Sunday, 27 September 2015

NARS Haul & First Impressions


Hope everyone is having a good weekend and enjoying the sunshine, if you have any! Today i thought i would talk you through my foray into the wonderful world of NARS. I have always browsed the Space NK website and have put some NARS products into my digital basket many a time, however i could never bring myself to hit the 'Confirm Order' button to complete the transaction. The thought of spending £30 plus on a product which i didn't know if i would like was a nervewracking prospect. However, a month ago my curiosity got the better of me and when i saw that my wages had landed in my bank account, i bit the bullet and ordered three items from NARS. A couple of days later and a little black box arrived in the post containing my mini haul.

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Nars Sheer Glow // Deauville 

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This is a favourite amongst make up artists and bloggers alike, so this was the instigator in my NARS haul! Having never owned a high end foundation, i was so excited to try this foundation and i had very high hopes for it. Tanya Burr was the main enabler for me, she uses this in her foundations quite frequently and it makes her skin look so perfected and flawless. I opted for the shade 'Deauville'. As i don't have a NARS counter near to me, i looked online for swatches and was struggling to decide between Deauville and Fiji. In the end i decided to go for Deauville, which i believe to be the lighter of the two shades. I always think its better to have a foundation shade which is a little too light, rather than too dark as you can always bronze up your skin to compensate.

From opening the cardboard packaging surrounding the product and being met with a luxurious looking bottle with a matte black chunky lid, this was a great first impression! The consistency of the foundation is quite runny, and definitely caught me by surprise when i excitedly tipped the bottle to pour some of the foundation out. Although the consistency is quite runny, this doesn't mean that you need a lot of it to gain a good coverage. I have found that a little goes a long way with this foundation and i only needed a small amount to gain a good coverage for daytime use. So, hopefully the bottle will last me quite a while! The foundation leaves a lovely 'glow' to the skin and sits somewhere between matte and dewy. It gives your skin a lovely natural luminous effect and i find that it effortlessly provides a flawless perfected finish with medium coverage. I've also found that it lasts pretty well throughout the day, although i do have to touch up with powder a couple of times due to my oily skin type!

There is no getting away from the fact that this foundation is on the pricey side. Buying this was such a gamble for me as i was so unsure as to whether i would like it or not! As you can probably tell, i absolutely love the foundation and think it is definitely worth the price tag. The foundation is totally different compared to any other foundation that i've used and when i do try other foundations, they do not even come close to the Sheer Glow. I think i may have turned into a foundation snob!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer // Vanilla
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Along with the foundation, i also bought the Radiant Creamy Concealer. This product has been hyped about by some of my favourite YouTubers and i was curious whether it could rival my trusty budget concealer, the Collection Lasting Perfection. I have the concealer in the shade 'Vanilla', which i believe is one of the lightest colours. I love having a light concealer as i tend to use it as a highlighter come concealer - always lusting over the Kardashian effect! The packaging feels much more sturdy than similar drugstore concealers, the glass/plastic bottle and matte black lid look sophisticated and gives a great impression of quality. The concealer is applied using the doe foot applicator, which personally is one of my favourite methods of applying concealer. The applicator makes is very quick and easy to apply, and you can really wiggle the applicator to ensure that every drop of concealer is used up!

The first time i used this, my hopes were very high - especially after using the Sheer Glow! I firstly noticed how much thicker the concealer felt, in comparison to my Collection one. I persevered and started blending it in with my Real Techniques Setting Brush. Once blended in, i found that the concealer gathered under my eyes and settled into any creases and dry patches around my eyes. Not a good look! After my first attempt, i have played around with different ways of using the concealer. I have decided that for me, it is best to not apply this directly under my eyes as for some reason it does settle into any creases and clings to any dry patches. When i use this on blemishes or for highlighting purposes, i find it does a good job and provides excellent coverage.

The concealer was a bit of a let down for me and i don't really think it is worth the money. Such a shame as i really wanted to like it! I do think its good for covering any blemishes but i find that it clings to dry patches quite easily.

NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer
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To complete my order, i opted for NARS' eyeshadow primer. Prior to using this, i had been faithful to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. However the UD just wasn't working for me anymore and i was on the lookout for a replacement. After googling and reading some reviews, i decided that NARS' eyeshadow primer was the one to go for. I have super oily eyelids and a primer is a must for me on an everyday basis. The primer is packaged in a plastic white tube with a matte black top. You apply the primer using the doe foot applicator, which is really useful for the early mornings when i can simply dab a bit of the primer on each eyelid.

The primer itself is a white creamy substance which when blended, becomes transparent. It blends beautifully onto the lid and is virtually undetectable! I found that any eye make up glides beautifully over the primer and colour payoff is enhanced due to the base. The primer ensures that my eye make up lasts pretty much all day - from 7am when it is applied until 9pm when i remove it.

There is not too much more i can say about this primer but i am really impressed with it. It glides onto the lid nicely and ensures my make up stays on all day. Just what i need it to do!

So, those are my first three NARS purchases and overall i am really impressed! The foundation and primer have really exceeded my expectations and i will definitely be repurchasing them in the future. I'm also eyeing up the Laguna bronzer, which i have been lusting over for years! Maybe i will bite the bullet and order it...

Do you have any NARS recommendations?

Felicity xoxo

Monday, 25 May 2015

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Restorer Shampoo & Conditioner // Review


It has been a while since i have wrote a proper review, so lets see how this pans out! I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging but i've been procrastinating lately, so i though i'd bite the bullet and sit down to write a post! I also treated myself to a Canon 600D which i've used today. Let me know what you think of the photos...

Todays post is all about a great shampoo and conditioner duo which i have been loving using recently. Normally, i'm not too fussed with shampoo and just choose whatever is on offer in Boots or the supermarket. However, i have heard so many positive remarks about Garnier's new Ultimate Blend range of shampoo and conditioner, that i just had to give them a go!

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I actually bought these from Boots and was so surprised by the amount of choice that there was from the Ultimate Blends range. The range spans from products specifically to help dry hair to products which can add a bit more shine to your hair. As my hair has been a little dry, frizzy and lacklustre recently, (probably due to the unseasonably cool weather we are having) i opted for 'The Silky Smoother' shampoo which states that it helps revitalise and obviously smooth your hair. This sounded like it would fit the bill perfectly. After looking at the bottle, i gave the contents a quick sniff (does anyone else do this?!) and was greeted by a vanilla scent. I absolutely love anything vanilla scented, so this shampoo seemed perfect for me. I also purchased the accompanying conditioner from the Sleek Restorer range. This smells just as delightful as the shampoo and has gorgeous coconut oil and coconut butter scents. Almost good enough to eat!

The consistencies of both the shampoo and conditioner are great. Some shampoos which i have used in the past have been quite runny and therefore half of the shampoo ends up on the shower base! However, the Ultimate Blends shampoo is a great medium consistency and is easy to lather your hair up with. I found that you do not have to use too much of this shampoo as a little really does go a long way, i tend to use a 50p size amount. I really found my hair felt a lot smoother after using the shampoo, so much so that i wondered if i needed the conditioner! On a couple of occasions i used the shampoo on its own and did not use the conditioner. I found that my hair was noticeably smoother and felt like it was much more healthy and nourished. When i used the conditioner, i found that leaving it in my hair for a couple of minutes really ensured that the conditioner could get to work and really enrich my hair.
When the two products have been used together, i found that my hair has felt much more smoother and less frizzy. This is essentially what i had hoped from these two products and they have really come up trumps!

I have really been enjoying using this range and will definitely look to repurchase others from the range in the future. I feel that Garnier have really hit the nail on the head with this range, they offer a fantastic range to suit all hair types and at a really affordable price, with most of the products coming in at under three pound.

Felicity xo

Monday, 2 March 2015

6 Months Later...


A lot has happened in the last 6 months, hence the total lack of blog posts and limited activity on social media. The last 6 months have turned my life upside down and inside out, but it finally looks like things are settling down. My time away from my blog has made me think about my life, what i'm doing with it and where i want to go. I've decided that anything i want to do (within reason), i should do and that i shouldn't take things for granted in life, even the small things!

I've always dreamt of owning a Canon 600D and 50mm Lens, yet i've never had the guts to actually buy one. Simply because i know people would say 'you won't use it' and 'thats a waste of money'. However, the last few months have made me realise that life really is too short (nobody died, don't worry!!) and if i want a new camera, i work bloody well hard enough to treat myself to one! So, one is winging its way to me as i type.

On the subject of cameras, YouTube has been something that i've always wanted to have a real go at. I've posted videos intermittently and have not devoted time to it at all. However, now i'm equipped with my Canon 600D, i have no real excuse to not start having a real go at it. I have lots of ideas for videos and can't wait to start filming!

Life is still pretty hectic at the moment with work and life events. However, as we are rolling into spring, i can only see things becoming increasingly more positive and hopefully a bit calmer!

I will leave you with a quote which i came across yesterday

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Felicity xo