Sunday, 2 November 2014

Best Drugstore Lip Balms Under £6!


I'm constantly hearing about high end lip balms with high end price tags and thought I would share 6 lip balms from the drugstore all under £6! You may be thinking: Why £6? 5 of the 6 are under £5 but the EOS lip balms are around £6 and couldn't not add it to the best of the drugstore lip balms.


Elf Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 in Peaceful Pink £3.95 - To start things off, I went for the 3 in 1, conditioning lip balm from Elf which not only has SPF 15 which is perfect for the summer time but it has a pink tint to it - giving it a light wash of colour and nourishing your lips at the same time. You also get a luxury feel to the packaging with a small price point. 

Topshop Lip Polish in Chiffon - £6 for 3 - I got this in a set of 3 in Topshop quite a while ago but they do similar now so definitely worth checking out. The shade isn't much to rave about - a nice normal pink yet the formula is creamy and has a slight shimmer. The pot is super cute and the lid has a mini mirror which is always a bonus!

The Body Shop Lip Butter in Sweet Lemon - £4 - I have always been a fan of The Body Shop, whether it's their shower gels, hemp hand cream or body butters, and when it comes to their lip butter range, I'm equally in love. Like the name suggests, the butteriness leaves your lips feeling nourished & soft.

Eos Lip Balm in Summer Fruits - £6 - When I first started watching American youtubers, the majority couldn't get enough of the EOS lip balms which made my beauty - obsessed brain go into crazy google search mode to find websites which shipped to the UK. After paying way too much for just one lip balm, it got delivered and I smothered that balm on and got my monies worth! It's still going strong and I only added the actual price in this blog as they are much easier to get your hands on than they were a few years ago.

Vaseline Lip Therapy - £2.18 - A lip care basic. It's clear, it does the job & has multiple other uses. You can get these in a variety of scents/colours.

The Body Shop Lip Balm in Satsuma £2 - A few posts ago, I mentioned my love for the shower gels from The Body Shop - well...I also collected the matching lip balms to go with the flavours. For price and performance on all scales of skin care, The Body Shop continue to surprise and out do the cheaper side of brands. I'm looking forward to trying out some of their new products too.

I'm always one for finding the bargain or best price on products which all do roughly the same thing - obviously higher end brands have extra benefits but for good overall lip balms under £6, I will definitely continue to use these.

What are your thoughts? Any suggestions on budget friendly lip balms? 



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

My Autumn Beauty Must-Haves!

Autumn has to be my favourite season of the year - I just love cosy nights in, hot chocolate by the fire, jumpers & scarves & everything else autumnal! As it's this time of year, I have lots of related blog posts and videos starting with today's: My Autumn Beauty Must-Haves! 

Real Techniques Powder Brush - this thing can pretty much do anything from applying powder to cream based products. If I find myself without a brush to apply my foundation, this works just as well and it's perfect for blending any harsh contour lines. You can obviously wear bronzer all year round but Autumn is definitely the time to whip out the smokey eye and warm tones and this is the brush to do it.

Mac 217 Blending Eye Brush - I won't spend too much talking about this one as it's been mentioned on here quite a few times but you know the smokey eye I spoke about above? Well this is the brush to use to get that perfect eye look.

Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze - one of the best eye bases to stay put all day whether you set it with an eyeshadow or not. I absolutely love the colour tattoos from Maybelline and this bronzy shade has got Autumn written all over it.

Essie Nail polish in A List - Essie nail polishes overall are one of the best anyway but put a bit of 'A List' maroon/burgundy into the mix, you've got the perfect nail colour for Autumn - this type of shade is one I keep reapplying week after week as it never gets old with me.

Loreal Infallible Eye Colour in Sahara Treasure - Again, another Autumnal shade but you've got to see this in person - a golden sheen pressed pigment which needs the smallest amount of product to cover the lids with excess still on the brush. I partner this with the colour tattoo and it gives an amazing metallic gold/bronze look - I've actually filmed a tutorial which will be up on my channel soon...

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo - A dry shampoo with uplifting voluming qualities - say what? There are tons of texturising sprays which give you volume and loads of normal dry shampoos, but to have volumised clean looking hair on day three, I'm impressed! I found this whilst perusing the isles of Tesco for a standard dry shampoo and came across quite a few new ones all under £3.

Benefit's Powda Wowza - this limited edition box comes with 3 of Benefit's most famous blush/bronzers including Hoola, Coralista & Bella Bamba. To add the warm tones mentioned above, I've been loving the Hoola bronzer from this box and if you're wanting to try out any of these three shades from Benefit, get your hands on this as it's a cheaper alternative to trying them out without paying loads!

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 030 -To finish the Autumn must-haves, you've got to have a darker lipstick and this one from Rimmel is the perfect berry plum shade which can be used lightly with a lip brush for a more subtle lip or used straight from the bullet for a fuller bolder lip.

What are your favourite things about Autumn? Any suggestions on beauty/makeup picks for this season?




 

















Monday, 8 September 2014

The Mac Palette Tour

 
 

Ever since I got into the online beauty community on Youtube, Mac as a brand and their 15 pan eyeshadow palette has always been raved about. The first high-end makeup item I got was a Mac Palette and I came away with 4 eyeshadows. I remember thinking how expensive it was for just 1 eyeshadow but my excitement overtook when my mum said I could choose 4 and she would get them for me - this is where my makeup obsession started!

This palette is my neutrals palette which are the eyeshadows I wear on a daily basis plus 2 new ones I bought in the individual form - I depot them, add a magnet and use the leftover pot as part of the 'back to Mac' to get a new lipstick. This actually works out cheaper as the pot is around £2.50 more than the pan form and lipsticks are around £12. Every little helps!

I take this palette everywhere as I'm a 'do my makeup in the car' last minute gal so excuse the scratched palette - at least you can see I do actually use it ;) The brush in the photos is my trusty MAC 217 which I use for applying, blending, the lot.

Ok, let's get into the eyeshadows: 

Brule: This is a great skintone shade which looks great on the lid as a base or to even out your eyelid. I use this to blend as it's a matte shade with no shimmer.

Phloof!: If you're looking for a strong highlight for the brow then this is right up your street but I prefer to use for the inner corners to bright up my eye area. My tip for applying it the best way is using your ring finger to dab on the product straight from the pan and applying direct to inner corners.

Jest: Along with Satin Taupe, this was the first MAC eyeshadow to enter my palette. It's the perfect shimmery pink without clumpy glitter but with a more metallic sheen to it. On days where I want to wear eyeshadow and not mess it up - this is the shade that you can wash on without much room for mistake. As you can see it is my most loved eyeshadow as it's basically all gone. Another trip to Mac I think!

Shroom: This is a mix between Brule & Phloof! - it's a toned down shimmer without the pinky hue but with a whiter pay off. I use this either all over the lid for a grey & black smokey eye, for the inner corners or a toned down brow highlight.

Retrospeck: In the pan form it gives off a slight yellow/green tint to it but when applied its a very subtle gold with more of a sheen than shimmer. If I'm honest, I haven't got enough wear out of it to know how it looks best on the eyelids but it's on my to do list.

Quarry: That natural crease colour which is one of the only MAC eyeshadow shades I can watch a  tutorial on how to apply and actually nail it! I'll put a base all over the lid so either Jest or Brule and blend a generous amount of Quarry in to the crease and vuala, you have a perfectly natural enhanced crease and brow bone.

Patina: I use this amazing light brown shimmer as an all over the lid colour for an everyday look or as a base before I try a smokey eye look. The colour pay off is great and is similar to Jest in that I can wash it all over (the lid that is haha) and look like I've made more effort than I have.

Woodwinked: One of the most gorgeous shades MAC has. It gives a metallic coppery brown wash which leaves a sheen finish - when I say sheen, I mean the most amazing shimmery colour which sits nicely on the lids and looks amazing. I can't say more about it without using the words gorgeous, amazing & great!

Satin Taupe: As mentioned before, this was one of the first eyeshadows I got from MAC and remains one of my favourites. For an amazing yet natural everyday smokey/brown eye look, I use Jest and then use Satin Taupe in the crease.

Brun: I haven't used this shade that much as it's a very dark brown and I've not mastered the smokey eye yet so this comes in for when I want to do my eyebrows or as a top lash eyeliner. I can smoke it out without putting too much on.

Trax: I've been experimenting with colour recently and this is a nice transition from brown into purple without it being overly noticeable but still making my brown eyes pop. Purple and blue are meant to compliment brown eyes so may look into some blue eyeshadows?

The 2 eyeshadows in pot form are new and haven't been used yet so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts soon - they are in the shades Shale & All That Glitters.
All of the pan refill eyeshadows are £10 each now along with the 15 pan insert (£2.50) & pro palette which is £14.00.


I have quite a few spaces to still fill, any suggestions?


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner





















































A few weeks ago I ran out of my shampoo and conditioner and as I had been using this particular one for a while I thought I would try something new. I saw the Bee Strong range from Herbal Essenses so picked up both the shampoo and conditioner. It contains honey & apricot extracts and you can definitely smell the sweet yet natural honey, hence the 'Bee Strong'.

It says it's for damaged hair which for me is only the ends as my hair is quite long. I tend to get greasy at the roots on Day 2 evening when washing my hair so I've found my own technique to getting the best results from this duo. I wash with the shampoo like normal really working it into my hair, rinse then apply a small amount of the conditioner but focusing the product on the ends of my hair. Any product left gets evenly distributed and I then leave it for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

For a supermarket cheaper alternative, I feel like this gives you a luxury wash and condition without the expensive price tag. My hair feels nourished, soft, looks shiny and smells great too.

Have you tried this duo or any others from Herbal Essences? Also, if there is anything you would like me to review or talk about please just message me!

Monday, 18 August 2014

My Favourite Pink/Nude Lip Options

 
When it comes to lip shades, I like to stay in my comfort zone which basically means nudes and pinks. Sometimes I'll try darker pinks or faint reds but that's it. I do obviously want to get into brighter colours but I wanted to share my favourite nudes/pink lip options that I go to whenever I decide to wear something on the lips. 

From top to bottom:

Mac's Cremesheen Glass in Partial To Pink - £17.50 - this was the first gloss I bought from Mac and it's still one of my go-to pink shades. The formula isn't sticky and gives a good wash of colour without needing a base, not to mention the smell - vanilla plus something else which makes it edible-worthy.

Mac's Frosted Lipstick in Peach Blossom - £15.50 - I never usually go for Frost lipsticks from Mac, I find their cremesheen's are aaamazing but this was another recommendation from Viviannadoesmakeup. After finding it at the lipstick counter, one of the girl's at Mac tried it on me and I loved it - you can wear it on it's own too and looks great. It's gives a perfect hint of pink and again smells lovely.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer - £18.00 - if I had to choose out of all of these, this would be number 1. The formulation isn't sticky, it gives a nice wash of shimmer and peachy colour and moisturises the lips all at the same time. I think it even has some SPF in there somewhere! I've only been using this for a few months but I love it.

Elf's Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink - £5.00 - Elf cosmetics for price and overall quality are really good in my opinion and the mineral range is great. This lipstick is creamy and gives a true to colour wash of the perfect pink. I would like to try a few more of their colours too.

Look Beauty Lipslick in Peaches - £2.50 on sale - When I did my £20 makeup challenge, this was the lip product I chose and since then it's be a staple in my pink options. The formula is glossy, not sticky and gives an opaque pinky peach. For £2.50 it's definitely a bargain pink.

What are your favourite pink/nude lip options? Have you tried any of my favourites?






Friday, 15 August 2014

La Roche-Posay SeroZinc






























For our 1st year anniversary, we were kindly treated to a weekend away in Paris which was absolutely incredible (I still can't get over how big the Eiffel tower actually is) and like a true beauty blogger I had to check out their French pharmacies! 

After reading countless positive things about the SeroZinc from ViviannaDoesMakeup, this was definitely on my french shopping list and now I finally have my hands on it, I've got nothing but great things to say about it.

I've been trying it out for a good 2 weeks now and I have felt and seen a change in my skin - I was breaking out quite badly running up to using this so I know it was this that helped. It's mainly meant for irritated skin, razor burns & diaper rashes but also includes an indication to use as a toner on oily problem skin - my skin isn't overly oily but the ingredients within make your face feel fresh as if the pores were completely unclogged. I use this on a cotton pad after taking off my makeup and cleaning my face, I feel like it gives my skin a final clean and tone and as it's in a spray can, the product always come out really cold and soothing which I always look forward to. 

I went a few days not using this and I definitely felt the difference, it's great that you can now buy in the UK - this is the seller I am going to repurchase from - La Roche-Posay SeroZinc.

Have you tried the SeroZinc? What other French skincare items would you recommend? 


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes























I popped into Boots a few days ago as needed some new face wipes - I know not everyone is pro wipes but sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do and I would usually go for the Nivea or Johnson&Johnson option when I saw the whole 'Yes to' range looking right up at me. Lily Pebbles had mentioned these in a video with Anna but to see the brand so readily available made me squeal a little inside! In the good ol' days of Youtube beauty gurus, Missglamorazzi (who was one of my favourites and still is) had talked about the Yes to Cucumber range in a few of her videos back to back so I had got a little obsessed which explains the surprise & excitement of seeing them in Boots! I only had 10 minutes to spare in there so grabbed the Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes and made a mental note to go back and make Boots out of stock of the entire range ha!

First up, I'd like to talk about the packaging as the shape of the wipes is different to normal ones and the packet has grapefruits on it? If you can make anything you use daily a bit more fun, I'm definitely up for it. The wipes are exfoliating and have a scent of grapefruits - I'm not talking The Body Shop shower gel grapefruit smell, but a more toned down, natural smelling grapefruit. The wipes have bumps all over them and when you start wiping away makeup/wiping on skin they start to almost bubble. This may only be me but it feels like it's doing something good to your skin! I've tried going in circular motions and after I've finished they don't leave any residue but sink into the skin and have Bioderma's tightening feeling - like when you wash with a bar of Imperial Leather soap and wash it away with water, know what I mean?

I'm really impressed with the wipes so far and can't wait to try more from the 'Yes to' range. Have you tried anything from them?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My Stash of Samples


























Over the last few years, I have accumulated a rather large stash of samples. Whether it's getting them with an expensive purchase at Spack NK or finding one hidden behind a page of magazine, I have a lot. This photo is a select few I actually want to try and so I thought I would share them with you cos who doesn't love a freebie which is actually good! I would also like to do a post of what I thought of each sample and whether I would purchase the full size so watch out for this next month!

In this month's issue of Company magazine, I got a sample of the new Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser which I have been wanting to test out for ages but never got round to it. There is 1ml of product in the sachet so I'm hoping for 1 or 2 applications out of it.

Elemental Herbology are raved about by Space NK lovers so whilst buying my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, they threw a few of these samples in - the little tube of moisturizer holds 5ml of product, such a generous sample! The facial glow radiance peel sachet looks promising too with a good 3ml of product and instructions on the back - leave for 4 minutes and rinse with warm water. I like it when the sample is basically a miniature of the full size as it contains instructions and ingredients.

From Dior, I've got a sample sized J'adore perfume and Pro-Youth Sorbert Creme - I love sorbet so I'm looking forward to trying this out. It's meant to be really hydrating and the sample is again a generous amount which gives you enough time to decide if you like it and want the full size.

My final 2 samples are from Clinique, 1 a foundation and the other a lipgloss. Before we carry on, how cute is the sample of the lipgloss? I think it's one of the biggest samples I've received too. This superbalm moisturizing gloss is in the shade 02 Raspberry with 5ml of product, this is going straight into my handbag!

Since getting into makeup and skincare, I've definitely held onto samples just in case I ever read about how amazing that product is or just as tasters because products can be so expensive and samples are a great way of trying before you buy. Dior & Space NK for me are usually the most willing to give out samples, where do you normally get great samples?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Current Favourite Reads Feat. #GIRLBOSS























Most of my recommendations come from Viviannadoesmakeup and #GIRLBOSS is no exception. As soon as I heard Anna speaking about it, I was telling Max (my husband) about it and added it to the wishlist for our upcoming present day/anniversary. I kept googling reviews and had a look at the first few pages on Amazon, I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it - I got this as a gift from Max's brother on the family present day just in case you were wondering why I continue below talking about how much I've read! The front cover in itself is in my opinion really cool, with Sophia Amoruso looking so girlbossish I actually keep this book on display!

The reasons behind wanting this book were that I've recently started up my own online business selling handmade cards, cushions & cute things for the home - you can take a look here - ashleighailsa.co.uk. I also make Youtube videos and am planning on posting a blog every day so I wanted to learn more about being an owner of a company and how to stay organised, motivated and up to date with trends/social media.

I'm currently 3/4 of the way through the book now and I'm loving it. It goes into detail about Sophia's younger years, what she did to get by and how Nasty Gal (her company) started up, grew and became what it is today. The overall feel for the book is how to be a girlboss, whether it's for your own company or someone else's; it just shows you how to be great whichever work situation you are in. It's so inspiring and honestly makes me feel so motivated - I get loads done when reading this book and write lists upon lists of what I want to do with my business. I enjoy it that much that I'm scared to finish it!

At the beginning of each chapter, there is a great quote, a few of my fav's are:

'Money looks better in the bank than on your feet' - so true! When you start to make money from a business your first thought is what to spend it on but putting it back into the bank is what keeps the business going.

'Treat your mind like your money; don't waste it' - This could be interpreted in different ways but for me it means instead of wasting my thinking power on watching an episode of a series, invest that time into working hard and constantly feed your mind.

'Dream Big. Start Small' - everyone (usually) starts at the bottom as a small business/venture but that doesn't mean you can't dream big, does it? It's good to have those big goals!

If you fancy a great read, definitely pick this up. It will turn the most non-business mind into a crazy list - making entrepreneur!

As this is my current favourite reads, I wanted to add in the 'I Am Number Four' book series. I have read the first 2 books and they are amazing. The plot and characters are really interesting and I find myself not able to put the book down!

What books have you been loving lately?

 

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Body Shop Shea Butter Range

When I was around 13/14 years old, I was obsessed with The Body Shop's fruity selection of shower gels and had tried almost all of them. I would leave the house smelling like a satsuma or overly sweet strawberry - those were my two favourite shower gels! Since then though, I haven't set foot in The Body Shop but was given the chance to try out two products from their Shea butter collection and I've been loving them.

First up is The Body Shop Shea Body Scrub which upon opening was making me want to try it out there and then - I kinda did actually, I took a tiny bit and rubbed it into the back of my hand! The consistency at first is like a normal scrub/exfoliator but as I started rubbing into my arms/shoulders, I noticed most of the granules dissolving into an oil like texture, combined with hot water from the shower and it really felt like it had done the job. My skin felt soft, exfoliated and moisturised at the same time. I'm getting through the 200ml fairly quickly so a repurchase is definitely on the cards.

Next, I tried out The Body Shop Shea Body Butter which works in a 2 part system with the scrub, especially when I'm shaving my legs. Like most of the other body shop body butters, it feels moisturising yet doesn't feel overly greasy. It smells amazing too (a nutty scent as body shop would describe it) and lingers on the skin which is another bonus with the body butters in general. When shaving I make sure to apply this straight after I get out the shower as I feel it works best this way. The Shea butter range is the first ever community fair trade ingredient to be used at The Body Shop too so by using this range you are supporting women in Ghana who farm Shea!

I've definitely been enjoying both of these products and am looking forward to trying out more of The Body Shop's new ranges soon. What is your favourite collection or product from the Body Shop?

P.S Have you noticed my new blog design? I've been working with Amy from TheLittleKoalaBlog who designs amazing blog templates and I'm so happy with the outcome. Let me know what you think?

Thanks for reading! I've got loads of new blog posts coming up too!






Monday, 6 January 2014

Naked 3 Palette | Review



Hello lovelies!

Yet again it's long time no see but I'm sure you will forgive me after you've had a look at this Naked 3 palette review plus stay tuned for a giveaway for one too ;)

The hype for this amazing palette was way more than the Naked 2 palette as not only was it just before Christmas but the packaging and eyeshadow shades are rose gold themed/toned. As a lover of rose gold jewellery, I got rather excited at Viviannadoesmakeup's blog post on it and found out it was for sale when she announced it on facebook. Let's just say I ordered some hours after that post was put up.

I've seen so many reviews of this palette online with far better photo's than mine, but who doesn't love browsing through 10 different blogs for the same review?

 









Instead of going through each colour and trying to (badly) describe them, I thought I would share which ones are my favourites, any comparisons with the original Naked palette and generally my honest opinion. First of all, the palette is £37 and for that you get the palette, a double-sided brush & 4 sample eye primers. Each one contains around a week's worth of product which is great to try out individually before buying the full size one.

PACKAGING: Unlike the Naked palette, the 3 comes in a cleaner, more protective tin in a gorgeous rose gold colour. The handy, large mirror is still the same as well as the space for the double-ended brush and overall I love the look of it.

EYESHADOWS: Wow! The colour selection is daily makeup material with darker colours to help you transform into an evening look. My favourite out of all of them are Dust, Trick, Limit & Buzz but in particular using Dust all over the lid and Limit in the crease. My current everyday eyeshadows are Jest and Quarry from Mac, which when comparing Jest and Dust, are so similar. So that's probably why my favourites from this palette are Dust & Limit. Haha. The pigmentation like always is incredible, some of the lighter shades took a few swatches to build up the colour on my arm, but Buzz for example glided on with just one swipe and again I am impressed with Urban Decay.

BRUSH: Compared to the Naked palette's brush, this one is amazing! If I had to pick 1 brush to do all my shadow, it would be a crease/blending brush and this one works really well. To pat on the eyeshadow, the other end is more of a shader brush which works hand in hand to the blending side. Usually with palettes like these, the brushes don't stick around as I already have my favourites, but this is definitely staying with me.

So, it is worth all the hype? In my opinion, YES! There are so many dupes out there but for a palette which is definitely going to last you a long time, endure being dropped and consistently give you great quality eye looks, I think it's worth it :)

I'm going to be doing a makeup tutorial using this palette soon so keep an eye out for that and a giveaway!

Have you tried this palette? What do you think?



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