Instagram #8

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Boyfriend's family's few week old puppies - so cute! / 50's Brownie camera from a vintage shop in my hometown / (video) Mabel and her squeaky toy obsession / Rekorderlig is the perfect summer drink / is Brewdog Punk / First Byron burger since it opened in Manchester. I definitely approve! / Bioshock marathon / One of the puppies snoozing on my lap / Cutest selection of rubbers ever - macarons, biscuits, ice cream and pizza! / (video) Driving home through the city / (video) Relaxing on the balcony with Hugo / My newest guilty pleasure - Taco Bell. 

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse in Rose Mademoiselle

Friday, July 26, 2013

The L'Oreal Rouge Caresse range are said to be the brand's answer to the much loved Revlon Lip Butters. As a huge fan of Revlons lipstick/balm hybrids, it's a bit of a mystery as to why I haven't tried L'Oreal's offering sooner. I discovered this in the same way that I discover a lot of new products - a 3 for 2 offer. It caught my eye because the packaging looked pretty, and since it worked out free it ended up coming home with me. And I'm so glad it did! I went for the shade 'Rose Mademoiselle', a slightly cool toned, pretty rosy pink that's perfect for summer. The formula of this is pretty amazing. It's moisturising and smooth with a slightly glossy finish, yet it still manages to be really light wearing. I was really pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation too - I was expecting a very sheer finish that would have to be built up a lot, but one coat of this was enough for a decent flush of colour. On the subject of colour, Rose Mademoiselle is the absolute ideal shade of pink for me. It's not too pale or too warm, it's just the perfect medium pink which looks really great against my pale skin.

I'm definitely planning on checking out some more shades in the Rouge Caresse range at some point. I like everything about this, from the texture and application down to the colour. Oh, and I love the packaging. I know some people think that it looks cheap, but I completely disagree. I think it's gorgeous, and, strange as it sounds, I like how firmly the lid snaps into place - it means you don't have to worry about it coming open in the bottom of your bag (we've all been there!). The one downside is that the lasting power isn't amazing, but that isn't too surprising from a moisturising balm style product, and this stuff glides on so easily that touch ups, even without a mirror, are a doddle. All I can say is watch out Revlon Lip Butters, you have serious competition!

PS. Sorry for the week-long delay in new blog posts. I've been on holiday and anticipated having internet over there but due to some silly complications (including completely moving locations!) I wasn't able to get online. In hindsight I probably should have scheduled some posts - I definitely will next time I'm away. Back to regular posting from now on, promise! xo

Weleda Skin Food

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Firstly, my apologies for the squished and sorry looking tube in the above photo - a definite blogger faux-pas, I know. I bought this when I was visiting my hometown and my mum got her mitts on it before I had chance to snap a picture of it unused. Somebody is clearly a little behind on beauty blogging etiquette...(!)

Weleda's Skin Food is a cult intensive moisturiser, winner of numerous beauty awards and apparent favourite of the likes of Victoria Beckham, Adele, Alexa Chung and Jessica Stam. The cream, which has been around since 1926, can be used on the entire body but performs particularly well on drier spots such as the elbows, feet and knees. Obviously this is a cream best suited to winter, but I've been using it sparingly over recent weeks and it is seriously good stuff. It absorbs wonderfully, leaving behind no pesky greasy residue - just soft, instantly hydrated skin. I like to use a small blob of this on my hands and feet before bed and the results are wonderful. As well as a body moisturiser, Skin Food can be used on the face, although I think I'll wait until the weather is a little more unforgiving before testing it out - in summer I definitely favour a much lighter moisturiser! I can imagine it working really well as an intensive night cream, though. Skin Food is totally natural and has a pleasant, delicate scent which comes from essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae. The best part? The price. This tube was around £8 - a steal for a product of this quality and effectiveness. If you suffer from dry skin, or think you could benefit a product in your stash that offers a serious injection of moisture, I strongly suggest that you check this stuff out. It's a lovely, deep nourishing treatment that does exactly what it promises, and does it well. You can definitely add me to the ever-growing list of die-hard Skin Food fans!

MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MUA are a brand that I've had hit-and-miss experiences with. My first foray into the Superdrug exclusive brand was a couple of years ago, when I bought (and loved) their popular Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette. Since then I've tried out a myriad of their other items, keen to find more amazing products at ridiculously cheap prices (seriously, most of their items are a pound!), but to no avail. The nail varnishes were runny, the lipsticks disappointing and the two blushes I bought cracked within a few days of ownership. Yet I persevered, and a couple of months ago I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon the Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter

Honestly, it was love at first sight wear. As you can see, this is a baked highlighter with a pretty wave effect on the surface (quite similar in appearance to a certain MAC offering) and it is the most beautiful colour - a light champagne with a hint of silvery pink luminescence running through. It's a somewhat similar shade to Benefit High Beam, though obviously in powder form. I mainly use this on my cheekbones, but if I'm going all out I dust it over my nose, brow bone, cupids bow, chin and temples too. The result? A gorgeous, fresh-faced glow with a subtle sheen thanks to the shimmer effect. It's definitely noticeable on my skin (something that I tend to have trouble with when it comes to powder highlighters, as they have a tendency to blend in with my pale complexion) but it's not too over the top. Wear time is impressive, too - this lasts all day on my skin without budging or fading. 

Downsides? Erm, well... The packaging seems a little bit cheap, but it is cheap so I think I might have to let that one slide. The hinge on my compact has broken and while I can still kiiinda snap it back into place, it keeps falling apart in my makeup drawer - although honestly, even that hasn't put me off. Instead, this highlighter now lives safe and sound on the top of my dressing table! The consistency of the powder is a little more dense than I usually like in a powder highlighter, so it can sometimes feel as though the brush isn't picking up quite enough product, but that's just a tiny niggle. Really, I just adore this stuff. It gives a really beautiful finish and for just £3, it is definitely one of my favourite bargain beauty products of all time. 

(Sold out online at the moment but do keep checking back online/in store. It's worth it, I promise!)

L'Occitane, REN and Balance Me: July Magazine Freebies

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Nothing beats picking up a load of amazing beauty samples with your weekly food shop, don't you think? I always have a quick peek at the magazine aisle when I'm in a supermarket and when there's skincare treats included, they almost always manage to sneak their way into my basket. July's offerings (the August issues) particularly excited me, and there's three magazines that I think really stand out. Firstly, this months Harper's Bazaar comes with a generous sized sample of L'Occitane's Precious Cream, a rich facial moisturiser that is one of the brands best sellers. It has a lovely, luxurious feel to it and I'm really excited to start using it. RED, while not my usual choice of magazine, was promptly purchased after I spotted a travel trio of REN products attached to the front. Consisting of their Rose Centifolia cleansing gelVita-mineral Day Cream and Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream, this little set is perfect for travelling and will definitely be thrown into my suitcase for my holiday later this month. Lastly, Glamour this month comes with a choice of four Balance Me products. I picked up two copies and their shine on tinted lip salve and moisture rich face cream were added to my collection. 

Honourable mentions this month also go to Marie Claire, who are giving away an Eyeko liquid eyeliner; and Cosmopolitan who are offering a choice of three miniature Nip + Fab products - both of which are tempting me very much... Will you be picking up any of these magazines this month?

Current Daily Skincare Routine

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Generally, my skincare routine switches up pretty regularly. I'm not particularly loyal to certain products or brands unless I absolutely adore them, however I seem to have settled into a more regular routine of late, and have found myself reaching for the same few products most mornings. First up is Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, a hot cloth cleanser that was huge on the blogging scene a year or so ago. I gave in to the hype and bought my first bottle back then, and I still absolutely love it. The thick cream deeply cleanses my skin, while the polishing action (using a warm, soaked muslin cloth to "polish" the product away) gently exfoliates, leaving my skin feeling amazing. Next in my lineup is Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz, which I spoke about here and have just rediscovered - it's a simple, rose scented toner that I'm thoroughly enjoying using again. Another old favourite is Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (review here). This is by far my favourite serum and I really cannot rave about it enough. My current bottle is running pretty low and it's going to be a sad, sad day when it runs out. I'm on a self-imposed beauty spending ban at the moment but I would be very tempted to let that temporarily slip my mind in order get my hands on another bottle of this! Moving on, a moisturiser that I've had a soft spot for lately is Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Skin Brightening Moisturiser SPF15, which is a lovely natural moisturiser with a bit of added SPF - perfect for summer. Finally, I recently found a miniature version of Benefit's It's Potent eye cream in the depths my beauty drawer. I'm pretty much desperately scraping my finger around the bottom of the teeny pot at this point, but it's a good 'un - I love the consistency and it's lovely and hydrating.

So, that's it! Like I said, I change up my skincare routine pretty often but these few simple products are working really well for me at the moment, so I'm going to stick with them for the time being. Do you stick to a tried and tested routine or do you like to switch it up? I'd love to hear about your current skincare favourites! 
And Katie © // QUINN CREATIVEs