26 November 2014

New In From The Body Shop

the body shop christmas range review
body shop christmas 2014

When it comes to good-enough-to-eat scented beauty products, The Body Shop wins every time. The newest releases are no exception so get ready for a flurry of heart-eyed emojis. There's a whole heap of new product launches and I'm here to help you choose what to buy because I love you; and I love The Body Shop more.

Feeling festive? There are plenty of seasonal appropriate scents for you to indulge in. 'Glazed Apple' is new for 2014 and smells even better than you'd imagine. The cute lip balm pictured above would make an adorable stocking filler. If you fancy something sweeter, the 'Vanilla Brûlée' collection will satisfy that sweet tooth. The creamy, indulgent scent really lingers on the skin so others can enjoy it too. 

It's easy to forget The Body Shop also have a range of makeup. 100% Vegan and cruelty free are words not usually associated with nail varnish. The Colour Crush polishes come in 26 mood-lifting shades. They apply smoothly, dry quickly and last around 5 days with a top coat. 'Relish The Moment' is the perfect festive red to paint your finger tips with. Channel the cold winter weather too with the new Frosted Pastels Eye Palette. The festive-themed compact contains 4 frosty shades, a double-ended brush and generous sized mirror.

the body shop red musk oil review
Red Musk perfume oil is a spicy, warm fragrance perfect for the festive season. Red Musk perfume oil is a spicy, warm fragrance perfect for the colder months. It contains notes of pepper, cinnamon, tobacco and musk. The mix sounds quite heavy but it's the opposite. The perfume manages to remain elegant and feminine without using any floral or sweet scents. This is a very unique woman's perfume which kinda smells like being hugged by a man.

To get you through the busy months ahead, The Body Shop has recently launched the new Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate. The formula is packed with stem cells of a rare flower that grows in Alpine air. This flower, Edelweiss, has incredible resilience abilities, so it can thrive through harsh temperatures - this can be used in skincare to encourage skin renewal, promising a youthful-looking glow to the eyes with regular application. The roller ball applicator helped to cool and soothe the under-eye area. The product itself feels very light-weight and makes concealer go on beautifully.

I'm suddenly feeling all festive! What's on your Christmas wishlist from The Body Shop?

*pr samples

25 November 2014

Comfort Zone Makeup

We all have those foolproof items of clothing we reach for when we're stuck in a rut. That dress which works for any occasion or those shoes you're guaranteed to get complimented on. When it comes to makeup I'm pretty much the same. I have a selection of beauty products that I know I can rely on 100%. I know they work for me and can boost my confidence in an instance.

Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer
This classic crowd pleaser is a concealer must-have for me. I have repurchased this so many times I've lost count. Blemishes, dark circles, love bites..this budget-buy covers them all.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
The foundation I trust the most. I know this will last all day, provide full coverage and matches my skintone perfectly. I don't wear this everyday but instead save it for special occasions such as job interviews, events or just when I want my skin looking it's best.
Max Factor Flipstick in Gipsy Red
This doubled-ended lipstick features one creamy colour and one shimmery shade. I always swipe on this lipstick when I need a pick-me-up as it instantly brightens my complexion. It's a gorgeous orange-y red shade which looks great against pale skin.
Bourjois One Seconde Volume Mascara
This has been my go-to mascara ever since I've had it. It's brilliant at lengthening and curling lashes. If I want my eyelashes looking their best I'll opt for this.
Seventeen Tattoo Me Liquid Liner
I have mentioned this product a few times on here already. This liner has to be the best, long-lasting liquid liner I've tried. It really doesn't budge all day, a drugstore must-have.
No7 Lip Liner in Blush 
My go-to lip liner brand of choice. These have a smooth creamy formula and are easy to apply without leaving a harsh, unnatural looking line. 'Blush' is a light red, natural looking shade.
L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer
I love a glowy complexion, I'll choose that any day over a matte finish. I adore liquid highlighters, and with it's cool-toned frosty white shade, this is ideal for fair complexions. I apply a generous amount of this all over under my base then dot a little more over foundation on my cheekbones.

What makeup products feature in your comfort zone line up?

24 November 2014

Favourite Drugstore Foundations

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse £5.99
This is a liquid mousse so it has quite a thick texture but still blends into the skin easily and doesn't feel cakey. I have the shade 'Ivory' which is the second lightest and is a tad too dark for my pale skin. It has pink, almost grey undertone to it. I apply this with my RT flat foundation brush to get maximum coverage. This foundation leaves skin looking flawless and does a good job at covering redness and blemishes. The coverage is full/medium, I find I don't need to use concealer for my spots when I use this. I would describe the finish as velvety as it's not completely matte. 
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum £10.99
The gel based formula is light, gives a natural finish and has a subtle radiance to it. I use either shade 51 or 52 both of which have yellow undertones and are perfect for counteracting redness. I like to use a buffing brush to apply this as you can build up coverage easily without it looking cakey. I still need to use a concealer with this but it's good for evening out skintone and adding radiance. I think this would be a good option for those with dry skin or simply as a winter foundation.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude £8.99
This is a lighter version of the original Lasting Finish Foundation. On the skin this looks very natural whilst offering medium coverage. It conceals minor blemishes but I still need to use concealer for a couple of angry spots. In terms of lasting power - it's good. I can get a good days worth out of it even with numerous public transport journeys. I can't comment on it's 25 hour claims because does anyone actually wear their foundation for over a day? The texture is easy-to-blend and feels like you're wearing nothing on your skin. The finish isn't matte but it's not dewy either. It's a happy medium between the two and feels hydrating. I love that Rimmel have added lighter shades to their foundation range. I'm using the shade 'Ivory' which is the third lightest and is perfect for my pale skin. I definitely think this would be a good foundation for fellow pale people. The SPF 20 is also a bonus. 

Do you have a favourite drugstore foundation? 

23 November 2014

New Beauty Bits

It has been a while since I bought some new beauty products so I decided to treat myself to a few things I had been lusting after.

I have loved Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb for a while now and finally it's mine. The fragrance is unlike anything I've tried before. As the name suggests it has a floral scent but isn't too overpowering. It's a unique concoction of orange, jasmine, fressia and rose with a woody base note of patchouli. This smells so lovely I have to force myself to use it everyday instead of saving it for special occasions. I've been after a festive red lipstick for the upcoming party season and the new 'Pure Reds Collection' from L'oreal seemed like the perfect place to look. The new limited edition range consists of four custom-made red shades to suit different skintones. I opted for Julianne Moore's shade which is a slightly pink, orange-y red colour. This has a matte finish and stains your lips well. My fellow blonde friend recently recommended the Bleach London Silver Shampoo. Her hair always looks bright so I look forward to giving this shampoo a go. I absolutely love the Bleach London branding.

What beauty bits have you picked up lately? 

22 November 2014

Eye pads

On a recent trip to TK Maxx I came across the IntensivEye Collagen Under-Eye Pads. Not one to turn down trying something new I thought I'd give them a go. These semi-circle shaped, floppy, pre-moistened cloths are designed to combat puffiness and dark circles. A box contains 5 sachets which each reveal two pads. You simply place one under each eye, sit back and relax for 20 minutes.

Despite the questionable gloopy texture, once removed my under-eye bags are less noticeable. I keep these in the fridge so they have a nice cool, soothing effect. I think these would be great for flights, hangovers or allergies. They didn't do a great deal for my dark circles and they definitely aren't miracles worker but at £4.99 for 5 you can't expect too much.
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