Mary Kay’s believe + wonder collection + gel semi-shine lipsticks review 

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On Wednesdays we wear pink 💅🏻

I’m so excited about Mary Kay’s new collection, the believe and wonder collection is based around inspiring positivity. What could be better than sweet pink products and positivity!? 

They are a new collection of bath and body items, each collection contains a shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist. I’ve got the paint the sky collection, they smell insanely sweet (which I love, all my go to fragrances are sickly sweet). There are notes of vanilla, velvet musk and pink grapefruit which provides a refreshing sweet smell perfect for summer. Because, in England we can’t guarantee the weather – but at least we can smell summery! 

Instantaneously I have been reviewing their new lipstick range, gel semi-shine lipsticks. I have been using a nude and red shade (perfect for me because I’m way too into my comfort zone to branch out to any other colours). Also perfect for me because my lips get insanely dry using matte lipsticks, it literally drives me insane on a daily basis. Most of the time my exterior looks normal, in my mind my lips feel like an actual sand pit. It’s hard being me. 

Gel has long been discovered for nails – but not so much for lips. So when I discovered these gel lipsticks I could not wait to try them out. 

Swatches of ‘Naturally Buff’ & ‘Red Smoulder’


These lipsticks are legit my new go to. Whilst they maintain colour throughout the day – they are moisturising without being overly glossy. You don’t want to look like a 90’s rendition of Lil Kim after all… 

These amazing lipsticks are available in 12 shades! Get yours now. 💋💅🏻💋💅🏻 

Deciem – far from Ordinary, AHA Peeling Solution review 

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The word ‘Deciem’ actually means ten in Latin, and that is exactly what the brand initially wanted – to own an umbrella of ten different companies. Deciem is the company behind The Ordinary skincare range, an award winning, yet humbly acclaimed ‘ordinary’ skincare range. 


After attending an event (an amazing event by all means) and talk between Deciem and CEO of http://www.reallyree.com, Anne Marie Lodge; I am now practically a brand ambassador. Let me take a brief moment to explain what The Ordinary is about. 


The brand has a strong focus on ingredients. They utilise seemingly ‘normal’ ingredients which have been established as popular for use within skincare. Hyaluronic acid for example, a firm favourite for skincare brands for improving elasticity. However Deciem doesn’t believe in exploiting its customers, here’s where they are different. An ingredient like hyaluronic acid is pretty bog standard nowadays, and not particularly expensive to produce. Moreover, a similar product which would contain the ingredient produced by a high end brand would probably be three times (if not more) the price. The Ordinary range is all amazingly affordable, aesthetically pleasing – and in my eyes, anything other than Ordinary. 

After attending the talk I decided to use and review the peeling solution facial peel, which is £6.30. Now, it is beetroot in colour and the same consistency as blood. But don’t let that put you off! 

The peel used a lot of free acids, and so it an be abrasive for sensitive skin. It is advisable to leave on for 5 mins if you have sensitive skin, 10 if your hardcore. (See the scientific listing of ingredients below). 

The peel promises to peel off dead skin in order to reveal newer fresh skin underneath. And it does just that. Admittedly it is very acidic and astringent, but if you don’t leave it on too long and use a good moisturiser afterwards, you should achieve amazing results. My skin is glowing from within after just one use. Considering the product is under £7, it feels like a high end spa treatment. How you could call this Ordinary, I can’t imagine! 

I was fortunate enough to receive an entire goodie bag full of the skincare range. And I have a sneaking suspicion that upon use my skin is going to be healthier, and positively glowing. ✨✨✨ 

Secluded: how to beauty shop on rural holidays 

top tips

Because no matter where you holiday this summer 2016, you will find a source to purchase cosmetics or perfume. Or even hair products. Any type of item which epitomises vanity? 

Even if you are in the middle of a jaw-droppingly beautiful Sardinian village, where the locals twist up their necks to stare at you as they must have never seen a platinum blonde girl before – and absolutely no one speaks English.  Yep, there is hidden treasures even in the most remote of places.

Here’s my top tips for rural beauty buys; 

1. Locality 

If it isn’t already blindingly obvious – find out which local produce is popular wherever you are staying. For example, last year in Crete I found olive oil products were available in almost every store – as they are locally grown and produced. Natural products are often better for the skin and hair, you are helping independant business’ and you end up with unique, quaint, raw products. 

Triple threat right there. 

2. Hidden treasure 

As well as local produce, you can also try products unique to the area you are staying. For example, I have just come back from Sardinia and I found a perfume, (infact the holy grail of all perfumes) produced and sold only in Sardinia – which I fell in love with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Chanel girl at heart – but this perfume is a strong contender in winning my affection. 

Aqua di sardegna – smeralda (Incase anyone wants to smell heaven on earth – an absolute orgasm for your nose) 

It’s well worth paying attention to brands you’ve never heard of – sometimes you find some real bargains which can grow to become some of your favourite products. 


3. Marketplace 

Any rural area will always have a flea market. The original hipster place to be seen. 

But honestly, you can find some real bargains here – again, local produce will be rife. Also hand made jewellery, handbags, purses etc will be available. 

Unique pieces aplenty. 

4. Deep

Any dedicated shopper/ shopping addict will know, sometimes the best products are in the most unlikely of shops. 

When beauty shopping on holiday, try supermarkets and pharmacies for unique products. For example in Sardinia I found a Loreal shampoo which is only sold in salons in the uk – specifically for colour damaged hair. It was great to see that top quality product in a tiny supermarket in a province of Sardinia. 

They may also sell their own branded make up which could be well worth trying. 

The local pharmacy was also a victim of my spending. They had, again, unique perfumes from the region; amazing amounts of skin care by well known and lesser known brands. A make up stand, containing cosmetics by two brands I had never heard of (but they looked top quality). 

If you look hard enough you will find something you either need – or don’t so much need, but want – because you can never have too much make up. Perfume. Hair products. Clothes. Shoes. Handbags… 

Happy hunting. 

That’s so hot: best of summer 16

product review

Even if this summer in England was a complete wash-out (quite literally); there is still an intense need to compile favourite / much needed beauty products for summer. Who even needs an excuse to buy more?

  1. Serum me up baby

Chanel -Hydra beauty serum, £78 for 50ml

Let’s be honest buying and using Chanel products can make anyone feel like Audrey Hepburn. The epitome of class; this hydrating serum is a must-have. It smells divine, and it is multi-purpose. Can be used as a primer before make-up application, as a daily moisturiser or treatment for skin. Plus it looks great on your dressing table. (Yes I am that superficial).

Quick tip: Try to buy Chanel products at the duty free section at airports, I got this serum for around £45, which is almost half price.

2. Mattify me

NYX – Matte blotting paper, £3.50 for 50 sheets

NYXX is slowly becoming my favourite beauty brand. Such good value for money – and these blotting papers are a life saver. If, like me after 3 hours your make-up looks like you’ve been dipped in a chip fat fryer; then you need these blotting papers. They soak up excess oil without spoiling your contour, and they fit in your handbag. Cuuuuute.

3. Baby,baby

Maybelline – Baby skin instant pore eraser, £7.99 for 22ml

If the blotting papers aren’t adequate defence against major grease, I would recommend this primer. The trick to achieving a matte face (espesh in summer when humidity makes your face melt off like an Ikea candle), is attacking it from all angles. Prep is the best defence, and with this primer you’ll be as matte as matte can be.

4. Good enough to eat

Hawaiian Tropic – SPF 25 lipgloss in island berry, £6 for 20ml

This does actually smell good enough to eat. And it’s brilliant because it gives a seductive glossy finish to lips, and is intensely moisturising plus has SPF 25 to protect lips from harmful UV rays. If you are going abroad this summer to a country with a hot climate – don’t leave without this sexy (practical) gloss.

5. Milky

L’Occitane – Milk veil with almond proteins, £28 for 250ml

If there’s one thing summer does do – it can seriously dehydrate your skin. This milk veil is the perfect moisturising treat for skin, apply morning and night (after bathing is the best time). This will make you smell gorgeous, and your skin will be as smooth as silk. This milkshake will bring all the boys to your yard!

Recognition: Liebster award 2016

award

So I’ve heard of this award before – but I honestly never thought I would ever be nominated. As cliché as it sounds, I sometimes even wonder if anyone reads my blog posts?

Like who even are my audience? My cat, my mother and a few random friends who make the effort to read my rushed blog posts (it’s kinda difficult to keep up with working 60 hour weeks).

It feels great to get recognition for what I love doing. Writing is a skill, and it’s a passion. For me it’s what I’ve always loved doing.

Just wanted to thank ”Bluish Taka” for nominating me, go follow: https://moreorlessbluish.wordpress.com/

Blogs that I love that I nominate for the Liebster award:

  1. https://adryanabblog.wordpress.com/
  2. https://emlymay.wordpress.com/
  3. https://plantpicker.wordpress.com/

3 excellent blogs – all written by bloggers who have supported me!

Questions for my nominees:

  1. What inspired you to initially start blogging?
  2. How do you generate ideas for new blog posts?
  3. What are your future goals regarding blogging?
  4. Do you think WordPress is an effective platform for bloggers and why?
  5. What do you think makes your blog unique?

 

To accept your nomination you must follow these rules (see link posted below):

http://theglobalaussie.com/the-official-rules-of-the-liebster-award-2016/

 

Good luck guys!

 

 

 

Travel bug

opinion piece

It’s cheesy and cliche; and it’s obvious. It’s obvious. Everybody gets that rejuvenating, sense of excitement and new beginnings when they go on holiday. It’s almost like anything could happen; your mood is relaxed, your mind cleared and all your problems seem a million miles away. But I’m not here to discuss yoga, or relaxation tips. There’s also something else which happens (in my case anytime I go anywhere at all, even local); as any retail addict knows very well. Holiday is merely a justification to buy a whole new wardrobe. Even if you’ve only had one two weeks ago. Buy those Tom Ford sunglasses, because, hell your going to wear them anyway.

Here are my top tips for holiday shopping this year;

1. Travel light

This sounds much easier then it is; over-packing comes naturally to me. I need three outfits per day. Plus beachwear and optional shoes and handbags. So I understand how we struggle as females. But you know what? you won’t end up wearing half the stuff you’ll lug halfway across the ocean. So plan and write down what you will definitely wear. Repeating day outfits is fine, especially for summer holidays, it’s hot so you require less clothing. Also, travelling light allows you to take smaller suitcases which are often prettier (how I wish I was able to fit all my junk into my Louis carry-case, instead I got lobbed with a Dunlop suitcase as it was the only thing in my house in which my stuff fitted in).

2. Sale shopping

If, like me, your likely to wear your holiday outfits just once. There’s no point spending a fortune on outfits. Scan sales online, websites like Missguided offer sales constantly (they have brill dresses, casual & party), plus they always have constant student discount. For designer items try an outlet like Portsmouth or Bicester where they have various designer stores with up to 70% discount. This can be handy for finding handbags, shoes, purses, sunglasses for holiday.

3. Shop smart

Depending on where you go, most countries are cheaper then London; and if you buy make-up and clothes abroad. Guess what? That bitch at work in accounts isn’t going to be able to copy your peplum top from the boutique in Crete in a small village on the other side of Europe. You will find unique pieces which you can utilize the whole summer.

4. Research

Before you part, search weather conditions (you don’t want to turn up in Spain expecting blazing heat, and actually the week you go its forecast to rain and you only have short shorts and t-shirts, not ideal). Try to research the culture also, how do the locals dress? I didn’t do this and attended a nightclub in a small town in Crete wearing a bodycon house of CB bandage two piece with nude Jimmy Choo heels; and the amount of stares I was getting – I may as well have been a hooker. Everyone in the nightclub was wearing jeans and t-shirts. It was beyond casual, and it was somewhat embarrassing also. So if you know anyone from the country ask beforehand, and google the place as well.

5. Speculate to accumulate

When you arrive back home, then its time for a clear out. Do a car boot sale (if we ever have good weather in England that is), anything anymore valuable, put on eBay. Seeing as you’ve brought a new wardrobe, you might as well clear out the old one and make yourself some extra pennies too. Every little helps.