Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Winter Beauty Essentials

Although it's only April as I write this I have several layers and blanket on and there are some serious grey skies outside my window. The symptoms of cold wintery days are creeping up with dry hands, chapped lips and a runny nose already plaguing me. I've begun to pull out all my wintery beauty essentials so today we are going to talk about the products that will get you through as the temperatures plummet!

On my bedside table
Soap and Glory Hand Food - Sore dry hands are not fun so hand cream becomes a several times a day essential for me in the winter. I'd love to know which hand creams you use, this one has a great formula but the scent isn't my favourite.
Lucas Pawpaw Ointment - The all purpose dry skin hero. I use this as a foot and hand treatment overnight if my skin is horribly dry or on my lips if they are cracked.
Avene Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Repair Mask - Windy winters usually make my already red face even redder so I am liking this as an alternative to my usual hard working clay based face masks.
QV Nurturing Night Cream - A staple in the cooler weather, this night cream runs no risk of irritation and is super hydrating.
Sukin Rose Hip Oil - Rose hip oil has many uses, five of which I discussed here, but my favourite thing to do is mix it in with my night cream.
NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm - The perfect overnight lip treatment. This is far too thick for me to wear during the day but I put it on right before bed and let it work its magic.

In my handbag
Burts Bees Pomegranate Oil Replenishing Lip Balm - Although I've mentioned two other lip treatments already, one in the form of a stick is essential for on the go (no nasty germs from dipping your finger into a pot!). This one is my top pick from the Burts Bees line, it goes on super smooth and the pomegranate oil is great for softening the lips.
Virapro X* - If you are cold sore sufferer this is a great alternative to a lip balm because it works to prevent cold sores and reduce the time that they hang around. It still has great moisturising properties and an SPF 30 which is a lovely bonus.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - Makeup always seems to disappear from my nose at the best of times, but throw in a bit of a cold and some constant tissue use and I'm heading towards disaster. A quick touch up with a dab of concealer usually gets me through those days.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Not the best packaging for toting around in your bag, but a fab powder nonetheless. This one is also to touch up the makeup that goes missing from my nose.
Tissues - For when you get the sniffles. Or someone else does.
Aqium Hand Sanitiser* - Because ya know, germs run rampant in winter. This one is super important for public transport and work!

Which products do you pull out in the cooler months?

Friday, 17 April 2015

A New Way To Shop Online

Madeline Loves has partnered with Pitchi on this post.

We all love a good online shopping session, but for me it's usually more of a window shop because I'm quite hesitant when it comes to buying things online. I just feel like I don't get enough from a few images to know if it's something I want to buy.

Pitchi is an online shopping destination that is working to bridge the gap and make the online shopping experience more interactive. Small businesses and entrepreneurs that sell their products on Pitchi upload short videos showcasing their products and the story behind them, giving you a more in-depth look at what you are buying.

Pitchi has sellers in eight categories ranging from apparel to tech to food. There is a mix of sellers on Pitchi with some selling one off items and others selling multiple items. Many sellers offer PayPal as a payment option so payment is made easy and sellers can be contacted via email with any questions.

I've had a bit of fun exploring the site and have come across some unique products like the Sandusa Towel (which I kinda love) but my top picks are definitely Grace and James Candles, The Zest Desk and the Raw Made Wooden Watches.

Pitchi isn't only a fun place to shop but also a platform for start ups or smaller businesses to sell their products online. If you have something to sell this is a great way to get started as you won't be out of pocket with seller fees. All you need to do is create an account and create a video aka a 'Pitchi' that is 60 seconds or less.

If you like trawling the internet for more unique items and supporting small businesses jump onto Pitchi and see what you can discover.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Scrub vs. Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub

We all know I love a good body scrub so I was ridiculously excited when I got these. I had to test out both because they smelt equally amazing but very different. I've put together a little comparison for you so if you are thinking of picking one up hopefully this helps you decide!

I've been working my way through the entire Sugar Crush range and it has a scent that people will either love or hate. It's very strong and sweet with a bit of citrus thrown in from the lime. If you've ever had a Splice Ice Cream that's pretty much what it smells like to me (I think this is a great thing). The Smoothie Start Breakfast Scrub is also very fragrant but the scent is more familiar than the Sugar Crush scent. The Breakfast scrub smells like caramelised brown sugar and maple syrup. Every time I go near it I think of pancakes!

When it comes to the texture the Sugar Crush Scrub has a slightly thinner consistency than the Breakfast Scrub. The Breakfast Scrub has an almost gel like texture with fine granules. The Sugar Crush Scrub is grittier and has more exfoliating power but unless you are looking for something to give you that extra bit of scrubbing power, the Breakfast Scrub gets the job done just as well.  

They are both wonderful scrubs but the scents are very powerful and distinct and the textures are quite different so choosing the right one for you really depends on how much grit you want in your scrub and how much you love sweet scents. I would definitely repurchase both but if I could only pick one I'd have to go for the Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub only because it is a scent that I would enjoy all year around and it also washed away a little easier than the Sugar Crush Scrub did. 

What's your favourite Soap and Glory product?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Shopping My Stash #2

A while ago I did a "shop my stash" post and pulled out a few products that had been forgotten in an effort to give them some much needed love. I ended up using three of those five products up so I'm calling it a success. That was over a year ago so I thought it was about time to do it again! I'm hoping to do this every couple of months to make some room in my makeup drawer for some new purchases so if you like these types of posts let me know and I'll keep you updated as I try to make the most of my makeup collection.

Here are the products I am going to try and incorporate into my regular makeup routine:

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Crush and Smitten - When I first bought these they were regulars in my makeup routine but the formula isn't my favourite and as I bought other darker lip products these took a back seat. Autumn is the perfect time of year for these colours so I'm going to put them to the front of my lip product stash so I remember to reach for them.

La Roche Posay BB Cream - I reviewed this BB cream here and there wasn't anything I particularly loved about it, but it isn't a bad product so I am going to experiment with it combined with different makeup products to see how I can make it work.

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter - in the warmer months I was gravitating to more pink toned highlighters, then for Christmas I received the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette and that became my go to for a cheekbone highlight so the Watts Up got a bit lost in the mix.

Models Prefer shimmer bronzer - I bought this when I picked up the matte Models Prefer bronzer (which is fantastic) but I never really seemed to use it. I'm going to see how this works out as an eyeshadow to get some more use out of it.

L'Oreal Infallible 16hr Eyeliner - Since the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner then the Master Graphic Liner I haven't used much else, but it may be time to bring back the smudged smoky look!

What do you do to make sure you get the most out of your makeup collection?