Classic Pink Lip Tint

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I love classic makeup looks, I don't think there's anything more attractive and sophisticated than a red lip with dramatic eyes but that's not always practical for day time unless you're known for a red lip. A more toned town, day time alternative is a lip tint which is a shade or two darker than your natural lip colour. The MeMeMe Cherub's Blush is actually a lip & cheek tint but because I'm not really a fan of blush I have just been using it as a lip product.
 MeMeMe Cherub's Blush Cheek & Lip Tint £5.50

The brush is very similar to what you find on nail polish but it doesn't make application difficult at all, I actually find that it's quite easy! I apply to both my top and bottom lip and then I blend with my finger; the only problem with that is that it does leave you with a stained finger if you don't wipe it off immediately. It's not drying like some lip stains can be and its staying power is pretty good; I think it looks gorgeous with a slick of clear lip balm on top. You can build it up to create a more intense pink shade, I personally prefer two or three coats but it just depends on the look you're going for.
Overall I think it's an affordable alternative to some of the pricier lip tints on the market and the colour is the perfect wearable summer pink! I wouldn't usually go for pink lip products because I find they're a bit too garish for my skin tone but this is really easy to wear because you can control the intensity of the colour & you also don't have to worry about it melting in the heat like lipstick and your hair doesn't stick to your lips, unlike some glosses!
What's your favourite kind of lip product?
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Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Just recently I was lucky enough to win a twitter competition hosted by Roger & Gallet and I won a bottle of their new Gingembre Rouge eau fraiche. Until I found and followed them on twitter I'd never heard of the brand but Roger & Gallet was actually founded many years ago in 1892. Their roots lie in a Parisian perfume apothecary and they pride themselves on using rare natural ingredients to create traditional and luxurious fine fragrance.

Gingembre Rouge was inspired by a trip to Zanzibar; this is a spicy fragrance with notes of ginger (obviously), pomegranate and mandarin. For me, this is a mature take on a fruity fragrance. The bottle is really simple and it seems that they have tried to stick to tradition with a modern twist. Roger & Gallet are actually stocked in various places both on the high street and online; if you want to try some of their products in person then Marks & Spencer is the place to be. Their 30ml bottles are very reasonably priced at £16.00 and you can also buy soap and body care products in each of the fragrances. Roger & Gallet definitely seem to aim their products at a more mature audience so if you're looking for something a bit different for a family then Roger & Gallet might be a good place to start!

Have you tried any Roger & Gallet products?

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Surviving Summer with Nivea

Friday, 25 July 2014

The sun has been out for a couple of days and it's officially 'mafting' (as we say where I live!), we moan when it's too cold and we often moan when it's too hot but Nivea have some products which make the sun & heat just a little easier to deal with!

Nivea Powder Touch Antiperspirant* RRP £2.29 - Nivea is one of my go-to brands for deodorant/antiperspirant because it's long lasting, it doesn't irritate my skin (even when I'm freshly shaved!) and both the powder touch and the pearl beauty sprays smell really lovely.

Nivea Sensitive Cleansing Wipes*RRP £3.05 - I must take off and re-apply my makeup at least twice on a hot day just because my face feels so hot and sticky. A sweaty, shiny face is not a good look and it's definitely not a nice feeling so these wipes are perfect for sweeping across your face to give you a fresh base for makeup. They'd also be great if you wear very minimal makeup and you want to cool your face down.

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter* RRP £1.99 - My lips suffer in the sun if I don't keep them properly nourished so I have an SPF lip balm to hand to protect them and I also have a butter like this to keep them from feeling dry and dehydrated. The fresh fruity smell and the soft buttery texture makes this a handbag essential this summer!

Nivea Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 30* RRP £16.00 - Sun protection application is both easy and pleasurable with this handy spray; with it's continuous spray action is releases fine droplets of product which offer a refreshing, cooling mist and sun protection all in one. Waterproof protection with no stickiness or white marks... what's not to love!?

Nivea Protect & Bronze Face Lotion* £8.99 - Some foundations will have an SPF in them but sometimes it's not enough, especially in the heat of the midday sun so this protection lotion is specially formulated for your face so it shouldn't be too heavy. It also contains a natural plant extract which helps the tanning process along so not only are you protected, you're also achieving a healthy glow sensibly.

Some of these Nivea products are actually on offer in Boots at the moment so grab them while you can if you fancy trying any of them! 

What are your must haves for surviving the summer?

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Carex 'Fun Edition'

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Boring hand washes have been a thing of the past for quite some time now; there's so much on the market to tempt you into keeping yourself clean but the Carex Complete Fun Edition products have really caught my eye. The first thing I tried from the new ranges from Carex was the Chocolate Orange hand wash which is part of the 'Family Favourite Fragrance' collection and it was love at first sniff - it smells just like a Terry's chocolate orange! So naturally when I was sent some 'Fun Edition' products I was excited to try them!
Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel £1.45 Superdrug*
Hand gel is a handbag must have for me, you never know when you might need to wash your hands when you don't have access to soap and water so it's perfect for just shoving in your bag and squirting onto your hands quickly when you need it. However, most hand gels are pretty bog-standard... boring packaging with the overwhelming smell of alcohol but Carex has changed this! As you would expect, it smells just like strawberry laces and the scent stays on your hands for a good while after application; when I first used it I had lots of people asking what that 'sweet smell' was. It kills 99.9% of bacteria and absorbs pretty much instantly into the skin.
 Carex Bubble Gum Handwash £1.80 Tesco*
For me, anything bubblegum is hard to resist. This hand wash smells amazing, and I just love the colour of it too! Even my grandad commented on how nice it smelt, so it just shows that you're never too old to enjoy a bit of bubblegum. It makes hand washing a little less of a chore for people of all ages; it kills germs and leaves your hands feeling and smelling amazing!
I could quite easily have a full collection of these Carex products because they're just so novel! 

Have you tried anything from the Carex 'Fun' range?
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What's your ultimate summer experience?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer is crazy busy for me with work; with June, July and August being the busiest months all year so naturally I do spend most of my time dreaming about what I'd love to be doing rather than working! There's nothing I'd love better than to be relaxing on a beach in the height of summer and given that I've never seen the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean a trip to one of the islands would be a dream summer experience... failing that I'll take a trip to Orlando! (To be fair, who'd say no to either?!)

New Look have a little quiz going on on their website where they match your personality to a destination for this summer and then they have some outfit suggestions based on that! 

Holiday Vs. Festival Summer Personality Quiz by New Look

 I took the quiz and my destination is...


Funny the outcome should be this place of all places! I was only saying to my husband that I genuinely couldn't think of a worse place to go on holiday! Even though I've lost weight, I'm still so insecure about my body and the thought of being on a beach full of beautiful, confident, scantily clad people quite frankly gives me the shivers!! I aren't a 'true raver' but I do kinda see where they're coming from with the suggestion because Ibiza is an action packed, busy holiday teamed with white sandy beaches and relaxation which I guess is a mixture of the chaos of Orlando and the theme parks and the calm and serenity of a Caribbean island! I do love the beaded clutch that was suggested for me at the end of the quiz; it'd be perfect for festivals or holidays no matter how you want to spend your summer!

 I tag Kate from Sugarfixx Beauty to do this too!

What's your ultimate summer experience?
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The Morning Cleanse

Sunday, 13 July 2014

 I find that I don't need to cleanse my face with a heavy hot cloth kind of cleanser in the morning; I'm not taking off a layer of makeup and grime which has built up over the whole day, I'm simply wiping away any oil and sweat (nice!) which has graced my face during the night. As you'll know I'm a bit obsessed with the Bee Good brand at the moment so it should come as no surprise that my current morning cleanse comes in the form of their cleansing water.

Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water £10.00*

With ingredients like honey and mint, I find this so cool and refreshing; perfect for waking my face up in a morning. It leaves my skin feeling clean, ready to moisturise and apply makeup onto... as with most cleansing waters you just simply soak a cotton pad and then sweep across your face, no need to rinse afterwards. I have been using this also as a night cleanse for the past couple of days while I was waiting for a fresh supply of Bee Good Cream Cleanser but I have to admit that for me it wasn't really enough for a night cleanse. Although I think it would be fine if you didn't wear much makeup I do prefer the cream cleanser for my night routine as I tend to wear more makeup and my face can get quite oily.

What do you use for your morning cleanse?

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When you love something you buy it in 3 colours

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Wide Fit Sandals £7.99 New Look
Might seem extreme to some people buying the same pair of sandals in 3 different colours but I couldn't resist with these wide fit sandals from New Look. I go through a lot of shoes, I'm on my feet all day so they seem to wear pretty easily and I have wide feet so regular shoes sometimes aren't very comfy but this particular design are perfect; they're comfy, stylish and affordable... I'm so tempted to buy them in the coral colour aswell. I got all three of these pairs for a total of £23.97 which I think is an absolute steal for such a nice pair of sandals!
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