products on table

 

It’s been a hot minute since I updated you guys on products I’m trying out, and because these are some of my favourite posts to read I thought its about time I got you updated.

The first two products I actually won in a giveaway! I’ve only used the Dr Jart Beauty Balm  once so far, but was honestly so impressed. It says its a hybrid between makeup and skincare, and it actually gives a surprising amount of coverage. It’s extremely natural looking on the skin and the fact that it’s only £8.00 from Boots means I will *most likely* be repurchasing.

I have a love-hate relationship with rose scented stuff, because I don’t like the powdery ‘granny’ smell, but this little guy is nothing like that. The Rose Salve  seems to be a popular product in a beauty lovers world and I can totally see why. I will go as far to say that it’s becoming my favourite lip balm ever. Yup, I’m going with it! Have I mentioned it also smells like an absolute dream?

I recently become an ambassador from the Botanics range in Boots, which I’m so excited about! They sent me a few products to test out including the Face Scrub & Radiance Balm. I’ve only used the products a couple of times, but the face scrub is one thats super gentle, which is great for my sensitive skin, but still does a great job on removing dead face skin *ugh why did I just say that?*

The radiance balm is becoming another favourite as it doesn’t feel tacky or greasy, just leaves the skin looking really dewy. Plus, its actually super watery which I didn’t expect but that means it doesn’t clog my skin up at all and leaves me with no breakouts, yay!

Have you been testing out any new products recently, I would love to hear what?!

eyeshadow palette

I haven’t been motivated to write a beauty post in SO long. When that happens I tend to have a little potter around my makeup collection to see if anything sparks a blog post idea.

I’m definitely a regular eye-shadow wearer, for some reason my makeup just seems to look a bit better when I have it on. On the days that I can be bothered to wear makeup, of course.

I’m all about that bit of shimmer on the lids. However saying that, I only use two (of the four or five) palettes I have.

My oldest love is the Smashbox Full Exposure  palette which I’ve had for a few years now and I still love it as much as when I got it. Its my go-to. The colours just work so well together and I think it’s actually super easy to use, I’m in no means a professional. The brush it comes with is what I’ve been using for every eyeshadow look since I got it, it’s such a good one and definitely not one to throw to the side.

The Zoeva Nude Spectrum palette is a bit more of a newer purchase for me, well I say new, I got it at Christmas. I like it just as much as the other, but with this one I tend to just stick to the shimmery shades and I haven’t really used any of the mattes on this one. This palette seems to have a bit more of ‘fall-out’ than the other, but it’s nothing ridiculous.

I know I’m not *super* familiar with all the eyeshadow palettes out there, but these two are my faves and the ones I always gravitate towards.

Whats your favourite eyeshadow palette that I need to pick up next?

 

I did a skincare empties a while ago, so now I’m back with my haircare/body-care version! I thought it was best to split them up into two different posts so I don’t bombard you with that many products! Lets get into it…

 

JOHN FRIEDA LEAVE IN CONDITIONER (similar)

This took me ages to use, but I really liked it and it left my hair SOO smooth and silky. I used it instead of using conditioner after washing as an alternative, and I like how easy it is. Especially for low maintenance gals like me.
REPURCHASE? Yes I can see myself buying this again soon!

 

CLARINS HAND AND NAIL TREATMENT

My mum gave me this because the smell was too much for her. And I agree, I really don’t like the smell of it. Its VERY floral and quite ‘grandma’ I think. I still used it though because its probably the best hand cream that sunk into the skin I’ve ever used.
REPURCHASE? Not unless the scent changes.

 

NUXE MULTIPURPOSE OIL

I haven’t used anything from NUXE before, but I really got on with this little guy, which makes me want to try more of their products. I used it for my face, hair and body, which was SO great if you’re away on a trip and I didn’t breakout from it either. I think its also quite good value for money too at £17, it lasts a really long time and smells lovely.
REPURCHASE? Yes I would.

 

SOAP & GLORY BODY WASH IN SUGAR CRUSH

I got loads of these for Christmas, and I’ve enjoyed trying all the different scents from S&G. The ‘sugar crush’ scent smells so delicious, and for some reason these little tubes last FOREVER.
REPURCHASE? Definitely.

 

PATENTE 1 MINUTE TREATMENT

This was only like £1 and my hair was feeling quite dry, so I thought I’d treat it and use one of these, with quite low expectations I might add. I got about 2/3 uses out of this, and I loved it! It did such a perfect job at hydrating my hair.
REPURCHASE? Fo sure!

 

VO5 GIVE ME TEXTURE POWDER

I bought this so long ago when I saw Estee Lalonde recommend it. You use it by tapping some out on your hands and then rub into your roots to cut the grease and create volume. The texture of this is SO chalky and made my scalp feel all mucky and unclean, which was not ideal right? Most of the time I ended up washing it, instead of getting the ‘extra day’ out of it like I had hoped.
REPURCHASE? Definitely not.

 

Let me know if you guys liked this and I will start collecting products that I’ve emptied for another post! <3

 

If theres one thing I have a lot of in my makeup collection, it’s lip products! I haven’t purchased any new ones for quite a while, as I’m trying not to let my collection get too ridiculous. I’m definitely going to try and use the ones I currently have, before I buy any others.

I got the Clinique Nude Pop mini as a free gift in a magazine, and it’s a lovely lightweight nude. Its really moisturising on the lips, but pigmented too. I think its probably one of the most universal nudes thats out there. Maybe because its such a small product it gets lost in my makeup drawer?

Next up, is Tanya Burr Pink Cocoa. It took me an age to get my hands on this as it was sold out everywhere. It’s a bit more matte than I expected, and for that reason I need to make sure my lips are hydrated before applying it. When I wear this I always feel like my lips look a lot bigger and plumper, so I’m all for that! It kind of has the ‘grunge’ vibes that I love, especially teamed with a t-shirt, jeans and some messy hair.

I’m kinda cheating with the next one, the Rosie For Autograph Lip Glossy. As you would expect, this doesn’t last for ages on the lips, but it always looks so natural with a pretty shine that makes me want to wear it more often.

I wanted to include a red into this post, as I literally don’t think I’ve worn one THIS YEAR. How bad is that! The one which suits my skin tone the most (that I have) is definitely this Topshop lipstick in Rio Rio. Its not often I feel brave enough to wear a bold lip, as I think that as soon as I’m in public people are staring at me! On days when I have the confidence, I want to rock this.

 

Do you have a lipstick you want more wear out of?

 

As a beauty lover, I often tend to be experimenting with that many products, it’s super rare that I end up finishing one.

Of course when this happened with two products in the *same* week, I had to do a post on it.

First up is the Clinique Foundation Stick. This is the first time I’ve actually tried a foundation stick, and I couldn’t believe how easy to apply it was. My favourite way to use this is with a damp beauty blender, and to build up coverage with additional strokes if needed. It also goes on a lot better when you use a primer or moisturiser before, too. This makes my skin look naturally glowy and radiant. Whenever I wear it, my mum always comments on how good my skin looks! It lasted me a decent amount of time too, so was definitely worth the money.

I also finished up the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer which has been super loved in my makeup routine. This little guy is only £8, lasts for such a long time, and really makes you look like you’ve had your 8 hours sleep the night before! (or 9 in my case). Its very popular in the beauty blogger world at the minute, and for good reason! I will be purchasing it in the future, I’m sure.

 

Have you finished up a beauty product lately, don’t you just love the satisfaction when you do?