Pineapple wishlist

pineapple wishlist

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In all seriousness, who doesn’t like pineapples?! They are just so tropical and summery, I love them. Not only do they taste amazing, but they just look so cute and they remind me of being on holiday in the Caribbean! This year I think there has been an abundance of pineapple prints and homeware so I have decided to collate some of my faves in a pineapple themed wishlist for you all to enjoy too.

I’m loving the cushion, but unfortunately it wouldn’t go with our living room’s colour scheme, wahh. Just need to have a tropical themed bedroom now…..

The gold pineapple necklace from River Island is too cute and the perfect way to tropical up any outfit, so ideal for holidays.

Pineapple cocktail sticks, you need these in your life for homemade pina coladas or Singapore slings. Just think how fancy you will look with a pineapple chunk skewered on it. Cocktail umbrella optional.

The Boohoo playsuit is so perfect for summer. It is casual enough you could wear it on the beach over a bikini, but could be dressed up with wedges and a statement necklace. It looks so comfortable too! The pineapple print is quite understated for those who don’t want to go full on in your face tropical.

So apparently you can get pineapple spoons! I know I’m going a bit far now, but if they are out there then there must be a demand! They would be great for serving with a pineapple dessert at a dinner party. You’d be the hostess with the mostess for sure.

The LUSH shampoo sounds lie heaven in a bottle to me. Packed full of tropical fruits it works to clarify your hair and leaves it smelling like a fruit cocktail, om nom nom!

Would you buy any of these items?

Go nude with Kate Moss

Kate Moss Nudes Collection

Every blogger and their mum has been on about the Rimmel Kate Nude Collection since it launched and I am a big fan of her regular collection – 107 is pretty much perfection, amirite? So obviously I needed get my hands on a couple and try them for myself.

Now I’m usually more of a bright colour kinda girl, I’m currently rocking MAC Morange as I type, so you can’t really get much brighter. I literally only have one nude shade in my collection and while I like it, I don’t really reach for it that often. But I am always one to try something new, so after browsing the new Kate Nude shades, I  decided why the hell not!

 

Kate Moss Nudes shades

After swatching all of the shades they had in stock, I selected shade 40, as the display said it suits all skin tones, and 45, which suits cool skin tones. Shade 40 is pretty much your typical nude shade, pale with yellow undertones and shade 45 is a blue-toned dusky pink.

I pretty much ran home to photograph them so I could try them on my lips immediately. First of all, I’m loving the packaging, it really helps to distinguish the shade I want as I usually have about 10 lipsticks rolling around in my handbag at any one time.

Swatch - Kate Moss Nudes

Sadly, I’m not a huge lover of shade 40. I’m very pale skinned with fair hair and so this just washes me out. I’m gutted as I’ve seen photos of others wearing it and it looks beautiful on them. I do however love the other shade. The dusky pink hue really makes this a “your lips but better” shade. Plus it is so wearable because it goes with everything. This will be a firm favourite in my lipstick collection from now on.

The durability is similar to the other Kate Moss lipsticks. It is good for a drugstore collection, but not as good as a higher end product. Because it is a lighter shade there is no stain left behind on the lips so I’d need to reapply about three times in the day to prevent it from wearing off completely.

Overall I’m really impressed with the collection and the range of shades available. I’m gutted the lighter shade doesn’t suit me, but that’s life! It’s currently buy one get one half price in Boots, so you may as well try them out yourself!

Have you tried the Kate Nude collection? 

July Must Haves

July favourites

July has completely flown by and I can’t believe it is August already?! I’ve had a pretty busy month, and if you are a regular reader or you follow me on Instagram, you will know I have been trying to balance blogging with, day trips, BBQs, nights out, concerts and busy days at work – no wonder this month has whizzed by! Anyway, today I’m sharing with you my July Must Haves.Continue Reading . . .

Why you need Makeup Revolution’s Golden Sugar Ultra Professional Blush Palette in your life

Makeup Revolution Blush Packaging
I want to just start by saying if you’ve not yet tried any Makeup Revolution products, where have you been!? You need to shimmy on down to Superdrug (or order online – but shimmying is fun too…) because they are FAB. Seriously, every product I’ve tried, I love, ’nuff said. The first item I picked up was a single blusher in the shade Now! and I legit wear it almost every day. I’m obsessed. So when I spotted the Golden Sugar Ultra Professional Blush Palette on the Makeup Revolution stand, I practically skipped off to the till.

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette Golden Sugar

Can we just take a moment to admire how beautiful the Golden Sugar Palette is? Every shade is just perfection. The baked texture of the shimmers looks stunning, especially with the darker veins of pigment running throughout. The palette is made up of eight shades, including a highlighter, a matte bronzer, shimmer bronzer and shimmer blushers. Seeing as the whole palette costs just £6, each shade is literally pennies. Bargain! I think it would be the perfect thing to take on holiday to avoid bringing stacks of different shades, there is enough in here to be getting on with and even to contour if that’s what floats your boat. The packaging is sleek and black and contains a huge mirror in the lid (again perfect for holidays when you might not have your usual makeup mirror).

Makeup Revolution Blush  Golden Sugar

The shades themselves are so beautiful and pure perfection for the summer thanks to the sunning warm tones, especially the bronzey ones – they will look fab with a suntan. Not only do you have highlighter, blusher and bronzer in this palette, all the shades can be worn as eye shadow too. I just love a multi-tasker!

Makeup Revolution Blush  Golden Sugar

You can see the beautiful shades swatched above and as you can see they are pretty pigmented. Some shades needed a little more work than others but the darker ones will only require a light hand for a decent colour pay-off. I prefer the two pinky shades as blusher, but I am obsessed with the bronze coloured shades for eye shadow so this palette is quickly becoming a firm favourite in my make up bag. For £6 you really can’t go wrong with this beauty, so it is well worth trying out in my opinion!

What Makeup Revolution products do you rate?

How to get beachy mermaid hair

Lee Stafford Squeaky Clean Paddle Brush and Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

As soon as the sun comes out, and the summer dresses find their way back into the wardrobe I really feel the need to step up my hair game. That means scrolling through Pinterest and obssesssing over girls who have the most beautiful mermaid waves. So in a quest to whip my hair into pure summer perfection, I have been testing out a couple of Lee Stafford hair goodies.Continue Reading . . .

Are cleansing brushes worth the hype?

Mary Kay Skinvigorate
Cleansing brushes have been gaining popularity over the last few years and I have seen lots of blog reviews as well as marketing for the various different versions on the market. It has always intrigued me, but the price point for some of the higher end versions is enough to make me wince, and frankly, I’d rather spend my money on something else! I was lucky enough to win the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush in a blog giveaway so I was pretty thrilled to be able to try one out without spending any of my hard earned cash!Continue Reading . . .

High end vs. high street : the paintpot edition

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot Chilled on Ice and Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe

I love a beauty bargain, but sometimes cheaper products are just too good to be true. There is nothing worse that the disappointment of your drugstore product not living up to its promises. So in the name of science (errrr not really but we can pretend…) I am putting two similar products to the test to find out if high end or high street comes out on top.Continue Reading . . .

500 follower beauty bundle giveaway

It’s official, last week I hit 500 followers on Bloglovin’! Woohooo! I never really imagined that 500 of you would be interested in what I have to say, so to thank you for sticking around and reading my ramblings about the latest products I’ve been trying out, I am hosting a giveaway!

I’ve had a little help with this from the La Roche-Posay Team who have kindly given me two tubes of Effaclar Duo*, one for me and one for you (if you’re lucky!) I have mentioned this wonderful product on my blog before, and I genuinely believe that this (along with other products in the range) helped to clear up my skin. I used to have those horrid under the skin type spots around my chin and jawline that could sometimes last for weeks. But after a few months of using Effaclar Duo my skin began to clear up. A year later I am still using it as a precautionary measure and it is still working wonders, so I cannot recommend this enough if you are prone to spots.

Along with a tube of Effaclar Duo, I am also giving away a few other beauty bits and bobs:

  • Makeup Revolution Essential Shimmers palette
  • Bee Natural Pomegranate Lip Balm
  • Benefit’s Roller Lash Mini
  • Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Mini
  • Primark Fashion Nails with an ice cream print
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Why you need to try the Vichy Dermablend range

I’ve mentioned before that I have suffered with bad skin through my teenage years and it is only in the last year or so that I have managed to get some control over it. One of the products that has helped me on my bad days in the Vichy Dermablend Foundation which I have previously reviewed. The coverage is amazing and really helps to boost my confidence when I am having a bad skin day. So I was thrilled to be asked if I’d like to try out the Dermablend Corrective Stick* the Dermablend Setting Powder*.

While I have been trying to opt for a lighter coverage now the weather is getting better, I still have those days where I have a couple of blemishes and patches of redness. During times like these I reach for the Vichy Dermablend range to improve the appearance of my skin.

For the Dermanblend Corrective Stick, I went for the matching shade to the foundation I already own, Opal 15. It is slightly darker than my actually skin tone, but it does blend really well so it isn’t obvious. Because it is slightly more orange than my skin (not in a terrible fake tan kind of way, don’t panic), the colour is perfect for erasing the blue toned dark circles under my eyes. As orange is a complementary colour, it neutralises the dark circles making my eye area look brighter and more awake.

The coverage is brilliant, especially when used with the foundation. Any blemish or redness is completely hidden. When I wear these products I actually feel like my skin has been airbrushed, that’s how perfect it looks! I usually worry that concealers can be quite drying, but not Dermablend. My skin genuinely looks flawless all day long. What more can a girl really ask for?!

As my skin gets pretty oily as the day goes on, I have previously had problems wearing the Dermablend Foundation with powders which just can’t hold up to the test. I’d have to blot and reapply powder throughout the day to stop my face looking greasy and horrible. Since using the Dermablend Setting Powder this just hasn’t been an issue. Despite walking two miles to work in the sun my make up was still flawless when I arrived at work. When I got a chance to look in a mirror at lunch time it was still oil free – usually by this point I’ve needed to touch up! It was only as I was taking my makeup off late that evening there was a slight sheen of oil, which for me is very impressive!

Trying the Corrective Stick and the Setting Powder has just reinforced my love for Vichy products even more and I will definitely be repurchasing these when they run out – which wont be for ages because a little goes a long way with the concealer and there is loads of powder in the pot!

I highly recommend the Vichy Dermablend range for anyone who needs a little extra coverage from time to time and those with oily skin looking for a powder that lasts. It’s currently 1/3 off of all Vichy products from Escentual at the moment so the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick is just £10 and the Setting powder is only £11.33 – bargain!

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Dermablend range?

Your summer Face Of The Day for less than £25

New Look Beauty Range
With summer well and truly here now, it is about time that I start thinking about saying goodbye to full coverage foundation and berry lipsticks and hello to dewy sun kissed skin. So when I was asked if I’d like to get involved with New Look’s beauty on a shoestring campaign I jumped at the chance to update my makeup bag for a summer look.

The challenge involves spending just £25 (or less) on the beauty goodies from New Look Pure Colour collection and creating a whole makeup look using just these products. I had a good look through the beauty section on the New Look website and decided to go for:

The Pure Colour Foundation pleasantly surprised me. Typically I am not a fan of drugstore and high street foundations because I feel I need a bit more coverage and longevity, so I was a little skeptical of New Look’s offering. However I was having a really good skin day with no blemishes (woohoo!) and so the light to medium coverage of this foundation was just perfect! In lieu of a concealer, I built up the foundation more on my weak spots – under my eyes, around my nose and my chin for a more even coverage.
The Pure Colour Foundation is quite dewy which is ideal for summer, but I have quite oily skin so like to set my foundation to prevent a makeup moving around my face situation – not a good look! So I used a powder brush to swish a small amount of the bronzer over my face for a more sun kissed look and mattify the foundation.
I love the Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer, it isn’t too dark for those who have paler skin and it also has a small amount of shimmer to give your skin a youthful and radiant boost. The powder is picked up very easily by the brush, so make sure you gently dab and tap off any excess because a little goes a long way! The bronzer helped to give my pasty skin a little more colour so I felt less like a ghost, and ready to head out into the sunshine.
Then using my Real Techniques blush brush I picked up some product from the Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher, again, a little goes a long way! And I buffed as small amount into my cheekbones. I love the shade of the blusher, it is really natural looking and so I think it would suit most skin tones. I only used a small amount of the blusher to avoid my base being overpowering next to my eyes and lips.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range
For the eyes I used a delicate wash of the bronzer across the lids and built it up more in the middle of the eyelid which really brought out the shimmer. Then I used the Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow to create some definition in the crease for a bronzed summery look. The eye shadow is really pigmented and lasted all day, which for a budget product is very good in my books! I’d definitely try out some other shades and I hope they widen the product line.
Now I did cheat a little bit here because I added a little mascara! My lashes are really blonde, so without it they look see through. However when I go on holiday later in the year I am planning to get my lashes tinted, so as this would be a great holiday look I definitely haven’t cheated…. right?!
Last but not least, I used the Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner to carefully line my lips and then I filled them in. I normally find liners quite drying, but this was pretty good! Staying power wasn’t amazing, but I typically do touch up my lips throughout the day so this didn’t bother me at all. Again, I hope they bring out more shades as for just £1.99 they are a bargain.
Overall I am really impressed with the New Look beauty range because of the good quality of the products for such a great price. I really recommend the Pure Colour products that I tried out, particularly if your makeup needs to be pocket money friendly. I have my eye on a few more of their products, including the highlighter and the eye shadows palettes.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range FOTD
What do you think of the New Look beauty range?