Friday, January 31, 2014

January Beauty top 5

So it's that time of the month once again. Is it just me or has January really dragged out this year, it may just be the shed load of work I've been doing on my art project and all the homework that I've been getting. 

So onto today's post, I found this one hard as I got so many lovely new beauty bits for Christmas so deciding on my favourites was tough. 

First of I picked The Body Shop Vanilla bliss shower gel (£4), this is one of the Christmas scents but when I popped in at the weekend they had quite a lot left in stock so you may be able to still get your hands on it. It's not a really sickly sweet vanilla scent, instead it's quite a spicy vanilla scent. 

A skincare favourite this month has been the Boots Botanics rosewater toning spritz (£4.99) I've been using this to remove the last of my cleansing balm and I really love it. It's very fresh and cooling and I really can't wait to use it in the summer. It also smells like Turkish delight which in my world is a huge bonus! 

Makeup wise my first favourite is Mac Pro longwear Paint pot in Bare study (£15)  it really is the perfect champagne neutral colour. I've been loving using this as a base for other eyeshadows, but my favourite way to wear it is on it's own with a little bit of a matte brown to define my crease. 

Next up I have Benefit They're real mascara (£19.50) I really wish I didn't love this one as much as I do. For me it's exactly what I need it lengthens and adds volume without being clumpy. 

Finally I picked the Maxfactor Colour elixr Giant pen stick in Vibrant pink (£6.99) This is just such a beautiful colour and the wear time is fabulous. I find it wears evenly and doesn't dry out the lips. 

So that's my monthly favorites, what have you been loving this month? 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The travel bag - Body and skincare

If your a regular reader you will know that I'm not great at packing light, but I think I was quite reserved. This is what I took for one night so that's why I didn't take stuff like a mask. 

I love Soap and glory so when I received a box with some mini's in for Christmas I knew they would be perfect for travel. All three of these products have the original Soap and glory scent, which I really love. The Righteous Butter is lovely and moisturizing and sinks into the skin really quickly. Clean on me is a great shower gel which foams up really well and The Scrub of your life is nice and gentle so perfect for everyday use. 

For cleansing and makeup up removal I took the Botanics softening cleanser to remove my makeup and then the No7 beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser to remove anything that was left behind on my skin.

Moisturizer wise I'm trying to pack as much moisture into my skin as I can at the moment so I took the Superdrug vitamin E eye cream and Night cream. I also popped in my Boots Botanics facial oil and Super balm (which can also be used as a lip balm) 

So that's that I hope you enjoyed this post,

Monday, January 27, 2014

The school lip colour edit.

I don't know about you guys but i'm a complete and utter sucker for lipstick, I just love it. But my school don't so today I thought I'd show you some of the lipsticks I reach for on a regular basis. 

So first off has to be one of my most worn lipsticks and it's Seventeen Mirror shine lipstick in Beehive. This has to be one of the most hyped drugstore lipsticks in the blogging world and I can see why, it's the perfect mix of pink and peach with a gorgeous glossy finish. 

Next up I chose another of my favourite lip colours and it's the Collection cream puff in Cotton candy. This is a really beautiful muted rose colour and I love the fact that it's matte but not drying. 

The third colour I picked is a darker colour and it's MAC brick'o'la. This is a terracotta light red colour but I find it can be sheered out with a lip balm over the top and it looks nice and natural. 

The final lipstick I chose is my old trusty Natural collection Rosebud. This was the first lipstick I ever bought myself (forgetting ones i'd been given and one's I got in magazines) This is a very similar colour to the Collection cream puff  but it's a little darker. I also love the finish it reminds me a lot of Mac's amplified finish as it's the perfect mix of matte and gloss. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful, let me know what your school/natural lip choice.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A year in review 2013!

I may be a little late doing this but when the lovely Lauren from Beauty division tagged me I just knew I had to do it! 

The rules of this tag are:
 1. Link back to the blogger in your post and thank them for tagging you
2. Answer the questions below and tag at least 5 other bloggers
3. Include the badge above in your post

 Q1: Top 5 new blogs to read in 2013 
    Q2: List your 5 most read blog posts in 2013
    A: Mua power pout - Justify / Mua lipstick - Shade 16 Nectar / The #Bigblogmasproject / Collection cover and go foundation / What I got for Christmas 2013! 

    Q3: Your favourite blog post of 2013
    A: I think I'd have to say my #Bigblogmasproject post as I'm just so surprised I managed to achieve what I did during that project. 
    Q4: What would you like to improve(if anything) on your blog next year?
    A: I would just like to work on the quality of my posts, I'd also like to have my blog design revamped but I'm not sure whether I will be able to due to costs so I'd love you guys to leave some reasonably priced blog designers below. 

    Q5: Name one blog you have a blog crush on 
    A: I'd have Sandra from The Black Pearl Blog  not only is she so stunningly beautiful so are her photos and her content and just her blog in general! 
    Q6: How often do you post?
    A: I like to post 3 or 4 times a week but I've been finding that a little difficult at the moment due to having to hand in my first final piece for art! 
    Q8: Share your first blog post of 2013
    A:My first post of 2013 was a list of Beauty resolutions, it's Here if you'd like to read it.
    Q9: Name one thing you would be doing if you weren't writing this post right now
    A: I should be packing an overnight bag oopps! 

    Q10: What have you loved the most about blogging in 2013?
    A: I've loved talking to all the lovely people in the blogging community and I'm hoping I can meet some of you this year! 

     I tag:

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    If you only buy one thing this month #2 Mac Rebel

    Mac satin lipstick in Rebel £15 (Gift) 

    Recently I have become completely and utterly obsessed with dark and vampy lipsticks and this is just the cherry on top of the very beautiful cake. 

    Mac rebel is a beautiful pinky toned dark purple which looks amazing on a pale complexion although I have seen people with a darker complexion also rock this one. I love the formula as it just glides onto the lips, and is opaque in one swipe. I find you can sheer this down if you want a hint of berry or you can build it up to look very dark. 

    I really adore this lipstick, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a berry lipstick! 

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Weekly Roundup #1

    Nothing much exciting has really happened this week, I think I may have finally got back into the swing of getting up for school, although my blog is suffering a little in favor of homework and other school related stuff.

    In social media news I hit 1000 instagram followers after a good 3 weeks at 997 which I was sooo happy about. If you guys would like to follow me I'm at Theperksofbeingacoleeeyyy ! I also made a big decision this week and finally after months of debating I have decided to make a YouTube channel I posted a quick channel trailer mid week and hopefully I will get a proper video up for you guys some time today. If your not subscribed already then you can here, I'd also love for you guys to leave your YouTube links down below so I can subscribe to some more of you!


    In terms of music I've been loving Panic! at the disco "Too weird to live, too rare to die" Vegas lights is most definitely my favourite track but I do love the whole album.

    This week my blogging has been a little sparse but I reviewed the Maxfactor Colour Elixir Giant pen stick Here and my second #2014bloggerchallenge post went up Here.

    I hope you enjoyed this post, Id love for you to let me know whether I should keep doing these kind of posts! 

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    #2014Bloggerchallenge #2 - A skincare haul.

    The First thing I thought when I got the email through with the second topic for the 2014 Blogger challenge I thought about doing my skincare routine but I recently picked up a load of new skincare so I have decided to do a haul with mini little reviews. Enjoy! 

    Boots essentials fragrance free cleansing wipes £1.50 each, Currently on 3 for £3

    This is kind of cheating as I don't actually use these on my face, I use them to wipe swatches of my hands but I thought I'd pop them in anyway! 

    Nivea extra gentle eye makeup remover £3.49, Currently £1.74

    Nothing interesting here, I needed a new eye makeup remover and this one was on offer. I'm actually really liking this it's super gentle and takes off all my eye makeup. 

    Boots Botanics softening cleanser £4.99 Currently £3.49

    I've been using this as my first cleanse to remove my base makeup and I really like it, the smell may not be to everyone's taste but I really like it. I really like the texture of this and find it works really effectively. 

    Boots Botanics Hot cloth cleansing balm £8.99 currently £6.49

    This is definitely one of my favourite things I bought, I really find my skin feels really soft and nourished. The only thing is it leaves an oily residue on the skin but with another product I have to show you today that problem can be easily fixed. 

    Boots Botanics Rose water toning spritz £4.99 Currently £3.49 

    This has to be my favourite product that I bought, not only does it smell like Turkish delight and help remove the oily residue from the cleansing balm but it's so refreshing. I could imagine it being so amazing on a hot day or after a workout. 

    Boots Botanics Facial oil £9.99 Currently £4.99
    I was very skeptical about getting a facial oil as my skin is already oily enough but after reading a couple of blog posts (I say a couple I mean about 50) I decided to give it a try, and I really like it. I was worried it would make my skin produce more oil but I have found it's really calmed my oil production down. If you have oily skin I would highly recommend trying out a facial oil. 

    Boots Botanics Super balm £4.99 Currently £3.99
    This is just a multi purpose balm that can be used anywhere, I've been using it on my lips and on a dry patch between my eyebrows and I've been finding it to be very effective. 

    I hope you enjoyed my 2nd 2014 blogger challenge post. 

    Have you entered my Giveaway yet? 

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    Maxfactor Colour Elixir Giant pen stick - Vibrant pink

    Maxfactor Colour elixir Giant pen stick Vibrant pink - £6.99 here

    I am completely in love with this, first off can we just admire the colour of it! I bought this on a complete whim after reading no reviews, and i'm so glad I did. 

    As you can see it's a super bright blue toned pink. I love the glossy finish but to my surprise despite it being so glossy it lasts for a good 6 hours which for something so bright really impressed me. I find the formula perfect and the colour glides on to the lips, I also find it very easy to be precise with. The only thing I don't like about it is the fact it has to be sharpened although the lady at the Maxfactor counter said it is easier to sharpen if it has been in the fridge overnight. 

    I would 100% recommend these and for £6.99 they are such a bargain. 

    Have you ever tried this product? 

    Have you entered my giveaway yet? 

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

    Jewelry from Lylia rose

    So recently I won a giveaway over on the Lylia rose Facebook page Here and I thought I'd show you what I won. 

    Three crosses bronze tones - On sale for £3.15 * here

    I love this one it looks really pretty with plain clothes and just's add's a little something to your outfit!

    Long bronze round owl - On sale for £3.38 here

    This one is so cute I love the detail and it looks so cute with dresses. 

    I can't actually find this one on the website so I have no idea of it's name or price. Which is typical as it's my favourite one. I love how dainty it is and I think it will look so cute in the summer. 

    So that's what I got, the Lylia rose have some amazing giveaways over on their Facebook page here. I'd also highly recommend checking out their shop as they have some gorgeous pieces here.

    Have you entered my Giveaway yet? 

    Friday, January 10, 2014

    Urban decay Naked 1 -- Review, swatches and a makeup look

    Urban decay Naked 1 £37 (Gift)

    Could I be any later to the band wagon with this one, probably not but when I asked on twitter you guys said you'd like to see a review so here it is.. 

    Now I'm fully aware that I am a horrible blogger as I used this before I photographed it oops! I will one day stop committing such sins.

    From left to right -

    Virgin - A subtle shimmery off white. The perfect highlight 
    Sin - A super shimmery metallic baby pink.
    Naked - One of the two matte colours in the palette, a muddy light brown. 
    Sidecar - Very similar to sin but a more brown'y pink.
    Buck - The other Matte in the palette, a mix of grey and chocolate brown.
    Sidecar - A gold shadow packed with shimmer. 

    From left to right -

    Smog - A dark brown with particles of gold shimmer, this can look a little more on the olive green side in certain lights.
    Darkhorse - A very dark chocolate brown almost black with lots of shimmer.
    Toasted - Probably my favourite shade out of the palette a mix of brown and pink packed with shimmer. 
    Hustle - A very warm shimmery light chocolate colour.
    Creep - The most disappointing shade in the palette for me it's just not as creamy as the rest, a black with rainbow shimmer. 
    Gunmetal - Another of my favourite shades, a  beautiful navy blue with silver shimmer. 

    Overall I really love this palette and I find I can get a really varied array of looks out of it. The shadows are amazing quality and blend like a dream. Now I just need the other two naked palettes! Onto the look I created with this palette, it isn't one of the most subtle looks you can get out of this palette but I think it's my favourite look I've produced so far. 

    So for my base I used the Urban decay primer potion and a little bit of Mac Bare study paint pot. I then applied  Half baked all over my lid using a fluffy brush. I then popped Smog in the crease and blended it all together. Then I took Darkhorse on a small brush and ran it under my eyes. I put a little bit of Creep along my top lash line, highlighted with Venus and finished off the look with Benefit's They're real mascara! 

    I hope you enjoyed this post, Do you like reviews and looks together or would you prefer me to do them as two different posts? 

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    Mac Lipstick - up the amp

    MAC Amplified lipstick in Up the amp £15 (Gift)

    If someone told me a year and a half ago that I'd leave the house wearing a lilac lipstick I would have laughed in there face. How wrong I would have been! Today I'm  going to be reviewing one of the Mac lipsticks that I got for Christmas. 

    Up the amp is the most gorgeous pinky toned light purple lipstick although translates as more of a lilac on the lips. Due to the fact it is an Amplified lipstick the pigmentation is very strong and the below lip swatch is one swipe across the top and one across the bottom. In terms of formula this lipstick glides onto the lips like butter and is very moisturizing so it's great for girls with dry lips. I find the lasting power to be very good, around 6 hours. I also find that it wears very evenly and you don't end up with patchy lips. 

    I really do think this lipstick is a stunner and well worth the £15. This is a really individual lipstick which is most definitely not for the faint hearted!

    Have you tried Up the amp? Or is it way out of your comfort zone? 

    Monday, January 06, 2014

    Models own - Absinthe Review and swatches

    Models own Absinthe - £5 (Gift)

    I am completely head over heels in love with this polish, it's the most perfect mix of glitter, glitter and even more glitter. This polish is tiny particles of green and silver shimmer and larger hexagonal lighter green glitter suspended in a deep green metallic polish. It's completely opaque in 2 coats and lasts 3-4 days on my nails. The only problem I have with this is removing it, lets say it takes a hell of a lot of elbow grease! Other than that this polish is completely perfect. It's such a stunning colour and I will be picking up more shades from this collection!