Friday, 30 August 2013

August Favourites :)

Hello lovely people, it is that time again.... monthly favourite time! I swear I say it every month but how fast is this year going?!!! It's crazy, but anyway here are the things I have been loving this month.

Now the first thing I am going to mention is actually something that has been in my favourites before and that is the Maybelline dream pure BB cream. Now the reason i am mentioning it again is the fact that I have used it everyday for the month of August so although I mentioned it last month it had to have another mention this month. If you want to read my previous review of it then click here.

The second thing I have been loving is Maybelline baby lips. I did a review on them here, but basically these have been great for the summer. I got them in hydrate, intensive care and peach kiss. I love using them underneath lipstick and they all have SPF 20 in which has been great for this month as it has been really sunny.

The next thing I have been loving is Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in shade 353 (cappuccino). This lipstick gives a really good finish, it sort of gives a pearly finish (if that even makes sense). It isn't particularly matte but it doesn't have a really big shine. I have used it for both day and evening looks and it works equally well.

Lastly in terms of makeup I have also been loving Sleek blush in Rose Gold (926). I am a sucker for a Sleek blush, they are so pigmented and give such a lovely finish to the skin. I definitely love this colour as it is such a lovely summery shade and many people have said it's a dupe for Nars Orgasm.
Top is Revlon Lipstick (cappuccino) and bottom is Sleek Blush (Rose Gold)
In terms of haircare I have been loving Herbal Essences volumising shampoo for fine/normal hair. I have never been a fan of herbal essences but this shampoo has changed my mind. As I have fine hair anyway anything to give me extra volume in my hair is going to be good and plus this stuff smells amazing. I have recently purchased the conditioner to go with the shampoo so hopefully it will give me added volume to my hair.

In terms of non beauty products I have been loving these two yankee candles. The first is summer scoop which smells just like raspberry ice cream and the second is waikiki melon which smells amazing. I definitely love sweeter smelling candles and these just smell amazing.

lastly is my new academic diary which I have been able to start using in August. I like using academic diaries rather then year ones just because while I'm at uni all my busy periods are between September and May so an academic diary covers me for that period as it runs from August to July 31st. Also being a trainee teacher I'm used to planning using these kinds of diaries. This diary is actually from the Works and it is a lovely hardback diary which a page for each day.

So that is all my favourites for the month of August. I'm really looking forward to what September will bring and I will be moving back to uni towards the end of it for my final year!

I hope you have enjoyed this and let me know what your favourites from the past month have been.

Love Grace x

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My current simple morning skincare routine

When looking at my skincare routine I have decided that as long as it works for my skin, i don't care how much or how little it costs. I have never been one for buying a certain product just because everyone is talking about it, if it is not going to work for my skin then I simply won't buy it. So all the products I use are because they work for my skin and nothing else. My skin type is slightly oily so depending on the product I can get away with using normal/combination skin and some oily skin products. So lets get started....

So in the mornings I am currently testing out the Balance Me daily essentials pure skin face wash for normal to combination skin. I got this free in a glamour magazine last month and have only just got around to testing it out. At the moment it does seem to be doing a good job and I can see a noticeable difference in my skin. I will be doing a more detailed review of this product after I have tested it out more but all signs look good.

After that I will then use the No7 Beautiful skin cleansing water and this is for oily skin, although I know you can buy them for all skin types. I love using this stuff in the morning as it makes my skin feel so refreshed and ready for moisturiser.

I will then add the garnier roll on under the eyes just to give a bit more life and get rid of dark circles and bags. I have the clear one however you can buy one which is tinted but because I add concealer under the eyes I find the clear one works well.

Lastly I will add moisturiser, and at the moment I am using Neutrogena Visibly Clean pink grapefruit oil free moisturiser. I love that it is oil free because it works well with my slighlty oily skin, so it means my face doesn't get oily during the day.

And that is my simple yet effective morning skincare routine.

What is your morning skincare routine?

Love Grace x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

What's in my everyday summer makeup bag

Hello lovely people, so I thought today I would share with you the makeup I've been wearing on a day to day basis over the summer. To be honest it is basically my base routine that you can then add to. So here goes...

To start with I use Maybelline dream pure BB cream. As it is the summer I hate using anything too heavy on my skin so I love this BB cream as it gives a light coverage that you can build on it. I think this BB cream is a must have for summer. After that I will apply Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 concealer and highlighter, under my eyes and anywhere I want to highlight basically. On blemishes I use the natural collection cover up stick. At the moment I have it in fair, which is a bit light for my skin but to be honest I haven't had many blemishes this summer. Then to set all of that I will use the Rimmel Stay matte powder in transparent with my No7 face brush. I will then quickly fill in my brows using Maybelline Master shape in shade Dark Blonde.

 On my eyes I don't tend to use much especially for a day to day look so I just add a bit of Maybelline Falsies volume express mascara. For the summer I purchased the waterproof one however normally I would just use the normal version. Then to finish off the look I would normally apply the Palmer's Moisturizing Lip Balm which is great and has vitamin E in and an SPF of 15, however I recently purchased some Maybelline Baby lips and am using the peach kiss one as it gives a really nice subtle colour to the lips, which is perfect for everyday.
This is the finished look! As I said before it is really minimal makeup, so may not be to everyone's taste, however it is definitely a look you can build on if you want to.

I hope you enjoyed this and let me know what you think.

Love Grace x 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips

So I went into Boots at the weekend and couldn't resist picking up three of the Maybelline Baby Lips. I knew that for £2.99 each they were not going to be life changing but I picked up the intense care, hydrate and peach kiss. The first thing I must say is that they smell amazing, the only smell I can relate it to is the necklaces that are made of sweets. They all have SPF20 and are full of shea butter. Peach kiss also gives a bit of colour to the lips as well which a lovely subtle nude tone. They say that they hydrate the lips for 8 hours which I think is a bit grand, I found I was having to reapply every two or so hours but all the same they do keep your lips lovely and smooth. For £2.99 I think they are fun and snazzy and worth a look at, even if they don't change your life.

Have you tried these yet?

Love Grace x

Monday, 12 August 2013

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Our Anniversary - Whipsnade Zoo - Outfit of the day

Hello lovely people, so at the weekend it was my boyfriend and my third year anniversary together. It's gone so quickly but we decided to celebrate it by going to Whipsnade Zoo. So I thought I would share with you my outfit of the day and some pictures I took. I hope you all enjoy.

For some reason it looks like I'm frowning in this picture but it was because it was really bright.
Top - Forever21
Jeans- New look (then just rolled up at the bottom)
Sandals - George in Asda
Bag - New Look

So yea, these are just a few of the pictures I took, it was only when I went to take the photos from the camera that I realised I had like over 100 photos to sort out. It was such a lovely day though and I felt like a very special girl.

Me and my man!

I hope you all enjoyed this and I will see you soon!

Grace x

Sunday, 4 August 2013

July Favourites :)

Hello lovely people, so it is that time again to review my favourites of the month. I don't have that many this month, especially when it comes to makeup as I have been wearing that much but I will jump straight in with my favourites from July.
Firstly is the Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream for oily skin. I love this product, it gives a really light coverage however it is buildable if you want something a bit more. As it is for oily skin it stops my skin from going oily during the day and put with some powder over the top means it lasts all day. It also has SPF 15 which in the weather we have had over the last month in England I have definitely needed. It also has 2% Salicylic Acid in which helps with clearer skin. It is really easy to work with and gives a slightly matte finish to the skin rather then a shiny one, which I prefer. I would definitely recommend this product.

My next favourtie is a Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in the shade Nude Pink (206). The reason I picked this lipstick up apart from my slight obsession with nude lipsticks, is because it had a slight orange/coral tone to it which I was interested to try. This has definitely been my most worn lipstick of the month and I absolutely love it. I think it really complements my skin tone, especially as it is a bit tanned now and it is definitely a lovely summery colour.

In terms of nail varnish I have one colour I have used non stop throughout July and that is Essie Cute as a button. It is the perfect coral colour and looks great in the summer. I love the brush on Essie nail varnishes and they give really good coverage and dry quickly. Like the lipstick I think it complements my tan really well and I would say it makes me look even more tanned which is great.

The last July favourite is a hair product and that is the Dove Intensive repair leave-in-conditioning and care spray. My previous post was a review on this product so if you want a more detailed review then check that out but overall it has been a really good. It makes my hair feel light and refreshed but also protected and it also helps prevent split ends and breakages.

So that is all my July favourites!
I hope you have enjoyed this and let me know what your July favourites were!

Grace x