Sunday, 31 July 2016

Crete Photo Diary

As I usually do, I wanted to put together a photo diary from my recent trip abroad, this time to Crete. The only time I'd been here before was when I was little so it was interesting to come back again.

The weather was always hot and the food was amazing. However, my favourite part was definitely getting to go parasailing on the beach! This has always on my bucket list and it was an incredible experience, I'd definitely recommend giving it a go. Another highlight of the holiday was being upgraded to our own villa for free, with our own pool! This had never happened before so it was a real treat for the last few days of our stay.

Have you ever been to Greece?

Sunday, 12 June 2016

New Drugstore Make-up Purchases

My blog posts have been a bit random recently, but today I wanted to talk about beauty, specifically some new make-up bits that I've found in the drugstore recently.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation: Matte foundations are definitely the face products I reach for the most as my skin can get quite shiny throughout the day. As I love Bourjois, when I saw this new release I just had to give it a go. I chose the lightest shade which is pretty much spot on for me, and I really like the formula too. It takes a bit of blending in, but once applied it stays in place for ages. If you're a fan of the matte finish like me, I'd definitely recommend this product!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer: I've actually repurchased this concealer recently as I absolutely love it. I don't usually buy from Seventeen but I'm definitely tempted to try more from them after liking this concealer so much. It's the perfect concealer for under the eyes and on blemishes and gives a good amount of coverage.

NYX Butter Gloss: I was super excited to see that Boots now stock NYX, and this was the first product that I've ever bought from them. I've used it a couple of times and so far I really like it - the formulation is very creamy and glossy. The shade I got is a pastel pink which I think is perfect for summer. 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil: After using Soap & Glory brow products for ages, I wanted to try something a bit different and so decided to pick up one from NYX. I chose the shade Ash Brown, which is slightly darker than the brown pencil from Soap & Glory but very similar in consistency and how it applies. At £7 it's also cheaper so I might end up switching to this one now!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Mascara: I needed to pick up a new mascara and wanted an affordable one, so I decided to buy this one from Rimmel. I've never used a Rimmel mascara before, and so far I quite like it but probably not as much as my usual ones. The brush is a different shape, but also I find it doesn't do a lot for my lashes in terms of lengthening them. I'm going to let it dry out a bit first and see if I like it more then, but for now I probably wouldn't repurchase it.

What have you picked up from the drugstore recently?

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Eloquence Skincare

A little while ago I was kindly sent some skincare products* to try out from the brand Eloquence. They're a luxury skincare brand and sent me a set of five different items - a few of the products contain collagen and so are good for anti-ageing, however I personally wasn't too fussed about this.

My favourite product is probably the Protect & Repair 24hr Cream. I was getting a bit tired of my usual moisturiser anyway and found that it wasn't rich enough, but was so impressed by this! It sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling smooth, and also has a nice scent. It also comes with a pump which I found handy and hygienic. The other product I adored was the Purifying Facial Cleanser, and I went through it so fast! This cleanser does exactly what it says - it gives a deep, clarifying cleanse and leaves your face feeling purified. I honestly loved using it and definitely noticed a difference in the condition of my skin.

I wasn't sure how I'd get on with the serum as it's not usually a product that I would use, especially as it was firming, but I found it was a nice occasional addition to my routine if my skin felt like it needed something extra. It was the same with the eye gel - again not something I would normally reach for. However, I found it really refreshing and actually enjoyed using it. Lastly is the Nourishing Treatment Oil. It says you can use it on skin, hair and nails but I mostly stuck to using it on my body. I'm not used to applying oils as I'll usually use lotions or body butters but I really like how moisturising it is. I do generally have quite dry skin so I'll definitely crack this out when I want to use something a bit richer.

Overall, I've loved trying out these new skincare products and many made it into my daily routine. I'd recommend checking out the brand if you haven't already as they have a great range to choose from.
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