Thursday, 30 October 2014

Whats In My Make Up Bag? | Travel Edition #3

Whittling down your make up bag for a holiday is a tough job, but I think I've managed to it! I've been really strict with myself, I always over pack, from make up, to clothes & shoes, and I never use or wear all of it.

So I'm just taking the necessities, for base I'm taking with my a new purchase the Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint, this contains SPF 15, and blends out beautifully on the skin to leave a sheer tint of tan & glow and for concealer I'm just taking the Collection Lasting Perfection, I probably won't even use it but just in case. Even on my holibob's I still like to powder my skin, nobody wants shiny face holiday snaps now do they, so I'm taking along my trusty MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium which have finally hit pan on. 

For cheeks I'm taking the most gorgeous blush ever, the Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop, I'm in love with it, add it to your wish lists ladies! Bronzer wise I'm taking a handy sample size of the Clarins Bronzing Duo, just to add a bit more bronze and highlight to my skin once I'm more tanned.

Obviously I'm taking my MAC Quad, now whittling this down, was probably the hardest. Yes, I would love to just take my 15 Palette and Eye Brow Duo Palette but its just not travel friendly, so I narrowed it down to; Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Charcoal Brown & Carbon, didn't do to badly did I?! For lashes I'm taking this sample size of Lancome Hypnose Mascara, I've never used it before, so I report back on that one. 

Times you read this, I will be on an aeroplane, well maybe...more than likely sat in the airport. 

What would you take on holiday?

Tuesday, 28 October 2014



We all get that moment, when you just can't shopping...right? Please tell me other people get that haha! Well this month I went a little cray cray, sorry but I do love me a Kardashian saying, and it wasn't until I laid it all out, I realised how much I had actually got...oops.

On my first shopping trip I picked up Nic's Picks from Real Techniques. Fun fact for you, I actually got a preview of these way back in May this year when I went on the Pixiwoo Course, which FYI was amazing and I would pay to do it all over again. Did I really need more make up brushes? Nope, did I want them? Absolutely. Sam's Picks are even on my Christmas List, as I missed getting them last year. I also managed to get my hands on a Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01, I had 02 and it was too dark, but 01 is notoriously hard to get hold of, it's still not the best concealer, but its helped to hide my blemishes.

Well, a few days later a mammoth order arrived, getting a text from my Mum, whilst I was work to inform me of its arrival was like torture, as a lot of this stuff has been on my wish list for a really long time. 

From Estee Lauder, I picked up the Day Wear Sheer Tint, which will be coming on holiday with me, I've wanted this since seeing Nic from Pixiwoo use it in a video a very long time again! It's a greyish liquid that turns into a subtle tint on the skin and smells like cucumber! I also finally picked up the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, a very love it or hate it foundation, but after getting a sample & colour matched at work, it has been love ever since, its full coverage goodness, I got the shade Fressco.

Of course there is some MAC in there, no haul is complete without a bit of MAC. I got myself a new 217 Blending Brush, as I needed one for just extra blending, by the feel of it, I think MAC have changed the type of hair they use, as it's a lot softer than my others. Yep, another MAC Brush Cleanser, its by the far the best.

It would have been rude not to order anything Clinique, considering I do work for them, so I treated myself to the All about Shadows Quad in Teddy Bear, the Brush-on Cream Liner in True Black and the most gorgeous blusher ever! The Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop, if there is one blusher you need in your life, it's this one, its perfect for every single colour! 

I've saved the best till last.......JO MALONE! There are simply no words for how stunningly beautiful Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Suede smells. Can I just bathe in it please?

What have you been buying lately? Anything that I should definitely add to my list?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Fashion | SimplyBe Wish List

I'm definitely a winter person, I love warm clothes and just being generally comfy and cosy, which just makes me love Autumn/Winter seasons in fashion even more. So I was just casually browsing the Simply Be website as you do and thought I would I chuck together a wish list, even though I am off on holiday in a few days to Egypt!

1. Simply Be Butterfly Print Dress would make a great outfit for the upcoming party season, I love that its black but has hints of colour. It's right up my street & would look fab with knee high boots or sexy heels. 

2. I absolutely adore this Kelly Brook Textured Dress, even the visuals on the website are beautiful! White isn't something I tend to wear but there is just something I love about this dress, I can imagine pairing this with a full length black coat, perfect for a date night! 

3. It's THAT coat, the coat I have seen all over my Instagram feed, THAT coat that even one of my best friends has this coat and I need it. The Look Grid Design Check Coat is everything I want in a coat this season. 

4. The Look Mesh Panel Jersey Top would look great paired with 8. Simply Be Ripped Slim Leg Black Jeans for a girly lunch, even with casual converse or some strappy black heels and you know what would tie it all together nicely, that 7. Michael Kors Tote Bag, which sadly is no longer on the website! 

5. Another top that would be lovely paired with those jeans is the Boucle Jersey Top, who says you can't have comfort and style hey?! 

6. I obvs had to chuck in a Christmas Jumper! I mean look how damn cute it is!!! Everybody love a Reindeer Print Xmas Top right?

As I mentioned I am off on holiday in a few days but I can't forget about winter and there is some serious space in my wardrobe to fill!

What is your favourite thing on my SimplyBeUK wish list? Whats on your winter wish list?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Skin Game Changer | Clinique Sonic System

Clinique Sonic System
Clinique Sonic System & Sonic Facial Soap

The Clinique Sonic System has to be the most excited launch from Clinique for a while if I'm honest, I know others would say the Smart Serum but this tops it for me. It's a Skin Game Changer!

Clarisonic who?! 

I've tried cleansing brushes before and enjoyed them but they are always to big and bulky and awkward to store or you can't use them in the shower, there's always something but this just ticks all the boxes for me. There is a lot to say about the brush, so I thought I'd just show you what Clinique says about it;

'Dermatologist-developed. Sonic movement offers deep yet gentle cleansing. Two bristle types for targeted cleansing in hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides. 
In today’s environment, skin needs a deeper clean. The Brush’s gentle sonic action helps dislodge a world of impurities, dirt and pollution that hand washing may miss. Even helps lift residue of makeups and sunscreens. Waterproof. Swiss engineered. For all skin types.'
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The head doesn't rotate, therefore you have so much control over it and its not harsh or abrasive on the skin. Its super lightweight to hold too, so would be perfect for travelling, just make sure its fully charged! My skincare just works so much better when I've used this first, because it gives such a deep clean but doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped. 

The Sonic System will automatically shut off after 30 seconds, as according to Clinique, that is enough to cleanse the whole face, but if I'm honest, I do switch it back on for another 30 seconds. I didn't experience any redness when using this for the first time but you are advised that you may experience slight redness and maybe a slight breakout, this is because its new for the skin and its cleaning out all the impurities

It isn't cheap as it retails at £79 but in comparison to others on the market, its one of the cheapest. You will only need to replace the brush head every 3 months, these cost £20, so over time it's actually a very responsibly priced cleansing brush. 

Clinique have just also launched the New Foaming Sonic Facial Soap, this a soap you use with the brush, you don't have to though, this would replace your Liquid Facial Soap. As the name suggests its a foam cleanser but it doesn't strip the skin, and it actually feels very soft & soothing on the skin, I even know somebody with redness that even uses it. For a limited time only this facial soap is just £10! Making it the cheapest product Clinique sells, so I suggest if you want one, get one ASAP, as the offer finishes on the 29th October and will then retail at £16.