Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ZARA ORIENTAL AND FRUITY PERFUME

I was in Zara recently and I came across their fragrances. Now finding a cheap perfume is hard to come by, especially those which actually smell nice. As I was standing in the queue, I took the time to test out the scents, and the two which took my fancy were the Zara Oriental (100ml) and the Zara Fruity (100ml).
Now I heard that the Zara Oriental perfume was a dupe for the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume, which is one of my favourites, and I have to say that they are very similar. The only difference is the price point, as for 100ml for Flowerbomb it is £79! It is light yet still warm and musky, and it does definitely smell 'oriental/floral' as you can instantly smell the jasmine and patchouli coming through. It is different to anything I have in my collection and it is one that I would wear on a night out.
Zara Fruity is exactly what it says it is, it is fruity. Now it is not too overpowering but it is definitely one that I would wear during the day. It has subtle hints of vanilla, and although I'm not a huge fan of vanilla, it balances out with the smell of grapefruit and mandarin. This is a very 'girly' scent and since we are now in Summer, it is perfect to wear during the day.

As for the packaging, it looks so clean and chic. I love the simplicity of these bottles and they look great on your shelf. Initially, I picked up both of these bottles separately (for around £7/8) however when I got to the till, I saw the box set for just £12, which is a complete steal for two great smelling perfumes. I have noticed that they do last for a pretty long time on the skin (around 4/5 hours) which is great considering the price.

Zara also has a great selection of scents, so if these don't tickle your fancy, then I'm sure you will find one that you like and they will not break the bank! Have you tried any perfumes from Zara?

Zara Oriental/Fruity box set // £12

Sunday, 19 July 2015

THE PERFECT PRIMER FOR A HANGOVER

It's no surprise that I have dry skin (I also have eczema) so whenever I opt for a primer, I choose a hydrating one. Over the last couple of months, I have heard nothing but great things about the new Too Faced Hangover primer and I recently made a Sephora order (after adding and taking away items from my basket for the last couple of months) and I knew I just had to pick this up. Now if you don't follow me on Twitter, then you would not know that in the month of June, I had surgery and since then, my skin feels and even looks pale/anaemic and dehydrated. It's now been about 3 weeks since then, and I've only just started to wear make up again. Anyways..I've been trying it for the past week or so and I have to say that it is similar to the Make Up Forever Hydrating primer meaning that it is not silicone based, but believe me when I say that this is better.

My skin does not look pale and it really does help with my skin feeling and looking dehydrated. I would go as far as saying that my skin looks healthier and like it is glowing, this is probably down to the fact that the primer contains coconut water and probiotics, which is said to help boost the skin's radiance and to help promote elasticity. On the skin, it feels like a moisturiser and easily sinks into the skin, so there is no greasy residue. The only down side is that this primer is not available in the UK (yet?) so if you want to get your hands on it, then the only place is Sephora.


Too Faced Hangover primer // $32

Thursday, 16 July 2015

MY NEW FAVOURITE BASE

If you've been following my blog for a while, then you will know that I really do not like to wear foundation. On a daily basis, I simply apply concealer under my eyes/on any blemishes and I call it a day however, all this has changed ever since I tried the new(ish) Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.
I have been looking for a base to wear on a daily basis for a while now, as I have many weddings/parties coming up soon and I thought instead of wearing a foundation, as I really do not like how it looks on my skin and I really do have a hard time finding a foundation which matches my neck and/or does not make my face look pink compared to the of my body, maybe a tinted moisturiser would do the trick? I have heard a lot about this tinted cream and how great it is for people who suffer from dry skin, so I thought I would try it out.
Now, I have to say if you suffer from dry skin, you will love this! When you first apply this on the skin, you are instantly greeted with a cooling effect and, unlike most tinted moisturisers which you first are greeted with the pigment and then the hydration, the Complexion Rescue is the opposite. The instant boost of hydration helps to create a more radiant and dewy finish to the skin, so you look and actually feel healthier and hydrated. As this is a tinted moisturiser, it does not provide full coverage but it does cover any redness you may have, and for any extra coverage I may need I just use a concealer. It does not feel sticky on the skin and it lasts for a pretty long time before it starts to fade (around 6 hours), also as it has a dewy finish, I do set my t-zone with a powder just so I do not get really shiny through out the day. 

For shade reference, I brought the shade Ginger which is great for those who have medium skin with golden undertones (for MAC reference: NC30/NC35) and although it is a bit light for me now, as I have a tan, I have found that I can still work with it as it blends into the skin effortlessly. I also brought the dual fibre Smoothing Face Brush, which is supposed to go hand in hand with this hydrating gel cream. I found that it makes the product look a little streaky so I prefer to use a flat kabuki brush, which actually helps to provide more coverage to the skin. Although, I have tried this with other foundations and I really like how it creates an airbrush finish.

The one thing I love about Bare Minerals is the fact that their products also have skincare benefits. Now I've been using this for the past few weeks or so and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I feel like my skin does not feel tight and it looks a lot more brighter (when I am not wearing make up).

Monday, 13 July 2015

TIME TO POP THE CHAMPAGNE

Ever since I heard that Jaclyn Hill was releasing a highlighter in collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, I was over the moon. I could not wait to get my hands on it and that is what made me hit that 'check out' button on Sephora's website. I have been watching Jaclyn's videos way back in 2012, and to be honest, she has taught me so much about applying make up and different products that are on the market. Her videos are absolutely hilarious and they always put me in a good mood but they are also very informative. So when I heard she was coming out with a highlighter, I knew I had to get it. In fact, I even signed up for an alert when this was available and as soon as it was available, I instantly made my order.

 This little beauty is called Champagne Pop and it is just stunning, like all Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, the pigmentation is crazy and out of this world! It is described as a 'soft white gold with pinky peach undertones' and I have to say that it is spot on. As you can see from the swatches above, it is incredibly pigmented and when blended out, it is stunning. There are no chunks of glitter and it catches the light effortlessly, which is a given considering it contains light reflecting pearls.
I've been applying it to my cheekbones ever since I got it and it is just amazing! It is so soft to the touch and it has a silky smooth feel to it. In terms of packaging, it comes in the typical Becca packaging but the box is amazing. I've never been one to hold onto a box before but I have yet to throw this away #slowlybecomingahoarder

Now this highlighter is limited edition and is only available at Sephora, so if you want to get it, then I suggest you act quick because I know this will sell out like crazy.

Friday, 10 July 2015

ESTÉE LAUDER X KENDALL JENNER

Ever since Kendall Jenner became the new face for Estée Lauder, I have seen so many posts on Instagram about the limited edition lipstick she was releasing. The more posts I saw, the more I grew to like it. Now I am not one for red lipstick but when I saw this shade up close, I knew I had to get it.
The shade is called 'restless' and it is an orange-y poppy red, which is the type of red I like, especially on my skin tone. Now it is a matte lipstick and it is a part of the Pure Color Envy range, which is probably my favourite range from Estée Lauder. I have found that as this lipstick is a matte lipstick, it is not drying on the lips at all. I have pretty dry lips and so I tend to avoid matte lipsticks but this feels very comfortable on the lips and it lasts for a very long time too! Everything down to the packaging is just so sleek and on the cap, it has her signature, which is a nice added bonus.

 I'm glad Estée Lauder have made Kendall their new face as I feel like many people do not opt for Estée Lauder and by doing so, it has really boosted the brand up, especially to the younger demographic. This is limited edition and is only available online.

Monday, 6 July 2015

NARS | ULTIMATE NARS

I love NARS. That's no surprise to anyone who knows me and more specifically I love the NARS lip pencils. I have a handful already and I am obsessed with them all. For Summer 2015, NARS have released two different lip pencils sets and if you were unable to get your hands on the lip pencil set for Christmas 2014 then I highly suggest checking these out.
The set comes with 3 full sized lip pencils along with a chubby pencil sharpener, which is actually perfect because I needed a new one. The first being Sex Machine which is a velvet matte, I already own this shade and it has always been my fail safe lip option. For someone who suffers from lip products drying out her lips, I have found that the NARS velvet matte lip pencils do not do that. These are so comfortable to wear on the lips that it feels like you are not wearing anything at all!
The second shade is a new one for me, and that is Biscayne Park, which essentially is a nude and lastly, the third shade is Stourhead which is limited edition for this palette and is very different to anything I already own. It is a pale baby pink shade, which on it's own does not look good on me but I feel like this would look lovely over the top of another lipstick or lipliner. Both of these pencils are the satin lip pencils so they feel incredible on the lips and they have a little bit of a sheen on the lips.

The one thing that sold me about this set is that one lip pencil retails for £18 and this set is only £29, which is a complete bargain. There are two other sets in the collection, the first which is a lip pencil set as well but contains darker shades like Yu (which I already own), Luxembourg and Provocative. Along with another cheek palette which does not contain shades like Laguna, but does contain a travel size of the Ita brush. This set is now available online on the Selfridges website, and I think they are exclusive to Selfridges but I'm not sure.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

THE OH-SO FAMOUS LORAC PRO PALETTE

When I was in Vegas last year, I tried to hunt down an Ulta to buy the oh-so-famous Lorac Pro Palette but unfortunately I couldn't get my hands on it and so I gave up trying to get it. It was not until a few months ago when I came across the Labelle UK website and it was in stock! 
 Lorac is a brand we can't get here in the UK, so when I saw it on the website I instantly put it in my basket and I could not wait for it to arrive. It contains 16 shades, which are both matte and shimmer equally in a slim and compact palette. The one thing I was really interested in was 'is it really buttery soft' like all American YouTubers have been saying? And to be honest, it really is! 
As you can see from the swatches above, they are pretty pigmented and this is without using a primer. It contains all the shades you will need on an everyday basis and I have found that they are very easy to blend and they last all day, without fading. The only strife is that the shades 'expresso' and 'black' are switched around and I did not notice this until now, as I am writing this post but that's just my OCD coming out a little but the palette still works - haha! 
It also comes with the mini Behind The Scene eyeshadow primer and I have tried this primer and it is pretty good. I have heard people comparing this to the UD Naked palettes and whilst I have both Naked 1 and 3,  I would say that it is similar to Naked 1 but I have found that in this palette you get a wider variety of colour like 'white', 'pewter' and 'garnet', both of which are stunning!