Thursday, 28 November 2013

Enummi Skincare Review

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Hello Everyone,
Today I'm talking about some skincare samples I was sent from Heather Findlay (@Enummi_Heather on twitter)
The packet of samples I got was very generous, Heather claimed it should last me around 9 days but it will last me longer as I don't use too much product on my face at one time or I end up with reactions or very greasy skin, not the best, but it does mean my skincare tends to last a good while so that is good.
Enummi Skincare Review

First up I will mention that there is a lot of steps to this beauty routine:

  • Day Cream (Protective Day Moisturizer With Broad Spectrum SPF 15) - I love that this moisturizer has an SPF added to it. It sank easily and quickly into the skin which is a must for me as I hate having to wait around in the mornings for everything to dry so I can move on to the next steps in my routine.
  • Serum (Life C Energizing Serum) - A serum is new to me, I have never really got into using them even though I know I should as a serum reportedly will sink into the deeper layers of skin and help with fine lines and wrinkles and as I have passed the ripe old age of 25, it is about time I took care of trying to prevent nature from getting me. This was the only product of all the samples that I didn't care for the scent of... I found it reminded me a little of glue, the texture was a bit unusual for a serum too, it was a gel texture and felt very much like my makeup primers. It did sink into the skin quickly and left my skin feeling very soft immediately.
  • Eye Cream (Restoring Eye Cream) - I have been into eye creams for a while so it was nice to try another one, I personally wasn't a fan of the eye cream as it stung the skin around my eyes when I applied it and I had only used it very sparingly, the stinging soon wore off but it did put me off using it again, however I do have very sensitive skin so bear that in mind.
  • Cleanser (Gentle Facial Cleanser) - I normally use a cleansing balm or Liz Earle's hot cloth cleanser so this was a nice alternative, it is a foaming cleanser that left my skin feeling very clean yet didn't make me dehydrated as I have had with previous cleansers.
  • Toner (Refreshing Toner) - I usually use Liz Earle or Caudalie where primers are concerned but this toner worked very nicely on a cotton bud rubbed across my face after cleansing, it isn't harsh at all so I think it would be a nice toner to try for people with sensitive skin like myself.
  • Night Cream (Night Recovery Cream) - This is a good night cream, not so thick that it feels heavy but definitely thicker than the day cream. I think this was my favourite sample of the lot and if I was to repurchase any of these in full size it would be this one.... and the serum.... and day cream....
Enummi Skincare Review

All of these products (minus the serum) had a clean, soft scent about them.
Now normally I know you need to use a new cream etc for around a month to be sure of results but I have been using these for a week and enjoyed them very much, I still have some left to keep using but as I haven't used them for a full month I can't rave review them but I will say, from what I have seen, these are pretty good products and if you can get a sample, make sure you do.
Hope you enjoyed this review today and if you have tried Enummi skincare let me know what you thought.
Toodles xxx
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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Essence Cosmetics UK

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Hello Everyone!
Today I will be talking about Essence Cosmetics.
I used to live over in Europe and Essence was very popular, available at most high street makeup retailers and subsequently, I owned a few bits and bobs.
Since returning to the UK, I hadn't seen any of these products again, until last week when I spotted them in Wilko (of all places) so I decided to pick up a couple of bits, for old times sake.
Essence Cosmetics review swatches

Essence Cosmetics review swatches

I bought one 3D eyeshadow and two 'Vintage District' shadows.
All three shadows are really lovely, the embossed detailing on the 3D shadow is really beautiful, the shadow itself is a lovely shimmery highlight shade, it may be a little too shimmery all over the lid once we get past the Christmas season, however, it could be a beautiful inner corner highlight or used to add a bit of dimension to the middle of the lid over another eye look. 
The 'Vintage District' shadows look a tad OTT in the packing but swatched out and on the lid the colours appear quite different. The blue swatches out as a grey with slight blue undertones and the orange swatches out as a warm, neutral, ochre tinted bronze.
Essence Cosmetics review swatches

The shades don't have much fall out but tend to perform better over primer (as do most shadows) and all the shades are buildable so you can easily transfer them as as all over lid colour to a highlight or a crease colour (depending on the shade you pick).
All in all I wasn't disappointed by these shadows and if you pass a stand they are definitely worth a look at.
Have you tried Essence products?
What did you think?
Toodles xxx

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

W7 Foundation Review

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Hello Everyone!
Today's review is of a very budget friendly foundation by W7.
For those of you unfamiliar with the brand, W7 are quite a new brand and as of yet they don't seem to have a website, you can pick up random bits from their range in various shops and online. I found mine by the till when I was stocking up on garden furniture!
I paid £2.99 for a 28ml bottle, that is AMAZING value compared to the £37 I spent on my last foundation purchase...
Still it all comes down to performance, regardless of price, if it doesn't do as it claims it's not worth a penny to me.
W7 Foundation Review

W7 Photo Shoot Foundation claims to be 16 hour long wear foundation that applies evenly and doesn't transfer onto clothing.
I wore it over my new l'oreal primer and it certainly lasted all day. It is a medium coverage foundation that is definitely buildable and easy to blend, I buffed it into the skin using my Real Techniques buffing brush with no problems at all - i.e. No streakiness, no sticking to dry patches etc.
The foundation didn't settle into my fine lines or emphasise my pores which pleased me. Another bonus for me is that the foundation didn't make me greasy. The finish is neither matte nor dewy, instead it is very natural looking.
W7 Foundation Review

Another feature I liked is that the foundation doesn't feel heavy on the skin, even though it is a long wear foundation, I tend to find long wear cosmetics can be either drying or cakey to wear. This is neither, it really does look flawless.
The smell is another plus, there is a slight fragrance, nothing dramatic but the smell is almost the same as my YSL foundations. Very slightly sweet, maybe vanilla scented.
The only negative I have to say is that this product is a screw top glass bottle with no pump. The glass will make it less travel friendly but personally I love a glass bottle, my issue is the lack of a pump, this leads to excessive waste in product and I also find it harder to get product out of a screw top bottle, but that being the only negative I think it is excusable for the price verses the product.
Have you tried any W7 products? How did you find them to perform?
Hope you enjoyed the review.
Toodles xxx
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Clarins 'The 'Essentials' Palette Review

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Hello Everyone!
Today I am showing you the new, limited edition, 'The Essentials' palette from Clarins.
It certainly is return of the nude lately, with a fair few brands putting forward their offerings, but let's be honest, king of the nudes is Urban Decay with their Naked palettes, but can this palette hold its own?

The palette houses 10 neutral shades that will mix and match to give a variety of different looks, the browny shades all seem to have a subtle pinky undertone which makes them warmer in appearance and they will work lovely over the Christmas time with a gorgeous red lip.
The shades themselves don't pick up well for finger swatches, you will need to use the brush provided (or your own brushes) to get the best colour pay off, all with exception of the first shade, that one just doesn't swatch well at all, product picks up easily on the brush but for some reason it doesn't transfer well onto skin, which is a bit frustrating but perhaps if you have a deeper skintone than me, you might have better luck. The rest of the shades are pigmented and transfer well with hardly any fallout. 

The packaging... I'm not going to lie, I hate the packaging, the striped box looks like a handkerchief box, not a higher end makeup palette. I also find the packing looks a little masculine (reminds me of Paul Smith suits) 
I do like the brush that comes with the palette and will continue to use it with other shadows.

From the swatch above you can see shade one hardly showed up, you can just see some of it in the corner, but the other shades are beautiful. This picture was taken in natural daylight, over a primer, with no flash.
These colours work beautifully and blend out easily, they wear with a primer, all day and I didn't notice any creasing through the day. 
Overall this is a really nice palette and it will see a lot of love from me, however, I still prefer my Naked palettes and if you are only going to invest in one or the other I would recommend the Naked palettes by Urban Decay over this one, however this is a lovely addition to anyone's makeup collection and would make a nice gift. 
Word of warning, it is selling out quickly online but if still available at counters so get acting quickly if you want to pick this up.
Hope you enjoyed the review, let me know if you have this palette or how you think it compares to the Naked palettes.
Toodles xxx


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Crazy Lip Colours

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Hello Everyone!
How are you all doing? I hope you're all well and happy.
Today's post is a little different, I have bought some new, BRIGHT lipsticks.
Now I know it isn't the time of year for bright colours traditionally, however these colours are fun and cheerful and who says you can't break the rules.

The lipsticks I bought are from the 'Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick' range by Maybelline. They retail at around £7.19 each but boots often have a 3 for 2 offer on so you could get a bargain there.
The two colours I picked up are Electric Orange and Fuchsia Flash. I was drawn to these colours as Fuchsia Flash is a close dupe for MAC's 'Candy Yum Yum' with the only notable difference being 'Candy Yum Yum' is a matte finish and these lipsticks are glossy. I picked Electric Orange as this one is a close dupe of MAC's 'Neon Orange' or MAC's 'Morange' but again, more budget friendly.
These lipsticks feel beautiful on the lips, they are very creamy and smooth, they don't drag at the lips at all with application. This is supposedly down to the honey nectar formula as honey is a common ingredient in lip balms due to the nourishing properties it carries.
Wear time is around 4 hours which is normal for such a creamy formula. 
One point to mention as a negative is the smell. They have a strong vanilla scent but it is more a Play-Doh vanilla mixed with a slight mustard scent... not the most pleasant but for me the good outweighs the bad here.

Pigmentation is amazing with these shades, the above swatch is one light swipe with each lipstick and you can see how opaque the colour is.
I am really happy with these lipsticks and if they are too bright for you, they can be toned down by wearing a darker lip liner underneath or by just dabbing the colour on to your lips like a stain rather than using them straight from the tube.
Have you tried either of these?
Do you know any good MAC dupes?
Toodles xxx




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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Liebster Award

Hello Everyone.
Today's post is about the Leibster Award. I was nominated by Miss Bella Blogs so here I am doing the Liebster post :)
If you don't know what the Liebster award is it is basically a way to connect bloggers and spread the word about newer blogs. It is awarded to bloggers with less than 200 followers.


On to the rules:
The rules are simple all you have to do is:
  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who presented you the award and link to their blog
  • Write 11 random facts
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger who awarded you
  • Leave 11 questions for your nominees to answer

11 Random Facts:

1. I love Christmas.
2. I like crafts but I'm bad at them.
3. I like baking but I'm bad at it.
4. I can however, cook.
5. It took me two attempts to pass my driving tests.
6. I have fallen down a cliff before.
7. I hate Lindt chocolate.
8. I hate tofu.
9. I love scary movies.
10. My favourite colour is pink,
11. I online shop way too much.

The Questions I Was Given:


1. What are your favourite accessories?
Scarves, I love scarves.

2. What is your favourite time of year?
Autumn, when the leaves change and everything looks pretty and colourful.

3. What is your favourite animal?
Dogs, friendly ones.

4. What is your favourite quote?
I don't like quotes I think you should make your own quotes and not live by someone else's words.

5. What is your favourite flower?
A Rose.

6. What is your favourite nail varnish?
Probably my Chanel one in the shade 'Taboo' a gorgeous deep purple with multi tonal shimmer.

7. What is your favourite beauty brand ? - high end and high street
I'm going to cheat here, I can't pick just one so I have two for each, for high end it is Dior and YSL and High Street are Sleek and Revlon.

8. What would you like to be able to do that you can't do at the moment?
Anything? I would like to be able to fly.

9. Pastel or neon colours?
Pastel

10. What is your favourite T.V show?
Friends.

11. What is your favourite blog posts to read?
Hauls or posts about whatever is new out, high street or high end.

Questions For My Nominees:

1. Do you read any blogs outside of your blog's genre?
2. A beauty product that you wouldn't be without, is?
3. Most disappointing beauty purchace?
4. A brand you would like to discover more from?
5. Which Brand of makeup do you own the most from?
6. Have you got any pets?
7. Have you got any children?
8. How old are you?
9. How long have you been blogging for?
10. Favourite Season?
11. Do you blog on your mobile or a computer?

My Nominees:

1. @geeeboo www.geeeboo.blogspot.co.uk
2. @TheCheshireLady www.thecheshirelady.blogspot.co.uk
3. @al_lunae www.becausebeautyisrawandwild.blogspot.com
4. @stereonana www.stereonana.com
5. @Amber_Aucamp www.eighth-avenue.blogspot.com
6. @TheOtherDress www.theotherdress.co.uk
7. @ChloeeCakes www.chloehasamoustache.blogspot.co.uk
8. @Sopho_x_  www.thesophodiaries.com
9. @peakvolume www.peakvolume.blogspot.com
10. @zoea2812 www.zoea2812.blogspot.com
11. @cometomybdr www.cometomybdr.eu

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'm looking forward to reading your posts xx










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Monday, 18 November 2013

The Christmas Tag

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Hello Everyone!
Today I have decided to post a tag as it has been a while since I did one so without further ado I give you 'The Christmas Tag' this tag was sent to me by @AshHorton19 on twitter you can view her blog here.

1. Do You Prefer a Real or Synthetic Tree?
Personally I prefer a synthetic one as there is less mess and you don't have to water it etc but my other half loves his real trees so we get a real one every year and they do look and smell really nice.

2. You're In a Coffee Shop, It's December, What Do You Pick?
Well I hate coffee and I'm not a huge fan of hot chocolate either but this year Costa are doing mulled apple and I've had it, it's lovely so I would pick that.

3. What's Your Favourite Colour Scheme For Decorating The Tree?
I love red and gold, I try and make all my decorations match this colour scheme except for the baby bauble I bought to celebrate my baby's first Christmas.

4. Giving or Receiving?
Giving definitely, this year I'm mainly excited for Christmas to be able to spoil my baby, even though she will probably just want to play with the boxes this year but I'm spoiling her none the less.

5. To Mince Pie or Not?
Not, yuk I hate mince pies.

6. What's Your Traditional Xmas Lunch?
I have to admit, I get carried away with Xmas lunch and I spend around 4-5 hours in the kitchen, I do a full nigella Christmas.
Spiced Turkey, homemade sausage meat, apricot and chestnut stuffing, homemade cranberry and port sauce, goosefat and maple glaze for the turkey, maple glazed parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots, cabbage, sprouts, parsnips, pigs in blankets and home made all spice gravy, I can't wait

7. Christmas Day Fashion?
Mainly pajamas for me then I get dressed into something suitable for a good walk as we dress our dogs up and take them on a Christmas Day walk while the turkey is in the oven.

8. What's Your Favourite Christmas Song?
I love 'Little Town' by Cliff Richards

9. What's Your Favourite Christmas Film?
It's a mash up between The Muppets Christmas Carol and Scrooged with Bill Murray, it's an alternative version of the traditional 'a Christmas carol' and worth a watch.

10. Open Presents Before or After Lunch?
Both! Keep one for after lunch and it spreads Xmas out :)

I hope if you are reading this you will do this tag too, leave your links for me to read :) I also tag @KatetheClassy on twitter :)

Toodles for now xxx
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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Senzimi Sensitive Skincare Review

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Hello Everyone!
Today I'm reviewing some samples I was sent from Senzimi.
Senzimi only make skincare and hair are for sensitive skin and scalps and are made from at least 91% organic ingredients.
This is what they say on their website which you can find Here:

Our products are formulated from a range of active ingredients that:
  • are suitable for sensitive/problem, ageing and dry skin and scalp, and those with symptoms associated with rosacea, eczema and allergy prone skin
  • protect and refine skin leaving it soft, plump and smooth.
  • remove dirt without stripping hair and skin of natural oils.
  • condition and strengthen hair whilst improving sheen, feel and appearance.
  • soothe and moisturise irritated, inflamed dry skin, encouraging rehydration.
  • promote cell growth and healing in general.

I received the sensitive cleanser and the sensitive moisturiser.
I was interested in this brand as I can have quite sensitive skin so I wanted to see how my skin would react to these products.
First up I tried the cleanser. I am used to using a hot cloth method but this one you just rub it in then rinse it off. The texture is like a cream, almost the texture you would expect with moisturiser.
The smell of the cleanser reminds me of the smell of Angels On Bare Faces by Lush, very pleasant and natural smelling, then as you rub it in it starts to lose the smell and just smells (for want of a better word) clean.
It rubs in nicely and left my skin feeling clean but not stripped as some cleansers can do.
The moisturiser was a very watery texture and then applied to the skin feeling like an oil... An oil with some lumps in it? It was a bit strange and I wasn't sure I liked it at first as the smell reminded me of the smell of paint...
But I was wrong, a couple of days in and my skin feels very soft and moisturised.
I really enjoyed these products and urge you to check out their website and their other products.
Have you tried anything from this brand? If not, why not :)
Toodles xxx







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Thursday, 14 November 2013

NYX Purple Smokey Look Kit Review

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Hello Everyone!
This will be a bit of a picture heavy post so I warn you in advance.
Today I am reviewing the 'Smokey Look Kit' from NYX.

This little kit truely is little, tiny in fact, here is it alongside a MAC lipstick:

The size of this kit makes it a perfect travel size as it will fit easily into a handbag or travel makeup bag.
Inside the kit are 9 shadows and 2 lipstick/glosses. That's quite a lot for such a small case but the lipsticks are hidden in a secret drawer on the bottom of this palette where there is also a mini sized eye brush and lip brush.
The shades 1-9 are shadow shades, 10 and 11 are the lip colours. They look pretty enough in the pan but weirdly they swatch out totally different colours....
The swatches are sadly, for the most part, poor pigmentation with streaky, chalky application. The weirdest bit for me is that the colours are so different to what you see in the pan.


Wear time is pretty poor with the navy blue shade being the longest wearer but this is because the navy shade stains... therefore it is pretty difficult to remove but hey, good staying power...
The other shades average at about a 3-4 hour wear.
This is such a shame as usually NYX have brilliant products but for me this one is a big, fat fail, I will continue trying to use them to see if different primers can help these colours out a little.
The lip colours were ok, very sheer but they work a bit like a tinted balm but without any moisturising benefits. They are definitely usable though. Wear time is the same with any tinted balm, around 2-3 hours.
Have you tried any of the NYX kits and were they any good for you?
Toodles xxx


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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Current Skincare Routine

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Hello Everyone!
Today I'm going to discuss my current skincare routine, this is a very wide subject for many people as there is a plethora of lotions and potions out there and it can be quite daunting picking what you use!
At the moment this is what is working for me, it might change in the near future but for now, this is me :)

I start off my day splashing my face with water then following with Neal's Yard 'Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture'. I am loving this day cream at the moment, I wont go on about it too much as I have already written a post dedicated to this pretty bottle of joy here so feel free to read more.
I then follow up with makeup and continue my day, topping up my lips as I go with Vaseline.
Come evening I take off all my makeup with the L'oreal Paris Micellar Solution all over a cotton pad and then using wiping motions I take off my makeup bit by bit. I love this makeup remover as it is gentle and feels like water. I have heard it is one of the closer dupes to Bioderma which has reached Holy Grail status online, but for now I am happy with my more budget friendly L'oreal Paris version.
After my makeup is gone I use Neal's Yard 'Wild Rose Beauty Balm' to do a full cleanse or a full face mask, if you would like to know more about this have a look at my post about this lovely balm and the uses it has by clicking here.
After all of that I then go in for the moisturiser. I use a brilliant eye cream from Kiehls called 'Creamy Eye Cream With Avocado' it is a very thick and heavy cream which is why I only use it at night, I think that for day to day you might end up with product overload if you tried to wear makeup over this but for night use it is perfect.
Last but not least I apply my night cream. I am currently using 'Beauty Sleep Accelerator' from Soap and Glory. I have been using their 'Night in Shining Armour Cream' for years but suddenly can't find it anywhere :( So I have replaced it with the 'Beauty Sleep Accelerator' but I am not a huge fan of the overly powerful fake peach scent so I am in the market for a new night cream if anyone knows of a good one? Or if anyone knows where the 'Night in Shining Armour Cream' has gone I would love to know!
Well that sums up this post today, hope you enjoyed it, I always love a nosy at people's skincare regimes so leave your links if you have any posts about yours.
Toodles xxx 

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm Review

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Hello Everyone!
Today I have a review of the Creme de Rose Lip Balm From Dior.
Now before we begin I would like to point out that I didn't have the full sized product, I had a smaller size that was in last years Christmas Lip Palette that I was lucky enough to get my hands on courtesy of my lovely other half :)
I have almost used it all up so now seemed like a good time to write this review (as it is christmas list time)
Here is a picture of my palette, note the empty tray where the Creme de Rose used to be:

One thing about this product is that it has a hard shell over the top, almost like a thick shiny glaze, that is NOT the balm, I was confused by this at first as I thought that was it and I couldn't figure out why people loved this product so much, however once you break through this shell, the balm underneath is softer and much easier to apply and also much nicer on the lips.
Technically this balm is also a lip plumper but I've not experienced any tingling or stinging as I have done with plumpers in the past, I did notice my lips appeared smoother after use though so I was impressed.
The balm has a subtle rose scent that I personally love but it is slight enough that if you aren't a fan of rose scents or scented balms full stop then it shouldn't really upset you too much.
There is no taste either which is a good thing as I hate accidentally licking my lips and tasting a horrible waxy or chemically taste.
The full sized product has beautiful packaging, but at £20 for a lip balm I wouldn't expect anything else, it certainly is a luxury product. Here is a picture of the full sized product.
How beautiful is that?
It has an SPF of 10 that is useful if you use this through the day, as I have been piling it on at bed time it hasn't been particularly necessary for me.
As well as a night moisture treatment I have been using this as a lip primer at the beginning of my makeup routine to prep my lips before lipstick application and it works beautifully.
The feel of this balm on your lips is a little sticky but smooth and hydrating, it is one of the lip balms you can feel sinking in overtime rather than the type that just sits on top doing nothing.
Would I buy this product again? No, it worked well and it a nice product but I personally don't think it is worth the £20 price tag as I would only recommend this to people with normal to dry lips I don't think this would work well for those of us who are suffering some serious chapped lips but as a Spring/Summer balm it works a treat.
Have you tried this balm? Did you enjoy it?
Toodles xxx 


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Saturday, 9 November 2013

KORRES Wild Rose Lip Butter Review

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Hello Everyone!
How are you all doing? Today I am reviewing the Wild Rose Lip Butter by Korres as it is the season of chapped lips and desperation as you try and heal them quick enough to get into some seasonal matte lipsticks!
Korres is a Greek beauty company started in Athens that bases their products on natural active ingredients. The first Korres product was a cough syrup based on honey and aniseed, fast forward a few years and they now have over 400 products in their line up and shops all over the world.
With that in mind I was intrigued to try a Korres lip butter and as I have a love for all things to do with rose scents, or roses in general, I was drawn to the Wild Rose Lip Butter.

This is what Korres say about it:

The wild rose oil, rich in linoleic and linolenic acid, has significant healing, moisturising and softening properties. At the same time it forms a protective film on the skin that helps cell regeneration and improves the texture of the epidermis. Furthermore, the wild rose fruit is noted for its high vitamin C content that demonstrates significant repairing activity to fine lines and skin colour disorders. There are more than a hundred species of wild roses, all from the northern hemisphere and mostly from temperate regions. Rosa canina, the very first of all the roses, has been repeatedly used as a symbol of life, soul, heart and love. The word rosa comes from the Greek word rodon, which means red.

The product itself is in a small screw top jar and is a deep red in colour. The jar will fit nicely into a handbag or pocket making it very easy to take with you for day to day use.
The packaging is cute and clean looking, it also seems to be able to stand a bit of bashing in my bag and still look pretty unlike, say, my Vaseline tins which end up scratched and dented.
The balm (or butter) is a little sticky but not in an annoying way, if you are more a Vaseline or a baby lips wearer it may take a little while to get used to the texture, I find it to be a bit like the feel of the Dior Creme de Rose Balm, sticky but smooth.
Korres Lip Butters have a subtle tint to them that looks pretty on the lips, they're perfect for those no makeup days as a little something extra.
The Wild Rose tint is (as to be expected) a red rose coloured tint. The colour as I mentioned earlier is sheer but pretty.

As for the smell... there isn't any, I don't know if they are supposed to have a smell or not but mine smells of nothing, I would have liked there to be a rose scent to accompany the product but perhaps they are supposed to smell and I just got a bad batch? The same applies to taste, I have never got any foul taste in my mouth with this after accidental tasting.
I think this lip butter is a little moisturising but nothing amazing, I would say this is more of a summer balm as during the Autumn/Winter time I need something a little more heavy duty and for me this isn't quite it.
I would say if your lips are already happily moisturised then this will keep them that way but I certainly would't recommend it as a fix to already chapped lips but a little goes a long way so this pot should last you quite some time which is a good thing as at £8 a pot, it isn't one of the cheapest lip balms.
no makeup and korres on lips.

Has anyone else out there tried these? Did yours have a smell?
Toodles xxx


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Thursday, 7 November 2013

My New Puppy

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Hello Everyone!
Bit of a different post tonight, I haven't had a post in 2 days as I have been buying my new puppy. She is a Border Terrier and she is 8 weeks old.
Border Terriers come from the border regions between England and Scotland... Perfect for me as that is where I grew up. They are feisty little characters but they need a lot of exercise, 2 hours a day of walks for an adult or they can get a bit annoyed and destroy your house!
They're often used as farm dogs as they are brilliant at hunting down rats and were originally bred to be able to fight off foxes from livestock on farms.
They are small dogs with big characters and I think she is going to fit in brilliantly!

The breed itself hasn't been established long, they have only been recognised by the UK Kennel Club since around 1920.
They look a little scruffy and they are one of the only pedigrees that look like mongrels but for me that's all part of her charm.
Famous border terriers include Eccles the dog from Coronation Street in the UK.

There we have it, short and sweet today with a random doggy facts post.
Toodles everyone xxx

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

If Money Fell Into My Lap...

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Hello Everyone!
Bit of a different post for you today, I have been browsing beauty websites as usual and lusting over products I can't afford right now so I decided to make a little post showing things I would rush out and buy if I could get my hands on a large wad of cash. Now lets be honest, there were quite a few products but I narrowed it down to my top 5 lust list, all I need now is a winning lottery ticket.

1. Hourglass Ambient lighting Powder Trio:
This limited edition trio can be purchased from SpaceNK for the grand total of £56. I first saw this palette months ago when Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup put a preview pic up online and I wanted it... Oh how I wanted it, but for now I will make do with a picture.
2. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm:
This lip balm has been raved about in loads of blogs I have read, it is £9.50 from SpaceNK and claims to help heal chapped lips whilst also reducing fine lines in the lip contour area. This appeals to me massively as I'm currently suffering a serious case of seasonal dry lips!
3. GlamGlow Mud Mask:
This had been popping up all over the place with people raving about the difference in their skin, you can pay £25 for a small jar or £50 for a large jar from SpaceNK. The basic premise behind this product is you slap it on your face, leave it till it dries  then remove in circular motions to exfoliate the skin as you go for an instant radiance boost.
4. Clarins 'The Essentials' Limited Edition Eye Palette:
I love my neutral eye palettes, like really really really LOVE them. My Naked 2 Palette is one of my most reached for palettes of all time, but that doesn't mean I cant add more palettes right?
Enter Clarins. This limited edition eye palette has had me drooling since I set eyes on it.You can grab this little beauty for £35 from Debenhams or House of Fraser.
5. Laura Mercier Artist Palette for Eyes:
Again, another neutral palette but oh my goodness, what a palette, I think I actually need this in my life, it has gone way way past want, this is a need palette... Not sure the bank would agree with me but a girl can dream ;) You can pick this up for £36 from House of Fraser, and if you get it, don't tell me or I'll die of jealousy.
So if you were given a wad of cash to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
Toodles xxx





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Saturday, 2 November 2013

October Favourites 2013

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Hello Everyone!
It's that time again, monthly favourites... So here we go, October Favourites time.

  1. First up we have the Accessorize 'Exposed' Palette. This has been my go to palette this month as it has an amazing array of highly pigmented, long wearing shadows. I wont go into too much detail here as I already dedicated an entire post to this gem here so click on the link if you would like to see the swatches and get more information.
  2. Body Shop Peach Shower Gel: This smells exactly like real, fresh peaches. It has been my favourite scent in my shower and the smell lingers for ages afterwards too. I know it is possibly a little summery but I have been loving it anyway.
  3. RiRi Hearts MAC Quad in 'Her Cocoa': If you have been following any blogs, youtube channels, twitter feeds, facebook gurus etc then you will have seen the hype surrounding the recent RiRi hearts MAC release that came out at the beginning of october. People went wild for it, I was one of those people and one of the items I managed to pick up was the quad named 'Her Cocoa' and I have been loving it ever since. it is sold out everywhere now but you might be able to grab one on ebay if you don't mind paying a bit more. I think the colours look beautiful either worn together or worn alone and the staying power and pigmentation have been fantastic with this quad, I have heard negatives about the other quad in the collection named 'Smoked Cocoa' so I avoided that one.
  4. Bourjois Java Rice Powder: This is another product I have reviewed earlier and you can read that link right here. I love the vintage packaging that was inspired by the original packing for this product, the powder makes a lovely setting powder or a pretty cheek highlight and is definitely worth picking up if you like to collect pretty things :)
  5. The Original Beauty Blender: I put off getting this for a long time as I wasn't sold on the idea of paying so much money for a sponge but in the end I got hold of a discount code for Cult Beauty and caved, and I'm so glad I did. The Beauty Blender leaves makeup looking so airbrushed and flawless it really is amazing. Read more about this little bright sponge by clicking here.
  6. YSL Youth Liberator Foundation: Another new release and one I was so excited for, YSL for me, make amazing foundation and this new addition sticks to this. So easy to wear, this medium coverage foundation leaves a flawless look with a youthful glow, I have been loving how refreshed and radiant I have been looking even though I have been anything but that this past month. Nip along to your nearest counter and get a sample to see what you think. For more info and pictures click this link.
  7. Topshop 'Glow' Cream Highlight in the shade 'Polish': I have only just started trying topshop makeup and so far I have tried one nail polish that I hated (click here to read why) but I have been enjoying this cream highlighter, I have applied this with fingers, my Beauty Blender and brushes and have liked all three effects.I have also used this as a brow bone highlight and it works well there too. I might be persuaded to try more Topshop makeup after this.
So there we have it, another month over, have you tried and loved any of these products?
Toodles xxx



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