Bobbi Brown Christmas/Holiday Collection

I love Christmas collections and I'm really liking the look of Bobbi Brown's holiday collection. Included are lip trio's, limited edition crystal diamond honey powder, eyeshadow palettes and the twilight lip and eye palette featuring ten eyeshadows in ivory, dusk, canary, cool ivory, nude, slate, opal, truffle, twilight and espresso. Furthermore, the palette contains four shades of creamy lip colour in golden pink, pale mauve, nude pink and bronzed pink.

These gifts should be available soon so keep your eyes peeled!

New Skincare Additions!

This month I've added a few more items to my skincare routine - I'm a woman obsessed!That said, the above two products have been on my radar for a while. I've been looking for a new toner for a few weeks as the Avene one I'd previously been using finally bit the dust. Burts Bees Radiance Toner looked a decent option, I'm always drawn to products that may help my fairly dull complexion. At this time of year I always like to look for something that can provide a healthy glow!The Burts Bee Radiance Toner aims to remove traces of cleanser,dirt,makeup and reveal a smooth, radiant complexion. I love how gentle the toner feels on the skin and I've noticed it looks brighter after usage. I'm not crazy about the ingredients in this. On the Feel Unique site, only a few ingredients are listed when in fact theres a few more including alcohol. Luckily, my skin seems to like this toner and for under a tenner, its very reasonably priced too.
Antipodes is a brand I'm not overly familiar with but I've seen a few good reviews of the Manuka Honey Mask so I wanted to try it out. It's described as a 'deeply moisturising,cleansing and oxidising treatment' with manuka honey to intensely hydrate. Even though my skin is oily, I still suffer from dehydrated skin especially in the colder months. This mask has quite a thin texture so it feels really lightweight. I usually leave it on around 15-20 minutes and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft, radiant and balanced. I think this would be a great mask for all skin types as its hydrating without feeling greasy and it smells amazing!

What are you favourite skincare products?

Loreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation & Nude Magique BB Powder!

When it comes to base products, I prefer something light and long lasting. Granted, that's not always easy to find but when there's a new addition on the market I'm always eager to check it out. Loreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint is described as a fresh feel foundation for a 'second skin' effect. At 20ml, the bottle is smaller than your average foundation and its also pumpless so you need to be careful when applying to avoid spillages. The first thing I noticed is that the texture is quite runny - a little goes a long way!However, it blends easily into the skin. 
Nude Magique Eau De Teint blurs pores and imperfections providing a light base. Concealer is needed on any blemishes and redness but the result is a smooth, matte complexion. I bought the shade porcelain, which I believe is the lightest shade available. It looks quite dark in the bottle but it applies lighter on the skin. Its still slightly too dark for my skin tone, Loreal true match in ivory is a better shade match for my complexion. On my oily skin, its surprisingly long wearing but I've been blotting any shine away with the Nude Magique BB Powder. I have the light skin version which is a slightly yellow toned powder. It claims to give a matte finish for 8 hours which I don't agree with but the oil control is pretty impressive and I find it better than Rimmel Stay Matte. The powder is slightly on the chalky side, I apply with a brush (the compact does come with a sponge) and I need to swirl it around to really pick up the product. Saying that, the powder feels lightweight on the skin and doesn't give that caked on look. I'm not keen on the whole BB concept, I really think its overused but this is a pretty good powder whether you need a little oil control or just want to set your makeup. Overall, I really like both of these products - they provide a natural, smooth base that feels lightweight and comfortable to wear!

Have you tried any of these products?

September Beauty Favourites

This month, I've tended to stick to a few core products. I've recently spoken about some of my September favourites, such as the Sleek vintage romance palette but there are a few others that deserve some love.
First up is the NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder. I prefer this to Rimmel Stay Matte as it doesn't look as cakey, you can touch up on the go and your makeup looks refreshed and shine free. It leaves my skin shine free for a few hours, I'm still looking for a better powder in terms of oil control but generally the NYC once is my go to for during the day.
Next, I've been loving The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter. Not only does it smell lovely buts it makes my skin feel really soft and doesn't leave any greasy residue behind. Perfect. On my nails, I've been using Essie Merino Cool - officially described as a purple grey but I find it leans brown on my skin tone. Its perfect for Autumn as its not too dark. The consistency is good too and only requires two coats to be fully opaque.
I haven't been wearing masses of eye makeup this month. For daytime, I've been keeping it simple and wearing MAC's paint pot in vintage selection - reviewed here. It's effortless to apply and adds a nice wash of metallic colour over the lids without looking too 'full on'. Finally, I've ditched my higher end mascaras in favour of Max Factor's Masterpiece Max Mascara*. I'm really surprised by how well this works on my lashes, its adds length, volume and definition without clumping or wearing off throughout the day. I have the shade black/brown which is also a nice alternative to black and it looks slightly more natural too!

Project Haircare

Hair products have become more prominent in my beauty stash since I started blogging. Anything that can help my mane look better is a must have in my book. Whilst my hair is very thick, I only really suffer with frizz in humidity or if I get caught in the rain. I also have oily roots and dry ends and my hair can look dull at times. Basically, a bit of everything!
Recently, I've been using the Organic Surge 2 Minute Moisture Mask* which contains coconut oil, black pepper and sweet orange oils to eliminate toxins and help protect hair from environmental and heat damage. Its a creamy mask that only needs to be left on the hair for two minutes before rinsing - good if you're in a rush or like me and find washing your hair a chore. It rinses out quickly, leaving hair feeling super soft and looking shiny. I'm really impressed with how well the Organic Surge mask works, I actually prefer it to the Macadamia one as its quicker to use and the results are just as good. 
Another product I've been using is the Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray which was a magazine freebie and probably not something I would have purchased myself. I've been using this to keep my fringe in check. I don't find it thickens my hair that much but my hair is already quite thick. You only need a small amount as the hold is decent, plus if you spray too much on it makes your hair look lank and greasy. Its not bad, I probably wouldn't repurchase as its not super cheap but I'll use it up!

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette & Swatches

I've had my eye on Sleeks Vintage Romance palette ever since I saw the pre-release information about it. Everything about the palette drew me in - the shades, names and of course, the affordable price point. 

The palette contains rich shades of bronze, berries and purples. All shades are incredibly soft, smooth and pigmented.

I like all shades in this palette which is rare, usually theres one or two I'm never keen on. The only shade here that I found a little powdery was propose in prague - a matte brown but I do find that Sleeks matte shadows tend to lean that way. This is a great palette for autumn/winter and perfect for creating a dark smokey eye. For £7.99 its a perfect buy!I got mine from Sleek online but it should be instore at Superdrug too (its not yet online)

Ready For Autumn

I've made one or two purchases over the last week. I like to think they were necessary but perhaps not. I've been looking for a large bag for a while. I looked on Zara and found this hobo bag for £19.99. I like 'slouchy' styles so this one seemed perfect. It also massive so you can fit absolutely everything in there. 
From New Look, I picked up a pair of black tights, my essential for Autumn/Winter and a little coin purse. I really like the chain trim and I think it goes well with the bag too. I couldn't resist the tortoise socks, they are so cute!I think I'm going to get the giraffe ones next as they are adorable.
Last but not least, I bought a cable scarf from ASOS, which is from the mens section and was reduced to £5 when I got it but its now back to £12, weird huh? I still need to buy a coat yet and some gloves, I do like to be prepared for the cold weather!!

Benefit Bathina Soft To Touch..Hard To Get!

Another new edition to get excited about...Benefit Bathina Soft To Touch...Hard To Get! A new lightweight body oil providing instant hydration and a soft fragrance with almond oil, olive fruit, avocado oil and vitamin E to firm, soften and smooth the skin.
Benefit Bathina launches in November priced £26.50.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder

I seem to be on a Bourjois roll lately!The new products are coming in thick and fast. To celebrate Bourjois' 150th birthday they re-released their first international best seller - The java rice powder in cute retro packaging.
Java Rice Powder is an illuminating loose pink toned powder which boosts radiance. I think it works better as a highlighter than a setting powder due to the subtle shimmer. I've been using this over my cheeks and it looks so beautiful. The powder is very fine milled and soft and adds a lovely pearly glow. It is quite heavily fragranced but the scent wears off after a while. I love this powder, it doesn't highlight pores and it stays put on my oily skin. Highly recommended. Priced £9.99

Bourjois Color Edition 24H Shadow

Another new release from Bourjois. This time its the Color Edition 24h Shadow in Bleu Tenebreux. This was an Amazon purchase, they only had this shade available so I went with it. Bleu Tenebreux is a midnight blue (it looks like a teal blue on the picture but its darker in real life) that once applied is a black based blue with metallic blue shimmer. Color Edition Shadows are a cream to powder formula with a metallic effect. In the container, the shadow feels creamy which translates to a mouse like texture before drying to a powder finish. I gave this a try today and I can tell you that these dry fast. You have to work quickly when applying, making it hard to blend. The staying power is great though, even on the swatch I had to scrub my arm to remove it.
At first I thought these might be Bourjois' version of Maybelline's color tattoo but the formula is completely different. Being honest, I don't think the texture is as good as the color tattoo's - you have to be careful when applying as the Boujois offering can look patchy if you don't apply well. The pigmentation however is great. I'm interested to see what the other shades look like. These are priced £6.99, I bought mine here.

Do you think you'll be giving these a try?

Bourjois Happy Light: A New Edition!

Yesterday I was having a little browse at the beauty section on Amazon and I spotted a few new Bourjois products. I already knew about the Happy Light Collection but wasn't expecting to see it yet. (I'm not sure if its available in stores yet?)
The new Happy Light range includes a foundation, two primers and a concealer. I knew I wanted the Matte primer but I thought I'd give the concealer and foundation a try as well. As I only received my order this morning, these are my first impressions.

Happy Light Base Serum Matite  -£10.99
As my skin is oily, I prefer to use a primer underneath my foundation to extend the wear and control oil. This primer is a pinky beige lightweight cream that has the texture of a serum. It melts into the skin immediately and looks colourless once applied. I like the texture as I'm not a fan of anything that feels heavy. Some mattifyng products can make the skin look dull but happy light serum mattifies whilst making skin look radiant. It leaves the texture of the skin looking smooth whilst slightly minimising pores. This primer does contain silicones so if you tend to break out easy it might be one to skip. So far I really like this primer, I need to try it under my other foundations to see how it fares but so far so good.
There is also an illuminating primer in this collection too

Happy Light Foundation - £11.99
Happy Light foundation is a lightweight foundation providing luminosity and radiance. I had to take a gamble with my shade choice as I couldn't find any indication of shades online. I assumed porcelain would be the lightest and I'm guessing it is. The problem I have with Bourjois foundations is the shade range. The lightest shades are far too dark for my skintone and Happy Light falls into that category. The texture of the foundation is light, blends really well and creates a glowy finish without looking oily. I prefer it over the original healthy mix - I found that one to 'sit' on my skin like a mask. If you can find a match to your skintone then I think you'll like this foundation. It provides decent coverage without feeling heavy yet it isn't too light either - it provides more coverage than say Revlon Nearly Naked. Overall its a pretty good foundation.

Happy Light Concealer - £8.99
Happy Light Compact Concealer is a medium coverage concealer that hides blemishes and imperfections without looking cakey. I haven't used this under my eyes as I prefer lighter coverage concealers but I have used this on redness/imperfections and so far I'm really impressed. According to Amazon, there are two shades available which don't look suitable for dark skin tones. I have shade Ivoire, which looks quite orange toned in the compact but surprisinlyg once blended into the skin is lighter than expected. Its still slightly too dark for my skin tone but I do like the creamy texture.It feels lightweight on the skin and provides good coverage without giving that caked on look. Again, its the shade range that is the biggest problem as not everyone will find a match.

My first impressions so far are good. I wish Bourjois would extend their shade range as its disappointing compared to other brands. I always gravitate towards Revlon and Loreal for base products as I know their shades run light enough.
I have two further new products to review shortly. I'm unsure when these will be available instore so keep your eyes peeled but if you're in the UK, you can find them on Amazon

Lady in Red

I love buying dresses and there are a few I'm lusting after right now. Red dresses are a great alternative to black. This season, burgundy is a key trend and its something I'm drawn to alongside a bright red statement piece.

Skater dresses are so flattering and this one also has a cut out detail that isnt revealing.

I love the style of this dress and its a bargain at £9.99

This dress is so pretty - its such a flattering shape and I love the mesh detail.

This would make a really great evening dress, its classy and lace dresses always look lovely.

This is at the top of my wishlist as it reminds me of the Burberry print recently seen on Victoria Beckham and erm Harry Styles. Again, its also a skater style dress so its very easy for most body shapes to pull off.

*posted in collaboration with New Look

Love Me Beauty Box September 2013

Another month, another beauty box. For September the box formally known as Beauteco has rebranded into Love Me Beauty. Personally, I really like the new name and branding, so lets see how the box itself fares.
Just to recap, the Love Me Beauty box offers three boxes each month - each box is a variation of contents so there is something tailored to everyone and you see the contents of the box before you receive it. You can find out more here
Each month you receive 4 or five products. This month I chose box 1 which includes;

Anatomicals No Old Bags Allowed Eye Gel - FULL SIZE worth £3.25
An eye gel that soothes and refreshes for perfect peepers. I've given this a go and it feels lightweight and cooling. Perfect for using in the mornings when you feel tired and your eye area needs a boost.
Other variations are Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Eye Mask worth £3.10 and Anatomicals Day and Night Spot Fix worth £3.15

Nip & Fab Dry Leg Fix - FULL SIZE worth £10.25
The star of the box. I've used this before and its incredible!If you have dry legs give this a try, you'll see results straight away as its extremely hydrating.  It has a medicinal smell which isn't the nicest scent in the world but as the results are so good its something that can be overlooked.
Other variations are Nip &Fab Stiletto Fix worth £9.95 and Nip & Fab Clean Fix Gel worth £10.25

Essential Care Lip Silk FULL SIZE worth £5.50
I'm a bit of a lip balm junkie so its nice to see this included. Essential care products are organic and cruelty and paraben free. You can use this on its own or as a nourishing base under lipstick. Also handy for throwing in your bag to keep your lips moisturised during the day.
Other variations are Essential Care Lemon & Tea Tree Facial Wash worth £6 and Essential Care Herb Shampoo worth £3.50

Murad Osmolyte Tonic FULL SIZE worth £10
A refreshing mist to moisturise, plump and firm skin. I've given this a quick go and it just seems like a regular toning mist. It doesn't have any scent, it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. I don't think its a product to get excited about but its ideal for carrying around for a quick spritz throughout the day.
Featured in every box

Matriskin Collagen Serum 7.5 ml worth £24
Not a brand I've heard of and judging by the price its expensive to say the least. This serum is meant to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles. I've only tried it once so I have no idea if it works but from first impressions, its lightweight, soaks into the skin quickly and doesn't feel greasy so its ideal for my skin type. 
Featured in every box

September Box Overall Worth = £53

With four full size products and one deluxe sample this box is definitely good value for money. So far this have been my favourite beauty box (you can see my previous reviews of love me beauty/beauteco here and here). Yes, you don't get the surprise factor you do with other boxes but you know exactly what you're signing up for and you can pick which box suits you best and without mentioning any names *cough cough* theres no chance of being sent a crummy lip balm whilst other subscribers receive a deluxe product.

I really like the contents of this month box, theres a good variety of brands and items which I will definitely use. The previous box contained cosmetics so its nice to have a change this month and hopefully that variety will continue in future boxes!Love me beauty are giving other beauty box brands a run for their money.
If you want to know more, you can find their site here

What do you think about the contents of this box?
What beauty boxes do you subscribe to?

Autumn Makeup: Plum Lips

One of my most loved trends at this time of year is dark lips. I think its a look that I can just about pull off with my super pale skin. My most worn darker toned lipstick is Loreal Color Riche Serum Lipstick in Radiant Plum - a deep plum/red. Its a shade that doesn't look anything special in the bullet but once applied is very wearable and flattering.
I really like the Loreal Color Riche Lipstick formula - Radiant Plum in particular is creamy, pigmented, doest feel drying and doesn't cling to any dryness on the lips. Its fairly average on wear time but it feels really comfortable so I don't mind too much about reapplying. 
Color Riche Serum lipsticks contain a booting serum in the centre with collagen and hyaluronic acid to moisturise. I do feel this lipstick is hydrating. My lips in general are usually on the dry side but I have no problem with using this lippy. 
This line of lipsticks are £8.69 at Boots but I've found them on ebay from £3.70 from this seller

Do you have any dark lip recommendations?

Style Me If You Can - Warehouse A/W 2013

Having a busy lifestyle, I don't always have time to go shopping. Even if I do have spare time, sometimes I just want to shop from the comfort of my own home, especially now the colder months are setting in. As I currently don't drive, shopping online is the perfect solution. The only thing I'm not a fan of is waiting several days for delivery. If I'm in desperate need of an outfit, I need to get my hands on it stat! 
Well, now it seems Warehouse have answered my prayers. 
Warehouse have recently introduced a 90 minute delivery service with Shutl which means if you live in a qualifying area you can have your purchases at your door even quicker than before. You can also track your purchase right to your door and receive a delivery time so no more waiting around all day for your goodies!Warehouse also offer free returns via store and collect +
In celebration of this, Warehouse have launched their A/W 2013 range with the Style Me If You Can campaign featuring nine outfits styled by nine winners of a recent Facebook competition. You can watch the video above to see what outfits they chose and shop the looks on the Warehouse website
My favourite is look is The Cafe, mainly because of this amazing jumper which I'm definitely going to purchase!

Let me know if you have a favourite look?

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New for Autumn: Real Techniques Sams Picks Brush Collection

If you love new beauty launches or want some early Christmas ideas  (I've already started buying some of mine, organisation is my middle name) then you may like the look of this brush collection from Real Techniques. This brush set features some of Samantha Chapman's favourite brushes from the collection and includes the multi-task brush for powder, bronzer and blush, the setting brush, buffing brush, foundation brush, fine liner brush and crease brush which is only available in this set. I think this would make a great present for any beauty lover or if you want to extend your brush collection. I have the powder and buffing brush and they're are both amazing. 
This set launches in November but I cant find a retail price as yet so I'll update when I find out!

An Autumn Wishlist

I haven't blogged a wishlist in ages!I have so many things that I want to buy right now and sadly not the money to match but a girl can dream, right?
I absolutely love autumn. I'm already thinking about my winter coat, cosy jumpers and warm socks. In the meantime though, I have these five things that I'm lusting after.

1. Benefit Rockateur Blush - this blush looks stunning!I have £5 worth of rewards currently on my debenhams beauty reward card so I'm tempted to put them to use toward this.

2. Warehouse Bodycon Dress - I don't usually like bodycon dresses as they don't particularly suit my body shape but I think this dress is stunning. The side panels create a slimming effect and monochromes are always a big trend at this time of year. £80 isn't cheap but I feel this dress looks more expensive than it is.

3. New Look Cut Out Boots - I'm definitely going to buy a pair of cut out boots this autumn. I really like these and they're reasonably priced too.

4. BareMinerals Moxie Lipgloss in Stunner - Oh my this berry shade is gorgeous and gloss tends to be more wearable than lipstick in my opinion.

5. Kate Moss Rimmel Acid House Nail Polish - This is a gorgeous shade. I haven't tried this line of nail polishes yet but if they're anything like the lipsticks then they're sure to be good!

MAC Vintage Selection Paint Pot

I'm always in the market for buying a cream eyeshadow. They're easy to use, quick to apply and providing you have a good cream shadow, wont budge. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots are one of my favourite cream shadows. You can use them as a primer, base or as a wash of colour on their own.  MAC were really lacking in a good shade range until a while back when they introduced a few new and repromoted shades into the permanent line. One of those was Vintage Selection - a frosted champagne beige (MAC describe this as a dirty peach but I disagree, although the one karen from makeup and beauty blog has looks completely different so who knows?!! ) that originally launched in the cham-pale collection a few years ago. It looks a little 'sparkly' on the lids but worn on its own its ok for wearing during the day. 
Vintage Selection is extremely pigmented, has a soft and creamy texture and applies smoothly. I have oily lids and paints pots don't budge until I remove them. One thing about MAC paint pots is that they dry really quickly so if you're blending/wearing with other shades, you need to work fast! I've also found that they can dry out over time if you don't screw the lid on tight enough. (quick tip - give them a blast with a hairdryer if they start to dry, it warms them up making them creamier.) 
Nevertheless, paint pots in general are a great buy!They're not what I class as cheap and I'm pretty sure the price of these has increased recently but they're ideal for anyone who doesn't have a lot of time to apply makeup, especially in the mornings when everything is a chore! Vintage selection is beautiful shade, I have lets skate, stormy pink, camel coat, perky pro and antique diamond currently on my wishlist. Some of those haven't launched yet but there are more shades about to be added to the permanent line so keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried any MAC paint pots?

Chanel Holiday/Christmas Collection 2013

Now Christmas is approaching prepare yourself for an influx of collections and products for the holiday season.
The Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday Collection will hit stores on 16th September 2013 for the US and November internationally. Full colour story below.

Joues Contraste Powder Blush – Limited Edition 
 Accent – Luminous Pink Beige

Poudre Universelle Libre (Natural Finish Loose Powder) – Limited Edition 
Moon Light – Luminous Peach Beige

 Perfection Lumière (Long-Wear Flawless Fluid Makeup SPF 15) 
 30 Beige – Sandy Beige (Repromote)

Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette – Limited Edition 
Charming – Soft Beige, Metallic Beige, Bronze Khaki, Bronze Brown, Dark Matte Purple (Limited Edition)

Illusion d’Ombre (Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow) (Limited Edition) 
Initiation – Platinum Bronze
Fatal – Silver Purple

Mascara Gel Irisé (Sparkling Mascara Top Coat) – Limited Edition 
Bronze Platine – Platinum Bronze

Ligne Graphique de Chanel (Liquid Eyeliner Intensity-Definition) – Limited Edition 
Bronze – Bronze Khaki

Inimitable Intense Mascara Multi-Dimensional Sophistique 
Noir – Black (Repromote)

Rouge Allure (Luminous Intense Lip Colour) 
 Radieuse – Blue Pink (Limited Edition)
Indécise – Shimmering Pink Beige (Repromote)
Farouche – Shimmering Chocolate Brown (Repromote)

Rouge Allure Velvet (Luminous Matte Lip Colour) 
La Précieuse – Vivid Red (Limited Edition)
La Désirée – Burgundy Red (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis (Nail Colour) 
Rouge Rubis – Vivid Red (Limited Edition)
Accessoire – Deep Red Brown (Repromote)

Skincare 'Fixers'

Since starting a blog, I've spent more time reading up on skincare and looking at skincare products. In the past, I wasn't too fussed but as I'm getting older I want to make my skin look the best it possibly can on my budget. The Monu Warming Aromatic Mask is a product I use to firm and plump my skin. This is a clay based mask that warms the skin on application. Key ingredients include clay, beeswax, coconut and lavender oils. It washes off easily and leaves my skin looking radiant, smooth and soft.
For deep cleansing and unclogging pores, I really like Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque - a thick clay mask that really helps to balance oily/combination skin. This was my skin saviour in July, when the weather was extremely warm. My skin becomes really oily in hot weather but this mask really helped to keep the oil under control and my skin clear. Now the weather is becoming cooler, I'm using the Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask. The texture is thinner than Mint Jelep and you don't need to leave it on your skin as long so this is a much better option for normal/combination skin types. It leaves my skin feeling clean, clear and refreshed. Generally, I only use one of these masks once/twice a week as I don't want to dry my skin out.
If my skin is looking quite dull or its the morning after a night out, I'll use the Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask. The texture is that of a thin clay mask but you only need to leave this on the skin for 2-3 minutes to see a result. It has a herbal scent and includes ingredients, such as aloe vera, sweet almond oil and witch hazel water to smooth and tone the skin. When you apply this it does tingle slightly, it isn't recommended for sensitive skin either. I consider my skin to be borderline sensitive but I haven't experienced any problems. It leaves my skin looking brighter and more radiant so its nice to have as a skin 'booster'.

Have you tried any of these?
What are your favourite skincare masks?

VIVO Baked Bronzer

Recently I took part in a twitter chat with Tesco beauty and received a few products to review. One of them was this gorgeous baked bronzer from Vivo. I was already familiar with the Vivo brand as I've used their baked blush which I reviewed here a while back.
As I'm paler than pale, I don't use a lot of bronzer so I've been using this sparingly. The texture of this baked bronzer is incredible, far better than the bourjois baked products. Its super soft, pigmented and doesn't feel too powdery either. I love that the shade isn't muddy!Bronzers that make your skin look dirty are a big no no in my book. Its also a shimmery finish but not in a discoball way - think of a bronzed goddess glow.
For just £5 its amazing value and proof that you don't need to splash out for quality. Its currently out of stock on the vivo website and not currently online at Tesco but if you can track this down you wont be disappointed!

The New Mascara: Avon Mega Effects

I'm always intrigued when I spy a new release or something that looks a little different from the norm. 
Enter Avons new mega effects mascara with 'wonderbrush'. Instead of the usual mascara brush, Mega Effects has a comb applicator aiming to provide dramatic definition and volume. To apply, you have to 'wiggle' the handled brush from the tube and the angle of the brush can be moved to how you desire. It takes a while to get used to, think of your typical paint brush and that's basically what it reminds you of.
I have to take my time during application as I fear it would your take my eye out!A little dramatic haha but its best to be careful.
The main difference between this brush concept and your regular brush is its much easier to apply at the root of your lashes, which means that its also very easy to smudge mascara onto your eyelid - I've found this happen more than once!
I think its an interesting concept but on my lashes the results aren't so great - the formula itself is too wet for my liking and the volume/lengthening isn't as good as my regular mascara. Its not terrible by any means but I find it a pretty average mascara so its not one I would repurchase!

Primark LookBook Autumn 2013

So here's a look at what Primark have to offer this Autumn/Winter!Personally, I think Primark have upped their game yet again. If its a taster of what's coming to the high street then we are in for a treat. I love the mixture of vampy/grungy/evening wear. I'm definitely going to be tracking down the bambi sweater and tartan dress.
Let me know if you have any favourites!