Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Cocoa Brown Rose Gold Goddess Body Oil

Yes this is the second post in a row that I have done about a highlighter...moving on. To be fair you could put rose gold on anything and there is a fair likelihood that I will feel that I need it in my life. So combine that with Cocoa Brown and I'm sold! The original Golden Goddess oil has been immensely popular over the last couple of months and then those gorgeous girls over at Cocoa Brown took it all a step further and released the Rose Gold Goddess oil! For a night out over the last couple of weeks, the go-to product has been this oil. This makes you literally glow like a goddess. You will take the saying "highlight on fleek" to a whole other level. 

I do prefer this to the original, and I really hope the limited edition sticker will eventually drop off and it will be here to stay forever! I find this shade suits my skin tone better as the original was slightly too yellow and with my (very) pink undertone, the rose shade works better for me. With this a little goes a long way. On a night out it looks gorgeous on the legs, arms and along the collar bones. Obviously paired with a gorgeous tan, this really makes such a difference to any look. I have even used this on my mum when she has been heading out and she loves it too! 

I will be picking up another bottle or two of this before it leaves the shelves! I really hope that it becomes a permanent addition to the Cocoa Brown family. Pick it up before it's gone forever!


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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder

This is the highlighter that has been getting raved about by everyone over the past couple of weeks. I bought it months ago and had forgotten about it up until recently. Apparently it sells out all the time and Catrice can't keep it on the shelves. Once I heard the ravings start up again over the last couple of weeks I dug this out again and started to give it another go. I have been pretty obsessed with MAC's Soft & Gentle, and have been using it pretty consistently since I bought it last year. But since it was getting such rave reviews, I switched them out in my make-up bag. 

Starting off with the packing of it, you are really getting what you pay for here. It is cheap and cheerful, no frills or anything exciting. But in this case the product inside is worth ten times more. At first sight you see the silver compact and it does look a little intimidating in the pan. But it does not swatch as stark as it looks in the compact. It is a lot more subtle than Soft & Gentle but it does have the same idea behind it. It is a silver champagne highlighter that gives a gorgeous sheen to the skin. I think it does have the risk of running a little glittery if you over do it. But if you have a light hand with the brush it definitely has the potential to look gorgeous! I have been wearing it on an everyday basis lately and for work it does look gorgeous but if I was looking for a highlight to wear on a night out (or if I'm feeling a little more dramatic) then I would still be reaching for the likes of Champagne Pop or Soft & Gentle.

It doesn't wear particularly well but for the price you are getting what you pay for in that department. For €5.50 you would never be stuck for a highlighter! If you spot it at a Catrice counter, grab it!

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Kat Von D | Shade & Light Palette

I was recently in Sephora for the first time ever. When I walked in I really didn't know where to start. I had a few things on a list that I knew I definitely wanted to get and this palette was one of them. Kat Von D is launching in Debenhams in October but I have been wanting this for so long that I couldn't leave without getting it. It was a little pricy at €47 but since giving it a test I can see why it is expensive!

The Kat Von D range is highly talked about in the beauty world and this palette is one of the highlights from the collection. After hearing so many people raving about it I knew it had to be one of the first things I picked up. The palette has six powder products in it, three contour and three highlights. They range from light to dark so there is something to suit everyone- or if like me you wear false tan, there will be a colour to suit you no matter what stage in the tanning routine you are.

The powders are unlike anything I have ever used before. They are ridiculously pigmented. You literally need the tiniest amount of product on your brush to avoid looking or feeling cakey or powdery. The powder itself feels so lightweight on the skin, if you use the right amount it feels like there is nothing on the skin. The contour shades blends so easily and beautifully. It's the easiest contour product I have ever used. The one shade out of the whole palette that I am obsessed with is the middle highlight. It brightens up the under eye area amazingly well. It is a little more yellow toned than the others so it cancels out any discoloration under the eyes. That one is definitely the stand out shade in the palette for me.

If you are lucky enough to live near a Sephora or a Kat Von D counter, I would 100% recommend you check this out. It is definitely worth the money in my opinion!

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

August Beauty Favourites

 Lets try this whole return to blogging thing again. Yes I have been absent after saying I was going to get back into a routine but then the Summer happened. I swear I am back. I have still been buying and trying the same ridiculous amounts of make-up as usual so I have plenty to talk about. I thought that August favourites would be the perfect way to get back into the swing of things. August really flew by, I was in Barcelona for just over a week and had a couple of weekends away in between so I really got my everyday routine down to a few key products.

 Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
To be fair, you are probably all sick of hearing about my love for this mask. I brought this with me to Spain and applied it every night. I was worried that my skin would dry out with the sun and from being in the pool/sea so I wanted to make sure I got that extra bit of moisture in. I just applied a light layer every night and left it on overnight. It is definitely thicker and stickier than your normal moisturiser but by morning time it had fully sunk in and my skin was feeling really healthy and nourished. I am obsessed with the smell of this too, it has a peach scent which is gorgeous! If you have dry skin and need something to inject that extra bit of moisture in I would definitely recommend that you pick this up!

 Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil
This came out earlier this month and it was on offer in Boots so I picked it up to give it a go. I am a massive fan of cleansing oils so I thought this would be a nice budget option. I have been using this every night for the past month and I am really impressed. My skin has had minimal breakouts and the texture has really improved. I use a micellar water to remove the bulk of my make up and then use this to cleanse my skin. It does a great job at giving my skin a deep cleanse and leaves it feeling nourished and moisturized. I think this is an amazing budget oil cleanser and definitely one that you should give a go! 

 Boots Witch Hazel Gel
For the few breakouts that did appear though the month I have been using this gel from Boots. I picked it up randomly one day and was pleasantly surprised. This takes down the swelling of a spot brilliantly overnight. It gets rid of the redness and soreness. It doesn't get rid of the spot completely overnight but it improves it so much. For €2.99 I was so impressed with how this worked. It is a clear gel too so there will be no awkward white sudocream moments! 

 L'oreal Volume Million Lashes "Fatale"
This is a new release from L'oreal this month and I had just run out of my beloved Maybelline "The Falsies". So instead of buying the mascara that I have loved for months and that I know works for me, I went out and bought this. The make-up junkie in me is never satisfied. What if there is something better?! This mascara gives lovely (slightly chunky) volume while defining the lashes. It holds a curl really well and lasts all day on me. It is a little tougher to get off but if you use an oil based cleanser you are good to go! 

 MAC Lady Danger
This has been the go to lipstick over the past month when I want something a little more dramatic. This is a gorgeous vibrant orange toned red. I prefer this type of red because it is slightly more relaxed than a pillar box red and can be used during the day and at night. (I think anyway!) It looks amazing with a tan and it really brightens up any make-up look. I find it makes your teeth look whiter too! I have really been liking going though some of my older MAC lipsticks that I haven't worn in ages. Hue is another one I have rediscovered and may appear in next months favourites! 

Monsoon Rose Gold Perfume
This has been my perfume of choice for the last couple of weeks. Anytime I smell it, it reminds me of holidays. I am the worst person ever at describing scents so I googled. And according to The Fragrance Shop online, it has notes of lemon, vanilla, musk and balsamic amber which to be honest is all completely lost on me. I do like that it has a deeper scent than what I normally go for. Plus all you need to do is put rose gold on anything I am guaranteed to love it! 

So those are a few of the bits that I have been loving over the past couple of months. I have a few reviews coming up of items I bought on holidays over the next few days! 
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