Sunday, 16 November 2014

Saying goodbye.

Yesterday I lost the greatest thing in life to me. I lost my dog. 

I never thought I'd be so upset over losing a pet, as in the past when my cats have died I've been sad... but not heartbroken. 

Nothing can prepare you for the loss of such a loyal best friend. We got patch when he was about 5. He was the most loving and caring creature I've ever met. When my cat had kittens and when she buggered off to do whatever cats do he would look after them and they would try and feed off him. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. He did this with all 3 litters! 

You'd hear him in the kitchen with the cat making a mighty racket, walk in and see he'd been planning ways to rob a chicken or some steak! 

When ever we brought him back from a walk or washed him he would always lie on the floor and rub the house smell back on him or run up and down our 3 story house until he needed to pass out! 

Eventually everything caught up with him!  Probably all the chocolate and food he used to steal and think we didn't notice! 

He was one of a kind and I miss him so much. Hopefully one day I'll have another dog that was as great as him. 


Xxx

Friday, 26 September 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Pot - Christmas Palette

Hi guys,
It's been about 3 months i know! I've been super busy and i just haven't really bought any new makeup since my birthday so I'm making up for my absence now ;)

So yesterday was pay day and naturally that means I have to go out and spend all my wages on MORE makeup! 

I love this time of year when the weather starts to get crisp and cold and the shelves start to stock up with all the Christmas bits! 



When i went to Debenhams I came across Benefit's gorgeous new Christmas deals. I was going there to pick up Hoola bronzer as I've never tried it, when the sales woman came over and won me over with this "Cheeky Sweet Pot" palette! You get 5 blushers, one bronzer, a brush and a highlighter. Can we just take a moment for the packaging please! It is bomb! It's reminds me of a sort of gingerbreadesque styled house. I Blooming love it! 



The products include Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Coralista, Rockateur, Hoola and Watt's Up!
I already have Rockateur and I love it so so much, so the fact that I've got a backup now is awesome and i went in to try Hoola anyway, so for £26.55 I've got 6 blushers for the price of one!



Now they're not full sizes but most of them are 5oz and a full size is generally 8oz! 
This way i can try them all and pick my faves! 
It was originally £29.50 but Debenhams had 10% off which swayed me more! 



Overall loving this purchase and i feel that it's real value for money! 


Hope you enjoyed this post!
Ezzie xox

Monday, 30 June 2014

Birchbox UK beauty box subscription!

Hey guys,

So for a while now I've been wanting to try out a beauty subscription box but there is always just too many to choose from and then there's so many that get so much negativity!
So i wanted to make sure i was getting the right one for me and the right one to justify spending my dough on!

It was between Glossy box and Birchbox UK... And Birchbox won hands down! Glossy box always seemed like it used to be great but now it just seems like it's a lot of foil packets and perfume samples!

I wanted something that i could actually try out and see if i liked the products before buying the full sized items so Birchbox seemed like the best option. I have to say that the UK version seems to be on top of the US and i hope it doesn't slide down hill because so far i have not been disappointed.

So if you didn't know Birchbox is a beauty subscription box for £10 a month plus £2.95 p&p. You get between 4 and 5 deluxe samples a month and you sometimes get an extra.

So in April's box i got a cheek and lip cream from The Balm Cosmetics in the shade 'How Bout Them Apples?' It retails for £26 for the whole palette.

I then got the skin saviour waterless beauty balm from One Love Organics and this stuff smells like orange zest! I love it. Its really good as a moisturiser and cleanser however a full size is £30! So I'm unsure if i love it enough yet!

Then I got a full size i think Nail polish from Color Club. I don't like the colour of this because greeny, metallic blues don't really suit my nails. But it is £15 for a set of 4.

I got a protect and de tangle from Beauty protector and I've used this a lot when i decided to go ombre and the smell is so nice! I definitely enjoyed using that and a full size is £15 so i might re purchase that!

Then the reason i signed up was to see if i would get the Laura Mercier souffle body creme. This smells incredible! It's Shea butter and honey i think and it just smells so sweet and gorgeous. It's a really thick, rich and luxurious creme so you know you'll get what you pay for at £27!

Then my lifestyle extra was the propercorn in sweet & salty and it tastes amazing! I have a new addiction to this popcorn!

So after April i was really happy and couldn't wait for May!


May's box was really funky! Birchbox had teamed up with Harper's Bazaar and the box for May was epic!
Firstly i got a sample of Benefit's They're real mascara, which i already have but I've almost run out and i didn't want to re purchase it as it was £19.50 so i was stoked with that!

Then i got a Nail Lacquer from Soigne in a full size and it came in the cutest packaging ever! I got it in a really nice fuchsia colour and i love it. They do retail at £11 each.

Then there was a sample of Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning bath & shower oil retailing at £39! Which is insane for an oil! I tried this out and i have to say i hated the smell! i+It had pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper and i just really didn't like it at all, so that was the flop of the box.

Then the Philip Kingsley One more day dry shampoo sample i got  i used up in a week! I am obsessed with this and when pay day comes i am totally buying it! It's £13.50 which is expensive for a dry shampoo but it's really lightweight and it doesn't leave that gross white cast that batiste does in my dark roots!

Then i got a sample of the Liz Earle Cleanse and polish with a mini muslin cloth which was so cute! And i was literally telling my mum i wanted it the day before and i got it! Insane!
I use this when I'm breaking out and it's awesome! Definite repurchase!
Full size is from £13.25.

So May was a Success! On to June...


June's box was back to a plain boring brown box but the box that it came in was bright pink so i forgave them! 

So June's box was associated with the World Cup which i suppose was a cool concept as we got things from different countries but football is lost on me! 

So as you can see i got the Original Beauty Blender!!!! When i opened my box nothing could make this box bad after seeing that! I was so happy! I've used cheap ones and they just don't compare. A full size is from £16.

I then got a mini sample of a limited edition world cup Brazilian OPI nail polish. I got the shade 'Kiss me I'm Brazillian' from the OPI Brazil Collection. I've used this twice and i love the colour! So bold!
The set is £14.50. 

I then got a good sized sample of the Korres Citrus Body Milk which I'm excited to try as i love to moisturise. Full size is £9.50.

I got a product from Caudalie and it is the Vinoperfect SPF15 Day perfecting fluid. I was really excited to try this out but when i tried to squeeze it out barley any product came out so i was really bummed as i couldn't even try it out to see if i liked it. It says it smooths lines, corrects skin tone and all sorts of magic! So I'm gutted about that. Full size is £38 and sadly i wont be buying it.

Then I got the Silk & Honey Shea Butter Hair Conditioning mask in like an awesome sized sample! I can try this like 4-5 times to see if i like it which i will do as it retails for £50! So it will be interesting to see what this does to my hair for 50 quid!

And then my little extra was a green and yellow Birchbox flip flop key ring which i gave to my brother as i don't really understand football! Such a girl i know!


So i hope you enjoyed this post! If you'd like me to write about my monthly box then comment down below to let me know and also feel free to recommend any other subscription boxes you think are awesome! 

Until next time...

Ezzie xox


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

"I felt like I'd had a chemical peel" Clearasil's Rapid ActionTreatment Cream Review!

Hey Guys!

So i know not long ago i did a post on my current skin care routine, but i just needed to update y'all on something. 
I recently had the most intense reaction to the Clearasil rapid action treatment cream and i kid you not i felt like my skin was coming off! 
I was in so much pain! I don't know what it was but there is clearly something in this stuff that burns like hell! 


I always thought it had a funny smell to it when i used it and when i wrote my post i wasn't really raving about it as i was still trying it out but Oh my goodness! If you have sensitive skin or just skin in general i would definitely never recommend this product! 

Within 10 minutes my naturally red skin went bright red like a tomato! I felt like I'd had a chemical peel... my skin looked like it was coming off, it itched, burnt... everything you can think of in a reaction it did! 

I just found it so infuriating that something that claims to help calm your skin did the exact opposite! 

I don't like being negative but i think its important to be honest as not every product is all sunshine and rainbows!

Until next time... 

Ezzie xox

Sunday, 22 June 2014

My Makeup Storage 2014!

Hey guys!

So i know I've been gone for almost 2 months and all i can do really is apologise! I've been so busy with my new job that by the time i get home I'm too exhausted to write anything, but i want to get back into it because my blog is almost a year old! Crazy!

Anyway down to the good stuff!

So for ages i've been wanting to re-organise my makeup storage and at first i bought some clear acrylic drawers from Rymans just to hold my ever growing crap into. But i really wanted a desk where i could sit every morning and apply my makeup.

So in April, with my first pay check i bought a set of the Alex five drawers from Ikea, which everyone and their mother has! I got a table top to go on top of it to pull it all together and then i got 2 table legs, just for now. I figured that if my makeup collection grew or if i moved house i could alter this in any way i wanted and i wasn't stuck with one design. That's the great thing about Ikea! Plus it's affordable. The whole thing cost me around £85! Which is awesome for quality furniture that you know will last you ages!

The awesome thing about these table tops is that they're like £7! So if i scratch it up or it discolours i can just bang a new one on top and it's brand new again!

Then i needed holder's for makeup brushes so i just bought some of the cute flower pots they had at Ikea for like 2 quid... I have a long china dish? i think it's a dish.. for all my perfume.. I'm not happy about the way it looks but i can't find one i love yet. Also Ikea and i think that was like a fiver.

Then i just used this glass vase for cotton pads because i go through them like water! I use them daily so i just thought it would be really handy to have them on show and on demand!

I bought a mirror from Pound-stretcher like 5 years ago and it used to be gold but i painted it white. It's okay for now but eventually i want a bigger mirror that lights up! Hollywood style! Boom!

Then I've just got two acrylic holders on the top of my desk with a bit of skin care, Mac fix plus, my beauty blender, foundation and concealer that i don't like lying down and a lip stick holder. The lipstick holder is from ebay and the other one is from Rymans.

The acrylic drawers i have are awesome if you don't want to spend a fortune on the muji drawers. I think they were ranging from around £11-£25.

Then i just put a cheap ikea office chair in white at the desk to tie it all together and it's really comfy and it just works.

It's really a great way of having the setup you want but in an affordable way!


Hope you enjoyed!

And until next time... (hopefully not so long)

Ezzie xox

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Pay Day Haul!

Hi guys!

So i know its been ages since i last posted but i have just started a new job and haven't had much time.
I went to Cardiff on Sunday and spent waaaay too much money!
Here's what i got!

Of course i went to MAC! First i picked up the MAC face and body foundation. I've been wanting this for a while now so i thought I'd try it out. It's quite sheer and light coverage but i wanted it for days where i don't want to appear as though I'm wearing makeup. It gives a my skin but better sort of appearance! I got it in the shade N1 and it was £21.50.


I've been wanting to try MAC blushes for a while now and because i suffer from rosacea i didn't want a blush that was too red or pink so i picked up Fleur Power. It's a gorgeous coraly, peachy pink and i really love it on! 


I'm loving nude lips lately and i was recommended Myth by mac so i was excited to try this out. I've worn it once and i love it! It complements my skin tone loads. It's the perfect nude! 



I also went to E.L.F and i wanted to try the contour palette in St Lucia as its supposed to be a dupe for Nars Orgasm and Laguna. I've used this once so far and i do really like it. However it's quite shimmery so i wouldn't use it for contouring.


I'm trying to find a good way to fill in my brows currently so i picked up the Elf brow gel kit in Medium. So far i like it but i haven't had a chance to play around with it yet.


So Boots was 3 for 2! So naturally i had to buy things!
I picked up the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquer in Nude Eclipse. Again as I've been loving nude lips currently, this is perfect as its like a glossy lipstick. I only wish they were long lasting. But i love it all the same!


I needed new concealers so i picked up the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in light 1. I love this concealer. It has amazing coverage.
I then wanted to try out the Maybelline Fit Me concealer as i heard that it was a dupe for the Nars concealer in Custard.


My free item was this new Maybelline Matte Maker powder. I thought it looked quite good so I'm excited to try that out.



Vichy's Dermablend was on offer so i wanted to try it out as i need to cover a lot of redness and wanted something that was suitable for sensitive skin. I will do a review when I've tried it out.


Then i picked up the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 115 as i have it in 125 and 130 and they're way to dark for me. I love this foundation. It's my favourite for a dewy look as its gel based.


I then picked up this Maybelline palette. I really wanted it for the burnt orange shade as I'm really into orange shades at the moment!


I love Revlon's lip products but i just find them way to expensive to try out. So i pondered for a while and i picked up the Revlon colour burst lip gloss in Orchid. It's a gorgeous sheer pinky purple shade with fine silver shimmer. I can't wait to try it!


I was obsessed with my Revlon lip butter in Candy floss so i picked up this one in Cupcake. I was going to get Candy floss again but i thought I'd try a different one. Cupcake is a lot brighter than Candy floss.


So that is my pay day haul! It doesn't look like much but i spent a small fortune! 
Hope you guys enjoyed and I'll try and keep the posts regular! 

Ezzie xox

Sunday, 30 March 2014

My Current Skincare Regime.

Hey guys!
So today's post is going to be about my current skin care regime or what is currently working for me when i have a bad face day! 
I suffer quite badly with rosacea and at least twice a month i get a bad flare up when my skin is sore, red and spotty so i try to take care of it and manage it in any way i can find that works for me.



I never used to bother taking off my makeup and i would always just use a baby wipe. Now i try to take good care of it and protect it from damage.



I am currently using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to remove my face and eye makeup. I used to use the L'oreal version but i found that it just didn't last me all that long as you use quite a bit of product during a cleanse. So when i saw this one i thought i might as well give it a go as it was the same price but you get a lot more for your money. So far I'm not even half way through the bottle and I've used it every morning and night for around 3 weeks now. Usually I'd be on my second bottle of the L'oreal by that point. I don't really see a difference in them and i think it works just as well. I use this in the night to take off my makeup and then once in the morning to remove any residue that may still be on my face.


After I've removed my makeup i will then use the Mask of Magnaminty by Lush if I'm having a bad skin week. I tend to use this 2 times a month as i find it really settles down my skin and removes all of the crap! However, when i first got this i used it 2 or 3 times a week and i found it broke me out more. I think i must react to the peppermint after a while. But if i use it when i need to it's great. You can feel it tingling and attacking the areas as soon as you put it on and i love how fresh it makes your skin feel. The only bad thing about this is when you remove it, it's so gritty and leaves a not so pleasant mess in the sink! I have the 125g pot and i think that was around £5.


So if i don't need a face mask I'll go straight to the Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream as this has the same effect as the mask but it doesn't break me out. *touch wood!*
I literally use a pea sized amount and i put this on the effected areas, or if i feel like a spot is appearing. I use this morning and before bed so that when i wake up the spot has usually decreased in size. The downside to this product is that it can't get rid of the redness or the spot mark. It says it can but it doesn't. I think this was about £6.99 which i found quite pricey. I don't know if i love it enough to repurchase it yet but it works for me at the moment.


After my spot treatment i use my under eye cream. I am currently using the Benefit It's Potent! eye cream that i got as a sample when i bought the Porefessional Primer. I actually love this stuff and i think that when I've finished it i will buy it as i do see that it blurs out my bags and smooths out the appearance of dark circles. I only use a tiny amount of this as it goes a long way and you don't want to put too much product on a thin layer of skin as it wont absorb it.


Depending on the time of day i will then use the N07 Protect & Perfect day or night cream. I got this for Christmas again in a sample size. I've used them both pretty much everyday and i haven't run out yet. I only use a pea sized amount and then rub it all in to my skin. I have such dry skin anyway but because of the Rosacea it makes it more dry around the red areas. Also with the cold weather my skin starts to feel chapped and flaky. I never used to moisturise before bed or in the morning but now i can't not! It's so important.


Now the last product i use can annoy certain people! I know for a fact I've upset the lady at Clinique because she didn't agree that i should be using Sudocrem on my face! Well who knows there skin better than anyone? You! So if something works for you why would you stop?
Sudocrem is my life saver! It even says it can be used on Acne. I put this on a bad break out before bed, i wake up 8 hours later and BAM! There is hardly a trace of a breakout.

No matter what anyone says to me i will continue to use this because i love it and it makes my skin feel at least half descent!

So that is basically all i do when I'm going to bed or if I'm flaring up with acne or rosacea. It may not work for everyone but it does for me... currently anyway!


What's your saviour products?

Ezzie xox