Monday, 13 February 2017

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Pink Lady, Lavender Cosmo & Rose Julep

Buxom's Full-On Lip Creams* are some of my favourite glosses, and I've tried a few shades over the years. Sometimes you just want a creamy gloss, no shimmer, glimmer, etc. Today I have three beautiful pinks to share with you - Pink Lady, Lavender Cosmo & Rose Julep.

Buxom Full-On Lip Creams

Buxom Full-On Lip Creams

The packaging of these Lip Creams is quite simple, a frosted glass tube with a silver lid and a doe foot applicator. I absolutely love the sweet vanilla scent of these glosses, and the formula also offers a gentle plumping effect. The shades are all fairly sheer, making them a great gloss option to pair over a matching lipstick, or to wear on their own to a hint of colour with a high shine finish.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Pink Lady

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Pink Lady

Pink Lady is a sheer baby pink colour that's very wearable and girly. I absolutely love barbie pinks like this, so I know I'll be reaching for this gloss a lot. 

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Rose Julep

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Rose Julep

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Rose Julep

Rose Julep is the most pigmented out of these three shades, although it still isn't opaque. Rose Julep is a great way to add some colour to your lips while still keeping them fairly neutral. 

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Lavender Cosmo

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Lavender Cosmo

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Lavender Cosmo

Lavender Cosmo was a bit tricky to work with. As you can see in the up close lip swatch, this colour clings onto any imperfections/dry patches on your lips. I've had this problem with a lot of other pale lip glosses/lip sticks, and unforunately Lavender Cosmo was no exception. However, from a distance, I think that this colour is beautiful. I might love this gloss even more in the Summer when my lips aren't so dry!

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream Swatches

If you've never tried any of Buxom's Full-On Lip Creams before, then I'd highly recommend giving one a go. White Russian is of course Buxom's most well known shade, but the rest of the shades are also worth checking out. Have you tried out any of Buxom's Lip Creams? Which shades are your faves?

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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2017

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you're looking to treat yourself or a loved one, you really can't go wrong with Lush's limited edition bath products! I have three products from Lush's 2017 Valentine's Day Collection* to share with you today, and I know that all three will have your heart skipping a beat. 

Lush Valentine's Day Collection 2017

First up is Lush's Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, which has been coming back for a few years now. This bubble bar is not only adorable, it also smells incredible, thanks to notes of lavender, ylang ylang and neroli. There's also a good amount of shimmer, to make you feel as special as a unicorn. 

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Lush's Cupid Bath Bomb is a new product for 2017, and it's absolutely adorable! Notes of powdered rose petals, fresh raspberry juice, & uplifting bergamot oil work together to create a fruity and floral fragrance. 

Lush Cupid Bath Bomb

Lush Cupid Bath Bomb

If you like Ro's Argan, you'll love Lush's Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb! Rose absolute, rose oil and Sicilian lemon oil blend together to create a romantic fragrance, and it's my favourite scent out of the three products that I've tried out for Valentine's Day this year.

Lush's Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

Have you tried out any of Lush's limited edition Valentine's Day products yet this year? If so, I'd love to hear about your favourites!

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Sunday, 5 February 2017

January 2017 Empties

The first empties of 2017! I wasn't as regular as I would have liked to have been with my empties posts in 2016, but I'm going to try to share my empties every single month this year. This past month I've used up a good mix of skincare, makeup, and perfume, so let's jump right in!

January 2017 Empties

My Burberry EDP - I've being using this perfume daily for at least the past year, and just finished up a few days ago! This perfume was quite strong, so one spritz was all I ever needed. This packaging was beautiful, however I won't repurchase as I have a ton of perfume to go through, and I also want to find cruelty free options. 

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Therapy - I love these hand creams, they're super creamy and hydrating without being greasy. 2017 is the year that I actually use up my hand creams instead of just hoarding them!

Kat Von D Tattoo Brow - This was the first and only Kat Von D product that I've tried and didn't like. I found the felt tip really hard to use to fill in my brows, I just couldn't get a natural effect using this product.

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Luster - This gloss was just a sheer light pink with a ton of shimmer, so it worked well paired over virtually any lipstick. I really liked this formula, and would repurchase if I could justify adding another gloss to my collection!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Taboo - I absolutely love this gloss formula! Taboo had a fairly sheer nude formula, so it paired well with any neutral lipstick. This was also the first product I used up from my 2017 Project Pan!

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy - I've gone through a few tubes of this stuff! This lip balm is quite expensive, but it is really amazing at actually hydrating your lips. Sadly, Fresh isn't cruelty free, so I'm still on the hunt for a CF lip balm. 

YonKa Gel Nettoyant - This gel cleanser was really gentle, and I feel like it did help to balance my combination skin. I'll definitely repurchase once I use up some other cleansers in my stash! 

Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water - This was a good basic cleansing water, but I do think that Bioderma is better, plus Bioderma is cruelty free!

January 2017 Empties

BVspa Sugar Scrub - I loved everything about this scrub! The pink grapefruit scent was uplifting, and the formula was gentle enough to use daily.

Sephora Bubble Mask - This was the bottle that never ended! However, I did really enjoy this mask, it applies as a gel, and then bubbles up into a foam. The bubbles then slowly pop/dissolve away, and my skin was always left feeling rejuvenated. 

Kérastase Masque Force Architecte - Kérastase was one of my favourite hair care brands, but sadly they aren't cruelty free, so after I've finished up the products in my beauty closet, I'll need to find CF replacements. This hair mask was really hydrating, and perfect for anyone with dry, damaged, or coloured hair. 

THEFACESHOP Protect Me! Hand Cream in Ocelot - I loved this thick, creamy formula, and this cocoa scent was quite lovely. Plus that packaging is too cute! 

January 2017 Empties

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Corrector - Remember when these were all the rage? I like the regular formula, but I never liked this one in the white tube. 

Live Clean Repairing Eye Cream - If you're looking for a vegan, cruelty free drugstore eye cream, then you need to check this one out! Really creamy, yet light enough to use morning or night.

NARS Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - This lip crayon was a beautiful pinky mauve with a nice pearly finish, perfect for everyday wear. However, I didn't like that you had to carry around a jumbo sharpener when you were wearing this lippie!

Origins Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla Body Souffle - I got a gift set of 4 of these body souffles a few Christmas' ago, and I'm just getting around to using them now! This lavender and vanilla scent was quite nice, and the formula was luxuriously smooth.

January 2017 Empties

Well there you have it, my first round of empties from 2017! I think that I did pretty well using up products in 2016, but this year will be even better. Who else is joining me on my project use-it-all-up?!

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

January Reads

One of my New Years Resolutions for 2017 was to start reading again, and I got off to a great start in January! I'd love to share all of the books that I've read each month with you, and let you know whether or not I think that you should give them a read as well. 

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My mother in law lent me this book over the holidays, and I absolutely loved it! Warning: if you're an animal lover then you might find this book a little emotional. Essentially, this book is written from a dog's point of view, and gives really interesting insight into what our pets might be thinking throughout all of our lives milestones. 

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

I watched Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story on Netflix, and then realized that I've had A Stolen Life sitting on my bookshelf, unread for a few years! I immediately delved into the memoir, and was hooked until the very end. Jaycee was kidnapped as a child, and was held captive for 18 years. This memoir goes into great detail describing her years of abuse, and definitely isn't for the faint of heart. 

A Stolen Life

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This book has been on all of the best books lately, so of course I couldn't wait to read it! I will say that this book was a bit hard to follow at first, since there are so many characters! I actually ended up making a list of all of the characters and sticking it on the inside front cover so I could keep all of the different story lines straight. But, I do think that this book is still worth a read, especially if you love family drama and gossip!

The Nest

Coming Clean by Kimberley Rae Miller

My husband and I love watching Hoarders, so when I came across this memoir about a girl that grew up with parents who were hoarders, I knew that I needed to read it. If you want a more realistic and raw look at hoarding, then I'd definitely recommend giving this a read. 

Coming Clean

I really enjoyed all four books that I read in January, and I'm hoping that I keep up the same momentum and have the same luck for February! If you have any book suggestions please leave them for me in a comment below. 

What book are you currently reading?

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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Lilac Hair

My hair is naturally a dark blonde colour, and dyed it all shades of brown, and at one point it was almost black. I wanted to have more of my natural hair colour for my wedding, so I started getting highlights about a year before I said I do. Since then, I've been maintaining my highlights, and I've really been loving life as a blonde again! One of the best things about being blonde is that it allows you the ability to try out a ton of fun colours. My hairstylists Meghan and Terry from Voila Coiffure have been slowly lightening my hair over my last few appointments, and finally my hair was light enough to try out a pastel lilac! 

Lilac Hair

The best and worst thing about pastel haircoluros is that they are semi-permanent. This means that the colour/toner will wash out fairly quickly, making it more of a high maintenance hair colour. However, when the colour does fade, you're left with a beautiful blonde. Terry custom made this lilac colour for me after a consultation and a strand test, and I'm absolutely obsessed with how it turned out! He did recommend using a purple shampoo once a week to help the colour last as long as possible (he recommended Unite's Blonda, which smells like grapes). At my next appointment I'm going to ask for dark purple roots that bleed into an icy lilac. 

Lilac Hair

Have you ever ventured into the world of pastel hair colours? In the future I'm wanting to try out a grey look (granny hair, anyone?), and rose gold! If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them :)

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