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Friday, 30 November 2012

My Week In Photos ♥

Just a quick post about this week!
1. Christmas Pudding hat from Primark, so cute! 2. My new puppy! We think we're going to call her Gracie. 3. My boyfriend gave me a box of Lucky Charms, yum. 4. A lovely card from my friend Joanna because of my horrible time with kidney stones. 5. Me and my friend Joanna celebrating our winning meal and wine. 6. Raspberry jelly pudding.

Have you done anything exciting this week? I can't believe it's the 1st December tomorrow! Crazy.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

L'oreal Million Lashes Review ♥

I think I have found my favourite mascara of the year...and I didn't think it could get better than L'oreal Telescopic. The L'oreal Million Lashes has to be my top mascara- I think it's very similar to Benefit's They're Real, but at a fraction of the price!
 My lashes are curled, separated and super long after using this mascara. I have had so many compliments, and I find that I only have to put two coats of the mascara on my lashes for it to have the desired look. I love the wand- it grips my lashes really well and glides easily, making sure there are no clumps. 
 The mascara retails at £10.99, which I consider a bargain when it really is an amazing dupe for Benefit They're Real mascara which is £18.50. It doesn't leave me with panda eyes, and has amazing staying power. It's still easy to remove with a good eye make up remover however.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What's your favourite?

Friday, 23 November 2012

Benefit Erase Paste Review ♥

I recently purchased my first Benefit product...I know, shocking! I've tried lots of samples of Benefit before, and I've always thought they were ok, but not amazing. I think it's their amazing packaging that really appealed to me. Lately I've been working more hours and getting little sleep, and although I don't seem to get bags under my eyes, I do get really bad red circles underneath. I've tried lots of good concealers and heard great things about Benefit Erase paste. 

Benfit say that Erase paste aims to brighten and camouflage dark circles, discolouration and imperfections in one easy step. When I tested the product in the shop, I thought it appeared perfect for this- it's a really creamy consistency, but quite thick, which I thought would cover up red circles perfectly! There are three sades to select, and I chose 01 Fair. It's always better to use a shade a tone lighter to your skin when choosing a concealer.
Benefit include a small spactula which is to be used for "easy application". Also, is a lesson and step-by-step instructions of how best to apply the concealer. I have tried using both the spatula and using my fingers, and I actually find applying the concealer with my fingers works far better. I think using the spatula is just a bit too fiddly for me. The consistency is lovely, and applies and blends really well. I'm still unsure how I feel about this concealer though- it definitely blends well and doesn't look too cakey, but I don't think it covers the redness as well as some other concealers I've used.
Benefit Erase Paste retails at £19.50, however I purchased mine for £15.50 from duty free. I'm not disappointed by this product, but can't say I'm thrilled...perhaps my red circles are worse lately! For the price I expected a little bit more from this product.
I also used the concealer on a small birthmark I have on my face which although it covered, it didn't cover as much as I'd have liked. I like the product though, and think it's perfect if you have minor imperfections or want to use it under the eye brow arch. 

Have you tried this product before? What's your favourite concealer?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

November Glossybox Review ♥

Hi everyone! Apologies I haven't blogged in so long. I've been really ill with kidney stones which I can assure you, is not glamorous! To make blogging even harder, my laptop decided to break! I'm therefore writing this post from my iPhone, and my photos will also be from my phone! Sorry for the quality... I should have my laptop back for my next post! Anyway November's Glossybox...
So the theme this month was Stocking Fillers which I thought was a really cute idea. I have to say I was very impressed with Glossybox this month. It is most definitely one of the better boxes I've received in recent months.
My stocking fillers included: Dr. Bart Water Fuse Beauty Balm- I'm yet to try this but I've heard really good things about this product. Apparently it prevents make up from streaming because of 'sebum production'. Very interesting. I also received Burberry's latest fragrance, Burberry Body eau de Parfum- it smells so lovely and I adore the beautiful, little bottle.
I think my favourite product in the box was Alison Claire Natural Beauty Mango Butter. It smells amazing! It smells like mango obviously, but it is so rich and yummy. It's gorgeous on my skin and definitely a product I may consider buying full size. Nails Inc also made an appearance in Glossybox and included a tiny top coat nail varnish. I wasn't wowed by this, but I think it's perfect for my handbag. Finally my box included a really good sample size of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant- I haven't tried this yet but I love their products and I'm sure I'll be impressed!

What did you think of your Glossybox this month?
Apologies this isn't a great quality post...it's so difficult to do without a laptop and my camera!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nina by Nina Ricci Review ♥

Sorry I haven't blogged in so long! I went on holiday, and have been so busy at work! When I was on holiday, I purchased Nina by Nina Ricci at the duty free. I'd actually never smelt the perfume before, although had seen the bottle whilst browsing perfume counters. I decided to have a small spritz of it however, and thought it was so lovely. 
I'd say it has a floral scent, but it's slightly sweet too. It's not too overpowering though, and has just the perfect amount of sweetness. I purchased the toilette, and I've been really impressed. I usually try to purchase the perfume as I find toilette's just don't last as long, but I've had no problems. Today I sprayed it on in the morning, and two hours later I could still really smell it. 

I also think the bottle is quite pretty. It looks like an apple, and is simple and sophisticated. I find it pops perfectly into my handbag too, which is always a bonus. 
The perfume is currently on offer at Boots for £38.00 with a body lotion- HERE

Have you tried this fragrance before?