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September 17, 2014

Out and About in London

london museums in summer
summer in london by the river
summer in london
london bridges in summer
summer parks
london summer park
london summer photos
the masters neon lights
summer day out
lake summer in london
Art in London Parks

One of my best friends from university came to stay with me in London for a couple of days and although I'm not sharing much of our time together I did take a few snaps whilst we were out and about enjoying the sunshine. London has been so beautiful over the last few weeks and since I've been freed of my dissertation I've had far more time to get out and enjoy it. All in all, it's been a terrific week and there seems to be quite a lot to look forward to. 

September 15, 2014

Oriflame's "The One" Triple Core Lipstick in Dazzling Plum

autumn winter lip
autumn winter lip
autumn winter lip

I was lucky enough to receive an upcoming Oriflame release in my goodie bag from the #BloggersFestival, Oriflame's Triple Core Lipstic, in (the new shade for autumn/winter) Dazzling Plum. It is the first Oriflame lipstick that I've tried and I have to admit that I was very impressed with the shade. Dazzling Plum reminds me a lot of Mac's Syrup lustre lipstick. Like Syrup, Dazzling Plum is a very wearable and pretty shade of mauve with a lightly glossy finish. The triple core offers multiple benefits, it has great colour payoff, hydration (thanks to the inclusion of Shea butter and botanical oils in the centre of the lipstick) and the glittery middle layer adds a very subtle frosty finish that makes this lipstick particularly light catching which I think makes my lips look fuller. My only gripe is that Dazzling Plum doesn't have the smoothest consistency and feels a little bit gritty when you rub your lips together. However, if this doesn't bother you then I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for an easy-to-wear everyday lipstick. 

autumn winter lip

Oriflame's Dazzling Plum (RRP £11.95*) launches on October 17th, when it will be available to purchase online from Oriflame's online store.

September 13, 2014

Big Beauty Blog Sale (ft. Mac, Benefit, Bourjois, Topshop and many more)

I'm hosting a blog sale to de-clutter my make-up collection. Everything (except for one item) has been used and where I can I have shown how much product is left.

I will only accept payment through PayPal and I can only ship to the UK.

Postage is £3 for all orders - I will add this to your total when requesting payment.

Please leave me a comment stating what items you would like to purchase along with your PayPal account email address.

I will bubble wrap the crap out of anything that might break in transit (especially powder products or anything in glass) to try and make sure everything gets to you safely!

I am going away for a few days on Tuesday so if you pay via payal ASAP then I can post your purchases on Monday and they will be with you pretty quickly.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony £2.50
Benefit Dallas Blush   £10  (small indent from usage but a LOT of product left)

Sleek Blush in Flamingo  £1.50 (used twice)
 Topshop Cheek Duo in Desert Sun  £4  (hardly used)
 Topshop Cream Blush in Flush  £2  (used a couple of times)
 Bourjois Cream Blush in Shade 03   £1  (used a couple of times)

Bourjous Happy Light Matte Primer   £4 (used only a few times)
 Bourjois Happy Light Luminising Primer   £4 (used only a few times)
La Roche Posay CC Cream   £5 (used under 10 times)
 Topshop Bronzer in Mohawke   £4.50 (hardly used)
 Topshop Glow in Gleam  £2 (usage shown)

Topshop Lipstick in Idol    £2
Topshop Lipstick in Innocent    £2
Topshop Lip Bullet in Heartbeat   £3
Lanolips Lip Ointment with Colour in Apples  £2
Lanolips Lip Ointment in Colour in Rose  £2
Lanolips Lemon Aid Lip Balm   £1.50
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 111   £2

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Shade  51  £3
The Body Shop Concealer Stick in Shade 03   £2
Kiko Long Lasting Eye Shadow Stick in shade 25    £2
Bare Minerals Eyeshadow Palette in The Soundtrack   £8
(one shade has smashed- I dropped it onto a tiled floor)
RMK Kaleidoscope Nuance Colour in shade 01   £7

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral   £2
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya   £2.50
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Revlon Red   £2
No. 7 Lipstick in Gay Geranium   £3 (small indent on top of lipstick)
L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipstick in Aphrodite Scarlet   £1
L'Oreal Shine Stain Splash in Juliet   £1
Korres Lip Butter in Rose  £1
The Body Shop Clear Lipgloss   £1 (unopened)

Mac Ravishing (Cremesheen) Lipstick  £5
Mac Vegas Volt (Amplified) Lipstick  £8
Mac Shy Girl (Cremesheen) Lipstick  £6
Mac Costa Chic (Frost) Lipstick  £8
Mac Lovelorn (Lustre) Lipstick  £9

Leave a comment letting me know what you would like to buy as well as your PayPal email address so I can send you an invoice and email you for your postal address :) 

Celebrating Organic Beauty Week with Green People's Powder Blush in Peach

talc free blush
talc free apricot blush

September is officially Organic Beauty Month and this week is Organic Beauty Week. To celebrate, I've swapped out the powder products in my collection that contain talc (an ingredient to which my skin is very sensitive) and replaced them with natural and organic alternatives that contain more skin-friendly ingredients. Green People - a gorgeous natural and organic beauty brand - kindly sent me one of their powder blushes in the shade "Peach" to use as my everyday blush and I have to admit that I've very swiftly fallen in love with it. 

"Peach" is the perfect everyday blush shade. It perks up my cheeks without making them look too 'done' and contains 100% natural ingredients (11.2% of which are organic). Swapping products containing talc out of my routine - an ingredient you'll find in all sorts of brands, including Mac and Benefit blushes - has improved my skin so much, it has been much clearer of blemishes and less sensitive. If you get spots of sensitive patches of skin on your cheeks I would definitely suggest trying a "talc free" week or month as you may be sensitive to it too!

Coming in at £19.95*, Green People's blushes aren't super affordable but they are very high quality, on par with the Benefit blushes I've been loyal to for years. There are two shades in the range, but for me Peach is the standout colour - it's bright enough to wake up my skin but dusky enough to keep it looking subtle. The powder is very finely milled and it applies lightly so you can build up the exact amount of colour that you want. If I'm honest, I really couldn't be happier with Green People's Powder Blushes, I won't be going back to talc based blushes any time soon that's for sure!

It is so easy to stand up for your skin by making small changes that make a big difference. If you're interested in trying out some natural and organic beauty products, without having to compromise on the quality that you've become accustomed to, then I'd highly recommend checking out Green People's online store.

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