Saturday, 19 December 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illumimators

If there's one, pretty much unnecessary, makeup product I could not live without, it would be a good old highlighter. Which you can probably tell by my post, A Glowing Obsession, all about my obsession with illuminators and highlighters!

Prior to having these absolutely beautiful products in my life I hadn't actually tried anything from Anastasia Beverly Hill, though I always wanted to, the brow and contour products are definitely on my list. I have the colours, Starlight and So Hollywood, which are aimed to be perfect for the fairer end of the skin tones, however there are 2 other colours Peach Nectar and Rivera, better for deeper skin tones. But I still want all of them to be honest even though the other 2 might not work as well with my skin, but I'm sure I could make them work, in some way!

First off the packaging as always is very slick using the glossy black with simple metallic writing and design, I don't think you can really go wrong with black and rose gold now can you? It also is very sturdy and doesn't feel cheap in any way, I know this pretty well because I have dropped them so many times already and the product remains completely in tacked! It comes with a large mirror inside which fills up the whole space of the lid, a feature I love for on the go. Also the fastening to keep it shut is very strong so it won't go flying open in your makeup bag, but of course is not difficult to open. One of my favorite things besides the actual formula itself is the design engraved into the powder, they have gone for this gorgeous art deco design that sadly is starting fade away from my products from using them so much!

Although they may be a pressed powder by no means are they powdery. As soon as you swatch the product you'll see me point, it's the strangest thing they are so creamy and almost bouncy, what I mean is I have put a slight pressure on the product and it bassically springs back! Probably imagined this completely but it made me so excited! And as far as the colours go I can't stop staring at my face when I have them on so you could say I like them a little bit. Starlight is this a white gold colour, that has a lot of cool and also warm tones to it, as well when you catch it in the light it has a pinky purple undertone to it that's so eye catching in natural lighting. And then So Hollywood is a gold/ copper colour with a lot of dimension to it within the shimmer, also when you catch it in some light has a slight pinky tone to it.

The brand released these as limited edition and have been on sale I think for around 2-3 months so you might want to snatch them up fast, but I think they have been pretty popular and I don't see why they wouldn't make them a permanent product especially for summer time. there isn't actually anything I don't love about them they are my little babies, possibly the only thing would be if they truly will be limited edition, I don't know how I'll survive if I ran out!

Have you tried out these illuminators? Tell me what's your guilty pleasure makeup product?

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Current Favorites

So I was a bit late on the November Favorites so this isn't a November favorites because it's now the 6th of December, but we can jsut image that these were very much enjoyed through the last month!

As you know from a previous post about my trip to NYC that I bought a lot of things while there especially in Sephora! And so pretty much everything bar 3 items were purchased in Sephora and only one is not a NYC purchase!


An especially sneaky way that Sephora get you to buy more stuff, which pulls in suckers like me, is having samples all along the queue to the check out. So I was drawn in and picked up this charcoal face mask from origins that I always hear good things about and I can definitely say it has not disappointed & lasted me so well. And then I have this moisturizer by Talika from a glossybox, I've just found it's so good before makeup because it's really moisturizing but doesn't leave a greasy looking finish.


Eye wise I have been really getting into eyeliner recently even though the flick is still not mastered, but this felt tip one from Kat Von D, Tattoo Liner in Trooper, makes it so much easier and lasts so long! A new mascara fav is this one from Tarte called Lights Camera Lashes, I read and watched so many reviews on this before I bought it and there was a bit of a mix of opinions but I'm absolutely in love with it, my eyelashes looks very full and very black.

I don't think I have ever been so obsessed with a blush, I always over looked blush I just saw it as a standard thing to put on, didn't realise some look better than others! As soon as I put this Hourglass blush on  I absolutely fell in love. The blendability alone is enough to make me fall in love but then make it this colour, Mood Exposure... it's actually blush heaven. Another face product I have been obsessed with is the Shade and Light palette by Kat Von D. Contouring is still a skill I want to master and so having this gorgeous pallet to use has been amazing, I probably use the bottom left colour the most because it goes with my skin tone but I do sometimes throw in the other colours when I'm feel especially in the contouring mood!

When at the airport going out of london of course how could I possibly resist duty free and possibly resist a little mooch around Mac. I've been loving this satin lipstick in Faux it's this beautiful brown pink although in the photo it looks way darker than it is, pretty much the perfect autumnal pink lipstick.


As far as non beauty items go I have been loving getting my out big knit jumpers and comfy slippers so I can feel super cosy in the cold weather which is actually getting really cold now especially with it getting dark around 4 o'clock! And then Wine Cellar, Bath and Body Works candle has been burning in my room since coming home and I really cannot get enough of the scent, but at the same time I don't want to waste my candle so I've had to restrain myself and change it out for a new one for now!

I want to mention also I've been so obsessed with Justin Bieber's new album. Constantly jamming to it or Adele's 25, who isn't jamming to that insane album? And of course I have gone and seen Mockingjay Part 2 twice including the midnight showing and I cannot wait for the DVD to be out!

What have you been loving recently?

Thursday, 3 December 2015

NYC Bath and Body Works Haul!

Okay this is going to be a big post so apologies in advance. While in New York it was vital to find a Bath and Body works to go and spend way too much money on making myself and my room smell beautiful. Come on why do we not have this beautiful place in the UK, I’d be broke, but the good smelling kind of broke. Saying that though they do the most amazing deals that kind of forced me to get more and more like buy three get three for free, let's just say the luggage was definitely not the same weight as it was on the way out!

Autumnal smells are the best and although it is December now that won't stop me from using my apple scented things. So I bought these 2 scents, Suncrisp Apple Harvest and Perfect Autumn Day probably my favourite things I bought. I wish I bought Apple Harvest in the shower gel and in every possible option because I just get so many compliments when I wear it. So in Perfect Autumn Day I have the shower Gel, Body lotion and Fine Fragrance Mist and then in the Suncrisp Apple Harvest I have the Mist and the 24 hour moisture Ultra Sheer Body Cream.

With all the offers they had going on I ended up getting these 2 soaps and 2 shower gels. To be honest I didn't actually know what was going on half the time, the sales assistants kept saying you need to go pick free items and free stuff is exciting so to the amount of stuff kept getting bigger and bigger every second. It was all one big accident! So I got Brandied Apple Pear and the classic scent Sweet Pea in the Deep Cleansing soaps. And then 2 Shower Gels in Moonlight Path and Beautiful Day.

There was another deal on antibacterial hand gels I can't remember what but it was you save money if you purchase 5 so of course I bought 5 as they are only small. So I got Give Thanks, Beautiful Day, Fresh Sparkling Snow, Fall Lakeside Breeze and Stress Relief. 

How could I have gone to Bath and Body works and not pick up a candle or two... or you know 4. On the new winter Holiday items everything was on offer and so the candles were half price at around $12 so I had to get 2 and basically get one for free. Thats the logic in my head. So I got Winter Sun a very warm but almost frost scented, then Frosted Cranberry, and I'm so drawn to Cranberry scents the sweet fruitiness of them attracts me. And then I actually didn't buy any candles that weren't in a collection I just didn't find ones I like all that much plus there was needed restraint because candles are heavy! So I bought Wine Cellar, which I am currently burning and Harvest Gathering from the Wine country collection very autumnal smelling.

And then finally because my purchase was not only over I think $30 but extremely exceeded that I got to have this tub of christmas items for an extremely discounted price, which I cannot remember! But it came in this big tub and cam with; Vanilla Bean Noel Shower gel, body lotion, fragranced mist and hand gel. And then in the scent Twisted peppermint ; a deep cleansing hand soap and then in Winter Candy Apple a nourishing hand cream and gentle foaming hand soap, and not to mention a very dense good luffa.

So that was a long post but I hope you enjoyed it!

Whats your favourite festive scent?