September Empties

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. Today I have for you a very much over due empties post. I haven’t written one of these in such a long time so I have actually thrown away quite a few things but here is what I have used up throughout September and I plan on starting to do these posts again monthly. 

September 2017 empties

Vichy Pureté Thermale Micellar Water

I’m having a micellar water phase at the moment as I have gone off using oil for my first cleanse. This one is really nice, removes makeup pretty well and doesn’t sting the eyes. 

Repurchase? Probably 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H Cleansing Cream

I bought this as I thought it was a cream cleanser but it’s not. It is quite creamy but it foams up slightly. I did like this even though it wasn’t what I was expected it to be. I found it quite gentle and helped to give my skin a deep clean. Since I’ve stopped using it, I have noticed that my skin is becoming a little congested so I’ll be buying this again soon!

Repurchase? Yes – soon!

Korres Bergamot Pear Shower Gel

I love the smell of this shower gel. It’s quite pricey but I bought a twin pack that cost the same as one on its own. It isn’t anything special but it’s nice if you like to spend a little more on body wash. 

Repurchase? Maybe. 

Bed Head Urban Antidotes 2 Shampoo & Conditioner

My hairdresser always uses these products on my hair and I adore the scents so I treated myself to these. I know the price puts people off but I bought these in October / November last year and I finished using them around August time so they really are worth the investment! If you’ve never used Bed Head products, they smell incredible and I have found them all very effective. 

Repurchase? Yes. 

Fudge Iced Raspberry & Vanilla Styling Mousse

I really wasn’t very wowed by this product. I bought it to try and tame my flyaways but it didn’t really do anything, it didn’t even add volume. The scent wasn’t even anything special either but that may be as I’m more used to using Bed Head products as they are heavily fragranced. 

Repurchase? No. 

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid

Hands down my favourite moisturiser. It’s a light, basic moisturiser that just gets the job done. Now we are moving into the colder months I’m going to be moving back to the Ultra version of this as it’s a bit more dense and helps with the dehydration I get from central heating and air conditioning. 

Repurchase? Yes in the spring / summer. 

September 2017 empties
La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eye

I wasn’t very impressed with this. It’s a light gel that has a slight tacky feeling after applying but it takes so long to sink in and it didn’t really hydrate the eye area much at all. I used it up but it’s not suited for the colder weather. 

Repurchase? No. 

Oskia Renaissance Mask

I was gutted when I used this up! It’s s beautiful resurfacing mask and the scent makes you feel like you’re in a spa at home. The full size is so expensive, I don’t know if I can justify buying it but I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more sample sizes!

Repurchase? Maybe. 

Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash

Elemis make beautiful skincare and this wash is so gentle on the skin. It doesn’t have much of a scent and has a very little amount of foam to it which is what I very much prefer now. 

Repurchase? Maybe. 

Lanolips 101 Ointment Strawberry

I had been using a La Roche-Posay lip balm for a while but I was getting though them so quickly (like just over a month) so I decided that I needed a replacement. Lanolips is my saviour lil balm, it’s so thick and nourishing. You can apply a little throughout the day and I like to apply a thicker layer, like a mask, overnight. 

Repurchase? Already have. 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 

This product has been on my blog so much! My all time favourite Foundation. Great coverage with great staying power, it’s the only foundation that lasts on me all day and actually still looks good by the end of the day. 

Repurchase? Not at the moment as I have quite a few to go through. 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

Finally I have found a replacement to the Urban Decay Brow Beater! And this one is literally half the price. Love this brow pencil, very fine and precise and the colour lasts all day. 

Repurchase? Already have. 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

The best thing about this product has got to be the brush, it’s a pen but with bristles. I can’t find another one like it, if you know of one that is cheaper, let me know!

Repurchase? Yes. 

L’Oréal False Lash Sculpt Mascara

L’Oréal make the best masacras in my opinion. This one has an interesting brush that takes a little getting used to but it makes my lashes look huge!

Repurchase? Yes. 

That’s everything guys, what have you been using up lately? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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September 2017 Favourites 

Hello everyone, today I am sharing you my late September favourites. I know everyone says this, but where has this year gone!? Already planning my Christmas shopping and trying to decide what beauty advent calendar I want. Anyway, there’s not too much this month so let’s get into it. 

September 2017 favourites

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

Elemis papaya enzyme Peel

I’ve had my eye on this for a while so was really happy to receive it in the last Tili box to try it out before committing to the full size. Absolutely love this, it has a good tingle to it and makes my skin look and feel amazing the day after. It’s been helping to reduce my acne scarring and smells beautiful. 

Buxom Customisable Eyeshadow Bar

Buxom Eyeshadow bar

I missed this on my last favourites but it has become my eyeshadow staple! This is really the only eyeshadow I have been using since I bought it a few months ago as I have only been sticking to the same eye makeup lately (boring I know!) the shadows are well pigmented and last a really long time even without primer. I did a full review on this product which I will link below. 

Look Good Feel Better Eye Shading Brush

Look good feel better brush

LGFB are a brilliant company, they share a percentage of the RRP to a charity supporting women with the visible effects of cancer and on top of that, their products are awesome. This brush is great for packing shadow on the lids and I find also reduces fallout as the brush holds the shadow well. It took a little getting used to using as I am more accustomed to shorter handled brushes but it’s worth getting used to as the brush is brilliant. 

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip – Juju

Bare minerals gen nude liquid lip juju

Another product I received in the last Tili box, this liquid lip is by far the best I have used. I have phases of liking and disliking liquid lips but this one is so comfortable! It takes a while to dry and it doesn’t fully dry to the point where you feel like your lips are going to crack off! The colour is a stunning mauve nude and I really want to try out other shades from the range. 

Rituals Miracle Scrub

Rituals Miracle scrub

I think Rituals make my favourite pampering products. This is a hand scrub which is very much needed now the weather has changed. My hands are getting incredibly dry and chapped at the moment and I have been using this a few times a week to help make them look a little better. It has a high oil content so it moisturises while it scrubs and like all Rituals products, smells beautiful. 

That’s everything for my September favourites. What are your favourite products this month? Let me know in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Review – https://stephaniealexandra88.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/buxom-customisable-eyeshadow-palette-review/

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High End Products At Factory Price?! Beauty Pie Haul

Hello everyone and welcome back. Today I have for you my first haul of Beauty Pie products. Beauty Pie is a new concept to the beauty industry. Their purpose is to bring you high end, luxury products at factory price. The products are made in the same factories as some of our favourite high end products – just missing the brand name and expensive packaging. To do this, you do have to pay a £10.00 monthly membership fee for a minimum of 3 months. I was pretty dubious about this and I had filled my basket countless times and not checking it out as I really couldn’t see how they could offer high end products at such low prices. I did however bite the bullet and signed myself up and got 6 products, a mix of things that I did and didn’t nevissarily need. 
For your £10.00 monthly membership fee, you can purchase products to the retail value of £100.00. I’m not sure why but I could add £150.00 to my basket for this order – maybe it was a new member incentive. 

The packaging for all products is simple and understated. They don’t necessarily feel cheap but they are lighter than some products which they have caveated that the reason for this is because they do not have any additional weights hidden in the packaging. 

Beauty Pie Haul
When the items arrived, I was really impressed with how well packaged they were in the box, and a small detail which I thought was really unique is that the invoice is printed on a high quality paper, nicely folded and inserted into a sliding envelope. 

One thing that is a little off putting is the price of postage and packaging. You pay a flat rate fee of £2.99 for postage but you also have to pay for the picking of each item. I paid a total of £7.32 for my order and you don’t see this until you are at final checkout. 

Here are the products that I bought, with the retail and member pricing – 

Great Skin Foundation 30ml

Beauty Pie great skin foundation

I mentioned recently that I have been struggling with foundations so I thought I would give this one a go! The regular retail price for this product is £30.00 and members can get it for £5.84. 

Super Luminous Concealer 7ml

Beauty Pie super luminous concealer

This is a pretty impressive under eye concealer, lovely brightening tone that counteracts the darkness I get around the inner corners. Regular retail for this is £22.00 and member price is £2.69. 

Quick Colour Contour Supergel 12ml

Beauty Pie quick colour contour supergel

I totally didn’t need this! I very, very rarely contour and the only reason I got it is because Charlotte Tilbury released a very similar product recently. Regular retail for this is £22.00 and member price is £3.91. 

One Powder Wonder 8g

Beauty Pie one powder wonder

This is a product that I needed as the only powder I had was a powder foundation which isn’t great for setting the under eyes. Regular retail for this is £26.00 (steep for translucent powder!) and member price is £3.76. 

False False Lash Mascara 7.5ml

Beauty Pie False false lash Mascara

I liked the look of the wand on this as it’s spiky and appears like it can get every lash. Regular retail for this is £20.00 and member price is £2.09 – big difference. 

Wondercolour Cream Eyeshadow Stick

Beauty Pie wondercolour cream Eyeshadow stick

Lastly we have a cream shadow stick. I use these on and off, I find the formulas pretty hit and miss as I have oily eyelids but as this only cost £2.22 I thought it was worth giving this one a go. I got the shade wild violet which is a sparkly purple with a bronze base. Regular retail for this is £20.00. 

The cost of my whole order, including membership & shipping was £37.49, which when you think about it, a single bottle of foundation can cost over £30.00. If I were yo have bought all of these products at the retail price, it would have cost £147.32, so I saved a massive £109.83. I’m still in the process of trying out the products but so far, I am really impressed and I have already got my eyes on the next products I want to try when my monthly allowance renews. 

Have you tried out Beauty Pie products or would you like a full review of any of the products mentioned? Let me know in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Tili Box 5th Edition Unboxing

Hello everyone! I haven’t bought a beauty box in quite a while, I’ve not been wowed by anything on the market lately but then QVC launched their 5th edition of their Tili box and I had to have it!

Tili is a beauty box that is available without a subscription and they release a new box roughly every quarter. They contain a mix of full size and deluxe samples and costs £20.00 including postage & packaging. This edition contains 3 full size products worth over £55.00 and 6 deluxe samples, let’s get started!

Tili Box 5th edition
Gatineau Floracil Plus – Full Size

Gatineau Floracil plus
I’ve been meaning to buy a dual phase eye makeup remover so really happy to get this. It’s an oil and water eye makeup remover that claims to remove waterproof products. I’ve been using this for a few days and it’s really effective at breaking down eye makeup. It can take a little while to take heavier mascara off but that’s the same with any makeup remover.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum – 10ml

Caudalie vinoperfect serum
I have several samples of this product but I’ve never actually used them. It’s a serum for all skin types and is designed to improve the radiance of the skin. I should really get round to using this at some point!

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel – 15ml

Elemis papaya enzyme peel
This is a product I’ve had on my wish list for a while. It’s an exfoliating mask that contains fruit acids to breakdown dull skin cells and leave the skin more radiant. Can’t wait to try this out tonight.

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Liquid Lipstick in Juju – Full Size

Bare minerals gen nude juju
This was the first product that Tili announced was in the box and as soon as I saw it, I was sold! The shade is my favourite kind of lip colour, it’s a mauve nude, similar to Bourjois Nude-ist. The formula is beautiful, it’s a very creamy matte liquid lipstick, it dries down matte and I’m not kidding when I say it’s not drying! It’s so comfortable to wear and I will buying more shades of this.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Lipstick in Colada – Mini

Tarte rainforest of the sea lipstick colada
I’ve ever tried any tarte products as they’re not really available in the U.K. The product itself is cute but the colour isn’t really for me. It’s a browny nude that just it’s for me. It’s got a satin finish and is quite creamy but the colour isn’t something I’ll use.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat – Full Size

Perfect formula pink gel coat
This is a strengthening polish designed to wear on its own but I’ve been using it as a top coat and it adds a very high shine to the polish. I can’t comment on the longevity as I’ve only been wearing it for two days but I love the shine it adds.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel – 50ml

Rituals ritual of Sakura shower foam
I love Rituals products, they smell amazing and have beautiful textures that always make me feel like I’m in a spa. The Ritual of Sakura is not a range I’ve tried before but this smells incredible, difficult to describe but it’s delicate and fresh.

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil – 15ml

Loccitane almond skin oil
As the weather is getting colder, I do like to use oil on my legs as they get super dry. This smells beautiful, I find that almond can smell quite synthetic sometimes but this doesn’t smell synthetic at all. It’s very nourishing and absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Shay & Blue Blood Orange – 10ml

Shay and blue blood orange
Lastly we have a handbag sized perfume from Shay & Blue. I’m on the fence with this scent, when you first spray it, it really does smell like fresh juicy oranges but then it kind of mellows out and smells quite musky, very similar to Diesel Loverdose. The bottle is beautiful and looks very high end.

Overall I’m really happy with this box, the only thing I would have swapped out is the tarte lipstick for maybe an eye product? I really hope that they release a Christmas edition box this year as it would make for excellent Christmas gifts for beauty lovers.

Have you got your hands on this box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also let me know if you’d like a full review on any of the products featured. Take care and I’ll be back next week ❤

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August 2017 Favourites

Hello everyone and welcome back. It’s been so long since I’ve written a favourites post, whenever I feel like I have enough products it’s too far through the month or I don’t have enough to warrant a full post but this month I thought I’d share with you the newer products that I have been using everyday.

L'Oréal color riche matte moka chic
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca under eye brightening corrector

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve got a new puppy and as much as I love her, she has been keeping me up at night! I’ve had this product a while and I’ve been using it more and more to help colour correct the darkness around my eyes. You only need a tiny bit of this and add it only to the darkest areas and then follow up with concealer. I’ve found it’s made a big difference in hiding how tired I’ve been!

Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer – Bronze

Laura Geller spackle primer

I received this in a Tili box a while ago and I don’t know why I haven’t written about it before as I use it everyday! It’s a more moisturising primer and contains light reflecting particles to add a bit of luminosity to the skin. It’s particularly nice to add under matte foundations to make them a little less flat. I don’t really notice the bronzing effect of this product but I do find it comparable to the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, but cheaper and you get more of it! Will be buying this in the champagne shade when this runs out.

 

Pixi Vitamin Wake Up Mist



Pixi vitamin wake up mist

I’m having some foundation issues at the moment, the issue being I bought 2 new high end foundations that I don’t fully love! On a day to day basis I’ve been using the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme as it actually lasts on the skin but man it leaves your skin looking parched! This mist however, adds some much needed life back to my skin and makes the foundation look less heavy (it still looks heavy because of the type of foundation it is but it just makes it look nicer) plus it smells delicious and has a lovely atomiser on it.

 

L’Oréal Paradise Extatic Mascara



L'Oréal paradise extatic mascara

I believe this is marketed slightly different in the states as Lash Paradise and the packaging is slightly different. I was going to do a dedicated post on this mascara but I feel like the beauty industry is inundated with reviews of this so I’ll add my thoughts here! Regular readers will know, I have used plastic bristled mascara for years. I honestly can’t remember the last time I bought a traditional bristled brush. This mascara however has an amazing brush that adds heaps of volume, it’s super black and doesn’t feel crispy or crunchy. It’s a great product and I love it way more than I thought I would.

 

L’Oréal Color Riche Matte Lipstick – Moka Chic



L'Oréal color riche matte moka chic

Lastly we have the lipstick I have been wearing constantly for the past month. I’ve gone off liquid lips again as they are too drying and I don’t like how they can crack into the lines on my lips. This is a beautiful, creamy matte lipstick that stays on a decent amount of time, doesn’t dry up your lips and is a stunning colour. It’s less than £10 too so I’ll be stocking up on more colours in the near future.

 

And that’s everything for this month’s favourites. What have you guys been loving lately? Take care and I’ll be back soon with the latest Tili Box Unboxing

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation Review

Hello everyone. Apologies this post is late, WordPress didn’t want to load up at all so had to write this post in notes and then copy it over when it decided to work again! Anyway, today I have for you my review of the new Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup (anyone else think the name is too long?!) I have been using this on and off for around 3/4 weeks and feel ready to give you my full thoughts. 

This is now widely available in stores and online, I bought mine directly from the Estée Lauder website. It retails for £32.50 for 30ml and is available in 33 shades. Be aware that not all the shades that are available in the standard Double Wear are available in the new Double Wear Nude. I had to buy a different colour as my usual wasn’t available but I actually found it a better colour match. 

First off is packaging, the outer box is standard Estée Lauder blue with gold foil text. The foundation bottle is a heavy, frosted glass with black and gold type and gold lid. Disappointingly, Estée Lauder have decided again to not include a pump or any form of dispensing device – why can you buy a high street foundation for less than £10.00 but this costs over £30.00 and yet, no pump! You can now buy Estée Lauder pumps separately for an additional £5.00, in my opinion though, you should be able to dispense foundation without having to pour it out, it’s quite unsanitary and surely the product will go off sooner due to it being exposed to air so much?

Double wear nude water fresh
Rant over about the lack of pump, here are some of Estée Lauder’s claims – “Waterlight. Super protective. Real skin finish. 12 hour wear. This fluid, long wear makeup moves comfortably with your skin. Instantly and continuously hydrates with a moisture complex of red fruit extracts, including watermelon, lychee seed and apple. High level SPF fights environmental damage from UV rays which cause premature ageing. Skin looks healthy, even-toned, naturally flawless. Light to medium coverage. Oil free.”

The foundation is super thin, it’s similar in consistency to the YSL Fusion Ink foundation, maybe a little thinner. EL have suggested to cover the top of the bottle with your finger and then apply from your finger to your face. I’ve been using my standard foundation brush to buff into the skin and it blends very easily to give a light coverage. I have been applying two layers to give medium coverage, you can’t build this to full, it’s not designed to. 

It gives a beautiful finish to the skin, it leaves you skin looking like skin, it’s comfortable, lightweight but does not stay on long enough. Within 3 to 4 hours, it starts to show signs of wear. My skin is oily but not as much as it used to be. When you blot, it comes off and because of how messy it is so apply, it’s not really a foundation that you can keep in your bag for touch ups. I’ve used this during a working day when I have my makeup on from 7am and by the time I finish work at 5.30pm, it looks horrendous. It’s patchy, it kind of gathers in some areas and it’s just not pretty. 

Double wear nude water fresh
I know, it sounds like I hate this foundation, however I don’t. I think it’s a beautiful foundation and I love wearing it at the weekend or days when I don’t need my makeup to last all day. There is conflicting information regarding the longevity claims of this product though as EL are claiming this is a 24 hour foundation on their website, yet on the product box it states 12 hours. Regardless, I still can’t even get 12 hours out of it but I don’t think it’s right to have two separate claims on the same product. 

If you’re looking for a light foundation but are not too concerned regarding longevity, then this is a lovely product. I think that it’ll suit most skin types, barring very oily.

Have you tried this foundation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Créme Review

Hello everyone! I know it's been a while, I've had a bit of a break from my blog and Instagram as I have been feeling a little uninspired but I'm now back and I have a new foundation review!

I've had this foundation for a few months and have been testing it on and off but I have now consistently been using it for 2 weeks so I can now give you my full thoughts on it! This retails for £34.00, comes in 20 shades and is available from http://www.cultbeauty.com and http://www.qvcuk.com

As always I'll start with the packaging, the outer box is a matte black with matte silver and white text, looks really sleek. The bottle is a soft touch black plastic with a silver lid and it has a pump! I do wish that you could see how much was in it though.

Here is a snip of Becca's claims of the product "… ultimate coverage in a surprisingly weightless and breathable créme. A perfectly balanced distribution of pigment and water at uniquely high concentrations allow the formula to adapt to all skin types. Lightweight and oil free, it creates a second skin effect of undetectable, flexible coverage with a natural, long wearing finish. 21% pigment ensures uneven texture, redness, hyperpigmentation and other imperfections are completely concealed. 22% water adds hydration and an elastic finish to prevent pigments from setting in lines, dryness or pores"

The foundation has a thick, whipped texture, I thought it was going to be thinner due to the water content but it's pretty thick. It's really pigmented, as in one pump covers my whole face with some to spare!

I've tried applying with a damp sponge and a brush and to be honest, I didn't see much difference between the two. You have to work very quickly as it sets pretty fast. I like to pump the foundation on the back of my hand and then work on one area at a time. It gives a full matte finish, it's a foundation-y foundation, as in you can tell you're wearing makeup but I've found that all fully matte foundations give that effect on the skin.

I'd say it gives a high medium coverage, it doesn't completely cover stubborn imperfections but you can go in an spot conceal any areas that are particularly red.

I have combination oily skin and I have also been using retinol for the past 7 weeks so my skin is in a strange way at the moment. The majority of the time, this foundation looks good but as I go through the day it starts to look dry and when I smile I can see so many lines on my cheeks (that I don't have yet!) so it makes me look much older! Other times, it can cling to some drier patches of skin which are not visible prior to applying. Because of these cons, I would not recommend this foundation to people with dry or more mature skin.

This lasts around 5 hours on me before I need to blot away oil and a little foundation does lift up but it's nothing major. I have my foundation on for around 12 hours a day during the week and I do still have foundation on when I get home, but it doesn't look at it's best.

One pump of shade Cashmere

This foundation is what I wanted the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation to be, it's very similar in texture and pigment but it looks better on the skin and lasts better.

Overall, it's a nice foundation but I don't think it tops my Lancôme Teint Idole. I think it's best suited to people who have a more normal skin type who have areas that need coverage. I will continue to use it, I may try using a hydrating mist throughout the day to try and revive it when it's looking too dry.

Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Take care and I'll be back soon ❤