New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows Review

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

You go into town for something as mundane as toothpaste and come home with make-up, make-up that you had no intention of purchasing and truth be told don't really need. Tell me that sounds familiar? Well a trip to Superdrug for toothpaste and a few other boring necessities resulted in me perusing the Maybelline stand and snapping up two new gel infused eyeshadows. If you like silky soft, smooth and metallic shades make the Maybelline stand your next port of call as the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows are something else!

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

Oddly the line of Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows come in two different styles of packaging but the formulas feel exactly the same? Bizarre! It seems to go by shade - I am sure there is some official reason that I have overlooked but at the end of the day they cost the same and perform in the same way. Like I said bizarre. In all honesty I prefer the cheaper looking black and transparent style as the shadows are more protected - the silver casing may look pretty but my eyeshadow had wiggled loose before I even got it home. Not cool and far from ideal if travelling.

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

Due to the different styles of packaging it is rather difficult to gauge online just how many shades of the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows there is - I counted ten in my local Superdrug but in all fairness it is a pretty small store. Boots online list 11 shades so lets go with that shall we? In the end I settled on the shades 23 Copper Fizz a light, warm toned pink gold that is not worlds apart from the hard to source in the UK - L'Oreal Color Infalliable Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. In fact on my eye lids they look pretty much identical and the formulations aren't all that dissimilar either. I also purchased 34 Lustrous Beige which is a light, yellow based ivory that works best as a highlight. In fact I have been using this on my cheekbones rather than on my eyelids as the shade and effect is so similar to MAC In Extra Dimension MSF in Superb which is a firm favourite of mine.

New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows
New Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows

The best way to describe the new Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows is to compare them to pressed versions of the L'Oreal Colour Infalliable Eyeshadows. To the touch they have a gel like consistency which not only means they glide on to the skin with such ease but the gel bonds to the skin resulting in a longer wear time. I do still recommend a primer if like myself you have oily lids or find eyeshadow easily creases but it is certainly not needed to boost pigmentation. They Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows blend out seamlessly, offering great colour pay off and have a cooling effect on the eyelids which is an experience all on its own. I truly have no complaints about the formula or shade range and would say for a mere £4.99 an eyeshadow it would be an injustice not to own at least one.

At the moment Boots seems to be your best bet with all 11 shades in stock and a current 3 for 2 on Maybelline. The Maybelline Color Show Eyeshadows cost £4.99 each and you can find them here - link.




Yankee Apple Pumpkin Candle Review

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yankee Apple Pumpkin Candle

For the last few years I have bought Yankee Apple Pumpkin Wax Tarts from eBay as it pretty much is the scent of Autumn as far as I am concerned. It is sweet yet rich and somehow forever reminds me of crunchy leaves and snugly knitted jumpers.

As you can most likely imagine Yankee Apple Pumpkin is a blend of both apple (think red gala apples rather than the sweeter green varieties) and pumpkin with hints of spice and clove. It has a slightly baked aroma much like an apple pie yet is never sickly sweet thanks to both the addition of pumpkin and clove. It is an overall warm and inviting fragrance that doesn't over power a room but is noticeable. Basically of you like apple and/or lightly spiced scents this is one you will want in your collection.

I personally like to light this in the early evening, turn off my phone and laptop and enjoy the colder Autumn evenings. As you may be able to tell this is my favourite season and like I said nothing quite captures the overall mood like this fragrance, I urge all Autumn lovers to try this out while they can as it is currently limited edition in the UK.

Yankee Apple Pumpkin Large Candle £19.99 via Yankee Candle - link.

This post contains a press sample.

L.E Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

L.E Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie

Witch Skincare have just unveiled a new and limited edition packaged version of their best selling Blemish Stick and all for a really good cause - Marie Curie. As you may or may not know Marie Curie supports terminally ill people via their nursing services be it at home or in a nursing facility. I have seen first hand just how valuable their support and care is and think it is beyond honourable that Witch Skincare are donating £10,000 to the charity.

The packaging may be new but it is still the same old tried and tested formula which I have used several times in the past when plagued with a pesky blemish or two. Essentially the Witch Skincare Blemish Stick is a stick of portable astringent that contains alcohol and natural Witch Hazel Oil to dry out and stop a blemish in it's tracks with Glycerine to calm the skin. I'm not going to hail this as an the answer to our spotty prayers but it does remarkably reduce the size of any blemishes when slicked on before it fully develops. As it contains alcohol it can be slightly drying but with my oily skin I don't find it all that troublesome, what I will say is that yes I do use this on the go but it does remove any make-up from the area you apply it to, a small price to pay for reduced blemish sizes and quicker healing times. It does tingle a little on application and has a slight alcohol scent but I'll happily take that over the sizeable volcano like blemish that is residing on the side of my nose. Sexy and I know it.

Cheap (£3.19), cheerful, effective and for a great cause make sure you pick up your limited edition Witch Skincare Blemish Stick for Marie Curie this month exclusively at Superdrug.

This post contains a press sample.

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum Review

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum

Here in not so sunny Glasgow we have reached that point in the year that when I wake up (around 7 am) it is dark and guess what dark by 6pm. Oh yay (sarcasm a plenty). The only upside is that I feel it is now seasonally appropriate to dig out those heavier fragrances and enjoy them once more. I say dig out when really Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is a new addition to my collection. A sneaky and not at all justified duty free purchase. Nobody treats Adrienne better than Adrienne eh?

Around this time last year I recall first properly testing out Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum in my local Space.NK and for whatever reason placing it back on the shelf and exiting empty handed. A little bizarre as restraint is not something I am best known for and violet is one of my favourite fragrance notes. Anyway to cut a long story short I re-tested, fell hard for the seductive floral notes and handed over the cash immediately - the fact it was slightly discounted may have added to my recklessness.

I know some may think I am talking utter rubbish but I think a good few of Tom Ford fragrances (not the private blend collection) all smell very similar until they settle on the skin. For that reason I recommend when trying any of them out to give it ten minutes or so to adapt before deciding it is for you or not. Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is based on the ever so slightly powdery yet richer than rose notes of iris and violet as well as combing hints of Tuscan orris butter, Sambac jasmine with a base of musk, suede, cedar, vetiver and benzoin. In my opinion this is the love child of Tom Ford Black Orchid (in that it is sensual, deep and long lasting) and Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrances. The violet notes rings loud and clear but thanks to the other notes it almost has a masculine tinge or at least on me. When this is wearing off my skin it seems to become buttery and almost leather like. Bizarre on paper (or should that be screen) but very alluring - you will lift your wrist to you nose on more than one occasion when wearing this. Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum is one for those who like deeper, sexier floral's making it perfect for the colder weather or evening wear.

Tom Ford Blonde Violet Eau de Parfum from £50 (30ml) via Space.NK - link.




The Best of Moisturising Treats

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Best of Moisturising Treats

With the weather taking a sudden turn for the worse here in the UK (as I type this it is lashing down with rain and blowing a gale), I thought now would be a good time to share my favourite moisturising treats for the body and face. None of which happen to be typical facial moisturisers because most of us will have various needs from a winter ready facial moisturiser which is a post in its own right.

First up we have the bargainous and utterly delicious Superdrug Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter. As you may imagine this smells out of this world but the scent alone is not enough to gain entry on to this list. This body butter is rather luxurious - thick with an almost whipped texture that not only quickly hydrates the skin but sinks in within moments even on damp skin without a trace. At a mere £1.99 for a large 400ml tub you'd be nuts (geddit?) not to try it! Find it here via Superdrug  - link.

I am fairly lazy when it comes to taking care of the skin on my body - foolish I know but I do have a few shower products that help to keep skin soft and subtle. My all time favourite shower treat has to be L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. Again this has an incredible scent (not as sweet as you'd imagine) but nourishes and cleanses my skin like no other. The gentle oil formula leaves my skin feeling soft and supple as well as locking in moisture (it doubles up as a great albeit pricey alternative to shaving gel) meaning it is no big deal if I skip body moisturising after a shower every once and a while. At £17.50 for the smallest sized bottle it is something I do tend to favour only when my skin needs it but if you are feeling flush your skin will thank you for the splurge. Find it here via Feel Unique - link.

A great alternative to L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil is of course Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel which has the most fantastic and difficult to pin point scent ever which comes alive once combined with water. This little bottle of shower gel is infused with olive oil (be sure to shake before each use to really make the most of the oil) so much like the above L'Occitane recommendation this not only cleanses the skin but nourishes and moisturises in one quick step. A little goes a long way and unlike the shower oil this can be used as a shampoo on super dry hair too. Prices start at £4.75-£15.95, personally I recommend going in store to purchase but you can find it here - link.

I did state that I would not be including any facial moisturisers and technically I am not but I do have to give a shout out to Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask. Basically this is an intensive moisturiser or a sleep mask, a cooling, light and almost gel like textured cream which you smooth on to the skin, allow to absorb and then tissue off any excess after 10-15 minutes. As many will know I have oily skin which doesn't typically require a lot of hydration but due to stress I have been suffering from dry areas. Now to begin with I did rate this all that highly yet I bunged it in my suitcase and took it to the states with me and let me say it has saved my sun parched skin. Gently yet effectively moisturising where needed (I even used a little on my dried out shoulders) as well as cooling. The added vitamin E really does brighten the skin too which will come in handy when the winter weather sucks what little radiance I have in my complexion. I should mention that this facial treat is a mere £2.59 for a large 75ml tube which in my estimations should last a good 12 uses at the very least. Find it here - link.

As someone who is a little too found of hand sanitizer and over washing their hands I do like to have a beyond hydrating hand cream in ever hand bag I own. I do rate Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Intensive Hand Treatment above all else as it not only instantly hydrates my skin but forms a protective barrier as well as healing any cuts or sores. However at £26 a tube I more than appreciate it is expensive for a hand cream. My other recommendation is however slightly more affordable at £8 and oddly can be found at Topshop - EOS Hand Lotion. This is a new discovery to me and was bought on a whim in Bed, Bath and Beyond last week. This light silky hand lotion comes in a few fragrance variations (cucumber is my favourite) and does pretty much the same job as the above Elizabeth Arden Hand Treatment minus the healing quality. The only downside is that it doesn't seem to last all that long, I drained a full bottle in a little over a week (maybe it was excessive use, I don't know?) hence why it is missing from my above photo. I have however ordered another bottle as the dinky size is great for travel and everyday use. You can find it here for £8 - link.


 

Win It - Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight EDT

Monday, October 20, 2014


Yep I am still in sunny Florida and I did schedule posts for the entire visit but blogger has not played ball. Nope, not in the slightest. Annoyingly all my scheduled posts have vanished instead of publishing and until I get home I can't remedy it. Hey life goes on and a few days without a blog post or two is hardly a "real problem". Until normal scheduling resumes here is a little treat, a small thank you to all those who not only read but comment and interact regularly!

There is no entry requirements other than leaving a comment below with either an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch should you win.
I do ask that only UK/I.R.E residents enter due to shipping regulations and that the giveaway's are not promoted on any competition forum or website! I will draw all the giveaway winner on the 30th of October and be in touch on the same day. Thank you and good luck.

Today's prize is bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight EDT which is of course limited edition and perfect for those looking for a bright, cheery fragrance to chase away the Winter blues. Good luck.

#NioxinTherapy

Monday, October 20, 2014


As you may or may not know Nioxin is a haircare brand that has been created to cater to the needs of those who experience hair thinning at any point in their life be they male or female. The Nioxin approach began in 1987, when the founder experienced thinning hair after the birth of her first child and began to investigate the idea of treating the scalp with skincare methods. 

Until then, people experiencing thin-looking hair had very few options for help. Nioxin's advanced technologies provide real solutions for making the most of the hair you have, transforming the hair care industry and bringing hope and confidence to men and women everywhere. Due to a vitamin deficiency I did loose a lot of hair last year and to say it knocked my confidence is an utter statement. You don't realise just how much your hair (or I guess anything for that matter) means to you until it is in jeopardy. 

To celebrate the launch of ‘Nioxin Therapies’ - three new in salon treatments each of which target various hair and scalp issues (you can read more here and find your local salon). Nioxin has teamed up with three “Confidence Coaches” to deliver top tips and advice, as hair thinning can often affect your confidence to go and achieve certain things in life. The Nioxin coaches will each advise on different topics ranging from hair health to fitness and well being - helping people continue their Journey to Confidence as they leave the salon. The #NioxinTherapy chat will take place this coming Thursday (23rd) from 12pm-1pm, if you have any hair loss issues or questions it may be worth noting down and participating. I will also be tweeting during the chat using the hashtag #NioxinTherapy sharing my hair loss story and more!

This is a sponsored post.

Win It - Michael Kors White EDP

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


For the next 7 days there will be a fragrance giveaway - each day a different scent.
Just a little thank you for all those who read and comment frequently.
There is no entry requirements other than leaving a comment below with either an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch should you win.
I do ask that only UK/I.R.E residents enter due to shipping regulations and that the giveaways are not promoted on any competition forum or website! I will draw all the giveaway winners on the 22nd of October and be in touch on the same day. Thank you and good luck.

Today's prize is bottle of Michael Kors White EDP which has only just hit the shelves, this could be your perfect Autumn/Winter fragrance.

Cherry Picked!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Superdrug Black Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter

A whole post dedicated to just one body butter? I know, I know but hear me out!
Superdrug Black Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter was bought on a whim. There was no testers and only one tub left on the shelf, as it was on offer for half price I thought why not and an addiction was born. 

Typically speaking I am not really a fan of cherry based scents but the Superdrug Black Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter smells out of this world good, like a black cherry yoghurt. It is so scrumptious that each time I use it I do day dream of what I imagine this to taste like. Sad? Completely but the fragrance is incredible, certainly on par or beyond the likes of the Body Shop Body Butters both in scent, texture and performance.

Superdrug Black Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter has a thick almost whipped texture that instantly nourishes the skin, providing quick and easy moisture which dries in quickly and does not leave a tacky film on the skin. A little goes a long, long way meaning you get plenty of bang for your buck. Now back to that beautiful scent - it lingers on the skin and although cherries aren't typically seen as an Autumnal fruit this somehow seems fitting for the cold weather - maybe it is the Macadamia Nut addition? As a side not the fragrance is in no way over powering and will not interfere with any perfume or body spray layered on top. Next on my hit list is the same body butter (sorry The Body Shop £12 on one body butter is ridiculous) but in the coconut and lime fragrance - doesn't that just sound divine? All in all this is easily one of the best body butters I have used and at £1.99 (full price £3.99) you'd be nuts (ha pun!) not to try it.

Superdrug Black Cherry and Macadamia Nut Body Butter currently £1.99 for 400ml - link.


Win It - Rihanna Rogue EDT

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


For the next 7 days there will be a fragrance giveaway - each day a different scent.
Just a little thank you for all those who read and comment frequently.
There is no entry requirements other than leaving a comment below with either an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch should you win.
I do ask that only UK/I.R.E residents enter due to shipping regulations and that the giveaways are not promoted on any competition forum or website! I will draw all the giveaway winners on the 22nd of October and be in touch on the same day. Thank you and good luck.

Today's prize is a bottle of Rihanna Rogue which will also come with a limited edition Rihanna clutch bag which I have foolishly forgotten to photography. Oh well the winner will be in for a surprise!

Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser Review

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser Review

I am a huge fan of gel cleansers, especially if they happen to have the melting in the title. For reference my favourite ever cleanser of this type is Clarins but at £17.50 a tube I do like to keep an eye out for more barginous versions. Enter Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser...

is a light, gel based cleanser that has a very, very similar texture to the Clarins version. If you have yet to experience a gel cleanser for yourself I will be brutally honest in saying the consistency of said product can take a little getting used to. It can feel a little like smearing jelly on you face - thick and a little sticky. I am not a skin care expert far from it but can say that as someone with fairly sensitive skin on occasion that gel cleansers seem to be the most gentle approach for me, the balm like texture comforts and cools my skin and the vast majority can also be used to gently remove eye make-up. The gel base quickly emulsifies when it comes into contact with water making removal easy and pretty effective too where make-up is concerned.

Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser is as good as any other gel cleanser I have tried, even heavy make-up is easily removed. Although B.Clean don't suggest using it on the eye area I have tried it there and can vouch that it easily and quickly removes even waterproof mascara without stinging the eyes. The Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser makes light work of all make-up removal as well as general cleansing, leaves the skin soft, isn't stripping and moisturising enough for dry skin, smells great and does not break out nor irritate my skin. I do wish that both the bottle and site give a little more detail of what ingredients are used but other than that no complaints!

Superdrug B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser £6.99 - link.

Win It - A Signed Bottle of Stella McCartney

Monday, October 13, 2014


For the next 7 days there will be a fragrance giveaway - each day a different scent.
Just a little thank you for all those who read and comment frequently.
There is no entry requirements other than leaving a comment below with either an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch should you win.
I do ask that only UK/I.R.E residents enter due to shipping regulations and that the giveaways are not promoted on any competition forum or website! I will draw all the giveaway winners on the 22nd of October and be in touch on the same day. Thank you and good luck.

Today's prize is a signed bottle of Stella McCartney Stella EDP, yes signed by Stella McCartney herself. Not only does it smell great but it is pretty much a collectors edition thanks to the signature.


My Travel Make-Up Essentials

Monday, October 13, 2014


This year I am trying something new...wait for it...wait. Are you on the edge of your seat? Probably not but I am packing light. Here is what I have taken on holiday with me and why!


A quick glance at my base products, first of all we have Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm - admittedly I am not the biggest fan of this product but I do think it will come in handy as I start to tan. It can be used as a primer, tinted moisturiser of sorts or to even out tan lines. My "real" base product is Benefit Big Easy which is a liquid to powder creamy foundation. I say foundation really this is more of a tinted moisturiser as the coverage is pretty light, the fact it offers oil control is the real reason I have packed it. Daily even in the UK I use Estee Lauder Day Wear SPF to shield my skin and this trip will be no different. Lastly I have packed Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Make Up Setting Spray which is more for the evenings - Florida can be rather humid as many will know.


Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer has been stashed in my make-up bag as it can be used to warm up my skin tone, contour or even as  blush. As it is so huge it can also be used on the body - tan lines seem to be the bane of most of my trips abroad. My setting powder needs will be delivered by MAC MSF Natural - a light, almost weightless pressed powder that should do well in the balmy conditions. I'm not really looking for the perfect matte finish rather something that will keep my oily t-zone under control. Every tan needs a coral blush which is why I have chosen Essence Blush Up blush, cheap, cheerful and really pigmented. Does a girl really need more?


My summer nail colour has been Chanel Orange Fizz Nail Lacquer and since I am ditching rainy Scotland for two weeks I thought it was only fair to give it an extended run. A bright, light creamy coral that looks wonderful with a tan and goes with just about everything. If I am entirely honest with myself I know for a fact that I will be an oily mess for two weeks and the heat will melt off the vast majority of my make-up. Everything that is other than my brows thanks to Tarte Amazon Clay Brow Mousse - this stuff is heat, sweat and rain proof making it perfect for Florida. To keep my lips hydrated and soft I have packed Lanolips Lemonaide which more than does the job and smells great to boot! Lastly a tube of mascara (literally the first that came to hand) and a suit all occasions nude lipstick which happens to be Maybelline's Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection 

Tah-dah one lighter than light make-up bag!

Giving Boots No7 Brushes a Go!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Boots No7 Brushes Review

It is been a while a while since I wrote about No7 brushes and as I have been recently trying two newer brushes I felt it was about time that I typed up my thoughts. No7 is great for brushes, they are so well made, fairly reasonable priced (especially in comparison to the likes of MAC) especially when the money off vouchers are floating around. Anyway here is a little more on the two I have been trying out...

Boots No7 Brushes Review
Boots No7 Brushes Review
Boots No7 Brushes Review
Boots No7 Brushes Review

No7 Lash & Brow Brush Pro £8 - link
Utter genius! A nifty eyebrow brush at one end and one of the best eye lash combs I have ever used at the other, oh but that is not all  this tool quickly folds into its self a little like a Swiss army knife. I will be honest in saying that the brow spoolie is pretty basic but then again show me a spoolie that is above and beyond? The comb on the other hand is brilliant, yes it is metal and a little scary but nothing remove clumps or separates my lashes like it. The fact that it easily folds away for storage, travel  or day to use is really just a bonus.

Boots No7 Brushes Review
Boots No7 Brushes Review

No7 Smokey Eye Brush £7.25 - link
A small domed natural fibre brush that can be used to apply eyeshadow in a precise manner, smudge out liner or eyeshadow or really anyway in which you see fit. In all honesty this brush is best used to smudge out harsh lines on the lower lash line. It is soft, well made and makes light work of blending out both cream and powder products. If you like brushes of this calibre it is well worth the £7 or so!

This post contains press samples.

Jo Malone Incense and Embers Candle

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Jo Malone Incense and Embers Candle

Just Like Sunday is my favourite ever Jo Malone collection, partly because well my blog is called The Sunday Girl but because Sunday has always been my favourite day..closely followed by Thursday (don't ask). Sunday's have always been a restful day for catching up with friends and family not to mention the British staple that is the Sunday roast! With Autumn in the air you may be looking for a warm and comforting scent to fragrance the home? Well look no further than the Jo Malone Incense and Embers candle.

Jo Malone Incense and Embers is a blend of smoky incense with silver fir accents, white pepper, couple with napa leather, elegant vetiver and golden amber - well at least that is the official description. In my opinion it is smoky like a roaring fire yet warming too and dare I say it slightly sexy. It is one of the very few Jo Malone scents that I have tried over the years that I would truly deem to be unisex. Leathery (in a good way not like sun damaged skin), smoky, sensual and perfect for the cooler months. Although in no way identical if you like Diptyque Feu de Bois then I would imagine this would be something you also enjoy as they share a similar wood smoke note.

Jo Malone Incense and Embers Candle £40 via John Lewis - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Superdrug's Budget Friendly Face Masks

Friday, October 10, 2014

Superdrug's Budget Friendly Face Masks

Normally when I think of Superdrug and face masks those little sachets pop into my mind, which I am not a huge fan of in all honesty. Not so long ago I was browsing the aisles of my local Superdrug and stumbled across tubes of face mask which were well priced and claimed to help various skin ailments. At just £2.59 a tube I ended up snapping two to try out...

Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask
I love a good mud mask, something to not only soak up excess oil but also deeply cleanse and Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask does just that. It gently removes any trapped oil or dirt leaving my pores looking not only clearer but also temporarily smaller. The bonus of a mask of this type is that they naturally dry up blemishes, helping them heal and clear quicker. I wouldn't say this dries out my skin as such but it does help to keep my excess oil levels balanced to a degree. If you have dry skin I would say skip this particular mask and go for something more hydrating. As this contains Aloe Vera it is both cooling and calming amongst all the benefits. I always find that mud masks leave my skin looking brighter, plump and refreshed and do treat myself to at least one application a week. For change of £3 this is a great little addition to any bathroom shelf!

Basically this is an intensive moisturiser or a sleep mask, a cooling, light and almost gel like textured cream which you smooth on to the skin, allow to absorb and then tissue off any excess after 10-15 minutes. As many will know I have oily skin which doesn't typically require a lot of hydration but due to stress I have been suffering from dry areas. Generally speaking this face mask simply sits on top of my skin not absorbing other than in the dry areas which suits me just fine as my skin is easily overwhelmed. The Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask is not at all a new concept, many brands offer a similar product which delivers the same results but at £2.59 I do think you'd be a fool not to try this version first. As well as giving my skin a little extra hydration I find that the added vitamin E really does brighten. I use Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Mask if and when I need it but those with dry skin may find this a great addition to their Winter skin care routine - I can see no reason why you couldn't use this daily if needs must as it is really gentle.


My Party Essentials

Thursday, October 09, 2014

My Party Essentials

Hands up who already has a few parties and dinners in their diary for the festive period?
Me too...me too. I may not have my dresses or shoes chosen just yet (hello ASOS Premier next delivery please and thank you) but I do have a few essentials that may just help you...

My Party Essentials

Before any party I take the longest shower known to man, scrubbing and buffing away any dead skin and of course shaving my legs. I tend to rely on L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil as it moisturises my body as it cleanses and makes a great shaving gel alternative. To shave my legs and what not recently I have discovered Bic Soleil Lady Razors (you can follow all the fun Bic going on's via Facebook) which are quick and easy to use. I am a little (okay a lot) scared of germs so the fact that they not only glide over the skin ensuring you are free from cuts but are disposable suits me to the ground. I also rather enjoy that they come in scented variations and feature pretty girly handles. A quick dollop of body lotion all over and I am good to go. I do typically self tan the night before but hey it is the Autumn time to embrace my natural skin tone and forget being bronze!

My Party Essentials

I personally when going out at night like a super matte base (normally Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Foundation) with a strong contour but like to offset it with a light pinky peach blush such as NARS Deep Throat Blush. If you have a light to medium skin tone this is a great blush to own. It is a fairly light shade that doesn't appear all that special in the pan but it really does brighten the complexion as well as adding a gentle flush. I can be a little heavy handed so I do err on the safe side when it comes to highlighters. My current go to highlighter is Boots No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter which is a chubby crayon that is not only easy to apply but super flattering. It gives a light pearl pink glow to the skin which is flattering even if like myself you have enlarged pores or skin that is less than perfect. The beauty of this particular highlighter is that you can blend it out for a sheer glisten or apply in layers for a more full on finish that is party ready!

My Party Essentials
My Party Essentials

For a night out I do tend to go for a full cat flick liner look - gel liner such as Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner, lots of mascara and if I am feeling fancy a pair of false eyelashes (I swear by Ardell Demi Wispies). I realise this sounds super low key but I do think if you are going for a heavy contour and bright lip certain elements do need to be parred down. Speaking of lips my current go to bold lip choice is L'Oreal Glam Shine Matte Lip Gloss in Cherry Crop. The name of this product is utterly ridiculous - how can a product be glossy and matte at the same time? It can't is the answer but this red come pink shade is utterly beautiful, long wearing and really makes my lips look full just don't expect a true matte finish!

A quick spritz of Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum and I am good to go.
What are your party ready essentials?

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Five Autumn Ready Fragrances to Try

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Five Autumn Ready Fragrances to Try

Autumn is by far my favourite season, crunchy leaves, candles, woolly jumpers and a chill in the air - what's not to love? With that in mind I have gathered together my must try fragrances...

Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum - The most floral scent out of the five and the one that took the longest for me to warm to. If you like rose or amber notes or even better both then this is the scent you need to try. In my opinion it is a great Autumnal day fragrance as it has depth yet is still fairly light and floral. This is not at a powdery rose scent but rather rich thanks to the amber addition. In a nutshell an original, grown up rose offering that is both cool and sexy!

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum - This is my signature scent and one I always have nestled in my stash. This is officially listed as a rich, floral yet woody fragrance which contains amber, jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber. Notes aside this reminds me of cold, evenings - it has a certain mystic that is best suited to evening wear particularly if it is Autumn or Winter. This is easily the longest wearing parfum I own.

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum -  A quick break down of the notes: bergamot, mandarin, Succan absolute (purified rum extract) and honey which gives the scent a creamy, sweet and floral overall scent. Yes this does smell somewhat similar to the original Tom Ford Black Orchid but is more floral, lighter and perhaps best suited for day wear. I must warn that compared to the original Tom Ford Orchid the wear time is definitely reduced. This simply does not cling to my skin quite like Black Orchid does but I would say I prefer it all the same.

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum -  Warm, sweet (not sickly), slightly vanilla based with a hint of chocolate. This may sound good enough to eat but it is fact rather sensual, cosy and very much an Autumnal or evening scent. I personally loathe the original YSL Opium scent and yet this is my current go to fragrance - I can't urge you enough to try this the next time you are at a counter. Prepare to want!

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne - Fresh, earthen and slightly salty. Admittedly not something that sounds all that great on paper but trust me when I say that I have yet to meet someone who doesn't enjoy this fragrance. It is slightly masculine yet dries slightly powdery, like I said it doesn't sound all wonderful but it is unlike any other Jo Malone cologne and completely different from the heedy other four scents that make my final cut.

What is your go to Autumn scent, I could do with adding to my list ha!