LookBook: H & M Autumn/Winter 2012

H&M is one of my stores and I can't wait for the autumn/winter season. I love chunky knitwear and embellishment so my favourites from these images are definitely the mustard cardigan and gold skirt, although I really like the blue dress, even though its not something I would typically wear!


My Favourite Powder for Under £2!

I've tried quite a few powders over the years. Having an oily t-zone means I have to blot my face at least once during the day, even when wearing the mattest of foundations. I've used brands from MAC to Maybelline but the NYC Smooth Skin Face Powder is the one I always come back to and best of all its only £1.99 at Superdrug online (its stated as the reduced price but its been £1.99 for several months now)

This powder is everything that I want in such a product - doesnt look cakey, controls oil and matches my skin tone without looking orange. The compact also has a mirror and comes with a powder puff. Yes the packaging is nothing special but the powder is amazing. Just goes to show you that paying more money doesnt necessarily mean something is better!

edit - I've found it on ebay here for £2.75 plus postage which is still really cheap!


Ebay Find: EcoTools Brushes

I recently purchased this brush set after spotting it on Ebay for the bargain price of £3.50 Here.
I've never used EcoTools brushes before but at this price they were worth trying out. This is actually a travel size set that retails in Boots for £19.99 so this is a huge saving!
Included in the set is a kabuki, powder brush, concealer brush, eye shader brush and a bag. Now I have no idea if this set is the genuine article as I haven't got an original set to compare it to. However, for the price this little set is a total steal. The brushes are super soft, although I have yet to wash them so I'm not sure if they will shed. Delivery was around 3-4 weeks which is pretty standard from china.
I've just purchased an Ecotools bronzing brush here which is another bargain and there is also a foundation brush available here


Primark Lookbook // Autumn Winter 2012

I can't believe its already time to look at autumn/winter collections from the high street. It doesn't seem that long ago that it was the start of the year.

Anyway here are some images from Primarks newest collection. There seems to be a variety of prints this year. Autumn/Winter is my season for clothing as I love cosy jumpers. The blue one in the first image is my favourite.

I'm a Primark fan so looking forward to seeing what else is coming into stores! 

Freebie Friday: Mustache Patterns

Here's another cute freebie that I've stumbled upon. I love these moustache patterns which can be used as a twitter/blogger background or for arts/craft projects etc.
You can find these here to download.
I really recommend checking out the other freebies on sage & berries as its such a great blog. I'm currently using the heart pattern as my twitter background.
I'm thinking of making freebie friday a regular feature and offering some freebies of my own such as blog headers and graphics. I'll see what I can come up with!


Owl Print Dress

Even though I purchased this a few months ago, I thought I would post about it as its my favourite item of clothing at the moment. I bought this from Primark for £10. Seriously, I couldn't believe the price as it looks like it cost a lot more. The owl print is adorable and its a really flattering dress. I struggle buying dresses as I'm pear shaped so anything too clingy is a no-no. This dress however hides a multitude of sins and is a good length - above the knee but not too short. Its a prefect summer dress but also looks good with a chunky cardigan and tights (which is a good thing, damn you British summer weather!)

Have you  bought any bargains recently?


French Fancies

So I appear to have jumped on the bandwagon of using French Skincare :)
To be fair French brands have been around for a while but the hype of Bioderma seems to have increased the interest and appetite for it.

These are a few products I've picked up over the last few weeks including the much talked about Bioderma and Caudalie Elixir.

Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing Water - this is similar to Bioderma in that it will remove every trace of makeup without drying out your skin. Apparently these waters are what makeup artist and models use and I can see why as they are really gentle.

Unlike Bioderma, the Etat Pur water can be purchased from their website (190ml £6.40) with free delivery on your first online purchase and free samples. I stupidly forgot to photograph my cleansing water so the top picture is the samples I were sent free with my purchase. You can choose two samples yourself - I choose two moisturisers and I also got sent a mini cleansing water too. It took about a week to deliver but I would recommend giving their products a try. I will definitely be purchasing the oil free moisturiser as its a great base for foundation!

I purchased the Bioderma from Ebay, which I think is possibly the only place you can get it from in the UK at this time. I paid around £7 for a small bottle but you can get the 500ml bottle for around £13-14. I found it to remove every scrap of makeup like the Etat Pur water but if I'm being picky I would say that Etat Pur feels a little lighter on the skin, however both do the same job.

I know lots of bloggers are talking about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I found this at Naturismo but it's also available at feel unique. I've been mainly using this as a toner and when I wake up in the morning as its really refreshing, although I'm not the biggest fan of the scent (slightly menthol/minty/herbal) but I do really like it as it seems to help calm down any blemishes!


Freebie Friday: Blog Topics To Post List

There are so many free resources on the internet I thought it might be useful to post my favourites. These are so cute and a great way to keep organised. Just click the link below and print. Enjoy!

Blog To Post List


Primark Beauty Bags

Primark probably isn't the first place people think of when looking for beauty accessories and it wasn't until recently that I realised they sold such things. I spotted these gems a few months ago. I think the quality tends to be hit and miss with Primark stuff. I've bought things that have lasted ages and others that fall apart after five minutes.

I picked up these as I was looking for a pretty make up bag and naturally I couldn't just buy one so I had to get three different styles.
The pink vanity bag was £4. Its quite large so it holds most of my makeup. There's also a mirror inside which is a decent size.
The red floral bag was around £2-£3 and holds my everyday makeup and has two compartments so good for organisation. The black one was only £1.50 and holds random items that I take with me on a day to day basis.

Not only are they pretty but the quality of these are great for the price. I think because they are waterproof and easy to clean, they are so much better than your standard material. They are also great for travelling, especially if maybe you just want a cheap but functional bag to take away with you.

I'm not sure if these designs are still available in store as I bought these a while ago but I'm pretty certain that these styles of bags are regularly available.

Armani Eyes To Kill #22 Ecailles

Armani Eyes to Kill Shadows are a pretty much a loose powder product that almost feel like a cream as they are so smooth to touch. Ecailles #22 is a metallic blue/silver and one of four limited edition summer shades.

These can be used wet or dry but personally I prefer to apply with a damp brush for minimal fallout.

This is my first Eyes to Kill shadow and I'm really impressed with both the wear and pigmentation. The wear of these is incredible although I do wear with a primer as I have really oily lids and there is no fallout either.

The packaging is made of glass with a plastic screw top lid and inner lid to keep the shadow compressed.

The price of these are pretty steep at £26. I did buy this from Ebay for a few pounds less although it was still pricey! (the Loreal Infallible shadows are meant to be similar. I've not tried those as yet so don't know how they compare.)

I think I'll be putting some of these on my Christmas list (argh that dreaded C word) this year as some of the eyes to kill range are seriously pretty!


New Love: Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek Glow

Sometimes random purchases are the best ones.

I picked up this little gem after browsing the recent 10% beauty event at Debenhams. I'd never heard of this product before and I've never used Givenchy make up, although I love their perfumes (Hello Ange Ou Demon Le Secret!) but I think as a cosmetics brand they tend to get overshadowed by the hype of Chanel, Dior and YSL.

The Hydra Sparkling Lip and Cheek Balm is a moisturising lip and cheek tint designed to give a flush of colour. Even though the shade is Rosy Glow it applies much darker on the skin, (even though it doesn't appear to state that its colour adjusting) to give a just bitten look!

I'm not sure how this works on cheeks as it has a regular lipbalm consistency and is far too dewy for my skin. However as a lip balm I bloody love it!!

Priced £20 (or £18 as I purchased it for) this is way more than I would usually pay for a lip balm. However, I love the glossy tint of colour on my lips and it leaves them softer than any other balms I've used.

The packaging is pretty with the little Givenchy symbol on the lid. The pot is plastic so there's no worry of it smashing in your handbag. I'm unsure as to whether it's a must have due to the price point but nevertheless it's a nice luxury treat to have in your possession!


Lux Box Review

*Sensationelle Flicktips - full size £8.99
*Di Palomo Hand & Nail Cream - 25ml (£7 for 75ml)
* The Rosebud Perfume Co. Mocha Rose Lip Balm Tube - full size (the original version £7 @ Zuneta)
*Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleaner - 30ml £6
* Papier Poudre Rachel Booklet - one booklet (£7.20 for pack of 6 books)

Even though beauty boxes have been around for a while, this is the first box I've subscribed to. There was a 25% off code floating around at the time so I decided to bite the bullet and sign up.

Lux Box is a fairly new company - this being their second box. There were a few delivery issues due to a brand issue and royal mail but Lux Box customer service have been great in answering any queries and keeping everyone informed.

On first look in terms of brands, there is only Murad that I've heard of. The other brands I've never been aware of, which is essentially what I perceive a beauty box should do - introduce customers to new products and companies.

I'm really excited about trying the Murad cleanser as I've been eyeing their products for a while but for some reason or another never purchased.
The Sensationelle flicktips are eyeliner extensions. I've never heard of this concept before so I'm interested in giving them a try out, particularly as I'm rubbish at applying eyeliner.
The rosebud mocha lip balm is gorgeous, it smells and tastes of chocolate. Having a sweet tooth and being a lip balm fiend means this gets a thumbs up from me.
I also love the Di Palomo Hand cream. This was a love at first try product as I usually find hand creams to be quite greasy but this is perfect. It smells lovely and soaks in straight away to leave super smooth hands. This is the perfect size for throwing in your handbag but I will be purchasing the full size when I run out.
The only miss in this box was the the papier poudre face powder sheets. Although I like the idea of these, the shade is for dark/medium skin types and having casper white skin, they are just far too dark for me.

Overall, I'm really happy with the contents. Both the lipbalm and eyeliner extensions are full size products and the others are what I consider to be good sample sizes. I also like that everyone gets the same products so there are no price discrepancies between boxes. The contents are varied with interesting brands plus its nice to see a beauty box with no false eyelashes or shower gel!

Lux Box is priced £10 + postage (£2.95)