Beauty Pie Haul January 2019

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing well. I haven’t shared a Beauty Pie haul for quite some time. I’ve not done any big orders from them for a while and I’ve allowed my shopping allowance to build up so I could do a big order which I could share with you.

Beauty pie haul January 2019

Another reason I wanted to share this with you is because I had been sucked into the marketing around the new Clinique ID and was so, so close to buying it but I instead logged onto Beauty Pie and got all of the items I’m going to share with you for almost the same price as the one Clinique product. I have found since being a member of Beauty Pie, I really question the price of beauty items. Rambling over, here’s what I bought –

Double Phase Cleanser

Beauty pie double phase cleanser

My beloved Japanfusion cleanser was out of stock so I thought I’d give this one a go. I’ve tried it once and it’s very different to the Japanfusion, it’s a cream instead of a balm but it does a brilliant job of removing makeup and has a lovely delicate scent. Once I’ve fully incorporated this into my routine I’ll do a full review but on first impression it’s a nice product.

Japanfusion Hydra Prep Lotion

Japanfusion hydra prep lotion

This product is designed to moisturise the skin and then increase the efficacy of products you put on top of it. You use it as a toner and it’s very gentle and light on the skin. Not used this very much yet so I’m still testing it.

Super Healthy Skin Daily Vitamin Defense Serum

Beauty pie super healthy skin serum

I had wanted to get an antioxidant serum to use in the morning which is why I chose this one. It contains raspberry stem cells, echinacea and kakadu plum to fight free radicals and shea butter to moisturise the skin. It’s an incredibly light serum that sinks into the skin immediately with no residue.

Super Retinol Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream

Beauty pie super retinol eye cream

Next up is a new eye cream and I’ve decided it’s time to use retinol around my eyes. I’ve noticed the skin around my eyes is starting to show some signs of ageing so this was the perfect choice. It’s an interesting texture, it’s not thick like most anti ageing eye creams are and is instead more like a thicker serum. It takes a little longer to sink in but it’s nice to use.

Super Healthy Skin Daily Moisturise Lotion

Beauty pie super healthy skin lotion

Onto the repurchases, this is a brilliant moisturiser. It hydrates, skins in very quickly and is suitable for both morning and evening. I’m planning on using this continuously this time round as it did help with my redness last time I bought it.

Superbrow Precision Pencil

Beauty pie super brow pencil

You’ve seen this product countless times. Best brow pencil ever, I don’t need to say any more!

And that is everything for this haul. So far I really like everything I’ve bought, it’s pretty much a complete skincare routine for less than £40. If you’re interested in joining Beauty Pie, get your first month free using the below link –

https://beauty-pie.mention-me.com/m/ol/tl2dd-stephanie-ingram

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Best of Beauty 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to my yearly Best of Beauty round up. As usual, I don’t have a favourite in every category but I’ve got some great new products this year that I’ve really enjoyed.

Best of Beauty 2018

Skincare

I’ve finally found a cleanser that has knocked the Vichy Cleansing Oil off the top spot and it’s the Beauty Pie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser. This cleanser is beautiful, it’s the only cleanser I’ve used for the last 6 months. It removes makeup effortlessly and I also use it as my second cleanse to really clean the skin. The texture starts off as a balm and then once it warms up on your skin it turns into an oil. I remove it with a microfibre cloth and it takes all my makeup with it. Truly brilliant product.

Beauty pie Japanfusion plantastic

Another product from Beauty Pie is their Plantastic Micropeeling Super Drops. This has made it into the top as it’s done a great job of helping my skin to behave. I have regrettably come to terms that I’m always going to have problematic skin but this serum helps to clear up breakouts much quicker than if I don’t use it, and it’s also diminished all the small blocked pores I had on my chin. It contains a mix of salicylic and fruit acids to clean the pores and provide exfoliation.

My favourite lip balm of the year goes to the Lano 101 Ointment. I’ve currently got the Coconutter scent which is heavenly! I’ve got through so many tubes of this over the year in every scent they make, it’s thick and nourishing, gives almost a barrier type finish on the lips and helps stop lips from chapping and drying out. If you like thick lip balms, give this one a try.

Lanolips 101 Coconutter the body shop Japanese matcha tea mask

Lastly for skincare is a mask from The Body Shop and it’s their Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. This product smells so fresh and I love using this when my skin feels aggravated, it helps it to calm down and reduces redness.

Makeup

Still reigning from last year, my favourite foundation is the Beauty Pie Great Skin. I’ve got through countless bottles of this, it gives a good buildable medium coverage that lasts all day. The finish is matte but it’s not a powdery flat matte, it looks very skin-like. I do also want to give an honourable mention to the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream Illumination, this CC cream is brilliant, covers like a foundation but due to the texture, it’s very easy to apply and it’s another one that lasts all day. I’m almost out of this so I’m going to be getting another tube. Love the packaging too!

Beauty pie great skin foundation it Cosmetics cc cream illumination

Onto brows, for regular readers it will be no surprise that my favourite brow pencil is the Beauty Pie Superbrow Precision Pencil. This pencil is just like the high end micro pencils, but a fraction of the price. I was committed to the Urban Decay Brow Beater but this has replaced it and I won’t be going back. It costs around £3 instead of the high end pencils costing almost £20.

For mascara we have L’Oreal again this year but this time it’s the Paradise Extatic. It gives great volume and length, it does dry out a little too quickly but it’s easily revived with a couple eye drops.

L’Oreal paradise mascara Anastasia norvina palette

My favourite palette of the year goes to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette. I can’t remember the last time I got so excited about a palette launch. It’s gorgeous, contains a lovely range of mattes and high impact shimmers which are all highly pigmented. I’ve been using the mattes the most as I don’t use much shimmer during the week, you only need the tiniest amount on your brush which is why it looks like I’ve hardly used it!

2018 was so tough for lip products. I got my Invisalign in the January and let me tell you, lipstick transferring onto the trays is the WORST! Anything with too much slip would go all over them and it’s not like you can just rub your tongue over them to remove it like you can if it were on your teeth, no, you have to brush it off. Gloss is just out of the question. Rant over. I’ve had to stick to more natural lip colours that are matte so my most used have been L’Oreal Color Riche Matte in Moka Chic and MAC Liptensity in Clouds In My Coffee. Both of these lipsticks are pale matte nudes that wear off easily, by that I mean it’s not strikingly obvious they’ve started to wear. They have a decent amount of wear time and aren’t drying at all.

L’Oreal moka chic Mac clouds in my coffee becca vanilla quartz

I’ve never been into highlighters, but I got a mini Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz and I’m now a convert. This shade is a very pale gold with a hint of pink and brings life back to the face. I apply it very sparingly, I don’t like it to look like you’ve got a stripe of shimmer on your cheeks (I think it can look like eyeshadow fall out!) but with a light hand, this can look beautiful.

I went back to having more blonde in my hair in 2018 and the product that has kept my blonde looking bright and icy is L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Silver Shampoo. Once a week I’ll apply this and leave it on for 5 minutes followed by conditioner and once I’ve dried my hair, it looks like I’ve had a fresh toner done at the hairdressers. Even my hairdresser comments on how great my blonde looks when I go in for a colour and she’s bought it for herself.

L’Oreal Professionnel silver shampoo

A couple of brushes I’ve loved in 2018 are the It Cosmetics Double Ended Foundation Brush, it’s very soft, blends in foundation effortlessly and the smaller end is great for blending out concealer. My favourite eye brushes have been the Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease, 231 Luxe Petit Crease and the 239 Luxe Soft Shader. These 3 brushes are pretty much all I’ve used on my eyes, I start off with applying my Crease shade with the 228, add in my lid shade with the 239 and then blend out any edges with the 231. They pick up shadow easily and blend so quickly. Brilliant brushes and very affordable.

It Cosmetics Zoeva brushes

Those are my favourite products of 2018. What were your favourite products, any new discoveries? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Beauty Products I Got For Christmas Part 2

Hello and welcome back! As promised here is part two of what I got for Christmas. This was a huge surprise and it’s the Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box. Inside here are 19 beauty product ms ranging from skincare to hair to makeup so let’s get in!

Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box

Starting at the top is a Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil 5ml. Not heard of this before but the brand has a great reputation. Inside the box is also a ProSkin 30 Minute Treatment Voucher which unfortunately I won’t get to use as I don’t live near a Selfridges 😦

Dermalogica phyto oil Too Faced Better Than sex mascara

Next is a mini Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, I have two of these now but as you’ve seen I have a lot of mascara to get through. I don’t like opening mascara until I need them so I’m going to stash this. There’s a mini pot of Hydra Veil by Illamasqua that I’m looking forward to using as my skin is no longer oily and needs hydrating primers. How cute is the Egyptian Magic Cream? Another product that I’ve seen loads online but never tried.

Illamasqua hydra veil Egyptian magic cream

I love the packaging on this Show Beauty Dry Shampoo and it smells so good. I’ve not used it on my hair yet but the scent is really good!

Show beauty dry shampoo

Staying with scents, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. A product that is so, so raved about and one of the factors about this product that is raved about is the scent. Naturally I was sceptical, however the hype is real. I can’t believe how good this smells and the scent really stays on the skin. Another product I want to buy more of.

Sol de janeiro brazillian bum bum Cream blotterazzi eylure solitaire

I was a little disappointed with the next product, at first I was really excited but then I noticed it didn’t have a case! It’s the Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender. The concept of this is brilliant, it’s a reusable blotting pad instead of using blotting paper. But it doesn’t have a case so you can’t keep it stored properly in your handbag.

There’s a lovely set of Eylure Luxe Lashes in the style Solitaire. I’m not a false lash wearer, I’ve just not sat down and really tried to use them but I’m really going to try with these.

Lastly on this row is a mini Ouai Wave Spray. I’d not tried anything from Ouai before I received their leave in conditioner in my advent calendar and I love it. This product is to be used as a styling spray so next time I curl my hair this will be getting used.

Ouai wave spray Zoeva Luxe Crease eyeko eyeliner

Really pleased to get a mini Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush. This is my favourite crease brush so I’ve now got a back up for when my main one is looking a bit grubby. Another product that I’ll get plenty of use out of is the Eyeko Liquid Liner Pen.

A brand I’ve wanted to try for a long time is Peter Thomas Roth and included in the box is a mini Skin to Die For Primer. This looks to be a smoothing primer but I’ve got a couple to get through so not tried this out yet. From Stila is a mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bacca which is a deep pinky – plum.

Stila stay all day liquid lipstick bacca

Another product from Zoeva is a full size Offline Palette. Lovely range of mattes and shimmers in here, not had a chance to use this much yet, let me know if you want a full review with swatches. Lastly for skincare is a Vinactive 3 in 1 Moisturiser from Caudalíe.

Zoeva offline palette

From Make Beauty there’s a Universal Stick which I think is a lip and cheek tint? Not a brand I’ve heard of, and I’ve not used a product like this before either so I will need to report back once I’ve tried it out.

Caudalie vinoactive make universal stick

Lime Crime Velvetines liquid lip in the shade Sasha is next. Another product that was so raved about but I’ve not tried, looking forward to giving this a try.

We’re nearly at the end! There’s a full size NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Copenhagen which looks very dark and vampy. The formula of these is quite thin and doesn’t fully dry down so it’s pretty comfortable.

Like crime velvetines sasha nyx soft matte lip cream cover fx custom enhancer drops

Last but not least is a mini Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight. I got one of these in another set for Christmas so this is staying in its box until that one is used up. The colour of this is gorgeous but I still need to work out how best to use it as it’s very intense!

If you made it to the end, well done! This box is awesome, such a great concept by Selfridges as I’ve not seen any other retailer do this before. I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for this in 2019 if you have a beauty lover in your life, or for a treat to yourself.

Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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Beauty Products I Got For Christmas Part 1

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. I did a poll on my Instastories a few days ago asking if you wanted an unboxing of what I got for Christmas and the majority voted for yes so here we are! There’s a lot to go through so I’m going to split this into two posts, this first one being all the gift sets, part two will be the Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box so stay tuned for that.

What I got for Christmas 2018

First up is a super cute mini Moroccanoil Treatment, I absolutely love this hair oil. It’s very nourishing and smells beautiful. Next are two items from Lano, first one is their trusty 101 Ointment in a new Coconutter scent. This is my favourite lip balm, especially at this time of year and I’ve never tried the coconut scent, it’s really yummy. Also from Lano is their Rose Hand Cream, this is more like a balm than a traditional cream. It’s not sticky at all which surprised me and absorbs instantly once it’s rubbed in.

Morocanoil Lano lanolips

I’ve been doing a little clear out of my nail polishes and I was surprised to get a mini Love OPI set, these colours are great for this time of year, I’m that person who wears certain nail colours depending on the season so winter = darks and reds.

OPI mini set love OPI

I have phases of struggling with sleep so really pleased to get a set of 7 mini Deep Sleep Pillow Sprays by This Works. The scent of this spray is calming and I find it helps when I’m having trouble getting to sleep.

This works deep sleep pillow spray

My secret Santa at work got me the Elemis Skin Saviours Set, this contains one of my favourite masks, the Papaya Enzyme Peel and also the Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil which I have at the moment and use when my skin is feeling uncomfortable and a bit dry. It’s an interesting texture, it’s not like an oil or a cream, more of a serum but it gives the hydration of an oil.

Elemis papaya enzyme peel peptide 4 recovery

Onto makeup, I got the Cover FX Glam & Glow On The Go, I’d never tried anything from Cover FX before, very excited to try this out. It contains two minis, a Shimmer Veil in the shade Soleil and the cutest Custom Enhancer Drops in the shade Moonlight. The shimmer veil is awesome, it’s a liquid shadow with tonnes of sparkle. I wore this on Christmas Day and it lasted all day, I cooked dinner and it didn’t budge. Need to buy more! The enhancer drops are beautiful but a little intimidating, I’m not sure how to use them yet as they are so intense.

Cover fx shimmer veil custom enhancer drops

I bought a little gift for myself and that’s the Sex Hangover Set by Too Faced. The name of this set makes me cringe but it contains a Hangover Primer and a Better Than Sex Mascara. I got the primer in my advent calendar and have loved it, the mascara I’ve not tried before but I’ve heard many times that it’s comparable to L’Oreal Lash Paradise which is my favourite so I’m sure I’ll like this too.

Too Faced Hangover Primer better than sex mascara

I know packaging shouldn’t matter but how beautiful is the packaging of this Jouer Get Charmed Gift Set?! Inside is two matte long wear lip crèmes, one metallic long wear lip crème, one high pigment lip gloss, one high pigment pearl lip gloss and two long wear lip toppers. I’ve wanted to try Jouer for so long. I wore one of the matte lip crèmes with a topper on Christmas Day and it looked beautiful. However, the topper made the matte lip move about quite a bit and I was wearing the red so hand to keep checking on it! Need to test these out some more.

Jouer long wear lip creme lip topper

Lastly is a Lancôme Hypnôse Gift Set, this contains a full size original Hypnôse Mascara, and then three minis, Hypnôse Drama, Hypnôse Doll Eyes and Hypnôse Volume-À-Porter. Lancôme make my favourite high end mascaras and I haven’t tried all of these. This set is great, I don’t need to buy any mascara for a while!

Lancôme Hypnôse doll eyes volume a porter

That’s it for part one! I’m so grateful for everything I’ve received and love each item so expect to see these in favourites soon! Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon with part two ❤

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Debenhams Advent Calendar Unboxing Part 3

Hello everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! This post should have gone up on Christmas Eve but for whatever reason it didn’t post so let’s try again! Today I have my final instalment of the Debenhams Advent Calendar Unboxing, this past eight days have contained brilliant products, let’s get into them –

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Day 17 & Day 18

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Firstly there is a travel size Ouai Leave in Conditioner, I’ve wanted to try products from this brand but they’re pretty expensive so I’ve not committed to buying anything. This product however is gorgeous, it leaves the hair smooth and silky and the scent is beautiful. I may have to buy this when I run out! Day 18 contained a Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser which is a product I’ve used before and enjoyed so I’m happy to get to use this again.

Day 19 & Day 20

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Next we have a super cute votive candle from Parks Candles in their Vanilla scent which smells delicious. These candles are super expensive so I’ll be burning this sparingly. In day 19 there’s a Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion by Bare Minerals, another product I’ve used before and really enjoyed. It’s a very thin, nourishing serum that plumps up the skin.

Day 21 & Day 22

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Day 21 is another expensive product I’ve wanted to try for so long and it’s the Glam Glow Youthmud Treatment. My skin is kind of behaving at the moment so I’ve not tried this out yet but as soon as it starts playing up again, this will be going on my face! How cute is this mini Lady Million by Paco Robanne?! I used to wear this scent a few years ago but for whatever reason haven’t bought it for a while. It’s a lovely sweet scent, happy to have this to use again.

Day 23 & Day 24

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

The box for Christmas Eve – Eve was somewhat deceiving, I was expecting something larger but it contained a Gold Dust Under Eye Mask by Oh K! These little patches will be used tomorrow morning to brighten up my under eyes ready for Christmas Day. Lastly for day 24 is a £5 Gift Card to use at Debenhams. I know some won’t be happy with this for the last day but I always stock up on perfume in the January sales so this will be put towards a new perfume treat.

I have really enjoyed this calendar, there’s only been two items that I know I won’t use and it’s actually been insightful as I didn’t realise that Debenhams stocked all of these brands. I do hope that they make another calendar next year, for their first calendar they’ve done a brilliant job.

Did you have a beauty advent calendar this year, what were your favourite products?

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Debenhams Advent Calendar Unboxing Part 2

Hello everyone, hope you’ve had a wonderful week! This month is absolutely flying by, all my Christmas shopping is done and I’m now planning all my timings for Christmas dinner. Here’s the next eight days of products in the Debenhams Advent Calendar –

Day 9 & Day 10

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

First up is the No Poreblem primer from Touch in Sol. This is a brand I’ve heard mentioned loads but have never bought anything from. The primer has a silicone feel but it’s not as thick as others that I’ve tried. For day 10 there is the cutest little mini Makeup Forever Artist Couture Lipstick in the shade C211 which is a gorgeous deep mauve pink that has a cream finish.

Day 11 & Day 12

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Moving onto day 11 there’s another primer, this one is the Too Faced Hangover Primer, this is a product that was so hyped a couple of years ago but I’d never tried as at the time I had really oily skin and it was marketed as a product for a drier skin type. My skin now however isn’t oily like it used to be, I’ve tried this out and I really like it, so much that I’m probably going to buy it full size. Next up is a full size Nails Inc Polish in the shade Collingham Place which is a pinky beige, I’ve not got a shade like this so it’s welcome in my collection.

Day 13 & Day 14

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Day 13 contained the awesome Laura Geller Lash Boss Mascara which is one of my favourites. You get incredible volume and length with this one, really pleased with this. The Handmade Soap Company Lemongrass & Cedarwood Hand Cream is next, this hand cream smells a little like lemon sherbet and absorbs really quickly with no sticky residue.

Day 15 & Day 16

Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar

Another full size product for day 15 from Inc.Redible and is their Glazing Over Lip Gloss in the shade …Boys Smell. Unfortunately I’m not a lip gloss fan, and Invisalign makes it impossible to wear so I’m likely giving this one away. The formula of these glosses is nice, it’s really pigmented but unfortunately it’s just not for me. Lastly for this instalment is an Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser. I’ve used this before and I have a weak spot for Elemis products. This cleanser is very nourishing, doesn’t strip the skin and is very gentle.

And that’s it for part two. Another great selection of products, I can’t wait to get into the last week – the boxes are starting to get bigger! I’ll be back soon with the final instalment. Have a great week ❤

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Reading in Heels December 2018

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you my unboxing of the December Reading in Heels box, and it’s a good one!

Reading in Heels December 2018

As soon as I opened the box, it felt Christmassy. There’s a beautifully scented tea light from St Eval which smells incredible. It’s cinnamon, a bit of vanilla and lots of Christmas spice. It’s divine!

The book this month is Stories We Tell Ourselves by Sarah Françoise – here’s the blurb –

Reading in Heels December 2018

“Frank and Joan’s marriage is in trouble. Frank is retreating deeper into the depths of his obsessions, and Joan’s frustrations have finally reached boiling point. But it’s Christmas, and their three children are coming home for the holiday. Joan is determined to make things work.

With the Christmas tree up, plates of mince pies artfully arranges and the obligatory poinsettia in situ, the stage is set for a traditional family Christmas. But behind the business-as-usual facade, new loves and lies threaten to explode the precarious order.”

At first glance, I didn’t think that this would be a Christmas book based on the cover. I’ve never read a book based around Christmas and I’ve already started this. So far so good!

Also included is a full size bar of Isle of Skye sea salt milk chocolate by Coco Chocolatier which I can’t wait to get into. I’ve been good and not opened it yet so I could photograph it!

Reading in Heels December 2018

For a nice pampering treat there is a Vitamasques Diamond Gold Sheet Mask to plump and moisturise the skin. My skin isn’t happy at the moment and is becoming quite dehydrated due to the cold and central heating so this will be very welcome.

Lastly there is a cute little notepad with the quote Be in love with your life. Every minute of it. Who doesn’t need more notepads?!

Reading in Heels December 2018

Absolutely love this Christmassy box and will get use out of everything included. Have you got this month’s box? Let me know what you thought of it. Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤

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