Monday, 22 September 2014

Little Beauty Haul | New & Repurchased

I haven't done a beauty haul in a long time so I thought I would share with you the few bits I picked up recently. It's more of a collective haul really. Some are new products that I've wanted to try, and others are repurchases. I did buy a YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick in the shade 1 from Duty Free on the way to Morocco but I forgot to add it in the picture, whoopsie!

The Repurchases

When I had the L'oréal Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask last time, I actually dropped it in the shower, smashed the pot and lost half the product which was super annoying as it's a brilliant product. It really nourishes the hair and keeps it smooth and shiny until the next wash. OPI Nail Envy has been a repurchase for about 4 years now, it's just brilliant. Growing up, I bit my nails the entire time and therefore, made them brittle and weak. Since I've been using this, it's made my nails hard and strong, and they grow really quickly now too, I will continue to buy it every time I run out. I adore most of the Maybelline Baby Lips but Hydrate is my favourite as it smells divine and keeps my lips moisturised for ages. I finished it up on holiday and repurchased it the second I was home.

The New

I bought another Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet product when they first come out but never used it. I dug it out and used it on holiday and absolutely loved it! So obviously that means buy every shade possible right ladies? I picked up a lovely nude shade, fittingly named Nude-ist and I can't wait to start wearing it. Bourjois had a deal of buy one product and get another half price so I decided to try the Délice de Poudre Bronzing & Highlighting Duo as I've heard it's supposed to be amazing. When I swatched it in store, it was very lovely so looking forward to giving it a whirl. Barbara Daly Make-Up keeps impressing me so I thought I'd give the High Impact Eye Definer liner pen in Black a try. I've been trying to perfect the that will ever happen but I feel as though I am improving and this swatched really nicely on my hand but we shall see. Finally, on YouTube recently I've seen the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser pop up a lot and any product that contains charcoal is straight on my wishlist. Charcoal is great for drawing out impurities and so far, I'm impressed with this!

I will be reviewing some of the products above but if there is anything you'd specifically like me to review, do let me know below!

Have you tried any of the above? What are thoughts on these products?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Holiday Blog Post Catch Up

You may or may not know but for the past week I was on holiday in Marrakech, Morocco. I am currently writing this with my eyes half open as I got home at 5am this morning and only had about 4 hours sleep. It's been a very busy day and I am so tired that I feel hungover, it's such a horrible feeling but I wanted to get this little catch up post live for you all.

I had three posts scheduled whilst I was away, it was nice to not have my laptop with me but I was still glued to Instagram the whole holiday....of course. I will be writing a holiday post soon but for now, in case you missed them, here are the posts that went live recently.

The Winter Boot - Sharing my new amazing A/W boots with you,

Healthy Noodles | Quick Recipe Ideas - Another quick recipe, this time it's a super quick yummy evening meal that takes baout 15 minutes. It tastes amazing!

YSL Touché Éclat Foundation review - A review of one of my favourite foundations at the moment, it's the much raved about Touché Éclat.

To make sure you don't miss any future posts, you can follow me over on Bloglovin' here. I really hope his post makes sence, my sleep deprived state is really making things difficult. Time for a little nap I think!

 Hope you enjoy the posts!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

YSL Touché Éclat Foundation

I go through stages of being obsessed with different products. One moment I need every kind of mascara, then it's lip stains and now it's foundation....has been for a while now. I've always been on the hunt for the  perfect foundation which obviously means buying numerous brands and trying out lots of different ones. We all do it don't we?

One I have wanted to try since it was released was the YSL Touché Éclat foundation. The mother to the very much loved Touché Éclat concealer. I was having one of those "Every single foundation I own doesn't match me properly" so I set off to my local Debenhams. I went with the intention of buying the Chanel Perfection Lumiére foundation but after being ignored by the assistant for about 5 minutes, I gave up and went to YSL instead, and I'm so glad I did.

I have both the foundation and concealer in the Touché Éclat line and I do really enjoy using both. The packaging for this foundation is just elegant and sleek. I love the clear round bottle with gold lettering and lid. The brands logo on the top of the lid is a lovely touch as well.

Now lust worthy packaging aside, is this foundation any good? It's described as an illuminating foundation that offers dimensional radiance with weightless perfection and also SPF 19...odd amount, they couldn't just do one more notch of SPF? But nevertheless, it's better than nothing.

The YSL assistant was trying to convince me that BD30 was my perfect shade but I went for BD20 and I'm so glad I did as it is a perfect match for my skin tone. I bought it before summertime so it will be fine in the winter but it still matches perfectly now even with a little bit of colour.

Formula wise, this baby blends like a dream with the Zoeva Silk Finish brush, it leaves a gorgeous dewy finish on the skin that illuminates the high points of my face. My cheekbones always have a gorgeous sheen in the light when I wear this. My skin tone is also a lot more even and just looks like my skin but better. I never have a blemish-free face but this foundation looks as though it's my natural skin and it does indeed feel weightless. I would say that it's a buildable light/medium coverage. When I wear this, I always have my Clinique Redness Primer on underneath but it covers any remaining redness or dark spots. It doesn't sink into my dry patches or laugh lines, it sits really well on the skin. I say it's buildable as sometimes I prefer more coverage, so if I have applied a layer and I feel I want a higher coverage, I will wait 10 minutes and then apply another layer and it still sits really well on the skin. For oily skin, I would say just remember that it is quite dewy and may not be up your street but for dry skin, it's lovely.

Wear time for me is about 8 hours which is amazing. I find that it doesn't slip or slide and also, it doesn't appear patchy by the end of the day. I love this foundation and it's top of my list at the moment. There's something about foundations that just makes me want to keep looking, I adore this one and I'm so impressed with the dewy, natural finish and longevity but it won't stop me from trying more, YSL Youth Liberator foundation, I'm looking at you.

I hope you have your waterproof eyeliner on as 30ml of product will set you back an eye-watering price of £30.50. The good thing though is that a little goes a long way and 1.5 pumps is enough for my entire face.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts on it?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Healthy Noodles | Quick Recipe Ideas

I love quick easy meals and after posting my Quick Healthy Breakfast recipe a while back, I decided I wanted to start sharing some more healthy recipes with you all. I don't know about you, but I personally love a quick dinner, I'm far too impatient to wait around for ages for something to cook. Unless it's sweet potato fries in which case I'll wait forever as they taste so darn amazing (post coming soon)

This noodle dish is Brent's concoction of goodies and we've been eating it for about 6 months now, it tastes amazing and fills you up all evening. They take roughly 15 minutes altogether. At the end of this post I have written all the benefits of the ingredients and what you could do to make it even more healthy.

You will need - 

Dash of oil
Chilli flakes
Ready to Wok noodles
2 small carrots OR 1 large
2 small spring onions
Half a pepper (colour of your choice)
Courgette (the amount is up to you)
Dark soy sauce

Prep - 5 minutes

Cut up turkey
Cut up all vegetables leaving skin on the carrots.

Recipe - 

Put a dash of oil into a wok and start by cooking all the turkey through. Make sure this is cooked properly.

Once the turkey is cooked, add all the vegetables, 2 pinches of chilli flakes (more if you like) and lots of ground pepper, as much soy sauce as you like and roughly a tablespoon of boiled water. The water will just add a bit more moisture into the wok for the noodles.

Don't let the vegetables sit for too long as the crunchier they are the better!

Once everything is in, put the noodles into the pan and mix all the ingredients together. If you want to add more soy sauce at this point you can, we always add a dash more.

Once the noodles are in, just mix everything together for about 2 minutes so that the noodles can go soft.

And serve!! Simple as that, it's so quick and easy.

Nutrition - 

Starting off, the noodles are straight to wok ones for time saving benefits but if you want a healthier choice, you can buy whole wheat noodles but they will have to be cooked first which will add 10 minutes onto this recipe. 

Vegetables are always great for you but if you want extra fibre, leave the skins on the carrots. You can easily achieve your 5-a-day buy adding a few more vegetables. If you suffer from bloating, steer clear of broccoli in this dish though. Although it tastes amazing, I suffered with bloating after this meal but once I took the broccoli out, I have been absolutely fine.

Turkey is great as it's very lean and high in protein. Because of the low fat content, it cooks a lot quicker than chicken as well.

I hope you have enjoyed this recipe and if you make it, let me know what you think. Brent and I eat this about 2-3 times a week and I can't get enough of it!

Will you be cooking this dish? Let me know how you got on!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Winter Boot

You are currently reading this whilst I am on holiday in Morocco but I thought that since it's coming into the Autumn season in the UK, it's about the right time to share my new boots for you. I always buy winter boots that are flat without any heel and I do find them very comfortable to wear, but this year I wanted to be more fashionable and sometimes feel that adding flat boots to a nice outfit ruins it, definitely does on me. Thanks to Pinterest once again, (who else is obsessed??)  I went on the hunt to find thee perfect winter boots so I could have Pinterest worthy outfits too...haha yeah right!

In steps the Western Ankle Boot from Next. With the perfect sized heel (4cm) and a comfortable fit they are very durable. These are the perfect winter boot for dressing up any outfit and also keeping a more simple outfit casual but chic. They don't rub and they are really comfortable to walk in. The faux suede doesn't mark easily which is great and I love the simplicity with just a zipper on the inside of the foot.

If you're looking for a new pair of black boots, these are the ones. For £36.00 they are a very reasonable price that will last a long time as they are made really well. They do come in a couple of other colours but I personally don't like faux snake skin and metallic boots but the black are on point!*Thumbs up* 

Now to find a tan pair...

Have you found your perfect Winter boots yet?


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