Sunday, 29 December 2013

Dabbling in Youtube!

A month or two ago I filmed and uploaded a couple of Youtube beauty videos, just to see how it felt to be on film like that (I've never filmed anything before), and to 'test the waters' of Youtube, so to speak.

In these first videos, I felt quite unnatural and not entirely myself, which seems silly because when I filmed them, I was on my own with no one watching. I think it's the thought that you know you're going to then upload the video to the internet, where potentially hundreds of people might see it. I have an endless amount of insecurities about myself, and I suppose knowing that I was opening myself up to being watched and perhaps judged by many strangers was very daunting.

Anyway, those videos didn't seem to attract much attention at all (although I still left them uploaded on my channel) so I left Youtube alone after that, until yesterday!

On a bit of a whim, I decided to give it another go. I felt much more comfortable in front of the camera this time, as I knew what to expect, and I thought through what I wanted to say more thoroughly beforehand. I know it isn't perfect, but I'm quite proud of myself for having the confidence to do it, so thought I would share it with you all on here (:

So here it is... my Lush Haul!

I plan to do more videos in the future, but I think finding the time to do them might prove tricky as I'm currently in my final year of University. Hope you enjoyed watching this (: 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Lush 'Celebrate' Body Lotion Review!

Lush's Celebrate body lotion is part of their limited edition collection for Christmas time, and boy is it festive! Complete with a dash of cognac added to the zingy orange scent, the smell alone is perfect to get you in the party mood. 

The lotion is scented with Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, and Orange Flower Absolute. These combine for a zesty, fruity scent with just the right amount of liqueur hint. The fragrance leans more toward the orange than the lime, and smells good enough to eat (but don't eat it, obviously, ha). 

Celebrate's moisterising ingredients are Almond Oil and Cocoa Butter - typical of Lush's lotions, and why they're one of my favourite brands. I love the use of natural ingredients in their products, they are so, so good for the skin. 

Although described as a lotion, the consistency of the product is much closer to a cream which makes it more nourishing than the average lotion for dryer skin types. It does, however, spread as easily as a lotion over the skin, and sinks in just as well and quickly - the best of both worlds (: 

I don't normally pick up zesty, citrus-y scented products such as this one, but it's different from your usual orange and lime combo. It's more fruity and the cognac note gives it a wonderful festive feel. I'll definitely be picking up another one next year if it's around.

I believe Celebrate is now all sold out online, but you may still be able to pick up a pot in your local Lush shop.

Have you tried Celebrate, or any of Lush's other Christmas Limited Editions? What did you think of them?

Friday, 27 December 2013

Essie 'Chubby Cheeks' Nail Polish Review!

I've heard to many good things about Essie Nail polishes, so when there were on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots a few weeks ago, I took the opportunity to pick up a few shades. 

So far I've only got round to trying one of the polishes I bought, 'Chubby Cheeks'. It was a beautiful orange-toned corally pink colour in the pot, and when applied it to the nails it does not disappoint!

Essie nail polishes have a fairly wide, curve-ended brush, which makes applying the polish super easy, and helps to keep getting polish on the skin around the nails to a minimum (I've never had a very steady hand when it comes to doing my nails). 

Two coats of this polish applied on top of a base coat gives a wonderfully smooth, glossy finish, and looks really professional. In my opinion, it appears a little brighter on the nails than it does in the pot (although the photos don't really show this), but I was happy with that as I think it really goes with my skintone. 

I actually decided to paint my nails this colour for Christmas day in order to pick up the colours in this necklace, and I think it worked very nicely. 

This nail polish is a complete winner with me (: have you tried any Essie polishes? 

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Review!

The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm seems to be a cult product with many a beauty blogger, and as it's highly recommended for tackling sore, chapped lips, when I saw it on offer I decided to try it out. It contains a host of nourishing ingredients, including Shea Butter and Honey. 

This lip balm isn't really what I was expecting, mainly because it has a matte finish on the lips, and leaves them with a slightly 'tacky' texture. It has a super thick consistency (which I was expecting!) and is ideal as an overnight treatment of the lips - you can still slightly feel the product on your lips the following morning, so you know it hasn't rubbed off at all and has just slowly sunk in to them throughout the night. 

During the day, it's a great option to go for to help make lipstick last a long time, due to it's tacky texture. I do, however, like a low-maintenance lip, so for when wearing the balm alone I like to put a small amount of a more 'glossy' balm over the top, such as Lush's Ultrabalm, to counteract the tackiness as it can feel a little strange. 

One last thing I must mention about this balm, is the scent - it's gorgeous. It's a sweet orange smell, and I think it smells exactly like a Fry's Orange Cream chocolate bar. Every time I use it, it makes me want one!

Overall I have to agree with the other beauty bloggers - it has done wonders for my lips, which have been suffering during this winter weather and have been recovering from a reaction from a different lip balm.

Have you tried this balm, or any other products from Nuxe's Rêve de Miel range? What did you think?

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 'Warm Ivory' Review!

A few weeks ago I went to House Fraser on a mission to purchase a new foundation. After many, many weeks of umming and ahhing, I'd decided to go for Bobbi Brown's Extra Repair Foundation . I wanted a hydrating and nourishing base with a decent amount of coverage (but that wasn't heavy) to suit my very dry skin, and this Bobbi Brown offering seemed to tick all the boxes. 

The high SPF 25 also attracted me, as I have quite fair skin. In my opinion, Bobbi Brown is one of the best brands to go for if you're also one of the fairer folk, as they have a great range of base shades - I was matched to 'Warm Ivory', the second-to-lightest shade out of the 14 shades this foundation is available in. 

This little number also contains natural moistursing ingredients that are fantastic for your skin, namely Shea Butter and Evening Primrose oil. Shea Butter is super moisturising and nourishing, and Evening Primrose oil is not only great for dry skin, but also helps to reduce irritation and inflammation - a must for sensitive skin. This, in combination with the foundation's yellow base (all of Bobbi Brown's foundations are yellow-based, her philosophy is that it is the most flattering, as we all have some yellow undertones to our skin), helps to counteract redness and hide blemishes. 

The foundation is really thick and creamy in the pot, but once on the skin it melts in and is easy to blend. I personally prefer a light-to-medium coverage, and this base can be built up from sheer-to-light, up to medium, and feels weightless on the skin. I've found the best way to build coverage with this foundation is to apply and buff in light layers until the desired finish is achieved, as opposed to applying one heavier layer of foundation. Applying this way does take a bit longer, but ensuring each layer is properly buffed in to the skin gives a lovely, glowing finish and helps the foundation to last a much longer time on the skin. I've found it lasts around 6 or 7 hours on my skin without needing any touch ups, after this amount of time only a minimal amount of correcting is needed.

 In order to transfer the product out of the pot and on to the back of my hand, a usually use a small spatula that came with my Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer. I like to apply the product to my face with my fingers, then blend out a bit more and buff in with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I found that trying to go in straight away with the brush didn't give me the finish I wanted, and also created a lot of streaky brush marks. 

In the above photo, the left side of my face is bare, and the right side is with the Extra Repair Foundation. As you can see, the natural redness  of my eyelids has been completely counteracted, as has the skin discolouration between my nose and mouth corners. Overall, my skintone has been evened out but still looks completely natural. 

And here's a completed makeup look using the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation. I love the natural glow the foundation gives the skin, without looking overly dewy. I'm smitten! 

Have you tried any of Bobbi Brown's bases? How have you got on?