Recent Beauty Buys

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

wearing double wear light in 0.5, miss manga mascara, sleek blush in crochet & revlon lacquer balm in coquette

This is my second Sleek blush palette - I got the Pink Sprint one from B for my Christmas which contains really bold bright pink and berry shades, so when I was in Superdrug recently I had a wee look to see if they had something more subtle/peach toned to add to my collection.  This looked pretty perfect as I don't have any peach powders (I do have a peach creme blush from Bourjois but I find it quite hard to work with tbh).  The middle one is very similar to their Rose Gold single blush, but is a bit lighter so is perfect for summer when you just want a little flush on the cheeks.  As with the other palette you need a really light hand on application as they are super pigmented - one wrong move and you look like a clown.

I've found that if my nails are painted then I'm less likely to bite them so for the last month or so I've been on the lookout for new colours recently and as I'm loving pastels at the moment these three caught my eye.  This is actually my first ever Essie polish and the colour is absolutely adorable - mint is probably my favourite colour and this shade is just perfect.  The new speckled egg Models Own range is also pretty cute, this lilac shade being my favourite - I love that it looks like nail art, but without the fuss.  I haven't used the hypergel one yet but I'm curious about what "hypergel" actually is - there's a note on the bottle that says "no UV required" - does this mean it glows in the dark??  I guess I'll find out soon.

Everyone seemed to rave about this last month so (of course) I gave into temptation and bought it.  I can't say I'm completely blown away by it though, although maybe it's just because I'm so used to my beloved Clinique High Impact that I'm still trying to get used to the change.  I don't feel like it gives my lashes a great deal of length or volume, although it does build quite well without getting too clumpy.  I'm on the fence for now, but I'm going to give it a good go!

Double Wear Light has been one of my favourite foundations that I've tried in the last few years - the coverage is perfect, not too light, not too heavy and the finish is great.  The only annoying thing was that their lightest shade (1) was a touch too dark for me which meant I couldn't really get away with it during the day unless I mixed it with something else. The pale girls prayers have been answered though and they have released a new lighter 0.5 shade and the colour match on this is perfect for me, so I can now wear this allll the time (woo hoo!).  Also, I bought it using my Boots Advantage Card points so it was basically free.  Win win.

Not using heat protector has been my biggest beauty sin for years, and I finally decided it was time to change a few weeks ago after noticing that my hair was looking pretty damaged.  It's safe to say that this Tresemme Keratin Smooth spray has well and truly won me over - it leaves my hair feeling amazing!  I've been spraying all over my hair (focusing mainly on the tips though) after towel drying, and once blow-dried it feels so soft and the shine is incredible.  I haven't yet used it on dry hair but I think you can so I'll maybe give it a go next time I'm using the ghds.

My first experience of micellar cleansing water was Bioderma which I bought from ebay (I wrote a full review here).  A few months later I saw that L'Oreal had brought out a version and decided to try it, and although I felt like it wasn't *quite* as good as Bioderma I kept buying it as it was a hell of lot easier to repurchase (i.e. I could pick it up from Boots/Superdrug rather than buying online).  I've been using L'Oreal now solidly for about 6 months, but after seeing a few reviews of the Garnier one I thought I'd give it a go.  I haven't opened it yet as I literally bought it on the day I took the photo above so I might do a full review at some point.

I had the original Effeclar Duo but to be honest didn't really notice that much of a difference to my skin after using it, but after seeing a lot of great reviews of the new + one I thought I'd give it a go as I have a lot of the problems it claims to help (blemishes, blocked pores etc).  I've been using it for a few weeks now and haven't noticed a massive difference yet, but to be fair I haven't been disciplined enough to use it twice every single day, so that's maybe why.  I'm going to give it a proper try from now though, applying every morning and every night, so I'll maybe write a full review in a few weeks to let you know how I got on.

It's funny, a couple of years ago I was a total lipstick-phobe and basically lived in vaseline alone, but now whenever a new lip product comes out I'm like OOOH GIMME.  The Lacquer Balm range caught my eye on my latest Boots browse and after looking at all the different shades for about half an hour (much to B's delight) I finally settled on Coquette.  This is a really pretty pink which makes me feel SUPER girly when I wear it and it's perfect for brightening up my makeup look.


  1. I love sleek blushes so much! I'm so glad there is a new double wear foundation for pale people as foundations are always too dark for me :) I really want to try some models own nail polishes, they seem so great! x

  2. I didn't know EL Double Wear Light came in anything lighter than 1.0, this is a revelation! Thanks for the heads up - I'm off to my nearest counter pronto! xx
    Alison Speaks Beauty

  3. Yeay for the Sleek blushers - definately going to buy the palette soon as love the colours. Have also heard good things about Garnier's Micellar Cleansing water.
    Lianne xx