Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Clarins - liquid bronze self tanner review

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For those of you who follow me on Instagram (annieanniex) you would have seen that I recently bought this to review.
Id been looking for a facial tanner for a LONG time that didn't either break me out or make me look patchy! I saw Anna from vivianna does make up rave about this and how good it was so decided to try it.

It comes in a thick milky formula which literally dissolves into the skin after about 8 seconds of applying it. I use a cotton pad to wipe it on my face. I really really like this stuff, it doesn't go patchy like a lot of other tanners for the face and doesn't break me out - if anything it's just like a moisturiser.
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I apply it at night and when I wake up after washing my face I have a nice golden glow, the colour is definately not harsh though so i would recommend this for paler skin tones. I look more healthy than usual and nobody has asked if I'm wearing fake tan like they have with other products.

I would give this product an 'A' and defo recommend it! And its made me want to try more clarins skin care to review :-)

Has anyone else tried this product? What did you think of it?

Thanks for reading

Annie x
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Monday, 13 May 2013

Mini haul - lunch time dash

Working in town centre is a fantastic thing! Apart from my unhealthy addiction to beauty products. Boots, John Lewis, debenhams and house of Fraser are a stone throw away from the office, and here's the evidence...
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Eylure false eyelashes in 101 £5 ish
I love these lashes they are perfect for daytime use because they aren't too long and are REALLY easy to apply! I love the eylure lash glue too.

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Boujois smokey eye pencil £4 ish
I needed a new eyeliner brush and really wanted one this shape but couldn't find one anywhere! I was so happy when I found this and the eyeliner is really creamy too so easy to blend with this brush.
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Sleek blush in life's a peach £4.49
This is my first ever sleek blush, I'd always wanted the blush by 3 but never actually gone to buy it! I like this colour for spring/summer - don't be scared of the bright orange as it looks a lot more muted once its applied and blends really nicely.
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I'm loving bold bright colours for spring so picked up these shades..
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Revlon colour burst lip gloss in 006 strawberry fraise £7.99
Revlon lip butter in 053 sorbet £7.99
Boujois rouge edition in 11 fraise remix and 19 corail en vogue £7.99 each

I also picked up 2 necklaces (pink and gold from republic £8 and gold and white rope necklace from accessorize £8 :-)
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Have you tried any of these products? How did you like them?

Thanks for reading!

Annie x

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

OOTD last Sunday

So seeing as this beautiful weather stuck around all week, my good (and very stylish) friend decided to have a girls day full of sand, bowling and pimms! Jill turned up in leggings, a t shirt and a whole load of trendy jewellery - putting me and the rest of the town to shame!

So here was my outfit and the places I purchased it from:

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Leggings - new look £7.99
Tunic dress - new look £10
Cardigan - H&M £9.99
Necklace - topshop £1.50 SALE
sandals - primark £6.00
Sexy Pajamas in background - can't remember ;-)

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This necklace was a bargain and I nearly passed out when I saw the price tag! I think it's original price was about £14 (hazarding a guess) I love topshop statement necklaces and I love the mixed metals. I usually stick to gold and would never think of mixing and matching but I think this really works and is really on trend. And at £1.50? Steal!

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The tunic (which I actually think I meant to be a dress) is so comfortable and so flattering on those days were you are feeling a little but plumper than usual. I initially had this on as a dress but it was very short and a windy day so I wasn't taking any chances! (I'm around 5 foot 6)

The sandals are blue shade and metallic silver and really comfy! After being in uggs and closed toed shoes all winter I think flip flops really hurt between your toes to begin with (I'm sure you will agree) but these have a strap across your foot and don't slip anywhere! They Also have them in coral and taupe! :-)

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And finally... I had to have matching nails :-)

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Would love to see your spring/summer OOTD! What trends are you loving right now?

Speak soon :-)

Annie x

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Laura mercier silk creme foundation: thoughts?

I recently bought the Laura mercier silk creme foundation £30 from John Lewis. I bought this because many youtubers and bloggers had said how amazing it was! This is how it is described on Laura mercier website:

An innovative full coverage foundation that makes the skin look luminous and rich. By combining a special collection of silk proteins, tea extracts and treated mica, Laura has created a luxurious formula that leaves skin hydrated and protected with a radiant, timeless glow.

This foundation is gorgeous and I cannot deny that the finish is beautiful (though not dewy on my somewhat dry skin) but for some reason I cannot get on with it, it sits on my skin and doesn't absorb and the coverage doesn't seem that great.

I have applied it with my beauty blender as it it designed to be used with a sponge.
Iv also tried with my mac foundation brush and sigma flat top kabuki F80 and it just doesn't seen to want to work.

Have you tried this? Why were your thoughts? How do you apply this foundation?

Thanks for reading.

Annie x



Monday, 6 May 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine and swatches!

Barry M Hi- shine nail polish £3,99 each

So I know I'm a bit late on the Gelly bandwagon, but after having only tried one I couldn't make my mind up about them. However when I recently was out shopping with a friend I picked up 3 more.

The formula is thick like all Barry m nail polishes but has a high gloss shine! The idea is that when it dries it has the appearance of gel nails, and I can honestly say it does!

I am really loving these and the finish they give, I put on 2 coats but you could easily get away with just one. My only gripe? The drying time! But I have found this to be the case with most Barry m nail polishes.

The shades I have are:

Shade 5 - blueberry (blue)
Shade 6 - prickly pear (the lilac/purple)
Shade 10 - lynchee (lovely nude/taupe)
Shade 11 - dragon fruit (Barbie pink like)

I have painted each nail to swatch these for you and on the fifth nail I have used Andrea fulerton nail boutique crystals and gloss glue (sold at superdrug for around £10)





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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Current spring obsessions

The sunglasses are on and the toes are painted. We all know what that means? Spring is here! We can finally ditch those jumpers (nearly) and dust off those flip flops. Here are some of my current obsessions to help me get into an acceptable state before summer begins...

Mac mineralize skin finish natural in light plus. £24
This is the perfect powder for all skin types in my opinion. I am dry so like to use a dewy water based foundation, as much as I love this to let my skin breath, the staying power of these is not great! So i set my foundation with this and because it is so finely milled it doesn't cause the skin to look cakey! I dust this over my forehead, nose and chin just For a longer lasting finish!


Chanel soleil tan de chanel £31
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cream bronzer. It's not too dark and if blended well looks seamless. The finish is glowy and even and it glides on. You can apply this with a sponge (as recommended by the sales assistant) but I use my sigma flat top kabuki F80 to either contour or swirl it where the light would naturally hit! I recommend putting it on between foundation and powder so it doesn't look cakey! Finished off with a cream blush for a radiant glow!

Bobbi brown longwear even finish foundation SPF 15. £30
This is my current favourite foundation for everyday. I discovered it in John Lewis when the girl behind the bb counter did my make up - she used a standard foundation brush to put it on and it melted effortlessly into my skin (which for my dry skin is almost a a miracle) I then knew I had to have it! I usually apply it with either a foundation brush or flat top kabuki to blend it into my skin then ill take a little bit more with my fingers to areas that need a little bit more coverage! The finish is dewy/satin on my dry face and it really feels like your own skin and not cakey at all!

Urban decay naked flush palette. £20
Now this is a pretty recent purchase but I am in love with it already! It has a bronzer a blush and a highlight! The bronzer is light but buildable which I like as I am
Not the most tanned! I use this for contouring. The blush in this palette is like a deep pink and the colour pay off is fantastic! I do use this with a light hand though because it can be a little bit too pigmented (if that's even possible) and you don't want to come off looking like a clown! Hmmm
And the highlight is just your basic champagne toned shimmer! I like.

Revlon nail polish in sugar glaze. £6.99?
Not only is this a gorgeous colour but it's also scented like perfume! Perfect for those sunny days. I love the formula of this polish, it goes on really nicely and dries quick too! Which is a plus for me because I hate waiting for my nails to dry, why is it as soon as you paint your nails you suddenly need the toilet? Or a drink? Or anything that will cause a smudge!

:-) the perks of being a girl!

X Annie x