Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Mini MAC Haul

Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Hiya,

MAC is definitely not my favourite brand but occasionally, I just cannot resist some of their limited edition products. Recently, they came out with the Tropical Taboo collection which was one of their good ones this year. The main things that attracted me were their Mineralize Skinfinishes.

I ended up getting just one and a lipstick I had been longing for, for months!


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Hiya,

It has been an age! But, I cannot keep away and find myself being pulled back towards blogging once again. I know, I should be more consistent but I am just a very busy person and find it so difficult to juggle everything. So, I have decided that I will quit apologising time and time again and I will just go with the flow. If I can post something up, great and if not, no big deal!

On, to the review! Burt's Bees is a much loved skin care brand, particularly for the lip care which I have to say is amazing.

I decided to pick up the tinted lip balm set when I saw it on sale at ASOS.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Review: L'oreal Glamshine Stain Splash

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Hiya,

L'oreal, very recently came out with a product which definitely rivalled a product which is far more expensive and more difficult for most people to afford. That product is the YSL Glossy Stain. Priced at £23.50, it does not make sense to buy a few different shades. I initially purchased one, really liked it but hesitated in getting more. When the stain splashes by L'oreal were released, priced at a much more affordable £7.99, I felt like I had to try them!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Birchbox: April 2013

Friday, 19 April 2013
Hiya,

I received the new Birchbox a couple of days ago and let me just say, I have so much fun seeing what comes in these boxes! I love trying out the new products each month (some of which can admittedly, be boring at times) but generally, I do enjoy them.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Review: Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser

Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Hiya,

Soap & Glory is a brand I have been obsessed with in the last few months. I have been trying out a lot of their skin care and bath products and there is not one product I have used so far that I was not happy with!

As many of you are aware, Liz Earle is a very popular brand with their hot cloth cleanser being the most popular, but I did not really want to splash out on that without being sure it would work for me. I decided to try another product, similar to it to see if that made any difference.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Review: MAC Archie's Girls Pearlmatte Face Powder- Flatter Me

Monday, 25 March 2013
Hiya,

Archie's Girls was one of the latest collections released by MAC. I was interested in a few things but looking at my makeup stash, I decided to go for just the one thing that stood out to me the most.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Giveaway Winners! MAC, Stila, Clinique, Lancome, MUA

Saturday, 16 March 2013
Hiya,

Yes the giveaway ended two weeks ago but I have only just now got around to getting the winners sorted.

So the winners are,

The MAC Guilty Passions Lip set-  Makeupaddict-xo.

Friday, 8 March 2013

First Impressions: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation and Powder

Friday, 8 March 2013
Hiya,

Foundations are one of my favourite things to try out because I love seeing how different finishes look on the face and I just am always on the lookout for the perfect one.

The Nearly Naked is the latest addition to Revlon's foundations and it has definitely been getting a lot of attention!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

Sunday, 3 March 2013
Hiya,

How many posts have you seen about the lip lacquers released by Rimmel not so long ago? Probably far too many but I feel like there is a valid reason behind this craze.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Review: BeneFit Fine One One

Thursday, 28 February 2013
Hiya,

Along with Urban Decay, BeneFit have also released a trio product. BeneFit though, have gone on a different route. They have come up with a cream stick product with the name Fine One One.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette

Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Hiya,

Urban Decay have been regularly releasing product after product in their 'Naked' line. So far, I have loved their products, but were they any good this time?

Sunday, 24 February 2013

February 2013 Glossybox

Sunday, 24 February 2013
Hiya,

I received the Glossybox a couple of weeks ago and have since had an opportunity to try some of the products out.


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette VS MUA Undress Me Too Palette

Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Hiya,


Last year, I did a comparison between Urban Decay's first Naked palette and the MUA Undressed palette. It proved to be very popular and a lot of you found it very helpful to decide which one to get.

Urban Decay have since released a Naked 2 palette and MUA, the Undress Me Too palette which seem to be pretty good dupes of each other. Are they similar though? Lets find out!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Haul: MUA

Monday, 11 February 2013
Hiya,

The spending ban ends and the hauls start coming in. In my defence though, there are some amazing new products that are being released of late!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Review: Balance Rescue Face Tonique

Sunday, 10 February 2013
Hiya,

I barely, if ever, use a toner after taking makeup off. I know I should, because it would definitely help my skin but I don't. I forget. I am too tired. Or, I am just too lazy!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

First Impressions: Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings and Jane Iredale BB Cream

Saturday, 9 February 2013
Hiya,

I recently received a couple of products from Apothica which was quite fun as I was on a spending ban at the time. Notice something? Yes... I could not carry on with that ban.. you will find out why, in an upcoming post. I am disappointed in myself, to an extent! I know now though, that I am able to do it and I have some self control!

On to the products.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Review: Lancome Genefique

Friday, 8 February 2013
Hiya,

How many times have I thought about trying out something more luxurious as part of my skincare routine? Countless times!

I regularly seem to have samples, deluxe or otherwise, in my collection which at times, just sit in my drawers not being used. Lancome Genifique was one of them.
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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Review: ELF Studio Makeup Mist & Set

Thursday, 7 February 2013
Hiya,

I always like to set my makeup with something. Whether that is a powder or a setting spray, I do like to use something to elongate the wear of makeup on my face.

I have tried the Urban Decay All Nighter, loved it and so I wanted to try a cheaper version before I invest in something more expensive as it could just do the same job!

The ELF Makeup Mist & Set is a setting spray which is probably one of the cheapest ones available at just £3.75.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dupe's: NARS Orgasm

Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Hiya,

I have always heard a lot about dupes for the NARS Orgasm blush and have seen a lot of people comparing it to other ones. I have a few blushes that people have claimed are dupes, or almost dupes so I thought I would compare them to see just how right they are.

1. MAC Peachykeen

Monday, 4 February 2013

Review: Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Cherry

Monday, 4 February 2013
Hiya,

I recently received a lipstick by Sleek in one of my Glossyboxes, which was a lovely little surprise. I have always looked at the lipsticks in Superdrug but never touched them even though I have been tempted. I must say though, that I think I have been scared off because of the richness of the colours and I am usually more of a neutral lipstick wearer.

Friday, 1 February 2013

My Highlighter Collection

Friday, 1 February 2013
Hiya,

I love highlighters. They are one of my most favourite makeup products to buy and to try out. I must say though, that once I find one that works well for me, I tend to just stick to it.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Review: Natural Collection Lipsticks

Thursday, 31 January 2013
Hiya,

I love finding affordable products that are just as good as higher end, more expensive brands. The Natural Collection by Boots, is just that!

I decided to try out a couple of the lipsticks to see how well they work. I had previously tried out one of the lipsticks but it broke and was just unusable so I got another, along with another shade.

Biscuit

Biscuit

Biscuit
Autumn Glow

Autumn Glow

Autumn Glow
 These lipsticks are quite sheer but that is actually something I like about them because these two shades in particular are darker, almost browns and with one layer on the lips, they just give a hint of colour.

The best thing about these is that they are priced at £1.99 which is one of the cheapest lipsticks I have ever bought!

Pro's

- Cheap
- Smooth, easy to apply

Con's

- Not incredibly pigmented

I think, for someone who cannot (or even can) afford to get more expensive make up, the Natural Collection is a good brand to try out. I have tried a few products and been pretty impressed!

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Review: Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss- Pink Afterglow

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Hiya,

I am not a big lip gloss fan. I think the main reason is because I don't really enjoy a sticky, goopy feel on my lips and I prefer to be able to feel my actual lips when I have a product on.

Having said that, I do enjoy trying new ones out as I hear so much about some of them; curiosity gets the better of me!

I thought Revlon would be a good place to try lip glosses out as their lip products in general are really good.

Favourite's: January 2013

Hiya,

A month has passed so quickly and it is really something I have been thinking about recently. How we don't even realise it and our lives just pass us by. We really should make the most of what ability we have, to make it into something positive and to influence the people around us in a good way. Who knows what is around the corner?

Well, I guess to lighten the mood a little, here are some products I have been having a lot of fun using and some, that have been saving me from looking awful some of the time!


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review: ELF Brush Shampoo and Demo

Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Hiya,

I have been using just one brush shampoo since I have started blogging. The reason is because as soon as it was released, I tried it out and just really liked it. After that, I never bothered to look for anything else.

Products I Regret Buying

Hiya,

I guess everyone, at some point will have to admit that sometimes some products just do not work out for you and it was a total waste of money buying them! I have come across a few which I just wish I had not bought.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Review: Jason Lips Bee Healthier Lip Balm

Monday, 28 January 2013
Hiya,

I received the Jason lip balm a few weeks ago in the January Glossybox. I was sceptical when I opened it and first tried it because it seemed dry.

My MAC Lipstick Collection

Hiya,

I have tried out a number of MAC lipsticks but there are only a few which I have either not sold in a blog sale or given away to friends and family. I do like their lipsticks though, I think that they do some of the nicest lipsticks but the shades/finish for me, can be hit or miss.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Review: Ben Nye Banana Powder

Sunday, 27 January 2013
Hiya,

The Banana Powder by Ben Nye has been raved about plenty of times. So much so that I just had to try it out for myself.

Bargain Purchase: Acrylic Lipstick Holder

Hiya,

Not long ago, I discovered a lipstick holder, thanks to Aaliyah of PyariBeauty which was available for £2.65 including delivery! What a bargain! So I got a couple of these and am loving them.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

JustFab: The Taj Mahal Bag

Saturday, 26 January 2013
Hiya,

I have been away for a number of days now because I have just been too busy with the family and other work which has been incredibly busy!

Having said that, I did get the time to get a hold of my first JustFab bag! The Taj Mahal bag.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

NARS Sheer Glow VS Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Hiya,

I like doing comparison posts because I think you really get a feel of how similar two products are. I have two foundations which I really love pretty much equally. They are both similar in a lot of ways but there is a huge price difference between the two.


Monday, 21 January 2013

Review: MAC Stereo Rose

Monday, 21 January 2013
Hiya,

So one of the most coveted make up products by MAC was available about a month ago now. I had been wanting it since around 2010 but had come to accept the fact that I probably would not be able to get a hold of it!

But, since MAC re-released it, I thought that this was a good chance to finally try it out.


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Blog Sale: Urban Decay, Too Faced, MAC, Illamasqua, Deborah Lipmann, Revlon, Sleek

Saturday, 19 January 2013
Hiya,

So after putting my Clarisonic Mia up for sale I decided to rummage through my makeup collection and sell what I have either just swatched, or very lightly used.

The rules,

1. Paypal (gift) only as the method of payment.

2. Comment below with your email address. 

3. Payment to be made within 24 hours once you have received an email from me.

4. Postage is £1.50 for UK.

5. I will post the day after payment has been made (As long as it isn't the weekend!).

6. No returns please.

7. UK only this time, sorry. Only reason is because postage is usually too high and it isn't worth it for you (but if you're willing to pay the postage I might make an exception).

8. Make me an offer and I might accept.


Urban Decay Show Pony Palette- all shadows used once (£8)

Blog Sale: Clarisonic Mia in Lavender

Hiya,

I bought the Clarisonic Mia last year in May. I just found myself not using it at all after the first few times and it has been sitting there. I like my Olay brush cleansing system and maybe I am just used to it?

I had even bought an extra brush head for it which was never used!

As a result, I decided that I have had this sat in its box for long enough. It is time to just sell it.


Review: Dior Amber Diamond Highlight

Hiya,

Dior is a brand I don't normally go for when purchasing make up. I try to do a lot of research into a product if it is in the higher, luxury end of the scale. In this case, I waited a long time before I made the decision to buy it.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Review: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in #5 Beige Etrusque

Friday, 18 January 2013
Hiya,

I only own a few high end, luxury brands of lipstick (I wouldn't consider MAC as one of the luxury brands) and YSL has been a brand that I have mainly tried because there is always just so much to be heard about it!

I got the YSL lipstick in #5 Beige Etrusque over a year ago but never thought to review it.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

2 Week Spending Ban Update!

Thursday, 17 January 2013
Hiya,

I realise I am very late with this post. I have been so busy in the last couple of days that I have barely even been able to look at my blog!

As for my second week of no buying makeup, I have to say it does get difficult occasionally. I think it is probably because I have seen the early release of the Rimmel Apocalips on Facebook and a number of other good offers too.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Glossybox UK: January 2013

Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Hiya,

I just received the Glossybox for January 2013 and I am pleasantly surprised!

This month I have really stepped up my skincare routine and have tried really hard to make sure I am taking care of it. I am about to run out of my face cleanser and wanted to get another one soon. I also have been wanting to try out new skincare products but because of the ban, I couldn't do that... which automatically makes me think, am I actually allowed to stay subscribed to Glossybox?? I think I probably will as it it will be annoying to have to unsubscribe and then subscribe again, although I do feel like I am cheating a little bit! I have decided though, that apart from the face cleanser (as I would have purchased another one as a necessity), I will not use any of my Glossybox products until the ban is over!

On to January's box! I am more than a little pleased with what came in the box, I wasn't expecting it to be that good because there was a special box for December.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Monday, 14 January 2013
Hiya,

I have had the Naked 2 palette for quite some time now even though it was released over a year ago now. I hesitated a lot in getting it because I was not sure I would like it, especially already owning the first Naked palette. I now feel like I wish I had bought it earlier!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Review: Natural Collection Peach Melba

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Hiya,

I normally would never have looked at the Natural Collection line had I not come across certain blogs and YouTuber's. Having put it in line with Miss Sporty, for some reason I always thought it was more of a teenagers brand that was not that good; probably not a good way to think!

I have now used a few of their products and must say, what a pleasant surprise!

2013 Wishlist!

Hiya,

Since I am on a 100 day ban (yes I know I don't stop going on about it), I wanted to make up a wish list so I don't forget what I want to try. I can see this list get longer and longer as the weeks go by!

1. Bare Minerals Foundation

2. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

3. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

4. Skin 79 Super+ BB Cream

5. Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black


I will update this as and when I realise I am thinking too much about a certain product! The only problem is, what will I actually have saved after this ban if I end up spending it on all of the above products?

Worrying...

Atia x x x

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Saturday, 12 January 2013
Hiya,

I have loved both the Naked and the Naked 2 palette's that have been released in the last few years. After Urban Decay released the first one, many other brands came out with their own version, some of which were also pretty amazing!

The latest one Urban Decay has released is the Naked Basics palette. In the past, the palette's have had mostly shimmers with a couple of matte shades but the Basics palette is (almost) all matte's!

Review: NYX Blush in Desert Rose

Hiya,

NYX blushes are widely known to be of great quality. They are very pigmented, smooth and the blend really well. I have not been able to fault them in an way either.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Review: MeMeMe Beat the Blues Sunbeam

Friday, 11 January 2013
Hiya,

I have seen a lot of reviews and experienced using some products by BeneFit that have been duped by a number of different brands. One of them, is MeMeMe. There is one product I have tried from them that I really think is the same, but at a much better price!