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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Bobbi Brown Haulin'

When ever I walked past the Bobbi Brown counter I would always swatch the concealers, but never purchased.  I finally gave in and let one of the Bobbi Brown makeup artists at my local counter colour match me!

At first I wanted just the concealer, but she managed to persuade me to try the Bobbi Brown hydrating under eye cream first. She swiped a tiny amount under each eye using a cotton bud… now let me tell ya, my eyes had never felt so awake! I felt a difference straight away! – a very clever sales tactic there, one I fell hook line and sinker for!
This is a gorgeous eye cream and the women who was colour matching me also told me it also acts as a bit of a primer and helps the concealer last that tiny bit longer.  Anything that helps my under eye makeup stay put gets a thumbs up from me! But I have to say, I haven’t really noticed my under eye makeup lasting any longer!  However, I love the feel of this under my eyes, for me it does make them feel quite hydrated and awake – always a good thing in the morning!
Iv been using this in the mornings and found that as I only need the tiniest amount, this pot of moisturizer is going to last me a while! Plus I love the packaging!

After slapping on the Bobbi Brown hydrating under eye cream, she used the Bobbi Brown corrector in Extra Light Bisque. As someone with extremely dark circles under my eyes, I wasn’t expecting the Bobbi Brown Corrector to do all that much, but I was pleasantly surprised! It brighten my under eye area and did a great job at cancelling out some of the bluely/purple tones!
I apply this with my fingers, mainly because I’ve always done that with concealer and I don’t have a brush I like to use for concealer yet! I swirl my finger in it to warm the product up and pat it on where I need it.

On top of the corrector she then applied the concealer in Cool Sand.  I was hoping this was the miracle dark circle concealer I was looking for!  I have to say, I’m impressed! My old faithful concealer is the Collection concealer, which has quite a liquidy consistency to it, the texture of the Bobbi brown concealer, and the corrector for that matter, is buttery soft!
This does a great job of covering my pesky dark circles! It takes a little while to blend in to the skin and I find that I have to put a good two layers of this on, but I do really like it.  I wouldn’t say it’s a miracle concealer just yet, but it’s very close!
I ended up purchasing the concealer with the setting powder. In all honesty, I haven’t used this very much, I just forget about it! Bad Hayley! I suppose you could use the setting powder, not just for setting under eye makeup, but if you need a little “on the go” shine control! – I’ll have to keep you posted about the setting powder! But for now, I’m very happy with my dive in to the world of Bobbi Brown concealing!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Black & Gold

I’ve been obsessed with black and gold lately! Most of my outfit choices at the moment consist of monochrome black and white with touches of gold, or an all black outfit with gold accessories.  I have to say that I’m a fan of black, I’m not one to experiment much with colour in my wardrobe, I’m more of a neutrals girl, especially in the Winter.
New Look this past month have been satisfying my addiction for black and gold and have been offering up some gorgeous accessories and shoes!

I picked up this B.E.A.utiful pair of heels a while ago, I saw them and instantly fell in love with them! They had to be mine… even if my bank balance didn’t agree at the time! These heels are co chic and stylish, they can literally class up any outfit! I’m not a great heel wearer but they’re surprisingly quite comfortable! They’re a wide fit, so I ended up going for a size down from what I usually wear.  I wore these heels for round about 9 hours on Saturday night before the balls of my feet started to sting!  Pretty good going for heels don’t ya think?!

I picked up this beaut of a necklace a week or so after I picked up the heels.  I love that it has an Egyptian/Aztec vibe to it.  I’m not really one for the whole statement necklace trend, but I saw this and couldn’t help myself!  Again, it just looks chic, it will take an outfit from day to night and I like the fact its not too “blingy”, some of the statement necklaces out there are a bit too sparkly for my tastes! This necklace is a perfect starter to ease in to the statement necklace trend!... and it goes perfectly with my heels I just mentioned, my black structured skater skirt from New Look (that came with a lovely skinny black belt with a gold buckle) and my black Cami from topshop! – my current go to night out ensemble.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cult Beauty Haulin'

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Cult Beauty but had never bought anything from their website before. I was after the Molecule 01 Perfume so thought why the hell not pop my Cult Beauty cherry!

Upon browsing the lust worthy pages of all things beauty on the Cult Beauty website, I decided to buy, of course, the Molecule 01 perfume, the reason for my visit to Cult Beauty. I’m so glad I picked this up! I decided to go for the 100ml travel size version, or refill I think they call it. As I had never smelt it, I thought going for the smaller size was the safest option… the reviews of this on Cult Beauty make for very interesting reading! So far I’m loving the scent, very autumnal! Full review of this new little baby will be popping up on the ol’ blog soon I think!
I also picked up Therapie’s Hair and Body wash. I first heard about this after watching a video on YouTube with Vivianna Does Makeup and the PixiWoo sisters – video here. It just sounded right up my alley and for the price tag, I thought why the hell not try it?! I was in one of those “I’m bored, I’m going to buy things to cheer myself up” kinda moods lol. On first whiff, I’m very please with my purchase! I’m sure this will warrant a post of its own soon too!

A nice little surprise was waiting for me at the checkout, I got to pick 3 lovely little samples! I don’t know about anyone else but I love it when you get free samples with purchase! I get to try things that I would never normally have picked and/or tried! Plus who doesn’t love getting something for free?! I decided to go for the Embryolisse moisturiser, the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxident Hydrator and the Jouer Moisture Tint in Pearl. I can’t wait to give these a try! Overall Cult Beauty have come up trumps on the “Online Beauty Shopping” front! Their delivery was super quick, although I did have to pay for it, I couldn’t find a free delivery code unfortunately! But I loved their packaging they sent the products in. They really have some hidden treasures on their website, I know its only a matter of time before I go back and fill my virtual shopping basket to the brim!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Beauty Wish List: November

01.    Therapie Hair & Body Wash:  I spotted this on Cult Beauty, the description totally drew me in.

02.    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray:  I have the mini of this and after working my way through it within weeks, I NEED to purchase the full size! The mini was featured in my October Favourites! Link here.

03.    Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Shadow Pallet:  I've never given Bobbi Brown eye shadows a go before, but if their concealers and blushers are anything to go by, I know I'm going to love this! This is also part of their limited edition Christmas collection - go check it out!

04.    Laura Mercier Blush in Peach Whisper:  I swatched this in John Lewis in West Quay a couple weeks back and havent stopped thinking about it! Such a gorgeous shade! You can read about my experience at West Quay here.

05.    Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Defused Light: These have been doing the rounds on the Internet... I wanna joint this club and find out what all the fuss is about!

06.    Molecule 01 Perfume:  I'm on the hunt for a new perfume and I've had my eye on this one for a while.  The reviews on Cult Beauty make for interesting reading!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Iv fallen for Essie!

Essie Fall Favourites £12.99

I was wondering round Boots on my lunch break the other day and not being one to walk past an Essie stand without taking a peek…I spotted this little collection.  The shades are gorgeous.  You have Bahama Mama which is a gorgeous deep plumy red shade, I feel very grown up with this shade on my nails ha! and the other is Chinchilly, a lovely taupey neutral shade.  This little collection covers all the nail colour bases for this Autumn and at only £12.99 it’s a steal! Considering these are full size polishes and are usually £7.99 each!  The one thing I will say is that with both of these shades, you will need a good 2/3 coats on your nails as they both tend to come out a little sheer on first application, but the shades are so pretty, I can live with that!

Ps.  Boots are currently having their usual 3 for 2 offer at the moment… which includes Essie polishes and this little beaut! …Run!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

October Favourites...

I love looking at everyone top products of the month... I always find like 50 things I need to add to my wish list! Anyways, here are my October favourites...

Make Up:

01.    MUA Undress Me Too eyeshadow palette: I've been getting in to eyeshadow this month and this palette offers up some lovely neutral colours for a newbie to eyeshadow like me!
02.    Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Primer: This stuff is amazing! After slapping this on, my makeup lasts pretty much all day! Iv even turned a couple of friends on to this stuff!
03.    Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light: My t-zone has been bit of an oily mess lately, so I've been whipping this bad boy out to help, I'm not a fan of the overly matte look, but a light dusting of this sets my makeup and I'm good to go!
04.    Baby Lips Lip Balm in Minty Fresh: I'm a fan of lip balm and this is the one iv been reaching for most, mainly because its kept in my bag but I'm loving the minty flavour.
05.    The Balm Frat Boy Blush: Iv got a post coming up on this little beauty soon. The perfect peachy pink shade, a little goes a long way with this blush!
06.    Clarins Daily Energizer Wake up Booster: I use this morning and night. I cant stop using it, a swipe of this over my face leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and just so awake! A permanent fixture in my skincare routine

07.    La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: Another permanent fixture, this keeps pesky breakouts at bay!


08.    Oribe Maximista Thinkening Spray:  A post coming soon! This does exactly what it says on this tin!...dareI say it... a holy grail hair product!

09.    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: Quite possibly the best dry shampoo/texturising spray iv ever used!


10.    Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Candle:   I bought this in the Space NK sale at the end of last year, it smelt so good that I didn't want to burn it! Needless to say, iv given in to temptation and I'm so glad i did! It has notes of critus and I think vanilla, which I know sounds like an odd pairing but it smells SO good! I dont think you can purchase this anymore, but it is included in their Votive Candle Sampler Collection, available for pre-order on Space NK online here. The Sampler Collection would make a such a lovely Christmas Present!

11.    Charbonnel et Walker, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles: Little pink dusted chocolate balls of heaven, so good! And oh so pretty!... post here.

12.    The Big Bang Theory... need I say more?
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