Monday, 31 March 2014

Product Of The Month: Nip + Fab CC Eye Fix

Nip + Fab CC Eye Fix in Light* claims to be an eye cream and concealer in one. Usually products like this leave me feeling disappointed and get tossed to the back of a drawer but this little pen is now a firm fixture in my everyday make up routine. For teens or anyone who doesn't have any major concerns when it comes to their eye area, this would be a fantastic do it all product but for me and my dark circles it works brilliantly sandwiched between eye cream and concealer. Thanks to the light diffusing pigments it instantly brightens my under eye area, makes it appear lifted and conceals to a certain degree. 

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while now then you'll more than likely know I'm a huge fan of YSL Touche Eclat and have been using it for over 10 years. Nip + Fab CC Eye Fix works in a very similar way but brace yourselves, I'm about to make a bold statement - I prefer this offering from Nip + Fab! Never thought I'd see the day my magical gold pen would have to take a backseat to something else but it's happened.

As I already mentioned, this works best for me when layered on top of eye cream. I gently pat it in with my fingers then add a small amount of Garniers Tinted Under Eye Roll On on top. It's one of the best products I've used in a long time and best of all, it's around 19 quid cheaper than my beloved Touche Eclat.

Have you tried this?
What eye products work wonders for you?

Nip + Fab CC Eye Fix is available from Boots

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Drugstore/High Street Hit List

When I walk into Boots, Superdrug or any other affordable makeup haven I often feel more overwhelmed than I do when it come's to having a snoop around make up counters in the likes of Debenhams. Usually when I'm buying a high end product I'll know exactly what I want and track it down in a matter of seconds then leave before I'm tempted to run back to the till clutching something that's caught my eye. Boots and Superdrug however always lure me in with their 3 for 2 offers and money off vouchers, plus the promise of double points turns me into a wild beast. I'll spend as long as it takes doing laps of the aisles making sure I've got everything I need for the next 40 years before heading to the till and handing over my double points voucher. The never ending offers may seem like bargains at that moment in time but in reality, the majority of products I end up stuffing into my basket fail to impress once I get them home and put them to the test.

The point of this post is to hopefully save you a few quid by listing some of my favourites so that the next time you're passing Boots and hear the 3 for 2 offer calling your name so loud that you can't ignore it, you'll know what to grab.

L'Oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer: If you're a fan of glossy, black, precise liners then look no further. Pigmentation is fantastic and the sponge tipped applicator is just the right size. Even if you're cack handed like me and a straight line is something you struggle with then fear not, you can still create a sharp cat eye look by pressing the liner sideways along your lash line rather than trying to draw the line. Staying power aint too shabby either.

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara: The prayers of my poker straight lashes were answered the day I tried this beauty. I don't want a mascara that can only deliver length, curl or volume, I want all 3 and I want it to last all day which is exactly what this does. All the straight lashed ladies need to try this.

Rimmel Nail Polish: The wide brush makes application a breeze, the colour range is great and they last ages on my nails before any chips appear. Three of my faves are in the photo above 'Pop Rose' 'Blue My Mind' and 'Peppermint'

Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub: A densely packed scrubby scrub that smells good enough to eat and leaves no residue behind on the skin. Great for preparing the skin pre fake tanning, equally as good at ridding any fake tan mishaps.

John Frieda Frizz - Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum: Yes it's silicone laden but that's why it works so well. It manages to tame every trace of frizz without weighing my hair down or making it look greasy. Not only does it fight frizz and leave my hair looking/feeling healthy but it protects your hair from heat damage and can even be used to tame any fly aways after styling. One of the most basic, affordable hair products I own and easily one of the best.

So there's five of my faves. Feel free to leave some of your recommendations below.

 Have you tried any of these products?
Are you a fellow victim of the 3 for 2?

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Monday, 10 March 2014

March 2014: Love Me Beauty Box

Another month, another great box from Love Me Beauty

This month I went for Menu 1* as it contained one product I really wanted to try but as always, there was a choice of 3 boxes with one or two of the products varying slightly. So what did I get this month?

Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix in 'Light', RRP: 6 (full size): This is the one product that swayed me towards menu 1. I'm a complete tart when it come's to eye cream, doubt I'll ever be loyal to just one as I'm never fully satisfied with what they deliver. That paired with the fact I'm coming to the end of my current eye cream made menu 1 the obvious choice for me. CC Eye Fix claims to be a refreshing eye cream and concealer in one. It contains light diffusing pigments to help brighten the eye area which it does well but I'll report back in a month once I've had a chance to really put it to the test.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company False Lashes in 'Gracie', RRP: 6 (full size): I can't remember the last time I wore false lashes and don't have any stashed away so I'm more than happy to see these featured in this months box. I'm even more happy that they aren't over the top.

Deep Steep Moisture Stick in 'Lavender Chamomile', RRP: 3.60 (full size): Deep Steep is a brand I keep seeing featured on natural blogs. I've wanted to try something from the brand for a while now but didn't know where to start. This moisture stick melts on contact with the heat from your skin. It's like butter yet absorbs immediately leaving behind nothing but super soft skin. It can be used almost anywhere - lips, hands, cuticles, heels or elbows and best of all (for me) the lavender scent is barely there. :) EDIT: It's that good it has now been pinched by my mum!

Murad Sheer Lustre Day Moisturiser with SPF15, 7.5ml sample, RRP: 64 for 50ml: I usually put samples like this in my travel stash for weekends away but the claim of restoring your healthy looking glow makes me want to use it straight away which I more than likely will so expect to see it in an empties post soon.

BlanX White Shock Toothpaste, 15ml sample, RRP: 7.50 for 50ml: White Shock contains Actilux, a peroxide free formula that whitens teeth throughout the day by reacting to light. Almost 8 quid is a ridiculous price for toothpaste but I'm always on the lookout for good whitening products and dread to think what I've spent on them over the years. At least with this sample I'll know if it works for me and whether or not I think it's better than the toothpaste I'm currently using.

Quintessentially English Bath Salts in 'English Rose', 50g sample, RRP: 4.25 for 100g: Made with dead sea salt and pure essential oils, these bath salts claim to be soothing and can be used to exfoliate. This is the one product I'm least excited about. I know lots of people love bath salts but they aren't something I use so this wee bag full will be passed on to someone else. 

Six products included this month, three of which are full size and all apart from the bath salts, I'll be using ASAP.

What do you think of this months box?
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