Feeling Peachy Keen!

Hi Lovelies!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine we have been experiencing here in the UK recently.

I wanted to explain my absence (not apologise for it because it’s ok to need to take time out). I’ve not been feeling myself recently. I’m having a bit of a hair crisis, which I appreciate is not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but I find myself feeling a bit down about the state of my roots and the fact I have to be patient before I can achieve the hair I want.

I’ve also been fairly sociable with friends and that has taken precedence over my blog – that and I was suffering from a slight hangover last weekend.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about all things peach. When the sun starts shining, I start to move my make up towards different colours, especially towards peaches and corals.

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L-R: Coral Bliss by MAC, Galifornia Blush by Benefit, Freedom of Peach by Lancôme and Peach for the Stars by Barry M. 

 

I’m not really going to talk about the Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Freedom as peach as I spoke about it here but I do think it is a nice, light option for those hot days on the beach when you just want a wash of colour and some moisture for your lips.

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The next thing I’m going to talk about is Peach for the Stars by Barry M which is a very vibrant peach nail polish in the Barry M Sunlight Curing range.

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This polish can usually be picked up from around £4 and it’s just a really nice polish. You do need the daylight curing top coat for these polishes but they last really well. I do find that sometimes, if your nails get wet, the polish can peel off in one sheet which is, although oddly satisfying, can be quite annoying. However, for £4 (ish) I don’t think you can go wrong!

Then on to the lipstick – MAC’s Coral Bliss in cremesheen finish.

IMG_2463This is a gorgeous, light coral colour and it’s in MACs cremesheen which is a creamy, medium coverage, semi gloss finish. It feels beautiful on the lips and is not in the slightest bit drying. The colour is buildable so you can easily swipe on a small amount of colour (or applied over a lip balm which dilutes the colour) or build up for a more statement look.

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It’s packaged in MACs classic black bullet and with their signature, vanilla scent. The MAC lipsticks are not cheap but you can pick them up in Duty Free to make a bit of a saving.

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Now, possibly my favourite peach make up item at the moment is the Galifornia Blush by Benefit.

Let’s start by talking about the packaging because it is simply gorgeous. I love the design on the box and the fact that the lid is on a hinge and houses a decent mirror. It also comes with a brush which is in a lovely blue, worn wood style which really fits with the style of the packaging.

IMG_2468The blush itself is a beautiful peach colour with a golden shimmer. When you first get the blush it has a top spray of proper gold, but this comes off after the first use, and it has a stylised Sun embossed into the blush.  The blush also has a fragrance, and sometimes I am a bit afraid of strongly scented face products as sometimes I don’t want to be able to smell it all day. However, the scent is a clean, summery smell with notes of grapefruit in and it is actually really nice.

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This swatch really doesn’t show the golden glow very well! 
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This is one of the dodgy phone selfies I took when I road tested the blush and the lipstick. I was feeling a bit hungover and worse for wear. 

I hope you guys enjoyed my peachy make up picks. Are there any colours that your turn to in the nice weather or any other peachy products you recommend?

Stay Safe and Wonderful,

Lexy x

Primark Make Up Brushes – A Review

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend despite the typical Bank Holiday weather!

Today I wanted to talk about some make up brushes I picked up in Primark  a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_2457I picked up this set of 5 make up brushes (and a silver case which said Insta Girl on it which I didn’t like and have subsequently lost) in Primark for £7!

I had watched a make up artist on Facebook doing a live stream (I can’t remember her name now!) who was saying she used quite a few Primark brushes because she thought they were as good as higher end brushes.

In the set you get 2 flat eyeshadow brushes one slightly bigger than the other, an angled liner brush, a fluffy blush brush and a stippling style brush.

IMG_2492 The brushes themselves have very soft, synthetic bristles which are a white into grey ombre style. They have a silver ferrule (yes – I looked that up on wikipedia) keeping the bristles attached to the plastic, white marble handles.

I really like these brushes. I’ve used them a couple of times and they feel nice when applying products and they don’t seem to have shed at all. They have no fly away bristles either which I have experienced with cheaper brushes (such as eyeliner brushes in liquid eyeliners) and a good overall shape.

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Overall, I really like these brushes. They look lovely on a dressing table (especially along side the rose gold brushes I have), they work well and they are an absolute steal. If, like me, you like having lots of brushes to choose from I definitely recommend giving these a try!

Let me know if you have any other make up brush recommendations and, if you try these out, how you find these Primark ones!

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

Shaking Things Up!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are well and didn’t make yourselves sick on chocolate over Easter!

With the weather improving (so much so that I honestly got sun burnt a couple of weeks ago!) I find that I sometimes want to wear less make up. With less make up, I tend to step away from lipsticks and liquid lipsticks and gravitate more towards glosses and balms.

Before Christmas, I treated myself to a Lancôme Juicy Shaker in the shade Meli Melon because I wanted a moisturising lip oil to get me through the winter months and I had heard that these ones were pretty good. It was a treat because they retailed at the time for £18 (they have since gone up to £19.50) which did feel quite extravagant for a lip oil.

I immediately fell in love with it – It smells amazing, leaves a nice subtle glossy tint on the lips and does leave your lips feeling moisturised. Since I loved it so much, I found that there was a set available for Christmas of 3 shades for £31.50 on FeelUnique (I found it online in January) and it seemed crazy not to buy it considering the saving.

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The Juicy Shaker is a bi-phase lip oil product which means that it is made up of 2 parts of different densities. It is made up of the pigment part that is where the mainstay of the colour of the product is, and the oil part which is the where the moisturising part is.

In order to get the pigment mixed in with the nourishing oils, you need to shake the product (that is shaped like a cocktail shaker) which mixes the parts together. The more you shake, the more pigment you get and the stronger the colour pay off.

The applicator itself, is a fairly large, conical and spongy and the small holes in the top of the bottle allow just the right amount of product onto the applicator so no product is wasted.

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From L-R: Meli Melon, Vanilla Pod, Berry Tale and Freedom of Peach

So a little more information about the shades I have.

Meli Melon was the original shade I got which is a Rosy Pink shade, with a tiny bit of sparkle in it and with a watermelon scent.

Freedom of Peach is one of the trio, and it is, unsurprisingly, a peach shade and a peachy, apricotty smell.

Berry Tale is a more vibrant pink shade that smells of (I think!) cherries.

Vanilla Pod is a much deeper colour, it’s still pink, but much darker and more brown toned with a vanilla type of scent. I say type of scent, because it’s not the smell I would immediately say is pure vanilla like a candle might be but it is vanillary!

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From Top – Bottom: Freedom of Peach, Vanilla Pod, Berry Tale, Meli Melon

As you can see from the swatches on my arm, the colours are very sheer but this is what I would want and expect from this kind of product. They do leave a slight stain (as I found out when trying to clean these from my arm!) so as you wear this and top it up throughout the day the colour may deepen.

They do moisturise the lips and don’t feel sticky when on like a lot of traditional glosses do. I would say there are more moisturising balms out there on the market and their are more vibrant glosses too but as a mix of the two these are pretty good.

They are quite a hefty price tag for one, so I would definitely recommend getting a gift set at Christmas or a deal if you can find one.

All in all, I really like these. They fit nicely into a handbag, especially a small clutch and give you just enough colour to add a little something without being over powering.

Are you a fan of the Juicy Shaker? Do you think there are different lip oils I should be trying out? Let me know!

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

The Ordinary Skincare – A Review

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are well and enjoying the long Easter weekend.

Today I want to talk about The Ordinary Skincare – you might already be familiar with them as they are a hop topic on the internet at the moment.

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A bit of background on The Ordinary – They are a Canadian beauty brand from the umbrella brand Deciem. They aim to provide simple skincare that is scientifically proven to work. Due to this the branding and marketing is simple and scarce without all the fluff usually associated with skin care products. They are a cruelty free brand, and as such their products are not available in China. Helpfully, there is an about section on their website if you want to read a bit more in depth.

The Ordinary is available to purchase on ASOS which means for me, as a prime member, free next day delivery. On top of this, The Ordinary is a very affordable skincare brand anyway, helped by the lack of marketing and fluff they can keep the prices down.

I decided, as I am rapidly heading towards 30, that I really should start caring for my skin a bit better and after watching Fleur De Force talking about the brand, I decided to give it a try.

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I have fairly normal skin that can be a bit on the dry side. I have always been lucky and very rarely suffer from spots or particularly oil prone skin so I was looking for something quite general to protect against the signs of ageing (I can see some wrinkles starting to come into being!).

When you look on the website for The Ordinary, they have a very handy regimen guide to help you pick the items that are going to work for you based upon your skin type and what effects you are after. I opted for the “example regimen for general signs of age” so I bought “Buffet”, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Advanced Retinoid 2% and 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. After watching a video by VintageorTacky I also added Caffeine Gel 5% + EGCG to help with my under eye shadows. In total I spent £42 which for 5 things I think is a bargain!

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Let’s first talk about the packaging. I am a big fan of it. I love how simple it is whilst conveying all the information you need to know. The outer boxes feel high quality with a strangely soft, matte finish in monochromatic shades that look minimalist and classic.

The bottles themselves share this simple design, some in frosted glass bottles and some in brown bottles which are UV-protective to keep the ingredients safe from light damage. Despite this I would still keep the bottles in the drawer to increase longevity. The bottles also come with a pipette built in to the lid for easy application.

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The products themselves are various colours and consistencies but none have any added fragrances which I like. There’s nothing worse than putting something on your face that you don’t like the smell of and have it wafting up your nostrils all day!

As for results? Well, my skin is fairly decent anyway. However, I have definitely noticed that it seems less dry (and certainly dries out when I forget to keep up with my regime) and some of my fine lines do seem to be reduced. The most improvement though, has been my under eye shadows and bags. I really did find that I noticed an improvement pretty much immediately after using the Caffeine Gel 5% + EGCG.

I definitely recommend this line of skin care, it’s effective and very affordable. You can mix it in with your current favourites as well!

The Ordinary are bringing out foundations soon and I definitely want to give them a go!

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary that you think I should give a go? Or any other skin care I should try? Let me know!

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

Gibraltar 2017!

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are well and have come to terms with losing an hour’s sleep last weekend!

I just wanted to do a quick post about our (mine and my husband’s) short trip to Gibraltar at the end of March.

We went to Gibraltar to visit my sister-in-law and her family as she lives out there and it means we only had to pay for our flights.

We flew out from Luton with Monarch Airlines and it was an uneventful flight. I only took my first flight in 2015 and it was to Gibraltar then. A lot of people said I was crazy because Gibraltar has one of the most extreme airports in the world but honestly, as I am not afraid of flying, I had no problem with it.

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Gibraltar is a strange place to visit as a Brit – it is like going to a small portion of England with a big rock and everyone drives on the wrong side of the road. The flora and fauna is different to the UK – there is no soil on the rock so all the flora grows straight from the nutrients in the rock and there are Barbary Apes up the rock – but there are familiar road signs and a Morrisons.

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One of the few things we did during our trip, apart from catching up with sleep, was go on a guided tour of The Rock of Gibraltar. If you are thinking of visiting, I would definitely recommend doing the minibus tour. It cost us £22 each (another thing that is bizarre for a Brit in Gibraltar is that you fly for 3 hours and then you can still spend your normal currency!)  and the tour lasted around an hour and a half. Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and the tour was super interesting.

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It feels like forever ago since we were away now even though it’s actually only been a week!

We filmed some bits of our time away and edited them together into a short video which I will link here in case anyone wants to watch it!

Stay Safe and Wonderful and Happy Travels!

Lexy x

 

Inside My Head – Anxiety and The Luggage

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are well and enjoying the more common appearances of the sunshine!

I’ve spoken before on here about my battles with anxiety and depression and I wanted to just tell a quick story about how anxiety can be so unreasonable but difficult to silence.

My husband and I went to Gibraltar to visit his sister, her partner and their little girl and we had a lovely time.

However, my anxiety hit me on the way to the airport to catch out flight. My In-Laws kindly drove us to the airport so we didn’t  have to pay extortionate amounts for airport car parking so we all go in the car and as we were getting in I asked my husband if we had anything including our main suitcase of luggage. He assured me that his dad had already put the suitcase in and we were good to go.

All fine.

Until we were on the M1. And suddenly worry hit me. Is the case definitely in the boot? I haven’t seen it. What if he asked his dad and his dad misheard and the case wasn’t in there? If the case wasn’t in there, would we have time to go back for it? We can’t stop on the M1 to check but I wish I had checked before we left to see the suitcase.

I trust my husband, of course I do, and this is where the anxiety shows how truly unreasonable it is. I trust him and he said it was in there but I could not quiet the little voice in my head telling me it wasn’t there. And if it wasn’t there, we wouldn’t have time to go back for it. I was listening out for noises in the boot to confirm that the case was in there and sliding about but I couldn’t hear anything. I could feel the panic rising but I did manage to keep calm through the car journey.

I cannot express the relief, when we got to the airport, to see my husband pulling our suitcase out of the boot of the car.

I just wanted to share this story with you to say that anxiety is a real issue and it makes us worry about things that other people would think are silly but do not be ashamed to worry about things. You are not alone. We stand together.

Stay Safe and Wonderful

Lexy x

Silicone Make-Up Sponge- A Review

Hello Lovelies,

I hope you are all well.

Today I wanted to talk about one of the latest Beauty Crazes – the Silicone Make Up Sponge. A lot of people wear foundation or CC Cream and use a variety of ways to put them onto their faces – A brush, a sponge or their fingers usually.

There’s now a new applicator on the scene – the silicone sponge. These feel, in my opinion, very similar to a bra insert.

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I had heard a few people talking about these and decided to get my hands on one to give it a try. I will be honest and I ordered mine from eBay so it only cost me around £2.50. I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit much money to something I thought might be a fad. Because eBay has a lot of wonderful things on it, it also had silicone make up sponges with stars on it, and as a sucker for stars, this is the one I went for.

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So how does it perform?

I have found that I use less foundation using the silicone sponge. One pump will definitely do my entire face where with a brush I am using at least a pump and a half if not two.

The finish I get is good, but I wouldn’t say it was any better than when I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It does blend well at the edges but I think it’s easier to get a flawless finish by buffing out using a brush.

The shape of this particular beauty sponge I find makes getting into the awkward spaces a little tricky, like around your nose. I have 2 nose piercings as well so that’s especially awkward compared to the bristles of a brush.

As for cleaning, this is a dream. You just need some warm water – or micellar water and a piece of cotton wool- and it’s clean. Because of this it’s a great time saving device and it also means I feel more confident that the sponge is 100% clean and much more hygienic than even a well cleansed brush.

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Overall I would say that the sponge was definitely worth the small amount of money I paid for it. I do really like it but I wouldn’t be throwing out my brushes just yet. I do, however, want to try the Evie Blender which is a silicone blender but in a more traditional beauty blender style. It is egged shaped for getting into the difficult parts of your face and it also slightly textured so you get a similar application to a sponge.

I would definitely like to try a different shaped silicone sponge, for getting around my nose more easily and I recommend adding a silicone beauty sponge to your make up kit!

I hope you found this helpful. Have any of you used a silicone sponge? Do you have any tips for using one?

Stay Safe and Wonderful!

Lexy x