Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Best Naked Palette Dupe

Over the past month with being on a spending ban i've been delving a bit more into my stash and really giving some unloved products some much needed attention. Whilst i've been delving through my stash, i've really started to discover some really good dupes for more higher end, lusted after products and I thought I could start a little series for some really good dupes.
I've recently been getting back into my eyeshadow palettes, especially my Naked palettes and although they definitely are worth every single penny, there are plenty of amazing yet affordable dupes out there. I've recently discovered quite a few dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes out there, which are all a fraction of the price and although not all of them are great quality wise, i've definitely found a dupe that really lives up the Naked palette.

A brand that I hadn't really seen or heard much about before I started blogging is W7 Cosmetics, mainly because they aren't stocked in your usual drug stores, but instead i've seen them stocked in Peacocks and also online at Fragrance Direct, and a few other places. When I was at The Clothes Show a couple of years back I stumbled across the W7 Cosmetics stand and their products really impressed me. Not only did they have many products that offered a dupe for higher priced beauty products, but they had a massive range of palettes that rivalled many palettes including the Urban Decay palettes.

The W7 Light Toasted Palette (£4.99) is one of the best dupe for the Naked palette that i've come across with the array of shades within the palette being identical to that of the original palette. Although most dupes have a very similar shade range, it's the pigmentation and intensity of colour that usually separates the dupe from the real deal, but this dupe is almost on par with with the original Naked palette so much so that i've been alternating between using both of these palettes and you honestly wouldn't know the difference. The only thing I do find that separates the two is that you do have to use a good eye primer to make the W7 palette last throughout the day, whereas you can get away without using an eye primer for the Naked palette.

Another aspect that is quite similar to the original naked palette is the packaging, and although it doesn't have the felt outer the colour and style of packaging is very similar and this palette also comes with a handy brush for applying on the go if need be.

Overall i'm really impressed with this palette from W7, and they also do dupes for the other Naked palettes of which I haven't been able to try much of but after being so impressed by this palette I will definitely be putting those to the test!

Have you found any good dupes?


Monday, 1 February 2016

January Favourites

I cannot actually comprehend the thought that January is already over for another year and although January has been a hectic month, a lot has been accomplished. I've started focusing more on myself, getting this blog back on track and my own happiness as i've slowly learnt that some people really don't care as much as they say they do. Anywho, I thought i'd kick off February with my first favourites post of the year as i've found some truly lovely products over the past month. 
Not only have I really gotten back into blogging this month but i've also gotten back into my love for beauty products with a little help from some lovely gifts I recieved at Christmas. I've also dug out some old products that i've really been enjoying all over again, but you sometimes I have to stop using products just to realise how good they are.

If you saw over Christmas, I went a little Lush mad and my Lush stash is probably as big as it has ever been! One of the products that i've really been enjoying is the Yuzu & Cocoa Shower Cream (£4.95), which is this bright yellow shower gel that smells of chocolate orange, and if you like chocolate orange as much as I do, them you'll love this! I've actually used up this mini bottle, so I need to see if I can get my hands on another bottle! Another amazing smelling product i've been loving is the Marc Jacobs Decadence Perfume (£49), which is just the cutest perfume i've ever owned, just look at that packaging! Although this scent is different to other Marc Jacobs scents that I own, I really like the musky yet sexy scent. 

A recent addition into my makeup brush collection is the Sephora 55 Pro Airbrush ($34), which my Mum ever so kindly brought me back from Singapore (see what else I picked up in my Sephora Haul). I'd heard some really lovely things about this brush and the shape isn't like any other buffing brush that I own. The tapered shape and long handle makes applying foundation an absolute dream as it just gives a flawless finish. Another product that has beem helping to give my face a flawless yet glowy finish is the L'oreal Lumi Magique Primer (£9.99), which i've owned for quite a while now and I never really got to grips with it until recently. I've been applying this to the highlight areas of my face before applying my foundation and this just makes my skin look and feel so much more awake and glowly! 

When it comes to mascara i'm not usually all that fussed as long as it works well for me. Having said that the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara* (£7.99) has really impressed me. This was kindly sent over from Beauty at Tesco and having tried the waterproof version previously I wondered if the non waterproof would work just as well and if i'm honest I prefer this formula. Although the wand shapes are exactly the same this one just performs a lot better in my opinion as it elongates the lashes without making them stiff like the waterproof version does. 

The last product in my favourites for January is the Bee Good Honey & Propolish Cream Cleanser* (£11.50), which I recieved in a goody bag whem attending a blogger event a few months back. As i've been on a spending ban i've been trying to use up products withim my stash and this cream cleasner has been an absolute delight. It's different to your typical cream cleasner as it breaks down makeup like an oil cleanser would but leaves your skin feeling so soft and cleansed as your typical hot cloth cleanser would. The only disadvantage of using up samples is that i'm falling in love with these products, which isn't going to be good for my bank balance!

So that is my first favourites post of the year and it feels good to be back doing a favourites post again!

What products have you been loving this past month?

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Haircare On Trial

One of the beauty decisions that I made moving into the new year, was to take better care of my hair as I often don't give it the TLC that it needs and the condition of my hair could be improved greatly if I were to take better care of it. Having said that i've really been trying to introduce products into my hair care in order to better the quality of my hair, so I thought i'd share my thoughts on some recent hair products that i've been trialling recently. 
For a good while now i've been trying to find products that would really help to make a difference to my hair, as I find some products can often have the opposite effect or just don't really work as well as you first hoped. I've recently been trying some products from not only brands I hadn't really heard of before but also products that I probably wouldn't of ever tried before.

When coconut oil suddenly became a huge craze last year, I wondered if it really was as worth it as everyone made out but with the hype seemed to come a massive price tag and I just wasn't about that life. So when the lovely people at The Groovy Food Company got in touch to try out their Organic Coconut Oil* (£6) I was really intrigued to see what the fuss was all about and i've since succumbed to the hype. I usually lather my hair in coconut oil the night before i'm planning on washing my hair to really let it soak in and do it's magic, and from doing this minimum two times a week i've really noticed how much better my hair is appearing. Not only does it give your hair an amazing shine, but it also leaves your hair smelling truly amazing! If you haven't tried using coconut oil on your hair, then i'd definitely recommend!

Moving on to some other products i've been trialling, dry shampoo is my haircare saviour but I find that most dry shampoos are actually really drying to your hair and it can also react to other hair products such as hair dyes, thus making the condition of your hair ten times worse, but recently i've found a dry shampoo that has blown my mind. Coming from a brand I wasn't really all that familiar with, the Richard Ward Keratin + 1 Day Dry Shampoo* (£5.99) is a dry shampoo containing ingredients such as keratin, the hairs natural protein to help rebuild hairs natural fibres, as well as rice powder and citrus extract to cleanse and leave the hair with a glossy finish. What I love about this dry shampoo is that it doesn't leave a horrid white cast over your hair that you can never seem to rub out, nor does it leave your hair feeling rough as sandpaper. Instead it works to soak up and oils, but leaves your hair looking glossy and refreshed as it would when you wash it.

Another product from Richard Ward that i've been really enjoying is the Richard Ward Anti Ageing Argan 10-in-1 Styling Spritz* (£) which contains a mixture of ingredients that provide ten different results including argan oil and aloe leaf that condition, protect, boost thickness, strengthen and restore lustre. I have been using this one damp hair just after washing, spraying in the mid to end lengths of my hair and the shine that this brings to my hair is unreal! It also really helps to dry my hair so much quicker and I don't really understand how, but it does and I don't know where i'd be without this product. 

The last product from Richard Ward is one i've struggled with a little, which is unfortunate as I really struggle with cleansing shampoos so I thought this one would finally be the one. They either dry your hair out to the point that you can get a brush through it, or they leave your hair so greasy that you have to rewash your hair and unfortunately the Richard Ward Cleanse & Condition Shampoo* did that latter for me. I thought this was quite a shame, as all of the other products that i've tried from this range have really wowed me but I guess not all hair products work for everyone! Having said that, I still highly recommend trying out this range of haircare products, as they stock so many products and i'm sure i'll be talking about some more products in the near future.

So those are some hair care products that i've been trying out recently!

Have you discovered any good hair products recently?

Monday, 25 January 2016

Sephora & Bath and Body Works Haul

Over the past couple of weeks my parents have been off travelling around the middle east, and of course knowing that the mothership Sephora and Bath & Body Works have stores in Singapore I begged them to pick me up a few beauty bits that i'd been dying to get my hands on. As you all enjoy my hauls, I thought i'd share the products that they kindly picked up for me.

As I wasn't entirely sure which brands were stocked in the Singapore Sephora store, I played it safe and stuck to Sephora's own brand products as i'd heard some great things about a wide variety of their products, and after doing some research I knew exactly what I wanted. It was kind of the same with Bath & Body Works, as not every single scent was stocked so I just hoped they had at least one that I wanted.

Starting with the Sephora products and luckily the had pretty much everything that I wanted. The main product that I wanted was the Sephora Cream Lip Stain ($14), but unfotunatly they didn't stock the shades that I wanted so my Mum guessed and bought me '05 Infinite Rose'. This shade is a satin golden peach and although i'm not a fan of shimmery shades this is actually really nice! The staying power of these is unreal, as one application lasts the entire day through eating, drinking, you name it this will not budge. Another product that I'd had my eye on for a while was the Sephora Pro Airbrush #55 ($34) as i've heard some amazing things about this brush and I thought this would the perfect brush to start my Sephora brush collection with.

The last two products I had been eyeing up were the Sephora Lotus Face Mask ($6) and the Sephora Green Tea Eye Masks ($5) as i've become absolutely obsessed with sheet masks recently. Sephora has a wide range of masks all aimed at different results but I went with these two as they are both moisturising and also relaxing on the skin. I've already tried out the eye masks and they work so well to soothe the under eye area and just help to make you not only feel refreshed but look refreshed.

As you can see, I also asked for a new MAC Lipstick (£15.50) and I know we can get hold of MAC here in the UK, but sometimes it works out a little cheaper if you buy in other countries. This shade is called 'Craving' and it's a lovely plum red shade that isn't like any other lipstick that I own and i'd been eyeing this shade up for a while, so i'm really happy to finally have it in my life.

Last on my Singapore shopping list was a candle from Bath & Body Works as i'd finally used up my mini candles, so I was really excited to have them back in my life. As I mentioned, they didn't stock every single scent but they did fortunately stock the Warm Vanilla Sugar 3-Wick Candle ($22.50), which is one of my favourite scents. It's a lovely sweet yet subtle scent that is just so warming and lovely, especially during the winter time!

So those are all of the bits that my parents kindly picked me up from Singapore and i'm so so thankful!

Have you picked up any new beauty bits recently?

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