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French Pharmacy & Makeup Haul

23 March 2015

french beauty haulApologies for my hiatus, I was busy getting married and mini-mooning in Paris! I had the BEST time but I know how boring weddingy stuff is if it’s not on your radar so I won’t go on about it. Anyway, I was more excited to get to Paris and feverishly raid the pharmacies and Sephora. Looking at my bounty, I’m both shocked and appalled at myself for not going more wild in the aisles. However, I am rather pleased with my purchases and got my mitts on a lot of products I’d been fantasising about.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
I already have this in a smaller size but it was a bit cheaper in France so I popped the larger tube into my basket. A nice and basic moisturiser for underneath foundation and great for travelling.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc
Apparently it’s sacrilege to set foot in France and not load up on this spray-on toner so I bought three. I’ve just started to use it to see what all the fuss is about and so far it’s a pleasant enough spritz, much like the Avene thermal water, just a little saltier. I’ve got some blemishes on my forehead so I’m excited to see if this magic water clears them up.

Bioderma Micellar Solution
Need I say more?

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I’ve resisted giving into this for the longest time and still don’t really understand what it’s supposed to do but it was 7 or 8 Euros so of course I was going to buy it. Looks like a good one for the summer.

Caudalie Moisturising Toner
This French skincare haul seems to be full of things that have a very vague purpose. I’m not massively into toners but there was something about this one that caught my eye so I’m looking forward to incorporating this into my skincare routine.

Makeup Forever HD Foundation
This is what I was most excited about and despite a very dubious matching process with A LOT of language barrier issues, I came away with the perfect shade for my skin. I used this for the remainder of my time in Paris and it was flawless. I’m excited about using it more.

Makeup Forever HD Loose Powder
I’m not a big powder kind of gal but while I was getting the companion foundation, I had to stick my finger into this powder. And let me tell you, it was like stroking the undercarriage of angel kittens. I’m waiting for a decent night out with lots of sweaty dancing to put this to the test but holy moly, this stuff is special.

Finish 5 by Fall TAG

7 August 2014

finish 5 by fall

I saw this tag floating around and it tickled my fancy as I’ve been considering a spending ban. Truth be told, that probably won’t happen but finishing up some products might make me feel a little less disgusted at the amount of stuff I have. Looking at the photo, I realise I cheated by picking three skincare products which tend to easier to use up than makeup…and the makeup products I’ve chosen are almost finished anyway. What a rubbish start.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC42, £25

This was my first ever MAC foundation. Actually it was my first ever foundation that matched my skin tone…and that was only two years ago. I realise I should have chucked this away by now but I couldn’t bear it. I’ve got it on today and so far my skin hasn’t fallen off. A trusty old friend that perhaps I’ve neglected recently.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25, £5.99

I really like this concealer for brightening and highlighting the under eye area. I’ve had it for a few months and I use it several times a week. The packaging looks suspiciously like the NARS Creamy Concealer but certainly doesn’t feel as luxe. It’s also got less coverage than NARS but it’s a good choice for daytime.

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser, £16.99

Pump? Check. SPF? Check. Zesty scent? Check. Fast Drying? Check. I’ve been using this as my day cream pretty much every single day since February and it’s still going. I can just about see through it in the light and I think it’s sadly coming to an end. I could buy another one or console myself by cracking open one of the others eagerly waiting in my drawer…we shall see.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion, £14

One of the most effective exfoliators I’ve come across, I rub my face with with this about once a week. My face is genuinely brighter afterwards although this product feels a lot harsher than I first expected…but I’ll just take that as proof that it actually works.

Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Cleanser, £8

I like this but I don’t love it enough to use it more than once or twice a week. I’ve got another one of these from the S&G Christmas set which hasn’t been opened so I feel Peaches & Clean will be with me for a while yet!

So, that’s your lot, you’ll hopefully be seeing these in an upcoming Empties post. If like me, you haven’t been tagged, you should do it anyway – break free from the shackles of etiquette! Don’t forget to leave me your links if you do.

I tag:


April 2014 Favourites

6 May 2014

april 2014 favourites
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation BD60, £30.50
I won’t bang on too much about this as I have a full review with photos here. I’ve been loving this especially when the sun is shining, very nice!

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25, £5.99
I’m not sure what makes me reach for this every morning but it’s what I’ve been choosing over the NARS Creamy Concealer nine times out of ten. Its packaging is really similar, although feels a bit cheaper (probably because it is). It’s creamy, easy to blend and covers up the dreaded dark circles without being heavy. Be warned though, the packaging is horrendously leaky.

Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Mascara Black, £11.99
I’d run out of the regular False Lash Effect but the recent mass hype for it meant I couldn’t find it in any of my local Boots or Superdrug stores but I did find this ‘fusion’ version. Not sure what makes it fusion but it seems similar to its more popular cousin. Length, volume and no flaking – yes please sir. I especially love what it does to my bottom lashes (photo at the bottom on this post).

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette Lace, £9.99
This was one of these products that lurked in my drawer which I never really gave the time of day to. Well this month I have been bumming it with a passion, especially the coral shade, Chantilly and Guipure which is almost idential to the always sold out Rose Gold. The colours are so pigmented so I can see this palette lasting until kingdom come.

Sleek Brow Kit Dark, £8.49
This has been my eyebrow product of choice this month. Unless I’m in a massive rush I’ve been using this shockingly good brow kit every day. I’d swatched this on my arm and the wax literally didn’t rub off for about two days despite a few showers. I like to use the wax to lightly outline the shape and blend the colour into the hairs, then set with the powder. Includes two little brushes which I do use and a pair of tweezers which are quite honestly too frustratingly small to use.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow On and On Bronze, £4.99
I had this for ages but didn’t use/appreciate it until last month and now I feel like quite the guilty owner. But now I’m smothering it with love as well as feverishly smothering it on my lids. I’ve been using this every day as part of my daytime look and loving it. I simply swipe a bit on my lids with my finger and that’s it! The understated shimmer adds dimension without the hassle of blending in other colours, ideal for me because I’m generally lazy and in a rush.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint Blue Grape, £3.99
I came across this when Gabby from velvetgh0st mentioned it in one of her videos. She said it would look insane on tanned or dark skin so I had to give it a go because it’s something I’d have overlooked. It’s fine with one coat but I prefer two but the colour is beautiful. I feared it would look too young and zany but it was surprisingly classy and unique – it’s true love.

FOTD: Date Night

18 February 2014

Gone are the days when I’d hit ‘da clubs’ on a Friday. These days you’re more likely to find me at home hassling Chicken or in a comatose state on the sofa. But a couple of weeks ago Mr TBL coaxed me out of my boring lull with the promise of carbs and steak at The Ivy. He didn’t have to tell me twice.

One of my favourite parts of a night out is putting my makeup on – there’s something about the transformation from ‘drab to fab’ as they say. Anyway, here’s the finished look which boringly, isn’t too different to my standard going out look. I did add the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick to brighten up the eyes which I thought really elevated the overall look, oo-er.


L’Oreal Skin Perfection Magic Touch Instant Blur
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer Ivory
Sleek Face Form Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review)

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
L’Oreal Superliner Ultra Precision Black
Maybelline Master Drama Khol Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick Bulletproof Beige (review)
Benefit Mascara They’re Real
Ardell Lashes 102

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette Faint
2True Instant Colour Mascara Clear

Max Factor Color Elixir Lip Liner Pink Princess
Revlon Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick Pink Pout

Tag: The Blogger Made Me Buy It

24 January 2014

tag the blogger made me buy it
I don’t normally do these tag blog posts (probably because I didn’t understand them) but I thought the original post on Famous in Japan looked fun. Also because pretty much my entire makeup collection is influenced by other people. So without further ado…

2) Who are your most influential bloggers? Who are the ones that you really rely on for reviews and swatches?
As a real life model, I really trust Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends as she gives honest reviews and she is absolutely hilarious. Even if she didn’t talk about makeup I’d read her blog for the sheer entertainment value. Same goes for skincare extrodinare Caroline Hirons, I’d trust everything she says even if she told me to rub sulphuric acid into my eyes. As a “woman of colour” I tend to gravitate towards other WOC bloggers for recommendations on trickier products like foundation. I love Mouldy Fruit, Beauty Crush and Huda Beauty. And for the best swatches, it has to be Temptalia, she tries everything on rather than just swatching it on her hand (which I wish more bloggers would do!).

2) Do you buy a product solely as a result from one review from your favourite bloggers, or do you look for more reviews from others?
One reviewer can heavily influence me but I’ll always read other reviews before committing.

3) What is your most favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and MAC Cranberry eyeshadow.

4) What is your least favourite item that you have ever bought as a consequence of blogs?
I bought a Lip Butter from Revlon and didn’t love it, but there’s nothing I’ve loathed to the core.

5) Name 5 products you have bought recently as a result of blogs.
Maybelline Baby Lips, Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Paints, Maybelline Colour Tattoos, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser.

6) Have you ever given into blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
Yes, the story of my life! Liz Earle and Baby Lips

7) Have you ever avoided blogger hype?  If so, which hype?
I haven’t succumbed to Naked 3 yet but my steely hold will soon crumble.

8) Is everything you buy based on blogger reviews or are there some items you buy without checking out a review?
I’ll definitely read blogger reviews if I’m in the market for a high end product but my guiltiest pleasure is going into Boots and blindly trying different things out and accidentally-on-purpose dropping them into my basket.

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