September Purchases

Ahhh September; the month I used to hate so much as a child!

We’re half way through September (give or take a few days) so I thought I’d share with you my purchases so far this month.

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Nivea Daily Essentials, Express Hydration Primer. For Dry and Sensitive Skin. £4.99

Ever since I first heard about this Primer I have been on a never ending search for it. Every time I popped into any Boots or Superdrug store it was out of stock. But after almost giving in, I finally found it; to my surprise in a tiny local Boots store. I’m glad I never gave in because I think I have found my favourite primer!

I struggle with Primers, I either feel that it is not doing anything or arggh it’s clogging up my pores. However this product that works like a moisturiser as well; gives me a nice smooth base for my foundation and is suitable for my dry skin.

If you can find it, I highly recommend it.

Overall: 9.5/10 (I’m too mean for 10 out of 10!)

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BarryM Nail Polish in Limited Edition Lime Green and Gelly Blue Grape. £3.99

I’m like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to Barry M nail polishes; I could buy them all. I hadn’t tried any of the gelly range yet and I loved this blue colour so I couldn’t resist. I also couldn’t resist the brightness of the green (it is much brighter than it looks in the picture, I promise!) Also I’m a sucker for buying anything limited edition!

Overall: 8/10

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Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch and Cherry Me. £2.99

These lip balms are all over the beauty blogging world and so when they arrived in the UK I couldn’t wait to try them. When I first bought them at the beginning of the month my lips were in a horrible condition; really dry and chapped and I absolutely hated these lip balms. They did nothing for my lips but emphasize that my lips were looking bad. However recently I decided to bring them out again and actually I really like them. I don’t believe they hydrate your lips for 8 hours, but they are nice and leave a subtle colour.

Overall: 7/10

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 103 True Ivory.

I received this as a part of a product trial, but decided to include it in here. I’m never usually a fan of matte foundations, I have dry skin and I feel that these kind of foundations just emphasize this. I did quite like this however. I do prefer dewy foundations, but if you like Matte Foundations then I’d give it a go.

Overall: 6/10

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MUA and Fashionista Collection

I was quite dubious when I first saw the MUA products in Superdrug. I couldn’t believe that something so reasonable could be any good. How wrong I was, and I can’t resist picking some products up whenever I’m in a Superdrug store.

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MUA The Artiste Collection. Multi-Use Palette. £6

The palette I wanted was out of stock, so I picked this one up instead and I really like it. It comes with 6 marbeled eyeshadows, 2 blushers, 1 bronzer and a highlighter. I haven’t really tested the blushers, but I really like the other colours. The eyeshadows aren’t as pigmented as some others, but really for the price you can’t go wrong.

Overall 7/10

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Fashionista Ready To Wear Brush On Concealer in Light. £6 and MUA Cover and Conceal Wand in Natural. £1.50

These are pretty good concealers and do exactly as you expect. The Cover and Conceal one is a little bit too drying but nothing too bad, but I do really like the Brush On one and have been using it every day so far.

Overall Cover and Conceal: 6/10           Overall Brush On Concealer: 7.5/10

MUA Flawless Primer. £5 and MUA Pro-Base Fixing Mist. £5

I decided to put these items together as I was so disappointed in them. As I said before this was one of the primers that felt like it wasn’t doing anything and made no difference. I bought the fixing mist as I have a very high neck collar jacket that I always end up having foundation all over. This did not work, but felt like I was just spraying perfumed water on my face.

Overall 2/10 for both.

As you may have noticed I also had ISEREE Sensitive Facial Wipes for Dry and Sensitive skin from Lidl. I picked these up in a rush when I really needed some makeup wipes and didn’t expect a lot. They are however really good and I always go and pick these up!

Hope you’re enjoying September so far!

Erin

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Top 3 under £10 foundations.

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There are many great foundations out there on the market, but I am a firm believer that you don’t have to necessarily spend a lot to get a great foundation. The amount of amazing foundations out there on the high street under £10 is incredible; but here are my favourite three, all of which I would highly recommend.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation: £9.99

I have raved about this before but this is still one of my favourite foundations out there. I have dry skin with the odd occasional oily patch but this foundation seems to glide on and stay put and I absolutely adore the smell of it. The only downside to this foundation is that the coverage is quite light, it is however very easy to build up. If you too have dry skin I would highly, highly recommend.

Bourjois Healthy Mix in No. 53 Beige Clair

Bourjois Healthy Mix in No. 53 Beige Clair

Maybelline SuperStay 24Hr Foundation: £9.19

This foundation really does stay put. I wear this foundation when I know I’ll have a long busy day with no time to fix my makeup. I don’t think it would last 24 hours, but I don’t see the need for this.  You only need a small amount at a time and so it lasts for ages. I’ve had this one for quite a while (as you can tell from the condition of the packaging.) The coverage is good, but the smell isn’t as appealing as the other two.

Maybelline Superstay 24hr in 010 Ivory

Maybelline Superstay 24hr in 010 Ivory

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £8.99

I saw many beauty bloggers rave about this item, but it took me a while to get on the bandwagon. A foundation with glittery bits in was a bit off-putting. I however took the plunge and gave it a go and I am so pleased I did. It gives you a nice dewy finish and a nice glow. It smells lovely too; not as fruity as the bourjois, but still very pleasant. The only thing that lets this foundation down is the poor choice of colours. There’s only six to choose from and they’re not the best selection.  I’ve being wishing Rimmel would bring out some more colours for ages!

Wake Me Up in 103 True Ivory

Wake Me Up in 103 True Ivory

I am always on the lookout for great foundations to try, so I’d love to hear what are your favourite under £10 foundations?

Oh dear.

I’ve had a disaster, a hair related disaster. Now I know I shouldn’t be so vain; there are worse things to class as a disaster, but when your blonde locks are no longer blonde and are yellow (actual yellow) and the top of your head looks like you’ve tried to recreate tiger print; something is wrong. Very wrong.

I get bored really quickly with my hair and instead of getting it all chopped off again or going brunette, I decided that I wanted platinum blonde hair. Big mistake.

So now I am the owner of yellow hair. I’ve decided that instead of trying to start a trend of yellow hair I am going to go back to my old blonde; never will I get bored of you again (I promise.) Yellow is a nice colour for summer, but not when it’s your hair.

I was going to add a picture of my hair to show you, but I cannot bring myself to show the internet world my hair. Sorry guys.

I’ve had many hair disasters in my time including a 90’s boyband fringe in 2006 of which I kept for over a year. I still have no idea what I was thinking!

So I’d love to know your hair disasters and also what is the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?

Erin
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Recent Purchases

Pearl Drops Tea & Coffee whitening toothpaste (Superdrug: £3.99)

I am a massive tea drinker and unfortunately my teeth have paid the price for this. Over the years they have become more and more discoloured and I have tried many other whitening toothpastes which either don’t work or the shiny white teeth look didn’t last long and soon the discolouring was back.

Pearl Drops Tea & Coffee daily toothpaste

Pearl Drops Tea & Coffee daily toothpaste

I went looking specifically for an everyday toothpaste for tea drinkers and came across ‘Pearl Drops Tea & Coffee daily’. Now I’ve never tried any other Pearl Drops whitening toothpastes or whitening kits before and so didn’t know what to expect.

It says that it is “specially formulated to deep-cleanse and remove daily build- up of plaque and stains from tea and coffee,” which is exactly what I need. It smells and tastes just like every other everyday toothpaste, unlike some whitening toothpastes and kits that I have used previously that tasted revolting.

I have only been using it a week, but unfortunately I am not impressed. My teeth feel shinier and yes I suppose my teeth do feel like they are getting ‘deep-cleansed’, but they are exactly the same colour as they were when I started. I will carry on using it, as it is a daily toothpaste and I have read that people have seen results after three weeks, nevertheless I’m not expecting much else from it.

And so my quest for white teeth continues.

Overall: 1.5/5.

Max Factor CC Cream (Shade 50 Natural.) (Superdrug: £9.99)

Max Factor CC Cream

Max Factor CC Cream

As mentioned in my favourite five ever items video is Max Factor’s CC Cream. I purchased this two weeks ago and I loved it so much that it had to go straight into my favourite ever items.

Now I loved BB Creams (Blemish Barm Cream) as I wanted something that gave me light coverage for everyday use but I didn’t want to use a tinted moisturiser as the coverage was not right. BB Creams worked perfectly on my skin and so when I heard that Max Factor had brought out a CC Cream (Colour Correcting Cream) I couldn’t wait to try it.

It is available in three shades; fair, natural and tanned. The natural shade seems right for me, but I’m not entirely sure that everyone will be able to find the colour for them with only three shades to pick.

It states that it “instantly transforms your skin with a radiant look” and I really think it does. It smells beautiful as well; it’s a smell I can only describe as ‘summer’, which puts a smile on my face.

CC Cream

CC Cream

My skin is very dry at the moment and the cream seems to glide on and covers up my dry patches and doesn’t emphasise them.

However, the coverage is light and my skin is not in good enough condition to use this simply on its own. If you build it up and use it with a concealer and foundation then I find that the coverage is about right.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 – simply because there is only three colours available.

 

 

 

 

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation (Shade No 53 Beige Clair) (Boots: £9.99)

Bourjois  Radiance Reveal Foundation

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Foundation

I know that the old Bourjois foundation had been reviewed many times and had been highly recommended by many. I however never got round to trying it but when I saw the new one in the shops I knew I had to try it.

Firstly I can’t explain how lovely this foundation smells. It says it is “fruit therapy” and you can smell the fruit and it really is a beautiful smell.

The foundation is also nice on my very dry skin and doesn’t cake onto dry patches, which I have found other foundations to do.

Bourjois Foundation

Bourjois Foundation.

I would prefer if the coverage wasn’t as light, but again it can be built up and the colour isn’t quite a perfect match for my skin, but that might be more my fault being in a rush and not testing the colours against my skin tone properly.

It says that it lasts “for up to 16hours.” Now I don’t know if it does actually last that long and I’m not sure if the foundation would be right if you have oily skin. However, if you too have dry skin I would highly recommend it.

Overall Rating 4.5/5.

Wearing Max Factor CC Cream and Bourjois Radiance Reveal healthy mix foundation

Wearing Max Factor CC Cream and Bourjois Radiance Reveal healthy mix foundation

My 5 Favourite Beauty Items ever…

(Video: With thanks to Sophie Hind)

In the video was:

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara: £7.99 from Boots

Rimmel London Mascara

Rimmel London Mascara


 Max Factor CC Cream in Shade 50, Natural: £9.99 from Superdrug

Max Factor CC Cream

Max Factor CC Cream

Miss Dior Cherie is now simply ‘Miss Dior’ Eau de Toillete Spray 50ml: £54 from Boots

Miss Dior Cherie

Miss Dior Cherie

ghd Scarlet deluxe Straighteners set: £149 from ASOS

ghd straighteners

ghd straighteners

Percy & Reed hair Finishing Polish, 100ml: £10 from John Lewis

Percy & Reed finishing polish

Percy & Reed finishing polish

What are your 5 favourite ever items?

  

 

John Frieda, ‘Sheer Blonde, colour renew’

This is probably something a lot of blondes can relate to; you get your hair dyed a beautiful shade of blonde and a few weeks later you start to notice that no longer is your hair that lovely shade of blonde it once was but has become brassy with hints of yellow.

Now there are many ‘purple’ shampoos on the market, the tone correcting shampoos that are always bright purple in colour to try and correct it.

As I found my hair was becoming a more brassy/yellow/gingery colour than blonde I decided to give a ‘purple’ shampoo a go. John Frieda, ‘Sheer Blonde, colour renew’ was on offer in Superdrug at £6 for the Shampoo and Conditioner together, and so I decided to give it a try.

John Frieda 'purple' shampoo and conditioner

John Frieda ‘purple’ shampoo and conditioner

The Shampoo states that “with optical brightener and lavender, correcting formula counteracts unwanted yellow tones to neutralise brassiness and renew blonde colour.” There is only a small hint of a lavender smell to it, nevertheless the smell is a pleasant one and definitely not chemical- like.

It is slightly concerning putting a bright purple shampoo and conditioner on your hair, but after the first wash my hair certainly felt more conditioned  than before but there was indeed no colour change.

The shampoo

The shampoo

After a few weeks of using the Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner there has been a small but noticeable change in my hair, unfortunately not enough of a change to see through photos but there is a less brassy and yellow tone to my hair. My hair does however feel quite dried out from using it, but this may be due to the fact that I have been probably over-using it.

My hair is due for a re-colour and this time I will use the John Frieda shampoo and conditioner twice a week to try and maintain the colour, but without drying out my hair.

I have noticed that the shampoo and conditioner is back to £5.89 a bottle in Superdrug and I am not entirely convinced at that price it is worth it.

John Frieda: Sheer Blonde, colour renew: 2.5/5

Review: Salon Confidential Clip-in Hair Extensions

For many years now I have dreamt of having long, blonde, Rapunzel-esqe hair, unfortunately I have never quite reached this dream. It has taken three years to grow my hair from a short bob into its current style which is just past my shoulders and is showing no signs of getting any longer.

The problem is my hair has never been fast to grow. I never really had hair until I was three years old and then it never reached a long length until I was about 8 years old. I have my hair regularly cut and I try to look after it, but it never seems to want to grow.

Jessica Wright's hair after using hair extensions. Picture from www.mirror.co.uk

Jessica Wright’s hair after using hair extensions. Picture from http://www.mirror.co.uk

As my 21st birthday approached I decided that I was going to have my dream of long hair and so started researching into hair extensions. I cannot afford real ones and have seen celebrities such as The Only Way Is Essex’s Jessica Wright suffering with bald patches due to her hair extensions.

I decided on clip-in extensions, I knew I’d probably get bored of it and want short hair again and these seemed the most appropriate. I did not want real human hair clip-in extensions either, I do not like the idea of having someone else’s hair attached to my own having no idea where it came from.

Through reading reviews, I decided on Salon Confidential’s ‘volume wave’ clip-in extensions in Lightest Blonde. At £45 they are on the expensive side for synthetic extensions, but due to the reviews I decided that they were worth the risk.

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The website states that they “are made from state of the art modifibre material. They look, move and feel just like real hair, but the bonus is you don’t have to do anything with them because they’re pre-styled for you” which seems like a bonus for me.

In the box you get 12 rows of extensions, which turned out to be far too much to fit in, but I’d much rather have too many than not enough.

Out of the box they seemed a bit too shiny, but after various amount of sprays and dry shampoo’s this shine seemed to have gone; although I don’t know what all this product is going to do to the continuing condition of the hair.

Before applying with dry shampoo and spraysAfter applying with sprays
(Before and after applying dry shampoo and sprays)

I struggled to put them in myself, but after some help I had them all clipped in and I was rather impressed, the colour was a very good match to my own hair and I now had the long blonde Rapunzel hair that I’d been dreaming off; even if I did feel it looked a bit like Barbie’s.

I showed it off to my friends who said “I know it’s not real because last time I saw you your hair was short. If I didn’t know you though, I wouldn’t realise its fake.”

My natural hair length

My natural hair length

With Salon Confidential Extensions (apologies for the nearly make-up free face)

With Salon Confidential Extensions

The back with Salon Confidential extensions

The back with Salon Confidential extensions

However, due to the fact that it is light blonde and synthetic, under the flash of a camera you can tell that it’s fake as it still shines a lot more than my natural hair, which lets it down.

I will only be wearing it on nights out and as long as no photos are taken it’s perfect. It doesn’t weigh down my head and looks almost as if it was my own hair. For the amount of hair you get it’s definitely good value for money, I just wish they could invent something that  always looked natural without having to use human hair.

Rating: 4/5

Salon Confidential clip-in extensions are available at http://www.salonconfidential.co.uk/, http://www.very.co.uk/ and http://www.dorothyperkins.com/