Travel and lifestyle blog. Used to do beauty and throw some in for good measure now and again.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

MUA POWER POUTS






Today's blog post comes in the form of raving about my new favourite lip products...
The MUA Power Pouts! 

Now, I'm aware that every 'drugstore' make-up brand is coming out with these chubby lip pencils following the release of Clinique's chubby sticks. They are all slightly different as some are more pigmented and some are more glossy etc, but I find the MUA power pouts to be the cheapest and still amazing! Currently, they are on 2 for £4 which is incredible if you think about the £16 price tag that the Clinique ones come with. 

These glossy intense sticks by MUA give gorgeous lip colour with a lovely shine. I have the colours 'Brokenhearted' and 'Irreplaceable'. Brokenhearted is a more muted version of MAC's Impassioned lipstick: a slightly red-like coral dark pink. Irreplaceable is a purple toned pink colour but doesn't wash the face out at all. They are both gorgeous colours and are more glossy than other chubby lip pencils I've tried; for example Revlon's Kissable balm stains. I also prefer the colours MUA offer, despite there being more of a limited choice.

They aren't the longest lasting lip products, but you wouldn't expect that with the gorgeous glossy finish that they give and the price tag. They feel moisturising on the lips and the colours are really versatile. Overall I absolutely love these and I've being wearing them every single day since I got them.

Have any of you guys tried these and if not, what are your favourite brand of chubby lip pencils?
I'd love to know :)



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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

MY HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

I always love looking at bloggers holiday snaps so thought I'd share just a few with you all! I had a great two weeks in Mexico at the Riu Palace Riveria Maya, which is a gorgeous place if you're ever wanting to visit the Yucatan pennisula of Mexico. I just chilled out on the beach and by the pool with one visit into Playa Del Carmen centre. It was very relaxing and best of all, I gained a nice tan - wooooo!


One of the gorgeous overflow pools

Almost there!

A gorgeous wedding that was being held on the hotels private beach

Unlimited cocktails; mmmmm

Strawberry cheesecake - free room service!
Supping a nice amaretto drink

My fave beach drinks waiter!

Me, my dad and my sister

Me and my lovely momma

Me and my younger sister -I look so young here!

Bodyboarding!

I saw american Hershey's chocolate in a store!

I found a MAC store! 



The beach is gorgeous on a morning!

The snazzy new TV's on the dreamliner

Came back on the dreamliner plane which was a dream to fly on indeed!

Here's the plane and I'm hooooome!


 Hope you liked this post everyone! Have any of you guys being on a nice summer holiday or are you going on one? Let me know...

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

HOLIDAY/VACATION OUTFITS

Hi everyone, hope you're all well! As you may know I have being on holiday to Mexico and so I thought I'd do an outfit type of post on the outfits I wore during the evenings. I'm not all that good with fashion and clothes to be honest hence why I never blog about it, as make-up and skincare is where my heart lies. However, I liked some of the clothes I bought for my holidays to wear on a night so thought it might be a nice change. Here are the 10 that I remembered to take photos of ...




Top: Primark
Hotpant shorts: Topshop


Top: River Island
Skirt: River Island
Wedges: Zara
Chain necklace: New Look


Dress: M Butterfly (Shop in Leeds I believe has shut down)
Wedges: Select


Dress: Cannot remember
Wedges: Select

 Top: River Island
Hotpant Shorts: Topshop
Sandals: Primark


Top: Primark
Shorts: DIY from E-bay
Sandals: George @ Asda (Seriously!)
Earrings: Accessorize


Dress: Primark
Wedges: Select
Chain necklace: New Look


Midi Dress: New Look
Bag: Not sure!
Chain Necklace: New Look
Sandals: Primark


Crop Top: Ark
Skirt: H&M
Sandals: George @ Asda

Orange/Red strapless top underneath: H&M
Top: Miss Selfridge
Shorts: Topshop
Sandals: George @ Asda
Clutch Bag (with chain): New Look


Hope you liked this kind of post guys!
xxx

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

BUDGET BLUSHES

Again, another scheduled post whilst I'm away on holiday in Mexico. I love blush as it makes me look more instantly awake, but I hate the thought of spending lots of money on one when ones from Boots/Superdrug can be just as good. Here are some of my favourite budget blushes...


L-R: MUA Mosiac Blush in 'English Rose' - Sleek blush in 'Life's A Peach' - MAC blush in 'Harmony' - Natural Collection blushes in 'Peach Melba' and 'Rosey Glow'

N/C Peach Melba - N/C Rosey Glow - MUA Mosiac English Rose - Sleek Life's A Peach - Harmony from MAC 
                                  

MUA Mosiac Blush in 'English Rose' (£2.50) - This blush has a range of blush colours as well as highlighting colours within it, so it is a great multi-purpose product. I like using the darkest pink and the dusky rose pink colour for blush and popping the champagne and lilac colours as a highlight above. It is such great value and honestly is such a nice quality. I recommend to anyone on a budget.. as do I with most of these purchases

Sleek Blush in 'Life's A Peach' (£4.49) - This is a lovely blush if you don't want high pigmentation in your blush. It gives a bit of a peach colour which I think is nice as a natural summer look. These blushes are great for less than a fiver and you can also get packs of 3 blushes for £9.99 for an even better deal.

MAC's Harmony Blush (£17.50) - MAC prices are going up fast so when I bought this I'm sure it was only about £15, however I still think to a lot of people this wouldn't be classed as a budget product.. I have kinda cheated so sorry about that! I just really love this blush for both blush and contouring so if you want a blush and a contouring product, it may be better value just to buy this rather than buying both a contouring bronzer and a blush... that's my excuse ;). If you're starting out in make-up and want to buy your first MAC product, this could be a good one.

Natural Collection Blushes in 'Peach Melba' and 'Rosey Glow' (£1.99) - As you can see, my Peach Melba blush has a very big dint in it as I use it the most. The colour is gorgeous and the pigmentation is incredible for the price. Some say they find these blushes too chalky but I don't find the texture a problem at all... I love it! I don't use Rosey Glow much but, again, it's got the same texture I like and it's a lovely pink colour. I should definitely wear it more.

So here are my budget blushes. I'm interested in purchasing some blushes from NARS or Estee Lauder, but for the moment I'm happy with my cheaper ones and they do the job! Anyone have any recommendations for blushes they love? Let me know...





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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

MUA PISTACHIO ICECREAM NAILS

As you are reading this post, I am currently sunning myself on a hot beach in Mexico, so I scheduled a couple of posts for while I'm away. I thought I'd do a little review on this nail polish as I'm taking it away with me. Having seen the MUA polishes looking so alike to the Essie colours and bottles, I knew I wanted to try them to test if the consistency etc was the same. I picked up this lovely mint green pastel colour called 'Pistachio Icecream'...






 Despite the gorgeous colour, the consistency is OK - nothing too special. It didn't last very long on my nails either but to be fair I wasn't wearing a top coat! I wasn't expecting a wow factor from a polish that costs £1. However, f you are looking for a lovely colour to wear for perhaps one or two days and you are on a budget, I would buy these and shove a top coat on and you'll be ready to go! The colour range is lovely and obviously there aren't as many colours Essie have, but I don't think many brands do to be honest.

Random pics on the nails...



Have you tried any of these polishes and what do you think?!


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