Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Love Me Beauty (The Best Box)!

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To say I was excited about this months Love Me Beauty box is an understatement - I practically grabbed it out of the postman's hand (sorry postman)! After I chose which Edition I wanted I just couldn't wait for it to come through the door, as they are nearly all full-sized products (you have it in the bag LMB).
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The first product in my box which I'm quite confused about is from Weleda. Now this wasn't included on the online 'boutique' and it also wasn't on the menu, so whether this was a bonus product or just popped in by mistake I'm unsure. Anyway, its the Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion which is supposedly perfect for dry skin (raising hand) and it smells delicious - cannot wait to use this! (Full price unknown).
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There were also two products from the brand So Susan in the box, this being the Dual Brow Powder which usually retails at £11.95 so I have my money back already. Although the powders feel really smooth I'm not sure I'll be able to make this work for me as I usually go for something a little bit more on the ashy side - but we'll see how I get on.
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The other product from So Susan, is their Flutter Mascara which retails at £14.95. I love the gold packaging of this product and I am really excited about trying it - again I'll keep you posted.
The next two products are also both makeup products by the same brand - Ofra Cosmetics.
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The first is the Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Hollywood, retailing at £11.60. This was the product I was most excited about and it hasn't disappointed. Although it looks fairly glossy, it almost has a matte feel to the lips and is super pigmented. The shade Hollywood is the most perfect deep pink shade and I'm obsessed! It also smells like cake (think Collection Lip Cream's). The other product is the Pressed Eye Shadow in Bliss, which has the price tag of £8.80. I was actually really impressed with this as it almost has a liquid metal type affect. It's a beautiful champagne/nude/gold shimmer that again is greatly pigmented - another win!
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The last beauty product is by Lashem, and its a 2ml sample of their Lash Enhancing Serum. Now the full size of this is just 1.5ml more (3ml) and retails for £40 - so I think this a pretty generous sample? This claims to give you longer looking lashes after just two weeks, so I'm going to give this a go and use it everyday for 2-3 weeks and let you know what I think! Finally, there was also a lifestyle product in the form of tea (hurray tea-lovers)! Now normally in subscription boxes you might get 1-3 tea bags, but in this hefty little package you get 20 which I thought was brilliant. I got the Teashed 4AM Tea, which is a whole leaf white tea wrapped in silky pyramid tea bags.. fancy eh? These retail at £3.50, so again another full size product!

Overall I have loved  this months LMB box and it's by far been the best one I have received yet.
What did you think?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fashion on a Budget #1 (Under £15)

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beautywithmelanieclare *Thank you to Hayley for being such a photogenic model!*

Fashion on a budget can be really hard these days, with the competition of so many high street stores! Primark, as always has come up one of the most affordable, and so putting together a summer outfit under the £15 mark was slightly easier (by not including items from any sales). The light-wash denim shorts were just £10, and they had quite a few of this high-waist style in different colours. The tee, which I think is gorgeous, was just £4 - and again they had a couple of different styles and designs.

Are there any clothing stores you would like me to do a 'Fashion on a Budget' post on?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Illumination

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Well because it's that time of year again - where everybody is aiming for that illuminated, highlighted and bright skin, I thought I'd mention a few of my makeup favourites to give your face a glow this season. For base products, the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream allows you to create a flawlessly smooth complexion so that any products with shimmer go on nicely, and it also blurs out any imperfections and gives 'translucent coverage'. Also by L'Oreal, the Lumi Magique Highlighing Pen works wonders for brightening up my dark under-eye area, but I do have to pop this over the top of a concealer so that everything I want covered is covered.

Moving onto cheeks, I had to mentioned my Face Form Contouring & Blush palette from Sleek. Although I really don't get on with the blush very well, the bronzer and highlighter are lovely and really help to give your face that glow. I pop the highlighter on my cheekbones, underneath my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose & on my cupids bow. The blush I opt for instead has been the Vivo Baked Blush in Cinnamon Glow - an oldie but a goodie. It's a lovely peach/pink with a sheen that isn't too strong - but the shade really compliments the highlighter.

In the photos above, I went for a smokey chocolate brown eye with shimmer - something easy to do but looks quite effective. I use the Nars Creme Eyeshadow in Ponderosa to line my upper lash line and smudge to create a messy-looking eyeshadow look - and I love using cream products on the eyes this time of year.

Finally for lips. I'm not a huge lipgloss fan but the Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume has somehow made it's way into my makeup bag. It looks lovely over the top of warm nudes and goes perfect with the eyeshadow look above. It's also not sticky (which I hate) but still looks really glossy looking.

Do you have any favourite illuminating makeup products?