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Glow For It

25 Jun

Hello lovelies!

Summer’s now in full swing in the UK, we see a smidgen of sunshine and everyone whips their legs out and slaps on the SPF. I’ve been obsessed with the ‘lit from within’ look recently and thought I would share my favourite products for the job.

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Estée Lauder Blush in ‘Witty Peach’ – £25 at boots.com

This blush is the perfect peach for a pop of colour. Just subtle enough that it doesn’t give you awkward sun-tan cheeks and just pigmented enough so that it leaves a beautiful tint on the apples. I like to start really far up and out on my cheeks because I have a little chubby face, but everyone is different. I’ve heard it’s best to start at least two finger widths away from your nose and that that’s a good estimation. This blush is matte, but the lighter apricot colour gives it a glowing finish.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronzing Powder – £13 at thebodyshop.co.uk

This bronzer is universally flattering. I mean it. I always think that uber-pigmented bronzers have no place on my skin. Even if I blend perfectly, I always end up looking like a muddy mess. This formula is silky smooth, easy to buff out and it’s not too OOT. Do people still say that? OOT? Oh well. Just did. This is one of the only products that i can use on my temples as well due to it not being too intense.

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The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – £16 at feelunique.com

Well, well, well. This little baby is finally mine. I actually put this in a wish-list this time a year ago, and finally made an order on Feel Unique. Believe the hype, this champagne-hued highlight is seriously amazeballs. I tried it for the first time a week ago and have worn it every day since. A teeny-tiny bit of this goes a loooooooonnnggg way, and your skin looks so healthy after you use it. For oily-skinned gals, I would warn you to use a light hand, as I know it can be difficult to balance between luminous goddess and disco ball, but us dry-skinned ladies need all the glow we can get. Am I right ladies? (I’ve always wanted to type that, it didn’t disappoint haha)

So there we go. My little formula that results in a lotta H2Glow. Oh yeah.
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I hope you are enjoying your day/evening, wherever you are!
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Huge Collective Haul!

5 Feb

Hello lovelies!
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A big haul today. I’ve been shopping too much, but we all know how that goes. My bank account is definitely suffering after all the shopping during December and now January…*cries*
On with the haul!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Hoola’ Bronzer – £23.50

ImageI’ve had a sample size of Hoola forever, I got a big set of Benefit samples last Christmas from my Mum and am still going through a couple of the samples. I figured it was time to upgrade to the full size as I just hit pan on the little sample. It’s a mid toned bronzer, good for lighter skin tones. I can’t wait to be able to use a bronzer brush that’s a good size now! Hoorah!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows – £20.50

ImageThis is the first full-size that I’ve had of this product. I adore it. It’s essentially the only product I can’t live without. Even if I’m not wearing ANY make-up I will gravitate towards wearing this. I’m so excited to have this little beauty in my life. 🙂

ImageBenefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – £19.50

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This mascara is the bee’s knees in the blogging world. It’s also the best-selling mascara in the UK. Even above drugstore ones. Yeah. I’ve had about six minis and one full size of this, but I was just clinging to my first tube for sentimental reasons. That baby was definitely not usable anymore. I had a little funeral for it as I threw it in the bin. But now I have this beautiful shiny new one. Definitely the best mascara I’ve tried for length and definition.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘The Falsies Volum’ Express’ Mascara – £7.99

ImageI love Maybelline’s ‘The Rocket’ Mascara and so I decided to pick up another of their hyped-up mascaras. Have no idea what this one is like yet. It looks like a wet formula, which I don’t usually hate, so fingers crossed.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Brow Drama’ Brow Mascara – £4.99

ImageThis was kind of an impulse buy. There was a 3 for 2 offer and I jumped at it, but it’s actually pretty god. I’ve used it a couple of times and apart from the awkward wand, it does exactly what I need it to. It gives a little bit of colour and a nice hold. Yay!

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Color Tattoo 24hr’ in ‘Permanent Taupe’ – £4.99

ImageI was so hesitant to pick this up, but grabbed it at the last minute in Boots in a rush. I used it on my housemate last night and it worked really well on her…we shall see. It’s completely matte and quite full coverage on the lids.

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The Body Shop’s ‘Honey Bronzing Powder’ – £13.00

ImageCult product alert! This has been in essiebutton’s videos for months, and I’ve been tempted every time she mentions it. The Body Shop actually have a pretty extensive make-up collection, and there are loads of shades of this bronzer. My housemate was drawn in and picked it up too. I love it! It’s more subtle than Hoola, which is great for everyday use.

ImageRevlon’s ‘Lip Butter’ in ‘Red Velvet’ – £7.99

ImageThis is my…6th lip butter! (yes I did just count) I’ve been on the hunt for this shade for a while. It’s more vampy than the others I have, and is exactly what I’ve been looking for for a while! It’s gorgeous 🙂

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Matte Balm’ in ‘Standout (Berry)’ and ‘Elusive (Pink)’ – £7.99

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Lacquer Balm’ in ‘Vivacious’ -£7.99

ImageI caved to the hype and I am so not sorry! I love all of these little guys. The matte ones are beautiful, and the lacquer one is such a gorgeous colour. I can’t wait until I can wear that lacquer one every day in the summertime. There’s a colour for everyone, honestly. The UK have literally just got these in Boots and Superdrug, so I know that the US have had them for ages, but it’s a brand new ball game for us over here in rainy England.

ImageTop – bottom: Vivacious Lacquer Balm, Standout Matte Balm and Elusive Matte Balm.

ImageBourjois’ Happy Light Matte Primer – £10.99

I got this in early January on a trip to the cinema with my friend Andrew. I actually purchased it with Boots points, and I love it! It’s a bit weird that I picked up the matte primer instead of the luminous one considering I have dry skin, but I’m so glad I did! It’s such a great base. I’m not a fan of the silicone-y primers like The Porefessional from Benefit or the new Baby-Skin Primer from Maybelline, and this one is more of a gel texture.

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Revlon’s ‘Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick’ in ‘Mauve it Over’ – £7.49

I’m still at war with myself as to whether I like this or not. It seemed like a perfect purchase at the time but is definitely not very me. I prefer corals or vampy reds, and this is like an orangey-nude my lips but better shade. I’m gonna have to wear this for a bit longer to figure out whether I love it or loathe it.

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I was in Boots a few days ago and saw some signs around the Clarins counter that advertised a little bag of samples. I’ve never really inveristigated Clarins as a brand before, but there didn’t seem to be any catch with the samples, just a little skincare consultation. I spoke to the lady (named Catherine in Boots Staines) and she was so lovely. She gave me this little bag of goodies and I can’t wait to test it all out! 🙂

PHEW! That was a long post. I’m mentally exhausted now, and feel more guilty for spending all my hard-earned cash. However, I know that most of these products are gonna end up being real faves of mine. I think that means it’s a win!

Have you picked up anything new from the drugstore lately? There are so many new releases I don’t know where to begin!

Have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are!
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Summer Make-Up and Beauty Products Haul! Revlon, The Body Shop, Rimmel, Benefit and Elie Saab

14 May
Hello lovelies!

I got my student loan through a couple of weeks ago, and decided to treat myself to a couple of products I’d been lusting over.

The first thing I did was buy a perfume. I’ve been wanting Elie Saab’s Eau de Parfum for a long time now, about 5 or 6 months. It’s just so damn expensive, and I’ve never really been a perfume girl. Having just got a new job where I’d be working long hours, I wanted a scent to stay with me for the day. This totally does. I got the travel set, so it’s 3 x 20ml bottles that can be placed inside a gold metal travalo-esque spray bottle. I actually got this because you got more product for your money compared to the regular bottle, and I’m always on the go, so a travel set suits me better. I also got a free Elie Saab perfume bag and body lotion with purchase! YAY! I do love a freebie.

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Because I bought that off of the Boots website, I got some points, which bumped my points total up to a mental 1900, worth £19. I took advantage of the 3 for 2 Revlon offer, and bought 2 of the new lip butters, Juicy Papaya and Wild Watermelon, and a cream blush in Coral Reef. I got all of this with my Boots points, and a free sample of a Seventeen foundation too. Result!

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Next up, I placed an order at The Body Shop. I can’t even remember when I last bought something from The Body Shop, I always just steal the stuff I like from my Mum! Haha! We’ve all done it! I picked up a Choccie Body Butter (I already own the Mango and the Strawberry and I lurrrvvvee them), a Lemon Lip Butter (smells like Lemon Drizzle cake), a Pomegranate Lip Balm which gives a bit of colour, and a lip balm trio of the Born Lippy brand. I love those Born Lippys, and doesn’t it seem like they’ve been around forever? I also picked up a face scrub, but I think I’ll be doing a more in depth review of that soooon 🙂

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 (Just a quick sidenote, I gave a lip balm to my lovely friend Kent, but there were three, and don’t you just love the little novelty tins things come in? I’ve put all my little Benefit samples in this one!)

Next up I bought a couple of magazines, Elle and Instyle. Elle came with a free deluxe sample of Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara, which I own the full size of, but they claimed that the mini was worth £9.50! :O And Instyle came with a gorgeous Nails Inc. nail polish, and I got the shade ‘You’re a Peach’, which I looove. Perfect for spring/summer!

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Last but certainly not least, I picked up a few things from Rimmel whilst food shopping (bizarre or opportunistic?) the other day at Tesco. It was 3 for 2, the Apocalips were on sale and it had been a long day. I bagged the Apocalips Lip Lacquer in ‘Stellar’, the Powder Blush in ‘Bronze’ and the Match Perfection Foundation in ‘Ivory’. I would usually have gone for the lightest shade, but Rimmel’s Wake Me Up foundation is a perfect match for me in Ivory. Actually, when I compared them at home, the Match Perfection seemed a little lighter!
ImageImageImageOkay, so there’s my haul! I tried reaaallly hard with the photos in this post, so if you liked them (and didn’t think there were too many), then I would love it if you ‘liked’ this post!

Today and tomorrow are my first days off from work in a while. I got a little touch of tonsillitis a couple of days ago, and drugged myself up silly with strepsils and flu tablets and antibiotics and I think I might be on the road to recovery! I have an exam tomorrow as well, so I might need to do a bit of revision…..but Game of Thrones Season 3 is calling my name…!

Hope you are all having a beautiful day or night,
Christie xoxo

P.S. If you need to blame anyone for any of these purchases, blame Estée and her darn YouTube videos! Every time she says crackalackin’ I have to buy something. It’s a rule I made up. 😉 Check out her videos for a unique and HONEST view of beauty products, and also, she’s beautiful!

Review: Topshop’s ‘Desert Sun’ Bronzer/Blush Duo

1 Apr

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be reviewing a product I’ve actually owned for a while, but have only started really using recently, and that’s Topshop’s Bronzer/Blush Duo in ‘Desert Sun’.

ImageThe packaging on this is super-cute, and very American-esque, don’t you think? Kind of reminds me of stars and stripes! It’s also pretty sturdy, it snaps shut in a very satisfying way and is holding up well. It’s nice and compact, easy to travel with. It doesn’t have a mirror inside though, which I always hate. If the room is there, why not put one there? The packaging, like a lot of Topshop’s make-up, has the tendency to get pretty dirty though. However, it’s nothing major and comes off easily with a make-up wipe.

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Doesn’t the blank space where the mirror *should* be annoy you?!

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

The product itself is raised up into a dome, not unlike the Mac Beauty Powders. It’s roughly half blush, half bronzer. The blush is a coral colour, whereas the bronzer is absolutely a golden shimmer. The great thing about this product is that it’s a 3-in-1 job. You’ve got a blush, bronzer and a highlight type colour when you mix them together.

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

ImageI think this product performs best when it’s mixed together and used as either a blush or a highlight. The blush alone isn’t pigmented enough, and the bronzer is too yellow/orange-tones to work well for me, but could be nice on more tanned skin. Bearing in mind I always buy the lightest foundation to match my skin, this possibly would suit many skin tones. I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can get some use of the bronzer as a lone product in the summer.


This is actually advertised on Topshop’s website as solely a bronzer, but I really think it’s more of a combo product. 

ImageVerdict: 3/5.

This product definitely didn’t blow me away, but it’s gonna be a nice addition to my summer make-up choices, and it’s a good hit for Topshop, who don’t get a lot of hype surrounding their face products. It’s also a bit pricy, at £12.50, you could buy a face palette from Sleek, or 12 cream blushes from MUA!

‘Desert Sun’ is available at Topshop stores and the Topshop website.

Have you tried any of Topshop’s make-up? What are your favourite summer face products? I can feel it approaching!

Christie xoxo

The busiest few weeks!

18 Mar

I am well aware that I have not blogged in FOREVER. However, some developments in my life have occurred. Well, just two really, but still.

1. I got an iPhone.
2. I passed my driving test.

Therefore, I have been addicted to my iPhone, and have been driving my little car around, and I just have completely neglected the internet in order to focus on my life! Weird, I know! BUT… I have lots of ideas for blogs, because my delayed blogging has inspired more ideas apparently!

In the meantime, I do have a few ‘favourites’ to share with you for this month.

Favourite Beauty Product:
Okay, it has to be one of my new purchases (reviews soon!)
Either Avon’s Color Trend Kiss ‘n’ Go Lipstick in Winter Wine or Avon’s Arabian Glow Bronzing Pearls. Both of these products were inexpensive, and I adore them already, after only a few weeks of using them!

Favourite Book: THE HUNGER GAMES! I read this over the summer after my Mum bought it for me, but recently, all of my friends have borrowed the books and have been frantically reading before the film comes out. Suzanne Collins has come up with a story to stand the test of time. It’s truly excellent reading, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Favourite Hair Product:
It has to be the Percy and Reed of London Finishing Polish. I actually got this as my free gift with this month’s Glamour magazine (if you don’t read it, then check it out, it’s only £2 and you get a gorgeous gift and usually some free samples with some beautiful photo shoots and style ideas). I have very frizzy, curly/wavy hair that dries out quickly, and I’m always looking for something that means I can wear my hair naturally and have it look reasonable, as I really don’t have the time in the mornings to curl or straighten my hair! This did the trick, and is a nice product to use. It is scented, but that doesn’t bother me, as my shampoo and conditioner are strong-smelling and overpower it easily.

Favourite Blog: Okay, so my friend Katie (kates24) has a blog on wordpress, she write beautifully and is incredibly articulate. For anyone who fancies a peek at her outlook on life, check out her blog. She’s so funny, and makes A LOT of sense  A LOT of the time.
http://www.kates24.wordpress.com

Favourite Film: Very very recently, I watched The Notebook again with my friend Jodie. It breaks my heart every single time I see it, and I fall in love with it over and over again! Despite my recommendations, my sister refuses to stop watching High School Musical 2. On the last count I did, she’d watched it 7 times within 4 days. Crazy girl.

Favourite Song: I’ve been loving Florence + The Machine’s song Landscape this month. Take a listen here,(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9DtY0ktT1U) one of my fellow Tumblr Dair shippers made a playlist and this has to be my favourite song of theirs.

Favourite Youtube Channel: It has to be Rachel (http://www.youtube.com/user/icallitambrosia) or Meghan (http://www.youtube.com/user/meghanrosette). I don’t know about you, but I detest watching boring beauty videos on YouTube, so these girls are amazing for me. Despite both of them being absolutely hilarious, they do actually know what they are talking about. If you love hauls, check out Meghan, because I don’t know how she does it, but she shops A LOT, and if tutorials and rants (teehee) are more your thing, then Rachel’s channel is the place for you.

Favourite Artist: Definitely been loving The Script this month. If you don’t know who they are, check out my favourite songs, This= Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gxjfjj8r98) and The End Where I Begin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dflJL5Zb4ao) although, all of their songs are beautiful.

Human Favourite: It has to be my sister! She’s around four years younger than me, and is nearly fourteen, so I feel very old and the age gap is substantial, so we fight a lot. However, this month she has been the sweetest angelic sister ever! Is there some sort of award that I can give her? 😀

Favourite Food: The new Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly is to die for! At the moment in the UK, the bars have been on mass offer for £1 pretty much everywhere, and they’ve quickly become my favourite treat!

Favourite App: Either Instagram or Temple Run. Temple Run is incredibly addictive and Instagram makes me feel like my photos are cool and…well, cool. If you like, you can follow me at christieannturner. 🙂

Favourite Random: My car! 😀 I have a little Corsa, and it’s silver and adorable. It’s my baby, and I haven’t been able to get enough of it!

Favourite Photo: Recently, my Dad dug out a box of baby photos of me, and here’s my favourite from the bunch.

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I hope you all have a lovely relaxing Sunday evening, and remember, don’t forget to smile! 🙂
Christie
xoxo