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24 April 2016

Obsessed With... #3

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, however thanks to a mass decorating session I've been unable to get to quite a lot of my beauty products, so as a blessing in disguise I've had no choice but to make do with what I've been able to reach. However the positive is that I've found quite a few unloved products and made more of an effort to start using them and remembering why I loved them so much in the first place. One product which has been a lifesaver while decorating is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - which I actually use as a heavy duty moisturiser. Now I know that this isn't what the product should be used as, but trust me - try it as a moisturiser and you can thank me later. When it comes to decorating I normally end up with more paint on me than the walls. Tip of the day for you - apply this before starting and no paint sticks to your face - genius.

My skin has been a bit of a nightmare recently, so I've been reaching for Ren Invisible Pores Detox Mask which is one of my holy grail masks. I always feel that when I use this, that my skin feels and looks more healthy. However it is worth noting that this also helps bring spots to the surface, so if you have a big night out or an important event, don't use this the week before as you may end up with a spot (or two). Keeping with the skin care theme, Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment again is my holy grail eye cream. I've already wrote a full review of this here, yet for me no other eye cream works as effectively as this.

I've already raved about Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Mask* here and I'm still really enjoying using it. My hair looks and feels in a much better condition and I have started to notice some growth where there'd been snapping. If you suffer from dry/damaged hair, I'd really recommend this. Recently I've been neglecting Black Orchid for Tom Ford Noir - if you are a fan of heavy scents but don't want something as strong as Black Orchid for during the day, I'd highly recommend this. I love it that much I've already got a back up of this ready.

Two make up products have made the cut recently - first up is NYX Blush in Angel which I wrote about in my favourite peachy blushes post (link). With the exception of nights out this is the only blush which I have been reaching for lately. Initially I was wanting this used up - however I do think I would repurchase it once it's gone. Finally Charlotte Tilbury 's Eyes to Memorise in Mona Lisa, is my go to eye shadow to complement my green eyes. I'm planning on doing a full review on this and a couple of other Charlotte Tilbury items soon, however this is the ultimate long lasting shadow - once it's on, its on. Bit of a long post there - if you made it to the end, well done.

* PR Sample
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19 April 2016

Essential Essie Nudes

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Fiji // Tying the Knottie // Muchi Muchi // We Can Do It Pink // Not Just A Pretty Face // Sand Tropez

That awkward moment when you realise that three of your favourite Essie polishes basically look like three bottles of the same polish. Fail. As much as I love Barry M for their Gelly and Speed Dry Polishes (not to mention the vast colour range), Essie will always be my go to brand for nudes. I thought that for today's post I would share with you the shades which I'd say are staples in my collection. First up out of all these shades, the most iconic would have to be Fiji - a pale pink with strong white undertones. Personally I find this looks better on your finger nails rather than your toes and out of the polishes mentioned - this is the one I reach for the least.

Tying the Knottie is the newest addition to my collection and this has been my go to polish since purchasing it. I've already mentioned it in my Spring Nails post (link), This has to be alongside the next polish the most versatile polishes which are ideal for day or night. Muchi Muchi again like Tying the Knottie does require a good 2-3 coats for it to be fully opaque. Now I've already reviewed this (link) and absolutely slated it. However I've come to see that taking my time when applying and actually using a top coat, this polish can actually work on the nails. Out of the three polishes I've mentioned so far this has more of a baby pink undertone.

It's quite strange to see that when you put all these nude polishes together, you can truly see the difference in the undertones. We Can Do It Pink has finally been photographed showing it's true colour. I know on a lot of swatches this looks like a milky pink, however as you can see it's got more of a taupe undertone to it. I've never seen a polish like this before and what's even better is that all profits from the sale of this goes to help fight breast cancer.

Every time I wear Not Just A Pretty Face, people look at me strangely when I say this as they think I'm talking about myself. I've previously reviewed this (link), however don't be fooled by how dark it appears in the bottle - this applies much lighter. This is more of a dusky pink once applied on the nails and is fully opaque after two coats. Finally the first Essie polish which I bought - Sand Tropez. This has also been my most popular Essie review on here - you can read my full review here.

Obviously as you can see this is the complete opposite of the rest of the polishes mentioned, with it's grey/beige undertones. Out of all the polishes mentioned this is the one which is completely opaque after one coat. If you're a fan of Models Own polishes this is a hybrid between Nude Beige and Utopia. If you managed to get to the end of today's post - you definitely need to reward yourself with a treat. What are you favourite nude polishes?
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18 April 2016

Cocoon

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This time last year the weather was sunny - we've had snow this weekend in the North East. What is going on? So much for being able to put the winter clothing away. Anyway while doing an ASOS order for my brother the other week, I had a quick glance at the sale and spotted this Camel Coat in Cocoon Fit for £25.50 (link), which was reduced from £85. Now that is a bargain if I saw one and I quickly added it to my basket.

Considering my bedroom is full of clothes, I really should be sorting things out however I'm trying to buy pieces now which will form part of a capsule wardrobe and this coat fits the bill. Now as you can hopefully see by the grainy snapchat picture (follow me @raywhoisshe) that this coat is quite furry. Now this doesn't bother me in the slightest, however only one side of the pockets are lined and this annoys me as anything which you keep in your pockets and then take out will be covered in fluff. Regardless for £25.50 this has to be one of the best bargains I've picked up in a sale in a very long time. 
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17 April 2016

The All in One Blush

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Let's all face it - at times can you really be bothered to sit and put a full face of make up on? I'll quite happily hold my hands up and say that 75% of the time I don't have the time/energy/patience for it. Normally I'll gravitate to products which can be used for a number of different things. MAC Harmony Blush (£16.50) is one product which I've had for a good year, used it now and again, however recently this has been a staple in my make up routine.

To look at this, all what you'd think it's brown and it looks like mud. That would be correct, however this beige-brown matte blush can be used for a 1001 (well four) different things. Like the majority of MAC blushes this is highly pigmented and can easily be built up or blended out depending on whether your tanned or not. This was initially bought to be used for contour and primarily this is what I use it for. However this can also be used as a blush (obviously) but also it reminds me of MAC Matte Bronze Bronzer - so this can also be used as a bronzer.

Finally if that wasn't enough to make you rush out and buy this - it could also be used as an eye shadow. More so as a transition shade for your crease. I feel like I've wasted this blusher for having it so long but never using it to its full potential. Next time you're at a MAC counter - get swatching of this. What multi use products do you swear by? Oh and apologies for the barrage of face powder related posts, only just clicked on there. Can you tell I'm going through a powder phase?
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