Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Product Review: Lottie London Ready Set! Go Matte Translucent Finishing Powder

A key piece in anyone’s makeup bag is a powder, whether it’s a pressed powder that gives your face a little extra colour or a loose, translucent powder to set your makeup in place. It is an essential. For me, I won’t go out without powder as I have a really oily face meaning that without something to hold my makeup down, it’ll just slide right off. When it comes to powder everyone has a favourite, mines is my trusted Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder but at £29 I try not to reach for it everyday. Instead I am always on the hunt for a new everyday powder. Time and time again I have used Rimmel London’s Loose setting powder which is perfect for a low maintenance day of sitting in the office or going for a casual lunch.

Recently while getting organised for a trip to Edinburgh I realised I had no setting powder of any sort so I made a quick last minute Asos order of Lottie London’s Ready Set! Go matte translucent finishing powder. After putting it to the test I thought I’d share my opinions  here. 

Lottie London is a new brand for me, I have heard a few people mention it but I have never seen it anywhere or used it myself. Like I said, I found it on the Asos website, they hold quite a few of the Lottie London products and are so reasonably priced. For a 0.52oz pot I paid £5.50 which is amazing. It is really well packaged, in a cylindrical plastic pot with a screw on lid which features the brands logo on a black and white stripy background. So cute.



Moving on to the product itself. The Lottie London finishing powder is a fine milled white powder that when applied leaves a faint white layer on top of my makeup but nothing overly noticeable. It feels almost like baby powder in consistency. It’s not as fine or silky as my Laura Mercier powder but it is much finer than my Rimmel setting powder which is quite grainy. I used it to bake my concealer under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, the centre of my forehead and along my jawline. I left it to set for around ten minutes while I did my eye makeup then brushed the excess powder over the rest of my face to ensure my makeup was set in place.


How the powder looks before blending

I put the powder to the ultimate test, a day out in our capital city with temperatures of 14 degrees celsius which is practically summer in Scotland. My makeup was tortured with wind from sitting on an open top bus, walking through the new/old towns and my sunglasses rubbing at my face all day. So how did my makeup do? Well, after nearly 12 hours my makeup was still sitting in place, still almost completely matte and there wasn’t any noticeable patches of makeup round my eyes and across the bridge of my nose. I didn’t take any powder with me so for it to last so long was an amazing result. It didn’t look cakey nor did it impact the look of my finished makeup. It really did a goof job of keeping my face looking matte and stopping my makeup from budging.

I can definitely say that after having used the Lottie London Ready Set! Go matte translucent finishing powder for my trip to Edinburgh with amazing results it will become a staple in my everyday makeup bag. Have you used this powder or do you have another favourite setting powder? Make sure to let me know in the comments or if you’ve posted about your favourite powder make sure to leave me the link so I can check it out.

Luisa

xo

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lush Product Review: Scrubee

I am a bit of a Lush fanatic therefore it was no surprise that when I was shopping in Glasgow for a Birthday present for a friend last week, I somehow found myself veering towards Lush (which happened to be across the street from where I was going. I’m sure there was a flashing neon sign shouting come in here) with the intent of having a quick browse. A quick browse? Ha, there’s no such thing as a quick browse in Lush but conscious of the time I sniffed and tried as many of the Easter products as I could and settled on a few to purchase. 

One of the things I picked up was a Scrubee, something I had seen online and couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Scrubee is a little bumblebee shaped multipurpose body scrub and body butter. Personally, I think he is one of the cutest products I have ever seen in Lush, I’m a sucker for something cute. As much as I was drawn to the product by its looks, I was a little hesitant to purchase as it is a cocoa butter based product. I hate the feeling of body butters and moisturisers on my skin but I decided to give it a go.




Along with cocoa butter to give you super soft skin, this product acts as a body scrub with Scrubee’s stripes being a mix of ground coconut and almond shells to give you the ultimate exfoliator. This is the first time I have ever used a product like this so I wasn’t sure whether to use it like a moisturiser or as a scrub that you used in the shower but after a little research and Youtube watching I headed for the shower armed with my Scrubee. I showered as normal and then just before stepping out I used this little bar. Due to his shape, he fits perfectly in your hand so you can really work the product into your skin. I scrubbed in circular motions as I would with a normal scrub and let the product melt into my skin. It did take a few seconds before I could feel the exfoliating pieces but when I did, wow! As coconut and almond shells are pretty rough you really got a good, deep scrub which I love. I like to feel the results of the product. I only used this on my arms and legs as I have really oily skin and I didn’t want to walk around looking shiny.  I rinsed off, with the shower on its warmest setting to get the excess product off my skin. I don’t know if the product is supposed to completely sink into your skin or act as a smooth barrier but there was definitely a layer of cocoa butter left on my skin which, hours after washing, I can still feel sitting on my skin but my skin does feel amazing. 

Before using in the shower

Before using


Something else that drew me to this product was the scent. This product has honey, bergamot and Brazilian oil, a smell associated with the ‘Honey, I washed the kids’ range which happens to be my favourite Lush smell. It’s such a warm and comforting smell and reminds me of caramel, yes it smells good enough to eat and when I’m not using it, it leaves the room smelling amazing so really it also doubles up as a room fragrance.

After using in the shower

After using in the shower


At £6.95 this is definitely a worthwhile product as after one scrub it had barely looked like I’d used it so it will definitely get a few uses. Despite my reservations with the feeling of the product on my skin, it is definitely an amazing product. It smells amazing, looks fab and leaves my skin feeling buffed and smooth and is something I will be bulk purchasing before it disappears off of the shelves.

Luisa

xo

Sunday, 5 March 2017

If You Need Me, I'll Be Over Here Perfecting My Cat Eye

Makeup. Always a last minute thought when on holiday yet one of my first thoughts of the day when I’m at home. While baking in the hot sun, its easy to see why makeup doesn’t play a huge part in my day however at night when you make an effort, dress nice and attempt to tame that afro gifted to you by the humidity, I do tend to think about makeup. With my mind constantly thinking about booking a summer holiday I thought I’d share my holiday makeup bag from my last trip.

I always carry a tube of concealer as you never know when Mt Vesuvius is going to erupt from your chin. After a few days and a lot of praying, the sun should have cleared my skin enough for my (now 3 shades too light) quick fix to be put away. On holiday, I tend to take my Collection Lasting perfection concealer as it has amazing coverage but doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. 

One of the main pieces in my holiday makeup bag is eye makeup.  Topping the list is of course eyeliner, what would my eye makeup be without a statement flick, currently I’m using Rimmel’s Scandaleyes. Ensuring I packed the essentials I also brought a pair of false eyelashes by Kiss Lashes and a black mascara from Rimmel.  My hand luggage is always crammed full of as many eyeshadows as I can pack, both singles and palettes. Believe me, pre holiday packing is not fun when you have a box full of eyeshadows to contend with and limited space to put them. Depending on where I’m going and what I’m wearing will depend on what makeup I take, but on this particular trip this is what I took.






My other holiday essential is lips. While I do not apply a base of any kind, I do like a pop of colour on my lips. For my recent holiday, I may have brought a colour for every day but hey, a girl needs a lipstick. I brought my current favourite, NYX’s Tea n’ Cookies which is a pretty mauve pink colour. I also brought a bright orange by Maybelline, it is definitely not a colour I’d wear at home, it doesn't pair well with Scottish skin but with a tan it is fabulous. I also brought Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Flirtation. This is again a pink but unlike NYX this one is more of a brighter pink but not quite a barbie pink. I also brought yet another pinkish shade, (are you sensing a running theme here) this time from Tanya Burr cosmetics and is in the shade Martha Moo. Like many, I love this colour and I love that it is a matte lipstick although sometimes I do feel it has a strange texture on the lips after it has tried. This is a mauve pink but has slightly more of a blue undertone than my NYX shade.  To mix up the pink shades I brought an orange toned red, Muse Red by Kate Moss for Rimmel London. This is a beautiful summer shade with such a hydrating formula, a perfect lippy to pair with a tan. Last up is another pink shade by Rimmel from the apocalypse range. This is a slightly blue toned pink but is still fairly bright and is yet another matte lipstick which I love. The bullet for this lipstick no longer has the colour name and it appears it is no longer sold in shops so I am unable to share its name.




The last thing that makes it into my holiday make bag are some brow products. Since my eyes are the focal points of my holiday makeup then I ought to have nice eyebrows too. In my kit is my Tarte Amazonian brow mousse, this is my holy grain brow product and it is waterproof making it an essential. I also brought Benefit’s Gimme Brow. This product is amazing, it makes my brows appear fuller but leaves them looking au  naturál. 




So there is it, my holiday essentials. I definitely don’t put a full face of makeup on, that’s too much effort for it all to sweat straight off, but I do like a little. In my holiday makeup kit is only the essentials. What do you take in your holiday makeup bag?

Luisa

xo

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Valentines Day Get Ready With Me

With the 14th February swiftly knocking on the door I thought it only right that I do a Valentine’s get ready with me. Whether you’re going out with someone special, having a mates date or you want to look good sitting at home with a pizza and ice-cream for one, here’s a look for you. 
Prior to getting ready for an event or trip out I like to prep my skin and hair so before going for a shower I used a face mask from Mudmasky to minimise my pores and smooth out my skin. I also cleansed my skin using a coconut face scrub from Treacle Moon and toned my skin using the daily cleansing wipes from Nip and Fab. I don’t like to use too many products in my hair but when I curl my hair I do like to treat my tresses with a leave in conditioner, this time opting for a Keratin Protein mask from Hask to ensure my hair was nice and healthy.

Products Used For this Look:
Base
YSL Touche Èclat Blur Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in shade 1N1
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 1
Laura Mercier Invisible Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Nars Orgasm
Makeup Revolution Highlighting Trio in the Rose shade
Eyes 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Makeup Revolution Highlighting Trio in the golden shade
Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse
Soap and Glory Arch De Triumph
Lips
Lime Crime Perlees Lipstick in the shade Gemma
NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil in Nude







With naturally curly hair I opted for tight curls with lot’s of volume, a quicker hairstyle for me than straightening my lengths. 






Your outfit really depends on your plans on the day but I have opted for a nude longline blouse with pleated detail at the back paired with a pair of leather look trousers and nude flats. My ideal casual outfit. With the dark eye and metallic lip I wanted to keep my outfit quite simple. I chose not to pair my look with a bag and instead just took my burgundy Michael Kors purse.
Luisa

xo

Friday, 10 February 2017

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat Blur Primer Product Review

Over Christmas I picked up a few pieces in the Feel Unique sale, one of my most wanted products included. Yves Saint Laurent is a brand whose products I love, their eyeshadow palettes are incredibly pigmented and their highlighters are out of this world and I am always eager to get my hands on more of their products. One of their ranges that I have been lusting after from afar is the Touche Èclat collection so while on sale I picked up the blur primer which I thought I’d share with you today.

As always I like to start with the packaging (I’m a sucker for nice packaging), YSL package all of their products in a beautiful, shiny gold box with black matte writing which draws you immediately to the product. The product bottle is also alluring with its gold lid and glass, cylindrical  bottle that allows you to see the product inside and it looks great on my dressing table. I really love that the bottle is glass rather than plastic, I love good quality packaging, it makes the product that little bit more special. The last comment I’d like to make about the packaging is the pump dispenser. I love having a pump on a liquid product, it stops you pouring out too much product and saves things from getting messy.

YSL Touche Èclat Blur Primer is a gel primer flecked with gold glitter, who doesn’t love glitterm the more the better right? Like I said this is a gel product so when you first pump some onto the back of your hand it does feel kind of gloopy but as soon as you start to apply it to your skin, the formula becomes velvety smooth and leaves your face feeling amazing. As the name suggests, the product blurs imperfections, minimising the appearance of pores thus giving you the perfect base to apply the rest of your makeup. The little flecks of glitter in the product blend in with the skin and make your face radiant when the light catches it.


I’m not a big makeup wearer during the week, I enjoy that extra half hour in bed too much to get up and apply a full face of makeup but this primer has changed that. With the pore minimising and the lovely glow you get from this product, I find that applying this on its own is enough to stop my morning face from scaring my colleagues. It also applies beautifully under foundation. I tested this under a full face of makeup on a busy, winter day in Scotland battling the wind and rain and I’m pleased to report that my makeup didn’t budge after a good 8-10 hours wear.

The Touche Èclat Blur Primer is definitely an amazing primer and I can’t wait to try other products from the Touche Èclat collection starting with the foundation so look out for an update here when I do.  Have you tried the primer? What are your thoughts on it? Be sure to share your thoughts.

Luisa

xo

Sunday, 5 February 2017

January Favourites

Wow, it’s February already. It feels like Christmas was only a few days ago, this year is shaping up to be pretty fast already and hopefully full of lot’s of new and exciting opportunities. With us already almost through with the first week in February it is of course time for my monthly favourites for January. This months list is shorter than usual as a lot of things I have been loving recently appeared in my 2016 favourites which you can check out via the link on the right of this page under the popular posts but without further ado here are my January favourites:


Mermaid Blanket: Oh my wow. This has been my most used item since getting it for Christmas. With the temperatures dropping to -9 degrees, a warm blanket is an everyday essential. What I love about this blanket is that due to the style, it is sewn up at the back as far as the knees meaning the underside of your legs aren’t in for a cold surprise when they come into contact with a leather couch, instead they stay nice and warm and snug. If that wasn’t enough, the fact that it is in the style of a mermaid tail makes it a winner. Who doesn’t fantasise about being a mermaid and having a tail? Well now you can dream away while chilling in your mermaid tail.

Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate: When you think of winter and cold nights you immediately think of snuggling up (mermaid blankets are optional) with a hot drink. Traditionally hot chocolate is made with good quality drinking chocolate and milk, carefully heated on the stove but unfortunately this is too rich for me and makes me ill. The alternative, instant chocolate. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s made with water or if it’s to do with the richness of the chocolate powder but I am loving it. Hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and scooshy scream, yum!

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer: This primer is amazing. It blurs pores and brightens your skin and just generally provides the perfect base for your foundation. It’s not a primer I’d use for everyday wear but for days/nights out, it is perfect and prolongs my makeup.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask: With the winter weather this mask has been a life saver. During the year I have very oily skin but with the cold temperatures this winter, I have been getting dry patches on my face. This mask, like the name says, hydrates and moisturises your skin to combat any dry areas. This is a mask I have gone back to time and time again. I have previously done a full review on this favourite which you can check out here.

HP Sprocket: If you have been following my recent posts you’ll have seen a review of my new love, my HP Sprocket. It’s a portable, instant printer which is perfect for printing instant pictures anywhere and at any time and is something I will definitely get a lot of use from this year.


What have been your January favourites? If you have a youtube video or blog post on your favourites for this month then make sure you leave a link below so I can check it out.
Luisa

xo

Saturday, 28 January 2017

HP Sprocket Product Review

So I recently purchased the HP Sprocket, a device I’ve been wanting for months but couldn’t get my hands on anywhere, it’s been such a hit that it’s sold out everywhere but I finally got my hands on one.

What is it you ask? The HP Sprocket is the cutest little photo printer. It’s a pocket sized photo printer that lets you print 2 x 3” photos straight from your phone from anywhere. It comes in 2 finishes black and white with rose gold detailing. This is the one I went for. You can never have enough rose gold, right. The printer uses Zink Zero Ink printing paper meaning that there is no need for ink cartridges, just a well charger Sprocket. The Zink paper is also sticker backed meaning you can use your prints for photos or peel the backs and stick them to your wall or in a scrapbook. It is super easy to use. You simply download the sprocket app, load your photo for editing and hit print then 30 seconds later and boom, you’ve got yourself the cutest little picture.

I absolutely love this printer. As much as I love snapping pictures and storing them in my camera roll, there is nothing quite like a physical picture. I also love that it is small enough to fit in your hand meaning it’s the perfect travel sized. Although I haven’t had the chance to take it out yet, I can definitely see it being a regular item in my bag. It’ll be the perfect piece for capturing and keeping memories of days out and things I love. It doesn’t print amazingly high quality photos but for £99 the quality is fantastic. If you are a photo person then I would highly recommend investing in an HP Sprocket.





Luisa

xo
 

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