Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The £2.99 Wonder Product For Skin That You Just Have To Try...

I love discovering new products that work really well for me and I really love it, when I find that they don't with a super expensive price tag!

A few weeks ago, while doing a spot of beauty shopping in Superdrug, my friend headed to the Vitamin E skincare selection. Though I had used various products in the past which contained it, I hadn't tried anything before which had Vitamin E as the primary ingredient. Needless to say, I was quite intrigued.

To give a brief overview, Vitamin E is a multi functional antioxidant which is thought to have a whole host of benefits when used on the skin. Vitamin E protects skin, by helping to neutralise the harmful effects of free radicals, which can damage cells. It is also believed to combat the signs of aging and minimise wrinkles, as well as being good treating sunburn.

My friend spoke really highly of the Vitamin E Facial Oil and it's moisturising properties, so I decided I would give that a try. A 30ml bottle cost just £2.99, which I think is a real bargain especially given that typically oils are not something you need to use buckets of. Well, not if you don't want to feel like you've just been doused in chip fat anyway...

Keen to test out my new buy, I began using it in the evenings after taking off all of my makeup, however, I have read that some people do opt to use this over typical makeup removers. I use the oil in place of my moisturiser, as it is definitely too much to wear both!

While the oil helps to defend skin from environmental damage, one of its other primary benefits is how intensely moisturising it is for skin. I have been using it to specifically target drier areas of my face; between my eyebrows, my nose, a little and a little around my chin. As I said before, it's easy to get a little overexcited with oils, but you really don't need to use a lot.

After just a few days of using the oil, I could really see a marked improvement. My troublesome dry patches had really reduced and within a fortnight, all but gone completely. I have now cut down from using the oil every day, to every couple of days using my usual moisturise in between, to try and keep my skin balanced. I am conscious about not putting too much extra oil onto my skin in case it triggers a breakout.

All in all though, I think this has been a really great find. I've since read that it is also great for using on dry cuticles, as well as a conditioning agent for hair - so you are certainly getting your money's worth out of this.

Superdrug has a range of other Vitamin E based products which I will definitely be sampling in the near future. You can find them all here. Personally, I've got my eye on the serum and body scrub...


Wednesday, April 20, 2016


It's no secret that I love nothing more than indulging in a new MAC lipstick and last week I just happened to add two to my collection. My MAC wishlist is forever growing so it takes some willpower to not go too overboard!

I picked up a couple of super summery shades that I have had my eye on for a while. The first one I chose was 'Faux', which is actually rather like one of my all time favourite MAC shades - Brave. Faux is a bit more of a pared down, muted pink... and I can't get enough of it.

Because it is one of the Satin lipsticks, Faux is really wearable and not at all drying on the lips. It's a great choice for the office and I was especially impressed by how long wearing it is.

While nudes lipsticks are all the rage, I feel like Faux is a great little twist on that with it's mauve undertones. In just a week, it has already risen up the ranks very quickly as one of my favourite choices - a definite must buy for me.

I also purchased Plumful, which is widely popular with my fellow bloggers. There are only so many times that you can see a shade named in a 'My Favourite MAC lipsticks' blog post before knowing that you also need to own it.

It's my first 'Lustre' lipstick and, while these are very pigmented, they are typically more on the sheer side than other collections. This also means that it's quite light to wear, which is always a bonus.

Plumful is quite a bold colour, so I think it'll be a great option as we enter the warmer months. It's a statement shade which is a great alternative to a slightly harsher bold red lip.

At £15.50, MAC lipsticks aren't the cheapest on the market. That being said, they are of a really good quality and I do think you get your money's worth. 

You can check out my swatches for both of the lipsticks below. Have you tried these? Let me know what you think in the comments. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Budget Eye Shadow Palette Taking The Beauty World By Storm: MUR XBritish Beauty Blogger

As soon as I laid my eyes on the Fortune Favours the Brave palette, I knew it was something that I just had to get my hands on. The result of a fabulous collaboration between budget beauty brand Makeup Revolution and Jane Cunningham, a.k.a British Beauty Blogger, it’s made up of 30 beautiful shades meaning there is a little something for everyone.

Originally slated for January release, this was then pushed back until March because, by her own admission, Jane wanted it to be ‘just right’. In my personal opinion, it was definitely worth the wait. 

Unlike many other MUR products, this palette comes in a beautiful matte gold casing which really makes it stand out. Despite the fact it holds 30 shadows, it still manages to remain sleek and compact in it’s design. There's a brush included in the middle, which while not of astonishing quality, is a nice little addition. 

I like a lot of selection when it comes to eye shadows, so this set ticked all the boxes for me. It's made up of everything from smooth mattes to glitter packed shimmery shades. 

What really impressed me, though it is unfortunately not as clear as I would have liked in my swatches is how incredibly pigmented the shadows are. They are very buildable, they wear well throughout the day and I've noticed very little fallout. Another perk for me is that they blend really easy, meaning achieving a classic smokey eye is much less work.

The palette retails for £9.99 and it's worth every penny. There's a such a fantastic range of shades that you're not short of choice when it comes to what looks to create. Its very versatile with some really wearable colours for daytime, and then the added darker tones if you want to vamp it up in the evening. 

In my opinion, Fortune Favours the Brave is a really strong rival for the popular high end shadow palettes; it has all of the fantastic qualities and at just a fraction of the price. Certainly, it's another success for Makeup Revolution - and for Jane too.