15 November 2013

Winter Lip Combo - YSL Exquisite Plum & MAC Boys Go Crazy

Hi Beauties!
Hope you are all doing well ? I have been really busy the past few days, so I wanted to devote tonight to giving my blog some love! I went shopping today and got some cute bits from New Look and omg New Look have some amazing Christmas Jumpers in this year...I ended up spending a small fortune but I couldn't be happier with my cute jumpers and other wintery bits and bobs that I purchased. I am also in work all over the weekend, as well as starting my Financial decision making module which is quite amusing considering how much money I have been spending latley! maybe it will actually help me haha. I'm also seriously looking into getting my brand Jewel By India R back up and running in the New Year. I really miss working with my business, and feel that I'm ready to devote time to it once again. SO! with all that aside I thought that I would post about one of my favourite lip combo's at the moment. I have been loving wearing a flawless but quite basic face with a real bold Red of Purple/Plum lip. I hope you all enjoy this post and as always feel free to tweet me or leave a message below with your links or any comments you have :) I will always try my best to get back to you, and I honestly appreciate all my lovely readers for taking the time to read my blog posts!

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YSL Rouge Volupte Exquisite Plum
Rouge Volupte's are known for their extremely luxurious appearance, as well as their beautiful buttery texture. They are definitely one of my all time favourites, and Exquisite Plum is a stunning Autumn/Winter shade. My parents actually purchased this for me as a gift and I remember thinking OMG I don't think I can wear that! then when I swatched it and seen how pigmented it was I was actually a little terrified haha. However, I couldn't have been more wrong! Exquisite Plum is a bold shade, but its a lot more wearable than I first thought. I actually find that the Deep Plum shade helps to brighten my face, and the staying power is amazing on this little beauty considering I thought it would be quite a high maintenance shade to wear. The pigmentation is probably one of the best I have ever experienced, and I love that you can apply this lighter for a more toned down "Berry" shade, or totally vamp it up to full coverage. I find myself reaching for this shade at least three times a week, and overall I think this is an absolutely stunning lipstick that offers  amazing moisture, colour, staying power and of course amazing packaging!

When the Lavish Rose Lip Gloss Set was released last year I knew that it was a must have for me! I think this was a limited edition set, but if you like this shade MAC are always re-releasing or creating similar shades, so I'm sure something will come up especially with the Christmas season upon us. Boys go crazy is a stunning semi opaque purple/violet shade with blue sparkle. It reminds me of a party in a lip gloss tube, as there is so much going on! - I absolutely love layering this shade on top of "Exquisite Plum" as it gives the lip a real high gloss finish and the added sparkle is great for the Christmas season.
As you can see Exquisite Plum looks quite Red on the swatch, but its much more of a dark Burgundy/plum shade. I love the combination of these two lip products, and it reminds me of the J20 Limited Edition "Glitter Berry" drink which you can see here haha! its one of those things that needs to be seen to understand what I mean ;) - I would love to hear your thoughts about this combo, and I would also love to hear all about your favourite lip and general beauty combinations at the moment. 

Just a quick note lovelies some of my images on my blog aren't showing, but I have multiple Photo Bucket accounts, so I just need to adjust my bandwidth on them! I will do this as soon as possible :)


7 November 2013

Elemis Freshskin Smoothly Does It Gift Set

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well ? I think its safe to say that here in the UK the Winter has finally arrived. It's blustery and cold, and all I want to do is snuggle up in my most cosy PJ's. With the Wintery weather I have noticed my skin go from Normal/Combination to Normal/Dry, which is probably something to do with the cold and windy weather. So Today's post is going to be Skincare! woohoo my favourite topic haha. I am such a Skincare Junkie, but good skin makes me feel so much more confident, as well as helping my make up to look so much better. Skincare doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, and Elemis is the best skincare company for proving that! Elemis offer an amazing and very affordable skincare rage called "Fresh Skin" which is targeted from teens all the way up to mid twenties. The skincare is simple but effective, which makes it a great option if you don't want the hassle of a complex routine. Elemis have now officially released their Holiday Gift Sets, as well as Gift Sets for their Fresh Skin Range. Gift Sets are actually a really amazing way to try out a brand, as ofter they are much better value and come in a range of both full size and tester size products. It can be quite risky just taking the plunge on expensive skincare, so doing it this way is a lot easier and more cost effective. I will be reviewing the Smoothly Does It Gift Set, which retails for £25.00. I'm sure you are all aware that I work at an Elemis Spa and time after time I see very happy clients, so I'm very proud to work for such a fantastic British Brand.  I have used some of the products from this gift set before, so I think I will be able to give you a really good review about the products. I hope you enjoy this review, and if you have any questions then don't hesitate to leave them and your links in the comments section below :D
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Elemis Fresh Skin Smoothly Does It Gift Set*
A gift set that includes everything you need to achieve cleansed, nourished and brighter looking skin. The products come housed in a lovely travel friendly Pink case, which makes maintaining your skincare a piece of cake, even when your on the go!

So what do you get ?

Freshskin Make-Up Cleansing Wipes (Full Size)
Enriched with Elderflower extract and Chamomile, these are definitely make-up wipes with a difference. I have found them to be super gentle on my skin, as well as leaving my skin feeling comfortable after using them. Most make-up wipes contain quite a lot of chemicals, but the gentle ingredients within the fresh skin wipes help to make these wipes far more soothing than any others I have tried. I don't really use make-up wipes that much, but they are really handy to have just in case you have any make-up mishaps.

Freshskin Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm (Full Size)
The perfect way to combat Harsh winds, frost, and strong wintery sunlight which all contribute to painful chapped lips. Vitamin E, Sweet Almond Oil and Passionflower Oil all help to soften and condition the lips. I love the refreshing peppermint scent (which isn't too strong) it's really easy to apply, and has become a daily staple for me. I suffer really badly with chapped lips, so it is great to have a lip balm that not only keeps my lips moisturised, but gives them a plump glossy look too.

Freshskin Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser 
Enriched with seaweed extract, Rose hip Seed oil and Sweet almond oil this light and non-greasy moisturiser is a great way to protect and moisturise your skin. The ingredients also help to give the skin an instant hydration boost, as well as helping to improve the skins radiance. I have used this moisturiser since the start of the year and its a great moisturiser especially for the winter time, as its very nourishing and soothing.

Freshskin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash (Full Size)
A deep pore cleansing exfoliating face wash, which contains cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish and refine the skins texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed this Exfoliator helps to soften and condition, leaving skin clean and radiant. This is another product I have used for a long time now, and it is such a great staple exfoliator. It smells lovely! like a combination between Mandarin and cherry, and the jojoba beads aren't to harsh or scratchy on the skins surface.

Freshskin Magical Moisture Quenching Face Mask
A super softening face mask that contains white lupin, artic cranberry seed oi and apple extract to deliver an instant moisture boost, while aloe vera gently soothes the skin. Overall, your skin should be left feeling radiant and exceptionally soft. I must admit this was the total surprise out of the whole gift set, and an Elemis product I was yet to try. I honestly can't believe how good this face mask is, and how soft it left my skin feeling, this is definitely a dark horse product from Elemis and needs much more praise! The only one thing is that it comes in sachet form :( which makes it quite hard to travel with it or use it after you have opened it.
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I think this would make an absolutely amazing gift for your daughter, sister, best friend or girlfriend with Christmas on its way. It is also a great way to try out some new skincare for a really good price, plus you get a super cute Pink Case..who doesn't love a cute beauty case? haha. The Smoothly Does It Gift Set retails for £25.00 (a saving of 35%) and you get four full size products which makes this a great gift set to try!

Purchase Here

6 November 2013

The A/W Beauty TAG - Created By Me!

Hi Lovelies!
Hope you are all doing really well ? I have been so busy lately that a nice day or two to myself has been the perfect way to get some blog posts written up. I have also been house hunting with my boyfriend, so it has been exciting but nervous times for me haha. Today’s post is going to be short but sweet, as it’s actually a TAG I have created myself. I have wanted to create a TAG for ages, but its something I just haven’t got around to… and I feel a bit weird answering my own questions haha but hey ho! – I really enjoyed doing this TAG, and I would love for some of my readers to do it and send me the links via twitter which I will RT… So I TAG you ;) In a nutshell this is a Autumn/Winter inspired Beauty Tag, which I hope you will all enjoy reading and doing if you like :D. As always, I love hearing from my loyal readers, so don’t forget to leave your links and comments down below.
 What is your current go to foundation for A/W 13?
It would have to be my YSL Youth Liberator Foundation in B30! It gives amazing coverage and stays put all day, as well as having great skincare benefits.

What is your favorite Lip Balm for winter?
My own Jewel By India R Lip Balms! They are so luxurious, and their thick balmy texture keeps my lips moisturized all day.

If you had to choose to wear one lipstick shade all winter what would it be?
I can think of at least five :O but if I had to pick one shade for the whole of winter I would choose Laura Mercier 60’s Pink. It’s a really gorgeous baby Pink shade, and it looks so pretty with a subtle Smokey eye, which I wear a lot in the winter days.

Describe your most worn wintery make up look?
I always ditch my Peach tones for my Pinks in the winter, as I think they look more natural and flattering. I also go for a subtle brown Smokey eye in the daytime, as I think it helps to make your eyes pop. I then opt for a slightly higher coverage foundation, to help keep my skin looking flawless all day long.

What beauty product would you most like to try next?
I already have the sample size, but I would love to get my hands on the bigger size of the new Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair ii Serum. I’m loving the sample size, and can definitely see myself purchasing the bigger one when it runs out.

What are your favorite products in your current skincare routine?
This changes all the time haha! But the products that stand out are my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, Elemis Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser, Elemis Apricot Toner and my Origins Super Spot Remover!

What is your favorite winter scent?
I haven’t put down my Prada Candy recently; I’m a sucker for the sweetie scents.

TAG created by The Jewel Beauty

Well lovelies that’s my A/W Beauty TAG done! I hope you enjoyed it, and I would love to see some of you give it a go and give me some feedback! Make sure you send me the links if you do decide to do it, and I will make sure I RT them on twitter for you. Speak soon beauts!



3 November 2013

KORRES "Pink" Mandarin Lip Butter Stick SPF 15 Review

Hi Lovelies!
Woohoo another post for you :D I feel like I'm finally back to my blogging self! I must admit this year has been pretty crazy, but at the same time really amazing. I have never been the best at organising my time haha, so to be able to be doing more regular posts again really does make me feel happy. Today's post is going to be about quite a new Korres Lip Butter, and with winter looming I thought it would be a great idea to post about this product. Every October I feel my lips starting to dry, and before I know it they are super chapped and just erghhh! So I'm always on the look out for new lip products to help keep my lips in tip top condition. If you have read my blog for a while you will probably know that I had my own lip balm brand called Jewel By India R. I am still working on the business, but with work and my uni taking up so much time I felt like I was starting to spred myself a bit thin. I have so much time to develop my brand, so its something I'm looking forward to doing in the future. Anyway! enough with my rambling haha :) I hope you enjoy the review! 
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The Review
After falling in love with my Korres Potted Lip Butter in Guava I was quite excited to see a new and more travel friendly Korres Lip Butter. I choose the Pink shade which uses Mandarin Oil to soften the lips, as well as including all of the traditional ingredients such as Shea butter and sunflower wax. The design is also quite cool, and I like the type writing style on tube. However, I have been left underwhelmed by this product. I have become used to the melt in my hand kind of texture that the potted version offers, but this just isn't the same. When I apply it to my lips they don't feel super nourished, but instead leave my lips feeling quite dryish even after applying the lip butter. I think for £8.00 I was expecting a more comfortable and less hard texture to this lip butter. I have a feeling the SPF ingredients may be why it isn't as moisturising as the potted version, and obviously as its in tube form it does have to have a harder texture to stay in shape. Despite it not being as good as the potted version the colour it gives my lips is Ahhmazing! it makes my lips turn into a beautiful dusky rose, which is so flattering for the Autumn time. It is also very hassle free and non messy in comparison to the potted butter, so it makes it good for me to take to work, as I get a bit of colour and moisture at the same time. I do like this product, but for the price I was expecting it to be a lot better! so I won't be re purchasing. I would say that the Revlon Lip Butter's are a better option for a similar price, and they keep my lips feeling softer for longer. 
The lighting in the above picture does make it look slightly reddish, but it is actually more of a dark dusky Pink. It is a nice product with a quirky design and lovely colour pay off, but in terms of it being a "lip butter" it does fall short of what I was expecting for £8.00. It does have SPF which is great for the summer, but I think its the SPF which doesn't make it as buttery and soft as the potted version. I was quite disappointed that my lips felt dryish in under half an hour of applying it. I do like it and will definitely use it up, as its miles easier to use that the potted version which leaves your fingers quite messy. Have you used one of Korres new lip butters ? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. I hope you have enjoyed this post my lovelies, and I will be back with another beauty/skincare related post for you soon :D
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