Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Mini Beauty Haul

Helloo guys ! Thought I'd do my next post on small collective hall, the clothing/fashion haul shall be up very soon! If you want to see an in depth review of anything just let me know !

I must say this is one of the best moisturisers I've ever used ! It can be hard to find something that hydrates your skin without leaving it shiny and looking very oily, so for me this is perfect! Quite often on offer in Superdrug and Asda for around the £3 mark, and absolute BARGAIN!

So I brought this as I was finding using foundations too heavy for my skin, I don't really have perfect skin and for my skin tone I find it difficult to find a perfect match drugstore foundation, hearing good things about this I thought I'd give it a try especially as BB creams are meant to adapt better to your skin tone.. however the medium shade was way to dark for my skin making it look orange, so next time it's on offer I shall be getting the lighter shade.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BABYLIPS! They are the perfect tinted lip balms especially this shade and the 'pink punch'.

Never EVER have I loved any make up brushes as much as I do these! Real Techniques do the best, they leave my make up looking flawless, so easy to wash and dry and do not shed at all! When I saw these two on offer in Superdrug I found it hard to pass it up!

Batiste dry shampoo works amazingly on my long curly hair, a quick spritz and my hair feels fresh and ready to go. 

Natural Collection have some great finds at a bargain price! The rosey glow blush is a favourite of mine especially for this time of the year!

I also picked up the lip liner and lipstick seeing as it was on 3 for 2.

I've not actually given this a proper go but I'm excited to try this out!

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm is a must for me especially in the cold wintery season.

OOTN- Happy Birthday Shika!

Hii guys! Me and a few friends went out last night to celebrate my best friend's birthday so I thought I'd share a few snaps and my OOTN. 

I did wear a white blazer over the top as it was a little on the cooler side last night!  

You can't really see the necklace I'm wearing so I thought I'd just insert a close up of it, it will be included in my fashion haul which will be up soon! 

This is the lovely little clutch I decided to go with in the end! Small but still managed to fit quite a lot in there phone, emergency charger, small perfume bottle, lipstick, chewing .. The usual!  

The lipstick I wore was from natural collection and I must say for a couple of pounds it really did an amazing job ! Only had to touch up a couple times throughout the night and didn't leave my lips feeling dry at all !

As it was my best friends birthday I had to include her in this post !

Happy 18th Birthday Shika! 
Hope you had a lovely day ! You really do mean the absolute world to me and I couldn't ever ask for a better best friend/sister.. I know I can always rely on you and trust you with my life and for that I am eternally grateful! Love you loads beautiful ❤️ xxx


FIF- No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

Hello lovelies! I thought I'd do a First Impression Friday on the No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation for today's post! 


I was reading through some blogs when I came across Porcelain Queen and she mentions the no7 beautifully matte foundation in one of her posts .. Having very oily skin I decided to give it a go especially as No7 have their skin match device thing, which I was pessimistic about at first

I was in a bit of a rush when I went along to my local boots to pick this little beauty up.. The lady called Grace who helped me was so lovely and didn't waste any time and just got straight to the point (unlike other counters when I'm having to wait around for the consultant to get themselves organised). I literally hopped onto a seat out the device over my face after removing the BB cream I already had on and within seconds she had the one that matched my skin perfectly. When buying foundations I do normally like to go a shade or two darker just so I don't look too pale and washed out so this is exactly what I did. My colour was deeply beige and I love it ! 

Let's start off with the packaging. The foundation comes in a smooth matte plastic bottle which I guess reflects te product inside. The foundation does have a pump which makes application mess free and so quick and easy! One thing I must say about this foundation is that a little goes a long way ! 

The product itself is amazing ! It instantly mattifies the skin and blends in seamlessly leaving your skin feeling so soft and luxurious. You do get the standard 30ml and has SPF 15. I would say this foundation is of medium coverage. 

I do have incredibly oily skin so I'm always on the search for a product that will help with that. I always have to set my foundations/BBcream with a powder or within an hour I'm just an oily mess! 

I applied the foundation with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush at around 7.30 and decided to go without powder for once, brave move right ? And by 12pm there was very little oil visible, I literally couldn't believe it ! I didn't think this was possible ! By 2pm my face could have done with a dusting of powder but I went without to see just how long lasting it was. My face didn't seem to get any more shinier than it was at 2pm by around 5.30 pm so I left it on for a few more hours.. By 7pm there was still no difference and throughout the day the only place that was shiny was my nose, I can cope with that ! 

I must say I am definitely impressed with this foundation ! I have never been this oil free with a foundation before.. EVER! It's so lightweight and works amazing on oily skin! I would 100% recommend this to anyone with oily skin and for £12.95 I think it's amazing for the price point ! 

I'm thinking of doing more FIF's in the future so let me know what you think ! 

Nicky xoxo

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Revlon Haul !

Yes I know ! I'm a bit late on the whole Revlon lip product bandwagon and to be quite honest I've no idea why it's taken me so long to join it! But finally I decided to buy a few as I felt I needed some new colours in my collection. 

So I originally was only going to but maybe a lip butter and a lipstick but when I saw superdrug were having their 3 for 2 offer, how could I resist it? It sort of became just one more whilst they're going cheap.. And next thing you know I've picked up nine and I'm walking out the shop beaming at my purchases ! 

I picked up some Lip Butters, Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, Super Lustrous Lipsticks and a Super Lustrous Lipgloss!

Lip Butters
Strawberry Shortcake
Peach Parfait 
Sweet Tart
Tutti Frutti

Super Lustrous Lipsticks 
Lovers Coral 
Pink in the Afternoon 

Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Super Lustrous Lipgloss 

I decided to do First Impression Fridays with each of the products I chose so keep an eye out ! 

Nicky xoxo

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FIF- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

So as you may know I went a bit Revlon crazy, as a result I decided to do a FIF on what I'd purchased. And this week it will be on the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks. 

The first lipstick I picked up was "Pink in the Afternoon", it's one of those clich├ęd your lips but better kinda colours. For me it's perfect for everyday.

"Lovers Coral" is a subtle peachy/pink which I can see me using a lot more in the summer time. 

One thing I have to say is these lipsticks are super smooth, silky and creamy! They don't dry my lips like many other lipsticks do and even some how make them feel softer, think of it as a buttery lipstick.

Revlon really do have an amazing colour range and I without a doubt would recommend this to everyone ! I do not have a single negative thing to say about this product! 

I will be doing another Revlon FIF next week so keep your beautiful eyes peeled! 

Happy Friday !! 

Nicky xoxo

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FIF- Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

I know, I know I've been slacking with the posts lately as I have been quite busy with college and I promise I will be back to posting regularly as of next week ! I am thinking of doing more OOTD's and FIF's so let me know what you think.

So on with this weeks FIF.. I had been eyeing this up and was considering ordering this from Amazon as at the time I didn't realise it would be available in the UK. I just happened to be browsing on Superdrug's website and came across this beauty! Long story short the next day I popped in and picked it up along with the Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer seeing as they were buy one get one half price (I will be doing a FIF with the concealer next week so keep your eyes peeled).
I had heard a lot of mixed views on this so I was a bit sceptical. I can be a real sucker for packaging something with I was originally drawn towards, it is meant to make your skin look and feel smooth as well as poreless, which I must agree it does. I had a gel/silicone feel, which managed to fill in my pores and after I had applied my foundation, my skin actually looked flawless and my pores were virtually invisible, result! Having medium sized pores I must say I was rather pleased, although I did notice a slight more oil on the areas I had applied the product, but I think this could be solved with some powder, this definitely hasn't put me off using it.
All in all, I do like Baby Skin and would recommend this to anyone with enlarged pores or even if you just want a reasonably priced primer to make your foundation look silky and smooth, at £7.99 I say it's an absolute bargain! I know it has been compared to the Benefit Porefessional but as I have only ever used it once I can't really make a direct comparison.
Hope you're all having a lovely day!
Nicky xoxo

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Top 5 real techniques brushes

I'm not one to spend a lot of money on make up tools unless I need to. I mean why spend more money for something higher end when you can pick something up from the drugstore at a much cheaper price ? 

That's where real techniques comes in. I'd seen so many Youtubers raving about them and a few months ago decided to try them out. And boy was I impressed ! You may be wondering why I have only included face brushes and that's mainly just because I tend not to wear eye make up besides mascara on a day to day basis.
1. The contour brush I got as a part of the core collection. Contouring is something I struggle with so when I do, this really does make it easy it's so precise yet manages to blend in my contour without leaving any harsh lines. 

2. The blush brush.. My oh MYY! I've tried a few difference blush brushes before yet they either leave my blusher looking harsh, blotchy or uneven. But nope not this one. 

3. The powder brush at £10.99, allowed me to use powder to set my foundation without leaving that dusty powdery feel. It is a bit on the bulky side so it's not something I can carry around with me in my bag for touch ups, however Real Techniques have come out with some retractable brushes so maybe I need to get my hands on them. 

4. The expert face brush was the first ever brush I had brought. I instantly loved it. My foundation looked flawless and went on amazingly for the first time since I began to use foundation. I told EVERYONE about them and they all felt the same as me. One thing that dazzled me the most was the fact they did not shed. Not a single hair, I know right? A bargain at £8.99. I purchased mine from Superdrug so I do get 10% student discount. 

5. The buffing brush is another one from the core collection and I think this is the most versatile. I can use this for powder foundation, liquid foundation and I can blend in my concealer and blush! It is the most perfect brush in the world !! 

Okay guys so those are my top 5 Real Techniques brushes, they are not in any particular order cause that would be asking the impossible of me. I recommend the Real Techniques to you all as they are super affordable!

Hope you're all well! 

Nicky xoxo

Saturday, 8 March 2014

NV Colour Lipstick

Hello Beautifuls !!

This post is something I'm really excited about ! I know I have been absent for quite a while, I've been snowed under with so much college work.

So, I came across NV Colour on Twitter and was instantly intrigued (as I tend to be with anything beauty related!), popped along to their website and was instantly drawn in! If you haven't already then you must check them out, NV Colour also have an Instagram so go and follow!!!

I did only buy lipsticks as lipsticks are my thing and something I knew I'd get a lot of use out of, but now looking back I wish I had ordered some more especially as they are a right bargain at £6 a piece. Their website states "NV lipstick is a super moisturising, long lasting lip colour that glides beautifully and comfortably onto your lips for all day long staying power" and I 110% must agree! All of the lipsticks are so similar in texture and longevity which is something that can be very rare within brands.

One thing I was extremely impressed with was the packaging! It is super smooth and gorgeous to look at, when I first received this in the post I kept them out displayed on my draw just so that I could stare at that, sounds a tad weird right? But I think that goes to show how much I fell in love with the packaging. The one feature I was dazzled by was the magnetic casing!! I have never come across any magnetic packaging on a lipstick before and boy was I impressed. I'm forever leaving the lids on a lipstick half open so this solved all my prayers. Everything I have always wanted in a lipstick!

I have never been so pleased with customer service before, EVER! The NV Colour team are so friendly and happy to help, I was amazed.

Flamenco is one of those beautiful peachy nude everyday colours that I LOVEE!!! It's soo smooth and silky on the lips and lasts a good few hours before I need to touch up. It's one of those go to lipsticks which is in big competition with my Revlon- Pink in the Afternoon, something I wore every single day until this little beauty came into my life.
Pixie is a very much so a light Barbie pink. It was a bit too light for my personal liking but I can imagine many girls loving this lipstick. Saying that I love the texture so much that I just pop on a bit of lip gloss to darken the colour and it is perfection!
Sorbet is my FAVOURITE! I can see myself wearing this every day in the summer. It is one of those very few lipsticks that are long lasting without drying out your lips and is super pigmented!
Ladies if you haven't looked into NV Colour yet, you most definitely should! I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!!
Nicky xoxo
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