Thursday, 9 June 2016

Mammoth New York Haul - High-end Makeup

I had a wishlist as long as my arm when I went to NYC and one of the shopping capitals of the world did not disappoint. Make-up is mainly what my list consisted of however I did have a few fashion bits I wanted, especially visiting Old Navy where I picked up a lovely stripy top and I got my hands on a beaut of a Michael Kors bag from Nordstrom Rack and a pair of Ray-Bans from Macy's, but first onto the High-end Makeup *heart eyes emoji*.

Kat Von D: mini Studded kiss lipstick in magick and tattoo liner in trooper, Everlasting lipsticks in Lolita II and Echo and Lock-it foundation in light 44. (Sephora)

Foundation is full coverage, a great match for me and stays in place all day even when I'm hot! The formula of the liquid lipsticks is so comfortable and long wearing, the colours are beaut, especially Echo as it is so unique! The mini trooper eyeliner is so easy to use and the studded kiss lipstick is a lovely dusty pink shade and for only $18 I got to try both out without paying for the full size of both, win win.

Lorac Pro Palettes 1 & 2. (Kohls New Jersey)

The formula of these is INCREDIBLE. I was toying between just getting one and then thought sod it. Mauve from 1 needed to be in my life and that Navy from 2 is stunning.

Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Vamp and Gloss in Sepia. (Sephora)

The abh stands were pretty bare but I managed to pick up a shade of their liquid lipsticks I really liked, it is vampy as the name would suggest but with a brick red vibe, its a beautiful unique colour and the formula is really good. The Gloss is amazing, I love the colour, it is super opaque and looks beaut on its own or over a lipstick.

Tarte: Amazonian clay foundation in fair sand, Tease palette and Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara. (Sephora)

The foundation is full coverage, comfortable to wear, lasts all day and my skin looks flawless with this on. The little palette is perfect for trying out their eyeshadows at only $21 so I could save money to buy even more makeup instead of committing to a full size palette. The shades are absolutely stunning and it has fast become my go to. The mascara wow, my lashes are like bam I have arrived, I am obsessed with it!

Mac All Fired Up (Duty Free)

Not a colour I would normally go for but I loved how vibrant it is and its the perfect mix of pink coral. I loved the name also and as I was on my way to NYC it seemed like the perfect fit.

Too Faced: Melted Chocolate Cherries liquid lipstick and Better Than Sex mascara. (Sephora)

The mascara is as good as everyone says, much like the Tarte one its like bam and I have lashes for days. The lipstick smells INCREDIBLE and it such pretty browny berry shade, unique and it has a comfy formula.

Nudestix lip and cheek set in top to bottom,Belle (matte), Pulse (gel) and Mystic (cream) (Sephora)

These are really cool as you can use them on your lips and cheeks. Again I went for a mini set as it allowed me to try three different formulas/shades for just over the price of one $25 if I remember rightly. They are really pretty nude shades that I can get a lot of wear out of, all look lovely on the lips but my favourites for my cheeks are the gel and cream formulas.

Obsessive compulsive cosmetics: Lip Tar in Menento and Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in Technopagan. (Ricky's)

The lip tar is really pretty peachy colour which I was surprised does actually suit me and I loved the name, plus it was only $4 as it was in a sale basket- bargain of the century! The liquid lipstick is the most stunning duo chrome colour and depending on the light it looks more purple than blue,I have never seen anything like it. It isn't long wearing at all but it is stunning so I don't mind re applying at all.

So! I finally got my arse in gear to share with you my high-end haul from NYC, next will be my drugstore buys and then I'll do a round up post with a ton of pictures and then maybe a post about travelling alone, we shall see! Hope you are enjoying the sunshine if you're in sunny blighty - Amy x

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Bath & Body Works Haul

On my first visit to the states I knew there were a few shops I desperately wanted to go to and Bath & Body Works was high on the list. Finally I could get to know what all of the fuss was about! I'm sorry Yankee Candle but y'all need to move on over because there is a new love in my life. If you think Yankee candle scents are strong you ain't smelt nothing yet. I decided on getting three of the smaller candles as they were on a 3 for $12 and then I knew I wanted to get a big Georgia Peach as I had seen many reviews and thought it would be right up my street and that it was! The first smaller one I got was Watermelon Lemonade which smells divine, exactly what the name suggests and it screams summer, isn't overly sweet as it also has a fresh vibe to it. New York beautiful day is a lovely fresh and floral scent, luckily I really like the smell but lets be honest even if I didn't I would of got it anyway purely for the name and packaging, it really reminds me of walking a long the Hudson river from the Freedom tower to get the boat to Liberty Island - fond memories. Finally I got Waikiki beach coconut, which has a hint of coconut but you also get a whiff of the sea, it is an unusual scent but really nice. These give of a nice amount of scent without even being burn't.

On to the big one I got, Georgia Peach, which smells like heaven. It kicks a hell of a scent punch, much more than any of my Yankee candles and especially before even being burn't. It is a glorious sweet peach fragrance but not sugary sweet, it definitely has a kinda peach orchard outdoorsy kinda scent to it too, it's definitely not just sweet, kinda reminds me of peach lemonade too. It burns beautifully evenly and I will be so upset when it is done but the container is beautiful and can be re-purposed so swings and roundabouts! 

And finally I couldn't not get some of these when I went in, the infamous pocketbac which is kinda funny since it is just antibacterial gel but they smell so good! These were 5 for $6 and I got the holder for a $1, glittery rose gold, it had to be done. I got stress relief which is very spa like with a mix of eucalyptus and spearmint in scent, Tiki mango mai tai which has a subtle hint of mango once it dries down, Limoncello which smells amazingly fresh and zingy, I'm so pretty which is sweet with a floral edge and Champagne Sparkle which smells really sweet. I actually really like these as they don't leave a trace on my hands like some others too, they are a great size to just carry around and come in really fun fragrances.

So that is my Bath and Body Works haul. I visited the shop in the Newport Centre in New Jersey as I was over from New York for half the day to visit Carlos Bakery in Hoboken so it was just another stop across from Hoboken and was the biggest mall I have ever seen in my life, it was amazing. The staff were incredibly helpful and nice, it is nothing like shopping in the UK which is a GOOD thing haha. Until my next post... - Amy x (Honestly the Sephora/high end and drugstore hauls are coming!)

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

NEW IN: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind foundation and Color blur lip pencils

I have recently got back from a trip to New York and I brought A LOT haha, hello excess baggage charge, but I wanted to share with you a couple of things I hadn't heard about at all and was excited to see!

First up is the Instant age rewind eraser foundation. The concealer everyone loves but in foundation form. YAS YAS YAS. I like many others love the concealer but most of all I love it's light formula and good coverage and this foundation doesn't disappoint. It feels exactly the same as the concealer, really light weight and gives good coverage. The colour isn't perfect, the lightest the drugstores did was 120 when I am a 115 or a 110 I think it is in their fit me foundation in the UK, but it blends really well so I can totally get away with it and for a bit more effort when blending, for the formula, it is a price I'm willing to pay! Any where I saw a Maybelline stand this foundation was there so Target, Walgreens, Duane Reade, CVS ect.

The second thing I found were some new lip products I hadn't seen/heard about before. These are called color blur and the idea is that you apply the lip colour to the center of your lips and blur it out with the smudger attached to the product. It has a very spring vibe to it however I don't think I am going to wear mine out like that any time soon, more practice needs to be done! I love the colours, I have 'I like to mauve it' and 'Partner in crimson' but there are a total of 10 to chose from. They are matte but don't feel drying, feel smooth to apply and are light weight. All in all I am really glad I brought them. I got mine from target, I don't remember seeing them anywhere else so I'm not sure if they are new or old so are being discontinued, who knows but if you find them give them a try!

So that is the first little installment from my NYC trip. I want to write up about my booking/flying experience, my itinerary, thoughts/feelings and everything else I brought so you may be sick of NYC before I am done but it is mainly so I have something to look back on to remember it by and also I went alone so who knows it might be helpful to someone else who really wants to go to New York but is worried about going alone 'cause for me it cost a bomb (I didn't skimp/do the whole budget thing) so I didn't know anyone else with that kinda cash to spend but I didn't wanna miss out so anyways that is for another post! - Amy x

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

TOP 5: Lip products

In no particular order, drum roll please....

hah, these are my current top 5 lip products. considering it's been pretty cold I am loving red and orange, I think it is because I have my arms fully open wide for spring and brighter weather!

Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Iberico. I never thought oranges would suit me but I love this one. It came in a Christmas set not the year just gone, year before (don't tell the sell by date police), it is such a nice formula, matte but totally comfy to wear, application is even and easy because of the pencil design and it looks great. The Nars velvet lip pencils in general get a thumbs up from me!

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 47 L'Amoureuse. It is the most beautiful brown toned berry, It's matte but it kinda has like a super faint golden shimmer to it, you can't feel it and when it's on it isn't overly apparent at all, it just adds a beautiful depth to the colour, it is a really unique. I think will transition well into spring and summer because of its brown tone and slight golden shimmer, it is so hard to describe this colour!! The formulation is spot on, smooth even application, it lasts well and looks stunning.

Sephora cream lip stain in always red. This red is like bam! It is beautifully bright and eye catching but also works well with a brown toned lip liner under neath to make it more of a classic darker red which also looks beautiful! The staying power of this is incredible, you can eat a messy dinner and it is still intact so for a night out or dinner out it is the perfect choice.

Dior Addict extreme in 536 lucky. Perfectly peachy pink in shade this lipstick epitomises spring. I was swatching and then I saw the name of it was Lucky and I had to have it and it has been a favourite ever since. It is balmy in formula and although sheer it still packs a colour punch. Not sure why it is called extreme because it is a sheer formula but I love it none the less!

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #11 (Beige Instinct). I've already rambled on about this lipstick many times so I won't go on and on but this is the perfect brown toned sheer lipstick you need in your lives!!

So those are my top 5 lip products which just so happen to be high end, oops, but hey you gotta treat yourself sometimes. Have you got any recommendations? What are your top 5? Amy x

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January favourites

It's monthly favourites time! I haven't been loving lots this month as I've been busy with work but these five products have been used on a daily basis!

First up is Escentric Molecules 01, a beautiful woody fragrance perfect for winter. What is interesting about this fragrance is that it is only made with one ingredient so it can smell completely different on each wearer. It's said that you cannot smell it on yourself, but I can, not strongly mind and I get so many compliments every time I wear it so it's doing something right hah. I don't think I have ever used so much of one fragrance, I'm a bit of a perfume floozy.

Next up is Priming Water from the newest budget beauty brand Freedom London. This is clearly a dupe for the Smashbox offering, which I haven't tried but I really like this so I can't see any need to. It feels super freshing to apply and I do think my foundation applies nicely, there's definitely a difference compared to if I didn't use it. It also works great over the top of make-up to give you a healthy glow.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation has been gracing my face every single day this month and pretty much every day I've worn makeup since I got it at the end of October, I LOVE it. It has the perfect coverage for me, it makes my skin look even, flawless, I'm really happy with the shade I picked, it isn't too heavy and REALLY lasts on my skin, even without primer it lasts really well. I will definitely repurchase this when I go to New York, although I believe it is available from Debenhams now but hey I wanna save some money!

Next up is the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine in #11 (Beige Instinct). I love this shade! It is brown toned but as it is sheer it isn't too much, works well with your natural lip colour and is a perfect everyday shade to match with a neutral subtle smokey eye which is what I tend to go for on a daily basis. If I am not sure on what lipstick will go with my eye look I will always reach for this one because it just goes. It doesn't look the most attractive colour in the tube but give it a go! It also smells really nice, bonus.

Finally I have fallen back in love with Benefit's They're Real mascara. I'm not really sure why I stopped using this, I'm thinking it was because it is so hard to get off but really that is just laziness. The mascara lengthens and gives my lashes volume and the more you layer the better it looks in my opinion but I do kinda dig the spider lash look but this mascara does it in a nice way! Like I said it is a pain to get off, just micellar water won't do it but it is worth the hassle!

Monthly favourites is my favourite time of the month, the end, hah. Technically it is now the beginning of a month, to be honest I have just wished January and I'm now wishing February and most of March away as finally on the 21st of March I go to New York for 8 days, something I have wanted to do for a VERY long time and have had booked since May last year! It's the first time I'll be going outside of Europe, my first long haul flight and only the second time I would of traveled on my own so I'm nervous but so excited! If you have any suggestions on what I should check out or buy please let me know! I literally have pages and pages written of subway stops and what's near by but it never hurts to add to the list! - Amy x

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

High end haulin'

I have a few haul posts coming from when I visited Paris but today's installment is all about high-end. I could of spent a fortune so I think I was quite reserved, I only went over budget by £60, she says only haha.

I just happened to walk past Aesop and remembered how much Estée Lalonde raved about their parsley seed mask so I decided to go in. This was a huge mistake for my bank balance haha but I'm really happy with what I picked up. Combined these two costs 82 euros, I think they were basically the same price each but don't quote me on that. I asked the sales assistant for advice because I just didn't have a clue. I knew I wanted a mask and I explained that my skin can be dry, normal, oily and when I get spots I really get whoppers haha so she suggested these two products. First up is the chamomile concentrate anti-blemish mask. The smell isn't offensive in fact it's quite calming, it has lots of lovely ingredients in, it's clay like in consistency which is my favourite kind and it actually really works to calm down my skin. The second thing she suggested was the purifying facial scrub. This product is really nice, the smell is pleasant, it's a really fine scrub but still does the job and my skin feels lovely, soft and refreshed after use. The sales assistant was SO helpful and gave me a ton of samples including pretty much everything from the parsley seed range and samples of a moisturiser suitable for the summer so it was a very good first experience of Aesop.

As I was on holiday I obviously had spending money and I'd saved a fair bit so I wanted to get lots of things I had been lusting after for a while. Near the top of my list was the Kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate as so many people rave about it. I have mixed feelings about this. It makes my skin feels as soft as a baby's bottom BUT I find it takes a long time to sink into my skin so I have to put up with that oily feeling which isn't so enjoyable, however I do think I am using far too much as I think you are meant to use a few drops but I have been using maybe 5 times that amount so logic says that is why it is taking it's sweet time to sink in haha. This was 39 euro's, no idea how that compared to the UK but I had money to spend and that I did.

I picked up a Chanel lipstick from duty free as I wanted to try their matte formula. I was instantly drawn to this one as the colour is simply stunning. It is an everyday shade, kind of a brown toned berry, but the colour just has a depth to it that I really love. The shade is 47 L'Amoureuse and I believe it was £22, my memory fails me so don't quote me on it. It has the amazing press and the lipstick pops up packaging which is just so satisfying, it is just pure luxury. I love chanel make-up 'cause it just makes me feel special. Lastly, It isn't really high-end but I got it from a Caudalie boutique just outside the Lourve museum, is the Caudalie beauty elixir. I tried searching for this in city pharma but couldn't see it so I am glad I stumbled upon a stand alone Caudalie shop by chance. I got the 30ml size and it was 10 euros which is £11.50 on feelunique so it is cheaper. It has a REALLY intense mint peppermint kinda smell which I like but others may find it too much cause you just have to open the lid and it's like bam. It feels really refreshing, light and is just a nice thing to spritz first thing in the morning to wake you up.

So those are the high end things I brought from Paris that weren't from Sephora. Paris has the most amazing places to shop, the Champs-Elysées is something else but every area you go to has something to offer, it really is a shoppers dream! - Amy x

Saturday, 12 December 2015

First ever Sephora haul

When I first set eyes on Sephora on the Champs-Élysées I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It was on the day I arrived in Paris, I say day it was very much the evening when I finally got to my hotel after a travel sickness filled journey there! The UK has nothing like it, even the beauty halls in department stores do not compare! Needless to say I picked up a few things. As I went at the end of October I've had some time to try these things out so I can give you guys a little review. I've tried to give you prices if I remembered how much they cost so apologies for some being missing. The till assistant was the nicest ever, they asked me something in French and I had no idea so I just said Pardon, Je suis anglaise, Je ne comprend pas, (Sorry, I am English, I do not understand) and they started talking fluently in English and we had a nice chat about what I was buying and my plans for the rest of my trip, not the stereotypical grumpy french at all. In fact every french person I attempted to talk to was very pleasant, I think if you try and start off in french, even if it is to say sorry you don't understand, they appreciate it.

These were the two main things I wanted to pick up. I wanted to try as much of the formula x nail varnish range as I could so I decided on the system to go pack so I could try the primer, base and top coat as well as a colour. They are as good as all the reviews, the polish lasted on my nails longer than other ones I have tried that aren't gel and the colour is a super pretty nude that would be suitable all year round. I believe this set was just under 16 euros so not a bad price at all considering it was Paris and not the states. The other thing I REALLY wanted was the cream lip stain in always red ever since I read/watched numerous reviews on how amazing it is and it really is! I ate a steak dinner and it was still perfectly on my lips, the colour really stands out it is stunning and it smells nice to boot! There's a picture of me wearing it on Instagram here.

I'd also heard good things about the Sephora cleansing water and I have to say it is nice to use, not better or worse than others I've tried so I don't know if I would buy it again when I go to New York but it is a nice cleansing water all the same and cute in travel size! Whilst perusing the Sephora skincare offerings I saw their softening facial mist. I am such a sucker for facial mists so I had to try this and it really is lovely and I did actually notice that my skin felt soft and refreshed after use. It's a really fine mist so feels nice to use.

This was a tiny bit of an impulse buy that I was going to save for New York as it probably would of been a lot cheaper and at 39 euros it was a splurge but I am so glad I brought it. This is the Make up for ever Ultra HD foundation, I know the original HD foundation is probably the most popular but I was worried it would feel far too heavy for me as that's how I feel about the Estée Lauder double wear foundation. This foundation however is an absolute dream, It is the perfect coverage, medium, to wear day to day and doesn't feel heavy. It can easily be built up to wear on a night out, doesn't look at all cakey and it doesn't leave you looking like a hot mess! I will definitely be repurchasing this in bulk when I go to New York!

Last but my no means least I had to buy an infamous Sephora face mask. I haven't let myself use this yet as I have a feeling it is going to be amazing and I'm not going to New York until March wahh. It was 3.50 euros which isn't a bad price at all to be honest for a good mask. I picked this one specifically because it has Ginseng which is really good for awakening your skin and I love the Origins ginseng range so I thought why not try this one.
So that is my first ever Sephora haul and experience. The Sephora on the Champs-Élysées is definitely the best one to go to if you visit Paris as it is the biggest but they are dotted around in several places so are easy to find. However I don't think you can beat Sephora on the Champs-Élysées at night and then standing in the middle of the road on a crossing Island taking in how beautiful the Arc de Triomphe looks lit up *heart eyes emoji*.

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