20 July 2014

The Most Beautiful Packaging

Last week I paid a visit to my local Marks & Spencer store, it's not usually a shop I venture into but as I hadn't been to my local town in a few months I thought I'd pay the shop a visit. Unfortunately my local doesn't have a large makeup section like I've seen in many of their stores however they do have a very little department that sells items such as bathroom essentials and skincare products. 

It was only when I approached the bath care section that I noticed these beautiful products, I'm not usually one to buy a product primarily based on the packaging but this time, I caved. I am totally in love with the shabby chic style at the moment, I recently had my room and bathroom re decorated in this kind of style and any products I see that resemble this just have to come home with me. 

So onto what I found, the brand itself is called 'La Maison De Senteurs' and I picked up a hand wash, body wash and bath cream from this beautiful line for my bathroom, I don't usually have baths as I prefer showers but I picked up the bath cream just for show! Now you're probably thinking come on, the packaging can't be that lovely, well take a look...

I am absolutely in love with the colours and the way these products have been designed so beautifully, yet they really are quite simple designs. I love the small hanging chalk heart on the bath cream and just the fonts that have been used are so pretty and delicate. I have so far tried out the hand wash and body wash which by the way, smell as amazing as they look. I find buying shower products quite the task, with such sensitive skin I find the majority of products irritate me or just don't work on my skin. However I've been really enjoying the body wash and I haven't experienced any type of irritation through using it which is a great success! These products tick all of the boxes for me.

Have you ever tried any products from Marks & Spencer?

15 July 2014

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze

Summer is here ladies! After a cheeky trip to my local Cosmetic Company Store I was super excited to find that they had the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks for sale, at a reduced price of £18! Which considering they retail at £30/32 was a pretty good deal. I have been wanting to get my hands on one of these for a while yet when approached with the colour selection, it was so difficult to choose. In the end I picked Bronze, just because we're in Summer and it's the look I have been loving recently, rather than a flushed pink look which the majority of the other shimmer bricks offered. 

The Shimmer Brick is encased in the beautiful classic Bobbi Brown packaging, sleek black with white writing. There is however one downside to the packaging in the fact that the lid only opens up half way, meaning the mirror is at an awkward angle I therefore find myself not really using the mirror that is included. Maybe there is a genuine reason for this packaging style but in my eyes I just feel as though I'm going to break it every time I open it too wide! 

The shade Bronze is so beautiful and definitely my kind of colours. I love how warm and cosy the colours make me feel just when looking at them! I would tell you which strip of colour is my favourite but I honestly cannot pick as they are all incredible. 

I love to use the shimmer brick on a daily basis, it has multiple uses making it so worth the money and it has become a product I would definitely re purchase or pay the full price for if I didn't already have it, I urge you to add this to your wish lists! Firstly I love to just swirl my Real Techniques Blush Brush in the product and give myself a beautiful bronze glow on the cheeks and temples, just rising to the top of the forehead. Another way I use this is as eyeshadows, I've been loving the shade next to the white as an all over everyday lid colour, over the top of my Painterly paint pot by MAC it looks gorgeous and lasts me all day. The shimmer brick can be used in so many ways, I've used the white strip as an inner corner highlight on the eye and as a cheek bone highlight which also looks amazing. 

I am so in love with this product, the versatility of it, the use I've got when I've only had it over a month and just the formula and consistency of the product is beautiful. You really can grab a bargain these days and the drugstore do offer some amazing dupes for this but if you really want to treat yourself and be happy with a purchase for a long time, this is something you need to own! 

Have you ever been tempted by the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick?

13 July 2014

This week..

Hey lovelies! Is anyone else in the UK loving the beautiful warm weather we've had recently, it has been so so nice. Seeing all of the summery clothes and lovely colours in the shops is making me feel like I need a holiday, unfortunately I have nothing booked this year but if the weather stays nice it'll be mice to go away for a weekend or something.

Last week I was doing a little eBay snooping and came across a selection of gorgeous pastel iPhone cases, you can never have too many cases right? I've been really loving the pastel mint colour that has made quite an appearance recently, I have a top in the same colour which is also beautiful.

I also popped into my local Cosmetic Company Store, one of the best places ever if you catch it at the right time. Some days there can be hundreds of amazing products, for example I once picked up the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick, bronzer, blush etc, all at a discounted price, bearing in mind that these products are available in department stores full price. Sometimes however the shop isn't that great and it can have only rubbish products or the shades customers don't want to buy. They did however have the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose!

I've had a serious obsession with Snack-A-Jacks this week, the jumbo caramel ones have been constantly on my shopping list. They're not massively bad for you either which makes me feel a bit better when I'm always buying them. On a healthy note I've been making myself a yummy breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and granola each morning, I've seen a lot of people make this and thought I'd give it a go. I've struggled to actually find some granola that has no nuts in but I eventually did and it's so yummy. I have been loving strawberries and raspberries with vanilla yoghurt. Try it if you haven't already as it's such a yummy and easy way to add fruit into your diet and is so easy to make. It's definitely better for me than the bowl of Krave I used to have.

As for my YouTube channel I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time and loveliness to leave me a comment, like a video or subscribe. This week I hit 2,000 subscribers which was such an amazing surprise, I started my channel just for fun, as something to fill the free time I had and it's turned out to be one of the best things I ever did. It took a long time to pluck up the courage to actually upload my first video but now it's so easy and feels so comfortable to do so. I just am so grateful for the lovely response and feedback I get from everyone. 

I'd really like to do a Q&A post or video so if you'd like to ask me something ensure you're following my Twitter and Instagram for all the information and for my upcoming giveaway!

What have you all been up to lately? I need updating.

Twitter: @alicemaysnell
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05 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks

When I hear about a new beauty brand I instantly get excited, the thought of new products and colours is just so satisfying, especially when they're this cheap..

Makeup Revolution could be compared to MUA, with their fantastic prices yet great quality products especially their £1 lipsticks, yes people one pound!

I've not actually tried any of the MUA lipsticks because I haven't ever been drawn in by the colour selection however with the brights and nudes Makeup Revolution offer I was sucked right in.

I quickly placed an order on Superdrug.com with free delivery (result!) and was super excited to receive these a few days later. The shades I went for after hours of decision making are-

Enchant - gorgeous light lilac pink
The One - perfect neutral brown nude
Crime - blue toned hot pink

Firstly, the pigmentation of these is incredible, I can't be doing with those lipsticks that just have no colour payoff but these are so unexpected. I have always gone by 'you get what you pay for' but that really doesn't apply for these, at just £1 each I couldn't wish for nicer lipsticks. I'm forever paying between £8 and £15 for lipsticks that I get home and hate, if you bought one of these and hated the colour, it really wouldn't matter. 
Overall I would highly recommend these to anyone who doesn't want to break the bank but would like to try several lip colours! The only downside to these is that the lids aren't very secure and can easily pop off in your makeup bag, but for £1 I don't really see this as a big concern. 

If you'd like to pick up a lipstick or two you can order from the Makeup Revolution website or from Superdrug.com.
Alice May Snell