Friday, 31 October 2014

THE ROUND UP | OCTOBER 2014

I am happy to announce that this month's favourites features all new beauty products. I have been branching out and trying new things this month and I have found a handful of products that I really enjoyed this month and so I thought I would show you all what I have been loving for the month of October.
First up is the new permanent palette from Dior in Trafalgar, I was given this for my birthday in September and I have been enjoying it throughout this month, it has been my go to palette for nights out plus the reddish pink shade looks great on your bottom lash line for added drama, I did do a little mini review earlier on in the month if you want further information. In terms of what I have been using for my bottom lash line on an everyday basis, I have been using the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(out) which is described as a bronze with shimmer. I find that I do not need to reapply during the day as it lasts all day, I also find that the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Troopa lasts all day and it does not fade at all. Even though these are not available in the UK I purchased it from Sephora and I even posted a haul earlier on the month.
I brought the (not so) new NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in both Custard (medium 1) and Ginger (medium 2), I use the lighter shade to help brighten and the slightly darker shade for any spots/marks I may have. I have been putting off buying the NARS concealer for some time now but I definitely say they are worth the hype. Another product I have been putting off buying but brought anyway, is the Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil, I really like this brow pencil, it makes such a difference on my brows. My final favourite for this month is by Benefit, I am a big Benefit fan and so it was no surprise that when I was given the new Majorette blush for my birthday I was in love, I posted a review on this too.

So as I said these are all new products and if you had to buy one thing from the bunch, then let it be the Dior 5 colour palette.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

DERMALOGICA CLEAR START OVERNIGHT TREATMENT

I have never had severe acne when I was a teen, I was lucky. I used to have a few break outs on my forehead but that was normal considering I was growing up. By the time I was 15, my skin was clear and I barely had any breakouts, that was until I turned the age of 18 and I started to break out on my chin and forehead, I blame hormones.
So for the past few years, I have been trying to get my skin back to normal, and the one stand out product that I have tried this year has been the Dermalogica Clear Start Overnight Treatment.
It is a thick gel that applies smoothly over the skin without making your skin look oily or greasy. It almost has a serum like feel, in terms that it literally sinks into the skin within minutes. The idea of this product is to reduce and remove excess sebum and bacteria from the skin whilst preventing further breakouts and making your skin clearer and smoother in the future. 
When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I notice is how supple and smooth my skin is, this definitely does not dry out your skin like other treatments I have tried in the past. My makeup applies a lot more smoother now since using this and I have noticed that those under the surface bumps that just never surface have almost gone too.
This is probably one of my favourite products I have tried from Dermalogica, the other being the Daily Microfoliant.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Q&A: LEIBSTER AWARD NOMINATION

So this is a little new to me, well for my blog more specifically. In my two years of blogging, have never done a Q&A before, so I am a little excited to share my answers with you all. I also want to thank Brooklyn from A Fond Memory for tagging me on Twitter, it is honestly such a cool way to get to know other bloggers plus for you all to get to know me a little better.
Firstly, here are the rules for the award:
1)  Answer the questions sent to you.
2)  Nominate 11 bloggers who have under 200 followers on Twitter.
3)  Ask them 11 questions of your own.
4)  Notify them that you've nominated them.

Brooklyn's questions:
1)  What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing has got to be communicating with you guys! As cheesy as it sounds, seeing your comments on my posts literally makes my day.
2)  What made you start blogging?
After reading beauty based blogs for about a year, I thought 'hey I could do that too!' and so in the Summer of 2012, FFPxo was born!
3)  What is the thing you find most challenging in running a blog?
Most challenging would probably be time management, since I am a full time student I am pretty busy with studying so making time to write blog posts is kind of difficult.
4)  What is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would be my parents, I am who I am because of them.
5)  What is your biggest fear/pet peeve?
My biggest 'fear' are bees and wasps, I cannot stand them! As for my biggest pet peeve, it has to be big headed people, I mean, I do not understand how someone can talk about themselves 24/7.
6)  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully I would have a decent job in the legal area (as I am a law student) and hopefully I would continue blogging (if blogs are still a thing in 5 years time!)
7)  What are your go-to/everyday makeup products?
My everyday makeup products consists of a concealer, mascara and some sort of brow product, I have been loving the S&G Archery Brow Pencil lately, it makes such a difference.
8)  Do you feel self-conscious without makeup?
Honestly, no. I have fairly decent skin with the occasional breakout here and there but other than that my skin looks good.
9)  What is your favorite item of clothing?
Hands down it has got to be my leather jacket. I love how it just makes your outfit more edgy and as if you tried hard but really you did not.
10)  Who do you "aspire to be" (in terms of bloggers/youtubers)?
If I had to choose then I would probably say ViviannaDoesMakeup, from a fellow Virgo I feel like we are on the same wave length, plus her style is exactly like mine.
11)  If you could only shop at one clothing store, which would it be?
This was such a hard question to answer but I have to say Zara, their basics are just on point plus there is something for every occasion. 

Once again, thank you to Brooklyn from A Fond Memory for tagging me on Twitter. 
Here are my questions for you all to answer - even if I have not tagged you on Twitter then leave a comment below answering the questions, I would love to know!

1. What made you start blogging?

2. What is your most repurchased beauty product in your collection?
3. When you are feeling a little down, what is your go to product?
4. What would you describe your style as?
5. What is your go to make up look?
6. If you lost all your make up, what one product would you repurchase from each category? e.g. one foundation, one lipstick, one concealer etc.
7. Do you consider yourself a make up junkie?
8. What is your favourite make up product in your whole collection?
9. What is your least used make up product?
10. What is your holy grail skincare product?
11. What was the first high end make up product you ever brought?

I tag: @SLovesAutumn@PiccoloLovely, @BILLYGUMBEX@NiaElinorMair@Cdoesbeauty@Se7eNRamieL@NasedoStarGazer@JenAdoresBeauty@rosesandlips@SarahCrump93@LouiseBennalick.
I would love to see your answers to be sure to tag me on Twitter when you have answered these questions! :)

BENEFIT MAJORETTE BLUSH

 A few weeks ago, Benefit released their new blush and for my birthday last month, I was given it as a present. The Benefit Majorette blush is described as being a 'blusher booster' and is especially to be worn under other blushes, to help to increase the colour. Personally, I have been using this by itself, and I love the way it looks on my skin.
I have to admit that I was a little wary because it is a silky cream to powder formula so I thought it would cling to any dry patches that I am prone to have, especially now since it has gotten a lot cooler, however it does not cling to any patches and I love it even more! 
In the container is does look a lot more bright and intense however, as you can see from the photo above, it is a lovely pinky peach colour which looks lovely when it is blended into your skin.
The only issue is the packaging for me, whilst I love the whole concept, it is just a little bulky for my liking and it has a magnetic closure. However it does have a mirror which is great for touch ups on the go.
Overall, I really do like this blush and I urge you to check it out at your local Benefit counters.

Friday, 24 October 2014

THE HAIR OILS

Hair oils. Something that I would run away from when I was 16. I used to hate putting oil in my hair. By putting oil on my hair, I used to associated with it being greasy and just not clean. I did not realise that by putting oil on your hair, you can just put a pea sized amount, as opposed to jugfuls, looking back now, my hair definitely needed it more specifically my scalp. My scalp tends to get flaky and for me, that is a sign which says my hair and scalp needs moisturise, especially now since it is officially Autumn.

I use two different hair oils, both well known in the beauty community, for different uses. For the ends of my hair, I simply use Moroccan Oil, now this can be and look a little bit heavy if you use too much, so I simply apply no more than a pea sized amount and then apply it to the ends of my hair when it is damp. It helps to keep my hair from becoming frizzy and it keeps any fly aways at bay.

In terms of a weekly oil treatment, I use the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, here I simply pump half a pump into a bowl and pop it in the microwave for about 5 seconds, just to heat the oil up a little. I then massage the oil on my scalp, this helps to increase blood flow which will essentially increase hair growth further down the line. 

If I had to choose between the two, I would have to choose the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment, just because it feels less heavy on your hair than the Moroccan Oil as it is much more thicker in consistency.

Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment // £23.95
Moroccan Oil Treatment // £13.45

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

MY LAST MINUTE DETAILS

I have been loving wearing silver jewellery lately, so much so I thought I should show you my current favourite last minute details. I do not leave the house without wearing earrings, I just feel so naked without it. I have been wearing (cannot find exact pair but here is a similar pair) silver sparkly studs 24/7, these simply spruce up your outfit even if you are having a lazy day.
My Marc By Marc Jacobs Amy watch has been my ultimate 'arm candy' for the past few months. Personally, it does not scream designer although it does have MBMJ engraved around the dial, but it definitely unique by replacing some of the numbers with diamonds on the dial. Along with my watch, I have been wearing my Pandora Sterling Silver Threaded bracelet, I am not one for wearing too much jewellery on a regular basis but this paired with my watch just looked like a match made in jewellery heaven(!) I only have two charms on my Pandora bracelet, the first being a '21' charm for my birthday last year (which was when I got this bracelet) and the other is a die, which I brought when I was in Vegas this year! I also have two decorative charms, that also came with my bracelet last year.
For that added bling, I have been pairing my Pandora charm bracelet with my Swarovski tennis bracelet, although it is small and dainty, it catches the light and gives off a shine. I was given this for my birthday last year and although I do not wear bracelets all that often, I like to add a little something whenever I go out.
I tend not to wear all silver jewellery at once since I like mixing metals on a daily basis, but silver jewellery just looks so clean and chic, plus because it is 'cooler' than gold jewellery, I feel like it is perfect for this time of the year.

Silver Sparkly Studs // £10
Marc By Marc Jacobs Amy watch // £165
Pandora Sterling Silver Threaded bracelet // £55
Swarovski Tennis Bracelet // £74

Sunday, 19 October 2014

THE GEL EDIT

Lately, I have noticed that I have been wearing gel liner a lot more often and so I thought it would be a perfect time to discuss two of my favourite gel liner products I have in my collection.
The MAC Blacktrack Fluidline has been my ultimate favourite gel liner since day one, it is just so creamy and easy to work with that I have never had an issue with it. Blacktrack is a 'solid flat black', so it has no shimmer nor glitter running through it however it does not dry matte either. On me, it is long wearing, so by the end of the day, my liner is practically intact and still as pigmented as when I first applied it. MAC has described this to be 'smudge proof' however, if you are like me and constantly touch your eyes (for some bizarre reason) during the day, the 'flick' can smudge a little.
On another note, is it bad to admit that this is the same little black pot I brought from MAC three years ago(!) Saying that, it has not dried up, does not smell weird, has not changed texture/colour and does not irritate my eyes - which is saying something because I have sensitive eyes. I use this with my Sigma E65 brush and it works wonders.
The Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner is a newbie in my make up stash, I only brought this in July when it initially released and honestly, it took me a while to get used to applying my gel liner with a pen, but I got used to it and I like it. It is not a product I will go to when I am in a rush to get ready because a) you need a steady hand b) it can be a bit difficult to work with and c) you need a steady hand(!)
It is so pigmented and most definitely long wearing that, again, by the end of the day, my liner is still perfectly intact. It is has a similar finish to the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, in the sense that it does not dry completely matte but does not have any shimmer/glitter running through it. The one bad/good thing about this gel liner, is it's lasting power, it literally does not budge when it dries but it can be a pain to remove - I use the corresponding Benefit They're Real! Remover (which is a balmy cleanser) or an oil-based make up remover.

If I had to choose one of the two, I would say the MAC Blacktrack Fluidline, just because it is much more easier to work with, you can see how much product you have and it has not dried out yet (I store mine upside down). Plus it is cheaper, at £15.50, than the Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner, which is £18.50.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

SOAP & GLORY ARCHERY BROW PENCIL

I cannot remember the last time I went into the shops and just had a wander around. So on the weekend, my best friend and I decided to have a little retail therapy and of course we popped into Boots, whilst nothing really stood out to me, one thing did and that was the Soap and Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush.
There are two shades to choose from, I chose the shade 'Hot Chocolate', which is perfect for those who have darker brows like myself. It is a dual ended pencil, where on one side there is a spoolie and on the other is a twist up pencil.
The pencil is tiny which is great to mimic the hair on your brows, it is also quite firm so it is much easier to control when filling in your brows. In terms of the spoolie, it is probably one of the best spoolie's I have ever tried, it is stiff and perfect to help tame your brows - mine have a tendency to fly about in the wind!
The Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil is a great dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, which is double the price of Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil.


Sunday, 12 October 2014

ESTÉE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SYNCHRONIZED RECOVERY COMPLEX

I am not one for instantly grabbing serums, it is often the last thing on my mind whenever I think of skincare - masks are the first. But the one serum I will always purchase again and again is the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I am usually less optimistic when it comes to serums as I do not think they do much to your skin, I have tried quite a few and I do not see much of a difference. I mean, yes, my face looks brighter and plumper when I first apply the serum, but this usually fades within the hour. 

This is not the case with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, whenever my skin feels and looks dull, dehydrated and tight I will always go straight to this. I normally apply this at night (one 'pipette pump') and the next day my skin feels and looks smoother, more refined, a lot more hydrated and brighter. If you have been reading my blog for a long time, then you will know that my skin is dry and during the colder months I tend to get dry patches on my cheeks, well I have found that this serum clears those patches up!

All in all, I would say at the age of 22, I am definitely doing everything to help look after my skin even if my optometrist thinks I am 17 and my d.o.b on my records is wrong - haha, I put it down to good genes!


(side note: my bottle is the older packaging and formula, I know Estée Lauder has reformulated this serum as of last year.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

THE AUTUMNAL MAKEUP EDIT

A few of my close friends brought me the Dior 5 colours palette in Trafalgar (along with a few other products), for my 22nd birthday in September. This is probably the stand out product from the lot, the palette itself, is absolutely gorgeous and better yet it is one of the new five permanent palettes from Dior.

I am probably one of the most difficult person to buy presents for, now do not get me wrong, I adore everything I get but if someone was to ask me what I want, I would have no idea. So when I unwrapped this present, I was in total shock, I even surprised myself because I absolutely love it!
It does contain three 'wearable everyday' shades, which are a white iridescent shade (top right corner), a dark gold (bottom left corner) and a reddish brown (bottom right corner), along with a frosty light pink (top left corner) and reddish pink shade (centre shade).
I have been wearing this palette whenever I have been going out and for that added something, I have been lining my bottom lash line with the reddish pink shade. It is something I would not normally do, but because it is autumn, I feel like this is the time for reddish browny shades come into play.

Again, although this is a permanent palette, I have heard that it is practically sold out everywhere, so if you want one too, quickly go to your nearest Dior stand and pick one up!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

THE LUSH HAUL F/W 2014

I have never really tried anything from Lush, a few years ago, I went past a store and I was so overwhelmed by the scent I refused to enter and so, this has always stuck with me. For my birthday this year, I received a Lush gift set from my friends and I really enjoyed the products, so I decided to go into the store and see what there was. I picked up three products - baby steps!
 The first thing I decided to pick up is Grease Lightning, this is a spot treatment and whilst I have a few spot treatment favourites, I am always looking out for new treatments, but those that do not strip your skin completely. Since Lush is a more natural brand, I thought this would be great to try. 
I was then approached by a sales assistant, and she was absolutely lovely - side note: she had such gorgeous bright red hair that I fell in love with! I explained how I suffer from eczema and my skin has become a lot more dry than usual. She brought my attention to Full of Grace, which is a solid serum. It contains portobello mushrooms (a little unusual) for added protection to prevent damage to your skin and chamomile to help calm the skin. Also you do not need to rinse this off! 
 The next product I brought is Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, this is a product to use in the shower. Simply massage on wet skin and then rinse it off, I was told to pat the massaged area dry to help the product sink into your skin. It contains a handful of oils, such as Argan oil, brazil nut oil and almond oil along with cocoa butter, shea butter and cupuaçu butter, to help moisturise your skin for the drier and colder months ahead.

Having never tried anything from Lush beforehand, I am seriously impressed! The only downfall is probably the cost, it is not the most expensive but it definitely not the cheapest, although it is a more natural brand and everything is handmade, so I guess that is some justification right there(!)

Grease Lightning // £6.40
Full of Grace // £8.25

Friday, 3 October 2014

THE SEPHORA HAUL F/W 2014

Ever since Sephora started to ship to the UK I have been eyeing up certain products on the website and I finally caved and made an order. 
A few of the holiday sets are now online and I decided to pick up a few, the first that caught my eye is the Sephora Favourites Draw The Line set, it contains six (technically seven) eye liners, one being full sized which is a double ended Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion and Rockstar. The set contains a mini Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Troopa, a mini Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner pencil in Blacquer, a mini NARS Larger Than Life pencil in Via Veneto, a mini Sephora Contour pencil in Black Lace and a mini STILA Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner in Dark Brown. This set is great if you want to try out different brands without paying full price for each item, it is also great to travel with as they are mini.
The second holiday set I picked up is the Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner, again this is a eyeliner set that contains seven mini eyeliners. It contains the shades o(vert), brown(out), sunset, midnight in paris, th(ink), (plum)age and blacquer. The one thing I regret when I went to Vegas earlier on in the year, was that I did not pick up any other Marc Jacobs Beauty products as they are seriously so good! This set is a great way to try out different shades, especially since it is nearing to the holidays. This set also comes in a tin package, which would be a great gift for someone or a little keepsake!
I finally picked up a product from Bite Beauty, when I was in Vegas there were no stands for Bite Beauty in the Sephora stores I went to, so I did not have a chance to try out any of the products. I chose the Bite Beauty neutral luminous crème lipstick duo that contains the shades, lychee and musk. Again, as it is travel sized so it is perfect for on the go touch ups as it takes virtually no space. After hearing so much about the Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55, I decided to add that into my cart just to see what the hype is all about, I will give you all an update on this brush after I have used it a few times.
I also got the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday set which contains the Make Up For Ever smokey extravagant mascara and the rouge artist lipstick in number 9.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

THE ROUND UP | SEPTEMBER 2014

September consisted of my birthday - I turned 22(!), starting my final year of university and of course Autumn officially beginning (fun fact: Autumn begins on the same day as my birthday!). This month I used the KIKO Golden Game Sculpting bronzer in Precious Sienna (02) just to add a little bit of colour to my face since my tan had started to fade, it just greats a nice sun kissed healthy look, pretty much what I look for in a bronzer, plus the highlight shade is not too shabby either!
I brought the Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner in June and it took a little while to get used to apply, but I am glad I gave it a go. Leaving the house early in the morning, I would want my eyeliner to stay put more than anything and this does just that, it does not fade during the day and it definitely does not budge.
The La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo has been my go to night treatment and it has definitely helped with those 'under the surface bumps that just never come out'. Stella McCartney Eau De Parfum just reminds me of the colder months and so it is no surprised that since it is now Autumn, I have been loving this scent, it is very floral and surprisingly I actually like the smell, even though I cannot stand the smell of roses (and lavender!).
The Urban Decay Basics palette has been my go to palette this month, I have been using the shade 'venus' as an inner corner and brow highlight and it makes my eyes look more wide awake. In fact I have been using 'naked 2' all over the lid, with a little bit of 'faint' and 'crave' in the crease and whenever I have not been using the Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner to line my eyes, I have been using the shade 'crave' from the palette to create a more smokey look, especially for nights out. It is a great little on-the-go palette. The Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin' Watermelon, is what I have been wearing all month, it does not provide much coverage, in fact it is very sheer, but for on the go, it is great to apply without the use of a mirror.

Have you tried anything new this month? I have a few hauls (a birthday haul maybe?) and reviews coming soon so be sure to follow my blog on bloglovin' to be in the know (link in the side bar).