Monday, 17 August 2015

Revolution Essential Mattes 2 Palette Review

I was in Superdrug the other day with my friend and we were looking around and came across the makeup revolution stand which my friend had not seen before so we than spent about another half an hour swatching and I picked up this palette as I really want the Naked Basics palette but didn't want to splash out then not like it. In the palette you get 12 eye shadows for £4, what a bargain!


This palette comes with 4 beige colours which all have slightly different undertones and all incredibly pigmented, I like the fact you get 4 similar colours as they will all suit different people and can change a look too. These are really nice colours to use as a base or by themselves to even out the skin tone. They also aren't powdery like I find the MUA eye shadows to be they almost feel creamy and very smooth which I love. 



You then get a mauve colour which I really love and is similar to nooner in Naked 3 palette, so can be used to create a subtle daytime smoky eye. You then have 3 brown shades which are good eyebrow colours for a wide range of people, however I find the darker shades can be a bit streaky so you need to blend them a lot but then you can create a really nice look. I really like using these to create a very natural look along with the beige shades.



The last 4 shades are more grey toned apart from the purple/pink but still is more grey toned, I really like these matte shades as you don't often see colours like this so its good to see. I feel like these colours would be good to use in the evening for a night look as you can create a darker matte smokey eye.



Overall, I am really impressed with these matte eye shadows they have a good colour pay off, last a long time with a good primer and are super cheap, the only downside of them is they are a bit streaky which is expected with cheap matte eye shadows but they are workable.


Let me know if you've tried this product and what you think, thanks for reading!

Grace
xoxo 


Friday, 14 August 2015

Witch Blemish Stick Review

I bought this recently as I have tried several blemish sticks from all different brands and hadn't used one in a while and spotted this one was on offer, its originally £2.59, so still a bargain! I really like products with witch hazel in as I find them really effective on my skin and have tried lots of other things from this brand, so I knew I could rely on them.


I like the packaging as its bright and super easy to use, the product comes in a stick, almost like a glue stick, which you have to push up. I then put it onto my finger and apply any blemishes I may have, you do have to make sure you wipe it so you don't spread bacteria, it's also really small so good for travel or to throw into your bag.


The product itself I think is really effective, I apply it in the morning and night as the last step in my skincare, however if I am not wearing any make up and my skin is particularly bad I will apply it more often. It's really good at preventing any threatening blemishes from turning into a massive spot and also help to heal a spot overnight. The smell is fairly strong but I quite like, I also feel like this means its got witch hazel in and is going to work.

I would only recommend this for regular use on oily/combination skin as it is quite strong, although doesn't dry my skin out and if you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first to prevent a reaction as I have heard some people have used this and it's made there skin feel hot and red. 


I really love this product and is definatley going to be a staple in my skincare routine, you should definatley check it out if you haven't already as it's such a bargain. Let me know if you've tried it and what you think. 

Grace
xoxo

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Barry M: Mediteranean

Barry M are one of my favourite go to nail polish brands and was one of the first brands of  make up I ever tried and they never disappoint me. This colour instantly attracted me a pink/gold shimmer that changes colours as you move your hands, its defiantly a favourite colour in my collection as I haven't seen a nail polish like this before. This one is from Barry M's Aquarium collection and is £3.99, which I think is a bargain for this nail polish, writing this post has reminded me to try out the other shades from this range. I love the quality of this nail polish as it dries super quickly so can be used if your in a rush, you could get away with only one coat and it also takes a while before it chips!


Grace 
xoxo

Friday, 7 August 2015

August Empties!

I've had loads of empty products collecting and I keep meaning to do an empties post so as I am trying to clear out my room I thought I would tell you my opinion on some products I've used up, although there is lots of similar products, so sorry about that!


Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser (£4.99)
I have to admit I was first attracted to this product due to the grapefruit part as I just love the scent, however it was also branded as an oil controlling moisturiser which is what I always look for. I like how this moisturiser still leaves my skin feeling hydrated and is definatley more of a cream than a gel, so is one I prefer to use at night as for day I prefer to have a lighter base. However, as a night cream for people with oily/combination skin I really recommend it as you rarely find night creams for oily skin.

Clean & Clear Spot Control Moisturiser (£4.49)
Clean & Clear is a brand I have used for a long time and I actually got some of my first ever skincare products from here so can always rely on it. Unlike the Neutrogena one this one is much thinner and more of a gel consistency and sinks into the skin really quickly so is perfect for the morning and has really helped keep my skin clear. I would definatley re purchase this as I noticed a slight difference in my skin and just loved the way it felt. 

Garnier Pure Active Daily Scrub (£3.59)
I really enjoyed using this face scrub every morning and felt it made my skin feel really awake, it was also a nice gently scrub which can be hard to find, meaning I could use it daily. It also had a really nice scent which didn't irritate my skin and was a great thing to smell first thing in the morning. I definitely want to try more from this range in the future. 

Witch Foaming Face Wash (£3.99)
Another brand that I think I have almost tried everything from the range in as it is a range targeted for spot prone oily skin and definitely advertised mainly for teenagers. I really like the way it foams as it feels really light on your face as I find some face washes can feel too heavy on my skin. I can also tell a difference in the oil on my face as there can often be quite a lot first thing. 

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Leave In Conditioner (£3.99)
I bought this quite a while ago and only recently used it up since I have gotten back into using leave in conditioners, I feel this one really helped strengthen my hair and there were definitely less breakages after using this regularly for about a week. As with any herbal essences product it leaves an amazing scent on your hair which lasts all day, without being too overpowering. 

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo (£4.99)
I don't need to say a lot about this one as I have mentioned it so many times this is a perfect quick freshen up to use between washes and also gives a bit of volume, as you can guess I'm already onto my next bottle.

Rimmel Brow This Way (£3.99)
I didn't really know when this product was actually empty as I used it after my powder to set my brows or if I'm going for a more natural look and it seemed to last forever so eventually picked up a new one. This give a really natural hint of colour and is so easy to use, I have already been using my new one for a while and is now a staple in my makeup bag.

Superdrug Acetone Free Nail Polish Remove (£1.39)
I bought this to look after my nails to give them a break from acetone however I found this one wasn't as strong as the acetone one so I had to use more of it, so now I think I'll just stick to the normal one, it may also be because its only superdrug own so may try another one, let me know if you have any recommendations!

Garnier Micellar Water (Normal & Oily/Combination) (£4.99)
I have done a whole blog post on these 2 which you can read here, but this is another staple product in my skincare routine and its great value as one bottle lasts a long time, it is also always on offer.(I re-used a picture hence they aren't empty!)

Thanks for reading let me know if you have tried out any of these products and what you think!

Grace
xoxo






Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Tanya Burr: Little Duck

Another Tanya Burr nail polish a favourite of mine at the moment as I have recently ordered a few so I have been desperate to try them out, they are available on Fragrance Direct for £1.50. I really like this pale green/blue colour, I almost feel like there is also a little bit of shimmer in there which I really like. I also just love the names of all the nail polishes from Tanya's range they are all just so cute and I'm almost tempted by the names without even looking at the colour! I find this colour very opaque too which is surprising for a fairly pale colour, I think you could also get away with only one coat of this, I always use 2 just to give it a bit of long wear. 


Grace
xoxo

Friday, 10 July 2015

Book Review: The Program by Suzanne Young

Today I thought I would review this book I read a few weeks ago before my exams, which I really enjoyed, I am now currently onto the second book of this which I am loving so far. I ordered this book last year due to a recommendation from a friend, however as I do with a lot of books I just put it on my book shelf and forgot about it.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane's parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they'll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who's been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone--but so are their memories. Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He's promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it's getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them. 

I was instantly drawn in by the blurb of this book as its a very modern book, creating an alternative view for the life of teenagers in the near future. The overall message of the book is pretty serious, however it is only a book and is not intended to have a negative effect on people just to make them more open minded. It is a very emotional book with the closeness you feel with characters and the pain you see them go through. I love the characters the author has the relationship between Sloane and James is incredible and makes you feel so close to them, it is really a book about romance between two teenagers and the issues they have with society that are stopping them from being together.


I feel it definatley takes a while for me to get into any book normally a good 50 pages and this was the same with this book because I always forget to read, but as soon as I was a few chapters in I just couldn't put the book down, Suzanne has written it very well so that its not predictable and so you are still shocked after each chapter. I also like how each chapter is fairly short as sometimes I'll only have 10 minutes to read so can fit in a couple of chapters instead of having to stop at a crucial point.

Overall, I would really recommend this book to any older teenagers, its very different to anything I've ever read before but almost believable to be real. I am about half way throught the sequel 'The Treatment', so look out for my review of that in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you've read this and what you think of it and if you have any book recommendations or ones you would like me to review!

Grace
xoxo

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Bourjois: 10 Days Adora-bleu (06)

This nail polish is from the Bourjois 10 days range and are £5.99 each which I think is pretty good value and they have some really nice and unique colours in this range. I love this colour 'adora bleu', I think they may all be French names, but this colour is just a perfect pastel blue for summer, as I am a bit obsessed with wearing blue clothes at the moment, it matches perfectly with all my outfits! I really love the packaging of these with the lid being the same colour as the nail polish making it super easy to tell the colour! The brush is fairly small which makes it east to apply and doesn't get too messy as you have more control around the edges. As for it lasting 10 days I'm not sure if any nail polish will last 10 days but this does last longer than normal, probably a maximum of 6-7 days which is pretty good for a drugstore nail polish. It also doesn't chip very easily I did washing up with this on which normally causes my nails to chip completely but this didn't move at all!


Grace
 xoxo 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Essie: All Tied Up

I ordered from Fragrance Direct for £1.99, such a bargain! I was instantly drawn into this colour, I have never seen one like it before its a pinky nude with golden shimmer running through it which I just love! Its also a much more neutral shade with a bit of twist and one that you can get away with for school or work and pretty much goes with every outfit. It was originally from the 2012 summer collection, so is now quite old, but I would say its more of an autumn colour if anything, although I will probably wear this all year round, however when I think of summer I think bright and pastel colours! As always with Essie they are very high quality, last a long time on the nails and are really easy to apply, I use two coats of this, the only thing I would say about this is it takes longer to dry than others I have tried. 


Grace
xoxo

Monday, 29 June 2015

Garnier Micellar Water Normal vs. Pure Active

A while age I was in superdrug and was looking to re purchase the Garnier Micellar Water and saw they had bought out a new Pure Active one aimed for people with combination to oily skin,which is me, so I was very excited to see this. I was then curious as to what was actually different about the two, so thought I would write a post all about it!

 
First of all the packaging has one clear difference the original has the Bioderma copy of a clear bottle with a pink lid, where as the Pure Active has a blue translucent bottle and a white lid, a general theme to their Pure Active range. They both claim to do similar things 'Removes Make-Up, Cleanses', the Pure Active also 'Purifies' where as the original 'Soothes', so for me that would suggest the original is more gentle, however whichever I use my skin feels the same cleaness after each.


There is only one ingredient difference, the Pure Active has Alcohol Denat, where as the original doesn't, if you want details on this ingredient you can read this article I found here. I am no skin expert but what I gathered from reading this is that its the product that reduces some of the oil on your skin by drying it out. However, I have had no problem at all with this product so it may only have a small concentration, although if you have dry skin this may be an issue.


The feel of the product is very similar on the skin and they both remove make up very well and to be honest I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if they weren't in the bottles. Saying that I still do feel like the Pure Active range is definatley worth getting if you have oily to combination skin as it may just help reducing oil that extra bit. It is also still very gentle on the skin and I don't have particularly sensitive skin but can't see why it would irritate you skin.

Thanks for reading this I hope you enjoyed it, let me know which you prefer!

Grace
xoxo

Friday, 26 June 2015

Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush Palette Review

I was so excited when I saw they had bought revolution make up to my local superdrug, I had seen the craze it had created online and was desperate to get my hands on some as I saw it was being compared to some high end brands. I probably spent a good 10 minutes deciding what palette to get there were too many nice eyeshadow and blush palettes, which I will defiantly be trying out soon! I got this for £6, which you get 6 blushers and 2 highlighters and a nice big mirror! For me it comes with a perfect range of colours and possibly all that I would ever need!


You get to neutral brown shades which I like using on a minimal make up day when I don't have any bronzer on, out of the two shades the one to the left is more orange where as the left one has more pink under tones. These two are definitely the more subtle two from the selection however I really like this about them, although if you have tan or darker skin tone I'm not sure whether they would show up very well. The main thing I like about these colours is I would never pick them if they were individual colours but as a result of getting these in this palette I have fallen in love with a new shade of blusher!


The main theme to this palette is more pinky tones, with 3 pink blushers and 1 coral, I love to wear pinky blushers especially when I am more pale as I think they really compliment my skin tone. I love how they have included 3 pinks all very different to one another one very dark, a medium and a slightly lighter one. The only problem with these pinks is specifically the darker two are incredibly pigmented, more like an eyeshadow so you have to be very light handed but I use all 3 of these  frequently. Possibly my favourite is the coral shade, I'm a bit of a sucker for coral shades and this one is just a perfect colour to wear everyday and think it will look gorgeous in the summer.


You then have the last two the 'highlighters' however the pink one is more of a blusher, I must admit these are the thing that let down the palette a bit, as you can tell from the pictures they look very glittery and they come across on the skin like this so I tend to stay away from them,however you can get away with it with a lot of blending and being light handed.


Over all though I love this palette I think its well worth the money for the quality of the blushers that last all day, all though the highlighters aren't the best you still have 6 high quality blushers so I am not to bothered about that!

Thanks for reading let me know whether you like the highlighters or use them as an eyeshadow?

Grace
xoxo

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Tanya Burr: Be Bright, Be Happy, Be You

I have decided that from now on I am going to try and post a nail polish post every Wednesday, as I am addicted to nail polish and now I've finished school I can wear it everyday! To kick it off I've got one from the Tanya Burr collection which RRP is £5.99, however you can get them for £1.50 from Fragrance Direct, a bargain! I definitely had room in my collection for this colour its just a basic bright pink which weirdly I didn't have one so bright before,which is very unlike me. I like the fact you could wear this nail polish all year round and can add a pop of colour to your look. The formula is very nice not to thick or thin with two coats it's opaque, you'd probably be able to get away with one if you're in a rush, it also lasts a few days as I expect for most nail polishes, after 3-4 day if begins to chip around the edge, however by this point I'm normally bored of the colour and wanting another anyway. It also comes in a big bottle of 12ml so good value and the packaging is very cute, the brush is also fairly wide making it easier to apply. 


Grace
xoxo

Monday, 22 June 2015

TOMS

I had been desperate for a pair of TOMS for a while but as they were £35 I would always put them in my basket then change my mind at the last minute, but I finally bought a pair and I'm so happy I did. I thought they would be a great alternative to my converse as it was beginning to get warmer and needed more shoes for college in September.


A major reason why I bought them was due to the impact it is having on millions of lives you can read the full story here,
'OMS humble beginnings happened unintentionally. While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake's vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS.'
 the best thing about this company was the fact for every pair of shoes bought they make a pair to give to people in developing countries who have no shoes, they also have began helping with health care and water which I find extraordinary how one small company can become so big and have such a massive impact.


The shoes I decided to buy were the Black Canvas Women's Classics, which are new to the range and just have a white sole and and the rest is black canvas, which a funky print inside which I love. The quality of them is amazing they have a very thick base, so you know they aren't going to wear down after a few days and the overall appearance looks as though it has been done to a very high standard. They are also super light so don't make your feet to hot so are perfect for summer or travelling if you are limited to weight restrictions. They also come in half sizes which is perfect for me as I am a 5.5 and they were true to size, at first they felt tight however after wearing them for about an hour they were feeling much more comfortable and I can wear these all day without them feeling uncomfortable.


I really reccomend these shoes or just taking a look around the website as they do a wide range of shoes now not just the classic ones, you can also get 5%  off with your first order! 

Grace 
xoxo

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Superdrug Haul

I always seem to run out of my basic skincare products all at once, so I made myself a list so I didn't go too crazy and managed to stick for it! I have also included a cheeky purchase of mine from feel unique at the end.


L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black (£10.99)
At the time this was on offer, but unfortunately isn't at the moment, I used to wear this mascara a lot last year but then I think I must have found a new one and forgot about it, so the other day when I saw it I was reminded how much I used to love it. I like the fact how it is very lengthening something I like most in a mascara and if you work with it you can also get a lot of volume.


L'Oreal Infallible 24H Matte Foundation in 11 Vanilla (£7.99)
I had seen this foundation on a few blogs and loved the way it looked on the skin the reviews were also all really good, its also only £7.99 what a bargain! I think this foundation is perfect for anyone with oily skin, like me, as it just mattifies the skin and also means I need less powder.


Superdrug Nail Polish Remover (£0.98)
A bit of a boring purchase but an essential for me, as I am constantly panting my nails then getting bored and wanting to change to another colour. 


Dove Gradual Tan in Medium to Dark Skin (£2.59)
I picked this up as my current one is running out and as my prom is in a couple of weeks I want to have tanned arms which still look fairly natural, even though this is the darker shade I find it most effective on my fairly pale skin and has a nice colour, that's not orange, after a few days.


Clearasil Daily Gel Wash (£2.99)
I wanted a more gently wash to use in the morning and evening as I have been using a scrub recently, however I am going on holiday in a couple of weeks so I don't want something that will make my tan go patchy! This also aimed to prevent blocked pores which I struggle with.


Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes (£1.59)
I know face wipes aren't the best for your skin, but I just find them really handy to have in if I get in late on day or am just feeling lazy, as its better than not taking your make up off at all.


Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser (£2.09)
My current moisturiser is just about to run out and I always know with Simple that I will get a good product, so I thought I would try this out, it's also in a pretty big bottle so good value for money. I got the oil balancing one as my skin does get oily especially in the summer when its hot!


2True Wow Mascara (£2.99)
I picked this up as TalkBeckyTalk was saying on a recent video of hers how it was a dupe for Benefit They're Real, which I love and because it was so cheap I had to try it out. I've only used it once and I am already in love with it, its so lengthening and I love the brush for such a cheap product!


Superdrug Strawberry & Raspberry Antibacterial Hand Gel (£0.99)
My current hand sanitizer has just run out and I always like to have a bottle of this in my bag for when I'm using public transport or just feel like my hands need a wash.


Naked 3 Palette (£38)
My most exciting purchase I have been desperate for a naked palette for ages and I know I am very late on the band wagon, but I am still amazed at the quality and realise why they get so much hype. I went for the naked 3 as I love pinky toned eye shadows and for my prom I also need a more pink toned look! But I am just so excited to start using this regularly!




Thanks for reading if you want me to review any of these products let me know as I will be more than happy to!

Grace
xoxo