Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mac's Velvet Teddy

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Velvet Teddy review

I know that everyone and their mother has jumped on the brown lipstick train, and  I am very late. BUT I'M HERE. Yes, Kylie Jenner started a lipstick revolution, and I love it. I heard about Velvet Teddy for months and months, will people calling it the 'perfect brown' lipstick, but I just couldn't do it. What if I looked like a 90's throwback? Could I be the only person to not suit Velvet Teddy? I wasn't about to spend £15 on a lipstick I wasn't sure if I'd like, so I stayed away. However a friend let me try hers a few months back, and straight away I knew I needed it. I fell in love.

For me, Velvet Teddy is almost a perfect 'my lips but better' shade. I didn't realise my lips were so dark, but when I wear Velvet Teddy it's really similar to my natural colour. It's a matte lipstick, so it is drying, but I constantly wear lip balm in this weather anyway so it isn't too drying for me. Because it's matte, the staying power is incredible! I wore for this for 5 hours without having to reapply - I was very impressed.

If you're thinking about buying Velvet Teddy, go for it. It's a gorgeous lipstick that seems to suit everyone. It's become my favourite nude and I can't imagine that changing any time soon!


Friday, 29 January 2016

Mini Makeup Haul

So I was feeling a little down last week, and when that happens, I tend to shop. And shop I did. I've not been in Boots for ages as I'm still really ill, but when I found myself in town, it was only fair to peruse the shelves! Here's the damage...


I've been after a new foundation for a while as my current one is running out, and after asking Twitter, Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation came out on top. I bought the shade 'Ivory' as I'm very pale, and having swatched it - it's the perfect colour for me. I'll be popping a review up of it once I've had chance to use it a few times - but so far so good. I also picked up a new powder - Bourjois Healthy Balance Powdernot because I need a new powder, but because I've heard this is fantastic. I'm looking forward to trying this - I have super oily skin at the moment, so I'm constantly powdering my face when I'm out at the moment!
I picked up two of the new Barry M Gelly Polishes as well - 'Pink Lemonade' and 'Butterscotch' Sundae, I'm loving nudes at the moment, and these two are especially gorgeous. I also picked up Rimmel's The Only One Lipstick in 'Under My Spell'. Whilst the weather is still very Wintery, I want to make the most of the berry shades that are on offer at the moment - and I can't wait to see what this is like. Expect it to make an appearance on my Instagram soon! Lastly, I picked up one of Revlon's new mascaras - Volume and Length. I'm not in need of a new mascara but I was intrigued by the new design, so I picked this one up. Revlon are normally fantastic for mascaras so I'm interested to see how this one does!

Have you done any makeup hauls recently? Link me up!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Weekend Wishlist


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As the weather gets colder, I find myself wanting to curl up in cosy jumpers more and more. I have many, of course, but you can never have enough oversized jumpers in my opinion. So here are the ones I'm loving at the moment. 
What's on your wishlist this week?


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Lulu and Boo Organics Chocolate Orange Cleansing Oil

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I've got another cleanser post for you today, and it's a goodie!

Lulu and Boo are a skincare company that provide a wide range of products - skincare, haircare and specialist products for both mothers and babies, as well as for teenage skin. I think you'll agree, that's a lot. And even better, they use entirely organic products, and the majority are registered vegan with the Vegan Society. I'm not vegan, but I've heard from enough people that finding good vegan products is difficult, so this company make it easier!

The Chocolate Orange Cleansing Oil is sumptuous, to say the least. I prefer to use oils to remove my eye makeup as I find they do it a lot more efficiently, so I was excited to try this. I wore a full face of makeup, complete with gel eyeliner, to really get the full idea of how it worked, and went to town with it. Lulu and Boo recommend 3-5 pumps of this, so I went with 4, partly because I think 5 was too much and would have drowned my face in oil. The smell hit me straight away, a beautifully fragrant chocolate orange - it doesn't smell good enough to eat, but it does smell more like a gorgeous perfume. I rubbed it in my face and loved the way it felt, the scent wasn't overbearing which I appreciated. I found it almost entirely removed my makeup - although I did have to rub a little harder to get the residual mascara off my eyes, maybe I should have used 5 pumps after all! I was happy with how it removed my makeup, it came off easily after I'd rubbed in the oil.

I suffer from very oily skin, so I don't use this every day - I find that if I do, my oiliness is exacerbated. However, using it once or twice a week is a real treat for my skin. At £27, it isn't the cheapest cleanser out there, but it's completely organic and vegan, so it's a fantastic product - for me, it's more of a treat than an every day product.

What do you think of Lulu and Boo products?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

MAC Russian Red

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I've spent over a year lusting after Russian Red. Swatching it whenever I went into MAC, adding it my wishlists, both on the blog and in my head, so I decided on Pay Day, that I should buy it. I love bold colours, and I knew I wanted it, so I bought it. And boy am I glad that I did. At £15.50, it's not cheap, but I bit the bullet.

For those not familiar with MAC lipsticks, let me tell you, they are worth the price. The sleek packaging, gorgeous vanilla-esque scent and smooth formula make for a fantastic product. Russian Red is a full bodied, blue toned red, perfect for my yellow toned skin. In the past I've been worried that I'm too pale to pull off red lipstick, but I now believe that there is the right shade of red for EVERYONE.

Russian Red is matte, but not too drying - although if you have super chapped lips, it will show up, so I recommend a slick of lip balm beforehand. I had to reapply it once throughout the day - after about 6 hours and a big lunch, which I'd say is pretty decent. Thankfully it didn't collect around the outline of my lips, so no 90's lipliner effect for me! Instead, it faded equally all over, which is preferable! It does, unfortunately, leave its mark on mugs, but we can't have everything!

It has easily become my favourite red lipstick, and I can't see that changing any time soon.
Have you tried Russian Red? What do you think?


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Eloquence Beauty Pure Luxury Collection

I'm a massive fan of skincare, as I'm sure you all know, so when Eloquence Beauty offered to send me their products for review, I jumped at the chance.

I'll start by saying, although these products were sent to me, it doesn't change my review. I'll be completely honest and unbiased, as I am with everything I review.

I used these products for about a month before I wrote this review, because products often take a while to make a difference on my face, and I didn't want to hastily write a review and later change my mind!

The Eloquence Beauty Pure Luxury Collection comes as a four step group of products, and a treatment oil as well. You can buy them separately or together - but as with most things, buying together is cheaper!

Eloquence Beauty are a British company that prides itself on its use of Sacha Inchi Oil, which is an Peruvian oil that contains Omega 3 and 6 restores the skin's elasticity and re-hydrates it.

The 4 steps begin with their Purifying Facial Cleanser (£7.99) which I fell in love with straight away. This cleanser works by lathering with water - which is my preferable method for cleanser. Unlike a lot that I've tried, my face wasn't left feeling tight or dry, instead I felt refreshed and my face was left feeling soft. The scent of the cleanser - and the rest of the products - was fresh, I can't pinpoint a particular scent, but I enjoyed it!

The second step is the Firm and Tone Serum (£19.99) which I found interesting because I don't tend to use serums. I've tried in the past, and given up, but I persevered with this one, which is a good sign! With added Hyaluronic Acid to give a boost of collagen, this promises to leaving skin feeling plump and smooth. I didn't notice a massive difference, but as I'm only 22 I don't have to worry too much about a lack of collagen, so that's probably why! That said, the skin around my eyes felt plumper, although that could be because of the next step...

The Moisturising Eye Gel (£19.99). I love eye gels, my under-eyes are one of the bits of my face I hate the most, so I'll jump on anything that promises to lessen my under eye circles! This also contains Hyaluronic Acid to plump up, so as well as making my dark circles go away somewhat, it's also made the skin plumper.

The fourth and final step is the Protect and Repair 24h Cream (£14.99) which I love. I always prefer to have my face cleanser and moisturiser from the same brand, so I was excited to try this. This is quite a thick cream, so it took a little while to absorb, but once it was absorbed it didn't leave me feeling oily at all. It protects against both UVA and UVB which is reassuring – it's much easier when creams contain SPF so I don't have to apply it on top of anything else! This left my skin feeling wonderfully soft, and I can see myself repurchasing this before it runs out, just so I don't have to run out!

The last product in this range, that isn't technically part of the 4 step process, is the Eloquence Beauty Nourishing Treatment Oil (£29.99). This multi-use product contains sweet almond and coconut oil as well as Sacha Inchi Oil, making it a luxurious oil to use. It can be used on the skin, hair and nails – so I tried it on all three! I didn't use it on my face because my face is more oily than dry, and I didn't want to exacerbate my oiliness! However, I reckon if you suffer from dry skin, this would be ideal for you. I suffer from incredibly dry skin on my hands, and this worked WONDERS on it. I also used it on my nails, and it made my cuticles far easier to manage, and on my the ends of my hair, which made it softer as well! This treatment oil is a little pricey, but completely worth it!

Overall, I love it. At £75 for the entire range, it sounds like a lot of money, but when you think about how much you're getting, it's really not. Plus you're saving so much money by buying all the products at once. However, if you'd rather try the products individually so you're not splurging the cash, you can get 20% off each individual product by using the code 'JANUARYEQ' before the end of January.

Have you tried them? What do you think?

Friday, 15 January 2016

The Uncertainty of an Auto-Immune Disease

Hey guys, as you will have noticed, I've not been around much recently. I wasn't sure whether to write this post but it's going to be something that continues to affect me so I thought it'd be best to document it. I've been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. We can't say for certain which one yet, but it's most likely to be Rheumatoid Arthritis.

When a lot of people think of arthritis, I'm sure they think of their grandparents, which is fair as it affects a lot of older people. Not rheumatoid though. RA is an auto immune disease that affects the joints because of the immune system messing up - my immune system thinks my joint fluid is bad and it's attacking it, which makes my joints swollen and really, really painful. I've been limping around for two months with limited use of my legs and wrist, I'm currently typing with one hand because I can't type with my right hand, so it's nice to have an answer about what's wrong with me.

Blogging will still be sporadic I think, I'm in lots of pain even though I've been prescribed strong painkillers - painkillers that are making me super drowsy! I'm hoping to document what's going on with my health, but we'll see!

I honestly don't know much about Rheumatoid Arthritis apart from that it HURTS, so if you know more, please feel free to educate me!


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