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Saturday, 29 November 2014

November Beauty Favourites




1. Soap and Glory Eyeshadow Quad in 'What's Nude?' - full review here

I absolutely love this palatte as it is travel friendly and with a matte highlight, nude, matte brown and brown shimmer you can create a wide range of looks from only four shades. I also love how each colour is pigmented and easily blended. My favourite is the shimmery shade named Mudhoney as it can be lightly applied for a bit of glittery or more densely for a great metallic taupe shade. 


I cannot get enough of this product or how similar it is to the Anastasia Brow Wiz! It effortlessly creates perfect natural brows and I can see myself repurchasing this for a long time. 


This has been a game changer for my skin as it gives such a healthy radiance. Also it smells of oranges - very similar to the Origins GinZing range - so I look forward to applying it ever morning!


My sister got me hooked on this and I cannot believe how effective and easy it is at removing stubborn waterproof mascara. You have to shake the two substances together before use but the oil helps remove the makeup whilst the aqueous substance helps to care for your lashes. I love the formula and how quick and easy it is to use. 


I honestly don't think there has been a day I have not worn this since I bought it in May. I absolutely love the radiance and colour is leaves on my skin and although it isn't cheap, I haven't actually made a mark on the product yet so it is definitely a good investment - or so I tell myself! 

What are your November favourites?

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Instagram Tour of London


One chilly Wednesday I went on the Instagram London Walk to see London through tourist's eyes and to meet some new people. The event was courtesy of Giff Gaff and our tour guide was the bubbly Charlotte from Best LDN Walks who was full of contagious energy and fun facts. Phil Hibberd from Photography Made Simple also joined us to offer tips and tricks on how to improve photography on your camera phone. Although sceptical with my old iPhone I was actually impressed with some of the shots I managed to capture!

We met at Waterloo and first walked to Waterloo Bridge for our first glimpse of South Bank. The first fun fact I learnt was that the Waterloo Bridge was actually built by women during WW2 and it is coated in a special material so that when it rains it actually cleans itself! 

We then wandered down to South Bank which made everyone feel incredibly Christmassy due to the twinkling fairy lights, festive jumpers and the smell of cinnamon and mulled wine being wafted through the air - bliss! 


We ended up beneath the London Eye opposite the infamous Big Ben. We then wandered down a side street promising we wouldn't cheat and look behind us. I am glad I stuck to it as it was breath taking to see the London Eye framed by trees behind us. Unfortunately I didn't manage to capture the beauty! 

 We then made our way to Leake Street which is the only place you can legally graffiti due to Banksey buying the tunnel so no one would get into trouble! It was amazing to see some of the intricate designs and unfortunately my attempt couldn't really compare! 

 Once high on aerosol fumes we decided to continue on our tour and go and see Big Ben. I just wish we could still make building like this! 


We finished with a stroll up Whitehall to Piccadilly where we stood on a plaque which signified the very centre of London and where all road signs are measured to. I had a really wonderful time and can't thank Joe Blogs enough for inviting me on the experience. Sometimes when you live in a city you miss all the landmarks that make it such a special city so I am very grateful to Charlotte for reminding me what a wonderful city London is! I also met some really lovely people and think you all should definitely check out Martina's blog Almost Apricot as her photography is amazing and her outfits make you want to cut up your bank cards! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How I like my avocado.




Avocado was one of those foods I just could not get on board with until I went to South America travelling. There you can buy avocados for a few pence and I used to live off them using this recipe with sun warmed tomatoes. They were incredibly cheap and avocados are so good for you. They are highly nutritious, containing fibre, protein and a range of vitamins including potassium, iron and vitamin C. They are also unique as they contain a 'good' oil: the mono-saturated type, which reduces the levels of bad cholesterol and lowers your risk of heart disease and strokes. 

Avocados are the perfect addition to thicken smoothies or to add many benefits to salads. However, this is my favourite way to have them:

Ingredients:

1 x avocado
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
Half a lemon
Lots of salt  & pepper
Sesame Seeds (optional)

Mine is on homemade bread that has been lightly toasted - recipe here

1. Slice avocado all the way round and twist until open. Pop the stone out and remove from the skin. 
2. Add all the other ingredients and mash together.
3. Serve with tomatoes, smoked salmon or just as it is. 

How do you love your avocado?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer
Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer

I have been really impressed with Soap and Glory products recently and this Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer is no exception! Firstly the packaging is very compact and neat making it perfect for your makeup bag and the mirror ensures top ups are easy. I also like that it has two different toned concealers to target different areas of your face. The pinky salmon shade is perfect for under your eyes as the pink helps to counteract the dark blue/grey bags that seem to permanently reside there - well on me anyway! Then the green/yellow shade is perfect for any redness or blemishes. The consistency is very soft and creamy making it extremely easy to blend. However, as much as I love the soft texture under my eyes I don't think it works as well over stubborn marks. I have found it ideal for my chin area or around my nose, which does have a lot of redness, as the product blends seamlessly and just adds an extra layer of concealment; but when you need to pin point conceal those really stubborn marks or blemishes I find this a little bit too soft. In these instances I reach for the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, which I think is incredible - read more here, but is a lot more pricey. 

The final step is the powder which sits on a separate compartment on top of the creamy concealers. It is a very translucent powder that I have really enjoyed using around my eyes to prevent any creasing that can occur. It does come with a rather adorable puff but I just find it gets messy far too quickly so always opt to apply it with a soft brush. 

Overall I think this is a fantastic product for £10 as you are really getting three camouflaging products all neatly designed into a travel friendly package. What more could you want? 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

I love skincare, especially products that contain only natural ingredients. I often find that I am really concerned with the food I eat, ensuring that I do not eat processed food and that ingredients are organically and locally grown, however I do not pay as much attention to what I lather onto my skin! Antipodes is a New Zealand brand that only uses natural products and as I love their Aura Manuka Honey Mask, review here, so much I wanted to try other products by the brand. 

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream is packed full of Vitamin C from the kiwi seed oil, which helps to repair any damaged tissue. It also contains carrot seed oil, aloe gel and 100% pure avocado oil all of which contain natural antioxidants, sun screen and help with the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. It also states that it is scientifically shown to stimulate synthesis of collagen production in skin cells by up to 82%. Now I am not sure about that but this is a lovely creamy, fragrance free eye cream that I have enjoyed using twice a day. It is quite thick and luxurious but once applied is very light weight and quickly absorbs into the skin. It hasn't been a miracle worker as I still definitely have some darkness under my eyes but it does keep them hydrated and I definitely think the appearance of fine lines has been decreased. 

It isn't the cheapest eye cream at £24.99 for 30ml but a little really does go a long way. I have been using this morning and night for about three months now and I am about half way through the pot. I think eye creams are definitely something to invest in so I think it is definitely worth the price tag. 

I bought this at Nature Intends as there is one down my road but you can buy it online at Feel Unique.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Soap & Glory Archery in Hot Chocolate vs Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

Soap & Glory Archery vs Anastasia Brow Wiz
Soap & Glory Archery vs Anastasia Brow Wiz
Soap & Glory Archery vs Anastasia Brow Wiz
Soap & Glory Archery vs Anastasia Brow Wiz
Soap & Glory Archery vs Anastasia Brow Wiz
Soap & Glory is on the right.
I apologise that this was quite a photo heavy introduction to the post but I just really wanted to highlight how little difference there is between the two products. I have documented my love for the Anastasia Brow Wiz  before here, where I compared it the Maybelline Brow Drama. I think it is a fantastic product as it creates the most natural looking brows that last all day. The nib is unbelievably tiny resulting in very small, accurate strokes that blend seamlessly with your actual brow hairs. I also absolutely love that this comes with a brush on the end making it perfect for travelling.

I had heard of the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush  before but the lack of shades always put me off. With the Anastasia Brow Wiz there are nine shades to choose from whilst the Soap and Glory only has two shades (Hot Chocolate and Blondshell) not making it a realistic choice for many people.  However, my beloved Brow Wiz recently ran out (hence why there is no picture with the nib out!) so whilst browsing the Boots counters I thought I would give Soap & Glory Archery a swatch. 

Everything about these two products are identical: the packaging is slim, black, neat and the exact same size. You twist one end to increase the size of the nib whilst the other has a very handy brush. The formula is also very similar as both are hard and waxy but can be easily blended. I would say I prefer the Soap & Glory Archery as the Brow Wiz spoolie often comes off with the cap! As you can see from the picture the colour of Soap & Glory Archery in Hot Chocolate in Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown are ridiculously similar making this one of the best dupes I have seen. For me there is not contest and I would repurchase the cheaper drugstore alternative any day but for people who do not have brunette eyebrows this might be a harder decision as the Anastasia does come in many more shades. 

You can by the Anastasia Brow Wiz on Cult Beauty for £15.50 and the Soap & Glory Archery at Boots for £8. 

N.B: I know Lily Pebbles did a similar post here a few weeks ago. I did not actually copy her idea as I took these pictures before her post came out but as the posts are similar I felt I should reference it. It just shows how similar these two products really are and I am sure many more people will be writing about it too!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

October Favourites



I do not know why this foundation got pushed to the back of my drawer as I absolutely love it! It has a soft light weight serum consistency that leaves a gorgeous healthy dewy but natural finish to the skin. It is partnered with the Youth Liberator range of skincare so has the added bonus of skin care ingredients. It is my favourite day foundation as it has SPF included although I think I need to find a less pricey base to be using for everyday as I don't think the children I teach appreciate the flawless finish and for £36 I want to save it for special occasions. But it is very hard to stop using it as I just love the finish so much! 

2. Escentuals Molecule 01 Perfume, read full review here

I absolutely love this scent and think it is perfect for the colder months. It mixes with your pheromones resulting in a new unique perfume for each person. It has a deep woody spicy smell and I have been stopped in shops and the street by people who love it! I got the refill for travelling for £27 making it more affordable than other perfumes. 

3. Soap & Glory Solar Powder, read full review here

This is an amazing product for adding natural warmth to your complexion. There are two shades making it perfect for the transition into paler winter skin! For £11 I think the forum and finish are amazing and I am so happy I finally picked this up.


This gem has given my skin a much needed healthy boost this month and I absolutely love it! It has a gorgeous orange scent that is a perfect wake me up in the mornings. Although for £15.99 you only get 30ml you only need a small amount and the result is well worth the price! 


This is one of the very useful eyeliners that you twist to get more product making the need for a sharpener redundant. I absolutely love this packaging as it is so much sleeker and simpler to use, plus it comes with a very useful smudger on one end - technical term there! The colour is a really intense black that due to the waterproof elements lasts all day. For £3.99 I think this is such a bargain!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C Glow Boost Skin Serum


Anna from Vivanna Does Makeup always has amazing skin so when she talked about her skincare routine I took notes. I have been looking for a day serum for ages, particularly a hydrating one that would leave me with a healthy glow so when she mentioned the Vitamin C Glow Boost Serum by Una Brennan I knew I would have to order it immediately. Unfortunately Super Facialist products are no longer stocked at my local Boots but you get anything delivered to your local store for free. 

This serum comes in a small tube and it has the most amazing orange scent, very similar to my much loved Origins GinZing products. The fresh citrus scent lasts for a few minutes after application, immediately waking me up. The formula is a very light weight cream that is instantly absorbed into the skin. I have definitely noticed a difference in my complexion from using this as it gives your skin an immediate radiance. I have been using it after my toner and eye cream and before my moisturiser. I find it does not affect any part of my routine and instead just gives my skin that such needed boost. 

I love Super Facalist products as I think you get amazing quality for an affordable price, and this is no exception as you can purchase it for £15.99 in Boots, although there is often an offer running on skincare. 

Read my review on the gorgeous Rose Hydrating Cleanser and the amazing deep clay cleansing and hydrating masks
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