Monday, 18 November 2013

Tales of a Pale Face Autumn Beauty Swap

I love beauty swaps, so when Kat tweeted that she was organising one, I signed up straight away. 

I was paired up with Lisa who definitely got the ball rolling on this one because i've been so behind on emails lately so thank you for being patient with me!

After we'd decided on a £30 budget, it was time for the shopping to begin...

Soap and Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel

You can never have enough mini products. I've reviewed this before here.

REDKEN Smooth Lock Shampoo and Conditioner

Champney's Distant Shores Body Scrub

This smells amazing so much so that I haven't brought myself to use it yet. It contains mango passionfruit and citrus oils.

Dr. Bronners Magic Soap

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I've had one of these before and loved it but I had to throw it away as it expired so i'm glad to have a fresh one! My lips definitely need it now that the weather has changed.

Seventeen Stay Pout Lipstick in Rulebreaker

Rimmel Colour Rush in 220 Rumour has it

I mentioned that i'd like to try some deeper berry/red lip colours for Autumn and these have been great. They're not something I would've picked out for myself as I tend to stay away from red altogether but I've actually enjoyed wearing them! 

Mini REN Facial Polish and Cleansing Balm

Sanctuary 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

This was the first thing that I used out of the products from Lisa and I loved it. It's a clay mask that goes hot on your face and it seemed to do some good to my skin! I'd definitely purchase this for myself.

Make Believe Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss 

Broadway Impress Nails 

I am a huge fan of Impress Nails, so I was pleased to see another set to add to my collection!

And some yummy chocolate to top it off :) 

Thank you so much to Lisa for getting me all of these lovely things and thanks to Kat for organising the swap!

Swaps are so much fun to take part in so I'd definitely recommend signing up to one if you get the chance. I'd like to do an American swap one day!


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Empty Products

I've fallen behind on empties post so once again there's quite a collection!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation x 3 - All of these were near the bottom and i'd kept them to get the remains out by leaving them upside down hence there's 3 in one go! As you can see I've been repurchasing this foundation though, it's a great foundation for the price.

Bioderma 250ml x 2 - I was a Bioderma convert and it is amazing however, recently i've been trying the L'Oreal Micellar Water with similar results so if you're on a budget it's definitely worth giving it a go!

Benefit They're Real Mascara - Everybody loves this mascara and I was behind on the hype but I can agree, it is a real good mascara lengthening, volumizing but natural too.

Katy Perry Eyelashes - Oh Honey - I really like the Katy Perry Eyelashes and have tried a selection of them. I would repurchase these. Eylure are a winning eyelash company so add Katy Perry into it and it's a perfect combination :)

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent x 2 - Constant repurchase!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical x 2 - Constant repurchase!

Eylure Pre Glued Eyelashes - These came in a Glossybox and were a disaster! I loved the idea of them but before I even got them near my eye, i'd managed to get the lash stuck together making them unusable.

Charles Worthington Full Volume Conditioner - Decent conditioner but nothing special.

Elemis Tranquil Touch Body Wash - Nice product but expensive for what it is. 

Broadway Jet Nail Glue - Once again i've managed to get the lid glued on!

Anatomicals - You need a blooming shower! Your nose smells rose body cleanser - Standard shower gel but Anatomicals always has cute packaging.

Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Wash Gel - You can probably see this is practically full but my skin didn't like it and i've had it ages so it was time for it to go.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in Black - My go to eyeliner, smudge free, black and cheap!

BIONOVA Eye Wrinkle Treatment - This irritated my eyes, so a no go product for me.

Versace VANITAS Miniature Perfume

Burberry Miniature Perfume


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

OOTD - Wrecking Ball

My leather jacket has been my staple piece in my wardrobe for about the last 5 years. I'm pretty sure that I got it when I was about 16 and have worn it to death. It's now a bit on the small side and has some rips in the lining but I still love it. The other day, we were food shopping in Tesco when they had a sale rail downstairs. Not purposely looking, I saw some black quilting in the middle of it and picked it up to have a look. It was this faux leather jacket reduced from £32 to £15 and it was in my size! I've just gone to see if it's still available on the website to put the link in and it turns out it's full price on there so I don't know why mine was reduced!

Striped White Top: H&M £12.99
Jeans: River Island 

As my boots have cut out sections, I feel more comfortable wearing all black socks so I looked on ebay to see about some frilled ones. I'd looked in places like River Island already and they were almost £5 a pair in there, however, on ebay, I managed to get 3 pairs for £6ish including postage. I've linked the seller here.


Sunday, 3 November 2013

MAXFACTOR Whipped Cream Foundation Review

I first swatched this Maxfactor Whipped Cream Foundation at the Merry Hill Autumn/Winter Event. It was based on the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation but better. 

The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse was one of the first foundations I can remember using at school. I'm pretty sure that it probably made me orange and broke me out but I carried on using it anyway. Maxfactor wanted to create a mousse foundation but overcome the downfalls of Maybelline. 
Maxfactor have made their mousse hydrating which was a problem with Maybelline as it was drying and cakey. 

On first impressions the texture was really nice and I originally swatched the ivory shade. Straight after the event, me and Clare went to Superdrug and Clare picked it up straight away and managed to get it on offer at £7.99 rather than it's retail price of £9.99.

I went home and tried a few sachet samples that I had of it over the next couple of days. Then, I was sold and ended up going to Boot's to buy it. The sachets that I tried were in the shade 50 natural so I decided to try that one. 

It has a demi-matte finish and is actually really buildable which is good, especially if you prefer a high coverage foundation. I've been applying it with my fingers and it does feel weightless on the skin.

Have you tried this foundation?


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Wedding OOTD - Cobalt Blue

Last month, my cousin got married and here's what I wore:

Dress: H&M
Bag: TK Maxx
Tights: TK Maxx
Heels: Dune
Bracelet: Pandora

I frantically went to the shops on the morning of the wedding to find a dress to wear. It was the typical scenario of having plenty of more than suitable dresses in your wardrobe but not wanting to wear any of them. I ended up buying a few skirts and a dress but not to wear to the wedding! As a back up plan, my friend had lent me this dress the day before which was perfect. Thanks Em!

What to wear to an Autumn/Winter wedding?