Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

I got this palette off feelunique.com on Boxing Day as it had a few pounds knocked off of it, I couldn't resist not buying it as it has been on my wish-list for ages now! 

Gwen Stefani and Urban Decay teamed up to create this gorgeous limited edition eyeshadow palette. Gwen worked on every detail of this product, from the case to the amazing shades. Gwen wanted to create shades which she has always wanted in her own collection, so in this palette are 12 brand new shades and 3 from the UD shadow collection. There is a wonderful range of neutral shades and some jewel tone shades to add a pop of colour!

All the shades feature UD's "Pigment Infusion System" which is a blend of ingredients that give every shade it's velvety-soft texture, rich colour, staying-power and amazing blendability.

The neutral shades.
Shade descriptions (from left to right):
Blonde - Pale beige with pink iridescent shift
Bathwater - Pale beige with gold pearl
Skimp - Pale nude satin
Steady - Medium rose with metallic gold shift
Punk - Reddish brown matte
Baby - Cool metallic rose
Anaheim - Light taupe-brown matte
Stark - Nude-pink matte
Zone - Medium brown matte
Serious - Smoky grey with iridescent floating pearl
Pop - Pale coral with iridescent sparkle.

Jewel-tone shades.
Harajuku - Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
Danger - Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
1987 - Bright metallic yellow-gold
Blackout - Blackest black matte.

This palette is perfect for day time looks or night time, it has a wonderful selection of gorgeous shades, all with amazing pigmentation and staying-power. 

I would highly recommend.

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NYX Cosmetics Haul

First of all I want to start off by saying that I hope you have all had the most magical Christmas and that Santa has spoilt you all rotten! 

I've recently heard so many good things about the beauty brand NYX Cosmetics. I've heard other bloggers saying how cheap the brand was, but what good quality the products are. Naturally, I had to purchase a few things to see for myself.

The first product I purchased was the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. I've heard so many people raving about these liquid lipsticks, so I bought one in shade "Prague", a gorgeous pink-burgundy colour, perfect for the winter season. This is definitely one of my favourite liquid lipsticks! It has quite a different consistency to most liquid lipsticks. It feels more like a lip stain, but with the amazing coverage of a matte lipstick. When I wear this, it doesn't actually feel like I have anything on my lips at all! I also find that it doesn't flake off or feel too drying like a lot of the well known liquid lipsticks tend to do. I want this product in every colour!

The next product I purchased was the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade. I've always wanted to try out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, but couldn't justify spending £15 on a product just to fill in my eyebrows! I purchased the lightest shade "Blonde" as I thought the next shade up "Chocolate" looked too dark for my eyebrows. I also really love this product, it glides on really smoothly, doesn't smudge at all and shapes my brows really nicely, and still looks really natural.

The final product I bought was the NYX Setting Spray Matte Finish. My makeup routine is incomplete with a quick spray from a setting spray, so I thought I would try this one out. I chose to get the one in the matte finish as throughout the day my skin can get quite oily and shiny. Although I don't think this setting spray is as good as the Urban Decay De Slick Setting Spray, for a fraction of the price, I would definitely still purchase again!

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St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub

I just had to do a blog post on this gorgeous product as it is one of my favourites ever! 

Exfoliating your skin is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. Exfoliating regularly helps to get rid of any dead/dry skin cells on the surface of the skin. Exfoliating helps with many skin problems and it also increases blood circulation, which means it leaves your skin healthy and glowing.

This St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub is my all time favourite exfoliator for my face. I apply this a few times a week (there is no need to apply daily). I moisten my face and neck, massage the product into my face and then rinse well with warm water and finish with my favourite moisturiser. 

It feels really gentle on the skin, after only one use I noticed my skin looked more radiant and felt so soft and gorgeous. The fragrance of this is beautiful as well! It smells like I've just stuck my face in a bunch of apricots! 

Overall, I would 100000% recommend this product.

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Masque

Me and Jamie took a trip into York at the beginning of the week as we both had the week off work. We had a really fabulous time and I treated myself to a few goodies whilst we were there. 

This Kiehl's Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Masque was one of the goodies I treated myself to. This product stood out to me straight away when we went into the shop. During the Winter months my skin really plays up and it gets really dry. No matter how much moisturiser I seem to put on, nothing seems to help it.

Kiehl's says, "It helps to instantly boost skin's ability to absorb and hold moisture for long-lasting hydration. Glacial proteins and desert plants leaves skin smoother and softer, refreshed and supple by morning. Amplifies the hydration provided by a daily moisturiser."

To apply this I simply cleanse my face with my favourite facial cleanser and then follow with my favourite toner. I then apply a thick layer of this product all over my face and leave to soak in for ten minutes. After ten minutes, I get a cloth or a tissue and wipe away any excess product, but still leave a thin layer which will be absorbed by the skin overnight. There is no need to rinse this product off.

In the morning, I simply cleanse and tone my face again and then continue with my skincare routine.

Kiehl's recommend to use this product 1-2 times a week. 

I really love this product! In the morning my skin feels amazingly soft and nourished. It doesn't feel greasy or oily at all when I apply it, which was a concern of mine. Another reason I love this product is because it it suitable for all skin types which means that if you suffer from really oily skin, you can still use it! 

Overall, I would definitely recommend and I will be buying again when this tub runs out!

Love Amy x 

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Glossybox: December 2015 - Rose Gold Edition

Oh my goodness, when I got this month's box from Mr Postman, I literally squealed with delight, look at how gorgeous the box is! 

This box contains six products this month! The products included are everything you need to get you through the Christmas period, from statement nails and lips to gorgeous glowing skin.

So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil - full size £15
The first product is this gorgeous highlighter pencil from So Susan. I am obsessed with highlighter at the moment, so this was a really lovely product to get in this box! Blend over the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and on your cupid's bow, to give you a beautiful dewy glow! The shape of the pencil makes it really easy to apply and it also blends really easily too.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in shade Show Off - full size £2.50
This liquid lipstick gives you the coverage of a lipstick, but with a shine like a gloss. Most liquid lipsticks are matte, so this makes a nice change! However, I don't usually like wearing lipgloss or overly "shiny" lip products, so I don't really know how I feel about this product! However, it is a really gorgeous shade, perfect for Christmas time.

Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects - full size £2.99
Sparkly nails are a must over Christmas time and this is the perfect nail polish! It is really fast drying and the wide applicator brush makes it really easy to apply on the nails.

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On - full size £30.66
With all the partying we will be doing over Christmas, it's so important to look refreshed and radiant! This product is perfect for soothing and hydrating the delicate skin around the eyes. The cooling gel really makes you feel wide awake!

Hylamide Pore Delete - full size £18
I'm not going to lie, I find this product to look quite scary? This product is designed to minimise pores, mattify and blur all in one go. You can either use this product on its own as the last step in your skincare routine, or use it after foundation and before powder to give a flawless finish.

Starskin Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask - full size £8.50
This is the sixth product in this month's box. These face masks are perfect for party season as they are extremely moisturising and will rescue tired, "morning after the night before" complexions. 

Yet again, another gorgeous box from Glossybox!

If you are considering signing up for this wonderful monthly subscription box, you can do so here.

Love Amy x

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Dove Christmas Gift Sets

The beauty brand Dove kindly sent me a couple of their new Christmas gift sets, which are perfect for treating your loved one's this Christmas. 

The first gift set is the Cherish mini set. It comes with a really nice cosmetic bag and then three travel sized products. A perfect stocking filler for her!

The first travel-sized product is the Dove Go Fresh Spray Deodorant. I love Dove deodorants, they are the only deodorants I can wear as other brands give me serious skin irritations! This deodorant has a really nice, pleasant scent and keeps me feeling fresh all day long. Because of the handy travel size, it's perfect to fit in your handbag.

Next is the travel-sized Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash. I always enjoy my showers much more when I am using Dove products. It lathers up really well, smells gorgeous and leaves my skin feeling softer from only after one use!

The last product in this gift set is the Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Lotion. Dove moisturisers are my absolute favourite, they leave the skin feeling nourished all day long and smell gorgeous too.

The other gift set they sent to me was the new DermaSpa Goodness Skincare Ritual set. Back in October, Dove sent me a couple of products from the DermaSpa Goodness and Uplifted range (post can be found here) and I fell in love with both of them. 

This gift set also contains three products, full-sized this time. It is beautifully presented in a lovely gift box and also comes with a beautiful silky soft scarf! 

The first product is the Goodness Indulgent Hand Cream. I got this product when Dove kindly sent me them before and I loved it, so I was super excited that I received another one! It is really moisturising and keeps my hands lovely and soft all day long.

The second product is the Goodness Body Lotion. I like to apply this after I have showered and it leaves my skin feeling velvety-soft and beautifully fragranced.

The third product is the Goodness Body Cream. This has a very similar texture and consistency to the body lotion, and just like the body lotion, it leaves me skin feeling very nourished and also has a gorgeous scent.

These gorgeous gift sets would make the perfect stocking fillers or are perfect for a little more luxurious gift to treat the favourite people in your life.

Will you be buying any Dove gift sets this Christmas?

Love Amy x

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Rimmel London Radiance BB Cream

Some days I just feel far too lazy to do a full face of make up. However, I still want to apply a little bit of make up, to at least make myself a little presentable!

The Rimmel London BB Creams are perfect for this. Before I tried the radiance version, I tried the original matte version, which I loved. However, I felt like it was still a bit too thick and heavy on my skin.

Before I went to Skiathos, Greece on holiday, I came across the Rimmel London Radiance BB Cream. This BB Cream claims to be a "9-in-one skin perfecting, super make up". It claims to "prime the skin, smoothes, conceals, helps minimise the appearance of pores, provides natural looking coverage, moisturises for 24 hours, awakens tired skin, brightens the skin and gives a radiant finish". I bought a tube, as I thought this would be the perfect product to take abroad with me, where I don't want to wear a full face of make up!

Well, I was so right. I absolutely love this product! It did everything I wanted it to do. It gave me good coverage, but still felt extremely light on my skin, as if I wasn't wearing any make up at all. It helped to conceal the bags under my eyes and any imperfections on my skin. In the heat, I didn't feel like it was melting off my face, like a foundation would have done! The best part was that it gave me this absolutely gorgeous, radiant finish on my skin.

The only issue I have with this product is that it only comes in three shades, very light, light and medium. If you have darker skin ladies, unfortunately this product just won't be suitable for you! 

Like I said, this product is perfect if you don't want a full face of make up. It's perfect for wearing during the summer months or taking on holiday abroad. I also sometimes like to wear underneath my foundation just to give me that bit extra coverage!

What do you think of BB creams? 

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