Autumn Lip Essentials

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Blistex Relief Cream | This is definitely my number 1 winter lip essential. This cream is designed to relieve cracked lips but is also for use on cold sores. I use this when my lips are in their worst condition and have cracked. This has quite a menthol/medicinal taste but really works. A product for those days when nothing else will cut it. The only criticism I have is that due to the metal tube, it is not handbag practical. If the tube gets squished, when you open it it just keeps coming out so is a huge waste of the product.

Hawaiian Tropic Lip Gloss in Mango Papaya | This will seem like a strange product to have in an autumn post. For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, Hawaiian Tropic produce sun cream. However this lip gloss tastes so god damn good that it is an all year round essential. Plus it has spf 25 so you’re keeping your lips protected all year round!

Lanolips Lemonaid | I held off buying this product for months due to the price. It is £8.99 which seems ridiculous for a lip balm. I finally succumbed to temptation and do not feel at all guilty. This lip balm is amazing. It so so thick it really does moisturise your lips for hours after application. This would be a fantastic product for overnight moisturisation, however due to the pretty shimmer I prefer to use this during the day as I don’t normally wear lipstick.  It tastes amazing and it has a slight pretty shimmer. There’s nothing else to say. A fantastic product!

Lush Mint Juleps Lip Scrub | This is the perfect accompaniment to all the other products listed. Lush’s range of lip scrubs are made from sugar so you lick them off after scrubbing. I use this before AM and PM and follow with either Lanolips or my 8 Hour Cream. No mess and they taste amazing. My favourite is the mint juleps one which tastes like mint chocolate, however all the other flavours are divine. This gives the perfect base for applying lip balm and lip colour. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream | This is a cult beauty product and certainly lives up to its reputation. I use this overnight to keep my lips hydrated. I have to confess that I have an awful habit of biting my lips when i’m stressed so this really helps to repair them overnight. You can also use this product on other areas such as the cuticles or patches of dry skin. Quite pricey but lasts for ages!

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist | I bought this product purely for the name but was pleasantly surprised. I don’t normally wear much colour on my lips at all so I went for the nudist shade. This is a gorgeous natural shade with an edible vanilla scent. These apply nicely and last for a few hours. An added bonus is that the packaging is handbag friendly. 

October Birchbox

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The theme of this months birchbox is ‘Beauty Buzz’

For any of you that have not heard of it, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sample subscription.

It costs £12.95 per month including postage

In each box you get 5 samples plus a lifestyle extra, but this month there was also a beauty extra

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I have to say that this month I was especially excited because I finally got the pink bag! 

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KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam Mousse|£15 for 200ml| Sample was 75 ml so worth £5.62 This wave enhancing mousse encourages curls, while protecting hair from heat | I haven’t actually used this product as I haven’t had the time to let my hair dry naturally to get the best results. 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance |£28 for 50ml | Sample was 15ml so worth £8.40 The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimise the look of imperfections with a radiant finish | This is a fantastic primer. It has a lovely radiant finish and is a fantastic primer for foundation. It’s nice to see a high-end brand such as this. 

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant | £67 for 60g | Sample was 7.5 g so worth £8.37 An exfoliant that brightens all skin types, reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and discolouration | This is a beautiful exfoliator. It has fine grains which really make your skin feel super soft after use

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac | £10 for 0.3oz | Sample was 0.04oz so worth £1.33 | This easily blended two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives a natural, understated flush | I have only tried this product on my lips as I am not a fan of cheek stains. The colour is lovely and looks perfect with a lipgloss on top

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips | £11.50 for 15ml | Sample was 3ml so worth £2.30 | Versatile lip balm that started life as a nipple balm! Hydrates and repairs dry flaky skin, sealing in moisture | I was really excited to try this product as lanolin based lip products are normally good. However, I could not get any of the product out of the tube. The product is so stiff that it is impossible to get out. I definitely will not be purchasing the full-size of this product 

Lifestyle Extra | UltraDEX | £8.15 for 75ml | Sample was 15 ml so worth £1.63 | This award=winning line kills bacteria, lifts stains, whitens teeth and freshens breath | I will not be trying this product as there is not enough fluoride in the toothpaste to meet my dentists recommended amount. My dentist recommended only using toothpaste’s with a minimum of 1400ppm of fluoride whereas this toothpaste only has 1000ppm

Beauty Extra | Egyptian Magic | £29 for 118ml | Sample was 3 * 3ml sachets so worth £2.21 | A cult multi-purpose healing cream made with just six all-natural ingredients | I haven’t actually used this product yet but am very excited to try it as it can be used on the skin and the ends of the hair 

Total value of box = £29.86

I think that this was a good box this month. I love the inclusion of a Laura Mercier product and apparently there is another product by this brand in November’s box. Even though there are a couple of products that I won’t use I still feel this is great value for money. 

Autumn/Winter Nail Polish Favourites

 

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From left to right:

OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvelous

Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus

Nails Inc Redcliffe Road

Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane Leather Effect

Nails Inc Boltons Place

OPI Stay the Night Liquid Sand Effect

Nails Inc Victoria

OPI Mrs O’Learys Bbq

Nails Inc Motcomb Street

Nails Inc Tate

I like to wear darker colours in the winter and brighter colours in the summer

The best thing about dark colours is that they look fantastic with a glitter topcoat to transform them from day to night

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus darker colours look better when glossy rather than matte.

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OPI Lucerne-tainly look marvellous
Gunmetal with silver flecks

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Nails Inc Piccadilly Circus
Pinky Red

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Nails Inc Redcliffe Road
Deep plum purple

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Nails Inc Shoreditch Lane
Deep red leather effect

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Nails Inc Boltons Place
Muted grey

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OPI Stay the night liquid sand effect
Deep red with red glitter

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Nails Inc Victoria
Deep burgundy red

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Nails Inc Motcomb Street
Deep navy

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Nails Inc Tate
Classic red

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to use a good top and base coat, especially with darker colours. My favourite is the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar set. This is so important as chips show up more on darker colours plus a darker shade looks better glossy rather than matte.

I should point out that I am not a fan of the liquid sand effect, however I love this colour so much that I add my Nails Inc Gel effect top coat over the top to smooth down the effect.

 Mrs O’Leary’s Bbq by OPI is my number one favourite colour for autumn/winter. It is just the most beautiful burgundy colour!

OPI Mrs O'Learys Bbq Deep burgundy

OPI Mrs O’Learys Bbq
Deep burgundy

True Liquid Gold!!!

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As is pretty obvious from the title, this post is about the cult product that is Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold!

I had been wanting to try this product for a long time, but the claims made seemed too good to be true!

This product claims to restore a golden glow to the skin, as well as helping with hyper-pigmentation, acne, fine lines and large pores!

I have been using the product for a couple of weeks now and can say that I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I apply it every other night after cleansing. When I apply it I do not feel any tingling, but when I wake up in the morning my skin simply looks healthier. It is difficult to pin-point exactly what it has done to my skin, but there is a noticeable difference. My skin appears smoother, blemishes are reduced and my skin simply glows.

This is a good nights sleep in a bottle!

I am completely hooked on this product!

I will 100% be repurchasing this item in the larger size!

If you want a good skin day in a bottle then this is the product for you!

It costs £31.50 for 100ml