted moisturisers to hydrate and darken my skin. My holy grail tinted moisturiser is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula in Natural Bronze and you see results on your skin in the first couple of days.

I was in my local supermarket and I walked past the magazines when I noticed that Marie Claire had a sample of the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Lotion. I picked it up as I had heard some amazing things about this brand.

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The front of the bottle states that it gives an “INSTANT HEALTHY GLOW.” Is this true?

I swatched it on my arm to test if it was true and sadly it wasn’t. Nothing had showed up and my skin. So, I swatched it again over the top and the faintest mark came up. I’m guessing I would have needed to lather myself in it to get that instant glow they were talking about.

I wasn’t ready to give up on it then, so I continued using it daily for a week and it seemed to show up a little better. However, it wasn’t reaching the same level as the Palmer’s one by this stage.

The one thing I do love about this tinted body lotion is that it smells perfumed and not like fake tan. This is something the Palmer’s one lacks in as it smells quite like fake tan and mixed with coconut it makes a strange smell. I was so hoping this product would work for me and I’m gutted that it didn’t. However, my hat goes off to them for making it smell so amazing as I have yet to smell one this good.

Gabby xo