Saturday, 24 March 2012

Boots Beauty Bargains

I find myself browsing in Boots far too often which is never good on my bank balance, but on this occasion I found myself saving £'s on some great buys. Today I was simply rushing through my local branch until I came to a stand still when a saw a crowd of women rummaging through shelves of beauty bargains with prices as low as 50p! Obviously I had to join in with the chaos and get my hands on a few cheap beauty bits and this is what I managed to get hold of.

17 Shine On Lipstick - £4.00 50p

You can never have too many lipsticks, and at a ridiculously cheap price I couldn't refuse to get another to add to the 'stash'. This happened to be the only shade marked down so I got my hands on one of the last few on the shelf. I really like the sleek, thin shape of this particular lipstick by 17, you can just slip it in your clutch or pop it into your pocket. The product itself is easy to apply but does not, however, last as long as I'd hope so will need reapplying throughout the day/night. 

Shade: 'Twilight Teaser' 

I don't tend to take risks when it comes to lippy, I always settle for the same pale pink and peachy shades as my skin tone doesn't seem to suit reds or darker shades. For a while I've wanted to try a plum on my lips as I've seen so many others wear it and it looks lovely, no matter what skin tone. 'Twilight Teaser' is not the darkest of plum but does divert greatly from my usually preference. I doubt I would wear this shade casually but will most likely wear on a night out with smoky eyes.

Rimmel Colour Mousse Shadow 8hr - £4.00 50p

Powdered shadow is my every day choice as I think it's much more durable and I never get that lid crease that we all hate. Although I wouldn't normally choose a cream or mousse shadow I got this one by Rimmel, not just because it was cheap but I thought I shouldn't knock it till I've tried it. This mousse shadow was simple to apply, no brushes needed, and seemed to be long lasting but whether it in fact lasts the 8hrs stated I couldn't say just yet.

Shade: 008 'Sassy'

This is a metallic bronze shade which is a colour I'm loving at the moment. This product however has a little too much shine for my liking and may need toning down with a powder shadow of the same shade. I will most likely wear this on nights out as it may give my eyes too much drama to wear in the day. You could possibly blend it into a smoky eye or wear it alone.  

17 Va Va Voom Volume Mascara - £6.29 £3.00

I've heard good things about this mascara but never got round to giving it a go, so I was pleased to see it had been reduced by over half it's original price. When I got home I was gutted to find that I hadn't picked up the mascara in black but instead 'Aqua' - why anyone would want turquoise lashes is beyond me - so I may have to dash back to get the right one! Despite the colour, I did give it a try and used it as a base before going over with a BLACK one. The Va Va Voom does give good results and is better than some of the high end mascaras I've used in the past so I was highly impressed. Don't turn your nose up at low end beauty, you might find yourself surprised. 

Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow - £6.99 50p

Again, this was a creamy shadow that I wouldn't normally purchase but since it was a bargain I thought I might as well take it. This eye shadow comes with an applicator, much like a lip gloss, to help you apply the product more precisely on to your lids. It's small and slim, perfectly sized to carry in your handbag for touch ups throughout the day if needed. 

Shade: 'Golden Green'

My eyes are light brown and I usually opt for browns, plums or smoky black when creating different looks but I am aware that greens can also compliment eyes of my colour. This creamy eye shadow by Max Factor is a subtle olive green with a slight shimmer which really adds light to my lids. In my opinion this isn't a shade to wear alone, I think blending it with other earthy colours will work well. 

Sanctuary Mela Amla and Cardamom Shower Drench - £5.87 £2.90 

Oh I do love my Sanctuary Spa products and the Mela range especially, so to go along with my Mela body butter and bath nectar I thought it was only right of me to grab the shower drench in the clearance. The products in this range do all have a similar scent but the smell is just gorgeous. This shower drench gives a fantastic lather and makes showers more indulging. 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

GlossyBox: The Harrods Edition

Last Monday I was gutted to find that I'd missed the postman with my March GlossyBox and with no time to collect it all week I had to wait impatiently till I could dash to the post office and get my mitts on it. I've been anxiously anticipating to see what treasures I will find in my box this month, especially since it's the Harrods edition, I was rather excited. As I expected the packaging was very sophisticated,entailing with the quality that Harrods never fails to deliver. I was hoping to find YSL and Burberry in my box, but I seemed to have missed I am very much impressed with what I did manage to get. 

VERSACE Vanitas Versace Eau De Parfum

Despite being a small sample this is still a little bottle of luxury. I have never owned anything Versace so this was quite a treat. As much as I wish I could afford to regularly purchase perfumes I still like to try and be aware of the latest scents and discover new personal favourites. Vanitas Versace has a delicate yet rich floral aroma with a very light zest of lime and smells simply divine. I will most likely be saving this for special occasions as it's just too lovely to waste.

BLISS Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter

I'm getting through so many body butters at the moment so I'd rather save this one by Bliss for when I'm in need. This has a gorgeous smell of orange that really wakes up the senses and deeply moisturises my skin leaving it beautifully soft. I find that citrus scent based skin products are best used in summer and I think this body butter in particular will refresh skin after a long day in summer heat. Perfect as a holiday essential.

REVIVE Intensite Creme Lustre SPF30

Finding the perfect moisturiser has been a mission for me, I've still yet to find one I can settle down with and right now this little gem seems to be winning me over. This is an intense firming moisturising cream which targets sagging skin, although I don't have issues with wrinkles just yet it's always best to be prepared! What stands out for me about this moisturiser, is how soft it leaves my skin and how light it is when applying as there is nothing worse than a face cream which just sits heavy on your skin. It's recommended to apply in the mornings after cleansing and toning but I choose to use it at night time just before bed.

LANCOME Teint Miracle

This foundation is no stranger to me as it was my preference for nearly two years until I fell for Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra foundation. The Teint Miracle gives good coverage, however it's not long lasting and does require touch ups. I actually received the product in my shade - 03 Beige Diaphane - which is convenient for when I'm running low or need an emergency quick fix. I would recommend this foundation although it comes 2nd place on my rank behind Teint Idole Ultra which I would urge you to try as well.

CLARINS Extra-Firming Body Cream 

Again this is another brand that I have not yet had any experience with, despite regularly hearing good words about it. I guess it all comes down to being able to afford a brand so high end. This body cream aims to restore the elasticity in the skin so a key area which I will be using this product will be the back of my thighs where I have been burdened with cellulite. I'm keen to see how well this works compared to my regular choice of body firming - Nivea's Goodbye Cellulite 10 Day Serum which I cannot live without!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

S/S Nails

With spring soon approaching it's time to ditch the gloves and get our nails out and on trend. With sweet pastels and bold brights, it's time to experiment with colours and look fabulous!

As you may recall from my A/W Nails post, I always opt for Revlon when it comes to finding a polish I can rely on. They're highly durable, come in a vast number of shades and are good value for money. Currently these are on offer at Boots, 2 for £10, otherwise can be purchased at around £6.49 each. The shades I thought would be well suited for this spring/summer are, from left to right: 093 'Tropical Temptation', 410 'Dreamer' and 211 'Charming'.

This is shade 'Tropical Temptation' which is a deep coral colour and I think it's perfect for hot summer days. I was given this varnish by a friend who wasn't too keen on the colour, silly girl, but I think it's just lovely. For a long lasting finish two coats are required and I found that there were no noticeable chips even after a good few days of wearing it. A colour block outfit would go great with this shade and of course sun kissed skin.

I can only describe the 'Dreamer' shade as a dusty blue, a colour I wouldn't usually think twice about but decided to go for it. The varnish appeared more of a sky blue once on my nails but was a nice change to my usual preference of colour. I think these nails would look great with a white sundress and would most likely suit all skin tones. This is a new shade introduced by Revlon and although I don't think I will be wearing it too much during spring, I will definitely be applying it throughout the summer. 

The 'Charming' polish is a delightful subtle lilac shade ideal for spring time. This is a soft colour that needs two coats for full enhancement and would look great with an outfit of peaches, pinks, mints and creams. I only recently discovered that I suited shades of purple, when it came to my nails, and this is particular varnish is actually becoming one of my favourites. Again this is long lasting and won't chip terribly. 

I've got to say I do love the 17 nail varnish ranges at Boots and they will always be one of my top choices. You can always expect new shades and finishes from as cheap as £2.99. I have a fair few in my nail polish stash and will probably find myself buying another one...or two soon enough! They are quick to apply and fast drying, so great for a quick nail fix when you're in a morning rush. 

This is one of the five shades found in 17's Candy Collection nail polishes, 'Mint Choc Chip' is usually a light green/blue, but I was disappointed to find that it appeared more turquoise then anything. I have purchased this shade before and really liked how it looked on my nails but second time round was a let down. Maybe it was down to being faulty, but when I bought the polish I noticed how the product had began to separate and needed a good old shake. Despite this, the colour still wasn't how I had previously experienced which was a great shame. I don't want this to be off putting, however, I would still recommend that you try the shade or any others from the collection. 

Barry M nail varnishes always come in fantastic shades that can be worn for any occasion and any time of the year. I especially adore their pastel shades so it was vital for me to grab a couple to share with you for this season. At £2.99 each, you get long lasting finish, amazing colour and endless 'Oh I love your nails!' compliments. 

Pastels are always on trend at this time of the year, especially the colour peach which never fails to make nails look chic and 'Peach Melba' is a perfect example. This has been a favourite of mine for a long time and can see myself wearing it on a fair few occasions in the next few months. A cream shirt/blouse and rose gold jewellery would match perfectly with nails of this shade. 

This is the yummy shade 'Strawberry Ice Cream' which looks sweet enough to eat. I always find that pinks go great with tanned skin so I may possibly save this for when the suns about a bit more. I can never say no to Barry M nail polish, although I would say they don't seem to dry as quick as I'd expect them to and I frequently find myself smudging my nails within minutes after applying the product.

Tamara x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Manuka Doctor Apiclear Blemish Cream

I'm always on the hunt for blemish banishing products and recently I've read a lot upon the bee venom skincare from Manuka Doctor used by the likes of Kate Middleton. Manuka Doctor has four key ranges:

1) apiclear - balances troubled skin, tackling spots. 
2) apinourish - protects and moisturises.
3) apirevive - natural ingredients that restores skin.
4) apiwellness - antioxidant boost. 

All Manuka Doctor products are full of natural goodness straight from the hive with no harsh chemicals.

I discovered that these products can be found in Holland & Barrett at half price and I was particularly interested in trying out the 'Blemish Cream' (25ml £5.99) from the apiclear range. This cream works as an antiseptic against blemishes, keeping them under control with the help of honey and witch hazel. I have been using this for over a week now and I have only seen slight results, typically I had a break out a few days ago so this has come in handy. I did noticed how well it dried out spots however I wouldn't depend on it with large problem areas on my face as the product did make my skin feel greasy despite stating 'non greasy' on the tube. The cream needs to be applied three times or so to treat the blemish so you must remember to use it throughout the day. I have no intentions of purchasing this cream again as it only tackled the smallest of spots and with my breakouts this just isn't ideal for me. 

Tamara x

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Secret's Out!

Today marks the first of March along with the big reveal of two mysteries that have had us 'umming' and 'ahhing' over the past few weeks. Drum roll please..

As most of you may be aware of, there has been a mystery skincare product sample available to try and test via the Skincare Revolution Facebook page and within copies of Glamour magazine. This product can be used as a basic cleansing face wash or as a leave on mask and has a delicious fragrance of avocado, raspberries and pomegranate. There was no indication of which brand had developed this product but our guesses were finally put on hold today, as it has been revealed that this is the PerfectaWash from Clearasil! I don't usually rely on Clearasil skincare as my skin is just so complicated to treat, however I did find using this product as a mask worked more effectively than using it as a wash.

Since last Friday an attempt to guess the theme of the March GlossyBox has been puzzling us all, with a letter revealed each day to try and spell it out, but it just seemed impossible. Until it became clear.. K-N-I-G-H-T-S-B-R-I-D-G-E.. GlossyBox subscribers, brace yourself, this month sees the limited edition Harrods box! A box of ultimate luxury with cosmetics from the divine London department store. I can't wait to see it for myself, could this be this best edition yet?

Tamara x