Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Budget Hot cloth cleanser & GIVEAWAY!

Hi all! Today marks the last day of my 'blog post a day april' which I have thoroughly enjoyed! I hope some of you have enjoyed the more frequent posting this month, and I'm sure I'll continue with my regular posts (perhaps not every single day!). I'm going to end this month with a review and a sneaky little giveaway for you guys! 

Liz earle's cleanse and polish is probably the most raved about cleanser known to man (in the blogging world anyway) and I personally love it & have used it in the past! However, it does retail at just under £15 for 100ml so it's not to everyone's budget, and certainly not something I can afford all the time with my student budget. I decided to try out some high street versions and stumbled accross this hot cloth cleanser from superdrug's vitamin E range which retails at £5.99 for 200ml! 

 As with the Liz Earle cleanser you receive the cleanser and a muslin cloth (which is basically identical to the liz earle one). What I like most about Liz earle is that it is a thick consistency and really works into the skin so I was happy to see that the Superdrug version was also thick and creamy - yet wasn't oily and didn't just sit on top of my skin. It also smells lovely and is not a strong and herb-y smelling as the liz earle cleanser (which I do like the smell of, but I perfer this). 

As you can see the cleanser is really thick and blends nicely into the skin making it perfect for getting rid of any makeup left on the skin and really giving your skin a good cleanse! It's very gentle and suits even my sensitive skin without stinging or making my skin feel tight or irritated. I feel like this makes my skin appear brighter and all around fresher feeling and looking, which is always a good thing. For less than half the price of Liz Earle you are getting twice the amount of product - it's a win win in my books! 

So .. here's your chance to win one of these hot cloth cleansers - all you need to do is follow the instructions below. 

Good luck! 


Monday, 29 April 2013


Firstly, apologies for bombarding you with posts surrounding my birthday but it only happens once a year afterall! You can see my birthday nails in this post and my birthday wishlist in this post. I had an absolutely love weekend, and I made sure to drag my birthday out for as long as possible! 

On Friday I went to Cardiff with my sister and our friend, it was lovely weather and we shopped for hours (I behaved, and didn't buy much at all) and then we treated ourselves to a lovely TGI fridays in the new St.David's centre - I love that one, the staff are always so lovely and as usual the food is great. 

On Saturday I had a pretty chilled day and pampered myself with a lush bubble bath, painted my nails and spent a good while deciding what makeup I was going to wear ( beauty blogger problems). I headed out for a meal at 7 with my family which I had been looking forward to all week! We went to the dragonfly just outside of Newport and it was absolutely lovely - I had the breaded chicken fillets to start, hunters chicken for my main and peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake for desert - TO DIE FOR! 

On Sunday I had a lie in which was lovely and then opened my cards and prezzies with my family and ate an abundance of birthday cake! Again, a lovely relaxing day which ended with an impromptu roadtrip down to porthcawl to visit the arcades and play on the 2penny machines (such a big kid), I ended up winning £30 on the slot machines so that was a nice end to my birthday weekend! Here's some of the lovely gifts I received (if you're anything like me, you love a good nosy). 

vintage style glass bottles and a lovely tray, more pretty home things and a yankee candle wax tart burner, pitch perfect, jimmy choo perfume, smellies and a lovely potions shabby chic box, a cute little notebook from my baby brother (he's 8, bless him). 

I had such a wonderful weekend with my family and enjoyed spending time together! Thankyou for all the lovely messages on twitter and my blog too. 


*mini disclaimer, I am in no way bragging I just like to share things with you and I love seeing what people recieve too*

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Gradual Glitter NOTW

Today I am 22 (cue Taylor swift song!) Last night I went out for a lovely meal with all of my family to celebrate, we ate at the dragonfly which is a lovely pub/resteraunt. I also decided to give myself a mini pre-birthday manicure and this is the result. I chose Barry m gellyshine polish in prickly pear and topped it with gradual coats of sinful colors frenzy! I love the result :)


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Blog sponsors: April/May

Today's post features my lovely sponsors from April/May. I'm sure you'll all love their blogs just as much as I do, so please be sure to take a look .. it's always good to find new reads! 


First up is the lovely Maria-Isabel from Agape-Love. Maria's blog is full of wonderful posts from make-up, diy, fitness, weight loss, fashion and faith .. not to mention all things pretty! I personally really love Maria's eye make-up posts which are absolutely beautiful. If you like all things pretty then do go and take a look at this lovely blog! 

blargle fargle

Blargle fargle is a super cute corner of the internet which just so happens to be run by my lovely uni friend Rai. Her blogpost include OOTD's, reviews, fashion, wishlists, photography, nails and more .. not to mention some of the loveliest shoes ever <3. If you love all things cute and kawaii then be sure to pay rai a visit on her blog

Pretty Edgy

Some of you may know already, but I also run a little online jewellery shop which sells fashion jewellery with an edge - it's also super affordable with items from £1-£5. You can use the code 'LOVELYJUBBLY' at the checkout to get free p&p on all UK orders over £5! 

If you would like to advertise your blog in the sidebar then please check out my sponsor tab for more information


Guest Post : Glittler nail top coats

Hi, My names Shell and i have a confession... I am addicted to glitter nail polishes. There! I've said it. I know how much of a complete pain they are to remove, but i still cherish my drawer of glitter nail polish toppers. They are just too pretty to resist, and my nails feel bare unless they sparkle enough to blind someone!

So for my guest post on the lovely Jess's blog, i decided to show you some of my favourites. All have been swatched with 2 coats over Ribbon by Look Beauty. Here goes....

Pop Beauty nail glam: large purple and silver holographic glitter.

Etude House dear my party nails: Etude house do so many amazing glitter toppers (easily available on ebay) this one is a favourite. Large and small chunks of purple, gold, pink, and teal glitter. This is a close dupe for The Living Daylights by OPI from the Bond collection. 

Barry M Amethyst glitter: Barry M have some great glitter toppers, this one is full of fine purple, blue & gold glitter. This one is really dense, and looks great over darker colours.

Barry M Pink Sapphire: This one is really pretty, it's large and small hot pink and light pink hexagonal glitter with silver strands. This one looks cute over pastel shades. 

Barry M Ruby Glitter: This one looks best applied over a dark polish. It has large red and black sprinkles, with fine black glitter dust. The clear polish has a slight black tint to it also.

Look Beauty Dazzle: This one has serious sparkle. It is packed full of fine glitter dust in a beautiful lilac colour. This one with enough layers gives a lovely opaque finish. 

So there are my favourites. Do you like glitter nail polishes? Which are your favourites?

Thanks for reading, and thank you Jess to for letting me guest on your blog (^_^)

Friday, 26 April 2013

MUA eye primer: Guest post by Nicole

Hi everyone, my name’s Nicole and today I am looking at MUA’s professional eyes primer. 

MUA has some really good and very affordable products. This primer is such a bargain at £2.50, and I couldn’t be happier with the product. The packaging is simple and sleek but I don’t think it looks as cheap as it actually is. 

The colour of the primer is light and quite sheer and it blends in to the colour of your skin well, evening out your eyelids and leaving quite a transparent finish. The texture of this primer is quite thick but is soft and creamy. It feels light on and is easy to blend into your eyelid. It also dries fast which is a bonus, creating a really nice base for you to apply your eyeshadow straight away. The only real problem with this primer is the applicator tip holds quite a lot of the product. If you use it to apply the primer directly onto your eyelid you will end up with far too much and waste your primer. I would advise you put a little  dab (emphasis on little you really don't need much) of the primer onto your eyelid or on your ring finger and then use your finger to blend the primer into the eyelid and definitely don't use the applicator to try blend it. This way you will get a much more even finish without wasting any.

As you can see by using the primer it does slightly change the colour of your eyeshadow, it slightly intensify's it. I don't mind this especially if the eyeshadow is a light shade, the primer helps it to show up better. I am very impressed with this primer as I can definitely see the difference when using it, my eyeshadow stays on hours longer than it normally would and it also doesn't crease (if blended in well) or flake. 

So overall I think that what your getting for your money is amazing as for me this cheap eyes primer is practically faultless... Also the primer is a decent size, especially because you only need a tiny bit each time so hopefully it will last a while. You can buy this professional eyes primer from MUA online, also Superdrug stocks MUA. Just a side note, I bought this primer a few months ago but I think the packaging has now changed and called Pro- base eyes primer but as far as I’m aware the product is still the same just in case you can't find this packaging now.

I hope you all enjoyed my review, and thanks to Jess for letting me be her guest blogger today. Please come and check out my own blog Niki's Corner to see some more reviews that I have done. 

Have you tried this primer? Or do you have another favourite? 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Birthday Wishlist

Here are just a few of the items I've been eyeing up for my birthday this Sunday! Now, I'm not expecting to receive any of them other than the perfume (which my lovely sister is getting me) but I plan on picking one or two and getting them as a gift ... To me.. From me! 

I picked a sample of this a few months back and fell in love! I love the original jimmy choo perfume in the pink bottle, and this one is absolutely beautiful too! 

I've been looking for a nice eyeshadow base colour, and this seems to be the favourite! I love mac paint pots and they last a very long time, so despite the hefty price tag I like them! 

I literally cannot find a powder bronzer that I actually like! I love my chanel soleil tan de chanel but that's a cream/gel bronzer, and I'd really like to have a powder one. I've heard so many amazing things about Laguna, so I'm really hoping to give this a try soon! 

Okay, these are the cutest thing I have ever seen. I want to fill these with milkshake and drink through a paper straw just because I can. They are super cute! 

This is more of a neccessity! I really need a new desk and I want something plain, simple and much longer than the one I have no - this is a bargainous £60! 


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Elf studio wet wipes: Vanilla & coconut

elf studio lotion wipes - £3.75

Are you intrigued? I was. These gorgeous sounding wet-wipes had been intriguing me for quite some time, but were usually left alone due to the not so purse friendly price tag. Of course, I decided to wait out for a discount code which the lovely people at ELF often release, which meant I could order them for almost half the price. Coconut and Vanilla are probably my two favourite scents in the entire universe, I kid you not. I love everything vanilla and almost anything coconut - so these just screamed 'buy me'. 

They smell exactly like the description, a gorgeous mix of vanilla and coconut and they remind me so much of sunshine beach holidays (and that gorgeous coconut sun cream!) You receive 20 wipes in a packet and they are described by elf as : 

Hydrate your body with silky smooth moisture. The light and airy lotion moisturises your skin, keeping it soft and supple all day long. These convenient Lotion Wipes are great for on-the-go travel and mess-free application. Just throw them in your purse or bag for soothing and refreshing moisture without carrying around a bulky lotion bottle. Infused with Aloe, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Soy, Ginkgo Biloba, Coconut Milk and Sweet Almond Oil to revitalise and nourish the skin.

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use these for, definitely not for the face as I have quite sensitive skin at the best of times. Instead I enjoy using these as part of my weekend pamper session - I particularly like to use them on the upper body (chest/arms) as they leave a lingering sweet smell which is lovely! What I like about them is that they don't leave a residue on your skin, but they do leave you feeling refreshed and moisturising, and obviously smelling like summer! They are also available in other scents if you're not quite into the sweet smell of vanilla or coconut! 

What do you think of these? Could you justify the price? I've repurchased these twice, and each time I've waited for a discount code as I can't quite bring myself to spend almost £4 on 20 wet wipes! 


Monday, 22 April 2013

NYC smooth skin perfecting primer

I'm not one for primer really and it's not something  regularly reach for! The only primer I've found that really made a difference is Benefit's the porefessional but that just doesn't fit in with my dwindling budget at the moment! I noticed NYC had a primer which was on offer in Superdrug for £2.99, so added it to my online basket just because I was intrigued. 

I actually quite like the packaging, it's in a small and compact squeezy tube and holds 30ml of product, and there's not going to be any waste as we all know the trick of cutting a plastic tube to get the entire contents out! I'm going to include the product's description of what exactly it is meant to do: 

NYC Color’s Primer instantly transforms even the most city-weary complexions, reviving dull looking skin and boosting radiance.
Your base glides on more easily and sticks around way longer. Tired city skin is revived and redness fades.

The primer itself is the consistency of a light moisturiser and is white with a subtle shimmer throughout (which I wasn't really expecting). It's not a silicone based primer, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of application as I'd only ever used silicone based ones before which obviously help with the pore situation and smoothing out the skin. 

As you can see, when applied it is quite light and shimmery but once blended in the shimmer is quite subtle and it just leaves a slight sheen to the skin. As I have oily/combo skin this probably wasnt the best option for me, I imagine it is better suited to those with dry/normal skin. I like the way this gave a base layer to put my makeup on, but found this was too much with a moisturiser aswell so I just used the primer. It DID help to give my foundation a more even application, but it DIDN'T help it to stay on my face any longer. I did feel that my foundation didn't look as heavy as normal as the primer helped it to blend easier and gave a smoother finish - which is good. 

Basically, I'm not sure what to make of this primer. I liked the way it helped my foundation apply, but for me the point of a primer is to help makeup stay put, which this didn't do. For the price I won't grumble, and I will use the product up but I think this would generally suit someone who doesn't have oily skin! 

Have you tried this product? Do you have any primer recommendations that are relatively inexpensive? 


Sunday, 21 April 2013

A weekend away ...

This was my view on Saturday. An absolutely beautiful day, spent with the family on a pretty beach near Tenby (Saundersfoot, I believe). I've spent the weekend in a lovely little caravan park with my family, which has been a much appreciated break after months of uni work and stressing over a dissertation. 


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Go to spring blush by Makeup by LaurenMarie

So with Spring upon us, well kind of. If your reading this in the UK or Ireland, you will know, that the weather is not very springy. However I like to pretend that we are having nice weather. So I toss my makeup bag out onto the bed and give it a little revamp and update. One of which is this little beaut. Revlon's photoready cream blush in Coral Reef, is becoming the love of my life. I know that sounds really sad, but this blush is so nice.

If your a lover of coral coloured blushes then this is for you. It is the perfect shade. It's a little OMG! In the little tub but once it's on and blended it leaves a gorgeous flush of colour on the cheeks giving you the prefect spring shade. What I also love about this blush is they last for such a long time. I think it is because they go on like a cream blush but dry a powder finish. However still looks very natural. I apply mine with the Real Techniques contour brush as I feel it gives me the right amount of control and it works well with cream products.
I cannot recommend this blush enough. If your a little freaked out about the shade and maybe would opt for a lighter shade then Revlon offer a more muted shade called Pinched which is equally as nice.
You can buy Revlon Cream Blushes from Boots and Superdrug for £7.99. Bright and budget friendly what more could you want.
Thanks for reading

Friday, 19 April 2013

Top 5 under £5: Bargain beauty products worth buying

As many of you may know, I'm a huge lover of drugstore/high street makeup brands and products and love a good bargain when it comes to makeup. I do occassionally splash out on brands like Mac, and even Chanel but 9 times out of 10 I tend to stick to more affordable brands. With that being said, I have to admit that not all products out there are worth buying, even at their super low price tag but I've put together my top five beauty buys for under £5. These are all products I love and use often that have cost less than £5 and worked really well! 

1. ELF (eyes lips face) brushes - £1.50-£3.75
ELF are probably my favourite brand for budget make-up brushes as they are excellent quality. I really like the studio range, which range from £3.50-£3.75 and some of my favourites are the mineral powder brush (pictured above, black one) and the infamous flat top powder brush which works well as a foundation buffing brush. The basics range (white brushes) are just £1.50 and these are an excellent choice for eyeshadow brushes including flat shadow brushes, detail brushes and larger brushes!

2. MUA eyeshadow palettes - £4.00
MUA are probably best known for their eyeshadows, and I can see why. Their single eyeshadows are only £1 and very pigmented and their palettes contain twelve eyeshadows for just £4. The heaven and earth palette (pictured above) is a well known dupe for Urban Decay's naked palette and contains some gorgeous neutral shades. The pigmentation, colour pay off and lasting power of these shadows make them an amazing buy for less than £5!

3. Boots' natural collection pressed powder - £1.99
A powder for less than £2? YES! Natural collection as a whole is a brand that is entirely under £5, so it's worth checking out in case you find something you like. I did, and it's this pressed powder which I use on a regular basis. I've probably been through about 7 or 8 of these as they help reduce shine and mattify my skin (not as much as Rimmel stay matte though) but all the same, an excellent powder for the price.

4. Miss Sporty nail colours - £1.99
Miss sporty isn't a brand I usually reach for, but recently I've been loving their nail polishes which come in at just under £2 and in a variety of gorgeous colours! I really like the glitter polishes to use as a top coat or on an accent nail, and they also do some lovely matte shades too! 

5. Maybelline Colour Tattoos - £4.99
A pretty good 'dupe' for Mac's paint pots and a fraction of the price. They have some gorgeous shimmer colours, which work well as a base for powder shadow or on their own. My personal favourites are 'on and on bronze' and 'pink gold'. They've recently introduced some new shades too including matte shades which are great too. The pigmentation and colour pay off is great and they are VERY long lasting! 

Have you tried any of these? What is your favourite product under £5? 


Thursday, 18 April 2013

Guest bloggers wanted!

Just a quick post/plea for anyone that would like to write a guest post for lovely jubbly! I'm going on a short weekend away this weekend, and I've been posting everyday on my blog this month - so I'd like to keep that up for the duration of April! It's a little short notice, but if you'd be interested in doing a guest post either beauty or lifestyle related then please get in touch! You can tweet me @lovely_jubblyxo or email me at lovelyjubblyblog@hotmail.co.uk.


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mint green beauty?

Another beautiful bag has landed in my lap ... 

If you follow me on instagram (which I am totally addicted to) you may have seen one of my recent purchases from Asos which is this beautiful Scallop Detail Satchel Bag! It's a gorgeous pastel, mint green shade which is perfect for spring/summer and can add a little extra something to an otherwise boring outfit. I'm a huge fan of satchels and adore my cambridge satchel but sometimes I just want to carry a smaller bag, and this size is perfect. 

The bag is faux leather but very very soft and I adore the pretty scalloped edging on it, which just adds to the prettiness. It has lovely gold hardware and closes with a magnet which makes it really easy when out and about, it also has a zip on the inside which I like as this means all my things are safe, which is important when you are as clumsy as I am. The shoulder strap is detachable if you wanted to use it as a little carry satchel, but I personally like it thrown over the shoulder! The best part about this bag, is the bargainous price of £28.00 or even less if you use your student discount like me ;). 

Are you a fan of pastels, particularly mint green? I can't get enough of the stuff! 


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Drugstore Foundations

My favourite 'Drugstore' foundations

Foundation is something I couldn't live without, although I like the natural look in terms of neutral make-up and nothing too out there and loud, I wouldn't dream of missing out foundation from my daily routine. I'm guilty of even wearing foundation on days where I lounge around in my PJ's all day! So, I've picked for 4 favourite foundations - all of which are readily available at Boots or Superdrug, and are relatively affordable in comparison to the higher end foundations that retail from £25 and upwards! 

1. Max Factor - Colour Adapt foundation (I wear shade 40 : cream Ivory) rrp £9.99 available here
This particular foundation is almost a mousse consistency, but in a pump bottle. I find the coverage very good without looking cakey, and this is my go-to when I am feeling quite pale as this shade is the palest of the above 4. I find this does need a powder to set it, so it's not the best for oily skin - but when my skin is behaving and feeling 'normal' then this is great for me. I haven't tried any other max factor foundations, if you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments below! 

2. Garnier BB Cream - (I wear light or medium) rrp £9.99 available for £7.49 here
This is the much raved about BB cream! At first I thought there was no way on this earth I would wear a BB cream and actually like it, but I do! I don't wear this often, but I lean towards it a bit more in the summer when I don't want as much coverage, and I don't want a heavy base. Although the shade selection is diabolical (Light, medium or dark), I have found that light works well for me, and I sometimes mix it with a little medium too. I like the natural look this gives, but I also use it with a powder for staying power which leaves my skin with a natural, light coverage which is perfect for 'good skin days!' 

3. Bourjois Health Mix foundation (I wear 51 Vanille) rrp £9.99 available here
This is probably my favourite of all 4, and this is my current foundation. I'm pretty sure I have been through 4 bottles of this super lovely foundation and I finally feel as if I have a 'me' foundation. The coverage is perfect, the finish is lovely and it also works well with powder which is great as I have combination/oily skin. The shade is a very good match, and this is usually on offer somewhere for 3for2 so I always stock up on this. I think the healthy mix will be a favourite for quite some time! Have you tried this? 

4. Revlon Colour stay foundation for combination/oily skin ( I wear 150 buff) rrp £12.49 available here
This is my go-to foundation on days where my skin misbehaves, and quite frankly I need the coverage. This is a very long lasting, thick foundation that provides medium/heavy coverage as it is buildable - however, it also doesn't appear cakey which I like! Again, this would be a repurchase for me - I only wish the bottle had a pump, as I find a waste an awful lot of this foundation due to the packaging. 

That's it from me,  hope you enjoyed finding out my favourite foundation. What's yours? If you have any recommendations feel free to leave them below. 


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Where do I blog?

Where do I blog? 

A bit of a different post for today, it's a mini tour around my desk area. Whilst I know some of you may find this a little strange, I hope there are other nosy people out there like me who love a good snoop around. I spend a lot of time at my desk, for the last 3 years I've typed up numerous assignments for uni and pounded at my keyboard to finish my dissertation all on this little space of a desk. I've also spent hours on end sat here reading blogs and writing my own. Since uni is almost over, I've added some pretty things to my desk and made it less of a work space, but a pretty, relaxing space to be creative! So here it is...

As you can see, it's pretty small and it doesn't match the rest of my furniture which is white! I've had a go at a little DIY project to brighten up the bottom pull out and also around the rim of the desk which I really like. My laptop sits on the top most days and it's got plenty of room on there despite all my pretty clutter! The flowers were a new 'spring' addition and were cheap as chips from IKEA (vase 85p, flowers 65p each) and the chalkboard was a sweet christmas present from my dad. I guess the only beauty related thing here is my light up mirror from no7 which was about £20 - they always go on sale around christmas time, but I rarely use this as my makeup is the other side of my room (bad planning). The lamp is just a basic one from Asda and my bed is to the left, the mug is now a 'holder' which keeps all my pens in as otherwise I can never find one! 

Well, that's about it! I hope you enjoyed having a little snoop around my desk, let me know if you would like to see other areas of my bedroom such as my makeup area or organisation etc. Where do you blog? 


Saturday, 13 April 2013

MUA Undress your skin ...

MUA Undress your skin: Shimmer highlighter 

MUA (or Makeup Acadamy) are well known for producing some excellent quality super affordable products, so when I saw this powder highlighter in their new undress your skin range, I had to get it! It retails at just £3 for a whopping 7.5g of product and is available in Superdrug or on MUA's own website which currently has a lovely 3for2 offer running! 

The highlighter is a baked powder product with a gorgeous pattern and simple but sturdy packaging. The highlighter is a gorgeous mixture of pink and silver tones and has good pigmentationa and colour payoff when swatched. Once applied it is quite subtle (I was a little worried about looking like a disco ball) but this gave a gentle shimmer to the face and worked well as a highlight for my skin tone (fair). 

I use this as a highlight on the cheek bones with an angled blush brush as this gives a very subtle shimmer to the cheeks and brightens up my face if I feel it's a bit 'matte' looking. I've also used this as an inner corner highlight on the eye which is lovely and also as a brow highlight just under the brow bone which I also loved! For the bargainous price of just £3 I think this is an absolutely fabulous multi-use product which will last a very long time! 

Have you tried this product, or do you have any other highlighter recommendations? 


Friday, 12 April 2013

Sinful Colors Boots Haul

Sinful colors at boots 

Just in case you have been living under a rock, Sinful Colours polishes are now available at boots! For me, being the nail polish addict that I am - this was brilliant news. I always hear US bloggers/vloggers rave on about Sinful colours and how affordable and good quality they are, so I was really excited to pick some up. Luckily, boots had a 3for2 offer running, and these are only £1.99 so that was a mere £3.98 for three colours, here's what I chose: 

 Frenzy, Island Coral, Nirvana. 
 Frenzy, Island Coral, Nirvana. 

 Frenzy, Island Coral, Nirvana.  

I can't wait to use these and feature them in some upcoming nail of the week posts, Frenzy is just an amazing glitter combination and I had a sneaky try of it on one nail and I LOVED it! I think Island coral will be perfect for summer, and Nirvana really reminds me of barry m - mushroom, which is my all time fave! 

Have you grabbed any of these shades? Or do you have any shade recommendations?


Thursday, 11 April 2013

MAC paintpot 'rubenesque'

Rubenesque by MAC

MAC paint pots are a bit of a cult product if you ask me (well, it's a bit of a cult brand really isn't it?) In today's post I thought I'd share one of my favourite ever products from MAC, their paint pot in rubenesque. I was actually lucky enough to win this beauty in a giveaway way back when but it is genuinely one of favourite eye products! Paintpots are essentially a cream eye colour that dries once applied to give a 'vibrant' finish and are described as long-wearing, colour-fast and said to blend smoothly, providing seamless coverage without caking. 

Rubenesque is described as a golden peach with gold pearl, which I personally think is a very accurate description. It's almost a rose gold colour, but more peach than pink toned - which I think is lovely. Once applied it is quite sheer and the gold tones really come through, but it is buildable to a peach-gold, and very easy to blend. I don't feel the need for a primer under this, and sometimes I will use this as a base and put a powder shadow on top which makes the colours pretty and vibrant. 

Paintpots retail for £14.50 each for 5g of product, Rubenesque is part of the permanent collection at MAC! If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to paint pots then I would suggest checking out the maybelline colour tattoos which you can read about in my post here which retail at only £4.99 each, a lot more affordable than MAC. I do however, love the shades offered from MAC and really want to get my hands on bare study and Let's skate! 

Have you tried paintpots or any dupe/similar products? 
Jess xo 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Brand of the Month #1

Brand of the month #1 - NIVEA 

I've decided to introduce a 'brand of the month' post into my blog! I'm one of those people that finds a brand I like and sticks to it, especially when it comes to essential products! With make-up I do dabble around a bit, but even so I still have my favourite products that I'll repurchase over and over again. Hopefully I will feature a different brand every month and discover some new favourites, but the first month goes to Nivea! 

Products I am loving from Nivea include: 

Creme soft shower cream
Hydro care lip balm
Daily essentials oil free moisturising day cream 
Refreshingly soft moisturising cream 
Essential care lip balm 
Pearl&beauty deodarant 
Daily essentials tinted moisturising day cream natural 

Why I like them: 
Nivea lipbalms have always been my favourite, they are super moisturising, thick and do the job. They are also really affordable at around £2 and usually on offer at one of the supermarkets, I carry these with my everywhere! Nivea skin care is also very affordable and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin - which is always good! The oil free day cream is my daily moisturiser as it helps my makeup to blend seamlessly and also improves my problematic t-zone when it comes to oil build up throughout the day. I'm a big fan of the Nivea miniatures, the main reasons being they are cute (I have a thing for minis), they are ideal for travel and the Nivea soft range smells absolutely lovely! I've included a deodarant too, again a mini but something I usually repurchase as I don't like to carry a normal sized can around with me if I am going somewhere! 

Nivea is readily available at many stores in the UK, boots & superdrug stock a whole bunch of Nivea, as do tesco and asda (I'm sure others do too!) So, that's it for a quick round up from my first favourite brand! I'd love to know if you've tried any Nivea products, and which ones you like?