Tuesday, 6 February 2018

My Winter Essentials 2018

Hello darlings.

How is it February already? I know everyone is saying that January dragged but i thought it went really fast! Am i the only one? Today's post is a little overdue considering its February and will be spring soon, but hey ho better late than never. It is my winter essentials, but writing it now i can show what products got me through the winter and are true survival items. I hope you enjoy!

Garnier Summer Body, Gradual Tanner. (£5.49) In the winter i'm so pale, i have to admit i'm not much of a fake tanner, i sometimes get a little tan in the summer but i never use sun beds or spray tans or fake tans. But i have loved this gradual tanner throughout this winter. It was simple and easy to use, fool proof i'd say. It gave me a natural tan without looking like i suddenly went on holiday or orange. 

Zoella Hand Cream, (full size £6.95) I got this hand cream in a Christmas set last year, i don't own any Zoella products. This was the first one i tried and so far i'm really pleased with it. I put on a little before i go to bed or before i paint my nails, it leaves my hands moisturized and super soft. Plus the packaging is very sweet.
Botanics Hydrating Face Serum: (Discounted but a similar product link) My face is combination-dry and especially dry in the winter, so i need all the moisture i can get. I don't like a heavy moisturizer, i find they give me spots if its too greasy or take ages to absorb into the skin. I love this Botancis light serum, its perfect to wear under makeup or  put on before before, its absorbs quickly, and my skin feels super hydrated afterwards,

Superdrug Salted Caramel Bake Soak/Bubble Bath: (£2.29). Who doesn't love a good hot bubble bath in Winter? I know i love them, perfect to relax after a long cold day. I love this is Superdrug bubble bath in the scent salted caramel, its smells so yummy and fills the whole bathroom with its scent. There are loads of different scents in the line so i must go back and try more! 

Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipstick: (7.99) Now finally makeup, i love a good red lip in the winter, as i think everyone does. Its just screams winter to me, and really puts me in the mood. This year i've especially loved this Max Factor Marilyn Monroe lipstick in the shade Ruby Red. It is such a beautiful colour, pigmented and very creamy, perfect for those dry lips in this weather. 

Anastasia Modern Renascence Palette: (£43.00) Lastly my current holy grail palette, Will bought me this for my birthday last year in November and i've used it pretty much everyday ever since, its so good! Its got a beautiful selection of mattes, shimmers, neutrals and colors. Perfect autumnal selection of colours, with the warm browns and deep pinks. 

I'd love to know what are some of your winter favourites?

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Max Factor Face Finity Foundation REVIEW

 Hello darlings

It a new year which means a new foundation, right? I can't count the number of foundations in my collection, i'm always hunting for the perfect one. A foundation that is medium coverage, velvet finish. With a good colour match, not too pink but no too yellow tone. Maybe i need to try some high end foundations, can anyone recommend any good ones? But today's review is another drugstore foundation, the Max Factor Face Finity foundation. I have had this for about a month and i am ready to share with you my thoughts. Grab a cup of tea and we will get started.

My Skin Type: First of all for all my new readers i shall tell you my skin type. I have dry-combination skin (dry t-zone and chin) I have very pale skin and 9 times out of 10 i'm the lightest shade in the selection.
Packaging: The packaging is a standard glass bottle with a pump, nothing fancy but nothing obnoxious. I much perfect a pump to a pourer (i think thats the right term?) Much easier to get the right amount and not waste any product.  

Shade: I purchased the shade light ivory, i ordered this online on Amazon so i wasn't able to swatch any shades, this was the lightest one available so i went with it. I tend to avoid shades that have the word rose in as they tend to be way too pink toned. This one is pale which is great but does have a pink undertone but you can make it work. Although sadly it did oxidize slightly throughout the day but i think during the summer this shade will be much better.
Texture: The product applied nicely, very smooth.  It was too runny or too thick.

Coverage: The coverage was good, its quite light. Max Factor advertises it as a 3 in 1 product, a primer, foundation and concealer. I don't use a primer with this foundation as i find it lasts really well, but as i said in the beginning i do have dry skin so i find foundations last really well on me. Although advised as a concealer i definitely had to add concealer, it was not enough coverage for my dark circles or acne scares. But for a natural everyday makeup look the coverage is good Or for someone that doesn't have a 11 month old.... Also it has SPF 20 which is brilliant. You don't need a lot of product, one pump is plenty.

Price: I paid £3.99 on Amazon when they were on offer but full price it is £12.99. I'm not sure i'd pay full price, maybe if i tried another shade and i was having a good skin day. But i do need a little more coverage and a more yellow toned foundation. But if you have good skin and find your right shade then this is a nice foundation.

I'd love to know have you tried this foundation? What are you thoughts?

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Monday, 22 January 2018

I'm Engaged! // A New Year // Life Update

Hello darlings!

Guess what happened at New Year, Will proposed! I'm sorry this post is a little overdue, with it being the 22nd of January, but the first three weeks of January has been pretty hectic. I've wanted to let you guys know sooner but i just haven't had time. But Isaac is asleep and i have this week off work so i hope to write a few posts! The first being a little life update, my engagement, Isaac, diet etc!
On New Years Eve Will and myself went out for the evening, we went and had a few drinks and a relaxing evening without baby. Just before midnight we went up the the Crescent in Bath where we live to watch the fireworks, then at Midnight Will got down on one knee. <3 Of course i said yes! My engagement ring is a beautiful classic single diamond, yellow gold ring that i just love! Friends and family have all be so thrilled for us and can't wait to start planning the wedding!

Saying that although i've only be engaged for 3 weeks, I went to my first wedding fair last weekend with my mum and mother- in- law to be, which was a amazing and overwhelming all at the same time! If you follow me on Snapchat (Perfect Fixation) you would have seen all the amazing dresses and cakes. Yes i did have to try some wedding cake i know it was hard but i did it for the team ;) haha! I've decided to buy a scrap book and start coming up with ideas, also i need to create a Pinterest board, who am i kidding several Pinterest boards! To check these out heres the link
(Don't worry that plug socket isn't live)
Isaac i now 11 months old! I know i can't believe it either! He's 1 next month so i need to start planning his little party! I'll do a full update in a separate blog post as i could write about him all day. He got the most wonderful personality, hes so kind and generous already, i'm so proud to be his mama. 

I'm not one for making New Years resolutions as i never stick to them and not to sound vein but i'm pretty happy with myself and my life, i don't what it to change. Saying that i am eating better and watching my weight as i still have a bit of baby weight to loose before the wedding. But that is not a new resolution its what i'm always trying to do, and rarely stick to! But if i was going to change anything this year and put more effort into would be History. I use to love history, i have my degree in it. But since having Isaac and moving and doing up out new house i haven't had time for it, so this year i want to fall back in love with it. Make the effort to visit more places and read more books, and most importantly find a history related job!

I'd love to know about your New Year!

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A nude for the Winter // lip of the week #32

Hello darlings

Do you have that one lipstick that goes with every look, every outfit, every season? For me its my Calvin Klein Nude Lipstick, in 'Undressed'. I remember i purchased this from Fragrance Direct at the beginning of Summer. It cost £3.95, sadly no longer on their website. But if you type it in to Google you can find other places to purchase it. But it has become a stable in my makeup bag and i thought i'd share it with you and i'd love to know some of your stable lipsticks?
The packaging on the Calvin Klein lipsticks are beautiful, although as the bottom half of the lipstick is a soft material it does tend to get grubby quickly as you can see in the picture. But its well made, sturdy, i've doped it a couple times and it survived. This is a gorgeous brownish mauve nude. Its a very subtle colour, very similar to my lips, but just adds a little colour, makes them a little deeper. Its perfect for this time of year. Its very pigmented as you can see from the swatch on the back of my hand. Its glides on to you lips with little effort. Very creamy and smooth, not scratchy or drags at all. Its not a matte its more of a satin finish. Which is perfect for me, it doesn't dry my lips in the slightest. Its long lasting an fades beautifully without living weird patches or the line around your lips. 
I'd love to know have you tried any of the Calvin Klein lipsticks?

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

My black Friday bargain! Nip + Fab etc

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As a bargain blogger how could i not take part in the Black Friday? Admittedly i only got a couple of items as there wasn't a lot that appealed to me. I only have one item here to share with you today (others are in the post!) I also purchased the Amazon Fire Tablet which has arrived but i didn't know if you would be interested in it? If so let me know in the comments and i'll review it for you! I purchased some candles from the body shop as they had 40% off everything. I also purchased some PJs from Bohoo as they were 30% off. But both these items have yet to arrive and i will blog about them when they arrive! 
The bargain i have to share with you today is this awesome Nip + Fab set i purchased from Superdrug, its worth £72, on offer for £35 and then i got 30% off staff discount, so i got it for £24.50! Amazing! I'm so pleased with this set, i have to admit i really should be buying Christmas presents but this little beauty of all for me!

Its a 7 piece set that includes, a blush palette (01 Blushed), a highlighter palette (01 Stroboscopic), a eye shadow palette (01 Sculpted), 2 liquid lipsticks (Cinnamon and Candy), a face primer and mascara. I have yet to try these properly as they only arrived yesterday, i haven't had time and i want to do a thorougher review for you guys. I have swatched the palettes and the pigmentation is great, the highlighter palette especially! I just wanted to mention it now before the offer ends which i believe is Tuesday. 

You can purchase it here

I'd love to know what did you guys get u the Black Friday sale? And what are you hoping to get in the Cyber Monday sale? Let me know down in the comments! 

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