Sunday, 28 July 2013

Boots Haul July 2013

This is the main reason I placed an order on the boots website, as I wanted to review them as near to the release date as possible. The colours I got were Peach kiss, Pink Punch and Cherry Me and you can find my review here.

The concept of this really interested me, it can be used as a primer under foundation for added glow, it can be put on naturally sun-kissed areas or it can be used for contouring as well. Also, I've never tried a cream bronzer so it will be a first! 

If you read my post from last week then you will know that I am a big fan of these eye shadows and I decided that at such a budget price I should get another one. I chose a purple colour because I like a purple smokey eye and it will make a good base.

This was a free gift if you spent over £4 on collection. I think this was the only colour available and to be honest I wouldn't have picked it. I already have a few blue ones and I would have rather have been given a pink or a sparkly one. But beggars can't be choosers right?! 

This is my all-time favourite concealer. It runs out so quickly though so I buy another one as a back up at every chance I get!  

This is such a pretty colour, like a peachy champagne so I really wanted to try it. I think it would make a nice eyeshadow base or an inner highlight.  

Friday, 26 July 2013

Review: Maybelline Baby Lips

I joined the waiting list for Maybelline Baby Lips about a week ago and on Wednesday when I received the email telling me that they had arrived to boots I rushed onto the website like my life depended on it! Then to my excitement I saw that they were 3 for 2 meaning that I could get three for only £5.98! I decided that I would get my order sent to a store so I would have free delivery and this afternoon I went to pick them up. 

There are six to choose from, three tinted and three without colour but that contain SPF. I chose the tinted ones as I already have a lot of regular lip balms. The packaging for all of them is really bold and fun, they'll look great when you have to get them out of your bag to top them up through the day!

Peach Kiss

I was a bit surprised when I opened this as I thought the actual colour of the balm would be peach but instead it is a very light shimmery brown however when it is on the lips it looks great. It isn't super pigmented but it gives a nice subtle sheen to the lips. It would be perfect to compliment a really natural makeup look or with a smokey eye for a nude lip with a touch of gloss. The smell is a really nice true peach scent.

Pink Punch

Pink punch is a pretty light pink colour. I think this is the colour that I'll probably use the most as it will just be perfect to pop in my school bag and reapply throughout the day. I think it will go with pretty much all looks and it smells super yummy and fruity too.

Cherry Me

This was probably the colour I was the least impressed with as I was expecting it to look quite red on the lips but it was really just a dark pink. It did look ok in the end (after quite a few layers on the lips!) although it probably helps me that I have quite naturally pigmented lips anyway so all the colours appear darker on me. The smell was a traditional cherry lip balm scent and was also great!

(L-R) Peach Kiss, Pink punch, cherry me


             Overall I am extremely happy with all of the Maybelline Baby Lips that I have tried and I am sure I will use them regularly. If you just want a tinted lip balm rather than a lipstick then I would really recommend these, they're sheer but not invisible and they taste great too!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

I ♥ Summer Tag

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?

The bronzer that I use all year round is the Rimmel Sunshimmer Bronzer in Light Matte because I'm pale and it creates a really natural look on the face. Usually, I use it to contour, but in the summer when I have a tan I will brush it over the face for definition.

2. You're relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite summer drink)

Fanta have brought out a new mango and passionfruit flavour. It comes in purple packaging and it tastes really tropical and gorgeous. But to be honest, I have been know to be soaking up the sun in 30 degree heat and still be drinking a cup of tea, so if I was on a tropical island that would probably be what I would drink! 

3. Favorite summer lip product?

As I said in my top summer lip products post I really love the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruiti so I will say that, but you have to be really careful that you don't leave it in the sun or it will melt, and that wouldn't be great! 

4. Pool or Beach?

I do love a swimming pool but the beach just has to win. Just lying on a sun-bed, soaking up the sun, having a picnic and eating sand by accident, being with your family, bliss! Also, where I go on holiday, on the beach there are two ladies that go up and down giving massages which are amazing!    

5. Summer = crazy hair! What's your must-have styling product?

I use the John Frieda Full Repair Flyaway Tamer that I reviewed here to tame any frizz or flyaway's down.

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

I want to say fake tan but I'm completely hopeless at applying it without streaks! I am attempting to improve my skills by watching Youtube videos, and hopefully when I'm not to embarrassed to take a photo of the results I will do a review on some products that I've tried.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?

I love Barry M nail paints and one that screams summer to me is block orange as it is bright and beautiful and would look great next to a tan.

8. Any summer traditions?

As soon as the weather hits about 20 degrees my Dad sparks up the barbecue. I think we have had about 4 or 5 in the last week alone!

9. Favorite summer scent?

I'm not really a perfume person and certain scents give me headaches so I tend to just give myself a spritz of body spray before I go out, and my favourite summer one is hawaiian shores body mist from Avon which I think has been discontinued.

10. Favorite BBQ food?

You can't  make me choose! I like all barbecue food equally, I'm getting hungry thinking about it. Right now I'm loving the Magnum limited edition 'first kiss' crème brûlée flavour ice cream, it's gorgeous and you need to try it!

11. What's your favorite summer-proof product?

I think that in the summer you need to make sure that your makeup doesn't melt off your face and investing in a primer is one way you can avoid this. One that I have been using recently is the Nivea daily essentials express hydration primer because your makeup sits nicely on top, making it last longer, also the primer is really cooling when you apply it.

12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!

Unfortunately I am not going away this year, but next year me and my friends are going on a girls holiday to celebrate the end of our A-levels. We haven't made any plans yet but hopefully we will be having a pow-wow soon to talk about ideas, so exciting!

I tag one of my best friends Emma who has also just started a blog called

Enjoy summer - Immy x

Monday, 22 July 2013

Review: 17 Wild Metallic Eyes Cream Eyeshadow

Cream eyeshadows are really hit and miss for me. I had a really nice benefit cream shadow but one day I opened it and it had completely dried up! However these ones from 17 are just as creamy as the day I bought them and they're a complete bargain.

You can probably tell from the below photo that the packaging doesn't stay intact for too long as it has rubbed off a bit. However the little round pot shape is so cute, and the fact that you can see the product at the bottom makes it easy to tell the two colours apart.

There are six colours in this product range and the ones that I have are wild silver, which is a gorgeous shimmery silver and wild nude which is a metallic bronze colour. They both have a really creamy soft texture and are nicely pigmented. They can be easily applied with the fingers and can be built up to a heavy metallic covering on the eye. I also like to apply powder eyeshadow in a similar colour to set it and give it even more colour depth (see swatches). I use these all the time and for the price of £3.99 each they are incredible and I am going to buy more colours.

Look how pretty and shimmery they are!

Wild Silver                                        Wild Nude

Top: Wild Metallic Eyes Cream Shadow alone
Bottom: Cream shadow with powder eyeshadow over it for extra intensity

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Cath Kidston Mug

This is just a little extra post because I think this little Cath Kidston mug is just too cute! I bought it for my Nanna because she told me that all her mugs at home are too big and she wanted a smaller one. I got it in a sale from £5 to £3.25 which I thought was a great bargain. When I gave it to my Nanna she was really happy with it, which is all that counts!

Cath Kidston Blue Provence placement Larch Mug

I bought mine in a local shop but I've found a website called Temptation Gifts that sells this mug and other Cath Kidston mugs and they are currently having a sale too.