May 2014 Favourites

Hello Snowdroplets!

Now, I realise that it is now half way through June, but I thought, hey, better late than never! There were quite a few bits which I’ve been loving last month which I wanted to share with you, so without further ado…

Beauty Favourites

Beauty Favourites

 

Nivea Soft 75ml – £2.49

I’m fairly sure I featured a Nivea skincare product in my last favourites post, but  I just think that they’re great! This has a lovely light texture and really helped to smooth out the crazy dry patches I get on my nose and forehead, better than any other moisturiser I have tried. Not to mention, it is very affordable as mine lasted ages – I’ve only just run out.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – £3.99

Nearly all my friends own this now upon my recommendation as I think it is perfect for just swooshing (technical term) onto your skin after applying foundation or even just moisturiser for an even, airbrushed finish. It doesn’t work any miracles, but for £3.99 I love it for just adding a little extra coverage and zapping away any shine; as you can see, I’ve made a bit of a dent in mine now. Love it.

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat - £5

Models Own Indian Ocean Topcoat – £5

I’ve already done a full post to express my ultimate adoration for this product which you can check out here: https://10simonsv.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/current-nail-favourite-models-own-indian-ocean/ Therefore, I will keep this short and sweet: this stuff = glittery, shimmery, mermaid-esque magic in a bottle.

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina - £2 (in clearance)

Avon Speed Dry+ in Ballerina – £2 (in clearance)

Finally. My search is over. For months I have been trying to uncover the perfect neutral and here it is for y’all. I’m not a fan of the ‘foundation nails’, where your nail varnish is meant to be a similar shade to your foundation as I find that just looks like you have no nails, just bizarre fleshy claw type things. Then again, when I’ve tried shades like this one promising to be the perfect nude, I’ve found that they just come out clear with next to none colour, creating a plastic-y, clingfilm-wrapped-around-your-nails-look. Not cute. But, this, is perfect. It’s not a pastel pink, but it’s not a peach, it’s that lovely, natural, happy medium which I reckon I could get away with at school. Oh, and I adore the Avon Speed Dry range – I also own their shade ‘Sprightly Mint’ and they literally dry in 30 seconds. Amazing.

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm - £2.99

Beautyuk Posh Pout Moisturising Tinted Lip Balm – £2.99

Yeah… I have no idea what I have done to the top of this, I definitely wasn’t like that when I bought it? Ahh well! I wasn’t sure what to expect from this due to it only being £2.99 but I’d heard great things about them so thought, meh, I’ll give it go. But, wow, I am impressed! Mine is in the shade ‘power to the purple’, though I’m not sure why, as it isn’t purple at all but a bright, bold pink colour which is really fun for Summer and lasts, literally, for hours.  What I was especially surprised about was how moisturising it was. Being a sufferer of very dry lips, I nearly always use a lip balm before applying any lipstick, but for this I don’t need to! Yes, it is that good. Unfortunately, the colour range is a bit limited, but I strongly suggest you check these out.

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster - £2

Gilly Hicks Body Lotion in Loring Aster – £2 (in the clearance)

I think these are normally between £8-10 so couldn’t resist ordering one for only £2. I’ve never tried anything from the Gilly Hicks or Hollister (the brands are fairly similar) body range before, so I was pretty excited to try this one. First off, boy, does this smell delicious! It is fairly moisturising, but I’m not gonna lie this is mainly just in my favourites because of the amazing fresh, fruity and slightly perfume-y scent. The smell also lingers on the skin for a couple of hours after using it which is a definite positive as it smells so good.

And now onto my Random Favourites…

Handmade Scrunchie

Handmade Scrunchie

I’ve been really enjoying whacking on a scrunchie to either jazz up a ponytail or a bun, as I just think they add a cute and casual layer of whimsy and 90s nostalgia to a look. This one, I actually made myself with the guidance of my lovely cousin, so if any of you would like a tutorial post on how to whip one up yourself, do let me know in the comments. Scrunchies are definitely having a comeback, they seem to be popping up in shops everywhere – and I love it!

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask - recieved as a gift

Kleeneze Soothing Gel Eye Mask – recieved as a gift

This surprises me by how soothing and lovely it feels every time I use it, and that’s saying something, because recently I have been using it a lot. All you have to do is leave the gel insert in the fridge for about 30mins, slide it into the flap at the back and sit and relax with it on for as long as you like; the gel usually stays cool for a maximum of about 40mins. Lately, I’ve been using this in the bath which has been the perfect end to a stressful day of exams, but you could use it in bed before going to sleep or just as a break for tired eyes during revision (though I’ve finally finished my exams now – huzzah!).

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights - £6

Primark Wire Heart Fairy Lights – £6

I’d been looking for some pretty fairy lights for looping around my bed for ages but they were all around £20, so when I saw some adorable heart ones in Primark for only £6(!!) I couldn’t believe my luck! In the evening when I’m getting ready for bed, I close my curtains, light some candles and flip these on and feel like I’m in a beautiful, magical fairy castle… um, no hate, guys. Every female deserves fairy lights.

So there you have it, my belated May favourites. I hope you have enjoyed it and perhaps I have inspired some of you to try a few of these items yourself.

Thank you so much for reading,

 

Simplistic beauty xx

 

Review: Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer by Maybelline

Ok, I know. I am a terrible blogger. It has been a shocking… 3 months since my last post. And I have definitely missed it, but was sadly up to my eyes with GCSEs, but am here now to make amends and that’s all the matters, right? RIGHT? Good :).

I thought I would return with a little review on what is proving to be a highly controversial little product: the Baby Skin Primer by Maybelline New York. What with the ground-breaking success of their Baby Lips range, this primer was awaited with eager anticipation and excitement before it launched in the UK about January time. Not being able to resist trying it for myself, and having been impressed by the tester, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago.

(Picture from Google Images, WordPress isn’t letting me upload mine 😦 )

Some people have hated it, saying it has left their skin greasy or hasn’t made a difference; others have loved it saying it made their skin super soft and filled in blemishes. I’m loving it! For me, it did exactly what it said on the tube, and effectively gave me my skin but better, which as I don’t especially have problem skin was exactly what I wanted. What I especially loved was how it didn’t clog up in dry patches, it completely smooths over them , making them soft and if you wished, the perfect base for foundation – but I have actually been loving wearing this by itself. As for poreless skin, it definitely seems to reduce shine, redness and in a way the appearance of blemishes, but I am not convinced that it works any miracles. If you want coverage, I would steer you away from this and perhaps suggest a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

There have been comparisons between this product and Benefit’s Porefessional, but having not tried the latter I cannot comment on this. However, as they are priced at £24.50 per tube, far dearer than the £7.99 I paid for Baby Skin, I am more than satisfied with Maybelline’s version for the time being. ;). Only a small dollop of this silky, clear gel is required, making it quite reasonable in my opinion.

Overall, I am a very happy customer and highly recommend this product!

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty xx

Something A Bit Different…

First of all, I must apologise for the huge gap between posts – I have been crazy busy recently but now that school has finally finished for Summer, I am FREE and will hopefully be posting more. Until I then go on holiday to America that is… OhmydaysI’msoexcited!!!

But, anyway, today I thought I’d share a poem I wrote. Before you read it, I’d like to make clear that I love make-up as much as the next person, but I don’t feel it should be compulsory. Every now and then, everyone should feel happy enough in their own skin to have a no-make-up day. Dare to bare I say!!

Made up

Make-up
For what?
The fact I’m not PERFECT?
My FLAWS?

Make-up
A face,
Another person,
CONFIDENCE soars?

Make-up
A verb,
A violent
Instruction.

Make-up
For your UGLINESS,
Self esteem
Destruction.

Make-up
More NECESSITIES,
Build up your BEAUTIFUL
Mask.

Make-up
More rules.
Worship each PURIFYING
Task.

It’s not the best thing I’ve ever written, but I wanted to take out a bit of my anger at the media for making us all believe we HAVE to wear make-up to be pretty.

Thank you for reading,

Simplistic beauty x

Fashion At Your Fingertips: Pastel Nails

These sugary sweet, dreamy, candy shop shades are subtle and feminine but also add a pop of girly fun to your tips. I find them simply irresistable and total staples for Spring, they’re just too cute! 😉 Pretty pinks, airy and whimsical sky blues, minty fresh greens… which is your favourite? I am lusting over the adorable greens personally…

Pastel Nail Polish 1            Pastel Nail Polish 3            Pastle Nail Polish 4           Nails in Air Kisses

All from Topshop £5 each or currently 2 for £8

Not to mention how, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could paint candy coloured pinstripes by using a simple masking tape or Sellotape technique, passed down through centuries of beauty gurus… well, maybe not quite centuries, but the point is I’m now going to share it with you!  😉

^ Gorgeous!!

Tape Technique:

1) Cut a piece of tape big enough to cover your entire nail, but before placing it on the nail, cut of about 1/5 of it depending on how big and how many stripes you would like. Stick the smaller strip on the edge of a convieniant table or such like and stick the larger part on your nail. It should cover about 4/5 of it, therefore leaving a stripe (see how it’s going to work yet? 😉 ) bare.

2) In your first chosen colour, paint down the strip that you left bare of your nail and do not worry if you get any on the tape – that’s what it’s there for!

3) Carefully remove the tape and wait until the polish has fully dried before sticking the smaller strip you stuck on a table earlier ontop of the bit you just painted.

4) Cut off another strip from the larger piece of tape around the same size as the last and stick it on a table. Stick what remains of the larger strip on your nail, leaving a strip bare, directly adjacent to where you painted the other strip.

5) Paint along the strip you left bare in a different shade. When you remove the tape you should now have two adjacent stripes!

6) Repeat this process until you have covered your entire nail. Remember, you don’t have to limit your palette – experiment with several sherbet shades and see which combinations you prefer, you can also mix up whether you want vertical, horizontal, diagonal or zig zag lines! Zig zags could be achieved by cutting out zig zag strips from your tape.

Alternatively, if you believe you have a steady hand you could just you a white tipper for stripes, but then you limit yourself to having to have white stripes, whereas using the technique above you could line up a rainbow of colours side by side!

Thank you for reading, look out for the next edition of…

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Simplistic beauty xx