Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Essence Haul + Product Opinions

The lovely people from Flipside PR were sweet enough to send me an amazing haul of Essence products. If you didn't know, Essence are an incredibly inexpensive cosmetics brand. They are definitely mainly aimed towards a younger audience but I've tried a fair few of their products before and have found some of them to be pretty good.

The products that I'm most impressed with are the eyeshadow palettes. I was sent an 'All About The Roses' palette which contains pink and grey tones, and an 'All About The Greys' palette which contains greys (obviously), blues and white/cream. The eyeshadows are really pigmented and I love the range of shades in each palette. 

I was sent four lip products in total. I have to say, I wasn't very impressed with the lipstick (top right). At first glance, it seemed like the perfect pinky nude shade but I soon discovered that the colour didn't really show up on my lips no matter how much I layered. 

On the other hand, the two lip balms (Essence mini sheer lip balm and 'kiss care love' lip balm') smell amazing and I love how they add colour to your lips while keeping them moisturised. I was also quite impressed with the staying power of the liquid lipstick (the one in the middle). The glossiness does wear away quite quickly, but the colour doesn't budge for a good while. 

They did send me some individual lashes and glue.. now I'm someone that can't even apply regular false lashes, so I haven't even attempted these yet. If someone could give me some tips on applying false lashes that would be much appreciated! They also sent me a 'mini lipgloss set' which looks exactly like the kind of makeup I used to get excited about when I was about 11! I'm definitely going to pass this on to my little cousin!

Blush is something I use very sparingly as I'm always cautious of overdoing it. I found the Essence 'matt touch blush' to be perfect for just adding a slight warmness and pop of colour to the cheeks. I definitely think blush is one of those products that you don't have to spend a lot of money on.

I was sent three face products; the Pure Nude foundation, Pure Nude concealer stick and Pure Nude Camouflage concealer. The foundation is very light and definitely more like a bb cream consistency. Not so good for full coverage, but perfect for good skin days when you just want to even up your skin tone. I found the two concealer products very similar - both okay for covering up subtle blemishes before applying foundation on the top. The consistency was a bit too thick and means you really have to make sure it's blended to avoid the caked look. 

The Multi-Action mascara was no different to your regular inexpensive mascara. I find that it does work well eventually, but you just have to be patient and layer it to get the fuller eyelashes effect. 

The nail polishes are something I feel are very much a 'miss' product. I was sent three - a pale powder pink, black and a metallic pink. The powder pink colour barely showed any colour when I painted it on and despite the metallic pink and black looking pretty good, it chipped waaay to easily for my liking. 

The last product was something that I had never seen before - a black tattoo liner pen. It's basically a black nail art pen (that looks a bit like a liquid liner) which makes it easier to create cute nail art designs. I really like the idea of it and it looked great when I added lines/dots to my nails.. however it seems to come off after a few hours. I think next time I use it, I will definitely add a thick top coat to stop it from coming off so easily. 

And that's everything! Overall I was quite pleasantly surprised by some of the products and will definitely continue to use them. Some of them were very disappointing but when they are that inexpensive and targeted at a young audience, it's no surprise that they weren't amazing!

Do you use any Essence products?

* All products were gifted *

Saturday, 26 September 2015

A Haul Of Sorts

I thought I would do a little haul of some of the more 'miscellaneous' things I have acquired recently.

I needed a small bag for going out when I don't really need to carry my huge hand bag round. I found this simple, black shoulder bag from New Look for just £7.99. I also got the most lovely flat black Chelsea boots for just £19.99 (my obsession with black boots is getting worse). I didn't get a photo but they are pretty self explanatory. 

I actually won an iPad mini last month which was, well, pretty cool! I already have the iPad air but it's getting old now and despite being an 'air', it is not as portable as you would imagine. This is so much sleeker and easy to carry round in my bag when I go out. 

Of course to go with my iPad mini, I needed a pretty case! This one from Head Case designs has such a pretty leaf/arrow (?) print. Head Case have SO many different cases for all different devices, so definitely worth a look if you're on the hunt for something cute. They even do Harry Styles ones..

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle will always be my favourite fragrance, but I always like to have a cheaper option to use on a daily basis. I got the Avon 'Extraordinary' perfume as one of my Mum's friends is an Avon representative. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice it smells - very light and sweet but not sickly sweet at all. 

I already mentioned this is a previous post, but I needed a new curling wand and I decided to go for the Tresemmé Perfectly (un)Done waving wand. It's perfect for my long hair as the wand is longer than they usually are. It creates really nice and natural looking waves as opposed to very tight, princess-y waves. 

And that's it.. well I'm sure there's more actually, but I always forget what I've bought. I plan on having a big clothes splurge at some point soon so there will definitely be a clothes haul on its way. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hair Radiance | Do Supplements Actually Work?

I'm always on the hunt for hair products to help improve the condition of my hair so when I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in trying out some Hair Radiance supplements, I was quick to say yes! The product has been featured in Marie Claire and Closer magazine and has had some very good reviews. 

Hair Radiance is a natural vitamin complex formulated with essential vitamins and nutrients for healthy hair. Hair Radiance works form the inside out, giving your hair the nutrients it needs to look its healthiest. Contains scientifically formulated FollicleMax marine complex to encourage healthy hair growth.

Hair Radiance promises..
  • To grow stronger, longer hair
  • To improve hair elasticity
  • It is completely drug free and suitable for all hair types
  • For nourished hair
  • To increase hair strength
  • To prevent hair breakage
As always with a product like this, I am quite sceptical as to how much of an effect it will actually have. It does contain a huge array of vitamins and minerals which I imagine to not only be beneficial for your hair, but also your general health overall. At £39.99 for 60 capsules I definitely should hope that they benefit my hair in some way. shape or form!

I am planning on doing an update post once I have finished taking the supplements over the course of 60 days. So far I have only been taking them for a little while and I haven't noticed a huge difference.. although I did hear that your hair health reflects what was going on 3 months ago so maybe it will just take that amount of time to show?

Have any of you tried hair supplements? Did they make a difference to your hair?

*Gifted item*

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Yves Rocher Hair Vinegar

The last time I checked, vinegar was something that people put on their chips (except I don't because ew) Well as it turns out, hair vinegar exists and it's pretty good for making your hair nice and pretty! I've been using the Yves Rocher rinsing vinegar for a while now and I've noticed a few hair benefits.

The product is just a pink coloured, raspberry scented liquid (it actually doesn't smell of vinegar at all thank goodness). Since it's a 'rinsing' vinegar, I just sploosh a bit throughout my hair before rinsing out my conditioner. I do wish the bottle had a bit more direction about how you're supposed to apply it and for how long... but I kind of just had to guess - it seems to work anyway though so it's all good. 

The dispenser is very small which is good.. otherwise I'm pretty sure it would just all end up pouring out in one go. I only use a little each time so the product has actually lasted for quite a while now. However I'm sure if you wanted more of a deep clean/hair mask effect, you could use a third/half of the bottle in one go. 

After using this and then blow drying, I always find that my hair feels slightly softer and looks shinier than usual. It's not so good for when I want to curl my hair as the curls don't tend to stay in as long, but for when I'm just leaving my hair natural, it makes it look so much healthier and minimises the little frizzy bits I get in my hair. 

The product contains 98% completely natural ingredients and is silicone free meaning that it's much better for your hair and prevents product build up. I also think it just feels nicer to use a more natural product on my hair and give it a break from chemical-y ones. 

Have any of you used this or any other Yves Rocher hair products? 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Delicious Alchemy Gluten Free Oaty Cookies

As past of last months Degustabox, I was sent a Delicious Alchemy Oaty Cookie Mix. Cookies are probably my all time favourite sweet treat so I was quite quick to make these! Delicious Alchemy are a food brand famous for their award winning gluten free products. I'm definitely not allergic to gluten but I always like to try out new things.

The cookies are super easy to make. All you have to do is add butter (or a dairy free alternative) and water to the bag of mix. I actually used milk instead of water since I'm not lactose intolerant and I just thought it would taste a bit nicer.

Once the ingredients were combined, it turned into a fairly loose dough. It also smelt amazing at this point - very sweet and golden syrup-y mmmm.

You're meant to separate the dough into 10 cookie balls but I prefer the larger variety of cookie who doesn't?, so I separated mine into 6, popped them on a baking sheet and then into the oven for around 18 minutes.

Once they had gone very slightly golden brown round the edges, I took them out the oven to cool. The result was a soft (but not chewy) cookie that tasted all sweet and oaty. They tasted kind of like a shortbread biscuit with oats in - SO MOREISH.

The mix is available to buy online for just £1.99. Perfect for anyone with a gluten/dairy intolerance.. or just someone who enjoys baking (like me). 

What's your favourite thing to bake?

* The cookie mix was gifted however all opinions are my own *

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Late On The Bandwagon | Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

It seems like pretty much every beauty blogger and their granny has tried this foundation already.. so it's fair to say I'm pretty late on the bandwagon. Oh well, better late than never as they say. 

My beloved L'Oreal Infallible foundation recently ran out so I was pretty desperate for something new. Since I had heard only good things about Bourjois Healthy Mix, I thought it was about time that I try it out! I have been using the lightest shade - Light Vanilla, which is perfect for my pale skin.

Oily skinned people avoid this product at all costs! Or just make sure you use it with powder because I'm guessing that could work??? It is definitely more of a foundation for people with very dry skin (like myself). The main ingredient is actually water which is fairly obvious due to how dewy and luminous it is. I don't think I've ever found a foundation with such a perfect formulation for my skin. Despite the fact that it mainly consists of water, it surprisingly has quite high (I would say medium) coverage. I'm not sure how that works considering how light and fresh it feels.. but it just does. 

It completely covers all of my blemishes, while making my skin appear more glowing and healthy (duh?). For a dewy foundation, the staying power is pretty good. I was expecting most of it to just slide off my face throughout the day but my makeup wipe at the end of the day left clear evidence that a good amount had remained in place. I would actually say that it is very nearly as good as my favourite Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation - but can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact it is a fraction of the price?! I ordered mine from Amazon for around £7 - side note that Amazon is freaking amazing for makeup and pretty much everything. 

And last but not least, how could I not mention the smell??? It smells nice and fruity but not over powering fruity. Sort of like a subtle fruitiness combined with the smell of sun cream. MMMMMM. 

What's your favourite drugstore foundation?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Reasons Why Autumn Is Really Great

There's something about the transition from Summer to Autumn that I find so pleasing. Even though I'm one of those people that is cold pretty much ALL the time, I still much prefer it to Summer. Here's why...

More cosy evenings spent watching rom com's with copious amounts of delicious food.

The Autumn/Winter drinks come back. I mean who can resist a pumpkin spice latté? Or a gingerbread latté? Give me ALL the Autumn/Winter drinks please and thank you. 

Super long, relaxing bubble baths. Baths are so much nicer when you know that it's freezing cold outside. Am I right? I am right. 

It's not ridiculously cold, but it's not hot either. 

Coats, boots, jumpers and dark colours (clothes always look better in black) A/W fashion is the BEST!

Cool things come back on TV e.g. X Factor which also means that Christmas is coming!.. (how young do 1D look?!!!)

Plum lipsticks and dark nail polish are BACK (not that you can't wear them all year round).

Halloween and bonfire night.

Blankets and thick fuzzy socks and hot chocolates.

Goodbye salads. Hello hearty comfort foods * heart eye emoji *.

Walking on crunchy leaves - one of my favourite sounds ever!

Autumnal candle scents. Yes, PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE scented candles exist. 

And that is why I LOVE Autumn.

What's your favourite season and why?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Cereal Killer Café

I visited the Cereal Killer café in London a little while back with Unite Students (you may have already seen). I thought I would do a separate post dedicated to just the Cereal Killer cafe.. simply because I love cereal and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. I had actually been wanting to visit ever since it first opened so I was pretty (very very) excited. Oh and if you haven't already figured, it is a cafe that only sells cereal (and a lot of it!). Basically heaven for any cereal lover like myself! 

The cafe is located in the 'hipster' area - Shoreditch in London. It fits in perfectly with its quirky and retro style. 

I have to admit the outside of it isn't very eye catching and it doesn't look mega impressive (see above photo).. step inside though, and you are greeted with an array of colour and funky-ness! The whole decor theme is so retro that it leaves you feeling quite nostalgic. There is a huge blackboard with the impressive menu on it. This was quite overwhelming for someone who loves all cereal (except Weetabix.. they're so horrible and mushy?). 

They have everything from your typical classic cereals, to American cereals and even retro cereals (I'm talking POWERPUFF GIRL CEREAL.. like what?!). They offer different types of milk and a huge selection of toppings. They even have special cereal cocktails. I seriously recommend checking out the menu..(but don't if you're hungry because you might hate me a little bit for it). 

It was very difficult to choose what to have but I decided a peanut butter theme would be the way to go. I went for Jif peanut butter cereal (they had run out of peanut butter captain crunch * cries *) topped with peanut butter chips and regular semi skimmed milk. 


After choosing our cereal, we went and sat downstairs to eat. The room was very retro and cool - the perfect atmosphere to eat cereal. I could probably make the same cereal concoction at home but I bet it wouldn't taste quite as nice as it did there.

At £3.00 a small bowl (small bowl of one cereal with one topping) it is pretty pricey! Being the cereal lover that I am, I personally think it's really worth it for the huge choice that you get and the excitement of choosing what to have. You're kind of paying for the whole experience and the atmosphere. 

If you're visiting London or live in London (if you do and you haven't been yet - why?!) I would definitely recommend it for when you fancy a sweet treat or want to go somewhere a bit quirkier than your regular brunch spot. I definitely need to go back as there's so many more combinations I need to try! 

Have any of you been to the Cereal Killer Café? What did you have?/What would you have if you went? (here's the menu)

* We were kindly offered a discounted rate, however all opinions are my own *

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Outfit & Tresemmé Perfectly (Un)done Waves

I'm one of those people that finds an outfit that I like and wears it non-stop until I'm bored. This outfit is one of those. 

I bought this little black playsuit (love an LBP) in Topshop. It's very simple but I love the lace aztec detailing on the top and how it's layered with the shorts part. I teamed it with my Zara cheetah shirt which I've had for ageeees. I never used to wear it much as I didn't really have anything for it to go with. I think the reason I've been wearing this so much is because it's so flattering - it fits to my shape without being overly tight and figure hugging. 

Topshop have a petite and regular version of the playsuit which I find kind of crazy. I'm only 5'1 and I bought the regular one which I would say is actually even a little on the short side for me! there can't be many people who are short enough for the petite version? Topshop sizing is weird. 

Just to make the outfit pictures a bit nicer, I curled my hair for a change. I recently bought a new curling wand - the Tresemmé Perfectly (Un)done styler. It was only £20 from Amazon which I think is amazing considering how the curls turned out. My hair stayed super curly for the entire day!

ps.. how is it already September?