Archive | June, 2012

Mini-Haul!

21 Jun
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Check out my PicStitch skills! :L

I cannot believe that I haven’t uploaded this! I actually bought these items around two weeks ago and have had this post planned for a while, but ugh! Exams! 🙂 Anyway, at least the time gap has meant I can try them out for you, so I now have a few objective opinions.

Beware, this haul is only teeny tiny!

The very first item is the Ecotools Retractable Foundation Brush that I found at Boots and lusted after, but decided \I couldn’t afford, only to find that my cheeky Mum had bought it for me! (I had bought her some bits and bobs in Boots as a surprise too!) I bought an Ecotools brush set a few months ago, which was my first time ever testing a named brand of makeup brush out, and my gosh, have I been so pleased with myself for that purchase. This brush is no different, it’s dense and firm, but flexible too, not one hair has shed on my face in two weeks, it doesn’t soak up my foundation like that’s its job, and it’s SO SOFT! In addition, the Ecotools brand is all recycled and organic materials! 🙂 Definitely a recommendation, but if you do get it, save yourself a couple of pounds and buy it here on Amazon (with a shipping fee), as Ecotools brushes seem to be a lot cheaper there. Mum got some Boots points, but I wish we’d looked online first!

The second item (top right) is the Soap and Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel, which I bought at Boots for £2.50 in a 3 for 2 offer on Soap and Glory (the offer’s still on if you click the link!). Originally, it was my Mum who was a fan of the Soap and Glory signature scent, but I’ve been converted and am now hooked. I’ve never been much of a ‘hand sanitizer kind of gal’, but for this product, I would happily join a Soap and Glory religion. It’s perfect. It smells lush, it’s in a handy little squeezy bottle, the packaging is super cute, and over half is gone already. I use it every morning before I do my makeup (hint hint S+G, make a bigger size for me to keep at home 😉 ) and then I throw it in my bag to use throughout the day. A definite must buy for the scent and the quality.

Next up is the Soap and Glory Mini ‘The Daily Smooth’ Amazingly Effect Dry Skin Formula Body Butter (phew!), priced at £2.50 again from Boots, which is also in the offer! I do like this, but it definitely doesn’t smell like the famous ‘Hand Food’ or one of my favourite products ever, ‘The Righteous Butter’ . It smells very lovely though, I prefer that it comes in a little squeezy tube because I feel like I use less product and the packaging is adorable! As for dry skin, I haven’t noticed a huge difference, but I do occasionally use it on my sister’s hands (don’t judge me, we’ve run out of hand cream!) and she says she’s noticed a significant difference. The other day she ran up to me and went, ‘Christie, feel how smooth my hands are!’ and then proceeded to wipe her hands on my face. Thanks sister. :L I think I’d reccommend this product, but if I had to choose between this and others, it won’t win the battle.

Lastly, I bought another Revlon Lip Butter, to add to my collection of…one. 😀 This time, I went for the colour ‘Peach Parfait’, which is the colour that Emma Stone is wearing is the ads for the products. I may have just been drawn in by the hype, but this hasn’t lived up to my standards…yet. It’s a dark pinky coral (totally different to the ads, do not be misled!), with small flecks of gold glitter. Don’t worry if this is the shade you have your heart set on, it’s perfectly lovely and the gold isn’t really noticeable! The problem I find is that the glitters are annoyingly abrasive. The formula of the Revlon Lip Butters is a big win for me because they’re so practical for daytime, but the glitter in this seems huge when applied to the lips! I’m sure the more I wear it, the more I’ll love it, but I kind of wish I’d gone for a different shade now! Revlon 1- Christie 0. Never mind!
I bought it at Boots about two weeks ago for £8, but at the moment in Superdrug they are a much more reasonable £5.99! Here’s the link to all the colours they have available. I

Has anyone tried out any other Revlon Lip Butters or Ecotools brushes? What would you recommend?

I hope you all have a very lovely day!
Don’t forget to smile 🙂
Christie xoxo
 
 

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TotallyChristie’s Top Tips: Number 2!

21 Jun

TotallyChristie's Top Tips: Number 2!

Hello Everyone!
Just thought I’d do a quick post,to first of all let you know that my exams are over and done with now (thank goodness!),so I’ll be blogging a lot more, and secondly to do a top tip for you!
Recently, I’ve been feeling very sluggish and have been getting headaches. I know why, it’s because I’m not eating what I should be. So over the last couple of days, I’ve been really trying to eat more healthily. I’ve cut out all the snack foods I used to eat, cut down on cheese and fatty meats, and reduced the amount of chocolate I’ve had (boohoo! 😦 ), which has been difficult. Instead, I’ve been eating fresh fruit (as I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables) and drinking lots of water. As a result, I’ve seen my dry, stressy skin clear up considerably, and I know it’s because of the hydration and vitamins my skin is getting! My top tip for June is to make sure to do just that, stay hydrated as the weather (hopefully) heats up a bit and eat what makes you feel good later!

I hope you’re all having wonderful days!
Do any of you have a favourite summer fruit?
Don’t forget to smile 🙂
Christie xoxo

NOTY: Glizty Golden Glam

14 Jun

I recently went on a bit of a shipping spree with my Mum, and Boots are doing those abfab £5 any No.7 purchase again. I LOVE these vouchers. No.7, although a less expensive brand to many, is basically high-end in my opinion. I personally, on a students budget, don’t have the cash to splash out on a £15 mascara or £8 makeup wipes, so the voucher makes me feel a bit luxurious when I can pick something pricier up in Boots and take it to the counter knowing its not going to hit my purse hard.
I got a gorgeous nail varnish, it’s a new (and unfortunately limited edition 😦 booo!) glitter polish from No.7 and there’s also a silver counterpart, but I think gold is a gorgeous colour for summer.

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It’s a clear-based polish, with differing size golden glitters. It applies really nicely, and this look took two coats. I think it would look stunning over a blue polish, or even a champagney colour! It was originally £8, but with my nifty little voucher, I only had to fork out £3 at the till. £3. That’s a Barry M nail varnish. Such good value! Definitely worth checking out this polish while the offer’s still there. It runs out this Sunday, but Boots don’t open on Sundays, so Saturday’s your last shot. I have another voucher hidden away in my purse, so I think I’ll be sneaking in to snap up the silver soon (enough alliteration in that sentence?!) 🙂

Are there any ridiculously priced higher-end products that you’ve been lusting after?
Don’t forget to smile 🙂
Christie xoxo

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Review: Eye Spy a step out of my comfort zone!

14 Jun

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A few weeks ago I bought two eyeliners from the MUA at Superdrug line, where every standard product on sale is £1. The ULTIMATE budget make-up line, wouldn’t you agree? When I got to the stand, I bought two completely different liners for me, and probably for lots of you too, as I know I always ended to stick with blacks and browns before, but no longer will I sit in my makeup rut. I bought a matt white colour and a shimmery green.

Forest Green-3.5/5
I bought this colour on a whim, and whilst driving home I wondered what possible look I could incorporate it into. In the end, I paired it with a champagne colour and let it do the talking on my waterline and upper lash line. It’s really lovely, pretty creamy, easy to use, good colour payoff. And I got a few compliments on how it looked with my blue eyes. 🙂 One problem is if you want long lasting colour on your waterline, that’s not what this eyeliner is going to give you. It did stay for a good six hours or so on my upper lash line (with a primer) before it smudged a bit. At £1, it’s hard to pass up, and it comes with a little sharpener for those on-the-go-unsharpened-eyeliner-crisis-moments(I’ve never had one of those either, but the possibility is now eliminated 😉 ).
Snow White- 3/5
Although this colour is also nice, I bought it in order to widen and brighten my eyes on my waterline, as it’s not a colour that you would often (or ever) use on your upper lash line, but it’s creamy and you get good colour payoff. It’s great for brightening inner corners, but as for sticking to your waterline, forget it. That’s where the budget buys stop giving you results. However, a reasonably more impressive white eyeliner is Barry M’s Eyeliner Stick in White, which does actually stay for a good few hours!

Are there any eyeliners that you’d like to try that are a little out of your comfort zone?
Don’t forget to smile. 🙂
Christie xoxo

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OOTD- Feminine and Floral

13 Jun


Here’s a super duper quick mid exam OOTD for you all! This adorable floral print chiffon dress was on sale in New Look for £15, it’s long enough to wear as a summer dress, but as it was a little chilly outside I threw on a pair of Primark leggings which were a nifty £3. The belt is from Peacocks, and it was originally priced at £4, but went into the sale at £2 and I got an extra 20% off as I work there so it came to £1.60- BARGAIN! the shoes are also New Look, from their wide foot range. I don’t have wide feet really, but they are the perfect pair of nude pumps that I’ve been searching for, were a total bargain (at £20!), and I went a size down (from a 7 to a 6) and they fit like a dream.
I think this is a really feminine look, a little more mature, and it compliments my tricky to dress figure (small legs, chunky middle and zero boobs) because it’s über classy. 🙂
Don’t forget to smile! 🙂
Christie xoxo