Thursday, 31 July 2014

L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Eye Shadow in 201 'CAFÉ ST GERMAIN'


My purchase of this eyeshadow was a result of my desperation (bit extreme, but there you go) to own By Terry's Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow stick in 'Misty Rock', but at £28 I just couldn't justify it, especially as cream eyeshadow isn't something I actually use very often. Enter L'oreal Paris Color Riche eyeshadow in 'Café St Germain'. To me, the shades of the two eyeshadows look very similar, just in different formulas and, as it was the particular shade that I was after, that didn't matter! Now, as I've never owned or swatched Misty Rock, I can't say that Café St Germain is an outright dupe in terms of shade (and it seems to be nowhere near as glittery), but if you Google swatches of both shades you'll see where I was going with my train of thought (:


As you can see, I've used Café St Germain a fair few times now - it's because one of my everyday shades and I'm really loving it! The only issue with it is that it seems to have taken on a waxy texture over the top of the powder which I'm not entirely sure how to rectify (suggestions welcome!). The formula of the eyeshadow is like a pressed loose powder - sounds odd but I really don't know how else to describe it! It's obviously not a loose powder but it's different and much softer than a pressed powder. Because of this, it has been super easy to pick up the product on a brush and blend it out evenly across the lids, but I can't help but think it's also the reason for the development of the waxiness. It hasn't become unusable or anything, but it is a bit annoying. 


Swatched, Café St Germain pulls a lilac toned neutral with shimmer - it catches the light really beautifully but that doesn't really come across in the above photo. The formula is buttery soft and the pigmentation is really good, so intensity can be built up quickly and easily. The pigmentation has lessened slightly with development of the waxy top layer though, but hopefully I'll find a solution to that soon and will let you know when I do ASAP!


I mostly wear this eyeshadow as an every day shade and pair it with my usual winged liquid liner and mascara. It really has become one of my favourites as it's a bit different to your usual neutral eyeshadow, plus I think the lilac tone it has compliments my eye colour quite well (: I'd really recommend this shade despite the slight formula issue as that hasn't lessened my ability to use the product, plus it's so inexpensive you can't really go wrong! 

Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure eyeshadows? What did you think of the shades and formulas? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

*FASHION BLOG SALE!!* Feat. Tiffany & Co, Miss Selfridge, Topshop & H&M!

Hi everyone, welcome to my FASHION blog sale! Here's all the info you need to know about it:


  • Tiffany Necklace will be posted via Royal Mail Tracked Delivery which will cost £5, additional items will be 50p postage more each
  • All other items Royal Mail postage will be £2.50, additional items will be 50p postage more each
  • All clothes are UK Size 8 (some run small, I have noted where)
  • All shoes are UK Size 5 to UK Size 5.5
  • Condition of all shoe soles are shown in the photos
  • All clothing items (the 2 skirts and 2 dresses) will be washed & ironed before being sent (I cannot take any responsibility for creasing which may occur during transit)
  • I cannot take any responsibility for damage to any items after I have posted them
  • I do not accept returns, sorry, however all photos accurately depict the condition of the items so you know exactly what you are buying
  • All payments are to be made via PayPal - please leave a comment saying which items you would like along with your PayPal address so I can send you an invoice (: 
  • Items will be reserved for 24 hours from me sending you your invoice, if I do not receive your payment within that time the item will be made available for others to purchase
Happy Shopping! :D





1. Tiffany & Co. 'Return to Tiffany' Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant - £80, never worn so like new! (Costs £105 from Tiffany when purchased new - see here). My tastes have changed since buying it and I never got around to wearing it, so I'd like it to go to a new home where someone will appreciate how pretty and delicate it is! I have all the original packaging so if bought as a gift it is ideal, I won't post gift bags though if they are not wanted. 


2. Topshop Nude Tattoo Print Skirt with Black Mesh Panel, Size 8 - £5. Hardly ever worn. Label says UK 8 but I think it runs quite small and may be more suitable for a UK Size 6.


3. Miss Selfridge Navy Texture Skirt with Black Elasticated Waist, Size 8 - £4. Nice, lightweight material perfect for Spring/Summer. Skirt appears slightly darker in real life than it does on camera. 


4. Topshop Multi Jersey Stretch Dress with wired cups, Size 8 - £6. Nice and comfy dress, pretty multicoloured pattern great for a night out. Is quite short so may be better suited to petite people, and the cups are not overly big so may not be suitable for those who are large chested.


5. H&M Snake Skin Print Plunge Maxi Dress, Size 8 - £12. Very elegant maxi dress, sadly selling as I never had an occasion to wear it but I should imagine it would be lovely for Summer parties in the evenings or weddings (: plunging neckline means body tape is required to keep it in place. 




6. Topshop Beige Laser Cut Courts, Size 5 - £12. Soles of shoes sadly do not reflect how little they have been worn as the light colour shows up any discolouration. Such a lovely pair of shoes perfect for any occasion, very classy and understated. 




7. New Look Black Heeled Biker Ankle Boots, Size 5 - £6. Have a good thick lining and faux black sheepskin trim. 




8. Topshop Bright Coral Open-Toe Mid- Heels, Size 5 - £8. Appear brighter in real life than in photos, material for these is nice and soft, a very cute little pair of heels (: the colour of them is perfect for Spring/Summer! There is a small mark on the inner side of the bow on the left shoe (pictured in first photo). 





9. Next Fushia Satin Pleated Open-Toes Heels, Size 5.5 - £6. Appear brighter in real life than in photos. There is a very slight mark on the upper outer side of the left shoe (pictured in second photo).






10. Next Pink & Multi Glitter Pointed Courts, Size 5.5 - £5.
11. Next Pink & Multi Glitter matching Clutch with short chain strap - £3. 




12. Miss Selfridge Gold Snake Skin Effect Strappy Heeled Sandles - £7. Appear shiner in real life than in photos. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Nuxe Haul!


A little while ago now I placed an order with Nuxe; my skin was pretty irritated especially on my forehead following a reaction to a shampoo, and Nuxe was the brand that I turned to for help as I already use their Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. The lip balm really helped my lips when I had an allergic reaction to a different lip balm, so I thought that their products could help again this time (: 

At the time of ordering Nuxe had a great '3 for 2' offer on (right now they've got a 20% off everything sale) so I picked up quite a few things but only actually had to pay for two of them, bargain or what? Plus, it all arrived in a nice gift box! The two items I paid for were the Rêve de Miel day and night creams. I wanted to stay with the Rêve de Miel range as it's targeted at dry and sensitive skin and that's my skin type to a 't'! Nuxe do lots of other ranges targeted at different skin types and concerns though (: Both pots contain 50ml of product, the day cream comes in a plastic pot which is very practical if you carry your cream about with you, and the night cream is in a lovely frosted glass pot like the lip balm - I'll get photographs of both for their full review post. Also, they smell soooo good, like a wildflower meadow! (: 

The product I chose as my third (and free, yay!) item was the Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask. It's a calming, hydrating mask for sensitive skin and, as I get a lot of redness and irritation on my face even without an allergic reaction being all over my forehead, I thought it would be a good one to try (: I'll definitely let you know how I get on with this as I'm very excited to try it! Then, because I'd spent over a certain amount, there was an offer at the time to qualify for a free Fondant Shower Gel. It's designed to be suitable for all skin types and is soap-free so hopefully it shouldn't dry my skin out at all - it has really great reviews so I'm looking forward to finally getting around to using it (:

I also filled out a customer feedback survey for Nuxe and got a promotion code for a complimentary Rêve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream, so that was really nice! I've used it a few times now and it smells amazing! Finally, with every order from Nuxe's website you get some free samples - one deluxe size miniature which you get to choose, and three sachets. I chose the Fondant Body Scrub as my deluxe miniature to go with the shower gel, and the sachets I received were of their Crème Fraîche de Beauté 24HR Soothing and Moisturising Cream which I expect will be nice and soothing, their Prodigieux le parfum, and their Nuxellence Jeunesse - a luxurious serum that I've had as a deluxe sample before and it was so, so lovely to use and had a gorgeous, light fragrance (:  

As I said I ordered this a little while ago and have been using the day and night creams for 2 or 3 months now so a full review of them won't be far away, and full reviews of other products mentioned will be posted in due course (:

Have you tried any of these products from Nuxe? What did you think? 

Monday, 30 June 2014

The Una Brennan Face Mask Duo: Tea Flower Deep Clean & Rose Hyrdate


I haven't posted for a few weeks, and I apologise for that! I've just been feeling a bit down in the dumps and I guess just kind of flat since finishing university as now I don't really know what to do with myself... but never mind that, I'm back now with a new review! Hope you enjoy (: 

I love a good face mask, and I love them even more when they're super affordable, great value for money and actually work! I'm sure we've all tried those cheapy little masks you get in packets, all manner of bright colours, and your skin gained what you paid for them - basically nothing. These two Superfacialist by Una Brennan face masks are a whole lot different! They actually do work to improve my skin and they're so reasonably priced I just had to write a post about them.

First up is the Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask (phew, that's a mouthful!) - and it does exactly what it says it's for! The mask itself is a light grey colour and feels quite tingly when applied to the skin, but this does go away. For this reason I'd say it may be unsuitable for those of you who have really sensitive skin, however my skin is pretty sensitive and I was expecting to see signs of irritation once I'd removed the mask, but skin looked and felt perfectly fine. You leave the mask on for about 10 minutes or for however long it takes to dry down - it'll turn a lighter minty-grey colour as it does. Once the mask has dried I remove it with warm water and a flannel; first I soak the flannel in the water and wring it out, then place it over my face for a few seconds to allow the steam to soften the mask a little before wiping it off, so it's a) easier to remove and b) gentler than scrubbing it off my face. 

Straight away I can always see that my pores are noticeably clearer, any spots have been calmed down a bit and my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and fresh, but not stripped at all - I'm so impressed by the Tea Flower Mask every time I use it! It is a bit drying on my skin, not very considering I have dry skin anyway but my skin does feel a bit tight afterwards, so I always follow it up with the Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask

The Rose Hyrdate Mask is, as you'd expect, rose scented but not overly so - just a light, pleasant floral fragrance. It looks like a slightly off-white coloured cream and feels lovely and cool on the skin when applied, and the excess can be rubbed into your hands! The instructions say to leave this mask on for 10 minutes and then wash off, but I found this to be too short a time for it to have any effect on my dry skin, however this may be ample for oilier skin types. Instead, I tend to leave it on for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. The mask does dry down a bit in that time but does not fully absorb into the skin, and then I again remove the mask with a flannel and warm water. 

My skin always looks and feels plumped and smooth after using the Rose Hydrate Mask - sometimes I don't even need to use my usual heavier night cream afterwards (I usually do my face masks in the evening, although I sometimes use this before a night out if I'm going to wear heavy makeup and my skin is bothersome as it really helps to create a much better base for foundation), just a serum or a light moisturiser and I'm done! It really calms my skin too which is fantastic as I have a moderate amount of redness due to having sensitive skin, so it's lovely to have my bare face looking a normal colour for once haha. 

And the best bit? Both masks are available from Boots for just £8.99 each and contain a generous 125ml of product - so affordable, lovely to use and such great quality! 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Barry M 'Lychee' Jelly Nail Paint & Topshop Nails 'Pluto'




I seriously LOVE this nail polish combo! When I decided to paint my nails like this I thought it would be quite pretty, but didn't expect to be as obsessed with this look as much as I am haha - in fact I've only been doing my nails differently since purely because I've got a load of other polishes that I've been meaning to get round to trying for aaaages. 

Barry M Jelly Nail Paint in Lychee is a nude beige polish that is great for a simple chic nail on it's own, and has a beautiful glossy finish. It's also a really good dupe for Essie's Sand Tropez!

Topshop Nails in Pluto is really pretty purple glitter topcoat, consisting of fairly large uniform sized pieces. From a distance, I think it makes the nails look like they have an irregular polka dot pattern on, and up close the glitter is apparent and looks so so lovely (in my opinion anyway!) - it could even be described as a more 'grown-up' glitter topcoat. I think if you usually don't go for glitter polishes because you think they don't look particularly sophisticated, this one could well be worth a look!

As well as creating super pretty nails, I found these polishes lasted about a week on my nails before chipping, which is really good! I do find though that unless a polish has very poor lasting power, nail polishes do tend to last on my nails on average about seven days - don't know why, they just always do! I keep my nails quite short so that could have something to do with it, but I have no idea really. In any case, I think these should still last well on anyone (: 

What do you guys think about glitter topcoats? Do you think they're pretty or are you not a fan? 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Review!



Exams are over, degree is finished, which means I AM BACK! I've seriously missed writing posts and spending hours scrolling though other blogs, so I'm very happy to be bringing you all a little review! As someone whose hands get very dried out by hand washes and often irritated, I find it's very important to use a really nourishing hand cream to keep eczema at bay. Over the past few months I've been having particular problems with it, and my mum was kind enough to pick up The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector for me to try out as it's targeted at very dry skin

The Hemp Hand Protector is thicker than other hand creams that I've tried - ones I've had in the past have more of a lotion-y feel whereas this is definitely a rich cream consistency. However, the pale green cream (that I didn't need to use very much of per application) still absorbed into my skin as easily as lighter creams and didn't leave my hands feeling sticky at all, just soft and nourished! Sounds pretty good, I think you'll agree?

The only thing I was a little unsure about at first was the scent - it was unlike anything I've smelled before, I guess it just smells of hemp? It wasn't unpleasant at all, just a bit odd, perhaps slightly 'clinical' - it smelled more like a treatment rather than a generic hand cream to me anyway. However, after using the Hemp Hand Protector a few times I soon got used to it and grew to actually quite like it, now it seemed more of a clean, fresh scent which I really enjoyed having on my hands! 

I've used my Hemp Hand Protector all up now, but I'm definitely going to repurchase it as I found it really helped with my dry skin and kept my hands moisturised enough to stop my eczema from reoccurring (something I wasn't expecting it to manage!), and I'll be getting it in the larger 100ml size (pictured above is the 30ml) as that's the best value - it's super affordable anyway though at just £5 for the smaller tube and £10 for the larger.

Have you tried The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector, or any of their other hand creams? What did you think of them? I'd love to know your thoughts and I haven't tried any of their other ones! 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Lush 'Tender Is The Night' Massage Bar


I've got another Lush review for you this week - the Tender Is The Night massage bar! This bar was originally released for Valentines Day and has been kept on as part of Lush's permanent line. 

Out of the massage bars that I've tried from Lush so far (From Dusk 'Til Dawn and Snow Fairy if you're interested, both very nice), Tender Is The Night is by far my favourite! It has such an amazing scent - vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang, all of which really come through. Although the smell of this massage bar is fairly strong and heady, no one scent overpowers the others, and they work beautifully together to create a gorgeous sweetly floral scent that I can't get enough of! 

As with all of Lush's massage bars, Tender Is The Night starts to melt and release its oils at the temperature of your skin - this can get a bit messy with some of Lush's creamier bars, but Tender Is The Night is fairly solid. Despite it not being particularly creamy, it still leaves the skin super soft and feeling very pampered in deed! 

Have you tried any of Lush's massage bars? Which one is your favourite?